Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Just a Scone's Throw From Here!
JN127   EP1212
Go and Aceburn! The Place of Beginnings!!
First broadcast
Japan September 30, 2022
United States June 23, 2023
English themes
Opening With You
Japanese themes
Opening 1・2・3
Ending バツグンタイプ
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 土屋理敬 Michihiro Tsuchiya
Storyboard 興満録助 Rokusuke Okimitsu
Assistant director 門田英彦 Hidehiko Kadota
Animation directors 谷澤秦史 Yasushi Tanizawa
武口憲司 Kenji Takeguchi
kwon yong sang kwon yong sang
Additional credits

Just a Scone's Throw From Here! (Japanese: ゴウとエースバーン!はじまりの場所!! Go and Aceburn! The Place of Beginnings!!) is the 127th episode of Pokémon Journeys: The Series, and the 1,212th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on September 30, 2022, in Canada on March 11, 2023, in South Africa on March 21, 2023, in the United Kingdom on April 10, 2023, in Australia on May 2, 2023, and in the United States on June 23, 2023.

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


It’s the day before Ash and Leon’s battle, and our heroes are meeting up with Leon, Sonia, and Professor Magnolia—and Eternatus! Leon has been working to calm the Legendary Pokémon’s rage, for which Goh is grateful. Ash and Goh then visit the scone shop where Goh first met Scorbunny, and the since-evolved Cinderace reunites with its Nickit friends. However, chaos ensues when Team Rocket joins forces with a Perrserker and two Galarian Meowth—but the Nickit evolve into Thievul, and with a little help from Goh’s Pokémon, they send Team Rocket blasting off again. Goh then receives a message from Project Mew: it’s time for his next mission!


On the day before Ash and Leon's battle in the finals of the Masters Eight Tournament, Ash and Goh arrive at Wyndon Stadium to be greeted by Professor Magnolia, Sonia, and Leon. When asked why they were called here, Leon responds by pulling out a Poké Ball and sending out Eternatus, catching Ash and Goh completely by surprise. Goh recalls how he gave Eternatus to Professor Magnolia after it was stopped, but Magnolia and Sonia explain that since Eternatus is closely linked to the Galar particles that enable Dynamaxing, they hoped for a coexistence between it and the people of Galar. Hence why Leon has been working on getting Eternatus used to human contact, which, while far from easy at first, has clearly yielded results. Understanding Eternatus's importance to Galar and seeing how it has gotten used to being with Leon, Goh surprises everyone by asking Leon to take care of it, while hoping to one day also become a Trainer accepted by Eternatus. Leon, while taken aback at first, accepts Goh's request.

After Leon has left, promising not to get lost on his way to the battle the next day, Goh asks Ash if he's going to do any last-minute training, but Ash declares he's instead planning on taking it easy so he and his Pokémon will be well-rested for tomorrow. Just when he considers getting something to eat, a familiar scent of scones reaches his nose, even drawing Cinderace out of its Poké Ball. Arriving at the scone stall, Goh and Cinderace remember how this was where they first met. They greet the man at the stall and introduce the evolved Cinderace to him, only to be interrupted when they notice three Galarian Zigzagoon trying to steal a woman's bag of scones. Her food is, however, saved by the trio of Nickit that Cinderace used to live with. As thanks for their work, the people around them reward the Nickit with a scone and some Berries, which they share with the Zigzagoon, leaving all sides happy. The scone man explains that the Nickit have stopped stealing food and instead now work on helping people and punishing mean Pokémon, making them popular amongst the locals. Cinderace jumps in front of the three Nickit, who quickly recognize it and jump into its arms in a happy reunion of friends.

Meanwhile, the three Zigzagoon are cornered by a pair of Galarian Meowth and their boss, a Perrserker, who steal their food from them. Team Rocket, witnessing this, decides to make Perrserker their underling and approaches it while making this intention clear.

Back at the scone stall, while watching Cinderace and the Nickit play together, Goh reminisces how many things started for him right here. After his childhood encounter with Mew, he had dreamed of making Mew his first Pokémon, but after he met Scorbunny and made it his first partner instead, his new dream of catching every Pokémon on his way to Mew was born. The Galarian Zigzagoon suddenly return to them in a panic, followed by the Galarian Meowth and Perrserker stealing people's bags before running away, pursued by the Nickit trio. Ash and Goh also follow, but end up losing them in the alleyways. The Nickit seemingly corner Perrserker's group, only to be caught in one of Team Rocket's net traps.

While trying to find the Nickit, Ash and Goh end up walking past the fountain where Goh had caught Sobble. This gives him an idea, and he calls out Inteleon to help them find the Nickit. Using its infrared vision, Inteleon quickly finds the trail and leads Ash and Goh to an alleyway, where Team Rocket's plan to make Perrserker their underling has been flipped upside down, with them now acting as its underlings and flattering it in the hopes of success. Cinderace quickly frees the Nickit, and the Rocket trio decides to push their plans for stealing Ash's Pokémon from tomorrow to now, calling down the Rocket Prize Master, which gives them a Hattrem and a Morgrem. Ash is about to join the fight, but Goh requests that he leave the fight to him and the Nickit trio. Team Rocket laughs at this and uses the Galarian Meowth's coins to vend four additional Pokémon from the vending machine: Stonjourner, Dubwool, Arrokuda, and Cramorant.

With the Nickit trio taking on Perrserker's group and Goh's Cinderace, Inteleon, and Grookey taking on Team Rocket's Pokémon, the fight begins. While the Nickit confuse Perrserker's gang by running circles around them, Cinderace and Inteleon get thrown off by Cramorant firing Arrokuda at them as a projectile, leading to them taking some hits. To stop Cramorant, Goh has Grookey jump on it and pound it with its stick. Simultaneously, the Nickit suddenly all evolve into Thievul, who start overpowering Perrserker and Meowth with direct attacks. This culminates with Perrserker's claws getting broken and it and its underlings getting defeated. The fight with Team Rocket is momentarily paused in shock as Cramorant accidentally swallows Arrokuda, but one by one, Team Rocket's rental Pokémon are taken down, with Cramorant spitting Arrokuda back out before going down. In desperation, Team Rocket attempts to vend more Pokémon using Perrserker's coin, only to find it too big to fit into the coin slot. The machine is quickly snatched away by the Thievul trio, who quickly proceed to help Cinderace in sending the Rocket trio blasting off for the first time in a long while, with the vending machine also scurrying off in their wake on its robotic legs.

The group returns to the scone stall, where the scone man congratulates the Thievul on their evolution with a big pile of scones, which they share with the trio of Zigzagoon and Perrserker's gang. After eating their fill, Ash and Goh head toward the hotel while looking forward to tomorrow's battle. Goh's Rotom Phone suddenly receives a message, which turns out to be an urgent summons from Project Mew, meaning that Goh unfortunately cannot be there to see the match. Ash is fine with this, and the two friends share a fist bump while telling each other to achieve their dreams and promising to smile when they meet again.

Major events

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Pokémon debuts

TV episode debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Perrserker


The "After the story" artwork for this episode


Dub edits

  • The Japanese text depicting Wyndon's name is edited out.
  • The Japanese texts depicting Team Rocket's Pokémon's categories and names are edited out.

In other languages

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