Savannah decided to use Lairon for the Rubello Town's Contest. Since she needed training, Savannah sent Flareon and Lairon to battle May's Bulbasaur. Lairon used Metal Claw, but got countered by Bulbasaur's Vine Whip. Once their ribbons got retrieved, Savannah's Lairon used Water Pulse, which blasted Team Rocket away.
During the second round of the Contest, Lairon attacked Bulbasaur with Take Down. Bulbasaur couldn't do anything and got hit, since the audience overwhelmed it. Bulbasaur used Vine Whip, which grabbed Lairon. However, Lairon's Shock Wave electrocuted Bulbasaur. With Metal Claw, Bulbasaur got defeated. For the final round of the Contest, Lairon was used against Drew's Masquerain. Lairon attacked with Metal Claw, but got hit by Hidden Power. Just as Lairon was to use Shock Wave, time ran out and Drew and Masquerain won the Contest, since Lairon lost more points. Despite this, Savannah thanked Lairon for giving its best and recalled the day she, Lairon and Flareon won her first ribbon.
Before arriving to Slateport City for May's Grand Festival, she and Ash remembered their past adventures so far. May recalled meeting Savannah, who used Lairon in her Contest. Since Bulbasaur had stage fright, it took Take Down attack from Lairon. Bulbasaur tried to bind Lairon with Vine Whip, but was electrocuted by its Shock Wave attack and defeated by Metal Claw.