Pokemon Journeys Cliffhanger Readies for Ash's First Masters Tournament Battle

Pokemon Journeys has been making its way through the quarterfinals matches of the Masters Tournament with its airings in Japan, and the cliffhanger from the newest episode of the series is getting ready for Ash Ketchum's first big match in the tournament against another major champion! When the final bracket for the Masters Tournament was officially revealed, fans were excited for all of the potential battles Ash might get into after working his way up the World Coronation Series ranks. Now that the first three battles of the tournament have come and go, it's finally time for Ash to test his mettle next.

When the bracket for the Masters Tournament was set, it was revealed that Ash would be participating in the final match of the quarterfinals against the Hoenn regional champion Steven Stone, who was ranked third in the World Coronation Series overall. Steven had noted that he was finally going to get his chance to battle against Ash, and fans have been excited to see the same as Steven is only one of the major champions Ash needs to work his way through if he wants to make it to the finals of the tournament overall. With the final moments of the latest episode, Ash is getting ready to put in that work. 

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Episode 117 of Pokemon Journeys recently aired overseas, and with it settled the third match between Cynthia and Iris. The two of them put on just as fierce of a battle as the two that had come before, and ultimately Cynthia came out the winner. That means she now waits in the semifinals to battle either Ash or Steven. As the final moments of the episode kick in, Ash decides to comfort Iris a bit after her loss before fully committing himself for his own battle against a majorly tough champion. Now it's just a matter of seeing how Ash will approach things. 

It's revealed that Ash is currently wielding all of his tricks so far with a Z-Move band, Key Stone for Mega Evolution, and the Dynamax band as well. This means he has either Pikachu's Z-Move, Mega Lucario, or Gigantamax Gengar at his disposal for the battle against Steven, but since he can only use one for the battle, it remains to be seen which of these tricks he decides to use...if he uses any of them at all. 

That's just one of the many questions facing Ash heading into his Masters Tournament battle, and even if he wins, there's still an entire tournament to work through from here. What do you hope to see from Ash's battle with Steven? Do you think Ash will be able to take the victory? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!