Band of Diglett thieves
The thieves threatened to raid Diglett Village of their valuable Diglett tomorrow, terrorizing the populace. However, they were actually the young people and Mayor of Diglett Village in disguise, created as an intimidation tactic after the elderly refused to leave their homes and farming lifestyle for the purpose-built retirement home in the younger people's town. The band was based on actual thieves who once pillaged the Diglett Village.
Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket first learned of the threat from the local Town Council members, and soon encountered the band of thieves that night. Joining forces with Team Rocket, Ash and his friends decided to spy on the thieves in their home village while trying to incapacitate their main mode of transport, Dodrio. In doing so, they learned the truth behind the thieves when they were caught by Rita and Sue and spotted by the band's leader. The thieves agreed not to ride in on their Dodrio in tomorrow's scheduled raid, while Ash and his friends agreed to play along with the ploy.
The next day, Ash and his friends used their Pokémon to fight the thieves. The thieves kept themselves safe with various tools and equipment meant to counter the attacks of the group's Pokémon. Most of them ended up in pitfall traps that were dug up by Team Rocket and the elderly townspeople. The Diglett soon carried off the thieves, and the leader hoisted a white flag into the air to announce a truce. However, Team Rocket, who was unaware of the secret ploy, attempted to bomb the thieves to protect the elders. Ash was forced to send them blasting off with Pikachu's Thunderbolt to keep up appearances.
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|These thieves rode on Dodrio as their method of transportation throughout town. However, they were not used for the latest fake raid on Diglett Village after the Mayor promised Ash and his friends.
None of Dodrio's moves are known.
|Debut||Plant it Now...Diglett Later!|
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