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EP214 : Mantine Overboard!
Original series
EP216 : Dueling Heroes
Octillery The Outcast
Okutank and Teppouo! Whirlpool Cup Preliminaries!!
First broadcast
Japan September 13, 2001
United States October 19, 2002
English themes
Opening Believe in Me
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター (Whiteberry)
Ending 前向きロケット団!
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Assistant director 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
Additional credits

Octillery The Outcast (Japanese: オクタンとテッポウオ!うずまきカップよせん!! Okutank and Teppouo! Whirlpool Cup Preliminaries!!), is the 215th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on September 13, 2001 and in the United States on October 19, 2002.

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After reaching the town where the preliminary round of the Whirl Cup is held, Ash and Misty enter and earn the two victories required to continue on to the finals. A friend they had met earlier is not as fortunate. When Misty tries to console him with promises of the next Whirl Cup to be held in three years, he remains depressed, saying that it was not lack of ability but the low spirits of his Octillery that had brought about his defeat. The Pokémon had been depressed ever since it evolved from a Remoraid and was subsequently spurned by its onetime Remoraid friends. If the boy cannot somehow mend these friendships between Pokémon that have now grown different in appearance, he doesn't see any hopes of victory even in three years time. Ash and friends willingly lend their knowledge and enthusiasm to this problem of Pokémon sociology.


Ash and his friends have finally reached the main island where the Whirl Cup will be held. Ash and Misty go on with their talking about their dreams and such when finally they head over to the Pokémon Center for some info. Obviously it seems like they're not the only ones who want to enter. They wait in a long line for while and finally they get to the front desk. Brock goes off with flirting with Nurse Joy when Misty finally puts him out of the picture for a while. Ash and Misty register and it looks like there's going to be a qualifying match before the tournament. She shows a picture of the tournament tree, only sixteen entries available. Team Rocket spies from the outside of the Center and comes up with another plan. They want to swipe any good Water Pokémon and give it to the Boss, but Meowth wants a "Theme Park."

While the group walks around town, they notice a boy walking around all down in the dumps. Misty goes up and asks him if he's alright. The boy replies only asking if any of them are in the tournament, which Misty says yes. Immediately the boy introduces himself as Marcellus and asks if any of them would battle, or train for a while. Misty accepts and they head off to a battle site. The site is covered in water, only having two stones as Trainer boxes plus four pillars. Marcellus says that this is supposed to simulate what the real arena looks like. Both get ready, Marcellus sends out Remoraid and Misty calls upon Corsola. Marcellus commands Remoraid to use Water Gun, which Corsola counters with Mirror Coat, knocking back the Remoraid but not knocking it out. Corsola goes for a Tackle but Remoraid dives underneath and Corsola hits one of the pillars. It seems like Remoraid is nowhere to be seen but soon it is spotted on a wave. Marcellus tells Remoraid to use another Water Gun and this time it knocks Corsola out. Remoraid then evolves into Octillery. Marcellus thanks them and heads off. It's late night back at the Pokémon Center and Ash and Misty have a big day tomorrow. Ash asks Pikachu to be his support while Misty asks Brock to keep Togepi company while battling.

The next day, the matches are quick to end. On Ash's side, it was Totodile vs. Seel followed by Totodile vs. Shellder, while Misty's was Corsola vs. Seaking and Poliwhirl vs. Magikarp. After their matches, the three join up at the Pokémon Center where they see Marcellus again, but this time he seems down. Ash asks if he didn't make it, but Misty shoves him off and asks what's up. Marcellus explains that there's something going on with his Octillery lately. They go over to his house where they go in a room full of Remoraid in an aquarium. Marcellus releases his Octillery and it goes inside the tank, towards the school of Remoraid. The Remoraid, however shift to the opposite direction of Octillery. Octillery follows but again they shift to the other side. This continues until the Remoraid finally shoots out Water Gun at Octillery, which it goes in jar. They now understand the situation. After a few ideas, they dress up Ash in an Octillery costume, much to Ash's chagrin. Ash tries to lure out the Octillery but instead gets shot at. Maybe there's another way... but they put that on hold for now.

During the night, Team Rocket slips in and commences their plan, get the Remoraid since it seems to be the easiest to steal. The group and Marcellus are about to start dinner when they hear a funny noise. Marcellus says he'll check it out. When he gets there, he flips on the light switch and sees Team Rocket. Immediately they go off with their motto, Marcellus not getting the idea until he sees the tanks are empty. Ash comes in and sees Team Rocket, however they make their escape in a truck and drives off. Looks like they can't catch up, but they notice puddles on the ground. Looks like Octillery left a trail.

Team Rocket stops at the port where a boat is already waiting. Meowth goes and operates the crane while James opens up the back. While Meowth is operating, Octillery comes up unnoticed and starts smothering Meowth. Jessie and James pull off Octillery but soon it goes in a mad rage tackling Team Rocket to the ground. Soon Octillery bashes the aquarium until it cracks open, releasing all the Remoraid into the ocean water. Now the group has caught up, but Team Rocket isn't giving up. Meowth tries to grab Octillery with the crane, making a few unsuccessful moves but finally getting it. Ash is about to have Pikachu use Thunderbolt but Meowth laughs saying "Do that and Octillery here is toast". With no other option, the Remoraid all fire at the crane, causing Octillery to go flying. But the Remoraid save it with Water Gun, sending it back onto the port. Pikachu then releases Thunderbolt followed by Octillery shooting an Octazooka, blowing Team Rocket sky high. After the battle, the Remoraid soon evolve into Octillery themselves and it looks like Marcellus's Octillery won't be lonely.

The next day, the finalist Trainers await at a cliff to watch the Whirl Cup Stadium, partially flooded, rise. It looks like the real battle just begun.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts



Pocket Monster TV


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Jumpluff (US and international), Octillery (Japan)


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  • When Team Rocket enters the room with the Remoraid aquarium, James tells Jessie that he sees no resemblance to her first-grade teacher, sounding as if he met that teacher. James, however, grew up in a private school for rich people and could not have been in Jessie's first-grade class.
  • When Team Rocket exits the window, their truck is close to the building. However, when they run to it, the truck is further away.

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In other languages

EP214 : Mantine Overboard!
Original series
EP216 : Dueling Heroes
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