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XY117 : Making Friends and Influencing Villains!
XY series
XY119 : A Full-Strength Battle Surprise!
Championing a Research Battle!
XY118   EP917
Satoshi VS Champion Carnet! VS Mega Sirnight!!
First broadcast
Japan May 5, 2016
United States August 5, 2016*
August 6, 2016*
English themes
Opening Stand Tall
Japanese themes
Opening XY&Z
Ending プニちゃんのうた
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
Storyboard 樋口香里 Kaori Higuchi
Assistant director 仲野良 Ryo Nakano
Animation directors 上杉遵史 Junji Uesugi
千葉茂 Shigeru Chiba
内田裕 Yū Uchida
Additional credits

Championing a Research Battle! (Japanese: サトシ対チャンピオン・カルネ!VSメガサーナイト!! Satoshi VS Champion Carnet! VS Mega Sirnight!!) is the 118th episode of the XY series, and the 917th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on May 5, 2016 and in the United States on August 6, 2016.

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After hearing Gym Leader Olympia’s ominous prediction, Champion Diantha visits our heroes just as Ash and Greninja are doing some special training. To find out more about the bond they share in battle, Diantha challenges them, and Ash jumps at the chance!

Diantha’s Gardevoir easily evades every hit…until Ash and Greninja begin to merge. Gardevoir has to Mega Evolve to keep up, and the bond between Ash and Greninja intensifies like never before—until they both pass out!

Diantha promises to learn more about this bond and how it might relate to Olympia’s prediction. After his battle with the Champion, Ash is even more fired up for the Kalos League!


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Major events

  • Olympia tells Diantha about the upcoming threat to Kalos.
  • Ash and his friends meet up with Diantha again.
  • Diantha informs Ash and his friends about various incidents happening all over Kalos, including the island that Team Flare used to experiment on, and about Zygarde.
  • Ash's Greninja reaches its final Ash-Greninja form for the first time.
  • Ash has a rematch against Diantha, which is interrupted when Ash overexerts himself during the battle and collapses with Greninja.
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?: Diglett (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Mega Gardevoir (Japan)


The title card segment focuses on Ash for this episode


  • While Clemont, Bonnie, and Serena wait for Ash and Greninja to come out of the forest, Bonnie is standing to Clemont's and Serena's right, though when Ash and Greninja come out of the forest, their positions are switched with Clemont and Serena standing to the right of Bonnie.
  • As Greninja gets ready to reach its final Ash-Greninja form, the star shape on its leg is cream instead of blue for a split second.
  • When the Giant Water Shuriken forms, the webs on Greninja's right hand are missing.
  • When Greninja throws its Giant Water Shuriken, there is a moment where the Battle Pulse Meter is missing from its wrist.
  • When Team Rocket laugh as Gardevoir attempts to escape from their trap, Jessie is missing her lipstick.
  • When Ash and his friends are talking with Diantha in front of the helicopter, Greninja is missing the webs on both of its hands.
  • In the final scene, when Ash is standing with Greninja and Pikachu is on Ash's shoulder, the brown stripes on Pikachu's back are shorter than normal in the first shot, yet appear longer in the next shot.
  • When Mega Evolving, Gardevoir's legs are coloured green instead of white.

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In other languages

XY117 : Making Friends and Influencing Villains!
XY series
XY119 : A Full-Strength Battle Surprise!
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