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The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
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The Terrifying Mirage Pokémon
First broadcast
Japan October 13, 2006
United States April 29, 2006
English themes
Opening Pokémon Go!
Ending Pokémon Go!
Japanese themes
Opening Pokémon Go!
Ending Pokémon Go!
Animation Team Koitabashi
Screenplay 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
Storyboard 日高政光 Masamitsu Hidaka
Assistant directors 荻原露光 Rokō Ogihara
津田義三 Yoshizō Tsuda
Animation directors 西城隆詞 Takashi Saijō
渡辺章 Akira Watanabe
高橋直樹 Naoki Takahashi
川口弘明 Hiroaki Kawaguchi
Additional credits

Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon (Japanese: 戦慄のミラージュポケモン The Terrifying Mirage Pokémon, officially Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon in Japan) is a special episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in the United States on April 29, 2006, and was broadcast as streaming video from the TV Tokyo Anitele website from October 13 to October 31, 2006.

According to The Pokémon Company International, the company wanted to give a special to American fans for Pokémon's 10th anniversary. The director of the special, Kunihiko Yuyama, said that their goal was to "convey the growth and evolution of Pokémon over the past 10 years".[1] The special was the first aired appearance of the English dub's new voice actors. In Japan, the special was aired as a trial of delivering animated episodes over broadband.[2]

In the special, Ash, Misty, and Professor Oak are invited to the mansion of Dr. Yung, a Pokémon scientist who has developed a machine to create Pokémon. However, he is kidnapped by a mysterious stranger who wishes to use the system to produce Pokémon with absolutely no weaknesses, and is enraged by the sudden presence of Mew.


The story of "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon" centers on a Pokémon scientist who has developed a new Mirage System to resurrect extinct Pokémon. Ash, May, Max, and Brock show up at the Mirage Mansion for a demonstration of this new machine, only to witness the kidnapping of the scientist! Then a mysterious stranger appears and claims that the machine can actually create Pokémon without weaknesses. It’s up to Ash and company to preserve the natural balance of the Pokémon world. Catch Misty, Professor Oak, Mew, and all your favorite Pokémon friends in this action-packed special.


Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.
English poster

Somewhere in Kanto, Ash and his friends are traveling through a forest. Ash reads out loud a letter from a researcher named Dr. Yung, who has invited Ash to his laboratory, the Mirage Mansion, for an exhibition and test of a new battle system Yung developed. When the group arrives at the laboratory castle, they are surprised to find Misty and Professor Oak already there, both of them having been invited by Dr. Yung as well. Yung arrives and introduces himself, then demonstrates his system to his guests — using numerous dome-shaped generators located all over his laboratory, Yung creates a number of holographic Pokémon, including Kabutops, Omastar and Armaldo. Identifying these as Mirage Pokémon, Yung explains that his Mirage System can generate any Pokémon using raw data, no matter if it is extinct or exceedingly rare. He then erases the Mirage Pokémon and rewrites the code into a Mirage Aggron, challenging Ash and Misty to battle against it. Team Rocket, who are covertly watching, decide to steal the Mirage System.

Misty challenges the Mirage Aggron first, sending her Staryu against it. As the battle gets underway, Pikachu spots a Mew watching from the castle walls, but Mew flees moments later. Misty has Staryu try a number of attacks on Aggron, but none of them have any effect, and Aggron defeats Staryu using unusual attacks including Thunder Wave and Bullet Seed. When Max comments on this, Yung reveals that the Mirage System can create Pokémon with the capability to use any move, no matter what limits usually exist. This only excites Ash for his battle with Aggron further, and he prepares to challenge the Mirage Pokémon with Pikachu. However, right as they get started, the system crashes and Aggron freezes mid-charge; when Yung tries to fix the problem, the controller for the system explodes in his hands and Aggron vanishes. The system suddenly reactivates and recreates the fossil Pokémon from earlier, with the addition of two Aerodactyl. A masked man calling himself "Mirage Master" appears on the balcony overlooking the battlefield and declares that he has taken control of the Mirage System before sending the Mirage Pokémon under his control after the group. Yung and Oak are captured by the Aerodactyl while Ash, Misty, May, Brock and Max escape the reach of the Mirage Pokémon, who cannot travel outside the Mirage Field inside the laboratory's walls.

With a group of Mirage Pokémon guarding the entrance, Ash and Misty hatch a plan to infiltrate the castle from beneath while May and Max stand watch. Brock, meanwhile, excitedly runs off to fetch Officer Jenny. Ash and Misty infiltrate the castle with the aid of Corphish and Staryu, only to encounter Team Rocket, who are sneaking around in the castle's basement. Meanwhile, the Mirage Master holds Oak hostage with a group of Mirage Pokémon. The masked villain explains that he is disgusted by the natural weaknesses all Pokémon possess, and intends to use the Mirage System to create a Pokémon that is free of these flaws. To this end, he demands the access password to Oak's research database, but Oak refuses to give it up. Mew appears in the room, much to Oak's excitement, but the Mirage Master attacks it in a rage using a Mirage Magnemite, deeming it a flawed specimen. The Mirage Master sees the confrontation between Ash, Misty and Team Rocket on a security camera and uses the system to transport his Mirage Pokémon to the basement, where Team Rocket ends up getting blasted off while Pikachu is defeated and captured, Ash is knocked out, and Misty is thrown over the side of a platform. Ash wakes up and finds Mew, but as he greets it, it is injured after landing on a damaged Mirage System generator. Ash frees it, realizing that it is a Mirage Pokémon, albeit one that is different from the other, mindless creations. Meanwhile, the brick Misty is hanging off of far below starts to fall, but she is saved by May, who entered the castle with Squirtle after seeing the explosion that blasted Team Rocket off earlier.

As an alternative to accessing Oak's database, the Mirage Master has Pikachu strapped to a machine that extracts Pikachu's memories. Oak reprimands the Mirage Master for this, as the process causes Pikachu great pain, but the Mirage Master refuses to stop until Oak finally breaks down and surrenders the password: REDGREEN. The Mirage Master expresses that he is impressed by Oak's work, but then reveals that he has hacked databases worldwide, with Tracey, Elm, Birch, and Joshua discovering the intrusions of their respective laboratories while Nurse Joy deals with the attack at a Pokémon Center. The Mirage Master declares that his ultimate Pokémon will soon be born, as energy begins flowing in a special machine designed for this purpose. Meanwhile, Brock confronts Officer Jenny and first demands a date with her before catching himself and telling her that something terrible is happening at Yung's laboratory. Nurse Joy contacts Jenny to reveal the compromising of the computer systems, prompting Jenny to take action.

Misty, May and later Ash arrive in the room where the Mirage Master is holding Oak hostage. The Mirage Master welcomes them and tells them that they will witness the birth of the strongest Pokémon the world has ever seen before turning around and calling for it to awaken. The energy from the Mirage System comes together in the machine, creating a Mirage Mewtwo. The Mirage Master explains that this is not the same Mewtwo as the one they are familiar with, then demonstrates its power by having it destroy all of the other Mirage Pokémon in a single attack. He then turns Mewtwo against his enemies, but Oak sends out a Dragonite to defend the group. Resigning himself to not being able to save Yung, Oak urges Ash, May, Misty, and Mew to flee, which they do.

The group reunites with Max outside of the castle gate, but moments later, dozens of rockets shoot out of the castle's towers and land all over the surrounding area before opening up to activate Mirage System generators. This spreads the Mirage Field to the outside world, and the Mirage Master steps out with Mewtwo at his side. Declaring that it is time for the world to bow down to him, he summons forth a Mirage Entei, Zapdos and Articuno, catching the attention of Team Rocket, who have returned and are hiding in a nearby bush. When the Mirage Master mentions that these creations are the result of all his years of hard work, Oak realizes his true identity: Dr. Yung. Laughing, Yung discards his mask and confirms Oak's accusations that the first appearance of the Mirage Master was itself a mirage, and that his motive is revenge on the Pokémon Institute for expelling him after it deemed his Mirage System experiments cruel to Pokémon. Yung activates Entei, Articuno, and Zapdos and sends them after the group. Misty and May send out Gyarados and Combusken to assist Pikachu and Dragonite in battling the Mirage Pokémon, but they are easily outmatched. Oak has Dragonite shoot a Hyper Beam at Mewtwo, but Mewtwo catches it and smacks Dragonite to the ground with its tail. Yung then says goodbye to Oak, and Mewtwo's hand morphs into the shape of an Arcanine's head, allowing it to shoot a Flamethrower at the Professor. Pikachu saves Oak by trying to intercept the Flamethrower with Thunderbolt, only to end up badly injured instead. Yung calls for a Hyper Beam of his own, which Mewtwo fires by morphing its hand into a Rayquaza's head. However, Mew blocks the attack and saves Pikachu, causing Yung to fly into a rage and order Mewtwo to destroy it. Mewtwo batters Mew with its tail, then throws it up into the air with the force of its Mega Punch before morphing both of its hands into Tropius heads to hit Mew with a double Solar Beam. Mew dissolves back into raw code and returns to the Mirage System, horrifying Ash and the others.

Yung smugly repeats his view of Mew as a "flawed specimen" as he says good riddance to it, angering Ash. Ash's harsh words do not move him; instead, Yung decides that Ash merely needs to be taught a lesson and activates another function of the Mirage System. Entei, Articuno, and Zapdos dissolve into code, which is absorbed into Mewtwo's body along with the code of the entire Mirage System database. Now having reached the height of its power, Mewtwo screams out as the heads of numerous Pokémon morph and emerge from its body. Using them, Mewtwo carries out multiple simultaneous attacks, an act that the combined effort of all the group's Pokémon is unable to counter. Gyarados lands near Team Rocket, sending them blasting off once again. As a desperate, last-ditch effort to turn the tide of the battle in Mew's memory, Ash has Pikachu use Quick Attack, but Mewtwo mimics this move and headbutts Pikachu back before Yung orders it to finish Pikachu off with Mega Punch. Mewtwo is suddenly seized by an unseen force as it tries to carry out Yung's order, and Mew reappears, having resurfaced from the data inside Mewtwo's body in order to save Pikachu. Oak realizes that Mew's return from within the Mirage System means that it and its soul were a part of the Mirage System all along. Yung rejects this, still deeming Mew a flawed specimen as he considers its soul a weakness, and tries to force Mewtwo to attack Mew again, only for the Mirage System to freeze up and lock out his commands. Oak tells Ash that the only way to stop Mewtwo is to attack it while Mew still has a hold over it, even though this act will cause Mew to die. Ash hesitates, but when he sees Mewtwo beginning to free itself, he finally orders Pikachu to use Volt Tackle. The explosion that results when Pikachu strikes Mewtwo destroys it. Mew fades away shortly thereafter, but not before sharing a tearful farewell with its friends. Yung watches in horror as the Mirage System generators explode all around him and inside his laboratory, causing his castle to erupt into flames.

With Yung's plans ruined, Oak tries to convince him to surrender and turn himself into the police. Much to Oak's surprise, Yung refuses and states that he has much work still to do on his Mirage System. Yung walks into the burning castle, but when Oak pursues him, rubble falls and blocks the way. Several hours later, Officer Jenny and a team of firefighters search the castle's remains, but are unable to find any sign of Yung. The group talk about how Mew had a true soul, despite seemingly being just data from the Mirage System, and Ash decides that one day, he will see Mew again.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.


Pokémon debuts




Mirage Pokémon


Ash (redub) Sarah Natochenny Satoshi Rica Matsumoto サトシ 松本梨香
Ash (first dub) Jamie Peacock Satoshi Rica Matsumoto サトシ 松本梨香
Pikachu Ikue Ohtani Pikachu Ikue Ohtani ピカチュウ 大谷育江
Brock Bill Rogers Takeshi Yūji Ueda タケシ うえだ ゆうじ
May Michele Knotz Haruka KAORI. ハルカ KAORI.
Max Jamie Peacock Masato Fushigi Yamada マサト 山田ふしぎ
Professor Oak Billy Beach Dr. Okido Unshō Ishizuka オーキド博士 石塚運昇
Misty Michele Knotz Kasumi Mayumi Iizuka カスミ 飯塚雅弓
Jessie Michele Knotz Musashi Megumi Hayashibara ムサシ 林原めぐみ
James Billy Beach Kojirō Shin-ichiro Miki コジロウ 三木眞一郎
Meowth Billy Beach Nyarth Inuko Inuyama ニャース 犬山イヌコ
Dr. Yung Billy Regan Dr. Yung Hidenobu Kiuchi ドクター・ユング 木内秀信
Nurse Joy Michele Knotz Joy Yuriko Yamaguchi ジョーイ 山口由里子
Officer Jenny Jamie Peacock Junsar Chinami Nishimura ジュンサー 西村ちなみ
Staryu Shin-ichiro Miki Hitodeman Shin-ichiro Miki ヒトデマン 三木眞一郎
Squirtle Michele Knotz Zenigame Tomoe Hanba ゼニガメ 半場友恵
Corphish Bill Rogers Heigani Katsuyuki Konishi ヘイガニ 小西克幸
Combusken Bill Rogers Wakasyamo Chinami Nishimura ワカシャモ 西村ちなみ
Mew Satomi Koorogi Mew Satomi Koorogi ミュウ こおろぎさとみ
Mewtwo Katsuyuki Konishi Mewtwo Katsuyuki Konishi ミュウツー 小西克幸
Narration Rodger Parsons Narration Unshō Ishizuka ナレーション 石塚運昇


The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
戦慄のミラージュポケモン The Terrifying Mirage Pokémon
Created by
  • 田尻智
  • 増田順一
  • 杉森建
Production supervisor
  • 石原恒和
Animation supervisor
  • Yōichi Kotabe
  • 小田部羊一
Executive producers
  • Hiroyuki Jinnai
  • Masakazu Kubo
  • 陣内弘之
  • 久保雅一
Executive producer
  • 湯山邦彦
  • 日高政光
Animation producer
  • Shūkichi Kanda
  • 神田修吉
  • 宮崎慎二
Sound recording director
  • 三間雅文
  • Takemoto Mori
  • 盛武源
  • 藤田伸三
  • 日高政光
Assistant directors
  • Rokō Ogihara
  • Yoshizō Tsuda
  • 荻原露光
  • 津田義三
Character design / executive animation directors
  • Yūko Inoue
  • Kazumi Satō
  • 井ノ上ユウ子
  • 佐藤和巳
Character design / assistant executive animation directors
  • 一石小百合
  • 松原徳弘
Character design
  • 山田俊也
Animation directors
  • Takashi Saijō
  • Akira Watanabe
  • Naoki Takahashi
  • Hiroaki Kawaguchi
  • 西城隆詞
  • 渡辺章
  • 高橋直樹
  • 川口弘明
Color keys
  • Noriyuki Yoshino
  • 吉野記通
Colorist / ink & paint checker
  • Miyuki Kowata
  • Natsuko Ōtsuka
  • 木幡美雪
  • 大塚奈津子
Art director
  • 武藤正敏
Director of photography
  • Hisao Shirai
  • 白井久男
CGI producer
  • Misako Saka
  • 坂美佐子
CGI director
  • Kobayashi Masashi
  • 小林雅士
  • OLMデジタル
  • Toshio Henmi
  • 辺見俊夫
Original score (partial)
  • 一之瀬剛
  • 青木森一
Original score (partial)
  • 一之瀬剛
Audio production
  • 小学館プロダクション
Animation production
  • OLM Team Koitabashi
  • オー・エル・エム小板橋司

USA production

USA production
Executive producer
Assistant producer
Creative Director
  • Chris Brixley
Script adaptation
Adaptation consultant
  • C.J. Cathcart
Script translation
  • Z Pang America
Video editor
  • B. Scott Dempsey
Video formatting
  • Chromavision
Support staff




  • Max states that Aggron cannot use Thunder Wave, but it is able to legitimately learn the move via Move Tutor in Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald.
  • When the Mirage Houndoom sends Team Rocket blasting off, Wobbuffet's voice is heard, but only the trio is seen.
  • During a scene where Ash is trying to free Mew from the damaged Mirage System generator, the bottom part of Ash's hoodie is colored blue when it should be yellow instead.
  • The footage of Pikachu's memory of Celebi: The Voice of the Forest is of Celebi being chased by the Pokémon hunter, which he did not witness.
  • As the missiles are launching out of the Mirage Mansion, Mewtwo and the Mirage Master can be seen standing outside the gate. They are then shown exiting the building a few scenes later. Not only is this a continuity error, but Mewtwo could not have stepped through the gate without the Mirage Field having been deployed.
  • In the English version, when Dr. Yung removes his mask after being revealed as the Mirage Master, he briefly continues speaking with a distorted voice until his face is on screen. This is not the case in the Japanese version.
  • Due to a perspective error, the wreckage of the castle gate that impedes Oak from apprehending Yung seems to fall from empty sky off-screen. The rubble is later shown in a more accurate position beneath the gate arch.
  • In the second dub, Ash erroneously refers to Dr. Yung's villainous persona as "Mr. Mirage", his persona's Japanese name, when his identity is revealed.
  • After Pikachu crashes into a wooden crate, some pieces of the crate are stuck in place at the upper left corner.
  • After Pikachu is hit by Mewtwo's Flamethrower, he is shown resting behind Professor Oak and his Dragonite. However, when Mewtwo uses Hyper Beam, the latter two are nowhere to be seen.
  • In one scene near the end, the rubble blocking the Mirage Mansion entrance disappears.
  • When Professor Oak tells Ash and his friends that they need to get out of the Mirage Mansion, the straps on Ash's backpack are missing.

Dub edits

In the English dub:

  • Max says that he can hardly wait to see the new battling system, while Brock says that it will hopefully be before Ash reads the letter again. In the original Japanese version, Brock says that he is interested in the battle system as well.
  • Team Rocket talks about how creating Pokémon out of thin air would be like printing their own money and that Mirage Pokémon are a gold mine that would get them rewards. They also talk about the Mirage System getting them a meal ticket. In the original Japanese version, they say they don't know what the system is but think it is really nice. They also say that if they get their hands on the System, they will be promoted to the heads of Team Rocket's science and technology divisions, and their dream of becoming executives will come true.
  • Professor Oak refuses to help the Mirage Master since he kidnapped him. In the original Japanese version, he refuses because he doesn't know who the Mirage Master is or what his goals are.
  • While talking about what his plans are with Officer Jenny, Brock talks about calling her and inviting her to a romantic candlelight dinner. He then makes a motion that is similar to using a rotary phone to call her. In the original Japanese version, however, his motions are implied to be about making soup.
  • Team Rocket acknowledges Ash and Misty's presences when they run into each other. In the original Japanese version, they only acknowledge Ash's presence.
  • Team Rocket says to the growling Pokémon that they are on the same side and ask if they can just play nice. In the original Japanese version, they just say to the Pokémon that they aren't the ones who are suspicious.
  • James says that he gets enough of the aggression from Meowth and Jessie. In the original Japanese version, Meowth says that they won't be able to talk their way out of it, so Jessie and James suggest they just attack the Pokémon all at once.
  • Mewtwo is not given a title. In the original Japanese version, Master Mirage calls Mewtwo the "Mirage Mewtwo".
  • When Professor Oak explains how he deduced the Mirage Master's true identity as Dr. Yung, he says that a real scientist would never call a Pokémon a flawed specimen and that he wanted to take his revenge on the Pokémon Institute. In the original Japanese version, Professor Oak says that only its developer would make a comment like that, and that the Mirage Master referring to long years of hard work wouldn't make sense unless he was the developer.
  • Dr. Yung says that he will teach everyone the hard way with Mewtwo. In the original Japanese version, he is surprised at how much of a fight Pikachu is putting up, and he mentions that Mewtwo will now show its true form.
  • While blasting off, Meowth says that he will hang up the phone if he ever calls them for business advice. In the original Japanese version, Meowth says they should have just gone after Pikachu instead.

Redub edits

A redubbed version, with the newer voices and the others improved, is included on the bonus DVD of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

The original opening used the rap section of Pokémon Go!, while the redub opening used a different section of the song and a different animation. The redub then played the original rap opening as an ending theme during the credits, but without the original animation.

There are a few dialogue changes, as listed below.

Dub dialogue changes
Character Timestamp English TV version English DVD version
Ash 0:04 Dear Ash Ketchum, because of your amazing Pokémon battle skills, I'd like to introduce and challenge you to my brand new battle system. Dear Ash Ketchum, because of your amazing Pokémon training skills, I'd like to introduce and challenge you to my brand new battle system.
Ash 1:58 My amazing training skills, that's what. You see, Dr. Yung sent me a letter inviting me to come. My amazing training skills, that's what. You see, Dr. Yung sent me a letter inviting me.
Ash 10:24 I promise. I'll get you out of there, Professor. I promise. I'm gonna get you out of here, Professor.
Brock 12:12 If so, that's that. Bye! Yahoo! So that's that! Bye! Yahoo!
Ash 26:03 Whoa! You guys OK? Whoa! Are you guys OK?
Ash 29:15 Mirage Master's Dr. Yung? Mr. Mirage is Dr. Yung?

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