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On its way from [[Eterna City]] to [[Celestic Town]], a police plane carrying the {{DL|Legendary artifacts|Adamant Orb}} is attacked by hoard of {{p|Golbat}} as well as a {{TP|Saturn|Toxicroak}}. The attack is led by [[Saturn]] of [[Team Galactic]] who notes that everything is going perfectly to plan.
 
At the Celestic Town [[Pokémon Center]], {{an|Brock}} and {{an|Dawn}} are packing to head out while {{Ash}} is perfecting a technique to counter [[Fantina]]'s {{m|Hypnosis}} based on {{TP|Dawn|Ambipom}}'s contest battle [[DP095|the previous day]]. However, the {{pkmn|training}} is put on hold when news soon breaks that the Adamant Orb was successfully stolen by [[Team Galactic]], and the gang learns that the Adamant Orb was on its way to the [[Celestic Town Historical Research Center]], which is currently studying the Adamant Orb's counterpart, the {{DL|Legendary artifacts|Lustrous Orb}}. They also learn that [[Cynthia]] is coming to Celestic Town, and decide to head to the Research Center to see her. Just then [[Nurse Joy]] arrives and Brock begins to hit on her; however, after a few seconds Brock gets the feeling that something is wrong... and realizes that {{TP|Brock|Croagunk}} didn't stop his misguided romantic attempts, instead choosing to stare out the window, a fact which gives Brock slight alarm.
 
Outside the Pokémon Center, [[Jessie]], [[James]] and {{MTR}} plot to steal the {{DL|Legendary artifacts|Lustrous Orb}} before Team Galactic can.
At the Research Center, {{ashfr|the gang}} meets up with Cynthia, who introduces them to her grandmother, [[Professor Carolina]], head of the Celestic Town Historical Research Center. On a nearby rooftop, [[Saturn]] recognizes Ash and co. as the group that [[DP069|interfered]] with their plan to steal the meteorites from [[Veilstone City]], and warns [[Mars]] about them. [[Cyrus]] approaches the Research Center using his cover as a world-famous mogul while Mars and Saturn prepare their attack. As Croagunk once again stares off into space instead of stopping Brock from hitting on Cynthia, Ash and Dawn also take note of Croagunk's strange behavior. Team Rocket disguise themselves as police officers in order to gain entry into the Research Center.
 
Inside the Research Center, Professor Carolina explains the town's connection to {{p|Dialga}} and {{p|Palkia}}, as well as her own extensive research. Dawn and Ash recognize {{p|Mesprit}} and {{p|Azelf}} from a carving of the [[Lake{{an|lake guardians]]}} (though they do not know their names), and relay [[DP001|their]] [[DP078|experiences]] with the two Pokémon. Cynthia tells the gang that Mesprit represents Emotion and Azelf represents Willpower. Cynthia also tells everyone that there is a third Lake Guardian at [[Lake Acuity]] near [[Snowpoint City]], {{p|Uxie}} who represents Knowledge. Brock realizes that Uxie is the Pokémon they heard about from {{an|May}} and [[Zoey]] during the [[Wallace Cup]]. Cyrus suggests that Professor Carolina show Ash and Dawn the Lustrous Orb. In the Celestic Ruins, behind the Research Center, Mars' gang finishes setting up explosive charges.
 
Team Rocket, still in disguise as police officers, relieve the officers guarding the Lustrous Orb, but before they can sneak into the room, [[Officer Jenny]] leads Ash and co. down the hallway. Professor Carolina uses a key card and a palm scanner to open the room with the Lustrous Orb, where both Ash and Dawn examine the item, but feel nothing. This enrages Cyrus, who reveals that the Lustrous Orb may be directly connected to {{p|Arceus|the dawn of time}}. As Cyrus tries to coax more information out of Ash and Dawn, Mars sets off the explosives, causing a panic within the Research Center. Professor Carolina finds that the door to the room with the Lustrous Orb won't reseal. The security system of the Research Center is revealed to have been compromised, which leads Cynthia to suggest moving the Lustrous Orb. Ash volunteers to help protect the orb, and Officer Jenny recruits the in-disguise Team Rocket to help, as well.
* The dub title for this episode is a reference to the phrase "losing its luster".
* Prior to [[DP097|the next episode]]'s actual dub title being revealed, [http://schedule.cartoonnetwork.com Cartoon Network] had listed this episode's dub title with a "(Part 1)" attached, causing some confusion over the next episode's dub title.
 
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[[Category:Diamond & Pearl series episodes|096]]
[[Category:Episodes written by Atsuhiro Tomioka|562]]