Tommy chose Magby to battle Max and Poliwag. While Poliwag used defensive moves, Magby managed to burn Poliwag using Flamethrower. Just when Magby was to defeat Poliwag, Team Rocket appeared to stole the school's Pokémon. To attack, Tommy had Magby use Flamethrower to overheat the machine, allowing Roxanne to destroy it by having Geodude use Rollout. After this experience, Kenny managed to befriend Magby and end his fear of Pokémon.