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BW052: Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!

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Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!
(ライモンジム! 華麗なる電撃バトル!!)
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: BW Rival Destinies Char. of the Day: Elesa
Episode №: #709 Main: Ash, Iris, Cilan
Aired: JapanFlag Sep-29-2011 Recurring: Professor Juniper,
UnitedStatesFlag Feb-25-2012
Opening theme: Rival Destinies Minor: Elesa, Elesa's fans, Female Referee
Badge(s): 22x22px Basicbadge 22x22px Boltbadge Setting: Nimbasa City, Nimbasa City Gym
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Iris' Axew, Ash's Snivy, Elesa's Zebstrika, Elesa's Tynamo, Elesa's Emolga, Ash's Palpitoad
Major event(s)
Ash wins the Bolt Badge. Ash learns the next Gym is in Driftveil City. Ash's Palpitoad is revealed to be male.
Pokémon: BW Rival Destinies


The time has finally come. Ash vs. Elesa in a Pokémon Gym Battle. Ash tries to think of a strategy and comes up with one. Since Elesa uses Electric-Type Pokémon, and Ground-Type Pokémon beat Electric-Types, Ash has decided to use only his Palpitoad during the battle and leave Pikachu out. Will Ash's strategy work, especially if Elesa's other two Pokémon have no weakness against Ground-types?





  • This is the fourth time Ash battled an Electric type Gym Leader. The first three being Lt. Surge, Wattson and Volkner.
    • This is also the only time Ash battles an Electric Gym Leader without having a rematch.
  • The battle is a bit of a reverse of what happened in the Gym Battle between Ash and Falkner, with Elesa knocking out two of Ash's Pokémon with just Emolga while Ash knocks out two of Elesa's Pokémon back with Pikachu to win.
  • Elesa's Emolga's voice sounded much different than Iris'.
  • This episode marks the first time Ash battled a Zebstrika and an Emolga other than Bianca battling Iris' Emolga in BW028 and Stephan's Zebstrika in BW042.
  • This is the first time in the anime that a gym leader's most powerful Pokémon got knocked out first before it did any real damage. The most powerful of a gym leaders Pokémon is usually knocked out last after it does collateral damage but this episode was different. This may have been due to type advantage as Palpitoad is a dual water and Ground-type and Ground is super-effective against Electric.
  • This is the first time Ash switched his team during a Gym Battle.
  • Thinking it was easy to beat Elesa, Ash only brought in Palpitoad, the only time he brought in one Pokémon to battle three.
  • Ash should've caught Krokorok in the first place in BW020: Dancing With the Ducklett Trio! before he puts him in the Nimbasa City Gym Battle but when he brings Pikachu back in the battle, he decided to battle with spirit instead of battle plans.
  • Two of Elesa's Pokemons are out when they hit the wall and make holes in them. The two were Emolga and Tynamo because of Ash's Pikachu.
  • This is the second time Ash used Palpitoad, Snivy, and Pikachu in a battle since BW041: Reunion Battles In Nimbasa!, BW042: Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia!, BW043: The Club Battle Hearts of Fury, Emolga Versus Sawk!, and BW044: The Club Battle Finale: A Heroes Outcome! during the tournament battle sponsored by the Pokémon Battle Club in Nimbasa Town.
  • The reason why the Driftveil Drawbridge is offline for repairs is because of Team Rocket in BW049: Crisis from the Underground Up!
  • Professor Oak's Live Caster: Zorua
  • Who's That Pokémon?: Zebstrika (Japan), Tynamo (U.S.) 

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