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| Saving the World from Ruins!
The Ruins of Steel Island!
|| January 22, 2009
| United States
|| June 20, 2009
|| Team Iguchi
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 日高政光 Masamitsu Hidaka
| 山本珠代 Tamayo Yamamoto
| Assistant director
|| 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
| Animation director
|| 広岡歳仁 Toshihito Hirooka
| Additional credits
Saving the World from Ruins! (Japanese: 鋼鉄島の遺跡！ The Ruins of Steel Island!) is the 111th episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 577th episode of the Pokémon anime. It aired in Japan on January 22, 2009 and in the United States on June 20, 2009.
Team Galactic has taken over the Iron Island ruins, where their Spear Key has unleashed a strange energy from the ruins. On top of that, the frequency from their machines has driven the local Steel-type Pokémon berserk! The energy has overwhelmed Riley's Lucario, and Lucario attacks Riley and our heroes. Fortunately, Riley is training to be an Aura Guardian, and he uses his own Aura to shield everyone. At Riley's insistence, Pikachu hits Lucario with a Thunderbolt—Lucario backs off, but then it charges Team Galactic! In the meantime, the energy from the ruins has triggered reactions from distant Mt. Coronet and even the meteorites in Veilstone City, and scientists around the region are scrambling to figure out what's happening.
Back on Iron Island, Commander Mars' Purugly defeats Lucario, but Riley realizes Lucario was trying to destroy Team Galactic's machines. As our heroes run to finish what Lucario started, Piplup falls into the same cavern where Barry and Team Rocket were trapped after their own scrap with Team Galactic. When Dawn tries to help get them out, an angry Steelix knocks her into the cavern! Riley holds Steelix at bay while Ash and Brock finish the mission; as soon as Pikachu destroys Team Galactic's machinery, Steelix and the island's other Steel-type Pokémon calm down.
This also shuts down the ruins, so Team Galactic beats a quick retreat. As a parting gift, they wire the ruins with enough explosive to blow up Iron Island. Riley and Lucario run to disarm the bombs, but Ash and Brock need to rescue their friends from the cavern. James' Carnivine comes to the rescue: it uses a new move, Vine Whip, to help pull itself to the surface, then pulls up everyone else. As our heroes rejoice, Commander Mars, now a safe distance from the island, hits the detonator for the explosives. The whole island trembles, but remains intact!
Riley and Lucario used their combined powers of Aura to contain the detonating bombs and channel them high above the island to explode harmlessly. With everything quiet for now, Cynthia's grandmother Carolina flies in to examine Team Galactic's handiwork. Both the ruins and Team Galactic's machine are made of the same compound as the Veilstone meteorites; Team Galactic must be using that to locate Spear Pillar, a key to summoning Dialga and Palkia. Riley offers to help Carolina survey the island, but Ash and his friends have other things on their mind. They part on friendly terms with Barry, then get on the ferry. Their destination: Dawn's next Contest and Ash's next Gym battle!
After succumbing to Team Galactic's low frequency energy, Lucario prepares to lash Ash and his friends with an Aura Sphere. Riley blocks it using his aura and comments that he and his Lucario are Aura Guardians in training. Riley tries to recall it to its Poké Ball, but Lucario breaks it with an aggressive Bone Rush. Ash rushes in and defends Riley from another strike of Bone Rush. Brock and Ash then restrain Lucario while Pikachu Thunderbolts it, but it continues to behave irately and runs directly to the wave-emitting ruins.
While the energy continues to beam from the Iron Island ruins and onto Mt. Coronet, laboratories across Sinnoh are receiving trace information while the meteorite park in Veilstone City is emitting the same energy. Commander Mars reports her findings back to Team Galactic Headquarters, indicating the likely location of the legendary Spear Pillar is somewhere on Mt. Coronet. Cyrus orders the Iron island operation to continue while they receive data back at HQ.
As Lucario rushes towards the ruins, Mars has her Golbat and Purugly on standby. Lucario is eventually struck down by Shadow Ball and Purugly's Fury Swipes. Riley suggests they go after Team Galactic machine. While jumping over a big hole, Piplup accidentally falls in. Dawn discovers this is the hole where Barry and Team Rocket are. Dawn tries helping them out when a Steelix bursts from underground, making Dawn fall in as well. As Steelix pushes its head into the crevasse, Riley intervenes and uses his aura to shield Dawn and the others from harm. With Riley now occupied, Ash and Brock go ahead. Ash has Staravia carry Pikachu on his back while Brock's Sudowoodo and Croagunk defeat Mars’s Golbat army. Stavaria uses Brave Bird to defeat more Golbat while Pikachu delivers a devastating Thunderbolt that destroys Galactic's machine. The energy stops and the Steel types stop behaving aggressively.
Team Galactic only manages to scan 60% of Mt. Coronet in their search for the Spear Pillar. Cryrus pushes for a tactical retreat and orders the ruins be obliterated. Mars follows orders, and while defeated, she escapes with the Spear Key. Before her helicopter departure, Mars informs Riley and the others that she has installed bombs in the ruins, and will blow it up at any second. Riley and Lucario scan the entire island, and do indeed locate the bombs within the ruins. He orders Ash and the others leave while he will handle the situation. Ash complies and has Chimchar use Dig to help everybody escape the hole, but the ground is too hard, causing it to be recalled. Ash informs everyone of this, making the situation even direr. James begins to cry as Mime Jr.. Carnivine watch. Unexpectedly Carnivine learns Vine Whip, and uses its new move to help everyone escape the hole.
Now at a safe distance, Mars detonates the bomb. Iron Island shakes, but oddly there is no explosion. Mars is infuriated and presses the detonation button repeatedly, though one her crew members reveals that the sensors have detected the explosion. Deeply concerned about Riley, Ash and the others rush over to the ruins. Meanwhile, Riley and Lucario have managed to contain the explosion inside an aura bubble. They then send it to the sky, allowing it to explode without damage to the island. Riley and Lucario emerge from the ruins a little weary, but otherwise unscathed.
Team Rocket soon leaves in their submarine, determined to get their revenge on Team Galactic for wanting to destroy the world. Having analysed the spikes in energy from the Celestic Town Historical Research Center, Professor Carolina arrives to investigate the Iron Ruins further. Her preliminary analysis reveals that the ruins and the entire island are made of the same material as the Veilstone City meteorites. At Carolina's request, Riley agrees to help her study the island's mysterious connection with the Veilstone meteorites and Spear Pillar. Later, Ash's group says goodbye to Barry and the others as they leave for Chocovine Town and Dawn's next Contest.
Back at Team Galactic Headquarters, Mars apologizes to Cyrus for her failure in destroying Iron Ruins. Cyrus tells her it's only a temporary setback, and places Saturn in charge of excavating the Spear Pillar. Even with only a 60% scan, Team Galactic have still made headway in their search for the Spear Pillar and their quest for the ability to control Sinnoh space-time will continue.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Music from Pokémon Heroes is used in addition to the music from Lucario and the Mystery of Mew and Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.
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