Continuing their journey to Hearthome City, Ash, Dawn, and Brock comes across the rare Pokémon Shieldon. Before they can marvel at the rare Pokémon, Hunter J and her minions return, and they want Shieldon! While battling her minions, they run into Gary! They hold J off long enough for them to get away. They then plan to meet up with Professor Rowan. Meanwhile, Team Rocket decide to sneak aboard J's ship to "teach" her a lesson. J then has her minions surround they area where Ash's group is, but they manage to find a way out. J then corners them and attacks. Despite Ash battling his hardest, J manages to get one of the Shieldon. Ash and Gary then sneak aboard J's ship to get it back.