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(Japanese: '''破壊の帝王グズマ!''' ''Emperor of Destruction Guzma!'') is the 115th episode of the {{series|Sun & Moon}}, and the 1,054th episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It first aired in Japan on March 31, 2019<!-- and is scheduled to air in the United States on *day*-->.
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'''The Dealer of Destruction!''' (Japanese: '''破壊の帝王グズマ!''' ''Emperor of Destruction Guzma!'') is the 115th episode of the {{series|Sun & Moon}}, and the 1,054th episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It first aired in Japan on March 31, 2019 and in the United States on August 3, 2019.
 
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<i>Professor Kukui has announced the formation of the Alola Pokémon League, and the excitement is overwhelming! Ash and friends want to enter, but someone else is determined to keep the event from launching—Guzma, the mysterious and menacing leader of Team Skull. He confronts Professor Kukui, vowing to destroy the Pokémon League, and Ash takes the opportunity to challenge him to a battle. Guzma’s Golisopod holds its own against Pikachu, but when it suddenly returns to its Poké Ball, the match ends, and Guzma returns to Team Skull’s base. Just what is the relationship between Guzma and Professor Kukui, and will the Alola Pokémon League become a reality?</i>
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
Outside the [[Pokémon School]], {{Ash}} and {{AP|Pikachu}} are busy practicing their {{type|Steel}} [[Z-Move]]. The Z-Move pose charges Pikachu with Z-Power, and he successfully executes {{m|Corkscrew Crash}}, easily drilling his way through a series of wooden obstacles set up for him. Both Ash and {{ashcl}} are excited, and they note that Pikachu can now perform three different types of Z-Moves: {{t|Normal}}, {{t|Electric}}, and Steel. {{an|Sophocles}} and {{an|Mallow}} add that seeing Ash use a Z-Move has made them want to try out one too. Just then, [[Samson Oak|Principal Oak]] exits the school building and reminds everyone of the important announcement that {{an|Professor Kukui}} is due to make at [[Aether Paradise]]. They wonder what it could be about, but Principal Oak just tells them to wait and see.
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Outside the [[Pokémon School]], {{Ash}} and {{AP|Pikachu}} are busy practicing their {{type|Steel}} [[Z-Move]] {{m|Corkscrew Crash}}, which allows Pikachu to easily drill his way through a series of wooden obstacles set up for him. Both Ash and {{ashcl}} are excited, with {{an|Sophocles}} and {{an|Mallow}} wanting to try out one too. Just then, [[Samson Oak]] exits the school building and reminds everyone of the important announcement that {{an|Professor Kukui}} is due to make at [[Aether Paradise]].
   
At Aether Paradise, a crowd and members of press have gathered, with [[Professor Burnet]] welcoming Ash and his classmates. Everybody takes a seat, and finally, {{al|Anna}} welcomes Professor Kukui to the stage. After a round of welcoming applause, a total silence falls upon the crowd as they prepare to hear the announcement. After a suspenseful pause, Kukui announces the first-ever [[Alola]]n {{al|Pokémon League}}, getting everyone excited. Kukui goes on to explain that the winner of the [[Pokémon League Conference|tournament]] will become Alola's first-ever {{pkmn|Champion}}, as well as pointing out the importance of bonds between {{pkmn|Trainer}}s and their Pokémon. The press conference, which is broadcast live across the [[region]], is being observed by people all over Alola, including {{an|Gladion}} and {{TRT}}. The Rocket trio even starts dreaming about the possibilities achievable through winning a championship, like giving the entire archipelago as a gift to {{an|Giovanni|the Boss}}.
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At Aether Paradise, a crowd and members of press have gathered, with [[Professor Burnet]] welcoming Ash and his classmates. The press conference begins, during which Professor Kukui announces the first-ever [[Alola]]n {{al|Pokémon League}}, in which the winner of the [[Pokémon League Conference|tournament]] will become Alola's first-ever {{pkmn|Champion}}. The press conference is broadcast live across the [[region]] and observed by people all over Alola, including {{an|Gladion}} and {{TRT}}. The trio starts dreaming about the possibilities achievable through winning a championship, like giving the entire archipelago as a gift to {{an|Giovanni|the Boss}}.
   
Back at Aether Paradise, Kukui presents the crowd with the five people who have agreed to support his idea: [[Island Kahuna]]s [[Hala]], [[Nanu]], [[Olivia]], and [[Hapu]], as well as [[Lusamine]] of the [[Aether Foundation]]. Ash calls out to Hapu and she replies, before Burnet tells him to stop disturbing everyone. The Kahunas then go on to mention the custom of [[island challenge]] and how it once included a long since abandoned tradition of those who had cleared all four grand trials climbing to the summit of [[Mount Lanakila]] and battling each other there. Professor Kukui has now decided to revive that tradition in a form that anyone can participate in. Lusamine adds that the Aether Foundation has decided to wholeheartedly support the idea of a Pokémon League tournament, and the curtain behind the five speakers opens up, revealing the Pokémon League construction site a short distance away from Aether Paradise. In his excitement, Kukui almost performs his Masked Royal pose and catchphrase, but covers himself at the last second, narrowly saving his alter ego from being exposed.
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Back at Aether Paradise, Kukui presents the crowd with [[Island Kahuna]]s [[Hala]], [[Nanu]], [[Olivia]], and [[Hapu]], as well as {{an|Lusamine}} of the [[Aether Foundation]], who have agreed to support his idea. The Kahunas mention the custom of [[island challenge]] and how it once included an abandoned tradition in which those who cleared all four grand trials must climb to the summit of [[Mount Lanakila]] and battle each other there, before explaining that Professor Kukui decided to revive that tradition in a form that anyone can participate in. Lusamine reveals that the Aether Foundation is building the Pokémon League stadium a short distance away from Aether Paradise.
   
After the press conference has ended, both Ash and {{an|Kiawe}} are fired up about the Pokémon League. Principal Oak then asks the rest of Ash's classmates if they'd want to join too, much to their surprise. {{an|Lana}} is quick to accept, and Sophocles also shows interest, due to his [[SM106|newly evolved]] {{TP|Sophocles|Vikavolt}}. Mallow also encourages {{an|Lillie}} to join, reminding her of the successful [[Double Battle]] she had [[SM080|a while back]]. While accepting the invitation, Mallow and Lillie are feeling uncertain about what they should do, whereas Lana is brimming with confidence. Ash expresses his happiness of the unexpected pleasure of getting to participate in a Pokémon League in Alola, which Pikachu agrees with.
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After the press conference ends, both Ash and {{an|Kiawe}} immediately decide to join the League. When Principal Oak asks the rest of Ash's classmates if they want to join too, {{an|Lana}} is quick to accept, and Sophocles also shows interest due to his [[SM106|newly evolved]] {{TP|Sophocles|Vikavolt}}. Mallow also encourages {{an|Lillie}} to join, reminding her of the successful [[Double Battle]] she had [[SM080|a while back]], though both girls are uncertain about participating.
   
At [[Ula'ula Island]]'s [[Po Town]], the base of [[Team Skull]], {{tc|Team Skull Grunt}}s are spending time at the [[Shady House]], when [[Plumeria]] suddenly enters and announces the return of their boss, [[Guzma]], who steps in through the front door, much to the Grunts' excitement. While Guzma asks everyone how they're doing, [[Tupp]], [[Rapp]], and [[Zipp]] rush in, informing Guzma about the announcement of the Pokémon League. They turn on a half-broken [[television|TV]], where a report about Kukui's League announcement is going on. The same report is also being observed by Ash, Kukui, and Burnet at Kukui's house on [[Melemele Island]]. Ash asks Kukui if he thinks the Masked Royal is going to participate in the League, and Kukui hastily comes up with an explanation that because the Masked Royal is a mysterious character, he can't be sure. Regardless of that, Ash swears to start training for the League the next day. At the Shady House, Team Skull observes how each of the Island Kahunas is interviewed regarding their thoughts about the Pokémon League, and the Grunts briefly exchange their own opinions about it as well, before Plumeria tells them to quiet down. She asks Guzma what he wants to do, and he declares that he's going to destroy the Pokémon League, telling his minions that they're going to Melemele Island.
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At [[Po Town]] in [[Ula'ula Island]], {{tc|Team Skull Grunt}}s are spending time at the [[Shady House]] when [[Plumeria]] enters and announces the return of their boss, [[Guzma]], who steps in through the front door, much to the Grunts' excitement. While Guzma asks everyone how they are doing, [[Tupp]], [[Rapp]], and [[Zipp]] rush in, informing Guzma about the announcement of the Pokémon League. They turn on a [[television|TV]] and go to a report about Kukui's League announcement. The same report is also being watched by Ash, Kukui, and Burnet at Kukui's house on [[Melemele Island]]. Ash asks Kukui if he thinks the Masked Royal is going to participate in the League, and Kukui hastily explains that because the Masked Royal is a mysterious character, he can't be sure. Regardless of that, Ash swears to start training for the League the next day. At the Shady House, Team Skull observes the interviews for each of the Island Kahunas regarding their thoughts about the Pokémon League. Plumeria asks Guzma what he wants to do, and he declares that he is going to destroy the Pokémon League. He then tells his minions that they are going to Melemele Island.
   
As the next day dawns over Alola, Ash and his [[party|team]] are running along the beach, determined to train as hard as they can. Meanwhile, in [[Hau'oli City]], Team Rocket notices a poster about the Pokémon League and decides to start training for it as well. Just then, Team Skull enters the scene, mocking the Rocket trio of their idea and performing their introduction rap. Not wanting to be outdone, Team Rocket also performs a rap version of their {{motto}}, leaving [[James]] and {{MTR}} momentarily exhausted. The Skull trio is impressed and wonder if they've seen each other before. While both trios prepare for a {{pkmn|battle}}, Guzma steps in and says that he'll deal with the Rocket trio himself, saying that it'll be a good warm-up for Kukui. He tells them to come at him all at once, swearing to destroy them. And soon enough, Team Skull exits the scene, while a defeated Team Rocket lies on the ground in their wake. As {{DL|Recurring wild Pokémon in the anime|Stufful}} approaches them, they realize what's coming, and indeed, {{an|Bewear}} then emerges and breaks out of a nearby concrete pipe, scooping up the trio, and running away.
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The next day, Ash and his [[party|team]] begin running along the beach as part of their training. Meanwhile, in [[Hau'oli City]], Team Rocket notices a poster about the Pokémon League and decides to start training for it as well. Just then, Tupp, Rapp, and Zipp arrive, mocking the trio and performing their introduction rap. Not wanting to be outdone, Team Rocket performs a rap version of their own {{motto}}, leaving [[James]] and {{MTR}} momentarily exhausted. While both trios prepare to battle, Guzma steps in and says that he will deal with the Team Rocket trio himself, saying that it will be a good warm-up for Kukui. He tells them to come at him all at once, swearing to destroy them. Soon enough, Team Skull exits the scene, while a defeated Team Rocket lies on the ground in their wake. {{an|Bewear}} then emerges from a nearby concrete pipe, scoops up Team Rocket, and runs away.
   
At Pokémon School, Kukui is in the middle of explaining the Pokémon League to his class, when Team Skull starts calling to him from the school yard, telling him to come down to talk to them. He goes down and tells them to save their talk for later, but his attitude changes when he notices and recognizes Guzma. Ash and his classmates follow Kukui to the school yard, and Plumeria tells them they can witness the match between Kukui and Guzma. Guzma emphasizes that he's not going to just battle, but destroy Kukui. He goes on to call the island challenge and Island Kahunas outdated customs and adds that a Pokémon League as unnecessary, as he already considers himself the strongest Trainer around. Kukui asks why he won't just join the League to prove his strength, but Guzma shoots down the idea. He swears to destroy the League if Kukui doesn't back down, which Kukui refuses to let happen, noting that Guzma hasn't changed at all. Ash then steps in and asks Guzma to have a Pokémon battle with him. Guzma notices Ash's [[Z-Power Ring]], and Ash tells him that he's cleared all four grand trials. Ash instantly reminds Guzma of Kukui, so he accepts his challenge. Kukui tries to talk to Ash, but he asks Kukui to leave this to him, which he agrees to, saying that he'll act as the [[Battle judge|referee]]. Guzma swears to destroy Ash, but Kukui tells Guzma not to underestimate him.
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At the Pokémon School, Kukui is in the middle of explaining the Pokémon League to his class when Team Skull starts calling to him from the schoolyard, telling him to come talk to them. He goes down and tells them to save their talk for later, but his attitude changes when he recognizes Guzma. Ash and his classmates follow Kukui to the schoolyard, and Plumeria tells them they can witness the match between Kukui and Guzma. Guzma emphasizes that he is not going to battle Kukui, but rather destroy him. He goes on to call the island challenge and Island Kahunas outdated customs and adds that a Pokémon League is just as unnecessary, as he already considers himself the strongest Trainer around. Kukui asks why he won't just join the League to prove his strength, but Guzma shoots down the idea. He swears to destroy the League if Kukui doesn't back down. Kukui refuses, noting that Guzma hasn't changed at all. Ash then steps in and asks Guzma to have a battle with him. Guzma notices Ash's [[Z-Power Ring]], and Ash tells him that he has cleared all four grand trials. Ash instantly reminds Guzma of Kukui, so he accepts his challenge. Kukui tries to talk to Ash, but he asks Kukui to leave this to him, which he agrees to, saying that he will act as the [[Battle judge|referee]]. Guzma swears to destroy Ash, but Kukui tells Guzma not to underestimate him.
   
As the two Trainers prepare for battle, Ash chooses Pikachu, while Guzma sends out {{p|Golisopod}}. {{Rotom}} scans Golisopod and gives Ash its [[Pokédex]] entry, noting that Pikachu has the [[type]] advantage over his {{t|Bug}}/{{type|Water}} opponent. However, no sooner has Kukui given the signal to start the battle, when Guzma already calls for a {{m|First Impression}}, dealing the first blow on Pikachu. Plumeria brags that no one has been able to avoid First Impression. Ash has Pikachu use {{m|Iron Tail}}, but the attack barely does anything against Golisopod's diamond-hard armor. Guzma orders a {{m|Pin Missile}}, which Pikachu counters with {{m|Electroweb}}, before using {{m|Thunderbolt}}. However, even though the [[move]] is super effective, Golisopod is able to deflect it, much to Ash and Rotom's surprise. Ash decides to put the results of his training to use and performs Corkscrew Crash with Pikachu. However, Golisopod is able to block and deflect even this Z-Move with its armor-plated hands, surprising everyone. Guzma then order Golisopod to use {{m|Liquidation}}, striking Pikachu while he's still re-orienting himself. Ash has Pikachu use {{m|Quick Attack}}, but Golisopod retalliates with {{m|Poison Jab}}, {{status|poison}}ing Pikachu in the process. The poisoned Pikachu attacks with Iron Tail, but gets stopped on his tracks by a volley of Pin Missiles from Golisopod. The Grunts are cheering for Guzma's success, while Pikachu, despite the poison and the numerous hits, is still able to stand up. Ash orders a Quick Attack, and this time, Pikachu is able to dodge the incoming Poison Jab and strike Golisopod's unarmored underside, causing the tall Bug type to flinch.
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As the two prepare to battle, Ash chooses Pikachu, while Guzma sends out {{p|Golisopod}}. {{Rotom}} scans Golisopod and gives Ash its [[Pokédex]] entry, noting that Pikachu has the [[type]] advantage over his {{t|Bug}}/{{type|Water}} opponent. However, once Kukui starts the battle, Guzma immediately calls for a {{m|First Impression}}, dealing the first blow on Pikachu. Ash has Pikachu use {{m|Iron Tail}}, but the attack is ineffective against Golisopod's diamond-hard armor. Guzma orders a {{m|Pin Missile}}, which Pikachu counters with {{m|Electroweb}} before using {{m|Thunderbolt}}. However, Golisopod deflects the normally super-effective move, much to Ash and Rotom's surprise. Ash decides to put the results of his training to use and performs Corkscrew Crash with Pikachu. However, Golisopod blocks and deflects the Z-Move with its armor-plated hands, surprising everyone. Guzma then orders Golisopod to use {{m|Liquidation}}, striking Pikachu while he is still reorienting himself. Ash has Pikachu use {{m|Quick Attack}}, but Golisopod retaliates with {{m|Poison Jab}}, {{status|poison}}ing Pikachu in the process. Pikachu attacks with Iron Tail, but gets stopped in his tracks by a volley of Pin Missiles from Golisopod. Despite the poison and the numerous hits, Pikachu is still able to stand up. Ash orders a Quick Attack, and this time, Pikachu dodges the incoming Poison Jab and strike Golisopod's unarmored underside, causing the tall Bug type to flinch.
   
Although Pikachu is getting weaker as the battle wages on, he still refuses to stay down, much to Guzma's irritation. Pikachu and Golisopod stare at each other for a moment, until Golisopod suddenly turns and uses its {{a|Emergency Exit}} to return to its [[Poké Ball]], surprising Ash and Pikachu. Guzma says that Golisopod deemed Ash so weak that it lost all interest, irritating Ash. Kukui asks if Guzma is throwing the match, and he responds that he has no interest in continuing a battle with an obvious outcome. Ash protests that he can't say that for sure unless he finishes the battle, but Guzma dismisses him. Ash's attention then turns to Pikachu, who collapses from the effects of poison. Kiawe tosses Ash a [[Pecha Berry]], which he gives to Pikachu to heal his poison. Plumeria tells Ash that he should join Team Skull, but he rejects the suggestion without a second of hesitation. Guzma declares that he will destroy the Pokémon League while all of Alola is watching, but Kukui then steps in and asks Guzma if he's going to just run away again, just like he did with the island challenge. Guzma and Kukui glare at each other for a while, until Guzma says that he almost let himself be thrown off again, and that Ash made him change his mind about destroying Kukui. He and the rest of Team Skull then turn around and walk away.
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Although Pikachu is getting weaker as the battle wages on, he still refuses to stay down, much to Guzma's irritation. Pikachu and Golisopod stare at each other for a moment, until Golisopod suddenly turns and uses its {{a|Emergency Exit}} to return to its {{i|Poké Ball}}, surprising Ash and Pikachu. Guzma says that Golisopod deemed Ash so weak that it lost all interest, irritating Ash. Kukui asks if Guzma is throwing the match, and he responds that he has no interest in continuing a battle with an obvious outcome. Ash protests that he can't say that for sure unless he finishes the battle, but Guzma dismisses him. Ash's attention then turns to Pikachu, who collapses from the effects of poison. Kiawe tosses Ash a [[Pecha Berry]], which he gives to Pikachu to heal his poison. Plumeria tells Ash that he should join Team Skull, but he rejects the suggestion without a second of hesitation. Guzma declares that he will destroy the Pokémon League while all of Alola is watching, but Kukui then steps in and asks Guzma if he's going to just run away again, just like he did with the island challenge. Guzma and Kukui glare at each other for a while, until Guzma says that he almost let himself be thrown off again, and that Ash made him change his mind about destroying Kukui. He and the rest of Team Skull then turn around and walk away.
   
Later, back at the Shady House, Tupp asks Plumeria where Guzma is, and she replies that he's making destruction plans in his room. Upstairs, Guzma recalls Kukui's words about running away, and punches the wall in front of him in frustration.
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Later, back at the Shady House, Tupp asks Plumeria where Guzma is, and she replies that he's upstairs in his room making plans for the destruction of the upcoming Pokemon League. Upstairs, Guzma recalls Kukui's words about running away, and punches the wall in front of him in frustration.
   
 
==Major events==
 
==Major events==
 
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* {{Ash}} and {{AP|Pikachu}} perform {{m|Corkscrew Crash}} for the first time.
 
* {{Ash}} and {{AP|Pikachu}} perform {{m|Corkscrew Crash}} for the first time.
* {{an|Professor Kukui}} officially announces the first-ever [[Alola League]] {{pkmn|League Conference|Conference}}, whose winner will become [[Alola]]'s first-ever {{pkmn|Champion}}.
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* {{an|Professor Kukui}} officially announces the first-ever [[Alola League]], whose winner will become [[Alola]]'s first-ever {{pkmn|Champion}}.
* Ash, {{ashcl}}, and {{TRT}} decide to participate in the Alola League Conference.
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* The {{pkmn|League Conference}} is revealed to be held at a [[Manalo Stadium|yet-to-be-completed stadium]] near [[Aether Paradise]].
* Ash, his classmates, and Team Rocket meet the [[Team Skull]] Boss [[Guzma]] for the first time.
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* Ash, {{an|Lana}}, {{an|Kiawe}}, {{an|Sophocles}}, and {{TRT}} decide to participate in the Alola League, while {{an|Mallow}} and {{an|Lillie}} consider doing so too.
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* Ash, {{ashcl}}, and Team Rocket meet the [[Team Skull]] Boss [[Guzma]] for the first time.
 
* Ash's classmates and Team Rocket meet [[Plumeria]] for the first time.
 
* Ash's classmates and Team Rocket meet [[Plumeria]] for the first time.
* Team Rocket has a {{pkmn|battle}} with Guzma, but they are defeated.
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* Team Rocket has a {{pkmn|battle}} with Guzma and are defeated.
 
* Ash has a battle with Guzma, but the battle ends when Guzma's {{p|Golisopod}} activates its {{a|Emergency Exit}} [[Ability]].
 
* Ash has a battle with Guzma, but the battle ends when Guzma's {{p|Golisopod}} activates its {{a|Emergency Exit}} [[Ability]].
 
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* [[Samson Oak]]
 
* [[Samson Oak]]
 
* {{an|Gladion}}
 
* {{an|Gladion}}
* [[Lusamine]]
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* {{an|Lusamine}}
 
* [[Professor Burnet]]
 
* [[Professor Burnet]]
 
* [[Hala]]
 
* [[Hala]]
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** [[Rapp]]
 
** [[Rapp]]
 
** [[Zipp]]
 
** [[Zipp]]
** [[Akitoshi]]
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** [[Okazaki]]
 
* {{al|Anna}}
 
* {{al|Anna}}
 
* Newscaster
 
* Newscaster
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===Pokémon===
 
===Pokémon===
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[[File:WTP SM115.png|thumb|200px|Who's That Pokémon?]]
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[[Who's That Pokémon?]]: {{p|Trubbish}} ''(US and international)'', {{p|Wobbuffet}} ''(Japan)''
 
* {{p|Pikachu}} ({{OP|Ash|Pikachu}})
 
* {{p|Pikachu}} ({{OP|Ash|Pikachu}})
 
* {{p|Meowth}} ({{TRM}})
 
* {{p|Meowth}} ({{TRM}})
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** Choices: [[Rapp]], [[Plumeria]], [[Nanu]], [[Guzma]]
 
** Choices: [[Rapp]], [[Plumeria]], [[Nanu]], [[Guzma]]
 
** Answer: Guzma
 
** Answer: Guzma
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* The English dub was released on [[Amazon Video]] on July 24, 2019, on [[Google Play]] on July 25, 2019, and on the [[iTunes Store]] on July 26, 2019, ten, nine, and eight days before the episode aired in {{pmin|the United States}}, respectively.
 
* {{TP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}}'s cries from the [[Who's That Pokémon?|Dare da?]] segment merge into its cry in the episode proper, right when {{TRT}} is defeated by Guzma.
 
* {{TP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}}'s cries from the [[Who's That Pokémon?|Dare da?]] segment merge into its cry in the episode proper, right when {{TRT}} is defeated by Guzma.
** For an unknown reason, Wobbuffet has a white outline around its body during the segment.
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** For an unknown reason, Wobbuffet has a white outline around his body during the segment.
 
* There is no dialogue during the first part of the Dare da? segment, aside from {{AP|Pikachu}}.
 
* There is no dialogue during the first part of the Dare da? segment, aside from {{AP|Pikachu}}.
 
* Team Rocket performs their {{DL|Team Rocket mottos|original motto}} in this episode.
 
* Team Rocket performs their {{DL|Team Rocket mottos|original motto}} in this episode.
 
* This is the first time the Team Rocket trio has fought directly against the leader of another [[villainous teams|villainous team]].
 
* This is the first time the Team Rocket trio has fought directly against the leader of another [[villainous teams|villainous team]].
* [[Lusamine]], {{an|Lillie}}, [[Hobbes]], and {{an|Gladion}} narrate the preview for the [[SM116|next episode]].
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* {{an|Lusamine}}, {{an|Lillie}}, [[Hobbes]], and {{an|Gladion}} narrate the preview for the [[SM116|next episode]].
   
 
===Errors===
 
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===Dub edits===
 
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* The Japanese text depicting {{m|Corkscrew Crash}}'s name is edited out in the dub.
   
 
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Latest revision as of 20:25, 6 September 2019

SM114 : Beauty is Only Crystal Deep!
Sun & Moon series
SM116 : The Secret Princess!
The Dealer of Destruction!
SM115.png
SM115   EP1054
破壊の帝王グズマ!
Emperor of Destruction Guzma!
First broadcast
Japan March 31, 2019
United States July 24, 2019*
July 25, 2019*
July 26, 2019*
August 3, 2019*
English themes
Opening The Challenge of Life
Ending
Japanese themes
Opening キミの冒険
Ending 心のノート
Credits
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
Storyboard 毛利和昭 Kazuaki Mōri
Assistant director 毛利和昭 Kazuaki Mōri
Animation directors 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
大橋藍人 Aito Ōhashi
No additional credits are available at this time.

The Dealer of Destruction! (Japanese: 破壊の帝王グズマ! Emperor of Destruction Guzma!) is the 115th episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 1,054th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on March 31, 2019 and in the United States on August 3, 2019.

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Contents

Blurb

Professor Kukui has announced the formation of the Alola Pokémon League, and the excitement is overwhelming! Ash and friends want to enter, but someone else is determined to keep the event from launching—Guzma, the mysterious and menacing leader of Team Skull. He confronts Professor Kukui, vowing to destroy the Pokémon League, and Ash takes the opportunity to challenge him to a battle. Guzma’s Golisopod holds its own against Pikachu, but when it suddenly returns to its Poké Ball, the match ends, and Guzma returns to Team Skull’s base. Just what is the relationship between Guzma and Professor Kukui, and will the Alola Pokémon League become a reality?

Plot

Outside the Pokémon School, Ash and Pikachu are busy practicing their Steel-type Z-Move Corkscrew Crash, which allows Pikachu to easily drill his way through a series of wooden obstacles set up for him. Both Ash and his classmates are excited, with Sophocles and Mallow wanting to try out one too. Just then, Samson Oak exits the school building and reminds everyone of the important announcement that Professor Kukui is due to make at Aether Paradise.

At Aether Paradise, a crowd and members of press have gathered, with Professor Burnet welcoming Ash and his classmates. The press conference begins, during which Professor Kukui announces the first-ever Alolan Pokémon League, in which the winner of the tournament will become Alola's first-ever Champion. The press conference is broadcast live across the region and observed by people all over Alola, including Gladion and Team Rocket. The trio starts dreaming about the possibilities achievable through winning a championship, like giving the entire archipelago as a gift to the Boss.

Back at Aether Paradise, Kukui presents the crowd with Island Kahunas Hala, Nanu, Olivia, and Hapu, as well as Lusamine of the Aether Foundation, who have agreed to support his idea. The Kahunas mention the custom of island challenge and how it once included an abandoned tradition in which those who cleared all four grand trials must climb to the summit of Mount Lanakila and battle each other there, before explaining that Professor Kukui decided to revive that tradition in a form that anyone can participate in. Lusamine reveals that the Aether Foundation is building the Pokémon League stadium a short distance away from Aether Paradise.

After the press conference ends, both Ash and Kiawe immediately decide to join the League. When Principal Oak asks the rest of Ash's classmates if they want to join too, Lana is quick to accept, and Sophocles also shows interest due to his newly evolved Vikavolt. Mallow also encourages Lillie to join, reminding her of the successful Double Battle she had a while back, though both girls are uncertain about participating.

At Po Town in Ula'ula Island, Team Skull Grunts are spending time at the Shady House when Plumeria enters and announces the return of their boss, Guzma, who steps in through the front door, much to the Grunts' excitement. While Guzma asks everyone how they are doing, Tupp, Rapp, and Zipp rush in, informing Guzma about the announcement of the Pokémon League. They turn on a TV and go to a report about Kukui's League announcement. The same report is also being watched by Ash, Kukui, and Burnet at Kukui's house on Melemele Island. Ash asks Kukui if he thinks the Masked Royal is going to participate in the League, and Kukui hastily explains that because the Masked Royal is a mysterious character, he can't be sure. Regardless of that, Ash swears to start training for the League the next day. At the Shady House, Team Skull observes the interviews for each of the Island Kahunas regarding their thoughts about the Pokémon League. Plumeria asks Guzma what he wants to do, and he declares that he is going to destroy the Pokémon League. He then tells his minions that they are going to Melemele Island.

The next day, Ash and his team begin running along the beach as part of their training. Meanwhile, in Hau'oli City, Team Rocket notices a poster about the Pokémon League and decides to start training for it as well. Just then, Tupp, Rapp, and Zipp arrive, mocking the trio and performing their introduction rap. Not wanting to be outdone, Team Rocket performs a rap version of their own motto, leaving James and Meowth momentarily exhausted. While both trios prepare to battle, Guzma steps in and says that he will deal with the Team Rocket trio himself, saying that it will be a good warm-up for Kukui. He tells them to come at him all at once, swearing to destroy them. Soon enough, Team Skull exits the scene, while a defeated Team Rocket lies on the ground in their wake. Bewear then emerges from a nearby concrete pipe, scoops up Team Rocket, and runs away.

At the Pokémon School, Kukui is in the middle of explaining the Pokémon League to his class when Team Skull starts calling to him from the schoolyard, telling him to come talk to them. He goes down and tells them to save their talk for later, but his attitude changes when he recognizes Guzma. Ash and his classmates follow Kukui to the schoolyard, and Plumeria tells them they can witness the match between Kukui and Guzma. Guzma emphasizes that he is not going to battle Kukui, but rather destroy him. He goes on to call the island challenge and Island Kahunas outdated customs and adds that a Pokémon League is just as unnecessary, as he already considers himself the strongest Trainer around. Kukui asks why he won't just join the League to prove his strength, but Guzma shoots down the idea. He swears to destroy the League if Kukui doesn't back down. Kukui refuses, noting that Guzma hasn't changed at all. Ash then steps in and asks Guzma to have a battle with him. Guzma notices Ash's Z-Power Ring, and Ash tells him that he has cleared all four grand trials. Ash instantly reminds Guzma of Kukui, so he accepts his challenge. Kukui tries to talk to Ash, but he asks Kukui to leave this to him, which he agrees to, saying that he will act as the referee. Guzma swears to destroy Ash, but Kukui tells Guzma not to underestimate him.

As the two prepare to battle, Ash chooses Pikachu, while Guzma sends out Golisopod. Rotom scans Golisopod and gives Ash its Pokédex entry, noting that Pikachu has the type advantage over his Bug/Water-type opponent. However, once Kukui starts the battle, Guzma immediately calls for a First Impression, dealing the first blow on Pikachu. Ash has Pikachu use Iron Tail, but the attack is ineffective against Golisopod's diamond-hard armor. Guzma orders a Pin Missile, which Pikachu counters with Electroweb before using Thunderbolt. However, Golisopod deflects the normally super-effective move, much to Ash and Rotom's surprise. Ash decides to put the results of his training to use and performs Corkscrew Crash with Pikachu. However, Golisopod blocks and deflects the Z-Move with its armor-plated hands, surprising everyone. Guzma then orders Golisopod to use Liquidation, striking Pikachu while he is still reorienting himself. Ash has Pikachu use Quick Attack, but Golisopod retaliates with Poison Jab, poisoning Pikachu in the process. Pikachu attacks with Iron Tail, but gets stopped in his tracks by a volley of Pin Missiles from Golisopod. Despite the poison and the numerous hits, Pikachu is still able to stand up. Ash orders a Quick Attack, and this time, Pikachu dodges the incoming Poison Jab and strike Golisopod's unarmored underside, causing the tall Bug type to flinch.

Although Pikachu is getting weaker as the battle wages on, he still refuses to stay down, much to Guzma's irritation. Pikachu and Golisopod stare at each other for a moment, until Golisopod suddenly turns and uses its Emergency Exit to return to its Poké Ball, surprising Ash and Pikachu. Guzma says that Golisopod deemed Ash so weak that it lost all interest, irritating Ash. Kukui asks if Guzma is throwing the match, and he responds that he has no interest in continuing a battle with an obvious outcome. Ash protests that he can't say that for sure unless he finishes the battle, but Guzma dismisses him. Ash's attention then turns to Pikachu, who collapses from the effects of poison. Kiawe tosses Ash a Pecha Berry, which he gives to Pikachu to heal his poison. Plumeria tells Ash that he should join Team Skull, but he rejects the suggestion without a second of hesitation. Guzma declares that he will destroy the Pokémon League while all of Alola is watching, but Kukui then steps in and asks Guzma if he's going to just run away again, just like he did with the island challenge. Guzma and Kukui glare at each other for a while, until Guzma says that he almost let himself be thrown off again, and that Ash made him change his mind about destroying Kukui. He and the rest of Team Skull then turn around and walk away.

Later, back at the Shady House, Tupp asks Plumeria where Guzma is, and she replies that he's upstairs in his room making plans for the destruction of the upcoming Pokemon League. Upstairs, Guzma recalls Kukui's words about running away, and punches the wall in front of him in frustration.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.

Debuts

Humans

Pokémon debuts

Characters

Humans

Dare da?

Pokémon

Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Trubbish (US and international), Wobbuffet (Japan)

Trivia

Errors

Dub edits

  • The Japanese text depicting Corkscrew Crash's name is edited out in the dub.

In other languages



SM114 : Beauty is Only Crystal Deep!
Sun & Moon series
SM116 : The Secret Princess!
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