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BW139 : Team Rocket's Shocking Recruit!
Best Wishes series
BW141 : Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!
Survival of the Striaton Gym!
BW140   EP797
Dent VS the Ice Challenger! The Crisis of Sanyou Gym!!
First broadcast
Japan September 12, 2013
United States November 23, 2013
English themes
Opening It's Always You and Me
Ending {{{en_ed}}}
Japanese themes
Opening 夏めく坂道
Ending 手をつなごう
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
Storyboard 西田健一 Ken'ichi Nishida
Assistant director 小林調 Chō Kobayashi
Animation director 古川博之 Hiroyuki Furukawa
No additional credits are available at this time.

Survival of the Striaton Gym! (Japanese: デントVS氷の挑戦者!サンヨウジムの危機!! Dent VS the Ice Challenger! The Crisis of Sanyou Gym!!) is the 140th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 797th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on September 12, 2013 and in the United States on November 23, 2013.

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As our heroes’ ship arrives at Paladin Island, Cilan is surprised to learn that his brothers Chili and Cress are on their way to the island as well. While Ash, Iris, and Cilan wait for them to arrive, they are approached by an Abomasnow. Cilan’s Pansage offers some of its berries to the towering Pokémon—and it responds by attacking! Its Trainer, an arrogant woman named Morana, scolds our heroes for getting too close to her Abomasnow, and it turns out she’s the reason Chili and Cress are coming to the island.

They tell Cilan that Morana challenged them at the Striaton Gym, with an unusual request: if she won, she wanted them to turn over the entire Gym to her! Chili’s hot temper got the better of him, and he agreed to the challenge. The battles didn’t go well for the brothers, though—Morana’s Mamoswine overcame a type disadvantage to defeat Chili’s Pansear, and then her Glalie took down Cress’s Panpour in short order. Now, she’s here to challenge Cilan, the third Gym Leader brother, to complete her victory and claim the Striaton Gym for herself!

Iris advises Cilan to use Crustle in the battle, since its Rock-type moves are strong against the Ice-type Pokémon Morana seems to favor. But he’s determined to defend his Gym with his dearest partner, Pansage. To justify that decision, he offers an eloquent account of their history together, including their travels with Ash and Iris. And soon, it’s Battle Time!

Morana sends out her Abomasnow as expected, and of course Cilan brings out Pansage. After a few attacks, Cilan offers a critical evaluation of Morana’s partnership with her Abomasnow—it lacks warmth and caring, so the two of them aren’t as effective a team as they could be. He talks about how important it is for a Trainer to connect with a Pokémon’s heart, the way he and Pansage have connected. Morana isn’t interested in connecting—she just wants to win, and she interrupts his speech with a devastating attack that leaves Pansage frozen! But the sun’s rays—and Cilan’s voice—can still reach Pansage through the ice, and it breaks free with a powerful SolarBeam. Morana is too stunned to react, and Pansage’s next attack leaves Abomasnow unable to battle. Cilan has won, and the Striaton brothers get to keep their Gym!

As Chili and Cress prepare to head back to Unova, Cilan wonders if he should come with them and get back to being a Gym Leader. But his brothers assure him that everything will be fine—as long as Cilan is enjoying his journey, they want him to keep traveling with Ash and Iris. And that’s just what happens, as their voyage to the Kanto region continues!


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While cruising for the next island, Ash and his friends await for Alexa, who want to tell them that the next island, Paladin Island, is the last island of the Decolore Islands before their arrival at Vermilion City. But then Porter arrives to inform Cilan that he had received a video phone call from his brothers, Chili and Cress. Cilan rushes as quick as possible, while Alexa asks Iris who Chili and Cress are. Iris answers that Chili and Cress are Cilan's brothers and that all three of them are the Striaton City Gym Leaders. Meanwhile, Chili and Cress tell Cilan that they are waiting for him at Paladin Island, due to a certain problem that had happened. Cilan tells them he'll be there as soon as they arrive on the island. Finally, our heroes arrive on Paladin Island and Alexa releases her Gogoat. However, she realizes that the article's deadline was today and temporarily leave the gang. Cilan then proposes Ash and Iris to make a picnic to celebrate the arrival of his brothers on this island.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Abomasnow (US and international) Pansage (Japan)



  • When Iris comments on preparing food by herself, Ash's eye dissapears before he turns around to look at Iris.
  • When Cilan approaches Ash and Iris in the picnic park, the visor on Ash's hat is colored white instead of red.
  • During one scene, the back of Cilan's vest is colored black instead of gray.
  • When Pansage used Dig, his hands were colored green.
  • When Abomasnow was approaching Pansage while he was frozen with Strength, the red aura surrounding its body disappeared in one scene between it starting to use the move and being hit by Solar Beam.
  • In several scenes, the Poké Ball symbol on Ash's hat is deformed.
  • When Ash, Iris and Cilan are saying goodbye to Cress and Chili, Iris's hair clips are colored the same as her hair.

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In other languages

BW139 : Team Rocket's Shocking Recruit!
Best Wishes series
BW141 : Best Wishes Until We Meet Again!
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