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SM035 : Currying Favor and Flavor!
Sun & Moon series
SM037 : Rising from the Ruins!
Trials and Determinations!
SM036   EP975
Lychee's Grand Trial! The Hardest Pokémon Match!!
First broadcast
Japan August 3, 2017
United States October 21, 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 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 小柴純弥 Junya Koshiba
Animation director 大西雅也 Masaya Onishi
No additional credits are available at this time.

Trials and Determinations! (Japanese: ライチの大試練!一番ハードなポケモン勝負!! Lychee's Grand Trial! The Hardest Pokémon Match!!) is the 36th episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 975th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 3, 2017 and in the United States on October 21, 2017.

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The day of Ash’s grand trial against Kahuna Olivia is finally here, and it’s a Double Battle! Olivia’s Probopass and Lycanroc face off against Ash’s Rowlet and a strangely aggressive Rockruff. After Olivia sets a trap on the battlefield, Ash instructs Rowlet to grab Rockruff by the scruff of the neck so they can fly above it. They defeat Probopass, but Rockruff lashes out at Rowlet and knocks it out!

Rockruff feels terrible about this but soon regains its focus and takes Lycanroc down. Ash wins the grand trial and the Rock-type Z-Crystal, and Olivia has an explanation for Rockruff’s unusually aggressive behavior—she thinks it’s going to evolve soon!


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At long last, Ash battles Olivia in the Akala Island Grand Trial Challenge. Ash's Rowlet and Rockruff face Olivia's Lycanroc and Probopass!

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?: Probopass



  • When Ash commands Rowlet to use Leafage at the start of the battle, Rowlet's wings glow, but when Rowlet is shown again, they aren't and then start to glow again.
  • When Ash takes the Rockium Z from Olivia's hand, she is still shown holding it in her hand.

Dub edits

In other languages

SM035 : Currying Favor and Flavor!
Sun & Moon series
SM037 : Rising from the Ruins!
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