From Brags to Riches (Japanese: 開幕！サイユウ大会！！Opening! Saiyu Tournament!!) is the 127th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 401st episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on May 5, 2005 and in the United States on March 11, 2006.
The preliminaries are over, and now the Hoenn League Championships begin in earnest! The qualifying round is all double battles, and Ash goes to watch Morrison's match against muscleman Gavin. Morrison's Growlithe and Gligar are up against Marowak and Machamp, and no punches are pulled in this all-out battle! It's not looking good for Morrison until Gligar uses Guillotine to knock Machamp out. But Marowak defeats Growlithe, and Gligar finally wins.
Ash is jogging along after the match, minding his own business, when he falls into another Team Rocket pit trap. But just as they finish their motto, their new boss catches them in the act and shouts at them to get back to work. Team Rocket runs away and Ash wonders what's going on, but not for long—he's up next in the qualifying round!
Ash sends out Torkoal and Corphish. His opponent Dominic sends out Swalot and Tropius, which may grant him an aerial advantage. But Ash's trusty Torkoal gives it all it's got, and takes down Tropius in a double KO. As for Swalot, its resilient body resists Corphish's attacks. Finally Corphish charges in, throws Swalot, and gets up close and personal to deliver a Bubble Beam that knocks its opponent out! Tyson has also won his first match, and now our Trainers move on to round 2!
The schedule is then shown on a screen and Ash and Morrison would be battling on that day. Both are bickering on who is stronger but Morrison leaves since his battle is earlier. Soon, Morrison's battle begins and he faces off against Gavin. He sends out Growlithe and Gligar and Gavin sends out Marowak and Machamp.
Machamp hits Gligar with a Vital Throw but Gligar counters with Guillotine. A weak Machamp is then struck several times by Gligar's Steel Wing, who then defeats Machamp with another Guillotine. Gavin is left with his Marowak against Gligar and Growlithe. Marowak dodges Growlithe's Flamethrower and slams a Bone Club on it, knocking it out. The battle is now one-on-one. Gligar's Guillotine and Marowak's Headbutt collide sending both flying. Marowak freezes one of Gligar's wings who slams into the ground. After struggling from a Bone Club, Gligar hits Marowak with an Iron Tail sending it flying. Morrison is then declared the winner.
Later that day, Ash is seen running with Pikachu, but then he falls into a hole. He looks up and Team Rocket appear. As they are about to recite their motto, their employer bursts through the wall and sends them running. Ash is then seen in the battlefield with his opponent Dominick. Ash chooses Torkoal and Corphish while Dominick sends out Tropius and Swalot. Tropius starts off by flying up in the air and whips a Razor Leaf at Ash. Torkoal's and Corphish's defense block the attack. Tropius's Bullet Seed seems futile against Torkoal's Iron Defense. Swalot hits Corphish with a Sludge Bomb and Tropius's Gust send Torkoal flying, but Torkoal uses Flamethrower on Tropius. Tropius dodges the Flamethrower and Corphish dodges Swalot's Body Slam. Swalot seems to be a tough opponent since most of the attacks slip or bounce off its body. This happens when Corphish launches a Bubble Beam.
Tropius defends against Torkoal's and Corphish's combined attacks. Torkoal and Tropius both faint after their Solar Beam and Overheat collide. Ash and Dominick are both down to one Pokémon now. Corphish gets dazed after getting hit from Swalot's Shock Wave and is sent flying. Corphish is then hit by a Body Slam and is then struck down by a Shadow Ball. Corphish gets up and charges through a Shock Wave and grabs Swalot and through it. Seeing this as a good attack, Ash tells Corphish to release Bubble Beam in Swalot's mouth. The bubbles explode and after the dust settles, Swalot faints. Ash wins and qualifies to the next round.
Jessie, James, and Meowth are tired of working, but their work soon pays off when their employer walks in and praises them for their hard work. He then gives them some food to eat. Ash and Morrison are then told that Tyson also won his battle. The episode ends with Ash and Morrison bickering again about who is stronger.
Coincidentally, Morrison sent out Gligar and Growlithe during his battle with Gavin; the names of both Pokémon and also Gavin begin with the letter 'G'. The same happens with Gavin, who sent out Marowak and Machamp, whose names begin with the letter 'M', the same letter as Morrison's name.