Vanilite is eventually beat, but Tepig is also knocked out, resulting in a tie. Hinoarashi saves them, but all of the other Ariados in the area attack them, including a powerful shiny Ariados that traps them with a Psychic attack. Meanwhile, Team Rocket pulls out the Thunder Wedge and destroys it. Trainers with Fire Pokémon do their best to fight the swarm, including Trip and his newly captured Lampent. They proceed through the Krokorok cave next and the walls begin to close on them. The Dwebble is making a new shell out of a rock, when it is attacked by three other Dwebble which steal its new rocky shell. Angry, Ash challenges Shamus to a double battle with Snivy and Tepig going up against Shamus's Emboar and Heatmor.
They encounter Officer Jenny with two young detectives named Doyle and Christie, who place the gang under arrest, even though they insist that they have not done anything wrong. Bianca and Excavalier finally get along and the two depart from the group. Emolga starts off with Attract while Sawk counters with Close Combat. Ash sends Tepig out once more, and Lenora switches back to Lillipup, which uses Shadow Ball and Take Down to defeat Tepig. The gang heads out and Bianca calls out her Minccino to use Thunderbolt to lure the Galvantula. September 8, 2012 May 10, 2012 121 days Caution: Icy Battle Conditions! However, Dwebble is too strong for Tepig and Tepig gets knocked out, so Ash replaces Tepig with Sewaddle.
Ash and friends arrive in Iris's hometown, the Village of Dragons. May 7, 2011 December 23, 2010 135 days The Battle According to Lenora! Despite Dwebble's strong defenses and speed, Sewaddle defeats Dwebble only to face Burgh's Whirlipede who at first appears too strong for Sewaddle until it evolves into Swadloon. Ash and Cilan battle them, and after some very close calls with the duo's tag moves, manage to defeat them. April 16, 2011 December 2, 2010 135 days Here Comes the Trubbish Squad! Burgh's Leavanny soon proves to be much too strong for Swadloon who is soon defeated. The airing in the United Kingdom is shown on and respectively, each beginning to air it on the same day.
Meowth begins operations in stealing the Pokémon from the Pokémon Center. There Iris quickly reunites with her best friend Shannon, and goes to meet the Village Elder. Setting Sail for New Adventures! He is quite amazed at Meowth for his abilities to talk. They begin to try to catch them, but the Poké Ball fails. Ash then sends out Oshawott to battle Minccino, but Minccino easily defeats Oshawott with Double Slap and escapes. They discover a Klinklang the final evolved form of Klink who can't seem to rotate.
While they wait, Iris and Ash explore the surrounding forest where they accidentally come across Trip who is using his new Vanilite on a wild Palpitoad. After she saved him after he nearly fell off a cliff, Drilbur became Iris's partner and trained under her, eventually evolving into an Excadrill and winning a tournament in her home. Burgh tries to figure out the problem in Castelia City when Trip continues to use Lampent to get rid of the Venipede, Ash getting hit by a Shadow Ball in the process. They battle it out with Tepig winning the battle and Scraggy staying with Ash. The gang have restored the cave and all is normal again. And Dragon Buster Georgia and Bisharp face off against newcomer Gale and her Druddigon. Iris, which Iris wins, finishing all eight matches of the first round.
Ash becomes excited for his gym battle and cannot wait to return to Nimbasa City. Cilan offers his skills as a Pokémon Connoisseur, but another A-Class Connoisseur named Ricard Nouveau offers up his services instead of Cilan's, and they have a battle to determine who is the better Connoisseur. When Iris cools down and comes down to the ground, the group run into a lady named Martha who used to be Iris's dorm adviser when she attended Opelucid Academy. Once they reach the end of the roller coaster, they meet Elesa once again. October 5, 2013 July 4, 2013 93 days The Journalist from Another Region! November 16, 2013 September 5, 2013 72 days Survival of the Striaton Gym! Meanwhile, Axew ends up being caught up with a group of over celebrating league fans. When Stoutland lets down its guard while trying to get the mud out of its mouth, Palpitoad uses Hydro Pump to defeat Stoutland. Nurse Joy informs them that the gang wondered onto Bouffalant territory and they attack anybody that doesn't have an Afro hairstyle.
The two Audino snap out of the hypnotic state while Cilan suggests that someone must be using sound waves to lure the Audino and tells Ash to call out Roggenrola because of its sensitive hearing. The begin to shoot the movie with Ash being a nervous wreck. They use Water Gun and Hydro Pump but Oshawott's Water Gun is overpowered. August 4, 2012 April 5, 2012 121 days Battling the Leaf Thieves! Ash decides to go over to the train car and help them out. This allows Alder to spot a nail digging into the Gigalith's foot and he removes it, cheering up the Gigalith.
Iris decides to use her ability to communicate with Dragon Pokémon and try and stop it. Trip sends out his Servine while Ash sends out Snivy. After finding out he owns all the evolutions of Eevee, Ash decides to follow him to his family's house to see all of them. It is revealed that Cedric took the Dark Stone with him after all. The next match is Timburr against Oshawott. May 21, 2011 January 13, 2011 128 days Scraggy—Hatched to be Wild! Team Rocket has arrived at Anville Town's train dock where the trains are parked and prepare for their next phase of the plan. A table flies at them and when they find the dining room and sit down, the chairs lift into the air and throw them at a group of clothes walking around with no one wearing them.
It originally aired in the United States as part of the 2011-2012 Saturday morning line-up. Garrason talks to Nurse Joy and informs her that the water lines seems normal and the cause is elsewhere. Ash and Iris decide that they want to see the rest of Nimbasa City, so they take another subway train to explore. The gang revives him back to health. Ash carries Robert on the back when he finds a Deerling and a Sawsbuck.
It turns out that a Mandibuzz has stolen its lair. When the Darumaka steal from the Pokémon Center, Ash chases them. However, Palpitoad calls upon a Stunfisk that uses Discharge to force Ash and Oshawott out of the lake. When they go to apologize, the other Mandibuzz attacks but the first Mandibuzz gives the other Mandibuzz some berries and all is forgiven and restored back to the way it was. Despite Ash's strategies, Hydreigon quickly puts Ash at a disadvantage by defeating two of his Pokémon fairly quickly. Iris is able to free them on her own, but Team Rocket escapes.