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| Where's Armaldo?
Island of Doctor Moroboshi! Fossil Pokémon Appear!!
|| November 11, 2004
| United States
|| November 19, 2005
|| Team Ota
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| 大山和弘 Kazuhiro Ōyama
| Assistant director
|| ながはまのりひこ Norihiko Nagahama
| Animation director
|| 広岡歳仁 Toshihito Hirooka
| Additional credits
Where's Armaldo? (Japanese: ドクター・モロボシの島！化石ポケモン現る！！ Island of Doctor Moroboshi! Fossil Pokémon Appear!!) is the 102nd episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 376th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on November 11, 2004 and in the United States on November 19, 2005.
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We see Ash and the others riding on a ferry to the next location. Max exclaims that they've arrived at the next island, and Brock says that it's Wales Island, a crescent moon-shaped island. Ash's excited to think about what kind of rare Pokémon will be on this remote island.
On the beach, May is training Bulbasaur for the next Contest, trying to teach it Petal Dance. Meanwhile, Ash is doing some training of his own, trying to make Pikachu stronger. He commands Pikachu to hit a log floating in the ocean with its Thunderbolt attack. The attack lands and flips the log up into the air, where Pikachu is ordered to use Iron Tail to chop it in half. After Pikachu lands, May happily exclaims that Bulbasaur has learned Petal Dance. She decides to show Ash, so she has her Grass Pokémon use the attack on an incoming tidal wave. The Petal Dance tears right through the wave, cutting a giant circular hole out of the wall of water.
Meanwhile, Max is out by himself gathering firewood in the forest. Suddenly, he spots a Cradily. The Pokémon runs off as Max sits, flabbergasted. Ash and the others arrive on the scene, and Max informs them of what he just saw. After May looks it up on her Pokédex, Brock says that Cradily is supposed to be extinct. As Ash looks for the Pokémon, May suggests that maybe he mistook a different Pokémon for Cradily. Suddenly, a Breloom appears, and everyone assumes that this is what Max saw. Max insists that he really saw a Cradily and runs off, anxious to prove them wrong.
Max is searching in the forest when he comes across a huge mansion! He approaches the grounds and peeks through the window, discovering that the mansion has a laboratory inside! Through the window, he's also able to see a bunch of Lileep, the pre-evolved form of Cradily! Suddenly, a man in a lab coat appears behind Max and angrily asks him what he's doing there!
Ash and the others are still out in the forest, looking for Max. Suddenly, Cradily appears in front of our heroes! As Ash and the others realize that Max wasn't as crazy as they thought, a young female in a lab coat appears and happily hug the ancient Pokémon, happy that it's OK. As Brock does his usual “fall for a beautiful girl” routine, the girl introduces herself as Annie Proctor. Ash and the others ask if she's seen Max, and the woman responds that if he's anywhere, he would have found his way to the lab where she works.
Everyone is taken to the lab, where Max is waiting. May and Max share a hug while the man in the lab coat from before appears. His name's Professor Proctor, and he's studying at the lab with his wife, Annie. Brock cries about the fact that Annie's already spoken for while May looks Lileep up on the Pokédex. She then tells Professor Proctor that she thought that Lileep and Cradily were supposed to be extinct, and Annie says that the Pokémon came from fossils. The young Trainers eagerly ask Professor Proctor to explain how they made the fossil Pokémon came to life. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is spying on the doctor from the top of a tree.
Professor Proctor starts his explanation. Many many years ago, when all these fossil Pokémon were still alive, the Anorith who lived on a remote peninsula used to eat a special fruit. Over time, however, the land changed, and the peninsula gradually broke off into its own island, the island that's now known as Izabe Island. Professor Proctor then explains that they were able to extract Lileep from the Root Fossil, while Anorith was extracted from a Claw Fossil. Professor Proctor thinks that he'll be famous for the work he's done with the ancient Pokémon, but Annie tells the kids that they haven't made any official announcement to the scientific world at the moment.
Outside, Team Rocket is plotting to steal the fossil Pokémon. They plot something about how the Boss will be in the jungle with the Pokémon, and then for some reason he rips his clothes off to reveal a loincloth. As he swings on a vine Tarzan-style (Meowth even does a Tarzan yell for the Boss), they imagine the Boss flipping through the air, diving toward a waterfall as Aerodactyl fly beside him.
Back in the lab, it's time for another experiment! A cylinder with an Anorith in it rises from the ground and opens up. As either May or Ash looks up the Pokémon in the Pokédex, Annie says that the Pokémon is ready to evolve! After it evolves into Armaldo, Ash looks it up in his Pokédex. Professor Proctor and Annie seem happy, but their celebration ends soon when a net thrown by Team Rocket lands on the Armaldo! They start to pull the Pokémon in, but Armaldo responds with an Metal Claw attack. It breaks free of the net and uses Water Gun on Team Rocket, breaking them through the wall of the lab and blasting them off again. Suddenly, Armaldo turns on Ash and aims a Water Gun at the young Trainer! Ash dodges as the fossil Pokémon starts going on a rampage, breaking every computer in the lab! The Pokémon then runs out the hole made by Team Rocket and starts running.
In the forest, we see Ash and the others running after Armaldo in the forest. Far ahead, Armaldo is seen eating apples from a tree, looking disappointed, and spitting them out. Soon, Ash and the others catch up. They ask Armaldo to return to the lab, but the Pokémon responds by firing a Water Gun at them. Everyone dodges the attack and runs behind a bush, where they wonder what to do.
Suddenly, Pikachu jumps in front of the Armaldo and begins talking to it. The group is happy that Pikachu is trying to talk things out, so they decide to all send their Template:Type2 out to talk to it (since Armaldo itself is part Bug). May releases her Beautifly while Brock releases his Forretress, and the two Bug-Types join Pikachu in trying to calm Armaldo down. The talks fail, however, when Armaldo uses Metal Claw attack on the Pokémon. They're all able to dodge, and as they assess the situation Armaldo takes another apple, bites into it, and spits it out. As Professor Proctor takes notice of this behavior, Ash calls on his Corphish and orders it to use Crabhammer on Armaldo. However, it's ineffective as the fossil Pokémon merely swats Corphish away like some sort of insect. Corphish recovers and uses BubbleBeam, but Armaldo counters it with a Water Gun attack. The two attacks collide and a battle of strength occurs, but Armaldo's Water Gun proves to be more powerful. It blasts through Corphish's BubbleBeam attack and hits Corphish, causing it to faint. The Pokémon then uses its Metal Claw attack to burrow underground, disappearing from the battle site.
As everyone recovers from their failed attempts, Professor Proctor figures out why Armaldo is so upset—it's looking for food. It wants the special berries that used to grow during the days when the island was a peninsula, but now those berries aren't as plentiful anymore. However, they can still be found on the island, but now they're restricted to the top point of the crescent-shaped island. So, everyone decides to head toward the berries.
At the edge of the island, Armaldo arrives, as does Ash and the gang. However, it's grabbed by a Team Rocket mecha before it gets a chance to eat! The mecha is a tank-type machine with arms, and it's supposed to be super-strong. After Team Rocket says their motto, Meowth says that they should go back to the lab to grab the Lileep there, so the tank-mecha makes its way to the lab. Professor Proctor doesn't give up, though, and he chases the tank until he's close enough to jump on the back. The Armaldo inside hears the thud created by Professor Proctor's landing and tries to scratch its way out of its container, but James (who's with the others in a cockpit separated from the containment area) repeats that the mecha was built to be super strong. Outside, Professor Proctor tries to talk to Armaldo. Unfortunately for him, James notices that they have a stowaway, so he drives erratically in order to shake the doctor off. Professor Proctor still clings on, so James has the mecha's arms grab him and toss him off the mecha. The doctor lands with a thud in front of Ash and the others, who are trying their best to keep up with the mecha.
Now it's Ash's turn to try getting Armaldo back. He has Pikachu use Thunderbolt, but the attack is useless on the super-fortified mecha. May then calls on her Bulbasaur, who uses Petal Dance on some rocks on the cliff above the mecha. The attack causes an avalanche of rocks to fall down, blocking the road. Team Rocket's mecha is unable to stop in time and flips over as it crashes in to the rocks. Just then, Max notices some different-colored patches on the bottom of the mecha, and guesses that Team Rocket was unable to afford to cover the entire mecha in the super-strong material. Professor Proctor tells Armaldo to aim at the weak spot, and the Pokémon obeys. It's able to Iron Claw its way out of the mecha! In addition, Armaldo seems a lot friendlier now!
But it's not over yet! Team Rocket has emerged from the mecha and is ready to attack, so Meowth jumps forward and tries to use Fury Swipes on the fossil Pokémon. However, the fossil Pokémon uses Rock Blast to bend Meowth's claws! Bulbasaur then steps in and uses Petal Dance, followed by Pikachu with a Thunder attack. With all these attacks combined, Team Rocket is sent blasting off again.
Now that Armaldo has been recovered, everyone is happy. The Pokémon has found its favorite berries and eats happily. May comments about how well Bulbasaur did in battle, and how she'll use Petal Dance in the next contest.
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In other languages
- Chinese: 諸星博士之島！化石神奇寶貝出現！！
- Finnish: Missä on Armaldo?
- French: Mais où est passé Armaldo?
- German: Hat Max Recht?
- Hebrew: ?איפה אמרלדו eifo Armaldo?
- Italian: Dov'è Armaldo?
- Portuguese (Brazilian): Onde está Armaldo?
- Iberian Spanish: ¿Dónde está Armaldo?
- Latin American Spanish: ¿Dónde está Armaldo?