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AG079: Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend

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Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Advanced Challenge Char. of the Day: Magikarp salesman
Episode №: #353 Main: Ash, May, Brock, Max
Aired: JapanFlag June 3, 2004 Recurring: Jessie, James, Giovanni, Cassidy (mention), Butch (mention)
UnitedStatesFlag May 21, 2005
Opening theme: This Dream Minor: Magikarp salesman
Badge(s): Stonebadge Knucklebadge Dynamobadge Heatbadge Balancebadge Setting: Fortree City
Pokémon: Pikachu (Ash's), Wobbuffet (Jessie's), Meowth (Team Rocket), Corphish (Ash's), Torkoal (Ash's), Skitty (May's), Mudkip (Brock's), Seviper (Jessie's), Dustox (Jessie's), Cacnea (James's), Persian (Giovanni's), Magikarp (Jessie's; new; released), Spoink (anime; debut), Voltorb, Electrode, Igglybuff, Feebas (flashback), Spoink (TCG), Seviper (TCG), Skitty (TCG), Lotad (TCG), Mudkip (TCG)
Major event(s)
Jessie buys a Magikarp from Magikarp salesman, but eventually releases it. Ash's Torkoal is revealed to know Body Slam.
Pokémon: Advanced Challenge


Team Rocket talks to Giovanni on the video phone and he yells at them for not making progress, threatening to replace the three of them.

The kids are eating breakfast when Skitty runs off and encounters a Spoink that has lost its pearl. The Spoink shows how it rolled away, so the kids help look around the forest. Spoink keeps mistaking various round objects for its pearl--like an Igglybuff--and putting them on its head.

Just as they find the real pearl, all of them are caught in a Team Rocket trap, but Ash's Corphish helps them get out. Spoink drops its pearl and Meowth catches it. Team Rocket runs off to a nearby carnival.

At the carnival, James runs into a Magikarp salesman, who is now selling Feebas. Drawn by the promise of Feebas evolving into a Milotic, Jessie trades the pearl. But when their new Feebas is swimming, its paint washes off, revealing just a Magikarp.

Ash and friends arrive, and both groups go looking for the salesman. Brock and Max reveal the scam and then everyone confronts the Magikarp salesman. The kids start to battle Team Rocket, and the salesman slips away in the confusion. Spoink passes out, but Max grabs the pearl and puts it on Spoink's head. Spoink then uses Confuse Ray to send Team Rocket blasting off.



  • The dub title is a play off the song "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend."
  • This episode is featured on the Volume 7: Psychic copy of Pokémon Elements.
  • On Poké, the title of this episode is erroneously spelled as "Pearl's Are a Spoink's Best Friend".
  • This is the fifth time the Magikarp salesman has appeared in the anime, and the second time Team Rocket has acquired a Magikarp from him.


  • In a brief moment, Spoink's nose is shown on its back.

Dub edits

  • The footage of James looking up a Spoink TCG card is cut in the dub. Cards seen included Spoink, Seviper, Skitty, Lotad, and Mudkip.
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