's main Pokémon.
also appeared when Barry
wanted to battle Ash's Gible
(who was still a wild Gible at the time) so that he could catch it in the end. One of its powerful Hydro Cannon attacks, though, sent it flying, thus ruining Barry
's attempt at a capture. It later re-appeared battling against Ash's Gible
challenged Ash Ketchum
to a battle. Due to it being overall stronger than its opponent, and Gible's disobedience towards Ash Ketchum
during the fight, it managed to knock out its opponent.
's first choice for his battle against Ash Ketchum
in the town near Sunyshore City. During the battle, Empoleon launched a powerful Hydro Cannon attack which sent his opponent, Ash's Monferno
, flying into the nearby forest. As Ash Ketchum
was calling out to it, Team Rocket suddenly appeared and managed to trap Ash Ketchum
and the others, as well as capture Pikachu
, Dawn's Piplup
and Barry's Empoleon
shortly afterwards. In the end, with the help of Paul's Electabuzz
, who aided in stopping Team Rocket's destroyed mecha from collapsing and injuring the captured Pokémon, and Ash's Infernape
, who had just evolved unexpectedly from Monferno, Barry
was reunited with his Empoleon.