Flannery first appeared in Poetry Commotion. In the anime Ash and his company see a Slugma running from a girl with blazing redhair. They find out that she is none other than the new Lavaridge Town Gym Leader Flannery who had been training with her Slugma. They are secretly helped by fake workers who are actually Jessie and James of Team Rocket an old man and a judge who is actually Flannerys grandfather. Flannerys grandfather saves the day when Team Rocket attempt to steal Flannerys Torkoal. In the resulting Team Rocket battle one of her Slugma evolves into a Magcargo. In Going Going Yawn Ash has his Lavaridge Gym battle. In the battle he uses his Corphish Pikachu and Treecko. Despite Corphish being hit by a Yawn from Flannerys Slugma Ash manages to defeat Torkoal and win the Heat Badge.