Ash's Sceptile evolved from Ash's Grovyle when Nurse Joy's Meganium was attacked by Team Rocket and it wanted to protect it.
Initially the battle was going to be between Ash's Sceptile
and May's Combusken
but May's Combusken
evolved and May
used Blaziken in the final round. Ash Ketchum
realized that his Sceptile had the type disadvantage in the battle but he was confident that it was strong enough to overcome the type disadvantage. This was Ash Ketchum
's first contest battle and Ash's Sceptile
initially missed a few times and lost points because May's Blaziken
dodged the attacks. Realizing that he needed to be more accurate with the attacks and effectively use Sceptile's speed, Ash Ketchum
managed to back May's Blaziken
into a corner to land some attacks accurately and effectively. The battle proved to be a fierce tug-of-war as neither Pokémon backed down. With Ash's Sceptile
exhausted to the limit, Overgrow activated but at the same time May's Blaziken
Blaze was activated and the two of them regained their power. With only a few seconds remaining in the battle, the two Pokémon went into a direct head-on fight and launched their two most powerful attacks: Overheat
which exploded in the air causing a huge smoke cloud to form and made it hard for people to see the results board. When the smoke cleared, the results board showed that the battle end in a tie.