Empoleon deputed in the same episode as its trainer, where it battled Ash's Pikachu. Although it proved to be a powerful opponent, Pikachu managed to win the battle. Empoleon would later battle Pikachu again in order for a chance for Barry to battle Palmer but Pikachu won again.
While Barry trained on Iron Island Empoleon, like all other steel types on the island except Riley's Lucario, went crazy due to the activities of Team Galactic. When the villains left the island it returned to its normal self.
Empoleon was used during Barry's battle against Paul, where it blasted his Magmortar with Hydro Cannon so Paul recalled his Fire type Pokemon. Empoleon was recalled when Paul sent out Ursaring. After Barry's Hitmonlee was defeated, Empoleon briefly fought Ursaring who was then replaced by Electivire. Empoleon fought bravely, activating Torrent during the battle in a final desperate attempt to defeat the Electric type, but Electivire blocked its Hydro Cannon with Protect and finished it with Thunder.
|Hyper Beam +||Barry's Busting Out All Over!|
|Steel Wing +||Barry's Busting Out All Over!|
|Hydro Cannon +||Barry's Busting All Out Over!|
|Drill Peck +||Gotta Get a Gible|
|Hydro Pump||Jumping Rocket Ship|
|Metal Claw||Fighting Ire With Fire!|
|+ indicates this Pokémon used this move recently.*|
- indicates this Pokémon normally can't use this move.