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{{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} finally see the [[Battle Pyramid]], and Ash is confident that he will win. However, they fall into a hole and plummet into an ancient ruin whose walls are covered in ancient hieroglyphs and pictures of people and Pokémon. [[Max]] spots a light source ahead, and Ash heads for it. Meanwhile, {{TRT}} finds the pit Ash and the others fell through. The ground is unstable, and Team Rocket widens the pit, falling in as well.
 
Ash finds a {{p|Pikachu}} statue and grabs it, even though Max tries to convince him not to, causing the pillar it was resting on the rise and the statue's eyes to glow blue. A nearby wall with an identical depiction of a Pikachu flashes its eyes as well and begins to rise. A giant, spherical boulder begins to pursue the group. They run into an explorer who calls them foolish kids. He summons a {{DL|Brandon's legendaryLegendary titans|Regirock}} to destroy the boulder with {{m|Focus Punch}}.
 
Ash then says, "Gee thanks, mister! You saved our lives!" The explorer responds with a "Noooo!". The man then identifies himself as {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}}. Brandon talks about the ruins, called [[Pokélantis]], an ancient kingdom whose king tried to control {{p|Ho-Oh}} as part of his plan to rule the world. Ho-Oh destroyed the entire kingdom for the King's wicked attempt. Team Rocket overhears and misinterprets that Ho-Oh is in the ruins, so they set off to find it.
* Ash is possessed by the evil spirit of the [[King of Pokélantis]], which comes from a stone sphere sealed in the Ancient Ruins.
* Brandon agrees to {{pkmn|battle}} the King of Pokélantis in order to save Ash.
* [[Ash's Sceptile]] faces {{DL|Brandon's legendaryLegendary titans|Regirock|Brandon's Regirock}} in an unofficial battle and loses.
* Brandon promises Ash an official battle, but it will not be for some time because he has business elsewhere.
* Ash sees {{an|Ho-Oh}} for the third time, while {{an|May}}, {{an|Brock}}, and [[Max]] see Ho-Oh for the first time.
====Pokémon debuts====
=====TV episode debuts=====
* {{p|Regirock}} ({{DL|Brandon's legendaryLegendary titans|Regirock|Brandon's}})
 
==Characters==
* {{p|Mime Jr.}} ({{OP|James|Mime Jr.}})
* {{p|Sceptile}} ({{OP|Ash|Sceptile}})
* {{p|Regirock}} ({{DL|Brandon's legendaryLegendary titans|Regirock|Brandon's}})
* {{p|Ho-Oh}} ({{an|Ho-Oh|anime}})
* {{p|Pidgey}}