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SM036 : Trials and Determinations!
Sun & Moon series
SM038 : Mimikyu Unmasked!
Rising from the Ruins!
SM037   EP976
Iwanko and the Guardian Deity of the Ruins of Life!
First broadcast
Japan August 10, 2017
United States October 22, 2017*
October 28, 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 松井亜弥 Aya Matsui
Storyboard 神谷純 Jun Kamiya
Assistant director 渡辺正彦 Masahiko Watanabe
Animation directors 直井由紀 Yuki Naoi
夏目久仁彦 Kunihiko Natsume
No additional credits are available at this time.

Rising from the Ruins! (Japanese: イワンコといのちの遺跡の守り神! Iwanko and the Guardian Deity of the Ruins of Life!) is the 37th episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 976th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 10, 2017 and in the United States on October 28. 2017.

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After attacking Rowlet during Ash’s grand trial, Rockruff is too upset to sleep. It sneaks out of the house and encounters Tapu Lele, who wants to battle! The Island Guardian thinks they’re just having fun, but Rockruff is badly hurt.

Olivia’s Midday Form Lycanroc and Gladion’s Midnight Form Lycanroc discover the injured Rockruff and take it to Tapu Lele for healing. After Ash comes looking for his friend, Tapu Lele uses Draining Kiss to take energy from both Lycanroc and give it to Rockruff. Rockruff is feeling better—and then it evolves into a Lycanroc no one has ever seen before, a Dusk Form Lycanroc with bright green eyes!


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The beginning of the episode shows a short replay of Ash's battle with Olivia. It shows Olivia and Ash each using a Z-Move and Rockruff beating Lycanroc with Rock Throw. Olivia also tells Ash that Rockruff will evolve soon.

It is nighttime on Akala Island and Ash and his friends are sleeping in the Pokémon Center, due to go back to Melemele Island the next morning. However, Rockruff cannot go to sleep and is deep in thought. Rockruff plays back the moment where it used Bite on Rowlet. Evidently, Rockruff is still sad from the event. Rockruff jumps off the couch, heads for the door and leaves the Pokémon Center, waking Pikachu in the process. Noticing that Rockruff is missing, Pikachu gets up and wakes Ash. Pikachu tells Ash that Rockruff is missing.

Tapu Lele is seen gliding and singing through the sky on a full moon night. It sees Rockruff train by using Rock Throw against the cliff face and dodging the falling rocks. Tapu Lele finds this amusing and goes to join Rockruff. Tapu Lele destroys the whole cliff face with one move and comes face to face with Rockruff. Tapu Lele uses Psychic Terrain and Rockruff barks at Tapu Lele, obviously wanting to fight. Rockruff jumps up at Tapu Lele but Tapu Lele dodges the attack and uses a move in retaliation. Rockruff gets back up and attacks Tapu Lele but it dodges again. Rockruff then uses Rock Throw but Tapu Lele counters with Dazzling Gleam and then makes direct contact several times. Rockruff is badly injured and unable to get up. Tapu Lele is smiling and laughing obviously oblivious to Rockruff's wounds. Meanwhile, Ash and Pikachu search for Rockruff and when Tapu Lele hears Ash it goes away. Ash finds Rockruff moments later but Rockruff is still very hostile. Rockruff is very restless and is howling. Pikachu notices Tapu Lele's sparkle again. Rockruff tries to wander off but Ash stops Rockruff and Rockruff bites Ash again. However, when Rockruff does so, it remembers what it did to Rowlet and looking very upset, it runs away. Ash and Pikachu follow suit.

The sun rises on Akala Island and the gang, Professor Kukui and Olivia are out searching for Ash, Pikachu, and Rockruff. Then, Olivia spots Ash. Ash and Pikachu look very tired and Kukui tells Ash off for running away and not telling anyone. Ash tells the gang that Rockruff disappeared. Olivia tells everyone that her Lycanroc disappeared before it evolved and is probably a normal thing for Rockruff to do so. Ash tells the gang that he found Rockruff severely hurt. Lillie then tells the gang to search for Rockruff over a wider area, while Sophocles runs a simulation to find out where Rockruff is likely to go. Olivia's Lycanroc can be seen sneakily going into the forest to find Rockruff by itself.

Rockruff is seen on a high cliff struggling to walk and howls into the sky. Somewhere else, Gladion's Midnight Lycanroc hears Rockruff's howl and walks off. Gladion lets Lycanroc leave and goes inside a cave with his Umbreon. He reveals that he owns a Type: Null. Gladion is trying to calm down Type: Null because of the mask covering its face.

Still on the cliff, Rockruff gets startled by a Fearow and falls off the cliff into the river. Meanwhile, the gang searching for Rockruff without avail. Rockruff is lying weak and exhausted on the riverbank when both Olivia's and Gladion's Lycanroc find Rockruff. Midnight Lycanroc picks up Rockruff and takes Rockruff to Tapu Lele. Before Lycanroc reaches Tapu Lele, a wounded Yungoos goes to Tapu Lele and is healed by the Tapu's sparkles. The Lycanroc then reach Tapu Lele and ask it to heal Rockruff. Tapu Lele refuses and attacks Midnight Lycanroc. Olivia's Lycanroc tries to ask Tapu Lele again. Tapu Lele replays the battle it had with Rockruff in its head and then glides close to Rockruff to partially heal its wounds. Tapu Lele tries to attack Rockruff but Olivia's Lycanroc protects Rockruff and takes the damage for Rockruff.

Ash and friends are still looking for Rockruff. A Yungoos jumps hurriedly out of a bush next to Olivia, Kukui, and Ash. It has Tapu Lele's sparkle around it and Ash recalls that Tapu Lele must be around here and says that Rockruff must have gone to see Tapu Lele. Olivia says that although Tapu Lele is only trying to be playful, it does not realize how powerful it is and can leave Pokémon badly injured in battle. Ash speculates that Rockruff must have been battling Tapu Lele when he found it hurt during the night, and then heads to the Ruins of Life. Tapu Lele is seen to be attacking Lycanroc and Rockruff but Ash tells Tapu Lele to stop. Tapu Lele uses Draining Kiss on both Lycanroc and Ash and uses that energy to heal Rockruff. Rockruff wakes up after being healed and wakes up Ash in the process. Both Lycanroc wake up too and Tapu Lele leaves.

Rockruff looks at the sunset intently and the sunset turns into what Kukui calls the 'Green Flash'. The sun's glow turns luminous green and Rockruff evolves into Dusk Lycanroc. Rockruff and the Lycanroc all howl at the phenomenon. Rotom Dex states that it has no data on this new Lycanroc. Kukui says that the Green Flash is very rare and can only be seen when the sun rises or sets. Olivia starts crying as the Green Flash is rare and comments that anyone who sees it receives good luck. Ash also notes that Lycanroc's eyes are the same colour as the Green Flash.

The next morning, Ash and friends head back to Melemele Island on Olivia's boat. The gang talk about Dusk Lycanroc and how Rotom Dex updates itself if there is any new data. Ash says they should come back to Akala Island soon because it is where Rockruff evolved. Lycanroc barks in agreement.

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?: Tapu Lele



Dub edits

In other languages

SM036 : Trials and Determinations!
Sun & Moon series
SM038 : Mimikyu Unmasked!
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