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Sun & Moon series
SM015   EP954
The Clawed Hill, Iwanko and Lugarugan!!
First broadcast
Japan February 23, 2017
United States
English themes
Japanese themes
Opening アローラ!!
Ending ポーズ
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation directors 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
志村泉 Izumi Shimura
No additional credits are available at this time.

(Japanese: 爪あとの丘、イワンコとルガルガン!! The Clawed Hill, Iwanko and Lugarugan!!) is the 15th episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 954th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on February 23, 2017.

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Ash and Professor Kukui come home one day to find Rockruff wounded. The next morning, at the Pokémon School, Ash tells his fellow classmates that Rockruff was not actually Professor Kukui's Pokémon, but rather a wild Pokémon that he was watching over. That evening, Kukui checks his compound's security tapes and finds that it's been leaving the house at night.

Later that evening, Ash and Kukui follow Rockruff when it leaves the house, and find that it is taking part in a group of Pokémon who would fight on Clawed Hill overseen by two Lycanroc. Rockruff in particular has developed a rivalry with a Magmar, but doesn't seem able to beat it.

Soon after, Ash takes to training Rockruff to be able to dodge Magmar's Flamethrower. They work on Rockruff's agility and fitness, and use Kiawe's Turtonator for practice. Ash ultimately gets Rockruff to perfect Rock Throw.

Another night, Rockruff eagerly challenges Magmar once more. It gets the upper hand, and finally gets Rock Throw to connect, defeating Magmar with Rock Throw. After the battle, Professor Kukui suggests that Ash catch Rockruff, since they had developed a close bond. Ash and Rockruff agree, and Rockruff noses Ash's offered Poké Ball, allowing its capture as the third member of Ash's Alola team.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?: Lycanroc (Midday Form) (Japan)



Dub edits

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