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From Cradle to Save (ウソハチと忍者スクール!! Bonsly and the Ninja School!!) is the 11th episode of Pokémon: Battle Frontier.


Ash and friends arrive at a Ninja School. There they meet a wild Bonsly who cries a lot and does not get along with the other Pokemon at the school. However, Team Rocket appear and decide to capture all of the Pokemon in the school, including Ash and his friends.

Episode plot

During a night, a Pokémon, left abandoned, cries. The next day, the gang is having lunch. May expects her egg to hatch soon, but no one knows which Pokémon it will be, making it exciting. Ash goes to practice Pikachu's Volt Tackle. He decides to use Donphan as a target, since the attack won't affect it - Pikachu charges with Volt Tackle, though Donphan brushes him off. Ash orders to do it once more, but Donphan, for some reason, beings to roll, so they all get away from its path. Donphan crushes a rock and a ninja and his Ninjask were hiding. The ninja thought they were thieves, but was explained they were crossing the Battle Frontier. The gang introduces themselves and the ninja is Evian, the student of the Ninja school.

The school teaches the people and Pokémon the arts of the ninja. They decide to go there and enlist. The teacher tells there have been reports of thefts - the students confirm this and one saw a shadow running in the bushes yesterday and he also heard the cry. Brock flirts with the teacher and hugs her, but he hugged a log - the teacher swapped using the ninja skills. Team Rocket sees them all and Jessie recalls her days as a ninja. Later, the students are in the lake, breathing through some pipes. They suddenly come out, as the lesson was to become one with the lake. Later, they all are disguised. The Pidgey peck the ground, so Ash and Pikachu come out, as they couldn't handle the pain. So, the teacher decides to practice endurance.

The teacher sends Kecleon. She tells Kecleon is going to disappear, so they need to find it. Kecleon disappears, so everyone goes to search for it. Ash and Pikachu search, but cannot find it. A student tells that he needs to use the ninja skills to detect it. He senses something, so Ninjask sprays the dust - the tail is seen. He goes for it, but almost captures it, as Kecleon disappeared very quickly. Ash tries the same - Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, but during the attack, Kecleon snatches Ash's hat. They go for it, but it gets up, so they fail. Other students go to search and one finds a Pokémon and grabs it. The Pokémon cries, so other students recognizes it is the same cry he heard yesterday. Brock gets the Pokémon and calms it - it is a Bonsly.

The students demand their stuff back, but Brock questions if they have proof that Bonsly was the one who stole their stuff. One answers he heard the cry, so Brock reaches for a berry and offers it to Bonsly. When Bonsly ultimately unable to eat the berry and swats it away, Brock gives the Bonsly a bottle of milk instead, which the Pokémon happily drinks. The teacher and her students realize that this Bonsly must still be just a baby, meaning that it's too young to be eating solid foods and that it couldn't stolen their stuff. Nevertheless, Bonsly cries and pounds Brock. Suddenly, Bonsly senses it is attacked and evades a shuriken. It is Team Rocket - they release the strings to get the Pokémon and go away. The teacher sends Shiftry - Shiftry cuts the kite they have been attached to, so they fall down on a tree. Ash sends Grovyle, May Combusken and Brock Marshtomp.

Grovyle cuts the strings with Leaf Blade, setting the Pokémon free. Shiftry uses Rock Smash, hitting Team Rocket. Combusken burns them using Fire Spin and Marshtomp makes them fall to the ground with Water Gun. Jessie tells she has ninja skills and challenges the teacher. Jessie sends Seviper, who uses Haze. Jessie grabs the teacher with a net, but the teacher appears behind her - she used the same trick before, so Jessie caught a log. So, Jessie "uses" Double Team (so James and Meowth run with her dressed the same way as her). So, Shiftry uses (properly) Double Team. Next, Shifty uses Razor Wind and Ninjask Fury Swipes, scratching them. Ariados uses Spider Web, immobilizing them. Brock asks them if they stole some berries, to which they confirm.

The students now know they stole the berries, so Team Rocket rolls away. However, they bounce off a tree and blast off. Angela (the teacher) thanks Ash, but he does not want any credit, so Brock flirts and tells she is the one who saved. Suddenly, the Bonsly tackles Brock. Bonsly cries, so they suspect it thanks Brock for standing in its defense. The three students berate it for running away from Team Rocket, but Angela tells them to back off since Bonsly is too young to defend itself. Brock tells it is alone, but offers it to come with him. Bonsly is happy, but suddenly feels upset and goes after Brock. Ash realizes Bonsly wants to battle Brock, to prove its strength.

Brock accepts the battle and sends Forretress. Bonsly cries, letting Brock off his guard and attacks Forretress. Forretress uses Rapid Spin and ignores Bonsly's tears, knocking it out. Next, Forretress produces Spikes, so Bonsly does not spin anymore. Brock sends the Poke Ball, but Bonsly frees itself. Bonsly is happy, but accidentally gets on one of the spikes, so Brock sends another Poké Ball, but this time he captures it. Later, Bonsly cries, so Brock gives it milk to calm down. Still, it throws the bottle to Brock, so Brock yells milk is all what it'll get, so stops crying. Angela tells Brock's a dad now, taking care of Bonsly. Later, the gang goes away.








  • When Bonsly escapes from the Poké Ball, it emerges as red energy rather than the usual white.


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