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Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice
キュレムVS聖剣士 ケルディオ Kyurem VS the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo
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Japan July 14, 2012
United States December 8, 2012
Home video
Japan December 19, 2012
United States April 2, 2013
English themes
Opening Rival Destinies
Ending It's All Inside of You
Japanese themes
Opening やじるしになって!
Ending Memories
United States PG
Great Britain U
Ireland ?
Canada G
Quebec ?
Japan G
Germany ?
Australia G
New Zealand G

Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice (Japanese: 劇場版ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ キュレムVS聖剣士 ケルディオ Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! the Movie - Kyurem VS the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo) is the second Pokémon the Series: Black & White movie and the fifteenth Pokémon movie overall. It premiered in Japanese theaters on July 14, 2012. It premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network in conjunction with YTV in Canada on December 8, 2012, and premiered in the United Kingdom on CITV on December 12, 2012.

The movie features Kyurem and its two alternate formes and the Swords of Justice: Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion, and Keldeo.

In Japanese theaters, the movie was featured with the Pikachu short Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade.

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Ash and Pikachu, along with their friends Iris and Cilan, are on a train headed to the next stop on their journey. From the train, Ash spots an injured Pokémon—one he’s never seen before. He’s trying to figure out how he can help when the train is attacked by the Legendary Kyurem, a Dragon-type Pokémon with immense power! Ash and the others barely manage to escape the rampaging Kyurem’s attack, and as the dust settles, they turn their attention to the injured Pokémon. Their new acquaintance turns out to be the Mythical Pokémon Keldeo, and it’s on a mission to rescue its friends—Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, the Legendary Pokémon known as the Swords of Justice—from Kyurem’s icy clutches!

But Kyurem’s rampage isn’t over, and it’s drawing power from Reshiram and Zekrom, changing into Black Kyurem or White Kyurem to make its attacks even stronger! Why is Kyurem attacking Ash and his friends with such unrelenting fury? How will they be able to overcome this danger?

To protect its friends, to discover true power and genuine courage, and to preserve its bond with Ash and its companions, a hidden strength awakens within Keldeo...


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As the movie begins, the narrator gives an introduction about the Pokémon world before it cuts to a scene of Ash and his Pikachu in a battle with a Pokémon Trainer's Druddigon. He commands Pikachu to use Thunderbolt on the Druddigon. As the Thunderbolt hits, the scene changes to a grass field where Keldeo is training with Virizion. It detects Virizion in the grass and uses Hydro Pump. As the scene progresses, and after Virizion draws its sword, Keldeo attempts to do the same thing but was unable to do so. It then uses its horn as the sword and clashes its horn with Virizion's sword. Later, the scene changes to rocky terrain where Keldeo trains with Terrakion. When Keldeo kicked, it sends Terrakion flying, and Terrakion crashes into a boulder, which falls onto it. It manages to lift that boulder with its strength and Sacred Sword. The two eventually clash weapons. Finally, the scene changes to a dead forest as Keldeo runs alongside Cobalion. A storm envelops the area and burns a few trees down in front of Keldeo. Cobalion notices Keldeo's actions and persistence and tells Keldeo that its actions are reckless. Keldeo exclaims that it wants to battle Kyurem and when asked when it will be ready, Cobalion doesn't answer; instead, it draws its sword, and spars with Keldeo.

The scene changes to a flowing stream, where the three Swords of Justice ask themselves whether Keldeo is ready to fight Kyurem. According to Cobalion, Keldeo hasn't fully learned the weight of the sword and is not ready yet. Keldeo overhears them and tries to convince them, but to no avail. While the Swords of Justice sleep, Keldeo sneaks out and heads to Full Court, where Kyurem resides. Eventually the three notice, and so they left to search for Keldeo. When Keldeo arrives, it challenges Kyurem to battle, which the Boundary Pokémon accepts. When the Swords of Justice arrive, the two are already in battle. During the fight, Kyurem breaks off Keldeo's horn with Shadow Claw, causing the Colt Pokémon to become paralyzed with fear. Terrakion attempts to stop the fight to save Keldeo, but Cobalion tells it not to interfere. This aggravates Kyurem, who shifts into White Kyurem and freezes the trio, to prevent further interference. Noticing its friends frozen, Keldeo is overcome with fear and flees from the battle. Kyurem, furious, angrily declares that their battle is not yet over...

Meanwhile, Ash and his friends are on their journey, boarding a train that leads to a city. Oshawott, Pikachu, and Axew are playing in the train car, later joined by Scraggy. The train stops at Windy Station. Cilan notices a stall selling Darumaka lunch boxes and gets some for the group, along with water bottles and Oran Berry Pops. Ash has to carry the lunch boxes, yet he trips over Scraggy, sending the boxes flying. Fortunately, the trio's Pokémon and Iris manage to catch the lunch boxes. As they all board, they accidentally leave Scraggy in the station just as the train leaves, and notice he is trying to run for it. Ash urges him to jump on, but the Shedding Pokémon can't muster the strength to do so, so Ash commands Snivy to fetch him with Vine Whip. She manages to catch him and bring him in, but suddenly, a Pokémon slips on the mountain, landing on top of the train. Pikachu notices and tells the rest to follow him. It was Keldeo, injured from its previous battle. As Ash and his friends find it, it warns them about Kyurem. Suddenly, Kyurem leaps onto the train and attacks the group, and soon was forced to jump off the train when the train enters a tunnel. Later on, they move to a cargo area of the train, where Iris tells the group about the legend of Kyurem, which she learned from the Village of Dragons' elder.

The train arrives at Roshan City and the group visits the Pokémon Center there so Keldeo can be treated. Nurse Joy identifies the Colt Pokémon to the group, and tells them the legend of the Swords of Justice. She mentions that according to this legend, the three arrived at a forest plagued by flames from a war between human factions. Terrakion shaped an escape route into the earth, Virizion used its speed to shield the fleeing Pokémon, and Cobalion escorted the Pokémon to safety. Within the ashes of the now burned-down forest, they found a lone Pokémon—Keldeo—that they took in as their own. Keldeo is training to be a Sword of Justice.

Later, when Keldeo has been healed (except for its horn), it walks outside the Pokémon Center with Ash and his friends. Iris expresses relief on Keldeo's recovery. Ash and his friends introduce themselves and Ash asks Keldeo what happened. While a Liepard and a Herdier battle on a nearby battlefield, Keldeo tells them what it did before it met them. It also reveals that to become a Sword of Justice, one has to defeat Kyurem. After telling them how it ran away, Keldeo douses its head under a pipe. Keldeo speculates that Kyurem is probably furious, and Ash realizes that that's why Kyurem attacked them. Ash questions it, asking it if it's scared. He says that Keldeo shouldn't be scared just because it lost, which angers Keldeo. It vows to rescue the Swords of Justice right then. Ash and his friends agree and promise to go with Keldeo. First, they eat from the Darumaka lunch boxes. Ash and Keldeo eat quickly and simultaneously choke, which makes Iris call both Ash and Keldeo "little kids".

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Major events

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Pokémon in the Swords of Justice legend

Opening title (Japanese version only)


Additionally, every single species of Pokémon discovered prior to Generation VI (including the infamous Porygon evolution line, and excluding Genesect) makes a cameo appearance in the intro sequence of the film.


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Ash Sarah Natochenny Satoshi Rica Matsumoto サトシ 松本梨香
Pikachu Ikue Ohtani Pikachu Ikue Ohtani ピカチュウ 大谷育江
Iris Eileen Stevens Iris Aoi Yūki アイリス 悠木碧
Axew Kayzie Rogers Kibago Minami Tsuda キバゴ 津田美波
Cilan Jason Griffith Dent Mamoru Miyano デント 宮野 真守
Nurse Joy Alyson Rosenfeld Joy Chika Fujimura ジョーイ 藤村知可
Station attendant Station attendant Kenta Miyake 駅員 三宅健太
Narration Rodger Parsons Narration Unshō Ishizuka ナレーション 石塚運昇
Oshawott Lisa Ortiz Mijumaru Misato Fukuen ミジュマル 福圓美里
Pignite Marc Thompson Chaoboo Wasabi Mizuta チャオブー 水田わさび
Snivy Michele Knotz Tsutarja Megumi Hayashibara ツタージャ 林原めぐみ
Scraggy Jason Griffith Zuruggu Akeno Watanabe ズルッグ 渡辺明乃
Emolga Mika Kanai Emonga Mika Kanai エモンガ かないみか
Crustle Tom Wayland Iwapalace Shin-ichiro Miki イワパレス 三木眞一郎
Special appearances by
Malin Erica Schroeder Marin Rola マリン ローラ
Keldeo Vic Mignogna Keldeo Shōko Nakagawa ケルディオ 中川翔子
Cobalion H.D. Quinn Cobalon Kōichi Yamadera コバルオン 山寺宏一
Virizion Emily Williams Virizion Takako Honda ビリジオン 本田貴子
Terrakion Henry Carr Terrakion Hiroki Yasumoto テラキオン 安元洋貴
Kyurem Marc Thompson Kyurem Katsumi Takahashi キュレム 高橋克実


Main article: Kyurem VS the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo / Meloetta's Dazzling Recital Music Collection


Keldeo event artwork

Pre-order distribution

In Japan, Keldeo was distributed via local wireless at Pokémon Center stores from June 23 to August 31, 2012 to players who pre-ordered tickets to see the film.

In Taiwan, it was distributed via local wireless from September 20 to October 20, 2012.

Movie distributions

Meloetta distribution artwork

In Japan, Meloetta was distributed via infrared at theaters which screened the movie across Japan, which occurred from July 14 to September 30, 2012 and during a pre-release event on July 1, 2012.

In Taiwan, it was distributed via infrared at Showtime Cinemas on October 5, 2012.



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  • This movie was released between BW087 and BW088 in Japan. However, it chronologically takes place sometime before the aforementioned episodes, as Dawn was in Ash's group at that point, and they were also accompanied by Meloetta. This arc cannot be interrupted, therefore it must take place some time before BW082, which was when Meloetta started following Ash and his friends or after BW097 when Meloetta left the group
  • This is the fourth consecutive movie in which Ash and his friends do not encounter Team Rocket.
    • This is also the only movie in which Jessie, James, and Meowth do not have speaking roles. Instead, they only make brief cameo appearances in the introduction, ending credits, and small scenes during the actual story.
  • Despite being released during Best Wishes! Season 2, this movie does not feature any pre-Generation V Pokémon other than Pikachu and Meowth, outside of the "Pokémon World" intro scene.
  • In Australia and New Zealand, this movie received a theatrical release, and special screenings were held at selected Hoyts Cinemas for two consecutive weekends; February 16 and 17, and February 23 and 24.
  • This movie is the first since Jirachi: Wish Maker to have a Pikachu short distributed alongside it.
  • With a length of 72 minutes, this is the shortest of all the Pokémon movies to date.


  • Kyurem was able to freeze the three Swords of Justice with Ice Burn, and Keldeo with Freeze Shock. However, in the core series Pokémon games, Ice Burn and Freeze Shock cause burn and paralysis, respectively.
  • In the Polish dub, during the first half of the movie, the Swords of Justice are called the "Swords of Destiny."

Dub edits

Opening title montage
  • In the Japanese version, during the opening title sequence, the number 15 is created using snapshots from the previous fourteen movies; this is omitted in the dub.
  • Be an Arrow! is replaced by Rival Destinies as the opening theme.
  • Cartoon Network and YTV's airing of this movie uses a shorter cut provided by The Pokémon Company International. A number of scenes are either excluded or rearranged in order to reduce the movie's running time.
    • The title card sequence is moved to immediately after the "World of Pokémon" segment, while the scenes of Keldeo training and battling Kyurem for the first time – which are before the title card in the original cut – are moved to after it.
    • The battle between Kanata and Misaki is mostly cut out, leaving only a shot of them in the background.
    • All scenes from the ending credits are removed, leaving absent events such as the blimp being returned to the museum. The edited credit roll simply plays the credits over a black background and uses a brief instrumental song.
  • Memories is replaced by It's All Inside of You as the ending theme.

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