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XY125 : A League of His Own!
Pokémon the Series: XY
XY127 : Analysis Versus Passion!
Valuable Experience for All!
XY126   EP925
Mega Jukain VS Raichu! I Received Some Experience Points!!
First broadcast
Japan July 7, 2016
United States October 1, 2016
English themes
Opening Stand Tall
Japanese themes
Opening XY&Z
Ending プニちゃんのうた
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 松井亜弥 Aya Matsui
Storyboard 紅優 Yū Kō
Assistant director 西田健一 Ken'ichi Nishida
Animation directors 窪敏 Satoshi Kubo
小山知洋 Tomohiro Koyama
服部益実 Masumi Hattori
なまためやすひろ Yasuhiro Namatame
志村泉 Izumi Shimura
Additional credits

Valuable Experience for All! (Japanese: メガジュカイン対ライチュウ!経験値いただきます!! Mega Jukain VS Raichu! I Received Some Experience Points!!) is the 126th episode of Pokémon the Series: XY, and the 925th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on July 7, 2016 and in the United States on October 1, 2016.

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


At the Kalos League, Ash defeats Astrid and her Mega Absol to move into the semifinals, securing a spot alongside Alain. There’s just one spot left—and Tierno and Sawyer are battling for it.

Tierno and his Pokémon are looking great as they leap into their battle dance, but the analytical Sawyer has been watching them and knows what to expect. He also has a secret weapon of his own—and when his Sceptile Mega Evolves, it’s all over!

Sawyer and Ash are paired for the semifinals in a six-on-six Full Battle. Ash has just five Pokémon traveling with him...until Keanan arrives, bringing Goodra to complete the team!


Malva reports directly from the League, chronicling the events that have taken place in the conference so far. Moments of battles are then shown. Greninja transforms into Ash-Greninja and Ash wins, Astrid wins with her Mega Absol against an Amoonguss, Sawyer wins with his Slaking against a Medicham, and Remo wins with his Mega Garchomp against a Hydreigon. It is also revealed that Alain and Tierno have advanced to the quarterfinals. Now it is time for the challengers to fight their way into the Top 4. Malva ends her report, and the scene shifts to an ongoing battle between Ash and Astrid.

Ash and Astrid are in the middle of their battle. As Astrid commands her Mega Absol to use Psycho Cut, Hawlucha dodges and Ash commands him to retaliate with Flying Press. Hawlucha scores a direct hit, knocking Mega Absol out and sending Ash to the semifinals. Meanwhile, Alain is revealed to have won his own quarterfinals match as well. In the hall after his fight, Ash meets Sawyer before his own battle. Sawyer congratulates Ash on advancing and promises to win so he can face Ash as he vowed before. Ash warns that Tierno is a strong Trainer, but Sawyer is confident and hints at a secret weapon, and as they part Ash wishes him luck.

Meanwhile, Team Rocket is being dragged along by Malva, who is constantly busy conducting interviews. As a result, the trio is completely unable to focus on their own plans to steal any Pokémon.

Sawyer facing Tierno

Back at the arena, Remo is revealed to have become the third semifinalist, just as Shauna arrives. She is warmly welcomed by the group and updated on the current League happenings. On the field, Tierno and Sawyer emerge for their battle, and Sawyer chooses Aegislash to start, which Ash scans with his Pokédex. Tierno sends out Ludicolo and shows off some perfectly synchronized dance steps with it. The match is begun, and Ludicolo starts off with Rain Dance, creating swirling thunder clouds over the battlefield that start a heavy downpour. Sawyer orders a Swords Dance, sharply increasing Aegislash's Attack power.

Tierno calls out for a Hydro Pump, which Aegislash is unable to dodge. Sawyer correctly deduces that the rain has powered up both Ludicolo's speed, thanks to its Swift Swim Ability, as well as its Water-type attacks. However, after taking another Hydro Pump, Aegislash counters the next with King's Shield, transforming into its Shield form.

Tierno orders another Hydro Pump, but this time Aegislash cuts through it with a powerful Sacred Sword that sends Ludicolo flying. While Ludicolo is reeling, Sawyer orders another Swords Dance. Ludicolo tries to execute Solar Beam, but Aegislash uses Sacred Sword again to tear through it, connecting with Ludicolo and knocking it out. As Tierno thanks Ludicolo for his hard work, he sends out Raichu next. Raichu's opening Charge Beam is blocked by Aegislash's King's Shield, but she manages to burrow into the earth with Dig to evade Aegislash's followup Slash. Raichu takes advantage of the opening while Aegislash has lost sight of him to complete the attack and knock Aegislash out.

Meanwhile, Team Rocket is about at the end of their rope with Malva's demanding schedule. James suggests simply quitting and focusing on stealing Pokémon and Jessie wholeheartedly agrees, but before they have a chance to act on it, Malva appears to pull them into another interview, much to their dismay.

Sawyer has now sent out Slurpuff to face Raichu, and Slurpuff executes a successful Attract on Raichu. This leaves her wide open to an Energy Ball from Slurpuff, after which Tierno decides to recall the helpless Raichu and replace her with Blastoise. Sawyer tries to open again with Attract, but Blastoise shrugs it off, being a male just like Slurpuff. Blastoise then fires off a heavy-hitting Hydro Cannon, knocking Slurpuff out.

Down to his final Pokémon, Sawyer sends out his Sceptile. Tierno orders Ice Beam, which Sceptile intercepts with a Leaf Storm. Blastoise tries to execute another Hydro Cannon, but Sceptile dodges it and lands a Leaf Blade in return. On Tierno's order, Blastoise charges towards Sceptile with Skull Bash, but Sawyer commands Sceptile to intercept it with Frenzy Plant. Enormous whip-like vines emerge from the field and toss Blastoise into the sky. As he falls, Blastoise manages to summon the thunderclouds with Rain Dance again, but upon impacting the ground, it is knocked out.

Tierno summons his last Pokémon, a now battle-ready Raichu. Ash worries that Sceptile is still the more powerful Pokémon, but when Tierno orders a Thunder attack, Clemont realizes that Blastoise's parting Rain Dance will ensure that Raichu's Thunder attack won't miss. Before Raichu can release her Thunder, however, Sawyer reveals his secret weapon and uses his Key Stone to Mega Evolve Sceptile. Refusing to be daunted, Tierno orders Raichu to complete her attack, but to Tierno's great surprise, Mega Sceptile comes through it completely unscathed. Sawyer reveals that, as a result of Mega Evolving, Mega Sceptile's Ability is now Lightning Rod, rendering Thunder useless. Mega Sceptile charges towards Raichu with Dragon Claw, and Raichu tries to counter with Focus Blast, but Mega Sceptile slashes through the attack and lands the blow on Raichu, knocking her unconscious and winning the battle for Sawyer, making him the fourth and final semifinalist.

With the semifinalists decided, the announcer reveals the semifinal match-ups, which will pit Alain against Remo and Ash against Sawyer. As the sun sets, Ash exits the arena with his friends, who remind him that the semifinal battle will require a full team of six Pokémon, when he currently only has five. At this reminder, Ash panics about the time and runs off to a street outside where he comments that he's expecting someone. The others are confused, but a honking truck soon draws their attention. Turning towards the sound, they spot Goodra, previously left at its home swamp, riding in the bed of a truck being driven by Keanan. In a flashback, it is revealed that during his latest visit to the wetlands, Ash had requested Goodra's assistance for the league's semifinals, and it agreed. With his team now complete, Ash summons them all before him to declare his confidence in them and vow to beat Sawyer with their help, and the whole team cheers in agreement.

Major events

The Lumiose Conference semifinalists
  • Sawyer is revealed to have obtained a Slaking.
  • Ash, Sawyer, and Tierno are all revealed to have made it to the quarterfinals.
  • Ash defeats Astrid in the quarterfinals, advancing to the semifinals.
  • Alain is revealed to have also advanced to the semifinals.
  • Ash and his friends meet up with Shauna again.
  • Sawyer's Doublade is revealed to have evolved into Aegislash.
  • Sawyer is revealed to have obtained a Key Stone and a Sceptilite.
  • Sawyer defeats Tierno in the quarterfinals, advancing to the semifinals.
  • Ash and Alain are revealed to be facing Sawyer and Remo, respectively, in the semifinals.
  • Ash's Goodra returns to Ash's party as his sixth member for the Full Battle against Sawyer.
For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.


Pokémon debuts

TV episode debuts
Main series debuts



Pokémon Quiz


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Aegislash (Shield Forme) (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Mega Garchomp (Japan)


The title card segment focuses on Ash for this episode


Raichu's gender fix
  • In the original version, Clemont says that Electric-type moves can never miss in the rain, which is incorrect, as this only applies to the move Thunder.
  • The Trainer with the Amoonguss, who was seen battling Astrid in the beginning of the episode, is the same Trainer Tierno had to face in the first round. Since Tierno had made it to the quarterfinals and thus had defeated this Trainer, it should have been impossible for Astrid to face her in the league.
  • When Astrid tells her Absol to use Psycho Cut, it is shown as a regular Absol, but seconds later, when Hawlucha attacks it, it is shown as a Mega Absol. This is likely due to the fact that the animation in the shot where Astrid tells her Absol to attack was taken directly from Mega Evolution Special I, where Absol was in its regular form while using the move.
  • Ash's Pokédex is shown to already be open when he takes it out, but when he points it at Sawyer's Aegislash, it is closed and opens up.
  • When Tierno sends out Raichu, her nose is smaller than normal.
  • When Slurpuff's Attract fails to work on Blastoise, Clemont suggests that it might be because both Blastoise and Slurpuff are male. However, Tierno's Raichu, who had just been affected by Attract, has the pointed tail indicative of male Raichu. This was fixed in the Japanese version on Hulu, where Raichu has its female tail variant.
  • When Sceptile uses Leaf Storm to counter Ice Beam, Sceptile's Sceptilite, as well as the ends of the scarf, change position from near Sceptile's left shoulder to its right. Every other time they are seen, they are shown near Sceptile's left shoulder.
  • Shortly after Tierno sends out Raichu for the second time, the back of Raichu's right ear is completely yellow instead of brown.
  • Shortly after Sceptile Mega Evolves, the scoreboard shows Blastoise instead of Raichu. However, when it shows Raichu after the battle ends, a different image of Raichu is shown.
  • In the English dub, after Clemont finishes talking about Blastoise eliminating Slurpuff's Attract, Clemont's mouth is still moving, but no sound comes out.
  • In the Brazilian Portuguese dub, Thunder (Trovão) is incorrectly referred to as Lightning Rod (Para-raios).

Dub edits

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XY125 : A League of His Own!
Pokémon the Series: XY
XY127 : Analysis Versus Passion!
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