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DP187: A Real Rival Rouser!

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A Real Rival Rouser!
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: DP Sinnoh League Victors Char. of the Day: None
Episode №: #653 Main: Ash, Dawn, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag Aug-12-2010 Recurring: Jessie, James, Cynthia, Paul, Barry
UnitedStatesFlag Jan-08-2011
Opening theme: We Will Carry On! Minor: Reggie, Charles Goodshow, Referee, Audience
Badge(s): Coalbadge Forestbadge Cobblebadge Fenbadge Relicbadge Minebadge Iciclebadge Beaconbadge Setting: Lily of the Valley Island, Sinnoh League
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Dawn's Piplup, Ash's Torterra, Ash's Staraptor, Ash's Infernape, Ash's Buizel, Ash's Gliscor, Paul's Aggron (Flashback), Paul's Drapion, Paul's Froslass, Paul's Ninjask
Major event(s)
Ash and Paul continue their battle, Paul is revealed to still own the Ninjask he had before he got Chimchar, Ash's Gliscor is revealed to have learned Stone Edge, Paul is revealed to have obtained a Frosslass.
Pokémon: DP Sinnoh League Victors

Episode Plot

The Sinnoh Leagu quarterfinal battle between rivals Ash and Paul is turning out to be one for the ages! Ash still has six of his Pokemon, while Paul's Aggron and Gastrodon have been eliminated. But the tide begins to turn at this point as Paul's true strategy begins to emerge: to predict and counter whatever Ash does! Paul's Drapion sets up a nasty trap with Toxic Spikes and, mere moments later, a dazzling tactical display renders Ash's Buizel, Staraptor, and Torterra unable to battle.

Next, Ash's Gliscor comes in against Paul's amazingly fast Ninjask. When Gliscor hits the ground and takes a lot of damage from Toxic Spikes, Ash switches it out in favor of Infernape--and this is where some creative strategizing on Ash's part begins to erode Paul's strategy, as an underground Flare Blitz burns off the Toxic Spikes!

After his Ninjask is eliminated, Paul brings out his Froslass, while Ash calls on Pikachu. Although Froslass is powerful and its evasion skills are impressive, Pikachu's tenacity rules the bout, and Froslass is eliminated!

While Paul again calls on Drapion, Ash gets Gliscor back into the battle. Although Gliscor is still feeling the effects of previous battling, the magnificent training it received from the Air Battle Master is evident. We leave the action just as Gliscor is diving directly into Drapion's Pin Missle! How will this incredible battle end?


  • Music from Pokémon Heroes, Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, and Arceus and the Jewel of Life is played during the episode.
  • This episode marks the first time Pikachu manages to defeat one of Paul's Pokémon.
  • The effect of Toxic Spikes is shown differently in this episode to how it works in the games. While in the games Toxic Spikes will poison any Pokémon sent into battle (with the exception of Flying-, Steel-, Poison-type, and Levitating Pokémon), in this episode it is shown to poison any Pokémon that touches the ground affected by Toxic Spikes regardless of type except for Poison-type Pokémon, as Brock mentioned that Ash needed one because they are immune to the effect.
  • This episode shows that Toxic Spikes could be removed without the aid of Rapid Spin or Defog. With some improvisation, Infernape incinerated the field with Flare Blitz while underground, once again ignoring game mechanics and effectively removing its effect.
  • A portion of the dub title is likely a play on "rabble rouser".


  • When Staraptor is knocked out, Drapion is shown as being between Staraptor and Ash. However, when Ash returns Staraptor immediately after, Drapion is not in between them.
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