Ash and friends have finally arrived in Sunyshore City, where Ash will challenge the Gym Leader in an attempt to win his eighth and final badge. Upon arriving at the gym, however, Ash is outraged to discover that a giant pile of Beacon Badges are lying right outside the front door, waiting for anyone who happens to walk by to simply take one. When he tries to enter the gym to get to the bottom of this, however, he’s caught by the gym’s high-tech security. Just then, an Infernape appears to save him, and it belongs to none other than Flint of the Elite Four, an old friend of the Gym Leader, Volkner. It is revealed that Volkner has lost his battling spirit, thus why the badges were left for anyone to take them. Flint, however, has a plan to snap him out of it and get him excited for Pokemon Battles again. Can Flint, with the help of Ash and friends, rekindle Volkner’s battling spirit?