The Sinnoh League tournament in Lily of the Valley Island begins.
The gang learns that a mysterious Trainer has entered the tournament with a Darkrai. Nando is revealed to have obtained an Armaldo. Ash's Quilava is revealed to have learned Aerial Ace, while his Heracross is revealed to have learned Sleep Talk and Focus Punch. Ash wins his first battle against Nando, knocking him out of the Lily of the Valley Conference. Barry, Conway, Tobias, and Paul also make it through the first round.
As Round One of the Sinnoh League gets under way, Ash learns he will be battling none other than his friend, the musician Nando. Our heroes also run into Paul, who is planning to use his trademark analytical strategy. And then Ash literally runs into a very confident and excited Barry!
Battling in a three-on-three format, Ash and Nando initially appear to be evenly matched. But as Ash's desire for a real head-to-head battle takes hold, Nando becomes fascinated with the action and a bit distracted in the process. After a moment, he manages to clear his head and battle back using his own style. Finally, Ash claims victory, but Nando is satisfied with his own efforts and bids our heroes a fond farewell. Conway and Barry catch up with our heroes to report that they both won their first-round battles. So did Paul and an unknown Trainer who defeated his first opponent with a Darkrai!
Round Two of the Sinnoh League is soon to come and we leave our heroes looking forward to even more battle action!