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'''A Timeless Encounter!''' (Japanese: '''サトシ、時を超えた出会い!''' ''{{tt|Satoshi|Ash}}, Encounter Beyond Time!'') is the 125th episode of the {{series|Sun & Moon}}, and the 1,064th episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It first aired in Japan on June 9, 2019 and is scheduled to air in the United States on October 12, 2019.
 
==Plot==
A {{DL|Recurring wild Pokémon in the anime|Celebi}} flies through a [[Time Ripple|time ripple]] and stumbles across {{Ash}} and his Pokémon while they are in the middle of a practice {{pkmn|battle}}. Meanwhile, over at the Professors' residence, [[Professor Burnet]] shows {{an|Professor Kukui|her husband}} one of his childhood photos. Kukui is embarrassed by it, admitting that he was only five years old at the time, but Burnet finds it adorable. He asks where she found it and Burnet pulls out an old book she found in a storage closet. Kukui is thrilled to see his old "SuperBook of Pokémon Super [[Move]] Indexs" guidebook and reminisces about the times he used to spend watching [[Hala]]'s battles. He reveals that, as a child, he tried to challenge Hala, but the [[Island Kahuna]] admitted that he was still too young at the time. Kukui, however, was unfazed and proudly showed off his [[Firium Z]]. Burnet then spots the {{TP|Professor Kukui|Litten}} in the photo, and Kukui explains that Litten was actually his parent's Pokémon.
 
Meanwhile, {{AP|Torracat}} uses {{m|Fire Blast}} and {{AP|Lycanroc}} counters with {{m|Stone Edge}}. The resulting explosion whips up a powerful gust that prompts Celebi to [[time travel]] in order to escape. However, it also accidentally transports Ash and Torracat into the past along with it. Torracat encounters a Litten and recognizes it as Kukui's Incineroar, after which a younger Kukui emerges from the bushes. Kukui is thrilled to see a Torracat in person and tries to pat it, but Torracat is intimidated and distances itself. As Ash pats Torracat to settle it down, Kukui spots Ash's [[Z-Power Ring]] and asks if he is participating in the [[island challenge]]. Kukui shows off his own Firium Z and Ash admits that he doesn't even have that [[Z-Crystal]] yet. The young Kukui declares himself the winner before asking Ash to show him a fully-fledged {{m|Inferno Overdrive}}. Though initially hesitant, Ash borrows Kukui's Firium Z and aims it an attack at a rock. Ash takes a moment to recall how {{an|Kiawe}} performs the [[Z-Move]] and, to his surprise, his own attempt at it works. The Inferno Overdrive destroys the rock into small fragments, astounding Kukui, who gives Ash the nickname "Move KingKahuna". He then challenges Ash to a battle, and Ash accepts.
 
As a crowd of [[wild Pokémon]] assembles around them, Ash nicknames Kukui "GaoRoarie" because of his signature {{p|Incineroar}} hat, which Kukui accepts. He orders Litten to use {{m|Ember}}, but Torracat swats away the move with its front paw before using {{m|Flame Charge}} and following up with Fire Blast. GaoRoarie struggles to think of a counterattack, but Litten is quickly knocked out. He starts crying at his loss, but Litten begins licking his face to cheer him up. Ash walks over and tells GaoRoarie that they can battle another time, but GaoRoarie claims using Fire Blast was unfair. Ash admits that it was GaoRoarie who wanted a full-power battle but says there is always the chance of GaoRoarie winning next time. The advice invigorates GaoRoarie, who tells Litten that they will continue to get strong enough to beat the Move King.
 
Torracat tugs on Ash's shorts to inform him that they are being watched. GaoRoarie admits the wild Pokémon are his friends and waves them over. The Pokémon quickly rush out of the woods to swarm the two Trainers. Shortly after a {{pkmn2|Totem}} {{p|Trevenant}} approaches them. GaoRoarie rushes towards Trevenant, referring to it as "Grandpa Oh"Elder. As he leaps onto one of Grandpa Oh's roots, GaoRoarie admits that the Totem Pokémon gifted him the Firium Z. Grandpa suddenly sneezes, so GaoRoarie has Litten use {{m|Scratch}} to ease its symptoms. Torracat is keen to assist, but GaoRoarie explains that Litten's claws are small enough to help with Trevenant's itch.
 
Suddenly dark clouds begin to build followed by a rainstorm. To combat the wet conditions, Trevenant manipulates the trees with a special power into shelter for all the Pokémon, Ash and GaoRoarie. Ash's attention turns to the book in GaoRoarie's hands, and he explains that it is his trusty move index. GaoRoarie declares that seeing moves in-person is much better and queries Ash on how Torracat learned Fire Blast. Ash admits that it is simply practice. GaoRoarie is curious about Ash's battle experiences, and Ash explains that before coming to [[Alola]] he travelled to many cities to compete in [[Gym]]s and battle their resident [[Gym Leader]]s. Ash adds that a successful Trainer earns a [[Badge]], and with enough Badges they can compete in the region's [[Pokémon League]]. The sound of a battle festival instantly thrills GaoRoarie, and he queries what happens after you win a League. Ash doesn't answer, instead he adds that he wants to become a [[Pokémon Master]]. GaoRoarie doesn’t understand the concept but declares that he wants to become a Master.
 
The rain suddenly eases and the sunlight illuminates the area once again. Ash and GaoRoarie thank Grandpa OhElder for its help. However, Trevenant begins sneezing again. Litten rushes to Scratch its back, but the cure doesn't work this time. Litten urges Torracat to assist, and together the pair climb up into Trevenant's head canopy. Ash quickly reaches the top of Trevenant's head, and with a helpful lift from a {{p|Heracross}}, GaoRoarie also joins him. Ash and GaoRoarie soon spot the problem, a horde of {{p|Cutiefly}} seeking refuge. He and Ash lift them out of Trevenant's shrubbery before using their Fire Pokémon to dry off their wet wings. The Cutiefly soon flutter away and Trevenant is feeling relieved. Grandpa OhElder produces a Firium Z, and it lands in Ash's hand. GaoRoarie admits that he got his Z-Crystal after he first helped Grandpa OhElder, and so Ash accepts the gift.
 
Celebi soon flies by and notices an aura radiating from Ash and Torracat. As Ash and Torracat leap down from Trevenant's head, Celebi whisks the pair back to their own time. GaoRoarie lands on the ground, only to notice Ash’s mysterious absence, though Trevenant and Litten are unable to offer any insight. Back in his own time, Ash turns to Grandpa OhElder, but notices that only a tree trunk with overgrown remains. Ash's other Pokémon rush over to greet their Trainer, greatly relieved to see him back. Ash notices that Lycanroc and the others appear particularly dirty, but he is unable to understand their Pokémon speech replies. Rotom then returns after trying to chase down Celebi for a snapshot.
 
Later, Ash and his Pokémon return home to see Burnet preparing lunch. She spots his dirty hands and orders Ash to wash his hands at once before calling Kukui in for the meal. As Ash follows through, Rotom happily shows Burnet its picture of Celebi. She is startled to see the [[Mythical Pokémon]], admitting that it must have been drawn to the forest's natural beauty. Meanwhile Ash calls Kukui over for lunch. Kukui slots in his childhood photo as a bookmark before closing up his move guidebook.
===Pokémon===
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[[Who's That Pokémon?]]: {{p|Sandslash}} ([[Regional variant|Alola Form]]) ''(US and international)'', {{p|Trevenant}} ''(Japan)''
* {{p|Pikachu}} ({{OP|Ash|Pikachu}})
* {{p|Rotom}} ({{an|Rotom Pokédex}})