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BW085 : All for the Love of Meloetta!
Pokémon the Series: Black & White
BW087 : Expedition to Onix Island!
Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times!
BW086   EP743
Pochama VS Yanappu! The Magnificent Battle!!
First broadcast
Japan June 28, 2012
United States November 3, 2012
English themes
Opening Rival Destinies
Japanese themes
Opening やじるしになって!
Ending みてみて☆こっちっち
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 山田浩之 Hiroyuki Yamada
Assistant director 山田浩之 Hiroyuki Yamada
Animation director 小山知洋 Tomohiro Koyama
No additional credits are available at this time.

Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times! (Japanese: ポッチャマVSヤナップ!華麗なるバトル!! Pochama VS Yanappu! The Magnificent Battle!!) is the 86th episode of Pokémon the Series: Black & White, and the 743rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on June 28, 2012 and in the United States on November 3, 2012.

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


Flying with Cynthia to Undella Town in eastern Unova, our heroes marvel at the variety of Pokémon they see. As soon as they land, they’re whisked off to Cynthia’s beautiful vacation home in a stretch limo driven by her butler, Jervis. They were unaware that Meloetta had been invisibly following them, until it reappears in the car—right in Ash’s lap! But the Pokémon is a bit shy, and it disappears again after a few minutes. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is secretly watching their every move...

When they arrive at Cynthia’s house, who should be waiting for them but Dawn and Piplup! After a happy reunion with Ash, Dawn meets Iris and Cilan, plus all the new Pokémon traveling with them in the Unova region. Ash finally convinces Meloetta to come out of hiding to meet Dawn, as well—and when the Mythical Pokémon appears, Piplup and Oshawott promptly start competing for its attention!

When our heroes discover that Dawn is also planning to enter the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup, everyone wants to have a battle with her! Cilan is up first, in an exciting Connoisseur-versus-Coordinator match, and gives a glowing (if long-winded) evaluation of Dawn’s bond with Piplup in the middle of the battle. Then, Meloetta causes another interruption when it wanders onto the battlefield to dance with Piplup, inspired by its beautiful Contest moves. Jervis wisely calls a time-out until everyone is a bit less distracted.

Dawn promises to battle Iris next, and then it’s Ash’s turn! The four of them look forward to training together at Cynthia’s villa in preparation for the Junior Cup, while Team Rocket secretly continues to implement its most important mission ever...


Following his latest Gym victory, Ash, Cynthia and his friends take a flight from Virbank City to Undella Town. As they approach the seaside resort town, they spot the crystal blue waters, a pod of Wailord breaching the surface and Wingull flying overhead. Cilan remarks that every time he looks out the window, he's deeply moved. Cynthia explains that many Pokémon from other regions live in East Unova. They soon arrive in Undella Town.

After they land, Ash sees a red spot in the distance, which he thinks it's a Staryu. The gang rushes over to get a closer look at the Staryu when a Meloetta quietly appears. Ash declares that he's here for the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup, and they are going to win, get stronger, and then participate in the Unova League. While they are speaking, Cynthia's butler, Jervis drives in with a limousine, asking them to go to Cynthia's villa. Suddenly, Team Rocket appears, noticing that Meloetta is quietly following Ash and his friends. When it's time to go, Meloetta sneaks into Jervis's car, following Ash and friends to Cynthia's villa.

On the way, when Cilan is speaking to Cynthia, Ash spots a Rattata, when suddenly Meloetta appears and sits on Ash's lap. Seeing Ash, Meloetta seems very excited, when Cynthia says that Meloetta must really like Ash, so that's why Meloetta keeps following Ash around. A while later, they arrive at Cynthia's villa, but when Jervis opens the villa's door, Meloetta suddenly disappears again.

Ash calls out for it to come back, but it doesn't respond. Iris says it'll come back later, and Cynthia says that it must surely be shy. The gang enters Cynthia's villa and when Ash gets to the living room, someone suddenly sneaks up on Ash and Pikachu, tapping Ash's shoulder. Iris and Cilan just stand there wondering what's happening, and Ash turns around and sees Dawn. Ash is pleasantly surprised, and they exchange greetings and then give each other a high five.

The gang sits down for a cup of tea and Dawn congratulates Ash on getting the eight needed Gym Badges to join Unova's League Conference. She reveals to Iris and Cilan that Professor Oak told her all about them. Dawn starts introducing herself and her Piplup, but Iris and Cilan have also heard about Dawn thanks to Ash. They know she is a Coordinator who traveled with Ash in the Sinnoh region. Iris asks her what is the difference between Coordinators and regular Trainers, and Dawn informs her about Pokémon Contests. After that, Cilan says he would like to evaluate Piplup, and Dawn realizes that she is talking with a Connoisseur. Ash tells Dawn that, since she came to Unova, she could have contacted him, to which Dawn replies that she has been pretty busy lately. She reveals that she only recently set foot in the region and decided to come after learning that Cynthia would attend the Junior Cup. She also mentions that she has visited Nimbasa City to watch a Pokémon Musical and get inspiration for future Contests as well as to watch one of Elesa's fashion shows. At one point, Piplup notices something, and Ash realizes it must have been Meloetta. He wishes to introduce it, but the Melody Pokémon begins to act shy and remains invisible.

After that, everyone goes outside to reveal their Pokémon to each other. Iris and Cilan send out all their Pokémon on hand while Ash sends out Oshawott, Pignite, Snivy, Scraggy, and Krokorok. Dawn sends out all of her Pokémon on hand. Proving not to have lost her love interest for Pikachu, Buneary proceeds toward him. Oshawott begins to show brief love interest for Buneary, but Buneary ignores him and cuddles up on Pikachu. Then, Oshawott's scalchop falls off and Piplup tries to put it on his head, but it falls off and Pachirisu kicks it over a ledge, so Oshawott chases after it. Ash notices Quilava, who brushes up against him, with Dawn adding that her Cyndaquil had evolved. Right then, Mamoswine begins to hear Meloetta and Piplup notices as well. Ash tells Meloetta that it is okay to show itself, and it does this time. After greeting Dawn, Piplup develops a crush on Meloetta. When Oshawott returns with his scalchop in hand, he notices that Piplup also has a crush on Meloetta, and a rivalry develops between them. Out of jealousy, Oshawott uses Aqua Jet on Piplup, though Ash immediately demands he apologize.

After this long-awaited reunion, Ash asks Dawn to battle. However, Cilan interrupts and asks to battle Dawn first, saying he would like to do an evaluation of a Pokémon that was raised by a Coordinator. Although disappointed, Ash allows Cilan to go first. Cilan sends out Pansage and Dawn uses Piplup. Pansage opens up the battle with Bullet Seed and Dawn commands Piplup to knock the seeds back with Drill Peck, using the opponent's move to her own advantage much like in a Contest Battle while making Pansage the only one to take damage. Pansage uses Rock Tomb and Piplup uses Bubble Beam as a Counter Shield to repel Pansage's attack. Cilan starts his evaluation time which eventually leads to order Pansage to use Solar Beam while Dawn commands Piplup use a Ice Beam. The attacks collide and create a shining light.

Upon seeing the beautiful display that Piplup and Pansage have put on, Meloetta becomes fascinated and begins dancing around with Piplup. Oshawott comes out of his Poké Ball and is immediately jealous sees this and is infuriated moreso by Piplup's smirk. Ash tells Meloetta that he and his friends are all competing in the Junior Cup and that he hopes it will cheer all of them on. After this, Team Rocket, spying from behind a bush, remark that Meloetta is on the verge of becoming a "twerp Pokémon", and also begin talking about their plan to capture Meloetta.

As day turns to evening, everyone relaxes on the villa deck drinking tea while Meloetta is over by the water sitting on a rock and singing its special song, soothing everybody. Meanwhile, Team Rocket along with Dr. Zager reveal they are ready to begin their plot to capture Meloetta and that their plan will involve the Abyssal Ruins.

Major events

Dawn and Piplup reuniting with Ash and Pikachu
For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.



Pokémon debuts

Main series and English dub debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Piplup


Dawn's Xtransceiver


Dub edits

In other languages

BW085 : All for the Love of Meloetta!
Pokémon the Series: Black & White
BW087 : Expedition to Onix Island!
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