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Eventually, the group arrives in [[Nuvema Town]], and soon Professor Juniper’s lab. Over there, Pikachu's condition is being monitored, and Juniper admits the numerical data doesn’t show any discrepancies, but further tests will are required. A lab assistant enters the room, announcing the arrival of a new Trainer who is due to receive their [[starter Pokémon]]. Professor Juniper greets the new Trainer, [[Trip]]. Ash interrupts the conversation, talking about how excited he was [[EP001|the night before]] he became a Pokémon Trainer. Professor Juniper then introduces him to Trip. Upon learning that Ash comes from Pallet Town, he smirks and passes it off as some mediocre country town, which Ash takes offense. As Professor Juniper tries to calm the two Trainers and prevent them from fighting, she sends out the three starter Pokémon, first starting with the {{type|Fire}} {{p|Tepig}} followed by the {{type|Water}} {{p|Oshawott}} and the {{type|Grass}} {{p|Snivy}}. After a moment of deliberation, Trip takes out his camera, snaps a quick picture of the three, and then announces that he would choose Snivy. The Grass Snake Pokémon smirks, leaving Tepig slightly annoyed and Oshawott extremely shocked. As is standard for beginning Trainers, Trip is also given a [[Pokédex]] which he uses to check the data of his new partner. He is also given five {{i|Poké Ball}}s, along with Snivy's Poké Ball. After recalling Snivy into his Poké Ball, he thanks Professor Juniper and takes his leave.
While Trip walks away from the lab, Ash catches up to him and questions him about [[Gym]] matches in Unova. Similar to Kanto, a Pokémon Trainer in Unova has to collect eight [[badge|Gym Badges]] before he or shethey can compete in the [[Unova League]]. At that moment, the now-recovered Pikachu runs out from the lab and re-joins Ash. Completely shocked by Pikachu's appearance, Trip checks his Pokédex and starts snapping pictures. Trip then realizes that Pikachu is Ash's partner and decides to test the Electric Mouse's strength by challenging Ash to a [[Pokémon battle]].
Making their way to clearing near the lab, Trip sends out Snivy and starts taking pictures to document his journey and his first ever Pokémon battle. Meanwhile, Oshawott curiously peeks at the two Trainers from behind a nearby tree. Pikachu begins the match with a {{m|Quick Attack}}, which hits Snivy squarely on his body. Snivy quickly recovers on his feet, brimming with determination. Quickly, Trip calls for a {{m|Tackle}}, but Pikachu dodges it skilfully. With another leap, he then dodges another Tackle attack from the opposite direction. Ash then tells Pikachu to use {{m|Thunderbolt}}, but Snivy's Tackle lands first and knocks Pikahcu to the ground. For a second time, Pikachu charges up a Thunderbolt, but the move fails once again. Trip then taunts Ash. Taking the bait, he asks Pikachu to use {{m|Volt Tackle}} and Pikachu runs towards Snivy attempting to charge himself up, but once again nothing happens; he loses momentum and stops in the middle of the field, panting. Ash panics for a moment, to which Trip taunts him even further. He then realizes that Pikachu is unable to use {{t|Electric}}-based attacks, so Ash calls for an {{m|Iron Tail}}. Pikachu's tail hardens into a gleaming slate of metal and slams earthward, but Snivy nevertheless dodges once again. With a bout of confidence, Trip tells Snivy to use {{m|Leaf Tornado}}, which traps Piachu in a cyclone of grass and leaves. Pivoting its body, Snivy slams its tail to the ground, whipping up a large cloud of dust. As the dust settles, Pikachu lies sprawled in a hole, completely unconscious. Ash quickly runs to Pikachu's side and picks him up, while Trip compliments his Snivy and [[recall]]s him into his Poké Ball. Trip suggests Ash go over the Trainer basics again, but Ash ignores the comment and rushes back to Professor Juniper's lab to have Pikachu treated.