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EP144 : Gettin' The Bugs Out
Original series
EP146 : Tricks of the Trade
A Farfetch'd Tale
Ubame Forest! Search for Kamonegi!!
First broadcast
Japan April 27, 2000
United States March 17, 2001
English themes
Opening Pokémon Johto
Japanese themes
Opening OK!
Ending ポケモンはらはらリレー
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 岩崎太郎 Tarō Iwasaki
Assistant director 岩崎太郎 Tarō Iwasaki
Animation director 平塚知哉 Tomoya Hiratsuka
Additional credits

Screenshots on Filb.de

A Farfetch'd Tale (Japanese: ウバメのもり!カモネギをさがせ!! Ubame Forest! Search for Kamonegi!!) is the 145th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 27, 2000 and in the United States on March 17, 2001.

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An inexperienced young Trainer mistakenly scares off his own Farfetch'd. Ash and friends are happy to help, but will have to find it before Team Rocket, their stomachs as empty as their piggy bank, can get their hands on this savory Pokémon.


As our heroes enter the Ilex Forest, Misty worries they might be lost. Meanwhile, Team Rocket worries about their empty stomachs.

Ash and his friends soon happen to meet a boy and his Farfetch'd. They appear to be having a problem; the boy tries to get Farfetch'd to use "Cutting attack", but Farfetch'd is disregarding its Trainer completely. Ash steps in and informs the boy that "Cut attack" is the correct name. The much embarrassed boy now tells Farfetch'd to use "Cut", but even when given the correct name of the attack, Farfetch'd refuses to obey!

Team Rocket trudges on, ignorant of all but their hunger pangs. Apparently, they're all out of money and are too weak to forage for food.

The boy, who introduces himself as Sylvester, explains that he is a beginning Trainer and sometimes has trouble remembering the names of attacks. He wants to be able to make "purifying charcoal" like his father does. Brock explains to Ash and Misty that purifying charcoal is burnt wood used for fuel that can also purify water and air. The Ilex Forest is world-famous for its purified charcoal; in fact, Brock even uses it for a recipe he calls "Brock's Rockin' Rice". Sylvester says that he needs to teach Farfetch'd how to cut wood into perfect blocks. Farfetch'd doesn't look happy to be working with Sylvester, though. It appears to think very little of its Trainer. Nevertheless, Ash encourages the two by telling them how he and Pikachu worked together to become best friends. Sylvester and Farfetch'd are persuaded to try again.

At the local Pokémon Center, Ash reports to Professor Oak that he has safely delivered the GS Ball to Kurt in Azalea Town. Ash also tells Oak of his Lure Ball, which he received from Kurt as a gift, and his Hive Badge, which he won from Bugsy, the Gym Leader. Ash's Muk, Kingler, Snorlax, and Tauros squeeze into the screen to wish Ash luck as he seeks out the next Gym. Suddenly, Sylvester runs into the Center and asks Nurse Joy if she has seen his Farfetch'd; apparently, it has run away after Sylvester forgot a few attack names again. Nurse Joy suggests looking for Farfetch'd at his father's house, since Farfetch'd went there the previous time it ran away. Sylvester seems very down on himself, so Ash cheers him up by volunteering to accompany him to his house, and to search the forest if Farfetch'd cannot be found there.

At Sylvester's house, Sylvester's father is busy at a hearth. His Magmar provides flames while he works hard to make the purifying charcoal. He receives the news that Farfetch'd has run away again with very little patience; in fact, he begins berating his son for being such a bad Trainer. Ash, feeling sorry for Sylvester, steps in and tells the father that his son is trying his best and should not be pressed so hard. Sylvester's father is not impressed; he orders his son and his new friends out into the forest to look for Farfetch'd.

Meanwhile, Team Rocket is still hungry. Then, Meowth smells food! The scent is coming from two rolls on a strange-looking pedestal. James picks them up, but Jessie and Meowth eat them before he can. Then, Farfetch'd walks out from behind a bush, unaware of Team Rocket. The always-scheming thieves decide to grab the valuable Pokémon and sell it, using the money to buy lots of food. Farfetch'd manages to avoid James' initial lunge, but soon the poor Pokémon is cornered!

Ash and the others are having no luck finding Farfetch'd. Then Ash comes up with an idea: they can use their Pokémon to search! After Brock hastily withdraws his Pineco before it Selfdestructs, Ash realizes that none of the Pokémon are looking for Farfetch'd, so he gets them into action.

At the same time, Team Rocket is discovering that Farfetch'd won't be so easy to capture. It flies up to perch on a tree limb, cutting several branches with its leek and causing them to fall on Team Rocket's heads. Jessie tosses Meowth upwards in frustration, but Farfetch'd easily bonks him on the head, sending Meowth back down on Jessie's head. Jessie sends out her Arbok and Lickitung; Farfetch'd blocks Arbok's Poison Sting with its leek. Arbok dives for the leek, but misses. Finally, Lickitung uses its giant Tongue to grab the leek. Without its leek, Farfetch'd tries to run away, but Meowth lassoes it. With Farfetch'd secure in a netted bag, James tries to eat the leek, but Jessie swipes it away. Meowth reminds him that the leek will make Farfetch'd complete, and more money can be made.

Heracross spots Team Rocket with Farfetch'd and reports back to Ash. Having been discovered, Team Rocket performs their motto for Ash and Sylvester, then makes a run for it. But Bulbasaur and Chikorita use Razor Leaf to cut the bag, freeing Farfetch'd. Before it can fly back to Sylvester, though, Farfetch'd is grabbed by Lickitung. James sends out his Weezing and Victreebel and, after being swallowed by the latter, orders the former to fire Sludge at Ash and his Pokémon, immobilizing them. As Arbok's Poison Sting heads straight for the helpless group, Brock's Onix erupts out of the ground and blocks the attack!

Brock and Misty hurry towards them with their Pokémon, and Misty has Poliwag use Water Gun to get rid of the Sludge. As they prepare to get Farfetch'd back, Sylvester realizes how great of a team Ash and his Pokémon are. However, the fight is not over yet! Weezing and Victreebel use SmokeScreen and Razor Leaf, but then Ash puts down Team Rocket's hopes of finally succeeding by ordering Squirtle to use Hydro Pump to blow away Weezing's smoke. While Ash's Pokémon attack together, Sylvester expresses the wish to work with Farfetch'd the way Ash works with his Pokémon. Brock explains that Ash's team act with one mind.

Heracross Tackles Team Rocket, sending the leek spinning up in the air. Jessie and Sylvester both dive for it, but only Sylvester comes up with the leek in hand! Farfetch'd sees its Trainer after making that great dive and realizes that maybe he isn't such a bad Trainer after all. Ash asks Sylvester if he's alright, but Sylvester shakes off the dust easily. Now that he knows the power of teamwork, his confidence has grown enormously. He throws the leek to Farfetch'd, who catches it and Pecks Lickitung so hard that it loosens its tongue, freeing Farfetch'd. In a last-ditch attempt, Team Rocket dives toward Farfetch'd, but Sylvester orders Farfetch'd to use Fury Attack. The devastating leek-bashing leaves Team Rocket completely worn out. Before they can run far, Farfetch'd uses Cut to down two big trees in front of Team Rocket's path. With that, Ash wraps things up by having Pikachu use Thunderbolt. Team Rocket blasts off for the umpteenth time, feeling cheated... and still hungry!

Ash congratulates Sylvester for getting Farfetch'd to use Cut, and Misty and Brock comment on how well the pair worked as a team. Encouraged by Ash and the gang, Sylvester asks Farfetch'd to cut one of the trees into blocks for charcoal. After pausing to orient itself, like a true Cutting master, Farfetch'd executes a serious of slashes, creating many perfectly-shaped blocks of wood. Yet again, Ash and his friends have helped a Trainer and his Pokémon become a solid team.

At the end of the day, Sylvester's father expresses his appreciation of his son's work and how very proud of him he is. After being given some charcoal in gratitude, our heroes set off for Goldenrod City, where the next Johto League Gym lies.

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?: Wobbuffet (US and international), Farfetch'd (Japan)


  • When Misty lets her Pokémon out, Staryu and Goldeen are omitted; only Psyduck and Poliwag appear.
    • Though that may be simply because she often does not use her Water-type Pokémon that have trouble functioning on land, such as Goldeen.
  • This is the last time in the anime that the GS Ball was mentioned, other than its appearance in a flashback in Hour of the Houndour. The producers planned to have it return, but they abandoned that plotline and shelved the idea.


  • Ash, in the battle with Team Rocket, says "Use your Razor Leaf attack together!" He was probably directing the command to Bulbasaur and Chikorita, but his Pokémon don't appear to follow the order; Chikorita uses Razor Leaf, but Bulbasaur uses Vine Whip and Cyndaquil (who isn't even capable of using Razor Leaf) uses Flamethrower.
  • While battling against Team Rocket, Sylvester commands his Farfetch'd to use "Fury" instead of Fury Attack.

Dub edits

  • Pokémon Karaokémon: All We Wanna Do
  • Yosaku is Sylvester's father in the dub, while he is actually Sylvester's master in the original.
  • In the dub, the two dumplings on the forest guardian's shrine are referred to as 'butter rolls without the butter'.

In other languages

EP144 : Gettin' The Bugs Out
Original series
EP146 : Tricks Of The Trade
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