Ritchie used Charmander to use Slash to break the wall, so he and Ash were able to confront Team Rocket.
Ritchie then used Zippo in his battle in the Indigo Plateau Conference against Ash. It used Flamethrower against Ash's Pikachu but Pikachu was able to dodge it. Zippo then used Tackle on Pikachu, knocking Pikachu out after attempting to stand up. Ash recalled his Pikachu and sent out his Charizard. Zippo approached Charizard but Charizard used Flamethrower which chased Zippo. Ritchie then decided to recall Zippo and send Pikachu, Sparky, out.
Ritchie also used Zippo to use Flamethrower on Team Rocket. Due to Weezing's Smog, the Flamethrower ignited the smoke and burned Team Rocket.