Tag Team Battle Inspiration! (タッグバトルは友情バトル！イーブイ初参戦！！ A Tag Battle is a Friendship Battle! Eevee Fights for the First Time!) is the 42nd episode of Pokémon the Series: XY Kalos Quest.
The heroes have arrived to Anistar City, where Serena has finished her Showcase training. Ash, Bonnie and Clemont commend her on working hard, though Serena feels she won't quit until being as equal as Aria. Serena tells Eevee it can watch them performing, for next time it may even enter the Showcase. Serena thanks Bunnelby for watching over Eevee, as it feels safe with Bunnelby. Chespin comes out to greet Eevee, but Eevee is too shy, so Clemont grabs Chespin, as it shouldn't startle it. Suddenly, Tierno appears and greets the heroes. Tierno is glad to see everyone, especially Serena. Ash notices Blastoise, thinking it must've evolved from Wartortle. Bonnie observes Blastoise, remarking it is huge. In addition, Shauna arrives, slightly frustrated Tierno came first. Shauna meets with Serena, planning on going to tomorrow's Showcase with Ivysaur. Serena does not plan on losing this one, either.
Shauna finds it nice Fennekin evolved into Braixen, and Serena caught an Eevee. Eevee is shy to Shauna, but Serena raises it, telling Eevee Shauna is her friend. Shauna considers Serena has many possibilities, since Eevee can evolve into many forms: Flareon, Leafeon, Umbreon, Glaceon, Espeon, Jolteon, Vaporeon or even Sylveon. Shauna considers Serena lucky in that regard and is her responsibility to draw out Eevee's potential. At the Pokémon Center, Tierno remembers Trevor was supposed to come as well, but saw a Pokémon, whose picture was not recorded. The heroes plan on showing their photo collection to Trevor as well. Tierno asks Ash did he come for Anistar City's Gym match, which Ash confirms. Tierno admits he challenged the Gym, but lost. Clemont recalls it is a psychic-type Gym, so Ash starts asking questions to Tierno. Tierno replies it was mysterious, but amazing. Ash stops him, for he wants no spoilers, wanting to check out for himself.
Shauna sees Ash is amazing, asking Serena what does she like about him. Serena blushes, replying Ash's optimism radiates to her. Ash asks Serena what did she say, making Serena blush even more, replying nothing. Bunnelby gives Eevee a Poké Puff, which it starts eating. Clemont goes to give her one as well, but Eevee becomes scared and jumps into Serena's lap. Chespin goes after it, but Bonnie catches Chespin, who eats its own Poké Puff meant for Eevee. Shauna worries if Serena were to enter the Showcase with Eevee, it might be too afraid of the audience, considering it hasn't gotten used to them. Serena admits Eevee dances quite well, so the heroes have no doubt it will get over its shyness. Ash yells out it is time to train, scaring Eevee off, behind a plant. For a start, the heroes let Eevee meet the other Pokémon - Frogadier, Pikachu, Dedenne and Chespin - by touching them. Eevee slowly approaches Dedenne and touches it with its own tail and does the same to Frogadier. After touching Pikachu, Chespin goes to say something, but shuts his mouth. Eevee stands and goes to touch Chespin, but Chespin holds too much and shouts away, scaring Eevee and making Chespin disappointed.
Later, Serena asks Eevee does it want to strain itself in front of the audience. Serena knows well Eevee wants to dance, but needs not to be hard on itself. Suddenly, they watch the top performance of Aria with Delphox and Aromatisse. Serena tells Eevee Aria is the Kalos Queen and met her once. Aria told her she needs to have biggest smiles, which would make everyone happy. Back them Fennekin evolved into Braixen. Remembering that day, Serena asks Shauna for a battle. Tierno and Ash want to join in, so they all decide to make it a tag battle - Ash and Tierno vs. Serena and Shauna. Serena asks Eevee to join in, for it may get new ideas for dances. At the battle field, Serena reminds Eevee it is not alone, for Serena is also in this battle. Pikachu starts with Electro Ball, which is countered by Ivysaur's Energy Ball. Blastoise uses Rapid Spin, but is negated due to Eevee's Protect.
Ivysaur uses Razor Leaf, which Blastoise gracefully dodges. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, which Eevee attempts to dodge, but falls down. Luckily, Ivysaur uses Razor Leaf to counter the attack. Seeing Bonnie and the other Pokémon cheering for it, Eevee becomes happy. Serena tells Eevee it is time to show its dance moves. Tierno is impressed, but wonders if Eevee will beat Blastoise's dancing. Blastoise jumps and uses Water Gun, which Eevee dodges and baffles Blastoise with its movement. Pikachu uses Iron Tail, hitting Ivysaur, who retaliates with Vine Whip, but misses. Blastoise tries to keep up with Eevee's moves, but fails, allowing Eevee to use Swift on it, dazzling Serena. Tierno is surprised Eevee managed to surpass Blastoise's moves. Serena, however, is touched by this moment and asks to withdraw. Ash, Tierno and Shauna allow her to, since Serena wants to practice this performance. Serena and Eevee leave with Braixen and Pancham. Shauna leaves as well, while Ash decides to continue the battle with Tierno.
Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, which is countered by Blastoise's Hydro Pump. Serena admits Eevee inspired her for new dancing moves, making Eevee glad. Seeing Serena and her Pokémon happy, Shauna plans with Ivysaur to execute new performances. The next day, the heroes, along with Tierno and Shauna, unprepared rush out of the Pokémon Center, for Serena and Shauna may be late for registration.
"It's kind of hard to explain it, It's sorta mysteriously, truly incredible." - Tierno
"Hold on! I'll find out for myself instead. I'll just let it be a Surprise." - Ash
- "Pokémon Quiz:" Blastoise (JP)
- "Who's that Pokémon?": Ivysaur (US)
- This episode aired in Canada earlier than the US.
- When Shauna informs Serena of the Eeveelution, Serena seems to have taken an interest in Glaceon while Eevee seemed to take an interest in Jolteon.
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