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AG137 : Hooked on Onix
Advanced Generation series
AG139 : On Cloud Arcanine
Rough, Tough Jigglypuff
AG138   EP412
Purin's Song, Papa's Song!
First broadcast
Japan August 11, 2005
United States May 13, 2006
English themes
Opening Unbeatable
Japanese themes
Opening バトルフロンティア
Ending ポケモンかぞえうた
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
Assistant director 渡辺正彦 Masahiko Watanabe
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
No additional credits are available at this time.

Rough, Tough Jigglypuff (Japanese: プリンの歌、パパの歌! Purin's Song, Papa's Song!) is the 138th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 412th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on August 11, 2005 and in the United States on May 13, 2006.

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.


While traveling towards the Battle Arena, Ash and friends get caught in a trap made by a man named Mitch Mitchum. Mitch is trying to capture a Jigglypuff to give to his daughter for her birthday, leaving his home and his job for six months to try. After trying many times with just Poké Balls, and then with the help of a Loudred he caught, he continued to be outsmarted and outsung.

Ash and friends worked on capturing it to help Mitch get the Jigglypuff, but their plans, including direct battle, food as bait, and Professor Oak's Pink Surprise Pokéblock went unrewarded. Finally, Max devised a plan to lead Jigglypuff into a sound-amplified room, where Jigglypuff's sing attack was reflected back, putting Jigglypuff (and Pikachu) to sleep. When Mitch finally had the opportunity to capture it though, he couldn't, citing that the Jigglypuff loved living free in the forest.

Mitch decides to go home to his family finally, hoping that his Loudred will be enough to keep his daughter happy. At first his daughter was sad that she didn't get a Jigglypuff, but realized that what mattered most was that he made it for her birthday and to be with family. She cheered her dad up by saying she would have plenty of fun with Loudred and was simply glad he was home. Jigglypuff appears at the end, surprising everyone, and agreeing to stay with Mitch and his family.

Major events

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







  • When Ash wants to battle Jigglypuff to help' Max tells Ash to remember its Cute Charm attack.

Dub edits

Pokémon Trainer's Choice

  • Question: Trainers, which of these Pokémon does not evolve?
  • Choices: Ralts, Ursaring, Machop
  • Answer: OK, trainers! If you chose Ursaring, you were right!

In other languages

AG137 : Hooked on Onix
Advanced Generation series
AG139 : On Cloud Arcanine
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