EF75: VS. Tyranimence!
"Start things off with Hyper Beam, Tyranitar!"
"Quick, Sceptile, dodge it, then use Bullet Seed!" The dark-type fired Hyper Beam at the rock Sceptile was standing on, and the latter jumped onto another, barely avoiding the attack. Then he fired seeds at the Tyranitar at rapid speed, which he blocked with his thick arms.
As the Forest Pokemon landed right on top of his opponent, he tried slicing him with Leaf Blade. The latter countered with Stone Edge, and the two sword-like attacks met in the middle. And Sceptile, unfazed, jumped away from safety, before Tyranitar could get his arms around him.
"Flamethrower, Tyranitar!" Tyranitar unleashed a fire-type attack on Sceptile, who, acting quickly, took cover behind one of the pillars. The Flamethrower was so unbearable that the solid rock Sceptile is using as a shield is even melting!
'Uh-oh,' Ash thought. 'Didn't see-'
Sceptile(-that coming!) He quickly jumped out of the way, back into the air, as the rock completely melted, and Tyranitar immediately spotted his prey. For such a large Pokemon, he moves very fast, decimating more rocks in his path!
The Forest Pokemon watched his opponent heading straight for him. He prepared his fern tail ready to strike, to try to get an early upper hand. But that was just a distraction, on Ash and Sceptile's part. As Tyranitar tried to block the incoming attack, Sceptile did a 360, and instead landed on Tyranitar, with Leaf Blades first!
Tyranitar was this time affected by the super-effective attack. But he recovered quickly, and tried grabbing for Sceptile again. Luckily, Sceptile was more nimble, and Tyranitar still couldn't catch him.
"Rock Slide, Tyranitar!" Drake commanded. The Armor Pokemon slammed his thick fists onto a nearby rock, shattering it to large chunks. He then started throwing them at Sceptile in quick sucession. Ash's Pokemon expertly dodged many of the showering rocks. However, his evasion is not perfect, and one large boulder managed to hit him by the right leg!
Sceptile, wincing, landed on the ground, grabbing his leg in pain. This time his opponent caught up with him, and tried scoring another Stone Edge. The Forest Pokemon, on his knees, grabbed the sharp edges of his opponent's attacks between his hands.
"Bullet Seed!" The Forest Pokemon fired another round of seeds at the thick hide of Tyranitar. But the Pokemon pressed on, taking Sceptile even lower on his knees. And it's not helping his injured leg any better!
Sceptile felt the full weight of Tyranitar bearing down on him, and his injured right leg. Flames are starting up in the Armor Pokemon's mouth, meaning he will fire another Flamethrower!
"Quick, Sceptile, while holding his arms, use Leaf Blade!" In one split second, the Forest Pokemon let go, then crunched his forearms together to replace them from holding Stone Edge. The two attacks clashed with each other, and Sceptile, because his attack is effective against Tyranitar. Now Ash's Pokemon has the upper hand!
Tyranitar was knocked back, his Flamethrower delayed, and Sceptile stood upright. "Don't let him recover, Sceptile, keep hitting him with Leaf Blade!" Ash called. The Forest Pokemon ignored the pain in his leg as he dashed forward, targetting another Leaf Blade at his opponent.
Sceptile kept slashing at Tyranitar with continous Leaf Blades, the latter wincing at every hit. Tyranitar was given an allowance when his opponent put too much pressure to his leg, and flinching himself.
"Flamethrower!" Drake ordered.
"Quick, Sceptile, get out of the way!" Putting the pressure on his left leg instead, the Forest Pokemon jumped out of the Armor Pokemon's range. Tyranitar tried grabbing Sceptile's fern-tail, but was, fortunately for Ash, unsucessful.
Sceptile somersaulted over Tyranitar's head, firing Bullet Seed while falling upside-down in the air. The back of Tyranitar's head felt the small-but-terrible projectiles. Sceptile, spun vertically once, landing on his feet. Ignoring the pain again, he jumped towards his opponent, Leaf Blades glowing again.
"Sandstorm, Tyranitar!" Before Sceptile closed in on his opponent, sand began blowing out of tiny holes in the spikes of Tyranitar! Just as Drake commanded, a sandstorm blew all around the arena, blinding Sceptile!
'Oh, no,' Ash thought, shielding his eyes from the storm. 'Sceptile won't be able to see him now!' Sceptile tried peering through the sand-like veil, but nothing going. Now, Tyranitar is invisible, and Ash's Sceptile doesn't know where he'll strike. "Sceptile, listen to the sound he makes so you can tell where he is!"
The Forest Pokemon closed his eyes, and sharpened his hearing for the environment. He heard a crunching of the rocks behind him. He turned around, and fired Bullet Seed in that direction. Nothing was hit by the seeds, and then, Tyranitar popped out of nowhere to Sceptile's left!
The Armor Pokemon was sucessful in his surprise attack. His claws balled into one, tried a Rock Smash to Sceptile's head. The latter jumped backwards, and the Rock Smash hit the ground where he stood before! A close call...
Tyranitar disappeared as quickly as he reappeared. Sceptile struggled to his feet, grimacing at the disadvantage he's in. He can't beat Tyranitar if he can't see him! Unless, Sceptile doesn't have to...
"Frenzy Plant, Sceptile!" Ash shouted over the roar of the sandstorm. Sceptile, eyes glowing green, slammed his fists into the ground. The ground shook from different parts of the arena, and Tyranitar, from somewhere, found himself surrounded by large, thorned vines!
The vines bore down on him like a tidal wave, but, Drake ordered, "Flamethrower!" The firetype attack scorched through the plant-life, and this is what Ash and his Sceptile have been waiting for. Even though he was blinded by sand, Sceptile could see, or more rather, feel, Tyranitar's heat due to Flamethrower.
After recovering from Frenzy Plant, Sceptile immediatley dashed in the direction of the heat of Tyranitar's Flamethrower. The Armor saw him coming, and readied Stone Edge. Again, the two swords clashed, and Sceptile made sure never to let go of Tyranitar so he won't be out of sight again.
But, Tyranitar struck a Stone Edge to Sceptile's jaw, and he was able to disappear again! Sceptile, recovering from the blow, used Frenzy Plant for the same strategy as before. This time, to avoid detection, the Armor Pokemon used Stone Edge instead to cut the vines.
Still, Sceptile telepathically knew where his Frenzy Plants are growing, so he dashed right to where he felt them being cut loose. Tyranitar fired Flamethrower in his opponent's direction, sensing the approach. Sceptile used Frenzy Plant again, to temporarily shield him, while he ran in another direction.
Drake seems to know what's going on in the battle, even despite the Sandstorm. He frowned at Sceptile's continous use of Frenzy Plant. "You shouldn't be letting your Pokemon use his Hyper Beam too much, Ash," he shouted to his opponent.
Our hero, however, couldn't hear Drake's warning. He was concentrating too hard on the battle, which he can't even see. Back to the battle, Sceptile has Tyranitar in his sights again, and was locking swords again. The pain in Sceptile's leg has gone numb to him, and, even with Frenzy Plant, he is in his prime.
Tyranitar used his thick tail for a Slam, which his opponent expertly dodged. Sceptile jumped into he air, and used Slam himself, then supplemented it with a combination Leaf Blade and Bullet Seed. After that, he tried landing on his hands, but slipped! Shocked, Sceptile felt his entire body going numb!
Sceptile(Wha- What's going on?) Tyranitar loomed over him, and delivered another Rock Smash. Sceptile barely avoided the attack, and was stung by the rock chunks that flew from the attack.
Ash, unaware of what's happening to his Pokemon internally, called out his next command. "Use Frenzy Plant to trap Tyranitar, Sceptile!" The Forest Pokemon pounded his fists on the ground again, causing more vines to grow out of them. Sceptile is breathing heavily, as he watched Tyranitar get devoured by the sea of vines.
Ash and Pikachu, who was beside him all this time, were straining their eyes trying to see what's happening in the sandstorm. The former was anxious, as to what may have happened to Sceptile.
Suddenly, the sandstorm died down. The sand took a little time to fall, so visibility was still impossible for a few more seconds. Ash saw, in the middle of the arena, is the prone figure of his Sceptile!
"What happened?!" Ash shouted. Without warning, he jumped into the arena, to check on his fallen Pokemon. Drake followed suit, a grim look on his face.
Sceptile opened one eye at his trainer. He tried standing up, but could barely get off the ground. Drake crossed his arms around his chest. "That's what happens when a Hyper Beam exceeds its use, Ash. You shouldn't have put too much strain on your Sceptile..."
"I- I didn't know," Ash rasped, while the crowd was speechless at the happening. "I'm sorry, Sceptile..."
"Sceptile(Sorry, Boss... I couldn't make it...)
Ash recalled his Forest Pokemon into his Pokeball, and so did Drake with Tyranitar. At the point when the trainers returned to their posts, did the referee make his announcement.
"Sceptile is unable to battle. The winner of the fourth round: Tyranitar!" This caused a mixed reaction with the audience. One half wanted the battle to be continued, for the sake of excitement. The other half was sympathizing with Ash, wanting to see him defeat Drake(or, in general, have a new champion of the Elite Four). May and company, of course, are with the latter.
'Not good,' Ash thought, Sceptile's Pokeball still in his hand. 'We're tied, with two each.' "This last battle will decide everything!" he shouted to Drake, then turned to Pikachu. "Well, this is it, partner. All or nothing..."
Pikachu nodded, then jumped into the field. Drake smiled, and called out-
"GO, Salamence!" The Flame Pokemon appeared. The Salamence circled in the air for a second before landing right in front of Pikachu. Ash and Pikachu both looked at their opponent apprehensively. And so, this is it. Ash and Drake battling with their first and signature Pokemon. It all comes down to this...
"Last round: Pikachu vs. Salamence. BEGIN!"
"Salamence, start with Dragonbreath!"
"Pikachu, dodge it with Agility!" Pikachu used his quick feet to evade the yellow flames of Salamence. For some reason, Drake isn't telling his Pokemon to take off.
Ash's Pikachu dashed behind his opponent, and the trainer gave his next command. "Charge Beam!" The Electric Mouse's cheek sacs started gathering energy, and fired a concentrated yellow beam at Salamence.
The Dragon Pokemon, unable to evade, felt the full force of the attack. However, he was still able to move, as the next moment he finally took off ! Salamence flew straight upwards, then circled around, Pikachu in his sights.
"Fire Blast!" Salamence's flames form the Japanese letter for "fire", going straight for Pikachu. The latter was immobile, and, just as the fire-type attack hit, he dissolved! Pikachu must have used Double Team!
Pikachu appeared out of thin air just behind Salamence when he landed again. Pikachu jumped straight towards his opponent, with an electrically charged Volt Tackle! Drake's Salamence was hit at the underbelly, but Pikachu's not finished.
"Iron Tail, Pikachu!" After the Tackle, Pikchu spun around, swinging his hardened tail for another hit.
"Dodge it, Salamence" This time Salamence was prepared, and grabbed the glowing tail before it connected. Tail in hand, the blue Pokemon slammed Pikchu to the ground like a mere rag doll!
Pikachu rose on all fours, wincing at the impact. He grimaced at Salamence, who didn't turn away, and instead gave a hard, frightening stare of his own. It's natural, Salamence's ability is Intimidate...
"This is not good," Brock said, repeating Ash's words. "Pikachu may have the type advantage, but Drake's Salamence has the upper hand in terms of strength."
"It could still go either way, right?" May asked worriedly. She was on her feet, and Pichu was still waving that cheering flag in her arms.
"I don't know, May," was all the breeder could say.
"All we could do now," Misty assured May, "is wait..."
'Come on, Pikachu, don't let your entire family down!' Meowth shouted in his head, though he was sure Pikachu wouldn't hear him. The Scratch Cat, and the rest of the ex-Rockets were so absorbed in watching the match that they were completely oblivious to the customers, of course including Brock, calling their attention.
Ash decided that close-range attacks were too risky for Charizard's power, so, "Pikachu, Thunderbolt!" Ash commanded. The Electric Mouse charged up again, and unleashed a Thunderbolt to his opponent. Salamence evaded it, and countered with Flamethrower.
Pikachu used Agility again to protect himself from the fire-type attack. He jumped to a nearby pillar, scaling it with Agility, to gain an equal level with the airborne Charizard. Drake's Salamence broke through the rock pillar with a slice of Steel Wing, and Pikachu, at the last second, jumped onto the larger Pokemon's back.
"Thunder!" Pikachu charged up again, while Salamence flew at great speeds to get his opponent off his back. Pikachu jumped to the dragon's head, dug his claws through the rough black skin, and unleashed the most powerful electric-type attack.
After feeling the force of Thunder, Salamence was unconscious, nosediving to the ground fifty feet below. Pikachu kept his claws planted so as not to fall. At the last second, Salamence opened his eyes, spun rapidly around, throwing Pikachu off his back, and stopping his freefall.
Luckily, Pikachu was thrown only five feet to the ground, not sustaining any serious damage. "GO, Pikachu, while he's still in the air! Volt Tackle!" Pikachu was on all fours again, and charged forward, jumping up boulders, heading for his still-airborne target.
"Salamence, Hyper Beam!" At the last second, an electrically-charged Pikachu jumped into the air straight at Salamence, as the latter fired the powerful Hyper Beam attack!
The collision of the attacks caused a powerful explosion, and no one is able to see the winner, yet...
-I am now a ninja. Mua-ha-ha! Sinks into shadows to wait for his unsuspecting prey...