As our heroes continue their journey toward Nimbasa City along a winding mountain trail, they find a lost Cubchoo, stranded by a powerful storm. They soon encounter a group of Beartic and try to reunite the Cubchoo with its friends—but these Beartic don’t recognize Cubchoo, and they are not happy with the intruders!
As the angry Beartic shower our heroes with Ice-type attacks, a mountain ranger named Cliff and his partner Mienfoo come to the rescue! After getting them out of danger, Cliff explains the situation: there are two groups of Beartic on this mountain, and they don’t get along at all! He figures out that the lost Cubchoo must belong to the other group, and they set out in search of Cubchoo’s friends.
While they explore the mountain, Cliff notices that all the local Berries have been destroyed by the storm. This seems to be the reason for the Beartic feud: there’s not enough food to go around, so the two groups are fighting over it! The conflict puts Meowth’s negotiation skills to the test, but our heroes eventually manage to return Cubchoo to its own group, and Cliff offers to guide the hungry Beartic to a forest where lots of Berries grow.
Meanwhile, the sinister plot Jessie and James are unleashing on the Nimbasa City subway system is just beginning to take shape. Ingo and Emmet, the Subway Bosses, are determined to get to the bottom of it. Jessie and James are confident that they’ll succeed, even as Dr. Zager warns them to steer clear of the authorities...