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Pokémon: Advanced Battle
Season 8
Season8 logo.png
Logo for the season
Opening Unbeatable
Episodes 52
Region Hoenn & Kanto
Series Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
Preceded by Pokémon: Advanced Challenge
Followed by Pokémon: Battle Frontier

Pokémon: Advanced Battle is the eighth season of the dubbed version of the Pokémon anime. It is the third season of Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire. It concludes the adventures of Ash, May, Max, and Brock in the Hoenn region, as Ash and May compete in the Ever Grande Conference and the Hoenn Grand Festival, respectively. It also begins Ash's second adventure through Kanto as he challenges the Battle Frontier.

It began on September 17, 2005, with the dub premiere of Clamperl Of Wisdom, and concluded on July 8, 2006, with Pasta La Vista. It originally aired in the United States as part of the 2005-2006 Kids' WB! Saturday morning lineup. This season skipped the original AG101 due to the 2004 Chūetsu earthquake as well as AG120, a clip show episode.

It is preceded by Pokémon: Advanced Challenge and succeeded by Pokémon: Battle Frontier.


Ash earns his final two Badges and secures himself a spot in the Hoenn League Championships, while May comes dangerously close to not getting her final Ribbon—setting the stage for epic showdowns with both of her rivals in the Grand Festival. Ash meets two Trainers that become his own Hoenn rivals, facing off against both of them during the course of the tournament. Upon returning to Kanto and reuniting with old friends, Ash is recruited for a new challenge—the Battle Frontier!

Important events

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

Party changes


The following Pokémon are obtained:


The following Pokémon evolve:



The following Pokémon return to their Trainer:

Gym battles

Ash battles the following Gym Leaders:

Badge Opponent(s) Epicode Result
Mind Badge Tate and Liza AG100 Victory
Rain Badge Juan AG110

Battle Frontier battles

Ash battles the following Frontier Brains:

Symbol Opponent Epicode Result
Knowledge Symbol Noland AG136 Victory

Pokémon Contests

May participates in the following Pokémon Contests:


Location Epicode Result
Purika City AG103 Victory
Pacifidlog Town AG115


Location Epicode Result
Saffron City AG144 Victory


Epicode Episode Title #
AG093 Clamperl of Wisdom 1
AG094 The Relicanth Really Can 2
AG095 The Evolutionary War 3
AG096 Training Wrecks 4
AG097 Gaining Groudon 5
AG098 The Scuffle of Legends 6
AG099 It's Still Rocket Roll to Me! 7
AG100 Solid as a Solrock 8
AG101 Vanity Affair 9
AG102 Where's Armaldo? 10
AG103 A Cacturne for the Worse 11
AG104 Claydol Big and Tall 12
AG105 Once in a Mawile 13
AG106 Beg, Burrow and Steal 14
AG107 Absol-ute Disaster 15
AG108 Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snorunt 16
AG109 Do I Hear a Ralts? 17
AG110 The Great Eight Fate! 18
AG111 Eight Ain't Enough 19
AG112 Showdown at Linoone 20
AG113 Who, What, When, Where, Wynaut? 21
AG114 Date Expectations! 22
AG115 Mean With Envy 23
AG116 Pacifidlog Jam 24
AG117 Berry, Berry Interesting 25
AG118 Less is Morrison 26
AG119 The Ribbon Cup Caper! 27
AG121 Hi Ho Silver Wind! 28
AG122 Deceit and Assist 29
AG123 Rhapsody in Drew 30
AG124 Island Time 31
AG125 Like a Meowth to a Flame 32
AG126 Saved by the Beldum 33
AG127 From Brags to Riches 34
AG128 Shocks and Bonds 35
AG129 A Judgment Brawl 36
AG130 Choose It or Lose It! 37
AG131 At the End of the Fray 38
AG132 The Scheme Team 39
AG133 The Right Place and the Right Mime 40
AG134 A Real Cleffa-Hanger 41
AG135 Numero Uno Articuno 42
AG136 The Symbol Life 43
AG137 Hooked on Onix 44
AG138 Rough, Tough Jigglypuff 45
AG139 On Cloud Arcanine 46
AG140 Sitting Psyduck 47
AG141 Hail to the Chef 48
AG142 Caterpie's Big Dilemma 49
AG143 The Saffron Con 50
AG144 A Hurdle for Squirtle 51
AG145 Pasta La Vista 52

Home video releases

North American DVD releases

Main article: List of English language Advanced Battle home video releases (Region 1)

Australian DVD releases

Main article: List of English language Advanced Battle home video releases (Region 4)


In other languages

Original series (list) Indigo LeagueAdventures in the Orange Islands
The Johto JourneysJohto League ChampionsMaster Quest
Ruby and Sapphire (list) AdvancedAdvanced ChallengeAdvanced BattleBattle Frontier
Diamond and Pearl (list) Diamond and PearlBattle DimensionGalactic BattlesSinnoh League Victors
Black & White (list) Black & WhiteRival DestiniesAdventures in Unova and Beyond
XY (list) XYKalos QuestXYZ (Mega Evolution Specials)
Sun & Moon (list) Sun & MoonUltra Adventures‎Ultra Legends
Journeys (list) JourneysMaster JourneysUltimate Journeys (The Arceus Chronicles)
Horizons (list) Horizons
Specials (list) Pikachu's Winter VacationSide StoriesPokémon Chronicles
Planetarium specialsPikachu shorts
Mewtwo ReturnsThe Legend of Thunder!Pichu Bros. in Party Panic
The Mastermind of Mirage PokémonPokémon Ranger: Guardian SignsA Ripple in Time
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