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BW079 : Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!
Best Wishes series
BW081 : Crisis at Ferroseed Research!
Clash of the Connoisseurs!
BW080   EP737
Pokémon Sommelier Showdown! Tasting Battle!!
First broadcast
Japan May 24, 2012
United States September 22, 2012
English themes
Opening Rival Destinies
Japanese themes
Opening ベストウイッシュ!
Ending みてみて☆こっちっち
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 武上純希 Junki Takegami
Storyboard 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
Assistant director 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
Animation director 案浦達哉 Tatsuya Annoura
No additional credits are available at this time.

Clash of the Connoisseurs! (Japanese: ポケモンソムリエ対決!テイスティングバトル!! Pokémon Sommelier Showdown! Tasting Battle!!) is the 80th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 737th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on May 24, 2012 and in the United States on September 22, 2012.

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Template:Incomplete synopsis Cilan's goal is mastery as a Pokémon Connoisseur. In the midst of his travels, a confrontation between connoisseurs occurs! A girl named Merigold wants to pick out her first Pokémon, and choosing compatible Pokémon for new Trainers is one of the jobs of a Pokémon Connoisseur! Suddenly, an A-Class Connoisseur named Richard arrives, causing a dispute between him and Cilan on choosing the right Pokémon for Merigold. A battle takes place in order to choose what Pokémon will be Merigold's partner. A conflict occurs between Richard's Purrloin and Cilan's Crustle.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts

TV episode debuts




Dare da?

Who's That Pokémon?: Whimsicott (US and international) Purrloin (Japan)



  • In the fantasy scene with Gothitelle, its hands are black instead of purple.
  • When Foongus jumps toward Merigold its body is smaller than her hands, but when it appears out of her arms it is much bigger in size.

Dub edits

In other languages

BW079 : Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!
Best Wishes series
BW081 : Crisis at Ferroseed Research!
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