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I Choose Here! Pokémon Hot Spring Paradise!!
|| August 16, 2018
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 宮田由佳 Yuka Miyata
|| でんさおり Saori Den
| Assistant director
|| でんさおり Saori Den
| Animation directors
|| 香月麻衣子 Maiko Katsuki
| 山崎玲愛 Rena Yamazaki
| No additional credits are available at this time.
(Japanese: ココにきめた！ポケモン湯けむりパラダイス！！ I Choose Here! Pokémon Hot Spring Paradise!!) is the 86th episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 1,025th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 16, 2018.
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At the ferry port on Melemele Island, Ash, his classmates, and their Ultra Guardians Ride Pokémon board a ship headed for Pokémon Paradise Resort. On the ship, Sophocles explains to Ash that Pokémon Paradise Resort is a spa for Pokémon located on Akala Island, with hot springs, a pool, a restaurant, and other sorts of facilities, that attracts customers from all over the world. Lillie states that their Ride Pokémon must be exhausted from all the Ultra Guardians mission and that they should all get plenty of rest. Mallow states that it was nice of Lusamine to get reservations for all of them and notices Oranguru on the ship. As Mallow expresses her surprise, an attendant reveals that Oranguru is a regular customer.
Oranguru checks into Pokémon Paradise Resort first, and the group enter under the Ultra Guardians reservations. The attendant explains that the facility is divided into multiple areas, including the Care Area, where Trainers can have their Pokémon treated, and the fun-filled Play Area. Ash immediately says that he wants to go to the Play Area, but Mallow reminds him that they need to have their Ride Pokémon treated. Upon seeing Pikachu, Poipole, and Togedemaru eagerly looking at the water slide, the group send all their Pokémon to have fun at the Play Area, but Rotom is more interested in the Care Area and decides to accompany the Ultra Guardians and their Ride Pokémon. The group is then lead to the counseling room to decide which course would be the best for each Ride Pokémon: Charizard is recommended the Fatigue Recovery Course, Metang goes for the Joint Care Course, Dragonair and Altaria settle on the Moisturizing Course, and finally, Flygon and Garchomp are guided to the Stress Course.
As the group go to change clothes, Team Rocket are revealed to be working at the resort. The evil trio see this as a chance to steal Pikachu and all the Ride Pokémon. James stops Mareanie from latching onto his head, to avoid their cover being blown. Meanwhile, the kids' Pokémon arrive at the Play Area, where it's filled with Trainers and their Pokémon enjoying the pool, volleyball field, and food stands. Most of the Pokémon run off to play in the water. Torracat and Turtonator see Tsareena relaxing on a lounge chair and decide to join her instead. The kids arrive at the hot springs; Ash dives into one and encourages the others to hurry in. Then, Flygon jumps in, causing a huge splash. Mallow is annoyed about Flygon copying Ash as the latter apologizes. Suddenly, Garchomp follows suit determined and causes another surge of water. Lillie sighs and suggests to Altaria that they enter slowly, however, Altaria has a different idea in mind and forces Lillie along as it jumps in. Lillie emerges from the water with a pouted face and tells the viewers not to try this at home.
Later, the rest of the group enter the hot springs and enjoy themselves as Sophocles notices that Charizard, in particular, seems to be enjoying itself. Kiawe explains that Charizard likes hot springs, and Rotom updates its data on Charizard with this new info. Mallow notes that there are a lot of Pokémon, which makes Ash wonder how their Pokémon are doing. Back with the Pokémon, they are still enjoying their time in the Play Area. Marowak and Pikachu try to get Torracat and Turtonator to try the water slide, but they are reluctant. Marowak tries to drag Turtonator over to the water slide, but Jessie intervenes and warns Marowak to not force Turtonator into the water as some Pokémon do not want to get wet. Then, James and Meowth arrive with a boat, claiming that they'll be able to have fun in the wave pool without getting wet. Team Rocket convince all the Pokémon to get into the boat and lock the doors, trapping them inside. Then, Team Rocket push the boat away somewhere. Meanwhile, the kids get out of the hot springs, with Ash saying the hot spring warmed him up. Lana and Lillie notice that Altaria's wings have shriveled up due to the hot spring and comment that it looks like a completely different Pokémon. Then, the kids split up to head to their recommended courses, with Kiawe and Charizard staying in the hot spring a little longer. Team Rocket spies on them and bide their time, hoping that the Ride Pokémon will be too much relaxed so that they won't have the strength to fight back.
At the Moisturizing Course, Altaria and Dragonair are given a mud treatment. Lillie rubs some mud on Altaria, who in turn, rubs against Lillie, getting mud on her as well. Jessie comes by and explains that the mud is good for Trainers as well, encouraging Lillie to enjoy it together with Altaria. Dragonair is nervous about the mud, but Jessie empties a mud bucket all over it, much to Lana's surprise. However, Dragonair ends up liking the mud, and Lana applies more mud on Dragonair. At the Joint Care Course, Sophocles and Metang are given flower crowns and the attendants tell Sophocles to use some aroma oil on Metang. Sophocles begins applying the oil on Metang, but there's a part that he cannot reach. Wobbuffet gives Sophocles a brush, allowing him to extend his reach. Wobbuffet also rubs some oil on Mareanie, making her happy. At the Stress Course, Flygon and Garchomp are given the chance to swim as much as they'd like. Flygon eagerly jumps into the water and performs fast butterfly strokes. Garchomp enters the water as well, swimming fast after Flygon. Ash and Mallow realize that Garchomp and Flygon are rivals as Meowth comes by with cheering items and encourages them to cheer for their Pokémon. Ash, Mallow, and Meowth all cheer for Garchomp and Flygon, as the two continue to race. At the Fatigue Recovery Course, Kiawe tries to give Charizard a massage but doesn't know where to press. Luckily, James, who claims to have massaged 10,000 Pokémon, appears and helps Kiawe massage Charizard, much to its enjoyment.
After the massage, James rejoins his teammates and prepare to execute the next stage of their plan. Meanwhile, the classmates have regrouped and discuss the benefits that the treatments did for their Ride Pokémon. At Lana's insistence, everyone begin heading over to the flower bath treatment. Suddenly, Team Rocket calls for them, claiming that they are hosting an exclusive Pokémon health appliance event. The kids are interested, and Team Rocket gets them away from their Ride Pokémon before Jessie fires a net at the group. Team Rocket remove their disguises and recite their motto. Then, James turns the net gun on the Ride Pokémon, believing that they're all worn out. However, he is proven wrong, as Garchomp charges at James and knocks the net gun out of his hand. Team Rocket realizes that the treatments had the opposite of what they were hoping for and decides to flee, deciding to steal the Ride Pokémon another time.
Team Rocket get into their balloon and fly off, with a cage holding the group's Pokémon. Ash and his classmates see their captive Pokémon as Team Rocket brags that they're not leaving empty-handed. Ash asks the Ride Pokémon to save Pikachu and the others. The Ride Pokémon comply and fly after Team Rocket. James has Mareanie use Sludge Bomb, but Metang blocks the attack with its oiled body. Garchomp and Flygon break open the cage, causing the Pokémon to fall, but they are safely caught by the Ride Pokémon. Team Rocket sees that their plan has failed and attempts to get away, but the kids refuse to let Team Rocket get away unscathed. The Ride Pokémon launch a combined Fire Blast, Flamethrower, Ice Beam, and Flash Cannon combo on Team Rocket's balloon, causing it to explode and Team Rocket are sent flying. Unexpectedly, Bewear comes out of a water slide and rescues the trio from blasting off. The classmates are reunited with their Pokémon and together they enjoy the flower bath.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket and Bewear are at a hot spring. Jessie attempts to get out, but Bewear stops her, Meowth translates that they have to count to 100 first. Giving in, Team Rocket begins counting to 100. Not far away, Oranguru is also enjoying the hot springs.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Garchomp (Japan)
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