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JE135: Beauty is Skin Deep

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Beauty is Skin Deep
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Master Quest Char. of the Day: Clair, Kaburagi
Episode №: #251 Main: Ash, Misty, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag June 6, 2002 Recurring: Jessie, James
UnitedStatesFlag May 31, 2003
Opening theme: Believe in Me Minor: Clair, Kaburagi, Lance (Flashback)
Badge(s): Zephyrbadge Hivebadge Plainbadge Fogbadge Stormbadge Mineralbadge Glacierbadge Setting: Riverhead Falls, Near Blackthorn City, Blackthorn Gym
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Misty's Togepi, Jessie's Wobbuffet, Jessie's Arbok, James' Weezing, Clair's Gyarados, Lance's Gyarados (Flashback), Clair's Dratini -> Dragonair
Major event(s)
Ash and co. get to Blackthorn City, Ash and co. meet Clair, Ash challdenges Clair to a battle, Clair's Dratini evolves into Dragonair.
Pokémon: Master Quest


With Blackthorn City just a stone's throw away, Ash gets psyched about his final Gym Battle. Misty notices a Dratini and how cute it is. Just as they were getting close to it, a Gyarados comes out of the lake and attacks them. Then a woman appears demanding what they wanted with Dratini. After things get sorted out, the woman introduces herself as Clair and she was trying to keep Dratini safe, but it goes off. Later there's an old man who tries to catch up with Clair but he tumbles over. He explains that he is the assistant to Clair, who he reveals to be the Blackthorn Gym Leader. Also He needs Clair to perform a Dragon Fang Purification ritual, But Clair says she has to protect Dratini since it's going to shed it's skin.

Will Dratini be safe until then, and will the ritual be performed before midnight?



  • Clair

Pokémon Debuts

  • Dratini (Dub)
  • Dragonair (Dub)


  • Dragon Fang


  • This episode is Part 1 of the Blackthorn City Arc.
  • Scenes from Rage of Innocence were used in a flashback about Lance.
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