Ash and co. meet Lance of the Elite Four (now, the Champion of the Johto League), Ash and co. encounter a Red Gyarados at the Lake of Rage, which is a result of Team Rocket's latest scheme of forcing Pokemon to evolve.
With Mahogany Town just a stone's throw away Ash gets psyched to battle the Gym Leader, but soon notices Pikachu's not doing too well. Worried about the local Pokémon, they decide to investigate, only to find a Red Gyarados and Team Rocket involved, but they are saved by none other than Lance, member of the Kanto Elite Four and Johto region Champion. After saying their goodbyes Lance disguises himself as a Rocket Grunt and learns of Project R. What is Project R and how can Ash and co. help the Red Gyarados?
Tyson of Team Rocket
Third time Ash has battled a large group of Team Rock Members.