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|prevcode=EP071 |
|prevtitle=To Master the Onixpected! |
|nextcode=EP073 |
|nexttitle=Bad to the Bone |
|series=Original series |
|episodelist=List of original series episodes |
|colorscheme=Kanto }}
|epcode=EP072 |
|colorscheme=Kanto |
|title_en=The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis |
|title_ja=げきとつ!ちょうこだいポケモン |
|title_ja_trans=Fierce Battle! Ancient Pokémon |
|screen=hd |
|broadcast_jp=November 26, 1998 |
|broadcast_us=October 14, 1999 |
|en_series=Indigo League |
|en_op=[[Pokémon Theme]] |
|ja_op=[[Aim to Be a Pokémon Master|めざせポケモンマスター]] |
|ja_ed=[[Type Wild|タイプ・ワイルド]] |
|olmteam=Team Ota |
|scenario=冨岡淳広 |
|storyboard=福本潔 |
|director=福本潔 |
|art=福本勝 |
|morecredits=yes |
|epstaffpage=EP071-EP080 |
'''The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis''' (Japanese: '''げきとつ!ちょうこだいポケモン''' ''Fierce Battle! Ancient Pokémon'') is the 72nd episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It was first broadcastaired in Japan on November 26, 1998 and in the United States on October 14, 1999.
{{Ash}} is finally {{pkmn|training}} for the [[Pokémon League]], andfirst isby battling {{an|Brock}}., Ash'swith {{TP|AshAP|Pikachu}} ispitted battling Brock'sagainst {{TP|Brock|Vulpix}}. Pikachu is about to use {{m|Thunderbolt}}, and Vulpix is about to use {{m|Flamethrower}}, when {{an|Jigglypuff}} appears in-between them. At Ash and Brock's command, Pikachu and Vulpix fire their attacks in a different direction, destroying a rock wall. As Ash and his friends walk closer, they see that they have uncovered the entrance to a temple, as well as a gigantic bell. They find an ancient artifact in the rubble, and an archaeologist named [[Eve]] takes it.
Eve and the other archaeologists are digging up artifacts related to the ancient city of [[Pokémopolis]], and a professor finds a spoon similar to the first artifact. Pokémopolis was destroyed in a storm a long time ago, and an ancient tablet reads that two great powers of destruction will fight and destroy the world, and no human knows the secret to stop them.
That night, {{TRT}} attempts to steal the rare and valuable artifacts from the temple. [[Jessie]] has her {{TP|Jessie|Arbok}} enter the temple and bring back the most valuable thing it can find. It brings back a dark object that appears to be three dark orbs together. It absorbs Arbok, and chases after Team Rocket. It makes footprints in the ground as it chases them, as though it is invisible. It absorbs them as well, offscreen.
Next day, the professor finds the dark device, and is absorbed by it. It then absorbs all the archaeologists except Eve, and turns into a [[Giant Pokémon{{pkmn2|giant]]}} {{p|Gengar}} with strange markings on it. Gengar heads to the nearest town to destroy it. As the nearest town is [[Pallet Town]], Ash tries to stop it. Ash, {{an|Misty}}, and Brock chase after it while Eve heads back to the van, where the artifacts are floating around. He sends {{TP|AshAP|Pidgeotto}} after it, but the {{m|Gust}} Attack doesn't do much, and Pidgeotto is absorbed by Gengar. Brock sends {{TP|Brock|Onix|Steelix}} after it and has Onix use {{m|Bind}}, wrapping around Gengar's leg, but Gengar absorbs it too.
Gengar chases Ash, Misty, and Brock back to the van, where Eve is possessed by the two strange artifacts (the one that looks like a spoon and the other one with the same design), and the spoon sticks in the other one like a key, and the spell on Eve and the other artifacts is broken. The two artifacts then transform into a giant {{p|Alakazam}}, also with strange markings on it. Gengar and Alakazam battle. Alakazam shoots energy waves that, when they hit the ground or a wall, transform into strangely-shaped stones. What those are is unknown. Gengar and Alakazam enter a beam struggle with {{m|Night Shade}} and {{m|Psybeam}} respectively, and where the beams collide, they shoot into the sky, threatening to destroy the entire planet.
Ash has his Pikachu use Thunderbolt on them when they step into the water, but although they are affected, no significant damage is caused to them. Then, Jigglypuff appears and {{m|Sing|sings}} its song. Everyone inside the giant Gengar falls asleep, but Gengar and Alakazam do not, as Jigglypuff is too small to put them to sleep. Gengar knocks Alakazam backward, and it crashes into Jigglypuff, sending it flying into the distance, Team Rocket style.
However, Jigglypuff's song makes the giant bell glow, and it summons forth a {{pkmn2|giant}} {{p|Jigglypuff}}. The giant Jigglypuff's {{m|Sing|song}} is loud and powerful enough to put the giant Gengar and Alakazam to sleep, as well as Ash, Misty, Brock, Eve, Pikachu, and {{TP|Misty|Togepi|Togetic}}. Just like the regular Jigglypuff, the giant Jigglypuff gets angry when it sees that Gengar and Alakazam fell asleep, and pulls off the head of the bell, revealing it to be a paintbrush, and scribbles on Gengar and Alakazam's faces.
When Ash and the others wake up, the dark clouds have vanished, as have the three giant Pokémon. The artifacts and all the giant Gengar's victims have all reappeared. Ash walks up to Team Rocket, and they decide not to battle Ash this time, and run off.
So the mystery of Pokémopolis has been solved, but the biggest mystery has yet to be solved - will Ash ever get to training for the Pokémon League?
==Major events==
<!-- This is not for summarizing everything that happens in this episode. Only events pertaining to the series as a whole, such as catching and releasing Pokémon and obtaining Badges, go here. -->
* [[Brock's Vulpix]] is revealed to know {{m|Quick Attack}}.{{tt|*|Called Agility in the English dub}}
[[File:Dare da EP072.png|200px|thumb|right|{{tt|Dare da?|Who's That Pokémon?}}]]
* {{Ash}}
* {{an|Misty}}
* {{an|Professor Oak}}
* [[Eve]]
* Archeologists
[[File:WTP EP072.png|thumb|200px|right|Who's That Pokémon?]]
[[Who's That Pokémon?]]: {{p|Jigglypuff}} ''(US and international)'', {{p|Alakazam}} ''(Japan)''
* {{p|Jigglypuff}} ({{an|Jigglypuff|anime}})
* {{p|Jigglypuff}} ({{pkmn2|giant}})
* {{p|Alakazam}} ({{pkmn2|giant}}; debut)
* {{p|Gengar}} ({{pkmn2|giant}})
[[File:Recurring stone tablet.png|thumb|270px|The recurring stone tablet]]
* [[Professor Oak's lecturePokémon Lecture]]: {{p|Rapidash}}
** Pokémon senryū summary: Cold winter; if {{p|Rapidash}} was here, it would be warm.
* A stone tablet very similar to the one that Eve deciphers appears almost exactly four years later in the episode ''[[AG002|A Ruin with a View]]''. It shows up in the possession of [[Professor Alden]], who learns from it the way to get into the stone chamber of the [[Oldale Ruins]].
* James refers to a location in the real world, {{wp|Miami Beach}}.
* This is the second time someone, namely the giant Gengar and Alakazam, doesn't fall asleep to Jigglypuff's song, this time because Jigglypuff was too small to affect them.
* The giant Gengar's ability to trap other people and Pokémon inside its body is somewhat similar to the {{mov|Groudon|fake Groudon|6}} from ''[[M06|Jirachi: Wish Maker]]''. Team Rocket were also trapped inside both.
* Alakazam uses a move similar to {{m|Psycho Cut}}, although the move was revealed [[Generation IV|three generations after]].
* This{{an|Jigglypuff}} episodeblasts isoff oneinstead of the very few where Team Rocket doesn'tin blastthis offepisode.
* Ash makes a reference to ''[[EP023|The Tower of Terror]]'' when he mentions that the last Gengar he saw wasn't even as big as him.
* This episode is featured on ''Volume 2: Jigglypuff'' from [[Viz Media]]'s {{OBP|Pokémon All-Stars|Region 1}} series.
* In the beginning of the episode, Ash commands Pikachu to use "Electric Attack" on [[File:EP072Brock's errorVulpix]].png|thumb|200px|The titleThis cardis misspellsmost ''Pokémopolis''likely a translation error, as ThunderShock''Pokemopolis'']]s Japanese name でんきショック means Electric Shock.
* In the beginning of this episode Ash commands Pikachu to use "Electric Attack" on [[Brock's Vulpix]]. This is most likely a translation error, as ThunderShock's Japanese name でんきショック means Electric Shock.
* Although Arbok was the first Pokémon to go into the Dark Device it is never seen for the rest of the episode.
* The title card for this episode misspells ''Pokémopolis'' as ''Pokemopolis'' without the e acute (é).
* Muk appears much smaller when seen next to Professor Oak.
* Togepi does not retract its spikes when it falls asleep due to the giant Jigglypuff's song.
EP072 error.png|The misspelled title card
===Dub edits===
* [[Pikachu's Jukebox]]: [[My Best Friends]]
* At the start of the Japanese version, Ash and Brock both told their Pokémon to use {{m|Quick Attack}} instead of {{m|Agility}}.
* The part about Eve writing a book at age nine was exclusive to the English version.
* Instead of talking how she was afraid of doctors when she was eight, Misty originally said that she can't call Eve "Eve-chan" now, but Eve responds by telling Misty to use -chan instead of -hakase, since she proclaims herself as "someone who loves ancient civilizations".
* In the dub, James refers to a location in the real world, {{wp|Miami Beach}}, after being trapped in the giant Gengar. In the original, he instead comments on the professor's nonchalant attitude.
* Ash commanded Pikachu to use {{m|ThunderShock}} on Gengar and Alakazam to free himself, Misty, Brock, and Eve from being frozen by Gengar. In the original Japanese version, Ash commanded Pikachu to use {{m|Thunderbolt}} on Gengar and Alakazam.
|zh_cmn={{tt|激烈衝突超古代神奇寶貝|Fierce Battle of the Ancient Pokémon}}
|cs={{tt|Starobylá hádanka Pokémopolisu|The ancient puzzle of Pokémopolis}}
|da={{tt|Gåden Om Det Gamle Pokémon Palads|The Puzzle Of The Old Pokémon Palace}}
|nl={{tt|Geheimen uit de Oudheid|Ancient Secrets}}
|fi={{tt|Pokémopoliksen arvoitus|The mystery of Pokémopolis}}
|fr_eu={{tt|Le mystère enfoui de Pokémonpolis|The hidden mystery of Pokémopolis}}
|de={{tt|Die rätselhafte Tempelruine|The puzzling temple ruin}}
|he=תעלומת פוקימופוליס {{tt|ta'alumat'Tahalumat Pokémopolis''|The mystery of Pokémopolis}}
|hi=पोकेमोपोलीस शहर की प्राचीन पहेली {{tt|''Pokemopolis sheher ki Prachin Paheli!''|The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis city}} {{tt|*|Hungama dub}}
|hu={{tt|Pokémonpolis rejtélye|The Mystery of Pokémonpolis}}
|it={{tt|Un mistero dopo l'altro|A mystery after the other}}
|ko={{tt|포케모니아 문명과 거대 포켓몬|Pokemonian Civilization and Giant Pokemon}}
|no={{tt|Pokémopolis urgamle gåte|The ancient puzzle of Pokémopolis}}
|pl={{tt|Starożytne miasto Pokémopolis|The ancient city Pokémopolis}}
|pt_br='{{tt|O Antigo Quebra-Cabeça de Pokemópolis|The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis}}
|pt_eu={{tt|O Antigo Puzzle de Pokémopolis|The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis}}
|ro={{tt|Puzzle-ul Antic al Pokémopolisului|The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis}}
|ru={{tt|Древняя загадка Покемонополиса|The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémonopolis}}
|es_la={{tt|¡El misterio de Pokémopolis!|The mystery of Pokémopolis!}}
|es_eu={{tt|El antiguo rompecabezas de Pokémopolis|The ancient puzzle of Pokémopolis}}
|sv={{tt|PokemopolisPokémopolis hemlighet|The secret of Pokémopolis}}
|ro={{tt|Puzzle-ul Antic al Pokémopolisului|The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis}}
|hi={{tt|पोकेमोपोलीस शहर की प्राचीन पहेली|The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis city}} {{tt|*|Hungama dub}}
|prevcode=EP071 |
|prevtitle=To Master the Onixpected! |
|nextcode=EP073 |
|nexttitle=Bad to the Bone |
|series=Original series |
|episodelist=List of original series episodes |
|colorscheme=Kanto }}
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