Our heroes finally reach Vermilion City. They make their way to the Pokémon Center to refill their empty stomachs, but once there, they see dozens of injured Pokémon being treated. Pikachu and Ash are alarmed to learn that all of these Pokémon were injured in battles with the Vermilion Gym Leader, Lt. Surge. Nonetheless, eager to earn a badge, Ash challenges Lt. Surge. Pikachu reluctantly enters the battle only to discover that its opponent is a Raichu, a fierce Pokémon with tremendous electric power—and the evolved form of Pikachu! In order for Pikachu to successfully compete, it must demonstrate a stronger will in battle than ever before. Could Pikachu possibly have a chance against Raichu’s overwhelming strength?