Gemma first appeared rushing towards Ash and Cilan, hastily asking if they had seen Jirachi. Ash replied that Jirachi headed up the nearby mountain the night before. She attempted to rush up to the mountain to find Jirachi, but she tripped and injured her ankle. After being treated by her mother, Lotus, Gemma rushed out. Her mother stopped her and inquired what she was in such a hurry for. Gemma replied that she was in pursuit of Jirachi, but Lotus reminded her that Jirachi is very shy to humans, and that she doubts a wish will solve all of their problems. Gemma was still determined, however, to have Jirachi grant her wish, as Jirachi is known to do so. Lotus told Ash and his friends that the valley they live in on Capacia Island was once a vibrant, fertile land with plenty of vegetation. Increasing temperatures, however, caused the land to dry up, and thus Gemma's neighbors moved away. Since then, Gemma hoped that a wish granted by Jirachi could restore the land to what it was. Ash and co. decided to help Gemma find Jirachi, so the group headed out.
They arrived at Jirachi's shrine, where, according to Gemma, Jirachi was known to reside. They headed to the other side of the mountain, where they found a land almost identical to what Gemma's village once was: fertile land, vegetation, as well as a civilization of Pokémon. Cilan speculated that this was where Jirachi might be hiding, so the four headed behind a boulder hoping not to scare it off. Ultimately, Jirachi showed up. Gemma was eager to approach Jirachi, but Cilan said she might scare it away by doing so. Knowing that Jirachi had successfully warmed up to them the night before, Ash and Iris sent Pikachu and Axew over. The two figured as soon as Pikachu and Axew befriended Jirachi, Jirachi would warm up to the humans as well. Gemma, however, could not resist, and ran over to Jirachi begging it to grant her wish. This frightened Jirachi, however, and it escaped with a Swift. The group decided to call it a day and headed back to Gemma's house for dinner.
Gemma was disappointed about her failed encounter with Jirachi. Cilan said that she shouldn't have approached Jirachi the way she did. Ash and Iris reassured Gemma that they would eventually find Jirachi, much to Gemma's relief. The group headed out again the next day. They looked in any place around the valley Jirachi could be hiding, but without luck. They tried again the next two days, but still no luck.
The following morning, the three were stumped as to where Jirachi could be. Ash mentioned that they were running out of time, as Jirachi are only awake for seven nights at a time, which made Gemma panic. That night, Lotus told Ash and co. that she believed Gemma had good intentions, and Jirachi would eventually understand her. Gemma, according to her, had already been grieving over the loss and depression of her father, Carlton, when the land became a dry valley. This made Ash and his friends understand how hard it really has been for Gemma, and they tried their hardest to find Jirachi the next day. At first, they had a hard time getting Jirachi to come, but with encouragement from Ash, they finally got Jirachi to come. Gemma finally got to calmly tell Jirachi of her valley's hardships and how Jirachi could help to restore it. Just when Jirachi finally got to understand her, though, it was kidnapped by Team Rocket, who had overheard Gemma's intention to find Jirachi the first night. Though Jirachi managed to break free and send Team Rocket blasting off, it was badly weakened. While trying to revive Jirachi, Gemma's father Carlton returned, to her surprise. Carlton told Gemma to return Jirachi to the shrine so it could rest. Though disappointed, Gemma did so. Jirachi soon revived itself, however, to Gemma's delight, and restored the valley to its former glory. Carlton and Gemma were joyed, though Gemma was sad for Jirachi to leave and place itself back in its "egg". Gemma's family then happily reunited.
|Gemma was in constant pursuit of Jirachi as she wanted it to grant her wish that would restore her valley to the vibrant land it once was. Jirachi was initially shy to her, but when Gemma had a chance to voice why she needed it, Jirachi warmed up to her and granted her wish.|
|Debut||Searching for a Wish!|
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