While walking through a mountainous and windy area, Ash and his friends notice a boy training his Swablu to carry rings, however when Swablu gets knocked out of the sky, Ash thinks fast and uses Taillow to save it. The boy, whose name is Shane, explains that he is practicing for the PokeRinger tournament, a competiton where Flying Pokemon have to grab a ring suspended in mid-air and get it back to the finish before it's opponents. Hearing that the registration for contestants is still open, Ash excitedly decides to enter with Taillow while May enters with Beautifly. Also entering is James, with Jessie's Dustox, since he trained to be a PokeRinger as a child and is determined to win without cheating. As the competition starts, Ash is dismayed when he drawn into the same group as last year's champion Volt, an arrogant trainer who uses his Volbeat's electric attacks to win. However, when Taillow is able to win the first round, knocking Volt out, Ash becomes even more determined to win. Meanwhile, James manages to knock May and Beautifly out of the competition, and begins to think he has a chance too!