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PK03 : Kanga Games
Pikachu short
PK05 : Winter Games
Pikachu's Rescue Adventure
The Pikachu Expedition
First broadcast
Japan July 17, 1999
United States July 21, 2000
English themes
Opening Comin' to the Rescue
Ending None
Japanese themes
Opening たんけんたいをつくろう!
Ending そらとぶポケモンキッズ
Animation OLM
Screenplay 園田英樹 Hideki Sonoda
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 玉川明洋 Akihiro Tamagawa
Additional credits

Pikachu's Rescue Adventure (Japanese: ピカチュウたんけんたい The Pikachu Expedition) is the fourth Pikachu short. It was aired alongside The Power of One.

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


One day, Pikachu and its friends are walking along when they suddenly fall through a Diglett hole and into Pokémon Valley, a secret location that no one knows about. Pikachu and its buddies tell the Pokémon that they could use some help looking for Togepi, who fell through the hole first. The group sets off and eventually finds Togepi in the Exeggcute nest—but one of the Exeggcute is missing. That leads the group on another hunt; this time, though, Pikachu and its friends come back to the nest empty-handed. That’s when a storm begins to brew, filling Pokémon valley with roaring thunder and gusts of wind that almost blow the friends—and the Exeggcute nest—away! Are the friends going to be able to keep the nest safe and reunite the Exeggcute?


Ash, Misty, and Tracey are resting in a campsite, and all of their Pokémon are sleeping. A group of Ledyba fly by, waking Togepi. Togepi jumps up and watches them. Then Togepi yawns and falls back down a hill, waking Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Psyduck, Venonat, and Marill. They go after Togepi and while exploring, find themselves lost. Togepi continues to roll down, hitting a lost Meowth on the way. They both fall down a tree stump. The group's Pokémon are calling for Togepi, but don't get a response. Psyduck comes running down the hill and knocks Pikachu and the others down the tree stump. The tree stump leads off a mountain. Some Ledyba catch them just before they hit the ground. The Ledyba drop them off in some leaves. They come face to face with an Elekid. It and Pikachu start to fight and Meowth is seen stuck on a tree branch. He screams for help, waking a Gyarados, who attacks, though Meowth escapes.

Back with the group, Pikachu and the rest follow Elekid to a tree, where Togepi can be seen with some Exeggcute. Pikachu runs up the tree, but the Exeggcute stop him. Bulbasaur uses his vines to grab Togepi, but one of the Exeggcute bites his vine. Squirtle notices that one egg is missing. It seems that they want Togepi to fill the spot. The group searches for the lost Exeggcute.

Bellossom make an appearance, putting on a show for the group. When finished, the group meets some Clefairy, who use Metronome, which turns into Explosion. This blows a hole in the cave, throwing the gang in the air. Pikachu and Elekid both collide with Meowth. They fall onto a Snorlax, bouncing off it, and into Gyarados's waterfall. The trio have a fight over who gets to ride Gyarados, and the fight ends when Pikachu blasts Meowth off with Thunderbolt, sending Gyarados falling into the water. Pikachu and Elekid meet up with the rest of the group again. A storm begins to stir, almost forcing the Exeggcute out of the tree. The group, as well as many forest Pokémon, try to help the Exeggcute. Thunder brews, and a strike of lightning hits the tree, causing a fire. Squirtle and Marill put the fire out by using their Water Guns. The nest with Togepi in it blows away. Bulbasaur uses his vines to catch the nest. Now, Bulbasaur starts to blow away, so all the Pokémon create a chain to save him.

Finally, the sun comes out, and a Dragonair flies across the rainbow. Pikachu grabs Togepi in happiness. However, the Exeggcute are still missing one of their eggs. A Chansey returns the last egg that she'd been looking after. The Exeggcute jump around a Leaf Stone in joy, and while doing so, they evolve into Exeggutor. The group says their farewells and return to their Trainers.

Major events


Pokémon debuts

English dub debuts



  • Ash (face is never shown)
  • Misty (face is never shown)
  • Tracey (face is never shown)



Recolored Jynx in the ending credits
  • For the Japanese Blu-ray release in 2012, Jynx was recolored in the ending credits due to the controversy surrounding her color.
  • The "welcome song" that the Tree residents sing to Pikachu and his group when they arrive also played in the background of the main menu for the DVD of Pokémon the Movie 2000.
  • Although Exeggutor is usually described as having three heads, this is the first time an Exeggutor in the anime is confirmed to have only three heads, as all Exeggutor seen previously have had at least four to six heads.
  • The Butterfree seen in this Pikachu short are of the normal variation, rather than the Orange Islands variation.
  • This was adapted into a full color manga in All That Pikachu!.
  • This marks the dub debut of Dragonair, as the episode it originally debuted in was banned outside of Japan.


  • When Togepi falls down a hill, the spots on its feet turn the same color as the rest of the feet.
  • When Meowth first appears, his left arm is unpainted for a few frames.
  • During the intro, some of the Ledyba's lower jaws are colored red instead of yellow.
  • Numerous Poliwhirl say "Poliwrath", and a Poliwag says "Poliwhirl".
  • While the various Pokémon are dancing for Pikachu and friends, Elekid is seen with holes in its horns. However, upon turning its head, the holes are missing from the other side.
  • While protecting the eggs, a Pidgey uses the sound clip of a Fearow.
  • While Exeggcute is evolving, the Pidgey's belly is brown instead of the normal yellow.

Dub edits

  • In the original Japanese version, the narrator described the events of the Pikachu short. The narration is removed in the English dub.
  • The Icelandic dub of this Pikachu short translates some of the Pokémon's names.

In other languages

External links

PK03 : Kanga Games
Pikachu short
PK05 : Winter Games