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| The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!
Liftoff! Nagisa Tower!!
|| March 4, 2010
| United States
|| July 31, 2010
|| Team Kato
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| 日高政光 Masamitsu Hidaka
| Assistant director
|| 近橋伸隆 Nobutaka Chikahashi
| Animation director
|| 木下和栄 Kazue Kinoshita
| Additional credits
The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore! (Japanese: 発進！ナギサタワー！！ Liftoff! Nagisa Tower!!) is the 166th episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 632nd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on March 4, 2010 and will air in the United States on July 31, 2010.
After his battle against Template:E4, Ash is more than ready for his Gym Battle against Volkner. With Brock, Dawn and Flint watching from the stands (and the Bartender watching the battle on TV from his bar), the Robotic Referee announces the rules; the battle will be four-on-four. Volkner sends out his first Pokémon, Luxray and Ash responds by sending out Grotle, a good match for an Template:Type2 and with that the battle begins.
Ash has Grotle start off with Razor Leaf, however Luxray is able to easily dodge and strikes back with Spark. While a hard hit, luckily Grotle has defence and type on its side. Ash has Grotle try another Razor Leaf when suddenly the Gym's power goes out. Volkner makes sure that there's nothing wrong with the Gym itself, and with the lights gone and the Robotic Referee out of commission the Gym Battle is cancelled. The gang then decide to head to the Pokémon Center to find out what's happened.
Exiting the Gym, the group are surprised to see Officer Jenny running to them who tells them that it's not just Sunyshore Gym that's suffered a blackout... the power has gone out throughout Sunyshore City. However it seems the power to Brock's heart is still up and running as he once again declares his powerful love for her... however his love isn't as powerful as Croagunk's Poison Jab. It emerges that the power problem is due to something happening at Sunyshore Tower, the source of all of the city's electricity. Heading there, everyone finds out exactly what the problem is... Team Rocket have taken control of the tower. Jessie, James and Meowth are very pleased and say the motto before heading to the tower's cockpit... as it turns out the three have been busy turning Sunyshore Tower into a rocket planning to deliver it straight to Giovanni as a neverending source of power. Activating the rockets, Sunyshore Tower lifts off and starts to fly away. As getting away with Sunyshore Tower will leave the city without power permanently Ash and the gang give chase, with Pikachu and Raichu quickly getting ahead of their trainers. The tower starts to climb and knowing they need to get onboard now or not at all, Flint jumps and reaches the tower. Second is Volker with his Raichu and finally, Ash and Pikachu. Dawn and Brock however are unable to grab on in time and are left behind. The tower starts to climb higher and higher and while Ash and Volkner have a good grip, Flint is unable to hold on falls into the sea. Luckily Ash and Volkner manage to get a firm footing and head into the tower to confront Team Rocket.
Meanwhile, Dawn, Brock and Flint head the Pokémon Center where they meet with Nurse Joy. Brock, as usual, falls in love and Croagunk, as usual, brings him back down to earth. Nurse Joy is very worried about the Pokémon that are supposed to be getting treatment in the Center, as without power their conditions will go untreated and may even get worse. Luckily Nurse Joy has a back-up power supply... two bikes connected to generators. Flint is happy to help and immedietly gets on the bike and starts pedalling. Brock begins to help as well.
Inside Sunyshore Tower, Ash and Volker head to the cockpit to find Team Rocket. As they prepare to enter the cockpit, Ash and Volkner are suddenly trapped in a cage alongside Pikachu. Jessie talks to them over the speakers, telling them that Team Rocket have watched their every move and that they plan to dump the cage before taking the tower to Giovanni. Ash and Volkner have Pikachu and Raichu use Thunderbolt on the cage, however this backfires as it not only doesn't break the cage but instead the power is redirected into Sunyshore Tower's generators. Meowth comments that for now they're the ecologically friendly in Team Rocket as they're not letting a single volt of electricity go to waste. Ash knows he's got to try something different and sends out Gible, commanding him to use Rock Smash on the cage door. Gible is able to easily break the cage apart, and Ash and Volkner head towards the cockpit. Once entering, Gible starts to munch on the whole tower before Ash returns him to his Poké Ball. Ash demands Team Rocket return Sunyshore Tower back to it's correct location, but Jessie and James naturally refuse and send out Seviper and Carnivine to battle.
Pikachu and Raichu attempt to use Thunderbolt against the two Pokémon but once again the energy is redirected to power the tower and Pikachu and Raichu are already exhausted from the power drain when Seviper and Carnivine attack, allowing them to gain the upper hand. Ash sends out Grotle and it is able to use Tackle to send Seviper and Carnivine flying back. Ash orders a Razor Leaf to follow up, when Grotle starts to evolve! Becoming much larger and more powerful, Grotle evolves into Torterra to Ash's delight. Suddenly, instead of using Razor Leaf, Torterra uses a new attack... Leaf Storm! Using this, it sends Seviper and Carnivine flying back to Jessie and James who aren't impressed and attempt to send their Pokémon back into battle. Ash decides to wrap things up once and for all and has Torterra use Leaf Storm again. With the powerful Template:Type2 move, Team Rocket is sent blasting out of the tower and away.
Unfortunately this causes a hole in the tower and air starts to rush out of it. Ash, Pikachu and Raichu cling on to Torterra for dear life and Volkner takes the controls in order to return Sunyshore Tower to its correct location. In the Pokémon Center Brock starts to get tired but instantly gains energy when Nurse Joy encourages him and manages to surpass Flint in the amount to power being generated. Suddenly Dawn spots Sunyshore Tower heading straight towards them! Although it is difficult, Volkner is able to get control of the tower and with Pikachu, Raichu and Luxray powering it with their Thunderbolt attacks, he manages to avoid the Pokémon Center and is able to return the tower back to it's original position. With the tower returned, the power is restored to the whole city much to everyone's delight.
Outside Sunyshore Gym, Volker regretfully tells Ash that although Sunyshore Tower is back, both the tower and the Gym have sustained serious damage and they're both going to take quite a while to repair and until they are both back up to speed the Gym battle will have to be postponed. Ash isn't too disappointed, as he knows getting the Beacon Badge won't be easy as Volkner is going to be a very tough Gym Leader to defeat and he can use the extra time to train... and besides, he isn't leaving Sunyshore City empty-handed as he now has a powerhouse on his team with Torterra. Brock congratulates Ash on Grotle's evolution, and Dawn looks up Torterra in her Pokédex. And so, bidding Volkner and Flint farewell and leaving Sunyshore City behind for the moment, the gang head for Valor Lakefront so Dawn can compete in the Grand Festival!
- In the scene after Officer Jenny explains that Sunyshore has suffered a powercut the fingers on one of Volkner's hands have not been drawn in.
- In several scenes the hem of Volkner's jacket is yellow instead of blue.