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DP186 : Familiarity Breeds Strategy!
Diamond & Pearl series
DP188 : Battling a Thaw in Relations!
A Real Rival Rouser!
DP187   EP653
Intense Fighting Full Battle! Satoshi vs Shinji!!
First broadcast
Japan August 12, 2010
United States January 8, 2011
English themes
Opening We Will Carry On!
Japanese themes
Opening 「サイコー・エブリディ!」(BAND VERSION)
Ending 君の胸にLaLaLa
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
No additional credits are available at this time.

A Real Rival Rouser! (Japanese: 激闘フルバトル!サトシ対シンジ!! Intense Fighting Full Battle! Satoshi vs Shinji!!) is the 187th episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 653rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 12, 2010 and in the United States on January 8, 2011.

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The intense battle between Ash and Paul continues! The battle continues from where it left off, Buizel locked in Drapion's tail. Buizel tries to use SonicBoom with his free tail, but Drapion just grabs it with a free arm, rendering it useless. Ash instructs Buizel to puff up the life preserver object on his neck and then let the air out in an instant. After freeing himself, Buizel uses Water Gun to lift himself into the air, away from Drapion. With Buizel still in the air, Drapion uses Toxic Spikes, littering the field with them and poisoning Buizel. Then, Drapion uses Pin Missile to finish off Buizel, thus leaving Ash with five Pokémon.

Ash then sends out Staraptor to battle Drapion next. Drapion uses Pin Missile, which Staraptor effectively dodges with its high speed. It then comes down with an Aerial Ace, which Drapion dodges at the last second, and captures Staraptor like it did with Buizel. Drapion uses Cross Poison, on the trapped Staraptor, and then Drapion throws Staraptor onto the ground, poisoning it with the remnants of Toxic Spikes, thus knocking out Staraptor.

Ash then sends out Torterra next, and Torterra feels the effect of the Toxic Spikes instantaneously. Drapion uses Cross Poison on Torterra, and Torterra sends Drapion away with Energy Ball. Ash quickly attacks again with Leaf Storm, hitting Drapion again. Paul instructs Drapion to use Pin Missile to counter the Leaf Storm, which end up neutralizing each other. Torterra comes out of the smoke with a Rock Climb, but is grabbed by Drapion when he is just about to attack and uses Poison Fang on Torterra. Torterra uses Synthesis to gain back some energy and Drapion comes to attack with Pin Missile, again, hitting Torterra and knocking it out, leaving Ash with three Pokémon. Paul asks Ash if he's planning to send out Gliscor next, to which Ash responds that Paul is correct. Paul recalls Drapion as he tells Ash that he already knows all the Pokémon that Ash will be using because he had used his Aggron, and Gastrodon as guinea pigs. Paul then proclaims that he still has some unrevealed and this gives him a huge advantage.

Ash sends out Gliscor and Paul sends out his fourth Pokémon, Ninjask, which uses Agility right from the start. Ash tells Gliscor to use its newest attack, Stone Edge. However it is easily dodged by Ninjask, still using Agility. Ninjask comes in with a quick Fury Cutter, hitting Gliscor countless times. While falling, Gliscor regains lift and tries to use Fire Fang on Ninjask, but is unsuccessful and Gliscor falls into the field and gains the effect from the Toxic Spikes Drapion had left. Ash recalls Gliscor and sends out Infernape, who also gets poisoned from the Toxic Spikes. Ash realises that he's at a major disadvantage while Toxic Spikes are active and tells Infernape to use Dig and leave Paul and Ninjask wondering where it is. Infernape uses Flare Blitz underground, illuminating the entire field in a bright red and alleviating the Toxic Spikes. Paul tells Ninjask to use Giga Drain and begins to sap energy from Infernape. Infernape scrutinizes Ninjask's movements carefully and lands a successful Mach Punch, knocking out Ninjask. Ash and Paul are now tied with three Pokémon each that are able to battle.

Ash knows Infernape is starting to get tired and recalls it for some rest. Paul sends out his next Pokémon, Froslass. Ash decides to send in Pikachu, and Paul starts things off by having Froslass use Hail. A thick cold mist surrounds the entire battlefield which causes Froslass's ability, Snow Cloak to come into effect. Soon, Froslass is fading in and out of view, and Pikachu tries to get an idea on where Froslass is but to no avail, and things become more urgent when Pikachu starts to take damage from the Hail. Ash commands a Thunderbolt and Pikachu tries to hit Froslass, however, the Hail severely rescricts the attack and it doesn't even get close to its target. Froslass is then told to use Ice Shard, which scores a direct hit against Pikachu. As Thunderbolt isn't working, Ash tells Pikachu to use Volt Tackle, however he passes right through Froslass without even hitting her. Froslass uses Ice Shard and Ash tells Pikachu to watch out and to use Iron Tail, destroying the Ice Shard and elevating Pikachu into the air. He uses Iron Tail again and finally lands an attack on Froslass, sending her flying into the ground suffering major damage from the super-effective hit. Hail finally subsides, leaving Froslass with nowhere to hide. Paul orders an Ice Beam which hits Pikachu encasing him in ice. Paul tells Froslass to use Ice Shard again, but Pikachu is one step ahead and uses Volt Tackle to escape the ice and hit Froslass before she can even release the Ice Shard. Pikachu suffers recoil from the attack, but it turns out to be worth it as Froslass is left unable to battle. Ash knows this battle took a lot out of Pikachu and recalls him back to the sidelines.

Paul sends Drapion back out and Ash sends Gliscor back out and encourages it, telling it to show Paul what it learned from McCann. Drapion uses Pin Missile to start things off and Gliscor quickly dodges the attack. Gliscor uses Stone Edge and Drapion uses Cross Poison to neutralize the Stone Edge. Gliscor is shielded by the remnants of the neutralization of Stone Edge, he then uses Giga Impact in the clouds and comes down to hit Drapion before he could use Poison Fang. Gliscor is found rolling around in the sky, safe from Drapion while he recharges from the Giga Impact. Drapion uses Pin Missile and Gliscor quickly dodges the attack like how Staraptor did earlier, and uses X-Scissor while falling towards Drapion. With the battle entering its final stages, both Ash and Paul are ready to battle to their fullest... however it remains to be seen who will emerge the winner.

Major events


Pokémon debuts






  • When Ash sends out Infernape to battle Ninjask, it took damage from the Toxic Spikes and in the next scene, Infernape's tail was missing. However, it could be due to the camera's angle.
  • Drapion was able to dodge Staraptor's Aerial Ace easily despite the move having a 100% chance of hitting the target.
  • When Drapion used Toxic Spikes it poisoned Buizel without switching out and then back in.

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DP186 : Familiarity Breeds Strategy!
Diamond & Pearl series
DP188 : Battling a Thaw in Relations!
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