first appearence was in BW031 as a Blitzle battling against Ash's Oshawott twice. When Stephan next appeared, Zebstrika was newly evolved and defeated Bianca's Minccino in the first round of the Don Battle Tournament.
It next battled against Ash's Palpitoad in BW108, and hit it with a Double Edge and almost crushed him with Stomp. Palpitoad then came back and did massive damage with Sludge Wave, and also poisoned Zebstrika. Zebstrika suffered, but fought back with Facade which did double the damage due to the poison. After Zebsrika struck him hard with Giga Impact, Palpitoad fought back with Mud Shot, which knocked Zebstrika out. However, Mud Shot propelled Palpitoad backwards and crashed him into a wall, resulting in a double KO.