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Pokémon: Advanced Battle is the eighth season of the Pokémon anime, and the third season of the dub of the Advanced Generation series. It is comprised of episodes 93-145 of the original Advanced Generation series. This season showcases the end of the adventures of Ash, May, Brock and Max in Hoenn, and the beginning of their adventures on Ash's second adventure through Kanto while challenging the Battle Frontier; from Lilycove City to Saffron City.
It originally aired in the United States as part of the 2005-2006 Kids' WB! Saturday morning line-up. The season began with Clamperl Of Wisdom, which originally aired on September 17, 2005, and ended with Pasta La Vista, which originally aired on July 8, 2006.
Jamie Davyous Owens joins the cast this season providing the voice of Officer Jenny from Lee Quick.
It is preceded by Pokémon: Advanced Challenge and followed by Pokémon: Battle Frontier.
Ash earns his final two Badges and secures himself a spot in the Hoenn League Championships, while May comes dangerously close to not getting her final Ribbon—setting the stage for epic showdowns with both of her rivals in the Grand Festival. Ash meets two Trainers that become his own Hoenn rivals, facing off against both of them during the course of the tournament. Upon returning to Kanto and reuniting with old friends, Ash is recruited for a new challenge—the Battle Frontier!
- Teams Magma and Aqua awaken Groudon and Kyogre, only to realize the true danger in unleashing their power. Lance helps to resolve the situation. (AG097 - AG098)
- Ash tries his luck against the Hoenn Elite Four member Drake. (AG101)
- May meets a new rival Harley, not knowing of his penchant for trickery. (AG103)
- On the way to Slateport City, Ash meets Morrison, who becomes his rival. (AG118)
- Ash and his friends stop Brodie, now independent, from stealing the Ribbon Cup. (AG119)
- May, Drew, and Harley compete in the Hoenn Grand Festival. (AG121 - AG123)
- May defeats Harley in the battle rounds, but loses to Drew, ending up in the top eight.
- Drew loses in the finals against Robert, the champion.
- Upon arriving at Ever Grande City, Ash and friends meet Tyson, an Ever Grande Conference participant and torch runner. (AG125)
- The Ever Grande Conference takes place (AG126 - AG131)
- Ash, Morrison, and Tyson make it past the preliminary round. (AG126)
- Ash, Morrison, and Tyson make it through the qualifying rounds. (AG127 - AG128)
- Ash battles Katie and wins. (AG128 - AG129)
- Ash battles Morrison and wins. (AG129 - AG130)
- Ash battles Tyson, and loses. Ash comes in the top eight in the Hoenn League, while Tyson becomes the Ever Grande Conference champion. (AG130 - AG131)
- Ash and his friends part ways. Ash later meets Scott, and Agatha at the Viridian Gym. Scott tells Ash of the Battle Frontier. (AG132)
- Ash, May, Max, and Brock reunite at Professor Oak's lab. (AG133)
- Misty makes an appearance for three episodes. (AG132 - AG134)
- Ash and May begin their quests to participate in the Battle Frontier and Kanto Pokémon Contests, respectively. (AG133)
The following Pokémon are obtained:
The following Pokémon evolve:
The following Pokémon return to their Trainer:
Ash defeats the following Gym Leaders:
May wins a Pokémon Contest in each of the following locations:
Ash defeats the following Frontier Brains:
Home video releases
North American DVD releases
- Main article: List of English language Advanced Battle home video releases (Region 1)
Australian DVD releases
- Main article: List of English language Advanced Battle home video releases (Region 4)
- For reasons unknown, this season was never aired on New Zealand television. However DVDs were made available, which at the time was unusual for recent season in New Zealand. It was also aired on the Australian Cartoon Network, which can be viewed in New Zealand through Sky.
In other languages