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SM021 : One Journey Ends, Another Begins...
Sun & Moon series
SM023 : Getting the Band Back Together!
A Shivering Shovel Search!
SM022   EP961
Beware of Shovels!!!
First broadcast
Japan April 13, 2017
United States July 8, 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 尼野浩正 Hiromasa Amano
Assistant director 榎本守 Mamoru Enomoto
Animation directors 門智昭 Tomoaki Kado
渡辺裕子 Hiroko Watanabe
No additional credits are available at this time.

A Shivering Shovel Search! (Japanese: スコップに要注意!!! Beware of Shovels!!!) is the 22nd episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 961st episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on April 13, 2017 and in the United States on July 8, 2017.

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Ash and Kiawe are training with Litten on the beach as Pikachu and Rockruff play with a mysterious shovel that seems to be moving around on its own—until it rises out of the sand to reveal a dangerous Sandygast! When Rockruff attacks it, the shovel is launched into the sea, and the furious Sandygast evolves into Palossand and traps Ash and Litten inside!

Everyone works together to stop the rampaging Palossand—with a star performance from Snowy—as Popplio and Pikachu venture into the sea to find the shovel. After its shovel is returned, Palossand expresses its thanks by enveloping Professor Kukui’s house in a big hug!


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Down on the beach, Ash is helping Litten to master Fire Fang with Kiawe and Turtonator. Litten launches its attack but comes up short and ends up biting Turtonator's tail and nothing more before getting swotted away. Litten is down but Ash is supportive and Kiawe promises to help teach it. Later, Pikachu and Rockruff are playing when Pikachu spots something in the sand and investigates but it keeps moving away from Pikachu and Rockruff. Turtonator demonstrates absorbing air to help increase the power of the fire inside its body so Ash has Litten try that which it does before going to attack with Fire Fang only to trip on a can. As Ash compliments Litten on trying, Pikachu and Rockruff get his attention. They notice a shovel in the sand and Kiawe recognizes it as being a Sandygast and Rotom provides Ash with information, Kiawe warns they have to be careful of it.

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?: Sandygast (US and international), Palossand (Japan)



  • Rockruff's paw is shown to be the same shade of brown as the rest of its leg whilst bracing from the sand.
  • When Litten charges at Turtonator with Fire Fang, it trips over a soda can that suddenly appeared on the ground and disappears afterwards.
  • When Ash fell after trying to escape the frozen Palossand, he had his hand on a big bump on his forehead. When Litten was shown charging to use Fire Fang, Ash's arm was down by his side. When the camera went back to Ash, his hand was back on his head and his cap was facing forward.
  • When Sandygast's shovel was placed on Palossand's head, it inexplicably grows large after Palossand flips it upside-down.

Dub edits

In other languages

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