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EP261 : Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid
Original series
EP263 : Address Unown!
You're a Star, Larvitar!
Yogiras Does Its Best!
First broadcast
Japan August 22, 2002
United States September 6, 2003
English themes
Opening Believe in Me
Japanese themes
Opening Ready Go!
Ending ポケッターリ・モンスターリ
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
Storyboard よこた和 Kazu Yokota
Assistant director 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
Animation director 福本勝 Masaru Fukumoto
No additional credits are available at this time.

You're a Star, Larvitar! (Japanese: ヨーギラスがんばる! Yogiras Does Its Best!) is the 262nd episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on August 22, 2002 and in the United States on September 6, 2003.

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It's still a few ways from Mt. Silver, but luckily a Pokemon Center is just in the middle of the road. During the rest period, Ash calls up Prof. Elm to tell him about the things he saw during his short trip here. After the talk with Elm, the gang decides to settle down for a little lunch. But before they could do that, a trainer comes up to them and challenges Ash to a battle. Ash gladly accepts and they go outside just at the small battling ground. Brock, as always, refs the match. The rules for this one is sudden death, only one Pokemon and that's it. And as tradition goes, the boy says he's Seinchi, while Ash introduces himself. The battle starts off, Seinchi using Magby. Ash sends out Cyndaquil.

Misty's was a little surprised that Ash chose Cyndaquil when he could've easily chosen Totodile. But either way, Ash is confident of winning. Ash starts off the match by telling Cyndaquil to use Quick Attack. Magby is hit hard and tries to get an attack on Cyndaquil but Cyndaquil shoots a Swift before Magby could do anything. Magby gets knocked back but quickly gets up and unleashes a Flamethrower. Cyndaquil does the same and it's left at a flame tug-of-war. (sorta) Magby manages to win the stand still but Cyndaquil manages to pull back before it's too late. Cyndaquil tries to Tackle Magby, but Magby does Double Team and ends up confusing Cyndaquil. Ash says just go for whatever is best and Cyndaquil Tackles on one side, which is just an illusion. Cyndaquil soon gets caught by surprise with Magby's Dynamic Punch, knocking Cyndaquil.

Seinchi congrats his Magby on winning the match. But it's not quite enough. The gang wonders what Seinchi is talking about. He says that he wants Magby to become a Magmar so that he can be more powerful. After all, Dynamic Punch is a wasted move if Magby stays the way he is. He says maybe he should train up Cyndaquil as well, after all Ash can't rely on speed and tatics forever.

Later, Ash thinks over what Seinchi told him while Cyndaquil rests. He wonders about just training some of his Pokemon, but how? Then he notices a trainer in the distance with a Quilava. The trainer simply throws a frisbee as the Quilava tries to nail it down with a few Flamethrowers. Ash soon gets an idea on how to work things out.

Meanwhile, Misty and Brock watch over Larvitar as he eats his lunch. They soon see Ash with all his Pokemon following him. They look another way and notice that a lot of trainers with their Pokemon are preparing for some training. After watching a bit, Togepi starts to look around. Misty notices and sees that Larvitar walked off! Larvitar wants to train too and so he goes up there and watches the others. However, a Voltorb and Electrode pop out from some of the bushes. Soon enough, Larvitar is the attraction of the trainer crowd. Misty and Brock find Larvitar but soon a vacuum forms and all the Pokemon including Seinchi's Magby get dragged towards a direction!

Ash is training Noctowl to dodge attacks (using Pikachu as the attacker) until he hears Misty and Brock in the distance mention Larvitar. He soon runs up there and catches Larvitar. Soon the perpitrators show themselves, and it's Team Rocket! Ash tries to get away from the vacuum but he can't and almost flies away, but Bayleef as well as the rest of Ash's Pokemon grab onto him and try to pull him. The vacuum is turned on to a higher setting and Cyndaquil gets caught in it as well! Cyndaquil flies ahead of Ash and Ash puts down Larvitar to try to get after Cyndaquil, but both are swallowed in the vacuum. Larvitar does get sucked in, but he manages to stay on the outside. Misty, Brock, and Seinchi try to follow the Rockets but it's no use.

Far away, the Rockets lower their prize of Pokemon into a truck. Larvitar successfully remains hidden. As for Ash, the Rockets leave him tied up in the cottage that was there. The Rockets pile in the truck cabin and Larvitar makes his move. He bites one tire of the truck and digs a hole. Just as James turns the key, the truck tilts, looks like something's up. Larvitar breaks through into the cabin from underground and Ash is glad to see him. The Rockets on the other hand notice that the tire went flat, and it looks like Meowth and James are going to have to work on it.

As for the rest of the group, they have no luck finding the Rockets. Noctowl goes and scouts to try and find them.

Larvitar eats through the rope and frees Ash. Ash thanks Larvitar at first but tells him he should've ran away instead of followed. But either way, Ash is happy that Larvitar could handle a task like that. Now time to get to work. While James and Meowth work on the tire, Ash tells Larvitar to go tell Cyndaquil and Magby to melt the glass. Larvitar runs up and climbs in the back. Cyndaquil and Magby go up to the glass and Larvitar tells them what Ash said. Soon the two Pokemon use Flamethrower on the glass. However, James and Meowth are already done! Larvitar goes out and bites the tire again and goes and goes around the other side. Once more, the truck leans and the Rockets check it out. But by that time the two fire Pokemon burnt a hole in the glass. All the Pokemon get out, but they hide out of view in the compartment.

By this time, Noctowl finds the Rockets and heads back. Soon the rest of the gang are on their way. While they check the tire, the Rockets hear a noise in the back. They check it out but as soon as Jesse sticks her head in, the fire Pokemon burn her up. Soon the Pokemon hop out and join Ash. The Rockets obviously aren't going to give up without a ffight. Fortunately for Ash, Misty ,Brock, and Seinchi make it in time. Jesse sends out her Arbok and James with Weezing.

Arbok strikes first as well as Weezing, but Magby takes care of them with one Dynamic Punch. But after that, something happens to Magby. Magby soon evovles into Magmar! The Rockets are a little confused, but it's no problem. Seinchi cheers on for his newly gotten Magmar and says that now his power's better. Knowing that, Jesse picks up her Arbok by the tail and hurls it towards the Magmar. Magmar simply takes care of Arbok, and then the Rockets with one more Dynamic Punch.

All is well as everyone's Pokemon get runited with their trainers. Seinchi follows Ash during the treck to Mt. Silver until there's a split in the road. Seinchi says he'll go his seperate ways from here, and he thanks Ash for helping him out with Magmar. After seeing Seinchi go, Ash takes the other path.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts

TV episode debuts




Who's That Pokémon?: Entei (US and international), Magby (Japan)



  • Satchel comments on Cyndaquil's "Flame Attack" which doesn't exist.
  • When Ash is seen with all of the stolen Pokémon, a Totodile is there. However, there was no Totodile that was stolen, and Ash's was with Misty and Brock at the time.
  • When Arbok and Weezing are blasted by Flamethrower in the next scene and Meowth says "Mama," his whiskers are not seen.
  • Professor Elm refers to Mason as a male, despite the fact the character is later revealed to be female.

Dub edits

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EP261 : Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid!
Original series
EP263 : Address Unown!
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