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SM033 : Big Sky, Small Fry!
Sun & Moon series
SM035 : Currying Favor and Flavor!
A Crowning Moment of Truth!
SM034   EP973
Battle of Fire! Garagara Appears!!
First broadcast
Japan July 20, 2017
United States October 7, 2017
English themes
Opening Under The Alolan Sun
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター -20th Anniversary-
Ending ポーズ
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 面出明美 Akemi Omode
Storyboard 樋口香里 Kaori Higuchi
Assistant director サトウ光敏 Template:Romanizations/サトウ光敏
Animation director 石川てつや Template:Romanizations/石川てつや
No additional credits are available at this time.

A Crowning Moment of Truth! (Japanese: 炎のバトル!ガラガラあらわる!! Battle of Fire! Garagara Appears!!) is the 34th episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 973rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on July 20, 2017 and in the United States on October 7, 2017.

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Our heroes attend the Wela Fire Festival, where Fire-type Pokémon line up to receive the Wela Crown—said to convey the power of Wela Volcano itself! Just as Ash’s Litten steps up, a feisty Alolan Marowak steals the crown from Kahuna Olivia and runs off. Kiawe pursues it, but Turtonator is no match for Alolan Marowak’s speed!

Ash offers to help Kiawe train against this quicker foe, and they come up with a strategy: use Shell Smash, a risky move that drops Turtonator’s defenses but makes it stronger and faster. In the rematch, Kiawe wins, and Marowak returns the crown—and then decides to join Kiawe’s team!


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The students go to the Wela Fire Festival, but before their Pokémon can take turns wearing the Wela Crown, a wild Marowak appears and steals 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?: Marowak (Alola Form)


A Hiker photobombing Ash, his classmates, Professor Kukui, and Olivia, a reference to Hiker David


  • In one scene, the purple portion of Mallow's Steenee's body is colored white.
  • During Kiawe's first flashback, a Lampent had a flame floating above it similar to a Litwick's flame.
  • When the Alolan Marowak runs away with the Crown of Wela, a Numel, Quilava, and Fletchinder are shown to be much smaller than they should be, especially the Numel.
  • When Lana turns towards to Lillie at the end of Kiawe's battle, her headband changes shape.
  • During the Poké Problem, Kiawe was in front of his Turtonator as they went towards the stone oven at his house, but after his Alolan Marowak appeared and attacked Turtonator, Kiawe came running from behind Turtonator to catch the food that was thrown up in the air.

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In other languages

SM033 : Big Sky, Small Fry!
Sun & Moon series
SM035 : Currying Favor and Flavor!
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