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{{Ash}} reveals his choices for his [[Gym]] {{pkmn|battle}} against [[Skyla]]: {{p|Tranquill}}, {{AP|Krokorok}}, and {{AP|Pikachu}}. Skyla commends Ash for his well-balanced team, but she believes that she will win so there will be no point in battling. However, the [[Pokémon Trainer]]s who were spectating the earlier battle between Cilan and Skyla want to see Skyla battle Ash, allowing Ash to skip all of their turns to watch another true battle. With some convincing from {{an|Miles}} as well as {{TP|Skyla|Swanna}}'s agreement, Skyla accepts Ash's challenge. Skyla runs through an Air Battle and deduces that Krokorok, with {{t|Flying}}'s immunity to {{type|Ground}} moves, Krokorok will lose to her {{p|Swoobat}}. Her {{p|Unfezant}}, being the evolved form of Tranquill, will easily outclass Ash's Tranquill. With two of them out of the way, only Pikachu has a fighting chance. Ash tries to voice his opinions, but Skyla stops him and tells him to come back to the [[Mistralton Gym|Gym]] the next day at noon.
Later that night at the [[Pokémon Center]], Ash plans his strategy to take down Skyla. Ash tells {{an|Iris}} and {{an|Cilan}} that he had decided to use Tranquill, Krokorok, and Pikachu on a whim, but he decides that the will of his {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} will help him prevail. The next day, Ash, Iris, and Cilan return to the Gym where a large crowd has gathered to finally see a real Gym battle. Cilan hopes that Ash will win and change Skyla's heart so that Cilan's battle the [[BW067|previous day]] wasn't for nothing. As Miles introduces Ash and Skyla, Ash ascends from underground on a platform to the field. On the opposite side, a large cannon comes out and fires Skyla high into the sky. After a flashy display of gliding through hoops tied to balloons with her glider pack, Skyla lands on the field ready to begin the match. Miles declares that the Gym Battle will be 3-on-3 and promptly begins the match.