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Pokémon Journeys: The Series
JN145   EP1230
Rocket-dan Strikes Back!
First broadcast
Japan March 10, 2023
United States
English themes
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター -with my friends-
Ending 前向きロケット団!
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 尼野浩正 Hiromasa Amano
Assistant director ウヱノ史博 Fumihiro Ueno
Animation director 篠原隆 Takashi Shinohara
Additional credits

(Japanese: 逆襲のロケット団! Rocket-dan Strikes Back!) is the ninth episode of Pocket Monsters: Aim to Be a Pokémon Master, the 145th episode of Pokémon Journeys: The Series, and the 1,230th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on March 10, 2023.

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


Team Rocket's Pokémon

While traveling along a road, Ash and his friends spot a Delibird flying across the sky. Said Delibird soon arrives in front of the Team Rocket trio, delivering them boxed lunches and ten Poké Balls, containing the Pokémon they had previously left behind at the Team Rocket HQ, much to their great delight. Delibird then produces a golden statue of Giovanni, through which the actual Giovanni contacts them, telling Jessie and James to take charge of managing these Pokémon from now on. The statue then self-destructs and Delibird flies away. The trio is happy to reunite with their Pokémon and takes a moment to reminisce about the Pokémon that are no longer with them. With all these Pokémon at their disposal, they decide to launch the ultimate Pikachu capture scheme, with James already having a plan in mind.

Soon after, Mime Jr. appears before Ash and his friends, pleading for help. Pikachu, recognizing it, is distrustful, but the others sympathize with it due to its distressed expression, just as James had planned. Team Rocket appears on a nearby tree and performs their motto before claiming that Mime Jr. has betrayed them and is trying to meet up with an Officer Jenny to turn them in. Ash has Pikachu send Team Rocket blasting off with a Thunderbolt to defend Mime Jr., who then starts leading them towards the spot where it supposedly wants to meet Officer Jenny. Along the way, however, the second part of Team Rocket's scheme is put into action in order to split the group up. First off, Amoonguss and Yanmega attack the group, with Brock staying behind so he and Ludicolo can hold them off. Next up, Ash and Misty run into Frillish and Yamask. Misty sends out Staryu and stays behind to fight them. Psyduck also emerges to join in, only for Yamask to attach its mask to its face and render it useless. Lastly, Ash runs into Carnivine and Gourgeist, which he fights with Infernape and Hawlucha while telling Pikachu and Mime Jr. to run ahead.

Ash's team for this episode

Pikachu and Mime Jr. arrive at the supposed meetup spot, where Jessie, James, Meowth, Wobbuffet, and Morpeko appear. Mime Jr. then reveals its true colors and tries to hold Pikachu back while James fires a net at it, but Pikachu manages to break free, resulting in Mime Jr. getting caught in the net instead. James frees the Mime Pokémon and congratulates it on its great work. Woobat, Seviper, and Inkay join in to keep Pikachu from getting away while Jessie and James prepare to seize him in a net, forcing Pikachu to fight off multiple enemies alone. Latias, who has invisibly been watching the entire scheme unfold, refuses to just stand by any longer and relays Ash a telepathic vision of Pikachu's distressed state. Though confused, Ash trusts the vision and abandons the fight with Carnivine and Gourgeist to go save his partner. Gourgeist fires Seed Bombs into the air to signal that the plan has been exposed, but before Pikachu can be seized, Ash arrives in the nick of time and has Infernape destroy Team Rocket's nets with Flare Blitz.

All of Team Rocket's Pokémon come together while the trio reveals to Ash that Mime Jr.'s seeming betrayal was just a part of their plan all along. The Pokémon launch a devastating combo attack towards Ash and his Pokémon, but they quickly move out of the way, forcing Wobbuffet to take the hit instead. He manages to reflect the attack back with Mirror Coat, causing it to strike a nearby tree and obliterate part of its trunk. When the tree falls down, a Slakoth that was resting on it is sent flying, so Ash runs up a rock and jumps high into the air to save it. Just as Brock and Misty arrive, they notice Ash seemingly floating through the air and being brought back down. Ash realizes Latias was behind this, and she reveals herself, much to Brock and Misty's surprise. Latias then turns to Team Rocket, using Psychic to send them and their Pokémon blasting off. After crashing down, the trio starts considering what they did wrong. The situation quickly dissolves into the trio members blaming each other, until they finally declare they're through and head their different ways, their Pokémon sadly looking after them.

Meanwhile, Ash is thanking Latias for her help, understanding that she was also the source behind the vision he saw. Brock and Misty reveal that Ash had actually told them of his encounter with her. Suddenly, Latias starts showing them another vision, this time showing them a Latios behind a glass wall in an underground facility. He breaks the glass and the vision moves outdoors, showing the group a view of the surrounding landscape before the vision cuts off. Latias is looking sad, making Ash wonder what exactly is going on.

Major events

Team Rocket splitting up
For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline.


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?: Latias


The "After the story" artwork for this episode


Dub edits

In other languages

Pokémon Journeys: The Series
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