Chili decides to head back home to apply his new strategy in battle. It then cries, explaining that its home was taken by another Pokémon and that it asked for help from other Pokémon but they all refused, which is why Scrafty snatched Axew. It uses Flame Charge once again to increase its speed. Burgh's Leavanny soon proves to be much too strong for Swadloon who is soon defeated. They next day has come and Deino's trainer still has not come. Palpitoad uses Supersonic, but it misses due to Emolga's Acrobatics.
Another day ends and the shy Deino's trainer still has not come to pick him up. When Pikachu helps track down the Scolipede, Iris sends out her Excadrill to fight the Scolipede, but Excadrill does not obey her at first, remaining in inactive mode. Burgundy proclaims that one day she will be better than Cilan and leaves, with the rest of the group heading towards Castelia City once more. Despite Dwebble's strong defenses and speed, Sewaddle defeats Dwebble only to face Burgh's Whirlipede who at first appears too strong for Sewaddle until it evolves into Swadloon. They continue and use a double Hyper Beam which takes out Boldore.
After Officer Jenny apologizes to the gang, she explains that something is seriously wrong with the Audino in town, as they are disappearing one after the other. Ash decides to go over to the train car and help them out. The bridge collapses and Ash and Cilan hang on for dear life. Using a Chandelure's psychic powers, he is transported over to the train car. Cilan tries to find the golden rod only to find it was made out of wood. As Shawn gets more Pokémon from his dad as Blitzle and Patrat have been worn out. They look for a herb that's high up on a cliff.
Elsewhere, Pierce directs Team Rocket to bring the meteorite they stole to a lab for study. When Iris sees the Vanilite, she acts very scared of its presence, knowing how Ice-type Pokémon are strong against Dragon-types. Uncle Hawes, the museum's curator, explains that the museum is locked down because it is believed to be haunted. Cilan offers to help in making the movie and claims he is a Film Connoisseur. In a , Meowth is revealed to have been working with Team Rocket the entire time; he enters a phone booth to call Team Rocket to give them the go-ahead. Meanwhile, Team Rocket decide to steal the Archen, along with the data for constructing a restoration machine.
Meloetta leads them to an apple tree where they harvest the apples to bring them back to the cave to munch on them. The Performance contest is now open. He is in town to compete in the Bell of Wishes Festival that is being held that day. Palpitoad is clearly worn out when Elesa sends out her Emolga. As Iris tries to comfort Excadrill, he curls up into inactive mode once more. Ash sends out Palpitoad while Dino sends out Darumakka.
Ash reaches the bottom of the mountain with Bianca following and smashing him into a pond. Sawk uses Close Combat but gets affected by Emolga's ability Static. They are sent into a chamber where the professor uses the Stone to highlight the markings on the wall. When Pansage becomes sick, the Dwebble watches as Cilan takes care of his Pokémon. Georgia has ordered Pawniard to use Guillotine on a fallen Snivy. A subway guard reprimands them after the incident, when Erina's Axew gets an idea to leave a note for Erina by stamping her hand into the stamp ink and then Iris drawing a ferris wheel on a stamp sheet, indicating that they will be waiting at the amusement park.
Before Trip leaves, Ash challenges him to a battle once more. Apparently, her X-Transceiver is dead. Our heroes excitedly agree, especially Cilan—who is, after all, a Film Connoisseur! They found out later that Purrloin is actually a male. They flee to check on the monument of Tornadus only to find that the wedge which is needed to fulfill its role has been destroyed. Ash states that he does not believe in ghosts, but Iris states it is possible.
However, the Litwick they are helping soon turns on them. They quickly escape before getting squashed. Ash uses Scraggy and defeat Mandibuzz, but then it starts to cry because it was kicked out of its nest because it ate all of its friend's food. Best Wishes is also notable for , , and not being present in all episodes outside of and the , a trend that continued into the and the. Elsewhere in the mansion, Jessie, James, and Meowth watch them enter on a security system. Oshawott tries to use Razor Shell but gets hit with Sludge Bomb first. The evil syndicate has a part to play in this season, and have been promoted.