The episode starts out with another battle between Ash’s Scraggy and Iris’s Axew. Scraggy easily dodges a Scratch attack, and counters with Headbutt. Axew winces while holding his head until Iris commands him to use Dragon Rage. Though, as usual, Axew bites down on the ball of energy and causes an explosion. Cilan remarks that Axew’s “Dragon Sneeze” still has its unusual taste, which angers Iris denying Axew’s attack as a sneeze. Ash reassures Axew’s potential to be a powerful Pokémon, and Iris remarks that Dragon-type are difficult to train and require patience as she picks up the Tusk Pokémon and embraces him with a hug.