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| Ash, Iris and Trip: Then There Were Three!
| サトシ、アイリス、 シューティー！最後のバトル！！|
Satoshi, Iris, and Shooty! The Last Battle!!
|| August 30, 2012
| United States
|| December 15, 2012
|| Team Kato
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| うえだしげる Shigeru Ueda
| Assistant director
|| うえだしげる Shigeru Ueda
| Animation director
|| 緒方厚 Atsushi Ogata
| No additional credits are available at this time.
Ash, Iris and Trip: Then There Were Three! (Japanese: サトシ、アイリス、 シューティー！最後のバトル！！ Satoshi, Iris, and Shooty! The Last Battle!!) is the 92nd episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 749th episode of the Pokémon anime. It aired in Japan on August 30, 2012 and in the United States on December 15, 2012.
The episode starts out with a flashback to the first third round match in the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup which yielded a battle between Cilan and Trip, where Serperior defeated Crustle, allowing Trip to proceed to the finals.
Iris and Ash then get ready to commence their battle, as Ash sends out Krokorok and Iris sends out Dragonite. Ash commands Krokorok to use Crunch, as Iris commands Dragonite to dodge. Much to her own surprise, Dragonite obeyed and dodged Krokorok's attack, making her praise it. Ash then commands Krokorok to use Stone Edge and Iris again commands Dragonite to dodge. After flying away from the stones, Iris tells Dragonite to use Flamethrower, and it obeys, landing a direct hit on Krokorok. Cilan points out that Iris is finally getting through to Dragonite and that Ash is in for a tough battle, as Iris commands Dragonite to use a super effective Ice Beam attack. Krokorok then uses Dig making Dragonite's attack miss, and Dragonite dodges Krokorok's attack after landing. Dragonite again uses Flamethrower and Krokorok dodges it. Iris continues to praise Dragonite for listening to her every command and Georgia begins wondering if Iris really is "Dragon Master material" after all.
Iris tells Dragonite to use Flamethrower and Krokorok dodges again, only to make Dragonite fly up and again use Flamethrower to actually hit Krokorok this time. Dragonite uses Flamethrower once more and Krokorok dodges with Dig. Krokorok resurfaces behind Dragonite and Ash tells him to use Crunch, and Iris commands Dragonite to dodge again. However, Krokorok's attack lands, causing Dragonite to take considerable damage. Dragonite successfully shakes Krokorok off and follows up with Ice Beam, but Krokorok dodges and lands a super effective Stone Edge attack on Dragonite. Knowing this is his chance to strike, Ash commands Krokorok to use Crunch again, but Dragonite dodges and counterattacks with Flamethrower. Krokorok again tries to use Crunch, but Dragonite intercepts with Flamethrower, followed by a super effective Ice Beam which freezes Krokorok, and finally sends him flying back with another Flamethrower.
Ash encourages Krokorok to get up, and despite the severe damage he has taken, he gets up and begins to evolve. Everyone watches Krokorok's evolution in awe, except for Iris and Dragonite who seem intimidated when the evolution is complete and Krokorok becomes a Krookodile. As Ash tells Krookodile to keep battling, he charges toward Dragonite with his newly learned Dragon Claw attack. Appearing to be uninfluenced to move a muscle, Dragonite gets slammed against the wall after taking the super effective attack from Krookodile. Pikachu and Meloetta cheer Ash and Krookodile on, as Axew is stunned by a non-Dragon-type learning a Dragon-type move upon evolution. After pulling itself together, Dragonite become furious and begins using three of its four attacks on the entire battlefield. Seemingly not surprised by Dragonite's behavior, Georgia begins ranting that Iris still has a long way to go to become a Dragon Master.
Iris continues trying to get through to Dragonite, but it completely ignores her and continues attacking the battlefield. Knowing that there is only one way to calm Dragonite down, Ash tells Krookodile that they will need to defeat it in the current battle. Ash then tells Krookodile to use Crunch as Iris tells Dragonite to dodge it. Instead of dodging, Dragonite just takes the attack, making Iris scold it for disobeying. Dragonite shakes Krookodile off and charges toward Krookodile with Dragon Rush (save from Iris' command), and Cilan points out that Dragonite's timing is off. Proving Cilan's point, Krookodile dodges with Dig making Dragonite smash into the ground, and Krookodile delivers a powerful blow with a Stone Edge, knocking Dragonite out and eliminating Iris from the tournament.
The big screen shows that the final round match-up will be between Trip and Ash. After this, the entire gang is outside, with Dragonite furious about its loss. Iris questions why Dragonite refuses to listen to her commands, as Cynthia joins the gang and explains to Iris that Dragonite does not have complete trust in her yet. Dragonite was just captured by her and it still needs some time to warm up, but this will eventually happen and Iris and Dragonite will be perfect partners. Iris thanks Cynthia for the wise words, just as Ash gets called for his battle with Trip. Ash then runs off while being stoked for his battle.
When Ash enters the battlefield, the gang arrives in the stands and prepares to watch. As expected, Trip sends out Serperior. In response to a Grass-type, Ash sends out Pignite, a Fire-type. Iris points out the obvious type advantage for Pignite, and Cilan points out Serperior's undeniable speed and strength. To open up the battle, Ash commands Pignite to use Tackle, which Serperior dodges. Ash then commands Pignite to use Flamethrower, which Serperior again dodges. Ash then comes up with the idea that Pignite will need to raise his speed in addition to attacking, so he commands him to use Flame Charge, but Serperior dodges again. Everyone appears remarked by Serperior's lightning speed, and the entire gang cheers Ash and Pignite on, including Meloetta.
Trip commands Serperior to use SolarBeam, but Pignite steals Serperior's thunder and dodges. Trip then tells Serperior to use Dragon Tail, which Pignite again dodges. Pignite then uses another Flame Charge which Serperior dodges, then follows up with Tackle and Flamethrower that both get dodged by Serperior. Serperior uses Leer, and Pignite dodges it only to make Serperior use another Dragon Tail, which Pignite also dodges. Pignite uses another Flame Charge and shows its obvious speed gain after the many uses of Flame Charge. However, it is still not enough to hit Serperior, which is proved by him dodging it again. Despite his exhaustion from his many dodged attacks, Pignite uses another Flame Charge, which as expected, is dodged by Serperior. Serperior uses Leer and Ash again commands Pignite to dodge. With Pignite in a vulnerable position, Trip knows that this is his chance to attack, and he commands Serperior to use SolarBeam, which lands and hurls Pignite onto the ground. Pignite is beginning to look weak, and the entire gang cheers it on.
Pignite gets up, and Ash tells Pignite that it needs to keep battling to be able to beat Serperior. With Pignite back in battling position, Ash suspects that Serperior will not be able to dodge an attack that completely surrounds it, so he commands Pignite to use Fire Pledge. Surprisingly, Serperior dodges the surrounding pillars of fire and is commanded by his trainer to use Frenzy Plant, which knocks Pignite out despite the type advantage, making Trip the winner and Ash the runner-up of the Junior Cup.
Ash recalls Pignite and becomes flustered that he lost to Trip again. After talking to the gang about it, Ash regains his confidence and guarantees that he will be the winner next time he battles Trip. After this, Alder gives Trip the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup Trophy for winning, and explains that their battle will begin immediately. Finally experiencing the moment he has been waiting for since the start of the tournament, he rants about how he will easily beat Alder and become the champion. As Alder and Trip enter the battlefield, Alder sends out Bouffalant, and Trip chooses Serperior again. With everyone watching, Trip commands Serperior to use SolarBeam, and the episode ends here.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Serperior
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