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Battle Chateau Challenge! Viola VS Zakuro!!
|| March 20, 2014
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 樋口香里 Kaori Higuchi
| Assistant director
|| 前園文夫 Fumio Maezono
| Animation director
|| 小山知洋 Tomohiro Koyama
| No additional credits are available at this time.
(Japanese: 挑戦バトルシャトー！ビオラVSザクロ！！ Battle Chateau Challenge! Viola VS Zakuro!!) is the 20th episode of the XY series, and the 819th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on March 20, 2014.
At a Pokémon Center, Serena shows her friends a picture of the Battle Chateau, and suggests that they go there. They are approached by two brothers, the older with Fletchinder and the younger with a Fletchling; who explain that one gets noble ranks by battling at the Chateau. The brothers invite Ash's group to accompany them to the Battle Chateau, and introduce themselves; Nikola is with Fletchinder and Tesla is with Fletchling. The group reaches the Chateau and are impressed with its elegance. Nikola hold the rank of Baron and requests a debut battle for Tesla, and Ash asks to have a battle as well. The group is met by the head of the house, Ikkon, who explains that the Battle Chateau is a social meeting place for gentlemen and ladies to have first-rate battles. A Pokémon Trainer, or "knight" climbs through the noble ranks by winning battles. A maid guides the group to the salon, where they are to choose their opponent of the same rank. The group sees Grant hanging from the wall.
Nikola finds a battle partner in another Baron named Farrell. The Chateau's occupants come to the terrace to watch the match. Coming to the terrace, Viola waves to Grant and notices Ash. On the battle field, Nikola and Farrell wear white cloaks, and Ikkon tells the children the the Chateau is based on chivalry. Tesla explains the ranks: first, Baron, (white), then Viscount (blue), Earl (green), Marquis (yellow), Duke (red), and finally Grand Duke (purple). Nikola needs only one more victory to have ten and be promoted to Viscount.
The battle begins; Nikola using Fletchinder and Farrell using Dusknoir. Fletchinder begins with Flame Charge but Dusknoir vanishes, only to reappear suddenly and punch Fletchinder. Fletchinder uses Flame Charge again and is successful. Viola says hello to Ash, and tells him that she has a Duchess rank. The maid declares Nikola the winner of the match, and he is given a new blue cloak and is promoted to Viscount. Just then, Grant crashes to to the ground, and he and Viola exchange banter. Ash asks Grant for a battle, but as Grant is a Duke, they cannot. However, Ikkon announces that Ash and Tesla will battle for the Baron rank, Ash decides to use Pikachu and Tesla sticks with Fletchling.
Ash starts the battle with Thunderbolt, which Fletchling dodges with Agility. Ash follows up with Electro Ball, which again fails to land. Fletchling uses Feather Dance, which lowers Pikachu's attack power, and hits with a Steel Wing. Pikachu counters with Iron Tail, but is not effective because of its decreased strength, but is more effective when Ash uses it repeatedly. Ash uses Thunderbolt again, causing Fletchling to faint and winning the battle, as well as a white cloak and the title of Baron.
Viola begins to take a picture to commemorate Ash's victory when white gloves are draped over her shoulder, the sign for a battle request, this one from Grant. On the battle field, the maid announces that both Viola and Grant need only one more victory each to reach Grand Duchess and Grand Duke. Viola brings out Surskit and Grant releases Onix. Viola begins with having Surskit turn the field into ice for speed, and Grant, expecting the strategy, uses Rock Tomb. Surskit manages to escape from the rocks with Bubble Beam and Protect. Surskit uses Signal Beam and is met by Onix's Flash Cannon. Onix uses Rock Polish to raise its speed. Surskit uses Ice Beam, but Onix breaks out of the ice by jumping. Onix uses Rock Tomb once more and finishes Surskit with another Flash Cannon, and wins the battle.
As Grant leaves the Chateau, Ash and his friends catch up with him and tell him that they hope to battle with him.Grant says he thinks he will meet Ash in the Cyllage City Gym soon, and looks forward to it. Ash resolves to train to stand up against Rock Tomb. Outside the Chateau, Ash and his friends thank Nikola and Tesla, who wish Ash luck at his next Gym. Ash faces a new challenge at Cyllage City.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Pokémon Quiz: Fletchinder (Japan)
The title card segment focuses on Ash for this episode
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