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Dawn Of A New Era! (ポッチャマ対スボミー!ヒカリ初バトル!!)
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Char. of the Day: Nando
Episode №: #470 Main: Ash, Dawn, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag October 5, 2006 Recurring: Jessie, James, Nurse Joy
UnitedStatesFlag June 7, 2007
Opening Theme: Diamond and Pearl Minor: Nando, Three Unnamed trainers
Badge(s): Setting: Unknown
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Dawn's Piplup, Jessie's Wobbuffet, James' Mime Jr., Ash's Starly, Brock's Bonsly, James' Carnivine, Johanna's Glameow, Nando's Budew → Nando's Roselia, Kricketot (Debut), Mew (On Nando's harp), Ho-Oh (Flashback), Mesprit (Flashback), Hoothoot, Noctowl, Wooper, Quagsire, Misdreavus, Gastly, Duskull, Chimecho, Buneary, Burmy
Major event(s)
Dawn fails to catch a wild Buneary for the second time, Ash and co. meet Nando, Dawn has her first Trainer Battle with Nando and is defeated, Ash registers for the Sinnoh League, Brock reveals he has only brought Bonsly with him to Sinnoh, leaving the rest of his team at Pewter Gym, Ash has a battle with Nando and wins and during the battle Budew evolves into Roselia, Nando decalres his intention to compete for both Badges and Ribbons making him a rival of both Ash and Dawn.
Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl


"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

This cannot be more true for Dawn as she now has Ash, a trainer with many victories, 28 badges and a winner's trophy under his belt and Brock, the Pewter Gym Leader traveling with her now. As she was about to capture a Buneary, she makes mistakes which Ash points out and suddenly she smacks Ash with her Poké Ball. Soon they get into a big fight about it (Doesn't this sound familiar) and (as usual) Brock is in the middle of it. They soon notice the sun being extremely bright and find the cause: A Budew that belongs to a wandering minstrel named Nando, who just started his own journey. As a token of good will he offers Dawn a chance to battle him. How will she fair for her first battle and will she EVER get along with Ash?



  • Nando


  • Kricketot
  • Prinplup
  • Nando's Budew/Nando's Roselia


  • Brock revealing he only had one Pokémon with him was similar to what happened in AG004: You Never Can Taillow.
  • As per tradition, Ash never gets along with the female protagonist, in this case, Dawn.
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