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JE030: Tricks of the Trade

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Tricks of the Trade
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: The Johto Journeys Char. of the Day: Benny
Episode №: #146 Main: Ash Ketchum, Brock, Misty
Aired: JapanFlag May 4, 2000 Recurring: Jessie, James, Benny
UnitedStatesFlag March 24, 2001
Opening theme: Pokémon Johto Minor: Professor Oak
Badge(s): Zephyrbadge Hivebadge Setting:
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Ash's Tauros, Team Rocket's Meowth, Ash's Chikorita, Misty's Togepi, Misty's Psyduck, Jessie's/Benny's Lickitung, Benny's/Jessie's Wobbuffet, James' Victreebel, Snubbull, Tauros(group), Gligar, Marill, Sunflora, Sentret, Stantler, Scyther, Hoppip, Butterfree, Farfetch'd, Voltorb, Doduo, Mankey, Starmie, Raticate, Raichu, Sandslash, Wigglytuff, Oddish, Venonat, Machoke, Bellsprout, Golem, Slowpoke, Drowzee, Krabby, Exeggutor, Rhyhorn, Chansey, Magikarp, Hoothoot, Mareep, Ledyba, Bellossom, Quagsire, Pineco, Scizor, Donphan, Blissey
Major event(s)
Jessie Trades Her Lickitung for a Wobbuffet, Ash sends his Heracross to Prof. Oak's Lab and switches it with his Tauros
Pokémon: The Johto Journeys

Episode Plot

With Goldenrod City as their new destination, Ash and co. end up in a town with an annual Tauros festival. While there they meet a boy who wants to trade his Wobbuffet for another Pokémon. Elsewhere Team Rocket comes up with another plan to steal Pokémon. Will it work, will the young man have his Wobbuffet traded for something else, and why does that salesman look familiar?


  • The Magikarp salesman returns in this episode.
  • Despite capturing Tauros in a green Safari Ball, Ash uses a regular red PokeBall to release it here.
  • The running of the Tauros event is based on the Running of the Bulls, an annual event that takes place in the real world city of Pampona, Spain, upon which the town in this episode is named.
  • The "Who's that Pokémon?" in this episode is Wooper.


  • "I'll take it! I'll take it! I... Hey wait a minute, this situation seems strangely familiar. I once bought a Magikarp from this salesman on the St. Anne and he looked an awful lot like... AH! You're that shyster who swindled me before!"

James having Deja Vu.

  • "I don't under-... Unless... It must've happened in the real machine. Which means this Wobbuffet belongs to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee."

~Jessie when she realizes she traded Pokémon.


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