| Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!
Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure! (Japanese: 別れと出会いのジュニアカップ！ The Junior Cup of Farewells and Meetings!) is the 93rd episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 750th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on September 6, 2012 and in the United States on December 22, 2012.
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With his victory at the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup, Trip has earned the privilege of battling Alder, the Champion of the Unova region! He and his Serperior have a clever strategy against Alder’s Bouffalant—but Alder’s experience and skill are overwhelming, and Trip is defeated. Some sage advice from Alder resonates with the young Trainer, though, and as he says goodbye to our heroes, he seems much calmer and happier as a result.
Ash, Iris, Cilan, and Dawn are still marveling at this surprising change when they encounter a young and rather frantic Trainer named Cameron, who hopes to be the first one in line for the Junior Cup! Ash has to tell him that he’s too late, and after a moment of frustration, Cameron and his Riolu dash off in search of Alder’s autograph.
Our heroes head back to Cynthia’s house, where Dawn tells them it’s almost time for her to go. She and Piplup are headed to the Johto region to participate in the famed Wallace Cup Contest, and they’re planning to draw on their experiences in Unova for some exciting new Contest moves. But before she leaves, Ash challenges Dawn to a battle! He chooses Pikachu, of course, and she calls on her Quilava. The two seem evenly matched, battling back and forth with some surprising strategies, and finally Cynthia declares the battle a draw. She compliments the skill of both Trainers and the many things they’ve learned on their journeys, and Ash and Dawn are excited to get such praise from a Champion!
They say their goodbyes, and just as Dawn’s plane is taking off for Blackthorn City, the frantic Cameron shows up again—just barely missing the flight. This turns out to be a good thing, though, because he intends to compete in the Unova League—which is not, in fact, being held in the Johto region. He proudly shows off his badge case, with its seven shiny Gym badges, and has a moment of panic when Ash points out that he’s missing one! Cameron decides to challenge the nearest Gym so he can get his eighth badge as quickly as possible, and he’s about to head off to Humilau City when Ash asks if he can tag along to watch the battle!
Meanwhile, Team Rocket’s Dr. Zager has been analyzing Meloetta’s song and gathering data from it, while Jessie and James are preparing to enter a mysterious underwater ruin as Meowth monitors them from a submarine. What could they be up to?
The episode begins with a flashback to the second third-round match in the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup, when Ash and Iris battled with their Krokorok and Dragonite, respectively. The battle was initially in Iris's favor because Dragonite was finally listening to her, but when Krokorok evolved and learned Dragon Claw, Dragonite rampaged until Krookodile took him down. Ash then battled Trip and his Serperior with his Pignite, but despite his best efforts, he lost. Trip has won the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup and is allowed to have the chance to battle Alder. The battle between Alder's Bouffalant and Trip's Serperior begins with Solar Beam!
Alder tells Bouffalant to rush toward Serperior, but Solar Beam is dispelled upon striking Bouffalant. Trip states that Bouffalant's Ability is Sap Sipper, and Cilan wonders why he used a Grass-type move when he knew it would not work on Bouffalant. Alder confirms the Ability and states that Grass-type attacks increase attack power instead of doing damage. Alder goes on to say that Bouffalant is unstoppable at this point, but Trip claims he will prove him wrong and that he is more powerful than Alder. Alder tells him to take his best shot to prove it.
Frustrated, Trip orders Dragon Tail, which hits Bouffalant's afro, but it is once again unfazed. Alder tells Trip to show him what else he has got. Serperior uses Leer to lower Bouffalant's defense, then jumps into the air and attacks with Dragon Tail. In his mind, Trip states that his strategy was to purposely activate Sap Sipper so that Alder and Bouffalant would let their guard down. Though Serperior is airborne, Dragon Tail strategically hits Bouffalant's unprotected underside, knocking it away. However Bouffalant lands on its feet, surprisingly unscathed by the attacks. Alder commends the power, speed, and strategy Trip used, but notes that though they would take out a normal Pokémon, Trip is fighting a champion. Alder orders Head Charge and Bouffalant charges forward. Trip desperately tells Serperior to dodge, but Serperior is struck and knocked out, giving Alder the win.
Dawn notes that Alder fights differently from Cynthia, and Cilan says he has a bold and aggressive style. Alder congratulates his Bouffalant as it happily licks his face. Trip approaches Alder to ask what he did wrong for Alder to beat him so easily, and the champion replies that he had not done anything. Alder asks a confused Trip if he has any respect for him at all, and that he needs to think about what he has learned. Alder then asks him if he cares for Serperior. Trip is surprised, but before he can respond, Alder tells him that Serperior obviously cares very much for him and that he needs to feel that bond. Trip replies that he does, and Alder responds that that is probably where his strength lies. Trip asks Alder if they can battle next time they meet, and Alder replies that he would love to.
Freddy the Scoop announces the end of the tournament, and Georgia tells Iris that she is going to train harder to defeat Dragonite. Burgundy tells Cilan that she was glad to see that they both lost, and that she would not miss a chance to see Cilan lose. Dawn and Ash spot Trip, so Pikachu and Ash rush forward. Ash says that Alder was amazing, and Trip agrees, adding that he and Ash will meet again at the Unova League. Iris notes that Trip seems different, and Cilan comments that he is sure to come back stronger.
After Ash promises to train harder, Meloetta appears, looking happy. She disappears when a boy and a Pokémon rush to the scene, the boy introducing himself as Cameron. He exclaims that they are glad they were not the first ones here, then becomes fascinated with Ash's Pikachu. He tries to identify it with his Pokédex, but ends up pulling out a television remote instead before grabbing the correct device. Ash asks if he has never seen a Pikachu before, and Iris wonders what Cameron's Pokémon is until Dawn identifies it as Riolu.
Cameron is disappointed that he is not the first to arrive for the Junior Cup, which he thinks starts the next day. Ash tells him that it is already over, and the group shows him their entry prizes. He becomes even more disappointed, lamenting that this sort of thing happens to him quite often. He realizes that Alder must still be around and rushes to go find him and get his autograph. As Cameron rushes into the arena, a camera hovers behind a bush, watching the group. It belongs to Team Rocket, who are tracking Meloetta. Meowth pilots a submarine through the opening of an underwater tunnel that Jessie and James have managed to open.
Ash and his friends are seen arriving at Cynthia's house, and Meloetta sings towards the sea. Iris wonders why, and Cilan suggests that the sea is its home. The camera continues to watch them and record data on Meloetta. Dawn says that it is time for her and Piplup to be on their way, and are heading to the Wallace Cup in Johto. Before she leaves, Ash challenges her to a battle, which she accepts. Ash decides to use Pikachu, and Piplup want to battle, but Dawn instead sends out Quilava, as Pikachu's attacks would be super effective against Piplup. Ash starts out with Pikachu's Quick Attack, and Quilava responds with a Swift and Flame Wheel, both of which Pikachu dodges. Quilava counters Pikachu's Electro Ball with a Flamethrower, and Iris notes how tense the battle is. Cilan says it must be because they know each other so well.
Quilava uses Smokescreen, which Pikachu clears with Thunderbolt. Ash has Pikachu use Iron Tail, but Quilava's Flamethrower counters it and lands a hit. Cilan comments that he has never seen somebody use Flamethrower like that, and the two continue to battle as Cynthia explains how each Pokémon and Trainer is using their journey's experience to battle. Ash has Pikachu use Quick Attack again, which collides with Quilava's Flame Wheel. In the aftermath, Cynthia calls the battle a draw, as neither Trainer looked to be winning.
The friends say goodbye before Dawn boards her flight. Dawn and Ash both wish each other good luck in the Contest and Unova League, respectively. Dawn hopes Iris and Dragonite grow closer and promises to tell them how she does in the Contest. She thanks Cynthia for her help and hopes to see her back in Sinnoh. As Dawn is saying goodbye to Meloetta, Oshawott pops out if its ball and confronts Piplup. The two angrily stare at each other at first, but break down and hug. Meloetta sings goodbye as the plane departs with Dawn and Piplup. Soon afterward, Cameron appears and says that he was supposed to be on that flight. He thinks that the Unova League was to be held in Johto and comments on having all seven badges, but Ash tells him its location had not yet been announced and that he actually needs eight. Cameron thinks Ash is joking, and suggests that the last slot in the case is for the winner's badge at the League. Cilan, a Gym leader himself, says he has never heard of such a thing, much to Cameron's dismay. Cameron decides to challenge the nearest Gym Leader, and the episode ends with Ash asking to go along and watch.
- Trip continues his battle with Alder and loses.
- Ash and his friends meet Cameron, who joins the group.
- Team Rocket discovers an entrance to the Abyssal Ruins.
- Dawn's Quilava is revealed to have learned Flamethrower.
- Dawn leaves the group to head to the Johto region to compete in the Wallace Cup.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Wallace (fantasy)
- Dr. Zager
- Freddy O'Martian
- Professor Oak's Pokémon Live Caster: Durant
- Songs from the Diamond & Pearl series including the Route 201 theme and the ballad version of By Your Side are used in this episode.
- This episode features the most recent appearance of Dawn.
- This is the 750th episode of the main Pokémon anime, if Holiday Hi-Jynx and Snow Way Out! are not counted as episodes.
- When Ash shows his Badges to Cameron, part of the Freeze Badge is transparent and Iris's eye shows through it.
In other languages
|Dutch||Vaarwel Junior Cup, Hallo Avontuur!|
|Finnish||Hyvästi, Junior Cup! Tervehdys, seikkailu!|
|German||Tschüss Junior-Pokal - Hallo Abenteuer!|
|Greek||Αντίο Κύπελλο Νέων - Καλημέρα Περιπέτεια!|
|Italian||Addio, torneo Junior... bentornata, avventura!|
|Korean||이별과 만남의 주니어컵!|
|Norwegian||Farvel, junior cup - Hallo eventyr!|
|Polish||Żegnaj, Pucharze Juniorów - Witaj Przygodo!|
|Portuguese||Brazil||Adeus Copa Júnior - Olá Aventura!|
|Portugal||Adeus Taça Júnior - Olá aventura!|
|Russian||Прощай, юниорский кубок! Здравствуйте, приключения!|
|European Spanish||¡Adiós Copa Junior... Hola Aventura!|
|Swedish||Hejdå, Junior cup – Hallå äventyr!|
|Vietnamese||Gặp gỡ rồi chia tay giải đấu trẻ|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|