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Welcome back! Today we cover Chapter 13, in which the group concludes their trek through Nugget Swamp, only to find themselves facing yet another obstacle once they're clear of the rancid marsh. And now, without further ado, let's go!

Chapter 13: Attack Of The 6-Foot Weepinbell

The chapter opens up just as the battle against the fourth Trainer is concluding, with Skulls's Sludge attack dealing the finishing blow to a Swimmer's Goldeen. What with Weezing being my favorite Pokémon, it's only too easy for me to show a little favoritism for the Koffing line. Anyway, Violet seems to have no problem noticing the Swimmer's buff physique- in that regard, I kinda see her as the Brock of the group, though I never took that to any sort of extremes- no way in hell I could've topped how they handled Brock in Sinnoh with Croagunk, so I didn't really try there. But the concept is still there, as you can see, with Orange being the one to get in the way.

And as they reach the fifth and final Trainer, Orange and Violet start arguing over which of them gets to battle them, complete with Orange using the "shut up" gag against Violet for a change! I liked doing that. And to top it all off, Red started battling the Jr. Trainer while the argument was going on, rendering the whole thing moot. And in that battle, it's revealed that Red used his TM34 on Paras to teach it Bide, which is used to take out Mankey.

Orange gets right to the point here, asking about the reward now that they beat all five Trainers, and it's revealed that the guy in charge of the challenge is at the edge of the swamp. The group exits the swamp, comes across the guy who gives them the Nugget, and then, as I'm sure some of you must have seen coming by now, invites them to join Team Debug. Naturally, they immediately refuse, and so he sends out Diglett, Venonat, and Weepinbell.

The battle starts with something readers of The Adventure of Adventureness might remember- my interpretation of Diglett's Scratch. After .4 takes the attack, the fight begins for real, which includes Weepinbell's use of Growth, and Chompy doing the same. Charmeleon took out Venonat in one hit with Flamethrower, .4 beat Diglett with TM28, leaving only Weepinbell. Should be a pretty easy fight, right, what with three Pokémon taking it on at once, one of which is a Fire-type, right?

Wrong. Weepinbell dispatches Charmeleon with Wrap and evades .4's TM09 so it KOs itself while dealing no damage. Now it's Bellsprout vs. Weepinbell...

...And now it's Weepinbell vs. Weepinbell! After Chompy is nearly defeated, it evolves, making the fight between a pair of 6-foot Weepinbell. By the way, I was going for a bit of intentional misdirection- the chapter title mentioning Weepinbell was meant to get readers to think Chompy was evolving, and then the grunt sending out Weepinbell was supposed to make them think they were wrong, only for Chompy to evolve anyway. Wanted to keep people guessing, y'know? Anyway, Chompy defeats the opposing Weepinbell with a single hit of its newest move- Acid.

And once they've decided to stay on this side of the swamp for some additional training, the chapter comes to a close. Join us next time for Chapter 14!

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