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EP254 : Better Eight Than Never
Original series
EP256 : Just Add Water
Why? Wynaut!
Sohnano!? Gym Badges and Sonans!!
First broadcast
Japan July 4, 2002
United States June 28, 2003
English themes
Opening Believe in Me
Japanese themes
Opening Ready Go!
Ending ポケッターリ・モンスターリ
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 武上純希 Junki Takegami
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 大町繁 Shigeru Ōmachi
Animation director 酒井啓史 Hiroshi Sakai
Additional credits

Why? Wynaut! (Japanese: ソーナノ!?ジムバッジとソーナンス!! Sohnano!? Gym Badges and Sonans!!) is the 255th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on July 4, 2002 and in the United States on June 28, 2003.

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Having defeated Clair and earned his eighth gym badge, Ash must now set out for the Johto League championship, which he learns is to be held on Mt Silver in three months time. As Ash heads toward New Bark Town, where he will register for entry in this competition, he is stopped by two reporters who ask for a shot of the trainer making his triumphant return. The reporters turn out to be none other than Jessie and James of Team Rocket. They trick Ash out of all eight of his badges, but the plan backfires when a passing Wynaut steals the badges from Wobbuffet. Remembering each of the eight victories that earned him these badges, Ash sets out after Team Rocket, determined to get back what is rightfully his.


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Ash plans to go to New Bark Town to register for the Johto Silver Conference now that he has all eight Badges even though the Silver Conference is in three months. Team Rocket has plans of their own, and they decide to steal Ash’s Badges for their own purposes. Meowth and James want to sell the badges, while Jessie wants to enter the Silver Conference using them. They are successful in stealing his Badges and run away with them. Meanwhile, Wobbuffet meets a Wynaut in the woods who steals the Badges from Team Rocket. When Ash realizes his loss of Badges, he goes through the list of the Gym Leaders he fought to get them.

Wobbuffet tries to explain what happened and draws a picture of Wynaut. James believes that a Wynaut drawing by Wobbuffet was his childhood nanny, but after Wobbuffet states that the thief was blue, Jessie believes a Wooper stole the Badges, and they try to find one. While Ash tries on his own to try to find the Badges. Noctowl and Bayleef find Wynaut and the Badges and some berries it has in a box. But when Team Rocket find Bayleef with the Badges, they attack Bayleef and escape with the Badges. Clair comes in with Dragonair to chase the Rocket balloon. When Ash gets his Badges back he realizes he is missing his Rising Badge, and Wynaut appears holding the Badge. It hands it to Bayleef and escapes without Ash seeing it. Now that Ash has all eight Badges, Clair tells Ash the directions to New Bark Town to register for the Johto League Silver Conference.

Major events

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




Pocket Monster TV


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Steelix (US and international), Wynaut (Japan)


Why? Why Not!
Why? Wynaut!
  • One version, such as certain broadcasts and the first US home video release, has the erroneous title Why? Why Not! somewhat ignoring the intended pun. Another version, including the version streaming on Pokémon TV and the second US home video release, gives the title correct as Why? Wynaut! making the pun clearer.
    • Some dubs, like Iberian Spanish, use translations of the first title whereas others, like Latin American Spanish, use the second.
  • Throughout the entire Blackthorn City arc, Wynaut is never seen by a human. This perhaps accounts for its perceived rarity outside of Hoenn.
  • This is one of the few times in the anime a member of Team Rocket (in this case, Jessie) refers to Ash by his name and not "twerp" or "brat". The first time was in Electric Shock Showdown when Meowth was cheering for Pikachu and Ash, the second time was in Fire and Ice when Jessie was talking about how the crowd was cheering for Ash, and the third time was in Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up when she addresses Brock as "Brock".
    • They were in disguise during the first, third and fourth incidents.
  • This is the only episode where a Pokémon from a future Generation is used in Dare da? — its Pokédex number is listed as ???.
  • Music from Pikachu's Rescue Adventure can be heard during Wobbuffet's fantasy.
  • In the original Japanese version, Wobbuffet and Wynaut's conversation contains a pun that was lost in translation. Their Japanese names, ソーナノ (Wynaut) and ソーナンス (Wobbuffet) translates into "Really?" and "That's right!" respectively.
  • This episode is featured on Pokémon All-Stars: Wobbuffet from Magna Pacific's Pokémon All-Stars series.


  • When remembering his Badges, Ash says he received the Glacier Badge twice. The first one was actually the Zephyr Badge.
  • Meowth was holding the leaf that had Ash's Badges in it, then it shows Meowth holding nothing, and then holding the leaf again.
  • Ash says he won his Plain Badge from Whitney in the Goldenrod Gym; however, this is incorrect as he won it on her uncle's Miltank farm. Though it's highly possible he was referring to how she is the Gym Leader at Goldenrod.
  • In the recap of the previous episode, the Seismic Toss animation is flawed.
  • There is a repeated frame when Team Rocket finds Ash's badges.

Dub edits

In other languages

EP254 : Better Eight Than Never
Original series
EP256 : Just Add Water!
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