The gang begins on a journey to Fallabor Town, so May can compete in another Contest. In a field on rare Watmel Berries, Ash battles with the protector of the Watmels to strengthen his Treeko and make it learn new abilities.
Lake May sees the sight of many Volbeat and Illumise gathering for the May Festival.
The group come across a Bagon who dreams of flying but can't until it evolves into Salamence.
A Togepi convention is taking place as Misty arrives in Hoenn with her Togepi.
Cornered by Colonel Hanson and Team Rocket, the gang are amazed when they see Togepi's amazing power in defending them. After escaping, Togepi takes the gang to a dimension populated by unhappy Togepi which has caused the land to grow weak. However when Misty's Togepi is captured by Hanson in order for him to rule the Mirage Island, it leads to a confrontation during which Togepi undergoes the ultimate transformation...
Heading for Ash's next gym battle, the gang encounter the Winstrate Family who challenges them to a battle.
The gang encounter a Skitty that May wants to capture but Jessie also has her sights on catching it.
The gang encounter Nicholai again but rivalry erupts between Jessie's Seviper and his new Zangoose.
The gang encounter a boy who looks and sounds like Max but is older and taller.
May trains with her Beautifly in preparation for the Fallarbor Town contest but Drew turns up.
May enters the Fallarbor Town in the hope of winning her first ribbon.
With the Contest in Fallabor Town over, the gang are now headed to Lavaridge Town so Ash can battle for his next Gym Badge. However they soon re-encounter Kazuchi, who taught his Plusle and Minun the Helping Hand attack and as a result was invited to join a group of cheerleaders. Soon the gang are in the company of said cheerleaders and their leader, but it seems this group aren't fair when it comes to Pokemon battles...
May trains with her Skitty in preparation for the next contest when Skitty starts to learn Assist.
Needing to pass Mt. Chimney to reach Lavaridge Town, Ash and friends begin their journey over the mountain in a cable car. However Team Magma arrive in order to steal a meteorite that recently landed there from the local Professor. When Team Aqua also arrive to get the meteorite and disable the in-transit cable car, Ash manages to escape and decides to try and save the meteorite from the dueling rivals.
Ash arrives to challenge Flannery for his fourth badge but the new gym leader isn't properly organised.
Ash challenges Flannery to a gym battle and goes up against her powerful Torkoal.
Ash decides to re-challenge Norman in order to prove himself as a worthy trainer.
In the Valley of Steel, Ash rescues a Torkoal.
Wattson's Electrike evolves and becomes a Manectric.
Folowing a run in with Team Rocket, May's Skitty becomes unwell and the team must find someone who can help.
Ash, May, Brock and Max team up to help get a boy some pokemon training.
Both Timmy and May compete in the Pokemon contest at Verdanturf.
The team travel to a drought stricken village where Brock's Lombre is considered a saviour.
The team find an injured Swablu trapped under some debris in a forest.
A state of emergency is declared as a swarm of Gulpin descend on the city.
The gang run into another pokemon trainer with a disobedient Treecko.
Ash introduces his newly evolved Grovyle to the rest of his pokémon team.
When the team find themselves back in Petalburg city the find that May and Max's father has become a celebrity.
Ash arrives to challenge Norman to an official gym battle but something is wrong between him and Caroline.
Ash battles Norman for his fifth badge but Max doesn't want to see his dad lose.
Fortree City is the location of the next Gym, so this is the gang's destination, however they soon meet up with Professor Birch, who is on his way to Littleroot Town's harbour where he is to pick up Professor Oak who is visiting Hoenn. Ash and Brock decide to join him while May and Max go to Birch's lab. At the lab May and Max meet up with Birch's assistant who shows them a new batch of starters, and then Professor Oak (who has made his own way to the lab) turns up. Max is overjoyed to meet his idol, and Oak lets him meet a Bulbasaur, Charamnder and Squirtle. However soon Team Rocket turn up and nab all six starters and take them to their Secret Base. With Ash, Brock and Birch still waiting at the harbour, it's up to May, Max and Oak to rescue them!
Ash and May team up to take part in a double battle but they aren't good at working together as a team.
While walking through a dark forest, a Skarmory attacks the gang. When Skitty pops out it's Pokeball, May rushes to save it and ends up being carried off by the Steel Bird Pokemon, carrying her over a huge fence and dropping her off in a grassy area. While there, May encounters a Bulbasaur and becomes friends with it, but is soon attacked by other Grass Pokemon whom are extremely distrustful of humans. Meanwhile Ash, Brock and Max appeal to the Forest's protectors to allow them entry to rescue May, and when they are disallowed, the three decide to sneak in and save their friend...
May's new Bulbasaur is trying to adjust to life with the gang so Ash calls his Bulbasaur over but Team Rocket has hatched a plan.
A fisherman is seeking to catch the legendary Whiscash Nero with his Master Ball and asks the gang to help.
Lost in the fog, Ash becomes separated from the gang and meets an archaeologist and her Baltoy.
May prepares to enter the Rubello Town Contest and learns the rules are different as she comes across a group of fans.
May enters the Rubello Town Contest with Bulbasaur and Beautifly and attempts to win her next ribbon.
The gang come across a Spoink who ends up losing the pearl on the top of its head and help to find it.
Ash, James and May take part in a PokéRinger competition where James proves to be quite the expert.
Alas, it is just another day in the life of Team Rocket, as they make a landing following a recent blast off, except this time they all have Afro-Hairstyles courtesy of Pikachu's Thunderbolt! Whilst arguing amongst themselves whose fault their latest trip through the skies was, they notice a huge mansion... so naturally they decide to rob the joint. Meanwhile Ash and the gang have their own Afro's, but while they continue the road to Fortree City, a rainstorm starts up, and while it puts their hair back to normal, they have to find shelter, and come across the same mansion. After entering May and Max have yet another argument, but when Max goes missing May and the others need to find him, not realising he's made friends with one of the mansion's inhabitants, a friendly Shuppet!
An attack by Team Rocket leaves the gang separated but trouble brews between Corphish and Torchic as wild Breloom cause trouble.
The gang take shelter from the snow in the Weather Institute but Team Aqua are there after Castform.
The gang have reached Fortree City, and Ash is determined to finally challenge the local Gym Leader. Heading straight for the Gym, Ash is disappointed to learn that Winona, the Gym Leader, is away for the day at Fortree's Feather Carnival, a celebration of Flying Pokemon (which is the type Winona specializes in). Proceeding to the main part of the city, the gang notice the inhabitants unique way of living in tree houses, and also find Winona giving kids rides on her giant Skarmory, and May decides she wants a go too. Meanwhile, Team Rocket encounter the Magikarp Salesman again, where he offers James a chance to buy a Chmiecho, a very unique Pokemon which has soothing tones. James, obviously having forgotten the million other times he's been swindled by this guy, happily accepts, until it turns out to be a Hoppip dressed as a Chimecho (surprise surprise!). However James anger quickly fades when he encounters a genuine Chimecho and makes it his own. With a new Pokemon in their squad, Team Rocket plan to use Chimecho's Heal Bell attack to capture Pikachu...
Ash has his gym battle against Winona using Grovyle, Pikachu and Swellow against her flying types.
Ash is admiring his newly acquired Feather Badge that just recently won and they find out the next gym is in Mossdeep City but decide to stop at Lilycove City on the way. On their way they see a man struggling with a Camerupt that has equipment on it's back Ash and Co. manage to get the Camerupt out of the water and they find out from the man that Camerupt was carrying film equipment for movies.Meanwhile in the bushes Team Rocket plans to steal the movies and the Camerupt and give them to Giovanni...
The gang encounter the PMC once again and this time, they are after a Lunatone.
The gang stop by the Banana Slakoth Garden but a Snorlax is causing trouble by eating all the fruit.
An attack by Team Rocket leaves Pikachu suffering from amnesia which Meowth uses to their advantage.
The gang arrive in Lilycove City where a contest is taking place where May learns about the use of Pokéblocks.
As May takes part in the Lilycove contest, Ash decides to teach his Swellow how to use Aerial Ace.
Arriving on Bomba Island by mistake, the gang encounter a trainer who is studying to become a battle judge.