In the anime
Ash and his friends accidentally stumbled on Project R in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution, while making their way towards Mahogany Town. Professor Sebastian was revealed to be the mastermind behind the entire operation, while Tyson managed the Team Rocket Grunts and mitigated any incoming threats to the project. Lance went on to infiltrate the Team Rocket research facility in disguise and learned more of Team Rocket's intentions.
The operation was intended to make Team Rocket's Pokémon evolve to be stronger, creating the ultimate Pokémon army. However, it only led a Lake of Rage Magikarp to evolve into a Red Gyarados. Team Rocket later retrieved the Red Gyarados in the hopes of studying it further to perfect their technology. Professor Sebastian was thrilled to learn that the evolution-inducing waves also caused the Pokémon in the area, including Ash's Pikachu, to become lethargic and appear sick.
The ploy was later intercepted and ultimately failed in Rage Of Innocence, thanks to Lance and his Dragonite's efforts. Officer Jenny made several arrests including Tyson, though Professor Sebastian had already fled the scene in a helicopter. Lance also went on to catch the Red Gyarados.
|This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|