Enter Iris and Axew!

After the strange black cloud disappears, Pikachu’s Electric moves are restored. Professor Juniper gives Ash a new Pokédex and Poké Balls so he can begin his journey in Unova. On his way, he discovers an Axew belonging to a trainer named Iris. Ash sees a flock of Pidove and battles one of them, capturing it. When Team Rocket appears and tries to steal Pikachu and Axew, Ash tries to use his new Pidove against Jessie and her new Woobat, but Pidove is overpowered. However, an Oshawott from Juniper’s lab appears and saves Pikachu and Axew. Team Rocket gets away when James throws a smoke pilet. Ash and Iris take their Pokémon to a Pokémon Center, where Iris decides to travel with Ash and Pikachu through Unova, as she knows her way around the region. As the two head off, Oshawott watches from afar.