Guarding the Guardian of the Mountain!
Crossing a mountain during their final approach to Icirrus City and Ash’s next Gym battle, our heroes are startled when they look up to see two huge boulders crashing down on them. Before they can land, the boulders are demolished by an amazing man Cilan recognizes as Brycen, the martial-arts action movie star!
Ash and Iris aren’t familiar with him, so Cilan explains Brycen’s career in detail and sadly recalls how he quit making movies. Brycen explains that he was injured during production because he lacked preparation, so he’s on the mountain with his Pokémon co-star Beartic for some intensive training.
Brycen senses trouble, and soon discovers that the powerful Pokémon Volcarona, the Guardian of the Mountain, has been targeted by a Pokémon Hunter named Rizzo. Brycen angrily demands that he let Volcarona go, and accuses him of making the boulders fall earlier. Rizzo wants to settle things with a battle, saying he’ll release Volcarona if anyone can beat his Jellicent, and Ash and Krokorok accept his challenge.
Just when Jellicent is about to be defeated, Rizzo sneakily calls a second Jellicent into the battle! The two-against-one attack is too much for Krokorok, and it ends up in a cage with Volcarona—and that’s when Brycen and Beartic leap into action! Thanks to their overwhelming skill and power, Volcarona is freed and Rizzo is defeated, and Officer Jenny comes to haul the greedy Pokémon Hunter off to justice.
When Ash tells Brycen that he’s going to challenge the Icirrus City Gym, Brycen reveals that he’s the Gym Leader! The battle that awaits is sure to be full of action and excitement!