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BW027 : The Dragon Master's Path!
Pokémon the Series: Black & White
BW029 : Cottonee in Love!
Oshawott's Lost Scalchop!
BW028   EP685
The Missing Hotachi! Mijumaru's Biggest Crisis Ever!!
First broadcast
Japan April 21, 2011
United States August 13, 2011
English themes
Opening Black and White
Japanese themes
Opening ベストウイッシュ!
Ending ポケモン言えるかな?BW
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 武上純希 Junki Takegami
Storyboard 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
Assistant director 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
Animation director 玉川明洋 Akihiro Tamagawa
Additional credits

Oshawott's Lost Scalchop! (Japanese: 消えたホタチ!ミジュマル最大の危機!! The Missing Hotachi! Mijumaru's Biggest Crisis Ever!!) is the 28th episode of Pokémon the Series: Black & White, and the 685th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on April 21, 2011, and first aired in the United States on August 13, 2011.

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


Ash and his friends continue toward Nimbasa City, site of Ash’s next Gym Battle. On the way, the gang comes across a confident Trainer named Stephan, who challenges Ash to battle his Blitzle. Ash intends to start the match with Pikachu, but Oshawott wants to lead the battle instead! Ash agrees, but as the battle gets under way, Oshawott’s scalchop gets knocked off its belly and flies into a dense part of the forest.

Ash calls off the battle until the next day so he and Oshawott can find the scalchop. After coming up empty-handed, they try to improvise a scalchop substitute...without much luck. Cilan even asks Dwebble to carve a shield out of rock, but it’s too heavy for Oshawott to handle. So it’s time for some special training!

Ash and Pikachu work with Oshawott all night long. The training pays off, as Oshawott’s speed and strength have greatly improved. When the battle resumes the next day, we find that Blitzle and Oshawott have both become much stronger! But at the end of the battle, it’s Oshawott who prevails, giving the victory to Ash! Then, Axew happens to find Oshawott’s lost scalchop, much to everyone’s delight.

It’s been a long day for Oshawott, and the exhausted Pokémon falls into a deep sleep. Our heroes marvel at how circumstances can turn difficulty into opportunity—especially with dedicated support from a Trainer like Ash!


Ash encounters a beginning Trainer named Stephan, who challenges Ash to a battle. Ash confidently accepts Stephan's challenge, pronouncing his name incorrectly. Stephan brushes off this error and sends out his Blitzle. Ash scans Blitzle with his Pokédex and had decided to use Pikachu, but Oshawott lets himself out of his Poké Ball. Ash is initially concerned by the type disadvantage, but Oshawott assures him that he'll be alright with his scalchop to which Ash agrees to let him battle.

Surprised at Ash's choice of Pokémon, Stephan thinks Ash isn't taking him seriously and orders Blitzle to use Shock Wave. Oshawott manages to deflect it with his scalchop, catching Blitzle and Stephan off guard but coming as no surprise to Cilan and Iris. Stephan then decides to use a direct attack and has Blitzle use Flame Charge, which Oshawott tries to counter with Aqua Jet, but still isn't able to aim properly. Blitzle stops and watches in awe as Oshawott flies straight into a boulder. Ash states his disappointment in Oshawott as Stephan and Blitzle stand by, clearly confused at Oshawott's wayward Aqua Jet. Once recovered, Oshawott uses Razor Shell, which Blitzle counters with Double Kick, and ends up sending Oshawott's scalchop flying off into the distance. Horrified, Oshawott runs after it as fast as he could. Ash demands a time-out while he goes to find Oshawott's scalchop, and Cilan claims that it's fair that Oshawott fled the battle considering the scalchop is theoretically part of its body. Frustrated, Stephan shouts that he doesn't have time to wait for Ash, and Cilan suggests that Stephan continue the battle the following day. Stephan takes Cilan's advice and informs them that he would be camping nearby awaiting a rematch.

Troubled, Oshawott searches the grassy fields at the foot of a mountain for his scalchop when he notices a twinkle in the corner of his eye. Joyfully, he runs over to the sparkle but is annoyed that it is just a bottle cap. Ash and Pikachu catch up and offer their assistance, which makes the Sea Otter Pokémon very happy. As the three of them search, Ash notices something sparkling in some tall grass and points it out to Oshawott, who goes off to fetch it. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a wild Joltik, which zaps him as a result. Ash has Pikachu knock it off Oshawott with Iron Tail and then scans the Attaching Pokémon with his Pokédex before it retreats back into the grass. Oshawott becomes saddened, but Ash reassures him that they won't stop looking until they find his scalchop.

Cilan and Iris finally catch up to them, and Ash asks what the situation with Stephan is, to which Iris responds that he will have a rematch the next day. As Cilan becomes concerned about Oshawott’s ability to battle without his scalchop, Iris offers it a substitute - an Iapapa Berry she picked from a nearby tree. Cilan chuckles at the resemblance the Iapapa Berry had to a scalchop, and Oshawott agrees to test it out against Pikachu. Unfortunately it isn't strong enough and ends up being roasted by Thunderbolt. Despite being disappointed that her plan had failed, Iris, Cilan, and Axew take a bite of the cooked Iapapa Berry and are surprised that it is delicious. Ash tells them to be more serious in this time of crisis, so Cilan offers to let Oshawott use his food cloche as a substitute. This too fails as the cloche is metal and actually conducts the Thunderbolt. Cilan begins sobbing over his now tarnished cloche, but copes with it quickly and calls out his Dwebble. He then asks Dwebble to carve Oshawott a scalchop out of stone, and Dwebble immediately gets to work, much to Oshawott's joy. However, the shield is slightly bigger than Oshawott, and proves too heavy for use in battle.

They decide to give Oshawott a break, and Ash states that nothing but his own scalchop will work. Iris remarks that maybe Oshawott is too dependent on his scalchop, which hurts Oshawott's feelings. Ash sides with Oshawott, saying that his scalchop is his most precious possession. Cilan then suggests that Ash try to enhance Oshawott's offense rather than his defense, using the adage: The best defense is a good offense. Iris adds that in order to accomplish this, Ash should increase Oshawott's speed. Ash is concerned he won't have enough time to accomplish this task and decides to continue training using the rock scalchop. Oshawott still isn't sure about his abilities, and Iris and Cilan sympathize with him.

Following a day of strength conditioning and taking hits, Oshawott is left exhausted. That evening, Oshawott takes a break by a small pond and envisions himself battling against Blitzle without his scalchop. Terrified of being shocked, he breaks out of this vision, and then mistakes the reflection of the moon against the water for his scalchop, and becomes sad over his loss. He then remembers the encouragement Ash gave him, and he decides to do some private training. Later, as Ash and Pikachu search for Oshawott, Pikachu leads Ash to a clearing where they see Oshawott performing push-ups with a rock on his back, so they decide to join him. They train well into the night until Oshawott finally manages to carry his stone scalchop on his own.

The next day they anxiously wait for Stephan at the place where they met him yesterday. However, after waiting for a while, they decide to go look for him. They eventually find Stephan's camping spot where he is riding on an exercise bike with lightning rods on it. As Stephan pedals faster, the machine charges electricity which is then absorbed by his Blitzle. He steps off the machine and tells Ash he was just finishing Blitzle's morning training. With their morning schedule complete, he challenges Ash to another battle.

Blitzle starts off using Shock Wave which Oshawott manages to deflect with his stone scalchop. Stephan then orders Blitzle to use Shock Wave again, but this time with full power. A powerful bolt of lightning strikes the scalchop, and causes it to crack. Blitzle then charges toward Oshawott and uses Double Kick, shattering the stone scalchop into pieces. Blitzle then launches another Shock Wave, and Oshawott tries to defend itself with a piece of the broken scalchop, but his attempt is futile and he is still shocked. With some quick thinking, Ash remembers Cilan's advice from the day before about boosting Oshawott's offense, so he orders Oshawott to use Tackle. Blitzle counters with Shock Wave, but Oshawott quickly dashes toward the Electrified Pokémon and manages to evade its attacks and land a hit on it. Oshawott takes a moment in astonishment at his newfound speed, and Cilan discovers that by training with the heavy stone scalchop, Oshawott managed to increase his speed and power after all. Oshawott continues with numerous Tackle attacks, and Blitzle tries to counterattack with Double Kick, but Oshawott easily avoids it. Stephan then has Blitzle use Flame Charge repeatedly, which allows it to catch up to Oshawott. It then corners Oshawott against a tree, and Stephan orders a Flame Charge to finish Oshawott off. Desperate, Ash commands Oshawott to use Aqua Jet, but he still flies off target. To make up for this, Blitzle follows behind Oshawott and the two end up colliding into a large boulder, sending both Pokémon flying backward. Blitzle is instantly knocked out, but Oshawott manages to get back on his feet, winning Ash the battle.

Ash picks up Oshawott and congratulates him on overcoming his disadvantage as Stephan recalls his Blitzle and thanks it for its effort. Stephan then approaches Ash and congratulates him on his victory and vows to battle him again someday, and the two shake on it, forming a new friendship. Axew suddenly appears from the forest holding Oshawott's scalchop. Oshawott jumps down from Ash's arms and retrieves his scalchop from Axew. Exhausted and relieved, Oshawott collapses into Ash's arms and falls asleep, holding on tightly to his scalchop.

Major events

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Pokémon debuts




Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Blitzle



  • In the English dub, Ash erroneously refers to Razor Shell as "Shell Blade", the Japanese name of the move.

Dub edits

  • A remixed instrumental version of Black and White is used as background music during Ash and Oshawott's training session in the place of the instrumental Best Wishes!.
  • In the Hindi dub, the Cilan's added line when Oshawott's Aqua Jet was not going right; "Jana Tha Japan Par Pahuch Gaye China", refers to a real world place.

In other languages

BW027 : The Dragon Master's Path!
Pokémon the Series: Black & White
BW029 : Cottonee in Love!
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