Our heroes think they’ve finally arrived in Nimbasa City, but their new friend Luke informs them that they’re actually in Nimbasa Town, home of the Pokémon Club Battle Tournament. Named after Don George’s Pokémon Battle Club, which sponsors the event, the tournament promises to be filled with excitement. One by one, many of our heroes’ friends and rivals show up to register: Bianca, Georgia, Burgundy, Stephan, and Trip are all in town for the competition!
Soon the matchups are announced and the action gets under way. Iris’s rival, “Dragon Buster” Georgia, is up first, and her Beartic quickly takes down her opponent’s Joltik. Later, Ash faces off against Burgundy, Cilan’s old rival and fellow Pokémon Connoisseur! Confident as ever, Burgundy chides Ash for not completely replacing his Pokémon team as she recommended during their last meeting, but our hero and his Palpitoad manage to defeat Burgundy and her Stoutland!
Next up, Cilan is set to battle Trip. Meanwhile, the Team Rocket trio have quietly arrived in Nimbasa City, confidently preparing for their next assignment...
Team Rocket arrives in Nimbasa City to plan their latest scheme, which is far more ambitious than all their previous ones. Meanwhile, Ash and his friends arrive at what they think is Nimbasa City, but Luke informs them that they are actually in Nimbasa Town, the site of a Pokémon battle tournament. As Ash prepares to head over to the tournament, Bianca arrives, knocking Ash into a nearby river. As Ash tries himself off, he suggests Bianca be more careful next time. She furiously apologizes, explaining that she was rushing to register for the battle tournament. Bianca fears she may have even missed the deadline, but Cilan explains that everyone else is also planning on competing. With that, Bianca orders everyone to get a move on.
As the group approaches the Battle Club, Luke begins filming his documentary of the tournament, but Bianca interrupts him. She takes an immediate liking to his Zorua, and even tries to catch it, before asking to trade her Pignite for it, to which Luke refuses. The group then receives registration forms from Don George, and while filling them out, they discover that Burgundy is also entering. After Burgundy reiterates her hatred of Cilan, Stephan arrives to join the party as well, with his newly evolved Zebstrika. Georgia arrives as well, wasting no time in trading insults with Iris, whereupon Ash notices Trip's presence at the front of the stadium.
The tournament soon begins, with Nimbasa TV commentator Freddy O'Martian. He hands it over to Don George, who introduces the grand prize: a seven-feather Driftveil wing set to improve a Pokémon's potential. When the first round matchups are announced, Ash finds himself facing Burgundy, Cilan's opponent is Trip, Iris is matched against a man called Jimmy Ray, Stephen versus Bianca, while Luke is up against Scooter.
Georgia wins her battle against her opponent relatively quickly, and the tournament proceeds through the next two battles until it is time for Ash to face off against Burgundy. After Burgundy calls out Stoutland, Ash brings out his Palpitoad - which is making its Pokémon battle debut. Palpitoad opens with Mud Shot, to which Stoutland counters with Tackle. Afterwards, Stoutland then tries an ineffective Thunder Fang on Palpitoad. Cilan remarks on the critical mistake, but Burgundy was simply trying to catch Palpitoad before delivering a direct Ice Fang instead. However, before Palpitoad is completely frozen, Ash commands it to use Supersonic, which causes Stoutland to let go and also shatters the ice. Stoutland replies with Tackle attack and rushes in for a Fire Fang. However Palpitoad sprays a Mud Shot directly in its opponent's mouth, causing Stoutland to start coughing in an attempt to clear the mud. With a jet of Hydro Pump, Palpitoad emerges victorious, allowing Ash to proceed to the second round. As everyone cheers for Ash, Trip remarks that it was just a lucky break.
After Zorua pulls more of her pranks by mimicking Georgia, Cilan and Trip prepare for their battle, with Cilan promising to have his performance be even better than Ash's.