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BW023 : Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
Pokémon the Series: Black & White
BW025 : Emolga and the New Volt Switch!
Emolga the Irresistible!
BW024   EP681
Beware of Cute Faces! Emonga Paralyzes!!
First broadcast
Japan March 24, 2011
United States July 16, 2011
English themes
Opening Black and White
Japanese themes
Opening ベストウイッシュ!
Ending 心のファンファーレ
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
Storyboard 尼野浩正 Hiromasa Amano
Assistant director 矢嶋哲生 Tetsuo Yajima
Animation director 小山知洋 Tomohiro Koyama
Additional credits

Emolga the Irresistible! (Japanese: かわいい顔に要注意!エモンガでシビレビレ!! Beware of Cute Faces! Emonga Paralyzes!!) is the 24th episode of Pokémon the Series: Black & White, and the 681st episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on March 24, 2011 and first aired in the United States on July 16, 2011.

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.


Bianca has rejoined Ash and the gang as they leave Castelia City for the Nimbasa Gym. Along the way, they meet an Emolga, and Bianca is instantly smitten with the super-cute Pokémon! Vowing to catch Emolga at all costs, Bianca attempts to battle it using her Minccino. But Emolga gets away, and Bianca takes off in pursuit, along with Ash and Cilan.

Meanwhile, Iris and Axew have taken off separately to track down Emolga—and end up tumbling down a steep hill into a Swoobat nest! With Emolga’s help, they manage to escape, but the angry Swoobat chase them into a cave.

Still determined to catch Emolga, Bianca is searching the forest, disturbing a powerful Scolipede and an angry Galvantula in the process. Finally, Cilan sees the electric evidence of Emolga’s Discharge attack, and leads Ash and Bianca to the cave where the Swoobat cornered Iris and Axew! Ash and Pikachu manage to drive off the Swoobat, and our heroes are reunited!

As Cilan prepares a celebratory feast, Emolga approaches the group again, apparently willing to be caught this time...but much to Bianca’s dismay, the adorable Pokémon seems to want Iris for its Trainer instead. And so the journey continues, with Emolga as Iris’s newest friend!


A trio of Patrat are getting some apples from a tree and manage to collect a lot of them. Nearby, an Emolga watches. She pretends to be exhausted and uses Attract to swindle the Patrat of their apples. She hides behind a rock, greedily stuffing her face as the Patrat wonder where their food is.

Later, Ash, Iris, Cilan, and Bianca, who is revealed to be traveling with the group on their journey to Nimbasa City, are just finishing lunch as Iris brings in some apples for for dessert. Bianca complains that apples aren't true dessert, saying that chocolate is. Ash's Oshawott, however, pops out of his Poké Ball and happily takes one for himself. Iris throws an apple for Axew to catch. Though Axew's apple rolls down a hill instead, as Axew gives chase, the Emolga from earlier catches the apple first. She is about to leave until she sees Iris's big plate of apples. Emolga begins thinking of a plan to get the group's apples, and gives Axew his apple back. Everything goes as planned for Emolga, as Iris thanks Emolga by giving her the plate of apples.

That is until Bianca, out of nowhere, grabs Emolga and smothers her in hugs. Deciding that she wants to catch it, but other point out that Emolga doesn't seem so thrilled. So Bianca sends out Minccino to battle Emolga first. Emolga dodges an oncoming Double Slap, and she covers her ears from Minccino's Hyper Voice. As Minccino goes in for a Tickle, Emolga zaps everyone with a Discharge attack. Minccino quickly dusts himself off. Emolga fires Attract at Minccino, but Minccino counters by using an Attract attack of his own. However, Emolga's wins out, and just before it hits Minccino, Ash's Oshawott takes the hit, and becomes infatuated with Emolga, much to Ash's frustration, so he recalls Oshawott to his Poké Ball.

Emolga glides away, so Bianca leads everyone to go after her. While Bianca still wants to catch Emolga, Axew on the other hand wants to give her an apple and appears to have a little crush on the Sky Squirrel Pokémon. Iris, with Axew in her hair, swing using the vines to find Emolga. Soon an apple core hits Axew in the head, and Iris looks up into a nearby tree to find Emolga sleeping. As Axew offers his apple to Emolga, Iris claims that Axew has a little crush on Emolga. The Sky Squirrel Pokémon decides to use Axew's affection to get more food from Iris, but Bianca appears on the scene again. After a brief battle with Bianca's Minccino once again, Emolga flees into tall grass, with Axew and Iris in pursuit. Ash and Cilan catch up, and Ash suggests that Bianca should give up, but she refuses, so the trio continue to search.

Meanwhile, as Iris and Axew finally spot Emolga, Axew grabs Emolga’s foot, sending them both plummeting down a hillside. Iris goes after them and catches them in her arms. Unfortunately, the rock they land on breaks away from the cliff, and they slide into the forest. There, they stumble upon a Swoobat's nest. After Emolga fights off the Swoobat with Discharge, they rest at a nearby lake. Emolga decides to play a little game in the water by throwing Hidden Power orbs into the water, creating ripples. However, she accidentally makes one much too strong, creating a big wave in the lake that splashes a nearby Swoobat. So the whole nest of Swoobat begin to chase them again, but they escape. Meanwhile, Ash, Cilan, and Bianca go down the hill, after Iris and Emolga. As they continue their search, they get attacked by a Scolipede and a Galvantula because Bianca misinterprets their rustling in a trees and a bush to be Emolga.

Meanwhile, Iris, along with Axew and Emolga, hide behind a rock from the Swoobat until they use Round to locate them. Surrounded, Iris desperately calls out Excadrill for help, but as usual, Excadrill stays curled up and ignores Iris. Emolga uses Attract on the Swoobat, and Excadrill by accident, but the female Swoobat are unaffected. Iris promptly recalls Excadrill. Spotting a Discharge attack in the distance, Ash, Cilan, and Bianca arrive on the scene as they combat the Swoobat. Ash's Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, but there are still more Swoobat. Suddenly, Oshawott appears again and prepares to defend Emolga. However, he is quickly defeated by a powerful Charge Beam and recalled. So Pikachu and Emolga use a Thunderbolt-Hidden Power combo to defeat the remaining Swoobat. In celebration, Emolga uses Discharge, unintentionally shocking everyone. Bianca is impressed by Emolga's strength and still wants to catch her, but she decides to give up so she won't get shocked again.

Back at their picnic table, Cilan decides to make a "special dinner" for the group, consisting of apples. Suddenly, Emolga appears and glides into Iris's arms. Ash says that Emolga must like her, so Iris decides to catch her. Iris simply holds out her Ball and easily catches Emolga, much to Bianca's surprise and disappointment. Happy at her newest acquisition, Iris celebrates her capture with an equally happy Axew.

Major events

Iris after catching Emolga
For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.


Pokémon debuts




Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Emolga



  • When the group is eating lunch, Bianca's stockings are missing.
  • When Minccino uses Hyper Voice, his ears are open even though he rolls them up.
  • The Polish dub of this episode mistakenly uses the English title card.

Dub edits

In other languages

BW023 : Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
Pokémon the Series: Black & White
BW025 : Emolga and the New Volt Switch!
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