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List of Pokémon episodes (seasons 1–13) facts for kids

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Pokémon, known in Japan as Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター Poketto Monsutā), is a Japanese anime television series produced by animation studio OLM for TV Tokyo. It is adapted from the Pokémon video game series published by Nintendo. The series follows the Pokémon trainer and aspiring Pokémon master Ash Ketchum and his adventures with his electric mouse partner Pikachu (voiced by Ikue Ōtani), and a varying group of friends.

The division between seasons of Pokémon is based on the Japanese version openings of each episode and reflect the actual production season. The English episode numbers are based on their first airing either in syndication, on Kids' WB, Cartoon Network, Disney XD or on Netflix. Subsequent episodes of the English version follow the original Japanese order, except where banned episodes are shown.


Season 1: Indigo League (1997–1999)

J# E# English title
Japanese title
Original air date English air date
1 1 "Pokémon, I Choose You!" (Pokémon I Choose You!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 1, 1997 (1997-04-01) September 8, 1998 ʁ ʁ

Ash Ketchum(Veronica Taylor in the English adaption) is finally 10 years old, old enough to become a Pokémon Trainer. He wakes up late and he bumps into Gary Oak(Jimmy Zoppi in the English adaption by 4Kids), finally, on that day, he is supposed to receive his first Pokémon at Professor Oak's lab, however, and arrives to discover all the Pokémon are gone. Ash has no choice but to take a naughty Pikachu, who won't listen to Ash because Pikachu chooses to stay outside of its Poké Ball, forcing Ash to drag it along with a rope. After many failed attempts at capturing some Pokémon, Ash throws a rock and hits a Spearow. The Spearow gets angry and an entire flock starts chasing Ash and Pikachu. They run away from the Spearow, in which Ash "borrows" a bike from a red-haired girl named Misty(Rachel Lillis in the English adaption) to escape, but when they cannot go any farther, Ash uses his body to shield Pikachu from the attacking Pokémon. Pikachu realizes how much Ash cares for him and uses a powerful electric attack to drive the Spearow away, destroying the bicycle and severely injuring Pikachu in the process as well. Ash and Pikachu see a glimpse of Ho-Oh.

  • Note: The 1st appearances of Ash Ketchum, his mother, Delia Ketchum, Professor Oak, Gary Oak & Misty.
  • Event: Ash starts his journey and gets a reluctant Pikachu.
2 2 "Pokémon Emergency!" (Showdown! Pokémon Center!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 8, 1997 (1997-04-08) September 9, 1998 ʁ ʁ

Finally arriving in Viridian City, Ash is cornered by Officer Jenny(Lee Quick in the English adaption), who asks why he is carrying Pikachu instead of having it in a Pokéball. After explaining, Jenny takes Ash to the Pokémon Center where Nurse Joy(Megan Hollingshead in the English adaption) begins treatment on the injured Pikachu. Before Pikachu's treatment finishes, however, Ash is interrupted by Misty, the girl who Ash took the bike from, who vows to stick with Ash until he pays her back for destroying her bike. The Pokémon Center is then attacked by Jessie, James, and their talking Meowth; members of Team Rocket (Rachel Lillis, Ted Lewis and Nathan Price in English adaptions), seeking to steal all of the infirm Pokémon. Ash's Pikachu and the Pokémon Center's many Pikachu manage to defeat Team Rocket by shocking them using Thunder Shock, sending them "blasting off" into the sky for the first time. Eventually, Ash, Misty and Pikachu depart to Pewter City, but must cross through the Viridian Forest.

  • Note: The first appearances of Officer Jenny, Nurse Joy & Team Rocket.
  • Event: Ash heads to the Viridian Pokemon Center and meets Team Rocket.
3 3 "Ash Catches a Pokémon" (I'll get you, Pokémon!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 15, 1997 (1997-04-15) September 10, 1998 ʁ ʁ

While walking through the Viridian Forest, Ash discovers and catches a Caterpie—his first Pokémon capture! Though Ash is excited, Misty is grossed out by Bug-type Pokémon, so she is repulsed by its attempts to be friends with her. At night, as Ash and Misty sleep, Caterpie shares with Pikachu its dream of evolving into a Butterfree. Ash also captures a Pidgeotto. Team Rocket shows up to steal Pikachu and Pikachu and Pidgeotto are weakened by Koffing and Ekans, so Ash reluctantly sends out Caterpie. To the surprise of Jessie and James—not to mention Ash—Caterpie's String Shot is able to defeat the Team Rocket Pokémon, including Meowth! When Misty tries to make nice with Caterpie, it evolves into a Metapod.

  • Events: Ash captures a Caterpie.

- Ash captures a Pidgeotto.

- Ash's Caterpie evolves into Metapod.

4 4 "Challenge of the Samurai" (Challenge of the Young Boy Samurai!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 22, 1997 (1997-04-22) September 11, 1998 ʁ ʁ

A Samurai challenges Ash to a battle, and it turns out to be Metapod vs. Metapod. After a short time, a swarm of Beedrill attacks, and Ash's Metapod is taken by them. After learning to be more responsible of a trainer, Ash is able to rescue his Metapod, which subsequently evolves once more into Butterfree.

  • Event: Ash's Metapod evolves into Butterfree.
5 5 "Showdown in Pewter City" (Battle of Nibi Gym!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 29, 1997 (1997-04-29) September 14, 1998 ʁ ʁ

Ash, Pikachu, and Misty finally reach Pewter City and meet Flint, a mysterious man who sells rocks. Ash is ready to challenge the Pewter City Gym Leader, Brock(Eric Stuart in the English adaption), for his first Badge, but loses the battle. Flint takes Ash and Pikachu to Brock's home and Ash learns that Brock cares for his many younger brothers and sisters since their dad left them. He then brings Pikachu and Ash to a watermill to make Pikachu stronger. Ash battles Brock again, this time coming closer to winning. A fire breaks out in the gym, however, and the sprinklers go off, weakening Onix. Ash wants to defeat Onix but is held back by the thought of Brock's siblings (when he opens his eyes he finds he was literally held back by them). Ash leaves the Gym but Brock catches up to him and gives Ash the Boulder Badge. Flint turns out to be Brock's father and takes over the Gym and the responsibility of his children for Brock when he decides to join Ash on his journey.

  • Note: The first appearance of Brock.
  • Events: Ash meets Brock of Pewter City and lost the match.

- Ash wins the rematch against Brock and receives the Boulder Badge. - Brock joins Ash and Misty.

6 6 "Clefairy and the Moon Stone" (Pippi and the Moon Stone) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 6, 1997 (1997-05-06) September 15, 1998 ʁ ʁ

Ash, Misty, Brock, and Pikachu arrive at Mt. Moon to find Team Rocket interfering with the local wildlife in hopes of finding the rare Moon Stone. With the help of Seymour the Scientist, the gang saves the Moon Stone and the Clefairies that guard it. Also, Brock catches a Zubat.

  • Event: Brock catches a Zubat.
7 7 "The Water Flowers of Cerulean City" (The Underwater Flowers of Hanada City) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 13, 1997 (1997-05-13) September 16, 1998 ʁ ʁ

In his quest to collect Gym 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 along the way. Upon entering the gym, Ash and Pikachu are entranced by a synchronized swimming show being performed by three beautiful sisters, unsure if he has really found another Gym. The three reveal that they are the Gym Leaders but have since converted the Gym into an aquarium and water show, and offer to just give Ash the badge, but Misty appears once more, revealing that she is also one of the Gym Leaders and will battle Ash in lieu of her three older sisters. However, Team Rocket disrupts the battle in an attempt to steal all of the Gym's Pokémon, and Misty's sisters decide to award Ash the Cascade Badge for helping save everyone.

  • Event: Ash gets the Cascade Badge.
8 8 "The Path to the Pokémon League" (The Road to the Pokémon League) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 20, 1997 (1997-05-20) September 17, 1998 ʁ ʁ
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 Pokémon 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 is in front of the gym with a neon sign declaring "98 Consecutive Victories", which appeals 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, and Ash discovers A.J.'s strange training style.
9 9 "The School of Hard Knocks" (Pokémon Certain Victory Manual) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 27, 1997 (1997-05-27) September 18, 1998 ʁ ʁ
Our three heroes have lost their way in the depths of a dense wooden forest, 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 a preparatory school for Pokémon trainers. Graduates from the school are automatically qualified to participate in the Pokémon League without travelling around and collecting any badges. Ash, Misty, and Brock head to the school and do not agree with some of their ideas of training, something their "leader" does not take well.
10 10 "Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village" (Fushigidane of the Hidden Village) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 3, 1997 (1997-06-03) September 21, 1998 ʁ ʁ

Ash and friends are still on their way to Vermilion City and still lost. They stop by a pond for a break when they see an Oddish taking a drink. Ash and Misty try to catch it but they are stopped by a mysterious Bulbasaur who rescues the Oddish. They continue on their journey and keep getting caught in traps, until the Bulbasaur's owner, Melanie, finds them, saves them and brings them back to her cabin. It turns out that she helps injured, sick, and abandoned Pokémon, and they decide to help. Meanwhile, Team Rocket decides to steal all the Pokémon, while Brock wonders if he should stay with Melanie. In the end, Melanie gives Bulbasaur to Ash, but not until Bulbasaur challenges Ash and Pikachu to a battle.

  • Event: Ash catches a Bulbasaur.
11 11 "Charmander – The Stray Pokémon" (The Stray Pokémon – Hitokage) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 10, 1997 (1997-06-10) September 22, 1998 ʁ ʁ

While on the road to Vermilion City, Ash, Misty, Brock, and Pikachu come across a Charmander sitting on a rock. Ash tries to catch it, but it turns out it has a trainer and cannot be captured, so they head to the Pokémon Center. At the Pokémon Center, a hotshot trainer named Damian is bragging about how he left his Charmander behind, promising to come back for it when he means to abandon it for being weak in his eyes. After hearing this, Ash and Brock head back out to get the poor Pokémon as a rainstorm threatens its very life. After a battle with Team Rocket, where Damian witnesses Charmander defeating them, Damian tries to get Charmander to come back to him, but the Pokémon's loyalty now belongs to Ash. Ash captures Charmander, gaining a new friend and Pokémon.

  • Event: Ash adopts Charmander.
12 12 "Here Comes the Squirtle Squad" (The Zenigame Squad Appears!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 17, 1997 (1997-06-17) September 23, 1998 ʁ ʁ

Ash, Misty, Brock, and Pikachu become the victims of pranks played by a gang of Squirtle known as the Squirtle Squad. They end up falling down a hole, and are even eventually captured by them. It turns out that they are working together with Team Rocket. When Pikachu is severely injured, the Squirtle lets Ash out to get medicine from town, but must return soon or his friends will be trapped by the Squirtle Squad forever. In the end, the Squirtle Squad saves the town from a fire started by Team Rocket and Squirtle joins Ash on his further adventures.

  • Event: Ash catches a Squirtle, who is the leader of the Squirtle Squad.
13 13 "Mystery at the Lighthouse" (Masaki's Lighthouse) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 24, 1997 (1997-06-24) September 24, 1998 ʁ ʁ

When a Krabby that Ash catches disappears, he goes to a nearby lighthouse to see if it reached Professor Oak's lab. The keeper of the lighthouse is Bill, a Pokémon researcher who is searching for a mysterious Pokémon that sometimes appears by his lighthouse. Just as this mysterious Pokémon answers Bill's call and approaches the lighthouse, Team Rocket appears and tries to capture it. Injured, the Pokémon loses its trust of Bill and vanishes forever, though Bill intends to keep an eye out in case it ever appears again.

  • Events: Ash catches a Krabby, When it headed straight to Professor Oak's Laboratory.

- Ash, Misty & Brock meet Bill, the famous Pokemon researcher.

14 14 "Electric Shock Showdown" (Electric Shock Showdown! Kuchiba Gym) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 1, 1997 (1997-07-01) September 25, 1998 ʁ ʁ
Ash finally arrives in Vermilion City and is ready to prove that he can defeat its Gym Leader Lt. Surge. However, Ash discovers that many trainers fail to defeat Lt. Surge. Ash is easily defeated in a battle with Lt. Surge and his Raichu. After contemplating evolving Pikachu into Raichu as well, Ash decides to use Pikachu's speed to his advantage in his next battle, defeating Lt. Surge and winning the Thunder Badge.
15 15 "Battle Aboard the St. Anne" (The St. Anne Battle!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 8, 1997 (1997-07-08) September 28, 1998 ʁ ʁ
Ash wins a ticket to take a trip on a luxury cruise ship, the St. Anne. Ash enjoys the journey, even trading Butterfree for a Raticate, but feels guilty afterwards and asks for Butterfree back. However, the whole cruise is a scheme devised by Team Rocket, who plans to steal the Pokémon of all the trainers on board. During the confusion, James purchases a Magikarp from a devious salesman, under the impression it will make him rich, unaware of Magikarp's true nature. After Team Rocket's plans fail, the St. Anne is hit by a powerful storm. Ash loses his Butterfree's PokéBall in the confusion and goes to get it, just as James tries to retrieve Magikarp's PokéBall, and both groups are knocked unconscious while the rest of the passengers escape safely.
16 16 "Pokémon Shipwreck" (Pokémon Adrift) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 15, 1997 (1997-07-15) September 29, 1998 ʁ ʁ
Ash, Misty, Brock, and Pikachu wake up aboard the St. Anne, discovering it has capsized and sunk. Elsewhere, Jessie, James, and Meowth wake up as well, and in an attempt to escape only flood the area that they are in. When Ash and his friends find Team Rocket, the group decides to put their differences aside to escape safely, after an attempted battle nearly causes the ship to sink farther. After traversing the ship, they find a weak part of the hull to escape from, using Misty and Ash's water Pokémon to escape, while Team Rocket uses James' Magikarp, unaware that it cannot swim. After making it to the surface on some debris, the group discovers Team Rocket, once more, and after a day stranded, decide to eat Magikarp, only discovering that it has no meat on it. In anger, James kicks Magikarp off the raft and it evolves into Gyarados. It calls a group of other Gyarados to attack the group, and everyone is stranded once more.
17 17 "Island of the Giant Pokémon" (Island of the Gigantic Pokémon!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 22, 1997 (1997-07-22) September 30, 1998 ʁ ʁ

After being hit by a Dragon Rage attack from James' newly evolved Gyarados while at sea, the humans are separated from their Pokémon on an island that is inhabited by giant Pokémon. Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Meowth, Ekans, and Koffing try to make their way back to their trainers, while the trainers and their Pokémon escape the giant Pokémon, unaware that they have all landed on an island owned by Team Rocket to house a theme park dedicated to a giant robotic Pokémon.

Note: This seems to date to be the only episode in which subtitles are used to help the viewer understand what the Pokémon are saying.
18 18 "Beauty and the Beach" (Holiday at Aopulco) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 29, 1997 (1997-07-29) June 24, 2000 ʁ ʁ

Ash and his friends have finally arrived in Porta Vista, a beachside tourist town. After destroying an old man's ship, they must help in the old man's business. To attempt to pay the man back faster, Misty enters a beauty contest, only to discover she is competing against Jessie and James (with fake breasts - All scenes with this were cut in the U.S. airing, when it was finally aired).

Before being broadcast in the U.S. as a "lost episode", this episode was deemed controversial, due to James having inflatable breasts.
19 19 "Tentacool & Tentacruel" (Menokurage, Dokukurage) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 5, 1997 (1997-08-05) October 1, 1998 ʁ ʁ

Stuck in Porta Vista because they missed the boat, Ash and friends sit around waiting for the next boat and witness a great explosion. They later discover that it is a group of Tentacool that is attacking the city since construction is destroying their reef. Misty manages to appease the giant Tentacruel. She catches a Horsea that was being harassed by the Tentacool.

  • Event: Misty captures a Horsea.
20 20 "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak" (Ghost Pokémon and the Summer Festival) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 12, 1997 (1997-08-12) October 2, 1998 ʁ ʁ
The boat that Ash and his friends arrive in the port city of Maiden's Peak to attend the Summer's End Festival. Brock and James both fall for a beautiful girl standing by the sea who disappears. Ash, Misty, and Team Rocket learn that she is the ghost of a maiden who waited for her lover to return from an ancient war and eventually turned into stone. While trying to protect Brock and James with some stickers bought from an old woman, the maiden reveals herself as the old woman, who in turn reveals herself to be Gastly, a ghost Pokémon. Ash tries to fight Gastly to release James and Brock from its spell but fails, until the sun rises and Gastly is forced to disappear. It is revealed that the ghost of the maiden actually exists and is a friend of Gastly, and is still waiting for the one she loves to return.
21 21 "Bye Bye Butterfree" (Bye Bye Butterfree) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 19, 1997 (1997-08-19) October 5, 1998 ʁ ʁ

As the group continues on their way to Saffron City, they notice a flock of Butterfree out over the ocean. Brock informs Ash that it is the mating season for all of the Butterfree. Ash decides to release his Butterfree so that it can mate. However, Team Rocket has plans to steal them all. Ash's Butterfree bravely frees all the Butterfree and in the end, Ash releases it.

  • Event: Ash releases Butterfree to be with the pink Butterfree.
22 22 "Abra and the Psychic Showdown (Part 1)" (Casey! Psychic Showdown!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 26, 1997 (1997-08-26) October 6, 1998 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends finally arrive in Saffron City, but before Ash can enter the Saffron Gym he is warned by a strange man not to go in. Ash enters anyway to discover a strange training facility for people with psychic powers. Ash challenges Sabrina, the Saffron City Gym Leader and her Abra who evolves into Kadabra, and loses. Ash and his friends are transported into a toy box set and forced to play with a dangerous little girl. The group is rescued by the strange man who gives Ash a tip: He may be able to beat Sabrina with a Ghost Pokémon from Lavender Town.
23 23 "The Tower of Terror (Part 2)" (Got It at the Pokémon Tower!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 2, 1997 (1997-09-02) October 7, 1998 ʁ ʁ
Team Rocket encounters the Ghost Pokémon in a haunted tower while setting a trap for Ash and his friends, and end up getting frightened away. Ash and Pikachu enter alone since Ash's friends are afraid to go in. Inside, Ash and Pikachu are the victims of pranks by a Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar looking for playmates. After being crushed under a falling chandelier, Haunter turns Ash and Pikachu into ghosts where they have some fun, though Ash asks them to send him back after seeing Misty and Brock cry over his lifeless body. Ash and Pikachu are brought back to life and Haunter decides to follow Ash as his new Pokémon.
24 24 "Haunter vs. Kadabra (Part 3)" (Ghost vs. Esper!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 9, 1997 (1997-09-09) October 8, 1998 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends go back to Saffron City ready to try again for the Marsh Badge in the Gym. Ash asks Haunter for help to defeat Sabrina but Haunter disappears during the match. Brock and Misty get turned into dolls, and Ash is rescued just in time by the mysterious man. The man (who is really Sabrina's father) reveals that Sabrina has two personalities – one of the cold and unfeeling trainer, the other of the repressed little girl, who also turned her mother into a doll. The only way to defeat Sabrina is to make her smile again. During the next match, Haunter suddenly appears in front of Sabrina while Kadabra and Pikachu are battling. Sabrina and her Kadabra become unable to battle after being sent into peals of laughter by Haunter, giving Ash the victory. Haunter chooses to stay with Sabrina and her reunited family.
25 25 "Primeape Goes Bananas" (Don't Get Angry, Okorizaru!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 16, 1997 (1997-09-16) October 9, 1998 ʁ ʁ

As Ash is on his way towards Celadon City, he encounters a Mankey. The Mankey starts chasing him and steals Ash's hat. Ash tries to get it back and fails. Team Rocket arrives to get Pikachu and when Mankey walks by, James kicks it away and in its anger, evolves into Primeape. After remembering the poem Professor Oak said, Ash captures it.

  • Event: Ash catches a Primeape.
26 26 "Pokémon Scent-sation!" (Erika and Kusaihana) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 23, 1997 (1997-09-23) October 12, 1998 ʁ ʁ
When Ash reaches the Celadon Gym, he is literally kicked out because of his hatred for perfume, so with the help of Team Rocket (who plotted to steal Erika's special perfume), Ash sneaks into the gym disguised as a girl. In the gym, his cover is blown by Misty, Brock, and Pikachu, but the Gym Leader, Erika grants him a battle. During the battle, Team Rocket interrupts and sets the gym on fire. After rescuing Erika's Gloom, Ash is presented with the Rainbow Badge.
27 27 "Hypno's Naptime" (Sleeper and Pokémon Hypnotism!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 30, 1997 (1997-09-30) October 13, 1998 ʁ ʁ

Ash and his friends arrive at a town where many of the town's children are disappearing. They discover that a Hypno, a hypnotic Pokémon, is responsible. Adults in the town have come to help their insomnia by being put to sleep by Hypno. However there is a side effect, making the children think they are different Pokémon and run away and put real Pokémon to sleep. Ash stops Team Rocket from stealing Hypno and uses the Pokémon Drowzee to bring all the children and Pokémon back to normal. A useless Psyduck follows Misty around, and after she drops a PokéBall, Psyduck activates it and captures itself, much to Misty's dismay.

Note: The flashback was originally from "Pokémon – I Choose You!" in the original Japanese and the flashback was changed with "Beauty and the Beach" (which was aired on June 24, 2000 in the United States) in the English dub.

  • Events: Misty effortlessly captures Psyduck.
28 28 "Pokémon Fashion Flash" (Rokon! Breeder Showdown!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 7, 1997 (1997-10-07) October 14, 1998 ʁ ʁ

Team Rocket plans a scheme to steal many Pokémon by opening a grooming shop. Ash and his friends meet Susie, a famous Pokémon breeder. In the end, Brock gains a Vulpix when Susie tells him to look after it as she goes off to learn more about Pokémon breeding.

  • Event: Brock catches Vulpix.
29 29 "The Punchy Pokémon" (Fighting Pokémon! Huge Battle!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 14, 1997 (1997-10-14) October 15, 1998 ʁ ʁ

After meeting Rebecca, a girl whose father Anthony is more concerned about training his fighting Pokémon Hitmonchan at the gym instead of Rebecca, Ash enters a Fighting Pokémon-only tournament with his Primeape. Team Rocket also enters and resorts to cheating, stealing another man's Hitmonlee, in order to win. After learning how much his daughter means to him and losing, Anthony promises to train Ash's Primeape, the tournament's winner, to make him stronger, so Ash gives it away and promises to return.

  • Event: Ash gives Primeape away at the Pokemon Fighting Tournament.
30 30 "Sparks Fly for Magnemite" (Do Coil Dream of Electric Mice!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 21, 1997 (1997-10-21) October 16, 1998 ʁ ʁ

The group arrives in Gringy City where everything is dark and gloomy. A Magnemite follows Pikachu everywhere ever since he caught a peculiar illness. Grimer and Muk block a turbine in a local power plant, which causes the power in the Pokémon Center to go out. Ash captures Muk and Pikachu is cured of his cold.

  • Event: Ash captures a Muk and sends to Professor Oak's Laboratory.
31 31 "Dig Those Diglett!" (Full of Digda!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 28, 1997 (1997-10-28) October 19, 1998 ʁ ʁ

Ash finds himself among a group of Pokémon Trainers hired to protect a construction site from the interfering ground Pokémon, Diglett. The construction is shut down after it is revealed that the Diglett and Dugtrio are trying to protect their home. Jessie's Ekans and James' Koffing evolve into Arbok and Weezing respectively.

  • Note: Nathan Price left his role as Team Rocket's Meowth and gets replaced by the late Maddie Blaustien.
  • Event: Team Rocket's Ekans and Koffing evolved into Arbok & Weezing.
32 32 "The Ninja-Poké Showdown" (Sekichiku Ninja Showdown!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 4, 1997 (1997-11-04) October 20, 1998 ʁ ʁ
The group finds a strange-looking ninja-style mansion. They explore it and encounter various traps. Soon, they discover that this is the Fuchsia Gym and Ash battles Koga, the Gym Leader, for the Soul Badge. When Team Rocket disrupts their battle, Misty discovers how powerful her Psyduck really is.
33 33 "The Flame Pokémon-athon!" (The Big Fire Pokémon Race!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 11, 1997 (1997-11-11) October 21, 1998 ʁ ʁ
The group arrive at the Laramie Ranch where a family of ranchers, with their daughter, Lara and her Ponyta, prepares for an annual Pokémon race. Ash takes over as Ponyta's rider when Lara gets her arm injured due to Team Rocket's interference. Then, Team Rocket helps a rival competitor called Dario to win the race by setting up traps for other participants. As the race continues, however, Ponyta evolves into Rapidash and wins the race.
34 34 "The Kangaskhan Kid" (Garura's Lullaby) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 18, 1997 (1997-11-18) October 22, 1998 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends arrive at the Safari Zone, unaware that the part they have entered is a protected preserve when an Officer Jenny disguised as Chansey nearly arrests them for poaching. They come across a wild boy named Tommy who leads a herd of Kangaskhan and eventually find Tommy's parents, who were searching for him since he was only three. Unfortunately, Tommy thinks that the Kangaskhan are his family. After battling Team Rocket, Tommy's parents also become part of the Kangaskhan family.
35 "The Legend of Dratini" ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 25, 1997 (1997-11-25) ʁ ʁ

Ash and his friends get challenged by Team Rocket in seeing who can capture the most Pokémon within the Safari Zone, with Ash catching a whole herd of Tauros. As soon as Ash and his friends head out Pokémon hunting, Team Rocket manages to get the drop on the game warden (Mr. Kaiza) and forces him into giving up the location on where Dratini is (the Dragon Valley). In the end, Ash, his friends, Team Rocket, and Kaiza end up seeing the legendary Dratini and Dragonair, with the heroes saving the day.

This episode was deemed controversial, due to the use of guns, which causes confusion because Ash captures thirty Tauros.

  • Event: Ash catches all 30 Tauros and sends them to Professor Oak's Laboratory.
36 35 "The Bridge Bike Gang" (Stormy Cycling Road) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 2, 1997 (1997-12-02) October 23, 1998 ʁ ʁ
Continuing their journey, the group came across a bridge which could be used as a shortcut to the next town. They soon discover that the bridge is too long to walk and they would need bicycles to cross. They go to the Pokémon Center where Nurse Joy asks them to take some medicine to a sick Pokémon across the bridge. On their way, a bicycle gang appears to cause trouble and Team Rocket is helping them. When Ash and his friends decide to cross the bridge during a storm, the bicyclists realize that they are acting selflessly, and help them.
37 36 "Ditto's Mysterious Mansion" (Metamon and the Copycat Girl) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 9, 1997 (1997-12-09) October 26, 1998 ʁ ʁ
During a storm, Ash and his friends arrive at a mysterious mansion. While there, Ash meets Duplica, a girl who is an expert at impersonation, and she happens to own Ditto, a Pokémon that can transform into any Pokémon. However, Ditto cannot seem to figure out how to change its face, a fact that stopped Duplica's variety show. As they all try to help Ditto perfect its transformation, Team Rocket tries to steal the Ditto so it can transform into a Dratini which they can give to the boss.
38 "Cyber Soldier Porygon" ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 16, 1997 (1997-12-16) ʁ ʁ

Satoshi and his friends arrive at Pokémon Center where the Monster Ball transfer machine has been causing problems, as the transferred Pokémon never end up at the other side. Satoshi and his friends decide to accompany Porygon, a computerized Pokémon, used by Professor Akihabara to investigate the problem, only to discover that Rocket Gang and another Porygon are to blame.

This episode was deemed controversial due to a scene with red and blue strobe lights causing a huge pair of seizures on Japanese viewers. The episode has also since been removed from rotation within Japan.
39 37 "Pikachu's Goodbye" (Forest of Pikachu) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 16, 1998 (1998-04-16) November 20, 1998 ʁ ʁ
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. After saving a young Pikachu from drowning and rescuing the herd from Team Rocket, Ash's Pikachu is welcomed among the other Pikachu as one of their own. Saddened by this sudden distance, Ash tries to leave Pikachu behind (to Misty and Brock's shock and dismay), thinking that in the long run, it is going to be better off with its own kind. As they attempt to leave the forest with Ash still standing his ground on leaving Pikachu, the three friends are surprised when Pikachu returns to them, flanked by the other wild Pikachu including the younger Pikachu it risked its life to save earlier. The episode ends with Ash and Pikachu having an emotional reunion and hugging one another while the rest of the wild Pikachu cheer for the two of them as Brock and Misty look on.
40 38 "The Battling Eevee Brothers" (The 4 Eievui Brothers) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 16, 1998 (1998-04-16) October 27, 1998 ʁ ʁ
While traveling through the woods, the group encounters an Eevee that was apparently abandoned near a tree. They take it to its address in Stone Town and find it belongs to a little boy named Mikey. His three brothers are pressuring him into evolving his Eevee into one of three forms—Jolteon, Vaporeon, or Flareon—at an Evolution Party, where everyone uses Evolution Stones to evolve their Pokémon. However, the Evolution Party is disrupted by Team Rocket, and Mikey manages to use Eevee on its own to show his brothers that he does not need to evolve his beloved Eevee.
41 39 "Wake Up Snorlax!" (Wake Up! Kabigon!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 23, 1998 (1998-04-23) October 28, 1998 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends arrive at a town which is having problems with their water source. It seems that a Snorlax is blocking the water path. Team Rocket plans to capture the Snorlax, but Ash and his friends find help from an unexpected source.
42 40 "Showdown at Dark City" (Showdown! Pokémon Gym!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 30, 1998 (1998-04-30) October 29, 1998 ʁ ʁ
Upon entering Dark City, Ash and his friends discover that Pokémon Trainers aren't welcome due to two rival Gyms who involve Ash and his friends as well as Team Rocket in their feuds to become the city's legitimate Pokémon Gym.
43 41 "The March of the Exeggutor Squad" (The Huge March of the Nassy Squad!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 7, 1998 (1998-05-07) October 30, 1998 ʁ ʁ

When at a carnival, Ash and his friends meet Melvin, a magician who is really losing his touch and fails in his own magic show. In his effort to get better, Melvin decides to hypnotize Ash and uses his Pokémon Exeggcute to capture loads of Exeggutor. The Exeggutor end up hypnotizing themselves and Team Rocket and almost destroy the entire carnival. The carnival owner sets a time bomb to stop the Exeggutor. Ash's Charmander uses flame attacks and Melvin successfully performs his fire magic trick to wake up the Exeggutor before they get harmed by the time bomb. After this Charmander unexpectedly evolves into Charmeleon.

  • Event: Ash's Charmander evolves into Charmeleon.
44 42 "The Problem with Paras" (Paras and Parasect) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 14, 1998 (1998-05-14) February 13, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Having run out of medicine, Ash and his friends go to a shop in Mossgreen Village to get some healing potions. The shop's owner Cassandra wants her weak Paras to evolve into a Parasect so she can use Parasect's mushroom for a new kind of miracle potion. Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket all decide to help out Cassandra by training her Paras, hoping that it can evolve into Parasect. However, everything gets complicated because Ash's Charmeleon keeps disobeying him. Paras finally evolves after beating Charmeleon in battle.
45 43 "The Song of Jigglypuff" (Sing! Purin!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 21, 1998 (1998-05-21) February 20, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends find a Jigglypuff in the forest who is too shy to sing its hypnotic song. Brock gives Jigglypuff a fruit that heals its throat to make it able to sing, but Ash, his friends and Team Rocket fall asleep to the song, angering Jigglypuff. Team Rocket tricks Ash and his friends into giving Jigglypuff a stage to perform its song for an audience in Neon Town, whose inhabitants Team Rocket intends to steal from. Everyone falls asleep, including Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket, and a miffed Jigglypuff uses the marker hidden in its microphone to draw on everyone's sleeping faces. From this point on, Jigglypuff follows Ash around trying to sing its song to a crowd that will not fall asleep in almost every episode.
46 44 "Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon" (Resurrected!? Fossil Pokémon!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 28, 1998 (1998-05-28) February 27, 1999 ʁ ʁ

Arriving at a canyon to find an old fashioned fossil hunt, Ash, Gary and the gang decide to join in. But Team Rocket arrives and intends to blow the canyon up. Ash, Pikachu, and Team Rocket fall into a pit which is full of awakened ancient Pokémon. Their only hope rests in Ash's disobedient Charmeleon, which evolves into a powerful, yet still disobedient Charizard to defeat a raging Aerodactyl. In the end, the ancient Pokémon are sealed away once more (along with a terrified Team Rocket) and Officer Jenny dismisses the entire event as a side effect caused by Jigglypuff's singing. Ash, however, finds a rare Pokémon egg in the chaos and keeps it.

  • Event: Ash's Charmeleon evolves into Charizard.
47 45 "A Chansey Operation" (Lucky's Clinical Records) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 4, 1998 (1998-06-04) March 6, 1999 ʁ ʁ
After Pikachu gets an apple stuck in its throat, Ash and his friends rush it to a Pokémon Center. After being treated, they hear of a traffic accident (caused by Team Rocket) that has left many Pokémon injured so Ash and the gang are recruited to help treat the Pokémon.
48 46 "Holy Matrimony!" (Gardie and Kojirou) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 11, 1998 (1998-06-11) March 13, 1999 ʁ ʁ
After finding a missing person sign featuring James, Ash and his friends decide to find James and inform him of his parents' death. However James' parents turn out to be alive, and their death was only a decoy to get him to return home to the rich Jessie-look-alike Jessebelle, a girl James was arranged to marry from when he was a little child. James has left because Jessebelle is terrifying, so everyone tries to save James from this fate, including James' old pet Growlithe, Growlie.
49 47 "So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd" (Kamonegi's Easy Mark) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 18, 1998 (1998-06-18) March 20, 1999 ʁ ʁ
When Misty's PokéBalls are stolen by Farfetch'd, Ash and the gang investigate to try to find the thief and get all the stolen things back.
Note: This episode was originally aired out of order.
50 48 "Who Gets to Keep Togepi?" (Whose Is Togepy!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 25, 1998 (1998-06-25) March 27, 1999 ʁ ʁ

When the egg Ash found hatches into a brand new Pokémon, Togepi, everyone wants to own it. They decide to have a small Pokémon Tournament. Ash, who found it, claims he should be the one to keep it. In the end, Ash wins the tournament, but since Misty was the first person Togepi saw when he hatched, he thinks she is his mother and stays with her.

  • Events: Togepi hatches.

- Misty gets to keep Togepi.

51 49 "Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden" (Fushigidane's Mysterious Flower Garden) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 2, 1998 (1998-07-02) April 3, 1999 ʁ ʁ
When Ash's Bulbasaur gets injured in a battle, it starts to feel and act different. Ash takes Bulbasaur to a Pokémon Center and is informed that Bulbasaur is just ready to evolve, coinciding with an evolution festival where Bulbasaur from around the region evolve into Ivysaur in the Mysterious Garden. Ash's Bulbasaur gets kidnapped by a group of Bulbasaur and taken to the festival against its will, but Bulbasaur refuses to evolve.
52 50 "The Case of the K-9 Caper!" (Gardie the Police Dog) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 16, 1998 (1998-07-16) April 10, 1999 ʁ ʁ
When Ash and his friends see a group of Growlithe training against a policeman posing as a robber, Ash decides for him and Pikachu to do the same training to become the best they can be. However, when Team Rocket comes to steal the Growlithe, Officer Jenny's voice gets changed, causing the Growlithe to think that Team Rocket are the Officers as they use their ears to follow command.
53 51 "Pokémon Paparazzi" (Shutter Chance Pikachu) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 23, 1998 (1998-07-23) April 17, 1999 ʁ ʁ
While eating Brock's riceballs, Ash hears a shutter which he thinks is a gun. It's really a camera belonging to a photographer named Todd. Todd was hired by Team Rocket to capture Pikachu, but he thinks they want him to capture a picture of him. After the confusion, Todd joins the group.
54 52 "The Ultimate Test" (Pokémon League Certification Test!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 30, 1998 (1998-07-30) April 24, 1999 ʁ ʁ
While traveling, Ash notes it has been a long time since his last Badge, so Todd suggests he takes the Pokémon League exam. Passing the exam would get him an immediate entry into the competition. But Ash being over confident of himself of passing the exam he totally fails in the first and second tests. In the third test, Team Rocket interferes the match and uses their given Pokémon to take revenge on the examiner for giving them a hard time on the first and second tests. In the end the examiner commands their given Pokémon to attack Team Rocket instead of himself, which sends them blasting off again.
55 53 "The Breeding Center Secret" (The Secret of the Breeding Center!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 6, 1998 (1998-08-06) May 1, 1999 ʁ ʁ
After putting Psyduck in a breeding center, Misty learns that she needs it to get some food from a generous chef. But when she goes to get it, Ash and the gang discover a diabolical plot by two other Team Rocket members, Cassidy and Butch, who are trying to steal Pokémon, and in doing so, Ash and his friends get framed by Cassidy and Butch.
56 54 "Princess vs. Princess" (Fierce Fighting! Pokémon Girls' Festival) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 9, 1998 (1998-07-09) September 4, 1999 ʁ ʁ
It is the Queen of the Princess Festival and Misty and Jessie are going all out for it. After hours of shopping, they both decide to enter the Queen of the Princess Festival Battle Tournament to win the dolls they both coveted when they were children.
57 55 "The Purr-fect Hero" (It's Children's Day! Everyone Come Together!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 9, 1998 (1998-07-09) September 11, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends arrive at a small school on Kids' Day and let the children play with their Pokémon. One of the children only wants to meet Meowth after being saved by a wild one from a Beedrill. Team Rocket's Meowth pretends to be his hero, but is soon caught by Misty. Later, Timmy is saved again by the wild Meowth.
58 56 "Riddle Me This" (Burn! Guren Gym!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 13, 1998 (1998-08-13) September 18, 1999 ʁ ʁ
After reaching Cinnabar Island, Ash, Brock, and Misty are dismayed to find that the Gym has closed due to crowds of tourists coming to the island and lack of serious trainers. Desperate for his seventh badge, Ash goes around and meets a riddle master who gives him clues about the real Gym's secret location. After finding the Gym in the island's volcano, the riddle master appears and reveals that he is actually Blaine, the Gym Leader Ash has been searching for. Ash begins his battle against Blaine with his first Pokémon, Squirtle who loses to Blaine's Ninetales and Charizard simply refusing to battle Blaine's Rhydon. Eventually, Pikachu wins against Rhydon but Blaine has a secret weapon up his sleeve in the form of the Fire Pokémon, Magmar. With Pikachu's electric attacks rendered useless, Magmar pushes Pikachu closer and closer to the edge of the battlefield. The episode ends in a cliffhanger as it shows Pikachu standing, determined as Magmar's Fire Blast, the most powerful attack that Fire Pokémon have edges ever closer to the Electric Mouse.
59 57 "Volcanic Panic" (Decisive Battle! Guren Gym!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 20, 1998 (1998-08-20) September 18, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Pikachu successfully dodges Magmar's Fire Blast but is left hanging over the edge and is left injured. Upon realizing that no Gym Badge is worth losing Pikachu and that he would be disqualified if he continues, Ash forfeits the match but vows not to leave Cinnabar Island until he has beaten both Blaine and Magmar in a rematch and won the Volcano Badge. But when the Gym and island come under threat after Team Rocket's interference, Ash, Ash's friends, and Blaine's Pokémon work together and eventually triumph in preventing the volcano from blowing which would destroy the island. As thanks, Blaine agrees to have a rematch with Ash. Ash's Charizard decides to battle Magmar in a one-on-one match to the surprise of Ash and his friends. After an intense battle where Ash looks set to lose, Charizard manages to turn things around by using its Seismic Toss which results in Magmar being knocked out and finally granting Ash his Volcano Badge.
60 58 "Beach Blank-Out Blastoise" (Kamex's Island) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 27, 1998 (1998-08-27) September 20, 1999 ʁ ʁ
On their way back to the mainland, Ash accidentally runs into a Wartortle that is trying to help its king Blastoise, a ruler of a small island that will not awake from its slumber. Squirtle dons his old persona as head of the Squirtle Squad to solve the case. It turns out Jigglypuff is stuck in one of Blastoise's blasters.
61 59 "The Misty Mermaid" (Hanada Gym! Underwater Battle!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 3, 1998 (1998-09-03) September 23, 1999 ʁ ʁ

Upon returning to Cerulean City, Misty is asked by her sisters to help out with a new underwater show. She decides to help for this underwater play with her Pokémon, but Team Rocket arrives and try to ruin things. At the end of the episode, Misty leaves her Starmie and Horsea with her sisters to assist in further shows.

  • Events: Misty returns to Cerulean City and leaves her Horsea and Starmie.
62 60 "Clefairy Tales" (Pippi vs. Purin) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 10, 1998 (1998-09-10) September 25, 1999 ʁ ʁ
In Viridian City, Ash and his friends are victims to several thefts by some Clefairy. While investigating with Mr. Oswald, they discover the Clefairy are building a spaceship.
63 61 "The Battle of the Badge" (Tokiwa Gym! The Last Badge!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 17, 1998 (1998-09-17) September 25, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Ash goes to the Gym in Viridian City, but Gary gets in there before him and challenges the Gym Leader for his own satisfaction, as he has already won ten Gym Badges. The Gym Leader, Team Rocket's commander Giovanni, agrees to the fight, eventually using a never before seen Pokémon (Mewtwo), which the Pokédex cannot identify, to easily defeat Gary. Team Rocket kidnaps and tries to give Togepi to Giovanni, but Giovanni thinks it is useless. Giovanni leaves the Gym with Mewtwo to sort out an emergency and puts Jessie, James, and Meowth in charge. Ash challenges them and wins the battle, but Team Rocket refuses to give Ash the Earth Badge, his eighth and final badge. Togepi sends them blasting off when it plays with the controls, and Team Rocket drops the Earth Badge for Ash to catch.
64 62 "It's Mr. Mime Time!" (Barrierd of the Pokémon Circus) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 24, 1998 (1998-09-24) September 27, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Upon heading back to Pallet Town, Ash and his friends see a Mr. Mime trying to escape from a trainer who runs a circus. Unable to get the circus' overweight Mr. Mime to act, Ash and the gang have to find another one to take its place. The gang choose to dress up Ash so he can look like a Mr. Mime. Meanwhile, the Mr. Mime from earlier comes to the Ketchum residence and is mistaken by Mrs. Ketchum for Ash.
65 63 "Holiday Hi-Jynx" (Rougela's Christmas) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 5, 1998 (1998-10-05) December 11, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Ash, Misty, Brock, and their Pokémon must return a lost Jynx to Santa before Christmas, with the help of a Lapras. Meanwhile, Jessie attempts to take revenge on Santa for stealing her favorite doll when she was young.
66 64 "Snow Way Out" (Iwark as a Bivouac) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 5, 1998 (1998-10-05) December 18, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends are trapped in a snowstorm. Brock suggests that the group uses his Onix to create a bivouac. They are about to start when a strong gust of wind blows Pikachu away, and Ash tries to save him. After saving Pikachu who is about to fall off a cliff, Ash finds himself separated from the rest of the group. He and his other Pokémon must brave out the rest of the storm together in a cave.
67 65 "Showdown at the Po-ké Corral" (Rival Showdown! Ōkido Laboratory) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 8, 1998 (1998-10-08) September 30, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Back in Pallet Town, Ash finds Gary, already there, waiting to partake in the Pokémon League. Always having a bitter rivalry with Gary, Professor Oak tells them both the meaning of Pokémon. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is trying to get inside the lab to steal the Pokémon after their headquarters is destroyed by Mewtwo.
68 66 "The Evolution Solution" (When Yadon Becomes Yadoran) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 15, 1998 (1998-10-15) October 2, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Ash goes to Seafoam Island to help Professor Oak to discover the mystery of how Slowpoke evolves into Slowbro. There, Professor Westwood V is also trying to solve the mystery. Jessie captures Shellder, and tries to rush a Slowpoke's evolution, forcing Psyduck to stall the evolution.
69 67 "The Pi-Kahuna" (Legend of the Surfing Pikachu) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 22, 1998 (1998-10-22) October 2, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends take some time off to go surfing. While surfing, however, Ash passes out, but is thankfully rescued by a surfer named Victor and his blue-eyed Pikachu, Puka. Victor then reveals his plans to surf a tsunami called Humungadunga and become a surfing legend.
70 68 "Make Room for Gloom" (Kusaihana of Botanical Garden) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 29, 1998 (1998-10-29) October 4, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Ash goes to a large greenhouse called the Xanadu Nursery to get some fertilizer for his mother, but Bulbasaur sniffs the flowers and becomes paralyzed.
71 69 "Lights, Camera, Quack-tion!" (Pokémon the Movie!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 5, 1998 (1998-11-05) October 8, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket audition their Pokémon for the costarring role in a movie with an all-Pokémon cast. Misty's Psyduck wins the part by default when the other competitors are unable to handle the film's star, a prima donna Wigglytuff.
72 70 "Go West, Young Meowth"  (Nyarth's A-I-U-E-O) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 12, 1998 (1998-11-12) October 9, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Ash, his friends, and Delia go to Hollywood to see the premiere of the movie their Pokémon were cast in. Team Rocket follows them to find out that Meowth has history in this town; It is here where he was a member of a gang of street Meowths led by the Persian. He learned to speak and walk upright to win the heart of a female Meowth who was abandoned by her owner. Upon returning, he challenges Persian who was once his mentor for the female Meowth he thought he lost years before.
73 71 "To Master the Onixpected!" (Elite Four Shiba Appears!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 19, 1998 (1998-11-19) October 11, 1999 ʁ ʁ
After watching Elite Four member Bruno on TV, Ash and his friends decide to do training in the mountains to be as strong as Bruno. However, they meet Bruno and he manipulates them to do some menial tasks for him. Meanwhile, a giant Onix is on a rampage.
74 72 "The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis" (Clash! Super-Ancient Pokémon) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 26, 1998 (1998-11-26) October 14, 1999 ʁ ʁ
While training, Ash and his friends accidentally uncover the ruins of Pokémopolis, an ancient city. A giant Gengar and a giant Alakazam who were respectively trapped inside a "dark device" and a strange urn are awakened. The two start to fight one another when a giant Jigglypuff appears and puts them to sleep.
75 73 "Bad to the Bone!" (Garagara's Bone Club) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 3, 1998 (1998-12-03) October 16, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends offer to help Otoshi, a trainer that is heading for the Pokémon League, to retrieve his stolen gym badges from Team Rocket.
76 74 "All Fired Up! (Part 1)" (Fire! The Pokémon League Opening Ceremony!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 10, 1998 (1998-12-10) October 23, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Ash finally reaches the Indigo Plateau, home of the Pokémon League conference. Before the tournament begins, they plan on lighting a ceremonial cauldron with the flame of the legendary Pokémon, Moltres. Ash, as a participant, is free to carry the flame but when Team Rocket steals it, the tournament may be cancelled.
77 75 "Round One: Begin! (Part 2)" (Pokémon League Begins! Water Field!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 17, 1998 (1998-12-17) October 30, 1999 ʁ ʁ

Ash enters his first match of the tournament on the water field against Mandi the Astounding. During the battle against Mandi's Exeggutor, Ash's Krabby evolves into Kingler, who he then uses against Mandi's remaining Seadra and Golbat, winning the match and moving onto the next preliminary round.

  • Event: Ash's Krabby evolves into Kingler.
78 76 "Fire and Ice (Part 3)" (Ice Field! Blazing Battle!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 24, 1998 (1998-12-24) November 6, 1999 ʁ ʁ
For the second round Ash battles in the rock arena. Ash's last Pokémon, Squirtle, defeats his foe's last Pokémon, Nidorino, and he, victorious, moves on to Round 3. In the third round, Ash faces a trainer named Pete in the ice arena. Both trainers are left with 2 Pokémon each. Pete uses Cloyster and Arcanine. In the end, Ash is victorious and he moves on to Round 4.
79 77 "The Fourth Round Rumble (Part 4)" (Grass Field! Unexpected Rival!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 1, 1999 (1999-01-01) November 13, 1999 ʁ ʁ
During the 4th Round, Gary ends up losing to a trainer named Melissa after Gary's Nidoking is defeated by Melissa's Golem. Meanwhile, Ash faces against his toughest opponent yet, a trainer named Jeanette Fisher, who uses a Beedrill, a Scyther, and a Bellsprout. After a hard fought battle with Bulbasaur, Pikachu and Muk, the match ends with Ash victorious, and he moves on to the 5th round, becoming one of the final sixteen members of the tournament.
80 78 "A Friend in Deed (Part 5)" (Rival Appears!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 7, 1999 (1999-01-07) November 20, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Ash meets a new trainer named Richie(Tara Sands in the English adaption), who is eerily similar to Ash, including owning a Pikachu. However, Team Rocket makes another attempt to steal Ash's and Richie's Pokémon. Ash and Richie prevent Team Rocket from stealing their Pokémon. Ash discovers his next battle is against Richie.
81 79 "Friend and Foe Alike (Part 6)" (Sekiei Stadium! Vs. Hiroshi!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 14, 1999 (1999-01-14) November 27, 1999 ʁ ʁ
After making a promise with Richie that he will have the best battle of his life, Ash is given the choice between letting Team Rocket steal Pikachu or missing his battle with Richie. Ash is not about to let Team Rocket make him break the promise he made with Richie, so he is able to eventually rescue Pikachu and get to the stadium in time. However, he loses due to his Charizard refusing his orders in the final stretch of his battle against Richie. Richie moves on to the quarterfinals.
82 80 "Friends to the End (Part 7)" (Pokémon League! Final Battle!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 21, 1999 (1999-01-21) November 27, 1999 ʁ ʁ
After losing to Richie in the fifth round, Ash is moping around, annoyed that he lost. He is convinced by Misty that he should support Richie who is now in the quarterfinals. However, when Richie loses, they both have to look inside themselves to see if they are good trainers.

Season 2: Adventures in the Orange Islands (1999)

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Japanese title
Original air date English air date
83 81 "Pallet Party Panic" (Masara Town! Setting off on a New Journey) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 28, 1999 (1999-01-28) December 4, 1999 ʁ ʁ
Ash celebrates making it to the Kanto League back at Pallet Town. However, Team Rocket steals Pikachu by tricking them with a very spicy meal, but unlucky for them they're defeated by Charizard, but only after Ash's Pidgeotto is poisoned. Later on, Professor Oak asks Ash to go to Valencia Island to bring a mysterious Pokéball, the GS Ball, from Professor Ivy. Ash prepares for his journey to Valencia Island, when they are attacked by a group of Spearow and a very angry Fearow. Ash realizes that the Spearow Ash threw the rock at in the beginning of his quest has since evolved into a Fearow, and soon carries Ash and Pikachu away, where they discover that a flock of Pidgey and Pidgeotto are being threatened by the Spearow flock. Ash sends his Pidgeotto to guide them to safety, but is attacked by Fearow. Determined to help Ash, Ash's Pidgeotto evolves into Pidgeot, and accompanies Ash and Pikachu to defeat Fearow. Ash subsequently releases Pidgeot to protect the wild Pidgey and Pidgeotto.
84 82 "A Scare in the Air" (The Airship Hardship!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 4, 1999 (1999-02-04) January 8, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Heading to the Valencia Island, Ash takes part in a lottery and wins a blimp ride to get there; however, the Blimp turns out to be a haunted vehicle controlled by Team Rocket. However, Misty realizes that Togepi disappears and the heroes tries to find it.
85 83 "Pokéball Peril" (Southern Pokémon and the GS Ball) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 11, 1999 (1999-02-11) January 15, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends are on Valencia Island searching for Professor Ivy, so they can receive the mysterious GS Ball. They find Professor Ivy's Pokémon Laboratory where the professor shows them the GS Ball. As the ball cannot not be opened or transported, Ash and his friends are tasked with returning the GS ball to Professor Oak for examination. Brock decides to stay on the island with Professor Ivy so that he can learn about Pokémon. Ash and Misty leave without Brock and board a dirigible airship but encounter Team Rocket. In the end, Jigglypuff suddenly appears and sings. Team Rocket and Jigglypuff exit the blimp while the blimp crash lands on Tangelo Island.
86 84 "The Lost Lapras" (Save Laplace!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 18, 1999 (1999-02-18) January 22, 2000 ʁ ʁ
While exploring the island they crash-landed on, Ash and Misty discover a group of teenagers bullying a Lapras. Despite the bullies being driven away, the Lapras which is only a baby is refusing to let any humans near it and the pressure increases when Team Rocket arrive, intending to steal the Lapras, forcing Ash, Misty and their new friend, Tracey, to give chase and save the Lapras before it's too late.
87 85 "Fit to Be Tide" (Orange League! Natsukan Gym!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 25, 1999 (1999-02-25) February 5, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Having caught Lapras, Ash along with Misty and Tracey have embarked on a journey of exploring the Orange Islands as Ash plans to enter the Orange League. The group's first stop is Mikan Island where Ash finds the first Orange League Gym and discovers that the Orange League Gym structure is much different than the one he's used to seeing in his native Kanto.
88 86 "Pikachu Re-Volts" (The Mystery of the Missing Pokémon!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 4, 1999 (1999-03-04) February 5, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Butch and Cassidy attempt to control Pokémon with a large antenna sending out signals from Drowzee. This causes Ash's Pikachu, Misty's Togepi, and all of Jessie and James' Pokémon to turn against their masters because of the effects. They're going to have to team up to save their Pokémon, during which Togepi learns Metronome from Drowzee.
89 87 "The Crystal Onix" (The Crystal Iwark) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 11, 1999 (1999-03-11) February 5, 2000 ʁ ʁ
While out at sea, Ash and his friends find a message in a bottle from Marissa of Sunburst Island asking if anyone knows about an Onix made out of crystal. Curious, they help Marissa and her brother Mateo to find the Crystal Onix and to capture it.
90 88 "In the Pink" (The Island of Pink Pokémon) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 18, 1999 (1999-03-18) February 12, 2000 ʁ ʁ
After getting caught in some whirlpools, Ash and his friends get washed up on Pinkan Island, a special Pokémon Reserve which contains Pokémon that are only of the color, pink. However, Team Rocket also get washed up on this island and start causing problems.
91 89 "Shell Shock" (The Secret of the Kabuto Fossils!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 25, 1999 (1999-03-25) March 4, 2000 ʁ ʁ
After following some boats to an island, Ash and his friends discover an excavation, the whole island is made of fossilized Kabuto, however according to the legend, the Kabuto are said to awaken and unleash destruction on the island.
92 90 "Stage Fight" (Dance! Pokémon Showboat!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 1, 1999 (1999-04-01) February 12, 2000 ʁ ʁ
After arriving on another island, Ash and his friends discover a showboat which has many talking Pokémon on it. Finding out they do performances, Ash and the gang decides to sit and watch it, but Team Rocket arrives to steal the rare talking Pokémon.
93 91 "Bye Bye Psyduck" (Goodbye Koduck! Come Back Golduck?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 8, 1999 (1999-04-08) February 26, 2000 ʁ ʁ
After stopping on another island to rest, Misty notices her Psyduck's tail is glowing, a nearby trainer says it may mean it is time for it to evolve. So Misty challenges her to battle and when she finds she has a Golduck, she easily beats the trainer. However, Team Rocket has other plans. Later, Golduck turns out to be a wild Pokémon as Misty's Psyduck had only slept in its Pokéball.
94 92 "The Joy of Pokémon" (Sailing Joy! Cross the Raging Waves!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 15, 1999 (1999-04-15) March 4, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends meet a Nurse Joy who does not run a Pokémon Center of her own but instead travels between islands on the archipelago which are too small to have a Pokémon Center on them and heals sick Pokémon. Ash and his friends decide to help Nurse Joy.
95 93 "Navel Maneuvers" (Navel Gym! Snowy Mountain Battle!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 22, 1999 (1999-04-22) March 11, 2000 ʁ ʁ
The group arrive on Navel Island where Ash finds himself up against the Gym Leader, Danny, as Ash competes for his second Orange League badge. Misty attempts to tempt Ash by showing a more caring attitude to Danny. Ash once again gets jealous and sad.
96 94 "Snack Attack" (Gluttonous Kabigon! Huge Panic!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 29, 1999 (1999-04-29) March 25, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Arriving on the Grapefruit Islands, Ash discovers that there is a Snorlax going from island to island and Snorlax was responsible for eating all the grapefruits. Ash is employed to help stop the greedy Snorlax, but the Snorlax proves to be slippery. Later on, with the help of Jigglypuff, Ash captures the Snorlax.
97 95 "A Shipful of Shivers" (Ghost Ship and Ghost Pokémon!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 6, 1999 (1999-05-06) March 25, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Arriving on Moro Island, Ash and his friends hear about a long lost Orange League Trophy being found on a sunken ship, but when Team Rocket steals it, Ash and the gang follow them to a ghost ship inhabited by Gastly and Haunter.
98 96 "Meowth Rules!" (Lord Nyarth's Island!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 13, 1999 (1999-05-13) March 25, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Meowth finds himself on an island where the inhabitants believe him to be the "Great Meowth of Bounty".
99 97 "Tracey Gets Bugged" (The Strike Soldier's Pride) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 20, 1999 (1999-05-20) April 1, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Arriving on Murcott Island, Ash and his friends discover a wounded Scyther. After capturing it, Tracey must take it to a Pokémon Center. While there, he discovers the Scyther got dethroned from being in charge of his group.
100 98 "A Way Off Day Off" (It's a Southern Island! Everyone Assemble!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 27, 1999 (1999-05-27) April 8, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Deciding to take a break on a nearby island, Ash, his friends, and all their Pokémon just use the time to relax and get better acquainted. However, Team Rocket has other plans for the Pokémon and intend to steal them.
101 99 "The Mandarin Island Miss Match" (Elite Four Canna! Ice Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 3, 1999 (1999-06-03) April 15, 2000 ʁ ʁ
The group descend on Mandarin Island where Ash's arrogance emerges due to the fact that he's won every single battle he's had since arriving on the island but upon meeting Prima (aka Lorelei), a member of the Elite Four, and challenging her to a battle, Ash starts to realize that he may have made a grave mistake.
102 100 "Wherefore Art Thou, Pokémon?" (Nidoran's Love Story) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 10, 1999 (1999-06-10) April 22, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Still on Mandarin Island, Ash and his friends go through Victorian Town where they find two Nidoran who are in love with each other but any possible hint of a relationship is being derailed by the trainers who happen to be childhood rivals.
103 101 "Get Along, Little Pokémon" (Coil on the Prairie!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 17, 1999 (1999-06-17) April 29, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends discover a man who has troops of Magnemite and has to take them to a town on the island in order to give it power. However, he is injured, so it is up to Ash to herd up the Magnemite and bring them to the town.
104 102 "The Mystery Menace" (Monster in the Sewers!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 24, 1999 (1999-06-24) May 6, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Heading to the other end of Mandarin Island and the city of Trovitopolis, Ash and his friends discover there's a monster in the sewer who causes many problems in the town. When the Mayor wants to blow it up, Nurse Joy protests and asks Ash and company to help.
105 103 "Misty Meets Her Match" (Yuzu Gym! Type Battle 3 vs. 3!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 1, 1999 (1999-07-01) September 9, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Ash arrives on Trovita Island prepared to battle for his third Orange League Gym Badge. However, much to Ash's dismay, the Gym Leader, Rudy, has more than just battling on his mind, Rudy develops a crush on Misty, much to Ash's jealousy. Rudy moves in to court Misty after she helps rescue his younger sister, Mahri. While Ash battles for the Spike Shell Badge, Misty considers the tempting offer to stay on the island with Rudy and Mahri forever. Later, Rudy understands that Misty wants to go with Ash. In the end, Rudy compliments that Ash is lucky before they say their goodbyes.
106 104 "Bound for Trouble" (Pikachu vs. Nyarth!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 15, 1999 (1999-07-15) September 15, 2000 ʁ ʁ
After getting his 3rd Orange League Badge, Ash and his friends arrive on an island, where Pikachu is soon captured by Team Rocket and is chained to Meowth. But soon after Pikachu and Meowth are taken away by a giant Pidgeot, the trapped rivals eventually learn how to get along.
107 105 "Charizard Chills" (Lizardon! I Choose You!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 22, 1999 (1999-07-22) September 2, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Ash, Tracey and Misty are sailing along on Lapras when they almost crash into another Pokémon trainer wanting to battle Ash. This trainer heard about Ash from the Trovita Island gym leader and wants to put his Pokémon up against Ash’s. When the new trainer uses a super-powerful Poliwrath on Charizard, it’s more than anyone expects. After Charizard gets frozen in a battle, Ash tries to defrost him. Charizard, still distrusting of Ash, doesn't want his help, but Ash keeps trying. Charizard finally decides to obey and respect Ash as not only his trainer but also his friend, and the two become closer than ever! Ash is able to give a stunning defeat to the Poliwrath that froze Charizard earlier.
108 106 "The Pokémon Water War" (Firefighting Showdown! Zenigame vs. Kameil) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 29, 1999 (1999-07-29) August 26, 2000 ʁ ʁ
On the next island, Ash and his friends see a team of firefighters consisting of Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise. Eager to test its skills, Ash's Squirtle get to train with them. But when an actual fire turns up, training has to become reality.
109 107 "Pokémon Food Fight" (Burn! Kabigon!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 5, 1999 (1999-08-05) August 19, 2000 ʁ ʁ
While in a battle, Ash accidentally breaks Snorlax's Pokéball. With the Pokémon Center on the other side of the island, Ash and his friends have to get Snorlax there. And to make matters worse, Team Rocket arrive and are hoarding the island's food ransom until they get Pikachu.
110 108 "Pokémon Double Trouble" (Tag Battle! The Last Gym!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 12, 1999 (1999-08-12) September 9, 2000 ʁ ʁ
On Kumquat Island, Ash discovers Luana, the final Orange Island Gym Leader, who mistakes him for her son. After defending the island from Team Rocket, they head to the Gym to have a Double Battle where Pikachu and Charizard battle against Marowak and Alakazam but Pikachu's and Charizard's unwillingness to work together might end up costing Ash his chance of qualifying for the Orange League.
111 109 "The Wacky Watcher" (Koiking! The Secret of Evolution!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 19, 1999 (1999-08-19) September 16, 2000 ʁ ʁ
On Rind Island, Tracey meets Dr. Quackenpoker, a noted Pokémon Watcher who is doing a study on the Magikarp that climb up waterfalls and how they evolve into Gyarados. However, Team Rocket appears to steal the Magikarp and get them to evolve.
112 110 "The Stun Spore Detour" (Nyoromo and Kasumi) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 26, 1999 (1999-08-26) September 16, 2000 ʁ ʁ

On a tiny island, Ash and Tracey get affected by a Stun Spore, leaving it up to Misty to get an antidote to heal them. Can Misty find it with the help of her new Poliwag?

  • Event: Misty catches a Poliwag.
113 111 "Hello Pummelo" (Winners' Cup! Full Battle 6 vs. 6!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 2, 1999 (1999-09-02) September 23, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Having arrived on Pummelo Island, Ash finally gets the chance to battle the Orange League leader and Champion, Drake in a full six-on-six Pokémon battle, only to discover that the battle may prove to be the toughest one he's ever had.
114 112 "Enter the Dragonite" (Final Battle! Kairyu Appears!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 9, 1999 (1999-09-09) September 23, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Ash continues his fight against Drake in hopes of becoming the Orange League Champion and earning a place in the Orange League Hall of Fame but things hit a snag when Drake brings out his final Pokémon; Dragonite, whose overwhelming strength and powerful attacks are a force to be reckoned, causing Ash to realize that his dream of becoming Orange League Champion may not become a reality after all.
115 113 "Viva Las Lapras" (Goodbye Laplace!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 16, 1999 (1999-09-16) September 30, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Having been crowned the Orange League Champion after winning his battle against Drake, Ash and the team are heading back to Pallet Town in Kanto, but their plans get derailed when Lapras finally discovers its family, only for everyone to realize that Lapras's pack want nothing to do with Ash's Lapras, now that it has gotten involved with humans. Ash, Misty and Tracey soon learn that a group of pirates and their Tentacruel are attacking Lapras's group and when the bullying starts up again, with Tracey having gone to alert Officer Jenny, Ash and Misty decide to get into the fight, vowing to stop the pirates once for all.
116 114 "The Underground Round-Up" (Big Marumine Explosion!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 23, 1999 (1999-09-23) September 30, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Having to travel by boat, Ash and his friends arrive on Hamlin Island, their final stop before returning to Kanto to discover that the town is being attacked by hundreds of Electrode. A man named Poncho is trying to stop them with his group of Diglett.
117 115 "A Tent Situation" (Return to Masara Town!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 30, 1999 (1999-09-30) October 7, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends are back in Pallet Town, but upon their arrival, they discover that Brock is back and he won’t explain why he left Valencia Island. However, as usual, Team Rocket try to steal all of the Pokémon in Professor Oak’s lab by vacuuming all the Pokéballs, including the GS Ball that Professor Oak was working on. Can they get it back?
118 116 "The Rivalry Revival" (Rival Showdown! Satoshi vs. Shigeru!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 7, 1999 (1999-10-07) October 14, 2000 ʁ ʁ
After Gary saves the day against Team Rocket, Ash decides to challenge him where Pikachu is against Eevee. However, Gary wins the battle. Ash is depressed, but goes to follow Gary to Johto in order to beat him once and for all. Tracey decides to stay in Pallet Town, so he can be Professor Oak's assistant. In the end, Brock rejoins the group and they head off to the Johto region.

Season 3: The Johto Journeys (1999–2000)

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119 117 "Don't Touch That 'dile" (Wakaba Town! Where the Winds of a New Beginning Blow!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 14, 1999 (1999-10-14) October 14, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Ash, Brock, and Misty arrive in New Bark Town to register for the Johto League, but his efforts hit a snag when Team Rocket kidnaps a Totodile.
120 118 "The Double Trouble Header" (The Rookie's Chicorita!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 21, 1999 (1999-10-21) October 21, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Heading to Violet City for the first gym, Ash and company meet Casey, a new trainer and baseball fan who eagerly challenges Ash to a battle. When Ash easily beats all three of her Pokémon with just his Charizard, she gets upset and makes an alliance with Team Rocket to get back at Ash, until she finds out that Team Rocket was just using her.
121 119 "A Sappy Ending" (Crash! Heracros vs. Kailios!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 28, 1999 (1999-10-28) October 28, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Heading towards Violet City, Ash and company see some Heracross. Eager to get one, Ash disturbs them and gets told off by an expert. He tells about how Heracross and Pinsir are at war due to something disturbing their tree sap flow. Later, Heracross expresses his desire to come with Ash and thus Ash captures Heracross.
122 120 "Roll On, Pokémon!" (Donfan's Valley!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 4, 1999 (1999-11-04) November 4, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Ash encounters a Donphan and wants to capture it, thinking it's wild, but finds out it is owned by Rochelle, a trainer who is looking for Amberite. Team Rocket however wants to get the Amberite and steal Donphan.
123 121 "Illusion Confusion!" (Hoho and the Mysterious Forest!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 11, 1999 (1999-11-11) November 4, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Heading into a forest which is inhabited by a ghost Pokémon, Ash and company get tricked by illusions, but Gary tells them to see through them by getting a Hoothoot. Ash goes to get one and when he finds the rental place, he discovers the Hoothoot he can rent is a rowdy one.
124 122 "Flower Power" (Kireihana's Battle Dancing!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 18, 1999 (1999-11-18) November 11, 2000 ʁ ʁ
In the city of Florando, Ash and company come across a trainer called Bailey, who is trying to participate in a contest with her two Bellossom, but they just can't get their rhythm right. Ash decides to try to help them out.
125 123 "Spinarak Attack" (Itomaru! Big Police Investigation!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 25, 1999 (1999-11-25) November 11, 2000 ʁ ʁ
In Catallia City, Ash and company see Officer Jenny who has a Spinarak to help her solve crimes. Knowing Ash and company as the trainers who helped her sister in New Bark Town, Officer Jenny asks them for their help in solving some crimes that bear a resemblance to the crimes of the Black Arachnid, a figure who eight generations before had been known for being a legendary thief and for Meowth that assisted him in his crimes.
126 124 "Snubbull Snobbery" (Bull's Magnificent Life!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 2, 1999 (1999-12-02) November 18, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Ash and company find a Snubbull clinging to a Growlithe's tail. They decide to find the owner of the Snubbull and return it, but when the Snubbull goes missing again, they have to get it.
127 125 "The Little Big Horn" (Odoshishi! Forest of Illusions!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 9, 1999 (1999-12-09) November 18, 2000 ʁ ʁ
When a town keeps getting attacked by a herd of Stantler, Brock thinks there is something awry. Standing up against them, he finds it is an illusion made by an injured baby Stantler who needs help.
128 126 "The Chikorita Rescue" (The Stubborn Chicorita!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 16, 1999 (1999-12-16) November 25, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Heading to Violet City Gym, Ash comes across a wild Chikorita and battles it. But when it is hurt in battle, he rushes it to the Pokémon Center only to find Team Rocket are wanting that Chikorita for themselves. Chikorita becomes Ash's newest Pokémon in the end.
129 127 "Once in a Blue Moon" (Nuoh and the GS Ball!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 23, 1999 (1999-12-23) December 2, 2000 ʁ ʁ
While polishing the GS Ball in Cherrygrove City, Ash soon finds that a Quagsire has stolen it! Trying to get it back, he gets arrested for interfering in the Quagsire Festival where the Quagsire take round things and send them upstream, where the last object to be returned gives good luck to its owner.
130 128 "The Whistle Stop" (Rediba's Flute!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 1, 2000 (2000-01-01) December 2, 2000 ʁ ʁ
In a forest, Ash meets a girl called Arielle and her group of Ledyba who tend the gardens and follow Arielle's whistle. However in a battle with Team Rocket, all the Ledyba dispel and it's up to Ash and company to find them.
131 129 "Ignorance is Blissey" (Happinas's Happy Nurse!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 6, 2000 (2000-01-06) December 9, 2000 ʁ ʁ
At the Happy Town Pokémon Center, Ash and company discover a Blissey, the evolved form of Chansey. While relaxing, Ash keeps getting hurt by Blissey accidentally, but Team Rocket soon arrives, and since the Blissey is an old friend of Jessie, Jessie regrets accepting food from her.
132 130 "A Bout with Sprout" (Big Pinch! Madatsubomi Tower!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 13, 2000 (2000-01-13) December 16, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Ash and co. finally arrive at Violet City, where they find a school and he gets asked to give a small talk about Pokémon Training to the kids. However, a kid called Zackie is convinced that Ash's Pikachu is to be his, and when Pikachu runs off, he takes chase with one of Ash's empty Pokéballs.
133 131 "Fighting Flyer with Fire" (Kikyou Gym! Sky Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 20, 2000 (2000-01-20) December 16, 2000 ʁ ʁ
Ash arrives at the Violet City Gym and begins his campaign of earning eight gym badges to qualify for the Johto League by taking on the Violet City Gym Leader, Falkner but Ash soon discovers that Falkner's a force to be reckoned with due to Falkner's Pokémon overwhelming Ash's. Ash soon realizes that he needs to come up with some kind of strategy instead of his usual approach of brutal force if he's to stand any chance of winning his first gym badge.
134 132 "For Crying Out Loud" (Crybaby Maril!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 27, 2000 (2000-01-27) January 20, 2001 ʁ ʁ
When a crybaby Marill is washed away by a river following a failed attempt by Team Rocket to steal it, Misty tries returning the Marill to its trainer, Wilhomena.
135 133 "Tanks a Lot!" (Pasture! Otachi & Togepy!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 3, 2000 (2000-02-03) January 27, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Team Rocket's new super vehicle, the Arbo-tank, is their ticket to world domination. That is, until Togepi and its new-found buddy, Sentret, climb inside and accidentally wreak havoc on everything in their path.
136 134 "Charizard's Burning Ambitions" (Lizardon's Valley! Until We Meet Again!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 10, 2000 (2000-02-10) February 3, 2001 ʁ ʁ
When Ash hears of the Charicific Valley, he is sure a trip there will boost his Charizard's spirits, but when they reach the valley, they find its Charizard denizens are anything but cordial. In the end, Ash leaves Charizard in the valley to train.
137 135 "Grin to Win!" (Big Panic! Kimawari Contest!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 17, 2000 (2000-02-17) February 10, 2001 ʁ ʁ
The annual Sunflora contest is only a day away, but Ash and company's new friend, the Sunflora trainer Sonrisa, is unable to convince her star Pokémon to compete.
138 136 "Chikorita's Big Upset" (Chicorita's Jealousy!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 24, 2000 (2000-02-24) January 20, 2001 ʁ ʁ
A severe case of sibling rivalry between Pikachu and Chikorita calls for therapy sessions with Nurse Joy. In such delicate matters, there's no such thing as an overnight cure, or is there?
139 137 "Foul Weather Friends" (Hanecco's Jealousy! Big Prairie Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 2, 2000 (2000-03-02) February 10, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends chance upon a Hoppip, a fluffy Pokémon that is able to catch passing winds and drift for miles through the sky. The Hoppip's trainer Mariah uses a group of Hoppip to help her forecast the weather. One of the Hoppip is actually a little Oddish.
140 138 "The Superhero Secret" (Mysterious Superhero! Gligerman Appears!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 9, 2000 (2000-03-09) February 17, 2001 ʁ ʁ
The legendary Gligarman is getting too old to fight crime. When Ash and friends wander into town, they bring with them a challenge that threatens to be Gligarman's last: Team Rocket.
141 139 "Mild 'n Wooly" (Merriep Meadow's Girl) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 16, 2000 (2000-03-16) February 17, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Team Rocket comes in sheep's clothing to relieve a kind Mareep-herder of her flock. Ash and friends are eager to help, but will first have to convince the Mareep trainer to have faith in herself.
142 140 "Wired for Battle!" (Let's Battle! Hassam vs. Heracros!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 23, 2000 (2000-03-23) February 24, 2001 ʁ ʁ
When Shingo, a promising trainee at a Pokémon battle dojo abandons battle altogether, it is up to Ash and friends to convince him that battling, and life for that matter, is more than just a matter of probability.
143 141 "Good 'Quil Hunting" (Hinoarashi! I Got It!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 30, 2000 (2000-03-30) March 3, 2001 ʁ ʁ
With no fire Pokémon to call his own, Ash is overjoyed to find a Cyndaquil in the wild. But before Ash can capture the little Pokémon, he'll have to face another trainer with similar desires and less scruples as well as Team Rocket and their Giant Robotic Meowth-inator.
144 142 "A Shadow of a Drought" (Hiwada Town! Yadon's Well!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 6, 2000 (2000-04-06) March 3, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash carelessly makes enemies of the Slowpoke-worshipping residents of Azalea Town, but sees a chance at redemption when Team Rocket arrives to capture these revered Pokémon.
145 143 "Going Apricorn!" (Kunugidama and the Bonguri Fruit! Backyard Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 13, 2000 (2000-04-13) March 10, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash delivers the mysterious GS Ball to renowned Pokémon expert Kurt, but Team Rocket threatens the entire operation when they attempt to harvest the Apricorn resources essential to Pokéball Production.
146 144 "Gettin' the Bugs Out" (Hiwada Gym! Forest Battlefield!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 20, 2000 (2000-04-20) March 17, 2001 ʁ ʁ
When Ash reaches the Azalea Town Gym, he has just the Pokémon to challenge the Gym Leader Bugsy's Bug Pokémon. But what will happen when Ash's Cyndaquil can't get its burners going?
147 145 "A Farfetch'd Tale" (Ubame's Forest! Search for Kamonegi!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 27, 2000 (2000-04-27) March 17, 2001 ʁ ʁ
After the inexperienced young trainer Sylvester mistakenly scares off his own Farfetch'd, Ash and friends are happy to help, but can they find it before Team Rocket can get their hands on this savory Pokémon?
148 146 "Tricks of the Trade" (Sonans and the Pokémon Exchange!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 4, 2000 (2000-05-04) March 24, 2001 ʁ ʁ
At the Pokémon Swap Meet in Palmpona, Ash and his friends befriend Benny, a young trainer who is having difficulties finding a trading partner willing to accept his Wobbuffet. In the end, Jessie accidentally trades her Lickitung for Benny's Wobbuffet and learns about Wobbuffet's Counter move.
149 147 "The Fire-ing Squad!" (Burning Zenigame Squad! Like a Fire!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 11, 2000 (2000-05-11) April 21, 2001 ʁ ʁ
An unexpected Pokémon fire-fighting competition reunites Ash with a group of fire fighters from the Orange Islands called Team Wartortle. In the end, Ash's Squirtle returns to the Squirtle Squad.
150 148 "No Big Woop!" (Full of Upah!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 18, 2000 (2000-05-18) March 31, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends enthusiastically volunteer to watch over a school of Wooper while their trainer Olesia is away, but as always Team Rocket interferes, this time hoping to use the Wooper to pacify Giovanni.
151 149 "Tunnel Vision" (Purin vs. Bull!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 25, 2000 (2000-05-25) April 7, 2001 ʁ ʁ
When a Snubbull and Jigglypuff get into a great disagreement, they threaten to draw everyone else into their conflict.
152 150 "Hour of the Houndour" (Dark Pokémon – Delvil) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 1, 2000 (2000-06-01) April 14, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Investigating a string of mysterious thefts, Ash and his friends discover a pack of Houndour, struggling to survive in the wild. In order to help mend their ways, Ash will have to earn their trust first.
153 151 "The Totodile Duel" (Whose Waninoko is It!? Satoshi vs. Kasumi!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 8, 2000 (2000-06-08) May 5, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash and Misty engage in a fierce three-on-three Pokémon battle when the two of them attempt to capture a wild Totodile, during which Misty's Poliwag evolves.
154 152 "Hot Matches!" (Airmd vs. Hinoarashi! Wings of Steel!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 15, 2000 (2000-06-15) May 12, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash faces Miki, a young female trainer who possess an unbeatable Skarmory, a Steel-type bird. To win, Ash and his Cyndaquil must undergo intense training if they're to have any hope of beating Skarmory.
155 153 "Love, Totodile Style" (Dance, Waninoko! The Step of Love!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 22, 2000 (2000-06-22) May 26, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash's Totodile falls in love with Azumarill but Totodile isn't successful in confessing its feelings to Azumarill. But when Team Rocket kidnaps Azumarill, it falls to Totodile to save the day.
156 154 "Fowl Play!" (Different-Colored Yorunozuku! I Got It!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 29, 2000 (2000-06-29) April 28, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash has his sights set on a rare and brightly colored Noctowl, but this Pokémon's hypnosis leaves Ash's team unable to tell reality from illusion, much less stand up to another Pokémon in battle.
157 155 "Forest Grumps" (Ringuma's Startling!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 6, 2000 (2000-07-06) June 2, 2001 ʁ ʁ
An Ursaring attack forces Ash and his friends to team up with Team Rocket, members of each team being paired with members of the other; Misty ends up with James and Meowth, and Jessie ends up with Ash, Brock and Pikachu.
158 156 "The Psychic Sidekicks!" (Kirinriki! The Village of Esper Pokémon!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 13, 2000 (2000-07-13) August 11, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Team Rocket attacks Len Town, a town that is protected by Psychic Pokémon with a machine that is impervious to Psychic attacks, and begins to steal all the Pokémon in town.
159 157 "The Fortune Hunters" (Pokémon Fortune-telling!? Enormous Melee!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 27, 2000 (2000-07-27) May 19, 2001 ʁ ʁ
A Pokémon Fortune Telling boom turns out to be a Team Rocket plot to steal Pokémon from local trainers.

Season 4: Johto League Champions (2000–01)

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160 158 "A Goldenrod Opportunity (Part 1)" (Kogane Gym! Speed & Power!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 3, 2000 (2000-08-03) August 18, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash Ketchum challenges the Goldenrod City Gym Leader, Whitney, to win his next badge to compete in the Johto League. After Ash easily beats Whitney's Nidorina and Clefairy, Whitney sends out her third and final Pokémon, Miltank. Miltank defeats Ash's Cyndaquil and Totodile with its Rollout attack. Ash, in despair chooses Pikachu as his final Pokémon but despite their combined efforts and a strategy involving shocking Miltank while it's still wet from Totodile's Water Gun attack, Miltank's Rollout is just too strong and as a result, Pikachu soon faints, resulting in Whitney winning the battle.
161 159 "A Dairy Tale Ending (Part 2)" (Miltank! Revenge Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 10, 2000 (2000-08-10) August 18, 2001 ʁ ʁ
In the aftermath of his shocking loss at the hands of Whitney and her Miltank, Ash struggles to regain his confidence and begins trying to form a strategy so he can beat Whitney's Miltank and earn the Plain Badge. With his Pokémon having recovered from the intense battle, Ash and the group visit a nearby Miltank ranch and after a while, Ash eventually gains the confidence to challenge Whitney once again for a chance at getting the Plain Badge. But will the rematch finally go in Ash's favor or is Whitney going to be the Gym Leader who ends Ash's Johto League campaign for good?
162 160 "Air Time!" (Battle of the Radio Tower! Surpass Spacetime!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 17, 2000 (2000-08-17) September 8, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash is invited as a guest on a Goldenrod City radio program. But fiction soon blurs into reality, and Ash must face Team Rocket in order to save both the radio show and his own Pokémon.
163 161 "The Bug Stops Here" (Bug Trainer Convention! Got It at the Natural Park!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 24, 2000 (2000-08-24) August 25, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash meets Casey at the Bug Catching Contest. The competition between the two is fierce. Misty gets mad at Casey because she is pushing her Pokémon too hard. Meanwhile, Team Rocket has trapped Ash in a cage. Casey's Chikorita evolves into a Bayleef to rescue Ash. Ash wins the contest with the prizes: A Sun Stone and a Beedrill Ash had caught. Ash gave the Beedrill to Casey because of her love for striped yellow-colored Pokémon.
164 162 "Type Casting" (Where Is Usokkie!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 31, 2000 (2000-08-31) September 1, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends must somehow cross a river where a recent storm has washed the bridge away. A riverman promises to take them to the opposite bank if they can find an elusive Sudowoodo.
165 163 "Fossil Fools" (Ancient Pokémon Park! Ruins of Alph!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 7, 2000 (2000-09-07) September 15, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends meet the prehistoric Pokémon Omanyte and Omastar in the Ruins of Alph after Team Rocket displaced them from the reservoir they lived in.
166 164 "Carrying On" (The Carrier Poppo of the Poppo Store!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 14, 2000 (2000-09-14) September 22, 2001 ʁ ʁ
The Pidgey Express messenger service is put in jeopardy when Team Rocket begins capturing Pidgey for their own profit. A young boy called Malachi must not only defeat them, but also win back his Grandpa's trust.
167 165 "Hassle in the Castle" (Zubat's Mansion! A Dangerous Labyrinth!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 21, 2000 (2000-09-21) September 29, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends come upon a castle that has been turned into a clinic that uses Pokémon to aid its patients. But Team Rocket soon arrives and unwittingly traps themselves with Brock in a maze that runs under the castle. After they escape, Zubat evolves into Golbat to stop Team Rocket from stealing Pikachu.
168 166 "Two Hits and a Miss" (Kapoerer vs. Fushigidane! Hand to Hand Showdown!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 28, 2000 (2000-09-28) September 15, 2001 ʁ ʁ
After saving Mr. Kenzo from a berserk Tauros, Ash is asked to take over Kenzo's Fighting Pokémon dojo, to the surprise of Kenzo's granddaughter, Chigusa, who had hoped to take the position but whose training style Kenzo regards as frivolous. Before they can battle, Shiro "The Dojo Destroyer", a Fighting Pokémon trainer planning to open his own dojo, arrives and challenges Kenzo. Both Kenzo and his Machoke throw their backs out and Chigusa takes his place, but her Hitmontop proves no match for Shiro's Hitmonlee. When Team Rocket barges in, Ash, Pikachu and Bulbasaur save the day and the other Pokémon, but the dojo battle will continue the next day...can Ash and Bulbasaur train Chigusa and Hitmontop well enough to help them win?
169 167 "A Hot Water Battle" (The Three of the Jungle! Battle in the Hot Springs!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 5, 2000 (2000-10-05) September 22, 2001 ʁ ʁ
An innocent game ends with Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile at odds with each other. As they quarrel, they are drawn into a great adventure when they accidentally tumble into a hidden passage.
170 168 "Hook, Line, and Stinker" (Azumao! Fishing Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 12, 2000 (2000-10-12) September 29, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Anxious to show off her fishing skills, Misty enters a Seaking Fishing Competition. But if she wants to win, she'll have to face Andreas, a rude egotistic trainer that gave her trouble earlier.
171 169 "Beauty and the Breeder" (Goodbye, Rokon! Pokémon Beauty Contest!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 19, 2000 (2000-10-19) October 6, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Brock joins up with his old friend Suzy. Together with her Vulpix, they enter the Pokémon Beauty Competition, and Brock gives Vulpix back.
172 170 "A Better Pill to Swallow" (Tsubotsubo vs. Madatsubomi) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 26, 2000 (2000-10-26) October 13, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash and the gang meet a hermit called Old Man Shuckle who makes natural remedies. But when Team Rocket drinks juice produced by a wild Shuckle, which is a component of one of Old Man Shuckle's remedies, they throw the behavior of all Pokémon in the area out of balance.
173 171 "Power Play!" (Blacky! Battle During a Dark Night!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 2, 2000 (2000-11-02) October 20, 2001 ʁ ʁ
When Jessie builds a machine based on Wobbuffet and its Counter attack that will turn a Pokémon's own attack against it with double the power, Ash needs all the help he can get, even if that means teaming up with Gary.
174 172 "Mountain Time" (Redian! Exceeding the Valley of the Wind!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 9, 2000 (2000-11-09) October 20, 2001 ʁ ʁ
When Team Rocket kidnaps Pikachu and Togepi, it's up to Ash and friends to keep these villains from destroying themselves and the two captive Pokémon along with them.
175 173 "Wobbu-Palooza" (Village of Sonans!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 16, 2000 (2000-11-16) October 27, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends attend a Wobbuffet Festival that honors the Wobbuffet. When a gang of delinquents attack, Ash attempts to stop them. But how can he defend the town if he's not allowed to fight?
176 174 "Imitation Confrontation" (Aim to Be a Metamon Master! Imite Returns!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 23, 2000 (2000-11-23) October 27, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends are reunited with Duplica, the aspiring Ditto Master, and find her now troubled with a Ditto that is unable to change its size, no matter what Pokémon it transforms into.
177 175 "The Trouble with Snubbull" (Nyarth, Bull and Granbull!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 30, 2000 (2000-11-30) November 3, 2001 ʁ ʁ
When Ash and friends spot Madame Muchmoney's Snubbull, they try to track down the Pokémon before Team Rocket can get their hands on it.
178 176 "Ariados, Amigos" (Ariados! Battle of Ninja Arts!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 7, 2000 (2000-12-07) November 17, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends are reunited with their one-time adversary, Aya, who is continuing devotedly on the path to the Pokémon Jujitsu Academy. Ash and Brock enjoy the special classes, but Misty, because of her phobia of bug-type Pokémon, doesn't. The fun stops when Team Rocket decides to raid the school and steal all the Pokémon.
179 177 "Wings 'N' Things" (Flap, Yanyanma! Fly to Tomorrow's Sky!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 14, 2000 (2000-12-14) November 17, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Zachary Evans, the son of a glassmaker, adopts a Yanma he finds in the wild, not knowing that this Pokémon's signature attack creates a shockwave that shatters all glass in the area.
180 178 "The Grass Route" (Popocco! Grass Pokémon Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 21, 2000 (2000-12-21) November 3, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash and company chance upon the Grass Pokémon Tournament, an annual affair where trainers pit their herbaceous Pokémon against each other in the spirit of friendly combative horticulture.
181 179 "The Apple Corp" (Pikachu and Pichu!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 4, 2001 (2001-01-04) December 1, 2001 ʁ ʁ
A young orchard owner called Charmaine mistakes Pikachu for a thief who's eaten large amounts of her crops. Ash and friends set her straight by revealing the true culprits: a group of Pichu that live nearby.
182 180 "Houndoom's Special Delivery" (Hellgar and Togepy!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 11, 2001 (2001-01-11) December 1, 2001 ʁ ʁ
After a run-in with Team Rocket, Togepi disappears. Even more alarming are the large footprints they found next to Togepi's, which could only belong to a very big Pokémon.
183 181 "A Ghost of a Chance" (The Burned Tower! Matsuba Appears!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 18, 2001 (2001-01-18) November 10, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends finally reach Ecruteak City and meet up with a Gym Leader, Morty, with greater ease than they had thought. But they meet not in the Pokémon Gym, but in the charred ruins of a centuries-old tower.
184 182 "From Ghost to Ghost" (Enju Gym! Ghost Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 25, 2001 (2001-01-25) November 10, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Ash has his 4th gym battle with Morty, the ghost trainer. To win the Fog Badge, he might need to rely on the eyes of Noctowl.
185 183 "Trouble's Brewing" (The 5 Sisters of Eievui! Battle at the Tea Ceremony!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 1, 2001 (2001-02-01) December 8, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Brock is in heaven when he, Ash, and Misty chance upon a Japanese garden maintained by four beautiful sisters, each specializing in a traditional art of Japan.
186 184 "All That Glitters!" (Yamikarasu! The Stolen Badges!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 8, 2001 (2001-02-08) December 15, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Reveling in his recent successes, Ash pauses to polish his newly earned badges when a flock of Murkrow arrive and make off with his hard-won prizes.
187 185 "The Light Fantastic" (Teppouo's Sky!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 15, 2001 (2001-02-15) December 15, 2001 ʁ ʁ
Inspired by an elderly artist called Gan Gogh, Ash and his friends journey into the desert in search of strange lights. They soon reach a gigantic crystal monolith that's surrounded by dozens of Remoraid.
188 186 "UnBEARable" (Himeguma's Secret!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 22, 2001 (2001-02-22) January 19, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Misty befriends a cuddly Teddiursa. But the mischievous Pokémon turns out to be more trouble than he's worth.
189 187 "Moving Pictures" (The Mystery of the Frozen Himanuts!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 1, 2001 (2001-03-01) January 26, 2002 ʁ ʁ
A chunk of ice falls from the sky. Ash and friends examine the block and discover that a Sunkern is frozen inside. They get help from Marcello and Sophia, an elderly husband and wife who are quick to lend a hand in thawing the Pokémon. Later, Ash uses the Sun Stone from the Bug Catching Contest on Sunkern to evolve it into a Sunflora. Following its evolving, all of the other Sunflora return to the mountain.
190 188 "Spring Fever" (Dig Here, Urimoo! Search for the Hot Spring!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 8, 2001 (2001-03-08) February 2, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Todd rejoins Ash's group after spotting an Articuno flying into the mountains. When a trio of Swinub make off with Misty's rice cake, Ash and friends jump to pursuit. They soon learn that these Pokémon are in the employ of the water prospectors Rory and Peggy.
191 189 "Freeze Frame" (Freezer vs. Purin! In the Middle of a Snowstorm!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 15, 2001 (2001-03-15) February 9, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends encounter Articuno. The legendary Pokémon uses its power to hold off a dangerous blizzard. But after facing Team Rocket, will the Articuno be able to stay the fierce storm?
192 190 "The Stolen Stones!" (Windie and the Fire Stone!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 22, 2001 (2001-03-22) February 16, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends meet Keegan and Ramona, a brother and sister who run a small delivery service. When Keegan is injured in a Team Rocket attack, he turns to Ash to guide the team of Arcanine to their destination.
193 191 "The Dunsparce Deception" (There Aren't Any Nokocchi Here!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 29, 2001 (2001-03-29) February 23, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Team Rocket manages to con all the children in a town into giving up their Dunsparce. When Ash and friends pursue their enemies, a young trainer called Bucky tags along, hoping to catch a Dunsparce of his own.
194 192 "The Wayward Wobbuffet" (Sonans! Is That So?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 5, 2001 (2001-04-05) March 2, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Team Rocket captures Pikachu, and promptly locks away in an unbreakable cage. Wobbuffet is left behind unknowingly. The episode moves on through the struggles for grabbing the key from Wobbuffet. Ash even helps Officer Jenny capture a thief before he rescues Pikachu.
195 193 "Sick Daze" (Takeshi Collapses! A Dangerous Camp!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 12, 2001 (2001-04-12) March 9, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash and Misty never truly realized what a help their friend was to them until a serious cold leaves Brock bedridden and all the daily chores are left for them to do.
196 194 "Ring Masters" (Ordile vs. Kamex! Sumo Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 19, 2001 (2001-04-19) March 16, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends chance by a Pokémon Sumo Championship. Ash asks for Snorlax from Prof. Oak in return of Noctowl. Though Ash is a new hand at sumo, his Snorlax proves an able wrestler, and he quickly becomes the favorite for victory. In the final, Ash and his Snorlax must fight a Feraligatr. Will Ash win?
197 195 "The Poké-Spokesman" (You Can Speak with Pokémon!? The Words and Feelings of Pokémon!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 26, 2001 (2001-04-26) March 23, 2002 ʁ ʁ
When Pikachu starts acting strangely, Simon, a man claiming to speak Pokémon language, suggests that it needs a recharge. However, Simon is wanted for fraudulent Pokémon translating.
198 196 "Control Freak!" (Golbat vs. the Masked Queen Musashi! The Ruins Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 3, 2001 (2001-05-03) March 30, 2002 ʁ ʁ
In the ruins of an ancient kingdom, Jessie uncovers a staff and mask that allows her to control any Pokémon. Team Rocket escapes with Ash's Pikachu, but discovers the Pokémon-controlling abilities of the staff and mask only work within the boundaries of the village. Brock asks Golbat to chase Team Rocket and while chasing, it evolves to Crobat, who easily takes down Team Rocket and helps retrieve the staff and mask.
199 197 "The Art of Pokémon" (The Miracle of Doble!! Shining in the Morning Sun!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 10, 2001 (2001-05-10) April 6, 2002 ʁ ʁ
In Whitestone, a town famed for its limestone white facades, a group of Smeargle are wreaking havoc. They are literally painting the town with multicolored paints they emit from their tails. The Smeargle belong to Jack Pollockson, a world renowned painter who doesn't have the inspiration to create masterpiece art anymore. Ash, Brock and Misty help free Jack's Smeargle from Team Rocket. The Smeargle get inspiration from the sunrise and paint it over the city walls. Ash, Brock and Misty leave the town happy at the turn of events.
200 198 "The Heartbreak of Brock" (Nidorino, Nidorina! Takeshi's Rose-colored Days!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 17, 2001 (2001-05-17) April 13, 2002 ʁ ʁ
When Brock meets a girl called Temacu who has feelings for him, he suddenly gets cold feet. Team Rocket while capturing Pokemon accidentally takes Temacu. She instantly falls in love with James. Ash and friends rescue Temacu from Team Rocket. On waking up from her sleep, Temacu proposes to the doctor taking care of her.
201 199 "Current Events" (Goodbye, Chicorita!? The Labyrinth of Electricity!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 24, 2001 (2001-05-24) April 27, 2002 ʁ ʁ
When Ash investigates a break-in at an electric facility, he accidentally gets locked in with Chikorita inside the facility. To make matters worse, the crack teams of Magnemite, Magneton and Electabuzz have been trained to attack all intruders. Team Rocket steals Chikorita and one of the Electabuzz. Ash follows them to save the Pokemon, during which Chikorita evolves into Bayleef and breaks free.
202 200 "Turning Over a New Bayleef" (Where Did Bayleef Go!? Capture at the Herb Garden!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 31, 2001 (2001-05-31) May 4, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Growing pains threaten a beautiful trainer-Pokémon relationship when the newly evolved Bayleef is unable to adjust to its size and repeatedly knocks Ash to the ground with its enthusiastic feelings. Eventually, Ash gets furious and Bayleef runs away. When Ash finds Bayleef, it refuses to return to him, leaving it and Pikachu open for being captured by Team Rocket. Seeing Ash's will to set them free, Bayleef helps Ash to defeat Team Rocket.
203 201 "Doin' What Comes Natu-rally" (Naty Fortune Teller! The Mystery of Telling the Future!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 7, 2001 (2001-06-07) May 18, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash meets Mackenzie, a shy Natu fortune teller who gets too nervous to perform in front of an audience. Anxious to help another youngster who, like himself, has a dream, Ash offers Mackenzie some advice.
204 202 "The Big Balloon Blow-Up" (The Big Pokémon Balloon Race! Get Past the Storm!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 14, 2001 (2001-06-14) May 25, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends enter a hot air balloon race that uses Pokémon to propel the balloons forward. But with Team Rocket sabotaging competitors, it will not be an easy race for Ash to win.
205 203 "The Screen Actor's Guilt" (Muchul is Daydreaming!! Do Superstars Like Pokémon?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 21, 2001 (2001-06-21) June 1, 2002 ʁ ʁ
A hooded man drops off a Smoochum with Ash and the gang. The trainers return the Pokémon to its owner, a famous actor called Brad van Darn, but it's not long before Smoochum goes missing again.
206 204 "Right On, Rhydon!" (Follow the Surfing Sidon!? The Battle at the Lake!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 28, 2001 (2001-06-28) June 22, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash and the gang run into a civil engineer called Pietra who is having troubles digging in a leaky tunnel. But Ash knows just the Rhydon for the job.
207 205 "The Kecleon Caper" (Where's Kakureon!? Huge Chaos Created by the Invisible Pokémon!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 5, 2001 (2001-07-05) August 17, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Anxious to impress two sisters called Madison and Alexa, Brock volunteers to find a pair of Kecleon that have gone missing on a blimp. Ash and Misty join in on what becomes a madcap chase through the huge vessel.
208 206 "The Joy of Water Pokémon" (The Nurse Joy who Hates Water Pokémon!? Kasumi's Anger!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 12, 2001 (2001-07-12) August 24, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Misty finally meets the famous Nurse Joy who specializes in treating Water Pokémon. But her excitement turns to disappointment when she learns that this Nurse Joy personally detests Water Pokémon.
209 207 "Got Miltank?" (The Mother Miltank! The Desert's Secret!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 19, 2001 (2001-07-19) August 31, 2002 ʁ ʁ
When Ash's Cyndaquil goes missing, he's determined to find it, even if it means seeking out a hidden desert oasis and breaking through its seemingly impregnable defense.
210 208 "Fight for the Light" (Radiance Lighthouse! Battle at Asagi City!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 26, 2001 (2001-07-26) September 7, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash is in the heat of battle with the Olivine Gym Leader, when a stranger appears and breaks up the match. It turns out that the girl Ash has been battling is not the Gym Leader she claimed to be.
211 209 "Machoke, Machoke Man!" (Tanba Gym! Front-Game Wrestling Showdown!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 2, 2001 (2001-08-02) September 7, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash encounters the Cianwood Gym Leader Chuck and challenges him to a battle. Ash's strategy is tested, but the team spirit shared by Ash and his Pokémon wins him the Gym battle in the end.

Season 5: Master Quest (2001–02)

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Original air date English air date
212 210 "Around the Whirlpool" (The Whirlpool Islands! A New Challenge!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 9, 2001 (2001-08-09) September 14, 2002 ʁ ʁ
In a scuffle with Team Rocket, Ash and friends are thrown from the ship taking them to the Whirl Islands. They crash into Blue Point Isle, where they meet up with Professor Elm, who explains about the upcoming Whirl Cup that takes place in the center of the Whirl Islands.
213 211 "Fly Me to the Moon" (Poppo and the Enormous Poppo! Towards the As Yet Unseen Sky!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 16, 2001 (2001-08-16) September 21, 2002 ʁ ʁ
On Pudgy Pidgey Isle, where all Pidgey have grown large and lazy, our heroes discover one Pidgey who dreams of flying higher than any Pokémon in history.
214 212 "Takin' It on the Chinchou" (Set Out to the Sea! Line of Chonchie!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 23, 2001 (2001-08-23) September 28, 2002 ʁ ʁ
In Blue Lagoon, Ash and friends are fortunate enough to pass a small mountain village just as an annual Chinchou migration is about to occur.
215 213 "A Corsola Caper!" (Sunnygo the Amigo! Showdown on Yellow Rock Isle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 30, 2001 (2001-08-30) October 5, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Just as Ash and friends arrive on Yellow Rock Isle, they find themselves in the middle of the Corsola frenzy and Misty hopes to catch one of her own.
216 214 "Mantine Overboard!" (Mantain and the Sunken Ship!! The Secret of the Mysterious Pokémon!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 6, 2001 (2001-09-06) October 12, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends meet a Pokémon researcher named Luka who is desperate to explore a sunken ship, a ship that's fiercely protected by an aggressive Mantine and a number of Remoraid.
217 215 "Octillery the Outcast" (Okutank and Teppouo! Whirlpool Cup Preliminaries!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 13, 2001 (2001-09-13) October 19, 2002 ʁ ʁ
After reaching Scarlet City on Red Rock Isle, where the preliminary round of the Whirl Cup is held, Ash and Misty must help cheer up a young trainer called Marcellus, after his Octillery is feeling lonely and isolated from its companions following evolution.
218 216 "Dueling Heroes" (Whirlpool Cup! A Big Battle in the Water Colosseum!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 20, 2001 (2001-09-20) October 26, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash and Misty advance to the second round of the Whirl Cup finals.
219 217 "The Perfect Match!" (Satoshi vs. Kasumi! The Final Battle in the Whirlpool Cup!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 27, 2001 (2001-09-27) November 2, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash faces off against Misty in the Whirl Cup. Who will win?
220 218 "Plant It Now... Diglett Later" (Protect the Digda Village! The Big Pitfall Strategy!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 4, 2001 (2001-10-04) November 9, 2002 ʁ ʁ
A village of kind, elderly people requests that Ash and friends help them defend against a gang of marauders that invades every year, attempting to rustle their sizable herd of Diglett.
221 219 "Hi Ho Silver... Away!" (The Legend of Silver Wings! Battle at Silver Rock Island!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 11, 2001 (2001-10-11) November 16, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash, Misty and Brock run into a local shopkeeper on Silver Rock Isle called Ariene who introduces them to one of their friends, a jewelry maker called Jenaro who tells them the legend of a mysterious Pokémon on Ogi Isle.
222 220 "The Mystery Is History" (Mysterious Pokémon X!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 18, 2001 (2001-10-18) November 23, 2002 ʁ ʁ
On Ogi Isle, Ash, Misty, and Brock run into their old friend Richie and his Pikachu, Sparky. They also meet a young boy whose Lanturn has made friends with a baby Lugia.
223 221 "A Parent Trapped!" (The Captive Lugia) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 25, 2001 (2001-10-25) November 30, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Professor Nanba of Team Rocket uses Silver as bait to capture its mother Lugia. Ash, Brock, Misty, and Richie are held captive in Team Rocket's underwater base.
224 222 "A Promise is a Promise" (The Promise with Lugia!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 1, 2001 (2001-11-01) December 7, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends try to fight their way out of the underwater Team Rocket base as they attempt to free both the baby Lugia and its mother. Team Rocket is working on a device that makes Pokémon angry and brings out power through rage which may prove to be dangerous for Ash and his friends.
225 223 "Throwing in the Noctowl" (Fly Flight Hoho! Head for Asagi!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 8, 2001 (2001-11-08) December 14, 2002 ʁ ʁ
After missing the ferry, Ash and his friends meet an elderly man called Wings Alexander who pilots a plane that will bring Ash back to Olivine City but the plane's current state of disrepair along with dangerous storms may stop Ash from fulfilling his promise of getting to Olivine City in time for his gym battle.
226 224 "Nerves of Steelix!" (Asagi Gym! Vs. Haganeil!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 15, 2001 (2001-11-15) December 21, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash's long-waited battle against Jasmine, the Olivine City's Gym Leader, Jasmine finally begins as he and his party find themselves facing Jasmine's most powerful Pokémon, Steelix.
227 225 "Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!" (Farewell, Fushigidane! Adventure at Dr. Okido's) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 22, 2001 (2001-11-22) September 23, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Bulbasaur leaves for Professor Oak's lab to solve a conflict between all kinds of Pokémon. Will Ash be forced to leave his Bulbasaur at Professor Oak's lab forever?
228 226 "Espeon, Not Included" (Eifie and Sakura! Enju City Once Again!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 29, 2001 (2001-11-29) September 24, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Returning to Ecruteak City, Ash, Misty and Brock encounter Sakura and her Kimono Girl sisters again, and learn that Sakura's Eevee became an Espeon.
229 227 "For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!" (Suikun and Minaki! The Legend of Houou!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 6, 2001 (2001-12-06) September 25, 2002 ʁ ʁ
When Ash tells Eusine, a specialist in legendary Pokémon, that he saw a Suicune, a Pokémon Eusine is trying to catch, Eusine demands a battle. Meanwhile, Team Rocket steals and then breaks a sacred bell, causing all the Pokémon in the area to attack the forest, Ecruteak City and all the people in it.
230 228 "Extreme Pokémon!" (Run Quickly Along the Pokémon Ride!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 13, 2001 (2001-12-13) January 4, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his Bayleef compete in a Pokémon racing competition against Gary and his Arcanine.
231 229 "An EGG-sighting Adventure!" (Famous Detective Junsar! The Mystery of the Disappeared Egg!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 20, 2001 (2001-12-20) January 11, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash wins an egg as a prize for the race, and wonders what it will hatch into. The Egg eventually gets stolen, and Ash is on the case on who took it!
232 230 "Hatching a Plan" (Egg, Hatch) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 27, 2001 (2001-12-27) January 18, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash's egg hatches into a Phanpy and almost instantly, Phanpy begins causing trouble for Ash and the group.
233 231 "Dues and Don'ts" (Rocket-dan and Delibird!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 10, 2002 (2002-01-10) January 25, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Jessie, James and Meowth find out that their contracts have expired, so they are no longer part of Team Rocket. An old woman who's recruiting for Team Rocket lends them her Delibird to pass the recruitment test...attacking Ash and his friends! They lose the battle, but are reinstated into Team Rocket, and the Delibird is assigned to follow the three so they can pay off their bills little by little. Meanwhile a Team Rocket member craves revenge on Jessie.
234 232 "Just Waiting On a Friend" (The Kyukon in the Fog!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 17, 2002 (2002-01-17) September 26, 2002 ʁ ʁ
Ash, Brock and Misty rest in a house occupied by a girl called Lokoko. The original master of the house went missing long before. Brock falls for Lokoko, but Ash and Misty discover she has no reflection in the mirror! The two soon discover that Lokoko is really an illusion created by a Ninetales.
235 233 "A Tyrogue Full of Trouble" (Balkie and the Karate King Nobuhiko!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 24, 2002 (2002-01-24) February 1, 2003 ʁ ʁ
The three friends discover a Tyrogue who is cold to humans, but on the inside, is sensitive and cares for weak Pokémon.
236 234 "Xatu the Future" (Natio's Big Prediction!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 31, 2002 (2002-01-31) February 8, 2003 ʁ ʁ
A girl called Calista uses her Xatu's ability to see the future as an advantage and uses this to predict the weather. The Xatu are not always correct, and convince her into thinking there is going to be a flood.
237 235 "Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution" (Wataru and the Red Gyarados!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 7, 2002 (2002-02-07) February 15, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash, Misty and Brock are walking along, when suddenly, they spot a mysterious Pokémon, a red Gyarados. They discover it is one of many Magikarp that has been forced to evolve by Team Rocket. With the help of Lance of the Elite Four, Ash and friends attempt to rescue Gyarados.
238 236 "Rage of Innocence" (Red Gyarados's Anger!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 14, 2002 (2002-02-14) February 22, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Lance attempts to rescue the red Gyarados by catching it. Can Lance catch it before it destroys Mahogany Town?
239 237 "As Cold as Pryce" (Inomoo and Yanagi of the Winter!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 21, 2002 (2002-02-21) March 1, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Pryce, with Ash's help, attempts to locate his lost Piloswine.
240 238 "Nice Pryce, Baby!" (Chouji Gym! Ice Battle!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 28, 2002 (2002-02-28) March 8, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash challenges Pryce of Mahogany Town to a battle.
241 239 "Whichever Way the Wind Blows" (Kireihana and Ruffresia! Peace in Meadow!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 7, 2002 (2002-03-07) March 22, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash and the gang get involved upon discovering that a group of Bellossom are feuding with a group of Vileplume.
242 240 "Some Like It Hot!" (Magcargot! Getting the Hot Heart!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 14, 2002 (2002-03-14) March 29, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends encounter a Magcargo that refuses to let them pass. A boy named Egan attempts to capture a Magcargo for himself.
243 241 "Hocus Pokémon" (A Huge Transformation with Pokémon Magic!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 21, 2002 (2002-03-21) April 5, 2003 ʁ ʁ
A Pokémon magician named Lily attempts to create a magic spell, but as well as needing Pikachu, is missing one ingredient; a tear from an Aipom. Team Rocket steals Lily's spell book and try to get Aipom to shed a tear without force. After beating Team Rocket, however, the spell fails and Ash gets turned into a Pikachu.
244 242 "As Clear as Crystal" (Thunder and the Crystal! Secret of the Lake!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 28, 2002 (2002-03-28) April 12, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash is restored to his human form, but Pikachu doesn't look so hot. They discover he is ill, and so a passing trainer takes them to a lake to heal electric Pokémon. They find out that a crystal is healing them, and so when Team Rocket snags it, it summons an enraged Zapdos!
245 243 "Same Old Song and Dance" (Pupurin Twins vs. Purin! Singing Pokémon Concert!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 11, 2002 (2002-04-11) April 19, 2003 ʁ ʁ
A trainer called Brittany and her twin Igglybuff perform at a concert causing Jigglypuff to become jealous.
246 244 "Enlighten Up!" (Yadon's Comprehension! Satoshi's Comprehension!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 18, 2002 (2002-04-18) April 26, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash, Misty, Brock and Team Rocket train in a Slowpoke Temple.
247 245 "Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?" (Fake Okido!? Pokémon Senryu Confrontation!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 25, 2002 (2002-04-25) September 27, 2002 ʁ ʁ
James disguises himself as Professor Oak to receive fame.
248 246 "Wish Upon a Star Shape" (Py, Pippy and the Shooting Star!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 2, 2002 (2002-05-02) May 3, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Phanpy attempts to reunite Cleffa with its family. However, a pair of paranormal investigators called the PMC want to claim the Cleffa as proof of Pokémon's alien origins.
249 247 "Outrageous Fortunes" (Nyorozo's Evolution!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 9, 2002 (2002-05-09) May 10, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Before being recalled, Poliwhirl puts the King's Rock Ash won on its head. The next time Misty uses Poliwhirl in battle, the power of the King's Rock causes it to evolve into Politoed!
250 248 "One Trick Phony!" (Battle Park! Vs. Kamex, Lizardon, Fushigibana!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 16, 2002 (2002-05-16) May 17, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash trains at a Battle Park against Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur, not knowing the trainers he's facing are Team Rocket in disguise.
251 249 "I Politoed Ya So!" (Nyorotono's Cheerleading!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 23, 2002 (2002-05-23) May 24, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Tammy, a cheerleader with winning ambitions on her mind gets her Politoed companion Bean mixed up with Misty's clapping, cheerful Politoed.
252 "The Ice Cave!" ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 30, 2002 (2002-05-30) N/A ʁ ʁ
On their way through Ice Path, Brock gets a cold and cannot proceed.
253 250 "Beauty Is Skin Deep" (Ibuki and Miniryu!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 6, 2002 (2002-06-06) May 31, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Clair, the Blackthorn City Gym Leader, is forced to go to a ritual involving the Dragon Fang, but also has to protect a Dratini.
254 251 "Fangs for Nothin'" (Fusube Gym's Dragon Fang!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 13, 2002 (2002-06-13) June 7, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash and Clair begin their gym battle, while Team Rocket makes off with the Dragon Fang, tricking a Dragonite into believing they are protecting it. As such, Ash's fight with Clair is cancelled as they temporarily join forces and then set off to stop Team Rocket.
255 252 "Great Bowls of Fire!" (Kairyu! Use Imperial Rage!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 20, 2002 (2002-06-20) June 14, 2003 ʁ ʁ
When James accidentally lights a forest on fire using the Dragon Holy Land's Prayer Flame, his actions cause Dragonite, the Holy Land's Guardian to snap and go mad with rage. As a result, it becomes so consumed with rage that it begins to attack everything that gets in its way while also endangering the Pokémon that live in the Holy Land as well. With help from Liza and her Charizard, Charla, as well as Ash's own Charizard, Ash, Brock, Misty and Clair must find a way to stop Dragonite's rampage once and for all or risk having the Holy Land being completely destroyed for good.
256 253 "Better Eight Than Never" (Fusube Gym! The Final Badge!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 27, 2002 (2002-06-27) June 21, 2003 ʁ ʁ
In his second rematch, Ash pits Snorlax, Pikachu and Charizard against Clair's Dragon-type Pokémon. Will Ash be victorious and finally get the right to qualify for the Johto League?
257 254 "Why? Wynaut!" (Sohnano!? Gym Badges and Sonans!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 4, 2002 (2002-07-04) June 28, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash's badges are stolen by Team Rocket, which are then stolen by a wild Wynaut.
258 255 "Just Add Water" (Ryugu Gym! Battle in the Water!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 11, 2002 (2002-07-11) July 12, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash, Misty, and Brock visit an unregistered Pokémon gym called the Coastline gym. The gym specializes in water Pokémon, and both Ash and Misty want a battle with the leader, Dorian.
259 256 "Lapras of Luxury" (Laplace's Song!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 18, 2002 (2002-07-18) July 26, 2003 ʁ ʁ
When Professor Elm asks Ash and his friends to pick up a Pokémon egg from a marine research center and deliver it to him, Ash runs into a Lapras herd, with one of the family members being the same Lapras he caught in the Orange Islands. When Team Rocket try to capture the whole herd, it is up to the reunited duo to stop them.
260 257 "Hatch Me If You Can" (Protecting the Egg! The Life Born in a Storm!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 25, 2002 (2002-07-25) August 9, 2003 ʁ ʁ
The egg Professor Elm gave Ash hatches into a Pokémon named Larvitar.
261 258 "Entei at Your Own Risk" (Entei and Friends of the Hot Spring!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 1, 2002 (2002-08-01) August 16, 2003 ʁ ʁ
A trainer named Nelson scouts out a hot spring for wild Pokémon in an attempt to capture the legendary Pokémon, Entei.
262 259 "A Crowning Achievement" (Yadoking! King's Symbol!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 8, 2002 (2002-08-08) August 23, 2003 ʁ ʁ
A Slowpoke named Arthur attempts to evolve into a Slowking.
263 260 "Here's Lookin' at You Elekid!" (Nanako and Elekid!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 15, 2002 (2002-08-15) August 30, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Casey meets up with Ash, and has her sights on Elekid, the pre-evolved form of Electabuzz.
264 261 "You're a Star, Larvitar!" (Do Your Best, Yogiras!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 22, 2002 (2002-08-22) September 6, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash relies on Larvitar to help free the Pokémon that Team Rocket has stolen.
265 262 "Address Unown!" (Unknown of the Country of Mystery) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 29, 2002 (2002-08-29) September 13, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Unown accidentally teleports Ash, Misty, Brock, Pikachu and Togepi (the latter two, humorously, grow to giant sizes) into Larvitar's mind, and they discover that as an egg, Larvitar and its mother were attacked by poachers.
266 263 "Mother of All Battles" (Bangiras and Yogiras!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 5, 2002 (2002-09-05) September 15, 2003 ʁ ʁ
The same poachers that once captured Larvitar catch its mother.
267 264 "Pop Goes the Sneasel" (Nyula and the Sacred Flame!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 12, 2002 (2002-09-12) September 16, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash meets a trainer named Harrison from Littleroot Town in the Hoenn region. The two help out to battle a Sneasel, a Machop and a Machoke, who are interfering with the opening ceremony for the Johto League Conference.
268 265 "A Claim to Flame!" (Silver League Begins! Shigeru Returns!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 19, 2002 (2002-09-19) September 17, 2003 ʁ ʁ
The Johto League begins as Ash meets up with his longtime rival, Gary Oak.
269 266 "Love, Pokémon Style" (League Preliminaries! Battle of the Magmarashi Flame!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 26, 2002 (2002-09-26) September 18, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Continuing the Johto League, Ash fights Macey, a trainer with a few tricks up her sleeve. After a 3-on-3 battle, in the end Ash wins over Macey, and moves on to Round 2!
270 267 "Tie One On!" (Meganium vs. Fushigidane! Spirit of the Grass Types!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 3, 2002 (2002-10-03) September 19, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Continuing the Johto League, Ash faces off against Jackson, who's battle ends up in a draw. Ash ends up recriving more points and so heads onto the Championship Round, where he finds out he is facing his long-time rival - Gary!
271 268 "The Ties That Bind" (League Finals! Full Battle 6 vs. 6!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 10, 2002 (2002-10-10) September 20, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash's skills as a Pokémon trainer are put to the ultimate test as he finds himself going up against his longtime rival, Gary Oak.
272 269 "Can't Beat the Heat!" (Rival Confrontation! Kamex vs. Lizardon!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 17, 2002 (2002-10-17) September 27, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Continuing the Johto League, Ash pits Charizard against Gary's fully evolved starter... a Blastoise. Ash ultimately wins over Gary, and moves on to the next round. Ash discovers his next battle is against his new-met rival; Harrison!
273 270 "Playing with Fire" (Bursyamo Returns! Battle Against Hazuki!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 24, 2002 (2002-10-24) October 4, 2003 ʁ ʁ
After his big victory over Gary, Ash faces of Harrison for the chance to enter the semi-finals of the Silver Conference. After a long and fierce battle, both Ash and Harrison are left with one Pokémon each. Ash is left with Charizard and Harrison is left with Blaziken.
274 271 "Johto Photo Finish" (To the End of the Destiny Battle! Respective Way!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 31, 2002 (2002-10-31) October 11, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash's quest in the Johto League ends with his last Pokémon, Charizard's defeat against Harrison's Blaziken. However, the damage that Blaziken got from its battle with Charizard causes Harrison to lose in the semi-finals. With the end of the Silver Conference, the participants head off in their separate ways, while Gary decides to retire.
275 272 "Gotta Catch Ya Later!" (Goodbye... And Then, Setting Off!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 7, 2002 (2002-11-07) October 18, 2003 ʁ ʁ
After receiving messages to return home, Brock and Misty separate with Ash. On hearing Harrison's suggestion, Ash tearfully decides to head to the Hoenn region.
276 273 "Hoenn Alone!" (Parting with Pikachu...!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 14, 2002 (2002-11-14) October 25, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash sets off for his journey to the Hoenn region, but a failed Team Rocket scheme to capture Pikachu ends up causing the electric-mouse Pokemon to fall gravely ill.

Season 6: Advanced (2002–03)

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Original air date English air date
277 274 "Get the Show on the Road!" (A New Land! A New Adventure!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 21, 2002 (2002-11-21) November 1, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Finally in Littleroot Town, Ash and Professor Birch discover that Pikachu has an electrical overload. The excess electricity causes Pikachu to run off in pain. Ash and Professor Birch give chase, but they are soon attacked by a pack of Poochyena, who chase Professor Birch, interfering with the beginning of a new journey for a 10-year-old young trainer named May, who after all the trouble chooses a Torchic for her first Pokémon.
278 275 "A Ruin with a View" (Ancient Pokémon and Mysterious Teams!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 28, 2002 (2002-11-28) November 8, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash and May encounter a set of ruins, where they help Professor Aldon rediscover a nearly-extinct Pokémon, during which they learn about Team Magma.
279 276 "There's No Place Like Hoenn" (Tōka Gym! Vs. Yarukimono!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 5, 2002 (2002-12-05) November 15, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash arrives in Petalburg City, where he hopes to battle in his first Hoenn Gym match. Ash meets May's younger brother, Max. May's father, Norman, is the Petalburg Gym Leader and Ash challenges him to a Gym battle, but since Ash does not have three Pokémon with him they only have a informal trainer battle which is interrupted by Team Rocket.
280 277 "You Never Can Taillow" (Full of Subame, Full of Danger! Got It in Tōka Woods!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 12, 2002 (2002-12-12) November 22, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash catches his first Hoenn Pokémon, a Taillow. In all the excitement, an old friend returns, Brock and his Forretress.
281 278 "In the Knicker of Time!" (Jiguzaguma and Short-Pantsed Boy! Haruka's First Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 19, 2002 (2002-12-19) November 22, 2003 ʁ ʁ
A kid named Nicholai attempts to catch a Zigzagoon. May has her first match against him after he hears she's a Gym Leader's daughter. But when Nicholai insults May's father, Max wants revenge.
282 279 "A Poached Ego!" (Team Rocket! Goodbye to a Disturbed Scratch!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 26, 2002 (2002-12-26) November 29, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Team Rocket encounters a poacher who hunts for poison-type Pokémon. When Team Rocket learn that the captured Pokémon include Koffing and Ekans, they decide to free them from the poacher's grasp and they release Arbok and Weezing to protect Ekans and Koffing. At the end, James gets himself a new Pokémon; Cacnea.
283 280 "Tree's a Crowd" (Forest of Kimori! Protect the Giant Tree!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 9, 2003 (2003-01-09) November 29, 2003 ʁ ʁ
A group of Treecko are defending a dying tree, and one of them decides to join Ash's party.
284 281 "A Tail with a Twist" (Habunake vs. Kimori! Strike of Death!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 16, 2003 (2003-01-16) December 6, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash's Treecko gets beaten by a wild Seviper known for its bullying habits. While Treecko tries to prepare for the rematch, Jessie sets her eye on the Seviper, and later captures it.
285 282 "Taming of the Shroomish" (Bizarre! Mystery of the Kinococo Mansion!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 23, 2003 (2003-01-23) December 6, 2003 ʁ ʁ
In an alley, Max meets and befriends a Shroomish.
286 283 "You Said a Mouthful!" (The Strongest Pelipper in History Appears!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 30, 2003 (2003-01-30) December 13, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash faces a trainer and his Pelipper, which can use attacks it cannot normally learn!
287 284 "A Bite to Remember" (Guraena and Pochiena! Mystery of Evolution!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 6, 2003 (2003-02-06) December 13, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Max cares for a Poochyena so it can evolve and be free.
288 285 "The Lotad Lowdown" (Hassboh and the Three Sisters of the Flower Shop!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 13, 2003 (2003-02-13) December 20, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Brock is successful at catching himself a Lotad.
289 286 "All Things Bright and Beautifly!" (Pokémon Contest! Agehunt's Magnificent Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 20, 2003 (2003-02-20) December 27, 2003 ʁ ʁ
Ash's group have their first look at a Pokémon Contest.
290 287 "All in a Day's Wurmple" (Double Battle and Double Kemusso!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 27, 2003 (2003-02-27) January 3, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Having been amazed by the Beautifly's performance at the Pokémon Contest, May hunts down a Wurmple so she can have her own Beautifly.
291 288 "Gonna Rule the School!" (Try to Study! Pokémon Trainer's School!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 6, 2003 (2003-03-06) January 10, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends arrive at a Pokémon Trainer School, which is headed by Roxanne, Rustboro's Gym Leader. Max enters a school battle against a rude boy.
292 289 "The Winner by a Nosepass" (Kanazumi Gym! Nosepass's Secret Weapon!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 13, 2003 (2003-03-13) January 10, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash and Roxanne have their Gym Battle, while May announces her intentions to compete in Pokémon Contests instead.
293 290 "Stairway to Devon" (Devon Corporation! Shadow of Team Aqua!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 20, 2003 (2003-03-20) January 17, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Max accidentally spills his drink onto the Pokénav, causing it to spoil. He needs to find a place to have it quickly fixed while letting nobody know it's spoiled. He ends up meeting with the president of the Devon Corporation, makers of the Pokénav and everything else. The president offers to help Max repair the Pokénav, but the corporate tour into headquarters turns into a hunt for a spy from Team Aqua who is after the research, and they learn about two evil teams in the Hoenn region; Team Aqua and Team Magma.
294 291 "On a Wingull and a Prayer!" (Old Man Hagi and Peeko the Camome!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 27, 2003 (2003-03-27) January 24, 2004 ʁ ʁ
On a hunt for a boat to Dewford Town, May encounters an old sailor named Briney. However, the Team Aqua spy is still on the loose, also looking for a ship out of the city.
295 292 "Sharpedo Attack!" (Escape! Samehader's Island!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 3, 2003 (2003-04-03) January 31, 2004 ʁ ʁ
As Mr. Briney takes the gang to the closest Island, they are attacked by a gang of Sharpedo and are forced to stay on a deserted island. They must convince the Sharpedo that they do not want to harm them and also protect those same Pokémon from Team Rocket.
296 293 "Brave the Wave" (Muro Gym! The Surfing Leader – Touki Appears!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 10, 2003 (2003-04-10) February 7, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Eager to win the Knuckle Badge, Ash goes straight to challenge Brawly, the Gym Leader of Dewford Town. However, Ash loses patience when Brawly goes surfing instead of battling. Finally, he gets his match, where Brawly's Makuhita evolves into Hariyama.
297 294 "Which Wurmple's Which?" (Kemusso vs. Kemusso! Which is Which!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 17, 2003 (2003-04-17) February 14, 2004 ʁ ʁ
After James tricks Ash and friends into fishing in an area so that Team Rocket can commit their usual schemes, the two sides battle until May sends out her Wurmple. Jessie argues with May, and the two battle, during which Meowth bumps into the two Wurmples. May and Jessie both take one and soon after Pikachu blasts Team Rocket off again, but then May finds out that the Wurmple she took isn't her Wurmple!
298 295 "A Hole Lotta Trouble" (Daigo, Cockodora and Bossgodora!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 24, 2003 (2003-04-24) February 14, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Team Rocket digs another hole, this time in Granite Cave, to capture the "twerps" but it only succeeds in separating everyone - including Team Rocket!
299 296 "Gone Corphishin'" (Roughneck of the Sea, Heigani Appears!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 1, 2003 (2003-05-01) February 21, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash chases down a mysterious Pokémon that keeps assaulting people on a small inlet on a far side of Dewford Island.
300 297 "A Corphish Out of Water" (Run Satoshi! Cross the Kibanha River!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 8, 2003 (2003-05-08) February 28, 2004 ʁ ʁ
The gang encounters Team Rocket, and Corphish is injured following a battle. Ash must rush his newest Pokémon Center on Dewford Island, which is surrounded by a school of hungry Carvanha.
301 298 "A Mudkip Mission" (The Secret Pond! Full of Mizugorou!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 15, 2003 (2003-05-15) March 13, 2004 ʁ ʁ
While in training, Ash and the others stumble upon a lake full of Mudkip under the watchful eye of an old man who is the protector of the Mudkip in the lake. Brock also catches a Mudkip of his own.
302 299 "Turning Over a Nuzleaf" (Attack of the Konohana Tribe!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 22, 2003 (2003-05-22) March 27, 2004 ʁ ʁ
While walking through Granite Cave, the gang stumble upon a Loudred in the middle of a long sleep. When it is accidentally woken, the gang are forced to run and find themselves separated from Pikachu, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Silcoon, Lotad and Corphish. While the worried trainers search, the Pokémon begin to fight among themselves until they find themselves attacked by a group of Nuzleaf.
303 300 "A Three Team Scheme!" (Team Magma vs. Team Aqua! Secret Base Battle!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 29, 2003 (2003-05-29) April 17, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends accidentally stumble upon another Pokémon Trainer's Secret Base. Meanwhile, Team Aqua and Team Magma both attempt to take over the Secret Base and wind up in battle with one another.
304 301 "Seeing is Believing!" (Agehunt and Dokucale! The Final Evolution!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 5, 2003 (2003-06-05) April 24, 2004 ʁ ʁ
May and Jessie both blissfully await the day when they shall receive a Beautifly. However, Jessie is unaware that she will never have one because her Wurmple became a Cascoon (which will evolve into a Dustox) instead of a Silcoon...and she refuses to hear otherwise! To force it to evolve, she makes it battle May's Silcoon...and both evolve at the same time!
305 302 "Ready, Willing, and Sableye" (The Startling Yamirami!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 12, 2003 (2003-06-12) May 1, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Corphish's bad attitude showing no signs of improving so Ash plans to humble it a bit by putting a good scare into it deep inside an abandoned mine. Little does he know, however, that Team Rocket have already infiltrated the mine, and none of them know that there's something else in the darkness waiting for them!
306 303 "A Meditite Fight!" (Asanan and the Battle Girl! In the Middle of a Storm!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 19, 2003 (2003-06-19) May 8, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends get caught in a hurricane and must take a treacherous mountain path to reach safety. Also, Ash meets up with a Meditite trainer called Shauna.
307 304 "Just One of the Geysers" (Muro Gym Rematch! Surfing Battlefield!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 26, 2003 (2003-06-26) May 15, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash's long-awaited rematch with Brawly of the Dewford Gym finally arrives. For the location, Brawly selects a secret sparring area he has hidden on a nearby island. Above and beyond this Gym Leader's ability and powerful Pokémon, the battlefield itself presents many unique challenges, most notably a huge geyser that erupts into the air without warning.
308 305 "Abandon Ship!" (The Abandoned Ship! The Creeping Shadow!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 3, 2003 (2003-07-03) May 15, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends foil a kidnapping scheme by Team Rocket on the high seas, but are then left high and dry themselves when Team Rocket's boat breaks down. Drifting with the tide, they eventually come to rest against an abandoned ship. On board, they meet Tommy, one of the ship's original passengers, who has returned to search for the Marshtomp he was separated from when the ship first ran aground.
309 306 "Now That's Flower Power!" (A New Rival for Haruka! Intensive Pokémon Contest Training!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 10, 2003 (2003-07-10) May 22, 2004 ʁ ʁ
As May prepares for the first upcoming Pokémon Contest, a retired coordinator named Mr. Big compliments her battling skills. He invites her and her friends to his house where he keeps some items that could prove helpful to May's performance.
310 307 "Having a Wailord of a Time" (The Big Starter Pokémon Panic!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 17, 2003 (2003-07-17) May 22, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Impressed at how well they had raised their own Pokémon, Nurse Joy enlists Ash and Max to babysit Treecko, Mudkip, and Torchic awaiting a Pokémon trainer just about to begin her first journey. Torchic proves to be the most rambunctious of the group, and when Ash sends several of his Pokémon to gently coax it into obedience, he inadvertently causes the troublesome chick to evolve into a Combusken.
311 308 "Win, Lose or Drew!" (Haruka! The First Pokémon Contest Challenge!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 24, 2003 (2003-07-24) May 29, 2004 ʁ ʁ
May arrives in Slateport City, where she can compete in her first Pokémon contest. Also competing is May's new rival, Drew, and a young man named Robert who uses Milotic...but May soon learns that Pokémon Contests teach hard and painful lessons. Meanwhile, Team Rocket learns the secrets of Pokémon Block.
312 309 "The Spheal of Approval" (Protect the Ocean Museum! Attack of Team Magma!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 31, 2003 (2003-07-31) May 29, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Having at long last completed her Pokémon Contest, May suggests a day of recreation in Slateport City before moving on. While she and Brock shop in the city's famous market district, Ash and Max check out a local marine museum. However, what should have been a day of leisure turns into one battle after another as both Team Rocket and Team Magma storm the very same museum in search of a rare rock discovered on the ocean floor.
313 310 "Jump for Joy!" (Beauty and the Beast!? Dirteng and Nurse Joy!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 7, 2003 (2003-08-07) August 28, 2004 ʁ ʁ
While cutting through a mountain pass, Ash and friends decide to stop into the local Pokémon Center for directions, only to discover it has been vacated, with no sign of Nurse Joy. The gant take it upon themselves to investigate and discover security camera footage of a Shiftry immobilizing Joy with Sleeping Powder before carrying her off. Their only clue as to Joy's location is a mysterious Pokédex entry, indicating that these Pokémon inhabit only trees that are over 1,000 years old.
314 311 "A Different Kind of Misty!" (Prasle and Minun! The Mountain Lighthouse!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 14, 2003 (2003-08-14) August 28, 2004 ʁ ʁ
When Ash and friends get lost in a dark and foggy mountain pass, the first people they meet are Team Rocket, fresh from their latest heist. Ash and friends manage to recover the stone the trio had stolen from a nearby lighthouse, but only to be themselves mistaken for the thieves.
315 312 "A Poké-BLOCK Party!" (Sing! Pokémon Trick House!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 21, 2003 (2003-08-21) September 4, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends finally reach Mauville City, but is forced to wait a bit longer for his next Gym battle as the gang see an advert for a Pokémon Trick House Contest, offering anyone who makes it through with a one year supply of Poké-block. May is eager to win the prize, so the gang decide to enter, and meet up with a girl called Alanna and her Whismur. But when Jigglypuff decides to perform its song, things may get complicated for the gang and Team Rocket too.
316 313 "Watt's with Wattson?" (Kinsetsu Gym! Tessen's Electric Shock Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 28, 2003 (2003-08-28) September 4, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash's third Gym battle with the electric master Wattson is full of surprises when, after an encounter with a robotic Raikou, Pikachu wins the match alone with super-charged Thunderbolts. However Ash's joy at receiving the badge disappears when Pikachu turns ill, and a depressed Wattson leaves Mauville City convinced he is a weak Gym Leader.

Season 7: Advanced Challenge (2003–04)

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317 314 "What You Seed is What You Get" (Kimori's New Technique!! Watermelon Field's Seed Machine Gun!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 4, 2003 (2003-09-04) September 11, 2004 ʁ ʁ
After Ash, Brock, May and Max find some watermelons, Ash decides to teach Treecko how to use Bullet Seed, but the lesson is interrupted by Natasha, who accuses them of stealing her watermelons, and her Grovyle, Slugma and Electrode.
318 315 "Love at First Flight" (Barubeat and Illumise! Dance of Love!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 11, 2003 (2003-09-11) October 16, 2004 ʁ ʁ
A Volbeat trainer named Romeo goes to May for tips on trying to confess his love for an Illumise trainer named Juliet.
319 316 "Let Bagons Be Bagons" (Fly Tatsubay! Towards the Future!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 18, 2003 (2003-09-18) September 18, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash and company encounter Michelle and her Bagon, which wishes to evolve into Shelgon and fly.
320 317 "The Princess and the Togepi" (Kasumi Appears! Togepi and the Mirage Kingdom!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 25, 2003 (2003-09-25) September 25, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Misty arrives in Hoenn, but her reunion with Ash and Brock is cut short when an evil mercenary, Colonel Hansen, arrives and kidnaps her Togepi with the help of Team Rocket.
321 318 "A Togepi Mirage!" (Beyond the Mirage! Togepi's Paradise!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 2, 2003 (2003-10-02) October 2, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Colonel Hansen, Team Rocket and the gang are amazed when they see Togepi's amazing power in defending them. After escaping, Togepi takes the gang to a dimension populated by unhappy Togepi, which has caused the land to grow weak. However, when Misty's Togepi is captured by Colonel Hansen in order for him to rule the Mirage Kingdom, it leads to a confrontation, during which Togepi evolves into Togetic to save the other Togepi.
322 319 "Candid Camerupt!" (Kachinuki Family! 4 vs. 4!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 9, 2003 (2003-10-09) October 9, 2004 ʁ ʁ
The Winstrate Family rescue Ash and company from dying of thirst and in return insist on a 4-on-4 Pokémon battle against them.
323 320 "I Feel Skitty!" (Eneko and Aromatherapy!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 16, 2003 (2003-10-16) October 23, 2004 ʁ ʁ
After finding a sick Skitty, May and the gang take it to a Pokémon aromatherapy lab to heal it. When Team Rocket tries to steal the assorted fragrances, Meowth falls in love with the now-energetic Skitty, who joins May's party.
324 321 "ZigZag Zangoose!" (Zangoose vs. Habunake! Rivals Showdown!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 23, 2003 (2003-10-23) October 23, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Nicolai returns with a new Zangoose. However, Jessie's Seviper appears, and with Zangoose and Seviper being natural enemies, the two Pokémon begin to fight vigorously.
325 322 "Maxxed Out!" (Masato and Masato! Protect Ametama!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 30, 2003 (2003-10-30) October 30, 2004 ʁ ʁ
The gang finds a boy who looks and sounds almost exactly like Max and they both even have the same name, only this new Max has a real attitude problem which brings out the worst in the first Max! Can both Maxes put their differences aside and protect a Surskit from Team Rocket?
326 323 "Pros and Con Artists" (Pokémon Contest – Hajitsuge Tournament!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 6, 2003 (2003-11-06) October 30, 2004 ʁ ʁ
The gang meets a girl named Grace with a Medicham who is going to enter the contest in Fallarbor Town. Meanwhile, Team Rocket conducts a scam while May experiences mixed feelings about being in the contest.
327 324 "Come What May!" (VS Charem! Contest Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 13, 2003 (2003-11-13) November 6, 2004 ʁ ʁ
May participates in the Fallarbor Town Pokémon Contest. Will she win and earn her first contest ribbon?
328 325 "Cheer Pressure" (Prasle and Minun! Road of Cheering!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 20, 2003 (2003-11-20) November 6, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends re-encounter Thatcher and find that he's joined a cheerleading squad for Pokémon Trainers.
329 326 "Game Winning Assist" (Eneco and Cat's Paw! Meadow of Donmel!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 27, 2003 (2003-11-27) November 13, 2004 ʁ ʁ
After getting chased out of a cave by Slugma, Ash and friends end up at a Numel farm.
330 327 "Fight for the Meteorite" (Team Aqua vs. Team Magma Again! Battle of Mt. Chimney!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 4, 2003 (2003-12-04) November 13, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Team Aqua and Team Magma fight over a stolen meteorite at Mt. Chimney, trapping the gang in a cable car with Team Rocket, with Ash attempting to recover the space rock from the criminal organizations after escaping the cable car through a deadly stunt.
331 328 "Poetry Commotion!" (The New Gym Leader – Asuna! The Hole-Filled Battlefield!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 11, 2003 (2003-12-11) November 20, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends finally arrive at the Lavaridge Gym. There, they meet Flannery, who was recently given control of the gym by her grandfather, Mr. Moore. However, the grounds are a mess, and will need fixing before any official battle can begin.
332 329 "Going, Going, Yawn!" (Heat Badge! Win the Blazing Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 18, 2003 (2003-12-18) November 20, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash faces off against Flannery to win the Heat Badge.
333 330 "Going for a Spinda" (Full of Patcheel! Beyond the Mountains in Search of Happiness!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 25, 2003 (2003-12-25) November 27, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends must help Claire find a lucky Spinda she's been caring for, but why is it deliberately running away from her?
334 331 "All Torkoal, No Play" (Breakthrough Valley of Steel! Cotoise vs. Haganeil!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 8, 2004 (2004-01-08) November 27, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends enter the Valley of Steel where they see a Torkoal being bullied by a group of Steel-type Pokémon, led by a Steelix. Ash rescues the Torkoal, adding a new member to his team.
335 332 "Manectric Charge" (Kinetsu Gym Returns! Vs. Livolt!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 15, 2004 (2004-01-15) December 4, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Wattson's Electrike evolves into Manectric, and he challenges Ash's Torkoal to a practice battle. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is getting the unwanted ride of their lives.
336 333 "Delcatty Got Your Tongue" (Eneko and Enekororo! The Legendary Pokémon Coordinator Appears!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 22, 2004 (2004-01-22) December 4, 2004 ʁ ʁ
While on the way to the Pokémon Contest in Verdanturf Town, May's Skitty learns how to use Blizzard when it and Dr. Abby's Delcatty are kidnapped by Team Rocket.
337 334 "Disaster of Disguise" (The Masked Coordinator – Phantom Appears!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 29, 2004 (2004-01-29) December 11, 2004 ʁ ʁ
May hears from Drew that his Roselia was badly injured by a masked trainer's Dusclops. Eventually, Ash, Brock, May and Max find this trainer themselves, but soon discover it is a kid named Timmy. Apparently his mother loathes Pokémon, and he masquerades as the Phantom Coordinator in order to get in training. They decide to help him find a way to compete in the next Pokémon Contest.
338 335 "Disguise Da Limit" (Shidake Town! Pokémon Contest!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 5, 2004 (2004-02-05) December 11, 2004 ʁ ʁ
Continuing from the previous episode, May and Timmy compete in the Verdanturf Town Pokémon Contest. Now with his mother's approval, Timmy pits his Dusclops against May's Skitty.
339 336 "Take the Lombre Home" (Solrock and Hasubrero! Legend of the Sacred Forest!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 12, 2004 (2004-02-12) January 29, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Brock's Lotad evolves into a Lombre, who is sought as a savior by a small village suffering from a drought.
340 337 "True Blue Swablu" (Sky of Tyltto! Heart of Haruka!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 19, 2004 (2004-02-19) February 5, 2005 ʁ ʁ
On their way to Petalburg City, Ash and his friends help a sick Swablu get back to its flock.
341 338 "Gulpin it Down!" (The Great Gokulin Repelling Strategy!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 26, 2004 (2004-02-26) February 12, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Due to a freak accident, a Gulpin and Ash's Treecko grow to the size of Godzilla. In the end, the massive Gulpin gets caught by a machine expert called Professor Jacuzzi who uses a Heavy Ball.
342 339 "Exploud and Clear" (Critical Situation! Bakuong vs. Juptile!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 4, 2004 (2004-03-04) February 19, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Ash's Treecko evolves into a Grovyle while battling a Loudred. However, the Loudred also evolves into an Exploud and goes on a rampage, refusing to obey its trainer, Guy, and Grovyle (who has even more of an attitude than before) is determined to finish its battle with Exploud.
343 340 "Go Go Ludicolo!" (Dancing Battle! Runpappa!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 11, 2004 (2004-03-11) February 26, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Corphish is now jealous of Grovyle's recent evolution and takes on the trainer Poncho and his Ludicolo. Corphish later realizes its mistake and helps Poncho and his Ludicolo against Team Rocket.
344 341 "A Double Dilemma" (Papa is Idol!? Fake Gym Leader!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 18, 2004 (2004-03-18) March 5, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Ash returns to Petalburg City, only to discover that Norman, May and Max's father, has become a major celebrity. To take advantage of this, Team Rocket disguises themselves as May and Max's family.
345 342 "Love, Petalburg Style!" (Tōka Gym Crisis! Household Crisis!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 25, 2004 (2004-03-25) March 12, 2005 ʁ ʁ
When it appears that Norman is flirting with Nurse Joy, everyone else come to the conclusion he has dumped Caroline.
346 343 "Balance of Power" (Tōka Gym! The Fifth Badge!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 1, 2004 (2004-04-01) March 19, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Ash finally gets a rematch with Norman, but Max and May are conflicted with not wanting to see either Ash or their father lose...and the outcome may be harder than they can handle.
347 344 "A Six Pack Attack!" (Professor Ookido and Professor Odamaki! Secret Base Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 8, 2004 (2004-04-08) March 26, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Professor Oak comes to Hoenn to visit Professor Birch, bringing along with him Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. Team Rocket come to steal them along with Professor Birch's Treecko, Torchic and Mudkip.
348 345 "The Bicker the Better" (Tag Battle! Satoshi vs. Haruka!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 15, 2004 (2004-04-15) April 2, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Quarreling Ash and May are mistaken for a couple by "love specialists" Oscar and Andi, who challenge them to a tag team Pokémon battle.
349 346 "Grass Hysteria!" (King of the Forbidden Forest! Fushigibana!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 22, 2004 (2004-04-22) April 9, 2005 ʁ ʁ
May finds herself in a forest inhabited by grass Pokémon which is forbidden to humans. May befriends a female Bulbasaur who she catches.
350 347 "Hokey PokéBalls" (Fushigidane and Fushigidane! Regaining the Monster Balls!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 29, 2004 (2004-04-29) April 16, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Ash brings back his Bulbasaur for a visit, and it becomes friendly with May's Bulbasaur. However playtime is cut short as they chase down Team Rocket, who have managed to hijack the Pokémon Center's Pokémon Transfer System and steal a horde of Pokémon.
351 348 "Whiscash and Ash" (Showdown! The Fishing Master and the Giant Namazun!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 6, 2004 (2004-05-06) April 23, 2005 ʁ ʁ
After losing his badge case and the badges in it to a large Whiscash nicknamed Nero, Ash relies on the help of a fisherman called Sullivan who wants to catch Nero.
352 349 "Me, Myself and Time" (Yajilon and the Ruins in the Mist!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 13, 2004 (2004-05-13) April 30, 2005 ʁ ʁ
While separated from the others, Ash encounters a girl called Calista and her Baltoy. He learns Calista and Baltoy were called to meet someone at a set of ruins, and Baltoy is a key.
353 350 "A Fan with a Plan!" (Forbidable Enemy!? Mother Coordinator Appears!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 20, 2004 (2004-05-20) May 7, 2005 ʁ ʁ
In a Pokémon contest, May discovers that one of the coordinators named Savannah is actually an adult and a mother!
354 351 "Cruisin' for a Losin'" (Pokémon Contest! Ruibosu Tournament!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 27, 2004 (2004-05-27) May 14, 2005 ʁ ʁ
May's Bulbasaur loses when battling Savannah's Lairon. After that, Drew beats Savannah and earns the contest ribbon.
355 352 "Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend" (Baneboo's Lost Object!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 3, 2004 (2004-06-03) May 21, 2005 ʁ ʁ
A Spoink needs Ash and his friends to help find its pearl. However, after a scuffle with Team Rocket, it ends up in the hands of the Magikarp Salesman.
356 353 "That's Just Swellow" (Beginning Challenge! Sky Match – PokéRinger!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 10, 2004 (2004-06-10) May 28, 2005 ʁ ʁ
During an aerial competition, Ash's Taillow evolves into a Swellow when he goes up against Team Rocket's James - who's using Jessie's Dustox, and May and her Beautifly are pitted against the reigning champion Volt and his Volbeat.
357 354 "Take This House and Shuppet" (The Mansion of Kagebouzu!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 17, 2004 (2004-06-17) June 4, 2005 ʁ ʁ
To protect themselves from the rain, the gang takes shelter in an old mansion. After an argument with May, Max runs off and befriends a Shuppet, using its psychic abilities to play pranks on the others.
358 355 "A Shroomish Skirmish" (The Fighting King of the Forest!? Wakasyamo vs. Kinogassa!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 24, 2004 (2004-06-24) June 11, 2005 ʁ ʁ
May's Torchic finally evolves into a Combusken after Ash's Corphish is beaten by an angry and aggressive Breloom that can use Mach Punch.
359 356 "Unfair-Weather Friends" (Powalen of the Weather Research Institute!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 1, 2004 (2004-07-01) June 18, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends stumble upon a weather institute which uses a Castform to predict the weather. However, Team Aqua takes the facility hostage while they search for data on the ancient Pokémon, Kyogre and Groudon.
360 357 "Who's Flying Now?" (Hiwamaki City's Feather Carnival!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 8, 2004 (2004-07-08) June 25, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Finally reaching Fortree City, the gang discover a carnival full of flying Pokémon, and James befriends and catches a Chimecho.
361 358 "Sky High Gym Battle!" (Hiwamaki Gym! Battle in the Sky!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 15, 2004 (2004-07-15) July 9, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Ash battles Winona at the Fortree City Gym to win a Feather Badge.
362 359 "Lights, Camerupt, Action!" (The Film's Riding on Bakuuda!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 22, 2004 (2004-07-22) July 16, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Ash and his friends help a trainer called Elijah and his Camerupt deliver a film to some children.
363 360 "Crazy as a Lunatone" (Mystery! A Pokémon from Space!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 29, 2004 (2004-07-29) August 20, 2005 ʁ ʁ
A Lunatone crash lands in Hoenn and needs to get back to space. However, the Pokémon Mystery Club returns to snatch Lunatone as proof of a Pokémon lifeform from outer space.
364 361 "The Garden of Eatin'" (Kabigon of the Banana Namakero Park!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 5, 2004 (2004-08-05) August 27, 2005 ʁ ʁ
A Snorlax is eating the bananas in a Slakoth reserve, so one of the Slakoth evolves into Vigoroth whose Vital Spirit ability makes it immune to Snolax's Yawn attack.
365 362 "A Scare to Remember" (Pikachu, Joining Team Rocket!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 12, 2004 (2004-08-12) September 3, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Pikachu gets amnesia and is convinced by Meowth that he is a member of Team Rocket and attacks Ash and his friends.
366 363 "Pokéblock, Stock, and Berry" (Arrival in Minamo City! Polocks and Swallow's Return!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 19, 2004 (2004-08-19) September 3, 2005 ʁ ʁ
While May befriends Kelly, a daughter of a Pokéblock expert, Ash decides to teach Swellow Aerial Ace with the help of a Move Tutor.
367 364 "Lessons in Lilycove" (Pokémon Contest! Minamo Tournament!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 26, 2004 (2004-08-26) September 10, 2005 ʁ ʁ
May and Kelly participate in the Lilycove Pokémon Contest, while Ash helps Swellow master Aerial Ace.
368 365 "Judgment Day" (Those Three Appear! The Referee School Island!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 2, 2004 (2004-09-02) September 10, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Team Rocket attempts to capture an Ivysaur, Charmeleon, and Wartortle belonging to a trainee Pokémon battle judge called Jimmy.

Season 8: Advanced Battle (2004–05)

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369 366 "Clamperl of Wisdom" (Pearlulu and Baneboo! Seek the Pearl!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 9, 2004 (2004-09-09) September 17, 2005 ʁ ʁ
On their way to Mossdeep Island, Ash and friends encounter a Spoink they had encountered before, which loses the pearl on its head again, and winds up lost in the water. Ash and friends visit an island, where they meet a scientist called Isaiah, who tells them that one of his Clamperl can help Spoink, since Clamperl make the same pearls Spoink have on their heads. However, things don't go right when Team Rocket meddles; will Ash and friends be able to find Spoink a pearl?
370 367 "The Relicanth Really Can" (Glanth and the Deep Sea Treasure!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 16, 2004 (2004-09-16) September 24, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends agree to help a treasure hunter named Adam look for buried treasure, but things get complicated when Team Rocket locks Ash and friends in the cave.
371 368 "The Evolutionary War" (Huntail and Sakurabyss! Mystery of Evolution!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 23, 2004 (2004-09-23) October 1, 2005 ʁ ʁ
There is a conflict on two islands: when Clamperl travels to one island, it evolves into Gorebyss, but on the other island it becomes Huntail.
372 369 "Training Wrecks" (Muscle Battle!? Double Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 30, 2004 (2004-09-30) October 8, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Ash has a double battle with a trainer called Rocky on Muscle Island.
373 370 "Gaining Groudon" (Groudon vs. Kyogre [Part 1]) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 7, 2004 (2004-10-07) October 15, 2005 ʁ ʁ
During a battle between Team Aqua and Team Magma, the legendary Kyogre is possessed by the Red Orb and Pikachu gets possessed by the Blue Orb.
374 371 "The Scuffle of Legends" (Groudon vs. Kyogre [Part 2]) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 14, 2004 (2004-10-14) October 22, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Lance and his shiny red Gyarados return to solve the war between Team Magma and Team Aqua.
375 372 "It's Still Rocket Roll to Me" (Fuu and Ran! Space Center Battle!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 21, 2004 (2004-10-21) October 29, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Team Rocket sneak into a space shuttle in Mossdeep City and kidnap Tate, Max, and Corphish.
376 373 "Solid as a Solrock" (Tokusane Gym! Solrock and Lunatone!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 28, 2004 (2004-10-28) November 5, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Ash duels Tate and Liza at the Mossdeep Gym, choosing Pikachu and Swellow against Lunatone and Solrock. At first, Tate and Liza argue with each other at the start of the battle, but regain their focus after Team Rocket shows up. Ash manages to defeat them and obtain a Mind Badge.
N/A N/A "Shaking Island Battle! Dojoach vs. Namazun!!" ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ N/A N/A ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends help Chōta get rid of the Dojoach and Namazun causing tremors on Jojo Island, when Team Rocket gets an idea to use the Pokémon for themselves.
377 374 "Vanity Affair" (Seaman! Elite Four Genji Appears!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 4, 2004 (2004-11-04) November 12, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Ash meets Drake, a member of the Hoenn Elite Four who has seen Ash getting over confident previously, who invites him to come back to his ship for a Pokémon offer that Ash can't refuse!
378 375 "Where's Armaldo?" (Island of Dr. Moroboshi! Fossil Pokémon Appear!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 11, 2004 (2004-11-11) November 19, 2005 ʁ ʁ
The scientist Professor Proctor revives the extinct Pokémon Anorith, which then evolves into Armaldo.
379 376 "A Cacturne for the Worse" (Izabe Island Pokémon Contest! Beware of the Rival!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 18, 2004 (2004-11-18) November 26, 2005 ʁ ʁ
May meets a new rival, Harley, and gets into a huge conflict with him.
380 377 "Claydol Big and Tall" (Sealed the Huge Nendoll!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 25, 2004 (2004-11-25) December 3, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Ash, May, Max, Brock and Team Rocket try to trap a gigantic Claydol, who was released from a giant rock Pokéball by Team Rocket in an attempt to capture it.
381 378 "Once in a Mawile" (Falling in Love with Kucheat! Hasubrero's Flower Arrangement!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 2, 2004 (2004-12-02) December 10, 2005 ʁ ʁ
A Mawile, owned by a trainer named Samantha, falls in love with Brock's Lombre while Ash's Corphish falls in love with the same Mawile and gets jealous about Lombre. Later, Lombre finds a Water Stone and evolves into Ludicolo.
382 379 "Beg, Burrow and Steal" (Nuckrar and Vibrava! Lake of Illusion!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 9, 2004 (2004-12-09) December 17, 2005 ʁ ʁ
Hal, a scientist, attempts to prove the existence of an underground lake where he saw Trapinch into Vibrava when he was a child.
383 380 "Absol-ute Disaster!" (Absol! Creeping Shadow of Disaster) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 16, 2004 (2004-12-16) January 7, 2006 ʁ ʁ
A village is convinced an Absol is causing all sorts of disasters, so Ash and a child called Nicky go to prove Absol is innocent and was trying to save the village from disaster.
384 381 "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snorunt" (Catch Yukiwarashi!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 23, 2004 (2004-12-23) January 14, 2006 ʁ ʁ
A wild Snorunt steals Ash's badge case, so Ash attempts to battle the ice-type Pokémon. He eventually captures the sneaky Snorunt and regains his badges.
385 382 "Do I Hear a Ralts?" (Rescue Ralts! Rush Masato!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 6, 2005 (2005-01-06) January 21, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Max and Snorunt do their best to rescue a Ralts and reunite it with a Kirlia and Gardevoir by saving it from Team Rocket and helping it to overcome a fever.
386 383 "The Great Eight Fate!" (Rune Gym! Artist of Water – Adan! [Part 1]) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 13, 2005 (2005-01-13) January 28, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash battles Juan of Sootopolis City with Ash hoping to earn his final badge to qualify for the Hoenn League.
387 384 "Eight Ain't Enough" (Rune Gym! Artist of Water – Adan! [Part 2]) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 20, 2005 (2005-01-20) January 28, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash faces his toughest challenge yet as his Gym Battle against Juan and his Milotic continues. Juan's Milotic quickly proves to be an overwhelmingly powerful opponent. Can Ash pull off a last-minute victory or will Juan end Ash's Hoenn campaign?
388 385 "Showdown at Linoone" (Massaguma! The Shape of Friendship!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 27, 2005 (2005-01-27) February 4, 2006 ʁ ʁ
A Linoone steals two of May's Pokéballs after it lost trust in its trainer, Kimmy. Ash and friends help Kimmy to regain Linoone's trust.
389 386 "Who, What, When, Where, Wynaut?" (Sohnano of Illusion Island!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 3, 2005 (2005-02-03) February 4, 2006 ʁ ʁ
While aboard Team Rocket's Magikarp submarine, Max accidentally hits a switch which starts the turbo engine, causing Ash, his friends, Team Rocket, and Drew to wash up on Mirage Island which is known for producing rare litchi berries, where Wynaut live.
390 387 "Date Expectations" (Rollout! Loving Donfan!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 10, 2005 (2005-02-10) April 1, 2006 ʁ ʁ
A group of Donphan attempt to impress a shiny female Donphan.
391 388 "Mean with Envy" (Disorderly Melee! Pokémon Contest – Kinagi Tournament! [Part 1]) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 17, 2005 (2005-02-17) April 1, 2006 ʁ ʁ
The final Hoenn Pokémon Contest is underway, but May is distracted when one of her opponents, Erica, sees May as a rival for her boyfriend Joshua's affections.
392 389 "Pacifidlog Jam" (Disorderly Melee! Pokémon Contest – Kinagi Tournament! [Part 2]) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 24, 2005 (2005-02-24) April 8, 2006 ʁ ʁ
May's final Hoenn Contest to take part in the Grand Festival continues as Skitty battles Joshua's Houndoom, while Jessie is disqualified by making Meowth use a fake Transform move through costume changes.
393 390 "Berry, Berry Interesting" (Get Gonbe with Haruka Delicious!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 3, 2005 (2005-03-03) February 11, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Several trainers accuse a Munchlax of eating their PokéBlock, so May catches it to prove its innocence.
394 391 "Less is Morrison" (The Rivals Appears! Masamune and the Dumbber!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 10, 2005 (2005-03-10) February 11, 2006 ʁ ʁ
While on the way to the Grand Festival, the group meets a Beldum trainer named Morrison. After hearing that Morrison also intends to enter the Hoenn League, a new rivalry between Ash and Morrison is born.
395 392 "The Ribbon Cup Caper!" (Mysterious Thief Bannai and the Ribbon Cup!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 17, 2005 (2005-03-17) February 18, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Brodie is back, and this time he's after the Grand Festival's Ribbon Cup. With the help of Officer Jenny and Contesta, Ash and the others are determined to find the trophy and return it before the festival begins.
396 "Satoshi and Haruka! Heated Battles in Hoenn!!" ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 24, 2005 (2005-03-24) ʁ ʁ
This was a clip show of Satoshi's gym battles and Haruka's contest battles.
397 393 "Hi Ho Silver Wind!" (Begin! Grand Festival [1]!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 7, 2005 (2005-04-07) February 18, 2006 ʁ ʁ
The gang finally arrives in Slateport City for the Grand Festival where she is welcomed by her mom and letters of all the friends she met previously.
398 394 "Deceit and Assist" (Fierce Fighting! Grand Festival [2]!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 7, 2005 (2005-04-07) February 25, 2006 ʁ ʁ
May, Drew and Harley face off in the second round.
399 395 "Rhapsody in Drew" (Deciding Match! Grand Festival [3]!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 7, 2005 (2005-04-07) February 25, 2006 ʁ ʁ
May advances and battles against Drew in a Pokémon double battle. In spite of a hard battle, May loses but is appreciated by the audience; Drew makes it to the finals but eventually loses. Ash's Snorunt evolves into Glalie while battling Team Rocket and finally masters Ice Beam with help from the trainer who beats Drew.
400 396 "Island Time" (Let's Go with Survival!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 14, 2005 (2005-04-14) March 4, 2006 ʁ ʁ
May receives free plane tickets from a disguised Team Rocket, who later crash the plane with Ash and friends on-board on a deserted island, which is home to the castaway Robin and his Wailmer.
401 397 "Like a Meowth to a Flame" (Arrival in Saiyū City! Nyarth in Boots!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 21, 2005 (2005-04-21) March 4, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends finally arrive in Ever Grande City. Ash meets a new rival named Tyson who has a Meowth that, strangely, is wearing clothes.
402 398 "Saved by the Beldum" (Start the Preliminaries! Masamune Appears!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 28, 2005 (2005-04-28) March 11, 2006 ʁ ʁ
The Hoenn League begins: Morrison's Beldum evolves and Tyson's Meowth is given a backstory. Ash has his first battle in the Hoenn League against a trainer named Gilbert.
403 399 "From Brags to Riches" (Begin! Saiyū Tournament!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 5, 2005 (2005-05-05) March 11, 2006 ʁ ʁ
In the first round of the qualifiers, Morrison battles a trainer named Gavin, and Ash battles a trainer named Dominic. The battles end with Morrison and Ash as the victors.
404 400 "Shocks and Bonds" (Towards the Tournament Finals! Everyday a Heated Battle!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 12, 2005 (2005-05-12) March 18, 2006 ʁ ʁ
In the second round, Ash battles a trainer named Clarke. The match ends with Ash victorious, and he moves on to the round 1 of the Victory Tournament. Both his rivals Morrison and Tyson also manage to make it there. Ash then begins his battle against a trainer named Katie. However, Katie manages to defeat more of Ash's Pokémon. Will Ash manage to claim victory?
405 401 "A Judgment Brawl" (And... Continue the Battle That Cannot Be Lost!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 19, 2005 (2005-05-19) March 18, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Despite Ash running behind Katie initially, he manages to turn things around and claims victory over Katie. He then moves on to the second round. Morrison and Tyson also make it there. However, it is revealed that Ash and Morrison will face each other. Morrison, having just found a friend in Ash, fails to battle him as the round begins. This causes him to lose his first Pokémon, Girafarig, in a single attack. Will Morrison be able to fight back against Ash?
406 402 "Choose It or Lose It!" (Rival Showdown! Vs. Masamune!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 26, 2005 (2005-05-26) March 25, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Morrison sends out Growlithe but is easily defeated by Corphish. Ash taunts Morrison for not battling with his full heart in the game, causing Morrison snaps out of his dilemma and sends out Swampert, who draws with Corphish after using Focus Punch against Corphish's Crabhammer. Morrison then sends out Steelix and Ash sends out Pikachu and Torkoal, who both get defeated. Ash sends out Grovyle next who beats Steelix, and Morrison then sends out Gligar who beats Grovyle after a heated match with a Guillotine. Ash then sends out Swellow who defeats Gligar with its powerful Aerial Ace, only to be defeated by Morrison's Metang, leaving Ash down to his Glalie, who keeps using Ice Beam but it keeps getting reversed by Psychic. Finally after Ice Beam is reversed by Psychic, Glalie uses an Icy Wind to blow it back and beat Metang, handing Ash victory over Morrison. However, Ash learns he will be facing Tyson in the next round. Tyson sends out Sceptile and Ash sends out Glalie as the battle unfolds.
407 403 "At the End of the Fray" (The Last Fierce Fighting! The Road to the Championship!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 16, 2005 (2005-06-16) March 25, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash's Glalie and Tyson's Sceptile are both knocked out, so Ash sends out Torkoal and Tyson sends out Shiftry, who keeps dodging Flamethrower until Torkoal finally hits one and beats it. Tyson then uses Hariyama, who blocks Flamethrower with an Arm Thrust. Brock reveals that Hariyama has a Thick Fat that makes Fire and Ice Type attack do less than half the damage they usually would, giving Hariyama the advantage over Ash's Torkoal and Corphish. Ash then sends in Swellow, in which Hariyama catches Swellow by the beak in the midst of a Quick Attack, but Swellow manages to emerge victorious against Hariyama and Tyson's Donphan. Tyson then sends in Metagross who beats Swellow after hitting it with a Hyper Beam, but not without leaving Ash an opening by leaving a scratch on Metagross via a Quick Attack for Ash to focus on. Ash sends in Grovyle next, who uses Bullet Seed on the scratch making it deeper. Grovyle goes for Leaf Blade but gets hit with Meteor Mash and loses. Ash's last Pokémon is Pikachu, who uses Iron Tail and then Thunder on the scratch and knocks out Metagross. Tyson's last Pokémon is Meowth who is revealed to know Thunderbolt and uses it to block Pikachu's electric attacks. Pikachu and Meowth hit Iron Tails on each other and Pikachu collapses. Tyson wins the match and goes on to win the rest of the matches and the Hoenn League championship.
408 404 "The Scheme Team" (Enishida and the Battle Frontier!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 23, 2005 (2005-06-23) April 8, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash returns to Pallet Town, while Brock goes back to Pewter City, and May and Max return to Petalburg City. Ash visits Viridian City and discovers the new gym leader is Agatha of the Elite Four! Scott, a man who conveniently happens to be there, tells Ash about the Battle Frontier, encouraging Ash to enter.
409 405 "The Right Place and the Right Mime" (Ookido's Laboratory! Everybody Gather!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 30, 2005 (2005-06-30) April 15, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash and May prepare for the challenge ahead of them, leaving some of their Pokémon at Professor Oak's lab. Before leaving, a Squirtle chooses May as its trainer. When Team Rocket show up to steal all of Ash's Pokémon - including Ash's Phanpy - the group must fight against them to stop their plan from succeeding.
410 406 "A Real Cleffa-Hanger" (Mt. Otsukimi! With Py, Pippi and Pixy!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 7, 2005 (2005-07-07) April 15, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Misty and Max try to return a Cleffa to Mount Moon.
411 407 "Numero Uno Articuno" (First Battle! Battle Factory!! [Part 1]) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 21, 2005 (2005-07-21) April 22, 2006 ʁ ʁ
At the Battle Factory, Ash and friends meet Factory Head Noland, the first Frontier Brain, and discover he has befriended the legendary ice Pokémon, Articuno!
412 408 "The Symbol Life" (First Battle! Battle Factory [Part 2]) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 28, 2005 (2005-07-28) April 22, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash's Charizard returns from Charcific Valley to duel with Articuno. Ash beats Noland and obtains a Knowledge Symbol.
413 409 "Hooked on Onix" (The Kingdom of Iwark!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 4, 2005 (2005-08-04) May 6, 2006 ʁ ʁ
When Team Rocket fools a King Onix, some Geodude, Graveler and Golem into believing that Ash wants to capture them, it spells disaster for Ash, Brock, May and Max as one by one, they and their Pokémon are captured and imprisoned by the Rock Pokémon. Ash, unwilling to let his friends take the blame and realizing he can't make the Rock Pokémon see sense, asks King Onix if there is a way he can convince him. King Onix challenges Ash to a battle, in a deal that if he is able to defeat him all the Rock Pokémon will believe what Ash is saying. Having gotten a chance to free his friends and their Pokémon, Ash chooses Grovyle to battle against Onix.
414 410 "Rough, Tough Jigglypuff" (Purin's Song, Papa's Song!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 11, 2005 (2005-08-11) May 13, 2006 ʁ ʁ
A man called Mitch tries to catch a Jigglypuff for his daughter Lisa's birthday, but this is the toughest Jigglypuff in the universe.
415 411 "On Cloud Arcanine" (Rival Showdown! Get Windie!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 18, 2005 (2005-08-18) May 20, 2006 ʁ ʁ
May and Drew set their eyes on an Arcanine, although it uses its Extremespeed and Roar techniques to flee.
416 412 "Sitting Psyduck" (Koduck's Depression!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 25, 2005 (2005-08-25) May 27, 2006 ʁ ʁ
A girl called Emily sends out a Machop, a Machoke and a Machamp to retrieve her depressed Psyduck.
417 413 "Hail to the Chef!" (Nyula and Barrierd! Whose Restaurant!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 1, 2005 (2005-09-01) June 3, 2006 ʁ ʁ
A Sneasel and a Mr. Mime have a cook-off to see who is a better chef.
418 414 "Caterpie's Big Dilemma" (Evolution! That Mystery and Wonder!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 8, 2005 (2005-09-08) June 10, 2006 ʁ ʁ
The trainer Xander's Caterpie, along with Jessie's Dustox and James's Cacnea, grow to enormous size.
419 415 "The Saffron Con" (Pokémon Contest – Yamabuki Tournament!! [Part 1]) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 15, 2005 (2005-09-15) June 17, 2006 ʁ ʁ
It's time for the Saffron City Pokémon Contest and May's hoping to sign up, but Harley, her rival has a series of deceptive and sneaky tricks up his sleeve to make sure May doesn't even get the chance to enter.
420 416 "A Hurdle for Squirtle" (Pokémon Contest – Yamabuki Tournament!! [Part 2]) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 22, 2005 (2005-09-22) June 24, 2006 ʁ ʁ
The Saffron City Pokémon Contest begins and with May eager to win her first-ever Kanto ribbon, she chooses to enter with her Squirtle, but her enemy Harley is determined to make sure that she doesn't triumph. The episode ends with May beating Harley yet again and getting her first Kanto ribbon.
421 417 "Pasta La Vista" (Fighting Dojo! Satoshi vs. Haruka!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 29, 2005 (2005-09-29) July 8, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash and Max go to the Saffron City fighting dojo to see some Fighting-type Pokémon, while May and Brock go to a noodle shop.

Season 9: Battle Frontier (2005–06)

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Original air date English air date
422 418 "Fear Factor Phony" (Esper vs. Ghost! Midnight Duel!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 6, 2005 (2005-10-06) September 9, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends Brock, May and Max arrive in a ghost town where Psychic-type Pokémon are playing music and dancing to it in a mansion. The Ghost-type Pokémon in the town don't like this and decide to stop it, during which Jessie's Wobbuffet falls in love with a Kirlia. Ash and the others help the Psychic and the Ghost Pokémon get along with each other so they can live peacefully.
423 419 "Sweet Baby James" (Manene Appears! Mansion of Rest!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 13, 2005 (2005-10-13) September 9, 2006 ʁ ʁ
May discovers that her Munchlax is sick after it refuses to eat. An elderly couple run into them and offer to help cure Munchlax, taking the group back to their cottage. James' Chimecho falls ill as well and, seeing a castle in the distance, rushes there. The castle turns out to be James' wealthy grandparent's cottage, where Ash and his friends are. Despite James' pleas, Jessie and Meowth decide to steal all the Pokémon in the garden while the others are taking care of Chimecho and Munchlax. Afterward, James is forced to leave Chimecho behind so it can recover and the Mime Jr. staying at his grandparents' cottage that got attached to James happily jumped into one of James' PokéBalls, and let itself be caught.
424 420 "A Chip Off the Old Brock" (Mizugorou and Mokoko! Wonder Drug of Love!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 20, 2005 (2005-10-20) September 16, 2006 ʁ ʁ
During a training battle against Ash's Grovyle, Brock's Mudkip evolves into a Marshtomp, who injures a nearby Flaaffy after learning Mud Shot. Now Ash and friends must go with Flaaffy's trainer, Mariah, to her grandmother Katie's pharmacy to heal the injured Flaaffy.
425 421 "Wheel of Frontier" (Battle Arena! Fighting Showdown!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ October 27, 2005 (2005-10-27) September 16, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Arriving at the Battle Arena, Ash challenges Arena Tycoon Greta to a match. Learning that Greta favors using her Hariyama and Medicham, Ash recalls a friend from Professor Oak to help him win the Guts Symbol - his Snorlax. Ash battles Greta using Grovyle and Snorlax; will Ash pull out a win?
426 422 "May's Egg-cellent Adventure!" (The Breeding Center and the Pokémon Egg!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 3, 2005 (2005-11-03) September 23, 2006 ʁ ʁ
After winning the Guts Symbol at the Battle Arena, Ash's next challenge is the Battle Dome. On their way, they came across a Breeding Center with lots of Pokémon eggs. May meets Nicolette, a girl who resents her because May is a Coordinator and she isn't. When Team Rocket attacks and steals all the Pokémon eggs, the two must put their differences aside and save the eggs. While delivering the final blow against Team Rocket, Pikachu's Quick Attack transforms to a powerful Volt Tackle, blasting Team Rocket off yet again. In the end, May receives an egg as a thank-you for saving the eggs.
427 423 "Weekend Warrior" (The Rival is a Salaryman!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 10, 2005 (2005-11-10) September 23, 2006 ʁ ʁ
May arrives in Silver Town for her second Pokémon Contest. As the contest begins a guy named Jeremy enters the contest much to his wife and son's protest. Jeremy tries to tell his wife why he loves contests but she doesn't want to listen so May steps in to help Jeremy. As the final round arrives, it is a battle between May and Jeremy.
428 424 "On Olden Pond" (The Lake of Hakuryu!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 17, 2005 (2005-11-17) September 30, 2006 ʁ ʁ
On the way to the Battle Dome, Ash and the others decide to stop at a famous fishing spot for the day. However, the lake is deserted. They find out from the owner of a fishing house, Tiffany, that a company owned by Saridakis wants to buy the lake and turn the land into a resort. In order to scare people away from the land so Tiffany and her Grandma get no business, Saridakis uses his Crawdaunt to terrorize the lake. When Tiffany finds out, she challenges him to a battle. The next day Ash prepares to fight Saridakis for the future of the lake.
429 425 "Tactics Theatrics!!" (Battle Dome! Fusion of Fire and Water!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ November 24, 2005 (2005-11-24) September 30, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash finally arrives at the Battle Dome, and challenges Dome Ace Tucker to a match, who is also a star in that city. The battle begins with Ash using his Swellow and Corphish against Tucker's Arcanine and Swampert, During the battle, Tucker gains the upper hand by using combination attacks of his two Pokémon. Ash learns how to combine his Pokémon's attacks and effectively uses their power to hand a stunning defeat to Tucker, earning Ash his third Frontier Symbol, the Tactics Symbol.
430 426 "Reversing the Charges" (Startling! Frightening! Elekid!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 1, 2005 (2005-12-01) October 7, 2006 ʁ ʁ
On their way to the next Battle Frontier location, the Battle Pike, Ash and friends encounter an angry Elekid who attacks any Pokémon in his way. After it attacks Ash, Brock, May and Max, May's egg becomes stuck in Elekid's horns and it runs off. Team Rocket encounters the same Elekid and gets separated from Mime Jr. Brock discovers that the Elekid has absorbed the electricity from nearby lightning storms and suggests that Pikachu do the same so that the two can battle to drain Elekid's energy. During Pikachu and Elekid's battle, Team Rocket intervenes and James sees that Mime Jr. is with May, and May sees that her egg is with James. After they swap, Team Rocket continue with trying to steal Pikachu and Elekid. Phanpy battles Team Rocket, and Elekid with Pikachu's combined power destroys Team Rocket's mech and Elekid calms down. Team Rocket attack Phanpy but the battle causes Phanpy to evolve into Donphan, who blasts Team Rocket away with a Hyper Beam.
431 427 "The Green Guardian" (Pokémon Ranger Appears! Celebi Rescue Operation!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 8, 2005 (2005-12-08) October 7, 2006 ʁ ʁ
A lightning storm causes a forest fire, endangering all the Pokémon of the forest. The Legendary Pokémon Celebi appears to stop the fire and saves the Pokémon. Seeing a falling tree about to hit it, it teleports away to a different time and hides by creating vines around it. On their way to the Battle Pike, Ash and friends decide to ride along Cycling Road. However, it is closed and they take a detour through the forest below. After hearing a noise, Pikachu runs off into the forest and finds the injured Celebi under some thick vines. Trying to find Pikachu, Ash and the others run into Solona, a Pokémon Ranger who agrees to help them find Pikachu. Solona uses her capture styler to temporarily capture wild Pokémon to help with travelling through the forest. While searching for Pikachu, the group finds Team Rocket stuck in some vines and frees them and then run off. When they finally find Pikachu and Celebi, the reunion is short-lived as Team Rocket attacks, wanting to capture Celebi for themselves! After a short battle and a successful Volt Tackle from Pikachu, the group defeats Team Rocket but their robot causes another fire. Celebi again stops the fire and then returns to its own time.
432 428 "From Cradle to Save!" (Usohachi and the Ninja School!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 15, 2005 (2005-12-15) October 14, 2006 ʁ ʁ
While training Pikachu and Donphan, Ash and friends discover Evian, a student of a nearby Ninja School, spying on them. Arriving at the Ninja School, they learn from the teacher Angela that there is a thief causing a lot of robberies in the area. During their various lessons at the school they meet a wild Bonsly who cries a lot and doesn't get along with the other Pokémon at the school. Everyone at the school suspects Bonsly as the culprit behind all the crime, but Brock defends it and takes care of it, as it is still a baby. Team Rocket appears and tries to capture all of the Pokémon at the school. After taking care of Team Rocket, Brock battles and captures the Bonsly so that he can look after it.
433 429 "Time-Warp Heals All Wounds!" (Haruka Travels Through Time!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ December 22, 2005 (2005-12-22) October 14, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends have arrived at Fuchsia City for Ash's fourth Battle Frontier battle, but May's Squirtle seems to have vanished. The frightened May arrives at an abandoned train station, where May meets an old woman holding her Squirtle, named Edna, who has not been able to comprehend her husband 's death a long time ago. May learns from Edna's granddaughter, Katrina, that her husband, Johnathan, left Edna to study in a different city. One year later, Edna received a letter notifying her of Johnathan's death after which Edna fell into a deep denial and regret, and is always waiting at the train station every day to wait for Jonathan. Squirtle runs away again, and May finds it with Meowth, who felt depressed after overhearing Edna's story. They find Edna's pendant which contained the power to rewrite the past, allowing Johnathan to live in the present. After returning to the Pokémon Center, Edna and Jonathan help May with her egg, which hatches into an Eevee.
434 430 "Queen of the Serpentine!" (Fierce Fighting at The Battle Tube! Vs. Tube Queen Azami!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 5, 2006 (2006-01-05) October 21, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash finally arrives at the location of the Battle Pike ready to battle. Team Rocket tricks him into coming into their own fake Battle Pike where they capture Pikachu. With the help of the real Frontier Brain, Pike Queen Lucy, they save Pikachu, and Ash challenges Lucy to a battle. Lucy accepts due to her affection for Brock, but Ash realizes Lucy is no pushover. Can Ash win? And who will Brock cheer for?
435 431 "Off the Unbeaten Path!" (Who Single Handedly Has the Victory!? Pokémon Orienteering!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 12, 2006 (2006-01-12) October 21, 2006 ʁ ʁ
On their way to the Battle Palace, Ash and friends stop at Potpourri Island where they learn about the Pokémon Orienteering Contest. The contest is a race around the island where a trainer and one Pokémon must go to five different locations and get the special stamps at those locations. The winner will receive a special medal along with a ton of fruit. As the contest begins, Ash goes with Pikachu, May with Eevee, Brock with Bonsly, Max with Munchlax, James with Mime Jr, and Jessie with Meowth. Who will win the contest and win all that fruit? That is if Jessie and Meowth don't succeed in stealing it along with Ash, May, and Brock's Pokémon!
436 432 "Harley Rides Again" (Gonbe's Battle Debut! Harley and Taking the Game Seriously!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 19, 2006 (2006-01-19) October 28, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends finally arrive in Wisteria Town where May prepares for her next contest. Harley shows up, but is not so friendly, declaring that he will win this contest and his fourth Ribbon. Team Rocket tries to convince Harley to work with them to help beat May and get Pikachu but he just calls them losers and leaves. In the contest, both May and Harley manage to breeze through the appeals and battles and end up facing each other, Munchlax against Octillery. Meanwhile, Team Rocket decides to get revenge on Harley. After the contest, May receives a letter and a rose from an anonymous sender, who everyone assumes is Drew.
437 433 "Odd Pokémon Out" (Juptile vs. Tropius! Grassland Duel!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ January 26, 2006 (2006-01-26) October 28, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Heading for the next Pokémon Contest, Ash and his friends encounter a Meganium owned by a Nurse Joy and a Tropius who is in love in it. However, Grovyle has become smitten with the Meganium as well, and seeks to beat the Tropius. When Team Rocket intervenes, Grovyle evolves into Sceptile but it loses the ability to use any of its attacks due to his unrequited love for Meganium, who teams up with Tropius to get rid of Team Rocket.
438 434 "Spontaneous Combusken" (Pokémon Contest! Yuzuriha Tournament!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 2, 2006 (2006-02-02) November 4, 2006 ʁ ʁ
After losing a ribbon to Harley, May arrives on Chrysanthemum Island ready to win her third Ribbon. Ash is also working hard trying to help Sceptile regain its ability to use attacks. When Drew shows up, May finds out the anonymous letter and rose was not from him. Later while training on the beach, she meets a girl named Brianna who reveals that she is a huge fan of May and she sent the letter and rose to May. When Brianna finds out May knows Drew, she freaks out as she has a crush on Drew. When she finally meets Drew, Brianna claims that she will beat May in the contest and win Drew's respect and love! Meanwhile, Jessie also enters the contest with James' Mime Jr. Despite losing to May, Brianna remains May's fan and friend, vowing to tell Drew how she feels when she wins her next ribbon.
439 435 "Cutting the Ties That Bind" (Jukain! Dawn of Revival!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 9, 2006 (2006-02-09) November 4, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends have finally arrived on Metallica Island, the location of the Battle Palace. Before challenging the Frontier Brain, Ash does a little training hoping to boost Sceptile's confidence. However, Sceptile still can't muster the strength needed to use attacks and runs into the woods frustrated. Ash and Pikachu run after Sceptile but once they get in the woods, they are attacked by a swarm of Beedrill and all three of them are knocked into the river. Ash manages to save Sceptile, but Pikachu is swept away downriver. When Scott appears at the Pokémon Center, he reveals to the others that this is the time of year when the Kakuna evolve and Beedrill will attack anything to protect them. They all leave to rescue Ash and his Pokémon. Ash and Sceptile manage to get out of the river and take a rest for the night. Elsewhere, Pikachu also manages to get out of the river but collapses from exhaustion. An old man riding a Venusaur finds Pikachu and helps helps him. Scott and the others find Pikachu and the old man, who is revealed by Scott to be the Frontier Brain of the Battle Palace, Palace Maven Spenser. The next day, Ash and Sceptile continue to search for Pikachu, when Ash trips over a bump on the path and injures himself. Suddenly, they come across hundreds of Kakuna when swarms of Beedrill surround them and begin attacking them. Can Ash and Sceptile find Pikachu and more importantly, get out of the woods alive?
440 436 "Kaboom with a View" (Fierce Fighting! Jungle Battle at the Battle Palace!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 16, 2006 (2006-02-16) November 10, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash finally arrives at Battle Palace, ready to take on Palace Maven Spenser for the Spirit Symbol. As they head out to the battlefield Ash learns that he has the entire surrounding jungle to battle in! As the battle begins, May, Brock, and Max head up in a balloon with Scott to watch the battle. As the battle begins, Ash puts his newly "revived" Sceptile against Spenser's Shiftry and the battle quickly takes into the forest. Will Ash manages to be able to beat Spenser while battling in a forest? And does he have a secret weapon waiting in the wings?
441 437 "King and Queen for a Day" (Usohachi King and Manene Queen!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ February 23, 2006 (2006-02-23) November 10, 2006 ʁ ʁ
On their way to the Battle Tower, Ash and friends arrive in a town back on the mainland of Kanto. Then, Team Rocket (in disguise) convinces them to get free massages, which they agree to get. It turns out to be a trap and a battle ensues between Sceptile and Dustox (with the help of Munchlax's metronome) that destroys the tent and separates Pikachu, Bonsly, Meowth, and Mime Jr. from everybody else! The four of them land in the middle of the city, and are chased around by a bunch of guys in black suits. They manage to lose them and after helping a lady, Meowth manages to get some food for the four of them, but it is short lived as the men quickly find them again. It turns out that the men are chasing them because they are mistaking Bonsly and Mime Jr. for the famous Pokémon stars, King Bonsly and Queen Mime Jr. Jessie and James manage to find them and Jessie manages to get Mime Jr. and Bonsly in the filming of the King and Queen's TV show!
442 438 "Curbing the Crimson Tide" (The Red Lightning of Skyscrapers!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 2, 2006 (2006-03-02) November 18, 2006 ʁ ʁ
In a dark alley in Commerce City, three kids come face to face with the mysterious "Red Lightning". One kid sends out his Poliwag only to have it beaten and scribbled on. Then, Ash and the others arrive in the same city. Nurse Joy tells them of Red Lightning and how he is unbeatable. While visiting a park, May's Squirtle runs off and is attacked by Red Lightning and is easily defeated. After following Red Lightning to a house on the top of a skyscraper, they find out it is just a Scizor that belongs to a little girl called Luna, who refuses to back down.
443 439 "What I Did for Love" (Decisive Game! Haruka vs. Takeshi!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 9, 2006 (2006-03-09) November 18, 2006 ʁ ʁ
May finally arrives in Gardenia Town ready to win her fourth Ribbon. She gains a nice surprise when she finds out the Eevee has learned Dig. While May prepares for the contest, Brock meets another Pokémon Breeder named Yuma. After seeing his Pokémon skills, she convinces him to enter the Gardenia Contest. After amazing appeals by Squirtle and Bonsly, both May and Brock make it to the battle rounds.
444 440 "Three Jynx and a Baby" (Muchul and the Three Rougela Sisters!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 16, 2006 (2006-03-16) November 25, 2006 ʁ ʁ
On their way to the Battle Tower, May finds a Smoochum behind a bush. She tries to pick it up, only to be attacked by three Jynx, Smoochum's sisters. After a short battle Ash and the others leave and head for town. Soon after, Team Rocket take Smoochum and plan to make her a star. The Jynx then begin to attack the town and Ash and May hold them back before luring them to where Smoochum is. However, when they get there, Jessie has no intentions to give Smoochum back to her sisters!
445 441 "Talking a Good Game!" (Tower Tycoon, Lila Appears!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 23, 2006 (2006-03-23) November 25, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Finally at the Battle Tower, Ash challenges Salon Maiden Anabel for an Ability Symbol. As the battle begins, Ash quickly falls behind as Anabel can speak to Pokémon through telepathy.
446 442 "Second Time's the Charm!" (Battle Tower! Telepathy Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ March 30, 2006 (2006-03-30) November 27, 2006 ʁ ʁ
After losing his match with Anabel, Ash battles her again in a rematch. Just like last time Anabel uses her telepathy ability to fight. Even though Ash is at a disadvantage, he surprisingly does better than last time, even managing to win in the first round! After the match, Scott reveals that the final Frontier Battle is taking place just outside of Pewter City.
447 443 "Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys Crisis! Part 1" (Pokémon Ranger! Deoxys Crisis!! [Part 1]) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 13, 2006 (2006-04-13) October 28, 2006 ʁ ʁ
On their way to Pewter City, Ash and friends run into Pokémon Ranger Solana again. Solana thinks that a Deoxys is causing geo-magnetic problems, interfering with Pikachu, other Pokémon and anything electronic. Ash and the others go with her into a cave caused by a meteorite, and Team Rocket follows them wanting Deoxys for the boss. Deoxys possesses Meowth to communicate, and tells everyone that it is scared. After Max offers to help it, Deoxys runs off with both of them.
448 444 "Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys Crisis! Part 2" (Pokémon Ranger! Deoxys Crisis!! [Part 2]) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 13, 2006 (2006-04-13) October 28, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash and the others call a temporary truce with Jessie and James to get Max and Meowth back from Deoxys. Will they solve geo-magnetic problems and help Deoxys?
449 445 "All That Glitters is Not Golden!" (Usokkie! Gold Legend!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 20, 2006 (2006-04-20) November 28, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash and May bump into a golden Sudowoodo. May wants to catch it for her next Pokémon Contest, but it belongs to a boy named Keenan.
450 446 "New Plot, Odd Lot!" (Harley & Team Rocket! The Formation of the Villainous Alliance!?) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ April 27, 2006 (2006-04-27) November 29, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Finally in Mulberry Town, May learns that this is the last contest before the Grand Festival. May becomes nervous and begins to doubt herself, but this is quickly put to rest when Harley shows up bragging about his five ribbons. Harley finds Team Rocket outside planning Jessie's contest strategy. Harley decides to help Jessie, but only so May won't make it to the Grand Festival. Harley explains to Team Rocket that when he was young, a girl that looked exactly like May stole the last of his favorite lunch, and he vowed to get revenge. He gives Jessie Cacturne and Banette to use in the contest. As the appeal stage gets underway, Jessie takes an early lead and thanks to James, Meowth, and Harley's Ariados, May and Combusken are starting to slip up.
451 447 "Going for Choke!" (Haruka vs. Musashi! The Final Contest!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 4, 2006 (2006-05-04) November 30, 2006 ʁ ʁ
As the battle rounds for the Mulberry Contest begin, James and Meowth trick Ash, Brock, and Max into a huge metal box so that they can't cheer May on, in hopes that it will cause her to lose. Harley is more determined than ever to make sure May loses. Jessie and May easily breeze through the battle rounds. As the final round arrives, May sticks with her trusty Squirtle and Jessie stays with Harley's Banette.
452 448 "The Ole' Berate and Switch" (Team Rocket Breakup!? Respective Roads!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 11, 2006 (2006-05-11) December 4, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Jessie, James and Meowth get into an argument and they decided to split up, with Jessie joining Butch, James joining Cassidy and Meowth going it alone.
453 449 "Grating Spaces" (Takeshi & Satoshi! Defend Nibi Gym in a Tag Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 18, 2006 (2006-05-18) December 5, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Team Rocket tricks Brock's parents into leaving the Pewter Gym, leaving Ash and Brock to defend it. So Ash and Brock battle two on two with Ash's Donphan and Brock's newly evolved Steelix vs. Team Rocket's Pokémon Charizard and Aggron. Delibird gives Jessie and James a Charizard and Aggron by accident and claims it back for Butch and Cassidy in the end.
454 450 "Battling the Enemy Within" (Battle Pyramid! Vs. Regirock!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ May 25, 2006 (2006-05-25) December 6, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends finally arrive at the Battle Pyramid. After they fall into some ancient ruins, Ash is possessed by the King of Pokélantis when he touches an ancient orb. Using Ash's body and his powers, the King tries to steal everyone's Pokémon! Pyramid King Brandon decides to stop him in a battle and save Ash.
455 451 "Slaking Kong" (Miracle! Mountain of the Giant Kekking!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 8, 2006 (2006-06-08) December 7, 2006 ʁ ʁ
On the way to Indigo Plateau for May's Grand Festival, a group of Aipom come by and steal Ash's hat and May's ribbons! An old man comes by and tells them that local Aipom, Mankey, and Vigoroth have been stealing his berries and taking them up to the mountains. He also tells them that there is a rumor about a giant monster living in the mountains. They follow the Aipom into the mountains to a giant wooden fence. When the fence opens up, they run in and find out that it is really a Giant Slaking working with Team Rocket! They plan to use all the berries to make and sell Pokéblocks at the Grand Festival, and Jessie will use May's ribbons to compete! After being chased out of the Slaking's territory, Ash and Brock are separated from everybody else, along with the Aipom that stole Ash's hat.
456 452 "May, We Harley Drew'd Ya!" (Begin! Pokémon Contest – Grand Festival!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 15, 2006 (2006-06-15) December 11, 2006 ʁ ʁ
Ash and friends finally arrive at the Indigo Plateau for May's Kanto Grand Festival. Before the competition, excitement already unfolds as Aipom returns and steals everybody's hats. With the help of Drew and a trainer named Solidad, they manage to get everything back. After Drew leaves, Solidad tells May how she knows Drew, and how much he talks about May. While this is going on, Brock and Max run into a cloaked figure that they suspect to be Harley. As the next day begins, May, Drew, and Solidad all pull off impressive performances, but everyone begins to wonder where Harley is. All of a sudden, Harley, dressed as May and calling himself Mayley, comes out for a Harley original appeal. As the first round ends, May, Drew, Harley, and Solidad all progress, however, Harley has set out to defeat all of them.
457 453 "Thinning the Hoard!" (Haruka vs. Harley! Stage On with a Double Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 22, 2006 (2006-06-22) December 12, 2006 ʁ ʁ
The Grand Festival continues with appeals as Drew shows off his new Absol. May, Harley, and Solidad also do great appeals and the four of them all make it into the Top 16, which are the battle rounds. In the first match, May has to battle Harley. She chooses Munchlax and Eevee while he uses Cacturne and his new Wigglytuff. Eevee and Munchlax easily take out Cacturne but Wigglytuff badly beats them back. After devising a perfect strategy, May wins. Soon after, Solidad and Drew beat their opponents. Now in the Top 8 May must face Drew! She selects Combusken and Squirtle and Drew picks Absol and Flygon.
458 454 "Channeling the Battle Zone" (Haruka vs. Shū! The Final Battle!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ June 29, 2006 (2006-06-29) December 13, 2006 ʁ ʁ
As May and Drew continue their battle, Drew quickly gains a lead with a new combo move. As the battle progresses, May manages to finally defeat Flygon with Squirtle. However, her victory is soon spoiled as Absol quickly takes out Squirtle. Combusken and Absol continue to battle with neither side letting down. During the battle, Combusken learns Overheat and is able to strike back with amazing power, handing May a narrow victory. After the battle, Ash finally catches the troublesome Aipom in front of a crowd of onlookers, including Scott. May then finds herself up against Solidad and her amazing Pidgeot and Slowbro.
459 455 "Aipom and Circumstance!" (Aipom and the King!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 6, 2006 (2006-07-06) December 14, 2006 ʁ ʁ
While Ash and friends eat breakfast with their Pokémon, Aipom gets jealous when Ash suggests training with Pikachu and runs off with Ash's hat again. While chasing after Aipom, the four heroes arrive in a town on the day of an ancient tradition to determine their King. On this day, the townsfolk chase after a crown and whoever is wearing the crown at sunset gets to be king of the town for one year. However, the crown becomes stuck on Aipom's head as Ash and friends, Team Rocket and the townsfolk all chase after Aipom.
460 456 "Strategy Tomorrow – Comedy Tonight!" (Perap and the Pokémon Comedian!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 20, 2006 (2006-07-20) January 6, 2007 ʁ ʁ
While Ash and friends head for the battle pyramid, they run into a Chatot, and a girl named Ada running after it. Ada explains that it is her dream to become a famous comedian with Chatot, but it keeps running away from her. After escaping from Team Rocket, the group chase Chatot after it flies away and realize that it was copying phrases from a nearby hospital, where they find out from the hospital staff that Chatot has been going to the hospital to visit little kids. Ada decides to do her comedy routine for everyone at the hospital, and Ash and the others decide to join her. Brock sings a song with his Corphish, Ash shows off with Donphan and Pikachu, Max uses May's Munchlax, May uses Squirtle and Eevee, and finally Ada wraps up with Chatot. When Team Rocket shows up to steal Chatot, can the group fight them off and save the day?
461 457 "Duels of the Jungle" (Attack! The Stray Manyula!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ July 27, 2006 (2006-07-27) January 13, 2007 ʁ ʁ
On their way to the Battle Pyramid, Ash and his friends encounter an injured Weavile after it attacks Aipom, and then the rest of the group. They are saved by a wilderness guardian named Kerrigan. He explains that there is a large group of Sneasel and Weavile in the forest but the Weavile that attacked them left the group and has been attacking any trainers that it finds. Ash and his friends go with Kerrigan to help Weavile and find out why it has been acting out.
462 458 "Overjoyed!" (Battle Pyramid Again! Vs. Registeel!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 3, 2006 (2006-08-03) January 20, 2007 ʁ ʁ
Finding the Battle Pyramid in time for his rematch against Brandon and his legendary Pokémon, Ash decides to train against the Nurse Joy in Fennel Valley to test his Pokémon. After the battle, however, he obtains Torkoal from Professor Oak and rechallenges Brandon for the rematch. However Brandon this time uses the Pokémon Registeel.
463 459 "The Unbeatable Lightness of Seeing" (Haruka vs. Shū! Rivals Forever!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 10, 2006 (2006-08-10) January 27, 2007 ʁ ʁ
Having lost his match against Brandon, Ash ponders his next move while staying at the Fennel Valley Pokémon Center. He gets a spark for a rematch when Professor Oak arrives with a 'pick me up' package from Delia and Ash's Pokémon, as well as a postcard from Gary Oak and a gift from Misty. When Drew appears on the scene, he notices that May is sad and decides to cheer her up by challenging her to a battle. May gladly accepts Drew's challenge and the two of them start their match, using the Pokémon Center's Contest Hall. Will the Rivals have an all out battle?
464 460 "Pinch Healing!" (The Pokémon Center is Very Busy!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 17, 2006 (2006-08-17) February 3, 2007 ʁ ʁ
Ash continues to train at the Fennel Valley Pokémon Center. Brock is ecstatic to cook breakfast with Nurse Joy but enters the kitchen to find Nurse Joy collapsed on the floor. Sick with the flu, Joy has to rest in bed so Ash, Brock, May, Max and Professor Oak offer to help take care of the Pokémon Center while she gets better. Meanwhile, Team Rocket through a series of mishaps causes a car accident, injuring people and Pokémon, so Ash and group leave to help them with Scott's help.
465 461 "Gathering the Gang of Four" (First Pokémon! The Final Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 24, 2006 (2006-08-24) February 10, 2007 ʁ ʁ
Ash trades in some of his old Pokémon and brings Bulbasaur, Charizard, and Squirtle back. They head up into the mountains for a little training and reminiscing of the past. After stopping yet another Pikachu stealing attempt from Team Rocket, Ash runs into Brandon who is impressed by the four Pokémon. Brandon declares a 4-on-4 battle this time so he can see Ash's strength. Back with the group, Scott explains that he is the owner of the Battle Frontier, and that he started it to expand the art of Pokemon battles. He also reveals that if Ash beats Brandon, that he would be in the running to become a Frontier Brain. The next day, the battle begins as Brandon chooses Dusclops and Ash chooses Charizard.
466 462 "Pace – The Final Frontier!" (Deciding Battle! Vs. Regice!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ August 31, 2006 (2006-08-31) February 17, 2007 ʁ ʁ
Ash continues his battle against Brandon. With faith in his Bulbasaur, Ash manages to finally beat Dusclops. Then, Squirtle faces off against the speedy Ninjask and manages to pull off a win. Squirtle isn't so lucky when he faces down Solrock. Solrock defeats Squirtle. Ash then sends out Bulbasaur, and then Bulbasaur and Solrock knock out each other. So it comes down to the final battle: Pikachu vs. Regice. After a rough battle being trapped multiple times by ice, Pikachu manages to defeat Regice with an ultra powerful Volt Tackle. Ash wins over Brandon and becomes "Master of the Battle Frontier". Ash is offered a Frontier Brain position, but he declines. Ash waves a goodbye and Brandon leaves in his air ship.
467 463 "Once More with Reeling" (Satoshi vs. Haruka! The Last Battle!!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 7, 2006 (2006-09-07) February 24, 2007 ʁ ʁ
Having won the Battle Frontier, the group is headed for home. On their way however, Ash and May decide to enter into a Pokémon Contest that's open to everyone. Appealing with Pikachu and Eevee, Ash and May both get past the Appeals stage and end up having to battle each other in the final. During a break before the final match, Team Rocket appears and steals everyone's Pokémon. Combusken and Sceptile battle Team Rocket and the fight causes Combusken to evolves into Blaziken who blasts Team Rocket away and rescues the Pokémon. The final round of the contest begins, Ash using Sceptile and May using Blaziken. The battle is fierce, however despite the type advantage, Ash gains an upper hand.
468 464 "Home is Where the Start Is" (End of a Journey, Yet Beginning of a Journey!) ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ ʁ September 14, 2006 (2006-09-14) March 3, 2007 ʁ ʁ
The final battle between May and Ash in the Pokémon Contest concludes in a tie. Nurse Joy explains that they only have one medal to give out so Sceptile uses Leaf Blade to cut the medal half, with May and Ash each keeping half. After the battle, Ash, May, Max, and Brock and all their Pokémon share one last meal together. May reveals that she is going to the Johto region alone to compete in the Pokémon Contests there. Disappointed, but excited to one day become a Pokémon trainer himself, Max decides to return to Hoenn. Ash promises to one day battle him once he is a trainer. Ash and Brock watch as May and Max leave on a boat. On their own way home, Brock leaves Ash once more to return to his home in Pewter City and Ash returns to Pallet Town. However, he meets Gary Oak upon his return and they decide to have a Pokémon battle. Ash appears to be confident he will win until he finds Gary has caught an Electivire from the Sinnoh region, which easily beats Pikachu. Ash decides to travel to the Sinnoh region as well and, along with Pikachu, says goodbye and heads to Sinnoh. Aipom, not wanting to leave Ash, sneaks onto the ferry to Sinnoh and meets up with Ash, joining him on his new adventure.

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