AG055 : Poetry Commotion!
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
AG057 : Going for a Spinda!
Going, Going, Yawn
AG056   EP330
Heat Badge! Win the Blazing Battle!!
First broadcast
Japan December 18, 2003
United States November 20, 2004
English themes
Opening This Dream
Japanese themes
Opening アドバンス・アドベンチャー
Ending スマイル
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
Storyboard 誌村宏明 Hiroaki Shimura
Assistant director ながはまのりひこ Norihiko Nagahama
Animation director 広岡歳仁 Toshihito Hirooka
Additional credits

Going, Going, Yawn (Japanese: ヒートバッジ!燃えるバトルでゲットだぜ!! Heat Badge! Win the Blazing Battle!!) is the 56th episode of Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire, and the 330th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on December 18, 2003, and in the United States on November 20, 2004.

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.


Ash uses Corphish in his Gym battle with Flannery. Flannery chooses Magcargo first, which is defeated by Corphish's Crabhammer.

Meanwhile, Team Rocket is digging a tunnel to steal Magcargo and Pikachu during the battle, but they accidentally hit a pipe and are sent blasting off into a hot spring.

Ash recalls Corphish and sends out Treecko, hitting Slugma hard but getting burned by Flamethrower. Ash sends out Corphish again, but Slugma uses Yawn to put Corphish to sleep. Pikachu goes out to battle next.

Pikachu knocks out Slugma with a powerful Thunder attack, but Flannery calls out Torkoal. Pikachu can't get through Torkoal's Iron Defense, and is KO'd by Overheat.

Treecko is sent out again, but is quickly knocked out by Overheat. Ash sends out the sleeping Corphish, who takes some damage before finally waking up. To get through the Iron Defense, Corphish hits Torkoal with Crabhammer from the side, flipping the Fire-type over and then knocking it out with Bubble Beam.

After the battle, Flannery receives some advice and praise from her grandfather, and presents Ash with his Heat Badge.


Ash is ready to earn his fourth Badge against Flannery, the Gym Leader from Lavaridge Town, and intends to charge ahead with Corphish. When the battle begins, Flannery begins with Magcargo, and Ash sends out Corphish. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is devising a plan to steal Magcargo and Pikachu right out from under them using their famous holes. As the battle starts, Ash starts off with a Bubble Beam, landing a direct hit. Flannery makes the next move with a Flamethrower, but Ash uses Corphish's Harden to minimize the damage taken. Ash continues to show his confidence, much to Flannery's distaste. As the battle goes on, Ash tries to use Corphish's Vise Grip to end it, but Flannery remembers something her grandfather said, and uses Reflect to completely block the hit. Ash is eventually able to take out Magcargo with a Crabhammer. Team Rocket is working hard on their tunnel, when suddenly, they hit a water pipe which sends them blasting off in the occurring geyser.

Ash and Flannery both recall their Pokémon. Ash sends out Treecko, much to everyone's surprise since its weak against Fire attacks, and Flannery sends out Slugma. Treecko successfully dodges Slugma's attacks and tries to move in for a Quick Attack, but right before it hits, it bounces right back, due to the Reflect that still protects Flannery's team. Treecko keeps attacking, eventually hitting with a Bullet Seed from close range, but also receives a nasty burn on its leg. Ash recalls Treecko and sends Corphish back out. Corphish attempts a Vise Grip, but is sent straight to sleep by a Yawn. Ash tries vainly to wake it up, but is eventually forced to recall it. Pikachu runs into the battle, dodging Slugma's Flamethrowers and manages to end the Reflect with Quick Attack. As the battle continues, Slugma hides in its Smog in order to attack Pikachu. Pikachu senses and finds Slugma and uses Iron Tail, but Slugma avoids it and uses Flamethrower which hits Pikachu. Pikachu unleashes a powerful Thunderbolt, electrifying the Smog and shocking Slugma. Flannery attempts a Yawn but Pikachu quickly uses Quick Attack and then Thunder to knock out Slugma.

Flannery's final Pokémon is Torkoal. Pikachu attempts both Thunderbolt and Iron Tail, but is shocked to discover that Torkoal's Iron Defense makes it completely useless. Torkoal uses Sludge Bomb; Pikachu dodges two bombs and gets hit by one. Ash tells Pikachu to not give up, and to use Thunder, but Iron Defense blocks it. Torkoal uses an incredibly powerful Overheat, landing a direct hit on Pikachu and knocking him out. Ash is now left with two Pokémon, an injured Treecko and a sleeping Corphish. Torkoal's Overheat quickly takes out Treecko, and Ash is left with Corphish. After taking multiple hits, Corphish finally wakes up. With Corphish awake, Ash must figure out how to counter Torkoal's Iron Defense. After hitting it on its side and forcing it out, Ash quickly moves in with Bubble Beam, knocking out Torkoal and winning the battle, earning Ash the Heat Badge.

Major events

Ash holding the Heat Badge
For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.


Pokémon debuts




Pokémon Trainer's Choice

Pokémon Trainer's Choice: Seviper



  • Before the battle begins, Ash says it will be an easy match because it's Flannery's first match as a Gym Leader, but in the previous episode, she told him that her previous opponent liked to use the move Dig, which means it isn't her first match as a Gym Leader.
  • Before Flannery and Ash begin their Gym battle, their Pokémon aren't seen on the field when Team Rocket spies on them.
  • When Ash appears in a split screen after Corphish gets knocked back by Magcargo's Reflect, he is on the left side and facing the right, even though it should be the other way around.
    • The same later occurs with Flannery when she commands Torkoal to use Sludge Bomb on Corphish.
  • In the scene after Flannery commands Magcargo to dodge Corphish's Crabhammer, the white aura that normally surrounds only Corphish's pincer is surrounding its whole body instead.
  • In the Pokémon Trainer's Choice, the answer being Seviper was incorrect, due to Forretress's immunity to Poison. Neither Minun nor Swellow would be effective choices. Also, Forretress's name is spelled "Foretress".
  • Brock says that Torkoal defeated Pikachu with just one attack, which is incorrect as Torkoal hit Pikachu with both Sludge Bomb and Overheat.
  • When Flannery's Torkoal used Flamethrower on Ash's Corphish, it emerged from its shell like it had just used Iron Defense, even though it hadn't.

Dub edits

  • Jessie's cleavage is edited when she is wearing her bathing suit in the English dub.

Pokémon Trainer's Choice

In other languages

AG055 : Poetry Commotion!
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
AG057 : Going for a Spinda!
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