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XY012: To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler!

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To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler!
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon the Series: XY Char. of the Day: Dolan
Episode №: #813 Main: Ash, Serena, Clemont, Bonnie
Aired: JapanFlag Jan-09-2014 Recurring: Officer Jenny
UnitedStatesFlag Apr-05-2014
Opening theme: Pokémon Theme Song (XY) Minor:
Badge(s): Bug Badge Setting:
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Clemont's Dedenne, Ash's Fletchling, Clemont's Chespin, Ash's Froakie, Officer Jenny's Manectric, Dolan's Diggersby, Viola's Vivillon (Flashback), Nurse Joy's Wigglytuff, Pikachu (evolves;fantasy), Raichu (newly evolved;fantasy)

Multiples of Pokémon: Scatterbug (One evolves), Spewpa (one newly evolved; all evolved), Vivillon (newly evolved)

Pokémon the Series: XY

To Catch a Pokémon Smuggler! (Japanese: ポケモンバイヤーを捕まえろ!コフーライ偽装作戦!! Catch the Pokémon Buyer! Spewpa Impersonation Strategy!!) is the 12th episode of Pokémon the Series: XY.

Episode Plot

On the road to Cyllage City, the heroes are forced to leap out of the way when a roaring truck barrels down on them, with Officer Jenny in close pursuit. When the dust clears, Ash and friends notice a cage that fell off the truck, and a weary Scatterbug that crawls out and collapses. They quickly scoop it up and take it to the nearest Pokémon Center, where Officer Jenny finds them—and tries to arrest Ash for being an accomplice in stealing the Scatterbug.

The misunderstanding is quickly sorted out. Officer Jenny explains that she's on the trail of Dolan, a Pokémon smuggler who specializes in Scatterbug, Spewpa, and Vivillon. Because Vivillon can have wings of many different colors and patterns based on their native habitat, they’re highly prized by collectors, and Dolan takes full advantage of that.

When the Scatterbug they rescued evolves into Spewpa, Clemont notices something in its fur—it appears to be a transmitter, attached by the smuggler so he can keep track of his "merchandise." They quickly develop a plan: one of them will wear the transmitter, plus a Spewpa disguise (provided by costume designer Serena) and act as bait, then Clemont will use one of his inventions to track the transmitter to Dolan's secret hideout. Clemont's Chespin is the closest to Spewpa's size, so it gets the job.

Ash, Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie put the disguised Chespin in the cage and leave it for Dolan to find, while they and Officer Jenny hide nearby. And the plan works — Dolan arrives to claim his lost treasure, and then unwittingly leads the heroes to the cave where he's keeping all the Pokémon he's nabbed. When he catches the heroes poking around, he attacks with his Diggersby. Ash's Froakie battles back — and then Spewpa leaps into the fray, evolves into a beautiful purple Vivillon, and uses its calming powers to take the fight right out of Dolan. Officer Jenny arrests him, and the heroes free all the captured Spewpa...who then evolve all at once, into Vivillon of many different patterns. They take to the sky in an amazing rainbow of colors, and the heroes' journey continues.




  • Vivillon (Continental, Icy Snow, Elegant, Sun Patterns, Garden and Savannah)
  • Diggersby




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