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XY138 : The First Day of the Rest of Your Life!
XY series
XY140 : Till We Compete Again!
Facing the Needs of the Many!
XY139   EP938
Farewell, Satoshi Gekkouga! Xerosicy's Counterattack!!
First broadcast
Japan October 20, 2016
United States January 1, 2017*
January 14, 2017*
English themes
Opening Stand Tall
Japanese themes
Opening XY&Z
Ending ニャースのバラード
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
Storyboard 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
Assistant director 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
Animation director 篠原隆 Takashi Shinohara
No additional credits are available at this time.

Facing the Needs of the Many! (Japanese: さらばサトシゲッコウガ!クセロシキの逆襲!! Farewell, Satoshi Gekkouga! Xerosicy's Counterattack!!) is the 139th episode of the XY series, and the 938th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on October 20, 2016, in Australia on January 1, 2017, in Canada on January 7, 2017 and in the United States on January 14, 2017.

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After returning Goodra to its home, our heroes are suddenly confronted by a giant creeping vine—just like the ones Team Flare unleashed on Lumiose City! The scientist Xerosic is trying to continue Lysandre’s work, and he even turns a mind-control beam on Clemont! But Clemont is too clever for that—a secret invention rescues him, and Xerosic is arrested.

When another vine attacks our heroes, Squishy and Zygarde come to the rescue…with a difficult request. Ash’s Greninja is able to sense the energy feeding the vines, and Squishy needs its help to stop them. With Ash’s encouragement, Greninja agrees, and joins Squishy to help protect the Kalos region!


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Ash and his friends are at the Wetlands which is Goodra's home. Ash says it was good to battle together. Goodra is sad but Ash says they'll see each other again as Dedenne says its goodbyes. Everyone says their goodbyes before heading back to Lumiose City. On the way, Serena discovers that the airport is running again as Ash says that when they get back, he'll by flying home as Clemont notes that their journey is nearly over which makes everyone feel sad. As they continue on their way, Ash senses some roots heading their way as Greninja comes out of its Poké Ball sensing the roots. Ash wonders what is going on as root come up from out of the ground and Clemont realizes this is the same as what happened in Lumiose City and Ash wonders if Team Flare is behind this again. Clemont thinks this is the work of a group like Team Flare but Bonnie says Squishy got rid of them. Ash decides they need to get rid of the roots right away and become Ash-Greninja. They both see the power inside the roots and Ash has Greninja use Water Shuriken which defeats the root as a Zygarde Cell watches from a tree. It isn't over yet as deep rumbling begins to occur as a large truck nearly runs them over. The Cell watching them is suddenly picked up and dragged towards the truck thanks to Xerosic and his Malamar as Clemont informs the others he was Team Flare's Scientist. He isn't happy at being defeated and has come back and planning to create Team Neo Flare. Bonnie tells him to give back Squishy's friend but he says he won't do it as he plans to get Zygarde Complete Forme and make Lysandre's dream come true. Ash has Greninja use Water Shuriken to smash the device but Malamar stops it with Signal Beam before lifting Clemont off his feet. The truck departs with Clemont captive as Greninja goes after it.

Inside the truck, Xerosic informs Clemont his scientific knowledge will be useful but Clemont says he'll never help him but Xerosic has other plans and will use mind control on him like he did with the Zygarde.

Major events

Ash saying goodbye to Greninja
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 (Zygarde Complete Forme) (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Squishy (Zygarde Core) (Japan)



The title card segment focuses on Ash for this episode
  • Poké TV: "Burn! Pokémon Challenge!!" focusing on Ash's Greninja in its Ash-Greninja form.
  • The English dub was released on iTunes and Amazon Video on January 1, 2017, thirteen days before the episode aired in the United States. The same occurred for all episodes in Volume 4 of Pokémon the Series: XYZ that aired after an all-day marathon of Teen Titans Go! on November 26, 2016, and before January 11, 2017, when the error was fixed (The Right Hero for the Right Job! through Till We Compete Again!).
    • However, the episode was pulled from iTunes and Amazon on January 11, 2017, although those who had already purchased and downloaded the episode could still view it. It was later released again on iTunes and Amazon on January 15, 2017, the day it was supposed to be released.
  • This episode was followed by a preview for the Sun & Moon series.
  • Meowth's Ballad is used as the ending theme for this episode.
  • In this episode, a piano version of Puni-chan's Song is used when Bonnie sees Squishy again.
  • This is the first time a main character has released a regional starter Pokémon.
    • This is also the first time where a main character has released two Pokémon in the same episode.
  • Bonnie's promise to reunite with Squishy when she becomes a Trainer is similar to the promise that Max made to Ralts back in Do I Hear a Ralts?.


  • After Greninja accepts Squishy's offer, its eyelids are blue instead of black like they're supposed to be in its Ash-Greninja form.

Dub edits

  • The Ash-Greninja theme is replaced by an instrumental version of Stand Tall.

In other languages

XY138 : The First Day of the Rest of Your Life!
XY series
XY140 : Till We Compete Again!
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