Ash has his battle with Volkner, but it's interrupted when Team Rocket stole Sunyshore Tower, Ash's Grotle evolves into Torterra and learns Leaf Storm, The Gym Battle is called off until Sunyshore Tower is fully restored.
With new vim and vigor, and his spark re-ignited, Volkner is his old self again, and is ready to battle Ash. This will be a great challenge for Ash as he is pumped to earn his final badge. The battle is short, however, as Team Rocket steals Sunyshore Tower, the heart of Sunyshore City. Will they be able to get the tower back? And what will become of Ash's Gym Battle now?