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Battle for the Zephyr Badge by Jennifer L. Johnson is the twentieth book in the Pokémon chapter book series based on the anime. It was published on April 30, 2001 by Scholastic.
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This book follows the anime episodes Once in a Blue Moon and Fighting Flyer with Fire.
Once in a Blue Moon
Ash is sitting by a river polishing his Poké Balls with Pikachu beside him. The last ball he polishes is the GS Ball, a gold and silver Poké Ball that Ash was taking to Kurt. Misty tells Ash that he will need more than shiny Poké Balls to win at the Violet Gym. Ash ignores her and Misty tells him that Brock is cooking lunch. Brock says that the food is ready and Misty and Ash race over. Suddenly Pikachu points to something in the water that was shiny and blue. A Pokémon rises up from the water and is revealed to be Quagsire. Misty wants to catch it and throws out a Poké Ball, revealing her Psyduck. Psyduck stands there and stares at Quagsire. Misty picks Psyduck up and accidentally kicks the GS Ball into the water. Quagsire picks it up in its mouth and swims away. Ash sends out Squirtle to get it back. Squirtle manages to catch up to Quagsire but loses grip do to its slippery skin.
A Quagsire takes Ash's GS Ball. A young boy tries to catch Pikachu. And Team Rocket is up to their usual troublesome tricks.
How will Ash ever get it together to go for his first Johto League Badge?
- Ash wins the Zephyr Badge.