Characters in Episode:
Ash, Cilan, Iris, Ash’s Pikachu, Bel, Professor Juniper, Iris’s Axew, Bel’s Pignite, Ash’s Oshawott, Jessie, James, Meowth, Ash’s Snivy, Joy, Joy’s Audino
Pokémon in Episode:
Pokemon Attacks used in Episode - Timecode (mm:ss):
Pignite – Tackle – 05:51
Pignite – Flame Charge – 06:06, 20:14
Minccino – Hyper Voice – 06:48, 15:37
Minccino – Tickle – 07:02, 08:42, 15:56
Oshawott – Tackle – 07:55
Oshawott – Razor Blade – 08:24
Minccino – DoubleSlap – 08:49, 15:21
Snivy – Attract – 14:00
Minccino – Attract – 14:10
Pikachu – Iron Tail – 14:57, 15:20
Pikachu – Quick Attack – 15:09
Pikachu – Thunderbolt – 16:24
Pignite – Take Down – 19:32
Pignite – Heat Crash – 19:42
Pikachu – Volt Tackle – 20:25
Episode Location: Enroute to Nacrene City (Shippou City シッポウシティ), Nacrene City (Shippou City シッポウシティ), Pokémon Center, Pokémon Center Battlefield
- Ash receives a Badge Case delivered by Juniper’s messenger, Bel. Bel is a quirky individual who has secured two badges.
- Ash encounters a wild Minccino who adores to polish dirty objects. Mincinno manages to steal Ash’s badge case forcing him to track Mincinno over a large forest area.
- Team Rocket examines the Nacrene City architecture to develop an escape plan for their next objective
- Bel successfully captures the wild Minccino, making him her 2nd Pokémon
- Ash and Bel battle after restoring their Pokémon at a local Pokémon Center, however Ash proves to be victorious, proving that badges do not represent a trainer’s ability
English - Who's that Pokémon? Mincinno
Mincinno (Japanese-Translated): Minccino, the Chinchilla Pokémon. A Pokémon that loves clean and pretty things. When it finds something dirty, it uses its tail as a broom to sweep the dirt off.
Pignite (Japanese-Translated): Pignite, the Fire Pig Pokémon. The evolved form of Tepig. It turns the things it eats into fuel, causing a flame to burn in its stomach. When the pouches in its body flare up, its mobility and speed increase.”
Mincinno (English): Mincinno, the Chinchilla Pokémon. Mincinno love shiny things and will use its tail as a brush to clean any objects that are dirty.
Pignite (English): Pignite, the Fire Pig Pokémon and the evolved form of Tepig. Pignite’s food converts into fuel for the flame that burns in its stomach. And when fuel burns in its stomach, its speed increases.
Number of Times Team Rocket Blasted off in the episode: None
Team Rocket Balloon Enhancements: None
Did Team Rocket use a Mecha in the episode?: No
Did Team Rocket use a motto variation in the episode?: No
Professor Oak’s Pokémon Live Caster: Pansage (Yanappu ヤナップ)
The Grass Monkey Pokémon, Pansage, is a Pokémon who has a big leaf on its head as a special trait. This leaf contains components that improve blood circulation. When you eat it, your body will become warm and your physical condition will improve. That’s why Pansage shares the leaf with every unwell Pokémon it sees. Presently, it’s being researched whether this effect can be used for humans as well. Pansage have a mild personality and don’t like fighting. Apparently, they often reside in deep forests or on top of trees.
Professor Oak’s Senryuu
When you get tired, take one leaf of Pansage’s (つかれたらはつぱいちまいヤナップの)
On his quest to become a Pokémon Master, Ash and his friends continue their journey to Nacrene City, the location of the Nacrene Gym, in order to get the second badge. A young woman shouts out, “Hey Hey!” dashing down the dirt path in an attempt to catch up to our heroes. Ash, Iris, and Cilan turn to see the woman trip on a small rock in her pathway, forcing her to lose her balance, knocking Ash and Cilan into a nearby stream. After taking a splash into the stream, Ash and Cilan remove their clothing and prepare a fire and begin drying their drenched clothes. The woman begins apologizing, shouting that she is sorry repeatedly. Iris questions the woman who she is. She looks towards Ash, responding that she has a delivery for him. The woman rushes over to Ash and presents her Xtransciever to Ash, initiating a call into Professor Juniper. The connection is successfully established with Juniper greeting Ash and questioning him on his progress with gym battles. Ash responds that he currently has one badge. Juniper apologizes to Ash for not giving him a Badge Case during his prior visit and has given one to her assistant, Bel. The young woman introduces herself as Bel, the assistant that Juniper had been referring to. Bel begins rummaging through her shoulder bag, attempting to secure the badge case to present to Ash.
After a few moments, Bel continues to rummage around through her purse, still unable to locate the case. Ash and Cilan begin drying their clothes and finishing dressing as Bel finally manages to recover the badge case from her unorganized bag. The badge case is two-toned (black and blue) and covered in dust. Ash receives the case from Bel, opening it to reveal eight slots used to hold a trainer’s victory badges of Unova. Ash places his Tri Badge in its slot, stating that he wants to collect all eight badges soon. Cilan reminds Ash that they are very close to his next gym battle in Nacrene City. Bel questions Ash to allow her to examine the badge. Ash obliges, handing the case over to Bel. As Bel begins to grasp the case, a wild Minccino snatches the case and dashes into the dense forest foliage. Ash dashes away in pursuit of Minccino, following shortly behind by Bel, Iris, and Cilan. Ash soon becomes exhausted from the pursuit, stopping at a fallen tree in his path and begins gasping for air stating that he can’t believe how fast Minccino actually is. Bel responds that it only represents how great Minccino is. Iris states that it isn’t the time for Bel to smile. Bel responds that she has never seen such a nimble Pokémon such as Minccino, which causes her to become psyched. Ash climbs atop the fallen tree, shouting that he has to recover his badge at any cost. Bel suggests that Ash can simply obtain a replacement badge if he were to tell the Gym Leader what happened. Ash responds that the badge is filled with his and his Pokémon’s passionate feelings. A distant “Pika Pika” is heard, alerting Ash that Pikachu has located Minccino.
Our heroes successfully reach Mincinno, who is busily polishing the stolen badge case with its tail. Bel queries her Pokédex for Minccino’s entry: “Minccino, the Chinchilla Pokémon. A Pokémon that loves clean and pretty things. When it finds something dirty, it uses its tail as a broom to sweep the dirt off”. Cilan suggests that the badge case must have bothered Minccino because it was dirty. Bel responds that Minccino is perfect for a trainer that is lazy like her. Ash begins to confront Minccino, however is interrupted by the anxious Bel, shouting that she as finally decided to capture Minccino. Cilan sighs that he cannot believe how wayward Bel is. Iris suggests that Bel is simply selfish. Bel shouts that Ash should leave it to her, as she will capture Minccino and recover his badge case. Minccino opens his mouth and devours the badge case, nestling it within his mouth. Bel launches a lone Pokéball, which blasts open in a shimmering light revealing her Pignite. Ash opens his Pokédex, recalling the entry for Pignite: “Pignite, the Fire Pig Pokémon. The evolved form of Tepig. It turns the things it eats into fuel, causing a flame to burn in its stomach. When the pouches in its body flare up, its mobility and speed increase.” Pignite forcefully dashes forward with Tackle; however Minccino gracefully dodges the attack with minor effort. Pignite begins stomping at the ground, generating flame energy around its body in preparation for Flame Charge. A few seconds later, Pignite blazes forward with Flame Charge, crashing into the ground nearby Minccino which creates a huge plume of debris. After the debris settles, Minccino is revealed to have successfully avoided the attack, climbing up a nearby tree. Cilan suggests that in contract to her appearance, Bel battles quite forcefully. Ash demands for Bel to hurry up and recover his badge. Mincinno removes the badge case from its mouth, placing it on a nearby tree branch. Pignite begins stomping its hooves again, preparing to launch another devastating Flame Charge.
In response, Minccino closes its ears and bellows a forceful wave of sound energy, which envelops Pignite rendering it unable to move. Iris identifies the attack as Hyper Voice. Mincinno dashes down the tree branch during Pignite’s temporary immobility, hopping atop his shoulders. Mincinno begins using the tip of its tail to tickle Pignite, forcing him to uncontrollably dance around in response to Mincinno’s attack. Bel recalls Pignite into its Pokéball, responding that Minccino is truly amazing despite being so small. Ash rushes up to Bel, stating that he will have to recover his badge back by himself after all. Pikachu takes to the battlefield, preparing to confront Minccino. As Pikachu crouches into a battle stance, a Pokéball explodes releasing Oshawott. Bel questions if Ash's Pokémon ever come out on their own without being called. Iris responds that it is only related to his Oshawott. Bel giggles, stating that it is quite funny. Ash suggests to Pikachu that he should allow Oshawott to battle this time. Oshawott dashes forward with Tackle, however Mincinno’s exceptional agility allows it to effortlessly evade the attack, forcing Oshawott to slam into the ground. Ash commands for Oshawott to respond with Razor Shell, however is interrupted by Bel who shouts for Oshawott to use Hydro Pump. Ash shouts to Bel that Oshawott is unable to use Hydro Pump and shouts for Oshawott to use Razor Shell. Oshawott successfully removes his scallsword, enveloping it in an aura-like energy. Oshawott swings his attack forward, however Mincinno is nowhere in sight. Taking advantage of the element of surprise, Minccino dashes down from a nearby tree and begins tickling Oshawott, forcing him to roll back and forth from the stimulation. After a few moments, Minccino follows up with Double Slap, knocking Oshawott unconscious. Bel complains that she was only one step away from capturing Minccino. Iris explains that while the opponent is caught completely off guard due to Tickle, it strikes with DoubleSlap. Cilan examines Minccino’s battle style, stating that the way it battles is fragrant with mellow ripeness. Oshawott returns to Ash and beings pushing Pikachu into the open field as Minccino’s next opponent. Minccino replaces the badge case within its mouth and disappears into the dense foliage. Bel shouts that Minccino was able to get away. Ash responds that Minccino simply escaped because she kept butting in unnecessarily during the battle. Bel suggests that she was only giving Ash advice on the battle and soon after, questions him if he will assist her in capturing Minccino. Ash reluctantly agrees, stating that he has no choice due to having to recapture his badge case. Bel giddily hops up and down, excited that she will be able to capture Minccino. Ash sighs, complaining that he had thought he would finally be able to challenge his 2nd gym. Cilan responds that they only have one more mountain to cross in order to reach Nacrene City, so there is no need to rush.
Meanwhile in Nacrene City, Team Rocket is perched atop a structure, examining the city architecture. Jessie states that the city is full of storehouses. James reveals a tablet, which boots revealing Team Rocket’s data interface. James selects an item on the screen, revealing a map of Nacrene City. James explains that railroads were developed in Nacrene many years ago. Meowth suggests that they should check the location of the museum first. James swipes his finger, moving the map to the location of the museum. Jessie suggests that they should work on securing their escape route prior to mission execution.
Our heroes stand in an open pathway, pondering where Mincinno could have escaped. Bel questions Cilan if he has any sparkling pots or tableware. Cilan removes a single spoon from his pouch, presenting it to Bel and informing her that he polishes his silverware very thoroughly. Bel snatches the utensil with vigor and begins rubbing it in the dirt, giving it a tarnished appearance. Ash questions Bel about her intentions with the spoon. Bel responds that they will use the spoon to lure out Minccino. Iris states that Bel will take advantage of the fact that Minccino likes to polish dirty things. In an open field, Bel props a cover up with a frail stick, attached to a rope leading back to her location in a group of bushes several feet away. The cover is propped up by the stick, covering the dirty spoon in which Bel hopes to attract Minccino. Moments later, Minccino appears and begins polishing the spoon with its tail. Bel responds by yanking the cord which forces the top to fall atop Minccino, trapping him. After a few moments, MInccino manages to use its strength to lift the lid, skittering across the dirt path and successfully thwarting Bel’s capture attempt. Ash responds that he will have to take his badge case back by battling MInccino after all. Bel lectures Ash that he will have a disadvantage in close range battle. Cilan suggests that Minccino will probably use Tickle to render his Pokémon unable to fight. Soon after, Ash, Iris, Cilan, and Bel begin traversing a shallow stream and soon meet a large tree, containing Minccino perched within whom is polishing its captured wares.
Ash dashes out with confidence, calling upon Snivy. Upon sight of Snivy, Minccino hops down from the tree branch, prepared to confront its new foe. Bel compliments Ash on having a wide variety of Pokémon. Cilan questions Bel if she has any Pokémon other than Pignite. Bel responds that she has only ever had Pignite. Cilan and Iris stare at Bel in a surprised state, pondering how Bel has been able to make it as far as she has with just Pignite. Bel states that she has won most of the time by continuing to use Flame Charge over and over. Cilan questions Bel how long she has been traveling. Bel responds that she has been studying at home for a while, and has only recently started traveling. Bel explains that her father simply wouldn’t allow her to begin a journey, which is why she only has two badges. Snivy launches a strong Attract; however Minccino avoids the attack by retreating into the forest foliage. Minccino retaliates with its own Attract, successfully rending Snivy unable to battle. Moments later, Pikachu dashes to Ash’s aid, suggesting he would like to battle Minccino next. Cilan states that with choosing Pikachu, Minccino’s Attract becomes useless against another male. Pikachu blazes into battle, encasing his tail in a layer of iron and soon smashing into the ground afterwards with Iron Tail. Minccino manages to barely dodge the devastating attack. Pikachu responds with Quick Attack, using the attack’s speed boost to counter Minccino’s agility. Pikachu flips forward once more, launching Iron Tail however; Minccino retaliates with DoubleSlap. The two Pokémon clash midair, negating each of their attacks. Minccino closes its ears, and lets forth a wave of sound energy, rendering Pikachu immobile. Minccino takes advantage of the temporary opening and dashes behind Pikachu. Minccino begins to use its tail to tickle Pikachu, rubbing it lightly across his entire body.
After a few moments, Minccino grows fatigued from the attack and begins panting from exhaustion. Bel shouts out commanding for Pikachu to use Zap Cannon. Ash sighs, responding that Pikachu cannot use Zap Cannon. Pikachu launches an astounding Thunderbolt, which strikes MInccino for a direct hit. Mincinno begins stumbling from the attack, dazed from the electric-type move. Bel begins fumbling in her bag, attempting to locate a Pokéball to capture Minccino. As Bel continues to search for the Monster Ball, Minccino manages to recover from the attack and escapes into the nearby forest. Moments after Minccino’s escape, Bel reveals the Pokéball which is covered in dust and debris. The sight of dust lures Minccino back towards Bel, whom dashes across the stream and climbs atop Bel to begin polishing the Pokéball. Seconds later, Minccino’s contact with the Pokéball forces it to open, capturing Minccino’s essence. A few seconds later, the red lamp delaminates on the Pokéball, signifying Minccino’s successful capture. Cilan suggests that Minccino must have been extremely bothered by the dirt on the Pokéball. Iris questions if Minccino and Bel will be fine as partners. Cilan responds that a marriage between a quirky trainer like Bel and a steadfast Pokémon like Minccino is wonderful. With Minccino’s capture, Ash successfully reclaims his badge case.
Later in the afternoon, our heroes visit a local Pokémon Center in which they restore their Pokémon to their previous healthy states. Joy and Audino present Ash and Bel with two trays, containing their respective Pokémon. Joy explains that she has additionally completed examining his Pokémon Egg (Note: The Egg was previously obtained in Best Wishes #12) and it is very healthy. Bel questions Ash what Pokémon is inside the egg. Ash responds that he is unsure as to which Pokémon is inside the egg. Afterwards, Bel challenges Ash to a battle, who confidently accepts. An open area is located outside of the Pokémon Center, which contains chalk lines to represent a battlefield. Ash explains that each trainer will be allowed one Pokémon, and if either one becomes unable to battle, it will be over. Bel launches a Pokéball, calling upon Pignite. Ash begins to ponder what Pokémon he will use in response to Pignite; however Bel interrupts, demanding for him to use Pikachu. Ash obliges, with Pikachu dashing over to take the battlefield. Pignite blazes forward with Take Down, successfully striking Pikachu. Taking advantage of Pikachu’s damaged state; Pignite takes skyward and envelops itself in a sphere of fire energy, striking down with Heat Crash. Pikachu struggles for a few moments however; manages to recover from the attack. Pignite responds with Flame Charge, stomping its hoofs up and down against the battlefield to generate fire energy around itself. Pikachu retaliates with Volt Tackle, with both Pokémon clashing violently. As the debris settles, Pignite is announced as unable to battle, rendering Ash as the victor. Bel recalls Pignite into his Pokéball, thanking it for the hard work. Bel dashes over to Ash, stating that while she may have lost, she has only began traveling and by the time they meet again, she will have raised Pignite and Minccino to a higher level. Bel wishes good luck to Ash, and begins her departure, escaping down the forest path.
Ash and his friends have been thrown back and forth by Bel, Juniper’s messenger. Ash sets off with renewed determination for his next battle at Nacrene Gym.