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If you were looking for the unaired EP040, see Snow Way Out!.

EP039 : Pikachu's Goodbye
Original series
EP041 : Wake Up Snorlax!
The Battling Eevee Brothers
The Four Eievui Brothers
First broadcast
Japan April 16, 1998
United States October 27, 1998
English themes
Opening Pokémon Theme
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター
Ending ポケットにファンタジー
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 井上修 Osamu Inoue
Assistant director 井上修 Osamu Inoue
Animation director 梶浦紳一郎 Shin'ichirō Kajiura
Additional credits

The Battling Eevee Brothers (Japanese: イーブイ4きょうだい The Four Eievui Brothers) is the 40th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 16, 1998 and in the United States on October 27, 1998.

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On their way to Cinnabar Island for the seventh Gym battle, Ash and his friends are walking through a forest. Pikachu hears a Pokémon's cry and heads towards where it is coming from. Pikachu shows them that inside of the base of a tree, an Eevee is tied to a post. After scanning Eevee with his Pokédex, Ash wants to catch it since it may be abandoned, but Misty notices Eevee has a name tag and address on it saying that its trainer lives in Stone Town. Brock says to them that Stone Town is at the foot of Evolution Mountain. Ash looks in his Pokédex for more information on Eevee, and it mentions Eeeve's evolutions via evolution stones: Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon. The gang finds that the address leads them to giant mansion.

As they arrive in the backyard, the heroes notice that there is a garden party being held. They see that almost all of the Pokémon at the party are ones that evolve with evolution stones. They even get the chance to see many of the said stones out on display. Meanwhile, up on top of a hill, Unbeknownst to everyone, Team Rocket sees all of the evolved Pokémon and hears about the stones, and also crave for the food.

The three brother who are hosting the party, Sparky, Rainer, and Pyro, see Ash and his friends with Eevee, and says that that Eevee is the star of the party. They calls for their youngest brother, Mikey, who is Eevee's trainer. The brothers mention that Mikey will become a Pokémon Trainer says that the only way to win battles is to evolve his Pokémon. Mikey says that he doesn't care about battles, which makes his brothers and their Pokémon mad, and they push Mikey even harder about which of the Eevee evolutions is stronger. Brock comments that the family sure is competitive, especially when they try to push Ash to evolve Pikachu and Brock to evolve Vulpix.

At the fountain, as Misty watches her Horsea swim around in the fountain, she looks over to see Mikey on the bench with a drink, and offers some food to him. Mikey and Eevee eat as Misty tells him not to let his brothers push him around. Misty asks if he really wants to evolve Eevee. Mikey explains that his brothers only care about battling, and that he hid his Eevee just for today so that nobody could make him evolve Eevee. Misty tells him that he was just running away from his problems, and that he should just tell his brothers that he doesn't want Eevee to evolve. She says that it is his responsibility as a Pokémon Trainer. Pikachu plays with Eevee, and misty mentions how it once had the chance to evolve and chose not to.

Mikey's brothers come up and ask Mikey if he has made his decision yet. Misty tells Mikey just to go right out and tell his brothers what he has wanted to say.As Mikey is about to tell his brothers what he has decided, sparks on the ground go off by everyone. Team Rocket arrives in their balloon and does their motto while eating all of the party food. Weezing then uses SmokeScreen over everyone. Ash bring out Pidgeotto to use Gust to blow the SmokeScreen away. Once the SmokeScreen clears, everyone realizes that the Pokémon (except Misty's Psyduck), evolution stones, and the food are all missing.

Brock notices that they are getting away in their balloon, as Ash has Pidgeotto stop the balloon. The balloon crashes, but it turns out to be a decoy when it turns up empty. Pidgeotto goes to search for Team Rocket. As Tema Rocket are walking down the road with the Pokémon in cages, Horsea leaves a trail of ink so that everyone will know where they are headed to. Pidgeotto sees the ink on the ground.

At the lake with the trapped Pokémon, Team Rocket has a picnic with the food that they stole. They realize that they need to decide what to evolve Eevee into. They soon get to arguing about it, until Jessie blows a whistle and says that they should use all evolution stones at once. They go to evolve Eevee, when Ash has Squirtle use Water Gun to stop them. Before it can attack, Psyduck appears in front of Squirtle and tries a Water Gun but fails. Team Rocket is embarrassing, as Misty agrees and returns Psyduck to its Poké Ball.

Squirtle uses Water Gun on James and Meowth, which sends them backwards, and Jessie tells them to stop as she picks up Eevee's cage. She brings out Arbok, while James brings out Weezing to attack Misty. Misty and Ash prepare to battle with their Pokémon, but the Eevee Brothers stop them and say that they must be the ones to battle, since it is their brother's Eevee that was stolen.

The brothers get ready to attack with Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon. Arbok uses Poison Sting, while Jolteon counters with Pin Missile which hits Arbok. Weezing uses Sludge, but Vaporeon enters the water and uses Acid Armor to go invisible to avoid the attack. Weezing's attack misses as Vaporeon jumps out of the water and uses Tackle to send Weezing to the ground on top of James. Team Rocket tries to run away, but Flareon uses Fire Spin to stop them. The brothers demand that Team Rocket give back the stolen Pokémon, but Jessie has Arbok use Tackle on Jolteon, while Weezing uses Sludge on Flareon and Vaporeon. Horsea spits out ink into Jessie's face as she sends Eevee flying and it lands in Mikey's arms. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt on Team Rocket, but they keep going.

As Mikey pulls Eevee out of the cage, he looks over and notices that his brothers' Pokémon are severely hurt. Team Rocket decides that it's time to finish them off. Mikey stands up and decides that he and Eevee are going to have their first battle. Mikey commands Eevee to use Take Down, and then has Eevee turn it into a rage Tackle. Eevee sends Team Rocket blasting off with the attack. Mikey jumps for joy and picks up Eevee after winning, while Eevee licks him to show affection. Mikey's brothers congratulate him on his first win, and Mikey tells them that he just wanted to help everybody out. He also tells his brothers that he wants to become an Eevee Trainer. The Eevee brother accept his decision, and Sparky says that they should turn the party into a celebration of Mikey's first victory.

As they do cheers with drink glasses, everyone congratulates Mikey on his first battle victory. Mikey thanks Misty for helping him, gives her a flower, and they shake pinky fingers and promise to be friends forever. Everyone at the party then gathers for a picture. Psyduck clicks a button to take the picture, but falls as the camera takes the shot.

Meanwhile, later in the night, Team Rocket is eating food that isn't as fancy. Jessie says that they will be champions of the world, as they all say "some day".

Major event

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


Pokémon debuts

English dub debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Eevee

Pokémon seen at the party


  • This episode was supposed to air on January 13, 1998.
  • The episode aired as a two-hour special (放送再開スペシャル(放送再開スペシャル やっとあえるね!)1時間SP) with Pikachu's Good-Bye, when Pokémon came back on the air.
  • Rainer warns Mikey that he could lose his Trainer qualification as a result of losing his Eevee. Mikey is clearly younger than Ash and should not have a Trainer qualification yet.
  • Pyro offered Brock a Fire Stone to evolve Vulpix and Sparky offered Ash, who still has one, a Thunder Stone to evolve Pikachu. Misty also has a Pokémon that can evolve by way of evolutionary stone: Staryu, though Rainer never did offer her a Water Stone, probably because she already has a Starmie.
  • It is implied in one scene, that if an Eevee is evolved using more than one stone, it could be very dangerous. This is still unknown, since Team Rocket didn't get the chance to use all stones at once.
  • This episode is one of the times the anime shows real world animals, as James was holding a lobster.
  • Misty refers to Electric Shock Showdown when she tells Mikey that once Pikachu decided not to evolve using a Thunder Stone.
  • This episode is featured on the Volume 6: Eevee copy of Pokémon All-Stars.
  • Arcanine is the only Generation I stone evolution (not including Moon Stone evolutions) Pokémon not to appear in this episode.


Raichu's orange belly
Misty's shorts
  • When Misty offers a plate of sandwiches to Mikey, the food position changes orientation as the camera rotates to Mikey's point of view.
  • When Misty is talking to Mikey, Pikachu's left ear is missing.
  • When Misty asks why Team Rocket couldn't have taken Psyduck along with the other Pokémon, her shorts are all blue. They should have been light blue on the bottom.
  • Mikey calls out a second attack against Team Rocket before the first one, Take Down, is ever executed, and calls it "Rage Tackle Attack". Although Eevee can learn Rage and Tackle as separate moves, there is no such thing as "Rage Tackle". (See Dub edits for details).
  • In the picture that Psyduck takes, Raichu's normally white belly is orange.
  • When the brothers get angry at Mikey's disinterest in battling, Vaporeon's ears are blue instead of yellow.

Dub edits

  • Originally, instead of a "Rage Tackle Attack", Mikey ordered his Eevee to use a Tackle attack powered by the anger it felt after seeing its friends getting beaten up by Team Rocket.
  • Rainer is seen holding the magazine "The Pokémon Friend"; the word "Friend" was added for English speaking audiences.

In other languages

EP039 : Pikachu's Good-Bye
Original series
EP041 : Wake Up Snorlax!
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