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|Zoroark: Master of Illusions|
幻影の覇者 ゾロアーク Supreme Ruler of Illusions: Zoroark
Pokémon—Zoroark: Master of Illusions (Japanese: 劇場版ポケットモンスター ダイヤモンド＆パール 幻影の覇者 ゾロアーク Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl the Movie - Supreme Ruler of Illusions: Zoroark) is the fourth and final Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl movie and the thirteenth Pokémon movie overall. It premiered in Japanese theaters on July 10, 2010, and in the United States in select theaters and on Cartoon Network on February 5, 2011. In the United Kingdom, it premiered on February 26, 2011 on the CITV channel. The Canadian premiere was shown on YTV on March 12, 2011. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD in Australia on June 1, 2011, and was released on DVD in the UK on August 29, 2011 and in the US on September 20, 2011. On September 17, 2011 and September 18, 2011, it was available on Pokémon.com.
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The Fury of Zoroark Has Been Unleashed!
The Pokémon Baccer World Cup.
It is the most anticipated event of the year, and as hundreds flock to Crown City to watch the exciting competition unfold, Ash, Pikachu, and his friends encounter a mysterious new Pokémon they have never seen before.
But when the three Legendary Pokémon Raikou, Entei, and Suicune suddenly arrive and begin rampaging through the streets, it’s up to Ash and his companions, along with their new Pokémon friend Zorua, to uncover the secret behind the immense and powerful forces at work.
What strange and dangerous powers are afoot in Crown City? Why did Celebi suddenly return after vanishing for twenty years? And why is the mighty Zoroark unleashing its fury upon the town? The quest for these answers leads down an uncertain path filled with peril—can Ash and his companions find enough courage, strength, and friendship to unearth the mystery in time to save Crown City?
Ash and his friends stop in a Pokémon Center where they watch an exhibition match of Pokémon Baccer between the evolutionary families of Elekid and Beldum. During the match, Team Rocket, disguised as janitors, asks Ash and his friends what they are watching, and Brock and Dawn explain the Pokémon Baccer World Cup. The television then cuts to a segment about the most popular team, the "Nimbasa Legends", consisting of the Legendary beasts, lead by a businessman named Grings Kodai. A clip of the Legendary Pokémon in action gets everyone excited to see them at the World Cup. Nurse Joy then walks in, and Brock immediately becomes infatuated, but Croagunk jabs him and pulls him away. Ash is eager to reach Crown City before the day's end, that being the location of the World Cup. Brock, having already recovered from Poison Jab, quickly jumps in and asserts that he can find a shortcut.
Meanwhile, a Zoroark rests in a massive airship, as a sleepy Zorua climbs out of her fur. Suddenly, the wall opens up, revealing the Legendary beasts. Zorua tries to leap towards the Legendary Pokémon, but is grabbed by Zoroark and placed back in her mane. Behind the beasts, Grings Kodai and his assistant, Rowena, observe through a high up window from a separate room. Kodai tests Zoroark's power of illusions by showing her holograms of the Legendary Pokémon and training her to create illusions of them and their moves. At the same time, Kodai activates an illusion canceler in his bracelet. Transformed as Raikou, Zoroark unleashes thunderclouds that penetrate through the walls, startling Rowena, despite her illusion canceler also being active. Kodai is impressed with Zoroark's illusions, and notes that they even show up on camera.
Kodai's bodyguard and right-hand man, Goone, announces that they will be arriving in Crown City soon. The holograms of the Legendary beasts are deactivated, and Zoroark transforms back to her true form. Zorua jumps out of Zoroark's fur and looks around. However, Ninjask is sent in and takes Zorua, while Zoroark is held in place by an excruciating red energy beam. Kodai threatens that Zorua will be harmed if Zoroark doesn't behave and obey him. Unbeknownst to Zoroark, Zorua manages to escape from Ninjask and get past one of Goone's Scizor by taking the same form as it, confusing it long enough for Zorua to hop over it and scurry into a small hole that none of Goone's other Pokémon can get through. Zorua then busts through a panel and falls out of the airship. During the fall, Zorua finds a group of Hoppip, Skiploom, and Jumpluff, and grabs one of the Skiploom's blooms, taking the form of one in order to float safely towards the ground. Inside the airship, Goone confirms to Kodai that Zorua has escaped, but Kodai is not discouraged, as Goone still has Zorua's visual data. As the time approaches midnight, Kodai notes that he has one day to find the Time Ripple before it disappears. As if on queue, a Time Ripple opens in Crown City, and the Mythical Pokémon Celebi emerges right before midnight. The Time Ripple then fades.
As Ash and Dawn follow Brock on a shortcut to Crown City, the group realizes that they are lost. Meanwhile, Zorua, still in the form of Skiploom, bumps into Team Rocket on their pedal-powered Yanmega balloon, as they head towards Crown City to steal the Legendary beasts. Zorua nearly knocks Team Rocket off the balloon, and itself falls and lands on a Vigoroth, angering it. After Zorua turns back into its true form and giggles, a group of angry Vigoroth attempt to pile on top of it. However, Zorua dodges and jumps away and starts running, only to realize it is heading towards a cliff. Pikachu senses the commotion, and alerts Ash and his friends, who look up to see the Vigoroth closing in on Zorua, who is now at the edge of the cliff. They witness Zorua take the form of Vigoroth and then change back. As Zorua begins to slip, Ash and Dawn send out Infernape and Mamoswine, and everyone scolds the Vigoroth for ganging up on Zorua, causing the Vigoroth to run off. Zorua insists that it didn't need any help, to which Ash and his friends begin to argue, before realizing that Zorua just spoke using telepathy. Ash and his friends are amazed to meet such a strange new Pokémon. Zorua then states that it is going to Crown City to save its "Meema", Zoroark, and explains that she was captured trying to protect it. As they head towards the city, Zorua tells about how it and Zoroark were abducted from their home across the sea. Piplup and Pikachu convince Ash and his friends to help Zorua, who, after accepting the group as his new friends, leaves them stunned by turning into Ash. Pikachu then changes Zorua back by grabbing its still-visible tail, prompting Zorua to then change into Pikachu.
With Zorua gone, Kodai uses live video of a hologram of a scared Zorua to convince Zoroark to go out and create illusions of the Legendary beasts attacking Crown City. Goone then appears on the monitor to inform Kodai that he is dispatching remote camera drones to capture footage of Zoroark's illusions. That morning, Celebi flies around Crown City and greets all of the resident wild Pokémon while helping the local flowers bloom. While a woman named Tammy waters some flowers, and finishes watching Pokémon Baccer fan girl Peg perform her cheer, she witnesses Celebi as it flies by and causes the flowers she was watering to bloom. Tammy rushes to tell her friend Joe that she saw the Mythical Pokémon, which prompts the two of them to tearfully remember what happened to Crown City twenty years ago, just after Celebi had last visited, when the city's trees and flowers all died. They are overjoyed that the city is finally well enough for Celebi to begin visiting again. As the morning bell tolls, Team Rocket is woken up from on top of the tree that their balloon had crashed into, and they lament the interruption of their brief night's sleep. They then witness as Zoroark leaps down from a building to use Night Daze. Zoroark takes the form of Suicune to create floods, Entei to form a conflagration, and Raikou to unleash a thunderstorm. As this happens, Kodai manipulates the footage to make it seem as though Zoroark has taken control of the Legendary beasts and unleashed them on Crown City. In particular, he edits the video to depict damage to a statue and a bus stop. Meanwhile, the real Legendary beasts, serving as the guardians of Crown City, sense that Crown City is in danger, and begin making their way to the city to defend it.
Almost everyone, except for Tammy and Joe, who have taken shelter in Tammy's flower shop, evacuates the old town in Crown City, and Officer Jenny announces that no one will be allowed back in until the situation is under control. Ash and his friends arrive, and after Jenny and Peg explain what they saw, Kodai's broadcast showing Zoroark in the city prompts Zorua to take the form of Brock and run off. As Zorua tries to explain that Kodai is the real villain, a journalist named Karl appears wanting to know more. Brock tries to suggest that Zorua is actually his crazy twin brother, but Karl isn't convinced and grabs Zorua's tail, causing Zorua to change back. Karl recognizes Zorua as the pre-evolved form of Zoroark, and is amazed that it can talk. As Kodai and Rowena spot Celebi with their remote camera drones, Kodai suddenly has a vision of the Time Ripple and a nearby countdown clock, of Ash, his friends, Karl, and Rowena trying to stop him, and of himself absorbing the power of the Time Ripple. Kodai is worried, as his ability to see the future has become clouded. Karl decides to help Ash and his friends bring Zorua to Zoroark through the underground sewers leading back to the old part of the city. In the sewers, Karl has his Bronzor use Flash to light the way. As they move through the sewers, Karl explains that Grings Kodai has been called "the man who can see into the future" due to his string of business successes, including having acquired control over the mainstream media.
Kodai orders Goone to recapture Zoroark. After being lured in by another hologram of Zorua, Zoroark is caught by another energy beam generated by Kodai's drone, which then transforms into a cage. The panels close around the electrified cage as Zoroark tries to break free, to no avail. Goone then transports Zoroark back to the airship. Meanwhile, Ash and the others emerge from the sewers in the middle of the old town in Crown City. After Zorua catches Zoroark's scent, Karl notices that the nearby bus stop is completely unharmed, despite what was broadcasted, and realizes that the footage was manipulated by Kodai, and that the Legendary beasts were actually illusions created by Zoroark. Remembering his visions, Kodai rides across the town on his hoverboard checking each countdown clock to find the one where the Time Ripple is located. Kodai is then alerted to the presence of Ash, and deploys Goone. While following Zoroark's scent, Ash and the others stumble upon a statue of the Legendary beasts, regarded as the guardian protectors of Crown City. Karl notices that the statue is also in one piece, despite the broadcasts.
Zorua runs off to look for Zoroark, and stops to slash a monitor displaying Kodai, which scares the nearby wild Pokémon. Zorua is then stopped by Joe's Mightyena and lulled to sleep by Tammy's Tangrowth and its Sleep Powder. When Ash and the others catch up to Zorua, Mightyena tackles Karl and licks him. The group then meets up with Tammy and Joe, the latter of which is revealed to be Karl's grandfather. Tammy and Joe learn the truth about Kodai's ruse, and tell the others about the return of Celebi. On the airship, Zoroark continues to attack the sides of its cage over and over, activating a force field that deals an electric shock with every hit. Zoroark grows frustrated and lets out a vicious roar. Sensing this, Zorua wakes from its slumber and runs outside and then runs through the small gaps at the bottom of a fence. Ash, his friends, and Karl run after it but are stopped by the fence. Ash and Dawn instruct Pikachu and Piplup to follow Zorua through the fence, and Karl asks the rest of the group to follow him around to the other side.
Zorua is stopped by a wild Breloom's Bullet Seed and soon finds itself surrounded by the other wild Pokémon. Pikachu and Piplup arrive and try to convince the wild Pokémon to calm down. Despite Pikachu's pleas, Bellsprout uses Vine Whip, which Pikachu deflects with Iron Tail. Piplup and Bellsprout argue, but Bellsprout knocks him back towards Zorua and Pikachu, as the other wild Pokémon begin to slowly close in around the three of them. Before a fight can break out, Celebi flies in and greets everyone and turns all of the nearby flowers into Berries. Ash and the others run by, still outside the fenced-in nature area, and notice the Berries forming and watch as the wild Pokémon happily eat the Berries and share them with Pikachu and Piplup. Celebi then grabs a Pecha Berry and gives it to Zorua, which it eats before giggling and changing into Celebi. Celebi is surprised and tries to fly with Zorua, but Zorua explains that it can't fly and changes back. Zorua befriends Celebi and asks it to help find Zoroark, and takes off as Celebi, Pikachu, and Piplup follow it out of the nature area.
Ash and the others notice Celebi running off with the other Pokémon, and start to give chase, but find themselves surrounded by Goone's Pokémon, and then held in place and caged by Kodai's drone. Kodai appears on his hoverboard and confirms to Ash and the others that he can see the future, including the obstacles in his way, and asserts that all obstacles will be removed. The panels then close around the cage and Goone takes it back to the airship. Meanwhile, Celebi helps Zorua up a massive tree just outside the old part of the city, as Pikachu and Piplup follow. On a high-up branch, Zorua howls for its mother. Zoroark senses this and continues attacking the sides of her cage. Zorua becomes despondent and runs into a hole in the tree, but Celebi flies over and uses its powers to make a comforting nest for Zorua, which reminds it of its mother's fur and soothes it to sleep.
Rowena is looking through Kodai's files and finds that his most important files are locked behind a password, which she easily guesses. Amongst the files, Rowena finds various images of prophetic ancient texts regarding Celebi, of stainglass windows depicting Celebi and the Time Ripple, of the Time Ripple itself, and of sheets explaining Kodai's gadgets, such as his extending robotic arm. Rowena is then startled by a call from Goone instructing her to stay put. She then sees live video of the cage holding Ash and the others and decides to investigate. She introduces herself to Ash and the others as Kodai's executive secretary, but Karl recognizes her as a fellow investigative journalist. Rowena reveals that she is working undercover and has the complete files of everything she's learned about Kodai and his plans. She and the others then take a boat back into the city. On the way, she explains Kodai's plans to absorb the energy of the Time Ripple to rejuvenate his future visions. She explains that twenty years ago, Kodai received his powers by absorbing the energy of the Time Ripple with the claw of his robotic arm, but the flow of time energy reversed and caused all of the trees and flowers in the city to wither and die.
Kodai checks the final countdown clock for the Time Ripple, but does not find it. However, a vision indicates to him that he needs to go after Celebi itself. As Zorua and the other Pokémon make their way down the big tree, Celebi is spotted by one of Kodai's remote camera drones. Kodai arrives on his hoverboard and tries to take Celebi using Shuppet's Psychic, but Shuppet is stopped by Pikachu's Thunderbolt. Three of Goone's Ninjask then attack Pikachu and Piplup using Shadow Ball. Zorua changes into Tangrowth and creates illusions of vines to hold back Shuppet and Mismagius, but Kodai cancels the illusions with his bracelet and instructs Shuppet to use Shadow Ball. Zorua takes the hit and collapses while calling out for its mother. Zoroark senses this and finally musters enough strength to break out of her cage. Meanwhile, the real Legendary beasts arrive in Crown City and are spotted by Tammy and Joe. Zoroark uses Night Daze to break out of its holding room and then leaps, bursting out the top of the airship. Back at the tree, Kodai grabs Celebi and once again sees a vision of himself absorbing the power of the Time Ripple. Kodai shakes Celebi, demanding to show him more. Celebi screams in pain and, elsewhere, the Time Ripple reveals itself once again. Zorua jumps on Kodai's head causing him to lose control of his hoverboard and crash along with Celebi. Kodai then furiously throws Zorua off his head and onto the ground.
On top of the airship, Zoroark is confronted by the real Legendary beasts, who are convinced that Zoroark is a threat to the city. The Legendary Pokémon all attack, causing the airship to explode. Zoroark emerges from the water before blocking and dodging more attacks from the Legendary beasts. Back at the bottom of the tree, Kodai once again tries to grab Celebi, but Pikachu and Piplup stop him with a Thunderbolt and Bubble Beam, respectively. Goone calls on two of his Scizor, who send Pikachu and Piplup flying. However, they are saved by Dawn's Togekiss as Ash and the others arrive, including Rowena, as previously foreseen by Kodai. Pikachu forces Kodai and Goone away from Celebi and Zorua with Thunderbolt as Ash and Dawn run in to retrieve them, and Piplup uses Bubble Beam to hold back Goone's Ninjask as Ash and the others escape. Goone's other Pokémon begin to pursue but are blocked by the wild Pokémon of Crown City and their Bullet Seed. Ash and the others drive by on a motorboat and Pikachu destroys a remote camera drone with Thunderbolt as they head off down the river. Kodai then sends a small pen-sized spy drone to follow them. Meanwhile, Zoroark's battle with the three Legendary beasts gradually makes its way through the city.
Ash and the others arrive at Joe's workshop and reunite with Tammy and Joe, who are both surprised to see Celebi again. Tammy and Joe are brought up to speed as Brock wraps Celebi's injured arm, while Zorua laments that it could not protect Celebi. Tammy and Joe reveal that they saw the Legendary beasts earlier, and that the Legendary Pokémon believe Zoroark is the real danger to Crown City. Zorua, worried for its mother, leaps for the door. Celebi attempts to follow it, but struggles to fly. Rowena assures that Celebi will be fine if they can get it to the Time Ripple, and explains that Kodai was looking for it by the countdown clocks, but has already searched them with no success. However, Joe reveals that he is the one who designed the countdown clocks and knows that there is one more in the Pokémon Baccer World Cup stadium. Listening through his spy drone, Kodai begins to head towards the stadium. Pikachu hears the spy drone as it begins to take off, and destroys it with Thunderbolt. Rowena identifies the drone as Kodai's, which alerts everyone to the fact that Kodai has heard everything they've said. Ash, his friends, and Zorua resolve to get Celebi to the stadium first. Brock leads the group through a shortcut in the sewers with the help of Bronzor, certain that this time they won't get lost.
Zoroark finds herself surrounded by the Legendary beasts and uses her illusions to trap them in clusters of crystals. Karl and the others arrive and Rowena reveals the illusions with her canceler. Joe scolds Zoroark, and Tammy shouts that the Legendary Pokémon have merely made a mistake. Joe's Mightyena then destroys the illusions. Mightyena, Tangrowth, and the wild Pokémon of Crown City put themselves between Zoroark and the Legendary beasts. Meanwhile, Ash and his friends emerge from the sewers near the stadium before spotting Kodai and Goone. Ash continues to the stadium with Celebi and Bronzor, while Dawn sends out Mamoswine and Brock sends out Croagunk and Sudowoodo. Goone is ordered to deal with Brock and Dawn, while Kodai heads for the stadium. As Kodai approaches from behind, Ash tells Pikachu to use Thunderbolt while Kodai has Mismagius block it with Psywave. Ash then sends Celebi to fly to the Time Ripple with Bronzor as Kodai pursues them into the stadium.
During Goone's battle with Brock and Dawn, Zoroark suddenly rushes in and knocks Goone and his Pokémon out with a slew of attacks. In the stadium, Shuppet uses Thunderbolt on Celebi, revealing that it is actually Zorua, flying with the aid of Bronzor. Bronzor uses Psychic to throw aside Kodai's vehicle, but Kodai's Pokémon quickly knock Bronzor to the ground. Zorua leaps and bites Kodai's arm, though Kodai throws it aside and then grabs it with the claw of his robotic arm. Zoroark senses this and starts heading to the stadium. Just inside the entrance of the stadium, Ash lets the real Celebi out of his backpack and starts searching for the Time Ripple. They spot it, but as they run towards it, Mismagius stops them with Psychic. Kodai then starts walking towards the Time Ripple. However, Zoroark leaps down from above and charges towards Kodai, but he threatens to kill the captured Zorua if she interferes. Kodai then shocks Zorua with his robotic arm. Kodai orders Shuppet to finish off Zoroark as he approaches the Time Ripple and starts absorbing its power, unconcerned that the city's trees and flowers will wither and die again.
As the events that happened twenty years ago start to repeat themselves, Kodai confesses that he was responsible back then as well, but brags that know one will ever know what he's done. As Kodai gloats over his apparent victory, Zoroark smirks, and time appears to start reversing. Kodai is baffled at how this could have been an illusion, until he realizes that Zorua had destroyed his illusion canceler when it bit his arm earlier. Karl and Rowena then reveal that they have captured Kodai's confession on tape. Kodai starts backing up while Zorua manages to get up and start making its way towards its mother. As Zorua and Zoroark draw closer to each other, Kodai orders Shuppet to use Shadow Ball on Zorua, but Zoroark leaps to take the attack instead. Kodai then grabs Zoroark with his robotic arm and begins to shock her, furious at the deception. However, Zoroark breaks free with Dark Pulse, destroying the robotic arm and knocking Kodai and Shuppet back in the process. Dawn and Brock arrive as Piplup knocks Mismagmius back with Bubble Beam, freeing Ash and Celebi from Psychic. Mismagius attempts to attack Ash and Celebi with Psywave, but is blocked by Bronzor's Reflect. Pikachu then defeats Mismagius with Thunderbolt and Volt Tackle before Zoroark defeats Shuppet with another Dark Pulse. Kodai staggers backwards and tries to go for the Time Ripple when the Legendary beasts appear, prompting Kodai to make a run for it instead. Just then, Zoroark collapses.
While Kodai is running away, Zoroark creates an illusion to make him think that he is safe atop his plane, high in the air. However, she quickly cancels the illusion, causing Kodai to fall off the platform he was on and pass out in the stadium field. Zoroark then closes her eyes with a satisfied smile. In tears, Zorua pleads and cries for Zoroark to wake up, creating an illusion of a beautiful grassy field around them — their home. Celebi reaches for the Time Ripple, and Ash brings Celebi closer to it. Celebi then uses the power of the Time Ripple to heal itself and Zoroark. As Zoroark recovers, she and Zorua embrace in a tearful reunion, and Zorua thanks everyone for helping saving its mother. Celebi smiles and then time travels away in billows of light after making the area's greenery bloom.
As Kodai regains consciousness, he awakens to witness his confession being broadcast all over the news and finds himself surrounded by the entire town, including Officer Jenny waiting to arrest him for his crimes. Later, Zoroark and Zorua board a ship heading back to their home with Karl and Rowena. Before they depart, Zorua mischievously takes on the form of Ash before being turned back to his original form when Rowena grabs his tail. Zoroark is likewise in the form of Pikachu before transforming back to her true form after her child is revealed. As the ship sets sail, Ash yells out a promise to Zorua that they will come visit Zorua and Zoroark in their region next.
Later, Ash and his friends cheer and watch the events of the Pokémon Baccer World Cup from the stands. Kodai and Goone are sent to prison for their crimes as the news spreads across the world. The Legendary beasts look on at the ship carrying Zorua and Zoroark, bidding their farewells to the Illusion Pokémon before going their separate ways. Zoroark and Zorua nuzzle each other affectionately as the ship approaches a mist-covered island.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.
- Nurse Joy
- Officer Jenny
- Grings Kodai
- Mother and daughter
- Pokémon Baccer participants
- Professor Rowan
- Crasher Wake
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket)
- Piplup (Dawn's)
- Infernape (Ash's)
- Mamoswine (Dawn's)
- Togekiss (Dawn's)
- Sudowoodo (Brock's)
- Croagunk (Brock's)
- Tangrowth (Tammy's)
- Mightyena (Joe's)
- Bronzor (Karl's)
- Misdreavus (Grings Kodai's; flashback)
- Mismagius (Grings Kodai's)
- Shuppet (Grings Kodai's)
- Scizor (Goone's; ×2)
- Ninjask (Goone's; multiple)
- Beldum (Pokémon Baccer participant's)
- Metang (Pokémon Baccer participant's)
- Metagross (Pokémon Baccer participant's)
- Elekid (Pokémon Baccer participant's)
- Electabuzz (Pokémon Baccer participant's)
- Electivire (Pokémon Baccer participant's)
- Zorua (wild)
- Zoroark (wild)
- Suicune (Shiny)
- Raikou (Shiny)
- Entei (Shiny)
- Celebi (wild)
- Hoppip (multiple)
- Skiploom (multiple)
- Jumpluff (multiple)
- Beautifly (multiple)
- Vigoroth (multiple)
- Yanmega (balloon)
- Sunflora (multiple)
- Surskit (multiple)
- Masquerain (multiple)
- Yanma (multiple)
- Zigzagoon (multiple)
- Starly (multiple)
- Shroomish (multiple)
- Wooper (multiple)
- Ledyba (multiple)
- Kricketot (multiple)
- Sunkern (multiple)
- Breloom (multiple)
- Staraptor (Ash's)
- Torterra (Ash's)
- Buizel (Ash's)
- Gible (Ash's)
- Buneary (Dawn's)
- Pachirisu (Dawn's)
- Cyndaquil (Dawn's)
- Happiny (Brock's)
- Donphan (Ethan's)
- Pidgey (multiple)
- Pidgeotto (multiple)
- Pidgeot (multiple)
- Pelipper (multiple)
- Remoraid (multiple)
- Magikarp (multiple)
- Luvdisc (multiple)
- Wobbuffet (Jessie's)
- Glameow (Johanna's)
- Glameow (Zoey's)
- Empoleon (Barry's)
- Kricketune (Nando's)
- Plusle (Ursula's)
- Minun (Ursula's)
- Rampardos (Roark's)
- Roserade (Gardenia's)
- Lucario (Maylene's)
- Floatzel (Crasher Wake's)
- Drifblim (Fantina's)
- Bastiodon (Byron's)
- Abomasnow (Candice's)
- Raichu (Volkner's)
- Beautifly (Aaron's)
- Hippowdon (Bertha's)
- Infernape (Flint's)
- Bronzong (Lucian's)
- Garchomp (Cynthia's)
- Rhyperior (Palmer's)
- Magnezone (Pokémon Baccer participant's)
- Luxray (Pokémon Baccer participant's)
- Magneton (Pokémon Baccer participant's)
In Japan, people who pre-ordered tickets to the movie received a Shiny Legendary beast; Entei, Raikou or Suicune. In North America, these were distributed at GameStop stores, with a certain amount of time allotted for each of the three Pokémon. They were also later distributed via Wi-Fi for European language games and locally in South Korea. The Shiny Legendary beasts allow players to encounter Zoroark at the Lostlorn Forest when migrated into a Generation V game.
A Celebi could also be downloaded in the cinema when the film was showing in theaters. In addition, Celebi was distributed at GameStop stores at the Pokémon Black and White Sampling Tour and other GameStop stores soon afterward. These Celebi allow players to befriend Zorua at Castelia City.
Those who attended the Black and White Tour in the United States and obtained tickets to the movie could turn in their ticket stubs later on to receive a giant Pokémon TCG card featuring Celebi and Zorua.
- Main article: Ruler of Illusions: Zoroark Music Collection
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- Main article: Zoroark: Master of Illusions (manga)
- This movie was released between DP183 and DP184 in Japan. However, it chronologically takes place sometime before the aforementioned episodes, as they are placed in the middle of the Lily of the Valley Conference.
- This is the only Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl movie that is a standalone movie. The other three Diamond & Pearl movies are part of a trilogy. As such, it is the only Diamond & Pearl movie not to star a member of the Pokémon of Myth.
- The movie's fictitious setting is based on various locations in the Netherlands and Belgium, such as Magere Brug, Amstel River, Kinderdijk, and Brussels.
- This movie marks the first time all three of the Legendary beasts appear at the same time in the anime, and also the first time Raikou receives a starring role in a movie.
- This is the third movie so far that does not have a Legendary Pokémon as the main featured Pokémon, the first being Spell of the Unown: Entei and the second being Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.
- This movie ends with Team Rocket being the last characters to appear before the ending credits. This is a pattern found in early movies, which stopped occurring after Celebi: The Voice of the Forest, and has not happened again.
- The teaser trailer shown at the end of Arceus and the Jewel of Life showed Ho-Oh and Lugia locked in an aerial battle, while a later trailer showed a strange city and Ash meeting a darker version of himself. None of these elements made it into the final movie.
- This movie was released in Taiwan on July 30, 2010, which was just 20 days after its Japanese premiere.
- Professor Rowan, Rhonda, Johanna, Paul, Zoey, Barry, Nando, Kenny, Conway, Ursula, Cynthia and Palmer make cameo appearances in the movie's credits, along with the Sinnoh Gym Leaders Ash battled and Elite Four. Most of them appear with one of their Pokémon.
- Ethan makes a cameo in the beginning of the movie with a Donphan, seen in battle with Ash.
- The Officer Jenny seen in this movie has a star symbol on her hat, which was the same symbol worn by the Jenny in Viridian City (who was also the first Officer Jenny to appear in the anime).
- This is the only anime appearance of a Generation V Pokémon prior to Pokémon the Series: Black & White.
- When Team Rocket sees Zoroark, Jessie asks "Who's that Pokémon?". While this is obviously a reference to the feature of the same name in the TV show, it may also be a premonition that it would return to the show starting with the next season.
- During the scene where Celebi flies around the city, when it calms the feuding Pokémon, and when it revives Zoroark, remade versions of the Voice of the Forest melody from Celebi: The Voice of the Forest can be heard.
- The movie was shown at local theaters during the Pokémon Black Version and White Version Tour between February 5, 2011 and March 20, 2011 in the United States.
- This makes it the first movie shown in U.S. theaters since Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias in 2003.
- In the initial Cartoon Network broadcasts, the entire prologue was cut, with the movie beginning immediately at the title sequence. These scenes are present in the theatrical version.
- As of this movie, Ash has seen all the Legendary Pokémon from the first four generations at least once.
- Karl's cap has a picture of a Woobat on it; that Pokémon had only been officially revealed four days prior to this movie's release.
- During the Pokémon Baccer match, the announcer titles Kodai's team as the Nimbasa Legends. Nimbasa City is a city that appears in Generation V, hinting to Kodai's possible origins.
- During the title sequence, after Zoroark: Master of Illusions is displayed, a part of the music from Lostlorn Forest can be heard.
- This movie marks the debut of the made-up writing system created for the anime, which would start being used consistently from Pokémon the Series: Black & White onward.
- This movie marks the first anime appearance of a Beldum other than the one that belonged to Morrison.
- In the credits, Palmer's Rhyperior's mouth was the same color as its horn and the top-most part of its body.
- During Kodai's "apology" broadcast, Peg can be briefly seen standing with Ash and his friends. Her eyes are drawn oval-shaped, with visible pupils, as opposed to all of the other times in the movie when she is drawn without pupils.
- As Ash asks "What do you mean?" in the scene when Ash and his friends were trapped in the cage by Kodai, Dawn's hair clip is the same color as her hair.
- Among the Pokémon using Bullet Seed is Kricketune, a Pokémon unable to legally learn the move.
- Near the end of the movie, while Kodai is pursuing Bronzor and Zorua (disguised as Celebi), his illusion canceler failed to reveal Zorua's disguise even though it was not yet broken at that point.
- Zorua calls Zoroark "Meema" instead of "Maa".
- In the original version, the password to Kodai's secret files was "Time Ripple". In the English dub it is "V-I-S-I-O-N". This is likely due to "Time Ripple" having 6 characters in Japanese kana but 11 letters in English.
- During the climax of the movie in Japanese, Zorua says "Maa... I couldn't do anything", while in the English dub, he instead says the much darker phrase of "I guess there isn't much time left for me..." implying that he expects to die.
- While Zorua is in Tangrowth's arm after being hit by Sleep Powder, he mumbles "I'm not sleepy...!" in Japanese, while in English he remains silent.
- Ice Cream Syndrome is replaced as the ending song of the movie by a new song titled I Believe in You.
- Zorua was originally told by Zoroark never to talk to humans, but in the dub, was told never to talk to strangers.
In other languages
|Albanian||Pokémon – Zoroark: Mjeshtri Iluzionis|
|Mandarin||幻影の霸者 索羅亞克 *|
幻影的霸者 索罗亚克 *
|Danish||Pokémon – Zoroark: Illusionernes Mester|
|Dutch||Pokémon – Zoroark: Meester der Illusie|
|Finnish||Pokémon – Zoroark: Illuusioiden Mestari|
|European French||Pokémon – Zoroark, le Maître des Illusions|
|Hindi||Zoroark - मायाजाल का उस्ताद Zoroark - Mayajaal ka Ustaad*|
|Italian||Il Re Delle Illusioni - Zoroark|
|Korean||환영의 패왕 조로아크|
|Norwegian||Pokémon – Zoroark: Illusjonens Mester|
|Polish||Pokémon – Zoroark: Mistrz Iluzji|
|Portuguese||Brazil||Pokémon – Zoroark - Mestre das Ilusões|
|Portugal||Pokémon – Zoroark - Mestre de Ilusões|
|Russian||Покемон - Зороарк: повелитель иллюзий|
|Spanish||Latin America||Pokémon – Zoroark, el maestro de ilusiones|
|Spain||Pokémon – Zoroark, el maestro de ilusiones|
|Swedish||Pokémon – Zoroark: Illusionernas Mästare|
|Turkish||İlizyonların Efendisi: Zoroark|
- Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions on Prime Video (English)
- Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions on Google Play (English)
- Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions on iTunes (English)
- Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions on Pokémon.com (English)
- Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions at IMDb
- Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions at Wikipedia
- Official website for Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions (Chinese)
- Official website for Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions on the Wayback Machine (English)
- Official website for Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions (Japanese)
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