| A Legendary Photo Op!
A Legendary Photo Op! (Japanese: シャッターチャンスはファイヤー ！伝説を撮れ！！ Photo Op on Fire! Snap the Legend!!) is the 86th episode of the XY series, and the 885th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 27, 2015, in Canada on October 17, 2015, and in the United States on October 24, 2015.
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When our heroes arrive at the foot of Mt. Molteau, the sudden appearance of a fiery Charmeleon lets them know that Trevor, their friend from Pokémon summer camp, is nearby! His goal is to take a photograph of the Legendary Pokémon Moltres, who is reputed to live on Mt. Molteau.
The Team Rocket villains are close behind, hoping to catch Moltres for the Boss. But first they grab Pikachu and a battle ensues near the volcano’s crater. The Legendary Pokémon awakens during the fray and sends Team Rocket blasting off with a powerful Flamethrower!
Unfortunately, Moltres thinks our heroes are also enemies and turns its attack on them! While trying to protect Ash and his friends, Fletchinder evolves into a magnificent Talonflame. When Talonflame finds itself in trouble, Ash jumps to the rescue, saving his beloved Pokémon and proving to Moltres that he means it no harm.
Trevor has gotten his photograph, our heroes have met Moltres, and Ash and Talonflame vow to work hard together. And now the journey to Anistar City continues!
The episode opens up with Ash and his friends arriving at the foot of Mt. Molteau and speculating that it may be a volcano. Hearing a noise to their right, they notice a Charmeleon stepping out behind some bushes. Pikachu and Dedenne express their delight and run towards the Charmeleon, only to find Charmeleon retaliating with Flamethrower. The Charmeleon is revealed to be Trevor’s as he arrives and meets the group, only to find himself attacked with Charmeleon's Flamethrower too.
Serena asks why Charmeleon is in an awful mood, and Ash suggests maybe Charmeleon wants a battle. Charmeleon agrees and Ash decides to battle with Fletchinder. Charmeleon begins by attacking with Fire Spin, which Fletchinder dodges. Charmeleon then uses Flamethrower, which Fletchinder deflects with Steel Wing. Fletchinder then hits back with Flame Charge. Charmeleon takes the attack and attacks back with Dragon Claw. Charmeleon then uses Flamethrower, which Fletchinder dodges and uses Steel Wing again, this time knocking Charmeleon out. After the battle, Charmeleon seems to be much calmer than before.
The group then take a break to eat, and reminisce about their time at the Pokémon Summer Camp. Bonnie comments Charmeleon’s attitude hasn’t changed since then, and Trevor remarks how Charmeleon has been amazing in battle, earning him the Bug Badge. Trevor then asks the others whether they also are searching for Moltres, with his analysis having tracked down Moltres to Mt. Molteau. Trevor proceeds to show photos he had taken of Zapdos and Articuno, and continues to ramble on about other photos of other rare Pokémon which leaves the others dumbfounded. Afterwards, Ash and group decide the help Trevor in finding Moltres.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket are spying on the group, and decide to catch Moltres.
As the group walk up the mountain, Trevor shows them an obscured photo of Moltres on top of a big rock, exclaiming they also must go find the big rock to find Moltres. Clemont interjects and pulls out his device he calls "Rock Searcher Mark 1". Clemont inputs the photo’s landscape into the device’s memory, so that the device can find the same rock. The device shudders and moves towards a rock, which it scans and determines as a wrong match. It continues on moving and finding no correct matches.
Later, Trevor notices a rare Crustle and Butterfree and stops to take photos. Meanwhile, as the group is distracted by Trevor, Team Rocket run past the group and follow Clemont’s device. As Team Rocket locate the device, the device happens to come across a rock of the correct match and rings out a bell. Jessie, frustrated, hits the device which explodes. Team Rocket run away as the group approaches, as Clemont cries over another failed invention. The device then malfunctions and chases the group, eventually falling into the volcano’s lava.
Team Rocket then interrupts by grabbing and capturing Pikachu in a capsule. Ash takes out Fletchinder while Jessie and James take out Gourgeist and Inkay. Gourgeist attacks with Shadow Ball and Inkay attacks with Psybeam which Fletchinder dodges. Trevor comments on Gourgeist's rare size and takes photos of it, only to be stopped by Serena. Charmeleon then attacks by using Flamethrower, which is deflected by Inkay’s Psybeam. Gourgeist proceeds to attack with Shadow Ball and Inkay with Psybeam, which Fletchinder again dodges. Jessie and James continue the same attack, which Fletchinder dodges but the attacks hit a boulder, causing it to fall into the lava.
At this, a roar comes out of the volcano and Moltres appears from the lava. Moltres sets its eyes on Team Rocket which attack Moltres with Shadow Ball and Psybeam. Moltres retaliates with Flamethrower, causing them to blast off, as Pikachu falls out of their grasp. Fletchinder uses Steel Wing on Pikachu’s capsule to release Pikachu.
Moltres now attacks Ash and the group, thinking that they are enemies. Ash takes out Frogadier, and commands it to use Water Pulse, but the move evaporates before hitting Moltres. Charmeleon then attacks Moltres with Flamethrower. Moltres attacks back at the group with Flamethrower, which Fletchinder dodges. Moltres attacks Fletchinder again, this time hitting Fletchinder and causing it to fall, injured. Moltres then attacks the group, but Fletchinder races to them, and blocks the attack, while evolving into Talonflame at the same time.
Talonflame attacks Moltres with its newly learned Brave Bird. Moltres continues to retaliate with Flamethrower, and Ash commands Talonflame to attack with Brave Bird again. Moltres uses Fire Blast, which hits Talonflame, causing it to fall, tumbling towards the lava. Ash races and falls down toward the lava to catch Talonflame, his descent just stopped by Frogadier’s frubbles made into a rope.
Moltres observing this decides that they are not enemies and flies off.
As the group walk down the mountain, Trevor views his photo of Moltres. Ash comments that he and his Pokémon have a lot of things to do, and Trevor decides to take a photo of Ash and his Pokémon.
- Ash and his friends meet up with Trevor again.
- Trevor's Charmander is revealed to have evolved into Charmeleon.
- Ash has a battle against Trevor and wins.
- Trevor is revealed to have earned the Bug Badge from Viola.
- Ash's Fletchinder evolves into Talonflame and learns Brave Bird.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket)
- Wobbuffet (Jessie's)
- Dedenne (Clemont's)
- Froakie (Ash's; flashback)
- Frogadier (Ash's)
- Fletchinder (Ash's; evolves)
- Talonflame (Ash's; newly evolved)
- Fennekin (Serena's; flashback)
- Chespin (Clemont's; flashback)
- Gourgeist (Jessie's; Super Size)
- Inkay (James's)
- Bulbasaur (Shauna's; flashback)
- Squirtle (Tierno's; flashback)
- Charmander (Trevor's; flashback)
- Charmeleon (Trevor's)
- Zapdos (photo)
- Articuno (photo)
- Scatterbug (photo; ×2)
- Professor Oak's Pokémon Holo Caster: Gogoat
- Bonnie narrates the preview for the next episode, while Ash reads the title card.
- This was Mariya Ise's final episode as Bonnie before she started her maternity leave from the show.
- This episode is similar to Freeze Frame, which aired 695 episodes ago, where a friend of the group whose hobby is to take photographs of Pokémon attempts to take a picture of one of the Legendary birds.
- This episode marks the first appearance of a Moltres in the anime since its cameo in Zoroark: Master of Illusions, over five years prior.
- Brilliantly is used as an insert song when Ash's Fletchinder evolves into a Talonflame.
- Team Rocket uses a variation of their motto in this episode.
- In the dub, when Pikachu and Dedenne are excited after seeing Trevor's Charmeleon, Dedenne's mouth moves but no sound comes out.
- After Talonflame's evolution, Frogadier is seen in the background with white-colored arms instead of blue.
- When Ash grabs his Talonflame while falling down into a volcano together, the yellow mark on Talonflame's right eye is missing.
In other languages
|Danish||En legendarisk fotomulighed!|
|Dutch||Een legendarisch fotomoment!|
|European French||Un photographe légendaire !|
|German||Ein legendärer Fototermin!|
|Italian||Una foto leggendaria!|
|Korean||전설의 포켓몬 파이어! 셔터 찬스를 노려라!!|
|Norwegian||En legendarisk fotoseanse!|
|Portuguese||Brazil||Uma Missão Fotográfica Lendária!|
|Portugal||Uma Missão Fotográfica Lendária!|
|Spanish||Latin America||¡Una fotografía legendaria!|
|Spain||¡Una sesión de fotos legendaria!|
|Swedish||Ett legendariskt fototillfälle!|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|