| ← BW053 | Episode
Ash VS. Champion Alder! (サトシVSチャンピオン・アデク！)
Pokémon: BW Rival Destinies
Char. of the Day:
Ash, Iris, Cilan
Trip, Nurse Joy, Officer Jenny
Ash's Pikachu, Iris' Axew, Officer Jenny's Herdier, Alder's Bouffalant, Gigalith (Debut), Deerling (multiple), Patrat (multiple), Pidove (multiple), Sandile (multiple)
Ash and co. meet Alder in person for the first time, Ash and co. run into Trip who has five badges now. Alder challenges Ash to a battle but falls asleep during the battle, meaning there was no winner.
Pokémon: BW Rival Destinies
Just as they were about to leave Nimbasa City, Ash and co. meet with Trip again, who has five badges over Ash's four. Later they meet the Unova Champion Alder, the man who inspired Trip to be a Pokémon trainer when he was a kid, only to see that now many years later, he's a goofy guy. He challenges Ash to a battle and Ash gladly accepts. Who will win this battle? No one, because he accidentally fell asleep during the battle. And what in the world is going on in Alder's head anyway since a wild Gigalith goes out on an all out rampage?
Ash: What's with the turn around?
(As Bouffalant kept on going to Alder with Head Charge)
Alder: Come on. Are you mad? Please! Stop being such a CHILD!(after being hit by Head Charge)
Though Ash has befriended old Champions like Johto's Lance, Hoenn's Steven Stone/Wallace and Sinnoh's Cynthia, this is the first time Ash battled a champ other than his rival Trip's wishes too.
This is the second time Ash met a character again since Nimbasa Town when they're in Nimbasa City. First was Bianca in BW051: Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!, and now he met Trip again.
This is the third episode in a row when Ash and co. are about to leave Nimbasa City and go to Driftveil City when their travels are interrupted by many events occurred since BW052: Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym! after the battle with Elesa and earns the Bolt Badge as Ash is about to leave when she warned him that the Driftveil Drawbridge is offline for repairs. Also in BW053: Lost at the Stamp Rally! When Ash and co. (minus Cilan) are about to take a tour around Nimbasa City while the drawbridge is fixed.
This episode shows two larger Pokemons ramming at Alder. Which is Bouffalant and Gigalith.
Professor Oak's Live Caster: Zebstrika
Who's That Pokemon?: Bouffalant (Japan), Gigalith (U.S.)
Trip would hope that Ash will get his Pikachu creamed by Bouffalant but Bouffalant creamed its own trainer: Alder instead.
Alder should've known better not to speak to Bouffalant while using Head Charge at him. If he doesn't stop talking to it, he'll get hurt.
Also, he should've known better not to be sleeping in a battle which Bouffalant doesn't like him to do.