Following Ash's victory at the Snowpoint Gym, Paul arrives in Snowpoint City and challenges Candice to a battle. Candice accepts his challenge, but says that she wants to let her Pokemon rest up first. The next day, everyone is surprised when Paul's brother, Reggie, shows up in town. To add the surprises, Pyramid King Brandon arrives in Snowpoint City in his Battle Pyramid, saying that he came to the city to go to the ancient Snowpoint Temple. The new arrival gets Paul's blood boiling as he knows that Brandon is the one that Reggie lost to and the person that caused him to give up as a Trainer. That combined with the news that Ash defeated him sends Paul over the top, and he challenges Brandon to a battle, determined to defeat the man that his brother couldn't.