Dinosaur King
Dinosaur King

Volcanic Panic is the 15th episode in Dinosaur King, in Series 1.


While cooking clams in the hot springs in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, a fisherman sees an "ostrich egg" in with his clams (actually a Dinosaur Card Capsule), so he throws it away. It lands in a fire, and an Acrocanthosaurus card activates.

Meanwhile, the D-Team (including Dr. Taylor and Reese) are on a vacation on the same island, but any and all research, studying, and usage of the word "dinosaur" or anything dinosaur-related is strictly prohibited by Dr. Taylor, who humorously draws patterns in marker on the face of anyone who breaks the rule. After he has his fun, they leave all of their valuables (including their Dino Holders) in a safe before heading for the hot springs.

Unfortunately, the steam from the springs prevent both the D-Team and Alpha Gang from noticing that they are relaxing in the same pools! Dr. Taylor is meanwhile relaxing in a sand bath, until the Acrocanthosaurus shows up, almost stepping on him, before it approaches the hot springs, sending the D-Team running for their Dino Holders, and the Alpha Gang running for some clothes.

It continues across the island, crashing into a live entertainment theater, causing extensive damage. Meanwhile, Dr. Taylor has lost the key to their safe in the sand, and no one knows the combination. Acrocanthosaurus' rampage continues through a line of fire trucks and onto the beach, where the Alpha Gang, dressed in grass skirts (all they could find) try to attack it, but they are "rescued" by the brave firemen before they can summon a dinosaur. Acrocanthosaurus then swims off towards Devon Island, remembering living with a family near its volcano back during the Mesozoic Era. Ace tries to run after him, but is scared back by the water.

After a clerk drops off a new key for the safe, it is decided that it's too dangerous to go after Acrocanthosaurus until the next morning, so naturally the D-Team sneak out after it that night amidst minor earthquakes, fearing Mt. Devon might erupt while the dinosaur is on the island.

By the time they arrive, the sun has risen, but the Alpha Gang is already there, and they surround them with a swarm of Alpha Droids. Zoe manages to summon Paris to hold the droids back, while Max and Rex go after the dinosaur. They find it standing next to two exposed Acrocanthosaurus fossil skeletons, one a juvenile.

Acrocanthosaurus, so the D-Team fights back with Chomp, but the Alpha Gang attacks out of nowhere with Terry and defeats both parties in turn. Max has a chance to go after Acrocanthosaurus' card, but Dr. Taylor forces him to run, fearing that the volcano is erupting, and allowing the Alpha Gang to claim it (they then get scalded by a geyser at their feet). But as it turns out, the eruption was only happening in the Time Warp Battlefield, as Mt. Devon has been dormant for about 100 years. Max vows to reclaim Acrocanthosaurus.

Meanwhile, Dr. Z has been working on his Super Alpha Controller, and Acrocanthosaurus is the perfect dinosaur to use it with. Too bad his welding catches his beard on fire!


Max/Chomp vs. Zander/Terry vs. Acrocanthosaurus[]

Acrocanthosaurus attacks Max because he got too close to the fossils, so Chomp is summoned to fight it, sparking a Time Warp Battlefield . The volcano in the background looks like it is about to erupt. Acrocanthosaurus attacks, hitting Chomp back, but he charges back. Acrocanthosaurus whirls around to avoid the attack, then knocks Chomp back again.

It bites at Chomp, but he dodges and bites onto Acrocanthosaurus' tail, but it bites onto his tail and throws him through a boulder. The volcano is almost erupting, now. Chomp charges again, but Acrocanthosaurus knocks him back with its tail, then jumps way high up in the air, slamming down by Chomp, knocking him away yet again.

Chomp hits Acrocanthosaurus with Lightning Strike, leaving it with minimal energy, but still wanting to fight. Chomp charges again, but is hit away by Terry, who then attacks Acrocanthosaurus. Chomp tries to stop him, but Terry catapults him away with his tail, defeating him.

The volcano starts erupting as Terry uses Volcano Burst, defeating Acrocanthosaurus.

Zander/Terry win


(on the boat after realizing they didn't need to escape the island)
-Rex: "I hope the Alpha Gang will just leave them alone."
-Max: "Acrocanthosaurus. I promise you, somehow, I'm gonna get you back from those creeps."


Volcanic Panic/Transcript

New Cards[]


  • In the Japanese version, the Acrocanthosaurus was female. In the dub, 4Kids changed the gender.
  • The Devon Island in Dinosaur King strongly differs from the one in reality, and Acrocanthosaurus didn't live anywhere near there, so the fossils near the volcano make no sense.
  • This is the second wild dinosaur to be given a nickname (but not in the dub).
  • The Acrocanthosaurus fossils are shown to be in metamorphic rock, but in reality, metamorphic rocks can't preserve fossils.
  • This is the first episode Terry uses a Move Card to defeat the wild dinosaur yet also beats Chomp without needing one. The second episode is Field of Screams.
    • It's also the first time Terry defeats Chomp without being defeated himself, and the first time he defeats a wild dinosaur with a Super Move (in this case Volcano Burst).
  • Despite having a fear of water in earlier and later episodes, even going as far as avoiding baths, Ace has no problem with being in the hot springs themselves (it's possible he was brave, the hot springs were just that alluring, or the animators didn't think of that).

Dub Edits[]

  • Episode15SignOriginal

    The sign in the Japanese version.


    The sign in most versions of the dub.


    The sign in the initial airing of the dub.

    In the initial airing of the dub, the sign with Japanese text was changed to "NATURAL HOT SPRINGS CAUTION: TEMPERATURE UP TO 104°F (40°C)". In later airings, the sign was changed to have a picture of a shark.
  • A shot of the hotel was cut in the dub.
  • A shot of the Dino Holders turning on as the safe was closing was cut in the dub.
  • The text in a poster was removed in the dub.
  • During the scene in the hot springs, the dub gave the characters swimsuits under/behind their towels.
  • A shot on Max and Rex running in the hot springs was cut in the dub.
  • The sign in a shop was removed in the dub.
    • In the initial airing however, the sign was present, but was edited to say "GIFT SHOP" (the IF in GIFT was obstructed), and was moved to the left, probably because it was broadcast in 4:3 at the time.
  • The sign of the locker room had text erased in the dub.
    • In the initial airing however, the text wasn't erased, but it said "LOCKER ROOM".
  • A shot of the locker room door closing was cut in the dub.
  • The scroll had their text removed in the dub.



Volcanic Panic

Dinosaur King episode 15


p · e · t Dinosaur King episodes
Season One:
(Dinosaur King)
Prehistory in the Making · Battle at the Pyramids · Tanks a LOT! · Bungle in the Jungle · Rubble Trouble · Don't Mess With Maiasaura · A Game Show Showdown · Maui Owie! · Dino Snore! · Downtown Runaround · Alpha Bets It All · Alpha's Zeta Point · Escape from Zeta Point · Child's Play · Volcanic Panic · All Fired Up! · Field Of Screams · Dance Evolution · The Big Apple Grapple · Tee'd Off · No Free Lunch · Just Plane Crazy · A Loch Ness Mess · Fashion Victims · A Miner Disaster · Double or Nothing · Carnival of Chaos · Daddy Dearest · Rhino or Dino? · Dinosaur Amour! · Temple Tempest · Falls Alarm! · Battle Royale! · Ninja Nightmare! · Ruff and Ready · Metal Imbalance · Dueling Dinos · Mythical Mix Up · Beast Or Famine · A Mesozoic Mess · Lights, Camera, Destruction! · Planes, Trains and Dinosaurs · Vaccination Vacation · A Kyoto Caper · Santa Saurus! · Full Scheme Ahead · Tricks of the Traitor · One Final Move! · Dinosaur War!
Season Two:
(Mesozoic Meltdown)
Alien Parent Trap · Ancient Roman Holiday · Desperately Seeking Spartacus · Coliseum Clash · There's No Place Like Rome · Dinosaurs of the Caribbean · X-treme Map Quest · High Sea Chase · Amazing Treasure Race! · Four Part Harmony · Elements of Surprise · Monk in the Middle · The Third Cosmos Stone · Two Shoguns are Better than One · The No-Fun Shogun · Dinosaurs, Ninjas and Bears! Oh My! · There's No Business Like Shogun Business · The 39 Thieves · Desert Heat · Princess of the City · Malice in the Palace · The French Conniption · The Wee Musketeers · All for One · The Haunted Hunt · Bad Deal · The Forestfire Effect · The Search for the Last Cosmos Stone · Clash for the Cosmos Stones · Fate of the Cosmos