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|jname = セキエイスタジアム!VSヒロシ!
 
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|jnum = 079
 
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|jair = January 14, 1999
 
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|songs = Pokémon Theme Song (Gotta Catch 'Em All)
 
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|machars = [[Ash]], [[Misty]], [[Brock]]
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|machars = [[Ash Ketchum|Ash]], [[Misty (anime)|Misty]], [[Brock (anime)|Brock]]
 
|rchars = [[Jessie]], [[James]], [[Ritchie]], [[Delia Ketchum]], [[Professor Oak]]
 
|rchars = [[Jessie]], [[James]], [[Ritchie]], [[Delia Ketchum]], [[Professor Oak]]
 
|michars = Referee
 
|michars = Referee
|pchars = [[Ash's Pikachu]], [[Team Rocket's Meowth]], [[Ash's Bulbasaur]], [[Ash's Charizard]], [[Ash's Squirtle]], [[Misty's Togepi]], [[James' Weezing]], [[Nurse Joy's Chansey]], [[Sparky]], [[Zippo]], [[Happy]], [[Magikarp]]
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|pchars = [[Ash's Pikachu]], [[Team Rocket's Meowth]], [[Ash's Bulbasaur]], [[Ash's Charizard]], [[Ash's Squirtle]], [[Misty's Togetic|Misty's Togepi]], [[James' Weezing]], [[Nurse Joy's Chansey]], [[Sparky (Pokémon)|Sparky]], [[Zippo]], [[Happy]], [[Magikarp]]
 
|local = [[Indigo Plateau]]
 
|local = [[Indigo Plateau]]
|major = [[Ash]] battles [[Ritchie]] and loses, ending his session in the [[Pokémon League]].
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|major = Ritchie advances to next round. [[Ash's Pikachu]] knows [[Double-Edge]].
[[Ash's Pikachu]] is revealed to know [[Double-Edge]].
 
 
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{{nihongo|Friend and Foe Alike|セキエイスタジアム!VSヒロシ!|Sekiei Stadium! VS Ritchie!}} is the 79th episode of [[Pokémon: Indigo League]].
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==Synopsis==
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The ultimate showdown of Ash and Ritchie is going to happen. Team Rocket delay this battle, hoping that they'll get the twerp's Pokémon. However, Ash continually fights them and makes it to the stadium and battles Ritchie. Though Ash fights, all of his Pokémon are exausted, except the one who disobeyed him most, Charizard...
   
 
==Episode Plot==
 
==Episode Plot==
Ash is to battle Ritchie in the next round of the Pokémon League competition. Misty is looking up some information on the computer about him. She finds that Ritchie won all of his first four rounds with just one Pokémon. Ash goes to the Pokémon Center and finds Ritchie there who was just picking up his Pokémon. Ash promises Ritchie a great battle the following day. Ash picks up his Pokémon and returns to the small house where he is staying to sleep for the night. The next day, they receive a phone call. It is Ritchie’s voice, and rudely insults Misty over the phone. She hands it to Ash, and the voice tells Ash to meet him outside at a specific location and to bring Pikachu. When Ash arrives, he finds Ritchie (it is a dummy, except Ash thinks it is really Ritchie) and suddenly is trapped by Team Rocket. They throw him in their van and drive away, keeping Ash from the competition. Ash escapes using Squirtle to flood the van, and Team Rocket are up to their eyeballs in water. The back bursts open, and Ash starts to run back to be in time for the competition. Team Rocket get in his way again, bent on keeping him away from the league competition. He uses Bulbasaur and Pikachu to whip and shock them. He continues towards the league, but Team Rocket catch up on bicycles. They use Weezing to smog him out, but he hops on a bicycle and continues along. They catch up to him in their balloon and hook the bicycle. They start to float away, and so Pikachu is carried up by Pidgeotto to give them another big shock. Team Rocket is then blasted off into the forest. Pidgeotto then starts to carry Ash toward the stadium. Meanwhile, back at the stadium after already being given ten additional minutes after the battle was supposed to start, they are about to declare that Ash has forfeit the match. Just as they almost declare Ritchie the winner, Ash shows up floating toward the stadium in the Team Rocket balloon. They begin the battle, and Ash sends Squirtle against Ritchie’s Butterfree named Happy. Squirtle loses, and so Pikachu leaps out to battle and defeats Happy. Ritchie calls his Charmander and it defeats Pikachu. Ash is out of reliable Pokémon, as Bulbasaur would lose for sure, and so he desperately sends out Charizard. Charizard actually battles, and defeats Charmander. Ritchie lastly sends out his Pikachu named Sparky. Charizard blows Sparky around a bit, deeming it to not be a worthy opponent and lays down for a nap and reckless. Since Charizard apologizes to Ash and temporary ignored to battle Sparky won, and Ash was defeated by Ritchie. Despite his immense disappointment, Ash looks up and congratulates Ritchie, and they are still friends in the end.
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Due to pure coincidence, Ash has chosen Ritchie to fight in the League. Ash thinks about it and is sad about it. Brock and Misty research info about Ritchie and find out he has won without any of his Pokémon defeated. Ash tells Misty he won as well, but Misty replies he won by luck, not by skill. They find out he used his Pikachu, Butterfree and Charmander. Brock notices they are very similar Pokémon Ash uses, while Misty knows Ash is in trouble, as this depends on who is a better trainer. Ash knows he will win, even if Ritchie is his friend.
   
==Debuts==
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Next day, Ritchie retrieves his Pokémon from Nurse Joy. Ash comes in and sees Ritchie. Ritchie greets him and asks of him for their next battle to be their best, which Ash promises to. Ash sees him walking away and goes to get his Pokémon from Nurse Joy. Nurse Joy knows Ash is lucky to battle a friend, as even if he loses, he can be happy to know his friend won. Team Rocket spy, so James and Meowth see their friendship. Jessie tells it is something that has kept her from having friends. James says it must be her personality and Jessie agrees, but suddenly realizes what he said and pounds him. However, she knows they can get something out of their friendship.
   
==Bloopers==
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Misty answers on a phone call. Ritchie calls and asks of her (rudely) to get Ash on the phone and get lost. Misty calls Ash and knows this was too good to be true. Ritchie asks of Ash to come to him to discuss about Pikachu. Ash agrees and goes out. Brock tells Ash not to be late for match, but Ash replies he is never late for a match or a meal. However, this was Jessie, who used a stimulation voice to get the twerp to them, believing she should have her own show for these tricks. Ash arrives to the point and meets Ritchie. Ritchie (who is a puppet) tells he won't like this, as a net comes down, entagling Ash and Pikachu and Team Rocket appear. Jessie and James know that this trick caused a brainless twerp to come into the trap. Meowth asks how are they brainless if this twerp beats them every time, making James and Jessie shush him.
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Ash tells them he has a battle, but gets captured and taken into a van. Brock comes into the room and tells Misty he is nowhere to be found. Misty thinks he went with Ritchie to the League. Brock hopes so, as he has only half an hour before the battle starts. Suddenly, Team Rocket see the van is flooding - Ash's Squirtle is filling the van using Water Gun. The van crashes and Ash and Pikachu get out. Ritchie came to the League, while Ash runs towards the stadium. Team Rocket still try to stop the twerp, so Ash sends Bulbasaur, using Vine Whip to distract them and Pikachu's Thunderbolt electrocutes them. Though Ash continues to go, Team Rocket attempt to stop him using bikes - James' Weezing uses Smog to distract them.
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Ash remembers Ritchie's words and knows he made a promise and goes out of the smoke, using Team Rocket's bikes. Ritchie waits for Ash, while Delia is worried, but Oak knows in whatever trouble he is he can get out of it. Misty comes to Ritchie and stomps on his leg, demanding what he said to Ash. Misty tells that he is rude when talking on the phone. Ritchie tells he never called her or Ash on the phone, so Misty sees he is telling the truth. Team Rocket pull the bike up using a crane. Ash sends Pidgeotto. Pikachu leaps on it and on the balloon, electrocuting Team Rocket. They blast off, while Pidgeotto pulls the balloon to the stadium. Ritchie still waits and the referee goes to announce him as the winner, as Ash did not show up. However, Ritchie demands to wait a bit longer, knowing Ash will appear. The referee agrees to ten minutes. Brock sees Ritchie is a great trainer, but Misty worries where is Ash.
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Later, the referee goes to announce Ritchie a winner (as time has passed), but Ash comes from the balloon down. Ash goes to tell Ritchie what happened, but Pidgeotto falls down, exhausted. So, without further ado, Ash and Ritchie start the battle. Ash's mom tells Ash he should apologize to everyone for the delay, but Oak calms her down. The battle starts, as Ritchie sends Happy, his Butterfree, and Ash his Squrtile. The Pokémon attack each other, then Happy uses Sleep Power. Squrtile fell asleep, so Happy wins. Pikachu goes to battle, using Double Edge to knock Butterfree down. Ash is glad to see Pikachu wants to fight with all the trouble that happened. Butterfree goes up, but gets electrocuted and defeated.
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Ritchie sends Zippo, his Charmander. Charmander uses Flamethrower, making Pikachu dodge narrowly. Zippo tackles Pikachu and though it attempts to stand up, Pikachu falls down, defeated. Ash sees he cannot use Bulbasaur against Charmander, but has someone else... Charizard, although its disobedience costed him in the past. Ash, knowing this is his only hope, sends Charizard. Charizard uses Flamethrower, chasing Zippo, so Ritchie calls it back. Seeing it will be risky, Ritchie sends Sparky, his Pikachu. Ash warns Charizard that it is tougher than it looks. Charizard attempts to knock it off, then gusts it, which works. Sparky charges, but soon sees Charizard is lazily laying around. Misty and Brock see Charizard won't battle, the crowd is not pleased, Ash best Charizard to battle and Oak believes Pikachu is not a worthy opponent for Charizard.
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The referee decides Ritchie is the winner, as Charizard apologizes to Ash so he upset calls him back. Ritchie comes to Ash. Ash rubs his nose and congratulates Ritchie, who thanks him. Misty sees Ash is taking the loss well, Brock sees they are both winners of this match, while Oak knows Ash should be proud for this. Ash knows even if he lost, he still has the dream of the Pokémon Master to pursue.
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
 
* Despite having the Earth Badge, which (in the games) makes ALL Pokémon obey, Charizard still wouldn't obey Ash.
 
* Despite having the Earth Badge, which (in the games) makes ALL Pokémon obey, Charizard still wouldn't obey Ash.
 
* The "Who's that Pokémon?" in this episode is Aerodactyl.
 
* The "Who's that Pokémon?" in this episode is Aerodactyl.
* One theory on why Ash lost is that all his Pokémon were tired out by Team Rocket. If this was the case then Ash fought an unfair battle an lost, but he did come very close to winning. So if Team Rocket hadn't tired out ash's Pokémon then maybe ash might have won. Ash even says that pikachu was tired during the battle, this helps back up the theory. 
 
* At the end of the battle it was Charizard verses Sparky, Ash lost because Charizard temporary ignore to battle, but if it had, then most likely Ash would have won.
 
* The referee deemed squrtile unable to battle when it fought Butterfree even though it only fell asleep.
 
   
==Quotes==
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===Mistakes===
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*The referee deemed Squirtle unable to battle when it fought Butterfree even though it only fell asleep.
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*Ritchie's Charmander, Zippo, used tackle, a move it cannot learn.
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
{{Gallery Box-Small|<gallery captionalign="center" widths="180" position="center">
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{{Gallery Box|<gallery captionalign="center" widths="180" position="center">
IL079_1.jpg
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IL079 1.jpg|Ash is troubled by Misty's comment.
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IL079 2.jpg|Ash and Ritchie make a promise.
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IL079 3.jpg|Jessie pounds James.
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IL079 4.jpg|Jessie uses her stimulation voicer.
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IL079 5.jpg|Ash approaches the Ritchie puppet.
{{Anime-stub}}
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IL079 6.jpg|Ash and Pikachu got entangled.
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IL079 7.jpg|James and Jessie shush Meowth.
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IL079 8.jpg|The van is flooding.
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IL079 9.jpg|Bulbasaur distracts Team Rocket.
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IL079 10.jpg|Ash uses the bike to escape..
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IL079 11.jpg|Misty stomps on Ritchie's foot.
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IL079 12.jpg|Team Rocket laugh at the twerp's annoyance.
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IL079 13.jpg|Pikachu electrocutes Team Rocket.
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IL079 22.jpg|Happy battles with Squrtile.
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IL079 14.jpg|Squrtile uses Water Gun.
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IL079 15.jpg|Pikachu defeats Happy.
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IL079 16.jpg|Pikachu evades Zippo's Flamethrower.
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IL079 21.jpg|Zippo tackles Pikachu.
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IL079 23.jpg|Charizard vs. Zippo.
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IL079 17.jpg|Charizard attempts to get rid of Sparky.
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IL079 18.jpg|Charizard lays around.
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IL079 24.jpg|Charizard disobeys.
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IL079 19.jpg|Misty and Brock knew sending Charizard was a bad idea.
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IL079 20.jpg|Ritchie won the battle.
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</gallery>
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Latest revision as of 11:48, November 30, 2014

← IL078 | Episode | IL080 →
Friend and Foe Alike (セキエイスタジアム!VSヒロシ!)
IL079
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Indigo League Char. of the Day:
Episode №: #079 Main: Ash, Misty, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag January 14, 1999 Recurring: Jessie, James, Ritchie, Delia Ketchum, Professor Oak
UnitedStatesFlag November 27, 1999
Opening Theme: Pokémon Theme Song (Gotta Catch 'Em All) Minor: Referee
Badge(s): Boulderbadge Cascadebadge Thunderbadge Marshbadge Rainbow Badge Soulbadge Volcanobadge Earthbadge Setting: Indigo Plateau
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Ash's Bulbasaur, Ash's Charizard, Ash's Squirtle, Misty's Togepi, James' Weezing, Nurse Joy's Chansey, Sparky, Zippo, Happy, Magikarp
Major event(s)
Ritchie advances to next round. Ash's Pikachu knows Double-Edge.
Pokémon: Indigo League

Friend and Foe Alike (Japanese: セキエイスタジアム!VSヒロシ! Sekiei Stadium! VS Ritchie!) is the 79th episode of Pokémon: Indigo League.

SynopsisEdit

The ultimate showdown of Ash and Ritchie is going to happen. Team Rocket delay this battle, hoping that they'll get the twerp's Pokémon. However, Ash continually fights them and makes it to the stadium and battles Ritchie. Though Ash fights, all of his Pokémon are exausted, except the one who disobeyed him most, Charizard...

Episode PlotEdit

Due to pure coincidence, Ash has chosen Ritchie to fight in the League. Ash thinks about it and is sad about it. Brock and Misty research info about Ritchie and find out he has won without any of his Pokémon defeated. Ash tells Misty he won as well, but Misty replies he won by luck, not by skill. They find out he used his Pikachu, Butterfree and Charmander. Brock notices they are very similar Pokémon Ash uses, while Misty knows Ash is in trouble, as this depends on who is a better trainer. Ash knows he will win, even if Ritchie is his friend.

Next day, Ritchie retrieves his Pokémon from Nurse Joy. Ash comes in and sees Ritchie. Ritchie greets him and asks of him for their next battle to be their best, which Ash promises to. Ash sees him walking away and goes to get his Pokémon from Nurse Joy. Nurse Joy knows Ash is lucky to battle a friend, as even if he loses, he can be happy to know his friend won. Team Rocket spy, so James and Meowth see their friendship. Jessie tells it is something that has kept her from having friends. James says it must be her personality and Jessie agrees, but suddenly realizes what he said and pounds him. However, she knows they can get something out of their friendship.

Misty answers on a phone call. Ritchie calls and asks of her (rudely) to get Ash on the phone and get lost. Misty calls Ash and knows this was too good to be true. Ritchie asks of Ash to come to him to discuss about Pikachu. Ash agrees and goes out. Brock tells Ash not to be late for match, but Ash replies he is never late for a match or a meal. However, this was Jessie, who used a stimulation voice to get the twerp to them, believing she should have her own show for these tricks. Ash arrives to the point and meets Ritchie. Ritchie (who is a puppet) tells he won't like this, as a net comes down, entagling Ash and Pikachu and Team Rocket appear. Jessie and James know that this trick caused a brainless twerp to come into the trap. Meowth asks how are they brainless if this twerp beats them every time, making James and Jessie shush him.

Ash tells them he has a battle, but gets captured and taken into a van. Brock comes into the room and tells Misty he is nowhere to be found. Misty thinks he went with Ritchie to the League. Brock hopes so, as he has only half an hour before the battle starts. Suddenly, Team Rocket see the van is flooding - Ash's Squirtle is filling the van using Water Gun. The van crashes and Ash and Pikachu get out. Ritchie came to the League, while Ash runs towards the stadium. Team Rocket still try to stop the twerp, so Ash sends Bulbasaur, using Vine Whip to distract them and Pikachu's Thunderbolt electrocutes them. Though Ash continues to go, Team Rocket attempt to stop him using bikes - James' Weezing uses Smog to distract them.

Ash remembers Ritchie's words and knows he made a promise and goes out of the smoke, using Team Rocket's bikes. Ritchie waits for Ash, while Delia is worried, but Oak knows in whatever trouble he is he can get out of it. Misty comes to Ritchie and stomps on his leg, demanding what he said to Ash. Misty tells that he is rude when talking on the phone. Ritchie tells he never called her or Ash on the phone, so Misty sees he is telling the truth. Team Rocket pull the bike up using a crane. Ash sends Pidgeotto. Pikachu leaps on it and on the balloon, electrocuting Team Rocket. They blast off, while Pidgeotto pulls the balloon to the stadium. Ritchie still waits and the referee goes to announce him as the winner, as Ash did not show up. However, Ritchie demands to wait a bit longer, knowing Ash will appear. The referee agrees to ten minutes. Brock sees Ritchie is a great trainer, but Misty worries where is Ash.

Later, the referee goes to announce Ritchie a winner (as time has passed), but Ash comes from the balloon down. Ash goes to tell Ritchie what happened, but Pidgeotto falls down, exhausted. So, without further ado, Ash and Ritchie start the battle. Ash's mom tells Ash he should apologize to everyone for the delay, but Oak calms her down. The battle starts, as Ritchie sends Happy, his Butterfree, and Ash his Squrtile. The Pokémon attack each other, then Happy uses Sleep Power. Squrtile fell asleep, so Happy wins. Pikachu goes to battle, using Double Edge to knock Butterfree down. Ash is glad to see Pikachu wants to fight with all the trouble that happened. Butterfree goes up, but gets electrocuted and defeated.

Ritchie sends Zippo, his Charmander. Charmander uses Flamethrower, making Pikachu dodge narrowly. Zippo tackles Pikachu and though it attempts to stand up, Pikachu falls down, defeated. Ash sees he cannot use Bulbasaur against Charmander, but has someone else... Charizard, although its disobedience costed him in the past. Ash, knowing this is his only hope, sends Charizard. Charizard uses Flamethrower, chasing Zippo, so Ritchie calls it back. Seeing it will be risky, Ritchie sends Sparky, his Pikachu. Ash warns Charizard that it is tougher than it looks. Charizard attempts to knock it off, then gusts it, which works. Sparky charges, but soon sees Charizard is lazily laying around. Misty and Brock see Charizard won't battle, the crowd is not pleased, Ash best Charizard to battle and Oak believes Pikachu is not a worthy opponent for Charizard.

The referee decides Ritchie is the winner, as Charizard apologizes to Ash so he upset calls him back. Ritchie comes to Ash. Ash rubs his nose and congratulates Ritchie, who thanks him. Misty sees Ash is taking the loss well, Brock sees they are both winners of this match, while Oak knows Ash should be proud for this. Ash knows even if he lost, he still has the dream of the Pokémon Master to pursue.

TriviaEdit

  • Despite having the Earth Badge, which (in the games) makes ALL Pokémon obey, Charizard still wouldn't obey Ash.
  • The "Who's that Pokémon?" in this episode is Aerodactyl.

MistakesEdit

  • The referee deemed Squirtle unable to battle when it fought Butterfree even though it only fell asleep.
  • Ritchie's Charmander, Zippo, used tackle, a move it cannot learn.

GalleryEdit

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