|Battling the Bully!
Battling the Bully! (Japanese: ダブルバトル！ピカチュウ・ワルビルVSペンドラー・ガマゲロゲ！！ Double Battle! Pikachu and Waruvile VS Pendror and Gamageroge!!) is the 65th episode of Pokémon the Series: Black & White, and the 722nd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on February 2, 2012 and in the United States on June 9, 2012.
Standing in front of an angry Krokorok, our heroes suddenly realize they’ve seen this Pokémon before. Krokorok rushes to challenges its main rival, Pikachu, to a battle, but their ensuing attacks cause the Pokémon to collide, sending Pikachu and Krokorok flying.
Pikachu lands in the arms of a boy named Mick, who has never seen a Pikachu before, although it seems that his friend Sean has. Mick and Sean also know a young bully named Glenn, who wants to battle the two of them. When confronted by Glenn, Sean nervously agrees to fight, but Mick leaves abruptly, saying he’ll battle them later with a powerful Pokémon like they’ve never seen before!
When our heroes find Pikachu and Mick, Mick says wistfully that he has never beaten Sean or Glenn at anything. He asks if he can use Pikachu to challenge them. Ash agrees, and our heroes help Mick with some training. Ash and Tepig battle Mick and Pikachu, giving Mick some pointers and improving his battle skills.
Meanwhile, Sean and Glenn have had a battle using Sean’s dad’s Pokémon, but Glenn wants to battle again—this time with Mick. With a bullying swagger, he demands that Sean get two more Pokémon from his dad so they can have a Double Battle. But Mick has only Pikachu.
Then who should step up but Krokorok? With Krokorok volunteering to be in Mick’s party, the battle begins. Glenn refuses to listen to Sean’s advice, and Mick wins the bout, but Glenn wants revenge. When Ash stops Sean, Glenn apologizes, and the three budding Trainers are friends again.
Krokorok still has a score to settle with Pikachu but is defeated. Krokorok sadly prepares to leave, but Ash asks Krokorok if it would like to go with him. The answer is a resounding yes, and our heroes again set their sights on Mistralton City, with Krokorok as the newest member of their family!
Ash and his friends are suddenly attacked by a Krokorok wearing sunglasses. Pikachu prepares to battle him, and the Krokorok immediately attacks with Crunch. Iris recognizes the Krokorok as the Sandile from the hot springs that evolved at some point, and Krokorok confirms this. Iris asks why Krokorok would follow him all the way here, and Krokorok responds by saying that he wants to battle Pikachu. Ash is thrilled by this and ready to battle. He orders Pikachu to use Iron Tail, which Krokorok avoids with Dig. He surfaces behind Pikachu and prepares to use Crunch on him. Pikachu dodges the attack, and Krokorok fires off a Stone Edge attack. Ash orders Pikachu to use Electro Ball, which creates an explosion that sends both Krokorok and Pikachu flying.
Pikachu hurtles down a hill, where he ends up in the arms of a young boy named Mick, who immediately gets zapped by Pikachu's Thunderbolt upon landing. Mick studies Pikachu, and he believes him to be a pre-evolved form of Zekrom since he used Thunderbolt and came from the sky. He begs the confused Pokémon to befriend him, then goes off to show his two friends Glenn and Sean. Glenn is impressed that Mick found such a rare Pokémon, and immediately takes the Mouse Pokémon from him. Sean, however, confirms that the Pokémon is a Pikachu, saying that he saw one back when his family traveled to Saffron City. Glenn asks for a battle, but Mick leaves, telling them he has to do an errand for his mom.
Meanwhile, Ash, Iris, and Cilan are all calling out for Pikachu. The Krokorok appears to them, also looking for Pikachu senses his presence, and the three follow him. Mick asks if Pikachu came from Kanto, which Pikachu confirms. He asks for what moves he can use, and a voice from out of nowhere answers and says Pikachu knows Quick Attack, Iron Tail, and Electro Ball. The voice is revealed to have come from Ash, who happily reunites with Pikachu. He, Iris, and Cilan introduce themselves to Mick, who introduces himself and then asks Ash to borrow his Pikachu so he can beat Glenn and Sean in a battle. Cilan asks for a full story. A flashback shows Glenn and Sean battling with a Patrat and a Blitzle. Iris says that the three of them are too young to be Trainers, but Cilan says that a make-believe battle is perfectly fine. Back in the flashback, Glenn and Sean refuse to let Mick battle with the Pokémon and suggest he get a Pokémon for himself. He says that he'll find a rare one to put them in their place. Soon after, Pikachu falls into Mick’s arms. Iris understands why he asked for Pikachu, to which Ash happily lets him borrow his buddy, but Cilan recommends a bit of training. As Ash wonders who to use against Pikachu, Krokorok steps forward, wanting to battle Pikachu and help Mick. Ash asks Krokorok to go easy on Mick, as this battle is his first. Iris stands by Mick, ready to assist him.
Cilan calls for the match to begin, and Mick orders a Thunderbolt from Pikachu, who is hesitant to do so but obeys nonetheless. Krokorok is unaffected by this, shocking Mick. Ash further explains that Ground types are immune to Electric-type moves. Cilan tells Mick to observe the type compatibilities of the Pokémon before attacking. Mick understands and orders Pikachu to use Quick Attack, which lands a blow on Krokorok. Mick is impressed with the move, but Iris tells him not to be distracted, and to continue with the battle. He is hesitant about what to do next, but Pikachu wags his tail to jog his memory. He orders an Iron Tail, but Ash commands Krokorok to use Dig and he avoids Iron Tail. He burrows back up right in front of Mick, knocking him down from shock, and Ash orders Krokorok to use Crunch on Pikachu. Mick tells Pikachu to counter with Iron Tail, which lands right on Krokorok's head, knocking his sunglasses off his face. Krokorok panics looking for them and Ash explains to Mick that the drastic shift in demeanor occurs whenever he loses his sunglasses. Krokorok puts on the sunglasses and starts going after Pikachu in anger. Ash stops him and decides to use Tepig next. Meanwhile, Glenn and Sean have finished a battle, with Glenn claiming victory. Sean returns an exhausted Patrat and Blitzle back to their Poké Balls.
The two boys wonder where Mick is, so Glenn goes looking for Mick, while also ordering Sean to ask his dad for stronger and cooler Pokémon. Back with Mick and Ash, they have completed training. Cilan comments on how well Mick is doing as a Trainer, and expects him to be a good one when he is older for sure, as he is a Pokémon Connoisseur, and says his eyes don't lie. Iris reassures Mick of this by saying that Cilan is also a Gym Leader in Striaton City. Ash asks Mick if he's excited about being a Trainer, and Mick responds by saying he is, and he wants to catch Pokémon and make friends with them. Ash tells him that his heart is essential for that.
Glenn appears, wondering what Mick is up to. Ash introduces himself to Glenn as Pikachu's Trainer. Glenn asks Mick if he's ready to battle, to which he says he is ready. Sean returns with two new Pokémon: a Scolipede and a Seismitoad, both of which Ash scans with his Pokédex. Glenn likes them both, so he decides to use both of them in battle, but Sean says that it would be unfair as it would be a two-on-one battle. Glenn insists on having a Double Battle instead, but Mick only has Pikachu. Krokorok volunteers to assist Mick in the battle, which he accepts. Cilan says he'll pose as the referee since it is not an official battle. The boys agree to the terms, and Cilan calls for the match to start. Mick starts off by having Pikachu use Thunderbolt. Glenn prepares to counterattack, but Sean stops him, instead calling out Seismitoad to block the attack, which it does successfully, shocking Mick once again. Sean tells Glenn that since Seismitoad is part Ground-type, Electric-type attacks are useless against it. Mick understands by comparing it to Krokorok, but Glenn is unaware of what Sean just said. He commands Scolipede to use Poison Tail on Pikachu. Ash, from the sidelines, tells Mick to stop the attack. Mick is unsure of what to do and tells Krokorok to do something. Krokorok decides to count that as a command for Stone Edge and fires it off at Scolipede and Pikachu. Both Pokémon dodge the attack, but Sean says that dodging would be unnecessary if Scolipede had used Protect, but Glenn says that attacking is the only option. Mick commands Pikachu to use Electro Ball on Scolipede, and for Krokorok to use Crunch on Seismitoad. Glenn decides to attack too and orders Scolipede to use Sludge Bomb on Pikachu, and Seismitoad to use Drain Punch on Krokorok. Sean keeps telling him to have Seismitoad attack Pikachu, but Glenn just yells at him and tells him to let himself do what he wants. Scolipede fires off Sludge Bomb, which Electro Ball easily plows through. The same goes for Seismitoad, as its Drain Punch could not counter Krokorok's Crunch. Both Pokémon fall and Cilan calls off the match, declaring Mick as the winner.
As Pikachu and Krokorok high-five, Glenn gets mad for losing, then calls Mick arrogant before preparing to punch him, but Ash stops him, and Sean yells at Glenn saying he won't play with him anymore. He wonders what he's going to do with his father's Pokémon. Cilan hands him a can filled with Pokémon food made out of Berries and medicinal plants. Glenn takes the can and feeds Seismitoad and Scolipede. He is sad about losing but tells Mick he had fun, a sentiment with which Mick agrees. Ash has the three shake hands. Glenn apologizes to Mick and Sean, but Mick tells him not to be sorry, since he had fun during the battle and hopes that the three could battle again someday. Iris expects all three to be great Trainers, and Cilan is happy that he was the witness of a good make-believe battle.
Krokorok bites Pikachu, and Ash tries to pull him off. Pikachu gets himself free after using a Thunderbolt on Ash and Krokorok. Ash asks Krokorok if he wants to settle the score with Pikachu, to which he agrees. Mick is confused, but Iris and Cilan tell him that Krokorok is not Ash's, and is instead Pikachu's rival. Both Pokémon prepare for battle, and Krokorok begins with a Crunch attack. Ash orders Pikachu to use Quick Attack, which lands a blow right on Krokorok's face. It fires a Stone Edge, which Pikachu dodges, but is now trapped around the stones. Krokorok Digs underground and strikes Pikachu. He regains his composure, and Krokorok prepares to attack again. Ash orders Pikachu to use Thunderbolt, but Mick tells him that it will be ineffective. Ash tells Pikachu to aim the Thunderbolt at Krokorok's feet, which creates a hole in the ground that Krokorok trips on. Sean is surprised to see moves used like that, to which Cilan tells him disadvantageous moves can be used differently to make an advantage. Ash orders Pikachu to use Quick Attack, which lands again on Krokorok's face, while also knocking off his sunglasses. Krokorok panics looking for them and Mick tells him to finish him off, but Ash and Pikachu do nothing. Mick asks why he isn't doing anything, to which Ash responds by saying that since this is a real battle, they fight fairly. Krokorok finds his sunglasses and prepares to finish Pikachu off with Crunch. Ash orders Pikachu to counter with Iron Tail, and both attacks collide. Both rivals stand still and, after a short while, Krokorok falls. The boys cheer and comment on how awesome the battle was. Ash asks Krokorok if he's alright. Krokorok gets up and walks away, depressed from having lost with Pikachu. Ash calls Krokorok over and asks if he would like to join him. Krokorok happily agrees, and Ash catches the Desert Croc Pokémon in a Poké Ball.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.
TV episode debuts
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Axew (Iris's)
- Tepig (Ash's)
- Krokorok (Ash's; new)
- Excadrill (Iris's; flashback)
- Axew (Erina's; flashback)
- Patrat (Sean's father's)
- Blitzle (Sean's father's)
- Scolipede (Sean's father's)
- Seismitoad (Sean's father's)
- Sandile (sunglasses; flashback)
- Joltik (flashback; multiple)
- Galvantula (flashback; multiple)
- Klinklang (flashback)
- Professor Oak's Pokémon Live Caster: Mienfoo
- This episode marks the longest time since the debut of a Pokémon species to a capture of the same species, at 62 episodes.
- This is the last episode to date in which Ash catches a Ground-type Pokémon.
- This episode is a tribute to Doraemon, with Mick, Glenn, and Sean having similar roles to the characters Nobita, Gian, and Suneo.
- At one point, when Krokorok uses Crunch, the rim of his mouth is the same color as the rims of his sunglasses instead of the tan of the rest of his head.
- In the Polish dub, "Safrania" is called by its English name.
In other languages
|Danish||Kampen mod Bøllen!|
|Dutch||Vechten tegen de Tiran!|
|European French||Combat contre un petit tyran !|
|German||Der Kampf gegen den Angeber!|
|Greek||Μάχη με τον Νταή!|
|Italian||Lotta al Bullo!|
|Korean||더블배틀! 피카츄, 악비르 VS 펜드라, 두빅굴!!|
|Norwegian||I Kamp mot Bøllen!|
|Polish||Starcie z łobuzem!|
|Portuguese||Brazil||Batalhando Contra o Valentão!|
|Portugal||O Desafio do Rufia!|
|Russian||Битва с хулиганом!|
|Spanish||Latin America||¡Enfrentando al Bravucón!|
|Spain||¡Combatiendo contra el Chulito!|
|Swedish||Striden mot mobbaren!|
|Thai||ดับเบิ้ลแบทเทิล! พิคาชู วารุวิล ปะทะ เพนดร้า กามาเกะโรเกะ!!|
|Vietnamese||Trận đấu tay đôi|
Pikachu và Waruvile
Pendror và Gamageroge
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