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Pokémon: Battle Frontier is the ninth season of the Pokémon anime and the fourth & final season of the Advanced Generation English-language dub, consisting of episodes 146-192 of the original Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation series. It follows Ash Ketchum as he continues to collect Symbols from the Kanto Battle Frontier while May participates in Pokémon Contests. It began with Fear Factor Phony, which originally aired on September 8, 2006 in the United States, and ended with Home is Where the Start Is!, which originally aired on March 3, 2007.
It originally aired in the United States as part of the 2006-2007 Cartoon Network Saturday morning line-up. The English dub underwent many changes at the start of the season. 4Kids Entertainment's licensing rights to the dub expired and in an agreement with Pokémon USA they decided not to renew. Meanwhile, Kids' WB! (a broadcast network) dropped all anime from its lineup leading to Cartoon Network (a cable network) picking up the series, where it remained until season 19. It began broadcasting on CITV/Action Stations! on October 30th 2008 in the UK, this is the first time this series has been shown on Freeview.
It is preceded by Pokémon: Advanced Battle and is succeeded by Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl, the first season of the dub of the Diamond & Pearl series, which is based on the Generation IV games.
The territory might be familiar, but even Ash and Brock can find more than a few surprises in their home region of Kanto, like a Pokémon Ranger hot on the cases of two Legendary Pokémon! May’s back on the Contest path, blazing a trail to the Kanto Grand Festival, while Ash seeks out the hidden facilities of the Battle Frontier. If finding them wasn’t hard enough, he’s still got battles with the Frontier Brains to deal with—much tougher than any Gym Leader he’s ever faced.
- Ash and his friends meet Ranger Solana, who is searching for an injured Celebi. (AG155)
- Brock enters his first Pokémon Contest at Gardenia Town. (AG167)
- Ash and company runs into Solana again, as they encounter a wild Deoxys. (AG171 - AG172)
- The Kanto Grand Festival takes place at Indigo Plateau. (AG180-AG182)
- May, Drew, Harley, and Solidad get past the preliminary Appeals Round. (AG180)
- May defeats Harley in the Contest Battles, putting her in the Top 8. Drew and Solidad also make it to the Top 8. (AG181)
- May defeats Drew but loses to Solidad. May finishes in the Top 4 while Solidad becomes the Grand Festival winner. (AG182)
- Ash and his friends learn from Professor Oak about Sinnoh, a region located north of Kanto. (AG187)
- May learns that Drew, Harley, and Solidad plan to enter Pokémon Contests in the Johto region. (AG187)
- Ash calls for his Charizard, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur for his match against Brandon. (AG189)
- Ash is offered a position as a Frontier Brain, but he declines. (AG190)
- Ash enters his first Pokémon Contest at Terracotta Town. (AG191)
- The group parts ways. Brock goes back home in Pewter City. May plans to compete in Pokémon Contests in the Johto region after leaving Kanto. Ash returns to Pallet Town (AG192)
- Ash meets up with Gary, who came from Sinnoh. Ash and Gary battle, with Ash's Pikachu losing to Gary's Electivire.
- Ash decides to follow Gary back into Sinnoh, and leaves all his Pokémon, except Pikachu, at Professor Oak's Laboratory. However, Aipom quickly follows Ash and rejoins him. (AG192)
- Team Rocket continues to follow Ash into Sinnoh. (AG192)
The following Pokémon are obtained:
The following Pokémon evolve:
May wins Pokémon Contests in these locations:
Ash defeats the following Frontier Brains:
Home video releases
North American DVD releases
- Main article: List of English language Battle Frontier home video releases (Region 1)
Australian DVD releases
- Main article: List of English language Battle Frontier home video releases (Region 4)
- Battle Frontier is the only English season to have its own ending theme, instead of just a shortened or instrumental version of the opening theme.
- Battle Frontier is the only English season of the Advanced Generation series not to contain the word Advanced in its title.
- In Flanders (Dutch-speaking part of Belgium), this season was skipped, and the broadcast of the Diamond & Pearl series started immediately after AG145 with the Dutch dub. However, in the Netherlands, Battle Frontier was broadcasted. It was eventually aired in Flanders.
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