Dawn's Piplup wanted to be as tall as Empoleon but Piplup eventually fell over. Kai and Dawn started to battle and Piplup used Whirlpool, which was countered by Empoleon's Ice Beam. Piplup used Peck and Empoleon countered with Drill Peck. Empoleon was later hit by Piplup's Bubble Beam but it charged right after towards Piplup. Piplup used Whirlpool again but this time, taking itself with the Whirlpool, and the two clashed.
After encountering Darkrai in the city, Empoleon used Ice Beam to attack Darkrai but Empoleon was put to sleep quickly after by Darkrai's Dark Void. After waking up, Empoleon used its Ice Beam to slow down Alamos Town's disintegration. Empoleon was later used once more by Maury, battling Maury and his Torterra in the Alamos Town Contest and Empoleon was able to defeat Torterra with Ice Beam.