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DP031: The Grass-Type Is Always Greener!

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The Grass-Type Is Always Greener! (ナエトル対ナエトル!スピード対決!!)
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Char. of the Day: Gardenia
Episode №: #497 Main: Ash, Dawn, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag April 26, 2007 Recurring: Jessie, James
UnitedStatesFlag October 6, 2007
Opening Theme: Diamond and Pearl Minor: Cheryl, Gardenia
Badge(s): Coalbadge Setting: Eterna Forest
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Dawn's Piplup, Jessie's Wobbuffet, Ash's Turtwig, Ash's Staravia, Brock's Croagunk, Jessie's Seviper, James' Cacnea, James' Carnivine, Cheryl's Mothim, Gardenia's Turtwig, Gardenia's Cherubi(Debut), Yoko's Nuzleaf, Combee(Debut), Caterpie, Kakuna, Beedrill, Gloom, Ledyba

Pokemon that appeared in flashbacks
Cheryl's Burmy, James' Victreebel

Major event(s)
Ash and co. meet Gardenia, Ash battles her in an unofficial match and loses.
Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl


After Burmy evolved into Mothim, Ash and co continue through the Eterna Forest where, along the way, they meet Gardenia, an overenthusiastic fan of Grass-type Pokémon. Ash declares a battle with her and she accepts. Will Ash win against this Grass Geek, and could she be the only one?


Human Characters

Pokemon Characters


  • Gardenia: "Oh please trade with me."

Brock: "You don't wanna mess with those guys."
Ash: "They're Team Rocket."
Dawn: "And those guys are the bad guys."
Gardenia: "That can't be true!"
Ash, Dawn, Brock and Cheryl: "Huh?"
Jessie, James and Meowth: "Huh?"
Gardenia: "There's no way! A Grass-type Pokémon trainer can never ever be all that bad."


  • There's a fan-service moment where Gardenia has no undershirt, but only for just a moment.
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