In this episode, Stephanie was going to select her first Pokémon from Nurse Joy in Slateport City. However, while Ash, Brock, and Max were guarding the starters, the Torchic became impatient and began running around the Pokémon Center. Eventually, all the excitement caused Torchic to evolve into a Combusken.
Initially, Ash and the others were going to hide the Combusken and use May's Torchic as a diversion so it would seem like nothing would happen. But, fearing Stephanie would choose Torchic, they confessed to Nurse Joy what had occurred.
Nurse Joy told Stephanie that Combusken would probably be a bad Pokémon for a beginning Trainer to use, so she chose Mudkip. Then, Stephanie's father looked into the Treecko's eyes and fell in love with it. Nurse Joy allowed Stephanie's father to bring the Treecko with him, and she decided to keep the Combusken with her at the Pokémon Center.
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| Stephanie's Mudkip was first looked after by Ash and Max. But, it appeared to be upset, so it was looked after by Brock's Mudkip. In the end, everything turned out fine and it was picked by Stephanie as her Starter Pokémon.
None of Mudkip's moves are known.
|Debut||Having a Wailord of a Time|
- In the Japanese version, Stephanie was never given a name. She was only referred to as "Girl" in the credits.
- Her English name, therefore, was likely inspired by her voice actress' name.
- Even though Stephanie is a character of the day from the Hoenn region, she looks identical to a character of the day named Annie from Johto region, even though the two have no apparent connections whatsoever.