JN113 : Chasing to the Finish!
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
JN115 : Curtain Up! Fight the Fights!
Friends, Rivals, Lend Me Your Spirit!
JN114   EP1199
Training Battle of Flames! Satoshi VS Shinji!!
First broadcast
Japan June 10, 2022
United States February 24, 2023
English themes
Opening With You
Japanese themes
Opening 1・2・3
Ending バツグンタイプ
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation directors 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
志村泉 Izumi Shimura
Additional credits

Friends, Rivals, Lend Me Your Spirit! (Japanese: 炎の特訓バトル!サトシ対シンジ!! Training Battle of Flames! Satoshi VS Shinji!!) is the 114th episode of Pokémon Journeys: The Series, and the 1,199th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on June 10, 2022, in Canada on November 19, 2022, in South Africa on January 10, 2023, in the United Kingdom on January 17, 2023, in Australia on January 22, 2023, and in the United States on February 24, 2023.

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


With the Masters Eight Tournament approaching, Ash is training hard when he receives a call from Professor Oak encouraging him to visit all his Pokémon at the lab. So, he and Goh set off to Pallet Town. There, Ash’s current team begins training with his other Pokémon, but when Gengar ends up in the forest, our heroes unexpectedly run into Paul, Ash’s rival from Sinnoh! Although Paul isn’t in the World Coronation Series, he agrees to battle Ash using his Gyarados, Garchomp, and Metagross—all Pokémon used by members of the Masters Eight. Though Paul’s skills are formidable, Ash wins after Gengar unleashes a fiery new move!


Ash and his team are hard at work training for the Masters Eight Tournament, when he receives an unexpected phone call from Professor Oak, which gives him the idea to bring his team to meet all of his Pokémon at Oak's lab to get them fired up. The instant he and Goh arrive there, Ash's Pokémon swarm over them in a wave of welcoming friendliness. Ash lets his team out and asks his other Pokémon to help them power up for the big tournament. The Pokémon express their willingness to help by showing off a display of their moves, with Gengar taking a particular interest in Ash's Fire types. When it touches Infernape, it is surrounded by fire and flies off into the distance. When Ash and Goh catch up to it, they also find an Electivire and its Trainer, who is none other than Paul, Ash's former rival from his time of traveling through Sinnoh. Professor Oak joins in, along with most of Ash's Fire Pokémon, and reveals that Paul had turned up here the day before, having come to learn more about Pokémon from him, given the fact that he is a leading expert in Pokémon research.

Gengar heads off to train with Ash's Fire Pokémon, and Ash intends to join in, but Paul tells him to leave it to his Pokémon. Infernape initially stays behind, but Paul tells him to go along as well, which he does. Goh is surprised to see Infernape listening to Paul until Ash explains that Infernape used to be Paul's Pokémon back as a Chimchar until he was released by him as a failure and taken in by Ash, who raised him into an Infernape. As Ash's Pokémon train and relax with each other, Ash and Paul sit down to talk, with Paul revealing that he didn't participate in the World Coronation Series, uninterested in all the noise of the event. Ash decides to take advantage of the situation and challenges Paul to a battle. Paul accepts, dictating that the battle will be three-on-three, but also telling Ash to only use Pokémon he intends to use in the Masters Eight Tournament. Ash accepts these conditions and goes to get his team, finding Gengar just in time to see it learn a new move in Will-O-Wisp.

All of Ash's Pokémon gather to watch his and Paul's battle. Ash chooses Lucario as his first Pokémon, while Paul leads with Gyarados. Lucario makes the first move with Double Team, surrounding Gyarados with illusionary copies of itself. Gyarados attacks the copies with Ice Fang and Hyper Beam, but is forced to recharge after the latter move. Ash tries to exploit this with a close-range Aura Sphere, but Lucario gets caught by Gyarados's tail before it can go off and is struck by a flurry of Ice Fangs. After freeing itself with Steel Beam, Lucario starts gathering Steel-type energy around its fists, signifying that a new move is coming. Ash recognizes the new attack and has his partner hit Gyarados with Bullet Punch, right before Gyarados fires right back with Hyper Beam. As the smoke clears, Gyarados is revealed to have fainted, giving Ash the first win of the battle.

Ash and Paul recall their Pokémon, before Ash chooses Dragonite as his second, and Paul sends out his Garchomp in response. After a clash of a flurry of Dragon Claws, Dragonite goes in for a Hurricane, but is beaten to the punch by Garchomp's super effective Stone Edge and takes a lot of damage. Garchomp's assault continues with Draco Meteor, which also lands a hit. Ash has Dragonite use its own Draco Meteor in return, even having it charge at Garchomp along with the attack, demonstrating Ash's unpredictable improvisational skills. However, Garchomp's counterattack with Dragon Claw overpowers Dragonite and takes it down, giving Paul one win and evening the score. Ash dubs his new improvised tactic "Dragonite Meteor," but Paul is unimpressed and mocks the name.

As Ash recalls Dragonite, Paul recalls Garchomp and sends out his last Pokémon, Metagross, whom Ash sends Gengar out against. Metagross uses Agility to match Gengar's speed, before throwing it back with Psychic. Paul berates Ash for calling himself one of the Masters Eight if he's struggling against him this much and has Metagross attack with Meteor Mash, dealing another big hit. With Infernape's encouragement, Gengar stands back up, not wanting to let Ash and his Fire types who worked so hard to train it down. Gengar then puts its new Will-O-Wisp into practice and successfully lands it. Metagross strikes with another Meteor Mash, but the burn it received from the Will-O-Wisp weakens the attack, allowing Gengar to withstand it and strike back with Shadow Ball, defeating its pseudo-legendary opponent and making Ash the winner of the battle.

While Ash's Fire types congratulate Gengar and Ash thanks them for their help, Goh points out that Paul's Pokémon were all the same as the respective aces of Lance, Cynthia, and Steven Stone, and wonders if this was intentional. Paul responds to this observation with a simple smile, bids farewell to Oak, Ash, and Infernape, and heads off. Professor Oak reveals that Paul has been asked to become a Gym Leader, which is why he had come to visit the lab to learn more about Pokémon. Feeling confident thanks to this visit, Ash is eager to head to the Masters Eight Tournament right away, but he and Goh are stopped by the appearance of Delia, who had arrived partway through the battle and invites them to stay a night at the Ketchum household before they leave, which they accept.

Major events

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


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Oshawott


The "After the story" artwork for this episode
Ash and Goh with all of Ash's Pokémon


  • When Ash's Pokémon swoop past Professor Oak to tackle Ash and Goh, Pikachu is left behind. However, in the next shot, he is seen with Ash, Goh, and the other Pokémon.

Dub edits

  • The Japanese text depicting Professor Oak's Laboratory's name is edited out.

In other languages

JN113 : Chasing to the Finish!
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
JN115 : Curtain Up! Fight the Fights!
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