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This article is about the recurring Pokémon character in the anime. For the twentieth Pokémon Tretta set, see Zygarde Super Power Up, Ash-Greninja Comes Calling (Tretta).
Z2 Z2
Z2 Zygarde Core.png
Debuts in From A to Z!
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Squishy
Key Zygarde Core Sprite.png
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Zygarde Yūki Kaji Billy Bob Thompson

The Zygarde known by Team Flare by the code name Z2 (Japanese: Z2 Z2) is a recurring Pokémon character in the anime who was a central figure of the XY&Z arc of Pokémon the Series: XY.


Z2 captured by Lysandre

Z2 first appeared in From A to Z! in its 50% Forme, where it was attacked by Mable, a group of Team Flare Grunts, and their Pokémon in Terminus Cave. Z2 was able to overpower them and send them flying with ease using Land's Wrath, and escaped its pursuers. It was later seen outside Terminus Cave, watching the sunrise.

In Meeting at Terminus Cave! and A Cellular Connection!, Z2, as a Zygarde Core, was contacted by Squishy. During one of their conversations, Z2 tried to convince Squishy to cut contact with humans, claiming them to be destructors of order. Squishy, however, disagreed with it, wanting to continue observing humans.

In An Explosive Operation!, Z2 was cornered by Mable, Aliana, and a trio of Grunts under their command. When it tried to escape via camouflage, it was hit by Team Flare's special ray gun, stunning it and disabling its cloaking. To overcome this, Z2 entered 10% Forme and used Extreme Speed to fend off the scientists' Weavile and Druddigon, and make its escape. After reverting to its Core Forme, Z2 ran into Team Rocket, who had recently set their sights on Squishy. Discovering that there were two Zygarde Cores, the trio tried to capture Z2 themselves but were stopped by Team Flare. Jessie, James, and Meowth protected Z2 from Team Flare's ray gun, which was then destroyed by Inkay. Jessie then used Gourgeist's Seed Bomb to escape with the Zygarde Core.

Z2 under Lysandre's control

Exhausted from their escape, Team Rocket let Z2 recover by allowing it to absorb sunlight. Soon after recovering, however, they were once again found by Team Flare. Although the trio fought hard, they were eventually defeated. Left with few options, Z2 transformed into its 50% Forme and fought back with Dragon Pulse and Land's Wrath, overpowering Team Flare's Pokémon. Before Z2 could finish off Team Flare, it was stopped by a Flamethrower from Alain's Charizard. Alain and his Mega Charizard X then battled Z2, covering for Mable and Aliana. After getting Dragon Clawed, Z2 managed to blast Charizard into a rock with Extreme Speed. It was then struck by Dragon Claw again, but Z2 quickly retaliated with Land's Wrath, dealing serious damage to Charizard. Despite having gained the upper hand, it was eventually surrounded by the two scientists, who proceeded to stun it with full-power blasts from their ray guns and sapping its strength, causing it to revert back to its Core Forme. After blasting away Team Rocket, Z2 was secured by Mable, who deemed the operation a success. Z2 was later seen at Lysandre Labs, glaring at Lysandre.

Following these events, Z2 was seen several times, being observed and experimented on by Lysandre and Xerosic. It appeared again in Seeing the Forest for the Trees!, where it was listening to Squishy talk about Ash and his Greninja.

In Kalos League Passion with a Certain Flare!, Z2 was moved into Lumiose Gym with several Zygarde Cells in preparation for the climax of Team Flare's plans. Team Flare's scheme was put into action in Down to the Fiery Finish!, where Z2 was placed under influence of Team Flare by Xerosic's Mega Evolution energy weapon. After reaching the summit of Prism Tower, it transformed into its 50% Forme and unleashed massive roots through the city and the Lumiose Conference stadium, interrupting the ending ceremony. In the next episode, Z2 continued to destroy Lumiose City. Even when Squishy confronted it atop Prism Tower, Z2 did not respond and launched a Dragon Pulse at Squishy which overpowered the latter's Dragon Pulse and knocked it down from the tower. After Squishy transformed into its 50% Forme, Z2 jumped down to battle it. During their battle in Coming Apart at the Dreams!, Z2 took some harsh hits from Squishy, but was eventually able to constrict Squishy with its giant roots, allowing Xerosic to hit Squishy with the Mega Evolution energy weapon. With Squishy being controlled as well, both Zygarde continued their rampage.

Z2 and Squishy leaving together

Z2 was finally freed from Team Flare's control in the following episode, after Clemont and Clembot managed to destroy the machine. Later, it reunited with Squishy and after listening to it talking about the things it had experienced during its travels with Bonnie, Z2 reluctantly began to trust humans. It later accompanied the group to the Giant Rock. After witnessing how hard everyone was fighting to protect Kalos and after a brief conversation with Squishy, Z2 finally came to an understanding that not all human beings are evil and decides to believe in them just like Squishy does. Z2 and Squishy stepped in and combined into their Complete Forme and used Core Enforcer to destroy the Giant Rock, causing Lysandre to vanish. Both Zygarde then said goodbye to everyone and disappeared with each other.

It appeared in a flashback in Battling With a Clean Slate!.

In Facing the Needs of the Many!, Z2 and Squishy rescued Team Rocket from getting hit by a root. Ash and his friends were later brought to Z2 by Squishy, and the two Zygarde Cores explained that they had been weeding out negative energy left over from the Team Flare crisis, with the energy spreading throughout Kalos in the form of the same roots that destroyed parts of Lumiose City. However, tracking down the source of the negative energy proved to be a difficult task for them to accomplish. Having witnessed Greninja's ability to locate the negative energy within the roots, Z2 and Squishy asked Greninja to lend them its strength to protect Kalos, which Ash agreed on. Z2 then left with Squishy and Greninja, bidding farewell to Ash and his friends.

In Till We Compete Again!, Z2 appeared alongside Squishy as both oversaw Ash's Greninja destroying a root that was attacking the Kalos region.

Personality and characteristics

Unlike Squishy, Z2 greatly distrusts humans. In A Cellular Connection!, Z2 suggested that it and Squishy completely seclude themselves from humankind. When Squishy disagreed, Z2 asserted that humans disrupt the order they exist to maintain, and are a threat to Kalos. It has a blue core, as opposed to Squishy's red core. This distrust was exploited by Lysandre, who gained control over Z2 and used it to attack Lumiose City from the top of Prism Tower. Even after it was freed from Team Flare's control by Clemont, Z2 still showed a great amount of mistrust towards humans. It would take the combined efforts of Ash and his friends fighting alongside Alain, Steven Stone, Diantha, the Kalos Gym Leaders, Meyer, and Malva to show Z2 that humans were not disruptions of order, but rather protectors of it.


See also: List of Pokémon with form differences → Zygarde
10% Forme 50% Forme Complete Forme
Z2 10 Percent Forme.png Z2 50 Percent Forme.png Zygarde Complete Forme anime.png

Moves used

10% Forme

Z2 10 Percent Extreme Speed.png
Using Extreme Speed
Move First Used In
Extreme Speed An Explosive Operation!
Dragon Pulse An Explosive Operation!
Land's Wrath An Explosive Operation!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

50% Forme

Z2 50 Percent Lands Wrath 1.png
Using Land's Wrath
Move First Used In
Land's Wrath From A to Z!
Dragon Pulse An Explosive Operation!
Extreme Speed An Explosive Operation!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Complete Forme

Zygarde Complete Forme Core Enforcer.png
Using Core Enforcer
Move First Used In
Dragon Pulse Forming a More Perfect Union!
Extreme Speed Forming a More Perfect Union!
Core Enforcer Forming a More Perfect Union!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 梶裕貴 Yūki Kaji
English Billy Bob Thompson
Finnish Tero Koponen
Aku Laitinen (XY135)
Peter Pihlström (XY136)
Indonesian Turie Sandos
European Spanish Jordi Galán Torregrosa
Miguel Ángel Muro (XY131)

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For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Zygarde.

Anime characters
Protagonists Ash Ketchum (Pikachu) • Misty (Togetic) • BrockTracey SketchitMayMaxDawn (Piplup) • Iris (Haxorus) • CilanSerenaClemontBonnie (Dedenne) • LanaKiaweLillieSophoclesMallowRotom PokédexGoh (Grookey)
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Professors Professor OakProfessor IvyProfessor ElmProfessor BirchProfessor RowanProfessor CarolinaProfessor JuniperDr. FennelCedric JuniperProfessor SycamoreProfessor KukuiProfessor BurnetProfessor CeriseProfessor MagnoliaSoniaProfessor Amaranth
Relatives Delia KetchumDaisyVioletLilyJames's parentsFlintLolaForrestBrock's siblingsNormanCarolineJohannaChiliCressGraceMeyerLana's fatherLana's motherHarper and SarahRangoSimaMimoKiawe's grandfatherMohnLusamineGladionSophocles's parentsMolayneAbeMallow's motherUluWalkerCamilleHalta
Supporting Officer JennyNurse JoyMagikarp salesmanTodd SnapCharles GoodshowCaseyLizaSakuraLanceClairRaoul ContestaMr. SukizoSteven StoneVivian MeridianRobertScottLilian MeridianSolanaBrandonMarianYuzoRhondaCynthiaReggieAngieLookerIzzy and CaraLyraKhouryTobiasDon GeorgeElderAlderLukeFreddy O'MartianIngoEmmetJervisVirgilNAnthea and ConcordiaPorterAlexaSophieCosetteClembotSanpeiMairinAstridDianthaKorrinaGurkinnMonsieur PierrePalermoKeananMalvaSamson OakAnelaHobbesNinaAnnaLakiDanaYansuWickeFabaIlimaAcerolaDiaChloeChrysaRenParkerTaliaLeiDanikaQuillonHopGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsIsland kahunasMany temporary characters
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