Ash and Stephan’s third-round match at the Unova League is just getting under way, and it’s Ash’s Krookodile versus Stephan’s Liepard! There’s no doubt both sides are in it to win it, and they appear evenly matched as they offer move after powerful move. But Krookodile ekes out the win, so Stephan brings out his amazingly fast Zebstrika. Krookodile has taken quite a bit of damage, so Ash switches it out for Palpitoad—a Water- and Ground-type Pokémon to combat Zebstrika’s best moves, Flame Charge and Thunderbolt. With some clever strategies in place on both sides, this bout ends in a draw!
Next up is Stephan’s talented Sawk, up against an unexpected Pokémon pick: Ash’s Leavanny! Where Sawk is muscular and determined, Leavanny is graceful and quick, dodging many of Sawk’s moves with style! However, Leavanny’s energy level can’t keep up with Sawk’s tenacity, and Sawk wins.
Finally, Ash brings Krookodile out again as his last Pokémon. It’s obviously tired from its first battle, and Iris and Cilan are concerned about the type disadvantage. But Ash has a surprise up his sleeve: he’s taught Krookodile to use Aerial Ace! This unexpected Flying-type move turns the tables on Stephan and Sawk, and Ash wins the match!
The quarterfinals begin the next morning, and Ash is up against Cameron in a full six-on-six battle. On top of that, Ash finally comes face to face with Cameron’s “secret weapon”—an intimidating Hydreigon! How will Ash respond? Find out next time!
Ash is up against Stephan in the third round of the Vertress Conference. Stephan begins by sending out his Liepard, while Ash chooses Krookodile. Liepard first uses Shadow Claw, and Ash commands Krookodile to use Dragon Claw. Both moves collide and make a powerful explosion, as Liepard moves straight into Shadow Ball and Krookodile repels it with Stone Edge. Stephan then commands Liepard to use Hyper Beam, as Krookodile dodges with Dig. Right before Krookodile can attack, Liepard uses Double Team. After resurfacing, Krookodile looks around for the real Liepard but cannot point it out. Without any room to dodge, Krookodile is hit with multiple Shadow Claws and Shadow Balls, resulting in massive damage. After pulling himself together, he is commanded by Ash to use Stone Edge, which lands and causes Liepard to fall down. Stephan then has Liepard use Double Team again, and Krookodile attempts to avoid any possible attacks with Dig. However, Stephan expected this, and he has Liepard and its copies use Hyper Beam into the hole, forcing Krookodile out of the ground. Ash commands Dragon Claw, as Stephan commands Liepard to counter with Shadow Claw. Iris asks if it is a draw, and Cilan points out that Krookodile delivered more damage given the momentum he accumulated while falling. Both Pokémon land roughly on the ground, as they are both commanded by their trainers to make another collision with Shadow Claw and Dragon Claw, respectively. After a powerful collision, Krookodile falls on his knees making Liepard look like the winner for a split second, but Liepard falls directly after, giving Krookodile the win.
Stephan recalls Liepard and sends out Zebstrika. After looking Zebstrika up on his Pokédex, Ash recalls Krookodile and sends out Palpitoad. Cilan points out that Stephan is in quite a hefty pickle, given Zebstrika's most effective moves (Thunderbolt and Flame Charge) will not work on a Water and Ground-type like Palpitoad, and that Ash is in for smooth sailing. After the quick talk, Iris, Bianca, Pikachu, and Axew all cheer Ash on.
Stephan commands Zebstrika to use Double-Edge, as Ash commands Palpitoad to keep Zebstrika away with Mud Shot. Zebstrika dodges Palpitoad's attack with great speed and lands its attack on Palpitoad. Zebstrika follows up with Stomp and Ash commands Palpitoad to dodge, but Palpitoad can't pull it off with Zebstrika's speed and takes damage from the attack. Cilan points out that he may have been wrong before now that he has seen that Stephan has taught Zebstrika a variety of attacks to be able to put up with Ground-types. Ash then commands Palpitoad's new attack: Sludge Wave, which lands and poisons Zebstrika. However, this is just what Stephan wanted, which is proven by him commanding Zebstrika to use Facade, which has increased power when the user is infected with a status condition. The attack causes Palpitoad to take a lot of damage as Zebstrika takes continuous damage from poison. After pulling himself together, Palpitoad is about to get hit by another Facade as Ash commands him to stop Zebstrika in its tracks with Supersonic. Supersonic does its work and stops Zebstrika's attack, along with confusing it, making it start hurting itself. Knowing this is his chance, Ash commands Palpitoad to use Hydro Pump, which lands and forces a lot of damage upon Zebstrika. However, this was a mistake, since it cures Zebstrika of its confusion. Zebstrika then proceeds to charge in with a Giga Impact, and Ash commands Palpitoad to dodge, but he doesn't do it in time and gets hurled in the air. However, Palpitoad quickly fires back with Mud Shot, hurling Zebstrika into the air also. Both Pokémon smash against the wall and faint at the same time, leaving Stephan with just one Pokémon and Ash with two.
Ash and Stephan recall their Pokémon. Directly after, Stephan chooses Sawk. Ash looks Sawk up on his Pokédex, and Cilan points out that Stephan is down to his last Pokémon while Ash still has two of his to work with, save for the fact that Krookodile has taken a lot of damage during his battle with Liepard. Ash chooses Leavanny, and both sides get ready to battle.
Sawk starts out with Bulk Up, and Leavanny starts out with String Shot. Stephan commands Sawk to break free, and he does. Sawk then uses Close Combat, and Ash commands Leavanny to dodge. Stephan takes on a surprised look, and Ash points out that he and Leavanny have been doing special speed training. Ash then commands Leavanny's new move: X-Scissor, which lands and causes Sawk to take some damage. Stephan then commands Sawk to go in for multiple Karate Chops. However, Leavanny dodges them all with grace. Stephan then gets the idea that Leavanny won't be able to dodge if Sawk uses an attack that lowers speed, so he commands Low Sweep. However, Leavanny dodges again and uses Razor Leaf, which Sawk blocks. Leavanny then uses a powerful Energy Ball attack which lands and sends Sawk flying back. Sawk gets up, and Ash commands Leavanny to use another X-Scissor. Stephan commands Sawk to "catch" the X-Scissor and use Low Sweep. After being weakened, and having his speed lowered from the attack, Leavanny is unable to dodge an incoming Close Combat from Sawk. However, after taking the attack, Leavanny's ability, Swarm, kicks in. Ash knows this is his chance and commands a powered up X-Scissor. However, Sawk dodges and uses another Bulk Up. Ash then commands String Shot and Stephan commands Sawk to break free. Despite having used Bulk Up twice, Sawk has trouble getting the threads off because of Leavanny's Bug-type attacks being powered up. Ash commands back-to-back X-Scissor's, and Sawk barely dodges each one in an attempt to cut the threads off. Sawk finally breaks free and begins to look worn out, but goes straight in for a Karate Chop. Ash commands Leavanny to counter with Razor Leaf, but Sawk blocks it and lands his attack on Leavanny, knocking him out and evening the score.
Ash recalls Leavanny and sends out Krookodile, who shows his exhaustion from the damage he took earlier in the battle. Cilan points out that Krookodile, a Dark type, is at a disadvantage against Sawk, a Fighting type. After giving each other a quick speech of intimidation, Ash and Stephan get ready to finish it.
Sawk is commanded by Stephan to use Close Combat while Krookodile is commanded by Ash to counter with Dragon Claw. After attacking, Krookodile begins to look like he can't take another attack, right as Sawk prepares for a Karate Chop. However, Ash fires right back by commanding Krookodile to use his new move: Aerial Ace. Krookodile charges in and dodges the Karate Chop, turning around and landing his super effective attack on Sawk, knocking him out and giving Ash the win and entry into the quarterfinals.
After recalling Sawk, Ash and Stephan both congratulate each other for a great battle, as the entire audience gives them both a round of applause. Right after this, Virgil and Cameron were both shown to have won their battles as well. Right after this, the big screen shows that Ash will face Cameron in a Full Battle. As night falls, Cilan is shown to have made everyone a big feast. Ash and Stephan begin to have a contest to see who can eat the most. Stephan also tells Ash that he had better not lose to anyone else he is up against now that he has beaten him, and also that he will cheer him on. Later on, Cilan and Iris are getting ready for bed as Iris asks where Ash is. Cilan tells her that he is too stoked for his upcoming battle the next day to sleep. Ash is then shown in the stadium looking around and thinking that he will be there tomorrow battling Cameron, just as he sees a tent out on the battlefield. Cameron and Riolu come out of it, and Ash tells him that he cannot wait for their battle the next day.
As the sun rises, Ash is out on the battlefield with Cameron. Cameron calls out Hydreigon, surprising Ash.