Dig Those Diglett! (ディグダがいっぱい! There's Lots of Diglett!) is the 31st episode of Pokémon: Indigo League.


Traveling on their way to the Fuchsia City, Ash, Brock and Misty come upon a construction site, where Diglett are digging the holes to prevent the construction of a dam. A worker organizes a bounty for anyone who can defeat the Diglett. While the heroes go to search for the reason why Diglett make the disasters, Jessie and James have their eyes set on the Pokémon, and come up with a plan to evolve their Ekans and Koffing so they can capture the Pokémon.

Episode plot

Ash, Misty, and Brock are lost in the mountains. They hear an explosion in the distance and they run to where they heard the explosion. Elsewhere, Team Rocket tries to enjoy a lunch break only to have their lunch destroyed by an earthquake. Angry about this, Team Rocket decides to go after the culprits responsible with Meowth right behind them.

Later, Ash and his friends see several semi trucks in a pile up. Pikachu then hears a sound coming from the ground and a Diglett pops up. Then it pops right back down into the ground. A construction worker (the foreman of the project) tells Ash and his friends that they were building a dam in the area, but a group of Diglett are destroying the construction and the project has been forced to stop. Misty thought they were cute but the foreman doesn't share her viewpoint.

The foreman tells them that the person who gets the Diglett to leave will get a big reward. Gary appears along with four buses full of trainers and says he will solve the problem. As usual he insults Ash, and after seeing his cheerleaders, Brock wants their phone numbers, but the foreman tells them to get to work. Team Rocket plans to steal the trainers' Pokémon and the Diglett. Then the foreman explains the situation and Ash comments on how many people are present, but soon gets yelled at to listen and not talk. Team Rocket wants in and tries to come up with a plan to steal the Pokémon but James realizes that they won't have much of a chance with Ekans and Koffing. Then Meowth says they'll find a way.

After a brief explanation as to the enemy, and some facts about Diglett from Gary, The Diglett arrive. He tries to send out one of his Pokémon, but his Pokémon refuses to come out of its Poké Ball. Diglett returns it to Gary with his saying that wasn't supposed to happen. He tries with another one but the result is the same. Ash asks Pikachu to battle the Diglett, but Pikachu refuses. Other trainers who are also there, try to send out their Pokémon to battle the Diglett, but every one of their Pokémon refuse to come out of their Poké Balls and they are returned by the Diglett. Ash tries to use Squirtle, but the result is the same.

Back at the construction site, Gary realizes that it's impossible to stop the Diglett and he and all the trainers except Ash and his friends leave. Ash asks Pikachu why he wouldn't battle Diglett. After seeing it as a waste of time, Gary leaves with his entourage, leaving Brock heartbroken again. That night, while Ash and company relax in a hot spring, Pikachu points to one of the Diglett, who had just stuck its head out of the ground, and Ash, Misty and Brock emerge in their swimwear. After getting dressed, Ash and his friends start chasing it and the foreman tries to whack the Diglett with a mallet.

Jessie and James find out that in order for their Pokémon to evolve they have to win battles, and when they do, they become entirely different Pokémon. They feel some sentiment for being with Ekans and Koffing for so long they cry. This triggers their evolution in the process.

Ash and his friends chase the Diglett to a forest. In the forest, many Diglett and Dugtrio are planting plants. Ash and his friends (as well as the foreman, who followed them there) realize that building the dam would flood the entire forest, forcing many Pokemon out of their homes and destroying all of the Diglett and Dugtrio's work, which is why all the Pokémon refused to fight the Diglett. The foreman decides to cancel the project.

Team Rocket appears and they are extremely happy because Ekans and Koffing have finally evolved into Arbok and Weezing. Team Rocket goes to attack as Ash sends Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur in the fight. Weezing uses Smog while Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, which Arbok dodges. Arbok digs underground, followed by Weezing. For a minute, nothing happens and then suddenly Arbok and Weezing come up out of the ground after getting beaten and bruised by the Diglett and Dugtrio. They crash into Jessie and James, who crash into the foundation of the dam after getting surfed off.

When the construction company learns of what the Diglett and Dugtrio are doing, they agree to stop building the dam. Ash and his friends set off traveling again to Fuchsia City. Meanwhile, Team Rocket reads a sign saying that the dam project is canceled and are unhappy about it.



Construction director



"What Planet are you from?" - Jessie asks James
"Girls! Those numbers? -Brock after Gary and his cheerleaders left
"Ash, uh shouldn't we put some clothes on?" - Brock after he, Ash and Misty emerge from the water in their swimwear.
"Ahhh. Team Rocket? I forgot about them. Sorry guys but we're not in the mood for you right now. Okay?" - Ash
"Tch tch tch tch tch. But, we're in a good enough mood for everyone." - Jessie
"Yes, and we never even had lunch. But now we have a special treat for you." - James
"A treat with a sensational and exciting new flavor." - Jessie
"For the first time on TV." - Meowth
"We're proud to present..." - Jessie
"...Our new Pokémon." - James
"Our Ekans has evolved into... ARBOK!" - Jessie
"Char-bok!" - Jessie's Arbok
"And Koffing is now... WEEZING!" - James
"Weezing." - James' Weezing


  • This is the last episode where Nathan Price voices Meowth before passing the role to the late Maddie Blaustein.
  • The construction director tried to get rid of the Diglett by hitting them with a hammer. This is a fashion similar to the game "Whack-a-mole."
  • Meowth broke the fourth wall when Koffing and Ekans are revealed to have evolved.
  • The "Who's that Pokémon?" in this episode is Diglett.
  • Brock asked six girls out at once when Gary's fan club showed up.
  • The plot of this episode is similar to an earlier one, "TB019: Tentacool & Tentacruel", with the only difference is that while "Nastina" is too stubborn to admit defeat, the Giva Dam foreman realizes the error of his ways and willingly cancels the project.


  • When the heroes discover the Diglett's home, Brock wrongfully states that the Diglett plow the fields and the Dugtrio plant the trees, when it was actually the other way around.

Dub differences

  • The kanji for the hot spring advertisement was removed in the dub.


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