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Titles and Airdates
  • United States 2006-04-22 Numero Uno Articuno
  • Japan 2005-07-21 初陣!バトルファクトリー!(前編)
  • Japan 2005-07-21 Uijin! Battle Factory! (zenpen)
  • Japan 2005-07-21 The First Battle! The Battle Factory! (Part 1)
  • Germany Wiedersehen macht Freude!
  • France Numéro un
  • Spain Número uno Articuno
  • Sweden 2007-11-11 En levande legend!
  • Italy Articuno, il Pokémon Leggendario
  • Mexico ¡Número uno Articuno!
  • Finland 2008-03-22 Articuno numero yksi
  • Taiwan 初陣!對戰工廠!!(前篇)
  • Netherlands Numero Uno Articuno!
  • Brazil Articuno, O Número Um
  • Norway 2007-09-09 Numero uno Articuno
  • Denmark Det legendariske Articuno
  • Portugal Número Um Articuno
  • Russia Артикуно номер один
Staff List
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Team Ota

Japan Screenplay 十川誠志 (Masashi Sogo)
Japan Storyboard 誌村宏明 (Hiroaki Shimura)
Japan Animation Director 山下惠 (Megumi Yamashita)
Japan Animation Director 志村泉 (Izumi Shimura)
Japan Episode Director 秦義人 (Yoshito Hata)

OP/ED List

Pokémon Kazoe Uta
Battle Frontier
포켓몬스터 AG
Pocket Monsters AG
행복한 여행
A Happy Journey
Pokémon Roll Call
Ash and friends are heading for the Battle Factory where Ash hopes to earn his first Frontier Symbol. Brock looks through his maps trying to figure out where they are while Max looks in his PokéNav. He says that it is just around the corner and they’ll be there shortly.

Hours later, however, the gang is still wandering hopelessly. A full moon rises as Ash exclaims that they’ve been around over 50 corners and they’re nowhere near the Factory. Max replies that it was just good that it was his fault and not that the PokéNav was broken. Just as they’re about to set up camp for the night, what appears to be blue glittering snow comes falling from the sky. Everyone looks around for the source of the “snow” but they can’t seem to find it. Looking up at the moon, the gang spots a shadow fly past the moon. It flies past several more times, and finally Ash identifies it as Articuno.

May pulls out her Pokédex and scans the Pokémon. The Dex tells them all that Articuno live in mountains, which leads Brock to question why it is in the forest. Suddenly, a motor rumbles and a small biplane appears in the air. The plane flies alongside Articuno and Ash thinks the person inside is trying to catch it. However, nothing of the sort happens as the plane flies beside the Freeze Pokémon. Suddenly, the plane begins to have troubles. Smoke billows from it and it makes a landing. Covered in soot, Ash and friends wonder what happened.

Meanwhile, Team Rocket is setting up camp for the night. They, too, saw the Articuno, and they begin devising a plan to capture it. Meowth’s vision of Giovanni entails that he is roasting and has no way of cooling off but then Articuno shows up and chills him, and he plans to reward Jessie, James, and Meowth. James reminds Jessie and Meowth that none of their plans ever work, but he tells them that this one will because they are the new and improved Team Rocket.

Ash and friends, having chased Articuno around the forest, have now stumbled upon a Pokémon Center. They enter the building, Brock flirting with Nurse Joy right away. After Max drags Brock away, Ash asks Nurse Joy if she’ll give them directions to the Battle Factory. She tells him that she’ll give him directions in the morning, when it’s light out. Next morning, she is about to give them all the directions to the Factory when Scott appears and offers to drive them there. They get in his little red sports car and he speeds off, at speeds used on race tracks. The ride proves to be too much for Ash and the others, even though it was as slow as he went with his grandma.

Finally at the Battle Factory, Ash, Scott, and the others are about to enter when a rumble comes from inside. The doors blast open, and a machine comes racing out. Scott tells everyone to run for it as the machine swirls around everywhere. A voice from inside establishes the fact that the man inside has lost control of the machine and would like some assistance. Ash, May, and Brock release Grovyle, Combusken, and Mudkip to help out. Ash orders a Bullet Seed, May orders a Fire Spin, and Brock orders a Water Gun. The attacks manage to stop the crazy machine and a man clambers out.

Scott addresses the man as Noland and says that he’s still working on those machines. Ash asks what the machine is, so Noland tells them that it is the Noland J-9 before asking what they think. May puts in that it is different and Max agrees. Another man runs up and asks if Noland is still playing with his machines. Noland disagrees, telling the man that it’s his hobby. The man asks what the difference is so Noland introduces him as Sergio, his First Apprentice. Scott asks Noland why they haven’t heard an introduction from him yet. Noland replies that he was hoping the day would come when he didn’t need one, but since that day hasn’t come, he introduces himself as Noland, the guy in charge, which makes him the Factory Head. Ash asks what a Factory Head does, so Scott explains that he’s the Frontier Brain of the Battle Factory.

Ash quickly challenges Noland to a battle and Noland asks when he’s planning to do this. Ash responds that he wants to do it right now, making Noland excited. Meanwhile, Team Rocket watches from a tree branch, ready to steal all of Noland’s Pokémon.

Sergio calls for Noland’s Pokémon, telling them it is time for some Pokéblock, and all of them - Golduck, Manectric, Rhydon, Breloom, Venusaur, Sandslash, Machamp, Pinsir, Rhyhorn, Camerupt, and Lairon - come running. Sergio lays down the bowls of food as May’s Munchlax pops out of its Pokéball. It starts to eat out of Pinsir and Breloom’s bowl as May scolds it. Sergio reassures her that they’ve got plenty of Pokéblock.

Noland asks Ash which Pokémon he’d like to battle for his challenge. Ash confirms that he has a choice and then starts to try to decide. First, he thinks of Venusaur, and then he wants to battle Rhyhorn, and then Machamp. Rhyhorn and Sandslash are eating their Pokéblock when Munchlax comes up, steals their bowl, and runs off into the Factory. May and Max chase after it as Jessie, James, and Meowth watch from above. The brother and sister find it eating in a dark corner of a Factory Room. They also spot the biplane that they saw the other night. Suddenly, the glittering blue “snow” from before starts coming out from behind Munchlax. May thinks that Munchlax is using an Ice Attack but Max says that it isn’t Icy Wind or Blizzard. Just then, Articuno appears from behind Munchlax. Munchlax ducks as Articuno swoops out of the room. It flies out to where Noland, Scott, Sergio, Ash, and Brock wait for May and Max with Munchlax. Ash and Brock say “There it is again!” while Scott is merely amazed at the sight.

Noland says that his secret is out. May thinks that it is amazing that Noland captured a Legendary Pokémon like Articuno, but Noland interjects that it is still a Wild Articuno and that they are just friends. He then tells them the story of how they met. He was taking a plane out for a test run when he noticed an Articuno flying beside him. He was amazed at the sight. But then Articuno fell from the sky because its wing was hurt. Noland had heard that Articuno fly from one snowy mountain to the next and he figured that it had gotten injured in one of those flights. So he convinced Articuno to land on the plane, and then flew it down to the ground to help it. Max asks if Noland would take him up to fly with Articuno and he agrees. Max invites Pikachu to come too, and so it leaps off Ash’s shoulder and over to Max.

Articuno takes off with Max and Noland right behind it. Articuno speeds ahead of them, and Noland gets that it wants to race. Noland chases after Articuno in the plane, as Ash returns to the group on the ground. Brock asks where he went, and he says that he had to make a phone call. From above, a giant purple machine with a large red R on the front appears and lands on the ground. Team Rocket says their motto as Noland asks Max “Who are those yahoos?” Back on the ground, Ash shouts for Pikachu to attack Team Rocket, before remembering that Pikachu is in the plane. So he pulls out Grovyle’s Pokéball. James stops him from releasing Grovyle with the machine’s mechanical hand. Taking the Pokéball, Jessie, James, and Meowth praise their machine. Meowth tells everyone that it is called the “Good At Grabbing Mucho Extras!” James calls it the G.A.G.M.E. for short before Jessie tells him that it spells “Gag Me.” Several more hands extend from the G.A.G.M.E. and steal several of Noland’s Pokémon. From in the air, Noland rams Team Rocket with his plane. The machine falls over and all of the Pokémon are released, including Grovyle. Articuno swoops in and picks up the machine, taking it sky-high. James, Meowth, and everyone on the ground marvel at its strength. Jessie asks James and Meowth if it’s really time to start an Articuno Fan Club.

Articuno chucks the G.A.G.M.E way off into the distance, followed by an Ice Beam at Noland’s command. Later that night, everyone has a drink as Noland asks Ash which Pokémon he’d like to battle. May thinks he’ll pick Venusaur and Max thinks he chose Rhyhorn. Ash responds that he chose neither and says that he wants to go 1-on-1 with Articuno. Articuno agrees, and when Noland asks which Pokémon Ash will use, Ash responds that he’ll use “that one up there.” Everyone looks up to see a winged creature flying in from far away. As it gets closer, the silhouette becomes clearer and Max realizes that it’s Charizard. Charizard greets Ash with the usual Flamethrower as Scott says that he’s looking forward to the battle. Noland agrees as Articuno and Charizard size up their competition.

English Official Summary

The Battle Factory is Ash's next destination—if he can find it, that is. He and his friends have become lost, but they see snow and an Articuno flying overhead, followed by a plane in distress. The group winds up at a Pokémon Center, where Scott gives them a ride to the Battle Factory. There they meet Noland, who's not just the Factory Head but also a bit of a mechanical mastermind, and the pilot of the plane they saw last night. Ash can pick which of Noland's Pokémon he wants to battle. Noland has befriended an Articuno whom he helped once, and he takes Max and Pikachu up in his plane to fly with the Legendary Pokémon. Team Rocket wants Articuno for themselves, and they show up in their own plane to steal it. It's no match for Articuno, who quickly sends them on their way. Impressed, Ash decides he wants to battle Articuno. What's more, he wants to battle it with Charizard! It looks like this is shaping up to be quite a match...

French Official Summary

L'Usine de Combat est la prochaine destination de Sacha, mais encore faut-il qu'il arrive à la trouver. Ses amis et lui se sont perdus, mais ils aperçoivent de la neige et un Artikodin dans les airs, suivi d'un avion en détresse.

German Official Summary

Die Kampffabrik ist Ashs nächstes Ziel – wenn er sie denn finden kann. Er und die Freunde haben sich im Schnee verirrt. Doch da sehen sie am Himmel ein fliegendes Arktos, dem ein Flugzeug in Not folgt.

Italian Official Summary

La Fabbrica della Lotta è la prossima destinazione di Ash, se mai riuscirà a trovarla. Lui e i suoi amici si perdono, ma avvistano della neve e un Articuno volare sopra di loro, oltre a un aereo in difficoltà.

Portuguese Official Summary

A caminho da primeira partida de Ash na Batalha da Fronteira, nossos heróis vêem o Pokémon Lendário Articuno voando em uma tempestade de neve!

Finnish Official Summary

Matkallaan kohti Ashin ensimmäistä ottelua Battle Frontierilla, sankarimme näkevät legendaarisen Pokémonin Articunon lentävän lumimyrskyn halki!

Spanish Latin America Official Summary

¡Camino al primer encuentro de Ash en la Batalla de la Frontera, nuestros héroes ven al Pokémon Legendario Articuno volando a través de una tormenta de arena!

Spanish Official Summary

La Fábrica Batalla es el próximo destino de Ash, si puede encontrarlo, claro. Él y sus amigos se han perdido. Ven nieve y un Articuno volando, seguido por un avión en apuros.

English Great Britian Official Summary

The Battle Factory is Ash's next destination—if he can find it, that is. He and his friends have become lost, but they see snow and an Articuno flying overhead, followed by a plane in distress. The group winds up at a Pokémon Center, where Scott gives them a ride to the Battle Factory. There they meet Noland, who's not just the Factory Head but also a bit of a mechanical mastermind, and the pilot of the plane they saw last night. Ash can pick which of Noland's Pokémon he wants to battle. Noland has befriended an Articuno whom he helped once, and he takes Max and Pikachu up in his plane to fly with the Legendary Pokémon. Team Rocket wants Articuno for themselves, and they show up in their own plane to steal it. It's no match for Articuno, who quickly sends them on their way. Impressed, Ash decides he wants to battle Articuno. What's more, he wants to battle it with Charizard! It looks like this is shaping up to be quite a match...

Russian Official Summary

Эш и его друзья теряются  по пути к первой битве Эша на боевом рубеже, но им представляется возможность увидеть редкого Артикуно в момент сражения. Зайдя в ближайший центр покемонов на ночёвку, они знакомятся с Главой фронта Брэйном, с которым предстоит сразиться Эшу чтобы завоевать свой первый фронтовой символ. Перед началом битвы Брэйн предлагает Эшу уникальную возможность выбрать, против какого покемона ему хочется сразиться.

Dutch Official Summary

Onderweg naar de eerste match van Ash in de Battle Frontier, zien onze helden de Legendarische Pokémon Articuno door een sneeuwstorm vliegen!

Norwegian Official Summary

På vei til Ashs første kamp ved Battle Frontier, ser heltene våre den legendariske Pokémon Articuno fly gjennom en snøstorm!

Swedish Official Summary

På väg mot Ashs första match i Batalj Gränsland, ser våra hjältar den Legendariska Pokémon Articuno flyga genom en snöstorm!

Danish Official Summary

På vej til Ashs første kamp i Battle Frontier ser vore helte den Legedariske Pokémon Articuno flyve gennem en snestorm!


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  • United States Ash Ketchum
  • Japan サトシ
  • Japan Satoshi
  • Japan Satoshi
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  • United States Pikachu
  • Japan ピカチュウ
  • Japan Pikachu
  • Japan Pikachu
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  • United States Giovanni
  • Japan サカキ
  • Japan Sakaki
  • Japan Sakaki
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  • United States Brock
  • Japan タケシ
  • Japan Takeshi
  • Japan Takeshi
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  • United States Meowth
  • Japan ニャース
  • Japan Nyarth
  • Japan Nyarth
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  • United States Jessie
  • Japan ムサシ
  • Japan Musashi
  • Japan Musashi
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  • United States James
  • Japan コジロウ
  • Japan Kojirō
  • Japan Kojiro
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  • United States Nurse Joy
  • Japan ジョーイ
  • Japan Joy
  • Japan Joy
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  • United States May
  • Japan ハルカ
  • Japan Haruka
  • Japan Haruka
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  • United States Ash's Charizard
  • Japan サトシのリザードン
  • Japan Satoshi no Lizardon
  • Japan Satoshi's Lizardon
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  • United States Max
  • Japan マサト
  • Japan Masato
  • Japan Masato
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  • United States Ash's Grovyle
  • Japan サトシのジュプトル
  • Japan Satoshi no Juptile
  • Japan Satoshi's Juptile
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  • United States Brock's Mudkip
  • Japan タケシのミズゴロウ
  • Japan Takeshi no Mizugorou
  • Japan Takeshi's Mizugorou
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  • United States Wobbuffet
  • Japan ソーナンス
  • Japan Sonansu
  • Japan Sonansu
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  • United States James's Chimecho
  • Japan コジロウのチリーン
  • Japan Kojirō no Chirean
  • Japan Kojiro's Chirean
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  • United States May's Munchlax
  • Japan ハルカのゴンベ
  • Japan Haruka no Gonbe
  • Japan Haruka's Gonbe
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  • United States May's Combusken
  • Japan ハルカのワカシャモ
  • Japan Haruka no Wakashamo
  • Japan Haruka's Wakashamo
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  • United States Scott
  • Japan エニシダ
  • Japan Enishida
  • Japan Enishida
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  • United States Factory Head Noland
  • Japan ファクトリーヘッド ダツラ
  • Japan Factory Head Datsura
  • Japan Factory Head Datsura
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  • United States Sergio
  • Japan スギオ
  • Japan Sugio
  • Japan Sugio
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  • United States Noland's Articuno
  • Japan ダツラのフリーザー
  • Japan Datsura no Freezer
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Wild Pokémon

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  • United States Venusaur
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  • United States Sandslash
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  • United States Machamp
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  • Japan Kairiky
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  • United States Rhyhorn
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  • Japan Sihorn
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  • United States Rhydon
  • Japan サイドン
  • Japan Sidon
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  • United States Pinsir
  • Japan カイロス
  • Japan Kailios
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  • United States Breloom
  • Japan キノガッサ
  • Japan Kinogassa
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  • United States Lairon
  • Japan コドラ
  • Japan Kodora
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  • United States Manectric
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  • Japan Livolt
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  • United States Camerupt
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  • Japan Bakuuda
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  • United States Trapinch
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Trainer's Choice Advanced Battle

Pokémon Trainer's Choice
Question Trainers, which Pokémon is most effective against Machoke?
Choices Sudowoodo, Gardevoir, Poochyena
Answer Ok, Trainers! If you chose Gardevoir, you were right!


Eyecatch Registeel Eyecatch

Registeel Commercial Intro and Return Eyecatches with Pikachu, Satoshi, Haruka, Masato and Takeshi.

Japanese Music:

Time Track Notes
Japan 00:01 バトルフロンティア
Japanese (Romanized): Battle Frontier
Japanese (Trans): Battle Frontier
Opening Theme for Japanese Version
Japan 01:28 1997-1998-M08 しのびよる影
Japanese (Romanized): Shinobi yoru Kage
Japanese (Trans): Sneaking from the Shadows
The group has trouble finding the Battle Factory.
Japan 02:01 2002-2005(AG)-M42 進化おめでとう
Japanese (Romanized): Shinka omedetō
Japanese (Trans): Congratulations for the Evolution
Battle Frontier Title Card
Japan 02:18 1997-1998-M28 Today's Pokémon Curiosity Satoshi (along with Haruka) is frustrated that they still can't find the Battle Factory. Masato apologizes and Takeshi tells it's best to set up camp for the night.
Japan 03:07 Movie 4 BGM - Chasing Celebi Movie 4 BGM - A Freezer appears in front of the group.
Japan 04:36 2002-2005(AG)-M29 Nyarth's boss fantasy: Sakaki's blower doesn't work and the Sun shines very brightly, making Sakaki fall to the ground. Just then a Freezer appears to cool his body,
Japan 06:19 2002-2005(AG)-M31 Takeshi flirts with Nurse Joy.
Japan 07:13 Movie 4 BGM - Suicune Spotted Movie 4 BGM - Nurse Joy is about to tell goodbye to the group, but they meet Enishida.
Japan 07:55 救出だ!?
Japanese (Romanized): Kyuushutsu da!?
Japanese (Trans): It's a Rescue!?
Enishida takes the group on a speedy car drive to the Battle Factory.
Japan 08:48 1997-1998-M15 襲撃!
Japanese (Romanized): Shūgeki!
Japanese (Trans): Attack!
A large vehicle smashes through the doors of the Battle Factory. The group has to use its Pokémon to stop it.
Japan 10:14 1997-1998-M60 ハナダへの道‐おつきみ山より
Japanese (Romanized): Hanada e no michi - Otsukimi Yama yori
Japanese (Trans): The Road to Hanada - From Moon-viewing Mountain
Factory Head Datsura presents himself.
Japan 11:20 1997-1998-M26 ロケット団隠密作戦
Japanese (Romanized): Rocket-dan Onmitsu Sakusen
Japanese (Trans): The Rocket Gang's Secret Schemes
Rocket Gang has been watching the event.
Japan 11:43 2002-2005(AG)-M44 Eyecatch Break
Japan 11:50 2002-2005(AG)-M43 Eyecatch Return
Japan 11:58 1999-2001-M13 Mysterious Person Sugio calls the Battle Factory's Pokémon to eat the Pollocks.
Japan 13:06 1997-1998-M26 ロケット団隠密作戦
Japanese (Romanized): Rocket-dan Onmitsu Sakusen
Japanese (Trans): The Rocket Gang's Secret Schemes
Rocket Gang watch everything from the Battle Factory's roof.
Japan 14:05 スイクンのテーマ
Japanese (Romanized): Suicune no thema
Japanese (Trans): Suicune's Theme
Movie 4 BGM - Freezer appears in the room and flies away from the building.
Japan 14:46 飛行~伝説へ
Japanese (Romanized): Hikō~ densetsu e
Japanese (Trans): Take Flight~ Towards the Legend
Movie 4 BGM - Datsura remembers meeting his Freezer for the first time while flying in a small airplane.
Japan 15:57 チャレンジャー!!
Japanese (Romanized): Challenger!!
Japanese (Trans): Challenger!!
Masato and Datsura fly on an airplane beside Freezer.
Japan 17:08 2002-2005(AG)-M32 ロケット団参上!のテーマ(ホウエン・バージョン)
Japanese (Romanized): Rocket-dan sanjō! no thema (Houen Version)
Japanese (Trans): Rocket Gang Arrival Theme (Houen Version)
Rocket Gang Battle Frontier's Motto
Japan 17:46 1999-2001-M22 視線!ロケット団
Japanese (Romanized): Shisen! Rocket-dan
Japanese (Trans): Eye Contact! Rocket Gang
Kojiro announces that they want to steal the Battle Factory's Pokémon.
Japan 18:34 アドバンス・アドベンチャー ~ファウンスへ!!~
Japanese (Trans): Advance Adventure ~To Faunz~
Movie 6 BGM - Datsura foils Rocket Gang's plans with his airplane.
Japan 20:03 1997-1998-M04 出会いと別れと
Japanese (Romanized): Deai to Wakare to
Japanese (Trans): Meeting and Parting
Everyone eats the dinner in open air.
Japan 20:35 2002-2005(AG)-M39 タイトル ~メインテーマ~
Japanese (Romanized): Title ~Main thema~
Japanese (Trans): Title ~Main Theme~
Lizardon makes a return!
Japan 21:44 ポケモンかぞえうた 
Japanese (Romanized): Pokémon Kazoe Uta
Japanese (Trans): Pokémon Counting Song
Ending Theme for Japanese Version
Japan 23:05 バトルフロンティア (オリジナルカラオケ)
Japanese (Romanized): Battle Frontier (Original Karaoke)
Japanese (Trans): Battle Frontier (Original Karaoke)
Advanced Generation Episode 137 preview
Japan 23:36 1997-1998-M44 I Choose Who? Professor Okido's Movie 8 Information
Japan 23:52 アーロン1
Japanese (Trans): Aaron1
Movie 8 BGM - Clips of the movie's footage focused on Lucario are shown as Okido narrates.

Music Statistics:

Number of Assigned Tracks to the Japanese Original: 28
Number of Assigned Tracks to the English Dub: 0
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