The heroes are at the waiting room with Gladion and Acerola. Sophocles is up next to battle against Mina. Sophocles is nervous, but Lana calms him down, and Ash advises to take deep breaths. Sophocles does so, and his stress is relieved a bit. Acerola spins around, and is looking forward to her battle against Kiawe, who shares the same feeling, and wants the battle to be as heated as Wela Volcano. Lillie speaks to Gladion, asking of him not to hold back against her during their fight. Though she is aware that Gladion is a much more skilled trainer, she promises to give her best in the battle. Gladion smiles, and promises to use his full power, too. Jessie, however, puts her makeup on, and fantasizes about becoming the first Alola League Champion. She laughs, but stops, upon noticing James, Wobbuffet and Meowth lazying around. She yells at James, since they are going to have an important battle, to which he is just calm, for there's plenty of time.
Meowth claims they already know who's going to win, for Jessie did yell at them to let her win at the truck. Jessie confirms this, but is still disappointed that they are taking this too easily, but James continues ignoring her. At the battlefield, Sophocles' Vikavolt is having a mid-air battle with Mina's Ribombee. Sophocles' friends cheer him on, as he declares Zap Cannon. Ribombee continues evading Vikavolt's attacks, then fires Pollen Puff. Ribombee throws the spheres to Vikavolt, who attempts to dodge, but fails, and gets hit. Ribombee follows up with Psychic, and bashes Vikavolt to the ground, who flies back up. Vikavolt retaliates with Zap Cannon, which Ribombee evades. However, Vikavolt goes behind Ribombee, and grabs it with its pincers. At a point-blank range, Vikavolt fires Signal Beam, which instantly defeats Ribombee. Thus, Nanu proclaims Sophocles to have won the battle. Mina thanks Ribombee, and calls it in its Poké Ball, while Sophocles is cheering with his Vikavolt.
Meowth passes a bag of donuts to Mimikyu, who gives it to a customer. He hears the TV, which shows the next round: the actress Jessina against Jamexio, whom the announcer has no profile on. Jessie admits she forgot to send James' profile, who is still disappointed he will have to lose. The two sides start a battle, to which James lazily tells Mareanie to fire Spike Cannon. Wobbuffet uses Counter, which deflects the attack, making Jessie pleased that her plan is working. Mareanie fires Sludge Bomb, which Wobbuffet deflects with Mirror Coat. The two sides repeat these moves, which makes Jessie see this is getting them nowhere. To do something, James whispers to Mareanie to fall down, else the battle won't end. However, seeing Mareanie's determination, James realizes she wants an actual battle. He understands nobody wants a fake battle, and gets fired up. Jessie wonders what's going on, while James' Mareanie fires Spike Cannon. Wobbuffet uses Counter, but the sheer force of the attack causes it to get hurt, and in the end, defeated. Thus, James wins the battle, which disappoints Jessie that she won't become the Champion. Mareanie cheers, and glomps James, poisoning him.
Meanwhile, Bewear and Stufful are playing in the pool, with the forest Pokémon watching them. Next up are Kiawe and Acerola, which makes Kukui wonder which Pokémon will his student send out. On the battlefield, the two sides face each other, and send Marowak, and a huge Gengar. Nanu sees Acerola brought the Greedy Rapooh with her. Kukui analyzes this will be a short match, as Ghost-type moves are effective against Ghost-type Pokémon. Greedy Rapooh emits Shadow Ball, which Marowak deflects with Bonemerang. Greedy Rapooh is in distress, but Acerola tells it to use Shadow Punch. To stop the attack, Marowak uses Shadow Bone, and breaks through. Acerola notes Marowak is nimble, and has Greedy Rapooh repeat the attack. Marowak uses Bonemerang, which Greedy Rapooh evades, and wounds Marowak, who drops its bone. Marowak has stopped moving, so Rotom identifies that Greedy Rapooh's Cursed Body ability disabled the move it used. Greedy Rapooh grins, and uses Thief to steal Marowak's bone. This makes the girls realize that Marowak can't use Bonemerang, Shadow Bone, or even Flare Blitz, but Ash has faith in Kiawe in turning the battle around.
Greedy Rapooh fires Shadow Ball, which Marowak endures, along with Shadow Punch. Kiawe hopes Marowak endures the attacks until the ability wears off. Greedy Rapooh uses Shadow Punch once more, but the Cursed Body effect is lifted off, allowing Marowak to retaliate with Iron Head. Marowak bashes into Greedy Rapooh's belly, and enters it, much to others' shock. A moment later, Greedy Rapooh has trouble with its belly, and Marowak comes out with its bone. Greedy Rapooh uses Shadow Ball, to which Marowak uses Shadow Bone. The Shadow Ball is deflected to Greedy Rapooh, wounding it, before it gets toppled down by Shadow Bone. Hapu declares Kiawe to be the winner of the battle, and while Acerola praises Greedy Rapooh for having done well, Kiawe and Marowak are happy they passed to the next round. Kukui is pleased that Ash, Lana, Sophocles, and Kiawe are moving to the quarter-finals. The last match is between Gladion and Lillie, the two siblings. Lusamine cheers for both her children, as do Wicke, Burnet and Faba.
Seeing the group cheering them on the screen, Lillie becomes embarrassed, as does Gladion. Kiawe returns to his friends, to watch the last battle. Lillie's Snowy uses Hail, which summons a snowstorm, which hides Snowy in the haze. Gladion's Umbreon fires Dark Pulse, which Snowy evades. Gladion notices that was Snowy's Snow Cloak, and remarks that she's growing stronger. Umbreon fires Shadow Ball, to which Snowy uses Aurora Veil to protect itself. However, the move fails, and Snowy gets hit, while the hail stops. Betting her victory on the one exact move, Lillie presses her Z-Ring, to which Gladion tells Umbreon to brace itself. Kukui, the Aether Foundation scientists and Lillie's friends gasp, as Lillie has Snowy use the Z-Power to execute Subzero Slammer. Snowy fires a feeezing beam which freezes Umbreon in ice. The ice shatters, flinging Umbreon in mid-air. However, Umbreon has withstood the Z-Move uses the moment to use Iron Tail, which knocks Snowy into Lillie's arms. The two cuddle each other, and concede defeat.
Faba and Wicke cry how both Gladion and Lillie were amazing in the battle. Burnet admits this was a great battle, while Lusamine sheds a tear, wishing that her husband could see how great his children grew up. At evening, the quarter-final matches are shown: James vs. Gladion, Ash vs. Hau, Kiawe vs. Sophocles, and Guzma vs. Lana. While Kiawe and Sophocles are in shock they'd have to battle each other, Lana frowns to see her opponent. Hau greets Ash, but Rowlet starts arguing with his Decidueye. Ash asks Rowlet to calm down, who flies out of the Pokémon Center. Rowlet meets a Wingull, and the two have a talk before Wingull flies away, and Rowlet makes a battle pose.
Hau sees he'll have to battle Ash next. He asks Decidueye if it is excited, too. Decidueye confirms this, and Hau swears to exact their revenge.
- "Who's That Pokémon?:" Ribombee (JP)
- The host of this episode was Mallow and her question was "Which Pokémon does Gladion send out in today's episode?" The answer is Umbreon (blue), the other choices that were given in that episode were Midnight Form Lycanroc (red), Silvally (green), and Crobat (yellow).
- Jessie an James' outfits in this episode during their battle are likely references to Sina and Dexio's designs in Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
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