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Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice is the second Pokémon movie in the Best Wishes series and the 15th Pokémon movie overall. It premiered in Japanese theaters on July 14, 2012. It premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network on December 8, 2012, and in the United Kingdom on CITV on December 12, 2012.


Virizion, Terrakion, and Cobalion belong to a group of Pokémon called the Swords of Justice, which travel the world to protect people and Pokémon in need of help. Keldeo is in training to become a member of the Swords of Justice. His final challenge before he can become part of the group is to battle Kyurem, a powerful Dragon-type Pokémon with the ability to wield the power of Reshiram and Zekrom which lives in an abandoned mine. However, the Swords of Justice do not believe that Keldeo is ready.

Keldeo sneaks out to the mine, Full Court, to battle Kyurem, lying to him that he is a Sword of Justice. Kyurem breaks Keldeo's horn, causing Keldeo to become nervous and afraid. The Swords of Justice arrive at the Full Court to try and stop the fight. Angered by this, Kyurem freezes the Swords of Justice in ice. Keldeo runs away in panic. Kyurem chases after Keldeo, announcing that their battle is not over.

The Pokémon trainers Ash Ketchum, Iris, and Cilan find an injured Keldeo on top of their train headed for Roshan City. Kyurem arrives with his minions, several Cryogonal, still wanting to continue the fight. However, Kyurem withdraws when the train enters a tunnel. Keldeo is taken to Roshan City's Pokémon Center to be healed. Outside, Ash, Iris, and Cilan agree to help Keldeo and free the Swords of Justice together. Iris commandeers a zeppelin from the city's museum while Cilan uses an abandoned mine cart powered by his Stunfisk to bait Kyurem and the Cryogonal into following them while Ash and Keldeo sneak away to save the Swords of Justice on foot.

Kyurem returns to the mine to continue the battle. Ash heads to the Full Court with his Pikachu, Pignite, and Boldore to free the Swords of Justice. Infuriated that they are trespassing his home, Kyurem tries to attack them, but Keldeo rescues them, gaining the courage he needs to fight. Kyurem reveals that he already knew that Keldeo had lied about being a Sword of Justice but still accepted his challenge and intends to finish the battle. Keldeo transforms into his Resolute Form. The battle causes the Full Court to start collapsing, breaking the ice the Swords of Justice were imprisoned in. Kyurem encases Keldeo in ice. Keldeo breaks out of the ice after learning the move Secret Sword, in which a glowing sword emerges from his horn. Kyurem and Keldeo fire blasts at each other but Kyurem's blast accidentally gets sent towards Ash and his friends. Keldeo slices the blast with Secret Sword, saving his friends but injuring him. Keldeo yields to Kyurem, and the battle ends.

The Swords of Justice praise Keldeo for finally learning the true power of the sword, which officially makes him the fourth member of the team. The group retreats from the Full Court as it collapses. Kyurem freezes the falling Full Court to prevent being crushed and any more damage from being caused.





On release in Japan, Japanese players of Pokémon Black and White, and Black and White Versions 2 can download the special Pokémon Keldeo.


  • On Saturday, April 13, 2013, the film was aired in the UK on CITV.
  • This is the only movie where the antagonist has absolutely nothing to do with humans.
  • Several scenes that were cut from the movie in the English dub, were restored in the UK TV release on 2013.
  • All 648 species of Pokémon appeared in the opening except Genesect.


  • Kyurem was able to freeze the three Swords of Justice with Ice Burn, and Keldeo with Freeze Shock. However, in the Pokémon games, Ice Burn and Freeze Shock cause burn and paralysis, respectively.