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XY018 : Awakening the Sleeping Giant!
XY series
XY020 : Breaking Titles at the Chateau!
A Conspiracy to Conquer!
XY019   EP818
Madame X's Plot! The Scary Calamanero!!
First broadcast
Japan March 13, 2014
United States May 24, 2014
English themes
Opening Pokémon Theme (Version XY)
Japanese themes
Opening V(ボルト)
Ending X海峡Y景色
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
Storyboard 尼野浩正 Hiromasa Amano
Assistant director 瀬谷新二 Shinji Seya
Animation directors 瀬谷新二 Shinji Seya
篠原隆 Takashi Shinohara
No additional credits are available at this time.

A Conspiracy to Conquer! (Japanese: マダムXの陰謀!恐怖のカラマネロ!! Madame X's Plot! The Scary Calamanero!!) is the 19th episode of the XY series, and the 818th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on March 13, 2014 and in the United States on May 24, 2014.

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As Jessie, James, and Meowth are plotting yet again to steal Pikachu, they are interrupted by two mysterious figures: a hooded woman known only as Madame X, and Malamar, a Pokémon with incredible hypnotic powers. Jessie and James quickly fall under its spell, but Meowth manages to escape—and runs right into our heroes!

Ash, Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie help get the injured Meowth back on his feet, and he warns them that Madame X and Malamar are coming for Pikachu. They soon show up along with the mind-controlled Jessie and James, swoop Pikachu up with Malamar’s Psychic, and take off toward their hideout.

Clemont has a new invention, a Pikachu-shaped robot designed to track down Pikachu’s energy signature, and they follow it to an observatory...where it gets stuck in the fence and explodes. Clemont makes some quick repairs, and then Bonnie spots Officer Jenny’s motorcycle parked outside the building. When our heroes investigate, they find Madame X inside—along with Pikachu, who’s fallen under Malamar’s spell! Malamar quickly puts Serena, Bonnie, and Clemont under hypnosis as well, but Meowth attacks Ash to keep him focused.

Pikachu initially obeys Madame X’s order to stop Ash at all costs, but the bond between Ash and Pikachu is stronger than any hypnotic power, and Pikachu manages to shake off the trance. Then the Pikabot, which has resumed its tracking, bursts onto the scene. It slams into Malamar, disrupting its powers, and everyone is returned to normal—including Madame X, who throws off her hood to reveal that she’s really Officer Jenny!

Malamar does some gloating, and Meowth translates. Apparently Malamar had a master plan to use a mind-control device to take over the world. Controlling Officer Jenny to turn her into its accomplice was only the first step, but now that its plan has been discovered, it’s decided to destroy the device. Everyone runs for it as the entire building explodes, but Malamar escapes! What will become of its master plan?


In a dark cave, Team Rocket watches a video displaying Pikachu's moves, and grow ever more determined to capture it. They are interrupted by a high laugh, and turn around to be met by a hooded figure accompanied by a Malamar, who introduces herself as Madame X. Malamar shines a bright light over Jessie, James, and Meowth.

Ash and his friends continue to Cyllage City and notice a radio observatory. Just then, a scratched-up Meowth stumbles from the bushes and collapses in front of the group, who treat it. When Meowth comes to, he thanks them graciously and tells the group, who is skeptical of his intentions, that he came to warn them about danger. He begins to tells the story; beginning with Malamar's bright light over Team Rocket. Jessie and James shook it off and sent out Inkay and Pumpkaboo, and commanded them to use Psybeam and Shadow Ball respectively, however, they were stopped by Malamar's bright light, which turned their eyes blank and brainwashed them, including Jessie and James. Meowth realized that he could remain conscious only by enduring intense physical pain, and used Fury Swipes on himself, and escaped. Meowth warns the children that they must run because Madame X is also targeting Pikachu, but they remain skeptical. Just then, a brainwashed Jessie, James, and Wobbuffet appear behind Meowth, telling him to hurry up and capture Pikachu. The group runs away only to immediately turn into Madame X and Malamar. Malamar uses its bright light, and Meowth warns the children not to look into it. Ash tells Pikachu to use Electro Ball, and the group uses the opportunity to flee, but are stopped by Jessie and James, who look to make Pikachu part of Madame X's Pokémon corps. Pikachu is lifted into the air by Malamar's Psychic and he and his captor disappear into the distant sky.

To find them, Clemont brings out the "Automatic Pikachu Retrieving Device", that can sense Pikachu's Electric energy and track it down. The group follows after the machine, which brings them to the radio observatory, where it gets stuck in the fence and electrocutes the group. Bonnie notices Officer Jenny's motor bike parked outside the observatory,and assume that the observatory is Madame X's hideout, and Officer Jenny received a report and came to investigate. The group goes inside, and are watched by a security camera. Inside the observatory, Malamar brainwashes Pikachu. Team Rocket notify Madame X that Ash and his friends are on the property.

In the observatory halls, Ash's group splits up, Clemont with his sister and Serena with Ash. Clemont and Bonnie are met with Malamar, who brainwashes them. They find Ash and Serena, who realize that the siblings are being manipulated. Malamar appears behind them and shines the brainwashing light over them, and they are unable to run. being blocked by Bonnie and Clemont. Ash asks Meowth to use Fury Swipes on him, and both complies, using the attack on both himself and Ash. However, Serena, not wanting her face to be scratched up, is brainwashed. Meowth cuts down a hanging planet model from the ceiling, which stalls Malamar, allowing him and Ash to escape. The pair come to an observation chamber, where they are greeted by Madame X, who makes Pikachu use Thunderbolt on Ash, and attacks him again and again. Ash is determined to get through to his partner, but the situation grows more dire as the Pokémon corps are revealed, consisting of huge and intimidating Pokémon. Pikachu electrocutes Ash continuously, forcing Ash to his knees, where he, in the midst of the electricity, tries to communicate with Pikachu. As Ash tells him that he believes in him, Pikachu hesitates in his attack. Outside the observatory, Clemont's machine awakes and rushes off towards the observatory. It comes into the observation chamber and crashes, flaming, into Malamar, and Madame X screams and falls at its defeat. All of the brainwashed people and Pokemon return to normal, including Pikachu and the Pokemon corps. Madame X's cloak falls off, and reveals her to be Officer Jenny, who had been brainwashed to act like Madame X by Malamar, who appears behind her, again well. Meowth translates for Malamar, who hopes to restructure the world using its "system of great significance", and will need everyone to be under its control. Not waiting, James and Ash send Inkay and Pikachu to attack Malamar, but it escapes.

The group runs after it, catching it in a room full of strange vines and spikes, the system of great significance. Malamar decides to abandon the place, since it was originally owned by humans ,and makes it explode, forcing the humans to take shelter. The humans, their Pokémon, and the Pokémon corps escape outside as the observatory explodes behind them, and watch as Malamar flies off into the sky. The group watches it go, and wonder what its grand plan was.

Later, Team Rocket, embarrassed at the day's events relaxes on the forest rocks. It comes to Meowth's mind that Malamar is the evolved form of Inkay, and Inkay winks.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts



Pokémon Quiz


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Malamar (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Malamar (Japan)


The title card segment focuses on Pikachu for this episode
  • Professor Oak's Pokémon Holo Caster: M17*/Pumpkaboo*
  • Ash and Serena narrate the preview for the next episode.
  • Music from Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice is used in this episode.
  • This episode aired on May 16, 2014 in Italy (on K2), eight days before the US airdate.
  • James repeatedly commands Inkay to use Psybeam on Malamar. As Malamar is Dark/Psychic, this would not work.
  • This is one of very few episodes where a Pokémon behaves independently maliciously, rather than at human command or by natural behavior, such as defending territory.


  • When Meowth faints, Serena's legs are completely black just like her stockings.
  • In one shot of Meowth telling his story, Dedenne's underside is missing.
  • When Jessie and James block the group from escaping, Bonnie's blouse is black instead of brown.
  • When the Automatic Pikachu Retrieving Device robot sets off to find Pikachu, Ash's hair is black instead of dark teal.
  • After the Pikachu robot explodes, Bonnie's leggings become stockings.
  • When Meowth tells Ash and Serena not to look at Malamar's lights, his right foot is completely cream instead of half-brown.
  • As he runs away from Malamar after it possesses Serena, Meowth's tail is completely cream instead of half-brown.
  • When Exploud first appears, the holes on its knees are purple instead of black.
  • When Malamar is hit by the Pikachu robot, one of its spots disappears for a few frames.
  • As Bonnie and Dedenne point at Madame X just before she reveals her true identity, the spots on Malamar's body are missing.
  • When Malamar appears in Officer Jenny's flashback, its outline and eyelids are white instead of light purple.
  • When Meowth points out Inkay's relation to Malamar, Pumpkaboo's eyes are brown instead of orange.

Dub edits

The dub's title card segment
  • The title card segment focuses on Ash in the dub instead of Pikachu.

In other languages

XY018 : Awakening the Sleeping Giant!
XY series
XY020 : Breaking Titles at the Chateau!
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