The time has come. It's Ash vs Maylene in a Gym Battle unlike any other. With his Staravia mastering Brave Bird, Ash is confident he will win this bout with it, Buizel and Paul's old Chimchar. Will Ash be able to win his third badge?
This is the 50th episode since Ash earned his first Badge in the region. In Kanto, Ash already had all the Badges by this point, in Johto, he was going for his fourth Badge, in Hoenn he already had four Badges, and in Unova, he had just got his sixth Badge.
This was Buizel's first major battle, as well as its first Gym battle with Ash. It was also Chimchar's first Gym battle while under the ownership of Ash.
Type: Wild was used as background music.
This is the first time one of the two protection moves (Protect and Detect) failed due to overuse.
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