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“Go Kadabra!” yelled Blue, sending out his faithful Psychic type.
“Dig!” commanded Red, not changing strategy even though he no longer possessed a type advantage.
“Shock Wave when he surfaces, Kadabra!” ordered Blue.
Blue looked to Red to see the shock in his eyes at Kadabra knowing Shock Wave, but it didn’t come. Then it hit Blue, there was nothing special about Red’s Raticate! Red had used a TM for the move Dig on it! So, Red had gotten at least one TM too, what other unexpected moves would his Pokémon know? Blue noted to himself that TMs were clearly instrumental in being victorious in battling.
Kadabra reacted a lot faster than Charmeleon when Raticate surfaced, probably due to its psychic abilities, which meant it could track the precise location of Raticate at all times. The moment Raticate surfaced, Kadabra hit it with a Shock Wave attack, which disrupted its execution of its Dig technique, not enough to throw the attack of completely, but enough to cause it to hesitate for a second, which was enough time for Kadabra to Teleport out of the way of the attack, causing Raticate to hit the floor and injure itself. Before Raticate had a chance to pick itself up, Kadabra hit it with a second Shock Wave and continued to do so until Raticate was knocked out. Blue was back in the lead.
“It’s far from over, Blue, trust me on that one!” snapped Red, selecting his next Pokémon.
Blue smiled as he noticed Red hesitate over whether to send out Bulbasaur or his new Pokémon, perhaps Red wasn’t as with it as Blue had given him credit for.
“Ivysaur!” yelled Red, throwing down the Poké Ball for his starter, which clearly had evolved since Blue had last seen it. That wasn’t that shocking though, everyone on Blue’s team, save Pidgeotto, had evolved since Red had last seen them. In all honesty, if Bulbasaur hadn’t evolved, Blue would have been disappointed, it would have indicated that Red was lagging behind and Blue knew that if he didn’t have a rival who was on a par with him, he’d probably become lax. In all honesty, beating Red was his main motivation to do anything in life and if Red became easy to beat, Blue’s efforts would probably begin to falter as well.
Nevertheless, Blue was certain that he could win, he still had three Pokémon remaining and Red had just two. Not only that but Blue’s current Pokémon was strong against Red’s current Pokémon, just two or three Confusions and Ivysaur would be no more. Unless Red’s last Pokémon was spectacular, this was in the bag.
“Confusion!” ordered Blue.
“Sleep Powder!” retorted Red.
Ivysaur was hit with a Confusion attack due to Kadabra’s spectacularly superior speed, however it was still able to launch a fine powder out of the bud on its back which sent Kadabra to sleep. Kadabra instantly hit the floor, smashing its chin on the floor pretty hard as it did so, Blue’s Pokédex claimed that Kadabra’s evolutionary line could sense if any danger was about to befall them even in their sleep, but looking at Kadabra in its current state, Blue couldn’t help but doubt that – he didn’t think Kadabra was aware of anything at the moment.
“Leech Seed!” ordered Red, showing no mercy.
Blue begged Kadabra to wake up, but to no avail, he could change Pokémon, but what for? So they could be put to sleep too? If he waited it out, there was a chance Kadabra would wake up and use Confusion, which, if it didn’t take Ivysaur out completely, would reduce it to very low health and then, even if it ended up going straight back to sleep, a switch out to Pidgeotto would take care of Ivysaur simply enough.
Red ordered Ivysaur to relentlessly use Vine Whip on the sleeping Kadabra while Blue pleaded with it to wake up. Things looked hopeless, but suddenly, Kadabra awoke and used Confusion! Not only that, but before Ivysaur had a chance to successfully send it back to sleep, Kadabra was able to get another Confusion in! Surely that meant a certain KO! However, Ivysaur did not fall, Ivysaur did not even seem injured. Then, Blue noticed Kadabra wincing in pain without Ivysaur even attacking it. He’d forgotten to take the Leech Seed into account! Ivysaur was on much higher health that he had accounted for, while Kadabra was on much lower!
“Vine Whip!” shouted Red.
Ivysaur immediately obeyed and hit Kadabra with a final Vine Whip which KO’d it with a single hit.
Blue cursed and chose his next Pokémon, it was a no brainer really. Not only did Pidgeotto have a type advantage against Ivysaur, but it stood a good chance of being able to avoid being hit by a Sleep Powder, by using its Gust attack.
“Pidgeotto!” cried Blue, throwing down the appropriate Poké Ball.
“Just use Gust until that thing can’t take any more!” ordered Blue.
“Sleep Powder!” ordered Red, confident in his previous strategy.
Pidgeotto, being much faster than Ivysaur, was able to execute its attack first, meaning that by the time Ivysaur launched its Sleep Powder, Gust had already taken effect, resulting in the Sleep Powder being blown back into Ivysaur’s face! Ivysaur was resistant to the effects of its own powder, so it didn’t fall asleep, but this powder did serve to cause a fair amount of confusion, giving Pidgeotto the opportunity to launch several Gust attacks with no competition whatsoever! In under a minute, Ivysaur was knocked out and Red was down to a single Pokémon. It all depended on what this Pokémon was, if it were another Electric type, Pidgeotto wouldn’t stand a chance and it would boil down to one on one. If it were a Rock type, both Pidgeotto and Raticate would struggle to damage it, but then again, they had, between them, prior to either of them evolving, managed to take out Brock’s Geodude, so perhaps a Rock type wouldn’t be that hopeless after all.
“Mankey, come on out!” yelled Red, throwing out his final Poké Ball.
A white, monkey like Pokémon with a snout emerged from the Poké Ball. Blue had heard about Mankey when studying with Oak, it was a Fighting type and it learnt exclusively Fighting and Normal type moves – this was going to be a cakewalk, Red didn’t stand a chance. It was unlikely that Raticate would last very long against this opponent, but fortunately, with Pidgeotto’s type advantage, resistance and superior evolutionary stage, this battle was in the bag, Blue was going to keep his lead after all.
“Gust,” ordered Blue coolly, there was no longer a sense of urgency in his voice, there was nothing Red could do at this point… or so he thought.
At that point Red smiled as if he had something up his sleeve, but it was impossible, a Mankey simply didn’t stand a chance against a Pidgeotto, but Blue couldn’t shake the doubt that he had overlooked something, it was only seconds he would have to wait before he found out, but still, they felt like an eternity.
“Rock Tomb,” commanded Red with a superior smile on his face.
Then it dawned on Blue, Dig was not the only TM that Red had obtained, which meant that in terms of TMs, Red was ahead. By extension, this meant that in terms of Pokémon techniques, Red was again, ahead, which meant that Red was probably going to end up ahead in terms of battles won, but Blue wasn’t about to give up yet!
Pidgeotto flapped its wings with amazing power, successfully knocking Mankey off of its feet and dealing a great deal of damage, but not enough. Mankey tensed its muscles and gestured violently at Pidgeotto, at first this appeared to be some kind of taunt, but when rocks fell out of the sky, sending Pidgeotto to the ground, it appeared that this was much more than a taunt. Pidgeotto was not taken out yet though and was able to attack with another Gust, Blue still had hope, they had dealt each other approximately equal amounts of damage and Pidgeotto was faster, which meant that Pidgeotto still stood a decent chance of beating Mankey! However, this time Mankey’s Rock Tomb struck first, Blue’s heart sank and his brow furrowed in bewilderment, then it hit him – Rock Tomb had taken a toll on Pidgeotto’s speed and allowed Mankey to move first! It was all over! Mankey hit Pidgeotto with two more Rock Tombs and that was it, Pidgeotto was knocked out.
Blue noted that he had one Pokémon remaining, as did Red, he also noted that his final Pokémon was weak against Red’s final Pokémon, but there was still a faint flicker of hope remaining. Mankey was on very low health from the Gust attacks it had been subjected to, if Raticate could take Mankey out with a Quick Attack before it had a chance to attack Raticate, then Blue could still win. Blue threw Raticate’s Poké Ball out into the makeshift arena, furiously yelling the command to use Quick Attack.
Unfortunately, similarly to most of this battle, things did not go according to plan for Blue and Mankey used Low Kick with perfect timing, so that Mankey’s foot made contact with Raticate’s face at the same second that Raticate would have hit it with its Quick Attack, resulting in Low Kick not only being extra powerful due to Mankey’s type advantage but also due to the extra force as a result of Raticate flying into the kick at an astonishing speed. Raticate was knocked out in a single hit.
Blue couldn’t believe it, he had lost to Red again. He felt like breaking down and crying, he hated himself for not making the most of his early victories against Red and he hated himself even more for not keeping up with Red’s strength, but he couldn’t let Red know this, he had to keep a strong face on.
“That was a nice battle,” smirked Red, “But what I really came on board for was to find the Cut HM, apparently someone on board can give it to me?”
Blue nodded to indicate that he heard the same thing, then continued to explain, “I heard there was a Cut Master on board, but he was just a seasick old man!”
“Oh right,” responded Red, “I won’t bother with him then, I’m sure I can find another way into the Gym.”
“But Cut itself is really useful!” exclaimed Blue, a bit too eagerly, he didn’t want Red to bypass the disgusting sight of the Captain, he wanted Red to have to go through at least as many challenges and setbacks as he himself did, “You should go see him!”
“Alright,” answered Red, “I will, thanks for the advice, buddy.”
Blue found it hard to disguise his rage at Red referring to him as ‘buddy’ and had to keep his reply to as few words as possible, “Smell ya!” he mustered and made a hasty exit, leaving the S.S. Anne as quickly as possible.
Blue's Team: Charmeleon, Pidgeotto, Raticate, Kadabra
Blue’s Box: Metapod, Beedrill, Meowth, Bellsprout, Magikarp
Blue's Pokédex: 15 Caught, 41 Seen
Blue’s Badges: 3