Splitting Heirs! (Japanese: シトロン対ユリーカ！？ニャオニクスできょうだいバトル！！ Citron VS Eureka!? A Sibling Battle for Nyaonix!!) is the 45th episode of Pokémon the Series: XY, and the 844th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on October 2, 2014 and in the United States on November 22, 2014.
En route to Coumarine City, our heroes meet a Trainer named Blake and his Meowstic, a male with a beautiful blue coat. Among the trees, Chespin spies a female Meowstic and runs off in pursuit, followed by Bonnie, who is upset at Clemont for insisting that she eat her vegetables.
When three Beedrill attack Bonnie and Chespin, Blake’s older brother Heath (the female Meowstic’s Trainer) rescues them, and everyone goes off to the brothers’ sprawling mansion to get some first aid for Bonnie. Then, Blake and Heath’s father challenges them to a treasure hunt to decide who will inherit the mansion!
Our heroes split up to help, but the treasure eludes everyone...until the brothers remember a tree with beautiful flowers that they discovered together when they were younger. Everyone runs to the spot, but they’re attacked by an Exploud! It turns out Exploud is their father’s Pokémon, and he sent it there to get the brothers to battle side by side, as they did when they were young.
Blake and Heath make amends, which inspires Clemont and Bonnie to do the same. After saying their goodbyes, our heroes are off once again to Coumarine City!
Ash and his friends are eating lunch alongside a guest, named Blake, and his male Meowstic. Blake explains that he has been on his own journey for over a year now and is on his way home, which isn't too far away. As Blake and the others dig in, Clemont notices that Bonnie hasn't eaten her vegetables yet, and urges her to do so, saying she'll never become a strong Trainer if she doesn't. Bonnie points out that Clemont doesn't like certain vegetables either, which Clemont brushes aside. Blake suggests Bonnie listen to her brother, but then stops to think of his own situation.
While Chespin eats his Pokémon food, he spots a female Meowstic hiding in the bushes, with whom he instantly falls in love with and chases after into the forest. Bonnie, choking down her vegetables, notices this and chases after Chespin. Once Bonnie finds Chespin, she scolds him, saying that it's dangerous to run off into the forest. Unfortunately, Bonnie and Chespin don't remember which direction they came in and are now lost. The others soon notice Chespin and Bonnie are missing. Clemont, noticing the uneaten vegetables on Bonnie's plate, assumes Bonnie ran off in order to get out of eating them. Blake says that they should find Bonnie and Chespin soon, as there are many dangerous Pokémon living in the forest.
Bonnie and Chespin wander around the forest and meet a swarm of wild Beedrill. Just as the Beedrill attack, a Trainer and a female Meowstic intervene using Protect. However, the Beedrill regather. At that point, an Energy Ball from afar chases the Beedrill away, and Ash, his friends and Blake run in. Blake introduces the other Pokémon Trainer, Heath, as his brother and the two get into a heated argument. At the same time, Clemont scolds Bonnie for going off by herself. The group decide to go to Heath and Blake's house to treat Bonnie's injury, but Bonnie is still angry at Clemont.
At the brother's mansion, their mother greets them and treats Bonnie's injury. Blake and Heath's father then enters the room and states that since Blake and Heath have matured somewhat he will conduct a trial. This treasure hunt trial is a family tradition that is used to decide who will inherit the family's property, with something hidden somewhere on the property. Both Blake and Heath are determined to win. Since the search area is large, Blake gains the assistance of Ash and Clemont, while Bonnie and Serena help out Heath.
While they search, Clemont tells Blake that he doesn't seem to get along with his brother. Blake replies that they used to be really close when they were young. One day, his father gave both of them an Espurr which quickly evolved into Meowstic. However, since then, the two brothers butted heads, with Blake not wanting his brother to tell him how to use Meowstic but rather wanting to do things his way. This is why Blake wants to prove to his family that he could take care of things by himself. Clemont reflects on this and tells Ash that he always nags Bonnie, but Ash disagrees by saying that Bonnie knows the reason why Clemont always get angry at her. Meanwhile, Bonnie notices that Heath is seems worried and states that Clemont looks like that when he was thinking. Heath replies that Bonnie must care a lot for Clemont, but Bonnie disagrees by saying that Clemont always nags her. Heath then tells Bonnie that he also gives advice to Blake even though he knows Blake doesn't like it.
Later, the two groups return with many treasures, but the boys' father says none of these are the right treasure. He gives them a hint that the treasure is not currently inside the house, and that the treasure was related to both Blake and Heath. Both Blake and Heath head to the secret place they found when they were young, and realize the some rare flowers that bloom there must be the treasure. Blake and Heath arrive in quick succession, and are each surprised that the other remembers the special flowers.
Their meeting is interrupted by an Exploud's Hyper Voice. The brothers call on their Meowstic, starting off with a pair of Scratch attacks. Exploud is unfazed and charge ahead, knocking Blake's Meowstic to the ground. Heath has his Meowstic use Protect, blocking Exploud's attack. Heath advises his brother not to be so hasty, before offering him the next attack. Heath has his Meowstic use Psychic to stop Exploud in its tracks before Blake's Meowstic launches an Energy Ball to defeat their opponent. However, Exploud gets back up again, heading right for Bonnie. Clemont instantly rushes in to defend his younger sister. Blake and Heath's father halts the confrontation and recalls his Exploud back to its Poké Ball. He explains that he set up the confrontation because he wanted both Blake and Heath to remember the times when they battled as a team. The boys remember that the family treasure is actually the bond they both share, settling their rivalry. After apologizing to each other, Clemont and Bonnie also make up. Chespin brings flowers to the female Meowstic, but Meowstic seems more interested in the male Meowstic who it hadn't seen since Blake and Heath had went their separate ways. Serena tells Chespin that she would make Poké Puffs for him and jokes that Chespin would find true love one day. Later, the group farewells the brothers and set off Coumarine City once again.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline.
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Dedenne (Clemont's)
- Froakie (Ash's)
- Fletchinder (Ash's)
- Hawlucha (Ash's)
- Fennekin (Serena's)
- Bunnelby (Clemont's)
- Chespin (Clemont's)
- Espurr (Blake's; flashback)
- Meowstic (Blake's; male)
- Espurr (Heath's; flashback)
- Meowstic (Heath's; female)
- Exploud (Blake and Heath's father's)
- Beedrill (×3)
- Venipede (flashback)
- Mairin's Mega Evolution Journal: Mega Blaziken
- This is the first time that the Pokémon Quiz segment features two Pokémon in one card, despite being the same species in opposite genders.
- Ash, Pikachu, and Wigglytuff narrate the preview for the next episode.
- The opening animation is updated to include Serena's Pancham, Grace, Aria, and her Braixen, replacing Korrina, Lucario, Mabel, Mawile, Gurkinn, and his Lucario.
- This episode's English dub title is a reference to the saying "splitting hairs".
- This episode reveals that Bonnie hates carrots, while Clemont dislikes peas.
- In the beginning of the episode, most of the tuft of fur on Fennekin's right ear is colored yellow like her body instead of red.
- When Bonnie, Serena, Heath, and his female Meowstic are heading towards the flower tree, the ribbon on Serena's hat is missing.
- In the dub, the carrots and peas are referred to as simply vegetables in order to match the lip-flap.
In other languages
|Dutch||Van je familie moet je het hebben!|
|European French||Le combat des héritiers !|
|German||Wenn Geschwister streiten!|
|Italian||Rivalità tra fratelli!|
|Korean||시트론 VS 유리카!? 냐오닉스로 남매배틀!!|
|Norwegian||Arven skal deles!|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Herdeiros Rivais!|
|European Spanish||¡Discusiones Tontas!|
|Thai||ซิตรอน ปะทะ ยูรีก้า!? การต่อสู้ของพี่น้องกับเนียวนิคส์!!|
|Vietnamese||Shitoron đấu với Yurika! ‘Trận đấu huynh đệ’ Nyaonikusu!|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|