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XY106 : A Meeting of Two Journeys!
XY series
XY108 : A Watershed Moment!
An Explosive Operation!
XY107   EP906
The Explosive Ground Force! The Zygarde Capture Operation!!
First broadcast
Japan February 11, 2016
United States May 21, 2016
English themes
Opening Stand Tall
Japanese themes
Opening XY&Z
Ending ロケット団団歌
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation directors 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
松永香苗 Kanae Matsunaga
志村泉 Izumi Shimura
No additional credits are available at this time.

An Explosive Operation! (Japanese: 爆裂グランドフォース!ジガルデ捕獲作戦!! The Explosive Ground Force! The Zygarde Capture Operation!!) is the 107th episode of the XY series, and the 906th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on February 11, 2016 and in the United States on May 21, 2016.

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In search of Team Flare and Squishy, Team Rocket meets a similar-looking Pokémon, known as Z2...and Team Flare is right behind it! The two teams battle back and forth, and Z2 changes hands several times—until it merges with many Cells to become a menacing serpentine Pokémon who shakes the land with its attack!

Z2 is winning, but Lysandre has called for backup! With the help of Alain and his Mega Charizard, Team Flare battles Z2 to a standstill and locks it in a cage, where Lysandre finally reveals its name—Zygarde!

Meanwhile, at our heroes’ campsite, Bonnie cuddles a sad and worried Squishy, trying to figure out what’s wrong...


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Major events

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


Pokémon debuts



Pokémon Quiz


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Persian (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Z2 (Zygarde 10% Forme) (Japan)


The title card segment focuses on Team Rocket for this episode


  • During Team Rocket and Team Flare's battle, Weavile is hit by Inkay's Psybeam. As a Dark-type, Weavile should not have taken any damage.
  • After Zygarde 50% uses Dragon Pulse for the first time on Team Rocket and Team Flare, Gourgeist and Inkay are seen with Jessie and James, even though they were both returned to their Poké Balls in the previous scene.

Dub edits

  • In the dub, Ash reads the title card instead of Alain.

In other languages

XY106 : A Meeting of Two Journeys!
XY series
XY108 : A Watershed Moment!
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