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'''Xatu the Future''' (Japanese: '''ネイティオのだいよげん!''' ''{{tt|Natio's|Xatu's}} Big Prediction!'') is the 234th episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 31, 2002 and in the United States on February 8, 2003.
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'''Xatu the Future''' (Japanese: '''ネイティオのだいよげん!''' ''{{tt|Natio|Xatu}}'s Big Prediction!'') is the 234th episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 31, 2002 and in the United States on February 8, 2003.
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{{spoilers}}
 
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==Synopsis==
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==Blurb==
The episode starts off with {{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} walking along a path towards {{to|Mahogany}} as usual. Just ahead of the road, {{TRT}} is finished with creating yet another hole for the gang to fall into. They cover it up fast as soon as Ash is in sight and hide down in some brush that's nearby. Just as the gang walks up, Ash recalls all those times that an ordinary road turns out to be a pitfall trap. Ash jumps about, nothing happens, then tries again. Team Rocket watches and then jumps out, wondering why the pitfall's not working. [[James]] jumps on the ground a few times then all of a sudden, the whole ground caves in and they fall. Just at the bottom, {{TP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}} pops out and causes them to fall some more, right through a ceiling of a tunnel! They all complain here and there before seeing a woman run by. They wonder what's with her before the woman wonders what's with them. She says she has no time to talk now and has to hurry somewhere. The gang had started to go with the woman towards whatever she is going to.
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<i>Ash and friends meet a Xatu, a Pokémon said to have the ability to see into the future, and the young girl whose job it is to watch over an entire flock of the same and interpret their strange predictions. They meet her at a difficult time in her career, as the locals are just beginning to doubt the accuracy of these Pokémon's predictions, which have guided their community for centuries. The girl herself even finds her own faith waning, but when the Xatu forecast a cataclysm that would endanger all in the village, she must decide whether to trust in her Pokémon or to let age-old traditions fall by the wayside.</i>
   
In the next room of the unknown place was a colossal wire tower built with rings with giant spheres connecting them. Just about halfway, Ash notices a few {{p|Xatu}} perched up on one of the spheres. Ash scans the Xatu and then tries to call out to it, which nothing happens. {{an|Misty}} tries the same thing, then Team Rocket who happened to catch up tries as well. Lost, the woman says that she's {{Jo|Calista}}, the meteorologist of this place, since the people here are superstitious over what the Xatu says. She calls to one and then she runs upwards towards an exit. Everybody else follows her and are amazed that the other side is a giant stone auditorium with a group of people sitting on the bleachers. The Xatu fly up towards a guardrail and Calista grabs out two fans, everybody else does the same. She shouts towards the people, doing different patterns with the fans. Soon the Xatu do similar patterns with their wings and that was it. Calista said there should be rain tomorrow, but otherwise the rest of the day is going to be fine.
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==Plot==
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{{TRT}} finishes their latest pitfall trap just in time for {{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} to fall into it. The group realize that it has been very peaceful lately, so Ash decides to test the group by jumping on it. Team Rocket are shocked as their trap isn't being activated, so they emerge from their shrubs. [[Jessie]] demands that the [[twerps]] fall into the hole already. [[James]] jumps on the ground a few times, finally causing the whole ground to cave in and they all fall. At the bottom, {{TP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}} pops out and causes them to fall again, right through a ceiling of a tunnel. Jessie quickly [[recall]]s her nuisance Pokémon to his {{i|Poké Ball}}.
   
Just one thing happens to occur, clouds start to gather around and it starts to rain. Funny... usually the Xatu are right all the time. Calista wonders what's wrong and decides to hold off this little gathering for a while as she runs back in. Everyone else does so and more Xatu join with them. However Team Rocket were ditched on this and everybody won't let them go. So Jessie plays them all a round of Rock-Paper-Scissors (Japanese style) and wins both that and the look-away part, with that they run off. On the bottom of the bunker is a station. Calista and everyone else goes in and watches as Calista sends out a radar to check out what's going on in the area. She explains that this is "Netio-sama", otherwise the last resort of the weather predictions. Even the radar can't scope out this odd storm.
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A woman rushes by, but with no time to speak she tells everyone to simply follow her. The group arrives at a colossal tower built with rings, with giant spheres connecting them. Ash notices a few {{p|Xatu}} perched on one of the spheres and scans them with his [[Pokédex]]. The woman informs them that the Xatu can tell the future. Jessie and {{an|Misty}} are intrigued, but their pleas for a fortune go unanswered. The woman introduces herself as {{OBP|Calista|EP234}}, and she explains that the Xatu are often in a trance state because they are watching the future and past at the same time. She then calls out to a Xatu as she runs upwards towards an exit. Everybody else follows her and are amazed that the other side is a giant stone auditorium with a group of people sitting on the bleachers. The Xatu perch themselves on the surrounding balustrade. Calista holds two fans in the air and orders the audience to follow her movements. Soon, the Xatu do similar patterns with their wings. Jessie orders {{MTR}} to translate, but he reveals that he can only speak human and Pokémon. Calista suddenly concludes the day will be mostly sunny.
   
Just after a while, Team Rocket continues their decent downwards until Wobbuffet again messes them up and they crash into the station. They wonder what's with all the technology and stuff and Calista explains that it's the radar system. Then Jessie tries to butt in saying that she was once a meteorologist for a news program. One of the Xatu gets all nervous at this brag. Then [[Jessie]] goes on and on until the Xatu faints from this. Then the Xatu says that he'll figure something out of this. So everybody runs back up.
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Suddenly, clouds gather and it starts to rain. Confused, Calista fears the "day" has finally arrived. She decides to hold off the gathering and runs back into the tower. Her two Xatu and Ash's group follow her, and shortly after Xatu Two joins them. Meanwhile, Jessie attempts to entertain the crowd with a game of paper, scissors, rock, but this only confuses the audience. Team Rocket soon trail behind. At a weather station under the tower, everyone watches as Calista sends out a Xatu-painted radar to check the weather patterns, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Team Rocket continues downward until Wobbuffet causes them to roll into the station. Xatu Three makes some wing movements and Calista reveals that a human with the ability to predict the weather will appear today. James and the group look at each other, but are none the wiser. Calista is certain of her interpretation because she is a thirteenth-generation Xatu prophetess, and she admits that Xatu Three is getting on in age. Jessie then reveals that she was once a meteorologist for a news program, but was let go because of her inaccurate forecasts. Xatu Three begins sweating, and Jessie urges it to stop looking into her past, and it eventually does when it faints.
   
Once back up, all the {{p|Xatu}} line up and Calista does a few more patterns with the fans. All the Xatu repeat and they go faster with each pattern. Soon she gets the idea, a disasters coming this way! She tells everyone to evacuate the area, and everyone does so, but they leave a something valuable behind. As everyone waits around, {{p|Delibird}} comes by and drops in on Team Rocket, giving them a reminder of what they have to do to stay as members. So they sneak over and try to swipe one of the valuable items but Ash catches them before they could do anything. Then Team Rocket stop playing good and starts to take on their real role. Jessie first tells Delibird to throw a couple of presents at them, which Delibird throws three to each Xatu, all healing them. With that, [[James]] sends out {{TP|James|Weezing}} to use {{m|SmokeScreen}} while Delibird drops in a few more presents. Just when it seems that all is taken care of, Weezing drops the screen and they are surprised to see that the Xatu are still there. Just before they can do anything else, Delibird drops a present next to them and then ditches them before it sends Team Rocket off into the sky.
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Determined to solve the strange weather patterns, Calista orders Jessie to help interpret the data, but Jessie is unable to offer any insight. Suddenly the trio of Xatu spring to their feet and begin moving their wings. Calista is horrified and reveals that the long-awaiting "day" of a great flood will arrive tomorrow. She reveals that she and the Xatu's services will come to an end as well. Ash and the others plea for calm. Calista fears that today's wrongful prediction will jeopardize the trust the people have for the Xatu. Even so, she has faith in her Xatu's fortune-telling skills.
   
The Xatu do one final pattern and Calista says they'll teleport away now before the disaster comes by. First the Xatu teleports then the gang and Calista teleport out as well. Just in the nick of time, a giant tidal wave comes through a valley where the place rests and covers the area. Though it's probably not much left, maybe Calista can now pursuit her real goal, meteorologist for a news program. Later Team Rocket are at the ruins of the would be weather station looking for any of those valuables that the people left. Delibird comes by and says it's a no-no, and decides to fly off without them. And it looks like Calista really did get her goal.
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She takes to the stage and warns her followers of the great danger. The people rush to the stage and offer their many valuables as tokens of gratitude before fleeing to reach safety. As everyone waits, {{TR|Delibird}} arrives and delivers Team Rocket their overdue bill. As a result, the trio sneaks over and tries to swipe one of the valuable items, but Ash catches them before they could do anything. Team Rocket threatens Delibird, which prompts it to assist them. Delibird showers everyone with explosive {{m|Present}}s. James then sends out {{TP|James|Weezing}} to use {{m|Smokescreen}} while Delibird drops in a few more presents. Weezing then cuts the Smokescreen. Team Rocket are surprised to see that the Xatu are still there, but Calista explains that the Xatu were able to predict where to move to avoid being damaged. Delibird offers up another round of Presents, but this time they heal the Xatu completely. Just before Team Rocket can do anything else, Delibird drops a Present next to them and then leaves before it sends Team Rocket off into the sky.
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The Xatu do another wing pattern, and Calista then reveals that the flood will still come, today that is. Calista watches as the Xatu continue to move their wings. She translates that Ash and his friends will be fine if they leave soon. The Xatu then describe fate, and declares that their predictions should only be used as a guidance and not as a predetermined version of the future. Calista accepts Xatu's message in full. With that said, the Xatu {{m|Teleport}} themselves, Calista and Ash's group away before the flood hits. The giant surge soon arrives and floods the auditorium. Above the disaster zone, Calista then decides to move to a city and to pursue her real goal, to become a meteorologist for a news program. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is at the mud-entrenched ruins of the would-be weather station, still searching for any abandoned valuables. Delibird soon flies off, but Team Rocket know full well that it will be back to collect its dues so they flee into the distance.
   
 
==Major events==
 
==Major events==
 
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===Debuts===
 
===Debuts===
 
====Pokémon debuts====
 
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==Characters==
 
==Characters==
 
===Humans===
 
===Humans===
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[[File:PMTV EP234.png|thumb|200px|{{tt|Pocket Monster TV|Who's That Pokémon}}]]
 
* {{Ash}}
 
* {{Ash}}
 
* {{an|Misty}}
 
* {{an|Misty}}
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* [[Jessie]]
 
* [[Jessie]]
 
* [[James]]
 
* [[James]]
* {{Jo|Calista}}
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* {{OBP|Calista|EP234}}
 
* Crowd
 
* Crowd
   
 
===Pokémon===
 
===Pokémon===
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[[File:WTP EP234.png|thumb|200px|Who's That Pokémon?]]
 
[[Who's That Pokémon?]]: {{p|Ledian}} ''(US and international)'', {{p|Xatu}} ''(Japan)''
 
[[Who's That Pokémon?]]: {{p|Ledian}} ''(US and international)'', {{p|Xatu}} ''(Japan)''
 
* {{p|Pikachu}} ({{OP|Ash|Pikachu}})
 
* {{p|Pikachu}} ({{OP|Ash|Pikachu}})
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* {{p|Wobbuffet}} ({{OP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}})
 
* {{p|Wobbuffet}} ({{OP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}})
 
* {{p|Weezing}} ({{OP|James|Weezing}})
 
* {{p|Weezing}} ({{OP|James|Weezing}})
* {{p|Delibird}} ([[Delibird (Team Rocket)|Team Rocket]])
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* {{p|Delibird}} ({{OBP|Delibird|Team Rocket|Team Rocket}})
* {{p|Xatu}} (debut)
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* {{p|Xatu}} ({{OBP|Calista|EP234}}'s; multiple; released; debut)
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{{right clear}}
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* This episode was initially going to be called '''Future Shock.'''
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* This episode was initially going to be called ''Future Shock''. Some cable providers erroneously refer to the episode as this working title.
* This episode's dub title is a pun on the ''{{wp|Back to the Future}}'' film series.
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* This episode's dub title is a pun on the {{wp|Back to the Future (franchise)|''Back to the Future'' franchise}}.
* In this episode, Team Rocket uses a [[Team Rocket's mottos#Xatu the Future motto|variation]] of their motto.
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* In this episode, {{TRT}} uses a variation of their {{motto}}.
* The way Calista and the Xatu communicate is similar to that of {{wp|flag semaphore}}.
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* The way {{OBP|Calista|EP234}} and the {{p|Xatu}} communicate is similar to that of {{wp|flag semaphore}}.
* This episode has music from ''[[M01|Mewtwo Strikes Back!]]''
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* Music from ''[[PK01|Pikachu's Vacation]]'', ''[[M01|Mewtwo Strikes Back]]'', and ''[[M02|The Power of One]]'' can be heard in this episode.
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===Errors===
 
===Errors===
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* When the dark clouds first appear, Calista tells the crowd to stay even though it is pouring. However, the rain is only a slight drizzle at that point.
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* {{MTR}} calls the pit used to trap {{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} "indivisible" instead of "invisible".
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* Once again in the {{pmin|Brazil}}ian dub, Delibird is mistakenly called "Thunderbird".
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===Dub edits===
 
===Dub edits===
   
 
==In other languages==
 
==In other languages==
 
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|zh_cmn={{tt|天然鳥的大預言|Xatu's Big Prediction}}
 
|zh_cmn={{tt|天然鳥的大預言|Xatu's Big Prediction}}
 
|de={{tt|Die Xatu und die Zukunft|The Xatu and the future}}
 
|de={{tt|Die Xatu und die Zukunft|The Xatu and the future}}
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|pl={{tt|Xatu, co nas czeka?|Xatu, what lies ahead?}}
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|hi=Xatu को दिखा भविष्य {{tt|''Xatu ka dikha bhavishya''|Xatu saw the future}} {{tt|*|Hungama dub}}
 
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[[Category:Episodes written by Takeshi Shudō|234]]
 
[[Category:Episodes storyboarded and directed by Hiroshi Haraguchi|234]]
 
[[Category:Episodes animated by Katsumi Hashimoto|234]]
 
   
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[[ja:無印編第234話]]
 
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[[zh:精灵宝可梦 第235集]]

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EP233 : A Tyrogue Full of Trouble
Original series
EP235 : Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
Xatu the Future
EP234.png
  EP234  
ネイティオのだいよげん!
Natio's Big Prediction!
First broadcast
Japan January 31, 2002
United States February 8, 2003
English themes
Opening Believe in Me
Ending
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター (Whiteberry)
Ending 前向きロケット団!
Credits
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 首藤剛志 Takeshi Shudō
Storyboard 原口浩 Hiroshi Haraguchi
Assistant director 原口浩 Hiroshi Haraguchi
Animation director はしもとかつみ Katsumi Hashimoto
Additional credits

Xatu the Future (Japanese: ネイティオのだいよげん! Natio's Big Prediction!) is the 234th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 31, 2002 and in the United States on February 8, 2003.

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Blurb

Ash and friends meet a Xatu, a Pokémon said to have the ability to see into the future, and the young girl whose job it is to watch over an entire flock of the same and interpret their strange predictions. They meet her at a difficult time in her career, as the locals are just beginning to doubt the accuracy of these Pokémon's predictions, which have guided their community for centuries. The girl herself even finds her own faith waning, but when the Xatu forecast a cataclysm that would endanger all in the village, she must decide whether to trust in her Pokémon or to let age-old traditions fall by the wayside.

Plot

Team Rocket finishes their latest pitfall trap just in time for Ash and his friends to fall into it. The group realize that it has been very peaceful lately, so Ash decides to test the group by jumping on it. Team Rocket are shocked as their trap isn't being activated, so they emerge from their shrubs. Jessie demands that the twerps fall into the hole already. James jumps on the ground a few times, finally causing the whole ground to cave in and they all fall. At the bottom, Wobbuffet pops out and causes them to fall again, right through a ceiling of a tunnel. Jessie quickly recalls her nuisance Pokémon to his Poké Ball.

A woman rushes by, but with no time to speak she tells everyone to simply follow her. The group arrives at a colossal tower built with rings, with giant spheres connecting them. Ash notices a few Xatu perched on one of the spheres and scans them with his Pokédex. The woman informs them that the Xatu can tell the future. Jessie and Misty are intrigued, but their pleas for a fortune go unanswered. The woman introduces herself as Calista, and she explains that the Xatu are often in a trance state because they are watching the future and past at the same time. She then calls out to a Xatu as she runs upwards towards an exit. Everybody else follows her and are amazed that the other side is a giant stone auditorium with a group of people sitting on the bleachers. The Xatu perch themselves on the surrounding balustrade. Calista holds two fans in the air and orders the audience to follow her movements. Soon, the Xatu do similar patterns with their wings. Jessie orders Meowth to translate, but he reveals that he can only speak human and Pokémon. Calista suddenly concludes the day will be mostly sunny.

Suddenly, clouds gather and it starts to rain. Confused, Calista fears the "day" has finally arrived. She decides to hold off the gathering and runs back into the tower. Her two Xatu and Ash's group follow her, and shortly after Xatu Two joins them. Meanwhile, Jessie attempts to entertain the crowd with a game of paper, scissors, rock, but this only confuses the audience. Team Rocket soon trail behind. At a weather station under the tower, everyone watches as Calista sends out a Xatu-painted radar to check the weather patterns, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Team Rocket continues downward until Wobbuffet causes them to roll into the station. Xatu Three makes some wing movements and Calista reveals that a human with the ability to predict the weather will appear today. James and the group look at each other, but are none the wiser. Calista is certain of her interpretation because she is a thirteenth-generation Xatu prophetess, and she admits that Xatu Three is getting on in age. Jessie then reveals that she was once a meteorologist for a news program, but was let go because of her inaccurate forecasts. Xatu Three begins sweating, and Jessie urges it to stop looking into her past, and it eventually does when it faints.

Determined to solve the strange weather patterns, Calista orders Jessie to help interpret the data, but Jessie is unable to offer any insight. Suddenly the trio of Xatu spring to their feet and begin moving their wings. Calista is horrified and reveals that the long-awaiting "day" of a great flood will arrive tomorrow. She reveals that she and the Xatu's services will come to an end as well. Ash and the others plea for calm. Calista fears that today's wrongful prediction will jeopardize the trust the people have for the Xatu. Even so, she has faith in her Xatu's fortune-telling skills.

She takes to the stage and warns her followers of the great danger. The people rush to the stage and offer their many valuables as tokens of gratitude before fleeing to reach safety. As everyone waits, Delibird arrives and delivers Team Rocket their overdue bill. As a result, the trio sneaks over and tries to swipe one of the valuable items, but Ash catches them before they could do anything. Team Rocket threatens Delibird, which prompts it to assist them. Delibird showers everyone with explosive Presents. James then sends out Weezing to use Smokescreen while Delibird drops in a few more presents. Weezing then cuts the Smokescreen. Team Rocket are surprised to see that the Xatu are still there, but Calista explains that the Xatu were able to predict where to move to avoid being damaged. Delibird offers up another round of Presents, but this time they heal the Xatu completely. Just before Team Rocket can do anything else, Delibird drops a Present next to them and then leaves before it sends Team Rocket off into the sky.

The Xatu do another wing pattern, and Calista then reveals that the flood will still come, today that is. Calista watches as the Xatu continue to move their wings. She translates that Ash and his friends will be fine if they leave soon. The Xatu then describe fate, and declares that their predictions should only be used as a guidance and not as a predetermined version of the future. Calista accepts Xatu's message in full. With that said, the Xatu Teleport themselves, Calista and Ash's group away before the flood hits. The giant surge soon arrives and floods the auditorium. Above the disaster zone, Calista then decides to move to a city and to pursue her real goal, to become a meteorologist for a news program. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is at the mud-entrenched ruins of the would-be weather station, still searching for any abandoned valuables. Delibird soon flies off, but Team Rocket know full well that it will be back to collect its dues so they flee into the distance.

Major events

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

Debuts

Pokémon debuts

Characters

Humans

Pocket Monster TV

Pokémon

Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Ledian (US and international), Xatu (Japan)


Trivia

Errors

  • When the dark clouds first appear, Calista tells the crowd to stay even though it is pouring. However, the rain is only a slight drizzle at that point.
  • Meowth calls the pit used to trap Ash and his friends "indivisible" instead of "invisible".
  • Once again in the Brazilian dub, Delibird is mistakenly called "Thunderbird".

Dub edits

In other languages



EP233 : A Tyrogue Full of Trouble
Original series
EP235 : Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution
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