Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!
Ash and his friends prepare for Ash's Gym match against the Icirrus City Gym Leader Brycen, as Krokorok and Ash are pumped up to take on Brycen. They arrive at the Gym and begin to shiver due to how cold it is inside of the Gym. Iris says that Nurse Joy told her that since it is an Ice-Type Gym, then it would be very cold. Iris and Axew have a winter outfit on while inside of the Gym. Ash, Pikachu, and Krokorok run to the battlefield, as they slip and fall. Iris calls Ash a kid for rushing to the battlefield. From a balcony, Brycen welcomes them to the Gym, and says that he's looking forward to their battle. He says that because he specializes in Ice Types, the battlefield is made of ice. Brycen's apprentice serves as the referee for the battle.
The referee says that they will use three Pokémon each, and that only the challenger may substitute their Pokémon. Ash chooses Krokorok to battle first, as Brycen is surprised that Ash chose a Ground Type Pokémon which is weak against Ice Type Pokémon for the battle. Ash says that Krokorok may be at a disadvantage, but Krokorok has a lot of motivation. Brycen says that his Ice Types can't be defeated with only motivation. Brycen brings out Vanillish to battle, as Ash scans it with his Pokédex. Krokorok uses Crunch, while Vanillish uses Astonish to send Krokorok to the ground. Cilan says that Astonish makes the opponent flinch and unable to attack, while Iris says that she will have nightmares about the attack. Brycen says that it's a good thing to use unexpected methods in a Gym battle, and that if Ash was confused by it, he won't win. Krokorok uses Stone Edge, while Vanillish uses Icicle Spear, as both attacks collide and one icicle hits Krokorok. Vanillish uses Blizzard, while Krokorok uses Dig, as his body becomes frozen. Krokorok tries to break free of the ice, as Vanillish uses Mirror Shot to break the ice and knock Krokorok down. Ash returns Krokorok to his Poké Ball.
Ash brings out Scraggy to battle next, as Iris and Axew give him a lot of support. Brycen says that it's the easy road to use a Fighting Type against his Ice Types. Scraggy uses Hi Jump Kick and Vanillish dodges the attack, as Scraggy hits the large piece of ice and hits the ground. Scraggy rolls around in pain, while holding onto his leg. Scraggy uses Headbutt and Vanillish dodges the attack, as Scraggy slips around on the ice but doesn't fall. Vanillish uses Icicle Spear, while Scraggy uses his rubber pants to block the attack. Vanillish uses Blizzard around the whole area with Cilan, Iris, and Axew finding it very cold, as Scraggy prepares Focus Blast. Scraggy uses Focus Blast, as the attack ends up behind Vanillish and knocks it down to the ground. Scraggy uses Headbutt to knock out Vanillish. Iris tells Axew that Scraggy is getting stronger, so he shouldn't fall behind.
Brycen brings out Cryogonal, as Ash scans it with his Pokédex. Ash decides to stick with using Scraggy against Cryogonal. Scraggy uses Headbutt, while Cryogonal uses Rapid Spin to send him backwards. Cryogonal uses spins around to hit Scraggy a couple of times, while Scraggy uses Focus Blast but it misses Cryogonal and hits ice. Cryogonal uses Aurora Beam, while Scraggy tries to defend himself with his rubber pants but is knocked out. Scraggy wakes up and uses Headbutt on Ash, as Ash returns Scraggy to his Poké Ball. Ash brings out Pignite to battle next. Pignite uses Flame Charge, while Cryogonal uses Reflect to block the attack. Pignite uses Flamethrower, while Cryogonal uses Rapid Spin to dodge the attack and hit Pignite. Cryogonal uses Frost Breath to hit Pignite and then comes at him with Rapid Spin. Pignite uses Fire Pledge to hit the center of Cryogonal and knock it out. Brycen brings out Beartic next. Pignite uses Flame Charge, while Beartic knocks him down with Brine. Beartic knocks Pignite down with Icicle Crash, and then knocks him out with Aerial Ace. Ash returns Pignite to his Poké Ball.
Ash brings out Krokorok again for the battle. Krokorok uses Stone Edge, while Beartic uses Icicle Crash to create pillars to block the attack and send a few stones at Krokorok. Krokorok uses Crunch and Beartic uses Ice Punch, as both attacks collide and Krokorok's mouth freezes. Beartic uses Brine, while Krokorok uses his tail to jump into the air and dodge the attack. The ice finally breaks off of Krokorok's mouth, as he hits Beartic with Stone Edge. Krokorok uses Dig to burrow underground, and then he comes up to hit Beartic. Beartic grabs Krokorok's tail, spins around, and throws him against a rock and the rock breaks from the impact. Krokorok comes out of the ice, as he slaps his cheeks which make them red. Ash says that Beartic made Krokorok want to become stronger, so they must win the battle. Ash sees the stones from Stone Edge, and comes up with an idea. Krokorok uses Stone Edge, while Beartic uses Icicle Crash to create defense pillars and block the attack. Krokorok jumps to grab the Stone Edge, as Iris and Cilan remember that Bianca's Emboar did the same thing to throw stones at Trip's Conkeldurr. Krokorok moves toward Beartic and Beartic uses Aerial Ace, as both attacks collide and both Pokémon land on the ground. Beartic collapses to the ground, as Ash wins the Gym battle.
Krokorok collapses to the ground after the victory, as Brycen gives Ash and Krokorok compliments. Brycen hands Ash the Icicle Badge, as Ash, Pikachu, Krokorok, Scraggy, and Pignite celebrate the victory. Brycen suggests to Ash that he go to Opelucid City for his 8th Gym Badge. Ash decides to go there for his 8th Gym battle. As the episode ends, Iris looks very nervous about them going to Opelucid City.Thanks to G50 for writing this for us