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Palpitoad was first seen in ''[[BW032|Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open!]]'', where he was the leader of a group of wild {{p|Tympole}} that lived in a lake. {{Ash}} and {{AP|Oshawott}} had unknowingly invaded his territory while looking for an [[Remeyo weed|underwater plant]] to help his, {{an|Cilan}}'s, and {{an|Iris}}'s Pokémon heal after being {{status|poisoned}} by wild {{p|Foongus}} that were disturbed by [[Ash's Scraggy]]. Palpitoad was angered by their intrusion, and ordered his Tympole cohorts to attack them. When they swam away in fear of Oshawott, he called upon his friend, {{TP|Cilan|Stunfisk}}'s, help. However, when Cilan fished Stunfisk out of the water, Palpitoad was forced to face Oshawott himself. Despite knowing some powerful moves, the Vibration Pokémon lost to Oshawott's newly mastered {{m|Aqua Jet}}, and was caught by Ash.
 
In ''[[BW039|Reunion Battles In Nimbasa!]]'', he was used in the [[Club Battle]] Tournament against [[Burgundy]]'s {{p|Stoutland}}. Despite being his first battle with Ash as his Trainer, the two synchronized well, avoiding Stoutland's attacks and dealing out powerful blows. Eventually, Palpitoad was caught in Stoutland's mouth when it used {{m|Thunder Fang}}, though he avoided damage from the {{type|Electric}} move, being part {{type|Ground}}. However, Burgundy took the chance, and ordered an {{m|Ice Fang}} attack, which became a problem for Palpitoad until he used Supersonic to shatter the ice, and knock Stoutland back. After blocking Stoutland's {{m|Fire Fang}} with Mud Shot, Palpitoad won the match with a direct hit from Hydro Pump. In ''[[BW042|Club Battle Finale: A Hero's Outcome!]]'', Palpitoad battled [[Dino]]'s {{p|Darumaka}} in the semifinals, and won with a single Hydro Pump, allowing Ash to move on to the finals.
 
In ''[[BW050|Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!]]'', Palpitoad was used in Ash's Gym battle against Elesa. Being immune to {{type|Electric}} moves, Palpitoad was the ideal choice for this battle, and was Ash's sole strategy for the battle. Palpitoad took many ineffective hits from Zebstrika's {{m|Flame Charge}} and a {{m|Double Kick}} attack, proving unable to dodge. As Zebstrika headed towards Palpitoad using {{m|Quick Attack}}, Ash commanded a Supersonic attack, which blocked and confused Zebstrika. Palpitoad then finished the match with a Mud Shot, followed by a Hydro Pump. Palpitoad showed signs of fatigue after Elesa recalled Zebstrika, so both Iris and Cilan suggested that Ash should recall him and switch to another Pokémon. Ash, however, decided to stick with Palpitoad when Elesa brought out Emolga. However, Palpitoad found himself unable to keep up with {{p|Emolga}}'s fast moves, and was hit by an {{m|Acrobatics}} attack, and several {{m|Aerial Ace}} attacks before he was hit with Emolga's {{m|Attract}}, causing him to become immobilized by infatuation. After another couple more hits from Aerial Ace, Palpitoad was knocked out, ruining Ash's strategy for the battle, but Ash later regained his composure and won.
 
In ''[[BW084|Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 2]]'', Ash used Palpitoad as his fifth Pokémon during his Gym battle against [[Roxie]], and her final and strongest Pokémon, {{p|Garbodor}}. Palpitoad first tried to use Mud Shot on the Trash Heap Pokémon, but Garbodor used its extendable arms to raise itself from the floor and dodge the attack. As Garbodor attacked with {{m|Hyper Beam}}, Palpitoad used Hydro Pump to block it. Palpitoad then tried another Mud Shot, but it was blocked and countered by a {{m|Gunk Shot}} attack, which {{status|poison}}ed Palpitoad as it hit. Garbodor attacked Palpitoad two times with {{m|Venoshock}}, being twice as powerful because of the poison, and he was knocked out.
 
In ''[[BW106|Strong Strategy Steals the Show!]]'', Ash used Palpitoad in his [[Vertress Conference]] battle against [[Stephan]] and his Zebstrika. At the beginning of the battle Zebstrika was too fast for Palpitoad and avoided its Mud Shot before striking back with {{m|Double-Edge}} and {{m|Stomp}}. However, Palpitoad was shown to have learned a new move, Sludge Wave, which caused Zebstrika to become poisoned when the attack hit. Despite this, Zebstrika was able to fight back, even using the poison as an advantage when using {{m|Facade}}, which did a lot of damage to Palpitoad. Ultimately Palpitoad managed to hit Zebstrika with Supersonic, causing it to damage itself due to confusion. Palpitoad then managed to launch a hit with Hydro Pump. Stephan in turn ordered a Giga Impact which sent Palpitoad flying. However, Palpitoad managed to fire a Mud Shot while in the air just before crashing into a wall, fainting. The match ended with a tie as Zebstrika fainted at the same time from the Mud Shot Palpitoad managed to execute.
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