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DP078 : Pruning a Passel of Pals!
Diamond & Pearl series
DP080 : The Thief That Keeps on Thieving!
Strategy with a Smile!
DP079   EP545
Decisive Match! Hikari VS Haruka!!
First broadcast
Japan May 15, 2008
United States October 11, 2008
English themes
Opening We Will Be Heroes
Japanese themes
Opening Together2008
Ending 風のメッセージ (PokaPoka Version)
Animation Team Iguchi
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 日高政光 Masamitsu Hidaka
Assistant director 新田典生 Norio Nitta
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
Additional credits

Strategy with a Smile! (Japanese: 決戦!ヒカリVSハルカ!! Decisive Match! Hikari VS Haruka!!) is the 79th episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 545th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on May 15, 2008 and in the United States on October 11, 2008.

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After the collision between BubbleBeam and Sludge Bomb, Dawn orders Piplup to go in the water. Kyle sends Crawdaunt into the water as well. As Piplup and Crawdaunt charge towards each other, Dawn tells Piplup to use Whirlpool which takes Crawdaunt by surprise and costs Kyle points. Kyle counters telling Crawdaunt to use Surf which crashes down on Piplup and sends it backwards. Crawdaunt smoothly lands with Dawn to think of what to do next. Kyle tells Crawdaunt to use Dark Pulse which comes towards Piplup. Dawn tells Piplup to dodge and it spins in between the two Dark Pulses. Then she orders Piplup to use Bide. While spinning, Piplup starts to glow white, then purple from the attack. Not wanting any surprises to happen, Kyle orders a Crabhammer from Crawdaunt. Crawdaunt jumps in the air about to strike Piplup, but Dawn tells Piplup to release and purple light is shot at Crawdaunt. Crawdaunt gets hit, costing Kyle a lot of points. As the attack is finished, Crawdaunt falls in the water, Piplup lands, and time runs out. The screen is shown and Dawn wins the round.

Jessie interviews Dawn about her win, but then tries to take all the attention, again.

Next up is May and Zoey. May sends out Beautifly and Zoey sends out Glameow. May starts off telling Beautifly to use Silver Wind which hits Glameow effectively. Glameow takes the hit for a while before Zoey tells Glameow to jump. May orders Beautifly to use Psychic but Zoey tells Glameow to dodge and use Shadow Claw. May tells Beautifly to dodge which Beautifly does gracefully. However, Zoey anticipated that tells Glameow to hit the water. Rising water surrounds Beautifly leaving May undecided want to do next. Ash and co. comment on May and Zoey's battle so far. Zoey orders Glameow to use Shock Wave which bounces on the water and hits Beautifly. Ash and co. comment on Zoey's combinations. After the attack makes contact, the water is zapped away with a sparking Beautifly flying backwards. Beautifly shrugs off the electric charge and May comments, in her head, how good a coordinator Zoey is. Glameow jumps out the water sparkling with an electrical charge glaring at Beautifly. Wallace makes a statement on the battle along with Jessie, James, and Meowth. Zoey commands an Iron Tail but May counters telling Beautifly to use Silver Wind on the water. Glameow charges through the towering water with Beautifly slyly coming from behind it. May tells Beautifly to use Psychic which sends Glameow backwards. May then tells Beautifly to use Morning Sun and Beautifly raises up and starts to glow blindingly. After a while, the glow disperses and Dawn comments on how beautiful it looked. May tells Beautifly to use Aerial Ace and Zoey tells Glameow to use Shadow Claw. The two Pokémon charge at each other over the water and collide resulting in an explosion. Time runs out and May and Zoey look up to see who is the victor. May wins the round.

Dawn gets nervous about the finals and subconsciously squeezes Piplup. Ash and Brock calm down Dawn, and Zoey comes behind and tells Dawn good luck in her next match. Jessie interviews May, but once again, tries to bring all the attention upon her.

Before the battle starts, May and Dawn exchange words and good luck and report to their sides. Johanna, Caroline, Max, Norman, Harley, Drew, Drew's Roserade, and Solidad watch as May and Dawn's battle is about to begin. Wallace says some words and the battle begins. Dawn sends out Piplup and May sends out Glaceon, which surprises Dawn. Dawn starts off telling Piplup to use BubbleBeam. May tells Glaceon to dodge and use Secret Power. Glaceon glows pink and hits Piplup, which seems to be paralyzed for a bit. May then orders Glaceon to use Ice Shard which has Piplup in a spot. Dawn tells Piplup to go in the water and Glaceon looks menacing at it. Piplup jumps out of the water and Dawn orders Piplup to use Whirlpool. Despite the size of it, May isn't phased one bit and orders Glaceon to use Mirror Coat. The two collide but Glaceon pushes it back at Piplup which sends it flying backwards. Piplup recovers fast and Dawn tells it to use BubbleBeam. Glaceon is hit hard and May loses points. May tells Glaceon to use Shadow Ball but Piplup dodges with its spinning move. May is impressed but sees where Piplup will land. Before Piplup lands, May orders Glaceon to use Secret Power. Dawn tries to have Piplup land before Glaceon hits, but Glaceon is too fast. Piplup is sent spinning into the air, but Dawn uses it against May having Piplup spin gracefully and landing in a pose, which surprised both May and Glaceon. Ash, Brock, and Zoey comment on how well the two are battling. May has Glaceon use Shadow Ball and toss it in the air. Glaceon jumps and flips twice hitting the Shadow Ball with its tail giving it momentum. Dawn has Piplup use BubbleBeam which smashes through the Shadow Ball and hits Glaceon. This surprises May and impresses the judges and Marian. Dawn tells Piplup to use Peck but May has Glaceon dodge it and use Ice Shard. Dawn counters it by having Piplup block it with Whirlpool. Dawn then has Piplup ride the Whirlpool which gets everyones attention and applause. May tells Glaceon to use Shadow Ball and Dawn has Piplup dodge. The Shadow Ball hits the Whirlpool and becomes a huge splash of water. Dawn has Piplup use BubbleBeam and Piplup comes through the water and uses BubbleBeam. Glaceon is hit hard, again, and May tells it to use Shadow Ball. Dawn responds by using Peck. When then two attacks hit, the Shadow Ball becomes a wall of purple energy which distracts Dawn and Piplup. May tells Glaceon to use Ice Shard which hits Piplup hard. Dawn and May comment on how well the both of them are doing but won't give up. Dawn has Piplup use Whirlpool and May responds with Mirror Coat. Glaceon stands up to it for a while and eventually Glaceon and Piplup both get hit as a result. The two Pokémon are still standing after being washed back to their places and time runs out. May and Dawn look up to see who won the Cup and the points couldn't be closer... but with just .5 points ahead of May, Dawn has won the Wallace Cup! Dawn is speechless, unable to believe that she won while Glaceon lowers its head, ears, and tail sadly. Ash stands up, excited that Dawn won. May tells Glaceon that it did a good job and Glaceon feels better. She tells gives Dawn her congratulations and Piplup jumps into Dawn's arms. Dawn begins to cry with happiness and thanks her partner, telling him that he was the one who earned their victory.

Soon, it's time for the presentation. Wallace gives his congratulations to Dawn, telling her she is a very talented coordinator before awarding her the Aqua Ribbon. Dawn, who still can't believe she won, thanks him as she receives her second ribbon towards the Grand Festival. The entire audience applauds for Dawn, she does her pose and Piplup, Buneary, Pachirisu, and Ambipom jump up to celebrate her win. Wallace then gives his farewells and has Milotic use Hydro Pump in the air creating a geyser creating a glittery effect, bringing the Wallace Cup to a close.

With the Wallace Cup over, everyone is saying their goodbyes as May prepares to head back to Johto. Dawn tells May that she'd forgotten what it felt like to be in the final round of a contest and to feel at one with her Pokémon, and May tells her friend that she next time they battle she'll be the one that win. She then wishes Ash and Zoey luck in their endeavours, and they wish her luck in her upcoming Johto contests. Soon the boat and May are leaving, and May waves and says goodbye to her friends and everyone responds by waving back. Dawn happily waves her newfound friend and fellow coordinator goodbye, now with her losing streak broken, an amazing victory under her belt and her contest confidence fully restored.

Major events

  • May defeats Zoey in the semi-finals of the Wallace Cup.
  • Dawn and May face each other in the finals of the Wallace Cup.
  • Dawn wins the Wallace Cup and her second Contest Ribbon, finally breaking her losing streak.
  • May returns to Johto.


Pokémon debuts





  • Details of this episode were made known in K-Zone, an Australian children's magazine, before any official Japanese episode listing.
  • The English title is a reference to the famous saying, "Service with a Smile!"
  • This episode marks the first time Dawn has won a ribbon since Settling a Not-So-Old Score!, 52 episodes before.
  • Together2008 debuts in this episode.
  • Instead of Professor Oak's Pokémon lecture, the end of the episode featured a memorial to Pokémon Heroes. This is part of a countdown to Giratina and the Sky Warrior.
  • This episode is the 27th episode of the eleventh season. The previous episode in which Dawn won a ribbon was the 27th episode of the tenth.
  • Dawn and May read the title card. This marks the first time in this season that someone other than Ash reads the title card.
    • In the Japanese version, Ash, alongside Dawn and May, reads the title card.
  • Pokémon Symphonic Medley is used as background music.


  • When May's Glaceon is sent out for the contest against Dawn, the long ends hanging off of its "sherpa cap" are colored the same color as its body, down to the fold of the ends for a small amount of frames.
  • May's navel disappears at the beginning of the episode.

Dub edits

In other languages

  • Dutch: Een Stralende Strategie!
  • German: Nerven bewahren!
  • Korean: 윤진컵 결승전! 빛나 대 봄이
  • Polish: Strategia z uśmiechem
  • Italian: La strategia del sorriso!
  • Latin American Spanish: ¡Estrategia con una Sonrisa!
  • Czech: Dívčí strategie
  • Brazilian Portuguese: Estratégia com Sorriso
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