In the Pokémon anime Petalburg City is the hometown of Norman, May, Max, and Caroline. It also has a sister city to the north of it called North Petalburg.Ash and May first arrived there in There's no Place Like Hoenn. After meeting up with May's family and Ash having an unofficial battle with Norman that ended in a loss, they left together with May's brother, Max. They returned to Petalburg City in Love, Petalburg Style!, where Ash and the gang had a confrontation with the Team Rocket trio. Ash had an official Gym battle with Norman in the following episode, where he gained a Gym badge.