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BW095 : Unrest at the Nursery!
Best Wishes series
BW097 : Unova's Survival Crisis!
Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!
BW096   EP753
Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!
First broadcast
Japan September 27, 2012
United States January 19, 2013
English themes
Opening Rival Destinies
Japanese themes
Opening やじるしになって!
Ending みてみて☆こっちっち
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 矢嶋哲生 Tetsuo Yajima
Assistant director 尼野浩正 Hiromasa Amano
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
No additional credits are available at this time.

Meloetta and the Undersea Temple! (Japanese: メロエッタと海底の神殿! Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!) is the 96th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 753rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It aired in Japan on September 27, 2012, in the UK on December 31, 2012 and in the United States on January 19, 2013.

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Giovanni arrives at the Team Rocket's aircraft where Jessie, James, Meowth and Dr. Zager are in it, where his plan finally starts here...

Meanwhile, at Cynthia's villa, Ash and Cilan had sparring training, with Ash's Oshawott battling with Cilan's Pansage. Cilan commands Pansage to use Bullet Seed, but Ash ordered Oshawott to use Razor Shield. Meloetta prasies their battle. Oshawott tells Meloetta that he wants to battle with her, to which Meloetta agress. Meloetta transforms into Pirouette Forme to use for the battle. However, Oshawott becomes embarrased to battle Meloetta in her form so Ash decides to use another Pokemon. Ash sends Krookodile and the two start their battle. Meloetta uses Hyper Voice, but Krookodile survives. Ash orders him to use Stone Edge, but Meloetta manage to take all stone with her fighting style. Inside the Cynthia's vila, Jervis pick up the phone from Cynthia where she's explains that tournament starts here. Ash orders him to use Dragon Clow. However, before he to take Meloetta down, a Flash Cannon comes out and that is used by Golurk! A mysterious man comes side left to the Cynthia's vila and fins Meloetta and the two embrace themselves. Incorrectly things the Ash and his group are villans, a man orderd his Golurk to fire his Flashy Cannon at them. However, Meloetta manages to calm them and explains that they are not villans.

A man introduces himself as Ridley. Ridley explains that he and Meloetta lived in their new home, and it was until Team Rocket came in and stole Meloetta. He tries to stop them, but Team Rocket barely escaped from Dr. Zager's helicopter. He explains that Team Rocket are searching for Meloetta to revive the Abyssal Ruins.

Their conversation is short lived as Team Rocket arrives at Cynthia's villa and sends a dark fog. Ridley and Meloetta try to make their getaway, but they were knocked by a Golem used by Team Rocket grunt along with a Rhydon. One of the Team Rocket grunts' Rhydon used Megahorn but Ridley shields Rhydon by ordering his Golruk to use Heavy Slam. Another Team Rocket grunt has his Golem use Rock Blast. Ridley informs Ash and friends to escape while he battles them. Ridley orders Goluk to use Body Slam again to take Rhydon. Another Team Rocket grunt orders Golem to use Steamroller to attack. Ash and friends continue to run away from Team Rocket, but were once again confronted by Jessie, James and Meowth, who order James' Yamask to use Will-O-Wisp to trap them. Meloetta tries to escape by turning invisible, but James, using his glasses-like device, orders Yamask to use Shadow Ball. Ash and Pikachu run away while Cilan and Iris stays behind to battle. Pikachu stopts sensing an another Pokemon, a Pokemon turns out to be Giovanni's Persian, to which Ash's scans. Giovanni appears as well, having came here to search for Meloetta for purpose. He order Person to use Shadow Claw, but Ash ordered Pikachu to Iron Tail to take him down. Giovanni, upon seeing Meloetta invisible with his visibly device, order Giovanni to use Power Gem to take Ash and Pikachu down and causing Meloetta to appear. A Helicopter traps Ash and Pikachu. Giovanni informs Meloetta to join with him. With no other options, Meloetta was forced to do and was captued, including Ash and Pikachu! The group heads to the Abyssal Ruins where the final plan begins.

Meanwhile the group, upon learning that they were captured, heads to the Abyssal Ruins to stop Giovanni.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Golurk


  • Team Rocket's Pokémon Live Caster: Kami trio
  • Despite having made its debut over 700 episodes ago, this is the first time when Giovanni's Persian is seen using any moves.
    • This is also the first episode to show Persian's Poké Ball.
    • This is also the first time when Persian is scanned with a Pokédex.
  • The spiraling staircase in the Abyssal Ruins resemble the same stairs seen in the ruins shown in the previews for the two unaired episodes. Also, the way the Reveal Glass rises from the top of the stairs resembles the way the Meteonite revealed itself in the same preview.
  • This episode marks the first time that Ash has a battle directly against the leader of a villainous team.
  • This marks one of the very few times in the Pokémon anime when a character has threatened to kill another character, as Giovanni threatens to squash Ash and Pikachu inside of a shrinking force field cube if Meloetta doesn't give itself up.
  • Background music from Arceus and the Jewel of Life, Zoroark: Master of Illusions, White—Victini and Zekrom and Black—Victini and Reshiram was used in this episode.
  • This episode was aired in several countries before its airing in the US:
    • On December 31, 2012, it was aired in the UK, nineteen days before the US airdate.
    • On January 3, 2013, it was aired in Italy (on K2), sixteen days before the US airdate.
    • On January 9, 2013, it was aired in Poland (on DisneyXD), ten days before the US airdate.
    • On January 19, 2013, it was aired in Latin America, at the same time than the US airing.
      • It was supposed to air in English but it was erroneously broadcasted on Cartoon Network USA via the Secondary Audio Track on all U.S and U.S Territories using the dubbed Latin American Spanish track, which was scheduled to debut on 2014.
  • The English title is a literal and punctuative copy of the Japanese title.


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