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Basic Training is the ninth episode of the third season of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and the twenty-ninth episode overall.


After Ben's team defeats Trumbipulor for his crimes of illegal Level 3 tech dealing, the Plumbers come and arrest Trumbipulor. When one of the Plumbers notices that the team has yet to complete basic training since they were made Plumbers in a field operation (see Darkstar Rising), they have to enter the Plumbers' Academy to complete basic training.

As they make their way to the Academy, Ben complains about having to attend. He then meets Tack, who said that Ben was the inspiration for him to go to the Plumbers' Academy. They also meet the Alpha Squad. Their leader, Brannigan rags on Ben, Gwen, Kevin, and Tack. They then go to their barracks, where they meet Magister Hulka, the strict instructor.

Hulka hates it when students use their powers because the curriculum is meant to apply to all students, and using powers during lessons is an equivalent to cheating. However, Ben transforms into Four Arms and Swampfire on the training site. During their training, the fusion grenade they were practicing with malfunctions and it's mode changes from stun to overload. Tack can't release the grenade from his hand, even with the help of Magister Hulka to release it. So the grenade is still stuck on Tack's hand. The grenade explodes, but they are saved when Ben transforms into Fasttrack. Tack was so impressed with Fasttrack, but Hulka was unimpressed because he had used his powers again.

In the team's room, Ben and Tack have a conversation. Gwen and Kevin were sleeping, while Ben and Tack were still up since they can't sleep and go to investigate who sabotaged the grenade. As a result, not only do they not find the saboteur, but they are rudely woken up by Hulka and are tired. The team's punishment for Ben and Tack sneaking out is combat training with the Alpha Squad.

The test is to save a dummy hostage from the Alpha Squad without using their powers. Gwen was planning for their strategy: she, Kevin, and Tack attack to save the hostage dummy, while Ben was assigned on back-up. Ben complained about being on back-up, but Kevin said that he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn and Gwen said that there was no offense. Kevin was the first to get caught by Alpha Squad. Gwen was second to get caught, and Tack was the last.

Brannigan said that no one can lose to Alpha Squad, when suddenly Ben makes a kamikaze run, which gives Kevin and Gwen the opportunity to attack most of the Alpha Squad into submission. Ben then transforms into Diamondhead to defeat Brannigan.

The team having their punishment

Hulka was upset with the two. He was furious with Brannigan because he was so easily taken down by a group of "rookies", while he was angry at Ben because he had used his powers again and had broken the dummy which, had this been a real hostage situation, would have killed an innocent bystander. As a punishment, they were to clean their barracks using their toothbrushes.

Whilst they are cleaning the barracks, they hear the explosion of a bomb and run over to find that it went off in Hulka's room. Ben transforms into Terraspin to extinguish the fire, when Hulka arrives and demands to know what is going on. Instead of being grateful for putting out the fire, he tells the team that after they have finished tidying their room, they are to put back together what was left of his.

Magister Hulka vs. Kolar

That night, the team decides to trail Hulka to catch whoever was trying to kill him. He went into the weapons room, where it appears that Brannigan is the saboteur. However, Brannigan reveals that he got the same idea to figure out who's trying to kill Hulka. Meanwhile, Hulka is attacked by Kolar, a criminal Tetramand whom Hulka had sent to the Null Void.

Four Arms vs. Kolar

In the midst of the battle, Kolar takes Tack hostage and attempts to use him to force Hulka into a Null Void portal, which opens up into a sun. Ben transforms into Four Arms again and remembers Tack's unusual and seemingly useless ability to extend his extremely flexible neck, so Tack knocks Kolar over, who gets into a tug-of-war with the others. Hulka then pushes him into the portal, after he changed the coordinates to a prison.

After a few weeks at the academy, the team graduates with flying colors. Hulka drops by to see the team off and thanks Ben for saving him in his own way, by giving Ben one of his medals which translates to an award for creative and effective tactics made in the heat of battle.

Noteworthy Events

Major Events

Character Debuts

Ultimatrix Alien Debuts

Minor Events

  • Ben receives a medal for demonstrating a Plumber's most essential attribute: the ability to exercise latitude and creativity in problem-solving.



Aliens Used

Naming and Translations

Language Name Origin
Hungarian Alapkiképzés Basic Training
Italian Basic Training Basic Training
Polish Szkolenie Training
Portuguese (Br) Treinamento Básico Basic Training
Romanian Instruire de Bază Basic Training
Spanish (HA) Entrenamiento Básico Basic Training
Spanish (Spain) Entrenamiento Básico Basic Training


Voice Actor Role(s)
Yuri Lowenthal Ben Tennyson
Alpha Member #2
Ashley Johnson Gwen Tennyson
Greg Cipes Kevin Levin
Alpha Member #3
Dee Bradley Baker Swampfire
Four Arms
Charlie Schlatter Tack
James Arnold Taylor Brannigan
Plumber Officer
Miguel Ferrer Magister Hulka
Alpha Member #1


  • The Plumber Academy is referred to as "Academy 2814" in this episode. This is likely a reference to the DC Comics property Green Lantern, being the same number as the space sector the Earth falls under in the DC Universe.


  • Ultimate Echo Echo reverts to Ben without reverting to Echo Echo first.
  • When Ben says "Hello, old friend", the circle on his right wrist is green, but in the next shot, it is grey again.
  • During target practice, Ben shoots at a picture of an alien. In the next shot, it is a totally different alien picture.
  • When Ben says "But not as good as us" in combat practice, he is going to hit the Ultimatrix on his left hand, but there is an Ultimatrix on his right hand, too.
  • During combat practice, the Alpha Squad member who catches Kevin is the same person who caught Gwen.
  • In one scene, Gwen's hair turns black for a split second.
  • As Magister Hulka says "The exercise is over", part of Diamondhead's arm disappears for a second.
  • When Hulka throws Kolar into the Null Void, one of Kolar's hands is cut off in the middle.
  • When Hulka comes in when the team are lined up at the end, Ben is cross-eyed.


  • It is revealed that there is a sun within the Null Void.


T.J. Collins

Ben 10: Ultimate Alien Episodes