The gang heads to the Pokémon Center, where Meowth, Pikachu, and Axew as well as Ash's other Pokémon go to get pampered. Excadrill responds with Drill Run and Pikachu counters with Quick Attack. February 26, 2011 October 7, 2010 142 days Triple Leaders, Team Threats! Upset, Excadrill shut itself off from Iris and has not listened to her since. After meeting up with , Unova's lead Pokémon researcher, Ash encounters , who is beginning his Pokémon League challenge with the Grass-type Pokémon , rather than the Fire-type or the Water-type Oshawott. The evil syndicate Team Rocket has a part to play in this season and the once comical members Jessie, James, and Meowth have been promoted to a higher status and are in a more serious role. After the gang is given a tour, they are led to a and a believed to be linked to the Mask Pokémon Yamask. Luke is told that the battle scenes showed have showed more passion and they all decide to enter the Nimbasa Tournament.
February 18, 2012 September 22, 2011 149 days Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym! Part One : April 19, 2012 : August 18, 2012 740 A Restoration Confrontation! The newly evolved Swadloon defeats Whirlipede, forcing Burgh to call out his last and strongest Pokémon, Leavanny. September 3, 2011 May 12, 2011 114 days Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open! As Ash and Cilan insist to her it is bright and sunny, the sky darkens and it begins to pour. To the Other Side of the Mist! December 1, 2012 August 2, 2012 121 days Battling Authority Once Again! In a practice match against Trip, it is discovered that Pikachu can no longer use Electric-type moves, which Juniper attributes to the lightning bolt caused by the Legendary Pokémon,. Ash's Oshawott and Tepig are easily defeated by Trip's new Tranquill, and Pikachu manages to defeat Tranquill. Cilan has Stunfisk jump high in the air and then use Scald.
Ash decides to battle all three Gym Leaders for the Trio Badge. Oshawott runs off to try to find it, ending the battle prematurely. Cilan volunteers to help solve the case of the missing Audino, explaining that he is a Detective Connoisseur. They come across a Beartic that starts to attack them. While docked a port, they meet a man who goes by the name of N.
Cilan, Ash, and Oshawott go out to find a herb that will cure the poison, but it only grows at the bottom of a lake. In the final match, Oshawott is sent in against Cilan's Pansage. Meanwhile, Ash and the gang call out their Pokémon to help pull them out, but the rope holding them snaps. Stunfisk strikes back with Thundershock, but Larvesta dodges and uses Bug Buzz. At Accumula Town, they find the Battle Club owned by Don George.
Ash decides to capture it, but it surrounds him with a String Shot attack and escapes. A strange black cloud forms overhead, and it hits Ash's Pikachu with a lightning bolt. February 19, 2011 September 30, 2010 142 days The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice! As Ash and the others say their goodbyes, Elgyem's psychic powers show the group various visions, which Cilan realizes must explain the vision earlier. Mincinno uses Tickle while Emolga is supposed to use Hidden Power, but Emolga uses Volt Switch and switches places with Iris's Excadrill that does not fight back. Bianca pulls in a female Frillish which begins to constrict Ash. Ash becomes excited for his gym battle and cannot wait to return to Nimbasa City.
Garrason says he will go to the caves to look, and Ash and his friends volunteer to come along. The next day, Georgia comes across the group again after she has eaten their breakfast, and Iris challenges her to a match, again. The two demand that Ash, Iris, and Cilan leave immediately, but N tells them Ash and his friends are Pokémon lovers too and can stay at the secret hideout. Next, Iris gives Oshawott an Iapapa Berry to stand in for the Scalchop. Excadrill goes into the woods to practice its Focus Blast move, until Iris wakes up and sees it, deciding to help him master the move.
June 8, 2013 March 7, 2013 93 days Team Plasma's Pokémon Manipulation! Later that night, Oshawott decides to train on his own with the large Scalchop, until Ash finds him and helps. In the fight, Sandile evolves into a Krokorok, but Pikachu's Electro Ball sends it flying off. After they cannot bear to hear anymore, Meowth drags him away and they walk to the subway tracks. Meowth decides to play negotiator and the Beartic use Icy Wind on him. They walk back to feed Axew and Cubchoo, while a group of Beartic return to find that their food stolen. Cilan sends out Pansage to help it, but it attacks Pansage in fear. Using a Chandelure's psychic powers, he is transported over to the train car.
Despite Ash and Pikachu's strong will and resolve, ultimately Camereon and Lucario win the battle, advancing them to the Top 4. July 23, 2011 March 31, 2011 114 days Scare at the Litwick Mansion! January 26, 2013 October 4, 2012 114 days Beauties Battling for Pride and Prestige! They take the Litwick through the mansion to find its friends when they come across Yamask, the Litwick and Meowth. The Pokémon Company International is not responsible for the content of any linked website that is not operated by The Pokémon Company International. Later, after Scraggy gets in a fight with Iris's Axew, she and Ash decide that Scraggy should have a new battle, resulting in a draw after the two collide and knock each other out. Right after that, Team Rocket appears, announcing that they have captured Pikachu.
Shortly after, a Scrafty snatches Axew and runs off. Suddenly the emergency brakes kick in on the train as a ghost train passes the train they are in. Empty-handed, Team Rocket escapes in their jetpacks. Ash finds out that it wants to battle Pikachu. However, some familiar faces return to crash the battle. Iris wants to catch the Purrloin and throws a Poké Ball to catch her when Meowth jumps in the way and gets pulled in instead.