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The setting for the competition
The Grass Tournament is an anime-exclusive competition held annually in Johto consisting of one-on-one battles. Competitors are allowed to enter only one Grass-type Pokémon. Each Pokémon Trainer fights for the prize, a trophy and a set of Leaf Stones.
The 45th annual Grass Tournament was featured in The Grass Route. Ash entered the tournament with his Bulbasaur, and Ephraim, a boy whom Ash met and told him about the tournament, entered with his Skiploom. Team Rocket also entered; James used his Victreebel, and Jessie, owning no Grass-type Pokémon, entered with Meowth, disguised as a Sunflora.
In the first round, Ephraim's Skiploom defeated James's Victreebel rather quickly. After winning in the first round, Ash's Bulbasaur was faring poorly in the second round against Meowth, who was doing surprisingly well, subduing Bulbasaur with his Scratch and Fury Swipes attacks, until Bulbasaur's Razor Leaf shredded Meowth's costume. Meowth and Jessie were then disqualified, as Meowth is a Normal-type Pokémon.
Ultimately, Ash and Ephraim faced each other in the finals. Ash almost won the tournament, but Skiploom learned Solar Beam at the last moment and defeated Bulbasaur, thus gaining the victory.
Pokémon used in the Grass Tournament
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