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Channeling the Battle Zone! (ハルカVSシュウ!最後の戦い!!)
AG182
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Battle Frontier Char. of the Day: Solidad
Episode №: #456 Main: Ash Ketchum, Brock, May, Max
Aired: JapanFlag June 29, 2006 Recurring: Jessie, James, Drew, Harley, Nurse Joy, Scott
UnitedStatesFlag December 13, 2006
Opening Theme: Battle Frontier (song) Minor: Solidad, Lilian Meridian, Vivian Meridian, Raoul Contesta, Mr. Sukizo, Dome Ace Tucker (flashback), Magikarp salesman (cameo), Coordinators, Audience
Badge(s): Knowledgesymbol Gutssymbol2 Tacticssymbol Lucksymbol Spiritsymbol Abilitysymbol Setting: Indigo Plateau, Kanto Grand Festival
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Jessie's Wobbuffet, Ash's Swellow, Ash's Corphish, Ash's Aipom (new), May's Combusken, May's Munchlax, May's Squirtle, May's Eevee, Drew's Flygon, Drew's Absol, Harley's Wigglytuff, Solidad's Slowbro, Solidad's Pidgeot, Solidad's Lapras, Solidad's Butterfree, Tucker's Arcanine (flashback), Tucker's Swampert (flashback), Hitmonchan, Hitmonlee, Magikarp, Girafarig, Zangoose
Major event(s)
May defeats Drew in the Kanto Grand Festival's quarter-finals. May's Combusken learns Overheat. Ash captures an Aipom. Ash's Aipom knows Focus Punch and Swift. Solidad is revealed to have Pidgeot and Butterfree. Solidad defeats May in the semi-final round. Solidad wins the Kanto Grand Festival. Ash and co. go to Battle Pyramid in Fennel Valley.
Pokémon: Battle Frontier

Synopsis

May and Drew continue their battle. Drew quickly gains a lead with a new combo move. As the battle progresses, May manages to finally defeat Flygon with Squirtle. However, her victory is soon spoiled as Absol quickly takes out Squirtle. Combusken and Absol continue to battle with neither side letting down. During the battle, Combusken learns Overheat and is able to strike back with amazing power. As the battle ends, it comes down to May winning by just a few points! After the battle, Ash finally catches the troublesome Aipom. May then finds herself up against Solidad and her amazing Pidgeot and Slowbro. Can May defeat Solidad and go on to win the Grand Festival?

Plot

Combusken, surrounded by bubbles, uses Sky Uppercut. Flygon dodges and Absol uses Razor Wind. Combusken and Squirtle are attacked and knocked out. Flygon uses Flamethrower. Combusken uses Fire Spin to negate the attack, though Combusken and Flygon are attacked by their opponent's attacks. May remarks Drew's speed, but still needs to defeat him. Flygon goes on Absol's back and Absol uses Razor Wind and Flygon gives it more power by DragonBreath. Even if they evaded, Squirtle and Combusken are attacked. Flygon goes on Absol's back - Flygon uses Steel Wing and Absol its Iron Tail. Squirtile and Combusken counter with Bubble and Fire Spin, and with that combination, Absol and Flygon are taken aback.

Ash and Max remember a similar combination was made when Dome Ace Tucker used Arcanine and Swampert to attack Ash's Pokémon. Brock remarks May learned a lot about battling. Absol uses Flash, affecting Combusken only, as Squirtle went into its shell and spins to attack. Flygon uses Steel Wing to attack Squirtle, however Squirtle comes out of its shell, unharmed. Squirtle uses Bubble, Absol Razor Wind and Combusken Fire Spin - Razor Wind and Fire Spin are negated, so Squirtle attacks Flygon. With Squirtle's ICe Beam, Flygon is defeated. However, Absol uses Iron Tail to defeat Squirtle.

Combusken uses Mega Kick and Absol Iron Tail, hurting both Pokémon. Absol uses Razor Wind, hitting Combusken, so Combusken retaliates with Fire Spin, but Absol uses Water Pulse, damaging Combusken. Combusken begins to twinkle with a red color. Absol uses Razor Wind, but Combusken uses its new move - Overheat - attacking Absol, but not defeating it. Combusken uses Overheat, but Absol protects itself with Water Pulse. Absol uses Flash, but Combusken still manages to attack Absol. Since it is close, Combusken uses Overheat, hitting Absol, though Absol shakes the flames off. Absol uses Razor Wind, and even if Combusken tries to dodge, it still gets attacked. Absol uses Water Pulse, so Combusken uses Overheat to negate it, but fails. Combusken still stands, so Absol goes to finish it with Iron Tail, but gets hit by Sky Uppercut. Time runs out, and since Drew has less points, May wins!

Brock now knows Combusken used Overheat against Water Pulse to weaken the attack, then counter. Harley is annoyed, Solidad impressed and Combusken happy. Drew is smiling at May's victory, making May very happy. Aipom is feeling happy and takes Ash's hat, so Ash and Pikachu go to get it. This time, however, Aipom gives Ash his hat back, but wants a battle. Pikachu uses Quick Attack, but Aipom dodges and uses Swift. Pikachu uses Iron Tail, hitting Aipom. Still, Aipom counter-attacks with Focus Punch. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, hurting Aipom and paralyzes it. Ash throws his Poké Ball and captures that Aipom. The people congratulate Ash's victory and Scott appears.

May gave Squirtle and Combusken extra food for the victory. Drew congratulates her on the victory and her amazing moves. Solidad won as well, so May now has to battle Solidad herself. Drew tells May she cannot defeat Solidad if she uses force alone. On the battle field, May does not have much points, there are two minutes left, while Solidad has a Pidgeot and May her Cmbusken and Munchlax. Munchlax uses Focus Punch, but Slowbro uses Psychic, countering Munchlax's attack. Combusken uses Fire Spin, attacking Pidgeot. Pidgeot uses Thunder Dance, repelling the attack and sending burning feathers to Combusken and Munchlax. Slowbro uses Yawn, putting Combusken to sleep. Munchlax uses SolarBeam, but fails. Pidgeot uses Double Team and attacks Combusken.

Scott tells Solidad forces May to attack, then defends to steal her points. Even if she used dazzling attacks, Solidad organized her strategy different, as she battles May. Scott tells Ash May is using his strategies, as he has influence over her. With Slowbro's Hyper Beam and Pidgeot's Aerial Ace, both Combusken and Munchlax are defeated - May thanks her Pokémon for such a battle and congratulates Solidad for victory, then goes out of the stadium in shame. However, Ash, Brock and Max tell she was brave and powerful enough to be in Top Four. Max realized that May is a sister a brother would hope for, making May cry. Solidad got the Ribbon Cup for her efforts. During the night, May rushes to ask Drew if they will see each other again, so he confirms. Now, May wants to see Ash win against Brandon in the Battle Pyramid. Since the Battle Pyramid is near the Indigo Plateau, the heroes need to get there to see Ash's battle.

Trivia

  • This episode is the last to feature the Pokémon Trivia Quiz. It would not appear again for the series' final ten episodes before Professor Oak's lecture is brought back to replace the Quiz.
    • Questions: 1. What color is the Pokémon Center roof?
      2. How many Pokémon appeared?
    • Answers: 1. Orange
      2. 5
  • During Ash's battle with Aipom, an extended version of Spurt! plays.
  • The Magikarp salesman is seen among the crowd that watches Ash catch Aipom.
  • The preview for the next episode is narrated by Brock.
  • During the Contest, May used the same Fire and Water tactic used by Dome Ace Tucker in Tactics Theatrics!!.
  • This episode is similar to Rhapsody in Drew; It was the third and final episode the region's Grand Festival, May battled Drew in these two episodes, and lastly, it dealt with Ash's sixth member of his team, Snorunt -who evolved-, while in this episode, Ash caught Aipom, which became his sixth member of his team.

Errors

  • Despite Combusken being hit by Absol's Iron Tail, May does not lose points, as the score board is seen still full on the next scene, when both of May's Pokémon are hit by Absol's Razor Wind.
  • During one scene in May and Drew's battle, Drew's eyes were blue instead of green.
  • When May loses more points after Razor Wind hits, Ash comments that they are even though the points show that Drew is clearly in the lead, later on after Combusken was hit with Water Pulse May's point seems to have grown some.
  • Fire Spin is used inconsistently in this episode. Several times it was a spinning spiral fire attack, and other times it was spinning flames.

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