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SM014 : Getting to Know You!
Sun & Moon series
SM016 : They Might Not Be Giants!
Rocking Clawmark Hill!
SM015   EP954
The Clawed Hill, Iwanko and Lugarugan!!
First broadcast
Japan February 23, 2017
United States June 24, 2017
English themes
Opening Under The Alolan Sun
Japanese themes
Opening アローラ!!
Ending ポーズ
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation directors 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
志村泉 Izumi Shimura
No additional credits are available at this time.

Rocking Clawmark Hill! (Japanese: 爪あとの丘、イワンコとルガルガン!! The Clawed Hill, Iwanko and Lugarugan!!) is the 15th episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 954th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on February 23, 2017 and in the United States on June 24, 2017.

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Ash and Professor Kukui find the wild Rockruff who lives with them limping home, covered in scratches and burns, completely exhausted. The next night, they follow it to Clawmark Hill, where two Lycanroc keep watch over the wild Pokémon who come together to battle and train. Rockruff battles a fearsome Magmar but is defeated, and Ash offers to help it learn a new move, Rock Throw.

After some serious training with Ash and Pikachu, Rockruff returns to challenge Magmar to a rematch—and this time, it wins! After seeing how well Ash and Rockruff work together, Professor Kukui encourages him to catch it—and both Pikachu and Rockruff enthusiastically agree!


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One night, Ash, Pikachu, Rotom Pokédex and Professor Kukui return home but Ash notices that Rockruff is missing. As Ash puts his backpack away, Pikachu is checking through the door when Rockruff enters. Rockruff appears to be injured and Ash goes to it. Rotom Pokédex explains that Rockruff is showing signs of being scraped, cut, scratched and burned. As Professor Kukui heals Rockruff with a potion, Ash wonders if Rockruff had gotten into a fight. Professor Kukui replies Rockruff was supposed to be watching the house. The next morning at the Pokémon School, Ash explains the strange happening to his classmates. Lillie suggests it would be better to put Rockruff in a Poké Ball, but Ash explains that Rockruff doesn't belong to Professor Kukui, which is a surprising fact for the classmates. Ash explains that Professor Kukui gave Rockruff some food and it came with him as Mallow suggests Rockruff is a freeloader. Lana thought Rockruff was one of Professor Kukui's Pokémon as Kiawe noticed it gets along well with the Professor. Rotom Pokédex notes that Rockruff are known to get along well with humans in general. Lana now suggests Rockruff may have gotten hurt doing some special training. On the other hand, Sophocles suggests Rockruff could be close to evolving. Rotom Pokédex provides information on Rockruff's evolved form Lycanroc and its Midday and Midnight Form and informs Ash when Rockruff is close to evolving, it can become more aggressive and independent.

That night, a Shellder washes up on the beach before returning to the water as Ash returns home. Rockruff greets Ash happily. Professor Kukui arrived home before Ash, having been worried about Rockruff and shows Ash the TV where footage from CCTV cameras are visible. Professor Kukui explains he set the cameras up around the room but he is worried about Rockruff looking outside the window before going out the door before returning home hours later injured. Ash wonders what Rockruff was doing outside as outside, and three Magikarp wash up on the beach before returning to the ocean. Ash and Professor Kukui head out leaving Rockruff to guard the house but don't go far and hide behind a bush. Professor Kukui brings up the footage on his phone which shows Rockruff attacking the stuffed toy that he left Rockruff. Professor Kukui is puzzled as this hasn't happened before, and, at that moment, Rockruff leaves the house and they follow it through the forest. Professor Kukui stops Ash, knowing where Rockruff is heading for. Up ahead, two Lycanroc, one a Midday Form and the other a Midnight Form call out. Many Pokémon respond to the call by coming up, including Rockruff. Ash and Professor Kukui watch from a distance as Ash notices both of the Lycanroc. Rotom Pokédex finds this an interesting place. Professor Kukui explains that this is Clawmark Hill. All the Pokémon gathered watch as the two Lycanroc face off against each other. The Midday Lycanroc uses Rock Throw on the Midnight Lycanroc before using Accelerock. All the other Pokémon cheer as Midday Lycanroc uses Bite and the Midnight Lycanroc uses Counter as Professor Kukui explains that the Midnight Lycanroc prefer to take its opponents attacks before attacking back. Rotom Pokédex goes forward and starts to documenting the scene by taking pictures. All the Pokémon start to test their strength with each other.

A Hariyama and Machoke compete with each other while a Golduck with a Pangoro, a Boldore and Vullaby, a Primeape and Sableye and a Fearow and Braviary battle each other. Ash watches everything, wondering where Rockruff is before spotting Rockruff and is starting to understand the situation. Professor Kukui stops him from going to Rockruff since they need to know about Rockruff's motivation, suggesting they should watch a bit longer. A Magmar is seen using Flamethrower on a Spinda, Primeape and an Alolan Raticate before being challenged by Rockruff. Rockruff goes to attack Magmar but is hit by Fire Punch. Ash watches in horror but, Professor Kukui tells him to endure it. Magmar and Rockruff continue their fight. Rockruff takes damage and prepares to launch an attack but is hit by Flamethrower before it can execute a move. Professor Kukui notices the difference in power is clear. Rockruff Bites onto Magmar's tail but is thrown off and hit with Flamethrower which knocks Rockruff out. Magmar celebrates its victory before being challenged by a Pangoro, Ash and Professor Kukui realize they aren't fighting with each other, but are training and this is a place they shouldn't interfere. Rotom Pokédex realizes Rockruff comes here to practice its moves. Later, Rockruff is heading home when it comes across Ash and Professor Kukui and greets them happily.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Lycanroc (Midday Form)



  • After Midnight Lycanroc uses Counter on Midday Lycanroc, in the next shot, Midnight Lycanroc's front rocky mane was painted red instead of brown.

Dub edits

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