Pikachu uses ThunderShock, but the cage it is put in is electric proof. The trainer introduces himself as Falkner, leader of the Violet City Gym. Jessie and James confiscate Pikachu and run off. Ash sends Heracross to deal with them, but Meowth drops a jar, so Heracross licks the tree sap outside of it. Dodrio stands up, but it falls down and got defeated.
Empoleon uses Drill Peck, but misses, as Monferno dug. Barry would rather take on Paul, but when Barry discovers that Ash has previously battled Paul in a full battle, he changes his mind and challenges Ash. Ash may have been grateful to him for rescuing Pikachu, but that wouldn't mean he would go easy on him. Ash places Pikachu near himself and sends Charizard, making Falkner see it is going to get interesting. Jessie and Meowth do not want that, so James explains they need to catch the twerps and lock them, then get their Pokémon. They appear in the balloon and take off their disguises. Barry advises Ash to go as soon as possible to Sunyshore City and get the Beacon Badge, where, in his opinion, is the best gym.
Empoleon uses Steel Wing, dodging Mothim's Silver Wind and defeating it. Ash calls Chikorita back, while Falkner tells him he warned him Grass-type Pokémon don't have much chance of defeating his Flying-type Pokémon. The battle gets underway, with Barry using Empoleon and Ash starting out with Monferno. Paul tells Ash that the Blaze caused it to evolve. The heroes introduce themselves, while the man is Falkner, the Gym Leader of Violet City, making the heroes surprised at that last part. The Pokémon Company International is not responsible for the content of any linked website that is not operated by The Pokémon Company International. They send Monferno and Empoleon.
Falkner sees it is strange to meet new friends before battling them, but knows he has to battle Ash any other way. The heroes with Barry, meanwhile, go to the Pokémon Center to eat something. The man falls down, but sends a Pidgeot, who saves him. Ash was impressed the way the trainer used his Pidgeot, reminding him of his own. Pikachu uses Agility and Dodrio does so as well.
Team Rocket takes Monferno, but the fire causes the robot arm to be destroyed. Hoothoot evades another Vine Whip and dives, hitting Chikorita, then Pecks her. Episode Plot The heroes came to the Gym of Violet City. He shows off all eight of the Badges he's earned, which prove he's ready to compete in the Sinnoh League! Charizard takes Pidgeot into the sky and throws it to the ground via Seismic Toss, defeating it. Suddenly, the heroes see a man riding a glide, whose Hoothoot takes the cage from Jessie's hands. Hearing this, Barry now knows Paul has also eight badges. Joining him on his travels are Brock, a girl-obsessed Rock Pokemon Trainer, and Misty, a tomboyish Water Pokemon Trainer who may have a crush on him.
Barry does not want to fight Ash, as he has seven badges; so Paul stares at Ash, who tries to be nice. Falkner advises Ash to surrender, but Ash refuses. Chikorita starts with Vine Whip, though Hoothoot flies away. Will Ash soar and win his first badge, or will he crash and burn? Ash sends Chikorita who hugs him and Falkner is disappointed, as Grass-type Pokémon are weak against Flying-type Pokémon, but Ash thought that type is not the only factor that counts. Ash tells Falkner that he should give him the badge. Ash cheers, while Falkner calls Dodrio back.
Dawn activates her Coin Toss to determine who goes first. . Dawn advises Ash to catch up with Paul and Barry. Brock sends Happiny to break the ball, but they get rolled away. The heroes go and Jessie goes to train, but James and Meowth stop her, as they remind her about their plan. Not long afterwards, Monferno returns from the forest, but it has unleashed its Blaze ability and it is s out of control.
As soon as they enter, Brock flirts with Nurse Joy and gets attacked by Croagunk's Poison Jab. Suddenly, Dawn notices Paul and Barry comes to greet him. Infernape saves Pikachu, Piplup, and Empoleon, and proves to be a powerful and quick Pokémon in its own right. Suddenly, Barry, Brock and Dawn get captured as well. Dodrio uses Fury Atack and Drill Peck, wounding Pikachu.