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Fukuthrow the Artisan!!! Sleeping Mokuroh zzz
|| November 18, 2018
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 飯島正勝 Masakatsu Iijima
| Assistant director
|| 飯島正勝 Masakatsu Iijima
| Animation directors
|| 酒井裕未 Hiromi Sakai
| 柳原好貴 Yoshitaka Yanagihara
| No additional credits are available at this time.
(Japanese: 匠のフクスロー！！！眠りのモクローzzz Fukuthrow the Artisan!!! Sleeping Mokuroh zzz) is the 97th episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 1,036th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on November 18, 2018.
Hau runs through a Melemele Island forest as his Dartrix practices its Razor Leaf. Just as Hau states that he plans to challenge his grandfather, Dartrix senses something and fires a Razor Leaf into a nearby shrub. Hau checks the location and finds Ash, Pikachu and Rotom pinned to a tree trunk. As Ash greet him, Hau quickly notices Ash's Z-Ring and asks if he competed in Hala's grand trial.
Ash and Hau sit down to talk further, and Ash soon learns that Hau is Hala's grandson. Due to Hau's current experience, Hala has refused to battle him. Hau adds that he and his father recently returned to Alola after a long time away. He explains that he is training close to the Trial Site, while Ash states that he and Pikachu were just exploring Melemele when they stopped after seeing Dartrix's impressive skills. As Ash asks whether Dartrix is the evolved form of Rowlet, Rotom interjects and recites its data on Dartrix. Ash holds up his backpack and introduces Hau and Dartrix to his still sleeping Rowlet. Dartrix is immediately alarmed by Rowlet's bed hair and begins grooming it, but quickly becomes exhausted. Hau is amazed that Rowlet actually defeated Hala's Crabrawler, while his Dartrix was unable to. Soon enough, Hau and his Dartrix eagerly accept Ash's challenge.
Before the match begins Rowlet and Dartrix exchange intense stares, and Rotom takes its position as the battle's referee. Hau makes the first move, but Rowlet falls asleep mid-battle and manages to dodge Dartrix's Leaf Blade. Ash manages to wake Rowlet up, while Dartrix pulls its face from the ground, allowing the match to continue. Rowlet sends out a Razor Leaf, but Dartrix's Razor Leaf attack slices its way through. Rowlet manages to dodge the Razor Leaf. As Dartrix prepares to land a Leaf Blade, Ash attempts to place his Grassium Z onto his Z-Ring but drops it in the grass. As Ash frantically searches for the Z-Crystal, Rowlet is struck out by Dartrix's attack. Rotom announces that Dartrix is victorious as Hau and Dartix high five and hug each other in celebration. While Ash is disappointed, Rotom claims that Rowlet appeared unusually serious and more powerful in battle. Ash challenges Hau to a rematch after seeing Rowlet's increasing aggression. Hau declines because he has an appointment with his father to attend. Instead, the two Trainers promise to meet up the next day for the rematch.
Overnight, Ash tells Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet about Hau and Dartrix. Meanwhile, Rowlet continues to practice its techniques against a Substitute doll. Burnet asks Ash if retaliating with a new move would be more exciting. Rotom searches its database as Burnet tells the story about Royal Mask's Incineroar learning Cross Chop from Brick Break. Kukui interrupts the conversation and goes on to recite the Royal Mask's infamous motto, "If you've got doubts, go back to your roots". Burnet explains that it means to go back to the beginning and Kukui adds something like a place or important event to Rowlet may help. Ash thinks of an idea and announces that he and Rowlet will practice a new move the next day.
The following day arrives and Ash escorts Rowlet to the location where they first met. Rotom is immediately concerned by Ash's logic, but Ash reassures it. Rowlet flies off and soon encounters a familiar Trumbeak. The two Pokémon are happy to be reunited. Ash follows Rowlet and Trumbeak as they fly over to Toucannon's nest. Toucannon greets Ash and soon it and a Trumbeak fly down and begin eating rocks on the ground. The odd behaviour perplexes Ash and Pikachu, but Rotom explains that this trait is common amongst Bird Pokémon and that its helps them to digest their food properly. Just after Rotom warns that Ash and Pikachu should not try this, Ash stops Pikachu from swallowing a rock. To everyone's surprise, Trumbeak and Toucannon showcase their Bullet Seed attacks. The pair begin to teach Rowlet the attack. Ash is excited, but Rotom explains that Rowlet cannot learn the move. Ash retorts that Rowlet will simply overcome its limits, but Rotom is left disappointed by Ash's conclusion. As the Pokemon begin practicing Bullet Seed, as expected, Rowlet is unable to perform the move.
Ash joins the practice session. He stuffs his mouth full of round fruit and to everyone's surprise, Ash performs his own Bullet Seed, skillfully hitting the target. Ash explains that the trick to a successful Bullet Seed is focusing the energy in your stomach and keeping your eyes on the target. Rowlet is greatly encouraged and goes to look for the perfect stone. It soon finds a particularly round rock, but Rotom is alarmed and reveals that Rowlet just swallowed an Everstone, an item that prevents evolution. Ash is shocked and tries to get Rowlet to spit the item out. Rotom then suggests that Rowlet tries another Bullet Seed. Rotom suggestion works, and the Everstone lands at Ash's feet. As Ash holds up the Everstone, Rowlet swoops in and promptly swallows it again. Rowlet returns to practicing on the target, landing several successive hits with the Everstone and swallowing the rock on the rebound. Soon enough the practice pays off and Rowlet's technique has developed into a Seed Bomb attack.
With a new move now mastered, Ash rushes over to meet Hau for the promised rematch. Hau apologizes for having to leave, and the match begins. Rowlet showcases its new move, Seed Bomb, and lands a hit on Dartrix. Hau is left amazed but confused by Ash's odd Seed Bomb technique. Rowlet soon strikes Dartrix with its Peck attack. Dartrix knocks Rowlet to the ground with Razor Leaf and follows up with a Leaf Blade. Dartrix pins Rowlet to a tree trunk with several blade quills. In desperation, Ash has Rowlet use Seed Bomb, but Dartrix knocks the attack away with its Leaf Blade. Just as Dartrix goes in for a finishing Leaf Blade, Ash puts his Grassium Z into his Z-Ring and has Rowlet free itself from the Razor Leaves with its surge in power. Rowlet unleashes Bloom Doom and Dartrix is defeated.
Hau tears up at his loss, but soon picks himself up. Rowlet and Dartrix thank each other as Ash and Hau agree to battle after Hau completes Hala's grand trial. Rowlet spots its Everstone on the ground and quickly swallows it before returning to sleep. Hau and Ash wave goodbye to each other as they walk in opposite directions.
- Ash meets Hau for the first time.
- Ash has a battle against Hau and loses.
- Ash tries to teach Rowlet Bullet Seed, despite it being unable to learn the move.
- Ash has a rematch against Hau and wins.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Dartrix (Japan)
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