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|Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!
Sword and Shield: "The Darkest Day!" (Japanese: ソード&シールドⅡ 「ブラックナイト」 Sword & Shield II - "Black Night") is the 43rd episode of Pokémon Journeys: The Series, and the 1,128th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on October 30, 2020 and in the United States on March 5, 2021.
While Ash and Leon battle the rampaging Dynamax Pokémon, Goh and Sonia seek answers about the legends of Galar and the Darkest Day. Then, Ash meets Chairman Rose, the president of Macro Cosmos. Rose supported Leon as a young Trainer, but when he makes a similar offer to Ash, our hero politely declines.
Meanwhile, Goh and Sonia share their findings with Sonia’s grandmother, Professor Magnolia. Professor Magnolia previously worked with Rose’s company to create the Dynamax Band, but she now fears that Rose is somehow involved with the rampaging Pokémon. When Goh and Sonia head out to do more research, they’re confronted by a mysterious man—what happens next?
Goh and Sonia reach the Turffield geoglyph, hoping to research its connection to the ancient hero legend and the current Dynamax outbreaks across the Galar region. Known as the Darkest Day, the Galar region was engulfed by a black vortex 3,000 years ago. A hero wielding the legendary sword and shield managed to quell the Dynamax Pokémon. Sonia speculates that the Darkest Day will reoccur, noting the similarly tough conditions they face today. Goh recalls his encounter with a Lugia, adding that a dark cloud appeared then as well. He theorizes that the dark vortex must mean the mysterious figure behind the Darkest Day is also a Legendary Pokémon, a connection Sonia hadn't considered before.
Following Giovanni’s orders, Team Rocket have infiltrated the underground Energy Plant as miners hoping to locate the evilest Pokémon. Oleana continues to inject more Galar Particles at the Energy Plant core, leading to more Dynamax events, including a wild Coalossal. Chairman Rose is unfazed by the threats of Dynamax energy, declaring that soon Eternatus will be revived and save Galar's future. Ash and Leon soon spot the rampaging Gigantamax Coalossal. Using Gengar and Dragapult respectively, they manage to defeat it. The miners start throwing stones at the Coalossal, but Ash intervenes to protect the vulnerable Pokémon.
Meanwhile, Oleana's subordinate is shadowing Goh and Sonia's car. Sonia and Goh soon leave Turffield and head towards Wedgehurst, with Sonia learning that Goh was originally intending on meeting Professor Magnolia for advice on Dynamaxing. Goh is surprised to learn that Sonia is Professor Magnolia’s granddaughter. Sonia shows Goh several photos of the ancient tapestries located in the Hammerlocke Vault, believed to describe the origins of the Galar region. Sonia asks for Goh's insight, and Goh replies that the two depicted heroes might be the ones who fought against the Darkest Day. Sonia adds that the current retelling of the Hero legend may actually be wrong, and in fact two heroes may have worked together. Sonia declares that she will tell her grandmother right away, hoping that will be enough to become a Professor in her own right. She then backtracks, adding that Professor Magnolia is rather strict. Goh enquires into Sonia's motivations, leading Sonia to reveal that she and Leon were once friends. The pair left on a journey together, but they drifted apart after Leon's battling talents were spotted and he became a Champion. Sonia remarks that she could never defeat Leon in a battle, but decided to work with Pokémon in a different way.
Following the defeat of the Gigantamax Coalossal, Chairman Rose and Oleana introduce themselves to Ash. Leon reveals that Rose is the Chairman of Macro Cosmos, a company responsible for the supply of energy across Galar and the one who spotted his talents as a Trainer. Rose remarks that he has heard a lot about Ash from Leon, adding that he shows a lot of promise. Leon asks Rose if he knows anything about the Dynamax outbreaks, to which Rose denies having any knowledge. He suggests that the Dynamax outbreaks might just be a trial for a stronger future, though Leon insists that they need to stop things now to save the lives of people and Pokémon alike. The Chairman steers the conversation away from the crisis at hand, suggesting a commemorative dinner is in order. Ash’s grumbling stomach also agrees, while Leon suggests that it is a rather lucrative opportunity. Leon, meanwhile, decides to investigate the Energy Plant for a connection to the Dynamax outbreaks. He believes Chairman Rose knows more than he was saying, recalling the suspicious comment made earlier.
Goh and Sonia arrive at Professor Magnolia's lab in Wedgehurst by evening. As they discuss their dreams, a Wishing Star crashes nearby. The rather stern Professor Magnolia appears, explaining that a Wishing Star appears to those with earnest dreams. She invites Goh inside, learning that he comes from the Cerise Laboratory and hoped to learn more about Dynamaxing. Magnolia reveals that Galar Particles are responsible from the Dynamax phenomenon, with links to Power Spots found right across the Wild Area that allow Pokémon to undergo Dynamax. She adds that Wishing Star a rich source of Galar Particles. Professor Magnolia reveals that she cooperated with Macro Cosmos and developed the Dynamax Bands as a way to control the Dynamax phenomenon. Sonia then enters the room, and presents Goh with his very own Dynamax Band, fashioned using the crashed Wishing Star. Goh is thrilled with the gift. He then asks why can Pokémon only Dynamax in the Wild Area or in stadiums, to which Professor Magnolia clarifies that Power Spots are responsible for this. Professor Magnolia adds that she and Chairman Rose uncovered that Galar Particles can be used as an energy source, but stops short of elaborating any further. Sonia realizes her grandmother is hiding something, but Professor Magnolia denies it and changes the subject to Sonia's research task. Professor Magnolia takes a moment to review before commending her granddaughter's research, which sheds further light onto the Darkest Day and Galar Hero legends. Magnolia stops short of granting her granddaughter a pass, instead she wonders what happened to the sword and shield from the legend. While Sonia feels disheartened, Goh suggests this is an opportunity for them to uncover information about the sword and shield.
At Rose Tower, Ash and Pikachu are treated to a feast courtesy of Chairman Rose. Looking over the glistening Wyndon skyline, Rose remarks that he is grateful for being lifted out of poverty and plans to preserve the very best that Galar has to offer. The comment catches Ash off-guard, but Rose quickly changes the subject again. He remarks that Ash certainly has promise as a Trainer and offers to use his resources to support Ash’s battling ambitions. Adding pressure, Oleana notes that Ash is lucky to receive such interest. Ash gives it some thought but ultimately declines, remarking that he wants to travel the world and forge his own path. Rose says nothing more, while Oleana is genuinely furious by Ash's disregard. Ash and Pikachu stay the night in the Rose Tower, placing a call through to Goh for an update. Goh reveals that he is at Professor Magnolia's lab, though he and Sonia plan on traveling to the Stow-on-Side ruins to discover more about the Darkest Day. Ash agrees to meet Goh there, ending the call.
The next day, as Sonia and Goh prepare to leave for the ruins, Professor Magnolia has a confession to make. She reveals that she broke off her partnership with Chairman Rose because she sensed his ill-intentions, adding that he will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. Professor Magnolia elaborates that she knows that Dynamax outbreaks have something to do with it, however she has no physical proof as of yet. She orders her granddaughter be quick in uncovering the truth, with Sonia and Goh both pledging to do their best. The conversation, meanwhile, is overhead by Oleana's subordinate who calls to inform Oleana of the new intel. Following orders, the subordinate trails Goh and Sonia undetected and directly to the mural at Stow-on-Side. He then makes his presence known, summoning his Gigantamax Garbodor to take care of Goh and Sonia. The presence of the Gigantamax Pokémon reveals the odd-looking mural to be a Power Spot and Sonia notices Galar Particles coming from the mural. To even the match-up, Goh Dynamaxes his Raboot, starting off with a direct Max Flare. Gigantamax Garbodor replies with G-Max Malodor, and the wake of stench knocks Raboot back, sending it crashing into the mural. As Raboot steps aside, Sonia quickly spots statues hidden behind, featuring two knights, as well as Zacian and Zamazenta.
- Goh visits Turffield with Sonia before traveling to Wedgehurst and then to Stow-on-Side with her.
- Team Rocket learns about Eternatus and the Darkest Day.
- Goh learns that Sonia is Professor Magnolia's granddaughter.
- Sonia and Leon are revealed to have known each other since childhood.
- Leon is revealed to own a Dragapult.
- Ash meets Rose and Oleana for the first time.
- Rose offers Ash to represent him as a Trainer, but Ash turns it down.
- Goh and Sonia find a Wishing Star.
- Goh meets Professor Magnolia for the first time.
- Sonia fashions the Wishing Star into a Dynamax Band, which she gives to Goh.
- Ash and Goh agree to rendezvous at Stow-on-Side.
- Goh uses Dynamax for the first time.
- Goh's Raboot uses Max Flare for the first time.
- Raboot accidentally destroys the mural at Stow-on-Side, revealing statues of Zacian and Zamazenta behind it.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline.
- Professor Magnolia
- Macro Cosmos employees
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket)
- Wobbuffet (Jessie's)
- Dragonite (Ash's)
- Gengar (Ash's)
- Scorbunny (Goh's; flashback)
- Raboot (Goh's; Dynamax)
- Sobble (Goh's)
- Charmander (Leon's; flashback)
- Charmeleon (Leon's; flashback)
- Charizard (Leon's)
- Dragapult (Leon's; debut)
- Garbodor (Oleana's subordinate's; Gigantamax)
- Psyduck (Trainer's)
- Lugia (anime; flashback)
- Eternatus (anime; flashback/fantasy)
- Pangoro (Dynamax)
- Coalossal (Gigantamax; debut)
- Dreepy (Dragon Darts; ×2; debut)
- Snorlax (Gigantamax; flashback)
- Drednaw (Gigantamax; fantasy)
- Charizard (Gigantamax; fantasy)
- Get Inspired! Let's Solve a Poké Riddle!!: Garbodor
- There is no Dare da? or Who's That Pokémon? segment in this episode. The same is true for the other episodes in the Sword and Shield arc.
- This marks the only time Goh has used Dynamax.
- Goh, Goh's Raboot, Ash, and Pikachu narrate the preview for the next episode.
- When Coalossal is hit by a beam of Dynamax energy, one of the Workers disappears for a few frames.
- In one shot, Meowth's gloves are shaped like human-like hands with five fingers instead of his normal paws.
- The original Japanese texts depicting Energy Plant, Turffield, Wedgehurst, Rose Tower, and Stow-on-Side's names are edited out.
In other languages
|Mandarin Chinese||劍與盾篇 闇夜|
|Danish||Sværd og Skjold: Den mørkeste dag!|
|Dutch||Zwaard en Schild: De donkerste dag!|
|Finnish||Miekka ja Kilpi: Pimein päivä!|
|European French||Épée et Bouclier : la Nuit Noire !|
|German||Schwert und Schild: Die Finstre Nacht!|
|Hebrew||!חרב ומגן: היום האפל|
|Indonesian||Pedang & Perisai: Malam Tergelap|
|Italian||Spada e Scudo: la Notte Oscura|
|Polish||Miecz i Tarcza: Najmroczniejszy Dzień!|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Espada e Escudo: o Dia Mais Sombrio!|
|Russian||Меч и щит: Темнейший день!|
|Latin American Spanish||Espada y Escudo: ¡el Día Más Oscuro!|
|Turkish||Kılıç ve Kalkan: En Karanlık Gün|
|Ukrainian||Меч та щит: Темна ніч|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|
- Pokémon Journeys: The Series episodes
- Episodes written by Michihiro Tsuchiya
- Episodes storyboarded by Noriaki Saitō
- Episodes directed by Hidehiko Kadota
- Episodes animated by Yasushi Tanizawa
- Episodes animated by kwon yong sang
- Episodes by multiple animation directors
- Episodes in which a Legendary Pokémon appears
- Episodes in which a Champion appears
- Episodes in which a main character's Pokémon learns a new move
- Episodes in which an alternately colored Pokémon appears