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XY078 : Lights! Camera! Pika!
XY series
XY080 : Performing with Fiery Charm!
A Frenzied Factory Fiasco!
XY079   EP878
Fierce Battle in the Monster Ball Factory! Pikachu VS Nyarth!!
First broadcast
Japan June 25, 2015
United States August 30, 2015*
September 5, 2015*
English themes
Opening Be a Hero
Japanese themes
Opening ゲッタバンバン
Ending ガオガオ・オールスター
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
Storyboard 三浦陽 Yo Miura
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
No additional credits are available at this time.

A Frenzied Factory Fiasco! (Japanese: 激闘モンスターボール工場!ピカチュウVSニャース!! Fierce Battle in the Monster Ball Factory! Pikachu VS Nyarth!!) is the 79th episode of the XY series, and the 878th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on June 25, 2015, in Canada on August 29, 2015, and in the United States on September 5, 2015.

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Our heroes have taken an exciting detour from their Anistar City journey: a visit to the one-and-only Poké Ball Factory! The three factory managers who offer them a tour look strangely familiar...

It’s Team Rocket, of course, but by the time the villains reveal themselves, our heroes have handed over every one of their Poké Balls (plus Pikachu) and gotten themselves locked in a storeroom! When Pikachu escapes, a frantic chase ensues as Pikachu tries to rescue the case full of Poké Balls and Meowth tries to use Pikachu’s own Poké Ball to trap it!

Finally, Meowth offers a challenge: if Pikachu can beat him in battle, he’ll give back all the Poké Balls. Meowth tries to pull a double-cross, but Pikachu’s Iron Tail takes him down, and Team Rocket goes blasting off again. And after freeing the real factory managers, our heroes get an official tour by way of thanks!


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Ash and his friends arrive at the Poké Ball Factory, as Clemont cries out in joy in having one of his dreams fulfilled. A disguised Team Rocket welcomes them, who takes them on a "premium brand" tour of the Factory. They eventually trick Ash and his friends into giving them their Pokémon by offering them a unique service which detects easy-to-miss damage to Poké Balls and status conditions in their Pokémon. The group eagerly agrees to the service. Dedenne is recalled into his Poké Ball and then it and all the others belonging to the gang are put into a Poké Ball case, though Ash comments that Pikachu does not like entering into his Poké Ball. James then pulls out a glass case to put Pikachu in, and Meowth asks for Pikachu's Poké Ball to go along with it.

While Clemont comments he would like to explore further through the Factory, Team Rocket invite them to experience a "special booth" which will emulate how Pokémon feel inside a Poké Ball. Ash and his friends get taken to a storage room and become disappointed, and then get angry when they find out that the Factory workers are in fact Team Rocket who have now locked the group inside. The crooks state to the heroes that their real plan was to take the Factory's Poké Balls and steal all their Pokémon.

Pikachu tries to break free, but the case is invulnerable to electricity. So instead, he breaks physically out of the case. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt on his foes, but Wobbuffet reflects it back using Mirror Coat which Pikachu avoids. Meowth attempts uses Pikachu's Poké Ball to call him back, but Pikachu continues to dodge. Jessie and James then send out Pumpkaboo and Inkay to help. Pumpkaboo uses Shadow Ball, which Pikachu manages to dodge, but gets hit with Inkay's Psybeam. Smoke from the attack surrounds Pikachu and Meowth attempts to recall Pikachu into his Poké Ball. As the smoke disappears, Pikachu has disappeared, and Team Rocket jump for joy thinking that they have caught their enemy. Team Rocket then run away and begin to steal all kinds of Poké Balls in the Poké Ball Factory.

Meanwhile, Ash angrily slams at the locked door which does not budge. Then Pikachu speaks out, and explains to Ash that he escaped in the nick of time using a side ventilation tunnel. Pikachu uses Iron Tail at the locked door which fails to break open the door.

At the Factory, Team Rocket hear Pikachu's voice, and decide to follow the sound. They arrive and see Pikachu attempting to use Iron Tail once more, and they cry out in shock. Meowth attempts to call Pikachu into his Poké Ball again, but Pikachu escapes into the same ventilation tunnel. James sends out Inkay to follow Pikachu down the tunnel while Jessie and James go to store their stolen Poké Balls in their getaway truck. Inside the tunnel, Inkay attacks Pikachu multiple times, sending him flying, but Pikachu retaliates with Quick Attack and runs away.

Pikachu arrives at the main room of the Poké Ball Factory where the Poké Balls are being made, and spots the case containing the heroes' Poké Balls. Pikachu uses conveyor belts to try to retrieve the case. Unfortunately, Meowth pulls a switch which reverses the directions of the conveyor belts, and manages to grab the case instead. Meowth then proceeds again to try and recall Pikachu into his Poké Ball. Pikachu flees from Meowth, until Meowth accidentally gets grabbed by a hook which causes him to lose the case.

The fight for the Poké Ball case continues with Pikachu and Meowth being picked up by the Factory's machinery which grab both Pokémon and attempt to make them into Poké Balls. Jessie and James then arrive having stored their stolen Poké Balls away and then use the Factory's computers to help them control the machinery to catch Pikachu and help Meowth.

Meanwhile, Clemont reveals his "Extra Strength Pry-It-Open" he has been working on which will pry open the door. As it begins to work on the door, the machine explodes and blows open the locked door. The group runs out to try and save Pikachu and their other Pokémon.

The fight between Pikachu and Meowth continues, but Jessie and James flee when they find out the heroes have escaped. Meowth decides to stay and catch Pikachu. Pikachu goes on another conveyor belt and throws a Luxury Ball at Meowth which hits and calls him inside nearly capturing him. Meowth manages to escape (although he did enjoy the feeling of the Luxury Ball) then continues after Pikachu. As Pikachu notices the case, Meowth tries to recall him again, until James shouts out to him to forget Pikachu. Meowth then grabs the Poké Ball case and flees. Elsewhere, while Ash reunites with Pikachu to go after Team Rocket, Serena and Clemont help the Factory workers who have been tied up by Team Rocket.

As Team Rocket run away with their truck, Ash runs outside and notices them fleeing and commands Pikachu to use Thunderbolt. The truck stops and Meowth offers a challenge: if Pikachu can beat him in battle, he'll give back all the Poké Balls. Pikachu accepts. Meowth begins to use Fury Swipes while Pikachu begins to use Iron Tail, but Meowth pulls a double-cross, and tries to use Pikachu's Poké Ball to recall him inside. Pikachu dodges and uses Iron Tail to take Meowth down and send his Poké Ball flying back to Ash. As our villains are about to take out their Poké Balls to battle Ash, a Poké Ball statue rolls off and slams into the villains, causing them to get launched through the air.

Later, the Poké Ball Factory foreman thanks the gang for stopping Team Rocket however Ash tells him most of the thanks belongs to Pikachu. As a reward, the foreman offers the gang a genuine tour of the factory, and the four happily accept.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.


Pokémon debuts



The title card segment focuses on Team Rocket for this episode


  • As the other Pokémon came out of their Poké Balls, Bunnelby's pupils are bigger than its appearances in other episodes.
  • While Meowth is holding the Poké Ball case on his head, the handle switches between being on the front and back between shots.
  • When Pikachu is fighting Team Rocket, the door to Ash and his friends disappears between shots.
  • When Pikachu escapes Team Rocket's glass cage, he runs to the left of the door where Ash and his friends are and escapes into a vent to the left, which is also zoomed in on when Team Rocket runs past it. However, when Pikachu turns up in front of the door, he points at a vent right in front of the door, which is open as if he escaped through there. This vent is also closed in later shots.
  • When Team Rocket is running away with the Poké Ball case, the bar to the vent Pikachu escaped through is lying in front of the vent. In a later shot, it is positioned far more to the left and is closed in a later shot.

Dub edits

  • In the Japanese version of the scene where Team Rocket is seen stealing various sorts of Poké Balls, James lists Quick, Premier, and Net Balls, even though no Quick Balls are seen in the entire episode. The dub corrects this by having James mention a Dusk Ball instead of a Quick Ball.

In other languages

XY078 : Lights! Camera! Pika!
XY series
XY080 : Performing with Fiery Charm!
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