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| Hello Pummelo
Winner's Cup! Full Battle 6 VS 6!!
|| September 2, 1999
| United States
|| September 23, 2000
|| Team Ota
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
| Assistant director
|| 井上修 Osamu Inoue
| Animation director
|| 梶浦紳一郎 Shin'ichirō Kajiura
| No additional credits are available at this time.
Hello Pummelo (Japanese: ウィナーズカップ！フルバトル６VS６!! Winner's Cup! Full Battle 6 VS 6!!) is episode 111 of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on September 2, 1999 and in the United States on September 23, 2000. In it, Ash arrives on Pummelo Island and begins his battle with Drake, the leader of the Orange Crew.
Pummelo Island is now in sight. However, before they arrive they notice a mysterious Pokémon flying around.
The first thing Ash does is register himself for a battle against the leader of the Orange Crew. After having his badges verified, he is told that his battle will be held on the following morning. Ash is now ready to start training, but Misty tells him that first he needs to know where the stadium is. After being shown the stadium, (which is very hard to miss,) Ash is shown the Hall of Fame where all victorious trainers are immortalized. But no one has beaten the leader in a long time, and the reason why no one was able to beat the leader is because his Dragonite was too strong to defeat.
Said leader is very disappointed about this. Though he doesn't have any time to dwell on it as Team Rocket have turned up to steal his Dragonite. However, one Hyper Beam later and they are already blasting off.
Ash is now ready to get into training. But there is a problem... Snorlax won't wake up. On consulting Nurse Joy, hse states that Snorlax probably won't wake up for several days. This means that it won't be able to battle. Ash calls Professor Oak, who suggests using one of his other Pokémon instead. Kingler, Muk and one his Tauros turn up, and Ash decides to go with Tauros due to the "beginner's luck" factor that won his battle with Kingler back in the Indigo League. Ash puts Snorlax's Pokéball on the transporter and receives a very happy Tauros in return.
That evening, Jessie and James contemplate their humiliating defeat. A van drives past informing everyone that a challenger has been found who will battle the next day. Meowth likes this as they can get Dragonite when the challenger has softened it up a little.
The next morning, Ash arrives at the stadium ready to battle. After the customary handshake, the referee states that the state of the field will change after one of them has three Pokémon faint. As he says this, the flat field disappears and is replaced by a field with rocks on it and a pool in the middle. Outside, Team Rocket are more amazed at who the challenger is. But Meowth states that this will just make things all the more interesting.
Drake starts with Ditto, while Ash starts with Pikachu. Ditto naturally starts with Transform to turn into a copy of Pikachu. Pikachu begins with a powerful Thunder, and then Ditto uses its own Thunder. Next, they both use Thundershock at the same time. The rocks begin to crumble, hurting Pikachu but not Ditto, who calmly hops from one to the other. Ditto starts using Agility, while Pikachu tries unsuccessfully to shock it. Ditto then hits Pikachu with more electricity, but it has no effect as Pikachu channels it to the ground with its tail. Pikachu then uses Agility too, until they meet each other in the air. Both fall to the ground, though Pikachu manages to get up and knock Ditto with its tail to win the round. Tracey realises that Pikachu managed to win because it was in better physical shape. Ash has done really well to get past Drake's Ditto but he still has another five Pokémon to face.
Drake is proud of his Ditto for battling and is proud of Ash on his first victory and tells Ash that he's going to get rocked by his next Pokémon, Onix. Ash recalls Pikachu and sends out Squirtle. Drake seems pleased with this. As Ash tells Squirtle to use Water Gun, Drake tells Onix to use Dig. As the stone snake burrows underground, it dodges the Water Gun. Ash is now unsure as to what to do, finally deciding to send Squirtle into the water. However, Onix gets to Squirtle first, knocking it into the air before holding it in a Bind. Squirtle manages to counter this by using Withdraw followed by Hydro Pump. A final Skull Bash finishes the round.
Drake is surprised at Ash's second victory, but tells him that he won't have a ghost of a chance against his third Pokémon, Gengar. Misty and Tracey are worried as no Pokémon is strong against a ghost, so Ash decides to try his beginner's luck strategy and sends out Tauros. Drake thinks Ash has finally slipped up. Tauros uses Fissure but Gengar just jumps into the air, making the ground attack useless. Gengar then uses Confuse Ray on Tauros, who starts running into the rocks. Ash has no choice but to recall Tauros.
Ash decides to counter Confuse Ray with Ice Beam, and sends out Lapras. Lapras avoids Gengar's initial atacks by going underwater, coming out to hit Gengar with a Water Gun. Gengar then tries Confuse Ray, so Lapras uses Ice Beam. The attacks collide and an explosion engulfs the arena. Who will be left standing?
- Ash returns his Snorlax to Oak's lab in exchange for one of his Tauros.
- Ash begins the battle for the Orange League Trophy.
Who’s That Pokémon?: Dragonite
- Although the dub implies that Drake is merely a fifth Gym Leader in the Orange League, the Japanese version specifically uses the title Head Leader to denote his importance.
In other languages
- French: Bienvenue à Pomelo