Ash and friends begin their journey towards Driftveil City. On their way they run into Trip. Their reunion is short lived as everyone is surprised when the Champion of Unova, Alder appears! Trip, having met Alder when he was younger, wants to show Alder his progress as a trainer. However, Ash challenges him to a battle. During the battle Alder gives no commands to his Bouffalant, and falls asleep. This causes Trip to loose interest in Alder as a champion, though when a wild Gigalith begins rampaging, his view of him might change.