After completing the Hoenn League Championships, Ash parts ways with his traveling companions, making his way back to his hometown. En route he accepts a Pokémon battle challenge from a gym leader he only later learns is one of the Elite Four. As he continues his trek homeward after a spirited battle, he learns from a fellow traveler of what’s bound to be his next challenge—a new league known as the Battle Frontier.
S8 | Episode 35
Shocks and Bonds