One Person Can Make All The Difference.

Get set for an unforgettable adventure featuring all-new Pokemon! An Ancient legend comes true when Pokemon Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres are disturbed after centuries of harmony. As the very forces of nature come unbalanced, life on earth depends on the unlikely teaming of mythical Pokemon Lugia and a mysterious "chosen one" foretold in the legend. Can Ash Ketchum summon the courage to save the day? See how one person can make all the difference.

The film takes place during the Orange Islands season, and marks the first appearances of Articuno, Zapdos, and two more never-before-seen Pokemon.


  • Ash Ketchum/Satoshi - Veronica Taylor (English), Rica Matsumoto (Japanese)
  • Pikachu - Ikue Ōtani
  • Misty/Kasumi - Rachael Lillis (English), Mayumi Iizuka (Japanese)
  • Tracey/Kenji - Ed Paul (English), Tomokazu Seki (Japanese)
  • Narrator - Ken Gates (English), Unshō Ishizuka (Japanese)
  • Togepi - Satomi Kōrogi
  • Marill - Kayzie Rogers (English), Mika Kanai (Japanese)
  • Jessie/Musashi - Rachael Lillis (English), Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese)
  • James/Kojirō - Eric Stuart (English), Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese)
  • Meowth/Nyarth - Maddie Blaustein (English), Inuko Inuyama (Japanese)
  • Lugia - Eric Rath (English), Kōichi Yamadera (Japanese)
  • Professor Oak/Okido - Stan Hart (English), Unshō Ishizuka (Japanese)
  • Delia Ketchum/Hanako - Veronica Taylor (English), Masami Toyoshima (Japanese)

In Other Languages

Language Title
Japanese ポケットモンスター: 幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕
English (literal translation) Pocket Monsters: Revelation Lugia
French Pokemon: le film 2000
Spanish Pokemon: La Película 2000
Portuguese Pokémon 2000 O Filme: O Poder de Um
Chinese 神奇寶貝:洛奇亞爆誕
Korean 포켓몬스터: 루기아의 탄생

Release timeline

Format Country of origin Date
Original theatrical Japan July 17, 1999
VHS Japan February 2, 2000
Original theatrical USA July 21, 2000
VHS/DVD USA November 14, 2000
DVD Japan November 22, 2000

Home video release

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