The battle between Ash and Sumono is about to begin. The referee starts off by explaining the rules of the battle. Dawn and her Pokémon are in cheerleading outfits, and they begin to cheer for both Ash and Sumono. The battle begins. Sumono sends out a Machoke, and Dawn looks it up in her Pokédex. Ash sends out Staravia. Brock thinks that Ash made a good decision by sending out a Flying type. Staravia starts off with Quick Attack, but Machoke defends itself with Brick Break. Since Quick Attack didn't work, Staravia uses Gust. The Gust has more success. Then Staravia uses Aerial Ace. Sumono orders Machoke to avoid the attack and use Cross Chop. Machoke scores a direct hit on Staravia with Cross Chop. Dawn notices that Sumono fights very well even if her Pokémon is at a type disadvantage. Machoke then begins to hit Staravia with a series of Brick Breaks. Sumono orders Machoke to finish Staravia off with Seismic Toss. However, before Machoke can get its hands on Staravia, Staravia unleashes a Quick Attack on Machoke. Then Staravia uses Aerial Ace and hits Machoke. The attack is super effective against Machoke, and Machoke faints...Read the full recap
Staravia perfects Brave Bird, and Buizel learns Water Pulse.
Ash: Staravia, Chimchar, Buizel.
Maylene: Machoke, Meditite, Lucario.
Ash and Maylene tie in their battle, and Maylene gives Ash the Cobble Badge. This is also the first time Ash ties with a gym leader.
This is the 50th episode since Ash earned his first badge in the region. In Kanto, Ash already had six badges by this point, in Johto, he was going for his fourth badge, and in Hoenn he already had four badges.
This was Buizel's first major battle, as well as its first Gym Battle with Ash. It was also Chimchar's first gym battle while under the ownership of Ash.
This is the first time Ash earned a badge without technically winning since his Gym battle with Erika way back in Pokémon Scent-sation.
This is the first time one of the two protection moves (Protect and Detect) failed due to overuse.
This is the second time in a row that Pikachu was not used in a gym battle, which has never happened before.
Ash's Buizel's ability, Swift Swim, is used for the first time due to the rainfall on the battlefield caused by an impact that destroyed the roof of the gym.