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Red and Blue had the same number of Pokémon left each and Blue knew that he hadn’t lost yet, it was still anyone’s game. Blue knew that Red still had his Pikachu, which was strong against both Charizard and Pidgeot, so he had to use his Flying types to take out as much of Red’s team as possible before Pikachu was brought out. Red also had Arcanine and either Ivysaur or Primeape remaining, Blue was guessing it was Ivysaur as he didn’t see Red abandoning his starter, although it had probably evolved. Blue knew he had to save Exeggcute for Pikachu, so that had just left him the choice between Charizard and Pidgeot to take on Arcanine. It didn’t really matter, both were strong against Ivysaur anyway, as long as the battle between Exeggcute and Pikachu went to Blue, this battle was in the bag.
Blue chose Charizard just to get the battle over with faster, he didn’t need to waste his starter on taking out Red’s Ivysaur, it would be hardly any trouble. Anyway, it’d be entertaining to show Red that he has a better Fire type.
“Flame Thrower!” ordered Red.
Blue paused for a moment, Charizard had never used Flame Thrower before. Blue had originally intended to use Charizard’s Flying typed moves to attack Arcanine, so that his opponent was fighting against a type resistance while he was not, but then it became a matter of pride. Blue could not allow Red’s Fire Type to use a move that his was incapable of, Charizard was going to use Flame Thrower now, it was as simple as that, there was no two ways about it.
“Flame Thrower back!” commanded Blue fiercely.
Red smiled. Blue wondered if he knew that Charizard had never used the move before. Whether he did or not, it was obvious that Charizard was aware that it had never used the move before, it turned its head to Blue in confusion, checking whether it had correctly understood the order. Blue simply met his starter’s gaze, to which Charizard nodded and sent a flood of fire from its mouth. Arcanine did the same and the two jets of fire met in the middle of the room with equal force, each one stopping the other from going any further forwards. The room was becoming dangerously hot and although they were too preoccupied too notice, Blue and Red were becoming uncomfortably hot themselves. The Silph employee shouted at Red and Blue to stop battling as they were destroying the room and Team Rocket still needed to be dealt with, but his request fell on deaf ears, the boys were too absorbed in the battle.
Blue knew he could have Charizard fly out of the way of the Flame Thrower and then hit Arcanine with a Wing Attack or some such attack but he was too proud, he wanted to prove that Charizard’s Flame Thrower was superior to that of Red’s Arcanine. The two Flame Thrower attacks continued to push against one another, neither appeared to be superior.
“Come on, Charizard!” encouraged Blue, “You can do it!”
“You’ve got what it takes, Arcanine!” retorted Red, clearly only cheering his Pokémon on because Blue had.
Then an idea hit Blue. The Flame Thrower attacks themselves might be equal, but he knew that his Pokémon had an advantage.
“Take it to the sky, Charizard!” ordered Blue.
Charizard obediently began flapping its wings, very slowly so as not to upset the Flame Thrower balance. Arcanine naturally began to arc its head up to meet the new angle of Flame Thrower coming from its opponent, but Blue saw that this meant that it had to compromise on the power of its attack, allowing Charizard’s Flame Thrower to get closer to Arcanine.
“It’s working, Charizard,” shouted Blue, “Keep it up!”
Charizard clearly appreciated the congratulation from its trainer, its jubilance was obvious. Arcanine, on the other hand, could sense its trainer’s disappointment, even though Red was completely silent. As well as Arcanine’s increasing difficulty to match Charizard’s blast, it seemed that the Pokémon’s respective morales were affecting the battle. Charizard continued to fly higher into the air and Blue continued to praise it while Arcanine continued to crane its neck further back and Red continued to be disappointed in it – it wasn’t long before Arcanine was hit by Charizard’s Flame Thrower attack.
“Nice one, Charizard!” yelled Blue, sensing the effect that his encouragement had already had, “Now follow it up with a Wing Attack!”
Charizard obediently swooped down and knocked Arcanine over with a brutal clip of its wing.
“Keep at it, Charizard!” commanded Blue, “Don’t let it get to its feet!”
Charizard continued its onslaught on Arcanine with minimal resistance and it wasn’t long before Red’s hound was unconscious. Red begrudgingly retreated his Pokémon to its Poké Ball and selected his next one. Red tried to muster a smile as he sent out his next Pokémon, but he couldn’t, he was all too aware of the fact that Blue had overtaken him in terms of remaining Pokémon. Both trainers knew which Pokémon was coming next it was obvious – Red’s Pikachu.
Blue considered switching to Exeggcute so that he could preserve Charizard for taking on Red’s Ivysaur, but decided against it. If he did switch to Exeggcute, it would give Pikachu a free hit on Exeggcute, therefore decreasing Exeggcute’s chance of success, which was by no means guaranteed anyway. Exeggcute’s chances of defeating Pikachu were probably a lot higher if Blue stuck with Charizard until its defeat, Charizard could probably hit Pikachu with a Flame Thrower or two before it was finished too.
“Flame Thrower!” ordered Blue.
“Thunderbolt!” retorted Red.
Both attacks successfully hit their respective targets, but Pikachu’s, predictably, did a considerable amount more damage. Even though Charizard had only suffered two or three hits from Arcanine, each doing minimal damage, Blue expected it would only be able to take one more from Pikachu.
“Again!” shouted Blue.
Red just nodded. The same thing happened, except this time, Charizard hit the floor and did not get up. Charizard had defeated Arcanine and had given Pikachu a fair amount of damage, it had by no means failed. Without a moment’s thought, Blue selected Exeggcute’s Poké Ball from his belt and sent it out into the battle.
“Thunderbolt!” yelled Red as soon as the small cluster of eggs emerged.
“Leech Seed!” demanded Blue.
Blue knew that although Exeggcute was resistant to Electric, it still wasn’t as strong as Pikachu, so he had to be smart about this battle. The Thunderbolt gave Exeggcute a fair amount of damage, but Blue knew it could take a few more, particularly with the help of Leech Seed sapping Pikachu’s health. Blue ordered Exeggcute to use Hypnosis, but it was unsuccessful, while Pikachu managed to successfully land a further Thunderbolt. Exeggcute was now seriously hurt, Blue suspected it would only be able to take one more Thunderbolt, so he ordered a further Hypnosis. It was an all or nothing order really, if Hypnosis failed to take again, the battle was Red’s, but if it did take, Blue had a pretty good chance at winning. Exeggcute hopped towards Pikachu and, as the electric rodent charged up for its next attack, sent it to sleep with a well aimed and executed Hypnosis attack.
“Well done, Exeggcute!” yelled Blue, having learnt first hand the positive effects of encouraging his Pokémon, “Now use Confusion, this battle’s yours!”
Exeggcute repeatedly hit Pikachu with Confusion attacks as it continued to sleep, blissfully unaware of the onslaught on it. Blue was ecstatic, not only was Pikachu’s health steadily going down but Exeggcute’s was steadily rising owing to the Leech Seed it had opened the battle with. Blue was beginning to become confident that Exeggcute had beaten Pikachu and thus Blue had won the battle when all of a sudden, Pikachu regained consciousness and struck Exeggcute with a fierce Thunderbolt! Exeggcute was so astounded by the attack that it failed to fight back before being hit by a follow up Thunderbolt and consequently knocked out!
Blue returned Exeggcute to its Poké Ball. It took all of his strength not to sink to his knees with despair. His last remaining Pokémon was Pidgeot and there was no way it was going to beat Pikachu, Red was going to beat him with two Pokémon remaining, rather than getting closer to beating his rival, he was getting further away. Blue sent out Pidgeot anyway, the battle wasn’t over until it was over.
“Thunderbolt!” yelled Red, anticipating Pidgeot’s release.
“Fly!” ordered Blue as soon as Pidgeot emerged from its Poké Ball, he could avoid it getting injured for now, even if now was very brief indeed.
Pidgeot rocketed into the air, narrowly avoiding the bolt of lightning that would have hit it dead on had it remained motionless. Blue knew that there wasn’t much hope of Pidgeot beating Pikachu, but he wasn’t going down without a fight – that was for sure! Red ordered another Thunderbolt, but Pikachu was not able to deliver it before Pidgeot swooped down and knocked it backwards with the offensive part of the Fly manoeuvre. Unfortunately, this did not enable Pidgeot to avoid the Thunderbolt attack and it was sent flying across the room, hitting the back wall. Blue knew what that meant, he had seen Pikachu hit it with a Thunderbolt before, Pidgeot hadn’t survived one yet. Blue hung his head in shame, knowing that he had lost the battle. As he did so, Pikachu winced in pain and then fell into unconsciousness, Blue quickly realised it was because of Exeggcute’s Leech Seed.
“I still won!” snapped Red as Pikachu fell unconscious, returning it to his Poké Ball, “I still have my Venusaur in reserve!”
Suddenly, both the boys and the Silph employee heard a cawing from behind Blue – Pidgeot was conscious! For a moment Blue thought that the Leech Seed had rescued it from unconsciousness, but then he realised that Leech Seed was not capable of that – Pidgeot must have survived! Blue was ecstatic – Pidgeot must have gotten a lot stronger after it evolved! Red grumbled and threw his last Poké Ball out into the room, releasing his Venusaur.
“Fly!” shouted Blue, eager to take advantage of Pidgeot’s type advantage.
“Vine Whip!” retorted Red.
Blue thought this very strange, surely Venusaur had a more powerful Grass type move than Vine Whip by now? But then he saw what happened and realised exactly why Red had chosen that move. As Pidgeot sprung up into the air, Venusaur flung a vine from its back and grabbed one of Pidgeot’s legs, preventing it from flying and slamming it against the floor. Blue was gobsmacked by the brutality of the attack and stood for a moment, hopelessly cheering Pidgeot back into the air.
“Forget it, Blue,” taunted Red, “That was a KO. I’m the winner… again.”
Blue's Team: Charizard, Pidgeot, Exeggcute, Alakazam, Gyarados
Blue’s Box: Metapod, Beedrill, Meowth, Bellsprout
Blue's Pokédex: 22 Caught, 78 Seen
Blue’s Badges: 5