M18 : Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
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Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
ボルケニオンと機巧のマギアナ Volcanion and the Mechanical Magearna
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Japan July 16, 2016
United States December 5, 2016
Home video
Japan December 14, 2016
United States March 21, 2017
English themes
Opening Stand Tall
Ending Soul-Heart
Japanese themes
Opening XY&Z -movie ver.-
Ending ポストに声を投げ入れて
United States TV-Y7
Great Britain ?
Ireland ?
Canada ?
Quebec ?
Japan G
Germany ?
Australia G
New Zealand G

Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel (Japanese: ポケモン・ザ・ムービー XY&Z ボルケニオンと機巧のマギアナ Pokémon the Movie XY&Z: Volcanion and the Mechanical Magearna) is the third and final Pokémon the Series: XY movie and the nineteenth Pokémon movie overall. It was released in Japan on July 16, 2016 and premiered in the United States on December 5, 2016 on Disney XD alongside the first two episodes of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon. The English dub first premiered in Australia and New Zealand on November 4, 2016. It first aired in the United Kingdom on CITV on November 19, 2016 after Valuable Experience for All!, and aired in Singapore and Malaysia on November 24, 2016.

It was first hinted at in a teaser following M18 in Japan featuring Zygarde in its Zygarde Core and Complete Formes. Volcanion was revealed to have a starring role in the film in the January 2016 issue of CoroCoro. The March 2016 issue of CoroCoro revealed the film's title and the new Pokémon Magearna as another of its stars.

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In this latest cinematic adventure, Ash meets the Mythical Pokémon Volcanion when it crashes down from the sky, creating a cloud of dust—and a mysterious force binds the two of them together! Volcanion despises humans and tries to get away, but it’s forced to drag Ash along as it continues its rescue mission. They arrive in a city of cogs and gears, where a corrupt minister has stolen the ultimate invention: the Artificial Pokémon Magearna, created 500 years ago. He plans to use its mysterious power to take control of this mechanical kingdom! Can Ash and Volcanion work together to rescue Magearna? One of the greatest battles in Pokémon history is about to unfold!


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

A man and woman piloting an airship carrying a special container notice that their craft is being pursued by Volcanion. The woman, Cherie, tells her co-pilot Levi to go out and deal with Volcanion, who lands on the ship's deck. Levi sends out an Alakazam and Glalie, then uses a jeweled bracelet to activate a power he calls "Mega Wave", forcibly transforming his Pokémon into their Mega Evolved forms. Volcanion engages Mega Alakazam and Mega Glalie in battle, but Levi manages to fit an electronic band around one of its legs. Volcanion deflects a second band, but Levi has Mega Glalie freeze Volcanion in a block of ice before launching it off the ship.

Ash and his friends continue their travels. Ash and Clemont have a battle to train, but shortly afterward, Volcanion crashes down onto the scene like an icy meteor. When the steam from Volcanion thawing clears, Ash discovers the band Volcanion deflected earlier now attached to himself. Volcanion tries to leave, only for Ash to be forcibly pulled to the band on its leg. Clemont discovers that the bands are forming a magnetic chain between Ash and Volcanion. Angered by the presence of humans near it, Volcanion flies off in pursuit of Levi and Cherie, taking Ash along unwillingly. En route, Volcanion briefly lands at a café, where Team Rocket notice Ash with it and decide to follow.

At a castle, Levi and Cherie present the container to their boss, Cabinet Minister Alva, and a boy who is with him. It turns out to contain Magearna, a Pokémon. The boy introduces himself as Prince Raleigh of the Azoth Kingdom, the land where Magearna was originally born five hundred years prior. Volcanion suddenly appears with Ash, prompting Alva to activate Mega Wave on his Shiny Gengar along with Alakazam and Glalie using his staff. Volcanion is again frozen, and while Ash is stuck near it, Raleigh explains to him that Magearna is an artificial Pokémon created by the inventor Nikola, surprising him. Meanwhile, Raleigh's older sister Kimia launches her flying device to observe Volcanion after being informed of its presence by her assistant, Flamel. As Volcanion thaws out, Ash's Pokémon arrive and assist in overwhelming the three Mega Evolved Pokémon and creating enough confusion for Volcanion to escape with Magearna, angering Alva. Levi and Cherie soon find Team Rocket scaling the side of the castle and capture them.

Under a bridge, Ash reunites with his friends, and they all introduce themselves to Magearna. Volcanion tries to keep the humans away from Magearna, as it does not trust them, prompting Magearna to scold it. Serena gives Ash new clothing to replace his water-damaged outfit, while Clemont tries and fails to remove the bands bonding Ash and Volcanion together. As a result, Ash and his friends are forced to accompany Volcanion and Magearna back to their home, the Nebel Plateau. Elsewhere, Alva meets with Team Rocket in his office and realizes that they know Ash well. Seeing an opportunity, he recruits them to his cause.

That night, while en route to the Nebel Plateau, Ash's group is attacked by Team Rocket, who now possess Mega Wave bracelets supplied to them by Alva which they use to Mega Evolve the Heracross and Pinsir given to them. Ash and Volcanion try to fight them off while Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie flee with Magearna, only for them to fall into a pitfall trap left by Team Rocket. To end the fight, Volcanion explodes using Steam Eruption; Kimia also appears with her own shiny Mega Gardevoir to defeat Team Rocket. Clemont gives Ash a protective suit he developed so that the next time Volcanion explodes, he will not be hurt. Kimia tells the group about Alva and her brother: Raleigh held a great interest in arcane science, the practices Nikola used, so Alva tutored him in both arcane science and the history of the Azoth Kingdom. Raleigh trusts Alva completely, but Kimia does not and suspects he holds an ulterior motive.

At the Nebel Plateau, Volcanion reveals that all the Pokémon living there were harmed by humans and thus fear them. The group begins earning the trust of the plateau's Pokémon by bringing out their own Pokémon and helping to drive off a Pokémon hunter who appears to try and capture an Amaura. Ash goes with Volcanion into the cave where it lives, but when it enters a pool to recharge its reserves of water, Clemont's protective suit malfunctions and explodes. The group realizes that the acid produced by the Gulpin living in the cave can dissolve the bands linking Ash to Volcanion, so they do so. Volcanion tells Ash to leave, but Ash refuses and continues to argue with Volcanion.

Later, Alva and his forces invade the Nebel Plateau, flooding the area with smoke. He deploys traps to capture most of the Pokémon and humans, while Levi and Cherie come down from the airship with a large army of Pokémon. They threaten Magearna that they will torture the humans and Pokémon, including Ash and Volcanion, using electricity until it submits and goes with them. Unable to watch its friends get tortured, Magearna surrenders and is taken to Alva and Raleigh by the army's Steelix. Raleigh expresses his excitement that their plans can succeed, but Alva betrays him and has Gengar paralyze Magearna. He opens the hatch on Magearna's chest, revealing its Soul-Heart, which he tries to remove. Raleigh tries to stop him, but Levi holds him and forces him to watch as Alva removes the Soul-Heart, effectively "killing" Magearna. Having no more use for it, Alva has Gengar discard Magearna's body before ordering the entire army to use Hyper Beam, seemingly killing all of the humans and Pokémon below, including Raleigh's sister. Alva tells the horrified prince that he will now be able to seize control of the Azoth Kingdom before having Gengar put him to sleep.

Down below, the humans and Pokémon survived the mass Hyper Beam through a combination of Safeguard and Dig. They find Magearna's body and resolve to get the Soul-Heart back from Alva so they can revive Magearna. Alva, meanwhile, blasts Jessie and James off when they try to steal the Soul-Heart back from him once Meowth realizes Magearna's soul is still alive inside of it, keeping Meowth held hostage. While riding Kimia's flying craft back to the Azoth Kingdom, Volcanion tells the group of how it first met Magearna in the flower field of the Nebel Plateau hundreds of years ago. Flamel contacts Kimia and informs her that Alva intends to use the Soul-Heart to activate the hidden mechanisms within the castle, which Nikola designed to defend the kingdom in case of attack. When he installs the Soul-Heart in the mechanism, the castle transforms and rises out of the ground, becoming a flying fortress. Alva spots Kimia's craft approaching and becomes excited to test the weapons the fortress contains. Power drains from the Soul-Heart into a laser cannon on the fortress, but it fails to fire. Meowth realizes that Magearna is actively fighting Alva's commands.

Ash sends all of his Pokémon out, and the group lands on the castle to meet Levi, Cherie, and the entire Mega Wave army head-on. As a massive battle breaks out, Volcanion pierces the ground, allowing itself, Ash, Kimia, Greninja and Kimia's Gardevoir to head for the control room. They arrive and confront Alva, only to be caught in the same torture traps he used earlier. Now aware of Magearna fighting him, Alva decides to break its spirit completely by forcing it to fire the laser at the Nebel Plateau. With Gengar controlling it, Magearna cannot stop the laser from firing, and the shock of destroying its home causes its soul to fade from within the Soul-Heart. Alva fires the laser at the Nebel Plateau again, but all of the Pokémon there team up to block it. Their power is not enough, so Squishy jumps off the fortress and absorbs a massive number of Zygarde Cells, briefly transforming into its Complete Forme to block the laser with Dragon Pulse (although this Forme is not seen by anyone else). Volcanion tries to use Steam Eruption to destroy the traps but runs out of water. It still manages to tear the traps off, causing Alva to panic and order Gengar to attack. Pikachu counteracts with Electro Ball and Thunderbolt, knocking Alva and Gengar back. Ash climbs the mechanism with Greninja, grabs Alva's dropped staff, and jams it into the machinery, breaking the Mega Wave jewel in it. Gengar immediately reverts to its original form and flees, and Levi and Cherie's bracelets break, releasing their entire army as well. Jessie and James, who hitched a ride on Kimia's craft earlier, free Meowth while Raleigh wakes up and reunites with his sister. However, Alva takes advantage of the distraction to lock the fortress on a collision course with the Nebel Plateau, hoping to kill all of his enemies. He attempts to flee using an Arcane Science jetpack, but Greninja uses Water Shuriken and breaks it, sending Alva spiraling to the forest below. Ash re-installs the Soul-Heart in Magearna, but because of what Alva did to it, it appears to have lost its memory and personality.

Raleigh discovers he is unable to override the controls of the fortress and stop the crash. The group plans to destroy the castle from within the engine room, but Ash refuses to let Volcanion carry the plan out, as he realizes it will be a suicide mission. Instead, Volcanion helps the humans and Pokémon evacuate the castle, but at the last minute, it jumps back inside, intending to sacrifice itself. Apologizing for not being able to save Magearna, Volcanion explodes once Kimia has completed the evacuation, destroying the fortress.

At the Nebel Plateau, Ash, his friends, Kimia and Raleigh mourn Volcanion's death and Magearna's state with the Pokémon living there. A thick fog suddenly envelops the area, and Volcanion appears, having barely survived. The sight of Volcanion snaps Magearna back to its true self, but Volcanion collapses, seemingly dead. Desperate to save its friend, Magearna produces flowers from its arms. The pollen gets in Volcanion's nose and makes it sneeze, reviving it much to everyone's delight. Now back to health, Volcanion gives Pikachu and the other Pokémon the distinction of being honorary members of the Nebel Plateau. Team Rocket, watching from nearby, expresses satisfaction at how things turned out.

In the credits, the Nebel Plateau Pokémon gather the wreckage of the fortress and bury it in a huge hole. Ash and his friends return to the Azoth Kingdom with Kimia and Raleigh, where Bonnie proposes to Flamel on Clemont's behalf. Later, Kimia and Gardevoir discover Alva tangled in the wreckage of his jetpack in a tree. She arrests him using the magnetic bands used on Volcanion and Ash, keeping him from fleeing even though he attempts to. Levi and Cherie are also imprisoned. Taking Ash's advice, Raleigh goes out on a Pokémon journey of his own with his Slurpuff to see the world and learn about more than just history. Kimia watches him leave from what remains of the castle. Magearna continues to live in peace at the Nebel Plateau with the other Pokémon, while Volcanion watches over them from its cave.

Featured Pokémon

Major events

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





Intro only


Ash Sarah Natochenny Satoshi Rica Matsumoto サトシ 松本梨香
Pikachu Ikue Ohtani Pikachu Ikue Ohtani ピカチュウ 大谷育江
Serena Haven Paschall Serena Mayuki Makiguchi セレナ 牧口真幸
Clemont Mike Liscio Citron Yūki Kaji シトロン 梶裕貴
Bonnie Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld Eureka Mariya Ise ユリーカ 伊瀬茉莉也
Dedenne Megumi Satou Dedenne Megumi Satou シトロンのデデンネ 佐藤恵
Squishy Billy Bob Thompson Puni-chan Yūki Kaji プニちゃん 梶裕貴
Jessie Michele Knotz Musashi Megumi Hayashibara ムサシ 林原めぐみ
James Carter Cathcart Kojirō Shin-ichiro Miki コジロウ 三木眞一郎
Meowth Carter Cathcart Nyarth Inuko Inuyama ニャース 犬山イヌコ
Wobbuffet Kayzie Rogers Sonans Yūji Ueda ソーナンス うえだゆうじ
Narration Rodger Parsons Narration Unshō Ishizuka ナレーション 石塚運昇
Special appearances by
Volcanion Mike Pollock Volcanion Somegorō Ichikawa ボルケニオン 市川染五郎
Magearna Yuka Terasaki Magearna Yuka Terasaki マギアナ 寺崎裕香
Alva Billy Bob Thompson Jarvis Kōichi Yamadera ジャービス 山寺宏一
Kimia Riley Joseph Kimia Mayu Matsuoka キミア 松岡茉優
Raleigh Laurie Hymes Racel Shōko Nakagawa ラケル 中川翔子
Levi Jake Paque Dohga Yasuyuki Kase ドーガ 加瀬康之
Cherie Eileen Stevens Ether Kanako Tōjō イーサ 東條加那子
Nikola Scottie Ray Éliphas Tomomichi Nishimura エリファス 西村知道
Flamel Aurora Bea Flamel Sanae Kobayashi フラメル 小林沙苗


Main article: Volcanion and the Mechanical Magearna Music Collection


Greninja distribution artwork

A CoroCoro sponsored election was issued to decide the distribution Pokémon for the movie, among others. Greninja won first place, with runner ups including Arceus, Mew, Pikachu, and Sylveon as second, third, fourth, and fifth place, respectively, as well as Simisear ranking last place at 720. When distributed, Greninja came with a Master Ball as a held item.

Similarly, Simisear acted as a distribution Pokémon at various Pokémon Center stores in Japan from June 25 to July 15, 2016 as a consolation for being put in last place in the elections. This particular Simisear came at Level 5, have the moves Work Up, Hone Claws, Power-Up Punch, and Giga Impact, and is equipped with an Air Balloon.

Other events took place between June 17 and July 8 (with it potentially ending earlier if the codes run out before the latter date) and between July 9 and July 15, passcodes are distributed that allow the player to download a Mega Gardevoir and Mega Gengar, respectively, that are modeled after Kimia and Alva's respective Pokémon. The latter code is good until August 31.

In addition, a special disk for Pokémon Ga-Olé with a QR Code on it was distributed at theaters. The QR Code can be scanned in Pokémon Sun and Moon's QR Scanner to allow the player to receive the Mythical Pokémon Magearna.

Manga adaptation

Main article: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel (manga)



  • At one point in the movie, Levi and Cherie send out their entire Mega Wave army, which consists of 14 Pokémon, even though it should not be possible for a single person to carry more than six Pokémon (allowing a maximum of 12 for two people).
  • In the Brazilian Portuguese dub, when Volcanion is about to explode the fortress, Ash says it is outside of the water, instead of without water.
  • After kicking Mega Sharpedo during the Mega Evolution fight, Hawlucha's mouth is red instead of white.
  • After Mega Evolving, Kimia's Gardevoir's torso is colored blue instead of black.
  • When Kimia arrests Alva during the credits, her Gardevoir's Gardevoirite and necklace are missing.

Dub edits

  • After the flower field is destroyed by the flying fortress's laser, the sound of Magearna screaming is removed from the dub.
  • At one hour, ten minutes, and fifteen seconds into the movie, 37 frames of animation depicting Ash, Pikachu, Greninja, Kimia, and Gardevoir being shocked by Alva's charged chains are cut from the English dub.
  • XY&Z is replaced by Stand Tall as the opening theme.
  • Mailing out My Voice is replaced by Soul-Heart as the ending theme.

In other languages

See also

External links


Pokémon movies
Original series
Mewtwo Strikes BackThe Power of OneSpell of the Unown: EnteiCelebi: The Voice of the ForestPokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
Jirachi: Wish MakerDestiny DeoxysLucario and the Mystery of MewPokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl
The Rise of DarkraiGiratina and the Sky WarriorArceus and the Jewel of LifeZoroark: Master of Illusions
Pokémon the Series: Black & White
White—Victini and Zekrom / Black—Victini and ReshiramKyurem VS. The Sword of JusticeGenesect and the Legend Awakened
Pokémon the Series: XY
Diancie and the Cocoon of DestructionHoopa and the Clash of AgesVolcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
I Choose You!The Power of UsMewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Secrets of the Jungle
M18 : Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
Pokémon movies
M20 : I Choose You!
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