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XY138 : The First Day of the Rest of Your Life!
XY series
XY140 : Till We Compete Again!
Facing the Needs of the Many!
XY139   EP938
Farewell, Satoshi Gekkouga! Xerosicy's Counterattack!!
First broadcast
Japan October 20, 2016
United States January 1, 2017*
January 14, 2017*
English themes
Opening Stand Tall
Japanese themes
Opening XY&Z
Ending ニャースのバラード
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
Storyboard 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
Assistant director 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
Animation director 篠原隆 Takashi Shinohara
No additional credits are available at this time.

Facing the Needs of the Many! (Japanese: さらばサトシゲッコウガ!クセロシキの逆襲!! Farewell, Satoshi Gekkouga! Xerosicy's Counterattack!!) is the 139th episode of the XY series, and the 938th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on October 20, 2016, in Australia on January 1, 2017, in Canada on January 7, 2017 and in the United States on January 14, 2017.

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After returning Goodra to its home, our heroes are suddenly confronted by a giant creeping vine—just like the ones Team Flare unleashed on Lumiose City! The scientist Xerosic is trying to continue Lysandre’s work, and he even turns a mind-control beam on Clemont! But Clemont is too clever for that—a secret invention rescues him, and Xerosic is arrested.

When another vine attacks our heroes, Squishy and Zygarde come to the rescue…with a difficult request. Ash’s Greninja is able to sense the energy feeding the vines, and Squishy needs its help to stop them. With Ash’s encouragement, Greninja agrees, and joins Squishy to help protect the Kalos region!


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Ash and his friends have travelled to the Wetlands in order to return Goodra home. Ash thanks Goodra for battling alongside him again and promises that this isn't the last time they'll see each other upon which a tearful Dedenne jumps up for a hug. Everyone says their final goodbyes before heading back to Lumiose City. On the way, Serena discovers that Lumiose Airport is running again meaning she can head to Hoenn while Ash can return home to Kanto. Clemont notes that their journey is nearly over, which makes everyone feel sad. As they continue on their way, Ash senses some roots heading their way when Greninja appears out of its Poké Ball. Ash wonders what is going on as roots come up from out of the ground. Clemont realizes this is the same as what happened in Lumiose City. Clemont believes that this must be the work Team Flare, but Bonnie pointed out that Squishy got rid of them. Ash decides they need to get rid of the roots right away, transforming into Ash-Greninja. They both see the power inside the roots; Ash has Greninja use Water Shuriken, which defeats the root as a Zygarde Cell watches from a tree. A deep rumbling begins to occur as a large truck nearly runs them over. The Cell watching them is suddenly picked up and dragged towards the truck because of Xerosic and his Malamar. Clemont informs the others he was Team Flare's Scientist. He isn't happy at being defeated and has come back and planning to create Team Neo Flare. Bonnie tells him to give back Squishy's friend but he says he won't do it as he plans to get Zygarde Complete Forme and make Lysandre's dream come true. Ash has Greninja use Water Shuriken to smash the device but Malamar stops it with Signal Beam before lifting Clemont off his feet. The truck departs with Clemont captive as Greninja goes after it.

Inside the truck, Xerosic informs Clemont his scientific knowledge will be useful but Clemont says he'll never help him but Xerosic has other plans and will use mind control on him like he did with the Zygarde and make him an advanced human. Xerosic releases Clemont from his restraint and prepares to use the beam but Clemont asks for a chance to clean his glasses first. Xerosic is surprised at this request but allows him to do it before firing the beam and causing him to scream. Nearby Team Rocket are going over the footage they shot during the Team Flare incident and editing it to make them look good and are arguing about where parts of the footage should go trying to make each of them more prominent when another root pops up and attacks but Squishy and Z2 come over in their 10% Forme to destroy the root. Wobbuffet recorded the whole scene and James decides to edit it into the video. The truck screeches to a halt where another Cell is. As Xerosic and Malamar go to look, Greninja comes out of hiding and Ash can see that Greninja has found them but doesn't know how Clemont is and has Greninja try and sneak inside. Spotting a Cell, Xerosic has Malamar use Psychic which collects the Cell and puts it in the truck. Greninja is near the truck when it steps on a branch alerting Xerosic who spots Greninja and orders Malamar to use Signal Beam which Greninja dodges and attacks with Water Shuriken as they arrive on scene demanding Xerosic gives them back. Xerosic decides to retreat for now and orders Psycho Cut which briefly stops Greninja who follows after the truck and jumps in front and appeared to get run over but Ash realizes Greninja is under the truck as they chase after the truck which soon flies and becomes invisible. Xerosic believes he has gotten away and now the machine should be ready. Thanks to Greninja, Ash knows where they are.

Xerosic returns to Clemont who says that he feels great and being called leader to Team Neo Flare makes Xerosic feel great. Ash, Bonnie and Serena reach the tall rock and Ash tries to work out where Greninja is. Greninja sees Ash making him realize where and decides to jump much to Bonnie and Serena's surprise who become worried. As Ash prepares to jump, Serena says she'll go to and so does Bonnie. They all jump together but miss but Greninja catches them with his tongue and brings them onto the ring. Inside they come across Clemont but are stopped by Xerosic who tells them Clemont is being mind controlled which Clemont confirms and is ordered to capture them which he goes to do as Ash says he would never give in to mind control as Clemont breaks out of it having never been under Xerosic's control having placed a device in his glasses to prevent it from working. Xerosic orders Crobat to use Air Slash but Clemont brings out Chespin to counter with Pin Missile. The attacks collide as Ash has Greninja team up with Chespin. Xerosic orders a Signal Beam and Wing Attack but with Vine Whip, Chespin is able to dodge and hits Crobat with Tackle. Xerosic becomes angry about this and orders Air Slash but Greninja strikes back with Water Shuriken to stop the attack and knock out Crobat. Xerosic recalls Crobat as he states he will be able to recreate the world. He goes to jump out and recalls Malamar. Clemont uses his Aipom arm to catch Xerosic.

On the ground, Officer Jenny has Xerosic in handcuffs and before being lead away asks Clemont why he has a lot of strength who says it was thanks to spending time with Ash, Bonnie and Serena which surprises Xerosic before being taken away by Officer Jenny. Serena is glad it is over as Bonnie addresses the Cell asking if it knows Squishy just as another root springs up from the ground which is destroyed by Squishy who has just arrived. Bonnie is delighted to see Squishy again and hugs it. After being reunited, Squishy asks Greninja to follow which Greninja does with the others following and come across Z2 who speaks telepathically to Greninja and explains that although Team Flare were defeated Kalos is still bearing the scars of the attack which manifests as the underground roots. It is hard for them to find their exact locations but Greninja is able to locate them easily. Ash tells Greninja what happened before can never happen again and reminds Greninja about what Professor Sycamore said about them meeting not being a coincidence and their powering up not being an accident and that this was meant to happen. Ash allows Greninja to leave so that Greninja can track down all the negative energy as they shake hands and hug as the others look on. Greninja goes to leave as Squishy says that Greninja will be under its care and tells Bonnie they may not see each other for a while but will always be with her. Bonnie understands, and promises to meet up when she becomes a trainer so the two can go on another adventure. Squishy agrees, telling her its a promise. Everyone says goodbye as they set off on their separate ways.

Major events

Ash saying goodbye to Greninja
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?: Zygarde (Zygarde Complete Forme) (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Squishy (Zygarde Core) (Japan)



The title card segment focuses on Ash for this episode
  • Poké TV: "Burn! Pokémon Challenge!!" focusing on Ash's Greninja in its Ash-Greninja form.
  • The English dub was released on iTunes and Amazon Video on January 1, 2017, thirteen days before the episode aired in the United States. The same occurred for all episodes in Volume 4 of Pokémon the Series: XYZ that aired after an all-day marathon of Teen Titans Go! on November 26, 2016, and before January 11, 2017, when the error was fixed (The Right Hero for the Right Job! through Till We Compete Again!).
    • However, the episode was pulled from iTunes and Amazon on January 11, 2017, although those who had already purchased and downloaded the episode could still view it. It was later released again on iTunes and Amazon on January 15, 2017, the day it was supposed to be released.
  • This episode was followed by a preview for the Sun & Moon series.
  • Meowth's Ballad is used as the ending theme for this episode.
  • In this episode, a piano version of Puni-chan's Song is used when Bonnie sees Squishy again.
  • This is the first time a main character has released a regional starter Pokémon.
    • This is also the first time where a main character has released two Pokémon in the same episode.
  • Bonnie's promise to reunite with Squishy when she becomes a Trainer is similar to the promise that Max made to Ralts back in Do I Hear a Ralts?.
  • The episode's english title is a reference to a popular phrase from Star Trek, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few".


  • After Greninja accepts Squishy's offer, its eyelids are blue instead of black like they're supposed to be in its Ash-Greninja form.

Dub edits

  • The Ash-Greninja theme is replaced by an instrumental version of Stand Tall.

In other languages

XY138 : The First Day of the Rest of Your Life!
XY series
XY140 : Till We Compete Again!
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