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XY129 : Kalos League Passion with a Certain Flare!
XY series
XY131 : Down to the Fiery Finish!
Finals Not for the Faint-Hearted!
XY130   EP929
The Finals! Satoshi VS Alan!!
First broadcast
Japan August 11, 2016
United States October 29, 2016
English themes
Opening Stand Tall
Japanese themes
Opening XY&Z
Ending ピカチュウのうた
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
No additional credits are available at this time.

Finals Not for the Faint-Hearted! (Japanese: 決勝戦!サトシ対アラン!! The Finals! Satoshi VS Alan!!) is the 130th episode of the XY series, and the 929th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 11, 2016 and in the United States on October 29, 2016.

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The long-anticipated Kalos League finals are getting under way, as Ash faces off against Alain in a full six-on-six battle! The two seem evenly matched, trading one knockout after another: Pikachu beats Tyranitar and then switches out for Noivern, who falls to Alain’s Weavile. Hawlucha defeats Weavile, then loses to Alain’s Bisharp. Next, Ash’s Talonflame and Alain’s Unfezant knock each other out after a spectacular aerial battle, and it’s tied at three and three!

Pikachu returns to face the massive Metagross—and shows amazing determination as it hangs on for the win! Then, Alain calls on his partner Charizard, and both Pokémon are confident and excited for the battle ahead!


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This episode starts with Ash and Alain entering the battlefield and preparing for the final battle in Lumiose Conference. In the VIP Box, Mairin cheers for Alain with Lysandre and a Team Flare Admin. Their first battlefield comes up and is a water and rock field. The referee states the rules. The match begins with Ash sending out Pikachu and Alain sends out Tyranitar. Tyranitar's Ability Sand Stream activates creating a sandstorm. Tyranitar starts the battle with Dark Pulse which Pikachu dodges. The attack breaks a big rock and which lands in the water which gives Ash and idea to use Iron Tail on the water which Pikachu does, splashing up the water which ends up clearing the sandstorm and soaking Tyranitar. Ash has Pikachu use Thunderbolt which deals damage as his friends and Sawyer compliment Ash on his idea. Pikachu attacks with Electro Ball but Tyranitar counters with Stone Edge which blocks the Electro Ball before smashing the rocks with its tail to send them flying back to Pikachu. Pikachu sends them back with Iron Tail as Alain orders Tyranitar to use Crunch when Pikachu lands which is blocked by Iron Tail by Tyranitar sends Pikachu flying before using Electro Ball which manages to defeat Tyranitar giving Ash the first win.

Professor Sycamore watched Alain and remembers what he had said and wonders what his feelings are inside as Malva continues her report with Team Rocket as her camera crew. As Malva moves off, James knows the battle will wear out any Pokémon and Jessie says once they are on empty, they can swoop and steal them but their plotting is interrupted by Malva. Ash recalls Pikachu for a rest and sends out Noivern as Alain sends out Weavile. Noivern starts the battle with Supersonic but Weavile uses Protect and follows up with Night Slash which hits Noivern. Noivern hits back with Supersonic which affects Weavile but Weavile hits back with Ice Beam which Noivern counters with Boomburst. The attack collide and cancel each other out as Ash orders a Dragon Claw but Weavile dodges with Double Team but Supersonic allows Noivern to find the real one and attack but Weavile dodges and attacks with Ice Beam which freezes part of Noivern's wing sending Noivern into the water as Weavile attacks with Night Slash which knocks Noivern out. Ash goes to check on Noivern as Hawlucha pops out of its Poké Ball concerned. Ash recalls Noivern and lets Hawlucha battle. Hawlucha starts with Karate Chop which Weavile dodges but Hawlucha continues to chase after it. Sawyer knows that a Fighting-type move will be super effective but Clemont knows that is if it makes contact. Weavile and Hawlucha end up in the water as Alain has Weavile use Ice Beam at Hawlucha's feet which freezes the water to create an Ice Field. Weavile uses another Ice Beam but Ash has Hawlucha stay where it is and takes the hit which leaves it glowing red. Weavile goes to use Night Slash but Ash tells Hawlucha to wait as it takes another hit. Clemont sees that Ash is using the ice to reduce the damage as Alain orders another Night Slash which strikes and deals damage but Hawlucha is still standing as Weavile goes for another Night Slash but Hawlucha attacks back and defeats Weavile with Flying Press.

Watching the battle, Lysandre notes that Ash has some strong Pokémon as Mairin cheers on Alain saying he can do it as Alain sends out Bisharp as his next Pokémon. Ash keeps Hawlucha in as Bisharp uses Thunder Wave which paralyzes Hawlucha. Hawlucha manages to stand up but Alain has Bisharp use Guillotine which Hawlucha counters with X-Scissor. The moves collide but no one is knocked out as Ash orders High Jump Kick which Bisharp dodges causing Hawlucha crash damage. Hawlucha is unable to dodge another Guillotine causing Hawlucha to get knocked out. Recalling Bisharp, Alain notes battling Ash is a lot of fun and sends out Unfezant as Ash sends out Talonflame as the two take to the sky, their trainers order them to use Steel Wing. Their moves collide but they continue to battle as Ash orders Flame Charge but Alain has Unfezant counter with Sky Attack. Their moves keeping colliding as Alain orders Air Slash. Talonflame keeps dodging but is eventually hit as Ash decides to increase Talonflame's speed with Flame Charge which Unfezant dodges before getting hit and attacking with Sky Attack. Talonflame counters with Brave Bird. The attacks collide and both fall to the ground, knocked out.

After change of battlefield, Clemont tells Shauna, Trevor and Tierno that Ash hasn't beaten Alain before making Shauna realize how strong Alain is but Serena says that is the old Ash. Mairin notes that Alain is smiling, something she has yet to see him do as Lysandre notes to himself that every eye in the world will be watching. The next battlefield is grass as Ash sends Pikachu back out as Alain calls out Metagross. Pikachu starts the match with Thunderbolt but Metagross's Agility allows Metagross to dodge. Pikachu tries to run and Metagross stops him and strikes with Metal Claw before attacking with {{m|Rock Slide} which leaves him injured under the rocks before emerging but is attacked by Meteor Mash. Team Rocket is watching as Meowth notes it would be good have Metagross on their team as Jessie says they can grab both of them. Alain goes to end this with Meteor Mash but Pikachu counters with Electro Ball before jumping on Metagross. Metagross tries to shake Pikachu off but Pikachu strikes back with Thunderbolt causing serious damage. Metagross manages to shake Pikachu off but an Iron Tail knocks Metagross out. James much to Jessie and Meowth's annoyance begins to cheer for Ash as Alain recalls Metagross and surprises everyone by sending out Charizard. Pikachu starts off with Quick Attack landing a hit before launching a Thunderbolt causing more damage.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.


Pokémon debuts



Pokémon Quiz


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Metagross (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Unfezant (male) (Japan)


The title card segment focuses on Ash for this episode


  • When Talonflame is falling to the ground after being hit by Air Slash, the top sides of its wings are colored gray instead of red.
  • When Metagross uses Meteor Mash, the position of Ash and Pikachu on the scoreboard is reversed.
  • In the dub, when Bonnie cheers for Pikachu after Metagross is getting hit by his Thunderbolt, Dedenne's mouth moves but no sound comes out.

Dub edits

In other languages

XY129 : Kalos League Passion with a Certain Flare!
XY series
XY131 : Down to the Fiery Finish!
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