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Legend? Go! Friends? Go! (サトシとゴウ、ルギアでゴー!, Satoshi to Gou! Rugia de Gou!, Ash and Goh, On Lugia They Go!) is the 2nd episode of Pokémon Journeys: The Series.


A visit to a brand-new research laboratory puts Ash on a path to meet a kindred spirit.[1]

Episode plot

In the morning at the Ketchum residence, Ash and Pikachu are asleep in their room, until the alarm clock rings. Pikachu wakes up and goes to turn it off, but Ash hits Pikachu by accident, and throws the alarm clock to the wall, breaking it. Pikachu tries to wake Ash, but with no success. He also tries to electrocute him, with the same result. Shortly after that, Delia wakes up her son and tells him, that he overslept again. She has also reminded him, that he needs to visit Professor Oak's Laboratory as soon as possible. Ash finally wakes up, and rushes to the lab with Pikachu, meeting Professor Oak as he loads his car. The older man reveals that a young professor he knew is opening a new laboratory in Vermilion City and he has decided to invite Ash to the opening ceremony, which Ash is thrilled to join in. Shortly after, Delia and Mimey appear, bringing lunch for Ash. But they have overheard their conversation and decided to join their trip, so she can check out the restaurants and shopping malls in Vermilion city. While on the road, Ash is excited to see some of the old Pokémon, such as Diglett and Butterfree. Oak comments Ash has always been a Trainer who loves Pokémon and asks him if he still planning on becoming a Pokémon Master, which Ash states that he will become one together with his partner, Pikachu.

As they arrive at the new lab, Ash and Pikachu went on ahead, while Professor Oak parks his car, and Delia and Mimey visit the city. Ash encounters a yellow Pokémon, which he has never seen before. He tries to befriend it, wondering about its origins and name. But the Pokémon evades Ash and tries to back away from him while growling. Ash quickly grabs it and hugs it, only for the Pokémon to electrocute him instead. The new Pokémon takes a liking to Pikachu and the two quickly become friends. Chloe comes home from school where she greets the new Pokémon with the name Yamper, but sees a burnt Ash on the steps before quickly ignoring him and fleeing. Ash wakes up to see Professor Oak telling him to hurry up to the open ceremony. Inside, Professor Cerise thanks everyone for coming and talks about the history of Pokémon. "Pokémon are strange creatures that live on this planet and appear all over the world, living together and forming special bonds with humans." Cerise explains that the Laboratory is here to discover the many mysteries of Pokémon, and to understand more about them as well as to help make the world a better place.

In a room above the ceremony, Chloe is reading while happily looking at the sleeping Yamper. Chloe rises and looks out the window, upset that Goh didn't show up because he was supposed to receive his school handouts from her. She gets a message from Goh saying that he is going to have a "fateful encounter" and will be late. The annoyed Chloe is angry that his messages are always like this. On a building's rooftop near the city, Goh checks his phone that shows the city's weather and he predicts that the swirling clouds above him will reveal "it". At the same time in the Cerise Laboratory, the computer detects similar weather patterns with Cerise predicting that a rare Pokémon will appear at Vermilion Port. Ash decides to head there, while the other invited people follow him to see if it may be a Legendary Pokémon. Ash runs through the neighborhood, knowing that he is first, however, he and Pikachu are blocked by a sleeping Snorlax midway there.

Goh prepares for the Legendary Pokémon's arrival, counting down, but nothing shows up, except a Psyduck, horrifying the boy. He then spots the clouds forming at the Vermilion Port. The Legendary Pokémon emerges from the clouds and reveals itself to be Lugia. Waiting Trainers attempt to fight Lugia in a raid battle, only for them and their Pokémon to be blown away. As Goh rushes to the port, more Trainers and their Pokémon continue to attack, but Lugia easily subdues them. Ash and Pikachu arrive and challenge Lugia to a battle, which Lugia responds with a roar. Ash orders Pikachu to use Thunderbolt, but did no damage to it and got blown away with Ash catching Pikachu. Lugia then flies away while Ash and Pikachu chase after it toward a cliff road; Goh arrives and spots Lugia in the same area. Both boys jump on the beast at the exact same time and are surprised to see each other while the Pokémon flies off over the sea.


UK- "I accept you!" - Pokémon Journeys - Official Clip

Goh "accepting" Ash as his friend.

Ash helps Goh on Lugia's back and while the former notices the Pokémon watching the boys, the latter is amazed at riding it. Goh notices Lugia's fins' movements before taking out his phone to record it. After that, he looks at and records Lugia's silver skin, surprised by its roughness. Ash interrupts as he and Pikachu hug one of the fins, noting their warmth and saying that this was Lugia after all. Lugia suddenly screeches, causing the trio to plug their ears, and sharply flies to the sky. The trio holds onto the fins before looking around to see a flock of Fearow flying in a formation, with Lugia in the lead.

The Legendary Pokémon suddenly dives sharply towards the sea before firing a Hydro Pump, causing the waters to part. The trio looks on in amazement while entering the refilling hole. Ash hears a psychic "Here we go" from Lugia and, seeing the Pokémon about to go through the water wall into the sea. Ash quickly holds his breath; Goh, not aware, barely manages to do the same. The trio adjusts and looks on in wonder again at the water Pokémon at the bottom of the sea. Goh records a passing school of Seadra and Horsea, while another group of Horsea plays with Ash and Pikachu. But unfortunately, all three began to lose air. Lugia rises out of the ocean and the trio regains their much-needed oxygen. Ash states that meeting all kinds of Pokémon is truly great, which amazes Goh by his character, and he declares Ash as his friend. After introducing themselves, Lugia flies across a field and the boys come across more Pokémon. Lugia abruptly drops them off and flies away; the boys thank Lugia for their time with it and hope to meet it again.

Ash lies down on the grass, stating that Pokémon are nice; Goh agrees and says that Lugia reminded him of how big the world is. Goh explains that anyone can go anywhere they want, and meet all kinds of Pokémon they want to meet, which Ash confirms while sitting up. A person can meet any of them for sure, making them chuckle. Goh recognizes they must return but are horrified to realize, that they had no idea where they were. Later in the evening, the exhausted trio reaches Cerise's lab; Yamper greets Pikachu while Chloe complains that Goh was late. Goh tells his friend that he met Lugia, but the uninterested girl gives him his handouts instead. Goh mutters that he didn't need it before quickly changing the subject on the angry Chloe's father's whereabouts. She answers that he was with Professor Oak, but Goh quickly rushes inside to meet the famous professor. Ash asks the nervous Chloe if Cerise was her father but is answered by Yamper's angry barking.

In the lab, Cerise looks through the data gathered by Goh and thanks the two boys for this information. Oak asks Ash about opinion, and he answers that Lugia took a liking to them, explaining to the curious Cerise and the skeptical Goh, that he felt a jolt when the Pokémon looked at them after the trio got on its back. Goh realizes that instead of immediately diving into the water with them on board, it fired an attack to lessen the impact. Ash adds that he heard Lugia's "voice" before they entered the sea, shocking the younger professor. Cerise calms down and again thanks the boys for solving some of Lugia's unknown mysteries, before requesting that the duo become his special lab assistants, their task is to closely interact with, and learn all of the mysteries of Pokémon. The boys happily agree before arguing, but Delia arrives and interrupts, worried that traveling between Pallet Town and Vermilion City would be hard for her son. Cherise shows a dorm, where Ash and Goh could stay and live in. Ash and Goh are thrilled to see their shared room before arguing again, on who should sleep on the top bunk. Satisfied, Delia asks Mimey to stay with Ash. Oak and Delia leave, though not before she tells Ash to eat his food and brush his teeth, and Goh to take care of her son.

Chloe comes and asks her dad if he is ready; Cerise replies to wait a bit longer as he wants to take care of one last thing for Ash and Goh. At the Lab, Cerise summons a Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle, whom Ash finds adorable, to give to Goh as his Starter Pokémon to become a Trainer. However, Goh states he wants to have Mew as his Starter, surprising Ash and the professor. Ash tells Goh that he is an interesting guy, while Goh says, that Ash is more interesting than himself, which makes Ash think he won. As the boys have another argument as Chloe gets annoyed, Cerise tells them that he will be looking forward to learning Mew's secrets as Ash and Goh prepare their journeys together.





An assorted collection of Ash's Badges, trophies, and other keepsakes in his room.


  • Lugia's Japanese quote is heard in the English version, instead of a translation.



  1. ^ Sneak preview