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| A Rival Battle for Club Champ!
Rival Battle! The Strong Opponent Pururill!
|| November 18, 2010
| United States
|| April 9, 2011
|| Team Kato
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| 山田浩之 Hiroyuki Yamada
| Assistant director
|| 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
| Animation directors
|| 夏目久仁彦 Kunihiko Natsume
| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| Additional credits
A Rival Battle for Club Champ! (Japanese: ライバルバトル！強敵プルリル！ Rival Battle! The Strong Opponent Pururill!) is the tenth episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 667th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on November 18, 2010 and in the United States on April 9, 2011.
Ash is on his way to Nacrene City, where his next Gym Battle awaits. Before he gets there, he decides to stop by the Pokémon Battle Club in Luxuria Town for a warm-up battle. He’s surprised to find his Unova region rival, Trip, is there, too! Ash challenges Trip to a battle, and although he’s reluctant at first, Trip eventually agrees to a five-on-five battle. The battle starts out with Trip’s Tranquill making quick work of Ash’s Oshawott and Tepig.
Meanwhile, at the Dreamyard, Team Rocket is surrounded by Officer Jenny’s police force! Unfazed, they stand their ground until a new agent named Pierce comes to their rescue, and they all glide safely out of sight.
Back at the Battle Club, Ash finally defeats Tranquill using Pikachu, and Trip sends out his Servine—who evolved from the Snivy Ash battled on his first day in the Unova region! When Pikachu is defeated, Ash counters with his Snivy. Snivy manages to defeat Trip’s Servine with its powerful Attract move, and Trip next chooses his Frillish. Ash then switches to his Pidove to let Snivy rest, but the strategy doesn’t work—Frillish quickly takes Pidove down. Ash brings Snivy out one more time, but when Frillish defeats Snivy as well, Trip is declared the winner. Instead of being angry, Ash redoubles his efforts and vows to train harder than ever for the next time he and Trip have a battle!
After arriving in Luxuria Town, Ash enters the Pokémon Battle Club and starts searching for Trainers while Iris and Cilan catch up. Iris sarcastically comments on Ash's reaction to the Battle Club, telling him he behaves like a small child. Ash, unaware, searches through the Trainer database, where he finds Trip. Cilan explains that Trip was awarded the Trio Badge after defeating the Striaton Gym. Iris becomes even more puzzled, and Ash explains that Trip was the Trainer he met in Professor Juniper's lab and the one he first battled in Unova.
Ash shouts in excitement when Don George suddenly appears behind him, seemingly unable to remember Ash. Ash wonders if he is from Accumula Town, and soon learns that there are Battle Clubs located everywhere in Unova, each club is run by a Don George of an identical, extended family. Don George then shows them his family picture. Don George then activates the built-in Xtransceiver in the Trainer-searching machine and tries to contact Trip. Trip is taking pictures when his Xtransceiver rings. He attends to it, and Don George greets him, informing him that Ash requests a battle with him. Ash appears soon after and subsequently Iris and Cilan, who both introduce themselves. While Trip is surprised that Cilan is not at his Gym, Ash interrupts. Trip admits he isn’t interested however, explaining that his new starter Snivy easily defeated Ash's Pikachu. Ash rebukes, saying that it was due to Zekrom that Pikachu was unable to use Electric attacks, and he has since obtained other Pokémon as well. Ash begins kicking the machine in agitation.
Trip then appears at the entrance of the Battle Club, requesting a Full Battle. Ash pauses for a moment, and reveals that he only has five Pokémon. Trip looks at him in disbelief. Ash then shows off his Trio Badge, but Trip replies that he already has two Badges. He then goes on to apologize to Don George, saying that he will not battle a Trainer with only one Badge and five Pokémon. Following that, he taunts Ash and wonders if all Trainers 'from a countryside area like Kanto' behave like the way he did. As he taunts him even further, Trip finally prepares to leave. However, after Iris passes a sarcastic remark calling him a 'kid', and Cilan recites a short prose on his battle expectations, Trip changes his mind and declares that he wants to battle Ash, 5-on-5.
As referee, Don George stands in the center-side of the field, reciting the rules of the battle while Ash and Trip take their positions. As Don George waves his hands and declares the battle open, Trip sends out Tranquill, the evolved form of Pidove. Ash checks his Pokédex, then sends out Oshawott. Proudly announcing that Oshawott once belonged to Professor Juniper and helped him win his Trio Badge at the Striaton Gym, Ash starts the battle by telling Oshawott to use Water Gun. Tranquill turns abruptly and dodges it. It then moves lower to the ground and uses Aerial Ace - first striking the Sea Otter Pokémon from the front and knocking off his scalchop, then finally returning from the back and hitting him, causing him to faint. Don George declares that Oshawott is unable to battle.
Ash was left awestruck, unable to comprehend what had happened as Trip tells Ash that Tranquill has the Ability Super Luck, allowing Tranquill to land more critical hits. Ash recalls Oshawott, then sends out Tepig. As Trip tries to taunt Ash, Ash starts the round again by telling Tepig to use Ember. As red flames shot out from Tepig's snout, Tranquill dodges it again and sweeps past Tepig, clearly displaying its skill and speed. As Tepig continues firing into the sky, Tranquill continues dodging, and switches into a Double Team. Tepig stares blankly at the Tranquill clones when Ash calls out to him - Tranquill is now using Work Up, increasing its attack power; it glows a bright red and turns around, facing Tepig and readying its next attack. Once again, Trip tells it to use Aerial Ace, and Tepig stares at the flock, unable to determine which one is real. Quickly, the flock of Tranquill combine into one, and strikes Tepig out of the battle with an Aerial Ace. As Ash recalls Tepig thanking him for his hard work, Trip taunts him for not knowing his basics as a Trainer. Ash, feeling slightly angered and knowing he's falling behind quickly, now decides to send Pikachu into battle for the next round.
Meanwhile, the Team Rocket trio, are gathered at the center of a garbage dump in anticipation of a person's arrival. Officer Jenny suddenly shows up, her fellow policemen surrounded the trio. Apparently the Jenny at Striaton City had informed all the other Jennys about them, and the trio are now the most wanted criminals in Unova. Nevertheless, Team Rocket remains calm and composed. As Jenny prepares to make her arrests, a rushing truck barges into the dump and causes the surrounding policemen to flee from the dangerous vehicle. The truck drifts, swerves and skids to a halt beside Team Rocket. As the door opens ready to pick the trio up, the driver is now revealed: the agent which Giovanni had arranged for them to meet – Pierce. Officer Jenny gives chase on her motorcycle, but the truck continues along the closed bridge. Reaching a gap in the road, the truck begins falling.As Officer Jenny banks her motorcycle and skids to a halt, she watches the explosion from the truck below, though the Team Rocket trio and Pierce escape with jetpacks. Pierce hands over a briefcase to James, before he goes his separate way and the Rocket trio fly towards the Desert Resort to continue their mission.
Ash tells Pikachu to use Thunderbolt, however Tranquill is able to dodge. Trip notes his surprise that Pikachu is actually able to use Electric-type attacks and has Tranquill use Work Up again. The Flying Pokémon glows red and attacks Pikachu from the front and then the back with its Aerial Ace. Pikachu lies on the ground, but he picks himself up. Trip is then determined to repeat his Aerial Ace sweep. Ash, spotting his attack pattern, has Pikachu grab hold of Tranquill's feet and pull him down to the field. Ash then tells Pikachu to toss Tranquill, and Pikachu responds and swings Tranquill into the air and out of control. Pikachu charges ahead with a Volt Tackle, scoring a direct hit and knocking Tranquill out.
Iris, Axew and Cilan watch from the sidelines and cheer Ash on. While Ash is savoring his victory, he is surprised when Trip sends out his next Pokémon, Servine, the evolved form of Snivy. Trip explains that he has been training hard since their first match, and Cilan explains that Trip obtained the Trio Badge with his Servine by defeating Chili and his Pansear. Ash tells Pikachu to use Iron Tail against Servine, and Pikachu powers Iron Tail up. Though Servine counters with Cut, and follows up with Leaf Tornado which draws Pikachu into the vortex. As the tornado lands, it smashes Pikachu onto the ground, though he quickly gets up and rushes in for a Volt Tackle. However, just as Pikachu was about to hit, Servine side-steps and scores a direct-hit against Pikachu with Cut, taking him out of the battle.
As Trip remarks that he has four Pokémon as compared to Ash's two, Ash sends out his Snivy. Iris then wonders why Ash does not send out Pidove, which is a Flying and would be an advantage against Grass Pokémon, while Cilan reassures her that Ash has plans of his own. Snivy starts the round by using Vine Whip, but Servine dodges them completely. She then attempts to use Leaf Blade, but misses and Servine follows up with a Leaf Tornado. The tornado, like it did on Pikachu, draws her into the vortex then slams her into the field. Though she gets back on her feet almost immediately. Trip taunts Ash that his Servine is an evolved form of Snivy. Ash, however, does not take the bait but actually has a plan. First, he has Snivy use Vine Whip, and Servine, once again, dodges it easily like it had before. Next, while Servine is distracted by her Vine Whip, Ash has Snivy to use Attract, cuasing Trip’s male Servine to become infatuated and too distracted to attack. Eventually with a series of Vine Whips and a well-aimed Leaf Blade, Servine succumbs to Snivy's attacks and faints, leaving Trip with three Pokémon. As Ash celebrates, Trip recalls Servine and admits he did not expect the move Attract.
For the next round, Trip sends out his third Pokémon: a Frillish. Ash checks his Pokédex, before calling out Pidove. Pidove begins by using Air Cutter, only for it to be blocked by Frillish's Protect. Trip tells Frillish to use Water Pulse, and the Floating Pokémon traps Pidove in a water sphere. As the Baby Pigeon Pokémon struggles to breathe, the sphere of water suddenly bursts, sending her flying towards a window and causing her to faint. Don George then declares Pidove unable to battle. Ash is now left with Snivy.
As Ash sends out Snivy and tells her to use Vine Whip, Cilan gasps loudly and Iris shouts out immediately in protest. However it is too late, and Snivy’s direct attack has trigged Frillish's Cursed Body Ability which can cause any physical attacks used against Frillish to become disabled. Iris also lambasts Ash for being ignorant and acting like a small child. Snivy attacks again with Leaf Storm, but Frillish blocks it with Protect, followed by a successful Night Shade. As Frillish celebrates his achievement, Snivy uses Leaf Storm and catches Frillish by surprise. Immediately, Snivy attempts to use Attract, but fails as Frillish evades it. Ash decides to take a risk and tells Snivy to use Leaf Blade on Frillish. Snivy lands the attack, but unfortunately it isn't enough to take Frillish out and even worse, Snivy is hit with Cursed Body again which blocks Leaf Blade. Trip has Frillish trap its opponent in a Water Pulse again, with Snivy emerging in a confused state. Trip now takes advantage of the situation, telling Frillish to use Hex, which does double the damage as as Snivy is already confused. Snivy soon collapses onto the field. Don George rules Snivy unable to battle, and subsequently Trip the winner of the match. Ash recalls Snivy.
Following the battle, Trip taunts Ash for being a poor Trainer and tells him that while Pikachu and Snivy show promise, the others were pathetic and Ash should reconsider using them in future. As Trip was about to take his leave, Ash challenges him to another battle in the future, to which Trip promises to consider. As the door closes behind him, Iris and Cilan try to console Ash. However, Ash was not at all disappointed, but he remains determined to surpass Trip and to become the best Trainer ever.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Servine
- When Iris and Cilan first see that Ash commanded Snivy to use a physical move against Frillish, part of Cilan's hair is colored the same as his skin.
- In the Polish dub, Trip's Servine is incorrectly referred to as a female.
In other languages
| British English
|| A Rival Battle for Club Champ!!
| Mandarin Chinese
|| Borba rivala za Klupskog prvaka!
|| Rivalers kamp om Klubmesterskabet!
|| Wie wordt de vechtclub kampioen?
|| Kovaa peliä ottelukerholla!
|| Zwei Rivalen im Pokémon-Kampfklub
|| Μάχη Ανταγωνιστών για τον Πρωταθλητή της Λέσχης!
|| क्लब चैम्प के लिए राइवल बैटल! Club Champ ke liye Rival Battle!
|| Pertarungan Rival! Lawan Terkuat Frillish!!
|| Una lotta tra rivali!
|| 라이벌 배틀! 강적 탱그릴!
|| En kamp for klubbmesteren!
|| Starcie rywali w Klubie Bitew!
|| Uma Batalha Para o Campeão do Clube!
|| Combate de Rivais Para Campeão do Clube!
|| Битва за клубное чемпионство!
|| Latin America
|| ¡Una batalla rival para el Campeón del Club!
|| ¡Un combate entre rivales por el Campeonato del Club!
|| Rivalers kamp för klubbmästerskap!
|| การประลองครั้งสำคัญ! พูรูริรุตัวเก่ง!!
|| Şampiyonlar Kulübü'nden Çekişmeli Bir Maç!