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Introduction Edit

Pokémon , abbreviated from Pocket Monsters , is an ongoing Japanese animated series, which has since been adapted for the North and South American, Australian and European television market. It is somewhat based on the Pokémon video game series and a part of the Pokémon franchise.

Originally a single series, Pokémon, it has since been made into three series, including Pokémon: Advanced Generation and subsequently Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, which sequentially continue the story of Pokémon, while its spin-off Pokémon Sunday (formerly Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station) has broadcast a series of stories revolving around some of the recurring characters, Pokémon Chronicles or, as it is known in Japan, Pokémon Side Story.

Plot Edit

Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in the original Japanese series) has just become a Pokémon trainer in the Kanto Region. He picked Pikachu because all the original starters were takin. He has a childhood rival named Gary (Shigeru in the original Japanese series) whom took squirtle as his starter.. Ash accidentally destroys a bike belonging to a girl named Misty (Kasumi in the original Japanese series), who starts to follow him to get her bike back. Misty endeavors to be a great water Pokémon trainer. Shortly thereafter, Ash battles Brock (Takeshi in the original Japanese series), the leader of the Pewter City gym. Ash initially loses to Brock's Onix, but wins the Boulder Badge in a rematch. Brock then turns over gym leader duties to his estranged father and accompanies Ash and Misty on their journey.

Ash's Kanto journey culminates with him collecting the necessary eight badges to compete in the Indigo League Pokémon Tournament held annually on the Indigo Plateau in Viridian City. Upon his arrival Ash shrugs off repeated suggestions that he should spend his time training and preparing for the tournament. He ultimately loses in the quarter-finals to Richie, a new rival who happens to use many of the same Pokémon as Ash, including a Pikachu named "Sparky".

After the Indigo League, Ash returns briefly to Pallet Town before setting out on a new journey to the Orange Islands where he will compete in the Orange League. Brock eventually parts company with Ash and Misty to pursue Pokémon research with Professor Ivy. At this point a new character, Tracey Sketchit (Kenji in the original Japanese series) joins Ash. Ash collects four badges and competes against the Orange League champion, Drake, a very experienced trainer. The battle comes down to Pikachu versus Drake's Dragonite with Pikachu delivering a devastating Thunder attack to score the knockout blow.

Victorious in the Orange League, Ash again returns to Pallet Town where he and Misty are reunited with Brock. Tracy decides to stay in Pallet Town to work with his idol, Professor Oak as Ash, Brock and Misty head west to the distant land of Johto. Pokémon: The Johto Journeys marks the introduction of a new series of Pokémon beyond the original 150 named and frequently seen throughout the Kanto and Orange Islands regions.

In the fifth season (Pokémon Master Quest), Ash is defeated by a Pokémon trainer from the southern land of Hoenn region and decides to journey there next after a brief visit home. Before arriving in Pallet Town, Misty receives a message from her sisters requesting that she return to Cerulean City to take over gym leader duties. Brock then decides that he has been away from home too long and must return to help his father take care of his many brothers and sisters. This marks the last time to date that the original trio of friends journeys together. In Pallet Town, Ash receives a more modern-looking outfit from his mother and sets out for the Hoenn region with only Pikachu, choosing to leave his other Pokémon with Professor Oak.

In Hoenn, Ash meets May (Haruka in the original Japanese series) and her younger brother Max (Masato in the original Japanese series), who join in his journey. May is excited by the Pokémon Contests that take place in Kanto and Hoenn, while Max joins the group to gain experience so that one day he will have his own Pokémon and become a Gym Leader like his father Norman, the Gym Leader of Petalburg City. Having solved his family issues, Brock returns (also in a new outfit) to accompany Ash. This season, Gary leaves his promising career as a Pokémon Trainer to become a Pokémon researcher. Misty visits the group and takes Ash, Brock, May and Max to the Togepi Kingdom.

After Ash becomes champion of the Kanto Battle Frontier, May as well as Drew, Solidad and Harley travel to the Johto region to participate in the Grand Festival held there. Max returns to Petalburg City to get ready for his own Pokémon journey and Brock returns to Pewter City, once again. Ash learns of a new region called Sinnoh, where he embarks on a new journey. Ash planned to bring only Pikachu, but Aipom snuck on the boat. Brock comes back a few days later in Sinnoh and they both meet Dawn (Hikari in the original Japanese series), a new trainer who hopes to become a great Pokémon Coordinator, like her mother. Ash meets a new rival, Paul (Shinji in the original Japanese series), who prefers to capture the strongest Pokémon, leaving the weak who are released, in strong contrast to Ash's methods. Ash also meets Gary several times throughout Sinnoh, and is briefly rejoined by May during the Wallace Cup.

Throughout his travels, Ash and his friends have encountered a variety of legendary Pokémon but have never been in a position to catch one.

Episode Guide Edit

Episode guie: season 1 Edit

Episode 1 (Season 1) - Pokemon - I Choose You!

The Pokemon story begins with our hero, Ash, in his hometown of Pallet where 10-year-old boys and girls are not only eligible but encouraged to begin their own Pokemon journeys. Pokemon are creatures of various size and special powers that inhabit this world, coexisting with humans. Young Ash is a young boy with an insatiable curiosity about Pokemon. His knowledge of these mysterious creatures surpasses that of most of his peers. The day he has been waiting for has finally arrived; he can now begin his journey, leading him toward his destiny, to become the Greatest Pokemon Master of All Time! Before fulfilling such an ambitious goal, however, Ash must receive his first Pokemon from Professor Oak, a researcher living in Pallet. Ash has decided beforehand which Pokemon will accompany him as he begins his travels, but oversleeps on the critical day of his departure and arrives after the appointed time. Three children, who began their journeys before Ash, have taken the Pokemon that he wanted. Inside the fourth remaining Poke Ball, Ash finds Pikachu—a rare Pokemon with the ability to literally shock you with his sometimes difficult but nevertheless electric personality and power.
Ash and Pikachu set off on their journey, but as anticipated, Pikachu won’t obey Ash. Soon after setting out, the duo are attacked by a huge flock of wild Spearows. During the attack, Pikachu is critically injured and Ash fights desperately to protect it from any further harm. Pikachu responds to Ash’s selfless act by exerting all its remaining power, repelling the flock of Spearow with a 100,000-volt electric shock. Thus Ash and Pikachu’s journey and friendship begins.

Episode 2 (Season 1) - Pokemon Emergency

As they flee the Spearow flock, Ash learns from a feisty young girl named Misty that there is a hospital for Pokemon, a Pokemon Center, in the nearby town of Viridian City. Ash arrives in Viridian City with the one thought of finding the Pokemon Center where Pikachu, who is near death, can be treated. Ash is stopped and interrogated, however, by Jenny, the town policewoman, who finds him suspicious. After Ash verifies his identity with the Pokedex he received from Professor Oak, Jenny races Ash and the injured Pikachu to the Pokemon Center.
Joy, the Pokemon Center nurse, begins treatment on Pikachu. Just as Ash breathes a sigh of relief, grateful to have gotten his only Pokemon the care it needed, the Pokemon Center is attacked by Jessie and James, two members of 'Team Rocket,’ an evil organization of Pokemon thieves. Meowth, a Pokemon of the cat persuasion, completes the menacing pack whose evil is only be surpassed by Team Rocket’s boss. Two of Team Rocket’s Pokemon, Ekans and Koffing destroy the Pokemon Center. Ash and Misty, resist the attack, but have no Pokemon that can successfully battle against Team Rocket. The barely recovered Pikachu brings a host of Pikachu friends and enters the battle just in time to rescue Ash and Misty from this pinch, attacking Team Rocket with a tremendous electric shock that blows them away.

Episode 3 (Season 1) - Ash Catches a Pokemon

Ash, Pikachu and Misty leave Viridian City and enter the Viridian Forest, where they discover Caterpie—a forest Pokemon. Promptly seizing it with a Poke Ball, Ash is overjoyed at his first capture. Bug-hating Misty, however, detests being chased all over the forest by Caterpie, who just wants to play with her. That evening, the party camps out in the woods. While Ash and Misty sleep, Caterpie tells Pikachu of its dream of someday evolving into a beautiful Butterfree. The following day, Ash captures a Pidgeotto with Pikachu’s help. Substituting Pikachu for Caterpie, Ash is victorious in his capture of Pidgeotto.
In search of rare Pokemon, not to mention retribution for their bruised egos from their last meeting with Ash, Team Rocket has set their sights on Ash’s Pikachu, making it very clear that they are here to stay. As a battle unfolds between Team Rocket and Ash, things look bleak for the good guys as Pidgeotto and Pikachu are defeated by Ekans and Koffing. In a last ditch effort, Caterpie saves the day by encasing the enemies in its special web and sending them off into oblivion. After making peace with Misty, the victorious Caterpie suddenly spins its thread, encasing its body in a cocoon. Caterpie has now evolved into a Metapod, bringing it one step closer to its dream of becoming a Butterfree.

Episode 4 (Season 1) - Challenge of the Samurai

Wandering the Viridian Forest, our heroes meet up with a mysterious young Samurai. Continually polishing his skills as a Pokemon Trainer by challenging all trainers that pass through the forest, he now sets his sights on Ash. Their Pokemon battle begins, Metapod against Metapod. Just when it seems a victor will never emerge, a swarm of Beedrill attacks, causing a delay in the battle. The samurai is first to flee for shelter. Ash tries to recall his Metapod into a Poke Ball, but just misses this seemingly helpless Pokemon as it is being whisked off by the Beedrill. Our heroes manage to escape, aided by Pikachu’s electric shock, but Metapod is nowhere to be seen. The search begins.
They finally discover Metapod conspicuously resting in a nest of Kakuna about to hatch into Beedrills. Ash attempts to rescue Metapod, but Team Rocket arrives on the scene, interfering with his plans. The noise of their conflict arouses the sleeping Metapod, who evolve into swarming Beedrill eager to attack our heroes. Ash rescues Metapod, leaving the members of Team Rocket, who are oblivious to any danger, as decoys. In the meantime, Metapod throws its body in front of an attacking Beedrill to protect Ash from its piercing stinger. As a result, it’s shell is torn open, transforming the brave Metapod into the beautiful Butterfree. Under Ash’s direction, Butterfree uses Sleep Powder to put the Beedrill swarm, as well as Team Rocket to sleep. Our heroes part company with the young samurai, leaving him in awe of Ash’s dexterous handling of a Butterfree in battle.

Episode 5 (Season 1) - Showdown in Pewter City

As they approach the entrance to Pewter City, our heroes meet a strange and enigmatic old rock-seller named Flint. When he learns that Ash is a Pokemon Trainer in training, Flint strategically directs them to the town Pokemon Center knowing they will come across information that will help Ash progress in his journey. Ash discovers that in order to participate in the Pokemon League Championships, he must gather badges earned only by defeating Pokemon Gym Leaders. He heads directly to the Pokemon Gym and challenges the Gym Leader, Brock, but suffers a terrible defeat. Flint encourages the disappointed Ash and provides him with some insight into Brock’s unusual situation. Brock must raise 10 brothers and sisters, all by himself, leaving him no foreseeable way in which to realize his dream of participating in the Pokemon League. Though Ash’s image of Brock, the powerful Gym Leader, crumbles, his desire to earn a badge is unchanged. Preparing to challenge Brock a second time, Ash gives Pikachu a unique, intense training session. Will the new improved Pikachu be victorious the second time around, and will Brock experience a twist of fate enabling him to fulfill his dream of participating in the Pokemon league?

Episode 6 (Season 1) - Clefairy and the Moon Stone

As Ash and the gang are rushing to catch the last ferry off of Cinnabar Island, they stumble over a rare Pokemon in trouble. It's a Wartortle, the evolved form of a Squirtle. The Squirtle Squad jumps in and relates to Pikachu that there's a problem on their island, and they need our heroes help!

Episode 7 (Season 1) - The Water Flowers of Cerulean City

In his search to collect Trainer Badges, Ash heads for Cerulean City, intending to confront the Cerulean Gym Leader. For some reason, Misty expresses a desire to avoid Cerulean City and disappears somewhere along the way. Without concern for Misty, Ash and Pikachu continue toward the Cerulean City Gym. When they arrive, the exterior of the Gym gives the strange appearance of an aquarium. Upon entering the building, Ash and Pikachu are entranced by a synchronized swimming show being performed by three beautiful sisters. Could this truly be the Cerulean Gym? And what could be the role of the three beautiful swimming sisters? More importantly, will Ash be able to defeat the strangely absent Gym Leader to earn his next badge?

Episode 8 (Season 1) - The Path to the Pokemon League

After receiving his second badge, Ash sets off triumphantly for Vermilion City. Along the way, they hear of a trainer named A.J.—a fierce-Pokemon-trainer who has never lost a match. Full of self-confidence from his own record of ten victories in a row, Ash heads directly for the gym to find his new opponent. When they arrive, a huge bulletin in front of the gym announcing, This Gym Not Authorized by the Pokemon League along with a neon sign declaring 98 Consecutive Victories appeal to Ash’s over-confidence. A.J. is on the brink of achieving his goal of 100 straight victories, after which he will embark on a journey to gather badges. Will victory fall on the side of Ash and his 10 straight victories or with A.J. and his string of 98? In the process, will Ash learn some important lessons about the bonds between Pokemon and trainer?

Episode 9 (Season 1) - The School of Hard Knocks

Our three heroes have lost their way in the depths of a dense wood, shrouded in thick, white mist. Momentarily giving up, they decide to break for a brief rest. As Ash wanders deeper into the wood, searching for firewood, he happens across a young boy being bullied by five classmates gathered around him. Eavesdropping on their conversation, Ash learns that the boys are attending the Pokemon Technical Institute (or 'Pokemon Zem’ for short) - a preparatory school for Pokemon trainers. Graduates from the Pokemon Technical Institute are automatically qualified to participate in the Pokemon League without undergoing any actual test of skill. Although many children dream of entering the illustrious Pokemon Technical Institute (or rather their parents dream of them entering), only the most wealthy children can enter the school. But there must be a reason for the gloom overshadowing the faces of the students of this aristocratic school.

Episode 10 (Season 1) - Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village

Still lost, the party continues to wander. Falling from a rope bridge, stumbling into pitfalls, being caught in various traps, they struggle on until reaching a village, not shown on their map, inhabited by Pokemon that have been injured in battle or abandoned by their masters. In this village, a kind-hearted young woman named Melanie cares for these Pokemon. Even as our heroes, touched by Melanie’s kind example, attempt to assist her in caring for the Pokemon, Team Rocket is slowly making its way toward the village. A combined effort of Melanie and Ash’s Pokemon is needed to battle and defeat Team Rocket, and as a result, Ash’s courage earns him a battle between Pikachu and Melanie’s bravest Pokemon, Bulbasaur. Will Pikachu defeat Bulbasaur, thus increasing Ash’s collection of Pokemon?

Episode 11 (Season 1) - Charmander - The Stray Pokemon

As our heroes press on toward Vermilion City, they encounter a lone, weak Charmander at a mountain pass. Standing atop a stone, it appears to be waiting for someone. Ash immediately attempts to capture it, but fails. Giving up, Ash and friends head for a nearby Pokemon E. R. There they run into Damien—the very boy who had abandoned the Charmander. A storm erupts. Our heroes go out in the middle of the night to rescue the deserted Pokemon. Their timing couldn’t be better for they saved the fiery Pokemon from an attack of vicious Spearow. Upon their return to the Pokemon E. R., the Charmander is taken care of immediately, but the next morning he is gone, without a trace. Ash and friends go out to find him only to be side-tracked by the devious Team Rocket. Just when they thought they had captured Pikachu and rendered our heroes temporarily helpless, Charmander comes to the rescue. Will he ultimately become the next Pokemon to join Ash?

Episode 12 (Season 1) - Here Comes The Squirtle Squad

A company of Squirtles stand in the path of our heroes’ enthusiastic march. To make matters worse, joining forces with Team Rocket, the Squirtles capture Ash and friends. When the Squirtles lock Pikachu, who has been critically injured, in a cage, Ash runs to retrieve a healing Potion. Upon Ash’s return, a battle ensues between Team Rocket and our heroes. When it becomes apparent that Team Rocket has deserted the Squirtles, and even endangered them, Ash and his love of Pokemon prevails, and saves a Squirtle from certain doom. Will Ash’s kind and brave act go unnoticed by the Squirtle?

Episode 13 (Season 1) - Mystery at the Lighthouse

The party emerges from the forest onto a beach, where in the distance they see a lighthouse, shining at the top of a cliff. The lighthouse belongs to Bill, a Pokemon researcher who is awaiting the coming of a one-of-a-kind Pokemon, never before seen by humans. Before long, a tremendously large shadow begins to take form in the sea mists, but this possible discovery could be hindered due to the infamous Team Rocket lurking in the background cooking up another one of their schemes. Could such a legendary Pokemon truly exist?

Episode 14 (Season 1) - Electric Shock Showdown

Our heroes finally reach Vermilion City. They make their way to the Pokemon Center to refill their empty stomachs, but once there, they witness dozens of injured Pokemon being treated. Pikachu and Ash are alarmed to learn that all of these Pokemon were injured in battles with the Vermilion Gym Leader, Lt. Surge. Nonetheless, eager to earn a badge, Ash challenges Lt. Surge. Pikachu reluctantly enters the battle only to discover its opponent to be a Raichu, a fierce Pokemon with tremendous electric power. In order for Pikachu to successfully compete, it must demonstrate a stronger will than ever before displayed in battle. Could Pikachu possibly have a chance against Raichu’s overwhelming strength?

Episode 15 (Season 1) - Battle Aboard the St. Anne

Ash and his party arrive at a port where the St. Anne, an international cruise liner, is docked. Receiving free tickets, from a mysterious duo, for a Pokemon Trainer party aboard the St. Anne, they board the ship filled with anticipation of good food and lots of Pokemon excitement. Aboard the ship, bustling with Pokemon Trainers, Ash meets a distinguished gentleman who suggests they make a Pokemon trade. Ash exchanges his Butterfree for the gentleman’s Raticate. Just then, the St. Anne is taken over by Team Rocket who had arranged the party as a ploy to steal Pokemon.

Episode 16 (Season 1) - Pokemon Shipwreck

Our heroes are revealed in the middle of a trap concocted by Team Rocket. Luckily the Pokemon Trainers are able to pool their Pokemon resources and successfully battle Team Rocket and their evil crew. In the midst of the confusion on board, however, a tumultuous storm wreaks havoc on the cruise forcing everyone except Ash, Misty, Brock and Pikachu as well as Team Rocket to evacuate the sinking ship. Luckily, Ash was able to exchange Butterfree for Raticate before the ship went down, but now our heroes are forced to team up with their long-standing enemies in order to survive their life or death predicament.

Episode 17 (Season 1) - Island of the Giant Pokemon

As our heroes and Team Rocket beat the odds by surviving the sinking ship, they are dragged into another potentially deadly situation when they are attacked by the ferocious Pokemon, Gyarados. One Gyarados becomes many and Ash, friends and foe are swept up in a tornado landing them in various locations on an island. Ash loses Pikachu and the Poke Balls containing Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur. Jessie and James from Team Rocket, who land in another remote part of the island, also lose their Pokemon. Thus both Pokemon and their masters are left searching for each other on this strange island, inhabited by gigantic Pokemon. Where could this island be?

Episode 18 (Season 1) - Beauty and the Beach (Unaired)

Ash, Misty and Brock begin their vacation in Porta Vista. Team Rocket are waiting for them trying to find ways to catch Pikachu. Ash and co. later ride a boat, and they crash into Team Rocket's submarine which then crashes into a dock owned by an old man. Ash needs to find some way to pay back the old man for his dock. Meanwhile, Team Rocket land on a beach and meet an old lady named Nastina working on her beach house. They volunteer to help her. Ash firsts tries to work at a restruant and customers flock. Team Rocket then sabotage it and the customers go away. Disappointed, Ash goes to Professor Oak and his mom. They tell him of a swimsuit competition for girls and for pokemon. Ash enters Misty who for pokemon, dresses Squirtle like an alien and Starmie as the UFO. She is greeted in the competition by Jesse and James. James pretends to be a girl with a fake inflatable body suit. They have Ekans and Koffing wrapped together as the great "Leviathan". Jesse and James are angry they lost, so they attack with their submarine and send a heat seeking missle. Ash gets Charmander to turn it around and it hits Team Rocket who blast off again. Nastina goes with them. In the end, Ash's mom wins the contest and they get enough money to pay back the old man.

Episode 19 (Season 1) - Tentacool and Tentacruel

Our heroes arrive at Hutber Port, where a ferryboat line runs to the mainland. There they meet a cousin of the old man’s competitor from Acapulco who, having recently acquired a great deal of money, is trying to construct a huge luxury hotel, turning a coral reef area into a tremendous resort. This section of coral reef, however, is very important to the Tentacool and Horsea that live there. When a huge school of Tentacool interferes with the construction of the hotel, the cousin and a group of young people organize a campaign to drive them away, offering a reward of $10,000 to anyone who can repel the Tentacool. Naturally this draws the attention of Team Rocket who attempt to get rid of the Tentacool by spreading a mixture of super secret stun sauce over the ocean. Their plan backfires, however, transforming the Tentacool into a gigantic Tentacruel which begins a fierce counterattack against the humans. In order to defeat this reign of terror, Ash, Misty, Brock and their Pokemon are drawn into a battle that will require more than just strong combative skill.

Episode 20 (Season 1) - The Ghost of Maiden's Peak

After leaving Acapulco in search of Saffron City, our heroes finally arrive at a small port town in the middle of celebrating a summer festival. In order to recover from their hard journey, Ash and his party decide to participate in the festival. Team Rocket’s interest in the festivities, on the other hand, is purely monetary. Brock and James are both bewitched by a picture scroll shown in a shrine open only on the day of the summer festival. The picture depicts a beautiful young maiden in a scene from the legend of Maiden Rock—a point on a cape near the town. According to the priest’s explanation, the girl in the picture lived 2,000 years ago, and awaited the return of a lover captured in battle, until she finally turned into stone. Every year at this season, the ghost of this girl steals the spirit of a young man and this year it is James’ and Brock’s turn. What could the ghost possibly be after? And what is its true identity?

Episode 21 (Season 1) - Bye Bye Butterfree

As they journey toward Saffron City, our heroes come to a path that continues along the side of a sheer cliff. When the party sees a flock of Butterfree flying above the ocean, Brock, as a Pokemon breeder, explains that it is the Butterfree’s egg-laying season. In order to continue their posterity, Butterfree find mates during this season and cross the sea together. Ash releases his Butterfree, sending it off toward the flock. His Butterfree performs a dance to attract a pink Butterfree, but is brutally rejected. Ash, Misty and Brock try to encourage Butterfree, but Butterfree can’t recover from the shock of rejection. Just then Team Rocket arrives to poach the Butterfree. Ash’s Butterfree tries to prevent the capture of his fellow Pokemon with very little success. Determined to free them and win the heart of the pink Butterfree, he battles Team Rocket with the strength and courage of a Pokemon in love. Can Ash’s Butterfree rescue his fellow Butterfree Pokemon and win the heart of his pink Butterfree? If so, will he leave Ash, his beloved Pokemon trainer, to follow his love and fulfill the Butterfree destiny?

Episode 22 (Season 1) - Abra and the Psychic Showdown

The party finally arrives in Saffron City where a young girl manages a gym of Pokemon using her psychic powers. If Ash defeats this particular Gym Leader, Ash can earn a gold badge. Gathering all their strength, Ash and Pikachu challenge her. She happily accepts, but adds the strange condition that if Ash loses, they must become her friend. The official gym battle begins, but Pikachu is helpless against the young girl’s Pokemon, Abra. To make matters worse, Abra evolves in the middle of the match, turning into the more powerful, Kadabra. Employing even stronger psychic powers against Pikachu, Saffron City’s Gym Leader defeats Ash. As this strange story unravels, Ash encounters a mysterious man who seems to be the key to solving the puzzle to this young girl’s disturbing power.

Episode 23 (Season 1) - The Tower of Terror

Ash realizes that he must battle and collect a ghost Pokemon in order to defeat the young girl’s psychic Pokemon. In search of a ghost Pokemon, he heads immediately for a tower in Lavender Town where they are said to dwell. Jessie, James and Meowth from Team Rocket are already at the tower, but as they lay in wait for our heroes, they are attacked by Gastly, Haunter and Gangar. In the process of trying to defeat the ghost Pokemon, Ash learns a lesson or two about the mystical spirit world. Can Ash capture a ghost Pokemon and if so, will it be enough to defeat the psychic Gym Leader of Saffron City?

Episode 24 (Season 1) - Haunter vs Kadabra

Unbenownst to Ash, one of the ghost Pokemon decides to join Ash and friends on their journey and more importantly help Ash battle the powerful Saffron City Gym Leader. Ash returns to Saffron City with one goal, to win a gold badge. The scene is set and Ash and the young girl are once again face to face when suddenly, Ash’s ghost Pokemon is nowhere to be found. Feeling completely humiliated, Ash leaves the gym. Brock and Misty are left behind and as a result, the young girl uses her powers to turn them into miniature dolls, rendering them helpless. The mysterious man from Ash’s previous encounter with this baffling Gym Leader shows up providing Ash with some information that could ultimately be the key to defeating her. Determined to rescue Brock and Misty, Ash returns to the Saffron City Gym ready to do what it takes to win and save his friends. Just when his attempt seems hopeless, the ghost Pokemon shows up with a unique combative technique. Will this be enough to rescue Ash’s friends as well as the young Gym Leader from her dark and lonely world?

Episode 25 (Season 1) - Primeape Goes Bananas

On their way to Celadon City, our heroes encounter Mankey, a wild Pokemon that if rubbed the wrong way can go into uncontrollable fits. Not realizing its unpredictability, the party accidentally upsets Mankey. To make matters worse, Team Rocket arrives and an all out war is waged by Mankey, who evolves into a ferocious Primeape, against anyone in its path. Will Ash be able to add Mankey/Primeape to his ever growing collection of Pokemon without having to withstand Primeape’s unrelenting wrath?

Episode 26 (Season 1) - Pokemon Scent-sation!

The party arrives in Celadon City, a perfectly pleasant town full of large department stores, condominiums, and fancy arcades. Brock and Misty are mesmerized, listening to a pretty young girl in a miniskirt, selling perfume. Appalled by the price of the perfume, Ash is kicked out of the department store, and heads for the Pokemon gym alone, but he is denied entrance to the Celadon Gym. The perfume that Ash criticized in the department store is produced in this gym. Brock and Misty enter the gym and befriend those who inhabit it, but Ash must go to some outrageous lengths in order to even set foot in the gym let alone prove himself worthy of battle against its Master.

Episode 27 (Season 1) - Hypno's Naptime

Our heroes come to a town in which a great deal of children have recently turned up missing. Working together with Jenny to search for these children, they begin an investigation at the Pokemon Center, inquiring into the disappearances, but Joy has other concerns. For some reason, the Pokemon in the Center aren’t getting well at all. Jenny reveals that a mysterious sleep wave has been passing in and out of the town for several days. Our heroes suspect a connection between the missing children and the Pokemon’s poor condition. Team Rocket begins a sinister search of their own for the source of these strange occurrences. What could be the cause of this sleep wave?

Episode 28 (Season 1) - Pokemon Fashion Flash

At Brock’s persistent request, our heroes stop by Caesar Street, a town of breeders famous for its Pokemon beauty salons. Brock makes a special request to visit a salon called Coron. The owner of the Beauty Salon, Coron, is a breeder who has received the most superior ranking in the Pokemon Breeder Contest for three years straight. Recently, a store called Salon Roquet has been introducing outrageous fashions, making wild profits and disrupting long-term shop-owners.

Episode 29 (Season 1) - The Punchy Pokemon

In the outskirts of Fuchsia City, our heroes come across Hitmonchan, a fighter-Pokemon. With little thought, Ash attempts to capture it, but he and Pikachu are badly defeated. Hitmonchan’s master has abandoned his family, training day and night, aiming for victory at the P1 Grand Prix (the number one Pokemon Grand Prix). His daughter tells Ash and his friends of her desire to make her father remember his family. In the meantime, Ash’s party enters the P1 Grand Prix, but with Team Rockets unwanted, not to mention, unofficial presence at the competition, the battle goes out of control.

Episode 30 (Season 1) - Sparks Fly for Magnemite

As our heroes make their way through the industrial town of Gringy City, Pikachu, perhaps weary from travel, is in a strange state; the electric sacks on his cheeks are continually twitching as though overcharged. At the town’s Pokemon Center, Joy diagnoses Pikachu as being in the first stages of a Pokemon cold. She begins treatment immediately, but the town suddenly goes into a blackout. Assuming the problem to be in the power-generating station near the beach, Ash and friends go to investigate. There they discover the Pokemon, Magnemite and a pack of Grimer—Pokemon created from sludge. What exactly is going on?

Episode 31 (Season 1) - Dig Those Diglett!

Ash, Brock, Misty and Pikachu are lost deep in the mountains. As they press forward on a rough road not even shown on their map, they suddenly hear a large explosion. Running toward the sound in surprise, the party emerges on a construction site where tractors are building a tremendous dam. Ash learns that the foreman is trying to recruit skilled Pokemon trainers because earth Pokemon, Diglet, are interfering with construction and delaying the completion of his work. The foreman has been recruiting Pokemon trainers to get rid of the Diglet. He will award free passes for travel to a luxurious natural hot springs to anyone who can accomplish this. As Ash scopes out the recruits, he notices a familiar enemy in the mix, Gary.

Episode 32 (Season 1) - The Ninja Poke-Showdown

Fuchsia Gym, the authorized gym where Ash seeks his next badge, turns out to be a hidden ninja’s lair. After finally discovering and entering the gym, he is held up by a complex system of traps. At last, the gym’s eccentric trainer challenges Ash to a match. Just as he defeats the trainer, the official battle with the Master begins. The battle goes out of control as Team Rocket also enters the gym and its vast array of traps. Can Ash actually earn the gym badge?

Episode 33 (Season 1) - The Flame Pokemon-athon!

Our heroes come to a prairie where the Laramies, a family of Pokemon Ranchers live. They learn from a daughter of the Laramie family that a race is held at the ranch once a year to measure the growth of everyone’s Pokemon. Team Rocket, however, attacks her, the race's top contender. Injured, the daughter of the Laramie family decides to give up on the race, but entrusts her hopes of victory to Ash. Who will be the winner in a race between Ash, Brock, Misty, and Team Rocket?

Episode 34 (Season 1) - The Kangaskhan Kid

On their way to a safari zone teeming with Pokemon, our heroes walk right into the middle of a jungle. Without knowing they are in a region in which Pokemon are protected, Ash tries to capture a Chansey and is arrested by Jenny, the safari ranger. After talking with the ranger, Ash is released, but not before he learns that there are Pokemon poachers in the area. Our heroes accompany the ranger into the forest, pursuing the poachers. Within the jungle, a young man leads a pack of Kangaskhan. His name is Tommy and no one knows the secret of his childhood.

Episode 35 (Season 1) - Legend of Dratini (Unaired)

Our heroes decide to take a trip through the Safari Zone, where they figure they'll be able to easily snag as many Pokemon as they want. What they don't count on is the heavily armed and trigger-happy game warden, who draws his six-shooters at the slightest provocation. After staring down the business end of the warden's magnum several times, Ash sets his sights on the mythical, legendary Dratini, a Pokemon that according to Professor Oak, is one of the most difficult to find creatures in existence. Team Rocket's in the Zone too, though. Just as Ash and crew leave the warden's station, Jesse challenges them to a winner-takes-all duel. Whichever side manages to grab the most booty in the Jungle Zone will get all of the loser's Pokemon and Poke Balls. The game is on, and Pikachu hangs in the balance.

As soon as Ash and company head out Pokemon hunting, Team Pocket manages to get the drop on the warden. While James holds a gun to the warden's head, Jesse begins interrogating him about the location of Dratini. The warden won't break easily though, and Jesse is forced to use a handmade "tickle-bot" to pry the information out of the poor guy. Dratini, it turns out, can be found in a lake in the local Dinosaur Valley.
Ash and Company arrive just as Team Rocket chucks a time-bomb into the water to stun Dratini, who has proven harder to catch using conventional means. Ash dives in and manages to grab the bomb, but only reaches the surface after he's saved by the huge Dragonair, who tosses the dynamite back to Team Rocket just as it blows

Episode 36 (Season 1) - The Bridge Bike Gang

In the course of a journey, one meets up with many different things. Returning to civilization after a long period of wandering, our heroes find a bridge that reaches 20 kilometers in length. There is no way to reach Sunnytown—on the other side of the bridge—but by crossing. The bridge, however, has been designed especially for bicycles. The party tries to purchase bicycles in order to cross the bridge, but lacking the funds and otherwise at a complete loss, they decide to stop by the Pokemon Center and re-evaluate their plans. At the Pokemon Center, by pure luck, a job awaits them—delivering medicine to Sunnytown.

Episode 37 (Season 1) - Ditto's Mysterious Mansion

Being caught in a sudden rain shower, our heroes are obliged to seek shelter. In the middle of a clearing, they find a small, ghastly cabin. Dragging the reluctant Misty, Ash and Brock enter the cabin, instantly getting the impression that they are not alone. Could this be a haunted cabin? They soon discover that it is the Copycat house in which the trainer of Ditto lives. Intrigued by Ditto, Ash proposes a battle between Ditto and Pikachu.

Episode 38 (Season 1) - Electric Soldier Porygon (Unaired)

Ash and friends find at the local Pokemon center that there is something wrong the pokeball transmitting devise. To find out what's wrong, everyone must go inside the machine.

Episode 39 (Season 1) - Pikachu's Good-Bye

The group come into a forest where it is quiet and peaceful. They notice a large group of Pikachu that Ash's Pikachu tries to make friends with. Ash scares them off, but Pikachu is later accepted when it dives to save a young Pikachu that was washing away down the waterfall. Ash starts to miss Pikachu as they hear a noise. Team Rocket successfully get all of the Pikachu in a net. Ash's Pikachu is the hero again as it chews a hole in the net and Ash and the group use the net they were caught in as something for the Pikachu to jump onto. Ash decides to leave Pikachu behind, but Pikachu doesn't want to. Ash refuses to keep Pikachu many times, but Pikachu persists until Ash realizes how much Pikachu likes him. He then let's Pikachu stay with him.

Episode 40 (Season 1) - The Battling Eevee Brothers

Tracing a path through the woods, the party comes across a tree baited with a plate of food and water. An Eevee is bound to the trunk with string. The address, Stan Town, block 3, number 14, along with a name—apparently that of the Eevee’s master—are written on a piece of metal hanging from the Eevee’s collar. Consulting their map, our heroes find that Stan Town is directly in front of them. They decide to take Eevee to the address on its collar and find out what is going on. When they reach the address, they find a huge home as exquisite as a Beverly Hills mansion. From inside, they hear loud cheers and applause. Could this be the home of this Eevee’s master?

Episode 41 (Season 1) - Wake Up Snorlax!

The further you journey, the hungrier you get. On empty stomachs, our heroes’ search for food brings them to a small village, but find there is no food at the bakery nor at the grocery store; even the town restaurant is out of food. Just as our hungry heroes lose the energy even to move, the town elder arrives and offers to feed them. He explains to them that a drought has made it impossible to gather a harvest in the village, but cannot explain why they suffer from drought even though it rains often. In return for the meal, our heroes follow the dry riverbed upstream, investigating the cause of the drought.

Episode 42 (Season 1) - Showdown at Dark City

In the middle of a terrible desert, our heroes inadvertently wandered into Dark City. With no name but Dark, the city has fallen into ruin. The streets, even at midday, are vacant of people. But suddenly, a rare figure appears and begins to throw stones at Ash and friends. They had heard at a restaurant in town, that this town contains two authorized Pokemon gyms, but that their Masters try to battle traveling Pokemon trainers anywhere within the town. This is said to be the cause of the town’s desolation. Will our heroes also be caught up in the whirlwind of these battles?

Episode 43 (Season 1) - The March of the Exegguter Squad

Our heroes continue their Pokemon training without a break even over spring vacation, when what should appear before them but a carnival. Ash, Brock and Pikachu join in the fun, eventually discovering a rather dull magic show being performed in a small cabin. The magician begs Misty to become his assistant, but because of his poor magic skills, the magician is fired. Feeling sorry for him, Brock, Ash and Misty suggest working together to create a Pokemon magic show.

Episode 44 (Season 1) - The Problem with Paras

As our heroes continue their journey, Team Rocket never let up with their constant interception, but today something seems strange. The coin on Meowth’s forehead is blinking red, indicating overheating. If something isn’t done soon, Meowth may die, but James and Jessie don’t know what to do. Just then, a young girl approaches. Unable to bear the sight of Meowth’s pain, she pulls a bundle of healing herbs from her backpack, crunches them into powder and, mixing this with water, feeds it to Meowth. As Meowth drinks, the redness gradually fades from its face.

Episode 45 (Season 1) - The Song of Jigglypuff

Our heroes trudge along, resigning themselves to the idea of camping out in the desert as the sun slowly sets. Suddenly they see bright lights in front of them: a glamorous city appears before them, covered in neon lights. They have found Neon Town, a city that is loud and boisterous 24 hours a day, famous for having no nights. The residents of Neon City sleep as little as possible and use all of their time to play. Behind the other side of the town’s glorious facade, however, people are always angry and irritated. Fights being an everyday occurrence, Jenny, the policewoman, is terribly busy. Having had enough of a town so noisy one can’t even sleep at night, our heroes head out into the peaceful forest. There they chance across Jigglypuff, the singing Pokemon.

Episode 46 (Season 1) - Attack of the Prehistoric Pokemon

Our heroes approach Grampa Canyon, famous for the beautiful scenery of its valley. As they approach, however, they find wave upon wave of people also heading for Grampa Canyon. Carrying backpacks, pickaxes, etc. they are all dressed like explorers. Ash has no idea what is so special about the canyon, but he notices a familiar face among the crowd—that of his rival, Gary. According to Gary, fossils from an extinct Pokemon have been discovered, triggering an ancient Pokemon excavation boom.

Episode 47 (Season 1) - A Chansey Operation

As our heroes sleep peacefully, Pikachu begins experiencing an unusual sensation. As though it were choking on something, Pikachu’s expression grows steadily more and more pained. It seems there’s nothing left to do but take Pikachu to a Pokemon Center immediately. Ash takes off running, carrying Pikachu over his shoulder, but the Pokemon Center is quite a distance away. Ash decides to take Pikachu to a nearby emergency room, but when he arrives, a sign hangs on the hospital door coldly stating, Hospital Closed Today. Is there any help for Pikachu?

Episode 48 (Season 1) - Holy Matrimony!

As our heroes pass the entrance to a small village, they stop in front of a strange sign. Finding something undeniably familiar about the face on that sign, they finally realize that though he looks much younger in the picture on the sign, they are looking at a picture of James from Team Rocket. Suddenly, a large man in a suit appears, throws them all into a limousine and speeds away. At first glance, the finger would point directly to Team Rocket, yet strangely, neither Team Rocket nor, more specifically, James, recollect anything about it. Perplexed, Team Rocket decides to pursue the suspicious limousine.

Episode 49 (Season 1) - So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd

Even for our heroes, who are constantly in pursuit of developing their skills as Pokemon Trainers, there are times to stop and take a rest. As Ash sits on a rock, staring at his Pokedex, it displays Farfetch'd, an odd-looking Pokemon holding a leek. Because of excessive hunting by humans, very few Farfetch'd remain in existence, making it a very rare, valuable Pokemon. Hearing the word, 'valuable’, Ash is unable to sit still. Just then, coming from an opening in the trees and waving a leek like a baton, a Farfetch'd becomes visible. Will any of our heroes be able to catch this rare Pokemon?

Episode 50 (Season 1) - Who Gets To Keep Togepi?

When Ash and friends reach a certain Pokemon E. R., Joy informs Ash that a message has arrived for him, from Professor Oak. He promptly calls the professor and learns that in the time since they last spoke, his Pokedex has been upgraded to a new version, providing Ash with information on newly discovered Pokemon. With this new found knowledge, our heroes anxiously prepare for a fresh journey.

Episode 51 (Season 1) - Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden

In the course of his journey, Ash battles a mountaineer Pokemon trainer he encountered in a small wooded area. Ash deploys his Bulbasaur against the mountaineer’s Rhyhorn, but Bulbasaur is behaving very strangely, causing even Pikachu to be concerned. In the end, Bulbasaur defeats Rhyhorn, but Ash decides to go immediately to a Pokemon Center and seek help from Joy. What could be the problem with Bulbasaur?

Episode 52 (Season 1) - The Case of the K-9 Caper

While traveling through the forest, the group see who they think is a thief. Ash sends Pikachu after it, but Pikachu is scared because he holds a gun. When a Growlithe comes by to knock the gun out of it's hand, Pikachu goes. They are all stopped because he isn't a thief, but a police officer training the K-9 police squad. Ash wants to have them train Pikachu, but doesn't realize he must go, too. Jenny gets Ash and Pikachu early in the morning and they start. Ash and Pikachu don't make it as the course is tough. Brock suggests for him to not try because he feels Pikachu is already the perfect Pokemon. Team Rocket intrude as usual, this time with gases to confuse the smell of things and higher everyone's voices. Jessie and James dress as Officer Jenny and they use megaphones that give them different voices. They use a Jenny voice to command the Growlithe around, but Pikachu fights them. Jessie dresses as Ash then, and switches to an Ash voice. Pikachu is not confused, making Ash realize how perfect Pikachu really is. The Growlithe continue to attack until they realize the real Officer Jenny. They beat off Team Rocket and the group continue on their way.

Episode 53 (Season 1) - Pokemon Paparazzi

As Ash and the group continue on their way, they notice a boy trying to take a picture of Pikachu. The boy, whose name is Todd, invites them to his place for pancakes and he tries to get a picture of Pikachu. They don't know that Team Rocket had hired him to capture Pikachu. They misunderstood his ad stating he could "capture" any Pokemon. Team Rocket dressed up as an old couple, asked him to "capture" Pikachu and that is what he is doing. Team Rocket show up again and try to get Pikachu, but Todd saves them and Team Rocket is defeated as usual. He agrees to follow the group on their journeys so he can get some shots of rare Pokemon.

Episode 54 (Season 1) - The Ultimate Test

Ash and friends arrive at a school that promises that if you can pass their tests, you can enter the Pokemon League without getting all the badges. Ash enters the school and so do Jessie and James. The tests begin and Jessie is kicked out for complaining the tests are way too hard. Ash and James make it to the third part of the test where you fight with your examiner's Pokemon. Ash fights with Weezing and wins. James is delighted to see Pikachu by his side, but when he looses to a Graveler he sends out two Pokemon at once which is against the rules and is kicked out. For revenge, they attack the school with the Pokemon they got, but the Pokemon turned on them because they were owned by the instructor. Ash decides then that it would be easier to get all of the badges rather than go through these tests and he leaves the school.

Episode 55 (Season 1) - The Breeding Center Secret

While out with their photographer friend Todd, they are taking a few pictures of their Pokemon. They see an ad for a breeding center where they treat the Pokemon well. Misty brings her Psyduck there and hopes they will improve it. They find a restaurant where you eat free if you bring in a Psyduck. Misty and the group rush back to the breeding center to discover it is fake. It is a center run by Team Rocket, but not Jessie and James. The boss is angry because they always mess up and trusts this new plan to other members Butch and Cassidy. Team Rocket (Jessie and James) break into the center at the same time not knowing about it and try to steal Pokemon. They are all thrown in jail except for Misty who makes it out. Misty gets Pikachu to get Todd's camera which proves their innocence and takes it to Jenny. Butch and Cassidy are arrested as well as Jessie and James, although Jessie and James dig their way out.

Episode Guide: season 2 Edit

Episode 1 (Season 2) - Princess vs Princess

Misty and Jessie compete against one another for Queen of the Princess Festival, a day where women rule and the guys have to do whatever the girls tell them. Misty finds out how important friends are when Ash and Brock allow her to use their Pokemon in the tournament. But Jessie manages to lick her competition with a surprise Pokemon of her own.

Episode 2 (Season 2) - The Purr-fect Hero

It's Kids Day, and Ash and friends help the children at a nearby school celebrate the holiday. Team Rocket spoils the fun with a Pikachu-napping scheme that goes awry when they snatch a kid instead of the Pokemon. But in a shocking turn of events, Meowth becomes a good guy--- or does he?

Episode 3 (Season 2) - Riddle Me This

Ash, Brock and Misty travel to Cinnabar Island where Ash hopes to win his Volcano Badge. They are approached by a strange character speaking only in riddles while giving them clues on how to locate the gym. Once inside the gym, Ash and Pikachu have a super hot battle with a spitfire Pokemon they've never seen before!

Episode 4 (Season 2) - Volcanic Panic

Ash continues his quest to attain his Volcano Badge once he finally locates the gym that is suspended above a pool of molten lava! Only a strong fire Pokemon could help him in this battle, so Ash must rely on his misbehaving Charizard to help him win this smoldering match.

Episode 5 (Season 2) - Beach Blank-out Blastoise

As Ash and the gang are rushing to catch the last ferry off of Cinnabar Island, they stumble over a rare Pokemon in trouble. It's a Wartortle, the evolved form of a Squirtle. The Squirtle Squad jumps in and relates to Pikachu that there's a problem on their island, and they need our heroes help!

Episode 6 (Season 2) - The Misty Mermaid

One of Misty's water Pokemon is in desperate need of exercise, so the gang decides to take her Horsea to a gym that's run by her sisters in Cerulean City. But, Misty gets more than she bargains for when she learns that her sisters are planning an exciting underwater ballet.

Episode 7 (Season 2) - Clefairy Tales

Ash, Brock and Misty get sidetracked on their way to Viridian City when all of their belongings mysteriously disappear. While searching for their missing things, the group find themselves mixed up in a close encounter that's really out of this world !

Episode 8 (Season 2) - The Battle of the Badge

Ash and friends finally make their way to Viridian City where Ash hopes to earn his Earth Badge. They get to the gym just in time to see his rival, Gary, being defeated by a never-before-seen Pokemon that he insists must be evil!

Episode 9 (Season 2) - It's Mr. Mime Time

On their way back to Pallet Town, Ash, Brock and Misty encounter a runaway Mr. Mime. Ash disguises himself as a Mr. Mime in an attempt to lure it back to its trainer. As always, Team Rocket is intent on stealing this rare Pokemon for themselves -- will they catch the right one?

Episode 10 (Season 2) - Holiday Hi-Jynx

Ash and his friends run into a scared and lonely Jynx who has a boot belonging to Santa Claus but can't find it's way to the North Pole. Team Rocket is convinced that Jynx really is Santa Claus and Jessie wants revenge from something that happened in her childhood. Can Ash beat the odds and return Jynx to its Master before Team Rocket gets a hold of it?

Episode 11 (Season 2) - Snow Way Out!

Continuing their journey, Ash and gang find themselves at a fork in the road. They make the fateful decision to climb a steep and dangerous mountain taking them even deeper into the woods. Pikachu gets lost and they must all work together to find him, stay warm and weather the storm.

Episode 12 (Season 2) - Showdown at the Po-ke Corral

On a visit to Professor Oak's house, Ash runs into Gary where they talk about the upcoming Pokemon League. Professor Oak explains that instead of being so competitive with each other they should try and learn from each other. When Team Rocket busts into the lab and tries to steal all the Pokemon everyone learns a lesson about teamwork.

Episode 13 (Season 2) - The Evolution Solution

Ash decides to join his mom and friends who are vacationing on Seafoam Island. While there, he searches out the programmer of the Pokedex to get information about the evolution of a Slowpoke. The mystery of how Slowpoke evolves into a Slowbro is surprisingly revealed when Team Rocket makes their usual bumbling interference.

Episode 14 (Season 2) - The Pi-Kahuna

In an effort to train hard and maintain top shape for the Pokemon League, Ash decides to try some surfing. When he hits rough waters, a surfer named Victor comes to the rescue and tells Ash about a gigantic wave called Humungadunga which hits the island just once every 20 years. Having failed to ride the wave in his youth, Victor is afraid to try again so Ash and Pikachu must provide Victor with the confidence he needs to conquer Humungadunga!

Episode 15 (Season 2) - Make Room for Gloom!

Back in Pallet Town, Ash and friends meet Florinda who works at the local nursery. She's afraid that her Gloom is not evolving into a Vileplume because she's not training it properly. When Team Rocket bursts in and attempts to steal Gloom, everyone sees just how strong a Pokemon can become -- through love.

Episode 16 (Season 2) - Lights, Camera, Quack-tion!

A famous movie director comes to town and everybody wants to be the star. Since he only wants Pokemon in his movie, Ash, Brock, Misty and Team Rocket fight hard to make sure it's their Pokemon that will star opposite Wigglytuff.

Episode 17 (Season 2) - Go West, Young Meowth

The gang heads to Hollywood for the premiere of Pokemon in Love and Meowth is forced to look back on his painful past. Meowth shares bittersweet memories of his life before Team Rocket, and reveals how and why he learned to walk and talk like a human.

Episode 18 (Season 2) - To Master the Onixpected

With only three weeks left before the Pokemon League competition, Ash, Brock and Misty head up to Mt. Hideaway to find one of the Elite Four Trainers. Ash and Brock hope he will teach them the real secrets of Pokemon training, but what they really learn is that Mt. Hideaway is the land of overgrown Onix!

Episode 19 (Season 2) - The Ancient Puzzle of Pokemopolis

While Ash and Brock are busy training for the Pokemon League, they inadvertently uncover a hidden temple containing Pokemon fossils. Misty recalls reading about a hidden city where people used to build temples to honor Pokemon. Could they have stumbled upon the ancient city of Pokemopolis?

Episode 20 (Season 2) - Bad to the Bone

Ash, Brock and Misty finally leave Pallet Town and are on their way to the Pokemon League Tournament when they run into another trainer who's also headed for the Indigo Plateau. Unfortunately, this trainer has had all of his Pokemon Badges stolen from him and unless he gets eight more badges he won't be able to complete in the Tournament. Ash is unfairly challenged to a battle where the winner gets to keep all eight of Ash's Badges!

Episode 21 (Season 2) - All Fired Up!

On the day before the Pokemon League Tournament, Ash, Brock and Misty watch as the torchbearer runs by on his way to Indigo stadium. They learn that it is the flame of a Moltres, a legendary Pokemon that stands for the whole spirit of the Pokemon League that lights the torch. Ash's excitement and nervousness build up to the next morning as he joins the other trainers in the march of the athletes. But, its Team Rocket once again who tries to spoil the moment when they attempt to steal the flame of the Moltres.

Episode 22 (Season 2) - Round One - Begin!

Ash, Brock and Misty finally leave Pallet Town and are on their way to the Pokemon League Tournament when they run into another trainer who's also headed for the Indigo Plateau. Unfortunately, this trainer has had all of his Pokemon Badges stolen from him and unless he gets eight more badges he won't be able to complete in the Tournament. Ash is unfairly challenged to a battle where the winner gets to keep all eight of Ash's Badges!

Episode 23 (Season 2) - Fire and Ice

Ash's second battle takes place on the Rock Field where he relies on his Squirtle to hopefully take down a Nidorino. In between matches, Ash needs to drop off his Pokemon at the Pokemon Center to have them taken care of. Team Rocket takes this opportunity to make one more attempt at stealing Pikachu. They set up a Pokemon Center of their own and when Ash drops off his Pokeballs, they grab them and run! When he finally gets his Pokemon back, Ash must race to make it to his third match of competition, which will be held on the Ice Field.

Episode 24 (Season 2) - The Fourth Round Rumble

Ash's fourth battle on the Grass Field is against his toughest opponent yet! He battles Jeanette Fisher from Crimson City who brings a whole cheering section with her. Jeanette uses a powerful Scyther, which Ash has never battled before. Will his Bulbasaur be able whip Scyther's double team attack by using his reliable vine whip? To finish off the match, Jeanette brings out her Bellsprout which Ash feel is far inferior to his Pokemon. Once again, Ash lets his over-confidence take over.

Episode 25 (Season 2) - A Friend in Deed

Ash's Mom and Professor Oak make a surprise visit to watch Ash battle in the Pokemon League Tournament. Professor Oak informs Ash that if he wins his next battle he'll be able to use six Pokemon in battle instead of three. He also tells Ash to remember that if he does his best but loses his matches, he's still a winner! On their way back from dinner, Ash meets another trainer who's also competing in the tournament and also has a Pikachu. Ash and Richie become fast friends especially when they have to fight the unrelenting Team Rocket that steals all of their Pokeballs, along with both of their Pikachu.

Episode 26 (Season 2) - Friend and Foe Alike

A twist of fate pits Ash and his new friend, Richie, against each other in the fifth round of the Pokemon League Competition. Both are determined to triumph, but who will emerge victorious? And, can their friendship survive the struggle? Ash and Richie make a promise to each other that because they're friends they will make this the best Pokemon battle that they've ever had. Unfortunately, Team Rocket kidnaps Ash on his way to the tournament and demands he give them Pikachu or he won't make it to the battle at all. Ash is determined to keep his promise (and his Pikachu), and have the best battle of his life!

Episode 27 (Season 2) - Friends to the End

It's the sixth round match at the Pokemon League Competition, and Ash, Misty and Brock are in the stands cheering for their new friend, Richie. When an unfortunate turn of events happens, Ash learns a valuable lesson that he will take with him on the rest of his journey as a Pokemon trainer. Finally, Ash and Richie get to march with the athletes for the closing ceremonies of the Competition where they add a Pokemon League Badge to their cherished collection.

Episode 28 (Season 2) - Pallet Party Panic

After battling in the Pokemon League Tournament, Ash and his friends return to Pallet Town for a hero's welcome. Team Rocket, as usual, ruins the party with another bumbling attempt to steal Pikachu. Professor Oak makes a request for Ash, Brock and Misty to go on another journey to bring back a mysterious looking Pokeball for him. On their way, Ash is in for another surprise when his Pidgeotto evolves into a Pidgeot just in time to save the day!

Episode 29 (Season 2) - A Scare in the Air

Ash, Brock and Misty prepare for their long journey to Valencia Island to bring back a mysterious Pokeball for Professor Oak. After discovering that the trip will take a month to get there, Ash manages to win a free blimp ride so it will take only a day! Once on board, they realize the blimp is being powered by Team Rocket! And things only get worse from there!

Episode 30 (Season 2) - Pokeball Peril

After making a crash landing onto Valencia Island, our heroes get directions to Professor Ivy's laboratory where the mysterious Pokeball is being held. Once at the laboratory, Brock realizes that Professor Ivy and her group of scientists are Pokemon breeders just like him! Suddenly Brock begins to feel at home and thinks about staying for awhile to continue his studies on Pokemon breeding.

Episode 31 (Season 2) - The Lost Lapras

After picking up the GS Ball from Professor Ivy, Brock decided to stay on the island so Ash and Misty head back home by blimp. Unfortunately, our duo gets double-crossed by Team Rocket once again, and Jigglypuff puts the whole crew to sleep. After another crash landing in the middle of nowhere they meet a new friend named Tracey while trying to help a Lapras that washed up on the beach.

Episode 32 (Season 2) - Fit to Be Tide

Ash, Misty and their new friend, Tracey, are on a new adventure exploring the Orange Islands as Ash sets out to qualify for the Orange League Tournament. After hearing that the Mikan Gym Leader is known as one of the toughest trainers in the Orange Crew, Ash can't wait for the challenge. He learns that Pokemon battles are run a little differently on the Orange Islands, but he can always rely on his Squirtle to pull them through!

Episode 33 (Season 2) - Pikachu Re-Volts

Just as Ash, Misty, and Tracey set foot on Mandarin Island, Pikachu and Togepi turn against them and join a group of other angry Pokemon. When the misbehaving Pokemon disappear, Officer Jenny arrives and informs them that dozens of Pokemon have been reported missing, including Meowth! Everyone fears a Psychic attack is behind this mystery. Will Jessie and James actually join forces with our heroes? Could they possibly win a battle for the first time?

Episode 34 (Season 2) - The Crystal Onix

While riding around the Orange Islands on his Lapras, Ash finds a mysterious message in a bottle, which leads the gang on a new adventure. Ash, Misty and Tracey travel to Sunburst Island, which is famous for its artists and glassblowers. They meet a struggling young shopkeeper who's seeking inspiration from a legendary crystal Onix. Having been unable to find this special Pokemon, the shopkeeper turns to our heroes. With Tracey and his observational Pokemon on board, they set out to fire up a new friend's creative drive!

Episode 35 (Season 2) - In The Pink

Aboard Lapras, the group follows a news crew to an uninhabited island, where a scientific expedition is underway after the discovery of a fossilized Kabuto. A series of natural disasters place our heroes in mortal danger, with only the power of their Pokemon to help them. What is the secret of the Kabuto, and who wants that secret to remain hidden?

Episode 36 (Season 2) - Shell Shock

Aboard Lapras, the group follows a news crew to an uninhabited island, where a scientific expedition is underway after the discovery of a fossilized Kabuto. A series of natural disasters place our heroes in mortal danger, with only the power of their Pokemon to help them. What is the secret of the Kabuto, and who wants that secret to remain hidden?

Episode 37 (Season 2) - Stage Fight!

Ash, Misty, and Tracey buy tickets to the Pokemon Showboat, a wonderful carnival where Pokemon can speak and perform plays! A young actress from the performance has been having problems with her Raichu ever since it shocked her early in their relationship. Ash and Pikachu may be able to help. Of course, they'll have to deal with Team Rocket first, as they attempt to steal all the talking Pokemon.

Episode 38 (Season 2) - Bye, Bye Psyduck

Misty meets another female trainer who also is an expert on water Pokemon. The new trainer notices some signs that Misty's Psyduck may be ready to evolve. As the two prepare for a Pokemon battle, a Golduck springs from the water and battles for Misty. With her powerful new Pokemon, can Misty defeat both her newfound friend and Team Rocket?

Episode 39 (Season 2) - The Joy of Pokemon

While sailing between small islands, the group encounters an extremely busy Nurse Joy. She tells the group that she travels from island to island helping sick and injured Pokemon, and invites our heroes to travel with her. On the expedition, they learn much about Pokemon and Joy's very special friendship with a Magikarp. Unfortunately, Joy runs some into trouble continuing her rounds once Team Rocket storms into the area!

Episode 40 (Season 2) - Navel Maneuvers

A second Orange Islands trainer puts Ash and his Pokemon through a battery of tests. First, Ash must climb a mountain without use of his Pokemon. Once at the summit, he must assemble the proper team of Pokemon to freeze moving water, construct a bobsled, and then win a race on the sled. Do Ash and his Pokemon have enough skills for the challenge of Orange Island training?

Episode 41 (Season 2) - Snack Attack

While Ash and friends are still discovering new islands, they come upon the seven Grapefruit Islands where groves of giant grapefruit are ripe and in season. When it looks like thieves are stealing the grapefruit, Ash, Tracey and Misty volunteer to help catch them. Surprisingly enough, what looked like hundreds of thieves was actually just one giant, hungry… and sleepy culprit!

Episode 42 (Season 2) - A Shipful of Shivers

Ash, Tracey and Misty find more excitement than they bargain for when they reach their next destination. Professor Oak tells them that divers have recovered an Orange League Championship trophy off the coast of Moro Island that dates back over three hundred years! The trophy is on display at the Moro Island Museum of Art for all to see. By the time they get to the museum, Team Rocket has already paid a visit and now it's up to our heroes to track them down!

Episode 43 (Season 2) - Meowth Rules!

Team Rocket has engine trouble and lands on an island where the natives are waiting for the Great Meowth of Bounty to arrive and fulfill an ancient prophesy. When Meowth gets mistaken for this great creature with special powers, he enjoys the special treatment and decides to play along. But, when he's unable to perform the ancient ritual that's expected of him, the treatment he gets isn't quite so fun anymore.

Episode 44 (Season 2) - Tracey Gets Bugged

Ash and Tracey are thrilled when they reach Murcott Island, an island famous for having tons of bug-type Pokemon. Misty must try and overcome her fear of bugs when the trio finds an injured Scyther in need of treatment. Meanwhile, Team Rocket gets into their own battle with a swarm of Scyther, and they come out of it with a whole new look!

Episode 45 (Season 2) - A Way Off Day Off

Ash and the gang discover a new island that is loaded with different types of fruit trees, and since the food there is free they decide to take a day off and give their Pokemon a little vacation. Unfortunately, Team Rocket doesn't take a day off from trying to steal Pikachu… will they catch our heroes off guard.

Episode 46 (Season 2) - The Mandarin Island Miss Match

Ash, Misty and Tracey are on Mandarin Island where Ash has just won three battles in a row. But, he finally meets his match when they run into, Prima, one of the very best trainers on the Orange Islands. Misty is thrilled to meet her hero because she also trains water-type Pokemon, but, it's Ash who learns a very valuable lesson from this trainer who also sets him on course for a chance at another Orange League badge!

Episode 47 (Season 2) - Wherefore Art Thou, Pokemon?

Our heroes are on their way to Trovita Island when they come across two Pokemon trainers who seemingly hate each other, even though their two Pokemon are in love. He has a male Nidoran and she has a female Nidoran and all that the two Pokemon want is to be together. It takes Misty, the true romantic, to see that perhaps it's the two trainers that are in love as well!

Episode 48 (Season 2) - Git Along, Little Pokemon

Ash, Misty and Tracey are bound for the next Orange League gym on Trovita when they find themselves trekking across rugged landscape, miles from anywhere. Tired, hungry and wet from a downpour, the gang spots a swarm of circling Magnemite gathering electricity from the lightening. Ash later finds out about a power outage in the next town and tries to corral the Magnemite, make his way to the black out and save the day!

Episode 49 (Season 2) - The Mystery Menace

Ash and the group have finally made their way to the city of Trovitopolis, which should lead them right to Trovita Island and the next Orange League gym! Everything seems normal until the earth cracks right beneath their feet and they find themselves in the sewer underground, and not alone. There seems to be some sort of a monster living there that has been terrorizing the town. Will Ash, Misty and Tracey be able to find it, before it finds them?

Episode 50 (Season 2) - Misty Meets Her Match

Floating their way to Trovita Island on Lapras, they spot a girl drowning by a whirlpool. Misty saves the girl with Staryu, while the girl's older brother watches most impressed with Misty. When they arrive on the island he greets Misty and has a quick dance with her. His name is Rudy, and he is the Trovita Gym leader. Rudy invites Misty to dinner and his little sister who Misty saved asks too. They are off at dinner and Rudy invites Misty to come check out the Pokemon in his gym.

Episode 51 (Season 2) - Bound for Trouble

After leaving Trovita Island, Ash and his friends stop off at a place that has a reputation for super-sized Pokemon. After falling for a Team Rocket trick that lands them in a giant hole in the ground, Pikachu gets stolen once again. This time Team Rocket locks Pikachu and Meowth together just before a giant Pidgeot swoops down and grabs them. Can the two survive in a land of giant Pokemon, being stuck together and without a key?

Episode 52 (Season 2) - Charizard Chills

Ash, Tracey and Misty are sailing along on Lapras when they almost crash into another Pokemon trainer wanting to battle Ash. This trainer heard about Ash from the Trovita Island gym leader and wants to put his Pokemon up against Ash's. When the new trainer uses a super-powerful Poliwrath on Charizard, it's more than anyone expects. Charizard finally decides to obey and respect Ash as not only his trainer but also his friend, and the two become closer than ever!

episode guide: season3 Edit

Episode 1 (Season 3) - The Pokemon Water War

Our heroes try, but are unable to extinguish a dangerous fire, until the local fire brigade — a trained team of Wartortles — arrives and squelches the flames. As a second fire rages, however, Team Rocket abducts the Wartortles, leaving Ash, Misty, Brock, and their Pokemon to somehow save the nearby town from a fiery end.

Episode 2 (Season 3) - Pokemon Food Fight

When a defective Pokeball prevents Ash from recalling his Snorlax, he and his young friends must somehow heft this Pokemon's slumbering mass over a mountain pass to the nearest Pokemon Center.

Episode 3 (Season 3) - Pokemon Double Trouble

Ash is anxious to square off against the Gym Leader who holds the final badge of the Orange League. But then he learns that this Gym Leader is none other than the kindly townswoman who just helped him rally against a Team Rocket sneak attack.

Episode 4 (Season 3) - The Wacky Watcher

On their way to the Winner's Cup tournament, a strange research submarine overtakes our heroes, and its eccentric pilot recruits them as assistants in an elaborate project researching Magikarp evolution. However, Team Rocket surfaces, disrupting the research entirely and making off with the Magikarp.

Episode 5 (Season 3) - The Stun Spore Detour

When a chance encounter with a Vileplume leaves Ash and Tracey incapacitated, Misty sets about finding a healing plant that will restore their health. Meanwhile James and Meowth of Team Rocket lurk nearby, planning to steal the herb for their own nefarious uses.

Episode 6 (Season 3) - Hello Pummelo

After winning his way to the final competition for the Orange League Winner's Trophy, victory seems a long shot for Ash as the Gym Leader deploys a powerful Gengar that topples one of Ash's Pokemon after another.

Episode 7 (Season 3) - Enter The Dragonite

As if a gym battle with a Dragonite isn't challenge enough for one day, Team Rocket secretly surveys the weakened state of Ash's battling Pokemon and plots to turn the situation to their advantage.

Episode 8 (Season 3) - Viva Las Lapras

It's piracy on the open seas and Ash and friends must rescue a local school of Lapras from would-be poachers, but how can they be of help when the Lapras, conditioned to fear humans, shun the young Trainers?

Episode 9 (Season 3) - The Underground Round Up

A failed experiment has left a town a virtual wasteland, overrun with Electrodes. Ash and friends lend a hand in ongoing efforts to extricate these explosive Pokemon, until Team Rocket arrives with designs to detonate all the Electrodes.

Episode 10 (Season 3) - A Tent Situation

Ash returns home, where he is pleasantly surprised by an old friend. Unfortunately he faces a new trial, as Team Rocket has besieged the famous Oak Laboratory and captured all the Pokeballs there.

Episode 11 (Season 3) - A Rivalry Revival

An errand of Professor Oak's sets Ash on the road once again, but first he must face his old hometown rival, Gary, in a Pokemon battle.

Episode 12 (Season 3) - Don't Touch That Dile

Ash begins his journey in Johto, a largely unexplored region said to be thickly populated with Pokemon entirely new to him and his friends.

Episode 13 (Season 3) - The Double Trouble Header

In a Pokemon battle, Ash soundly defeats an ambitious young Trainer, who runs away dejectedly. Before Ash can comfort the novice, though, Team Rocket steps in, convincing the girl that Ash won by foul play, and recruiting the her to their cause.

Episode 14 (Season 3) - A Sappy Ending

Ash and friends discover a forest where invading Pinsirs are causing heavy deforestation. Investigation reveals the root of the problem: Team Rocket is carelessly harvesting sap from a nearby woods, thereby upsetting the balance of nature.

Episode 15 (Season 3) - Roll On, Pokemon!

Ash and friends stumble into a small valley where Donphan are used to harvest precious stones. Not so fortunate are the valley's residents, as Team Rocket is on the heels of Ash and his friends and are already hatching a plan to steal the stones for themselves.

Episode 16 (Season 3) - Illusion Confusion

Who would be foolish enough to brave a thick forest in the dead of night without a Hoothoot guide? Certainly not Ash Ketchum, but when he settles for the only guide available — an inept Hoothoot with no sense of direction — maybe he would have been better off alone....

Episode 17 (Season 3) - Flower Power

Our heroes must help prepare an insecure Bellossom dance troupe for their upcoming exhibition — a chore that's further complicated when Team Rocket attempts to steal the show with their raucous act.

Episode 18 (Season 3) - Spinarak Attack

Ash and friends reach a new town and hear of three mysterious robbers apparently mimicking the crimes of a legendary master thief. The town rests its hopes in these young Trainers to somehow stop this criminal duo and their Meowth accomplice.

Episode 19 (Season 3) - Snubbull Snobbery

With pet food prepared by a French chef, rooms of WalkMaster exercise equipment and closets stocked with the latest in Pokemon fashion, life couldn't be much better for a Palm Hills Snubble. When Team Rocket sets their sights on the upper crust, though, this pampered Pokemon will have to find an inner strength or risk losing its home.

Episode 20 (Season 3) - The Little Big Horn

Brock saves a lost and frightened Stantler fawn and carefully nurses it back to health before releasing it. Little does he know that Team Rocket lies hidden nearby, waiting to capture the defenseless fawn.

Episode 21 (Season 3) - Chikorita Rescue

Ash encounters a wild Chikorita and engages it in battle, thinking to add it to his team, but as Team Rocket watches the battle from afar, they decide the Chikorita would be better suited to their own nefarious uses.

Episode 22 (Season 3) - Once in a Blue Moon

Professor Oak's errand — to deliver the mysterious GS Ball to a Pokeball expert — is interrupted when a Quagsire with a penchant for spherical objects steals the GS ball for use in a nocturnal ritual.

Episode 23 (Season 3) - The Whistle Stop

When Team Rocket attacks Ash and his friends, a brave young Trainer and her flock of Ledyba come to the rescue. With a bolt of electricity, Pikachu makes quick work of Team Rocket, but they look to capture a prize anyway: the same bolt from Pikachu sends one of the Good Samaritan's Ledyba flying right into their clutches.

Episode 24 (Season 3) - Ignorance is Blissey

Team Rocket can't believe their luck when the Blissey employed in a Pokemon Center willingly gives them the centers entire food supply. As they abscond with the grub, however, an collective pang of conscience tells them to return their ill-gotten booty. However, they are ashamed lest this act of decency ruin their carefully cultivated reputation as troublemakers.

Episode 25 (Season 3) - A Bout With Sprout

Our heroes are recruited as guest instructors at a youth Pokemon Academy, where Ash does his best as an educator until one of his pupils takes an overly ardent interest in Ashs Pokemon, finally kidnapping Pikachu and heading for the hills.

Episode 26 (Season 3) - Fighting Flyer With Fire

With Pikachu's help, Ash is confident that winning the Zephyr badge will be a breeze, but when the Gym Leader's high-level Pokemon turn the tables on the textbook Electric over Flying advantage, Ash will have to use more than raw power to emerge victorious.

Episode 27 (Season 3) - For Crying Out Loud

Cute and cuddly is one thing, but a bawling Marill is too much even for Misty. When all Misty's attempts to toughen up the picayune Pokemon fall short, Team Rocket takes her by surprise. Misty is left with no help or hope in sight, save for little Marill.

Episode 28 (Season 3) - Tanks A Lot!

Team Rocket's most recent super vehicle, the Arbotank, is their ticket to world domination — until Togepi and its newfound Sentret buddy climb inside and inadvertently initiate a cross-country joyride that wreaks unstoppable destruction on everything in their path.

Episode 29 (Season 3) - Charizard's Burning Ambition

When Ash hears of the nearby Charicific Valley, he is sure a quick trip would be just the thing to reignite his Charizard's flagging spirits. When they reach the valley, though, they find its dragon denizens anything but cordial. Judged weak, and denied entrance to the valley, Charizard is left more dejected than ever.

Episode 30 (Season 3) - Grin to Win!

The annual Sunflora contest is only a day away and yet our hero's new friend and Sunflora Trainer is unable to convince her star Pokemon to compete. Complicating things further, Team Rocket enters under pseudonyms, planning to win by whatever means are required.

Episode 31 (Season 3) - Chikorita's Big Upset

A severe case of rivalry between Pikachu and Chikorita calls for therapy sessions with Nurse Joy (schooled in Pokemon psychology at the Pokemon Institute). In such delicate matters, there's no such thing as an overnight cure, though — or is there? The following day, when Team Rocket attacks, Ash will need all his Pokemon to overcome their latest challenge.

Episode 32 (Season 3) - Foul Weather Friends

Our heroes chance upon a Hoppip — the fluffy Cottonweed Pokemon that is able to drift for miles on a passing wind. The Trainer of this Pokemon, whom they meet soon after, uses it and several others of its kind to help her forecast the weather.

Episode 33 (Season 3) - The Superhero Secret

The legendary Gligarman grows old and begins to bend under the weighty task of fighting crime. When Ash and friends wander into town, they bring with them a challenge that threatens to be Gligarman's last — Team Rocket.

Episode 34 (Season 3) - Mild 'N Wooly

Team Rocket comes in sheep's clothing to relieve a kind Poke-shepherd of her Mareep flock. Ash and friends are eager to help, but will first have to convince the Mareep Trainer to have a little faith in herself.

Episode 35 (Season 3) - Wired For Battle

When the most promising trainee at a Pokemon dojo abandons battle altogether, opting to gather information for his comprehensive Poke-database instead, it's up to Ash and friends to convince him that battling, and life for that matter, is more than just a matter of probability.

Episode 36 (Season 3) - Good 'Quil Hunting

With Charizard gone and no fire Pokemon to call his own, Ash is overjoyed to come across a Cyndaquil in the wild. Before Ash captures the little Pokemon, though, he'll have to face another Trainer with similar designs.

Episode 37 (Season 3) - A Shadow of a Drought

Ash carelessly makes enemies of the Slowpoke-worshipping residents of a town, but sees a chance at redemption when Team Rocket arrives to capture each and every one of these revered Pokemon.

Episode 38 (Season 3) - Going Apricorn

Ash delivers the mysterious GS Ball to a renowned Pokemon expert, but Team Rocket wreaks trouble when they attempt to harvest the Apricorns essential to local Pokeball production.

Episode 39 (Season 3) - Gettin' The Bugs Out

When Ash reaches the Hive Gym, he has just the Pokemon to challenge the Gym Leader's Bug Pokemon. But what's this? Cyndaquil, the Fire Pokemon can't get its burners going.

Episode 40 (Season 3) - A Farfetch'd Tale

An inexperienced young Trainer mistakenly scares off his own Farfetch'd. Ash and friends are happy to help, but will have to find it before Team Rocket, their stomachs as empty as their piggy bank, can get their hands on this savory Pokemon.

Episode 41 (Season 3) - Tricks of the Trade

At the Pokemon Swap Meet, our heroes befriend a young Pokemon trainer who's having difficulties finding a trading partner willing to accept his Wobbuffet. When Jessie inadvertently deposits her Pokeball across from his in the exchanger, this young trainer gets more than he had bargained for.

Episode 42 (Season 3) - The Fire-ing Squad

Team Rocket attempts to steal all the water Pokemon from the annual Fire and Rescue Grand Prix but they turn up all-wet when Ash's Squirtle leads his old gang, The Squirtle Squad into battle against the trio.

Episode 43 (Season 3) - No Big Woop

Ash and friends enthusiastically volunteer to watch over a troubled trainer's school of Wooper, but as always Team Rocket interferes, this time hoping to use the Wooper's soothing qualities to pacify Giovanni.

Episode 44 (Season 3) - Tunnel Vision

While Ash and friends deliberate on how to pass through a tunnel replete with Onix, two wandering Pokemon-a Snubbull and a Jigglypuff-arrive on the scene together and take a strong enough dislike to each other to threaten drawing everyone else into their conflict.

Episode 45 (Season 3) - Hour of the Houndour

Investigating a string of mysterious thefts, our heroes discover a pack of Houndour, struggling to survive in the wild. In order to help these thieving Pokemon mend their ways, though, Ash and friends will have to first earn their trust.

Episode 46 (Season 3) - The Totodile Duel

Ash and Misty's friendly rivalry is tested when they both try to capture a Totodile at the same time. Unable to determine whose Pokeball had captured the wild Pokemon, the two must battle it out to determine the Totodile's new master.

Episode 47 (Season 3) - Hot Matches

When Ash and friends hear of a virtually undefeatable trainer operating nearby, they seek her out, only to see first Brock's Vulpix and then Ash's Cyndaquil take heavy abuse from her Skarmory-despite its disadvantage against the Fire element.

Episode 48 (Season 3) - Love, Totodile Style

Ash's Totodile falls head over tail for a passing Azumarill, but is still unsuccessful in having its feelings requited when Team Rocket kidnap the Pokemon before Totodile's eyes.

Episode 49 (Season 3) - Fowl Play

Ash has his sights set on a rare and brightly-colored Noctowl, but this Pokemon's hypnosis leaves Ash's team unable to tell reality from illusion, much less stand up to another Pokemon in battle.

Episode 50 (Season 3) - Forrest Grumps

When an Ursaring attack leaves Team Rocket and our heroes in compromising positions, compromise they do, members of each team being paired with members of the other. But such a pairing one would guess to be doomed from the start… and one would be right this time.

Episode 51 (Season 3) - The Psychic Sidekicks

Our heroes come to a town whose residents all raise Psychic Pokemon to repel the Ghost Pokemon that lurk nearby. Soon thereafter, Team Rocket makes its appearance in a Ghost Pokemon machine impervious to Psychic attacks, and begins to steal all the town's Pokemon.

Episode 52 (Season 3) - The Fortune Hunters

A Pokemon Fortune Telling boom turns out to be a Team Rocket plot to steal Pokemon from local trainers. The engineers of this plot, though, are not the Team Rocket regulars, but by the formidable Butch and Cassidy.

episode guide: season 4 Edit

Episode 1 (Season 4) - A Goldenrod Oppurtunity

Our heroes have finally reached the next stop on the road to Johto: Goldenrod City! Looking to challenge the city's Gym Leader, Ash finds out the gym is closed for the day. Knowing they must wait until tomorrow, the gang decides to shop around and enjoy the city when they run into a local trainer, Whitney. After a close-encounter with Team Rocket, our heroes realize Whitney is actually the Goldenrod City Gym Leader! Will Ash win his next Johto League badge?

Episode 2 (Season 4) - A Dairy Tale Ending

Whitney takes our heroes to her uncle's Miltank farm in the outskirts of Goldenrod City. Here they sample the finest in Miltank dairy products and learn how to groom and care for these Pokemon. Ash realizes this is a great opportunity to study Miltank first-hand and hopes it will help him against Whitney's Miltank in their next battle. After learning about Miltank and coming out victorious in a battle against Team Rocket, Ash realizes the answer to overcoming Whitney's strongest Pokemon is good old-fashioned team-work.

Episode 3 (Season 4) - Air Time

Before leaving Goldenrod City, the flamboyant producer of Poke Talk Radio insists Ash appear on Sunny Morningstar's show to talk about winning the Plane badge. After the interview, the gang saves the day by participating in a live radio drama with the Dugtrio Trio (Team Rocket in disguise!) Be sure to watch the twists and turns of the live performance as our heroes battle Team Rocket on the airwaves!

Episode 4 (Season 4) - The Bug Stops Here

En route to Ecruteak City, our heroes make their way through a beautiful national park. Finding that a Bug Pokemon catching contest is being held, Ash signs up and runs into fellow trainer Casey and her Chikorita. In an effort to catch the best Bug Pokemon and win the contest, Casey pushes her Chikorita too hard and learns a lesson about the importance of putting her Pokemon's welfare ahead of winning. Watch as Casey's Chikorita evolves in order to help save Ash and Pikachu from Team Rocket's grasp!

Episode 5 (Season 4) - Type Casting!

Trying to reach Ecruteak City our heroes are stopped in their tracks, unable to cross a bridge-less river. As they walk the bank, they see an old fisherman and strike a bargain, a ferry-ride across the river in exchange for an elusive Sudowoodo! As they comb the nearby mountains in search of one of these unique Pokemon they run into two research scientists arguing over Sudowoodo's type. Join Ash and the gang as they encounter this truly versatile Pokemon and attempt to determine what type Sudowoodo really is!

Episode 6 (Season 4) - Fossil Fools

Ash, Misty and Brock have reached the famous Ruins of Alph. Summoned there by a note from Professor Oak they join him and an old student of his, Foster in a facility for studying Pokemon fossils. Foster has made an amazing discovery, live pre-historic water-type Pokemon thought to be extinct for thousands of years! Does their appearance have anything to do with the interrupted water flow from a nearby reservoir? Watch as our heroes find out what's fishy with the freshwater!

Episode 7 (Season 4) - Carrying On

Just outside of Ecruteak City, our heroes see a flying Pidgey being attacked by a huge Fearow and decide to intervene. With Brock carrying the wounded Pidgey, the gang enters Ecruteak City in hopes of finding its trainer. Not only do our heroes find this Pidgey's home, they discover it is a member of the Carrier-Pidgey Express! Join Ash, Misty and Brock as they learn about caring for carrier-Pidgey and witness the dedication of a young boy and his grandfather to these very special Pokemon.

Episode 8 (Season 4) - Hassle in the Castle

Caught in a sudden thunderstorm, our heroes quickly seek shelter from the elements at an ominous looking castle on a nearby cliff. Although this seemingly vacant fortress is a little on the spooky side, Ash, Misty and Brock would rather be jumpy than soggy. That is, until they hear moaning coming from a nearby corridor! Follow our heroes through the pitfalls and mazes of this (haunted?) house on the hill!

Episode 9 (Season 4) - Two Hits and a Miss

On the way to Ekruteak, a renegade Tauros dashes past our heroes. Seeing an old man in Tauros's path, Ash and Bulbasaur battle the break-away beast. The old man is impressed with Ash's skill and asks him to come to his dojo. Ash quickly realizes the old man is looking for a new Shihan (master teacher) to take over, but the old man's granddaughter believes she will inherit the dojo, even though her method of training has more to do with fitness than fighting. Who will be selected as Shihan?

Episode 10 (Season 4) - A Hot Water Battle

Arriving at a beautiful hot springs, Ash, Misty and Brock decide they and their Pokemon need to take a much needed break from their journey. As Ash and the Pokemon hit a beach ball around, Totodile, Chikorita and Cyndaquil play a little too rough. Totodile ends up blasting the ball deep into the nearby forest and when Ash sends these three Pokemon to retreive it, they run into a gang of antagonizing Aipom! In order to survive the escapades of retrieving the beach ball and the pitfalls of trying to make it back to Ash, these three must learn to work together. Watch as Chikorita, Totodile and Cyndaquil learn to appreciate the power of friendship.

Episode 11 (Season 4) - Hook, Line and Stinker

As our heroes take a break at a shady stream, Misty's Poliwhirl is attacked by a Poliwrath! Poliwrath's trainer pokes fun at Misty's Pokemon and won't stick around to battle when she challenges him to a match. As our heroes move on, they find out the annual Seaking catching competition is about to begin. Overhearing the trainer she encountered earlier is a shoe-in for the win, Misty and her Poliwhirl enter the competition determined to triumph over the testy trainer.

Episode 12 (Season 4) - Beauty and the Breeder

Brock checks his e-mail at a local Pokemon Center and finds Suzy, the Pokemon breeder who gave Brock Vulpix, has contacted him regarding a Pokemon beauty contest. She is looking for a Pokemon to enter the contest with and Brock agrees to return her Vulpix. When they meet in the contest city of Bonitaville, Suzy suggests they enter the contest together. However, before the contest can commence, Team Rocket seize all the Pokemon! Will our heroes be able to track Team Rocket and return the bevy of Pokemon beauties?

Episode 13 (Season 4) - A Better Pill to Swallow

Bingeing on too many burgers during lunch has given Ash a case of indigestion that stops him in his tracks. Unable to help their friend, Misty and Brock contemplate what to do until a miniature, seemingly magical, man shows up. He gives Ash two tablets and almost instantaneously cures Ash's aches! Curious about the cure, the gang head back to the small man's lab for a lesson in Pokemon medicine. Here they find out how this helpful fellow creates all kinds of useful potions with the aid of Shuckle and a speedy Pokemon named Spoopy!

Episode 14 (Season 4) - Power Play

When a blackout hits a town on the road to Ekruteak City, our heroes realize it puts the Pokemon in the local Pokecenter in jeopardy. Wanting to help nurse Joy and the ailing Pokemon, the gang takes on the task of finding out what went hay-wire at the power plant. Before they can help restore the power however, they have to overcome the latest Team Rocket invention: The Mecha-Robo-Wobbuffet! See how Ash and Pikachu team up with Gary and his Umbreon in order to overcome Team Rocket and restore power to the grateful town.

Episode 15 (Season 4) - Mountain Time

Enjoying a beautiful day hiking through the mountains on the road to Ekruteak City, Ash and Pikachu chase after a Ledian that speeds by them. As they pursue it along the trail, they round a bend and get hit full-blast by a Gust from Pidgeotto! Meeting the Ledian and Pidgeotto's owners, the gang finds out they've run into the Mountain Patrol, in the midst of a training session. Find out what happens when mountain-patrolman, Benji and his courageous Ledian lead Ash, Misty and Brock on an important search-and-rescue mission!

Episode 16 (Season 4) - Wobbapalooza

Breaking for lunch at a spot in the forest, our heroes notice a nearby Wobbuffet and begin to look around for it's co-horts, Team Rocket! Although there's no sign of Team Rocket, everywhere they look there are more Wobbuffet popping up. The gang follows them to Wobbuffet Village and finds out the village is about to have their annual Wobbuffet fair. Due to festival rules, our heroes aren't able to help when a gang of punks and their Pokemon try to ruin the fair. Team Rocket are the only one's in a position to help. Will they come to the town's aid because they have a Wobbuffet of their own?

Episode 17 (Season 4) - Imitation Confrontation

Stopping off at a Pokecenter, the gang looks around for nurse Joy. Suddenly she appears with Chansey, but makes the confusing statement Nurse Joy is seeing a patient. Brock nears the Joy-look-alike and reveals it isn't nurse Joy and Chansey at all, but Duplica and her Ditto! Our heroes find out the real nurse Joy is checking on Duplica's newest Pokemon, Mini-dit. Though there's nothing wrong with Mini-dit, it retains it's pint size, even when Transforming into large Pokemon. Be sure to watch for a teeny Arbok, an undersized Ursaring and a wee Wobbuffet. Although it may be small, this puny Pokemon can sure pack a wallop!

Episode 18 (Season 4) - The Trouble With Snubbull

As our heroes take a brief rest near a river, Ash sees a Snubbull rush by on the opposite bank. This wasn't just any Snubbull either, this one was Madame Muchmoney's! Ash, Misty and Brock follow Pikachu as it picks up Snubbull's scent and leads them in the search for the wealthy woman's Pokemon. Our heroes are racing against time when Team Rocket sets a trap for Snubbull, hoping to get a cash reward from Madam Muchmoney. Don't miss Snubbull's reaction when it encounters Team's so exciting and new, it's evolutionary!

Episode 19 (Season 4) - Araidos, Amigos

Ash, Pikachu and Brock take a break by the lake while Misty heads deeper into the forest with Togepi. As Misty picks the local flora, Togepi wanders over to a very strange looking bush, it appears to have legs...spider legs! Summoned by Misty's shrieks, Ash and Brock discover an Ariados in the bush. Just then, a trainer from Fuschia City appears on the scene. She explains she's training with this Ariados to learn the special art of Pokemon Jujitsu. Accepting an invitation from the trainer, the gang joins her for a day at the Pokemon Jujitsu Academy. Find out what happens as Brock and Pineco blow the lid off a technical class, Ash is critiqued on battle techniques and Misty gets all wrapped up in Pokemon health, beauty and nutrition!

Episode 20 (Season 4) - Wings 'n' Things

It's a sunny day on the road to Johto when our heroes encounter a Yanma....a troublemaker of a Yanma! When Yanma steals Ash's hat, the gang chase after it as it returns to it's trainer, a young boy named Zachary. Although Ash gets his hat back, even Zachary can't control Yanma's antics. After Yanma breaks every window in town with its Sonic Boom attack, Zachary's father forces Zach to return Yanma to the wild. A moment too late, Zachary realizes he can't abandon his friend. Will Zachary be able to find Yanma and learn what it takes to become a true Pokemon trainer?

Episode 21 (Season 4) - The Grass Root

En route to Ekruteak, Ash and company are caught by the sight of a Skiploom racing by. Following after it, they encounter its trainer, Ephram. He and his Skiploom are training for the upcoming annual Grass-Type tournament, a contest for Grass Pokemon only. Confident he can win any local tournament, Ash decides he and Bulbasaur will enter as well. Ephram and his Skiploom train hard as the tournament quickly approaches. However, Ash doesn't think it is necessary for someone of his Pokemon prowess to prepare. Find out who triumphs as young Ephram and Ash face-off in the final round of the tournament!

Episode 22 (Season 4) - The Apple Corp!

Catching a sweet scent on the breeze, Ash and Pikachu follow their noses to a nearby apple orchard. As Misty and Brock follow, they warn the trainer and his Pokemon against eating apples that don't belong to them. No sooner is this said than Pikachu is caught red-handed with couple of cores! Once Ash proves Pikachu's innocence to the orchard owner, he and Pikachu track down the real thieves, a band of hungry Pichu forced into the orchard due to low amounts of wild growing fruit. Find out how Ash and Pikachu teach them team-work and help create a symbiotic relationship between the Pichu and the proprietor!

Episode 23 (Season 4) - Houndoom's Special Delivery

When Team Rocket attacks our heroes as they travel through a mountain pass, Weezing's Smoke Screen attack separates Togepi and Misty. Togepi wanders away as Misty, Ash and Brock try to locate the pint-sized Pokemon. Finding Togepi scared and alone, a passing Houndoom becomes its temporary care-taker and brings Togepi home to its trainer. Will Misty ever be reunited with Togepi?

Episode 24 (Season 4) - The Tower Inferno

Arriving in Ekruteak, Ash immediately heads to the Gym to challenge it's leader for his next Johto League badge. Our heroes soon realize this isn't a normal bursts into flames as soon as they enter! Trying to douse the flames with their water Pokemon, they find out the blaze is bogus. It's actually the Gastly, Haunter and Gengar instigating the illusion. Find out how these Ghost-Types end up helping our heroes when Togepi and Pikachu get lost among the ruins. Plus, don't miss the Gastly lesson they teach Team Rocket!

Episode 25 (Season 4) - From Ghost to Ghost

Anxious to acquire the next Johto League badge, Ash challenges Ekruteak City's Gym Leader, Morty. However, Ash has seen Morty's Ghost-type Pokemon in action and is a little worried about battle strategies. In a discussion with Nurse Joy, Ash realizes his secret weapon against Morty's Pokemon is his Noctowl. Find out what special strategies Ash and his Noctowl employ in a head-to-head battle against the skilled Gym Leader and his fear-provoking Pokemon!

Episode 26 (Season 4) - Trouble's Brewing

Enjoying a quick snack at a local cafe, Misty notices a poster featuring a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. As she tells Ash and Brock she's always wanted to attend one, a young trainer named Sakora walks in. Misty asks Sakora about the poster and Sakora explains her three sisters run the theme park. As Sakora leads Ash, Misty and Brock on a tour of the theme park, she decides she would like to accompany our friends on their Johto Journey. Her sisters say she can go if our heroes can beat them in a Pokemon battle. Will Sakora get to fulfill her dream of becoming a Pokemon master?

Episode 27 (Season 4) - All That Glitters!

On their way to Olivine City, Brock and Misty break for lunch while Ash polishes his Johto League badges. As he shines each one, he sets them on the tree stump in front of him. Three Murkrow emerge from a nearby bush and perform a synchronized song and dance for our heroes. Delighted by the impromptu entertainment, the gang is shocked when the Murkrow grab Ash's badges and fly away. Will Ash be able to track down the Murkrow and reclaim his badges or will the Murkrow prove too adroit for Ash?

Episode 28 (Season 4) - The Light Fantastic

On the dry and dusty road to Olivine City, our heroes notice beautiful lights shining in the sky ahead of them. Realizing they are coming from just above the dried up lake on Remoraid Mountain, they run to the Remoraidian Ruins. Although the surrounding area is utterly arid, our heroes take note of the plentiful plant-life. What could be causing this change in climate? Does it have something to do with the lights above the bone-dry basin?

Episode 29 (Season 4) - UnBEARable

As our heroes pass through a dense forest, Brock explains some pretty scary Pokemon hang out in this neck of the woods. Searching for a safer place to sleep than the forest floor, the gang find an abandoned shack and settle in for a good night's sleep. When Misty hears a noise outside, our heroes investigate and a Teddiursa slips into Misty's sleeping bag. Could this cute and cuddly Pokemon possibly be the forest fright Brock mentioned earlier?

Episode 30 (Season 4) - Moving Pictures

On their way to Olivine City, our heroes run into their old friend and shutterbug, Todd! As Todd and our friends catch up, a frozen Sunkern falls from the sky. The gang take it to a nearby lodge and, with the help of the old woman who runs it, thaw poor Sunkern out. The old woman explains she and her husband go to a valley with hundreds of Sunflora (the evolution of Sunkern) every year on their anniversary and have their picture taken. Tragically, this being their 50th wedding anniversary, they won't be able to continue the tradition because all of the Sunflora have disappeared. Where have all the Sunflora gone?

Episode 31 (Season 4) - Spring Fever

As Todd and our heroes take a lunch break on a rocky mountain top, a Swinub rushes at them from a nearby crevasse. Misty is startled and drops her lunch. As the Swinub quickly swipes it, two more appear followed by a pint-sized girl named Peggy. She explains her father uses the Swinub to sniff out hot springs for hotels wanting to build resorts. Unfortunately, the Swinub's sniffers haven't been up-to-snuff and they haven't honed in on a hot spring in months. When Team Rocket try to steal the Swinub, the ensuing battle is just what they need to warm up to the search for hot springs!

Episode 32 (Season 4) - Freeze Frame

On their quest to capture Articuno on film, Todd and our heroes run into a frozen Jigglypuff! Ash uses his Cyndaquil to defrost the melodious Pokemon. When Todd asks Jigglypuff if it has seen Articuno, Jigglypuff nods towards Snow Top Mountain. Undeterred by the incredible height and icy conditions, the gang heads up the mountain where they run into a Pokecenter. Both Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy explain the legend of Articuno; Centuries ago, a group of travelers were lost on the mountain. Certain they would perish, they almost gave up hope but an Articuno appeared and guided the group to safety. As a tribute, they created a statue of Articuno that still stands today. Some say that anyone traversing Snow Top Mountain is protected by Articuno. After hearing the story, Todd is convinced there are Articuno on the mountain and continues his vertical journey. With Ash and Co. in tow, a blizzard kicks up and temporarily blinds the group. Brock and Misty want to stay put and let the blizzard pass, but Todd and Ash are determined to continue. Little do they know, directly ahead of them is a cliff edge and a deadly drop. Will Articuno come to their rescue? Is this Legendary Pokemon really the guardian of the mountain, or is it merely a legend?

Episode 33 (Season 4) - The Stolen Stones

On their way to Olivine City, our heroes pass through a dangerous looking canyon full of unstable boulders. When the rocks begin to give-way in an avalanche-like fury, a few fiery Pokemon rush to the rescue. Once out of harm's way, Ash, Misty and Brock find they've been rescued by Ramona, her brother Kegan and their three Arcanine. Ramona explains she and her brother were passing through the canyon on their way to deliver a bag of Fire Stones to a town holding a Fire-type Pokemon contest. Intrigued by the agile Pokemon, Ash is interested in learning how to ride the Arcanine. Before he gets far, Team Rocket shows up and steals the bag of Fire Stones. Ramona, Kegan and the gang must split up with the Arcanine to find Team Rocket and reclaim the rocks. Ash and Kegan team up, but after falling into one of the nasty trio's traps, Kegan is unable to guide Arcanine. Ash must rapidly learn how to ride if they are to recover the Fire Stones and save the Pokemon competition.

Episode 34 (Season 4) - The Dunsparce Deception

On the outskirts of a small town, our heroes run into a young boy named Bucky. He tells our friends of his woes in trying to capture a Dunsparce. It seems the Dunsparce are indeed sparse in this area, at least they are now. When Bucky was out of town visiting his grandpa, a swarm of them came through and every kid in town caught one. Although Bucky still tries to participate in the Dunsparce games by using his Caterpie, Caterpie just can't compete. While Ash and Co. make good on their promise to help Bucky find one of these snake-like Pokemon, Team Rocket pulls a scheme in town to rid the children of their Dunsparce. Will Team Rocket get away with the Poke-napping this time or will our heroes, joined by their new friend, Bucky, be able to triumph over Team Rocket and spare the Dunsparce?

Episode 35 (Season 4) - The Wayward Wobbuffet

Knowing our heroes are still en-route to Olivine, Team Rocket lies in wait. Dressed as scientists, they explain they've just repaired the amazing Poke Pod. To test it out, Pikachu is placed in the pod and locked in tight. When Team Rocket reveals their true identity and runs, Ash and Co. are in hot pursuit. When our heroes catch up to Team Rocket, there isn't a Poke Pod or Pikachu in site! Realizing Wobbuffet was hiding for the handoff, Ash chases after it. In Wobbuffet's rash retreat, it trips dropping the Pikachu containing Poke Pod and falls into the rapids of a nearby river. Since the only way to release Pikachu from the Poke Pod is to possess the key around Wobbuffet's neck, it's an all-out race to reach Team Rocket's blue bad-boy first. This proves problematic as Wobbuffet plummets over waterfalls, wanders through forests, gets taken for a ride on the roof of a run-away truck, blows for miles in a hot-air balloon and falls helpless to the helm of a speedboat! Who will reach Wobbuffet and the key first?

Episode 36 (Season 4) - Sick Days

The morning sun shines brightly upon our heroes and their Pokemon after spending the night next to a sparkling stream. Ash and his Pokemon wash up for breakfast and notice Brock kneeling over a pot of porridge on the campfire. After asking what's on this morning's menu and getting no response, Ash places a hand on Brock's shoulder. Brock's only response is to fall to the ground! Misty discovers that Brock has a fever and tries to convince him to spend the day resting in bed. Brock finally agrees and tells them there are directions on how to perform his chores in his notebook. As Ash and Misty begin the day's chores they easily become overwhelmed. They must cook, do the dishes, feed the Pokemon, haul water, gather and split wood and even polish Brock's rock Pokemon. Certain disaster seems eminent when Ash decides to speed up the polishing process with his Totodile's Water Gun! Will Ash and Misty be able to perform all of Brock's chores, take care of the Pokemon and fend off Team Rocket's nighttime attack all on their own?

Episode 37 (Season 4) - Ring Masters

As Ash and company pass through an intriguing little village, they notice a Feraligatr in the midst of a battle. Drawing closer, they see the Feraligatr defeat one opponent after another, but it never seems to tire! When the gang meets the Feraligatr's trainer, they find out that Pokemon battles in this town are of a different breed. Here they practice the art of Pokemon Sumo. Oversized Pokemon are taught to wrestle and are forbidden from using special attacks in Sumo matches. As luck would have it, the Sumo conference is being held the following day. True to his nature, Ash decides to enter the conference, certain he can win. He is surprised, however, to find out he must use a Pokemon that weighs at least 80 kilograms. For Ash, that means only one Pokemon...Snorlax! Although Snorlax makes the weigh-in, it doesn't seem to be interested in moving towards the ring, let alone battling. Watch the surprising turn of events as Ash cleverly uses Snorlax's guts to his advantage.

Episode 38 (Season 4) - The Poke Spokesman

On the long trek to Olivine City, our heroes notice Pikachu looks a bit worn out. Brock suggests it's the trudging along this trail that has taken a toll. Just then, an old man appears from beside the path and explains the soil in this region contains minerals that absorb electricity. He walks up to Pikachu, kneels down and starts speaking to Pikachu in Pokemon tongue! Upon Pikachu's response, he rises and tells Ash that Pikachu is exhausted and cannot walk much further. Introducing himself as Simon, he suggests the crew follow him to his rest-stop. Upon their arrival, Ash hooks up Pikachu to a nearby bicycle with the electrodes attached to it. The more Ash pedals, the more electricity is pumped back into Pikachu's cheeks. Simon explains to Misty and Brock he won't charge for the recharge and he'll wave his translation fee. Surprised he charges at all for his rest-stop remedies, Misty and Brock are cut short of saying anything by the arrival of Officer Jenny. There to arrest Simon, she explains several local trainers have been swindled out of money recently by a person claiming to be a Pokemon interpreter. Can Simon really talk to the Pokemon, or is he the scam artist Officer Jenny has been looking for?

Episode 39 (Season 4) - Control Freak!

As our heroes and their Pokemon enjoy another fine meal prepared by Brock, Golbat begins to act strangely and flies away. Brock, Ash and Misty chase after the Flying-type and end up at an archaeological dig. When they meet the intelligent and beautiful archeologist, Tierra she explains her ultra-sonic equipment had just been destroyed and perhaps its errant waves attracted Golbat. She also tells our heroes of an ancient golden mask and scepter, once belonging to a queen who had the power to control all Pokemon. She is now looking for a buried temple said to contain these two priceless artifacts and asks Brock if his Golbat will use it's Sonic attack to help her locate the exact placement of the temple. Overhearing our heroes, Team Rocket employs their latest mechanical menace, the Dig-a-Tron to beat the gang to the temple. When Jessie dons the mask and scepter she has the power to control all Pokemon, even Pikachu! What will become of the Pokemon under Jesse's rule?

Episode 40 (Season 4) - The Art of Pokemon

As our heroes enter the historic city of Whitestone, they notice it appears to be made of marble! Brock's guide book explains this phenomena. Generation after generation in Whitestone has painted all of the buildings white. After so many years, the layers have given the impression the city is made of marble. Just as the gang enters the city, they notice a band of Smeargle running amok, painting every bare wall in site with their tails. Dexter quickly explains these Pokemon express themselves by painting and the color in their tail depends upon the Pokemon's mood. Just then, the townsfolk appear in an angry mob, demanding the Smeargle stop this graffiti. Before the scene gets out of control, a famous artist appears to claim the Smeargle. All are astonished to find out this world famous abstract artist uses Smeargle to create his masterpieces. He begs the townspeople to allow the Smeargle to express themselves. Apparently, the Smeargle have been through a creative dry-spell and he hopes they will find a way to create beautiful artwork once again. Will the artist, Smeargle and townspeople find a way to live in harmony?

Episode 41 (Season 4) - The Heartbreak of Brock

At the end of a long day, our heroes search for a Pokemon Center in a small town near Olivine City. Unable to locate one they ask a local lady for directions. She explains the nearest Pokemon Center is ten miles away! Too exhausted to extend today's journey, the gang decides to set up camp in a local park. As he gets water from a nearby fountain, Brock notices a Nidorina approaching to take a drink. Running after Nidorina is her trainer, who trips and almost falls into the fountain. She is narrowly saved by Brock and immediately falls head over heals in love with him. Introducing herself as Temaku, she insists Brock and his friends stay with her at her father's house. How will Brock handle a large does of his own medicine from the smitten Temaku?

Episode 42 (Season 4) - Current Events

Nearing Olivine City, our heroes notice a field full of windmills. Brock explains the windmills are used to generate electricity. Deciding the breezy windmill field is a nice place to take a break and get some fresh air, our heroes release their Pokemon from their Poke Balls and begin to set up a picnic. When Ash and Chikorita go looking for firewood, they stumble upon a concrete building with the front door wide open. Curious, the duo enter and are promptly locked in when a strong gust of wind shuts the heavy electric door. Hearing Ash's cries for help, Pikachu races towards the building, followed by Brock and Misty. While Brock contacts the electric company for help, Ash decides to descend the floors of the compound and locates the building's power-source. He and Chikorita must battle their way through the scores of security systems in place...Electric-type Pokemon!

Episode 43 (Season 4) - Turning Over A New Bayleef

Taking a rest from their exhausting expedition, our heroes settle down in a small field near a stream to enjoy a mid-day meal. Ash releases his Pokemon from their Poke Balls so they too can enjoy a well deserved break. Overly excited to see Ash, Bayleef runs towards him at full-tilt. Inadvertently, Bayleef uses Tackle Attack and knocks Ash for a loop. When Bayleef's uncontrollable affection becomes too much for Ash, he looses his temper and says something spiteful. Ash tells Bayleef to go away and stay away! When Ash can't find Bayleef after lunch, the gang goes on a search and rescue mission. With Pikachu following Bayleef's scent, the crew winds up at an old woman's house. She explains how she found Bayleef, hurt and weak near the river's bank. When Ash tries to re-claim his Pokemon, Bayleef simply ignores him. It is clear Bayleef would rather stay with the kind old woman and her Pokemon than continue the journey with Ash. Will Ash be able to win back Bayleef's trust and affection?

Episode 44 (Season 4) - Doin' What Comes Natu-rally

When our heroes stumble upon a one-day street performance, they get to see all types of Pokemon with unique skills. Anxious to know the future, Misty volunteers to have her fortune read by Natu. A young boy named McKenzie and his Pokemon, Natu begin the reading but make several mistakes. Embarrassed, McKenzie runs away with Natu before Misty's future is revealed. The gang follows McKenzie and suggests he wear a mask during his performances to help boost his confidence. Misty explains if he wears the mask no one will know who he is. McKenzie's father likes the idea too, believing the mask will lend an exciting element to the performance. When McKenzie returns to the stage, will he and Natu be able to remember the routine and use Natu's Future Sight to tell patron's fortunes?

Episode 45 (Season 4) - The Big Balloon Blow-Up

When our heroes happen upon an unusual formation in the middle of a grassy field, Brock believes it is a crop circle...placed there by aliens! Just then, something comes hurtling out of the sky towards them. A far away voice calls down an apology for almost hitting Ash with the object. Skyler, a boy training for a hot air balloon race, introduces himself to the gang and explains he was practicing for the upcoming event. Getting a marker as close to the center of the large, circular target by throwing it from the hot air balloon is one aspect of the competition. Intrigued by the hot-air balloon racing circuit, Ash quickly makes up his mind to enter as well. When Brock reminds him they don't have a chance of winning without a hot air balloon, Skyler's father says he has something to help them out. Pulling a balloon out of his shop, he begins to fill it up and to our heroes surprise, it's a Pikachu shaped hot air balloon! When Team Rocket decides to enter the race as well, Jesse and James sabotage several of the balloons the night before the big event. With only Team Rocket, Ash and Skyler in the running, who will end up winning the grand prize?

Episode 46 (Season 4) - The Screen Actor's Guilt

Strolling through downtown, our heroes notice a mob of girls chasing someone down. Suddenly, a man in a black cape and hat runs up to Ash and gives him a package to hold. He tells Ash to stay put because he'll be back for the package shortly. As the mob approaches, the mysterious man runs away with the girls in hot pursuit. Our heroes stand stunned by this interesting turn of events. As they do, the package in Ash's arms wiggles open to reveal a Smoochum! When our friends decide to try and track down Smoochum's trainer, they pass by a theater showing the opening to a brand new Brad Van Darn movie! Realizing this is the same person who gave Ash the Poke package, the gang decides to return Smoochum to Brad during his in-person appearance at a nearby theater. Believing Brad's Smoochum doesn't fit the macho image of the movie star, Brad's manager tells Ash to keep the Pokemon because Brad has no interest in Smoochum anymore. What will become of Smoochum now?

Episode 47 (Season 4) - Right On, Rhydon!

Ash is surprised to find a Rhydon swimming in a lake, as they are normally afraid of water. When he meets an engineer who needs a strong Pokemon that can swim - he has an idea.

Episode 48 (Season 4) - The Kecleon Caper

Animated series based on the smash Nintendo game. Brock volunteers to locate a pair of Kecleon which have gone missing on board a surprisingly large blimp.

Episode 49 (Season 4) - The Joy of Water Pokemon

Misty dreams of meeting Nurse Joy, who specializes in caring for water Pokemon. But when she finally meets her idol, she is faced with a shocking disappointment.

Episode 50 (Season 4) - Got Miltank?

When Ash hears of an oasis in the desert, impenetrable to humans, where Pokemon can go to be restored to fighting fitness, he determines to break through its defences himself.

Episode 51 (Season 4) - Fight for the Light

Ash fights the leader of the mystical gym until it emerges that the girl is a cheating stand-in and that the real leader won't fight until her Pokemon are at full fitness.

Episode 52 (Season 4) - Machoke, Machoke Man!

Ash and his friends come across the leader of the Cianwood Gym, and Ash pits his Pokemon against highly trained Machoke.

episode guide: season 5 Edit

Episode 1 (Season 5) - Around the Whirlpool

In a scuffle with Team Rocket, Ash and friends are thrown from the ship bearing them to the Whirl Islands.  As powerful whirlpools draw them toward impending doom, a mysterious form under the sea shifts the powerful undertow, drawing them to safety.  Shortly thereafter, a Corsola comes skipping over the sea’s surface and guides the children back to a ship wherein awaits their old friend, Professor Elm.  They ride the ship to a bustling harbor in the first of the Whirl Islands.  There they learn of an upcoming competition in which Water Pokemon trainers will vie for the title of Whirl Island champion.

Episode 2 (Season 5) - Fly Me To The Moon

Our heroes discover an island on which the Pidgey population—long protected by environmental regulation and free from predators—has grown to unusually stout proportions and virtually abandoned any desire for flight. There Ash and friends find one Pidgey, however, in which the desire to soar through the heavens burns more fiercely than even in Pidgey from beyond this island. Anxious to see this Pidgey achieve its dreams, the young trainers join with the Pidgey’s trainer and follow the Pokemon in a jet-assisted hot air balloon, tracking its flight as the Pidgey climbs higher into the stratosphere than any Pokemon in history.

Episode 3 (Season 5) - Takin' It On The Chinchou!

On their way to the Whirl Cup competition, Ash and friends are fortunate enough to pass a small mountain village just as an annual Chinchou migration is about to occur. Long ago seismological forces had combined to lift the mountain out of the depths of the sea, bringing along with it the undersea nesting ground of these Chinchou. Guided by instinct, these sea Pokemon continue to lay eggs there even though the land is now above water. Ash and friends join a father and son appointed this year by the village to protect the Chinchou on their journey—and it’s a good thing these Pokemon Trainers were along because it turns out Team Rocket has designs on the migrating Chinchou as well.

Episode 4 (Season 5) - A Corsola Caper!

Just as Ash and friends arrive at a new island, their ears are met with cries for help. A family had built their house upon a Corsola nesting ground, and when a new, hyperactive Corsola arrived and frightened off the previous Corsola residents, the ground beneath the house weakened and the house was washed out to sea. The father and daughter who had been outside during the catastrophe now look on helplessly as another daughter—trapped inside the house—is washed out toward a large whirlpool. Ash and Misty call their Pokemon to action and manage to save the young girl, but this proves to be only the first challenge of the day. As Ash and friends set about recollecting the Corsola that had reinforced the foundation of this family’s home, Team Rocket soon arrives and attempts to steal not only the needed Corsola, but also collections of local artwork made from Corsola horns, which these Pokemon shed regularly. While assisting this local family, Misty waits not so patiently for an opportunity to catch the Corsola that had first driven the others away, and make it her own.

Episode 5 (Season 5) - Mantine Overboard!

Our heroes narrowly miss the ferry to Redrock Isle, but are fortunate enough to bump into a Pokemon researcher and a deep-sea diver who offers to carry them across the strait in her boat. En route they learn of a longstanding goal she is just now attempting to reach—her great-grandfather had made a valuable discovery, but been discredited when the find was lost in a shipwreck, the location of which she has only recently discovered. Excited by her tale, the young Pokemon Trainers decide to accompany her in a dive down to the ruined ship and witness as she recovers the article that will restore her great-grandfather’s honor in the scientific community. Their attempts to approach the sunken ship, however, are routed by an aggressive Mantine and a number of Remoraid. In order to take up her great-grandfather’s legacy, this researcher, with the help of Ash and friends, must first explain the strange defensive behavior of these Pokemon.

Episode 6 (Season 5) - Octillery The Outcast

After reaching the town where the preliminary round of the Whirl Cup is held, Ash and Misty enter and earn the two victories required to continue on to the finals. A friend they had met earlier is not as fortunate. When Misty tries to console him with promises of the next Whirl Cup to be held in three years, he remains depressed, saying that it was not lack of ability but the low spirits of his Octillery that had brought about his defeat. The Pokemon had been depressed ever since it evolved from a Remoraid and was subsequently spurned by its onetime Remoraid friends. If the boy cannot somehow mend these friendships between Pokemon that have now grown different in appearance, he doesn’t see any hopes of victory even in three years time. Ash and friends willingly lend their knowledge and enthusiasm to this problem of Pokemon sociology.

Episode 7 (Season 5) - Dueling Heroes

As the final round of the Whirl Cup begins, Ash and Misty must each face formidable opponents. Ash has his Kingler transferred from Oak’s lab in preparation, but when he and his Totodile begin their first battle, they must face an opponent with a powerful Kingdra. Misty also faces a challenging duel with an experienced opponent and his Qwilfish. Meanwhile, Team Rocket sets about stealing an ancient jewel used in a reward ceremony to be performed for the tournament’s victor.

Episode 8 (Season 5) - The Perfect Match!

Ash and Misty each emerge victorious from arduous bouts only to be paired against one another in the next round.  As these two square off, Team Rocket plots to steal the tournament’s prize using reverse psychology: they leave an anonymous tip with the local police force that the prize is in danger.  This tip, Jessie reasons, will lead to heightened security, which will in turn lead to overconfidence and carelessness, effectually making it easier for Jessie and James to sneak in and claim their prize.  With Ash already in strong position, Misty accidentally deploys Psyduck to face his Kingler.  In a surprise turn, however, Psyduck launches a Confuse attack that wins the match for Misty.  Ash takes his place in the stands and cheers for Misty as she begins her next round.  Meanwhile Team Rocket watches in shock as—contrary to Jessie’s plan—not only is the police presence at the event fortified, but the police show no sign of growing overconfident.

Episode 9 (Season 5) - Plant It Now... Diglett Later

A village of kind, elderly people prepares a great meal for Ash and friends, and in return requests that the Pokemon Trainers assist them in defending their village against a gang of marauders that invades the village every year and attempts to rustle their sizable herd of Diglett.  In explaining this to the children, the village’s elderly mayor loses his train of thought numerous times, leaving Ash and friends completely confused by his request, until an unlikely source offers some clarification.  The leader of the gang in question appears, succinctly restates the mayor’s explanation, promises to return the following day with his gang, and finally excuses himself politely.  A bit puzzled by this genteel marauder, Ash and friends nonetheless accept the mayor’s request and along with Team Rocket, whose insatiable appetites had brought them to the dinner as well, begin fortifying the town against attack.  When our heroes venture into the enemy camp, however, they learn that there is more to the marauders’ plot than meets the eye.

Episode 10 (Season 5) - Hi Ho Silver... Away!

Ash, Misty, and Brock run into a local shopkeeper who introduces them to one of her friends, a jewelry maker who tells them the legend of the fourth Whirl Island.  When they first encounter the jewelry maker they find that he and his Sandslash are very ill.  After Ash, Misty, and Brock help them to recover, they learn that the jewelry maker is in love with the shopkeeper and wants to propose.  As usual Team Rocket isn’t far behind and up to no good with a plan to try and steal all of the jewelry in the town.

Episode 11 (Season 5) - The Mystery Is History

While on their quest to locate a mysterious Pokemon, Ash, Misty, and Brock run into their old friends Richie, and his Pikachu, Sparky.  They also meet a young boy and his Lanturn, who has made friends with a baby Lugia.  Meanwhile, Butch and Cassidy of Team Rocket are hatching a plan to capture the baby Lugia in hopes of eventually catching its parent.  Jessie and James also try to catch the adult Lugia, but are unsuccessful.

Episode 12 (Season 5) - A Parent Trapped!

With the young Lugia in the possession of Butch and Cassidy, Ash and friends set about rescuing it while protecting its parent from itself.  The parent Lugia fights desperately to free its child—playing right into Team Rocket’s hands.  If Ash fails to win the Lugia’s trust and convince it not to oppose Team Rocket alone, it seems this Pokemon is fated to end up in captivity along with its child.

Episode 13 (Season 5) - A Promise is a Promise

Ash and friends do their best to free the captured Lugia from Team Rocket, but are eventually overwhelmed by a new technology that emotionally manipulates Pokemon, amplifying their rage and enhancing the power of their attacks.  This heightened power enables Butch and Cassidy to not only capture the parent Lugia, but to take captive Ash and friends as well.  A Team Rocket researcher insists that true power lies in fury, but Ash hopes to prove that trust between man and Pokemon holds the key to a greater power still, and to free himself and his friends in the process.

Episode 14 (Season 5) - Throw In The Noctowl

Ash phones Janina, and she says Sparkle is feeling much better, and everything is set for the match tomorrow. Unfortunatley, Ash and friends miss the ferry ride to Olivine City! He meets this old guy who says he has a plane and can fly them there. His name is Alexander but he likes to be called "Wings". He has a Noctowl, and tells a story. When it was once Hoothoot it was a great battler that evolved into Noctowl. Ever since then, Wings and Noctowl have helped rescue people and flown people on thier plane. A big storm is brewing up, and Team Rocket are in their Meowth balloon, and the storm is getting worse, so Wings decides to help them and brings them aboard!

Episode 15 (Season 5) - Nerves of Steelix

After an incident with Team Rocket and a giant Wobuffet robot, Ash goes to finally battle Jasmine in Olivine City. She uses a Magnemite and a Steelix. Pikachu beats Magnemite, but Steelix seems unstoppable.

Episode 16 (Season 5) - Bulbasaur... The Ambassador!

Ash gets a surprise request from Professor Oak: it seems to Pokemon in the Professor's laboratory have taken to fighting amongst themselves, all of the Professor's attempts to stop them ending in failure.  Knowing that Ash's Bulbasaur has much experience peacemaking between Pokemon, Professor Oak enlists this Pokemon's services.  Sure enough it isn't long after Bulbasaur's arrival that peace returns to the laboratory, but will the same endure even after Bulbasaur leaves?  If not, can Ash bear being separated at length from one of his oldest and best Pokemon friends?

Episode 17 (Season 5) - Espeon, Not Included

Our heroes meet up with an old friend, Sakura, and her Pokemon–an Espeon that evolved from her Eevee.  They lend a hand as Sakura and her sisters prepare for an upcoming dance competition, but meanwhile Team Rocket is hatching a plan to capture a Pokemon from Sakura and each of her sisters, collecting all of the evolved forms of Eevee to present to their boss.  When Sakura alone is left to face Team Rocket, she hopes she can prove her mettle once and for all, and gain her sisters' permission to embark upon a journey of her own.

Episode 18 (Season 5) - For Ho-Oh The Bell Tolls

When Ash, Misty, and Brock run to investigate a mysterious chorus of bells that spontaneously ring out, they chance to meet their old friend Morty and a Pokemon researcher of his acquaintance. Morty and the researcher discover that the sacred Crystal bells, which are said to ring when a legendary Ho-oh returns, are missing. Since the bells were also used to heal the Bug Pokemon living in that area, these Pokemon lash out against their human neighbors, covering the town with their webs. Ash and friends decide to get to the heart of things and, in the forest, find Team Rocket restrained by webs and hanging from a tree. Ash, Misty, Brock, Morty, and the researcher begin to battle with the Bug Pokemon. Just when it seems as if there is no hope an unsuspected ally appears.

Episode 19 (Season 5) - Extreme Pokemon!

On their way to Mahogany City, Ash, Misty, and Brock run into Gary and his Arcanine practicing for a meet.  Ash decides he wants to enter the meet but needs a sleigh, which he receives from a local Pokemon breeder. Team Rocket no sooner gets wind of the meet than do they begin sabotaging it, stealing Gary's Arcanine midway through the race and making off with some Pokemon eggs stored at the local breeding center.  After a short battle with Team Rocket, Arcanine is returned to Gary and Ash goes on to win the race, a trophy, and an unexpected gift from the Pokemon breeder.

Episode 20 (Season 5) - An Egg-Sighting Adventure

The egg—yet to hatch—that Ash had received from a grateful Pokemon breeder turns up missing. Ash and friends are fortunate, however, in that an Officer Jenny famous for her brilliant forensic work appears on the scene. As the investigation proceeds, however, the young Pokemon trainers begin to lose faith in this famous figure—it seems she is only able to correctly interpret clues after someone else (most often Ash, Misty, or Brock, in this case) have sorted things out for her. It seems that if the young trainers are to find the egg before it hatches, they will have to take over the investigation themselves.

Episode 21 (Season 5) - Hatching A Plan

At long last Ash's egg hatches, a Phampy emerging to finally put everyone's curiosity to rest.  Ash and friends' excitement is matched only by that of Jessie and James of Team Rocket, who see in the newly hatched Pokemon a chance to redeem themselves with Giovanni.  Full of youthful vigor, the Phampy quickly escapes Ash and goes off on its own, now pursued by both Team Rocket and Ash's party.  Ash and Pikachu finally set out together after this stray Pokemon and continue to be frustrated in attempt after attempt at its capture.

Episode 22 (Season 5) - Dues and Don'ts

As Jessie, James, and Meowth track Ash and friends, they commiserate over past failures and discuss how they are paired unfairly against these younger trainers with such a superior array of Pokemon. They no sooner decide anew to catch as many Pokemon as possible and strengthen their own forces than a Delibird shows up. After finally capturing it, they are disappointed to learn that the Pokemon already has a trainer—a Team Rocket scout, no less, who is using the Delibird to test the abilities of promising new talent. Sensing their natural aptitudes toward crime, the scout offers Jessie and James positions within Team Rocket. These two assert that they are already members, to which the scout replies by accessing their Team Rocket personnel files and proving that they have been expelled from the organization. Shocked, Jessie and James set desperately to garnering some success that will earn them reentry into their beloved Team Rocket.

Episode 23 (Season 5) - Just Waiting On A Friend

Our heroes are traveling over a mountain pass when inclement weather occasions a stay in a lodge located conveniently nearby.  Brock is very taken with the hospitable caretaker of the lodge and her Ninetales, but his friends grow increasingly suspicious of her as they notice, and unsuccessfully try to point out to Brock, vague warning signs—her being distant and distracted, her preoccupation with the past, her not reflecting in mirrors—that she is not in fact his dream girl.  Brock will have none of it, though, and eagerly accepts her proposal of marriage, even as the lodge itself grows increasingly sinister.

Episode 24 (Season 5) - Fit To Be Tyrogue

Ash and friends chance into a Tyrogue, nearly falling victim to a ploy it lays out in an attempt to make off with all of their Pokemon food. Just as they tie things up with the Tyrogue, they learn that it is in fact not wild, but owned by a devoted student of Chuck, the Cianwood Gym leader. This student, who prides himself for his martial arts ability, explains that he is now taking his Tyrogue to an exhaustive tournament in which Fighting type Pokemon vie for the title. Meanwhile, though, he is having a terrible time disciplining his mischievous Pokemon. As if to accent this complaint, an angry local arrives, exclaiming that Tyrogue has wrought havoc in town for the last time.

Episode 25 (Season 5) - Future Shock!

Ash and friends meet a Xatu, a Pokemon said to have the ability to see into the future, and the young girl whose job it is to watch over an entire flock of the same and interpret their strange predictions.  They meet her at a difficult time in her career, as the locals are just beginning to doubt the accuracy of these Pokemon’s predictions, which have guided their community for centuries.  The girl herself even finds her own faith waning, but when the Xatu forecast a cataclysm that would endanger all in the village, she must decide whether to trust in her Pokemon or to let age-old traditions fall by the wayside.

Episode 26 (Season 5) - Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution

Ash and friends discover a red Gyarados, unknowingly uncovering a plot by Team Rocket to control the secrets of Pokemon evolution.  To ensure their silence, Team Rocket attempts to capture the children, but is foiled by a member of an elite Pokemon defense organization, who releases the children with instructions to continue on their way and leave the dangerous job of ending this Team Rocket experiment to adults like himself.  Ash and friends assent at first, but before long, unable to ignore the compassion he feels for the red Gyarados that seemed to be in such pain, Ash decides to return and lend a hand.

Episode 27 (Season 5) - The Rage of Innocence

Before they can oppose Team Rocket’s evil plan to gain control of the Pokemon of the world, Ash and friends must escape from a Team Rocket holding pen.  With their Pokemon rendered unable to fight by a sinister Team Rocket technology, this would be an impossible task—impossible that is if Jessie and James had not been fortuitously chosen to watch over them.  When, sure enough, Jessie and James slip up, Ash and friends jump on the opportunity to escape.  Together with Lance and his Dragonite, they must not only stop Team Rocket from perfecting their Pokemon Evolution Inducement machine, but also somehow quell the rage of the red Gyarados, as it threatens to destroy a nearby town.

Episode 28 (Season 5) - As Cold as Pryce

Finally setting foot in Mahogany Town, Ash is anxious to set about winning his next badge.  When he finally locates the town gym leader, Pryce, he is surprised to recognize the man, having previously exchanged differing opinions on the proper nature of relationships between Pokemon and trainer.  The embittered gym leader maintains his position that Pokemon must be controlled rather than trusted, must remain servants and never friends.  When a natural catastrophe sends Ash and Pryce hurtling deep into the depths of the earth—and equally deep into the recesses of this gym leader’s mysterious past—the two confront the Piloswine that loyally served Pryce long ago.  In this lost Pokemon Ash recognizes the seed that might bring about a change of heart in Pryce.

Episode 29 (Season 5) - Nice Pryce, Baby!

Having earned Pryce’s respect and permission to face the trainer in a gym battle, Ash makes the unlikely choice of sending out Cyndaquil, a Fire Pokemon, to face his opponent on an Ice battlefield.  Fortunately, Ash’s strategy pans out as he leads the gym leader to lower his defenses, allowing Ash to take the first victory in a two-on-two match.  Next the gym leader sends out his trusty Piloswine, which immediately unleashes a Blizzard attack that completely alters the battlefield, allowing it to make quick work of Ash’s defending Pokemon.  With one victory each, the round enters sudden death with each trainer playing his oldest, most reliable Pokemon.  A seasoned duo, Ash and Pikachu may match the teamwork of the gym leader and his Piloswine, but will this be enough in a slippery ice arena that is second nature to Piloswine, but whereon Pikachu struggles even to stand?

Episode 30 (Season 5) - Whichever Way The Wind Blows

Hardly taking a second to relish his latest gym victory, Ash quickly sets course for the next gym in Blackthorn City.  It isn’t long, though, before a more immediate challenge confronts his small party.  As Ash and friends enter a clearing, they find large numbers of Vileplume and Bellossom preparing to battle.  With the help of his Bayleef, Ash is able to settle the disturbance, but afterwards learns from a researcher working in the area that this is a common occurrence.  The winds in this area, it seems, carry particulates from the Leaf and Sun Stones that cause Gloom to evolve into either Vileplume or Bellossom.  Depending on the wind’s direction, different amounts of either stone are scattered over the local Gloom, creating temporary surges in the populations of either of their possible evolutions.  Since there is no foreseeable end to this natural state of flux, Ash and friends must end this constant fight for supremacy by convincing these Pokemon to live in harmony despite this trick of the wind that puts one and then the other group in the advantaged position.

Episode 31 (Season 5) - Some Like It Hot!

Ash, Misty, and Brock face many roadblocks on the path to success, some metaphoric and others in the form of gigantic Magcargo that refuse to step aside and let a traveler pass.  When Misty’s Water tactics fail to move the stubborn Fire Pokemon, a passing trainer taunts her, declaring that Fire Pokemon, his specialty, are far superior to Water.  Their rivalry escalates into a full-on Pokemon battle, from which Misty emerges victorious.  The Fire Pokemon trainer doesn’t hold a grudge for too long, though, and in the end an unlikely collaboration between Fire and Water reopens the path to the Johto League.

Episode 32 (Season 5) - Hocus Pokemon

Brock rarely meets a girl whom he doesn’t find bewitching, but on encountering a particular young woman, even Ash and Misty can’t deny that there is something magical about her.  This is all explained when the young trainer explains that she is a practitioner of Pokemon magic.  Excited to see the completion of a spell that promises to allow humans to understand the feelings and thoughts of Pokemon, Ash and friends embark on a quest to gather the hodgepodge of Pokemon-related ingredients required for the spell.  Can anyone spare any Gloom nectar?  What about iron shavings sorted by a Magnemite?

Episode 33 (Season 5) - As Clear As Crystal

When a tangle with Team Rocket leaves Pikachu desperately exhausted, a young passerby offers to restore Pikachu’s energy, but only if the humans present promise never to reveal to another soul what they are about to see.  This trainer then proceeds to guide Ash and friends to a legendary lake that somehow seems to restore energy to the Electric Pokemon that live along its banks.  Unfortunately, however, Team Rocket manages to tail the young trainers as they enter.  Jessie and James are quick to make plans to lay waste to the serene lake, trading its pristine essence for personal gain.

Episode 34 (Season 5) - Same Old Song and Dance

In the midst of their travels, Ash and friends meet up with a young girl who, along with her two Igglybuff assistants, stars in her own musical variety television program.  Our heroes are content to sit back and enjoy the show, but unfortunately Team Rocket has other plans in mind.  Unable to steal the show, Jessie and James content themselves by stealing the young girl's Pokemon instead.  As Ash and friends run to her assistance, Jigglypuff shows up, disgruntled at having been left out of the show.

Episode 35 (Season 5) - Enlighten Up!

As Ash and friends approach the site where Ash will earn his eighth badge, they fall victim to an unexpected Team Rocket trap.  As they "prepare to fight," they are interrupted by a mystic and her Slowpoke.  This woman explains to them that the Slowpoke's distant expression evidences that it is pondering the meaning of its existence.  Ash and friends eagerly volunteer to strengthen their minds through training in this Slowpoke's shrine, and are surprised when Team Rocket does the same.  Jessie, James, and Meowth show their true colors soon enough however, reviewing to all that their actual motive is not enlightenment, but rather the valuable gold statues that decorate the shrine.

Episode 36 (Season 5) - Will The Real Oak Please Stand Up?

Hearing of the posh reception prepared for the host and guest of a radio show to be recorded before a live audience, Jessie and James of Team Rocket quickly announce that they are in fact the long-awaited celebrities.  Their mastery of disguise is soon put to the test, as it turns out that the guest in question is to be none other than Professor Oak.  James quickly rises to the occasion, creatively answering arcane Pokemon questions from excited fans.  When the real Oak arrives, the children find his answers inconsistent with those received from James the day before, and ironically finger the real Oak as a fraud.  When the two Oaks finally face off, the real Oak slips up in a Pokemon trivia challenge, leaving onlookers to conclude that James is the real deal.  In the final test, it is decided that each of the two professors must compose a poem in the style for which Oak is renowned.  Professor Oak is confident that poetry—his second love after Pokemon—will secure him victory, but little does he know that James has a hidden knack for verse as well.

Episode 37 (Season 5) - Wish Upon A Star Shape

Ash, Misty, and Brock are traveling along when they notice a strange shape falling from the sky.  They run in to investigate, but soon realized that they were not the only witnesses of this event.  Two representatives of an organization devoted to uncovering secrets of the Pokemon world arrive just as our heroes discover that the mysterious falling object was a Cleffa.  Though these two Pokemon buffs seem a bit eccentric, Ash and friends share their interest in discovering from whence this Pokemon had come, and so they join forces in investigating a mystery that may shed light even on the very origins of Pokemon life on their planet.

Episode 38 (Season 5) - Outrageous Fortunes

On meeting up with a proud Pokemon trainer who dares all comers to face his Poliwrath, Misty and Ash quickly rise to the challenge.  Misty, in particular, encourages her Poliwhirl to watch closely as it may someday evolve into a Poliwrath.  As is often the case, the battle isn't long over before this challenger and Ash and Misty have become fast friends.  Meanwhile, Team Rocket, having furtively observed this battle and been convinced that the Poliwrath is a match even for Pikachu, decide to first capture it and then use it to capture Pikachu.  Unfortunately, this logic does not hold as they find capturing a Pokemon stronger than Pikachu even more difficult than simply capturing Pikachu.  A surprise is in store for Misty, as her Poliwhirl evolves not into a Poliwrath, but into another Pokemon altogether.

Episode 39 (Season 5) - One Trick Phoney

Seeing that Ash just can’t get enough battling, a trainer who loses to him suggests as she leaves that he give a local Pokemon battle park a try.  She explains that this facility is set up like an amusement park, but with all the attractions built around Pokemon battling.  Ash and friends set off enthusiastically toward the park, but get there after Jessie, James, and Meowth, who find the park to be closed for repairs.  Always prepared to make the worst of a bad situation, Team Rocket entrench themselves in the park and wait for Ash, plotting to use the park’s Pokemon to battle and capture Ash’s Pikachu.  Ash will have to battle hard: his opponents include Blastoise, Venusaur, and Charizard.

Episode 40 (Season 5) - I Politoed You So!

When Ash, Misty, and Brock pause for a quaint picnic by a lake, Politoed wanders off and is mistaken by another trainer for her own Politoed, the rhythm leader in her Pokemon cheerleading squad that had gone AWOL.  When Ash and friends clear up the misunderstanding, the trainer still begs for them to loan her their Politoed for use in an upcoming cheerleading competition.  Meanwhile, her own Politoed returns and, none too pleased to find another Pokemon in its place, immediately runs away again.  Not wanting to break up a happy Pokemon cheer team, Misty allows the trainer to borrow her Pokemon for the competition, but promises in the meantime to track down the missing Politoed and convince it to return to active duty.

Episode 41 (Season 5) - The Ice Cave (Unaired)

While journeying through an ice mountain, Ash and friends survive another Team Rocket attack. Unfortunately, Brock gets a cold from the experience. They take him to a Pokemon Center to get better. It's run by a Nurse Joy who loves ice Pokemon.

Episode 42 (Season 5) - Beauty Is Skin Deep

Finally reaching the outskirts of Blackthorn City, Ash pushes to quickly seek out the gym where he hopes to earn his final Johto badge.  Before he has the opportunity, he chances into a Dratini and learns that its eager trainer, Clair, is in fact the Blackthorn Gym leader.  Ash’s attempt to challenge her to a duel—and Brock’s attempts at getting her phone number—are both cut short when Team Rocket arrives, intent on stealing the Gym Leader’s Dratini right out from under her.  After dispatching with these hapless villains, Ash secures Clair’s promise to face him in her gym.  Cheerfully Ash and friends march the last few miles into the city.

Episode 43 (Season 5) - Fangs For Nothin'

No sooner has Ash begun what he hopes will be his final gym battle in the Johto League than Team Rocket once again throws a wrench into his plans, making off with the Dragon Fang, an invaluable heirloom long held by the Blackthorn Gym.  Ash and friends, along with the gym leader, give chase, but in their flight, Team Rocket leads them deep into a secretive area rarely visited by anyone but the Dragon Pokemon that dwell there.  Perhaps angered by these uninvited guests, a large beast flies directly at Ash and friends as soon as they enter this area.  Uncertain whether this shape be friend or foe, our heroes raise their guard and wait as it grows closer… and looms larger still.

Episode 44 (Season 5) - Great Bowls of Fire!

Immediately after entering an area considered sacrosanct by the Dragon Pokemon that dwell there, Team Rocket sets off a chain of events that enrages the area’s Dragonite guardian.  Unchecked, this Dragon’s rage threatens to destroy the area entirely and all those who dwell within it—including not only Team Rocket, but also Claire, the gym leader, and Ash and party.  Facing a Dragon of an opponent, the odds are stacked against Ash, but when an unexpected ally—Ash’s own Charizard—makes an appearance, Ash sees a glimmer of hope.

Episode 45 (Season 5) - Better Eight Than Never

Having finally seen stability restored to the Blackthorn Gym, Ash and Claire face off in a gym battle.  Ash opens with a surprise entry, his Snorlax, and defeats Claire’s Kingdra to take victory in the first round.  Claire quickly comes back, wearing Snorlax down with her Gyarados.  Ash sends in Pikachu, hoping its advantage as an Electric Pokemon will be enough to defeat Claire’s Water Pokemon.  It isn’t until he puts Pikachu’s speed to use, however, that he emerges victorious.  At two to one, Ash is only one win away from earning his final badge, but this last round—against Claire’s Dragonair—promises to be the hardest one yet.

Episode 46 (Season 5) - Why? Wynaut?

Having defeated Clair and earned his eighth gym badge, Ash must now set out for the Johto League championship, which he learns is to be held on Mt Silver in three months time.  As Ash heads toward New Bark Town, where he will register for entry in this competition, he is stopped by two reporters who ask for a shot of the trainer making his triumphant return.  The reporters turn out to be none other than Jessie and James of Team Rocket.  They trick Ash out of all eight of his badges, but the plan backfires when a passing Wynaut steals the badges from Wobbuffet.  Remembering each of the eight victories that earned him these badges, Ash sets out after Team Rocket, determined to get back what is rightfully his.

Episode 47 (Season 5) - Just Add Water

On the road back to New Bark Town, Ash and friends stop for a rest near the ocean.  There they spot a sign advertising a synchronized Pokemon swimming event.  They run toward the area where the event is being held, arriving just as it begins.  Close behind is Team Rocket, who quickly hatch a plan to steal all of the Pokemon from the swimming show.  After the first show, Misty, Ash, and Brock chance to meet the trainer in charge of this event.  A rivalry quickly develops between Misty and this Water Pokemon trainer.  Before these two trainers have a chance to battle however, Ash steps in and challenges her to a battle in one of her underwater arenas.  Due in part perhaps to this trainer's home-court advantage Ash quickly loses.  Misty then steps in and challenges the trainer to a three on three Pokemon battle.  Misty is hard-pressed to defeat such an experienced trainer on her own field, but will her intimate knowledge of water Pokemon guide her to victory?

Episode 48 (Season 5) - Lapras of Luxury

Ash and friends return to New Bark Town, but before Ash is able to register for the Johto League Championship, Professor Elm sends him on an errand to retrieve a Pokemon egg from a nearby marine Pokemon laboratory.  At the laboratory, Ash and friends meet up with a young researcher who uses the supersonic waves from a Lanturn to detect the singing voices of traveling Lapras.  She hands an egg over to Ash, asking that he deliver it to Professor Elm. When a school of Lapras arrive, one of them begins calling out to Ash.  It turns out that this is in fact the very same Lapras that Ash parted ways with in the Orange Islands.  Their reunion is cut short when Team Rocket arrives and kidnaps this Lapras along with all of its friends.  Unsurprisingly, Team Rocket fails miserably, but when their Magikarp submarine is caught up in a whirlpool, it drags Ash's Lapras's mother and the leader of the Lapras along with it.  The researcher's equipment cannot detect the missing Lapras over the roar of the whirlpool, but magically Ash's Lapras and its mother are able to communicate through Lapras-song, allowing Ash's Lapras to find its missing peers.

Episode 49 (Season 5) - Hatch Me If You Can

Questions as to what Pokemon waits inside the egg Ash and friends have been carrying for Professor Elm are finally answered when it hatches into a Larvitar.  Our heroes hardly have time to celebrate, however, as they realize that this Larvitar is unwell, its body temperature much lower than normal for any non-Ice Pokemon.  Even at the Pokemon Center, Nurse Joy is unable to do anything to stop this Larvitar's body temperature from dropping even further.  Just as she warns Ash that Larvitar's life may be in danger, problems are compounded by a sudden and unexplained blackout.  Desperately, Ash and friends set out to restore power to the Pokemon Center in time to somehow treat their ailing Larvitar.

Episode 50 (Season 5) - Entei At Your Own Risk

As Ash and friends continue their travels with Larvitar, it remains wary of all other Pokemon and people, particularly of Misty.  They stop briefly at a Hot Springs, and there meet a young trainer who reports that he is there searching for an Entei.  Jessie and James disguise themselves as snow cone salespeople and trap Ash and friends, but using their Pokemon these trainers are quick to escape.  Ash than challenges the Entei-seeking trainer to a battle in hopes of learning more about the secret attack that this trainer claims his Misdreavus will use to defeat Entei.  This secret weapon turns out to be Mean Look, an attack that prevents one's opponent from leaving a battle.  Moments after this battle, the enthusiastic young trainer runs off toward a sensor that is detecting the presence of Entei.  Ash and friends follow, soon after witnessing a battle between this trainer and Entei.  The battle doesn't go exactly as this trainer had planned, but leaves him nonetheless with a renewed respect for Entei.

Episode 51 (Season 5) - A Crowning Achievement

Brock leads Ash and Misty toward a beautiful lake he has read about in his guidebook, but when they arrive at its supposed location, they find nothing but a dried-up stream, surrounded by a number of thirsty Slowpoke.  Ash and friends spot a Sumo Crown, but are stopped from approaching it by a young girl and her Slowpoke.  The girl explains that she and her Slowpoke are researching legends surrounding the Slowpoke and a supposed Slowking.  Long ago, in a time of drought, a chosen Slowpoke had used the Sumo Crown to evolve into a Slowking and then led the other Slowpoke off to paradise.  It is her hope that began in this time of drought, a chosen Slowpoke will arise and lead its fellow Slowpoke to safety before it is too late.  Numerous Slowpoke attempt to approach the crown, but all are bitten by Shellder and transform into Slowbro before they are able to reach it.  The chosen Slowpoke must get by all the Shellder and reach the Sumo Crown before being bitten in order to evolve into a Slowking.  Just when it seems all hope is lost, this girl's own Slowpoke darts off toward the Sumo Crown.

Episode 52 (Season 5) - Here's Looking At You, Elekid

A troublesome Elekid begins harassing Larvitar only moments before Team Rocket swoops in and captures both rare Pokemon in a high-tensile steel net.  As Ash and friends give chase, they bump into their old friend, Casey, who is looking for her Elekid, a Pokemon she had recently acquired to help her in cheering for her favorite baseball team, the Electabuzz.  Ash and Casey manage to rescue their kidnapped Pokemon from Team Rocket's clutches, but in the process lose track of Elekid and Larvitar once again.  As Jessie and James move on, they bump into the same Magikarp salesman that has troubled James on many previous occasions.  That notwithstanding, James is talked into trading his Victreebel for one of this salesman's Weepinbell.  All parties converge as Ash and Casey find their Pokemon at the same time as Team Rocket.  In the heat of battle, James's Weepinbell evolves into a Victreebel.  This isn't enough to turn the tide of battle, however, and Team Rocket is defeated.  Upset by its hapless defeat, James abandons his second Victreebel of the day.

Episode 53 (Season 5) - You're A Star, Larvitar!

Ash and friends report back to Professor Elm as they reach the base of Mount Silver, where they hope to return their Larvitar to its birthplace.  On their way up the mountain, Ash faces a young trainer in Pokemon battle, pitting his Cyndaquil against the trainer's Magby.  This Magby—the pre-evolved form of Magmar—is much stronger that Ash unexpected, and Ash suffers a defeat.  Ash makes it up in a subsequent battle, when his Cyndaquil defeats a Quilava—the evolved form of Cyndaquil.  Following a few steps behind, Jessie and James note all of the trainers and their rare and valuable Pokemon preparing to battle in the Johto Championship to be held on this mountain.  Setting aside their usual plans for capturing Pikachu—and their usual hot-air mode of transport—they capture Larvitar and as many other Pokemon as they can muster and drive off with them in a specially made truck.  Only Ash and friends stand a chance of rescuing the Pokemon they hold dear.

episode guide: season 6 Edit

Episode 1 (Season 6) - Address Unown!

Larvitar befriends a lost Unown that Ash finds, Team Rocket tries to steal both.

Episode 2 (Season 6) - Mother of All Battles

The gang encounters a Tyranitar, which they recognize as the one in Larvitar's mind, meaning they have found the Pokemon's mother. However the reunion doesn't go smoothly, as Tyranitar goes on a rampage and is targeted by a group of Pokemon poachers.

Episode 3 (Season 6) - Pop Goes The Sneasel

With Larvitar safely back with it's mother, Ash, Misty and Brock proceed to Silver Mountain but are stopped when it is announced that a Sneasel has stolen the Sacred Fire, without which the Silver Conference cannot take place. Despite other trainers returning with hurt Pokemon and severe injuries, Ash is determined to get it back, and is helped by a trainer called Harrison from the land of Hoenn.

Episode 4 (Season 6) - A Claim To Flame!

After meeting up with old rival Gary, Ash must fight in a 1-on-1 battle to qualify for the Silver Conference.

Episode 5 (Season 6) - Love, Pokemon Style

Having made it through to the preliminaries, Ash must now battle two other trainers in a victory points system and therefore Ash has all his Pokemon sent to him from Professor Oak's lab. Discovering his first opponent is a fire-type trainer, Ash plans on using Totodile and Kingler to defeat her. However, when Kingler is injured and won't be ready for the battle after an accident with a group of Voltorb, Ash realizes he is in serious trouble, until Officer Jenny arrives with a surprise for Ash.

Episode 6 (Season 6) - Tie One On!

As the Johto League Silver Conference gets underway, Ash will take on Jackson from New Bark Town.  Ash is looking forward to the match, but perhaps not as much as his Bulbasaur.  Bulbasaur is very anxious to take on Jackson’s Meganium and the feeling is mutual.  Bulbasaur and Meganium are so eager to test their skills that they get into a fight before the battle and get caught by Officer Jenny.  Luckily for Ash and Jackson, Gary and Harrison convince Officer Jenny that the Pokémon had really just been practicing.  After all, trainers whose Pokémon fight get disqualified!  With all of the drama, the battle is sure to be intense.  Ash wins round one, but Jackson’s Magneton is really strong, and Jackson wins round two.  It comes down to Meganium and Bulbasaur in the final round of the match.  They’re battling for their honor as grass type Pokémon, and neither is willing to lose.  The match ends in a draw.  Ash has more points altogether, and so he will proceed in the tournament.  But is Ash ready for his next opponent – Gary Oak?

Episode 7 (Season 6) - The Ties That Bind

Ash is about to take on his long time rival, Gary Oak, in the next battle of the Johto League Silver Conference, and he’s determined to do everything he can to win.  He stays up all night researching strategies and trying to learn more about Gary’s Pokémon.  Gary has a lot of strong Pokémon, and he trains many different types, so Ash has to pick his team carefully.  Gary starts out with Nidoqueen, and Ash uses Tauros.  Gary wins the first round, but Ash takes the second.  It’s going to be a very close match!  In round three, it’s Ash’s Heracross versus Gary’s Blastoise.  Who will win? (To be continued)

Episode 8 (Season 6) - Can't Beat The Heat

Our hero is in the middle of the first match of the championship tournament at the Johto League Silver Conference.  His opponent is his long time rival – Gary Oak.  Each trainer is down one Pokémon, with five to go.  Gary’s Blastoise is very strong and knocks out Ash’s Heracross.  Ash isn’t surprised – that Blastoise was the Squirtle that Gary got when he first started out as a trainer!  Gary recalls Blastoise and the battle continues.  Finally, each trainer is down to their last Pokémon.  Gary has saved Blastoise till the end – and Ash calls out Charizard!  Blastoise has the advantage because it’s a Water Type, but Ash is very clever.  He uses Charizard’s Flame Thrower attack to scorch the battle field, trapping Blastoise.  Blastoise uses Hydro Pump to cool off the field, but it backfires.  The field becomes all steamy and no one can see.  Charizard finishes off the battle with a Seismic Toss.  Ash is thrilled to have finally defeated his rival – but does he have what it takes to continue?  His next opponent will be Harrison from Hoenn.

Episode 9 (Season 6) - Play With Fire!

Ash is battling Harrison from Hoenn at the Johto League Silver Conference.  Pikachu is very excited to be battling, but Harrison’s Kecleon knocks Pikachu out in Round 1.  It’s a close match the whole way through, but one by one Harrison knocks out Totodile, Snorlax, and Noctowl.  Ash cleverly guides Bayleef through a rough battle with Harrison’s Houndoom.  Houndoom is a fire type Pokémon so it has the advantage, but Ash had Bayleef use its Vine Whip attack to close Houndoom’s mouth.  In the end, Bayleef is able to knock out Houndoom!  But Bayleef is no match for Harrison’s last Pokémon.  Harrison’s sixth Pokémon is one that Ash has never seen before – Blaziken.  It’s a fire type Pokémon and it’s at a really high level.  Ash has saved Charizard for last.  With two strong fire types in the arena, it’s hard to predict the outcome! (To be continued)

Episode 10 (Season 6) - Johto Photo Finish

Our hero is at the end of a tough battle with Harrison at the Johto League Silver Conference.  The winner of this battle will go on to the semi-finals.  Each trainer has battled hard and is down to their last Pokémon.  Ash is using Charizard.  Harrison is also using a high level fire type called Blaziken.  Charizard flies up with Blaziken and is in position for a powerful Seismic Toss.  After the impact, however, both Pokémon are standing!  As Charizard tossed Blaziken down, Blaziken had directed a Flame Thrower attack towards the ground to propel it back up, softening the blow of the impact!  Both Pokémon battle well, and it seems like neither will give in, but, in the end, Charizard faints.  Harrison continues on into the semi-finals, but is defeated in the next round.  After his battle, he tells Ash all about Hoenn and the amazing Pokémon there.  As the Silver Conference comes to a close and the gang prepares to leave for Vermillion City, Gary makes a surprising announcement – he’s giving up battling.  He’s decided to become a Pokémon Researcher.

Episode 11 (Season 6) - Gotta Catch Ya Later!

With the Johto League Silver Conference behind them, Ash, Brock and Misty head back to Viridian City to relax.  Their vacation is cut short when Misty receives an urgent call beckoning her back to Cerulean City to run the gym while her sisters cruise the world.  Brock, too, realizes that has things he has to do.  After a teary goodbye, Ash returns home to Pallet Town – but soon grows restless for adventure.  When his former rival Gary takes off on a new journey, leaving behind all of his Pokémon except Blastoise, Ash starts thinking about his next journey.  Maybe it’s time to check out the Hoenn region after all.

Episode 12 (Season 6) - Hoenn Alone!

Ash has left all of his Pokémon behind in Pallet Town – except Pikachu – and boarded a ship bound for Littleroot Town in Hoenn.  Unfortunately, Team Rocket is on board as well, and they’re cooking up a scheme to catch Pikachu once and for all.  They nab Pikachu and hop off the boat just as it pulls into a port.  Their plan quickly goes awry, and Meowth and Pikachu end up in a bad neighborhood.  While Meowth and Pikachu team up to chase off a gang of territorial Haunter, Ash teams up with Officer Jenny to rescue Pikachu before the boat leaves.

Episode 13 (Season 6) - Get the Show on the Road

Team Rocket’s failed attempt to catch Pikachu has left the little yellow Pokémon dangerously ill.  Littleroot Town has no Pokémon Center so Ash turns to Professor Birch for help. Professor Birch thinks that Pikachu can be cured – but first they’ll have to catch it.  Delirious with fever, Pikachu has run off into the forest.   Meanwhile, a girl named May is also going to see Professor Birch in order to receive her first Pokémon.  She arrives just in time to save the professor from a pack of mad Poochyena.  Before he can explain why he’s running around in woods, Professor Birch runs off in search of the missing Pikachu.  Time is running out and Pikachu is in danger of exploding.  In a twisted turn of events, Team Rocket’s latest Pikachu-catching contraption ends up saving the day.

Episode 14 (Season 6) - A Ruin with a View

Now that Pikachu is feeling better, Ash is ready to head to Oldale Town to sign up for the Hoenn League.  May has offered to show Ash the way in exchange for his company to Oldale Town – which is only fair, seeing as Pikachu destroyed May’s bike when it was sick!  In Oldale Town, May visits her first Pokémon Center and is amazed with all of its services, and by the ancient ruins next door.  Things quickly turn sour when Team Magma, a mysterious band of criminals, shut down the electricity at the Pokémon Center and kidnap Professor Alden in order to invade the ruins.  With no electricity, all of the Pokémon are in danger – including May’s Torchic.  It’s up to Ash and May to save the day – and in doing so they uncover mysterious, ancient Pokémon.

Episode 15 (Season 6) - There’s No Place like Hoenn

Ash and May have made it all the way to Petalburg City – the first city with a gym.  Ash is very excited to take on the gym leader.  May seems a little uneasy – perhaps it’s because she hasn’t yet told Ash that her father, Norman, is the gym leader in Petalburg!  When Ash first gets to the gym, he meets May’s little brother, Max, who is pretending to be the gym leader.  Max knows a lot about Pokémon and can’t wait until he’s old enough to become a trainer.  Once Ash finally meets Norman, he learns that he will need three Pokémon in order to battle at the gym.  He only has Pikachu with him.  When Norman agrees to an unofficial battle, Ash encounters his first Vigoroth.  Ash realizes that he will have to train hard in order to win a badge in Petalburg City.  After a quick scuffle with Team Rocket, Ash and May are ready to hit the road again.  Max has decided to tag along, too!

Episode 16 (Season 6) - You Can Never Taillow

Ash, May and May’s little brother Max are now en route to Rustboro City – and they’re hungry!  No one remembered to pack lunch.  As they fight over one remaining cookie, Ash remembers how nice it was to have Brock cooking for him and Misty.  He’s quickly brought back to reality when a Taillow takes off with the cookie.  The gang follows Taillow to a grove filled with apple trees.  Ash and May eagerly shake the trees, hoping to make the apples drop to the ground.  Instead of apples, Ash and May shake loose an angry flock of territorial Taillow.  There’s too many for Ash, Max, and May to handle alone.  Out of nowhere, Brock appears and saves the day with his Forretress – and his incredible soup!  They manage to defeat and feed all of the Taillow except the one who took the cookie.  Taillow are naturally resilient, but this particular one is especially tough.  Ash can’t seem to defeat it, so instead he decides to catch it.

Episode 17 (Season 6) - In the Knicker of Time

Brock is ready to travel again and has joined up with Ash, May and Max as the journey on towards Rustboro City.  In the forest they encounter a giant Zigzagoon, which they soon realize is actually a trainer in a Zigzagoon suit.  Nicholai the Knickerbocker is a trainer that believes in becoming one with Pokémon in order to understand them.  While battling, he wears a costume of whichever Pokémon he is using.  When not dressed as a Pokémon, he wears knickers in order to be closer to nature.  Nicholai is very excited to learn that May is the daughter of the Petalburg Gym leader.  He challenges her to a battle and quickly defeats her.  Nicholai taunts her for losing, saying that he doesn’t think her father will be difficult to beat since she is such an inexperienced trainer.  Brock, Ash and May shrug off the defeat and continue on their way, but Max is furious.  Without telling anyone, he goes off in search of Nicholai to defend his father’s honor – but what will happen when he gets in trouble with a pack of angry Zigzagoon?

Episode 18 (Season 6) - A Poached Ego

Our heroes are headed for Rustboro City, where Ash hopes to have his first real gym battle in Hoenn.  Team Rocket is making their way along the same path when they stumble upon a cage full of Ekans.  Jessie is delighted that their work has been done for them and orders Arbok to attack.  Arbok can’t manage to attack the helpless Ekans, however, because it remembers when it used to be an Ekans.  Jessie is sympathetic.  James soon makes a similar concession when they find a cage of Koffing that Wheezing will not hurt.  The cages belong to a poacher named Rico who uses his Fearrow and Pupitar to chase off Team Rocket.  Team Rocket returns to the scene, now hoping to free the Ekans and Koffing.  Things turn dangerous when Rico’s Pupitar evolves into a Tyrannitar, and Team Rocket is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice for the Pokémon that they love.

Episode 19 (Season 6) - Tree’s a Crowd

Deep in the woods, Ash spies a Treecko.  He’s wanted to catch a Treecko since he first saw one at Professor Birch’s laboratory.  He follows the Treecko to an enormous tree that seems to be dying.  There, Ash’s Treecko has an argument with all of the other Treecko.  It seems that Ash’s Treecko is very attached to the tree and wants to stay with it, while the rest of the clan wants to move on to a new tree.  Ash watches as the lone Treecko struggles to save the tree.  He and Pikachu feel badly for the Treecko and try to help.  In the end, however, the tree dies and falls.  Now that its home is gone, Treecko is ready to make a new home with Ash.  He and Pikachu battle, and Ash catches his Treecko!

Episode 20 (Season 6) - A Tail with a Twist

Ash’s newly caught Treecko may be a bit standoff-ish, but the little green Pokémon is quite a fighter.  When Team Rocket sees Treecko knocked down and hurt by a Seviper, they decide that they must have that Seviper.  Jessie is very impressed with its “sneaky, snakey ways.”  Meanwhile, Treecko escapes from the Pokémon Center where Ash brought it to recover.  When the gang finds Treecko, it is practicing its attack moves.  Again and again, Treecko jumps from the top of a waterfall and tries to break a rock at the bottom with its tail.  Ash is very impressed with the rigor of its training.  All of Treecko’s hard work appears to have paid off – when Team Rocket attacks and catches Pikachu with the help of their new Seviper, Treecko is able to save the day.

Episode 21 (Season 6) - Taming of the Shroomish

Ashes, May, Brock and Max have arrived at a small city on their way to Rustboro City.  Brock decides to stock up on supplies, while Max is eager to go hunting for city dwelling Pokémon.  Max soon stumbles upon a very frightened Shroomish who is hiding in an alleyway.  Ash, Max, Pikachu and their new Shroomish friend head off to find a Pokémon Center.  On their way they pass by a deserted mansion that is being torn down.  There, the gang learns that not long ago most of the city was forest and that many, many Shroomish lived in the area.  They also learn that strange things are going on at the mansion, and many people believe that it’s haunted.  A little investigation reveals that the mansion is actually inhabited by all of the Shroomish who used to live in the forest.  When the forest was destroyed, they had nowhere else to go.  All of the strange noises and smells that the construction workers were hearing were actually the Shroomish!  The grandson of the owner decides to tear down the mansion as planned, but to convert all of that land into a forest for the Shroomish.

Episode 22 (Season 6) - You Said a Mouthful

En route to Rustboro City, Ash and the gang pass by an unofficial gym boasting the world’s most powerful Pokémon.  Even though he can’t win a badge there, Ash is intrigued and decides to battle the trainer named Anthony and this mysterious Pokémon.  The world’s most powerful Pokémon turns out to be a Pelipper.  Pelipper attacks Ash’s Treecko with a Vine Whip.  It then attacks Taillow with Flame Thrower.  Finally, it attacks Pikachu with a Thunder Attack.  Ash and crew are amazed – Pelipper should only have Water and Flying type attacks, but somehow it knows Grass, Fire and Electric type attacks!  That’s not physically possible!  Team Rocket decides that they must have this awesome Pokémon, so they, too, challenge Anthony.  This time, however, Anthony panics and the truth comes out.  Pelipper has been hiding Poké Balls inside its large beak.  Rather than being disappointed, Team Rocket decides that this is an excellent opportunity.  They blackmail Anthony and use his Pelipper for a new challenge.  This time, trainers will lose their Pokémon if they lose to Pelipper.  Team Rocket’s latest hoax is very successful at first, and they con many trainers out of their Pokémon, but they soon get carried away.  They fill Pelipper’s beak up with so many Poké Balls that when Pelipper does a Water Gun attack, all of the Poké Balls spill out!!!

Episode 23 (Season 6) - A Bite to Remember

As our heroes travel on towards Rustboro City, they stumble into a forest filled with many different kinds of Pokémon.  It turns out that the area is actually a Pokémon preserve, and it’s looked after by a girl named Katrina.  Katrina takes care of all of the Pokémon in the area and helps to nurse them back to health when they are sick.  Max takes a particular liking to her Poochyena and he’s determined to see it evolve before they leave the preserve.  All of the Poochyena’s companions who were born at the same time have already evolved, but this one Poochyena just doesn’t seem ready.  Max decides to coach the Pokémon and leads it out into the forest.  Team Rocket has followed Max and they decide to play a trick on him to take the Poochyena.  They claim to be researchers working on an evolution machine.  Max is too smart too be fooled, but that doesn’t stop Team Rocket from taking Poochyena.  Luckily, Katrina and Ash show up just in time.  This time Poochyena gets in on the action, too.  That last battle turns out to be just what this little Poochyena needs – it evolves right before Max’s eyes!

Episode 24 (Season 6) - The Lotad Lowdown

Ash, Pikachu, Brock, May and Max decide to cool off in a picturesque lake en route to Rustboro City.  But they’re not the only one’s splashing around!  The lake is actually home to a whole flock of Lotad.  The Lotad seem to be having fun with their new friends, but a little girl named Natalie thinks that Ash and crew are out of line.  She brings them back to the flower shop which her two older sisters run.  There, Ash and the gang learn all about berries and the effects that different berries have on Pokémon.  Brock promptly falls in love with the two older sisters, making little Natalie very jealous.  In fact, Natalie isn’t the only one smitten with Brock – a quirky little Lotad seems to have taken a liking to him as well.  Natalie decides to win Brock’s affection by finding a Sitrus Berry and she wanders off into the woods.  She finds one, but a Beedrill wants it, too!  Luckily, Brock arrives in time to save her from the Beedrill.  Meanwhile, Team Rocket has decided to catch all the Lotad in the lake and it’s up to Brock’s quirky Lotad friend and Pikachu to save the day.

Episode 25 (Season 6) - All things Bright and Beautifly

Rustboro City is on the horizon, but they’re not there yet.  Ash, Brock, Max and May have just arrived at a Contest Hall.  Janet and Chaz, two experienced Pokémon Coordinators, teach the gang all about Contests.  Pokémon Contests are different from battles in that it’s not the strength of the attack that matters, but the beauty of its execution.  Winners get ribbons instead of badges.  The gang decides that they want to try entering today’s contest, but they’re too late.  All is not lost, however, because Chaz offers to teach Pikachu the Iron Tail attack.  And Janet lets May assist her with during the contest.  During the contest, Chaz and Janet both perform really well and make it to the final round.  In the end, Janet’s Beautifly steals the show!  May is really impressed and she’s determined to one day enter a contest herself.

Episode 26 (Season 6) - All in a Day’s Wurmple

As the gang continues to make their way towards Rustboro City, May spots a Wurmple that she’s dying to catch – but she’s not the only one with her eye on the cute little bug Pokémon.  Jessie wants it, too.  May ventures off on her own to catch her Wurmple, but Team Rocket follows and gives her trouble.  Luckily, she gets some help from a trainer named Franklin.  Meanwhile, Ash and Pikachu are practicing Pikachu’s Iron Tail attack.  A trainer named Franklin sees them practicing and challenges them to a battle.  Franklin teaches Ash about double battles, which are common in the Hoenn region.  With help from her new friend Franklin, May catches the Wurmple she wanted.  When she and Franklin go to meet up with the gang, everyone is really surprised.  The Franklins are actually identical twins – Forrest and Forrester Franklin!  All is not lost for Team Rocket, however.  Jessie manages to snag a Wurmple of her own before Team Rocket blasts off at the end of the episode.

Episode 27 (Season 6) - Gonna Rule the School

Rustboro City at last!  Now that Ash and friends have arrived in Rustboro City, they’re taking a moment to sightsee.  They bump into a schoolteacher, Roxanne, and her class on a class trip.  The kids are about Max’s age and one of them, Kenny, is afraid of Pokémon.  Roxanne invites the gang back to see the Pokémon Trainer’s School.  Ash is anxious to get to his gym battle, but Roxanne persuades him to wait.  As it turns out, Ash would have had to wait anyway.  Roxanne is the gym leader, too!  The Pokémon Trainer’s School is pretty big and has all kinds of different classes.  May is especially interested in a class on Pokémon Contests.  Max decides to attend the beginners’ class that Kenny is in.  He’s in the middle of battling the class show-off, Tommy, when the principal comes running in to tell them that the school’s Poké Balls have all been stolen.  Team Rocket strikes again!  Kenny steps in and saves the day by telling Max which attacks will work best, and Tommy cooperates, too.  When they work together, the kids are able to defeat Team Rocket and save the Poké Balls.  Just to be safe, Roxanne’s Geodude sends Team Rocket blasting off again.  Now that Ash has seen Roxanne and her Geodude in action, he’s really ready for his gym battle!

Episode 28 (Season 6) - The Winner by a Nosepass

Pikachu is getting pretty good at its Iron Tail attack and that’s a good thing.  Ash is finally about to take on Roxanne, the leader of the Rustboro City Gym.  He’s going to need all the help he can get to take down her Geodude.  May, on the other hand, isn’t really looking forward to the battle.  In fact, she announces that she’s not going to be a trainer anymore.  She wants to become a Pokémon Coordinator and compete in contests instead.  When the battle begins, it doesn’t look like Ash has much of a chance.  Roxanne’s Geodude knocks out Treecko pretty quickly.  It’s all up to Pikachu.  Electric attacks aren’t going to help much against a strong Rock Type – but Ash is very clever and Pikachu not only brings down Geodude, but it wipes out Nosepass with its newly perfected Iron Tail Attack.  Ash defeats Roxanne and receives his Stone Badge.

Episode 29 (Season 6) - Stairway to Devon

Now that he’s received a badge from the Rustboro City Gym, Ash is ready to leave Rustboro and head off to Dewford Island for his next gym battle.  May has other ideas.  She is thrilled to finally be in a big city and wants to do some shopping.  Brock agrees, so they decide to stay.  Meanwhile, Max is in a state of panic.  He accidentally spilled his drink into May’s PokéNav and it looks broken.  He gets a tip from a strange old man to take the PokéNav to the Devon Corporation building.  The man says that since they manufacture the device, they might be able to fix it.  Desperate to avoid May’s wrath, Max decides to go for it.  Once inside, he learns that the strange old man is actually the president of Devon Corp!  Max is really excited by all of the interesting projects the company is working on – but it soon becomes clear that there’s in an intruder in the building who is after some of those experiments.  Ash and crew arrive just in time to help Officer Jenny catch the intruder, but it’s actually Team Rocket who end up saving the day!

Episode 30 (Season 6) - On a Wingull and a Prayer

Ash enjoyed meeting the president of Devon Corp. and learning a little about Team Aqua, a dangerous group of evildoers, but now he really wants to get to Dewford Island.  Unfortunately, May’s map is about 10 years old and they end up in a deserted part of town that used to be the port.  From there they can see the new port, but it looks very far away.  May goes off to look for someone with a boat and runs into Briney, a retired sailor, and his Wingull, Peeko.  Briney offers to take the gang over to Dewford Island, but when she returns with Ash and the gang, Briney seems very angry and says that he has no idea what she’s talking about.  It’s like he doesn’t even recognize her.  Meanwhile, Officer Jenny swings by and she tells them that Team Aqua is planning to meet up somewhere in the area and to be careful.  Brock and May realize quickly that Briney might actually be in trouble – and they’re right.  A Team Aqua thug – the same one who tried to steal from Devon Corp. - has kidnapped his Peeko and taken his boat.  Luckily Briney has another boat that he kept hidden from the thug.  They chase after the Team Aqua agent and catch up to him just a few seconds too late.  He is able to meet up with a Team Aqua submarine and get away.  Luckily, they manage to rescue Peeko and tomorrow they’ll head out for Dewford Island.


Episode 31 (Season 6) - Sharpedo Attack!

Ash and company are sailing toward Dewford Town, thanks to their new friends Mr. Briney and his Wingull, Peeko. Mr. Briney stops at a small island so that Max and May can enjoy a swim while everyone else and their Pokémon relaxes and soaks up the sun. All the while, Team Rocket is tailing the happy sea goers underwater in their Magikarp sub. Team Rocket is not the only thing following our heroes, though. A dark shadow is following the boat as it turns towards the island. When they get closer to the island, May and Max dive in the water and begin swimming and splashing around. Suddenly Ash and Brock hear May and Max scream. The boat is surrounded by a group of Sharpedo! Ash and Mr. Briney send Peeko and Taillow to help Max and May. Both Max and May were hurt by the rough skin of the Sharpedo. Pikachu uses its Thunderbolt attack to ward off the Sharpedo long enough for Mr. Briney to dock the boat on the island.

Episode 32 (Season 6) - Brave the Wave!

Ash charges out in the early morning, ready to challenge  the Dewford Gym. He’s followed by Max, May, and Brock who are all still wiping the sleep out of their eyes. Upon arriving at the door to the Gym, Ash is bowled over by a group of energetic surfers charging out of the door. The surfers are followed  by a man who apologizes for the commotion and turns out to be none other than Brawly, the Dewford Gym Leader. Ash instantly asks for a match, but Brawly has plans to go surfing. Ash is irritated that Brawly won’t accept the challenge, but he, May, Max, and Brock end up following Brawly and his surfer friends to the beach--much to his dismay. At the beach, Team Rocket is happily running a snack stand and they modify their motto to suit the service industry atmosphere. Of course, they see Ash and his friends arriving at the beach and begin devising a plot to steal Pikachu; although James is content to continue selling their frosty beverages. Brawly and his Makuhita begin surfing the waves.

Episode 33 (Season 6) - Which Wurmple’s Which?

Everyone is getting up and getting ready for breakfast, but Ash is no where in sight. He is found outside the Pokémon Center, anxiously awaiting news on his Treecko. After breakfast, Ash and company head out to Granite Cave because they heard one of the elite Trainers is there. On their way, they pass an old man who says that this is the ultimate fishing spot where rare and unusual water Pokémon can be caught. The man then offers them some fishing poles to find out for themselves. What our heroes aren’t aware of is that the old man is actually James and the other two Team Rocket hooligans are hiding in the bushes. After some time, May catches an Octillery. She tries to battle it with her Wurmple, but fails and the Octillery jumps back into the water. Ash has the same luck with the Corphish he caught.

Episode 34 (Season 6) - A Hole Lotta Trouble

After all the Wurmple confusion, Ash and the gang finally arrive at Granite Cave. Team Rocket is already in the cave, perfecting their next attempt to capture Pikachu. Unknown to our heroes, Stephen and his Aron are busy digging in the cave. Ash, May, Max, and Brock begin exploring the dark cave, only to fall into a hole created by Team Rocket. Before Jessie and James can brag about their success, the floor caves in and everyone falls into the hole. To make matters worse, though, everyone falls into different tunnels and they all get separated from one another. Pikachu, Meowth, and Max end up together; Jessie falls on top of May; and Ash, James, and Brock get stuck together.

Episode 35 (Season 6) - Gone Corphishin’

The episode opens with Team Rocket lounging on the beach when suddenly a mysterious creature zooms along the beach and launches Team Rocket out of sight. Later on, Ash and his friends are relaxing and doing their laundry on the same beach. Ash is busy teaching his Pokémon how to meditate. The unnamed creature from before begins to carry off the gang’s tent. Wurmple uses String Shot to try to stop it, but is unsuccessful and the creature escapes.

Episode 36 (Season 6) - A Corphish Out of Water!

Everyone is relaxing on the beach as the episode opens. Ash is taking care of his Poké Balls and May is worrying about why her Wurmple isn’t eating. Corphish, Ash’s new Pokémon, is nibbling on some seaweed and starts to eat some rope before Ash can stop it. Team Rocket appears and snatches Pikachu. Wurmple uses String Shot to try and stop their balloon while Ash and company pull on the string to stop Team Rocket’s escape. When Corphish tries to help, though, it snaps the string with its claws.

Episode 37 (Season 6) - A Mudkip Mission!

As our heroes set out on their journey again, they encounter a waterfall. Brock ties a rope to a rock and, with Lotad’s help, wraps it on a branch above the waterfall. After Brock helps everyone up the rope, they discover a lake filled with Mudkip. Brock notices a baby being washed away in the current and sends Lotad to help. Lotad gets caught as well and a larger Mudkip jumps in and saves them both. At this point an older man comes out, afraid that Ash and company are trying to steal the Mudkip. They explained what happened and are invited in for lunch.

Episode 38 (Season 6) - Turning Over a New Nuzleaf!

Ash and the gang begin to head back through Granite Cave so Ash can have a re-match with Brawly. Along the way, Corphish startles the same Loudred that the group ran into before. While fleeing from the Loudred, Ash, Brock, Max, and May get separated from their Pokémon. Pikachu, Silcoon, Corphish, Treecko, Mudkip, Torchic, and Lotad end up falling into a river and landing at the bottom of a waterfall. Treecko and Corphish almost get in a fight, but are stopped by Mudkip and Pikachu. The Pokémon set off to find their owners.

Episode 39 (Season 6) - A Three Team Scheme

The episode opens up with Brock helping Ash and his team train on the beach. They soon discover that Professor Birch is in the area doing research on Wingull. Professor Birch offers for Ash and the gang to join him in his research. They agree and soon come across a hidden doorway. They discover it is unlocked and it turns out to be someone’s secret base. The owner of the base arrives and kicks them all out. They rush away before the boy’s Nincada can attack them. Team Rocket sees all this and after Ash and company leave, they force the boy out of his base and claim both the base and his Nincada as their own. They contact their boss to gloat about their accomplishment only to be told that they should be doing a lot more.

Episode 40 (Season 6) - Seeing is Believing

Ash, May and Brock show off their Pokémon to Professor Birch who compliments them all. The group begins walking toward a forest where they discover three Seedot that seem to be very unhappy. After Birch explains how to make friends with the Seedot, which involves rubbing them with leaves and rolling on the ground with them, the group tries to put the Seedot back into the trees. The trees seem to be too dry for the Seedot, so the gang decides to help them.

Episode 41 (Season 6) - Ready, Willing and Sableye!

It’s another relaxing day at the beach for Ash and his friends. Ash’s overzealous Corphish cuts lunch a little short when it dices everything to inedible bits. Meanwhile, Team Rocket happens upon an abandoned mine shaft and investigates, hoping to find forgotten riches inside. Once inside, they discover a mining cart and jump inside to see where it goes. They soon are met with two glowing eyes. Jessie and James flee, leaving Meowth to deal with what turns out to be a Sableye.

Episode 42 (Season 6) - A Meditite Fight!

The scene opens up with Ash training his Pokémon at the beach. A young female surfer comes to shore and challenges Ash to a battle, explaining that she trains with Brawly and that she is one of his best students. They decide to eat lunch first, though. Unknown to them, they’re being spied on by Team Rocket in their Magikarp sub. Team Rocket goes into their usual scheming to steal all the Pokémon, including the new girl’s. Brock notes that a storm must be coming because Pokémon are searching for safety and the sea is in turmoil. Ash and the girl start their match. She sends out Meditite, and Ash sends out Pikachu. Before anything can really happen, Brawly appears and orders that the match be called off due to the storm coming.

Episode 43 (Season 6) - Just One of the Geysers!

Ash is on his way to his second battle with Brawly. Team Rocket landed in Brawly’s training area by accident and set about investigating his refrigerator. Brawly and the gang arrive to discover Team Rocket chowing down. Before they can battle, Brawly informs Team Rocket that they are standing on a geyser, which erupts, sending them blasting off again.

Episode 44 (Season 6) - Abandon Ship!

Ash and the gang are headed for Slateport City in a motorboat so that May can try her hand at a Pokémon Contest. Team Rocket is on board, disguised as sailors, and after a failed attempt at capturing Pikachu, they exit the scene in their normal fashion. Unfortunately, now the boat won’t start up. Ash and company are drifting at sea when they discover a large, seemingly abandoned ship. They notice that a small boat is along side the ship, so at least one other person must be on board.

Episode 45 (Season 6) - Now That’s Flower Power!

Ash and the gang have arrived at Slateport City and May is busy getting her Beautifly ready for the Pokémon Contest. Beautifly is having some trouble using its Silver Wind attack. A boy starts heckling May saying that she has a long way to go to win contests. Team Rocket is nearby and Jessie is busy training her Dustox, which is equally unprepared for the contest.

Episode 46 (Season 6) - Having a Wailord of a Time!

May is eagerly preparing her Beautifly for the Pokémon Contest while Max watches her Torchic. He is debating which Pokémon he will begin with when he comes of age. May discovers a beached Wailord and contacts Nurse Joy at the Pokémon Center. Joy and Brock rush to help while Ash and Max are left to take care of the Pokémon Center.

Episode 47 (Season 6) - Win, Lose, or Drew!

May enters Beautifly in the beauty contest, but Team Rocket is too late to enter their Dustox. At the competitions, the person in line right before May is none other than her rival Drew. Drew’s Roselia gives an excellent performance, netting him an extremely high score. May is more determined than ever to beat Drew.

Episode 48 (Season 6) - The Spheal of Approval!

Fresh out of the contest, our heroes are exploring the bustling city of Slateport. Ash and Max want to check out the Sea Museum but discover that it is not only closed, but sort of being guarded by a boy named Marius and his Spheal. After a failed attempt at attacking Ash’s Pikachu, the boy recalls his Spheal. Captain Stern, the curator of the museum, appears and offers Ash,Max, and Marius a tour of the museum. Team Rocket is, of course, observing all this and devising a way to steal Pikachu.

Episode 49 (Season 6) - Jump for Joy!

Ash and company arrive at the Pokémon Center, but Nurse Joy is no where to be found. Pikachu inspects the room where she was and suddenly falls asleep. Ash follows it and meets the same fate. Outside, Team Rocket is knocked out of their tree by the gust from a Shiftry who is carrying away Nurse Joy. They decide they should capture it for their boss.

Episode 50 (Season 6) - A Different Kind of Misty!

The foggy episode opens up with Team Rocket stealing a stone from a small boy near a lighthouse. Ash and his friends hear Team Rocket passing by in their balloon and Team Rocket, noticing them back, take the opportunity to try to capture Pikachu. They not only fail, but lose the stone when their balloon bursts.

Episode 51 (Season 6) - A Poké-BLOCK Party!

After making it to Mauville City, Ash and the gang see a sign stating that whoever can make it through the trick house will win a lifetime supply of PokéBlocks. Ash and the gang decide to try their luck.

Episode 52 (Season 6) - What’s With Wattson?

Ash and company are finally at the Mauville Gym. They have an electrifying introduction to Wattson, the Gym’s leader, who specializes in Electric-type Pokémon. They discover that he seems to enjoy being a bit of a trickster. Upon entering the gym, they are sent through a type of electric slide/roller coaster ending in a mechanical Raikou, which Pikachu tries to attack.

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Episode 31 (Season 7) - Six Pack Attack

Ash and friends decide to visit Professor Birch.  On the road they are nearly run over by Birch in his jeep, on his way to the port to pick up Professor Oak.  Ash and Brock join him, while May and Max head to his lab.

May and Max are admiring the Hoenn starter Pokemon at the lab (Treecko, Mudkip, and Torchic), when Professor Oak shows up.  He shows them the Kanto starter Pokemon he brought: Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander.  May befriends the Bulbasaur.

Team Rocket arrives and kidnaps all six starter Pokemon, and Professor Oak and the siblings go after them.  They track the thieves to a secret base, but fall into a trap and are imprisoned.  Team Rocket also takes May's Poke Balls.

Meanwhile, Birch, Ash, and Brock are hot on the trail with the help of a Poochyena.

Oak and the siblings escape from imprisonment with the starter Pokemon.  Oak has a Zubat use Supersonic on Team Rocket while the Bulbasaur uses its vines to grab May's Poke Balls.  After running, they eventually find their way to an outside door, but can't break out.

Professor Birch and company arrive outside the door, where they use Water-type attacks on the door and then have Pikachu blast it with electricity.  A group of Pokemon on Oak's side knocks down the now-weakened door with Tackle or Pound.

Team Rocket shows up again, but all of the Pokemon team up with their different attacks to send the crooks blasting off.  After saying goodbye, the kids depart for Fortree City.

Episode 32 (Season 7) - The Bicker the Better

The kids are on their way to Fortree City, but May is delaying them.  Ash starts to argue with her, and the two kids continue to bicker as they walk.  They are interrupted by a couple named Andi and Oscar, who challenge May and Ash to a tag battle.

Ash uses Corphish and May uses Skitty, facing off against the lovebirds' Nidoking and Nidoqueen.  Skitty's Assist move continually interferes with Corphish's attacks, so the two Trainers and their Pokemon begin to fight.  Ash and May are defeated.

Andi and Oscar encounter Team Rocket next.  Jessie and James agree to battle only so they can steal the couple's Pokemon, but are soundly beaten.  Jessie and James blame each other for the loss.

The two groups overhear each other fighting, and Jessie decides to team up in a tag battle with May against James and Ash.  The battle starts to go in favor of the boys, prompting Jessie to send out another Pokemon.  The fight between Skitty, Seviper, Cacnea, Corphish, and Dustox quickly goes out of control, until Meowth realizes that Team Rocket could steal Pikachu.

They grab Pikachu and run, but Ash and May team up to stop the thieves.  After using their Pokemon to soundly defeat Team Rocket, Ash and May reconcile.

Episode 33 (Season 7) - Grass Hysteria

Ash and friends are lost in a forest when they are attacked by a Skarmory that kidnaps May.  It drops May on the other side of a tall fence, and several hooded men prevent Ash, Brock, and Max from pursuing.

The Skarmory drops May on the ground, where she saves a Bulbasaur from falling off a cliff.  A group of Grass-type Pokemon angrily attack May, but she drives them back with Torchic's Ember attack.

The hooded men explain to the guys that the Grass-type Pokemon will attack any human that trespasses, because people damaged the forest trying to catch Grass-type Pokemon.  The guys decide saving May is more important, and Ash manages to get over the fence.

A group of Grass-types corner May, and Ash swoops in and has Pikachu clear a path.  The two kids run for it, but get cornered again.  A Venusaur arrives and orders the other Pokemon to back off, accompanied by the Bulbasaur that May helped.

May begins to befriend the Bulbasaur, but Team Rocket arrives, trying to catch Grass-types with their robot.  May gets caught inside the robot as well, and helps all the Pokemon break free.  The Venusaur uses Solarbeam to blast the robot away.

Reunited in the end, the kids get ready to depart the forest, with one new addition - the Bulbasaur decides to join May on her journey.

Episode 34 (Season 7) - Hokey Pokeballs

The kids arrive in a city where May lets her Bulbasaur to enjoy the scenery. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is at the Pokemon Center (PC) making "repairs" to the transporter machine.

Upon arrival at the PC, Ash calls Professor Oak.  They decide that Ash's and May's Bulbasaur should meet, so Oak transports Ash's over.  Unfortunately Team Rocket has rerouted the machine so they get all the full Poke Balls, and only empty Poke Balls arrive at the PC.

The kids confront Team Rocket outside the PC.  James has attached a new engine to their balloon which malfunctions, so the thieves go blasting off.  They drop one Poke Ball - Ash's Bulbasaur.

Team Rocket gathers up everything from the crash site and runs, but a hole in James' bag leaves a trail of Poke Balls along the way.  The two Bulbasaur quickly pick up the trail to a cabin where the thieves are hiding.

Team Rocket seals up the cabin and begins fending off Ash and friends, using the Poke Balls as projectiles.  The two Bulbasaur try to sneak the rest of the Poke Balls out through a window with their vines.

Pikachu breaks down the wall with Iron Tail, and the Bulbasaur team up to battle Team Rocket.  Pikachu sends the thieves blasting off.

Back at the PC, Ash talks to Professor Oak again, who begs Ash to send Bulbasaur back.  Everyone says goodbye, and the little Grass-type is sent home.

Episode 35 (Season 7) - Whiscash and Ash

The kids have stopped at a lakeside camp site on their way to Fortree City. Ash trips and drops his badge case into the lake, where it is eaten up by a giant Whiscash.  Ash dives in after the Pokemon but gets caught in some reeds instead.

Ash is pulled out of the water by a fisherman named Sullivan, who calls himself "Legend".  He tells them that he has been trying to catch the giant Whiscash for years and its name is Nero.  The kids decide to help "Legend" catch Nero.

"Legend" shows them how to fish, but all of them are unsuccessful.  On the other side of the lake Team Rocket is also fishing, but not having much luck.

Eventually Ash snags Nero and manages to pull the giant Whiscash out of the water.  Before he can get his badges back, Team Rocket scoops Nero up in a net and flies away in their balloon.  Ash's Grovyle uses Bullet Seed to send the balloon crashing down, and a battle begins.  Whiscash uses Earthquake on Team Rocket, and then Pikachu sends them blasting off with Thunder.

"Legend" tries to catch Nero using his own Pokemon, but eventually he just pulls out a Master Ball and throws it - which Nero gobbles up, and then swims away.

Episode 36 (Season 7) - Me, Myself and Time

The kids are crossing a mountain in the fog, and Ash trips and slides down a cliff with Pikachu. He encounters a mysterious woman singing a strange song.

Pikachu stops a Baltoy from spinning off a cliff.  Its Trainer, a girl named Callista, arrives and explains that she is searching for ancient artifacts from the Baltoy civilization.  Her parents forbid her to search, but a mysterious phone call sent her to the mountain that day.

Team Rocket is also on the mountain, and they attack the mysterious woman, who fights them off with her Xatu.  Callista and Ash help fight the thieves off, and the woman leads them to a cave with the ruins that Callista has been searching for.  A pile of rubble lies on top of the most important artifact, and the woman explains that her Baltoy is trapped under it.  Callista's Baltoy clears the rock and frees the other Baltoy.

Team Rocket attacks again with a drilling machine, but they are driven back and sent blasting off as usual.    The woman explains to the kids that the artifact is a time machine and reveals the truth to them - that she is a future version of Callista!  She explains that she spent her whole life searching for the Baltoy civilization and now has no time to study it - but now the younger Callista can.  The elder Callista disappears into the machine with her Baltoy.

The kids leave the ruins, and Ash reunites with his friends, in a hurry to get to his next Gym battle.

Episode 37 (Season 7) - A Fan with a Plan

May is headed for the Rubello Town Pokemon Contest, where at least 1 ribbon is needed to enter. She runs into Drew, and both of them are mobbed by the Mothers for Pokemon - a group of women who adore Pokemon Coordinators.  One of them, Savannah, is a Coordinator herself, and will be competing in the upcoming contest, but she is really nervous.

Jessie from Team Rocket wants to enter the contest but can't since she has never won a ribbon.

Later, May is practicing outside the Pokemon Center when she spots Drew with his new Masquerain.  She tries to show off her Bulbasaur, but it won't listen to her.

The next day, May is helping Savannah practice when they are accosted by Team Rocket, who takes both May's and Savannah's ribbons.  The kids take down Team Rocket's balloon, and Jessie returns the stolen ribbons.  Savannah's Lairon uses a Water-type move to send the thieves blasting off.

Savannah's daughter Sandra reassures her mother, while May is feeling confident again about the contest.

Episode 38 (Season 7) - Cruisin' For a Losin'

The Rubello Pokemon Contest begins! Savannah is still nervous, but May is overconfident.  Both of them do good in the first round performances, and while waiting in the locker room, May brags that once you have at least one ribbon, all the rest come easily.  Drew tells her off.

Jessie tries to enter the contest by making her own ribbon, but instead a woman offers to buy the ribbon, giving Jessie the idea to start selling them.  She puts James and Meowth to work.

The finalists in the contest are announced:  May, Savannah, Drew, and Sunny.  Ash tries to offer some advice, but May snaps at him.

Drew's Masquerain takes down Sunny's Girafarig with a three-move combo.  The next battle is May's Bulbasaur versus Savannah's Lairon.  Bulbasaur gets nervous, and doesn't dodge Lairon's attacks.  Bulbasaur takes a bad pounding but May refuses to accept defeat, and the judges yell at her.

May goes outside, and Ash talks with her.  The two of them go back inside to watch Savannah face off against Drew.  Drew beats Savannah by a lot of points, and wins his fourth ribbon.

Team Rocket is trying to sell the ribbons they made, but no one buys one, and even the woman who bought one before wants to return hers.

Back at the Pokemon Center, Savannah doesn't feel bad about losing, and even May realizes that she can't take her wins for granted.

Episode 39 (Season 7) - Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend

Team Rocket talks to Giovanni on the video phone, and he yells at them for not making progress, threatening to replace the three of them.

The kids are eating breakfast when Skitty runs off and encounters a Spoink that has lost its pearl.  The Spoink shows how it rolled away, so the kids help look around the forest.  Spoink keeps mistaking various round objects for its pearl - like an Igglybuff - and putting them on its head.

Just as they find the real pearl, all of them are caught in a Team Rocket trap, but Ash's Corphish helps them get out.  Spoink drops its pearl and Meowth catches it. Team Rocket runs off to a nearby carnival.

At the carnival, James runs into the Magikarp salesman, who is now selling Feebas.  Drawn by the promise of Feebas evolving into a Milotic, Jessie trades the pearl.  But when their new Feebas is swimming, its paint washes off, revealing just a Magikarp.

Ash and friends arrive, and both groups go looking for the salesman.  Brock and Max reveal the scam, and then everyone confronts the Magikarp salesman.  The kids start to battle Team Rocket, and the salesman slips away in the confusion.  Spoink passes out, but Max grabs the pearl and puts it on Spoink's head.  Spoink then uses Confuse Ray to send Team Rocket blasting off.

Episode 40 (Season 7) - That's Just Swellow

Outside Crossgate Town, the kids meet a Trainer named Shane and his Swablu.  He is practicing for the PokeRinger competition, a contest where flying Pokemon battle in the sky to capture a ring and place it on the goal post.

Ash and May both sign up with Taillow and Beautifly.   Meanwhile, Team Rocket has also arrived in town.  As a child, James received training from a champion PokeRinger, and decides to enter the competition as well.

The competitors are matched up into three separate groups of four.  In the first group, Shane and his Swablu use the wind to their advantage and win the round.  Ash faces the previous PokeRinger champion in the next group, but knocks out his Volbeat to win.  In the last group, May and James face off against each other, but Dustox (borrowed from Jessie) scores the goal.

In the next round, Ash's Taillow faces off against a Skarmory and wins easily.  Shane goes up against James, but his Swablu gets blinded by the sun, giving Dustox a chance to score.

While the competition is going on, Jessie and Meowth have been tricking Trainers into leaving their Pokemon behind for a special "relaxing" treatment.  They trap the Pokemon into a net and prepare to run.  Meowth tries to order James to leave with them, but James refuses.

Ash and James begin the final round, but they are interrupted by a freak tornado in the middle of the field that blocks their path to the ring.  Ash sends Taillow into the swirling wind, and its determination causes it to evolve into Swellow.  Swellow snags the ring and leaves the tornado, with Dustox on its tail.  Swellow punts the ring onto the goal, and James is dragged away sobbing by Team Rocket.

Swellow frees the stolen Pokemon, and then Pikachu sends Team Rocket blasting off with Thunderbolt.  Ash attends the award ceremony, where his picture is displayed alongside the previous PokeRinger champions.

Episode 41 (Season 7) - Take This House and Shuppet

Team Rocket crash lands in front of a mansion, and start to argue.  But a beam fired by a Shuppet hidden in the bushes calms them down.  They enter the mansion in search of food, but the door locks behind them.  They start to argue again, but are again calmed by Shuppet.

Ash and friends are lost outside when it starts to rain.  They eventually make their way to the mansion and get locked inside as well.  May and Max start to argue, and Max runs off.

Max runs into Shuppet, and the two of them explore the mansion and play.  They overhear May still saying some nasty things about Max, so Shuppet plays a joke on the kids by using Psychic to move things around in mid-air.

May meets Emily, the owner of the mansion.  Emily wants to turn the mansion into a hotel, but can't because it appears to be haunted.  Everyone splits up to look for Max.

Max and Shuppet are hiding when Team Rocket comes in, followed by May's Torchic.  When they threaten the little Fire-type, Max jumps out to protect it.  May comes in, and battles with Team Rocket.  An armoire almost falls on May and Max, but Shuppet stops it.

Emily recognizes the Shuppet from her childhood, but Team Rocket grabs it, flying off in a balloon.  Ash's Swellow breaks Shuppet free, and Pikachu sends the team blasting off.

Max and May apologize to each other, and Emily bids them all farewell.

Episode 42 (Season 7) - A Shroomish Skirmish

Ash and friends have stopped for lunch, and Brock has made food for all of their Pokemon.  Corphish eats up its share quickly, so it snatches up Torchic's food.  Corphish and Torchic start to fight, firing furious blasts of Bubblebeam and Ember at each other.

Team Rocket is starving, and they end up stealing apples from a group of Shroomish.     Some of the Shroomish become angry enough that they evolve into Breloom, then attacking Team Rocket.  The thieves run into the camp where the kids are, and eat their leftover food.  But the Breloom show up and attack, sending everyone blasting off to various parts of the forest.

Torchic and Corphish run into each other, and eventually find Max and Meowth.  The quartet stumbles into the food stash of the Shroomish by accident, and have to fend off attacks from the Breloom.  They are found by Pikachu and Swellow, but none of the Pokemon can fight off the Breloom.

Torchic evolves into Combusken, and begins a one-on-one battle with the leader of the Breloom. A titanic exchange of kicks and punches ends in a double knockout.  The two Pokemon become friends, and together they attack Team Rocket.  In the end, everyone sits down for a shared meal.

Episode 43 (Season 7) - Unfair Weather Friends

Ash and the gang are headed to Fortree City when it starts raining and then snowing. They run for shelter and meet a Castform who leads them onward.  The gang is greeted by two scientists from the nearby Weather Institute, Bart and Millie.  Brock feels absolutely nothing for the attractive Millie, which puzzles him.

Millie is showing the kids around the Weather Institute when a Team Aqua helicopter suddenly appears, and they restrain all the other scientists (plus Team Rocket).  Team Aqua is looking for information on the Legendary Pokemon, Groudon and Kyogre.  Bart gives his access card to Castform, who flees in search of Millie.

Inside the institute, Ash, Millie and friends reunite with Castform, fight off Team Aqua, and use the access card to get into the computer.  Millie transfers all the data onto a disk and deletes the copy on the hard drive.

Outside, Team Aqua uses the weather machine to create a bolt of lightning that sends Team Rocket blasting off.  Millie gives Team Aqua the access card.  A Team Aqua technician finds the files missing, and Millie reveals that she is in fact, a he - Brodie, the Man of a Thousand Faces, a member of Team Magma!  He escapes with the disk.

Team Aqua leaves.  Bart is feeling betrayed, but then the real Millie shows up - and Bart puts her to work transferring all their paper files on the Legendary Pokemon back into the computer.

Episode 44 (Season 7) - Who's Flying Now?

Ash and friends climb the steps to the Fortree City Gym - only to find out that the Gym Leader is busy in town with the Feather Carnival.  Ash quickly heads to the carnival, where Winona is riding her Skarmory above the city.

Team Rocket is also at the carnival, and James laments the time he saw a Chimecho for sale at a carnival but did not buy it in time.  Jessie and Meowth ditch him.

The kids meet Winona, and Ash challenges her to a Gym battle.  She's busy with the carnival, so their battle will have to wait. Ash and friends decide to have fun, and release their Pokemon so they can have fun too.

James sees a Chimecho for sale - from the Magikarp salesman who's scammed him three times in the past!  He buys it anyway, but once he shows it to Jessie and Meowth, it turns out to be just a Hoppip in disguise.  A real Chimecho floats by, and happily joins James.

Ash and Winona arrive at the Gym, but an explosion in town calls them back to the carnival.  Team Rocket is using a giant robot to shock and capture Flying-type Pokemon.  When Ash fights back, they capture his Pikachu and Swellow too, and use Chimecho to heal their wounds.

Winona's Skarmory defeats Team Rocket with a Drill Peck attack, sending them blasting off.  The festival resumes that evening, with the skies full of Flying Pokemon.

Episode 45 (Season 7) - Sky High Gym Battle!

Ash begins his Gym battle with Winona by sending out Grovyle against her Altaria.  Grovyle takes out Altaria with Leaf Blade.  Next up is Pelipper, a Water-and-Flying-type so Ash counters with the Electric-type Pikachu.  Pelipper uses Steel Wing on the ground, and Pikachu uses Thunderbolt with no effect.  Team Rocket arrives to steal Pikachu, but the force of Pikachu's continued Thunderbolt sends them blasting off.

It turns out that Pelipper is being grounded by its Steel Wing, making the Electric-type attack ineffective.  Pelipper uses Hydro Pump, which Pikachu uses as a conduit to shock the other Pokemon.  It results in a double KO.

Ash sends out Grovyle again, which is then finished off by Winona's Swellow.  Ash counters with his own Swellow.  Winona's Pokemon has the advantage since it has more experience battling in mid-air, especially with its Aerial Ace.  After taking several hits, Ash has his Swellow use Wing Attack on the ground, which gives his Swellow a chance to counterattack, knocking out Swellow and winning him the Feather Badge.

Episode 46 (Season 7) - Lights, Camerupt, Action!

Ash is ready for his next badge - which means heading to Mossdeep City.  To get there, Ash and friends will need to take the ferry in Lilycove City.  On their way there, the kids encounter a Trainer named Elijah and his Camerupt, stuck in a river. They help get Camerupt out, and Elijah explains that he travels around, showing movies to the small towns in the area.

Traveling together, the group falls into a Team Rocket trap, and Camerupt is stolen.  Corphish attacks the thieves and they get Camerupt back.  While camping out in the woods, the kids reminisce about the last time each of them went to the movies, describing the movies each of them saw.

They arrive in a town, and Elijah sets up the equipment and begins to show the feature: "Plusle & Minun and the Princess Rescue".  Team Rocket bust up the screening and run off with the equipment.   Brock stays behind to entertain the crowd, while Elijah, Ash, May, and Max chase down the thieves.  A trail of film leads the kids straight to Team Rocket, and Ash’s Grovyle takes them out.

Elijah shows the rest of the movie, and everyone enjoys it - even Team Rocket, watching from a hiding place in the bushes.

Episode 47 (Season 7) - Crazy as a Lunatone

Ken and Mary of the Pokemon Mystery Club (PMC) are once again looking for a Pokemon from outer space, checking the site of a meteor crash.  A Lunatone emerges and zaps them, erasing their memories of the encounter.

Meanwhile, Ash and friends reach Volley Town, finding it strangely deserted.  They walk into the Pokemon Center for assistance but Nurse Joy is zoned out and unhelpful.  Brock doesn't believe it's the real Nurse Joy.

Team Rocket sneaks into the Pokemon Center, but bump into Ash and friends.  When Nurse Joy approaches, they all run, and hide in a storage room.  There, they run into the frightened Lunatone.  It tries to use Psychic on them, but passes out instead.

Nurse Joy returns to normal and treats Lunatone.  It needs moonlight to survive, so they decide to take it up to nearby Camerupt Point where the full moon shines.  They hide the Pokemon from the PMC in a cart and pull it up the hill, but are cut off by Team Rocket.  Team Rocket gets into a fight with the Pokemon Mystery Club.

The PMC sends Team Rocket blasting off.  Pikachu, Mudkip, and Beautifly team up to drive off the PMC, but they won't be defeated.  The full moon rises and Lunatone charges up and send the pair off with Hidden Power.  The kids then bid farewell to Lunatone.

Episode 48 (Season 7) - The Garden of Eatin'

The kids have stopped by the Banana Slakoth Garden on their way to Lilycove City, but the gate is closed and the trees have no fruit on them.  When they meet the director, a man named Marcel, they find out a Snorlax came down from the mountains looking for food, and has been eating all of the bananas.

Ash decides the only way to take care of the Snorlax is to catch it, so he and Pikachu confront the giant Pokemon just after it eats.  Unfortunately, Pikachu's attacks have no effect and Snorlax puts them all to sleep with its Yawn attack.

After consulting with Professor Oak, they get the recipe for a PokeBlock that will feed the ravenous Normal-type, and he advises them to use a Pokemon that can't be put to sleep to catch it.  Slakoth's evolved form, Vigoroth, is one such Pokemon.

Marcel talks to all of the Slakoth, trying to convince them to help save their home, and one comes forward.  They have it battle and defeat all of Ash's Pokemon, gaining enough experience to evolve into a Vigoroth.  The next time the Snorlax wakes up, Marcel and Vigoroth challenge it to a battle.

When Snorlax's Yawn attack proves ineffective, it uses Hyper Beam instead.  Vigoroth attacks furiously, eventually knocking down the giant Pokemon with Focus Punch.

The park reopens, the Slakoth are happy, and Marcel shows the kids what he did with the Snorlax - placed it in the center of a relaxation chamber where people can take a refreshing nap.

Episode 49 (Season 7) - A Scare to Remember

As Ash and friends walk to Lilycove City, a tree comes crashing down in front of them ? pushed over by Team Rocket in their newest giant robot!  They have Pikachu in hand, when the robot begins to sink into the ground and crumple.  It explodes, sending everyone flying.

The kids find themselves stuck in a tree ? without Pikachu.  Team Rocket is lost, and Meowth is nowhere to be found.  Pikachu and Meowth wake up next to each other, and to Meowth's delight, Pikachu has no memory.  Meowth convinces Pikachu that it was a part of Team Rocket and that the two of them are best friends.

While the pair makes it may back to Team Rocket's secret base, Meowth witnesses Pikachu saving a Zigzagoon, not being scared of a high ledge, and even sharing an apple with Meowth.  Eventually they make it back to the base, and Meowth updates Jessie and James.

Ash and friends track down Pikachu to the cabin, where Team Rocket has Pikachu attack Ash.  They try to get away in a balloon, but Ash grabs on.  James orders Pikachu to use Thunderbolt, and they end up crashing.  Ash and Pikachu land in the river and wash ashore.  When they awake, Pikachu has its memory back.

Team Rocket lands in the water nearby, and Pikachu sends them blasting off.

Episode 50 (Season 7) - Pokeblock, Stock and Berry

The kids finally arrive in Lilycove City, and Ash is starving.  They decide to head to a restaurant that serves omelets, but Pikachu runs off, leading them to the berry market.  In the berry market, they meet a Pokemon Coordinator named Kelly and her Grumpig.  Kelly is buying berries to make PokeBlocks with, and she plans to enter the Lilycove Pokemon Contest.   Kelly invites them to her home, which is attached to a PokeBlock store that her mother runs.  Kelly's mom teaches May and Brock how to make PokeBlocks in the Berry Blender.

Ash wants to teach Swellow the move Aerial Ace before his next Gym battle, so he ventures outside with Max to practice.  They meet an old man named Ralph, who was once known as "Vladimir the Attacker", a famous Pokemon Trainer.  He offers to help.

May makes her first PokeBlocks and tests them on her Pokemon, but only Beautifly likes them.  Team Rocket shows up and tries to steal Kelly's Grumpig, but May has Combusken use Sky Uppercut to send them blasting off.  After Kelly compliments the Fire-and-Fighting-type Pokemon, May decides to use Combusken in the Lilycove Contest.

When Team Rocket finally hits the ground, Jessie finds a flyer for the contest and decides to enter with James' Chimecho.

The contest begins, and May is called up first.  She starts by having Combusken perform Fire Spin, but it goes out of control...

Episode 51 (Season 7) - Lessons In Lilycove

Combusken's Fire Spin is spiraling out of control in the Lilycove Contest Hall.  Combusken protects May, who takes control by having the Fire-and-Fighting-type unleash a fireball and perform Sky Uppercut.  The performance earns May a decent, but lowered score for losing control in the first place.

Meanwhile, Ash is keeping an eye on the contest from outside while he continues to teach his Swellow Aerial Ace.

Kelly puts on a great performance with Grumpig, using Psychic to catch thrown Pok?ocks.  A disguised Jessie is up next with Chimecho, who she hurts and forces to use Astonish - an unusual move that actually earns her a perfect score!

In the next round, May faces off against Jessie, and the battle is pretty much even, until Chimecho misses with Double-Edge, letting Combusken hit it with Sky Uppercut.   Team Rocket retaliates with yet another one of their attacks, but Swellow drives them off with its new Aerial Ace attack.

May and Kelly face off in the final round, May taking a beating until she comes up with an idea to use Fire Spin on the ceiling, which rains down on the whole room so Grumpig can't possibly escape.  May claims victory, winning her third ribbon.

Episode 52 (Season 7) - Judgement Day!

The kids are running for the ferry to Lilycove and jump on the boat they see leaving only to discover it's actually a boat to Bomba Island.  Once they arrive on the island, they meet a young Trainer named Jimmy and his Wartortle, Charmeleon, and Ivysaur.  Jimmy is a student at the Pokemon Battle Judge Training Institute, located on the island.

Professor Serena from the institute gets Ash and Brock to help out in her class by staging a Double Battle which Jimmy will judge.  Ash uses Swellow and Corphish, while Brock uses Mudkip and Lombre.  The battle is fierce, and after Mudkip and Lombre both use Water Gun on Corphish simultaneously, Jimmy mistakenly declares Corphish unable to battle.

That night, Ash and friends find Jimmy outside talking to his Pokemon.  Jimmy explains how he met all three of them by accident, and even got a Cascade Badge - also by accident.  Team Rocket interrupts and takes all three of the Pokemon, causing Jimmy to run after them.  Seeing his determination, Wartortle evolves into Blastoise, and uses Hydro Pump to free the others.  Team Rocket is then defeated as usual.

Serena tells Jimmy he has to leave the school now, but not because he's a bad student, but because he'd make a better Trainer. Jimmy heads back to Lilycove to start his Pokemon journey over, while Ash and friends continue on to Mossdeep City.

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Episode 1 (Season 8) - Clamperl of Wisdom

The kids are heading to Maisie Island on a ferry when they spot a Spoink floating on a log.  They quickly realize it's the same Spoink they helped before.  When they save it and bring it aboard, it trips, dropping its pearl overboard.  Ash's Pokemon go looking for the pearl with no luck.

When they arrive on the island, they meet a scientist named Isaiah who is doing research on Clamperl and their pearls - which end up as Spoink pearls.  The jewel of his collection is a rare blue pearl.

Team Rocket sneaks in and tries to steal the blue pearl, only to be beaten out by Spoink stealing it first.  Everyone goes looking for the little Psychic-type Pokemon.  Meanwhile, the blue pearl accidentally gets switched with the pink pearl from a wild Clamperl.  When this fact is discovered, everyone goes looking for the Clamperl and Team Rocket steals it away.

Team Rocket is trying to get the Clamperl open when the kids catch up to them.  Spoink protects the Clamperl, who uses Water Gun to send the thieves blasting off.  The Clamperl returns the blue pearl to Isaiah, and in exchange for the Psychic-type Pokemon's help, gives its pink pearl to Spoink.

Episode 2 (Season 8) - The Relicanth Really Can

The kids are relaxing at the Grand Wazoo Resort on Wazoo Island when a man emerges from the water completely covered in seaweed.  His name is Adam, and he is a treasure hunter who believes he has just uncovered the location of the King Neptune, a cargo ship that was wrecked long ago.

Adam and the kids go searching for the wreck in a sub, secretly followed by Team Rocket in their Magikarp sub.  Team Rocket fires a missile at them and zips ahead.  Adam and the kids manage to find their way to the cavern where the ship is located, where lots of Relicanth have made their home.  Adam finds a trunk.  Team Rocket shows up again to take the trunk, also destroying the ship.

Team Rocket then destroys the exit to the cave as they leave, and heads to the surface.  Adam's sub follows the Relicanth out and catches up with Team Rocket.  Angry at the destruction of their home, the Relicanth use Hydro Pump on Team Rocket, while Pikachu finishes them off with Thunder.

Opening the trunk, Adam discovers that the King Neptune was only carrying lots of Green Shards.  Aside from that, he does have one real treasure to show for this adventure - the friendship of the Relicanth.


Episode 3 (Season 8) - The Evolutionary War

En route to the ABC Islands, Ash and the gang are passed on the way to Island A by a group of children racing on top Huntail or Gorebyss.  It turns out that there is a fierce rivalry between the citizens of Islands B and C:  Clamperl evolve into Gorebyss on Island B, while they evolve into Huntail on Island C.  The children all attend school on Island A, and fight often during class.

At the Pokemon Center they find Professor Birch in a pool.  He is studying the different Clamperl Evolutions, and the kids travel with him to a cave on Island C where Clamperl are known to evolve.  They are followed by a boy named Keith from Island B.  They travel to a similar cave on Island B, followed by Nancy from Island C.  When everyone returns to the Pokemon Center on Island A, they find out that Keith actually wants a Huntail and Nancy wants a Gorebyss.  After doing some research, Birch reveals that the Evolution is dependent on the items Deepseatooth and Deepseascale, but he doesn't know how.

Team Rocket attacks them at the PC, but Keith and Nancy's Clamperl use Water Gun while Pikachu drives them off with Thunderbolt.  Professor Birch and the kids return to Island B, where they put a Deepseascale on Nancy's Clamperl.  On Island C they put a Deepseatooth on Keith's Clamperl.  Neither Pokemon evolves, so Birch beams them to the Pokemon Center for further research.

Back at the PC, when the kids take out their Clamperl, both Pokemon evolve: Nancy's into a Gorebyss and Keith's into a Huntail.  Team Rocket attacks again, but the newly evolved Pokemon drive them off with Confusion and Screech.

The rivalry between Islands B and C ends and the people start trading their Clamperl back and forth to get the evolved Pokemon they want.  Ash and friends leave on a ferry for their next destination.


Episode 4 (Season 8) - Training Wrecks

The kids land on Muscle Island, where another ferry will finally take them to Mossdeep City.  Team Rocket also lands on the island, fleeing their sub because they think it will explode.  It sinks instead.

Ash and friends run into a group of people working out.  The head of the camp, a guy named Rocky, offers food and the opportunity to train with them.  Everyone except for May (who gets dragged in) decides to take up the workout offer.

Team Rocket also starts exercising when James decides that it will help them catch Pikachu better.

Elsewhere, Rocky challenges Ash to a battle, bringing out Walrein and Quagsire.  Ash chooses Pikachu and Grovyle.  Pikachu can't hit Walrein because Quagsire blocks every attack, immune to electricity because of its dual Ground-and-Water-type.  Walrein retaliates with Ice Ball, which hits Ash's Pokemon hard.   Ash then realizes that Ice Ball gets slower the more it's used, taking advantage of that delay to let Grovyle use Leaf Blade and Pikachu use its Thunder attack to win.

The kids and Team Rocket manage to scam out of exercising more, and everyone departs on the ferry to Mossdeep City.  On board, Team Rocket tries to grab Pikachu again, but in the tug-of-war that ensues, Pikachu shocks everyone and sends both its friends and Team Rocket flying overboard.


Episode 5 (Season 8) - Gaining Groudon

The kids are floating on logs at sea when a red submarine appears beneath them, belonging to Team Magma.  At the floating Magma base, the kids are taken into custody.  Team Magma Leader Maxie explains to them about how he has the Blue Orb in his possession, allowing him to control Groudon.  Unfortunately, the Legendary Pokemon they currently have in their possession is Kyogre.

A disguised Shelly of Team Aqua sneaks away and unlocks Kyogre, setting off an alarm.  Kyogre awakens and busts out of the floating base, causing it to begin sinking.  In the chaos, the kids try to grab the orb, and Pikachu accidentally absorbs it and goes berserk.

Ash is separated from his friends and attacked by a Team Magma member.  He meets what appears to be another member of Team Magma - but it's really Lance of the Elite Four in disguise!  Lance has also sent his red Gyarados to go help Ash's friends.

Both Teams Magma and Aqua end up on Monsu Island, along with Team Rocket, who wants to steal both Legendary Pokemon.  Of course, it's no good, as Kyogre is under the control of the Red Orb, which is currently in Team Aqua's possession...


Episode 6 (Season 8) - The Scuffle of Legends

Team Magma and Team Aqua continue to fight on Monsu Island. The Red Orb, which can control Kyogre, is currently held by the Team Aqua Leader Archie. Archie merges with the orb and now crazed as a result, orders Kyogre to sink the island.

Everyone tries to flee into the ruins on the island, while Lance challenges Kyogre with his Dragonite. Dragonite's Hyper Beam is not strong enough to stop the ancient Pokémon.

Team Rocket still wants to steal Groudon, restrained inside the Team Aqua base. Instead, they are attacked by a possessed Pikachu, who awakens Groudon. The giant Ground-type leaves the base and begins a massive battle with Kyogre, but the two are evenly matched.
The kids find a way to distract Kyogre, which gives Groudon the opportunity to defeat the Water-type. The orbs leave the bodies of Archie and Pikachu, floating up in the air until they merge and then disintegrate. Archie and Pikachu both come back to their senses, while the two Legendary Pokemon retreat back into their ancient slumber.


Episode 7 (Season 8) - It's Still Rocket Roll to Me

Ash and friends finally arrive in Mossdeep City and head straight to the Pokemon Gym - only to find it empty because everyone in town is at the Space Center for the shuttle launch, including the Gym Leader.

At the Space Center, the kids begin snooping around, and Ash stumbles upon a Pokemon battle between two siblings named Tate and Liza, who are there because their father is piloting the shuttle.  They are the twin Gym Leaders of Mossdeep, who promise to battle Ash after the shuttle launch.  For now, they take Ash and friends on a tour of the center.  Corphish wanders off when Ash isn't looking, sneaking on board the shuttle.

Team Rocket breaks into the shuttle and heads for the cockpit, only to encounter Tate and Max!  They tie the two boys up, and the shuttle takes off.  Before they get very far, the shuttle is grabbed by the Baltoy that live in the Space Center.  Corphish frees Max and Tate, and Tate's Solrock takes out Team Rocket with Psychic.

Tate must now land the shuttle, and he and Max manage to get it safely to the ground.  May and Liza attack Team Rocket when they emerge from the shuttle, and Pikachu sends them blasting off.

The shuttle is launched with Commander Jin at the controls, and then it's time for a Gym battle!


Episode 8 (Season 8) - Solid As a Solrock

Ash's battle with the Mossdeep Gym Leaders is set to begin.  He calls out Swellow and Pikachu versus Tate's Solrock and Liza's Lunatone, taking into account the strange planet-filled aerial battlefield they will be using.  Pikachu and Swellow appear to be at a disadvantage, but it is quickly negated by the fact that Tate and Liza aren't working together.  Their Pokemon's attacks cancel each other out, and the two even collide head-on when attacking.

Team Rocket interrupts the battle, capturing Lunatone and Solrock with their robot and then escaping in their balloon.  Swellow and Pikachu destroy the balloon, freeing the two Rock-and-Psychic-types.

The Gym battle must resume, but the Gym has been destroyed - so it is decided they will battle by the water.  Unfortunately for Ash, Tate and Liza now have their teamwork back, and they deliver a real pummeling to Ash's Pokemon.  Each of his attacks is countered successfully, until he charges his team with Pikachu's Thunder and they break through Lunatone's Light Screen, finishing off the opposing team with Iron Tail and Aerial Ace and winning Ash his Mind Badge!


Episode 9 (Season 8) - Vanity Affair

Ash is battling with another Trainer by the waterfront, not realizing he is being watched by a mysterious sailor.  After he wins, Ash is confident and boastful.  The kids decide to grab something to eat.

 Team Rocket is currently working in a small restaurant, when the old sailor walks in and demands some hot milk.  While he is there, Ash and friends sit down outside and talk about battling.  The man approaches them, and Max recognizes him as Drake of the Elite Four!

Drake invites all of them (including the disguised Team Rocket) to his boat, where he challenges Ash to a battle.  Drake sends out his Shelgon, and though it is slower, it waits for Pikachu to get just close enough to take it down with Dragonbreath and Dragon Claw.

Ash calls out Grovyle against Drake's Altaria, and though Grovyle has a better time leaping on the masts of the ship, it gets knocked out by some powerful moves from Altaria, including Aerial Ace and Solar Beam.

Team Rocket takes advantage of a weakened Pikachu to steal it, but Drake calls out his Salamence. It uses Dragon Claw and Flamethrower to send the thieves blasting off.  With Team Rocket thwarted and a few lessons learned, Ash and friends have dinner with Drake and his crew on the boat.


Episode 10 (Season 8) - Where's Armaldo?

The kids travel to Wales Island, where both Ash and May have plans to train.  May is thrilled when her Bulbasaur learns a new attack - Petal Dance.  She shows it off to the others by having Bulbasaur blast through an ocean wave.

Max is gathering twigs in the forest when he is surprised by a Cradily.  He tells the others but they don't believe him, because Cradily are extinct.  Max goes searching by himself, and eventually finds a lab full of Lileep.

Ash and the others eventually run into the Cradily, along with a scientist named Annie.  She takes them back to the lab, where they are reunited with Max.  There, Professor Proctor and Annie explain to the kids that all of the Pokemon there were cloned from fossils.  Someday Professor Proctor hopes to make the island a fossil Pokemon amusement park.

One of the Anorith at the lab is about to evolve, so they bring it out and watch it become an Armaldo.  Team Rocket shows up, and grabs the newly-evolved Armaldo in a net.  It blasts them away on its own, but freaks out and starts trashing the lab, running off.

The kids try to corral it with their Pokemon, but Armaldo won't be beaten.  It heads to the tip of the island to find some fruit that it can eat.  There, Team Rocket appears in a giant tank and grabs it again.  It can't break out, and none of the other Pokemon's attacks affect the tank.  May has her Bulbasaur use Petal Dance on the cliff above the tank which landslides, causing the tank to roll over.  Armaldo breaks out, and Bulbasaur and Pikachu destroy the tank, sending Team Rocket blasting away.  Armaldo finally reaches the berries, while everyone enjoys the sunset.


Episode 11 (Season 8) - A Cacturne For The Worse

The kids are still headed for Izabe Island, where May will compete in her next Pokemon Contest with Bulbasaur.  Meanwhile, Team Rocket has just bought a cartload of berries to make PokeBlocks out of.  Unfortunately, they aren't a type that PokeBlocks can be made out of.

On board the boat, May meets a Trainer named Harley and his Cacturne.  He is quickly annoyed by her though, because she doesn't recognize what a Cacturne is, nor does she bestow highest compliments on his cookies!

Just prior to the Purika City contest, Max is nowhere to be found, until he runs up alongside Harley.  May goes out and impresses the crowd with her Bulbasaur's Razor Leaf and Vine Whip, while Harley's Cacturne stuns the crowd with its lightning-fast Bullet Seed.  Both of them progress to the next round.

In the next round, Cacturne quickly takes out an Azurill.  Harley tells May that her opponent, a Surskit, is slow in battle, so her Bulbasaur moves in close to the Surskit.  She is surprised when Surskit's Quick Attack deals a beating to her Bulbasaur - in fact, that Surskit is known for its impressive speed!  May eventually recovers enough to claim victory.

In the next round, May faces off against Harley, and she's doing well with a strong combo of Vine Whip and Tackle.  Just then, a recording plays over the loudspeakers - it's Max, telling an embarrassing story about May to Harley.  She is mortified and angry, allowing Cacturne to hit Bulbasaur hard.  Ash calls out to May, giving her focus.  She combines Petal Dance and Razor Leaf for a beautiful knock-out blow.  May wins the ribbon, and the kids head off.  Meanwhile, Team Rocket is dreaming of being highly-successful PokeBlock vendors...


Episode 12 (Season 8) - Claydol Big and Tall

Ash and friends continue their journey across Izabe Island, where they spot a giant stone Poke Ball atop a cliff.  They meet a sage named Sigourney, who tells them the story of the giant ball.  Once upon a time, a great destructive power was released, but was sealed inside a giant stone Poke Ball by a powerful sage and left in the lake.

 Team Rocket overhears this and of course, wants to steal the giant Poke Ball.  They show up at the lake and drop bombs on the stone ball, breaking it open.  A huge Claydol emerges and headed toward the village, blasting energy that destroys everything in its path.  Ash tries to catch it in a regular Poke Ball, but it doesn't work, and neither does attacking it.

They realize they need to lure the Claydol toward the other giant stone Poke Ball.  Team Rocket wants to help too, though they have their own wicked motives.  Sigourney reads from an old book that Claydol likes eggplants, so Ash and James dress up as eggplants to lure the Claydol to the rock.  It turns out Claydol actually hates eggplants, and they escape just in time.  Next, they try to use beautiful maidens to lure the Pokemon in (also from the book), with May, Jessie, Meowth, and Wobbuffet dressing up.  The Claydol ends up chasing Wobbuffet down a crevasse toward the Poke Ball.  The kids push the Poke Ball down the hill, where it gets stuck.  A combined attack from Mudkip, Lombre, and Pikachu frees it, and the stone ball finally rolls down to Claydol, capturing the giant Pokemon inside.

Team Rocket then tries to get away in their balloon with the giant Poke Ball, but it's too heavy and they crash elsewhere.  The ball rolls away, ending up in the middle of the lake.


Episode 13 (Season 8) - Once in a Mawile

Ash and Brock face off for a friendly training battle.  Ash pits his Torkoal against Brock's Lombre, which it seems like a mismatch until Torkoal lets loose with Overheat, sending Lombre rocketing across the forest.  The kids run after it, where they meet a Mawile that's become quite attracted to Lombre, along with its Trainer Samantha.  Brock sees Mawile's crush as a way to get close to Samantha, and begs Lombre to be nice.

Samantha performs ribbon dances with Mawile, so the two of them demonstrate.  The entire group starts walking to a nearby town, when Brock spots a bouquet on the road.  He goes to grab it, but it's a Team Rocket trap.  They grab Mawile, and Lombre doesn't put up much of a fight.  It takes Torkoal and Corphish to sort things out, and Corphish develops a crush on Mawile!  But Mawile doesn't like Corphish, breaking its heart.

 That night, Samantha and Mawile are set to perform for a huge crowd, but the show is interrupted by Team Rocket once again.  In a cloud of smoke, they grab a Pokémon - Lombre!

Jessie and James are dismayed to find they made a mistake, though Lombre and Wobbuffet get along well.  Leaving Brock behind to manage the crowd (with Corphish's help), the others catch up to the thieves, and Jessie puts up a fight simply because Ash wants Lombre back.  Lombre finally puts up a fight, protecting Mawile.  After the thieves blast off again, the kids return Lombre to Brock.

During Samantha and Mawile's performance, Lombre wanders over to Samantha's backpack, taking a Water Stone out of it - and evolving into Ludicolo!  It jumps on stage and joins the performance, amusing the crowd.  The show is a success, but Mawile doesn't like Ludicolo now.  A disappointed Brock joins Ludicolo in a happy dance to recover from their heartbreak.


Episode 14 (Season 8) - Beg, Burrow, and Steal

Lost in a desert, Ash and his friends see lots of identical pits in the ground - Trapinch burrows! A young woman named Elisa warns them they're trespassing on hazardous territory: these burrows connect to the many caves of the Trapinch Underground Labyrinth.

Enter Hal, a Pokémon researcher and Elisa's old friend. He's being chased by a Donphan, but Elisa's Meganium clams Donphan down. It turns out that Hal once fell into a Trapinch burrow and discovered a lake in the Labyrinth - a lake where Trapinch gather and evolve into Vibrava! Now he's attached a transmitter to a Trapinch so he can find the lake again.

Team Rocket appears and seizes Pikachu with their Diglett Supreme machine. But after Brock's Ludicolo breaks it and more Trapinch chew the machine to bits, Team Rocket and Pikachu don't have a leg (or machine) to stand on, and they fall into a burrow! Ash, Elisa, and Trapinch jump in after them, followed by Hal. As Max, Brock, and May wonder what to do, they fall into the burrow themselves and meet Elisa, Ash, and Trapinch.

Trapinch wanders away just before the tunnel floods with water, sweeping Ash and his friends into the underground lake where Pikachu is already waiting. Trapinch strolls in, followed by Hal, and a happy reunion follows. Everyone watches a nearby group of Trapinch evolve into Vibrava - until Team Rocket swoops in and nets all the newly-evolved Pokémon.

Brock and Elisa use Ludicolo and Meganium to free the trapped Vibrava, who then use Supersonic to deflect Team Rocket's attacks. Pikachu sends Team Rocket blasting off, the Vibrava fly everyone back to the surface, and all's well again as Ash and his friends head for the next town!


Episode 15 (Season 8) - Absol-ute Disaster

Ash is approaching the next town on Izabe Island when a sudden surge in the river destroys the bridge he was about to cross. An Absol is spotted in the wreckage, and the locals arrive to capture it. The town's bridges were mysteriously destroyed after the usually reclusive Absol began to appear in town about a month ago, so people now blame Absol for the disasters.

Absol escapes, but the town has hired Absol hunters: Team Rocket in disguise! One boy, Nicky, still believes Absol is harmless - his brother, Gordon, set out to prove Absol's innocence weeks ago but never returned. Ash joins Nicky to find the truth, and they spot Absol just before a geyser erupts from a cliff, stranding Nicky, Max, and Pikachu. To everyone's surprise, Absol helps save the day, as does a Heracross that turns out to belong to Gordon.

Gordon has finally returned after learning more about Absol. With his help, our heroes figure out that Absol was trying to warn the townspeople about the spring that feeds the river. There's much more water in the spring than usual, which means it could burst and flood the town. Sure enough, the water bursts out of the rocks, and it takes everyone's Pokémon working together with Absol to divert the flood with a giant boulder.

A soggy Team Rocket makes a half-hearted attempt to nab Pikachu, but Absol puts a quick stop to that. With their homes now safe, the locals realize that Absol was harmless after all, and everyone is now a little wiser for the experience.


Episode 16 (Season 8) - Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let is Snorunt

In a snowy region of Izabe Island, Ash and his friends take a rest at a Pokémon Center. As they're greeted by Nurse Joy, a Snorunt steals Ash's badges right out of his backpack! Nurse Joy explains that this mischievous Snorunt is just having fun, but Ash certainly isn't. He sends Corphish and Pikachu to get his badges back, and the chase is on!

The chase leads to the kitchen, where Team Rocket is busy helping themselves to all the food. Snorunt sends the thieves packing before leaping out the window, hotly pursued by Ash. As Snorunt taunts Ash, it slips and falls down an icy slope. Ash manages to save it, but he's knocked out in the process and his friends are unable to find him before a blizzard forces them back indoors.

Ash awakens in a snug snow shelter built by Snorunt. It swipes his hat and takes it to the Pokémon Center, alerting Ash's friends. They follow Snorunt back to the shelter on snowmobiles but just as they reach Ash, Team Rocket grabs Snorunt and Pikachu! Snorunt breaks free, then helps Ash stop Team Rocket and save his friend.

It seems Snorunt stole Ash's badges because it wanted to play with him. Ash invites Snorunt to join him, but first he must prove he's capable of capturing this wily Pokémon. With Pikachu's help, he does capture Snorunt - although it looks like this Pokémon may still be a real handful!


Episode 17 (Season 8) - Do I Hear a Ralts?

As Ash and his friends are taking a break, Max hears a cry for help and finds a sick Ralts. Its too weak to walk but needs to be treated at a Pokémon Center, so Max decides to carry it there. However, Team Rocket wants Ralts for themselves, dressing up as Gardevoir and Kirlia to steal it. When the Pokédex sees through Meowths disguise, Team Rocket decides to fight, and Max must take Ralts and run while his friends fend off Team Rocket.

Ralts becomes too ill to travel at all, but Max doesnt know what to do until Snorunt makes him an ice pack for Ralts fever. Now they can set off again, but Team Rocket makes another grab for Ralts. To everyones surprise, theyre sent packing by a real Gardevoir and Kirlia. They want Ralts returned, and its a tense stand-off until Gardevoir decides Max can be trusted and lets him continue.

By the time Max reaches the Pokémon Center, Ralts is terribly sick. When Ash and the others arrive, Max bursts into tears and runs to May. Its a tense wait until Nurse Joy predicts a full recovery for Ralts.

Once Ralts is well again, Max takes it outside and calls for Gardevoir and Kirlia. This summons Team Rockets fakes again, but Ralts is healthy enough to take care of them itself. The real Pokémon appear and though Ralts doesnt want to leave, Max knows it must. But first he promises that when hes old enough to be a Trainer, hell come back and find Ralts again so they can travel the world together.


Episode 18 (Season 8) - The Great Eight Fate!

Our heroes have arrived in Sootopolis at last, and Ash is ready to earn his eighth badge - but first it's time to watch the Sootopolis Gym Leader, Juan, put on an impressive water show! Team Rocket tries to snatch Juan's Water Pokémon with an electrified net, but his Pokémon work together to free themselves from Team Rocket's net and foil the plan.

Ash challenges Juan to a battle, and of course Juan accepts. As a former champion Pokémon Coordinator, he intends to fight an elegant match. First Ash will face him in a 2-on-2 battle, followed by a second round of 1-on-1 battles. It's Snorunt and Pikachu against Sealeo and Seaking in the first round, and Ash is surprised by the speed with which Juan's Pokémon battle. Even Sealeo's Ice Ball attack is much faster than expected. Snorunt is knocked out and replaced by Corphish, and together Corphish and Pikachu manage to triumph over Sealeo and Seaking for a first round victory.

In the second round, Ash sends out Grovyle to face Juan's Luvdisc. Luvdisc is an agile opponent, but more than that, it surprises Ash and Grovyle with Sweet Kiss. Grovyle is confused, and it might not be the only one - elsewhere in Sootopolis, Team Rocket has disguised James as Juan in preparation for another money-making scheme. What's Team Rocket up to, and how can Ash counter Juan's Luvdisc? These questions will be answered in the next episode!


Episode 19 (Season 8) - Eight Ain't Enough

We rejoin the action in the middle of Ash's match against Juan, the Sootopolis Gym Leader. Ash's Grovyle has been confused by Luvdisc's Sweet Kiss and before it can snap out of it, Luvdisc knocks it out with Water Gun! Corphish must step up to take Grovyle's place.

Team Rocket has dressed James up as Juan to attract an audience for their Water Illusion show, but back at the Gym, it's a tense back and forth as Corphish confronts Luvdisc. Luvdisc is fast, and when Corphish's attack creates a rain-like shower of water, its Swift Swim makes it even faster! But once that effect dissipates, Corphish wins the round, only to be defeated by Juan's next Pokémon, Whiscash.

With no Water Pokémon and no talent, Team Rocket's Water Illusion is a very poor Water Pokémon talent show, but they've got a Plan B: sell merchandise and autographs! Naturally Team Rocket tries to swindle all their customers, but it turns out that Juan's fans include some tough Water Pokémon Trainers - never mess with a lady and her Blastoise! Team Rocket's plan is now officially all wet.

After Swellow defeats Whiscash, Juan sends out his secret weapon: Milotic! Milotic takes down Swellow and then faces off with Pikachu. Milotic's Restore ability makes this a tough battle, but in the end Pikachu takes advantage of the water-filled battle stage to score a victory. Ash has earned his eighth badge and it's time to prepare for the Hoenn League!


Episode 20 (Season 8) - Showdown at Linoone!

Ash is now three months away from Ever Grande City and the Hoenn League, while May is gearing up for her next contest in. But after they stop for a rest, two of May's Poké Balls suddenly vanish! All evidence points to a Linoone as the culprit. Ash tracks it to a house and meets Kimmy and his family. Kimmy is a boy whose Linoone, Token, is obsessed with collecting round objects - even if they're not his! Kimmy and his parents help search, but there's no sign of May's Poké Balls until Token appears with the Poké Balls still in his mouth.

Team Rocket, impressed by Token's Pickup ability, capture Token and fly off in their balloon. Kimmy tries to stop them but falls and gets hurt, which startles Token into dropping the Poké Balls. Pikachu frees Token but Team Rocket simply grabs Pikachu instead and flees.
Token chases Team Rocket's round balloon - it likes round objects because it used to play Fetch with Kimmy when it was still a Zigzagoon. James' Cacnea tries to stop Token with Needle Arm, but this accidentally pops the balloon and lets Token rescue Pikachu. Team Rocket come back for more, so Token and Pikachu hit them with a double Thunderbolt and blast them off at last! Kimmy now understands that even though Token changed when it evolved, the two of them are still friends.


Episode 21 (Season 8) - Who, What, When, Where, Wynaut?

When Ash and May see Drew training his Masquerain, May can't resist the challenge of a practice match. Beautifly and Masquerain battle it out in a Silver Wind showdown that's interrupted by who else but Team Rocket and their Magikarp submarine! They use a giant vacuum to snatch the Pokémon but accidentally snatch the Trainers as well, and in the confusion, Max bumps the sub's engine switch. The submarine rockets off until it hits an island, sending everyone flying!

Now Jessie, James, and Meowth need to find Wobbuffet. Brock, Max, and Ash need to find Drew and May. And Drew and May are found by Roderick, a one-time coordinator who knows the ins and outs of Mirage Island. But when Drew and May try to get a closer look at Mirage Island's famed Liechi Berries, they fall into a river!

Wynaut to the rescue! A herd of Wynaut rescue the pair and shelter them in their cave, where they've got plenty of Liechi Berries to eat. Elsewhere, Wobbuffet reunites with Team Rocket, and they're inspired to steal the Liechi Berries from the Wynaut. May is kidnapped when she tries to stop them, but Drew and the Wynaut come running. Roderick and Ash's group realize foul play is afoot and show up just in time to help Drew battle Team Rocket.
Team Rocket is no match for teamwork - once Drew and May have their Pokémon perform a perfect double Silver Wind, it's all over! Team Rocket blasts off and Roderick helps everyone off the island. He also gives May a sweet souvenir that will help her in her upcoming contests: a basket of Liechi Berries to make great Pokéblock!


Episode 22 (Season 8) - Date Expectations!

May and her friends are headed to Pacifidlog Island for the last Pokémon Contest before the Grand Festival. But their boat has engine trouble and the pilot, Carlos, lands on a nearby island. To reach Pacifidlog in time, our heroes must cross the island to the port and take a ferry. But the island is full of Donphan, and it's breeding season - all the male Donphan perform a Roll Out dance of love to impress the females, which can be dangerous for any Trainers who happen to be in the way!

Along the way, May and her friends cheer on a Donphan who wants to impress a brown female Donphan. Snorunt's Ice Beam turns the ground into an ice skating rink, and Donphan trips. Ash chases Snorunt, who won't go back into its Poké Ball, but just as he gets it back, the Donphan send everyone running! May and Ash make it to the port as the last ferry is about to leave... and May bravely decides to turn around and look for Max.

May's Grand Festival debut will have to wait another year, but everyone is reunited, along with their Donphan friend and the brown Donphan. Donphan does a dance of love that wins her heart, but Team Rocket shows up and captures them both. May, fed up with Team Rocket's constant schemes, calls on her Pokémon to free the Donphan and stop Team Rocket. Once the Donphan are freed, they Roll Out together and Team Rocket blasts off yet again.
Carlos finds May and her friends sadly standing at the port. His boat is fixed, and he takes them to Pacifidlog. Now it's up to May to win her fifth ribbon!


Episode 23 (Season 8) - Mean With Envy!

Pacifidlog at last! May is practicing for her contest, and Ash wants Snorunt to practice Ice Beam. But Snorunt's wild aim hits Team Rocket instead and scares another Coordinator's Aipom. Skitty chases it, and May chases Skitty. She finds Skitty playing with another Coordinator, Joshua, and the two talk about the upcoming contest. Erica, a Coordinator who really likes Joshua, loses her cool when she sees them together and gives May a piece of her mind.

Ash and the others show up, but so does Team Rocket! The villains grab Pikachu and Snorunt, so May and Joshua team up to stop them. Erica's so mad that May and Joshua are working together, she has Jynx use Hyper Beam to send Team Rocket flying. Then it's time to register for the contest, where Team Rocket also has a plan to enter the contest - with Meowth!
The first competitor in the Pacifidlog Contest is the Jester and her Meowth. Both of them look awfully familiar, as does the Giovanni ice sculpture Meowth carves using Fury Swipes! Joshua, Erica, and May all do well and move onto the second round along with the Jester. To May's shock, she'll be facing Joshua in the second round! Erica wants Joshua to win so they can win the ribbon together, but there's no way May is going to give up!


Episode 24 (Season 8) - Pacifidlog Jam!

The second round of the Pacifidlog Contest begins! Erica and her Jynx face a suspiciously familiar team - the Jester and Meowth. Meowth is afraid of Jynx, so the Jester orders him to use Transform. Meowth disguises himself as a Sunflora, then a Kirlia, and finally a Wailord, but the scam is uncovered. The Jester reveals herself as Jessie and Team Rocket tries to snatch Jynx, but its Hyper Beam puts a stop to that!

Erica jealously watches Joshua and Houndoom battle May and Skitty. The winner depends on which attack is stronger: Houndoom's Flamethrower or Skitty's Blizzard! They're well-matched, but Houndoom finally stumbles. With time up, May is ahead of Joshua in the points.

On the final contest stage, Erica realizes May and Joshua both gave it their best. That matters more than petty jealousy, so Erica apologizes and shakes May's hand. Once their battle starts, Skitty has a hard time with Jynx's attacks so May decides to use Assist again and again, with mixed results... and she's running out of time! But Skitty's Assist finally comes up with Fire Spin, an attack that Jynx is weak against, giving May the advantage she needs to win!
Afterward, Erica and Joshua promise to keep training separately so they can become great rivals as well as great partners. May and her friends say goodbye, then it's off to the Grand Festival and the Hoenn League!


Episode 25 (Season 8) - Berry, Berry Interesting!

It's the battle between Ash and Tyson to decide who moves on to the final four of the Hoenn League, and Glalie and Sceptile are already out! Tyson's Shiftry is ill-matched against Ash's Torkoal and its fiery attacks, but Tyson sends in Hariyama to beat the heat and defeat Torkoal. Corphish is next, but Hariyama defeats it too!

At the halftime break, Morrison tries to give Ash a pep talk. When the match resumes, Swellow and Hariyama battle until Swellow is the victor. Swellow then goes on to beat Tyson's Donphan, but Tyson has a powerful Metagross waiting! Despite Swellow's determination, Metagross knocks it out - but Swellow did some damage, and Ash sends Grovyle out to hammer on that weak spot. Grovyle still can't stop Metagross but Pikachu finishes the job, so Tyson sends out the ace up his sleeve: his Meowth!
Team Rocket's Meowth cheers its fellow Pokémon on from the stands. Tyson's Meowth can counter Pikachu's Thunderbolt with one of its own, so the battle comes down to Iron Tail vs Iron Tail. Exhausted, both Pokémon finally fall to the ground, and though they get back up, Pikachu cannot continue. Team Rocket's Meowth is delighted, but not for long - Jessie and James have been caught stealing Pokémon by their new boss, who sends all three flying! Tyson goes on to win the Hoenn League and Ash, happy that he battled his best, can now look forward to his next big adventure.


Episode 26 (Season 8) - Less is Morrison!

Our friends have stopped to eat, but Munchlax won't stop eating! Ash is training when he sees a sandwich come rolling down a hill, and Munchlax gulps down the sandwich. That's how Ash ends up meeting Morrison, the sandwich's owner, who decides to have a Pokémon battle with Ash: his Beldum against Ash's Pikachu!

Pikachu's Iron Tail and Beldum's Take Down are evenly matched - it's a tie! After the battle, Morrison, who plans to enter the Hoenn League tournament, shows off his seven badges. When Ash tells him he needs eight badges to enter, he runs off to find a Gym. But since there's no Gym on the island, he ends up at the same Pokémon Center that Ash and his friends are staying at. The two Trainers constantly compete over everything, even which spot they're going to train in!

Just as they reach a truce, however, Team Rocket kidnaps Pikachu and Beldum. Though they have no other Pokémon with them, Ash and Morrison chase the thieves down, then battle Team Rocket's Seviper and Cacnea by themselves! Pikachu and Beldum are freed and with their help, Team Rocket is quickly sent blasting off again.
Now Ash is headed to Slateport with his friends, but as Morrison goes off to earn his eighth badge, the two rivals promise to meet each other again at Ever Grande!


Episode 27 (Season 8) - The Ribbon Cup Caper

May is traveling to Slateport City in style: onboard a giant cruise ship that has the Grand Festival's prize Ribbon Cup on display! Officer Jenny reveals that even though Team Magma and Team Aqua have disbanded, a former Team Magma member - Brodie the Phantom Thief - is onboard and intent on stealing valuables.

When May goes to see the Ribbon Cup, Munchlax bumps the display case, breaking the Cup and revealing that it's a fake. And without the Cup, the Grand Festival will be called off! Brodie must have stolen it, so a "Golden Poké Ball" is put on display as a lure. Disguised as the Captain, Brodie distracts May and her friends and steals the Poké Ball, but Officer Jenny had a tracking device installed in it and they set off in hot pursuit.
They chase Brodie through the ship, finally cornering him on deck. Brodie has now disguised himself as Officer Jenny and the only way to distinguish between the two is with Brock's keen eye for lovely ladies. Once his ruse is rumbled, he escapes and Team Rocket tries for the Ribbon Cup instead. But Officer Jenny and Ash are up to the job, and Team Rocket's plans are thwarted.


Episode 28 (Season 8) - Hi Ho Silver Wind!

May has arrived in Slateport City for the Grand Festival. Her mother, Caroline, has come to cheer her on, and her friends sent notes to wish her luck. With 247 competitors in the preliminary matches and only 64 slots in the main competition round, May will need more than just luck - especially when Drew and Harley are among the competitors, too!

Harley is friendly towards May, but her friends are suspicious of the advice he gives her. Meanwhile, Team Rocket has dressed James up as Norman and offers free counseling sessions. When Trainers show up, their Pokémon are stolen! Harley sees this and drags May off to see "Norman." When she and her friends see the false Norman, Team Rocket's number is up.
With Team Rocket's plan foiled, it's back to the competition. May uses Silver Wind just as Harley suggested, and it works great. She advances to the next round along with Harley and Drew. But Drew is still skeptical of Harley's motives as they prepare for the main competition.


Episode 29 (Season 8) - Deceit and Assist!

The Grand Festival is underway in Slateport. Harley asks May if they can train together for the main competition, and May agrees. She's not the only one training; Ash is also training Snorunt, but its Ice Beam hits a Pokémon coordinator named Anthony. Anthony was planning to compete in the Grand Festival with his Swalot... until three people stole his ribbons!

The first round of the main competition begins with single Pokémon performances. Harley shows off his scary Banette as Jessie prepares to take the stage - as Anthony! She took his ribbons and disguised herself as him, but Officer Jenny, Ash, and the real Anthony are all waiting for her. Before she can get in a fight, James and Meowth exercise the better part of valor and drag her away.

Now it's May's turn. Following Harley's advice, she has Skitty use Assist over and over, until Skitty performs a Petal Dance and confuses itself! Harley is delighted; Drew, who overhears him, is not. May orders Skitty to Double Slap itself back to normal and finish off with an impressive Blizzard. She apologizes to Harley for going against his advice, but Drew reveals that Harley was only pretending to be her friend to sabotage her.
Drew and his Masquerain receive perfect scores for their performance, as does Robert and his Milotic. May just makes it into the second round, where she'll face Harley in a double-battle!


Episode 30 (Season 8) - Rhapsody in Drew!

May and Harley face off in the main competition of the Grand Festival! It's Harley's Banette and Cacturne against May's Beautifly and Bulbasaur. May's team gets in the first hits, but Harley makes a comeback and it takes some quick thinking for May to beat Harley and move onto the semifinals.

Elsewhere, Jessie wants to impersonate a coordinator and sneak into the competition. Team Rocket decides to kidnap Robert, but Ash interrupts them as they make their move. Snorunt is hit by Team Rocket's Pokémon and evolves into a Glalie! Jessie thinks it's adorable, James thinks it's creepy, but either way, Glalie easily sends them packing.

Back on the stage, May defeats Anthony's Pinsir and Combusken, but her next opponent will be an even greater challenge: Drew! And Drew has brought a Flygon he trained especially for the competition. Flygon and Roselia are up against Combusken and Skitty. It's a close fight but Roselia hits May's Pokémon with Stun Spore, followed by a Steel Wing from Flygon, and takes the win.
Now it's Drew and Robert in the finals. To May's surprise, Robert earns the victory and wins the Festival. But Drew isn't upset - that night, even though there's a party, he goes right back to training. Impressed by his example, May sets her sights on next year's Grand Festival!

Episode 31 (Season 8) - Island Time

Ash is ready to board the ferry to Ever Grande City when May comes running up - she's won four plane tickets to Ever Grande! Except once the kids are onboard, the flight crew turns out to be Team Rocket in disguise, and the plane is headed for Team Rocket headquarters! Now if only Team Rocket had thought to fill up the fuel tank first...

Out of fuel, the plane makes an emergency landing on an island in the middle of the ocean. As Ash and his friends exit the plane, they meet Robin, a traveling salesman who's been stranded on the island for ages. Luckily, he also made a Wailmer friend to help him out! But Wailmer wasn't strong enough to carry Robin past the whirlpools that surround Wailmer Island, as Robin now calls it. Team Rocket tries to swim for it themselves, and find out firsthand how dangerous the whirlpools are!

Brock realizes that with help from their Pokémon, the group can convert the airplane to a ship. Once the ship is finished, Team Rocket grabs Pikachu and steals the ship, but once again they've forgotten about the need for fuel. The ship ends up wrecked in a whirlpool, and Wailmer helps Ash save Pikachu just in time.
Together, Wailmer and Pikachu stop Team Rocket, and Wailmer evolves into a huge Wailord! Now Wailord is strong enough to carry Robin, Ash, and his friends through the whirlpools and safely back to the ferry. But Robin, who realizes he never truly enjoyed his job in the city, decides to return to Wailmer Island with Wailord and live life to the fullest. As he departs, Ash and company turn their sights towards Ever Grande and the Hoenn League competition two weeks away!

Episode 32 (Season 8) - Like a Meowth to a Flame!

Ash and his friends have finally arrived in Ever Grande city for the Hoenn League Championships, but they're mobbed by a group of Murkrow as they're looking for a place to eat. A snappily-dressed Meowth and its Trainer, Tyson, jump into save the day. After introductions and a friendly lunch together, it's time to see the torch carried to the stadium. Tyson himself turns out to be the torch bearer!

While Tyson heads for the stadium, Ash makes his preparations for the Hoenn league and wonders where Morrison is. Team Rocket is also making their preparations - to steal the torch, which burns with a legendary flame! When Tyson brings the torch to a storage room before the ceremonies, a disguised Team Rocket grabs the torch and runs! Officer Jenny, Nurse Joy, and our heroes all give chase and finally corner Team Rocket.
Tyson's Meowth seizes the torch and dares Team Rocket's Meowth to try and take it back. Meowth, its pride wounded, takes up the challenge, but is quickly defeated by its new rival before Team Rocket is sent blasting off as usual. With the torch recovered, now the Hoenn League championships can get underway!


Episode 33 (Season 8) - Saved by the Beldum!

Where's Morrison? That's the question on Ash's mind as he trains his Pokémon in preparation for the big tournament in Ever Grande City. When Morrison finally makes his appearance, he and Ash immediately start up their friendly rivalry again, which leads to them falling into a Team Rocket pit trap! Tyson and his Meowth in boots show up just in time to help out - Tyson's Meowth defeats Team Rocket's Meowth once more, using Iron Tail to send the villains flying.

Once everyone is registered for the tournament, the one-on-one preliminary rounds get underway. Morrison and Beldum face a Trainer with an Electabuzz, and Morrison is relying solely on Beldum's Take Down attack. This doesn't work too well until Beldum evolves into Metang and wins the match. As for Tyson, his Meowth takes some hits from a Persian, then comes back to win its first round. But once Persian is knocked out, Meowth charges after it and Tyson must recall it to its Poké Ball.

Tyson later explains why his Meowth is so troubled. When he met Meowth, it was lying hurt in a forest after a Persian defeated it in a battle for leadership. Tyson took care of Meowth, which was how it got its boots - originally they were just to help protect its injured legs. But to this day it still has a grudge against Persian.
And now it's Ash's turn to battle! Pikachu handily wins its round, so all three Trainers can look forward to their next challenge in the Hoenn League.


Episode 34 (Season 8) - From Brags to Riches!

The preliminaries are over, and now the Hoenn League Championships begin in earnest! The qualifying round is all double battles, and Ash goes to watch Morrison's match against muscleman Gavin. Morrison's Growlithe and Gligar are up against Marowak and Machamp, and no punches are pulled in this all-out battle! It's not looking good for Morrison until Gligar uses Guillotine to knock Machamp out. But Marowak defeats Growlithe, and Gligar finally wins.

Ash is jogging along after the match, minding his own business, when he falls into another Team Rocket pit trap. But just as they finish their motto, their new boss catches them in the act and shouts at them to get back to work. Team Rocket runs away and Ash wonders what's going on, but not for long - he's up next in the qualifying round!
Ash sends out Torkoal and Corphish. His opponent Dominic sends out Swalot and Tropius, which may grant him an aerial advantage. But Ash's trusty Torkoal gives it all it's got, and takes down Tropius in a double KO. As for Swalot, its resilient body resists Corphish's attacks. Finally Corphish charges in, throws Swalot, and gets up close and personal to deliver a Bubble Beam that knocks its opponent out! Tyson has also won his first match, and now our Trainers move on to round 2!


Episode 35 (Season 8) - Shocks and Bonds!

Ash, Tyson, and Morrison are all aiming for the top of the Hoenn League, but first they have to qualify for the Victory Tournament stage of the competition. In the third and final double battle qualification round, Ash sends out Glalie and Groyle against Clark, a conductor with two strong Fire-type Pokémon - Charizard and Quilava. Grovyle and Quilava are knocked out first, and it's an icy hot battle as Charizard and Glalie battle for victory! Thanks to Ash's quick thinking, Glalie bounces back for the win.

Morrison and Tyson advance to the Victory Tournament, too. In fact, the only ones not getting anywhere are Team Rocket. It's hard to steal Pikachu when they're busy selling snacks at the stadium, but honest work has its rewards... a delicious dinner they didn't even have to steal! Meanwhile, the Trainers have a day off to see the sights and do some extra training.
Now the Victory Tournament begins: 32 competitors, one winner! Ash's first opponent is Katie, a strategic Trainer who takes full advantage of type weaknesses and strengths. She starts out with Venomoth, but switches in Golduck to put Ash's Torkoal out of the match. Next up is Pikachu, but Katie counters with Dugtrio and sends Pikachu flying! Glalie knocks out Dugtrio, but is stopped by Misdreavus and its Destiny Bond attack. With Ash down three Pokémon and Katie only down two, will he be able to hang on to this match?


Episode 36 (Season 8) - A Judgement Brawl!

The first round of the Victory Tournament finds Ash in a tight spot. He has three Pokémon remaining; Katie, his opponent, has four. Katie's Golduck faces Corphish on a water field and uses its attack to confuse Corphish. Luckily, even confused, Corphish is one tough Pokémon! Its haphazard attacks manage to defeat Golduck. Then it's a tense series of battles as Ash rallies and knocks out all of Katie's Pokémon until only her Walrein remains!

Walrein knocks out Swellow and Corphish with no problem, but Ash's spur of the moment tactics and Groyvle's fighting ability are still a force to be reckoned with. Walrein's Ice Beam has the side effect of freezing over the water, which means it can no longer dive to avoid attacks, and Grovyle takes full advantage of the situation to strike fast and hard. Victory to Ash!

The next round draw is completed, and to their mutual shock, Ash and Morrison will be battling each other. Morrison runs off, stunned by the thought of battling his friend. And where has Team Rocket been all this time? Still working hard to sell snacks at the stadium! Their boss will even take them out for dinner if things keep going well. Will the promise of food actually keep Team Rocket out of trouble?
The next day, Morrison and Ash begin their match. Morrison doesn't have the heart to battle, and his Gigafarig is quickly beaten by Corphish. Will he recover in time to make it a good match, or will this experience affect his friendship with Ash?


Episode 37 (Season 8) - Choose It or Lose It!

Morrison and Ash are battling each other in the Hoenn League, and Morrison is so upset he can't bring himself to choose his next Pokémon after his Gigafarig is knocked out! He's almost disqualified before he decides to send Growlithe out against Ash's Corphish. But Morrison doesn't have Growlithe attack, and his Pokémon is quickly knocked out. Ash angrily demands to know why Morrison isn't fighting, which makes Morrison realize his Pokémon are counting on him to give it his best, too.

He rallies and brings out Swampert - both it and Corphish unleash their strongest attacks, resulting in a double KO! It's time for a battlefield change and Morrison apologizes to Ash. Then, Pikachu and Morrison's Steelix take to the grass battlefield. Another head-to-head battle results in Pikachu out of the match, and Torkoal is defeated as well! It's up to Grovyle to beat Steelix, but Morrison's agile Gligar gets the better of their aerial battle. Gligar and Ash's Swellow have another double KO, so this match will be decided by Glalie and Metang. Some clever strategy wins the day for Ash, who becomes one of only 8 semifinalists!
Elsewhere, Team Rocket's work as snack sellers pays off when their boss takes them to the all-you-can-eat buffet as a reward. But is he making a big mistake in trusting them? And Ash and Tyson will face each other in the semifinals, in a match that begins with a real bang!


Episode 38 (Season 8) - At the End of the Fray!

It's the battle between Ash and Tyson to decide who moves on to the final four of the Hoenn League, and Glalie and Sceptile are already out! Tyson's Shiftry is ill-matched against Ash's Torkoal and its fiery attacks, but Tyson sends in Hariyama to beat the heat and defeat Torkoal. Corphish is next, but Hariyama defeats it too!

At the halftime break, Morrison tries to give Ash a pep talk. When the match resumes, Swellow and Hariyama battle until Swellow is the victor. Swellow then goes on to beat Tyson's Donphan, but Tyson has a powerful Metagross waiting! Despite Swellow's determination, Metagross knocks it out - but Swellow did some damage, and Ash sends Grovyle out to hammer on that weak spot. Grovyle still can't stop Metagross but Pikachu finishes the job, so Tyson sends out the ace up his sleeve: his Meowth!
Team Rocket's Meowth cheers its fellow Pokémon on from the stands. Tyson's Meowth can counter Pikachu's Thunderbolt with one of its own, so the battle comes down to Iron Tail vs Iron Tail. Exhausted, both Pokémon finally fall to the ground, and though they get back up, Pikachu cannot continue. Team Rocket's Meowth is delighted, but not for long - Jessie and James have been caught stealing Pokémon by their new boss, who sends all three flying! Tyson goes on to win the Hoenn League and Ash, happy that he battled his best, can now look forward to his next big adventure.


Episode 39 (Season 8) - The Scheme Team

The Hoenn League has ended and our friends must go their separate ways. Tyson and Morrison are off to new adventures; May and Max return to Petalburg while Ash and Brock head back to Kanto. Even Team Rocket goes back to headquarters and reports to a thoroughly unimpressed Giovanni. Butch and Cassidy show off their cool new jetpacks, so Team Rocket demands they get something cool too - and end up with pogo sticks.

Ash is now alone, Brock having headed home to Pewter City. In Viridian City, Ash encounters Scott, a flashy fellow who wants to talk about the Battle Frontier. But first Ash ends up challenging the new Viridian Gym Leader, a woman named Agatha. With typical confidence, Ash sends Pikachu to battle Agatha's Gengar and forgets that as a Ghost-type Pokémon, Pikachu won't be able to hit it with normal attacks.

Although Ash quickly adjusts his strategy and Pikachu does its best, it just can't beat Gengar. Still, Agatha is impressed that Ash at least showed some spirit. It's now that Ash learns Agatha is also one of the Elite Four, so it's great that Pikachu managed to last that long in the first place! Scott encourages Ash to try for the Battle Frontier, a series of seven challenges, but they're briefly interrupted by Team Rocket's latest short-lived Pikachu-snatching attempt.
Once Ash finally makes it back home, he finds Misty and her new Azurill waiting for him - and Professor Birch and Max show up as well! A memorable get-together is in the works.


Episode 40 (Season 8) - The Right Place and the Right Mime

Ash has returned to Pallet Town to find a reunion of friends! May stops by Ash's house but Ash has left for Professor Oak's lab, where Max, Misty, and Tracey are getting to know a trio of Kanto starter Pokémon. Max upsets the Squirtle, which goes running to May just as she arrives with Ash's mother. May wants to know what Max is doing there when he should be at home - it seems he's a guest of Professor Birch, who enters with Professor Oak and Ash in tow.

As everyone takes this opportunity to discuss their plans for the future and meet Ash's other Pokémon, Team Rocket shows up to ruin the fun with their new Sucker for Punishment, a giant vacuuming robot! Ash calls on his old pal Snorlax to knock Team Rocket down a notch, and with the help of May, Misty, Tracey, Team Rocket's plan to nab Pikachu is foiled once again.
With that excitement over, Ash prepares to depart for the Battle Factory. Glalie and Torkoal will stay behind, but Phanpy wants to tag along for the trip. As for May, her Beautifly and Skitty are living the good life at home, but her new friend Squirtle makes a perfect addition to her team. Misty will travel with her friends on her way home too, and they just can't leave without Brock, who catches up to them as they're leaving Pallet Town! Together again, our intrepid group of Trainers sets off in search of another adventure.


Episode 41 (Season 8) - A Real Cleffa Hanger

Ash and his friends are on their way to the Battle Frontier, and Misty joins them for a while as she heads back to Cerulean City. But Daisy calls to ask if she can start giving away Gym Badges - Misty just can't get a break! Brock has left his Ludicolo at home, May is delighted with her new Squirtle, and Max is eager to see Pokémon that live on nearby Mt. Moon, like Cleffa. Sure enough, a Cleffa appears.

So does Team Rocket and their Poké-Vac 5000, which manages to vacuum up all of the kids' Pokémon except for Pikachu. Except Team Rocket accidentally ejects the Pokémon right back out, the Poké-Vac breaks, and in the confusion as Team Rocket blasts off, Cleffa, Misty, Max, Pikachu, and Azurill all fall in a river!

Misty and Max get back onto dry land and start to look for their friends. Easier said than done, as they run from Beedrill and take cover from a rainstorm. Meanwhile, a Clefairy and Clefable team up with Ash and May to find Cleffa. Just as they find Misty, Team Rocket shows up to spoil the reunion.
Clefairy, Clefable, and Cleffa call for backup, and Team Rocket is on the receiving end of a super-powerful Metronome - Solarbeam combo, with Munchlax on the assist. That's it for Team Rocket until next time! That night, Ash and his friends watch a Pokémon moondance, and in the morning he and Misty go their separate ways once more.


Episode 42 (Season 8) - Numero Uno Articuno

The Battle Factory is Ash's next destination - if he can find it, that is. He and his friends have become lost, but they see snow and an Articuno flying overhead, followed by a plane in distress. The group winds up at a Pokémon Center, where Scott gives them a ride to the Battle Factory. There they meet Noland, who's not just the Factory Head but also a bit of a mechanical mastermind, and the pilot of the plane they saw last night.

Ash can pick which of Noland's Pokémon he wants to battle. Noland has befriended an Articuno whom he helped once, and he takes Max and Pikachu up in his plane to fly with the Legendary Pokémon. Team Rocket wants Articuno for themselves, and they show up in their own plane to steal it. It's no match for Articuno, who quickly sends them on their way.
Impressed, Ash decides he wants to battle Articuno. What's more, he wants to battle it with Charizard! It looks like this is shaping up to be quite a match...


Episode 43 (Season 8) - The Symbol Life

Ash has opted to battle Articuno with Charizard in his Battle Factory match. Now he's busy training with Charizard, who has gotten even stronger during its time in the Charicific Valley. Team Rocket, secretly watching from the roof of the Battle Factory, are hopeful they can snatch the impressive Pokémon for themselves. But when the battle gets underway, the roof of the Battle Factory opens and they fall into the main chamber where everyone can see them.

Articuno and Charizard waste no time in clearing out the intruders before Noland and Ash get down to business. This Articuno is tough and knows a Water-type attack, so Charizard is in for a rough time. The two Pokémon wage a fast-paced flying battle that looks like it might end in Noland's favor as Articuno ices up Charizard's wing. Good thing for Ash that Charizard has a new trick in store: Overheat!
Articuno also packs a powerful Steel Wing, but Charizard grabs it mid-attack and turns the move into a Seismic Toss. Articuno tries to get back up and battle, to no avail. Ash is awarded the Knowledge Symbol along with a Frontier Folio to hold his Battle Frontier Symbols, and Noland congratulates him on a battle well-fought. Next stop, the Battle Arena!


Episode 44 (Season 8) - Hooked On Onix

Ash's Battle Factory victory has him eager to reach the next Battle Frontier stop right away, but even he has to stop for food and water. Munchlax takes care of the Pokémon food by eating it all, which sets off a squabble that disturbs the local Geodude. The Geodude chase Ash and May's Pokémon, and some of them are separated in the commotion. Ash and May have to find their missing Pokémon!

An Onix leads the Rock-type Pokémon that live in the area, and they're none too happy about the intruders. Team Rocket sees this and convinces Onix that Ash and his friends are up to no good. Phanpy and Squirtle reunite with Pikachu, Corphish, and then Munchlax, but they're captured by Rock Pokémon working with Team Rocket. Elsewhere, Brock is captured as well!

Ash finds Onix and Team Rocket, but now all his friends and their Pokémon have been snagged! Ash tries to tell Onix that he's not a villain, and Onix decides that they'll battle. If Ash wins, his friends go free. If Ash loses... well, he'd better win! Ash choses Grovyle, who has a type advantage against Onix, and wins the round.
Team Rocket tries plan B: steal all the Pokémon outright. But Ash tells Grovyle to defend Onix against their attack, and it's clear now who the good guys are. May and the others are freed, and together everyone protects the wild Pokémon from Team Rocket. Once the villains are sent flying, Onix makes amends by giving our heroes an escorted ride out of its valley.


Episode 45 (Season 8) - Rough, Tough Jigglypuff

On their way to the Battle Arena, Ash and his friends are snagged by a net trap. But for once, it's not Team Rocket - it's a fellow named Mitch and his Loudred, and they're tyring to catch Jigglypuff! Mitch used to be a company executive until his daughter Lisa requested a Jigglypuff for her birthday, and for six months he's been in the woods trying to get one. Every Jigglypuff comes to tease him, and every day Jigglypuff gets away scot free. Plus, Lisa's birthday is tomorrow!

Ash decides to help Mitch out, but Jigglypuff puts everyone to sleep, even Team Rocket. What's more, it's tough, and it's not impressed when they try to lure it with food! So they trick it into battling Loudred and using Rollout, which rolls it right into the cabin - now covered in sound-reflecting panels. Pikachu battles Jigglypuff until it uses Sing, and the echoes of its attack put it to sleep.
Now Mitch can catch Jigglypuff, but he realizes it belongs in the forest after all. He and the kids return to town, where Lisa is happy to have her dad home even if he didn't bring a Jigglypuff. Just then, Jigglypuff comes flying in, angry at Mitch for leaving. It turns out that Jigglypuff liked playing with Mitch, and it decides to stick around. So now Lisa has two new Pokémon friends!


Episode 46 (Season 8) - On Cloud Arcanine

May and Ash are waiting on line outside a popular bakery when an Arcanine runs past. May wants to catch it, but she sees that Drew is chasing it too! Thanks to Extremespeed, Arcanine easily escapes. May catches up to it while it's eating and sends out Combusken, but Arcanine outruns her Pokémon. So Ash and his friends stop to ask a woodsman about Arcanine, and he points them to locations where it sometimes appears - but he also told Drew the same information about an hour ago.

Meanwhile, Team Rocket has been fired from the bakery for eating the merchandise, and a combination of Wobbuffet and hunger leads them to a Pecha grove. Ash and his friends are waiting in the grove; when Arcanine shows up, they send it towards May and Squirtle. Arcanine uses Roar on Squirtle, and May sends out Munchlax to use Metronome. Metronome gives Munchlax Extremespeed, speed it uses to eat all the Pecha berries. By the time Team Rocket arrives, the trees have been picked clean! They do spot Arcanine, however, and decide to nab it for the boss.

May and Drew again run into each other on a high ledge and see Arcanine run off again. Irate, May challenges Drew to see who gets Arcanine, and Drew's Flygon quickly defeats May's Squirtle. Both Coordinators chase after Arcanine anyway, only to find it feeding Pecha berries to its young Growlithe.
Team Rocket kidnaps Arcanine and the Growlithe, but Drew and May team up to free them and defeat Team Rocket. May and Drew then decide not to break up Arcanine's family, and they let it go on its way. Drew goes on his way too, but not before he tells May to try the Pokémon Contest in Saffron City. Excited, our heroes set their sights on their next destination!


Episode 47 (Season 8) - Sitting Psyduck

A Psyduck is frantically running from a Machop, Machoke, and Machamp when it hurls headlong into Ash and friends, on their way to the Pokémon Contest in Saffron City. Ash sends out Phanpy, who drives off the three Superpower Pokémon. Brock feeds the Psyduck, who makes fast friends with Phanpy and Pikachu.

Meanwhile, the Superpower Pokémon trio returns to their Trainer, a rich girl named Emily who orders them not to return unless they have Psyduck in tow. They dutifully head out again.

The kids and Psyduck walk along until they reach a hill where a disguised Team Rocket coerces them into trying out "grass-sledding." But as they're coasting down the grassy hill, Jessie activates a trap that sends the kids barreling around like pinballs and then Meowth catches Psyduck and Phanpy in a net. Team Rocket begins to escape with the two Pokémon using their balloon, but Machop, Machoke, and Machamp show up just in time to pull them back down. Team Rocket is sent blasting off, and Emily arrives to take her Psyduck home.

Back at Emily's mansion, everyone notices that despite the posh surroundings, Psyduck is not happy there. Ash and May have a practice battle on the grounds, and they find out that Emily never lets Psyduck battle. Brock speculates that it's lonely. Team Rocket shows up again, and this time Psyduck eagerly steps up to the plate to drive them off. Emily doesn't know how to battle, so Max gives her some advice. Psyduck holds its own against Cacnea, Seviper, and Meowth, just before Pikachu sends the thieves off with Thunderbolt.
Emily realizes that she needs to bond with her Pokémon more, and considers going on her own Pokémon journey as the kids resume their own travels.


Episode 48 (Season 8) - Hail to the Chef

Chasing after a hungry Munchlax, Ash and his friends end up at Rhonda's, a restaurant run by a girl named Rhonda with Mr. Mime as its head chef. Team Rocket stumbles across another restaurant, Rhoda's, run by a girl named Rhoda with Sneasel as its head chef. Meowth quickly takes a disliking to Sneasel, but Jessie and James want it for Team Rocket.

Back at Rhonda's, Mr. Mime puts on a fantastic show for Ash and company, but the food is terrible. Over at Rhoda's, Sneasel's food looks terrible, but it tastes fantastic ? except for Meowth's, because Sneasel purposely made him a horrible meal. The two start to fight, breaking through the restaurant wall and right into Rhonda's. Rhonda and Rhoda are actually twin sisters who split up the family restaurant; Rhoda accuses Rhonda, and they challenge each other to see who deserves to run the place.

Team Rocket coaches Sneasel while Brock advises Mr. Mime, and after a night's practice it's time to allez cuisine! Mr. Mime's presentation is great, but now Sneasel also puts on a show. It looks like a close battle until Team Rocket steals the chefs and Pikachu too! Team Rocket hops in their balloon to make a getaway, but Rhonda tells Mr. Mime to use Trick and Psychic. This frees all three Pokémon, who head home and send Team Rocket packing along the way.
Impressed, Rhoda leaves the restaurant to Rhonda. But Rhonda makes Rhoda co-manager and Sneasel the head chef; with everyone working together, the restaurant is now better than ever! And after a wonderful meal, Ash and his friends can happily continue on their way.


Episode 49 (Season 8) - Caterpie's Big Dilemma

On their way to Saffron City, Ash and his friends encounter a Caterpie and its Trainer-in-training, Xander, who mistakes them for lab robbers. Fortunately, Dr. Gordon, the lab owner and Xander's teacher, shows up and things are sorted out. The kids visit Dr. Gordon's lab, where he makes all kinds of strange inventions. Of course, Team Rocket wants to steal them all!

Caterpie helps catch them in the act, but in the process, Dr. Gordon's briefcase opens and blue candies roll out. Caterpie eats some and grows until it's big enough to send Team Rocket blasting off. The Mystery Candy Complete keeps Caterpie growing until it's bigger than a building! The giant Caterpie heads into town as people flee in a panic. Climbing the local radio tower, it then evolves into Metapod.

Elsewhere, Team Rocket discovers that Wobbuffet stole some Mystery Candy too, so they head back into town and kidnap Dr. Gordon. The Candy makes Dustox and Cacnea huge - Dustox is so big that Team Rocket hops on its back and flies away with Dr. Gordon! Metapod evolves into a giant Butterfree just in time for Ash and Xander to give chase.
After some aerial maneuvers, Dustox suddenly shrinks back to normal size. Butterfree catches it but Team Rocket plummets into a pond. No sooner do they emerge than Officer Jenny arrives with Ash's friends, and when Team Rocket puts up a fight, Pikachu and Butterfree send them on their way once more. Eventually Butterfree returns to normal size too, and Ash says farewell to Xander and his newly-evolved friend - as well as Dr. Gordon, who's now more enthusiastic about his inventions than ever!


Episode 50 (Season 8) - The Saffron Con

May and friends arrive in Saffron City, where May is so excited about the upcoming Pokémon Contest that she heads straight for the Contest Hall. She sees people going in to check out the hall, so she goes inside too. On stage is a woman who looks suspiciously like Vivian from the Hoenn region, practicing with an Espeon. May's Squirtle gets so excited that it runs on stage. It turns out that the woman is actually Lillian, Vivian's younger sister.

May takes her Pokémon to the Pokémon Center for a check-up, and is surprised to meet Nurse Joy's new assistant - Harley! Harley is overwhelmingly nice to May, and even tells her that she can switch Pokémon during the contest, which turns out to be true. Harley also tells her that she can register with her Hoenn Contest Pass until 11 the next day - which isn't true. But May believes him since he was telling the truth before.

Meanwhile, a disguised Jessie registers for the Pokémon Contest, and asks James if she can borrow Cacnea. But when Jessie tries to form a bond with Cacnea, it ends up getting stuck in her hair and James and Meowth rush her to the Pokémon Center. At the PC, they get the idea to steal everyone else's Pokémon so Jessie can win by default.

May and Ash begin to battle outside when James and Meowth fly over in their balloon and start snatching Pokémon. May ends up teaming up with Harley to free the Pokémon, and even more unexpected help comes from Squirtle, who uses a newly-learned Ice Beam to send the thieves blasting off.
When May finally goes to register, she turns out to be too late. Luckily, Lillian happens to be walking by, and after hearing mention of May's heroics, the attendant lets her register for the contest.


Episode 51 (Season 8) - The Hurdle for Squirtle

The contest in Saffron City is about to begin! Harley ends up apologizing to May, but it rings hollow given his history of hating May. He goes first, and really impresses the crowd with his Cacturne's combination of Cotton Spore and Needle Arm. A disguised Jessie comes up to the stage, impressing and horrifying the crowd when she embraces James' Cacnea, followed by a firework-laden Pin Missile. May brings Combusken up, performing a great combination of Fire Spin and Sky Uppercut. All three of them make it to the next round.

Jessie and Harley are opponents next, and Jessie's strategy is to send in Wobbuffet knowing that its defensive moves could knock out Harley's Ariados. Harley is quite aware of this, and orders his Pokémon to do nothing. Frustrated and annoyed, Lillian issues them yellow cards, knocking down their points. Harley finally strikes, using String Shot to tie up Wobbuffet and move it like a helpless puppet. Eventually Wobbuffet is thrown in the air and knocked out of battle.
May makes through her next battle fine, and faces Harley in the finals. May has elected to use Squirtle, and the little Pokémon has a rough start, especially when it uses an Ice Beam that is too strong for it! Harley tries String Shot again, stringing up Squirtle near the ceiling. Ariados then uses Spider Web to cover the entire stage. May orders Squirtle to use Ice Beam again, which frees it from the Spider Web and freezes the stage - and Ariados! With the Bug-and-Poison-type out of the way, May wins the Saffron Ribbon. May is thrilled, and Ash is hyped for his next Frontier battle.


Episode 52 (Season 8) - Pasta La Vista

Before they leave Saffron City, the kids have different things they want to check out. May and Brock want to try some awesome noodles. Ash and Max want to check out a Fighting-type Pokémon dojo. Unable to fully agree, the two groups split up.

May and Brock arrive at the noodle place only to see the chef, Kyle, being dragged away by a girl named Terri. May, desperate for food, follows them with Brock. Meanwhile, Team Rocket have come up with their own noodle cart scheme, but abandon it when they see Ash and Max headed for the dojo.

At the dojo, Ash and Max are quickly drafted by Master Hamm into being students at the dojo, even though they just wanted a demonstration. Terri happens to drag Kyle in while Ash, Max, and Pikachu are cleaning the dojo's floors. After May and Brock arrive, it is finally explained that Kyle is the son of Master Hamm, and that Hamm wants Kyle to take over the dojo. Kyle would rather make noodles. Unwilling to compromise, they decide to have a Pokémon battle to sort it out. Master Hamm's back gives out as they start, so Ash offers to take his place. Kyle doesn't like this, so May takes Kyle's place.

Ash and May both practice, using Master Hamm and Kyle's Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan. They soon begin a formal battle, but are interrupted by Team Rocket, determined to steal the Fighting-type Pokémon. Terri steps in with her Hitmontop, freeing Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan just before Pikachu sends Team Rocket blasting off.
Everyone is disappointed that the battle wasn't finished, and Kyle admits he's been trying to make noodles as good as his father's all along. Terri offers to take over the dojo, since it happens that managing a dojo like that was her dream. It turns out that Master Hamm's dream was to sell noodles from a cart. In the end, everyone gets what they want, including May, who gets to try some delicious noodles made by Master Hamm!

episode guide: season 9 Edit

Episode 1 (Season 9) - Fear Factor Phony

The kids are heading to Maisie Island on a ferry when they spot a Spoink floating on a log.  They quickly realize it's the same Spoink they helped before.  When they save it and bring it aboard, it trips, dropping its pearl overboard.  Ash's Pokemon go looking for the pearl with no luck.

When they arrive on the island, they meet a scientist named Isaiah who is doing research on Clamperl and their pearls - which end up as Spoink pearls.  The jewel of his collection is a rare blue pearl.

Team Rocket sneaks in and tries to steal the blue pearl, only to be beaten out by Spoink stealing it first.  Everyone goes looking for the little Psychic-type Pokemon.  Meanwhile, the blue pearl accidentally gets switched with the pink pearl from a wild Clamperl.  When this fact is discovered, everyone goes looking for the Clamperl and Team Rocket steals it away.

Team Rocket is trying to get the Clamperl open when the kids catch up to them.  Spoink protects the Clamperl, who uses Water Gun to send the thieves blasting off.  The Clamperl returns the blue pearl to Isaiah, and in exchange for the Psychic-type Pokemon's help, gives its pink pearl to Spoink.

Episode 2 (Season 9) - Sweet Baby James

When May's Munchlax gets sick and there's no Pokémon Center nearby, it's a kindly old couple (and their Mime Jr.) to the rescue! They meet May and her friends and offer to help them out. James' Chimecho has gotten sick, too. But he sees a grand manor nearby and takes Chimecho there for help - it's the home of James' beloved Nanny and Pop-Pop, who looked after him when he was a boy. To protect their feelings, James lies about his line of work. And since Nanny and Pop-Pop are the ones who came to May's aid, he needs May and Ash to help cover for him when he finds out they're staying at the house as well!

With the help of Nanny and Pop-Pop, Munchlax is well on its way to recovery, but Chimecho is still sick. James is deeply concerned, not to mention very busy trying to keep Jessie and Meowth from eating all the food and stealing all the other Pokémon around the house! The last straw is when Jessie and Meowth try to creep away with Mime Jr. and Munchlax. James catches them and unexpectedly teams up with Ash to put a stop to their shenanigans... and keep Nanny and Pop-Pop from discovering what's really going on.
Soon Munchlax is ready to hit the road again, and May and her friends gratefully take their leave. But James is distressed because Chimecho is too weak to travel. He must leave Chimecho with Nanny and Pop-Pop until it fully recuperates, and both Trainer and Pokémon are sad to see each other go. However, Mime Jr. wants to travel with James, so he says his fond farewells and leaves with Jessie, Meowth, and his new Pokémon.


Episode 3 (Season 9) - A Chip Off the Old Brock

Brock's Mudkip evolves into Marshtomp while training with Grovyle, but when it shows off its Mud Shot attack, it accidentally hit s a nearby Flaaffy! Luckily, Flaaffy's owner, Mariah, works at a pharmacy that makes Pokémon medicine. Soon Flaaffy is well, but Marshtomp has developed a crush on it! Mariah and her friend McCauley are helping the pharmacy's doctor, using Electric Pokémon to help make medicine. It's not easy, and McCauley is really starting to doubt his abilities.

A disguised Team Rocket tries to clean out the pharmacy using Meowth in a Snorlax suit, but McCauley and Brock drive them off. Team Rocket doesn't give up: later that night, they return with a rocket-powered balloon and steal the entire building while Mariah and Flaaffy are still inside! McCauley and his Ampharos leap into the building as it's carried off. Back on the ground, Ash and his friends try to stop Team Rocket, but Pikachu and the doctor's Mareep are hurt when Marshtomp's attack is deflected by Team Rocket's latest device.
Up in the flyaway pharmacy, McCauley and Mariah mix up a Pokémon medicine, then toss it to the doctor. The hurt Pokémon are restored to full health, and the Electric Pokémon pool their power to defeat Team Rocket. McCauley now has confidence in himself, but poor Brock and Marshtomp realize that romance with Mariah and Flaaffy will never pass! Yes, everything's definitely back to normal as our friends head towards the next stop on the Battle Frontier!


Episode 4 (Season 9) - Wheel of Frontier

Ash is about to reach the Battle Arena, but Team Rocket has gotten there ahead of him! They're pretending to be students of Greta, the Arena Tycoon, but the curriculum is a little too tough for them. Will this trick really let them get their hands on Ash's Pikachu? Meanwhile, Ash runs into Scott, who tells him that Greta prefers Fighting-type Pokémon. This gives Ash an idea...

Scott and Ash show up at the Battle Arena, where Greta has Ash spin a wheel to determine how many Pokémon they'll battle with. Ash spins a two, so Greta's Hariyama and Medicham will face off against Ash's Grovyle and Snorlax, who Ash brought back just for this battle. Grovyle is fast, but Hariyama uses its speed against it and Grovyle is soon knocked out. Ash sends out Snorlax and uses a defensive strategy to defeat Hariyama, whose powerful punches aren't as damaging to the big Pokémon. Greta's Medicham could be a different story, though!
Team Rocket is accidentally revealed during the Pokémon battle, but Pikachu zaps them before they can do anything. Then it's right back to the battle, where Medicham's attacks are proving to be pretty dangerous to Snorlax. After some close calls, Ash hits on a novel idea: have Snorlax use Hyper Beam to propel itself into the air and land on Medicham! This wins Ash the battle - and a shiny new Frontier Symbol! Greta tells Ash that the next stop on the Battle Frontier is the Battle Dome, and he's soon on his way!


Episode 5 (Season 9) - May's Egg-cellent Adventure

As Ash and his friends head for the next Battle Frontier stop, May spots a lovely farm. But when she takes a closer look, she's zapped by Voltorb! The Voltorb guard the farm, where a friendly couple and their daughter Nicolette raise Pokémon Eggs. Nicolette has a Vileplume and wants to be a Coordinator, except she's afraid to leave home. She's not afraid to battle May and Munchlax, however - but May wins, proving her ribbon-winning skills!

Team Rocket hatches a plan to raid the farm by sneaking Meowth and an egg-shaped robot inside. The robot then transforms and swipes the Pokémon Eggs, including one that's about to hatch! Once Team Rocket's villainy is out in the open, our heroes must stop them without hurting the stolen Eggs. Nicolette has Vileplume knock Team Rocket for a loop, and after some scrambling around the Eggs are safely retrieved.
To everyone's relief, a Vulpix emerges safe and sound from the Pokémon Egg that was ready to hatch. Nicolette decides she's ready now to set off on her own and become a Coordinator - and someday compete against May! As for May, Nicolette's parents give her a Pokémon Egg to thank her for all her help. She resumes her journey with a new sense of excitement and anticipation!


Episode 6 (Season 9) - Weekend Warrior

It's time for the Silver Town Pokémon Contest, and May is ready to win! As the show starts, one last competitor arrives late: a businessman named Jeremy. He doesn't look like much, but after May makes her big entrance with Squirtle, she's surprised to see Jeremy dressed up like a rock star onstage with Butterfree! However, Jeremy's wife and son show up and demand that he stop his embarrassing Contest antics.

With encouragement from May, Jeremy stands up to his family and explains how important Contests are to him. No matter what, he's going to compete! Both May and Jeremy make it to the finals, but will Jeremy's family come back to watch? Outside the Contest, his wife remembers how she met him back when he was a real musician. As she reminisces, she starts to think what Jeremy's doing isn't so silly after all.
Back at the Contest, Jeremy sends his trusty Venusaur to battle May's Combusken. As a Fire-type Pokémon, Combusken should have the advantage, but Venusaur is too tough to be defeated that easily. Venusaur also has a powerful Frenzy Plant attack, and soon May is losing points fast. She risks it all on one last Sky Uppercut and Combusken knocks Venusaur out just before time is up. Victory goes to May! And Jeremy may not have won the ribbon, but his family finally respects him as a Pokémon Coordinator. A happy ending all around - except for Team Rocket, who goes hunting for berries and finds Beedrill instead!


Episode 7 (Season 9) - On Olden Pond

Ash and his friends visit a famous fishing spot that looks oddly abandoned. Ash still manages to hook a Crawdaunt, which he challenges with Corphish. But Crawdaunt wins and begins wrecking property until a woman named Tiffany chases it off. Tiffany explains that the lake was busy until a year ago, when Saridakis Industries wanted to fill in the lake and turn it into a spa. Tiffany wouldn't sell out, but Crawdaunt scared off all the fishermen and Pokémon.

Naturally, Ash and friends help her out. They track down Crawdaunt, which belongs to Mr. Saridakis himself! Team Rocket is there too, disguised as consultants so they can steal Crawdaunt. Tiffany confronts Saridakis, who says he didn't ask Crawdaunt to ruin the lake. But he'll battle Ash and Corphish tomorrow: if Saridakis wins, he gets the lake! He fell into the lake once when he was a boy and though he somehow survived, he's hated the place ever since.

To help Ash train for the battle, Tiffany's Granny Galea challenges him with her Vaporeon. By cleverly using the terrain, her Vaporeon is able to beat Corphish. The next day, Ash also has Corphish use the lake to its advantage while battling Crawdaunt. Except Team Rocket interrupts the match and steals Crawdaunt!
Ash and his friends stop them and rescue Crawdaunt, but in the commotion, Saridakis falls into the water. He's saved by none other than Granny and a Dragonair, who saved him back when he a boy, too. Saridakis realizes it'd be wrong to fill in the lake, and things return to the peaceful way they were as Ash continues towards his Battle Frontier destination.


Episode 8 (Season 9) - Tactics Theatrics

Ash has finally reached the Battle Dome, and what a reception! An eager crowd of journalists wants to meet the new challenger who's going to take on Tucker, the famous Dome Ace. Ash is whisked off to his first press conference and he's having fun until he admits he doesn't know who Tucker the Dome Ace is, to the horror of all the reporters.

Team Rocket knows who Tucker is - when they're not selling snacks at the Battle Dome, they're busy pretending to be his hairdressers. Tucker knows how to please a crowd, and Ash makes his big Battle Dome entrance only to be outshone by Tucker and his tons of screaming fans! Tucker sends out Swampert and Arcanine, so Ash chooses his Corphish and Swellow. But type advantage won't be enough against Swampert and Arcanine's teamwork and combos!
The battle heats up immediately and there are plenty of surprises in store for Ash. For one thing, Tucker's speedy Arcanine knows Aerial Ace, and goes head to head with Swellow! Ash also needs to find a way around Swampert's strong defense. It turns out Tucker's all about strategy as well as showmanship, so Ash has a rough time until he figures out how to counter Tucker's tactics with a few of his own. Corphish and Swellow then deal a knock-out combination to win the round. Ash leaves the Battle Dome with a shiny new Tactics Symbol and memories of an amazing experience!

the rest is coming soon

seasons & Generations Edit

Indigo League
Adventures of the Orange Islands
Johto League
Johto Leage Champions
Master Quest
Advanced Challenge
Advanced Battle
Battle Frontier
Diamond & Pearl
DP: Battle Dimension
DP: Galactic Battles




Diamond & Pearl

Kanto &

Orange Islands



Battle Frontier in Kanto


Movies Edit














MewTwo Strikes Back
PoKéMoN Movie 2000

Spell of the Uknown

Celebi: Voive of the Forest

Heroes: Latios & Latias

Jirachi Wish Maker

Destiny Deoxies

Lucario & the Mystery of Mew

PoKéMoN Ranger & the Temple of the Sea

the Rise of Darkrai

Giratina & the Sky Warrior

Arceus & the Jewel of Life


Indigo League

Adventures at the Orange Islands

Johto League

Johto League Champions

Master Quest

Advanced Challenge

Battle Frontier

Battle Frontier

Battle Frontier

Diamond & Pearl

DP: Battle Dimension

DP: Galactic Battles





& Pearl


Kanto &

Orange Islands



Battle Frontier

at Kanto


Specials Edit

  1. The Birth of MewTwo/The Origin of MewTwo
  2. PoKéMoN: MewTwo Returns (Special Movie)
  3. Raikou: Legend of Thunder
  4. Pikachu's Winter Vacation
  5. Pikachu's Summer Festival
  6. Pikachu's Ghost Carnival
  7. Pikachu's Mischievous Island/Pikachu's Island Adventure
  8. Pikachu's Exploration Club
  9. Pikachu's Great Ice Adventure
  10. Pikachu's Great Sparking Search
  11. PoKéMoN 3D Adventure: Find Mew!
  12. PoKéMoN 3D Adventure: Pikachu's Big UnderSea Adventure
  13. The Mastermind of Mirage PoKéMoN
  14. PoKéMon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate!
  15. PoKéMon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness (also a Video Game)
  16. PoKéMon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky Beyond Time & Darkness (also a Video Game)
  17. PoKéMon Chronicles

Books (encluding Manga) Edit

Sorry I do not have any information about the Books or Manga at this time. Hopefully soon i will have enough information to share with this site. Thank you for Waiting

Video Games Edit

The original Pokémon games were Japanese RPGs with an element of strategy, and were created by Satoshi Tajiri for the Game Boy. These role-playing games, and their sequels, remakes, and English language translations, are still considered the "main" Pokémon games, and the games which most fans of the series are referring to when they use the term "Pokémon games". All of the licensed Pokémon properties overseen by The Pokémon Company are divided roughly by generation. These generations are roughly chronological divisions by release; every several years, when an official sequel in the main RPG series is released that features new Pokémon, characters, and gameplay concepts, that sequel is considered the start of a new generation of the franchise. The main games and their spin-offs, the anime, manga, and trading card game are all updated with the new Pokémon properties each time a new generation begins. The franchise is in its fourth generation.

Video Games: different games Edit

here are all of the PoKéMoN Video Games from the beginig up until the present (2009)

  1.  Pocket Monsters Aka & Midori ("Red" and "Green") (never released out of japan)
  2.  Pokémon Red & Blue
  3. Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition
  4.  Pokémon Gold & Silver
  5.  Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire
  6.  Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen
  7.  Pokémon Emerald
  8.  Pokémon Diamond & Pearl
  9. Pokémon Platinum (PoKeMoN platinum is part of the same generation as Diamond & Pearl)
  10.  Pokémon Battle Revolution
  11. Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver