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Team Rocket Blasts Off!

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Team Rocket Blasts Off!
ISBN: 9780439154185
Published: January 2000
Publisher: Scholastic
Author: Tracey West
Preceded By: Night in the Haunted Tower
Succeeded By: Charizard, Go!

Team Rocket Blasts Off! by Tracey West is the fifth book in the adaption of the Pokémon anime. It focuses on the Team Rocket trio of Jessie, James, and Meowth. It was published by Scholastic, and is 87 pages in length.

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This novel follows the basic plot of The Battle of the Badge but expands the story to include flashbacks from Team Rocket's past.

When Team Rocket steals Misty's Togepi and presents it to Giovanni, he is upset because the baby Pokémon is not useful to him. But before Giovanni can scold the trio, he receives an urgent call about trouble with his ultimate Pokémon. He hurries out of the room, reluctantly putting Jessie, James, and Meowth in charge of the Viridian Gym. In their excitement, Togepi wanders away.

While searching for Togepi in the basement of the gym, the trio stumble upon a computer database of Team Rocket's members. While reading their files, the trio reminisce about one of their first battles with Ash, their fashion salon scam, and their encounter with Todd Snap. Frustrated by their failures, the trio decide to disband.

As the three Rockets storm away from each other, they realize that their experiences with Team Rocket may have given them many hardships, but they have also had good times with each other and become close friends. Reunited, the trio decide to go back upstairs and run the Gym.

Meanwhile, Ash and his friends continue their search for Togepi. When they finally find it, they run into Gary, who has been beaten by an unknown, incredibly powerful Pokémon of Giovanni's. As they ponder what kind of Pokémon it must be, the reunited Team Rocket trio reappear.

Team Rocket explain to Ash that they are currently the Gym Leaders, much to his shock. They challenge Ash to a battle with Pokémon owned by the Gym, but there is a twist: every time one of Ash's Pokémon takes damage, Ash is inflicted with pain too. At first the battle is looking good for Team Rocket, but when Ash's Squirtle attacks and Jessie is shocked, they realize that they accidentally left the pain shocker on their side too. Eventually, Team Rocket loses the battle and are forced to award Ash the Earth Badge. The story ends with Team Rocket blasting off again, vowing to one day capture Pikachu.


Prepare for Trouble!
And make it double! When Team Rocket's boss leaves Jessie and James in charge, they become Gym Leaders. And Team Rocket doesn't fight fair.
Jessie and James are determined to finally defeat Ash and get their hands on his Pikachu. No matter what it takes.

Major Events


Pokémon Debuts



  • The page numbers on this book have a picture of Meowth next to them instead of the usual image of Pikachu. This is likely due to the book focusing on Team Rocket and not Ash and his friends. However, in Prepare for Trouble, the next book focusing on Team Rocket, the Meowth images are not used.


  • On page 77, the image displays a Pidgeot and a Nidoking. Neither of these Pokémon appear in the book otherwise; the Pokémon displayed should have been a Pidgeotto and a Rhydon instead.
    • Similarly, a Krabby appears on page 63, though Krabby does not make an appearance in the book. Instead, the image should have been of a Kingler.

In other languages

  • Canadian French: Team Rocket à l'attaque
  • Polish: Zespół R w akcji

Pokémon anime novelizations
Original series: I Choose You!Island of the Giant PokémonAttack of the Prehistoric PokémonNight in the Haunted Tower
Team Rocket Blasts Off!Charizard, Go!Splashdown in Cerulean CityReturn of the Squirtle Squad
Orange Islands: Journey to the Orange IslandsSecret of the Pink PokémonThe Four-Star ChallengeScyther, Heart of a Champion
Race to DangerTalent ShowdownPsyduck Ducks OutThundershock in Pummelo Stadium
The Johto Journeys: Go West, Young AshAsh Ketchum, Pokémon DetectivePrepare for TroubleBattle for the Zephyr Badge
The Chikorita ChallengeAll Fired UpAsh to the RescueSecrets of the GS BallPrize Pokémon
Teaming Up With TotodileTough EnoughWinner Takes All
Advanced Generation: Haunted!Phantom UnmaskedTeam Rocket TruceCelebi RescueGrovyle TroubleDeoxys in Danger
Diamond & Pearl: Pokémon AcademyThe Lost RioluCoal Badge BattleWorld of Sinnoh
Movies: The Art of Pokémon The First MovieThe Art of Pokémon the Movie 2000The Art of Pokémon the Movie 3: Spell of the Unown
Mewtwo Strikes BackMewtwo ReturnsPokémon the Movie 2000Pokémon the Movie 3Pokémon 4Ever
Destiny DeoxysLucario and the Mystery of MewPokémon Ranger and the Temple of the SeaThe Rise of Darkrai
Pikachu's VacationPikachu's Rescue AdventurePikachu and Pichu
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