Breaking Titles at the Chateau! (Japanese: 挑戦バトルシャトー！ビオラVSザクロ！！Battle Chateau Challenge! Viola VS Zakuro!!) is the 20th episode of Pokémon the Series: XY, and the 819th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on March 20, 2014 and in the United States on June 7, 2014.
On their way to Cyllage City, our heroes meet Nico and Chester, two brothers who introduce them to the incredible Battle Chateau. Its owner, Lord Turner, explains that the Trainers who battle there are considered knights and expected to adhere to the knight’s code of chivalry and honor. By defeating others at the Battle Chateau, a Trainer receives a title of nobility—from the lowly Baron to the acclaimed Grand Duke.
Nico has already earned his Baron title, and he wants to introduce Chester to the Chateau. First, though, he’s looking for a battle of his own—and when his Fletchinder defeats Baron Farrell and his Dusknoir, Nico earns the new title of Viscount! Next, Chester and Ash face off in their debut battle. Chester’s Fletchling makes a valiant effort, but Pikachu is triumphant, and Ash is now a Baron!
Gym Leader (and Duchess) Viola also frequents the Battle Chateau, and after snapping a photo of Ash in his new Baron cape, she receives a challenge of her own. Duke Grant, with his powerful Onix, and Duchess Viola, with her speedy Surskit, take the battlefield—but thanks to some impressive training, Onix manages to keep up with Surskit, and Grant wins, earning the highest title of Grand Duke!
Afterward, Ash is determined to advance through the Battle Chateau ranks so he can challenge Grant someday, but it seems that may not be necessary—because Grant is the Gym Leader of Cyllage City, our heroes’ next stop!
At a Pokémon Center, Serena shows her friends a picture of the Battle Chateau, and suggests that they go there. They are approached by two rapping brothers, Nico is the older brother and has a Fletchinder and Nico is the younger one with a Fletchling; who explain that one gets noble ranks by battling at the Chateau. Ash is immediately interested, so he and the group join the brothers to the Chateau. Once arrived, Nico already holds the rank of Baron and requests a debut battle for Chester, and Ash asks to have a battle as well. The group is met by the head of the house, DukeTurner, who explains that the Battle Chateau is a social meeting place for gentlemen and ladies to have first-rate battles. A Pokémon Trainer, or "knight" climbs through the noble ranks by winning battles. A Maid guides the group to the salon, where they are to choose their opponent of the same rank. The group sees Grant, who is only described as a strong Trainer, hanging from the wall.
Nico finds a battle partner in another Baron named Farrell. The Chateau's other guests come to the terrace to watch the match unfold. Coming to the terrace, Santalune CityGym LeaderViola waves to fellow Gym Leader Grant before noticing Ash and his friends on the balcony. On the battlefield, Nico and Farrell wear white cloaks, and Turner tells the group the Chateau is based on chivalry. Chester explains the ranks: first, Baron (white), then Viscount (blue), Earl (green), Marquis (yellow), Duke (red), and finally Grand Duke (purple). Nico needs only one more victory to have ten and be promoted to Viscount.
The battle begins; Nico using Fletchinder and Farrell using Dusknoir. Fletchinder begins with Flame Charge but Dusknoir vanishes, only to reappear suddenly and attack Fletchinder with a Thunder Punch. Fletchinder uses Flame Charge again and is successful. Viola says hello to Ash, and tells him that she has a Duchess rank, the female counterpart of Duke. The Maid declares Nico the winner of the match, and he is given a new blue cloak and is promoted to Viscount. Just then, Grant crashes to the ground, and he and Viola exchange words. Viola says Grant shouldn’t be climbing walls anyway, though Grant admits that the historic walls are an irresistible challenge to a rock climber like himself. Ash takes the opportunity to ask Grant for a battle, but as Grant is a Duke, they cannot.
However, Turner announces that Ash and Chester will battle for the Baron rank, Ash decides to use Pikachu and Chester sticks with Fletchling. Ash starts the battle with Thunderbolt, which Fletchling dodges with Agility. Ash follows up with Electro Ball, which again fails to land. Fletchling uses Feather Dance, which lowers Pikachu's attack power, and hits with a Steel Wing. Pikachu counters with Iron Tail, but the move is not effective because of his decreased strength, but is more effective when Ash uses it repeatedly. Ash uses Thunderbolt again, causing Fletchling to faint and winning the battle, as well as a white cloak and the title of Baron.
Viola begins to take a picture to commemorate Ash's victory when white gloves are draped over her shoulder, the sign for a battle request, this one from Grant. On the battlefield, the Maid announces that both Viola and Grant need only one more victory each to reach Grand Duchess and Grand Duke title respectively. Viola brings out Surskit and Grant releases Onix. Viola begins with having Surskit turn the field into ice for speed, and Grant, expecting the strategy, uses Rock Tomb. Surskit manages to escape from the rocks with Bubble Beam and Protect. Surskit follows on with a Signal Beam, but the attack is blocked by Onix's Flash Cannon. Onix uses Rock Polish to raise its speed. Surskit uses Ice Beam to freeze Onix's tail, but Onix breaks out of the ice by jumping. Onix uses Rock Tomb once more trap its opponent before finishing Surskit with another Flash Cannon, and wins the battle.
As Grant leaves the Chateau, Ash and his friends catch up with him and tell him that they hope to battle with him. Grant says he thinks he will meet Ash in the Cyllage Gym soon, and looks forward to it. Viola finally reveals that Grant is the Cyllage City Gym Leader, shocking everyone. Clemont concludes that Grant must be a Rock-type specialist, and Grant confirms this. Ash resolves to train to stand up against Rock Tomb. Outside the Chateau, Ash and his friends thank Nico and Chester, who wish Ash luck at his next Gym.
This episode aired on May 19, 2014 in Italy (on K2), twelve days before it aired in the United States. The gap between the Japanese and Italian airings is 60 days, making this the shortest time ever between the premiere of the Japanese version and a dub of the same episode, not taking into account Pokémon the Series: XY sneak peek event.
This is the first time that the battle graphic has not been used prior to Ash's battle in this series, or any battle in this episode. This may be omitted due to the different style used by the Battle Chateau and to give it a unique feel compared to other battles.