EP005 : Showdown in Pewter City
Original series
EP007 : The Water Flowers of Cerulean City
Clefairy and the Moon Stone
Pippi and the Moon Stone
First broadcast
Japan May 6, 1997
United States September 15, 1998
English themes
Opening Pokémon Theme
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター
Ending ひゃくごじゅういち
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 尾鷲英俊 Hidetoshi Otaka
Additional credits

Clefairy and the Moon Stone (Japanese: ピッピとつきのいし Pippi and the Moon Stone) is the sixth episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on May 6, 1997, and in the United States on September 15, 1998.

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


At Mount Moon, our friends rescue a scientist named Seymour from a batch of Zubat. (Along the way, Brock is able to catch one of the Zubat.) Seymour leads Ash and his friends into a cave to find the legendary Moon Stone, which is said to increase the power of Pokémon.

Deep in the cave, Ash spots a Clefairy carrying a Moon Stone. He considers capturing it, but Seymour tells him Clefairy prefer to live at Mount Moon. Ash decides to leave the Clefairy in peace, but Team Rocket shows up with plans of their own!

Will Team Rocket steal the Moon Stone? Are there other Clefairy lurking about, and do they carry Moon Stones, too? And is the legend of the Moon Stone true?


Ash and his friends are hiking towards Mt. Moon, discussing the legend of a meteor made of Moon Stone crashing there in prehistoric times. At the base of Mt. Moon, the group encounters a man being attacked by a flock of Zubat. Misty prompts Ash to act, and he orders Pikachu to use Thunder Shock, causing the Zubat to flee. The lab-coat-wearing man introduces himself as Seymour, a scientist who is upset because someone installed strong lights that are disturbing the wild Pokémon living throughout the caves, including Zubat, Paras, and Sandshrew.

Seymour explains that he believes that the attackers are after the Moon Stone. He says that it is a massive boulder, believed to be a million years old or more, hidden deep under Mt. Moon. Fragments of the Stone are said to increase a Pokémon's power. Seymour theorizes that this is because the resident Pokémon came from outer space, and used the Moon Stone as their spacecraft. At that moment, a Clefairy bounces past, carrying something. Ash scans it on his Pokédex and decides to catch it, but Seymour intervenes. Instead, Meowth traps the Clefairy. Brock and Ash agree that they have to stop Team Rocket, before they make any more trouble.

Team Rocket freely admit to putting up the lights; Meowth also reveals their plan to steal the Moon Stone. Ash and Brock challenge Jessie and James, resulting in a battle pitting Jessie's Ekans and James's Koffing against Ash's Butterfree and Brock's new Zubat, caught at the entrance to the cave. James orders Koffing to generate Smog. Ash counters with Butterfree's Whirlwind, and Zubat joins in, sending the Smog back on Team Rocket, much to their surprise. The four Pokémon exchange attacks, culminating in a Supersonic attack from Zubat and a Whirlwind from Butterfree that send Jessie and James blasting off again, but leaving Meowth behind. Misty and Seymour follow the Clefairy as it exits the cave and heads up the mountain. Meowth, waiting in anticipation, appears and demands the Moon Stone. Misty sends out Staryu by throwing its Poké Ball into the river. Without much trouble, Staryu sends Meowth blasting off as well, with a combination of Swift and Water Gun.

Later, Brock feeds all the Pokémon with Pokémon food, made according to his own special recipe. Seymour tastes it and deems it not bad. Ash follows suit, but he finds it awful. Meanwhile, Clefairy and Pikachu are having a conversation on a nearby rock. They hop away, followed by the rest of the group. They arrive at another cave, where they find the huge core of the Moon Stone. Clefairy adds its stone to the ring at the base of the core, which completes the circuit. The large core surrounded by the smaller fragments begins to glow blue in the moonlight. Dozens of Clefairy approach and begin to dance around the Moon Stone, praying to it. Seymour states that humans are supposed to ride the Stone back out to the stars, but his epiphany is interrupted by Team Rocket's return.

Seymour attacks Team Rocket to keep them from the Stone, though he loses his glasses. Ash attacks with Pikachu, while Brock summons Onix against Ekans and Koffing. Jessie orders Ekans to use Dig, and James orders Smokescreen. Ash calls on Pidgeotto, and its Whirlwind blows the smoke away. When the smoke settles, Team Rocket is gone, and the Moon Stone gone with them. Brock orders Onix to Dig and follow Team Rocket underground, while the humans and other Pokémon run through the caves. One of the Clefairy retrieves Seymour's glasses for him.

Team Rocket uses the Stone to slide downhill. Onix appears suddenly, upsetting the sled. Onix attempts to Tackle Team Rocket, but Koffing counters, and both Pokémon fall to the ground. At that moment, Seymour and the Clefairy appear from Onix's tunnel. The Clefairy use a Metronome that cause an explosion, which sends Team Rocket blasting off once more. Chips of the Moon Stone drift down from the sky and cause many of the Clefairy to evolve into Clefable. Seymour stays with the Clefairy and Clefable, hoping to someday visit outer space with them.

Following the night's events, Ash and his friends continue their journey to Cerulean City. Ash notices Gary has left some graffiti on a road sign, calling him a loser. The message infuriates Ash and he speeds down the road.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Clefairy



  • When a Clefairy first appears, Brock's belt is colored green.
  • When Jessie and James release Ekans and Koffing in Mt. Moon, the button on the Poké Ball is attached to the lower white half instead of the upper red half.
  • When Butterfree and Zubat are sent out, Zubat briefly overlaps Butterfree.
  • When Misty and Seymour leave the cave, Ash's gloves turn completely dark-green.
  • When Zubat is hit by Koffing, the back of its wings is colored like the front, similar to its evolved form.
  • While reading the sign pointing to Cerulean City, Ash is missing a glove.
  • In the English dub:
    • When Ash checks on Seymour, Ash's Japanese voice can be heard. This also occurs with Ekans when it dives underground.
    • When Ash commands Butterfree to Whirlwind the Smog away, Brock commands his Zubat to use Double Team, yet it uses Whirlwind as well. This is presumably an error in translating from the original Japanese version where Brock ordered Zubat to "team up" with Butterfree.
  • In the first Italian dub, Paras and Clefable's names are altered into "Parasaur" and "Cleferian" for unknown reasons.


Dub edits

  • Kanto Pokérap: Day 1 (Poliwrath error)
  • The recap scenes at the beginning edited Nibi Gym to Pewter Gym.
  • While the narrator's statement was mostly the same in the beginning scene, it skips over the fact that they are heading to Cerulean City in the dub.
  • Seymour mentioned he works for the Pewter Museum of Science in the Japanese version. This was not mentioned in the dub.
  • Seymour talks about romance in the Japanese version, while he recites poetry in the English version.
  • Seymour's two main virtues are changed from Love and Courage (original) to Knowledge and Research (dub). When he announces the virtues, the Japanese version has them written in the background. The dub erased all of the kanji from the English version.
  • Ash makes a reference to the Macarena when Pikachu uses charades to speak to him. The original line references the Bon Dance.
    • In the original version, they say the Clefairy are protected by their god, referring to the large Moon Stone. Though the general idea of the dialogue remained in the dub, the fact that the Moon Stone was seen by the Clefairy as a deity was not referenced.
  • "Cerulean City" is translated on the sign directing towards it. Gary's message changes from "Shigeru has arrived! Satoshi's a moron!" to "Gary was here! Ash is a loser!". Also, it had Gary's transparent image superimposed over the sign. It showed him pulling down his eyelid and sticking his tongue out at the same time, a childish Japanese taunting gesture (an akanbe), which was eliminated from the English dub, although the sound effect was still retained.

Differences between the episode and the comic adaptation

  • Most of the lines about Seymour going to space, specifically Ash and his friends' responses to him, were moved to when they are leaving Mt. Moon in the comic.
  • The scene where Ash reads Gary's message on the sign leading to Cerulean City retains Gary's faded bii-da facial expression, something that was cut in the English dub of the episode.
  • The ending narration for the comic (at least the one contained in Nintendo Power) was also changed, where the narrator adds in that to continue Ash's adventure, the reader might try to buy Pokémon Red and Blue. In addition, Misty exclaims "ASH!" offscreen as Ash is racing towards Cerulean City while leaving Brock and Misty in the dust, and Brock's line of "He'll never learn..." is moved to his racing down. On a similar note, Misty's expression at learning their next destination was Cerulean City was omitted.

In other languages

EP005 : Showdown in Pewter City
Original series
EP007 : The Water Flowers of Cerulean City
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