Ash and Hala aim to begin their battle. First they pray that Tapu Koko blesses their battle and Professor Kukui asks Ash if he knows the Normal-Z move. Ash says that he has mastered it and is ready for the Grand Trail. The prepare to battle, as Kukui will be the ref. The battle between Ash and Hala begins. Ash sends Rowlet and Hala uses Crabrawler.
Rotom tells Ash that Rowlet has the type advantage. Crabrawler uses Bubble Beam, Rowlet quickly dodges and uses Peck. The hit lands and Ash has Rowlet use it again. However, Crabrawler catches Rowlet, then uses Brutal Swing, followed by Power-up Punch. Rowlet then uses Leafage, but its countered by Bubble Beam. Ash has Rowlet use the same attack again, but this time he tells Rowlet to “surprise” Crabrawler.
After the attacks collide, Rowlet “surprises” Crabrawler with his speed, using Peck consistently. Rowlet tries it once more, but fails to land the hit. Crabrawler uses Power-up Punch again, but Rowlet dodges successfully. Crabrawler attempts to grab Rowlet again but it dodges and uses tackle, defeating Crabrawler. Rowlet fails asleep in mid-air and Ash recalls Rowlet.
Pikachu is up next, facing off against Hariyama. Pikachu uses Iron Tail and Hariyama counters with Fake Out. It then uses Knock Off, smashing Pikachu into the ground. Pikachu uses Electro Ball, it fails and Hariyama uses Arm Thrust. Pikachu dodges the barrage, then uses Thunderbolt. No attack from Pikachu seems to work, Hariyama uses Belly Drum. Then Hala and Hariyama use their Z-Move, Ash has Pikachu use Quick Attack, he manages to dodge most of the hits, but some of them hit.
Ash decides to use quick attack, rounding circles around Hariyama then uses Iron Tail. The hit lands and Ash along with Pikachu decided to use their Z-Move. Pikachu uses Ultra Light Dash, landing a devastating blow against Hariyama. Ash wins the first Grand Trail, while Tapu Koko watches. This episode was excellent. It quickly got to the battle and the battle was epic. Ash and Pikachu using the Z-Move was really fun to watch. The battle is better when watching, the animation was great as always.