Ash finds out that the Pokemon League is starting soon, so he, along with Misty, and Brock, begins the journey to the Indigo Plateau. Along the way he is challenged by a trainer named Otoshi. He demands that the winner takes the loser's gym badges. Thinking he will win, Ash agrees. Luckily Ash wins, only to discover that Otoshi does not have any badges, and he tells them that they were stolen by Team Rocket. Meanwhile, James and Meowth discover that they gym badges are gone, and so is Jessie. Jessie has taken the badges and it planning on entering the Pokemon League without Team Rocket's help. Otoshi has now become depressed about losing his badges and has given up hope. His Marowak is angered by this and leaves. Ash, Misty, and Brock agree to help him find his badges and get them back, and reunite him with Marowak.