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Battling Authority Once Again! (パワーバトル!アイリスVSヒカリ!! Power Battle! Iris VS Dawn!) is the 43rd episode of Pokémon: BW Rival Destinies.

Synopsis

The Junior Cup of the Pokémon World Championship is underway, and in the Quarter-finals, Trip has beaten Manning, Cilan has beaten Horatio and Ash just beat Geraldo. Now a real battle begins: Dawn VS Iris. Even though they just became friends, they will not go easy on each other. Who will win, the Pokémon Coordinator or the Dragon Master wannabe? We'll soon find out as the 4th match up of Round 2 begins now!

Episode plot

The screen presents the second round challengers. Trip will fight Manny, Cilan is paired against Horatio, Ash will battle Geraldo and the last battle is Iris vs. Dawn. Dawn knows well they would eventually battle each other, so wishes Iris luck. Georgia hopes Iris won't lose to anyone but her. Burgundy asks if she rooting for Iris, but Georgia denies this. First is Trip, who sends Serperior, against Manning and his Heatmor. Cilan expects a good match, while Iris is concerned with Dragonite, who isn't listening to her. She thinks of Dragonite's last battle, then runs away. Outside, she brings out Dragonite, letting him know him shouldn't attack without her guidance. She tries to bond with him, but Dragonite refuses. Cynthia appears, seeing Iris' problem.

Serperior launches Solar Beam, defeating Heatmor in an instant. Trip calls Serperior back and looks at Ash, then goes away. Next are Cilan and Horatio. Georgia believes Burgundy would be a better Connoisseur if she looked up to Cilan, which enrages Burgundy. Cilan sends Stunfisk against Horatio's Cinccino. Cynthia approaches Dragonite, who dismisses her. Cynthia feels that Dragonite does not trust humans, clarifying that it should relax, and that it needs to let its guard down. Iris sees for herself how amazing Cynthia is. Back on the battlefield, Stunfisk uses Sludge Bomb, defeating Cinccino. Georgia asks Burgundy where her evaluation is. Burgundy replies she won't waste her skills on this battle, so Georgia thinks Burgundy is quiet because Georgia would scold her. Burgundy brushes her off, so Georgia proves her point.

Iris comes back and hears that Cilan won. Next is Ash, who is visited by Meloetta. Ash sends Boldore against Geraldo's Reuniclus. Boldore uses Flash Cannon, targeting Reuniclus. Meanwhile, Trip sees Cynthia, who is eating an ice cream. Cynthia remembers him, but wonders why he's not watching the battles. Trip replies that he already has strategies against his challengers. Cynthia wishes him luck, while Trip says to himself that once he beats Alder, she's his next opponent. Meanwhile, Boldore uses Rock Blast, defeating Reuniclus. The final match is Iris vs. Dawn. Georgia wishes that in Iris' quest to become a Dragon Master, Iris should make Dragonite obey her. Iris sends out Dragonite, while Dawn brings out Mamoswine. Both Dawn and Iris are determined to give their best to win.

Mamoswine starts off with Hidden Power, and Dragonite dodges the attack per Iris' orders. However, when Dawn has Mamoswine use Ice Shard and Iris calls for Dragonite to dodge again, he goes back to ignoring her and endures the hit. Georgia wonders why Dragonite is being so stubborn, while Burgundy believes that he simply prefers to take his opponents' attacks. Mamoswine then uses Take Down on Dragonite, who charges head on, ignoring Iris' orders. Both clash, though Dragonite manages to stop Mamoswine. Mamoswine then uses Ice Shard, hitting Dragonite point-blank. Using raw force, Dragonite flips Mamoswine over and throws it down. Iris is enraged, for even though Dragonite proved he is strong, he still won't listen to her. Dawn and Mamoswine are still good to battle, to which Iris tries to explain to Dragonite that they can only win as a team, but he dismisses her.

Dawn orders another Take Down, and Iris tells Dragonite to dodge, but the latter once again clashes head on with Mamoswine, getting pushed back. Mamoswine then uses Ice Shard, and Dragonite takes the hit, ignoring Iris' command to use Flamethrower. Mamoswine uses Ice Fang, and Dragonite grabs its tusks. When his arms begin to freeze, Dragonite breaks free, flies up, and finishes off Mamoswine with Dragon Rush. Burgundy sees Iris managed to win, but Georgia corrects her, claiming that Dragonite won, not Iris. Dawn calls Mamoswine back and congratulates Iris, who replies she only won by a hair. Dawn wishes her luck in the semi-finals. Cynthia sees that when Dragonite starts listening to Iris, the duo will certainly be powerful.

The screen displays the semi-finals, so Cilan will fight Trip and Iris is matched with Ash. Iris and Ash remind themselves of Nimbasa Tournament, in which Excadrill defeated Pikachu. First are Cilan and Trip, the latter trying to prove power is everything. Cilan senses Trip is already preparing for the battle against Alder, but he is here to stop Trip. Trip sends out Serperior against Cilan's Crustle. Cilan knew Trip would use Serperior. Serperior uses Leer on Crustle, who hides in its rock, negating the move. Serperior then uses Solar Beam, which hits Crustle, who retaliates with X-Scissor. Serperior evades, so Crustle uses Rock Slide. Serperior dodges again and defeats Crustle using Frenzy Plant.

Cilan calls Crustle back, angering Burgundy, who wonders how Cilan calls himself A-Class Connoisseur with that defeat. Alder admits it was powerful, but senses it will go so far. Trip aims to prove his point by beating Alder. Ash admits to Cilan that was a good battle, knowing Serperior is an awesome Pokémon and is looking forward to battle it. Outside, Iris asks Dragonite to listen to her. Dawn approaches her and lets her know that she once had the same issue with Mamoswine. She assures Iris that Dragonite will listen to her one day. On the battle field, Ash sends Krokorok and Iris sends out Dragonite.

Trivia

  • It is revealed that after Trip beats Alder, he's going to battle Cynthia next even though he has to deal with Ash's old Sinnoh rival Paul first when he just battle her once and lost in Top - Down Training!.
  • Like in Strategy with a Smile!, the female companions Ash traveled with battle each other.
  • The soundtrack title theme of Zoroark: Master of Illusions is played in this episode.
  • Who's that Pokémon?: Mamoswine (U.S.)

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