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'''Tough Guy Trials!''' (Japanese: '''ちょーワルおやじはしまキング!?''' ''The Big Old Thug is an {{tt|Island King|Island Kahuna}}!?'') is the 74th episode of the {{series|Sun & Moon}}, and the 1,013th episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It first aired in Japan on May 10, 2018, in New Zealand on August 31, 2018, in Canada on September 29, 2018, and is scheduled to air in the United States on October 13, 2018.
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==Blurb==
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<i>Ash can’t contain his excitement as he arrives on Ula’ula Island for his next grand trial. But Nanu, the island kahuna, has other ideas and leads Ash to believe someone else is the kahuna. To Nanu’s dismay, Acerola blows his cover and convinces him to grant Ash a “pre-trial” battle. Nanu is convinced Ash isn’t ready, and after his Krookodile soundly defeats Ash’s Lycanroc, he seems to prove his point. But Ash never gives up, and he vows to stay on the island and train hard for a rematch!</i>
 
==Plot==
{{Ash}} and his Pokémon do some push-ups on their boat while they wait to arrive on [[Ula'ula Island]]. {{Rotom}} soon alerts Ash that their destination is up ahead. In a flashback, Ash recalls that {{an|Professor Kukui}} revealed to his students that he dreamed of opening the Alola [[Pokémon League]] and required their assistance to make it a reality. Both Ash and {{an|Kiawe}} had gotten fired up by the news and decided to take part in the League.
 
On the island, [[Jessie]] and {{TP|Jessie|Mimikyu}} admire their new [[Z-Ring]], much to the disappointment of {{MTR}} and [[James]], who are eager to use it with {{TP|James|Mareanie}}. Jessie's posing is interrupted by Mimikyu, who spots Ash and his Pokémon as they arrive on Ula'ula Island. {{TRT}} realizes that Ash has traveled alone, and with their new [[Z-Crystal]]s, they may very well defeat him in {{pkmn|battle}}. Meanwhile, {{an|Bewear}} remains unaware that Team Rocket is away and has left their button-eyed robots back at the hideout.
 
[[Nanu]] walks sluggishly past the {{rt|17|Alola|Po Town Police Office}}, yawns, and plans on taking a nap. He is soon confronted by [[Officer Jenny]] and {{p|Oricorio}}, who have come to check on him. Nanu denies that he was planning on taking a nap and turns back to the police station. Jenny salutes him as he returns to his hungry and meowing {{alorf|Alolan}} {{p|Meowth}}. He quickly feeds them, but his relaxation is again interrupted by a phone call from {{an|Giovanni}}. Giovanni admits that he was surprised to learn that Nanu became a police officer and an [[Island Kahuna]], before asking him about the "{{p|Necrozma|Blinding One}}". He ignores Giovanni's query and hangs up after hearing someone calling for him from outside.
 
Nanu steps out of his office to see Ash smothered by his Alolan Meowth. {{AP|Poipole}} shoots out some red sludge, though the Alolan Meowth respond by scratching it, which then turns into a full-blown melee. The find soon ends with Rotom scolding Poipole for sparking the fight, and Nanu comes to Ash's assistance, criticizing his conduct. Ash stands up immediately and greets Nanu, hoping that he is the Island Kahuna. Nanu attempts to lie to Ash, stating that the person Ash is looking for is one of his coworkers who is busy on patrol. Ash formally introduces himself, while Nanu admires his rare Poipole and {{AP|Lycanroc}}. Poipole squirts some red sludge onto Nanu, though Ash has Poipole apologize for its actions. Nanu invites Ash into the police station so he could clean himself up. Upon seeing his Alolan Meowth hungry again, Nanu asks if Ash could feed and play with them while he waits for the Island Kahuna to arrive. Ash agrees, while Nanu leaves for someplace. While Ash is bitten and scratched, Rotom and his Pokémon, except for {{AP|Torracat}}, enjoy the playtime and are left exhausted.
[[Acerola]] and her Mimikyu, Mimikins, enter the police station, looking for Nanu, though she instead finds Ash and his Pokémon. Ash explains that he was waiting for another officer to arrive, but Acerola laughs and reveals that her uncle Nanu is the only stationed officer. Rotom is sent into a spin after he tries to take pictures of Mimikins, but all of the photographs come out with an odd haze. Acerola reveals that Mimikins is an actual ghost, much to Ash and Rotom's surprise. Acerola escorts Ash to her workplace, the [[Malie City]] Library.
 
Poipole is enthralled by its book-filled surroundings, though it soon stops flying around to focus on a page that depicts {{DL|List of Pokémon with form differences|Necrozma|Ultra Necrozma}}, with {{p|Lunala}} and {{p|Solgaleo}} standing on either side of it. Acerola explains the legend of the "Blinding One", a Pokémon said to shine brighter than anything else in the world. She details that when [[Alola]] had just formed, it was entirely dark, but the arrival of three Legendary Pokémon showered the area in light. As a result, the people of Alola were immensely grateful for the "Blinding One's" efforts and have continued to pass on the story throughout the generations. Acerola states that Nanu believes that the "Blinding One" may be an [[Ultra Beast]]. Team Rocket happens to overhear the conversation from outside and looks forward to revealing the new information to {{an|Giovanni|the Boss}}.
 
Sometime later, Ash is busy feeding {{AP|Rowlet}} as his other Pokémon play with Mimikins, while Acerola is working at a kitchen bench. Ash tries to catch up with Nanu, but Acerola assures him that Nanu won't be there. She then reveals that she has taken his favorite play-toy, a {{wp|kendama}}, as a hostage. Right on cue, Nanu walks through Acerola's door in search of the kendama, though he is initially startled to see Ash. Irritated that his cover was blown, Nanu ignores Ash's challenge. However, with Acerola's glare, Nanu concedes and decides to test Ash's skill in a pre-trial.
* [[Acerola]]
* [[Nanu]]
* [[PicoPiko]]
* {{OBP|Nene|Alola}}
* {{pkmn|Trainer}}s
* {{p|Popplio}} ({{OP|Lana|Popplio}}; flashback)
* {{p|Turtonator}} ({{OP|Kiawe|Turtonator}}; flashback)
* {{p|Marowak}} ({{OP|Kiawe|Marowak}}; [[Regional variant{{rf|Alolan|Alola Form]]}}; flashback)
* {{p|Vulpix}} ({{an|Lillie}}'s; [[Regional variant{{rf|Alolan|Alola Form]]}}; [[Snowy]]; flashback)
* {{p|Togedemaru}} ({{OP|Sophocles|Togedemaru}}; flashback)
* {{p|Steenee}} ({{OP|Mallow|Steenee}}; flashback)
* {{p|Mimikyu}} ([[Acerola]]'s; {{Shiny}}; Mimikins)
* {{p|Krookodile}} ([[Nanu]]'s)
* {{p|Meowth}} ([[Nanu]]'s; [[Regional variant{{rf|Alolan|Alola Form]]}}; multiple)
* {{p|Poliwag}} (Trainer's)
* {{p|Cottonee}} (Trainer's)
* When {{AP|Lycanroc}} uses {{m|Rock Throw}}, the fur on its right cheek is white instead of orange.
* When Lycanroc is thrown in the air after getting hit by Krookodile's {{m|Counter}}, the claws on its front left paw are missing.
* In the {{pmin|Poland|Polish}} dub, [[Rotom Dex]] states, that Krookodile can see the smallest prey in the midst of a snowstorm instead of sandstorm.
 
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|zh_cmn={{tt|不良大叔是島嶼之王!?|The Big Old Thug is an Island Kahuna!?}}
|cs={{tt|Zkoušky pro drsné trenéry!|Trials for tough trainers!}}
|da={{tt|Hårde prøver til seje fyre!|Hard trials for tough guys!}}
|nl={{tt|Beproevingen zijn niet voor watjes!|Trials not for losers!}}
|fi={{tt|Koviskokeet!|Tough guy trials!}}
|fr_eu={{tt|Une épreuve avant l'épreuve !|A trial before the trial!}}
|de={{tt|Prüfungen für harte Typen!|Trials for tough guys!}}
|it={{tt|Prove per tipi tosti!|Trials for tough guys!}}
|ko={{tt|엄청 나쁜 아저씨가 섬의 왕!?|The Very Bad Man is an Island Kahuna!?}}
|no={{tt|Store prøver for tøffe typer!|Big challenges for tough guys!}}
|pl={{tt|Próba twardzieli!|Tough guys trial!}}
|pt_br={{tt|Provas para os melhores!|Trials for the best!}}
|ru={{tt|Суровые испытания!|Tough trials!}}
|he={{tt|!מבחנים של בחור קשוח|Tough Guy Trials!}}
|es_la={{tt|¡La prueba de un tipo rudo!|The trial of a rude guy!}}
|es_eu={{tt|¡Las pruebas del tipo duro!|The trials of the tough guy!}}
|sv={{tt|Tuffa Prövningar och Tuffa Försök|Tough Challenges och Tough Trials}}
|th={{tt|ลุงจอมวายร้ายคนนี้คือราชาเกาะหรือนี่!?|The Big Old Thug is an Island King!?}}
|tr={{tt|Sert Çocuk Sınavları!|Tough Kid Trials!}}
}}
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