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Don't Touch That 'dile (ワカバタウン!はじまりをつげるかぜのふくまち!)
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: The Johto Journeys Char. of the Day: Professor Elm
Episode №: #117 Main: Ash, Misty, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag October 14, 1999 Recurring: Jessie, James, Professor Oak

Professor Elm, Nurse Joy, Officer Jenny

UnitedStatesFlag October 14, 2000
Opening Theme: Pokémon Johto Minor: None
Badge(s): Setting: New Bark Town
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Misty's Togepi, Ash's Bulbasaur, Ash's Charizard, Ash's Squirtle, Jessie's Arbok, Jessie's Lickitung, James' Weezing, James' Victreebel, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Officer Jenny's Growlithe, Nurse Joy's Chansey, Jigglypuff (anime), Fearow, Suicune
Major event(s)
Ash and co. arrive at New Bark Town.

Ash signs up for the Johto League.

Pokémon: The Johto Journeys


Ash begins his journey in Johto, a largely unexplored region said to be thickly populated with Pokémon entirely new to him and his friends. After they briefly encountered a legendary Pokémon, Suicune, Ash and his friends arrive at New Bark Town to register for the Johto League. However, one of the three Johto starter Pokémon, Totodile, has been stolen by Team Rocket from Professor Elm's laboratory (and it chomped on Jessie's hair). Will Ash save the Totodile? And will he get to register for the Johto League?





  • The air date between the Japanese and English versions of this episode were exactly one year apart.
  • It can be assumed that Cyndaquil was given to Jimmy and Totodile was given to Marina, as pointed out in the Pokémon Chronicles special: Raikou, the Legend of Thunder.
  • Professor Elm assumes that Ash must be from Pallet Town based solely on the Starter Pokémon he mentioned, but it is unlikely that all new trainers in Kanto start there. Brock and Misty clearly did not as they had not been there before Ash's return before the Indigo League, and Brock's starter was Onix, which is not available from Professor Oak anyway.
  • Although the Generation II Pokémon that will be encountered in Johto had not been invented when the anime started, it seems odd that, from an in-universe perspective at least, Ash and co. would always refer to there only being 150 Pokémon (excluding individual Pokémon such as Togepi and Marill), when Johto is only a few days walk from Pallet Town and is hardly an isolated continent. Even Professor Oak, who briefed Ash on the Johto League, seemed ignorant of Pokémon outside of Kanto at times despite being in contact with people such as Kurt in the Johto region.
  • The "Who's that Pokémon?" in this episode is Chikorita.
  • In the Indigo League, Ash had to get all 8 badges before he could register. At Johto, he was able to register right away.


  • "Does anyone know the bosses area code?"

James attempting to call the boss.

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