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Spell of the Unown
結晶塔の帝王 ENTEI Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei
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Japan July 8, 2000
United States April 6, 2001
Home video
Japan July 7, 2001*
United States August 21, 2001
English themes
Opening Pokémon Johto
Ending To Know the Unknown
Japanese themes
Opening OK! 2000
Ending 虹がうまれた日
United States G
Great Britain U
Ireland G
Canada PG
Quebec G
Japan G
Germany 6
Australia PG
New Zealand PG

Pokémon 3: The Movie - Spell of the Unown (Japanese: 結晶塔帝王 ENTEI Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei; officially Lord of the "Unknown" Tower in Japan) is the third Pokémon movie. It debuted in Japanese theaters on July 8, 2000. It then made its way to North American theaters on April 6, 2001.

Spell of the Unown was shown with the Pikachu Short movie Pikachu & Pichu.

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In a mansion in Greenfield, a town in Johto, a girl named Molly is read a story by her father, famous researcher Spencer Hale. They have fun, until they are interrupted by the sound of an incoming e-mail. It is Schuyler, Spencer's assistant, who tells that he has discovered something.

Spencer heads to unknown faraway ruins to research them along with Schuyler. During their research, Spencer mysteriously dissapears in a portal to another dimension, much to Schuyler's shock.

Schuyler returns to Greenfield and talks over the sad news with David, the Hale mansion's butler. Molly manages to overhear them and is saddened by this. She takes a box full of mysterious letters and lies them on the ground, forming words with them. Suddenly, the letters begin to float, and Unown start to appear. Molly spelt "mama" and "papa" with the letters, and the Unown somehow grant her wish. Somewhere, at the same location where Spencer dissapeared, an Entei mysteriously appears. The Entei makes its way to Molly and promises to be "her dad". In the process, Greenfield begins to crystalize.

Elsewhere, on their travels, Ash, Misty and Brock meet a Pokémon Trainer who introduces herself as Lisa. Ash agrees to have a battle with her, which ultimately ends in a draw.

The Trainers and Pokémon have lunch after the battle. Brock asks Lisa if there is a Pokémon Center nearby, and Lisa tells them that there is one in a town called Greenfield. Misty says that she has always wanted to go there and has heard that it is very beautiful. Lisa says that she also has always wanted to go there. Misty explains that she was told that Greenfield has beautiful fields and a huge mansion. They make their way to Greenfield but when they arrive at the top of the hill at the outskirts of the town, they find out to their shock that almost everything is covered in mysterious crystals!

Meanwhile, Team Rocket is overseeing Greenfield's fields through via binoculars, and while they're talking about its beautiful fields they quickly notice the crystallization, and wonder what is going on.

Ash and his friends walk through Greenfield and a TV news crew talks reports about the strange things happening at Greenfield, wondering if it has anything to do with Professor Hale's recent disappearance. In Pallet Town, Ash's Mom and Mr. Mime watch the news story, as she goes to the refrigerator and looks at pictures from years ago that show Professor Oak, she and Ash and Spencer Hale's family together. At his lab, Professor Oak is watching the news report. Delia meets up with Professor Oak and asks if he has seen the news. He tells her that he will head toward Greenfield and Deila joins him, worrying about Spencer Hale and Molly.

At the Pokémon Center, the reporter says that reinforcements have arrived to help solve what is going on. Then, Professor Oak and Ash's mom come out of a car that pulls up, much to everyone's surprise.

Back at the mansion, Molly is watching them on TV and remembers Delia. She says to Entei she wants to have a mom as well, and Entei agrees. At that moment, Delia explains to Ash that Spencer used to work at the Pokémon lab with Professor Oak and left to become a Pokémon researcher.

Entei runs across the fields, crystallizing the field more as it runs towards Ash and the group. Pikachu prepares to attack as he senses Entei coming. Entei hypnotizes Delia, letting her think she is Molly's mother. Delia collapses and Entei grabs her and runs off. Ash and his friends try to go after Entei, but it's too fast. The TV camera crew films the chase. Pikachu tries to shock Entei, but it does nothing and Pikachu is thrown to the ground. Brock stops Ash from chasing further after Entei since they don't know how dangerous it is. Ash is upset that he couldn't stop Entei from taking his mom.

Back inside the mansion, Entei tells Molly that it has brought her what she wished for. Delia wakes up, surprised that Molly calls her as her mother. Molly asks Entei if they can stay together forever, to which Entei agrees once again. Entei then shows Molly that the crystallization is growing bigger, and Molly thinks it is very beautiful.

Professor Oak explains to everyone that it was an Entei that took Delia away. Schuyler, who has also met up with them, suggests that it were the Unown responsible for creating the Entei, and that Molly is inside of the mansion somewhere.

A bulldozer tries to break down all of the crystals around the mansion, but Molly tells them to go away and the Unown create more crystals to make the bulldozer crash. The TV crew films this as it's happening, as the driver barely escapes being crystallized too.

Professor Oak then receives an email from Molly exclaiming that she is together with "her mom and dad", and that everyone should go away and stop bothering them. With her mother and father having disappeared, nobody understands how it's possible that she is with them.

Ash decides to head towards the mansion to rescue his mom. Misty gets Ash to stop, and says they will all go together to the mansion. Lisa gives them a Pokégear so that they can keep in contact with the Pokémon Center.

They head to the mansion by walking through a small stream of water that wasn't crystallized as Team Rocket looks on with binoculars. They suddenly see Entei on top of a crystallized hill and it uses Fire Blast. Entei returns to the mansion to tell Molly that it got rid of them and that they won't be bothering them anymore. But Ash and his friends are not done for yet.

The TV news crew reports that a balloon (Team Rocket's, to be precise) was shot down, and that nothing can get through the crystallizations to reach the mansion, but they suddenly spot a Noctowl flying up the waterfall close to the mansion.

Noctowl brings Bulbasaur and Chikorita to the top of the waterfall. They both use Vine Whip to pull up Ash and his frineds. Professor Oak notices that it's Ash who is climbing up the waterfall, and Lisa explains to him that he is going after his mother.

Molly sees Ash as well, and wonders why he is trying to get into their house. Delia breaks out of her trance, as she sees Ash climbing up the waterfall and yells for him to get down from there. Molly notices Ash's Pikachu and his other Pokémon, and wonders if he is a Pokémon Trainer and has other Pokémon. Delia is confused as Molly calls her mom, and Entei her dad.

As Ash and his friends approach the entrance to the mansion, the Pokégear rings and Ash answers the call. Professor Oak asks Ash what he thinks he is doing and that he saw him on TV. Ash says that he should have talked to him first, and the Professor responds by saying that they will discuss it later.

Schuyler tells Ash that they have figured out what is causing everything that is happening. He explains that the Unown have the ability to read living creatures' thoughts, including people, and create an alternate reality. He thinks they are trapped into Molly's dreams, and that this created the crystallization of the mansion, based on her wishes for it to happen. Ash brings out Cyndaquil and Brock brings out Vulpix. They both use Flamethrower to create a hole in the crystallized door of the mansion's garden house, but the hole quickly repairs itself. They use Flamethrower again, and then Misty brings out her Staryu and Ash brings out his Totodile to use Water Gun. Pikachu, Misty, and Brock then enter the hole through the Pokémon's Water Gun. Ash enters by grabbing the Water Gun using Pokémon and by jumping through the hole before it closes.

Ash and his friends head towards the mansion, as the crystallized stairs switch to normal ones. Misty thinks the Unown changed the reality. They continue up the stairs, and find themselves in a grassy field created by Molly's dreams through the Unown. Team Rocket breaks through the crystallized barrier, and find themselves looking at the group of Unown floating in the air. They think that they'll be able to sneak by without being noticed.

Entei asks Molly if she wants them to go away, but Molly shakes her head and says that she wants to have a Pokémon battle with them, but doesn't think she is old enough. Entei says she can have that battle, if that is what she wishes. Molly falls asleep as she wishes to have a Pokémon battle with them. Entei disappears, which surprises Delia, and heads towards Ash and his friends with Molly on its back. Molly doesn't think she is old enough to be a Pokémon Trainer, but Entei tells her that all she has to do is believe that she is. Molly becomes an adult as they head towards them. Molly asks if they are Pokémon Trainers, and Ash demands to know where his mom is. Molly says that Ash is no fun at all.

Misty comments that she can't be Molly because she is too old to be her. Brock reminds her that the world they are in was dreamed by Molly and created by the Unown. Ash says that he will battle her, but Brock tells him that he must continue up the stairs to find his mother while Brock battles her instead. Entei runs across the field to create a battlefield, as Misty and Ash continue running up the stairs while watching what happens on the battlefield.

They decide that it will be a 3-on-3 battle. Brock brings out Zubat, and Molly brings out Flaaffy. Zubat uses Supersonic to confuse Flaaffy. Flaaffy uses Headbutt on Zubat, while Zubat uses Wing Attack but Flaaffy evades the attack. Flaaffy uses ThunderShock to knock Zubat out. Brock brings out Vulpix, while Molly brings out Teddiursa. Teddiursa uses DynamicPunch, while Vulpix is able to dodge. Vulpix uses Quick Attack and Teddiursa uses Fury Swipes at each other, as Teddiursa eventually throws Vulpix to the ground.

Team Rocket runs up the stairs to keep following Ash and Misty. Vulpix and Teddiursa tackle each other, and Vulpix collapses. Brock says that if he wants to win, then he's going to have to really rock and roll. Brock brings out Onix, and Molly brings out Phanpy. Phanpy uses Rollout which knocks out Onix in one hit.

Ash and Misty continue up the stairwell to the mansion. Delia looks through Molly's storybook, and asks her if she has seen it. Molly explains that her father reads it to her every night. Delia looks at the photographs, and asks her if she gets very lonely. Molly says sometimes, but now that she has a mom and dad, she doesn't feel lonely any more. Delia then sees a picture of the sun over some flowers, as the next scene shows Ash and Misty in a dream version of that picture, surrounded by the ocean.

Molly appears in front of Ash and Misty, and asks who will be battling her next. Ash volunteers to battle Molly, but Misty tells him that he must continue on and let her battle Molly. Molly imagines and becomes a young version of herself again. Misty tells Ash that the real Molly must still be at the top of the mansion, and that he should continue on. Misty makes up the rules for the battle: they will only use Water-type Pokémon, since she is a Water-Type Pokémon Trainer, and Molly will do the same. A giant wave crashes on to everyone, and they quickly realize that they can breathe underwater since Molly dreamed for that to be possible. Ash continues up the stairwell.

Molly brings out Kingdra, and Misty brings out {Goldeen. Kingdra uses SmokeScreen which surrounds Goldeen, and follows up with Headbutt, which Goldeen dodges. Goldeen tries to use Fury Attack, but Kingdra dodges it and knocks Goldeen out with another Headbutt.

James asks Jessie how they are able to breathe underwater, and she says just to keep running and not ask stupid questions. Meowth breaks the fourth wall by asking if they think that they will get a bigger part in the next movie.

Molly brings out Mantine, and Misty brings out Staryu. Mantine uses Tackle, which Staryu dodges. Mantine uses Whirlpool to trap Staryu inside. Mantine uses Bubble, and Staryu uses Rapid Spin to escape the Whirlpool. Mantine uses Take Down and Staryu uses Tackle, as they continue to hit each other back and forth. The ending to the battle and winner are not shown. Ash continues up the stairs and reaches the top.

Ash meets up with his mom, who tells him that Entei left a while ago. Ash explains that it was Entei who brought her there, and that it was the Unown who created the world from Molly's imagination. He then tells her that they should get out of there now. Delia wakes Molly up and explains to her that she is not her real mother, and that she is really Ash's mom. They tell her that they have to get out of the mansion now, but Molly cries out loud and refuses to go with them.

The Unown create a red colored light, and then large crystalized pillars appear in Molly's room, separating Molly, Delia, and Ash from each other.

Ash tries to go with his mom, but Entei shows up and Molly tells it that Ash is trying to take her mother away from her. Entei makes a barrier of pillars to separate Ash and Delia.

Entei tells Ash to leave the mansion. If he doesn't leave, Entei will force him to leave. Ash brings out Totodile, as Entei asks if Ash thinks he can possibly defeat it. Ash says that he won't lose to an illusion. Totodile uses Water Gun, as Entei dodges it and attacks with Flamethrower. Totodile is knocked out, as Ash brings out Cyndaquil next. Cyndaquil uses Flamethrower once again, and Entei also uses Flamethrower which knocks out Cyndaquil.

Ash admits that Entei is strong, but says that he refuses to lose to some illusion created by the imagination of a little girl. Entei yells that it is no illusion, roars, and stomps the ground as a blizzard starts to blow inside of the mansion. The crystallized pillars grow larger, the red light by the Unown grows bigger, and the pages of the storybook start flipping pages. Entei says that it is Molly's father and that it must protect her.

Entei charges as Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, which has no effect on Entei. Entei uses Flamethrower, as they keep attacking each other back and forth and dodging. Delia realizes that only Molly can stop everything by remembering her real mother and father.

Team Rocket comes up through the hole as they notice that it's very cold in the room. Two attacks cause an explosion, forcing them to have to duck out of the way.

Pikachu gets exhausted and Entei uses Fire Blast at Pikachu. Ash jumps in to protect Pikachu, but Entei's attack sends them through the wall and they fall. But they're saved by Ash's Charizard, who saw Ash on the news about the disaster! They go back into the room and Ash explains to Entei that he and his Pokémon work together, like a family. Entei says that it will destroy that family of his. Entei and Charizard clash into each other, as Charizard runs into Ash, which sends him almost off the edge, but his friends and Team Rocket grab him before he could fall out of the hole. Ash says to Molly that if she comes with them, that she would be able to have her own Pokémon, but she says that she already has real Pokémon of her own.

Ash tells Molly that Entei cannot take the place of her real father, but Entei says it is her real father. Entei and Charizard continue battling each other, using Flamethrower back and forth. At one point the Flamethrower attacks create an explosion, scaring Molly and sending Charizard backwards. Entei uses Fire Blast, which Charizard dodges and they continue to use Flamethrower at each other. Entei uses Fire Blast to break a hole in the wall, and jumps outside. Charizard and Ash follow, as they keep attacking with Flamethrower. Entei jumps down. Pillars appear and help Entei not fall down, as Charizard continues to use Flamethrower.

Entei uses Fire Blast, but Charizard dodges and they both use Flamethrower at each other again. Charizard continues to use Flamethrower and eventually hits, sending Entei to another pillars, but Entei fires some more Flamethrowers. Ash says to it that it isn't right for Entei to keep Molly, and Entei responds that it must do as she wishes. Entei uses Fire Blast, and Charizard uses Flamethrower which creates an explosion, scaring everyone. Entei uses Fire Blast once more, hitting Charizard and sending it crashing through the ceiling and back on to the floor of the room. Entei grabs Charizard's neck and prepares to use Fire Blast to finish it off, but Molly steps in and asks Entei to stop fighting.

Brock and Misty explain that she is a great Pokémon Trainer, and that it is important to know when to stop a battle. With her instincts, she could become a Gym Leader some day. Ash says to her that now matter how hard the battles are, they always stay friends. Even though the battles are tough, the friends are real. He asks her to come with them, and Delia says it is what her father would want. With this, Molly decided that she wants everything to be real again. The crystallized pillars start disappearing, the Pokémon she battled with disappear. Entei explains that it was an illusion created by the Unown. Since Molly wants things to be real again, it must go.

Unfortunately, the Unown begin to lose control! Pillars start forming around everyone, which almost traps them inside of the room. Entei leads them to the pathway so that they can exit through the hole that they came in through. As the pillars keep forming all over the place, everyone runs down the stairs and into the area where the Unown are. Back at the Pokémon Center, everyone realizes that the crystallization is headed their way, and they exit the Pokémon Center before they become trapped.

Ash tries to reach the Unown, but is bounced back by a protective barrier. Charizard tries to break through but has no luck either as the barrier sends it backwards to the ground. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt but can also not break through. Pikachu tries to use Thunderbolt again, and Charizard tries Flamethrower again but the barrier again bounces them backwards to the ground. Entei breaks into the room and uses Flamethrower to create a pathway so it can get through to where the Unown are.

Entei says to Molly that it was happy being her father, and that the last thing it could do for her is to take her out of the mansion. Entei tells her that it was created from her dreams, and that if she fully believes in Entei, that there is nothing it cannot do. Entei tries to break the barrier, but Entei bounces back. It uses Flamethrower to try to break through, but that also fails. Entei again tries to run and break through the barrier, asking Molly to help. Entei says to Molly to believe in it. Molly yells "You can do it Entei!". Pikachu and Charizard help it out.

Entei uses Flamethrower to finally break through the barrier and break the ball of light which was in the middle of where the Unown were. The light expands, shining brightly on everyone as Entei shines in a green aura. Entei then says it must go and that Molly must keep Entei in her dreams. Entei crystallizes and disappears. The letter tiles fall to the ground and glow blue, as the Unown disappear into a portal. All of the crystallizations revert, and Greenfield returns to how it looked prior to everything that has happened.

The Unown return to the ruins where they were discovered, and enter the portal to their own dimension. This frees Professor Hale from the dimension back into the ruins where he disappeared. Everyone heads outside of the mansion and checks out the view of Greenfield. They now find out how beautiful it truly is. Police cars with everyone that was at the Pokémon Center approach the house. Molly looks up to the skies and sees a cloud shaped like Entei, and quietly thanks it for everything.

Team Rocket notices all of the Police cars and they conclude that they cannot exit the mansion just yet, but Jessie is happy for the little girl, saying that she is adorable and indomitable just like her. James says that Entei is a powerful and inscrutable like him, and Meowth finds himself lovable. They don't care that they didn't capture a single Pokémon, but they will have a chance next time.

As the credits roll, Professor Hale returns to the mansion. Charizard and Lisa depart. Molly plays with her real Teddiursa by the mansion's pond. Teediurse jumps across a couple of rocks, falls in the water, and splashes Molly as they both laugh. Molly suddenly sees that her mother has returned and they happily reunite.

Major events






Ash Veronica Taylor Satoshi Rica Matsumoto サトシ 松本梨香
Pikachu Ikue Ohtani Pikachu Ikue Ohtani ピカチュウ 大谷育江
Brock Eric Stuart Takeshi Yūji Ueda タケシ うえだ ゆうじ
Misty Rachael Lillis Kasumi Mayumi Iizuka カスミ 飯塚雅弓
Jessie Rachael Lillis Musashi Megumi Hayashibara ムサシ 林原めぐみ
James Eric Stuart Kojirō Shin'ichirō Miki コジロウ 三木眞一郎
Meowth Addie Blaustein Nyarth Inuko Inuyama ニャース 犬山イヌコ
Entei Dan Green Entei Naoto Takenaka エンテイ 竹中直人
Molly Hale Amy Birnbaum Me Snowdon Akiko Yajima ミー・スノードン 矢島晶子
Spencer Hale Dan Green Sully Snowdon Naoto Takenaka シュリー・スノードン博士 竹中直人
Lisa Lisa Ortiz Rin Ai Katō リン 加藤あい
Schuyler Ed Paul John Hirohide Yakumaru ジョン 薬丸裕英
Delia Veronica Taylor Hanako Masami Toyoshima ハナコ 豊島まさみ
Professor Oak Stan Hart Dr. Okido Unshō Ishizuka オーキド博士 石塚運昇
Tracey Ed Paul Kenji Tomokazu Seki ケンジ 関智一
David David Kōichi Yamadera デイビット 山寺宏一
Narration Ken Gates Narration Unshō Ishizuka ナレーション 石塚運昇


Unknown Unown
  • Some of the Unown that appear on Professor Oak's computer are, as of yet, unreleased. However, since they are just drawings, it is possible that they do not really exist in the Pokémon world.
  • This is the only original series movie not to feature a Psychic-type legendary Pokémon as the main Pokémon. However, in the movie, Unown are explicitly referred to as legendary Pokémon.
    • Also, since the Entei seen in this movie wasn't a real Pokémon but merely an illusion, this is so far the only movie not to feature an actual legendary Pokémon (acknowledging the fact that in the games, Unown aren't considered as legendaries).
  • Professor Oak's computer's task-bar area features Energy symbols from the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
  • In the UK airings of this movie, the line of dialogue where Molly tells her Flaaffy to use Headbutt is removed (however the shot of Flaaffy using the attack is left intact).
  • This movie marks the first time when Brock's Zubat uses Wing Attack and when Misty's Staryu uses Rapid Spin.


The report from Professor Hale
  • Professor Hale's report on the Unown contains numerous mistakes. Not only is the species spelled as "Unknown", but many obvious spelling and grammar mistakes are made. It seems to be a rough translation of Japanese. It was also written in English in the original Japanese version.
  • Unown are in Molly's book of legendary Pokémon, though they are not explicitly legendary in the games.
  • In the DVD commentary, Michael Haigney incorrectly states that Entei can talk due to it being a Fire/Psychic Pokémon. Entei is actually a pure Fire-type Pokémon, while its ability to talk was due to the Psychic-type Unown.
  • In the Brazilian Portuguese dub, Misty states that she was the Vermilion Gym Leader, instead of Cerulean Gym Leader.

Dub edits

  • Originally, the scene where Spencer Hale returns from the Unown world was part of the end credits. For the dub, this scene was moved after Greenfield was restored and before the scene where Ash, Pikachu, Misty, Brock, Charizard and Molly come out from the mansion after Greenfield's restoration.
    • The 4Kids staff stated that they did this because western audiences tend to leave the theaters without watching the closing credits. Therefore the producers were worried that if the audience did leave before watching the credits, then they would assume the film ended with Molly still being left as an orphan.
  • In the original, Spencer Hale's wife left him due to his obsession with discovering the secrets of the Unown. However, in the dub, her absence was explained as her having gone missing while studying the Unown.
  • In the English dub, Meowth breaks the fourth wall twice during the movie. First he does so when Team Rocket is sneaking past Misty and Molly battling against each other, by asking if they'd have a bigger role in the next movie, and again when they save Ash from falling, by saying that without him they would be out of show business.
    • In the Danish dub, Meowth just states that they would be unemployed.

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Original series
Mewtwo Strikes BackThe Power of OneSpell of the Unown: EnteiCelebi: Voice of the ForestPokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias
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Jirachi: Wish MakerDestiny DeoxysLucario and the Mystery of MewPokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
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The Rise of DarkraiGiratina and the Sky WarriorArceus and the Jewel of LifeZoroark: Master of Illusions
Best Wishes series
White—Victini and Zekrom / Black—Victini and ReshiramKyurem VS. The Sword of JusticeGenesect and the Legend Awakened
XY series
Diancie and the Cocoon of DestructionHoopa and the Clash of AgesVolcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
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