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XY131 : Down to the Fiery Finish!
XY series
XY133 : Coming Apart at the Dreams!
A Towering Takeover!
XY132   EP931
Flare Gang Attacks! The Zygarde at the Prism Tower!!
First broadcast
Japan August 25, 2016
United States November 12, 2016
English themes
Opening Stand Tall
Japanese themes
Opening XY&Z
Ending プニちゃんのうた
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 尼野浩正 Hiromasa Amano
Assistant director 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
Animation directors 小山知洋 Tomohiro Koyama
青木一紀 Kazuki Aoki
中村路之将 Michinosuke Nakamura
内田裕 Yū Uchida
No additional credits are available at this time.

A Towering Takeover! (Japanese: 襲撃フレア団!プリズムタワーのジガルデ!! Flare Gang Attacks! The Zygarde at the Prism Tower!!) is the 132nd episode of the XY series, and the 931st episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 25, 2016 and in the United States on November 12, 2016.

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The Kalos League award ceremony is interrupted as giant creeping vines engulf the stadium and threaten to take over Lumiose City! Lysandre broadcasts Team Flare’s manifesto: they want to create a new world order, where only the “chosen ones” will join them.

Ash and Alain set off to rescue Mairin, but Ash is shocked to discover that Alain has been working with Lysandre, and Team Flare imprisons Ash atop Prism Tower. His friends try to help, but an angry Zygarde stands in their way—until it’s confronted by a second Zygarde, as Squishy transforms and reveals its true identity! A showdown is imminent, and it’s Zygarde vs. Zygarde!


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After seeing the stadium infested with plants, Ash and Alain leave the stadium, with Alain asking Ash where Mairin was. Ash tells him that she didn't want to get in his way, so she asked Ash not to tell him. He then asks Alain if Mairin is important to him; Alain confirms it, and Ash offers to help look for her. Once they exit the stadium, they meet up with Bonnie, Clemont, and Serena, with Bonnie telling Ash that Squishy wondered off. The group hears a televised announcement to the citizens of Lumiose City, warning them stay away from Prism Tower. Then, they see the glowing Zygarde, and Alain realizes that Zygarde was behind the plant infestation. Squishy is heading to Prism Tower while running it tried to get through to its other cells then transform into its 10% Forme to get their faster then Bonnie senses where Squishy going and runs off to catch up to it. Ash tells Clemont and Serena to go with her and tells them that he going with Alain to find Mairin. Before Ash went off Clemont gives Ash a commutator to keep in touch with him and Serena also Serena tells Ash to be careful which he tells her he will and goes with Alain. As the roots keep growing Sawyer, Shauna, Tierno and Trevor call out their ace Pokémon to help get everyone to safety. Professor Sycamore helps get people away from the roots then remembers what Olympia said about the destruction of Kalos and what role he will play in along with Ash and his friends then he realizes that he they might be in danger and goes to go look for them.

Diantha gets rid some of the plants to save a civilian with her ace Pokémon help then Officer Jenny comes over witch Diantha asks about the evacuation for the city which she tells her that she got every officer on duty and the roots are spreading then Diantha tells her to show her the way to the tower. Team Rocket fight off the roots with the equipment their holding commenting that this is no ordinary disaster with Malva looking at the destruction knowing this was Lysandre doing. Mairin is at one of the building then hears Alain calls and respond to them then Ash tells her that their going to Prism Tower but a root spurt up cutting them off from her then Alain sends out his Charizard to get rid of the root with help from Pikachu but the roots come back. All the officer are evacuating citizen and Squishy is still trying to reach the other Zygarde but no responses along with Squishy still running to get to Prism Tower. Malva leaves with Team Rocket questioning where she going and that they need to cover this but Malva just tells them that she remembers something important also she tells them they can do what they want. Jessie gets mad at this then gets an idea telling James and Meowth to get the camera ready which she starts broadcasting the entire event all over the city and all over Kalos telling everyone she will give her life to keep them updated on the situation.

Ash and Alain still trying to get to Mairin but the roots keeps coming back stronger then before. Celosia shows up, using her Drapion to get their attention,which Ash remembers that she was the one hunting for Squishy which Celosia finds amusing that he remembers her but she tells him that she not after Squishy today that she after Ash this time confusing him and Pikachu. Alain shocked and confused on what Celosia just said but she tells him that it's Lysandre's orders to bring Ash in hearing this Ash asks if he knows her but Alain doesn't answer which Celosia answers for him by telling him that Alain does know her and that their colleagues. Ash shocked that Alain works with the ones chasing Squishy asking him what's she talking about but Alain,in a state of shock, doesn't answer him. Celosia tells Alain that Lysandre wants to see him and to come with her right away also she tells him that an associate of her has gone after Squishy and to get moving. Ash tells Alain to whatever she saying to not listen to it then tries to leave with him but Alain refuses to go leaving Ash shocked. Team Flare grunts come from behind the roots so Ash would't get away from them then Celosia has her Drapion uses confuse ray on them. The confuse ray knocked Ash out with Pikachu staying to protect an unconscious Ash from the grunts, while fighting the confuse ray effects, which Celosia finds very amusing that Pikachu would protect Ash until Pikachu gave in to the confuse ray and passed out as well. Celosia tells the grunts to grab them with Alain shock on what's he done with the grunts putting objects on Ash. Jessie still reporting on the whats going in Lumiose City but get interrupted by a transmission from Lysandre with Serena, Clemont, Bonnie and Mairin getting ready to listen what he had to said.

Lysandre tells everyone that he's the leader of Team Flare also he tells everyone his plans and that Zygarde is angry with people with all the Kalos Gym Leaders watching and everyone all over Kalos seeing this are confuse and shock. Mairin questioning why would Lysandre do this but a grunt shows up and tells her that an order from Lysandre is to bring her in but now realizing that there are bad guys she gets scare and refuses to leave. Professor Sycamore comes to Mairin rescue and gets away when the grunts' Skorupi and Garchomp's attacks collide to make smoke who the Professor and Mairin use to make there escape. Alain flying in a jet to Prism Tower, still mad at what their doing, with some grunts and an unconscious Ash and Pikachu. Mairin thanking the Professor for the rescue and tells him that Alain and Ash were going to Prism Tower and decided to head their to find some answer. Finally arriving at Prism Tower Alain goes to Xerosic which he tells him that Lysandre waiting for him but Alain furious asks him about Zygarde and why they involved Ash however Xerosic just tells him that Lysandre will explain everything. Alain goes to Lysandre who greets him asking Alain what he's thinks and thanks him for completing the Mega Evolution system shocking Alain then Lysandre tells him that peace will be here soon enough. Squishy finally makes to Prism Tower seeing Zygarde up there.

Lysandre asking Alain isn't beautiful and tells him that Zygarde represent all their anger and rage but Alain protested that destroying the city and hurting people wondering if this is what he thinks world peace is really about also Alain thought that Lysandre was protecting them but Lysandre tells Alain that he's protecting the chosen people. Squishy climbs up by using the roots to get up to the tower when Squishy gets up there it then tries to get through to Zygarde but it doesn't response at all then Lysandre noticed that Squishy arrived shocking Alain. Serena, Clemont and Bonnie are still trying to get Prism Tower with Braixen and Luxray help but they keep coming back with them getting tired they were almost finish until Clembot and Heliolisk show up thanking them for their help. More roots sprung from the ground lucky for them Blaziken mask shows up and they tell him that everything that's happening is going on in Prism Tower hearing this he tells everyone to get to a safe place. Bonnie tells him that she wants to go help her friend who's at Prism Tower and Clemont tells him that he has to go too because it's his gym and if he doesn't he'll regret forever hesitant at first but he lets them come with him promising them to leave if gets tough. Zygarde and Squishy both fire a Dragon Pulse attack but Squishy gets over power and separates from his cells and hits the ground then Bonnie tells them they got to hurry sensing Squishy in pain. Alain reminds Lysandre that if you want to protect something you must become stronger but Lysandre tells him the will to protect and what was he protecting in the first place a tomorrow that worse then today making Alain upset. A grunt tells Lysandre that all preparation are complete making Lysandre very pleased to hear then Ash and his Pokémon are floating in midair with restraints and unconscious leaving Alain shocked.

Bonnie, Clemont, Clembot, Blaziken mask and Serena finally arrive at Prism Tower getting ready to go in and see whats going on but they were stop by Aliana and Bryony who are not letting them past. Ash regain consciousness to find himself and his Pokémon in restraints then asks them if there all okay but Pikachu is only one to reposed,who just regain consciousness right after Ash did, while the rest of his Pokémon were still unconscious at the time. Lysandre greets Ash bringing his attention over to them then Ash asks him and Alain what's going on and to released him and the others but Lysandre, who apologizes for the treatment, refuses to released them. Ash and Pikachu see Zygarde that's under their control then Ash turns to Alain asking him what's this about but he's doesn't answer and Lysandre tells Ash that he maybe one of the chosen people making Ash confuse. Clemont tells them to leave that this is his gym and Serena tells them that Team Flare was behind all this and there up to no good then Bonnie senses Squishy near by who gets ready to transform again shocking everyone in the area beside Lysandre. Bonnie happy that Squishy is gonna fight with Ash seeing that Squishy is actually an Zygarde this whole time like the one attacking the city then Aliana and Bryony see that Z1 showed up just Lysandre planed that it would then Z2 comes down getting ready to have showdown with Squishy.

Major events

Ash and his Pokémon captured
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?: Zygarde 10% Forme (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Zygarde 50% Forme (Japan)



The title card segment focuses on Bonnie for this episode


Dub edits

In other languages

XY131 : Down to the Fiery Finish!
XY series
XY133 : Coming Apart at the Dreams!
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