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"Showdown at Dark City"
Episode Code
Pokémon: Indigo League
Air Date
United States
Air Date
JapanFlag.svg Apr-30-1998 UnitedStatesFlag.svg Oct-29-1998
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IL041 {{{epcode}}} IL043

Episode Plot

Ash,Misty, and Brock arrives in Dark City. They are suprised when they see a parent taking her child away from the area because of Pokémon trainers. Ash and his friends wonder whats going on and Pikachu gets hit on the head with rock thrown from the roof of a buliding. Ash tells Pikachu to use Thunderbolt in the direction the rock was thrown from. The Thunderbolt hits three kids. Ash and his friends apologize to the three kids but they tell them to get out of town. The kids are about to throw more rocks at them when a restaurant owner invites Ash and his friends to his restaurant.

At the restaurant, while eating (here, Pikachu eats Ketchup from a bottle and loves it), the owner tells Ash and his friends and a mysterious patron who overhears that Dark City has two rival unoffical Gyms, the Yas Gym and the Kaz Gym. Both Gyms want to become offical and the league inspector is supposed to come any minute. Both Gyms are recuiting trainers to eliminate the other gym. At that moment, fighting between the gyms breaks out outside the restaurant. Ash and his friends notice that the fighting is not like a Pokémon battle, but like a gang war. The Kaz Gym's Electabuzz and the Yas Gym's Scyther are sending out new trainers to fight every minute.

Team Rocket, who have been hired by the Kaz Gym as elite bodyguards, invade the restaurant and demand food. The owner refuses because the Kaz Gym has a large tab. Ash and Misty have Pikachu and Starmie protect the restaurant owner and try to make Team Rocket leave. Brock has Vulpix force Team Rocket to leave by using Flamethrower. Vulpix's attacks have been noticed by a Yas Gym recuiter, who tries to get Ash and his friends to join the Yas Gym. To protect their identitys, Ash introduces himself as Tom Ato, Misty as Ann Chovy, and Brock as Caesar Salad. After Brock agrees for Ash and Misty to join the Yas Gym (since the recruiter was a pretty girl) The Yas Gym recuiter takes them to the Yas Gym.

At the Gym, the Yas Gym leader is introduced to Ash and his friends. The Yas Leader shows how strong he is by having his Scyther suddenly attack Pikachu. Scyther's Cut attack is bolcked by the ketchup bottle that Pikachu is still holding. The ketchup squirts Scyther in the eye and Scyther accidentally attacks the Yas Gym Leader. The Yas Gym Leader is suprised, recalls Scyther, and asks Ash to join him. Ash asks him why he wants the gym to become offical and he says he wants to earn more money quicker. Ash doesn't like this, so he refuses the Yas Gym Leader's offer. The Yas Gym Leader is mad and he tells his followers to beat up Ash, which they do by sending out a Hitmonchan, a Hitmonlee, a Mankey, and a Machoke. to beat him up.

Ash and his friends quickly leave the gym. Back at the restaurant, Ash checks the Pokédex and it says that Scyther and Electabuzz both hate the color red and will start fighting if they see it. Ash and his friends make a plan to defeat the Yas and Kaz gyms at once using this knowledge.

Soon, fighting on the streets breaks out again. Scyther, using Swords Dance and Cut destroys Kaz bulidings easily and Electabuzz does the same to Yas forces by using Thunderpunch. Ash tells Misty, Brock, the restaurant owner, and the kids from earlier to dump barrels of ketchup on the trainers from the rooftops. Scyther and Electabuzz start attacking their own trainers. Ash ends the fighting by having Bulbasaur dump ketchup on Electabuzz and Scyther. The two start attacking each other and they knock themselves out.

Ash asks the Yas and Kaz leaders if they will stop fighting. They do, but they team up to fight Ash! Ash has Pikachu use Thunder on them and both leaders are stunned. The mysterious patron from the restaurant appears and revals to be the league inspector, Nurse Joy! She says that nether gym deserves to be offical and says street fighting won't be tolerated. Nurse Joy says she will give them a second chance and tells them that Ash would be a good teacher on how to be good trainers and unite the Yas and Kaz gyms. Ash isn't sure what to do, but he convinces the leaders to pay for all of the damage they caused.

When Ash and his friends leave Dark City, they see the kids again. They have become fans of Pikachu and have decided to become trainers themselves. Meanwhile, Team Rocket, covered in ketchup, are run out of town by Scyther and Electabuzz.


Human Characters

  • Children of Dark City
  • Restaurant Owner
  • Yas Gym Leader
  • Yas Gym Trainers
  • Kaz Gym Leader
  • Kaz Gym Trainers

Pokemon Characters

  • Electabuzz (Kaz Gym Leader)
  • Scyther (Yas Gym Leader)


  • In one of the Ketchup scenes, PIkachu's red cheeks are missing


  • Pikachu reveals his love for Ketchup
  • Both Scizor & Electabuzz are exclusive to Red version


  • Kid in green shirt:[To Ash and his friends] "We don't care who you are! if you have your Pokémon you get out of our town now!"

~ Two kids nods in agreement.
Ash: (to the kids) " Why? Whats wrong with ?"
Restaurant owner: (To the three kids) "Stop it Boys!"
~ Restaurant owner approaches Ash and his friends and holds one of the kid's head
Restaurant owner:[ To Ash and his friends] " I apologize. These children won't cause you any trouble. Come to my restaurant and I'll explain everything."
Ash: "Well okay."

  • Ash: "I'm... Ketchup."

Yas Gym Recruiter: "Ketchup?"
Ash: "Uh, no. My name is Tom Ato."
Misty collapses comically, then recovers.
Misty: "Well, my name is Ann Chovie."
Misty nudges Brock.
Brock: "And my name is Ceasar Salad."

  • "Brock just can't say "No" to a pretty girl."

~Misty after Brock agrees for everyone to join the Yas Gym.

Kas: (to Electabuzz) What are you doing Electabuzz? Hurry up and crush that Scyther!"

Yas: (to Scyther) What's wrong with you Scyther? Cut attack now!

  • Scyther and Electabuzz bumping into each other

Yas and Kas: [Gasp]

Scyther and Electabuzz collapse to ground K.O.

Yas: "Scyther!"

Kas: "Electabuzz!"
Ash: [To the gym leaders] "Well I hope you two have learned your lesson."
Bulbasaur: "Bulbasaur."


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