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AG103 : A Cacturne for the Worse
Advanced Generation series
AG105 : Once in a Mawile
Claydol Big and Tall
AG104   EP378
Seal the Giant Nendoll!!
First broadcast
Japan November 25, 2004
United States December 3, 2005
English themes
Opening Unbeatable
Japanese themes
Opening チャレンジャー!!
Ending GLORY DAY 〜輝くその日〜
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 武上純希 Junki Takegami
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 玉川明洋 Akihiro Tamagawa
Additional credits

Claydol Big and Tall (Japanese: 巨大ネンドールを封印せよ!! Seal the Giant Nendoll!!) is the 104th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 378th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on November 25, 2004 and in the United States on December 3, 2005.

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While in a giant canyon, Ash and his friends see a giant stone Poké Ball on top of a hill. Then, an old man, Sigourney, approaches them and tells them about the ball.

Meanwhile, Team Rocket is listening in, and are determined to get whatever is inside a similar ball that is in the middle of a lake.

Sigourney leads Ash's group to the lake, and they see Team Rocket's balloon hovering over the giant Poké Ball. Team Rocket says their motto through megaphones. Meowth pushes a button on a remote and a bunch of bombs fall down and explode on the Poké Ball, opening a giant hole in the top of it. The ball cracks open, parting the waters of the lake and pushing Team Rocket's balloon aside. A giant Claydol appears in the split waters. Meowth pushes another button and some hooks come out of the balloon, grabbing the Claydol. The balloon tries to lift it up, but it's too heavy. Jessie yells at it, and it shoots a beam of ice at the balloon, freezing it. Then it shoots another beam that sends Team Rocket blasting off... But not for long. They fall down, landing on Claydol's head.

Claydol starts moving out of the lake and across the land, shooting beams to destroy a path in front of it. Ash throws a Poké Ball to try to catch it, but it fails. Sigourney explains that only the giant Poké Ball at the top of the hill can catch Claydol. So, they have to come up with a plan to catch it. Sigourney explains that they need a maiden to lure Claydol to the ball.

Meanwhile, on top of Claydol, Team Rocket is freaking out. Brock sends out his Lombre and Mudkip to shoot Claydol with Water Gun, but this makes it spin rapidly, making Team Rocket fly off into the air. The water shoots back at Ash's group, blowing a hole in the rocks behind them. Team Rocket lands nearby, and they still want to catch the Claydol, so they act like they want to help Ash's group catch it.

Sigourney looks in his book and explains that Claydol likes eggplant, so they decide to lure it with that. Ash and James hold out a basket of them, but Claydol doesn't see it. So, James and Ash dress up as eggplants, and Claydol sees this and gives chase. Suddenly, Sigourney sees that Claydol really hates eggplant, so everyone tells Ash and James to run away. They get out of the costumes just before Claydol stomps on them.

Claydol runs into a rock wall, so it blasts a hole through it. Unfortunately, it is headed for a town, and the people there run for cover. To distract it, Sigourney, Ash's group, and Team Rocket decides to try the maiden plan, but with a variety for Claydol to choose from.

Jessie, May, Meowth, and Wobbuffet all dress as maidens, playing musical instruments. They rip off their outfits to reveal different outfits. Jessie is dressed as a ballerina, May as a nurse, Meowth as a cheerleader, and Wobbuffet as a maid. Claydol seems interested and approaches them. It is displeased with Jessie, May, and Meowth, and blasts them away. However, it falls in love with Wobbuffet and starts chasing it (apparently, the maiden it fell in love with before looked like a Wobbuffet, much to May and Jessie's annoyance).

On top of the hill, the groups try to push the giant Poké Ball down to Claydol. However, Wobbuffet is about to be caught, so Ash sends Swellow to grab it. However, Swellow only gets Wobbuffet's wig, and Claydol sees that Wobbuffet was only in disguise and gets angry. Fortunately, the ball rolls down the hill, but it gets stuck. Brock sends out Mudkip and Lombre to use Water Gun to weaken the rock that got it stuck, and Pikachu breaks the rock. The ball hits Claydol, capturing it.

Suddenly, May wonders where Team Rocket went, and everyone looks up to see the giant Poké Ball attached to their balloon. However, the ball ends up rolling down a hill, dragging the balloon with it. The balloon then breaks free, sending Team Rocket flying away. The ball rolls into the lake where the original Poké Ball was.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts




Pokémon Trainer's Choice: Flaaffy



  • In Pokémon Trainer's Choice, "Flaaffy" is misspelled as Flaafy.

Dub edits

Pokémon Trainer's Choice

  • Question: Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is not a normal type?
  • Choices: Flaaffy, Togepi, Cleffa
  • Answer: OK trainers! If you chose Flaaffy, you were right!

In other languages

AG103 : A Cacturne for the Worse
Advanced Generation series
AG105 : Once in a Mawile
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