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Pokémon Heroes
水の都の護神 ラティアスとラティオス Guardian Gods of the City of Water: Latias and Latios
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Japan July 13, 2002
United States May 16, 2003
Home video
Japan December 20, 2002
United States January 20, 2004*
English themes
Opening Believe in Me
Ending You & Me & Pokémon
Pikachu (I Choose You)
The Time Has Come
My Best Friends
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター2002 (映画EDIT)
Ending ひとりぼっちじゃない
United States G
Great Britain U
Ireland G
Canada G
Quebec G
Japan G
Germany 6
Australia G
New Zealand G

Pokémon Heroes (Japanese: 護神 ラティアスとラティオス Guardian Gods of the City of Water: Latias and Latios; Official: The Guardians of Altomare) is the fifth Pokémon movie and the final original series movie. It features Latios and Latias.

It was released in Japan on July 13, 2002. Distributed on limited release by Miramax Films, it opened in select American theaters on May 16, 2003. It was released on VHS and DVD in the US on January 20, 2004. Echo Bridge Home Entertainment released the movie on Blu-ray (along with Destiny Deoxys on the same disc) on May 15, 2011.

Pokémon Heroes was shown with the Pikachu Short movie Camp Pikachu.

Other posters and DVD covers


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The main film's setting is in the water-themed Johto city of Altomare (which means "High Sea"), based on cities such as Venice, Italy and Amsterdam, Netherlands. The city is watched over by two legendary Pokémon, Latias and Latios. The story behind the two involves an evil Pokémon Trainer using a Kabutops and an Aerodactyl to terrorize the citizens, until the original Latios came to the city, using his powers to drown the evil Pokémon and turning the streets into canals. However, Latios died and his children were left orphans. His soul is within a special jewel, the Soul Dew.

The Soul Dew is sought by Annie and Oakley, two members of Team Rocket. The Soul Dew acts as a key for activating the Defense Mechanism of Altomare, a special device built in case of disaster. Meanwhile, Ash Ketchum, Misty, and Brock are visiting Altomare on their travels. Ash and Misty participate in the Tour de Altomare, a water chariot race. Misty wins, after Ash takes a wrong turn due to an invisible Latias and Latios. Ross, the former champion of the race gives the friends a tour of the city in his gondola and tells them of the city's guardians. Annie and Oakley follow Latias, disguised as a human girl named Bianca. Latias is saved by Ash and his Pikachu. Team Rocket are also in the city and decide to follow Annie and Oakley.

The trio later visit Lorenzo, the curator of a local museum, who explains the city's history and also introduces them to the Defence Mechanism of Altomare (DMA). Ash pursues Bianca, and then Latias in disguise, across the city, eventually discovering a hidden garden where Latias and Latios live. When Latios and Bianca threaten to force Ash out, Lorenzo arrives to clear up all the tension. Latias and Latios play with Ash and Pikachu, and later Lorenzo reveals to Ash the Soul Dew. However, Annie and Oakley's spy robot is watching this and later the duo steal the Soul Dew and capture Latios - using both to control the DMA. Latias flees to Ash for help, and later the two and Pikachu race across the gridlocked city to the museum. Using the DMA, Oakley locks down the city and revives the dead Pokémon to capture Latias. After a long chase through the city, Ash and Latias cause the undead Aerodactyl to crash into a building, and are saved from the Kabutops by their friends' Pokémon. The heroes arrive at the museum to find the DMA going berserk and Latios seriously injured. After freeing Latios, the Soul Dew fades and turns black, causing the DMA to shut down. When Annie tries to get the Soul Dew, it disappears and the city's water becomes a giant tsunami. Latios and Latias use their psychic powers to stop the tsunami, but Latios sacrifices himself in the process. The water returns to the city, washing away Team Rocket in the process. The undead Pokémon return to their fossil states, and Annie and Oakley get trapped inside the DMA.

Latios becomes a new Soul Dew and is placed as the new guardian of Altomare. Ash, Misty, and Brock head off to leave Altomare, but Bianca or Latias disguised as Bianca (Ash doesn't know which) stops them before they leave and hands Ash a drawing of him and Pikachu, giving Ash a kiss on the cheek before disappearing. As the group leave on a boat, they see two Latios and a Latias in the air. Annie and Oakley are sent to jail, where they examine the possessions of Lawrence III.

Major events

Pokémon debuts




Intro only

Tour de Alto Mare only


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
Misty Rachael Lillis Kasumi Mayumi Iizuka カスミ 飯塚雅弓
Togepi Satomi Kōrogi Togepi Satomi Kōrogi トゲピー こおろぎさとみ
Brock Eric Stuart Takeshi Yūji Ueda タケシ うえだ ゆうじ
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 Maddie Blaustein Nyarth Inuko Inuyama ニャース 犬山イヌコ
Bianca Tara Jayne Kanon Fumiko Orikasa カノン 折笠富美子
Latias Megumi Hayashibara Latias Megumi Hayashibara ラティアス 林原めぐみ
Latios Megumi Hayashibara Latios Masashi Ebara ラティオス 江原正士
Annie Megan Hollingshead Zanner Uno Kanda ザンナー 神田うの
Oakley Lisa Ortiz Lions Yumiko Shaku リオン 釈由美子
Lorenzo Wayne Grayson Vongole Yūzō Gucci ボンゴレ グッチ裕三
Ross Michael Sinterniklaas Rossi Kōichi Yamadera ロッシ 山寺宏一
Narration Ken Gates Narration Unshō Ishizuka ナレーション 石塚運昇


Main article: Guardian Gods of the City of Water: Latias and Latios Music Collection


Alto Mare at sunset
Cyrillic characters on Oakley's computer
  • This film uses the same intro from the dub of Celebi: Voice of the Forest, but that sequence was animated specifically for this film, and Celebi: Voice of the Forest was released internationally after this film was released in Japan.
  • In this movie, as in Celebi: Voice of the Forest, Jessie, James, and Meowth land on a protruding object that only breaks when Wobbuffet comes out of its Poké Ball.
  • Director Kunihiko Yuyama looked to Venice, Italy for inspiration when designing Alto Mare.
    • This explains why the characters say "Ciao" and "Arrivederci", as well as the names Bianca and Lorenzo.
  • In a throwback to The Power of One, Annie and Oakley are reading about Lawrence III during the credits.
  • Images of Mewtwo, Lugia, Entei, and Celebi are hidden in this movie, referencing Pokémon featured in the previous films.
  • This is the first movie not to feature a remixed version of the season's theme song during the opening credits; instead, an extended version of Believe in Me is played.
  • This is the first movie to feature the permanent death of a Pokémon (Latios).
  • This is the fourth Pokémon movie to air on Toon Disney. The first three were Jirachi: Wish Maker, Destiny Deoxys, and Celebi: Voice of the Forest.
  • Like the previous films, this one briefly displays Porygon at the beginning.
  • The characters appearing on the right side of Oakley's computer screen while she is deciphering the code on the stone plates are Cyrillic.
  • This is the first movie in which Team Rocket does not influence the plot and has no contact with the main characters.
  • Ash continues his habit of ramming obstacles, this time throwing himself into a barrier shielding Latios.
  • The English dub of this movie mentions that an Aerodactyl and Kabutops drowned. Though it is possible that Aerodactyl (a Rock/Flying type) drowned, it is highly unlikely that Kabutops (a Rock/Water type) would have.
  • Misty refers to the Pokémon world as Earth during Latios's final sight sharing.
  • This movie begins the tradition of the last movie in a series that features a Pokémon available in the Generation following the current one.
  • This movie is one of the first two Pokémon movies to be available on Blu-Ray, in a two-pack with Destiny Deoxys, in May 2011.


  • In the opening scene where Brock explains how Ash met Pikachu, Ash is pictured fully clothed. However, in the episode in question, Ash was still in his pajamas. Also in the opening scene, Pikachu is portrayed as having been friendly with Ash as soon as they met, yet in the episode Pikachu was not friendly with Ash at first.

Dub edits

Scene that did not appear in the English dub
  • The entire backstory of the movie was changed in the dub. A segment of approximately two minutes, which told the story of the origin of the Soul Dew in Alto Mare's ancient history, was cut. This cut also removed the reference to the fact that many Latios and Latias came and went to and from Alto Mare frequently, causing some confusion to dub watchers when two Latios and a Latias appeared in the credits. This scene is very unique because the animation was done in a storybook-like fashion, something that had never been done before in the Pokémon anime and has been repeated only once (where it was part of original version).
  • A replacement backstory was added in the form of dialogue telling about an evil Trainer who once attacked the people of the city with a Kabutops and Aerodactyl until Latios brought water to the town, drowning the evil Pokémon and turning the streets into canals.
  • The dub also makes Annie and Oakley members of Team Rocket, but in the original, the two are working independently and no mention is made of a relationship between themselves and Team Rocket or Giovanni.
  • Latios does not keep its Japanese voice in the dubbed English version, and it sounds almost like Latias as a result.
  • In the American DVD release of the movie, an intense blue tint was applied, making most of the colors much darker than in the original.

In other languages

External links

Pokémon movies
Original series
Mewtwo Strikes BackThe Power of OneSpell of the Unown: EnteiCelebi: Voice of the ForestPokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias
Advanced Generation series
Jirachi: Wish MakerDestiny DeoxysLucario and the Mystery of MewPokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
Diamond & Pearl series
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
Sun & Moon series
I Choose You!M21

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