Kirlia and Leafeon were used in battle with Dawn, when she attempted to learn a new combo move. Dawn's Cyndaquil stood in the middle of Mamoswine's Ice Shard, but the flames melted the ice away. Dawn attempted the combo a second time and succeeded, as Cyndaquil stood firmly in place. As Cyndaquil charged, Leafeon and Kirlia dodged, causing the combo to shatter into pieces of ice. Leafeon used Magical Leaf, along with Kirlia's Psychic, to strike Cyndaquil and Mamoswine, defeating them.
Later, prior to the final stage of the Grand Festival, Zoey had Kirlia evolve into Gallade using a Dawn Stone. Using Gallade and Glameow, Zoey fought against Dawn's Togekiss and Piplup. Though their strategies were very well planned, Zoey's Gallade powered up Glameow, which caused Zoey to win the Festival.