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"Round One - Begin!"
Episode Code
Pokémon: Indigo League
Air Date
United States
Air Date
JapanFlag.svg December 17, 1998 UnitedStatesFlag.svg October 30, 1999
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IL074 {{{epcode}}} IL076

Round One - Begin! is the 75th episode in the Indigo League season.

Episode Plot

Ash goes in to sign up for the Pokémon League. In the Pokémon League competition, each participant must battle in all four arenas. After sign up is complete, he ends up battling in the water arena. Ash meets Gary before the battle, who is very confident as usual. Gary enters his battle and wins it. Ash meets his challenger in the water arena. His name is Mandi, and he is quite confident he will win as well. Before the battle, Ash gets Krabby from Oak through an exchange system. Then, he heads towards the arena for battle. Ash enters the arena. Just as the battle is about to begin, Team Rocket is in the announcer’s stand cheering him on. They are soon carted away by a group of five Officer Jennies. Ash fights the battle hard. Using his Krabby, he manages to win the first battle which then evolves into a Kingler. Continually fighting the battles with Mandi’s Pokémon, Ash wins them all much to the surprise of Mandi who was sure he would win. With the first Pokémon battle won, Ash faces the next arena.



  • Meowth calls Mandi's Pidgeys "Pigeotto".


  • Mandi can be a man's name or a woman's name depending on how it's spelled. In this case, Mandi was a man.
  • This is probably the first time Ash has won a battle in a clean sweep (Meaning without switching his Pokémon).
  • The announcer descibes Ash as "newcomer" and Mandi as "Pokemon League favoruite", suggesting that trainers can enter the Pokemon League more than once. Whether they need to collect badges each time they wish to enter is unknown.


Jessie: 'We're on your side and you better dunk that scunk'

James: 'Use some spunk and leave him sunk'

(But then 5 Officer Jennys caught Team Rocker)

Officer Jenny 1: 'how did you 3 got here'

Officer jenny 2: 'come on, you're going back out'

Officer Jenny 3: 'you're under arrest'

Meowth: 'we didn't mean to sneak in!'

Officer Jenny 4: 'we know who you are, you're Team Rocket'

Officer Jenny 5: 'Tell it to the Judge'

Jessie: 'I want my lawer'

James: 'I want my Mommy!'

Team Rocket: 'Looks like Team Rocket is kicked out again!'