Following Ash’s victory at the Snowpoint Gym, Paul arrives in Snowpoint City and challenges Candice to a battle. Candice accepts his challenge, but says that she wants to let her Pokémon rest up first. The next day, everyone is surprised when Paul’s brother Reggie shows up in town. To add to the surprises, Pyramid King Brandon arrives in Snowpoint City in his Battle Pyramid, saying that he came to the city to go to the ancient Snowpoint Temple. This new arrival gets Paul’s blood boiling, as he knows that Brandon is the one that Reggie lost to, and the person that caused him to give up as a trainer. That combined with the news that Ash defeated him sends Paul over the top, and he challenges Brandon to a battle, determined to defeat the man that his brother couldn’t.