The first time Giovanni had been seen in battle was in ''[[EP063|The Battle of the Badge]]''. He used powerful Pokémon against Gary but later left the Gym to deal with an unexplained emergency, leaving Ash to battle Jessie. By the time Ash returned from Hoenn, Agatha was in charge of the Gym until a new Leader could be found. Giovanni's reasons for leaving it have not been explained. In ''[[BW096|Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!]]'', Giovanni finally confronted Ash in a battle and won easily.