Ash, Pikachu, Brock, and Misty travel in the direction of Vermillion City. Before arriving, Ash receives his tenth pokémon battle victory! His confidence leads him to challenge A.J. – a fierce wild pokémon trainer who has 98 consecutive wins and has never lost a pokémon battle. Ash has met his egotistical match. He and butterfree lose the battle to A.J. and his sandshrew. A.J. has just won his 99th win! After accusing A.J. of cheating, Ash happens to observe the harsh, strict training methods of A.J. and his unofficial pokémon gym. He looks to Brock for support against A.J’s training methods, but Brock seems more interested in the pokémon food which A.J. has developed to create such strong, healthy pokémon. After Team Rocket makes a mistake and captures A.J.’s sandshrew thinking it was Pikachu, they insult A.J., sandshrew, and their unofficial gym. Will this lead to victory number 100?