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Pokémon the Series: Black & White
XY001 : Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!
Iris VS Ibuki! The Road to Become a Dragon Master!!
First broadcast
Japan March 27, 2014
United States Unaired
English themes
Opening N/A
Japanese themes
Opening 夏めく坂道
Ending 手をつなごう
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
Storyboard 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
Assistant director 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
Animation director 片山みゆき Miyuki Katayama
No additional credits are available at this time.

(Japanese: アイリスVSイブキ!ドラゴンマスターへの道!! Iris VS Ibuki! The Road to Become a Dragon Master!!) is the second special episode of Pokémon the Series: Black & White of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on March 27, 2014 as a one-hour special with XY021.

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.


Iris and Axew are excitedly strolling through the streets of Blackthorn City, as they make their way towards the Blackthorn Gym. However, their journey is suddenly interrupted when a rogue Gible appears, using Dig erratically while ferociously wrecking the city. This strikes fear into the community, angering several residents. Subsequently, they corner Gible, trying to "catch" it physically using their nets. However, Iris intervenes, claiming that there isn't such a thing as a "bad" Dragon type. She tells the angered residents that she will try and reason with Gible. However, the decision to do so backfires, with her intervention enabling Gible to escape and her solely taking the blame for it. When questioned on what she will do regarding the rogue Gible, she promises to prevent it from causing mischief again. Moments later however, Iris finds Gible causing trouble again, wildly digging holes in a resident's garden. Iris recalls a past event when she was able to become one with Axew and connect with his heart, and attempts to connect with Gible in the same way. However, she is unable to and Gible is able to escape once again.

Sometime later, Gible can be seen stuck on top of the Blackthorn clock tower, in which he is heavily endangered by high winds. As a group of people watch on, Iris assumes responsibility and attempts to rescue him. She is able to save Gible against the odds, enabling her to finally connect to Gible's heart. The crowd of people applaud her heroics and bravery, and she realizes that the reason for Gible's erratic behavior was that it was lost, having been separated from its home. This had caused it to be alienated, startled and insecure, resulting in its abnormal, chaotic behavior. Despite being able to connect to his heart, Iris still is unaware of where exactly this home is, as all she knows is that this is vaguely a "flower field". However, Clair is able to bring control to this situation of uncertainty, showing up and claiming to know where Gible had come from. She takes Iris to Dragon Holy Land, which is the flower field Gible had come from. Gible is happy to once again be back home. Clair asks Iris to come to the Blackthorn Gym and have a match against her, which Iris excitedly accepts, so she and Clair bid farewell to Gible and head for the Gym.

At the Gym, Clair summons the Shiny Druddigon she caught at Decolore Islands. Iris is excited to see Druddigon as she recalls her times traveling in the Unova region, sending out her Dragonite to face it. At first, Dragonite seems to have the upper hand. Just then, in the middle of the battle, Gible shows up and bites on Axew and Iris pulls the two of them apart and then continues her battle. She knows Ice-type moves are super effective so she has Dragonite use Ice Beam on Druddigon, who dodges and then uses Dragon Tail at Clair's command. Just then, Dragonite becomes annoyed and reverts back to the way he was back when Iris first caught him, not listening to any of her commands and just attacking willy nilly. Iris worries for Dragonite because she doesn't understand what's getting into him. She is able to connect to his heart and realize he's feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, and she tells him she's able to understand, but he's not the only one battling and that the two of them need to work together as a team to win. Dragonite agrees and Iris orders him once more to use Ice Beam which Druddigon dodges and then Druddigon uses Dragon Tail and Dragonite is hit hard, and he ends up getting smacked against the wall. Clair instructs Druddigon to use Dragon Rage at full power, and Iris tells Dragonite to use his Ice Beam at full power. Druddigon's Dragon Rage overpowers Dragonite's Ice Beam, knocking Dragonite out and thereby resulting in Clair winning the match.

Outside the Gym, Clair asks Iris where she's going next, and Iris responds she doesn't know yet, and that she'll go wherever the wind takes her. Just then Gible shows up again and Iris realizes he wants to go with her, so she catches him with a Poké Ball. She lets Gible out and lets him ride on her shoulder with Axew. As Iris walks away, she remembers Ash, Pikachu, and Cilan and wonders how they're doing on their journeys. Just then, Iris sees the Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza flying in the sky, which excites her and she decides to follow it to see where it ends up.

Major events

Iris after catching Gible
For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?: Gible (Japan)


  • This episode aired the same day as XY021 in Japan.
  • Iris reads the title card of this episode.
  • This episode was first previewed in a trailer at the end of BW138 along with the last episodes of Pokémon the Series: Black & White and BWS01.
  • The episode's title was first revealed when it was briefly listed on the official Japanese Pokémon website as an episode that had already aired, placed after BWS01.
  • This is the second special episode in which a main character obtains a new Pokémon, after the Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station/Pokémon Chronicles episode Cerulean Blues, and also the first one in which a main character catches a wild Pokémon.
  • The title of this episode is similar to the Japanese title of BW027.


  • The first time Druddigon uses Slash, it does so with its right hand, but when it hits Dragonite, Druddigon appears to have used the move with its left hand.
  • When Dragonite is about to hit Druddigon with Thunder Punch, Dragonite appears to be in the midst of a Blizzard. This is likely due to the fact that this scene was recycled from Jostling for the Junior Cup!, where Dragonite runs through Georgia's Beartic's Blizzard attack to hit it with Thunder Punch.

Dub edits

In other languages

Pokémon the Series: Black & White
XY001 : Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!
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