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BW096 : Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!
Best Wishes series
BW098 : Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige!
Unova's Survival Crisis!
BW097   EP754
The Reijuu Formes Advance! Isshu's Greatest Crisis!!
First broadcast
Japan October 4, 2012
United States January 26, 2013
English themes
Opening Rival Destinies
Japanese themes
Opening やじるしになって!
Ending ロケット団よ永遠に
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
No additional credits are available at this time.

Unova's Survival Crisis! (Japanese: 霊獣フォルム総進撃!イッシュ最大の危機!! The Reijuu Formes Advance! Isshu's Greatest Crisis!!) is the 97th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 754th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on October 4, 2012, in the UK on December 31, 2012 and in the United States on January 26, 2013.

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The episode continues off of Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!. Giovanni has just raised the Abyssal Ruins using Meloetta's song. Ash and Pikachu are still trapped in Team Rocket's containment field when Giovanni looks into the Reveal Glass, opening up the top of the temple. He orders the glass to summon Landorus, Thundurus, and Tornadus.

At sea, Cynthia, Ridley, and Ash's friends are racing to the temple on a boat. Ridley is in pain because he can feel Meloetta suffering. At the temple, the Reveal Glass hovers in the air and shoots a beam of light into the sky before disappearing into a portal that soon grows into dark foreboding clouds. Going back to Ridley, he reveals Team Rocket is planning to use Meloetta to control the three legendary Pokémon to take control nature to rule Unova. All of a sudden, the weather turns bad as the legendary Pokémon appear, creating swells and high winds. Landorus, Thundurus, and Tornadus appear and Giovanni uses the Reveal Glass to expose the legendary Pokémon's other forms. In the containment field, Ash urges Pikachu to try to escape again using Iron Tail on a single point, eventually freeing the two. They run out in an attempt to save Meloetta, but Jessie and James call out Woobat and Yamask. The two Pokémon use Air Slash and Shadow Ball to send Ash and Pikachu flying off the temple, but they are saved by Ridley's Golurk.

Golurk takes Ash and Pikachu to the bottom of the ruins where the others have just arrived. Determined to stop Team Rocket, the group calls out their Pokémon: Garchomp, Dragonite, Pansage, and Ash's Unfezant with Pikachu on her back. Without waiting for Iris's orders, Dragonite flies off to battle the three legendary Pokémon.

At the top of the temple, the Reveal Glass glows red, throwing the trainer's Pokémon back, and finally revealing the other forms of the legendary trio. As the red glow recedes, Giovanni can be seen having a red aura around him. Dragonite, as aggressive as ever, rushes into battle, though is clearly outmatched. Iris begs with Dragonite to not battle alone and instead work with the other Pokémon. Giovanni orders the three legendary Pokémon to battle. Using a combination of Air Cutter and Stone Edge, Tornadus and Landorus knock the Dragon Pokémon to the ground in front of the trainers and appears to be hurt. Thundurus then faces Dragonite and unleashes a powerful electric attack, but Iris steps in front of the attack to protect her Pokémon. Before the attack hits, Pikachu jumps in front of it and absorbs the electricity while Unfezant drives off Thundurus with Air Cutter. Seeing how much Iris cares for it, Dragonite finds new-found trust in its trainer and once again rushes off to battle with the others, although they are clearly at a disadvantage to the powerful trio.

Unhappy with the rate at which the battle is going, Giovanni orders the trio to unleash their true power. All attacking at once, the trio knock the trainers' Pokémon into the sea before covering it with ice that advances all the way to the city nearby. However, the Pokémon break through the ice and are ready to battle once more. Meanwhile, Ash and Pikachu finally reach the top of the temple. Ash demands that Meloetta be returned. When Team Rocket refuses, Ash has Pikachu use Electro Ball. Unlike Pikachu's normal Electro Balls though, this one has been enhanced with the electricity Pikachu absorbed from Thundurus's attack and the enhanced attack is humongous. When it is released, it obliterates the top of the temple and frees Meloetta, but also causes the Reveal Glass to shoot a beam of light directly into Giovanni's face.

As the smoke clears, the temple is shown to be in rubble and Team Rocket is stunned. Out of the smoke comes Meloetta riding on Unfezant's back. Seeing that Meloetta has escaped, Team Rocket suggests they recapture it, but Giovanni says Meloetta is no longer necessary. As he gets up, he is shown to have a red circular symbol on his forehead and his eyes are glowing red. In addition, he has complete control over the legendary trio and has become drunk with power. Giovanni orders the trio to destroy Unova. Seeing that their boss has become insane, Jessie, James, and Meowth tackle Giovanni outside the boundary of the temple, thus freeing him from its influence. Outside the temple's influence, Giovanni doesn't remember what happened. Dr. Zager tells him they can no longer control the trio, so they retreat under the cover of Yamask's Haze. Unfezant uses Gust to blow away the smoke, revealing Team Rocket escaping in a jet.

Meanwhile, the trainers' Pokémon are still battling the legendary trio. Ridley replaces the Reveal Glass and asks it to calm down the trio. It does and the trio revert back to their original form.

Back on the boat, the group is heading back to land. In the distance, the temple is sinking back into the sea. Back on shore, the group says farewell to Ridley and Meloetta. Ash's Oshawott is crying that his crush Meloetta is leaving.

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?: Persian (US and international) Landorus (Therian Forme) (Japan)


  • Team Rocket's Pokémon Live Caster: Team Rocket's old Pokémon
  • When first aired, Team Rocket Forever was used as the ending theme for this episode instead of Look Look☆Here. Subsequent re-airings use Look Look☆Here.
  • Iris narrates the preview for the next episode.
  • This is the last episode of the fifteenth season, Pokémon Black & White: Rival Destinies.
  • This is the first episode of the Best Wishes series to have a Pokémon that doesn't appear in the episode or Dare da? in the international version of Who's That Pokémon?.
  • This episode aired December 31, 2012 in the UK, twenty six days before the US airdate.
    • The gap between the Japanese and UK airings was 88 days - making this the shortest time between the premiere of the Japanese version and the English dub of the same episode.
    • On January 26, 2013, it was also aired in Spanish on CN USA via the Secondary Audio Track on all U.S and U.S Territories (such as Puerto Rico)
  • This episode aired on January 3, 2013 in Italy (on K2), twenty-three days before the US airdate.
  • This episode aired on January 10, 2013 in Poland (on DisneyXD), sixteen days before the US airdate.
  • This episode aired on January 26, 2013 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 in 2014.


Giovanni's eyes incorrectly colored white
Giovanni's uniform missing its stripes
  • When Giovanni calls out to the Reveal Glass just before the Kami Trio changes Forme, the yellow stripes on the sides of his uniform briefly disappear.
  • Just before Jessie, James and Meowth push Giovanni off the pedestal while he is possessed, his eyes are colored white when they should still be red.

Dub edits

  • In the original version of the episode, Tornadus's voice changes to become much higher pitched when it changes into Therian Forme. This is not retained for the dub, in which all three of the Kami Trio have the same voices in both Formes.

In other languages

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