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EP087 : The Crystal Onix
Original series
EP089 : Shell Shock!
In The Pink
The Island of Pink Pokémon
First broadcast
Japan March 18, 1999
United States February 12, 2000
English themes
Opening Pokémon World
Japanese themes
Opening ライバル!
Ending タイプ・ワイルド
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 武上純希 Junki Takegami
Storyboard 横田和 Kazu Yokota
Assistant director 大町繁 Shigeru Ōmachi
Animation director たけだゆうさく Yūsaku Takeda
Additional credits

In The Pink (Japanese: ピンクのポケモンじま The Island of Pink Pokémon) is the 88th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on March 18, 1999 and in the United States on February 12, 2000.

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Ash and friends are caught in a whirlpool and swept to an unexplored island where all the Pokémon are pink. It's Pinkan Island, a Pokémon refuge where the Pokémon's diet of Pinkan Berries causes their unique coloration. But the Pokémon aren't all as sweet as they look. Our heroes cross paths with an enraged Nidoking, and end up cornered under a cliff. Nidoking blasts its Hyper Beam at our heroes. Togepi waves its arms, and the attack misses our heroes as if skipping off a shield. Coincidence? Or is Togepi finally learning some attacks? Officer Jenny drives up in her Jeep and lassoes Nidoking to the ground, stopping its attack without hurting it. Our heroes leave Pinkan Island, having promised to keep the island a secret so that poachers won't come and ruin its unique beauty.


While traveling on Lapras, Ash and his friends are caught in a whirlpool. After they regain consciousness, Tracey finds out that they are on Pinkan Island. They climb the cliffs and see a pink Rhyhorn. Tracey decides to observe and sketch it, and Ash, in order to prove to Misty that he knows what he's doing, races up to the Rhyhorn, who promptly knocks him away. Ash runs over to Tracey, and the two boys head for where Misty and Pikachu are. The team is cornered by the edge of the cliffs, and in order to save them, Togepi uses Metronome and Teleports them away. The Rhyhorn goes over the cliff and the team wonders how they escaped. Officer Jenny arrives and together they rescue the Rhyhorn. Jenny explains that the Pinkan Berries turn any Pokémon that eats them a lot, permanently pink.

Team Rocket, having noticed the Rhyhorn, arrives on the island and see Jigglypuff. They think it is special until they realize all Jigglypuff are pink. Before Jigglypuff can sing its song, they run off into the forest, planning to catch the pink Pokémon and open their own theme park. They use their Pokémon to catch the pink ones, and Lickitung chases two Pink Nidoran into a cave, and runs straight back out frightened. A Nidoking comes out of the cave and chases Team Rocket away.

Meanwhile, Jenny is explaining how Pinkan Island is a reserve and that she won't press charges. The trio contacts Professor Oak, who knew about the island and its pinkness, and he tells them about the research before Muk gives him a hug. An alarm sounds and the team offers to help Jenny. Team Rocket is still being chased and attempt to defeat Nidoking, but Jenny and the others appear. They do their motto and Ash has Pikachu use ThunderShock, thus shocking Nidoking. Nidoking throws the Rocket Pokémon at their owners and they blast off. Nidoking chases the trio and Jenny, and both Psyduck and Marill attempt to battle him, but ultimately run off scared.

Pikachu tries to shock him, but Jenny informs Ash that Nidoking is on a rampage and cannot be stopped. Nidoking uses Hyper Beam, but Togepi uses Metronome again and creates a Barrier. Jenny tells the trio to get out and run. She engages Nidoking and lassos him, and Nidoking drops to the ground dizzy. Jenny drops the team off beyond the whirlpools and Misty contemplates Togepi's actions. Ash and Tracey laugh at her suggestion of Togepi attacking. Ash notices Tracey's sketch of Officer Jenny. Misty attempts to get Togepi to attack, but is unsuccessful.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Kabuto (US and international), Pink Rhyhorn (Japan)

Pink Pokémon

Pink Pokémon in Team Rocket's fantasy


  • Professor Oak's Pokémon Lecture:
    • Pokémon senryū summary: Eevee, has three evolutions; now which shall I choose?
  • The Gengar and Tauros costumes that Team Rocket are wearing made another appearance in Manectric Charge.
  • It is speculated that this island is where the pink Butterfree from Bye-Bye Butterfree is from, but this has not been officially confirmed.
  • Jigglypuff does not sing in this episode.
  • When Team Rocket are imagining opening up a theme park with pink Pokémon, their disguises are the same as the ones from Pokémon Fashion Flash.
  • This is the second episode Togepi uses Metronome, and the first time Misty suspects that it knows this move.
  • This is also the second straight episode in which a Pokémon sends Team Rocket blasting off by hitting them with its tail (and an unusual Pokémon at that).
  • The book Secret of the Pink Pokémon is based on this episode.
  • Ash refers to some of the Pokémon by nicknames such as Shyhorn and Pinkachu.


  • When Ash is climbing the cliff after they first reach Pinkan Island, Pikachu is on his shoulder. When Ash and Misty are shown from the back, Pikachu is missing.
  • Ash's Pokédex identifies Rhyhorn as the "Spiked Pokémon" instead of the "Spikes Pokémon".
  • When Jigglypuff jumps onto Team Rocket's submarine it is seen standing on the red portion of its head. In the next scene the portion of the submarine underneath Jigglypuff's feet is yellow.
  • The Vileplume and Paras seen on the island do not display the alternate coloration patterns as seen on Valencia Island.
  • In the dub, in the scene where the group is being chased by the pink Nidoking, Misty calls out for her Starmie before Psyduck comes out. Starmie was left at the Cerulean Gym more than twenty episodes before.
  • Officer Jenny claims that Thunderbolt will not work because the Nidoking is on a rampage. This is incorrect as Nidoking is part Ground-type and Electric moves would not work regardless.
  • When observing the pink Rhyhorn, Tracey mentions that it is 8 meters long. This is impossible, since the Rhyhorn would be just over 24 feet in length, and it is clearly nowhere near this size. Rhyhorn's size according to the Pokédex is only 1 meter.
  • James says "That shock was Nidoking's wake-up call!" However, the previous scene doesn't show Nidoking getting shocked.
    • James also refers to the plural of "Jigglypuff" as "Jigglypuffs."
  • When Officer Jenny engages Nidoking, the "z's" on Ash's cheeks are missing.

Dub edits

In other languages

EP087 : The Crystal Onix
Original series
EP089 : Shell Shock!
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