Ribombee spoke with Poipole, letting Mina sense the latter's feelings. Upon others' amazement that she could understand her Pokémon talk, Mina simply claimed she sensed what her Ribombee was feeling. Later, it battled alongside Ash and his Pokémon against Team Skull, and used its Pollen Puff to defeat them.
Mina sent Ribombee to battle during the preliminary round of the Alola Pokémon League, which they passed. Mina sent Ribombee to battle Sophocles' Vikavolt in the next round. The two Pokémon flew in the sky to chase each other. Ribombee evaded Vikavolt's Zap Cannon, and flinged Pollen Puff to Vikavolt, who failed to dodge. In addition, Ribombee used Psychic, slamming Vikavolt to the ground. To counter, Vikavolt fired another Zap Cannon. Ribombee dodged, but this was just a distraction: Vikavolt came behind Ribombee and bound it with its pincers. By using Signal Beam, Vikavolt defeated Ribombee at point-blank range.