“Bay Bayleef Bay!” Bayleef called, interrupting their stare-off.
“You want to go up against Croconaw?” Kris asked, and Bayleef nodded happily, leaping forwards towards the water’s edge. Croconaw tried glaring back at the four legged grass type, but it simply looked comical thanks to his crossed eyes.
“Seed Bomb!” Kris shouted in delight. Bayleef’s neck leaves all began to glow, beginning to form into the large, explosive seed. Gold simply rolled his eyes and smirked.
“You really think I’m going to just let this happen?” He jeered, and Croconaw was quickly brought back. “Ariados, take her down!” Kris and Bayleef sighed as the purple, poisonous spider landed on the field. Ariados clicked his fangs and scuttled around Gold, leaving six different footprints in the ground.
“How are you going to handle this?” Gold jeered. Bayleef just looked around at Kris and nodded.
“I think I’m going to have to, sadly, take the cowards way out like you.” Kris said with a sweet smile, and Bayleef laughed as she ran back to Kris’ side. “Magcargo, let’s see how you do!” Her next PokeBall burst open onto the field, and Ariados hissed and backed away as a grey, glowing shell landed on the field.
“Maaaagcaaargoooo.” Magcargo said slowly, and then flinched as the rain battered him. Gold, who had looked worried for a second, noticed this and smiled gleefully.
“It’s weak to rain, so it’s fire type attacks won’t do as much!” He said, and Ariados moved forwards at this. “Let’s go in with a Dig!”
“Flamethrower, quickly!” Kris shouted, though she knew they had no shot. Magcargo opened his mouth, but by the time he had fired the powerful jet Ariados had already scooped away sand and dived down beneath them.
“Leef Ba!” Bayleef huffed, and Magcargo nodded in agreement.
“Don’t worry, he can’t stop us!” Kris said with forced enthusiasm. “Duck inside your shell and roll onto the top. Wait until Ariados hits you to attack.” Magcargo nodded and his lava-like body disappeared inside the tough shell. He rolled backwards just as the sand began to tremble, and Kris crossed her fingers nervously.
“ARIA!” Ariados cried as he burst through the sand, sending both chunks of earth and Magcargo flying into the air.
“LAVA PLUME!” Kris shouted before jumping in front of Bayleef for protection. Flaming hot lava sprayed out of Magcargo’s shell, scattering across the field like he was fiery sprinkler. Ariados attempted to run away from the attack, but was completely covered in the lava.
“DOS, DOS!” He cried, his body erupting into flames. Magcargo fell back towards the beach, bouncing on top of Ariados before rolling over some more of the lava. Kris was smiled happily, while Gold growled as Ariados stumbled across the field, still covered in the lava. The rain was washing most of it away, but Ariados would still be burnt.
“Now, why don’t we try using a good old AncientPower?” Kris called.
“Some dust balls won’t stop us! Night Shade, now!” Gold ordered. As Magcargo began to rise the sand together into balls, Ariados pointed his horn, which was still lava covered, and fired a black beam. It hit Magcargo between the eyes, making him winch and pain and slid backwards.
“CAAR!” He yelled, and suddenly the sandy AncientPower shot towards Ariados. The spider turned and tried scuttling away, but the lava that remained was weighing him down, and the rain had turned the sand wet. His long, striped legs sunk in, and Ariados was unable to pull his leg out.
“DOOOS!” He shouted, and was suddenly blasted by the rocks. Gold looked pained as Ariados crashed into the inners of the cave, the force of the attack clearly knocking him out. But two moves, one of which would have been weakened by the rain, yet Ariados had still been easily defeated. Had Gold made bad choices with his team?
That couldn’t be it…. He thought. I just need to train them harder, that’s all. With that thought in mind, he silently brought his second fainted Pokemon back, and then went to choose which one he’d send out next. Croconaw would be a wise option, but Kris would simply switch Magcargo out again. He had to do something to trick her, lead her down a false path.
“Scizor, out you come!” Kris, Bayleef and Magcargo all froze as the ball soared through the air, releasing the metallic bug type. And then they all began laughing.
“Scizor is four times weak to fire, how is that smart?” Kris laughed, leaning on Bayleef for support. Scizor narrowed his eyes, angry at being smirked at. He looked back at Gold, ready to fight, and the trainer nodded.
“Move to the cave mouth and then use Vacuum Wave!” He instructed. Magcargo and Kris were still laughing, and were only half watching as Scizor moved swiftly yet elegantly towards the cave mouth. Magcargo stopped laughing just as he realised what was about to happen.
“ZOOOR!” Scizor shouted, his right claw spinning around and gathering energy. He punched out, sending an attack of pure vacuum energy blasted towards Magcargo. Kris gasped as Magcargo was hit right in the shell, and was sent spiralling straight towards the water.
“MAAAAAG!” He yelled, about to crash straight into the choppy ocean.
“Return!” Kris yelled, and Magcargo turned into energy just before he crashed onto the waters. Scizor smiled happily as Kris and Bayleef just stood there in silence, the only sound being that of the whistling wind moving past them.
“Well, that was enlightening.” Kris mumbled, and Gold simply smirked, his smart look being the perfect torture for Kris. She would just have to see if she could keep up her current lead and do her best not to fall to him.
“Noctowl, I need you again!” She said, and once again the auburn bird formed in the air, floating a few feet about Scizor. Noctowl looked in discomfort as the rain struck her, making her cold and ruining her beautiful weathers.
“Your flying friend isn’t going to save you now!” Gold sneered. “Try and hit her with a Bullet Punch!”
“Dive down and use Take Down!” Kris commanded. Scizor punched with his left claw this time, which had briefly glowed silver. Metallic energy, shaped like a bullet, soared towards Noctowl, but the psychic bird dived down at just the right moment, causing the attack to miss.
“Sciz!” Scizor cursed, and he raised his claws up to defend himself. Noctowl sped down and smashed into the steel type’s claws with enough force to push him backwards, but not enough to do as much. Kris sighed and thought of what to do: she remembered how when she battled Leaf she had used contact moves at the wrong time. If she tried another Take Down it would just cause more damage for Noctowl. As long as she remained airborne, Scizor couldn’t possibly attack.
“Alright, use an Air Slash now!”
“Deflect it with your normal Slash!” Gold cried. Noctowl began spinning around to collect the air, and Scizor began beating his wings as furiously as possible as they turned white. He then smashed a foot into the ground, using enough force to send him up into the sky.
“Owl!” Noctowl shouted as she threw the ball of wind towards Scizor. The Pincer Pokemon had been flying too low, and didn’t realised he was exposed until the last moment. The attack burst across his wings, the air blasting him straight the stormy sky. Gold gasped and pulled his ball out, ready to bring him back like Kris had done. However Scizor smashed into part of the frozen wave, which was still floating along the ocean. Gold punched the air in delight as Scizor stopped just in time from falling off.
“This will be interesting….” Kris said, as Noctowl floated over the beach and Scizor banged his claws against the ice. “Charge for a Sky Attack.”
“Fire a Vacuum Wave!” Gold ordered. Scizor quickly fired the powerful force of vacuum, which blasted some of the ice and skidded across the water. However, it wasn’t enough to reach Noctowl, who floated backwards as she glowed white with energy. The ice Scizor was on was still floating, moving further towards the rocks that separate the Pokemon habitats from the wide ocean. It was going to be a dramatic fight to see who would win.
“Slash her when she comes near!” Gold ordered. Scizor’s wings turned a blinding silver, and he began jumping across ice at the same time Noctowl sped forwards. It was like two white missiles were heading straight towards each other, and everyone tensed up, waiting for the head on collision.
“SCIZOOOOOR!” The two collided head on: Scizor’s wings failed to touch Noctowl, who used her powerful Sky Attack to force Scizor flying backwards. As Scizor fell through the air, she drove straight into his metallic chest. Scizor smashed against the ice, being pushed by Noctowl and skidding on the wet and slippery surface, and completed obliterated the piece he had landed on. A shower of ice rose up and sprayed over Noctowl, who landed perfectly despite the ice.
“Woot, great job Noctowl!” Kris cheered, and gave Bayleef a big hug. Noctowl tweeted, her head suddenly glowing pink. She pushed the piece of ice Scizor was balancing on towards the beach, allowing him to be in range for the PokeBall.
“Thanks, I guess….” Gold muttered, and quickly brought Scizor back. “Too bad I’m going to have to destroy you: Houndour, let’s try this again!” Kris, Bayleef and Noctowl stopped rejoicing as Houndour was once again sent onto the field, standing proudly and loyally alongside Gold. Kris didn’t have a proper counter for Houndour, but Noctowl had just proven her great strength so she would have to do.
“Alright then, use Take Down and push him towards the ocean!” Kris ordered. Noctowl swooped forwards and began glowing, but Gold simply smiled.
“Jump and use Bite, aim for her wings!” He shouted. Houndour began sprinting forwards at an alarming speed, his teeth bared and looked simply vicious. Noctowl had to keep her wings out in order to cause maximum damage, so she and Kris simply hoped that the attack would deflect Houndour.
“HOOOUUUN!” The demonic fire type shouted, and he jumped up and clamped his teeth down onto Noctowl’s left wing. Houndour then dragged her down with him, the white energy disappearing instantly, and tossed her through the sand.
“Nooct!” Noctowl wailed as she rolled along the beach, landing close to Kris’ feet, who instantly got down on her knees.
“Are you alright?” Kris asked nervously. Noctowl nodded, too weak to talk. “Do you want to continue?” Noctowl nodded again, and she slowly got up onto her talons. Gold and Houndour just smirked, and dark dog growled and bared his teeth. “You can show them, use Air Slash!”
“Blast her backwards with Heat Wave!” Gold shouted. The grey parts of Houndour suddenly glowed a fiery orange, and he opened his mouth
before Noctowl could even begin to rise into the air. Despite the ra
in that was pouring down, the attack still felt hot and looked strong.
“DOOOOUUUUR!” Houndour roared, and a blast of flaming energy was sent soaring across the field. The large blast of heat hit Noctowl in the chest, and Kris and Bayleef yelped and leapt out of the way as Noctowl zoomed past. She smashed into a rock behind them, sending dust into the air. There was no denying she had fainted, and her slightly smoking body landed in an unconscious heap behind them.
“Good game.” Kris said, and she quickly brought Noctowl back. Gold gave Houndour a pat on the head as Kris swapped PokeBalls: there was no time to beat around the bush, it was important for both of them to keep the battle going. Both of them wanted to see if they could defeat the other, and there was even more tension in the air than normal. The rain and wind began to pick up, making Houndour wince, and Kris just winked.
“You should know to use the weather to your advantage.” She called out, confusing Gold. With a triumphant smile, Kris sent out her fifth Pokemon.