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"Spirit Needle"
(Ōzora no Kishi Akuiramon)
"Sky Knight, Aquilamon"
(Ja:) Fuji Television
(En:) Saban Entertainment
Airdate (Ja:) September 24, 2000
(En:) December 9, 2000
Written by (Ja:) Hiro Masaki
(En:) Craig Doyle, Jeff Nimoy, Bob Buchholz
Directed by (Ja:) Atsutoshi Umezawa
Chief Anim.
Shigetaka Kiyoyama
Art Tetsuhiro Shimizu
Toei Animation
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The group begins to wonder whether Ken would be a valuable asset to them, and Ken soon gets a chance to prove himself when a rogue Digimon threatens to destroy a dam and flood a whole town.


DA02 ep25 recap

Episode recap for Spirit Needle.


At school, Kari and Davis have lunchroom duty. Davis doesn't think Ken is that bad, and he wants him to join their team. Cody is still mad at him. T.K. is the only one that agrees with Davis. After school, Davis says hi to Ken. He wants Ken to meet with the others. Davis knows that they need Ken's help and tells Ken that he is one of the Digi-Destined. Ken says he can't join them. T.K. is listening to them and agrees with Davis on forgiving Ken. Yolei talks with her family and is starting to become convinced about Ken too. In a part of the Digital World infested with control spires, Stingmon destroys Snimon. The next day, Mimi, and a group of Yukimibotamon are having a picnic. Palmon is off getting marshmallows when she sees the evil woman at a control spire. The woman puts a Spirit Needle into the spire, and it turns into an evil Digimon. Palmon runs to Mimi for help, but Golemon attacks and knocks her out.

Mimi, knowing that Golemon intends to destroy the dam and flood the nearby town, calls the other Digi-Destined for help. They arrive in the Digital World and the Armor Digimon go after Golemon. They try to get him off the dam, but he is too strong. They look for a dark ring, but can't find one. Golemon defeats the Armor Digimon and breaks a hole in the dam. The Digimon now have to stop the water from flooding the town. Nefertimon plugs the hole in the dam with her Rosetta Stone attack while the others build a new dam out of trees to stop the water from reaching the town. Golemon, however, isn’t deterred and continues climbing the dam. Davis realizes that since Golemon is bent on destroying the dam, they have no choice but to destroy him, but Yolei and Cody don't want to. Mimi tells the others they may need to ask Ken for help.

Golemon defeats Shurimon, devolving him back to Hawkmon, then attacks the other Armor Digimon, devolving them as well. Golemon goes to destroy the dam, but Stingmon stops him. Palmon awakens and tells them that Golemon isn't a real Digimon, but a control spire, and explains what she saw. T.K. realizes that the Thundermon that Stingmon destroyed was a control Spire too, and that Ken must've figured it out. Yolei realizes she was wrong about Ken. Hawkmon digivolves to Aquilamon and helps Stingmon fight off Golemon. They combine their attacks to delete the false Golemon. Ken says that he is sorry for what he has done. Davis wants Ken to join the team, but he walks away. Yolei emails him, also asking him to join them.

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Featured characters[]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance. Bolded characters are fought by the protagonist(s), and italicized characters feature non-explicitly, e.g. voice, silhouette, image.)

Humans Fresh In-Training Rookie Champion Ultimate Armor

Digimon Analyser[]

DC suDC teDC iDC nDC guDC moDC n

Insect Digimon

Special Move
Spiking Finish
Ken: "Stingmon—this insectoid Digimon bugs opponents with his Spiking Strike attack. Don't try bug spray on him though; it'll only make him angry."
DC yuDC kiDC miDC boDC taDC moDC n

Slime Digimon

Special Move
Diamond Dust
Mimi: "You YukimiBotamon are cute baby Digimon and you have such white fur. Your Bubble Blow attack is almost as big as your appetites."

DC goDC chouonDC reDC moDC n

Mineral Digimon

Special Move
Curse Crimson
Palmon: "Golemon—a monstrous Digimon made up of stone and minerals. His Crimson Curse attack overpowers his enemies."
DC aDC kuDC iDC raDC moDC n

Giant Bird Digimon

Special Move
Glide Horn,
Blast Laser
Armadillomon: "Aquilamon—this giant, winged Digimon soars along at supersonic speeds and beats his opponents with his special Grand Horn attack."


(Number indicates order of occurrence.)

DemiVeemon 1 Veemon 4 Raidramon 10 Veemon
DemiVeemon b Arrow R Veemon b Arrow R Raidramon b Arrow R Red Veemon b
DigiEgg of Friendship b
Poromon 2 Hawkmon 4 Shurimon 9 Hawkmon 14 Aquilamon 15 Hawkmon
Poromon b Arrow R Hawkmon b Arrow R Shurimon b Arrow R Red Hawkmon b Arrow R Aquilamon b Arrow R Red Hawkmon b
DigiEgg of Sincerity b
Upamon 3 Armadillomon 4 Digmon 10 Armadillomon
Upamon b Arrow R Armadillomon b Arrow R Digmon b Arrow R Red Armadillomon b
DigiEgg of Knowledge b

Patamon 4 Pegasusmon 10 Patamon
Patamon b Arrow R Pegasusmon b Arrow R Red Patamon b
DigiEgg of Hope b
Gatomon 4 Nefertimon 10 Gatomon
Gatomon (Ringless) t Arrow R Nefertimon b Arrow R Red Gatomon (Ringless) t
DigiEgg of Light b
Stingmon 15 Wormmon
Stingmon b Arrow R Red Wormmon b


"I guess someone hasn't had their coffee this morning."

Davis on Cody's lack of response regarding Ken.

Ken: "So what brings you all the way out here? Did you come to remind me that I've been a bad boy?"
Davis: "Come on, Ken, you've done some pretty rotten things, but you're not an evil person."
Ken: "I'm not?"
Davis: "No. The person that designed the school's lunch menu, now that's an evil person. Hahaha... That was a joke, Ken."
Ken: "Sorry, I haven't been in a laughing mood lately."

—Davis attempts to win over Ken.

Patamon: "Hey, T.K., do you think Davis is right about Ken? Should we forgive him for what he's done?"
T.K.: "I think everyone deserves a second chance, Patamon, even Ken. I believe that he's sorry for what he's done, and it's time we forgive him and let bygones be bygones. I hope he forgives himself."

—The more experienced T.K. considers giving Ken another chance.

"Sorry, but I've already had my bath today."

Raidramon does not want to get caught in the flash flood.

Yolei: "How do we stop Golemon without hurting him?"
Davis: "We have no choice but to resort to extreme measures."
Yolei: "And exactly what do you mean by that, Davis?"
Davis: "We have to destroy him."
Yolei: "Have you gone completely nuts? He's a Digimon! He's still a living creature, Davis. We'll have to think of another plan."
Davis: "If You've got a better plan, I'd love to hear it."
Yolei: "What if we keep trying to protect the dam?"
Davis: "Now who sounds crazy? He swatted our Digimon like flies. We have to take out Golemon to protect the dam."
Yolei: "At least let's try, Davis."
Davis: "Look Yolei, the longer we fight him, the better the chance of him destroying that dam. There are millions of lives at stake. We have no choice!"
Yolei: "There's got to be a better way!"
Davis: "It's too late Yolei, we have to act now!"

—Yolei resists Davis' radical plan of action.

"Being a hero isn't always pretty. Maybe Ken did what he had to do to save people's lives."

Davis explains to Cody why Ken had Thundermon destroyed previously.

Palmon: "Golemon... He's not what you think. He's not even a real Digimon. I know I sound crazy, but you have to believe me on this."
Mimi: "What are you talking about?"
Palmon: "I was walking through the woods and I heard something, so I went to check it out. That's when I saw this strange woman. She was casting a spell on a Control Spire. There was all this bright light, I could barely see, and then the Control Spire became Golemon."
T.K.: "Hey guys, I just thought of something: Thundermon must have been one of those Control Spires, too. I bet Ken probably figured that out during the last battle."
Davis: "That must be why he ordered Stingmon to destroy him. He knew he wasn't a real Digimon."
Cody: "That's why Golemon attacked the dam. He's a Control Spire under a dark spell."

—Palmon's information about the Control Spire makes the group realize they were wrong about Ken's actions.

{I was wrong. Ken has changed. I always assumed that he was just as ruthless as before, but now he's trying to save the Digital World.}
"I'm sorry, Ken, I was wrong."

Yolei's apology allows Hawkmon to digivolve to his Champion form.

Other notes[]

Continuity errors

  • In the English dub, when Mimi asks for Yolei's D-Terminal, she calls it a D-3.

Animation errors

  • In the shot where Raidramon speaks while Pegasusmon and Nefertimon struggle to pull Golemon away from the dam, Digmon's right forearm is colored dark gray instead of yellow.
  • When Pegasusmon and Nefertimon are slammed against the wall of the dam (a shot that doesn't feature in the English dub, see below), part of Pegasusmon's left wing and ears are cut off.
  • In a shot of Kari after Nefertimon's Rosetta Stone attack plugs the dam, part of her nose where it should be shaded in is the same color as her skin.
  • When Davis is giving his argument to Cody, his nose is miscolored as Kari's was previously.
  • When Stingmon is pushed backwards by Golemon, his thighs are green instead of black.
  • In the English dub, the stats that are displayed during Aquilamon's analysis are those of Tyrannomon, most likely from the episode A New Digitude (though most viewers would not notice this, as the stats are all in Japanese).

Dubbing changes

  • A shot of Pegasusmon and Nefertimon being slammed against the wall of the dam is removed from the English dub.
  • In the Latin American/Spanish, Finnish, French, and original English dubs, the Digimon Analyzer introduces SnowBotamon and Rockmon. Their names were changed to Yukimibotamon and Golemon respectively in later English airings of the episode and the DVD releases of the English dub.

Digimon references

Real-world references

  • The artificial Golemon's creation from a Control Spire is reminiscent of the creation of the legendary Golem, which was an artificial man created from clay.

Miscellaneous trivia

  • Yolei announces the episode title in the Japanese episode.
  • The recap is missing from this episode on the Complete Second Series UK DVD.