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These donuts are great! This article is about an episode of the Pokémon anime that has not been dubbed into English. As such, its coverage may contain romanized Japanese names, rather than dub names.
JN120 : Infinite Possibilities!
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
JN122 : It's... Champion Time!
JN121   EP1206
The Climax Begins! Satoshi's Masters Tournament Experience!!
First broadcast
Japan August 12, 2022
United States Unaired
English themes
Opening N/A
Japanese themes
Opening 1・2・3
Ending バツグンタイプ
Animation Team Kato
Assistant director
Animation director
Additional credits

(Japanese: 最高潮始動!サトシのマスターズトーナメント!! The Climax Begins! Satoshi's Masters Tournament Experience!!) is the 121st episode of Pokémon Journeys: The Series, and the 1,206th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 12, 2022.

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.


The "Pokémon World Coronation Series News" covers the events of the Masters Eight Tournament so far, recapping the quarterfinals matches and providing an analysis of the semifinalists: Leon, Diantha, Cynthia, and Ash. Following the in-depth analysis, the program lists the most shocking moments in Ash's World Coronation Series battles so far: the Iron Tail-Quick Attack combo that his Pikachu used during his Ultra Class battle against Bea; his Dragonite transforming Haxorus's Dragon Pulse into Draco Meteor during his match against Iris; and the giant Aura Sphere that his Lucario used to defeat Raihan's Gigantamax Duraludon during his entrance battle.

The narrator, hosting a radio show, reads listener mail. The first letter is from Allister, which leads to a recap of how Ash first befriended his Gengar. The second letter comes from Wikstrom, leading to a recap of how Ash's Farfetch'd evolved into Sirfetch'd during his battle with Rinto and his Gallade. The clip show ends with a storybook tale told by Dracovish, telling how it woke up in a strange world after sleeping for a long time, but came to like the friends it made and things it could bite on in this new world.





The "After the story" artwork for this episode
  • The narrator reads the title card for this episode.
  • Like the last clip show episode, no main character is physically present.
    • At three episodes, this episode marks the longest period Ash and Pikachu do not physically appear in the anime during their time as protagonists.
    • This makes it the third numbered episode in a row to not feature any main characters in person.
  • This is the first time that two regular broadcasting clip shows have aired in the same series since Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl.
    • Also, at two weeks, this episode marks the shortest period between the airing of clip shows in a same series.
  • James, Meowth, Jessie, and Wobbuffet narrate the preview for the next episode.
  • As a clip show, this episode was not dubbed into any other language, and was not aired anywhere outside of Japan and South Korea.

In other languages

JN120 : Infinite Possibilities!
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
JN122 : It's... Champion Time!
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