PLAY WITH FIRE: Ash is battling Harrison from Hoenn at the Johto League Silver Conference. Pikachu is very excited to be battling, but Harrisons Kecleon knocks Pikachu out in Round 1. Its a close match the whole way through, but one by one Harrison knocks out Totodile, Snorlax, and Noctowl. Ash cleverly guides Bayleef through a rough battle with Harrisons Houndoom. Houndoom is a fire type Pokmon so it has the advantage, but Ash had Bayleef use its Vine Whip attack to close Houndooms mouth. In the end, Bayleef is able to knock out Houndoom! But Bayleef is no match for Harrisons last Pokmon. Harrisons sixth Pokmon is one that Ash has never seen before Blaziken. Its a fire type Pokmon and its at a really high level. Ash has saved Charizard for last. With two strong fire types in the arena, its hard to predict the outcome!
JOHTO PHOTO FINISH: Our hero is at the end of a tough battle with Harrison at the Johto League Silver Conference. The winner of this battle will go on to the semi-finals. Each trainer has battled hard and is down to their last Pokmon. Ash is using Charizard. Harrison is also using a high level fire type called Blaziken. Charizard flies up with Blaziken and is in position for a powerful Seismic Toss. After the impact, however, both Pokmon are standing! As Charizard tossed Blaziken down, Blaziken had directed a Flame Thrower attack towards the ground to propel it back up, softening the blow of the impact! Both Pokmon battle well, and it seems like neither will give in, but, in the end, Charizard faints. Harrison continues on into the semi-finals, but is defeated in the next round. After his battle, he tells Ash all about Hoenn and the amazing Pokmon there. As the Silver Conference comes to a close and the gang prepares to leave for Vermillion City, Gary makes a surprising announcement hes giving up battling. Hes decided to become a Pokmon Researcher.
GOTTA CATCH YA LATER!: With the Johto League Silver Conference behind them, Ash, Brock and Misty head back to Viridian City to relax. Their vacation is cut short when Misty receives an urgent call beckoning her back to Cerulean City to run the gym while her sisters cruise the world. Brock, too, realizes that has things he has to do. After a teary goodbye, Ash returns home to Pallet Town but soon grows restless for adventure. When his former rival Gary takes off on a new journey, leaving behind all of his Pokmon except Blastoise, Ash starts thinking about his next journey. Maybe its time to check out the Hoenn region after all.
HOENN ALONE!: Ash has left all of his Pokmon behind in Pallet Town except Pikachu and boarded a ship bound for Littleroot Town in Hoenn. Unfortunately, Team Rocket is on board as well, and theyre cooking up a scheme to catch Pikachu once and for all. They nab Pikachu and hop off the boat just as it pulls into a port. Their plan quickly goes awry, and Meowth and Pikachu end up in a bad neighborhood. While Meowth and Pikachu team up to chase off a gang of territorial Haunter, Ash teams up with Officer Jenny to rescue Pikachu before the boat leaves.