| Duels of the Jungle!
Duels of the Jungle! (Japanese: 襲撃！はぐれマニューラ！！ Attack! The Stray Manyula!!) is the 185th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 459th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on July 27, 2006, and in the United States on January 13, 2007.
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On the way to Fennel Valley, Ash's Aipom scampers away and runs into a Weavile with an attitude. Aipom's up for a battle, but Weavile deals it a harsh defeat! Luckily, Ash and his friends meet a passing wilderness guardian named Kerrigan, who lets Aipom rest at his home. Kerrigan explains that the Weavile belonged to a local group of Weavile and Sneasel, but now it's alone and challenges any Trainer's Pokémon it sees. Ash resolves to help Kerrigan find the stray Weavile before anyone else is hurt.
Team Rocket wants to find Weavile, but once they do, it's not interested in joining their gang. Ash and his friends can't seem to get through to the Weavile, either. Then a Sneasel shows up on the scene, and the truth comes out! The stray Weavile was leader of the Weavile and Sneasel group, until another Weavile came and beat it in a battle for leadership. However, the new leader turned out to be a bully, and so Sneasel left the group as well.
That's when the Weavile leader shows up to bring Sneasel back. Ash challenges the stray Weavile to stand up for itself and help Sneasel, and both Weavile decide to battle. The stray Weavile comes out the winner and becomes leader once again. The losing Pokémon won't be left out in the cold this time, because Sneasel asks both Weavile to cooperate with each other—and they agree! Now the forest will once again be at peace, and our heroes can continue their journey to Ash's rematch with Brandon!
The episode started off with Ash and his friends walking through the woods with Aipom and Pikachu walking outside of their Poké Balls. Ash was ready and raring to go to fight Brandon of the Battle Pyramid. Finally, after a long while in the woods, Ash and the others made it out and to a field.
Everyone decided to take a rest while Aipom and Pikachu ran off to play. Aipom, interested in the flowers, wandered off and got lost and came face-to-face with a wild Weavile. The Weavile challenged Aipom to a battle and proceeded to use Shadow Ball; the explosion alerted the gang that Aipom was in trouble. Once the gang caught up to Aipom, May scanned the Weavile with her Pokédex. Ash asked if the Weavile wants to battle, to which it replied with another Shadow Ball. The gang moves out of harms way, only to be attacked by another Shadow Ball.
Ash angrily battled the Weavile, making his Pikachu use Thunderbolt. Weavile dodged the attack swiftly and used yet another Shadow Ball. Pikachu tried to dodge, but got caught in the explosion. Aipom quickly covered for Pikachu. Ash ordered Aipom to use Swift, but Weavile dodged. Ash told Aipom to use Double Team and go into another Swift. Once Aipom was close enough, she used Swift again. Still, Weavile was able to dodge it and went straight into a Shadow Ball attack, hurting Aipom. Aipom was immediately knocked out.
The gang looked to see Weavile was gone. A man ran over, asking if they were okay. He saw Aipom and said he had a hut in the woods; a nice place for Aipom to rest. The gang followed him.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket were eating their rice balls, watching the whole thing. Meowth said it'd be best if they stayed away from the Weavile, but Jessie had other plans. She was eager to catch it. Meowth claimed that they were going to give it to the Boss, but Jessie wanted it all to herself. Angrily, claimed he wanted to fight the Weavile himself.
The episode switches to a small cabin in the woods. The man from earlier introduces himself as Kerrigan, part of the Wilderness Guard Core. He's the one that watches over the forest. After the gang introduces themselves, they inquire about the Weavile. Kerrigan says the Weavile is a stray and that there is a gang of both Weavile and Sneasel. He claims that Weavile had left the group and now challenges random Trainers to battle it. Kerrigan decides it'd be best if he went outside and searched around. The gang decides to tag along, leaving Aipom to rest after her harsh battle.
The episode switches to the stray Weavile. It begins to have a flashback about it and a female Sneasel in the rain. It seemed to have come from a harsh battle, limping away. After the flashback, Weavile jumps down from the tree it was in and runs off.
Meanwhile, the gang and Kerrigan are searching for Weavile. They come to a spot where Kerrigan says he's seen Weavile many times. When there are no Weavile in sight, Max gets an idea to use Pikachu to sniff out the Weavile. Pikachu sniffs the air and runs off with the gang right behind.
Again, the episode goes back to the stray Weavile, looking in a river and watching its reflection. Meowth approaches the Weavile dressed as a fellow Weavile. Jessie and James watch as Meowth talks to the Weavile. Weavile doesn't seem to buy that Meowth is a fellow Weavile at all, even smacking his hand away when Meowth wanted to shake. Weavile seemed to threaten Meowth as Meowth ran away nervously. Meowth says that the Weavile threatened to use Meowth as a target. Jessie, unsatisfied with Meowth's claims, angrily threatens to do worse to Meowth if he didn't get back out there and talk to the Weavile. Before Meowth can react, the gang shows up. Pikachu runs over to Weavile and begins to talk to it.
Meowth then translates for Jessie and James, saying that Pikachu asked what Weavile was doing, to which Weavile replied that it didn't need to answer that question. After that, Meowth couldn't follow. Jessie angrily stood up, yelling at Meowth and revealing their position to the gang. After their motto, Jessie throws herself at Weavile's feet.
Soon, a Sneasel runs over, happy to see the stray Weavile. Meowth begins to translate their conversation. Weavile asks the Sneasel why she had followed it, to which Sneasel replies that she wasn't following the Weavile, she was escaping from the rogue Weavile that that particular stray Weavile had fought with for leadership. A flashback shows the fierce battle between the two Weavile and shows how the stray had gotten those three scars on its cheek. Weavile had lost and that was why it became a stray.
Weavile claimed that its motives behind attacking the random Trainers was to be big and tough and show everyone what its made of. The female Sneasel was sick of being pushed around by the rogue Weavile, which turned out to be extremely mean, so she ran away from the group. Immediately following the speech, the rogue Weavile shows up. The Sneasel cowers behind the stray Weavile, to which Jessie responded that the Weavile was hers. Weavile, angered by her, blasted her and the other two away with a Shadow Ball.
With some encouraging words from Ash, the battle between the four Weavile and the stray Weavile ensued. First, the three Weavile attacked, but were in turn attacked by Ash's Pikachu. The rogue Weavile looked angry and attacked the stray. The battle begun with both Weavile running along the river bank. The rogue used Shadow Ball. This was easily dodged by the stray who also used Shadow Ball. The Shadow Ball hit the water, splashing it up between the two. The rogue Weavile came through the water and tried to slash Weavile's face with its claws. Weavile was able to block the attack with its own claws and send the rogue Weavile flying into the water. It then used Shadow Ball where the rogue splashed into the river.
Unfortunately, the other Weavile was able to escape. It used Shadow Ball on the stray Weavile. Weavile remembered its previous battle with the rogue Weavile and knew it was planning on using the Shadow Ball as a distraction to scratch Weavile's face. Weavile dodged the Shadow Ball and saw the Weavile coming at it, but was able to use its claws to the throw the rogue away. Weavile landed on the ground beside the riverbank. The stray jumped on top of the rogue Weavile and thrust its claws at it. The rogue thought it was over and tightly shut its eyes. Without feeling an impact, the rogue looked up to see the stray's claws were only right above its face. The stray had regained its place as the leader.
Both the new leader and the rogue Weavile made a truce with Sneasel's help. The Weavile, after thanking Ash, walked off in peace to go back to their group.
Ash and his friends went back to the cabin, finding a fully recovered Aipom. The gang said goodbye to Kerrigan. Aipom happily ran off, to which Ash said 'that Aipom's nuts'. They soon chased after Aipom, happily going to the Battle Pyramid.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
- When Ash motivates Weavile in the English dub, he says "You let that Weavile walk all over you before" despite the fact that it stood up to and battled the rogue Weavile to defend its tribe's leadership.
- The instrumental version of 小さきもの A Small Thing from Jirachi: Wish Maker was used as background music.
- Aipom remains outside of her Poké Ball throughout this episode.
- This is the first time that gender differences are shown in the anime, as the female Sneasel has a smaller ear feather than males.
- Ash's Aipom takes damage from Weavile's Shadow Ball even though Ghost-type attacks do not affect Normal-type Pokémon. This is an example of anime physics. Later, Weavile threatens Meowth with Shadow Ball and he becomes scared, reinforcing this.
- When Pikachu tracks down Weavile, its right ear feather is gray instead of red.
- Weavile's left ear feather is gray as well just before blasting Team Rocket off.
In other languages
|Dutch||Duel in de Jungle|
|European French||Duel dans la forêt|
|Italian||In lotta per il territorio|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Duelos da Selva|
|Spanish||Latin America||¡Duelos de la Selva!|
|Spain||Duelos en la jungla|
|Swedish||Duell i den djupaste skogen|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|