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EP130 : A Bout With Sprout
Original series
EP132 : For Crying Out Loud
Fighting Flyer with Fire
Kikyō Gym! Sky Battle!!
First broadcast
Japan January 20, 2000
United States December 16, 2000
English themes
Opening Pokémon Johto
Japanese themes
Opening OK!
Ending ニャースのパーティ
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
Storyboard 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Assistant director 鈴木敏明 Toshiaki Suzuki
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
Additional credits

Screenshots on Filb.de

Fighting Flyer with Fire (Japanese: キキョウジム!おおぞらのたたかい!! Kikyō Gym! Sky Battle!!) is the 131st episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 20, 2000 and in the United States on December 16, 2000.

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With Pikachu's help, Ash is confident that winning the Zephyr badge will be a breeze. But when the Gym Leader's high-level Pokémon turn the tables on the textbook Electric over Flying advantage, Ash will have to use more than raw power to emerge victorious.


Misty and her friends finally reach the Violet Gym, and Ash is anxious to get his first Johto Badge. But before they are able to go inside, Jessie and James appear, disguised as surveyors from the Pokémon Bureau, and demand that they inspect every Pokémon before anyone can enter the Gym. They take Pikachu before they run off with him. Soon afterwards, they're floating away in their Meowth Balloon, and the so-called inspectors reveal their true identities. Ash commands Pikachu to use ThunderShock, however the attack fails because Pikachu is in an electric-proof glass case.

Ash sends out Heracross to save Pikachu, but Meowth drops a jar of sap to distract Heracross. Then, Ash and his friends notice there is someone hang-gliding next to Team Rocket's balloon. Then, the hang-glider signals for his Hoothoot to take Pikachu. Hoothoot grabs Pikachu's case with its talons, and flies back to its Trainer. With Pikachu in hand the hang-glider begins his descent. While the hang-glider is trying to land, Jessie has Arbok use Poison Sting to poke holes in his sail. The hang-glider leaps, and sends out his Pidgeot to save him from falling. The pair make their way towards Team Rocket, evading another of Arbok's Poison Stings before puncturing the hot air balloon.

After Team Rocket has blasted off, the hang-glider finally lands and gives Pikachu back to Ash. Misty commends Pidgeot's speed, and Ash is reminded of his own Pidgeot and that one day he'll see it again. The hang-glider mentions about how much he loves riding on Flying Pokémon and that they are his favorite type. Brock asks why he loves them so much, to which he responds that it's because he's always wanted to fly through the sky since he was a little boy. Then he says he learned how to hang-glide in order to understand his Pokémon better. He also mentions how mad he gets when people always say that Flying Pokémon stand no chance against Electric Pokémon. Misty quickly agrees with him, but instead with the sense of Water Pokémon. Finally, Ash introduces himself, and the hang-glider introduces himself as Falkner, the Violet City Gym Leader.

Falkner escorts Ash and his friends to the Violet Gym, and after a short elevator ride, they reach the Gym's rooftop battlefield. Ash and Falkner take their positions, and the Battle judge explains that each Trainer can use can use three Pokémon. Once the match begins, Falkner starts with Hoothoot, and Ash decides to send out Chikorita. Falkner scolds Ash for sending out a Pokémon that is weak to Flying Pokémon. Ash defends himself by saying that not everyone should judge by type. Chikorita starts out with a Vine Whip, but Hoothoot dodges it by Flying into the sky. Chikorita still tries hitting Hoothoot with a Vine Whip, but Hoothoot still dodges and attacks Chikorita with Peck. Chikorita uses Razor Leaf, but Hoothoot dodges and knocks Chikorita out with Tackle.

Ash decides to use Pikachu next. Pikachu uses Agility in order to avoid getting tackled. Hoothoot is struck down by Pikachu's Thunderbolt and finished off by a Quick Attack. Falkner then sends out his Dodrio and mentions that no challenger has ever defeated it. Both Pikachu and Dodrio start off the match by using Agility. Although Pikachu tries using Thunderbolt, Dodrio dodges it by jumping up high. Dodrio then attacks Pikachu with Fury Attack and Drill Peck. While Dodrio is building up its Tri Attack, Pikachu bounces off the center Dodrio's head and into the air. Dodrio is startled and loses its move, and Pikachu takes it down with Thunder. Dodrio is cheered on by Falkner's apprentices to get up, but it ultimately faints.

Falkner sends out his last Pokémon, which is Pidgeot. Pikachu is really tired by now, and Ash is told by Misty and Brock to give him a rest. Ash asks Pikachu if he wants to take a break, but Pikachu is willing to fight. Pikachu starts the match with a Thunderbolt, but Pidgeot easily dodges it by flying. Pidgeot then takes Pikachu down with a Whirlwind. Ash then sends out Charizard to battle. Both Charizard and Pidgeot are told to fly into the air, then Ash tells Charizard to use Flamethrower, but Pidgeot dodges. Charizard consistently uses Flamethrower and Pidgeot uses Agility to get out of the way. Pidgeot then whips up a Whirlwind to hit Charizard with its own Flamethrower, sending it back onto the ground. Pidgeot approaches with a Wing Attack, and Ash commands Charizard to fly, but its wing is hurt. Pidgeot lands a direct hit, knocking Charizard to the ground again. Charizard is also hit with a Quick Attack, which leaves Ash wondering what he should do. Falkner tells him to forfeit, but Ash refuses to.

Charizard soon becomes strong enough to fly and dodges a Quick Attack. Pidgeot uses its Agility to appear behind Charizard, and it strikes Charizard with a follow up Quick Attack. This happens again, but Charizard doesn't give up. Charizard then flies behind Pidgeot, and when Pidgeot disappears and then reappears behind Charizard, Charizard turns around and surrounds it with Fire Spin. Charizard then finishes off Pidgeot by using Seismic Toss. Although Pidgeot is cheered on to get up, it faints, which means that Ash has won the match against Falkner.

Falkner presents Ash with the Zephyr Badge. Falkner admits that Ash has inspired him to work more and train harder. He also wishes Ash luck in the Johto League. Ash, Misty and Brock wave goodbye to Falkner and his apprentices as they begin ther journey towards the next Gym. As for Team Rocket, they are trapped inside their deflated balloon and being pecked by an angry horde of Spearow and Fearow.

Major events

Ash holding the Zephyr Badge
For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.



Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Marill (US and international), Pidgeot (Japan)



  • Ash said that his Pidgeot was protecting a flock of fellow Pidgeot, when it was actually protecting a flock of Pidgey and Pidgeotto.
  • Falkner's Hoothoot is seen with both feet on the ground in its standoff against Pikachu.
  • Pidgeot knocks Pikachu out with Whirlwind, despite the fact that Whirlwind is a status move. This is an example of anime physics.
  • In the Finnish dub, Pidgeot was incorrectly referred as Pidgeotto through the whole episode.

Dub edits

In other languages

EP130 : A Bout With Sprout
Original series
EP132 : For Crying Out Loud
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