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| Going, Going, Yawn
Heat Badge! Win the Blazing Battle!
|| December 18, 2003
| United States
|| November 20, 2004
|| Team Ota
|| 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
|| 誌村宏明 Hiroaki Shimura
| Assistant director
|| ながはまのりひこ Norihiko Nagahama
| Animation director
|| 広岡歳仁 Toshihito Hirooka
| Additional credits
Going, Going, Yawn (Japanese: ヒートバッジ！燃えるバトルでゲットだぜ！！ Heat Badge! Win the Blazing Battle!) is the 56th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 330th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on December 18, 2003 and in the United States on November 20, 2004.
Ash is finally ready to earn his fourth Badge against Flannery, the Gym Leader from Lavaridge Town.
Ash is confident of his strategy of charging ahead with Corphish. When the battle begins, Flannery begins with Magcargo, and Ash sends out Corphish.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket is devising a plan to steal Magcargo and Pikachu right out from under them using their famous holes!
As the battle starts, Ash starts off with a BubbleBeam, landing a direct hit. Flannery makes the next move with a Flamethrower, but Ash uses Corphish's Harden to minimize the damage taken. Ash continues to show his confidence, much to Flannery's distaste. As the battle goes on, Ash tries to use Corphish's ViceGrip to end it, but Flannery remembers something her grandfather said, and uses Reflect to completely block the hit! Ash is eventually able to take out Magcargo with a Crabhammer.
Team Rocket is working hard on their tunnel, when suddenly, they hit a water pipe which sends them blasting off in the occurring geyser!
Ash and Flannery both recall their Pokémon. Ash sends out Treecko, much to everyone's surprise, and Flannery sends out Slugma. Treecko successfully dodges Slugma's attacks and tries to move in for a Quick Attack, but right before it hits, it bounces right back, revealing the Reflect that still protects Flannery's team! Treecko keeps attacking, eventually hitting with a Bullet Seed from close range, but also receives a nasty burn on its leg! Ash recalls Treecko and sends Corphish back out. Corphish attempts a ViceGrip, but is sent straight to sleep by a Yawn. Ash tries vainly to wake it up, but is eventually forced to recall it.
Pikachu runs into the battle, dodging Slugma's Flamethrowers and manages to end the Reflect with Quick Attack. As the battle continues, Slugma hides in its Smog in order to attack Pikachu. Pikachu then unleashes a powerful Thunderbolt, electrifying the smog and shocking Slugma! Flannery attempts a Yawn but Pikachu quickly uses Thunderbolt to knock out Slugma.
Flannery's final Pokémon is Torkoal. Pikachu attempts both Thunderbolt and Iron Tail, but is shocked to discover that Torkoal's Iron Defense makes it completely useless. Torkoal then uses an incredibly powerful Overheat, landing a direct hit on Pikachu and knocking it out.
Ash is now left with two Pokémon, an injured Treecko and a sleeping Corphish. Torkoal's Overheat quickly takes out Treecko, and Ash is left with Corphish. After taking multiple hits, Corphish finally wakes up. With Corphish awake, Ash must figure out how to counter Torkoal's Iron Defense. After hitting it on its side and forcing it out, Ash quickly moves in with BubbleBeam, knocking out Torkoal and winning the battle.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Pokémon Trainer's Choice: Seviper
- Before Flannery and Ash begin their Gym battle, their Pokémon aren't seen on the field when Team Rocket spies on them.
- Ash says that this is Flannery's first Gym battle, however, in the previous episode Flannery says that the challenger in her last battle liked to use Dig.
- When Flannery's Torkoal used Flamethrower on Ash's Corphish, it emerged from its shell like it had just used Iron Defense, even though it hadn't used it.
- During the Trainer's Choice, Forretress' name is spelled Foretress.
- In the Trainer's Choice the answer was Seviper even though Forretress is immune to Poison. Therefore Minun and Swellow will be the ones to make the most damage to Forretress.
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