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JE138: Better Eight Than Never

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Better Eight Than Never
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: Master Quest Char. of the Day: Clair
Episode №: #254 Main: Ash, Misty, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag June 27, 2002 Recurring: Jessie, James
UnitedStatesFlag June 21, 2003
Opening theme: Believe in Me Minor: Clair, Kaburagi, Liza
Badge(s): Zephyrbadge Hivebadge Plainbadge Fogbadge Stormbadge Mineralbadge Glacierbadge Risingbadge Setting: Blackthorn City, Blackthorn City Gym
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Misty's Togepi, Jessie's Wobbuffet, Clair's Dragonair, Wynaut, Ash's Snorlax, Dragonite (Holy Land Guardian;flashback), Ash's Charizard, Charla, Sentret (flashback), Furret (flashback), Clair's Kingdra, Clair's Gyarados
Major event(s)
Ash's Snorlax is brought from Professor Oak's Lab to help battle Clair, Ash's Snorlax is revealed to have learned Ice Punch, Ash has another Gym Battle with Clair due to the last one being interupted, Ash defeats Clair and wins the Rising Badge, Ash's Charizard returns to Charicific Valley
Pokémon: Master Quest


(Take Two (Clap).) The time has come once again for the last time. After calming the Dragonite and restoring peace to the Holy Land, Ash once again battles Clair. And it shows that he has learn a thing or two from the previous battle with her and has some surprises in store for her as well. Aside from Pikachu, Ash brings in Snorlax, which he hasn't used since the Sumo Match, and Charizard. Will Ash rise to the occasion and win his eighth badge?


  • This episode is Part 4 of the Blackthorn City Arc.
  • Ash hadn't used Charizard in a Gym Battle since Fighting Flyer with Fire when he used it to beat Falkner.
  • Ash had to send two of his Pokémon back to Professor Oak's Lab: One to make temporary room for Charizard, and one to Swap for Snorlax. Which Pokémon he sent back was unknown.
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