Wattson proved to be just as difficult as Brawley. Lombre went out first against Voltorb but Voltorb used Selfdestruct and ended the first battle in a draw. Next up was Minun against Electrike. I hit with a Thunder Wave and then used Spark/Quick Attack until Electrike fainted. Combusken defeated Magneton with Double Kick and then I switched back to Minun in order to paralyze his Manectric. I then hit it with Spark until Minun fainted. Combusken came back out and used Double Kick but Manectric got a critical hit Shock Wave which knocked out Combusken. I was left with Golbat and sure of my imminent defeat I used Bite. Critical hit!!! Take that game! I got my third badge and then captured a Poochyena to use Rock Smash.
I headed north and found a desert with a terrible Sandstorm which forced me to take a long way around. Some guy gave me Secret Power which I taught to Minun. I continued along until I got to Verdanturf and then kept going until I reached Meteor Falls. Team Magma was harassing some poor man but luckily Team Aqua came to put an end to that. Team Magma fled and I decided to temporaily team up with Team Aqua for the greater good of humanity. I had to return to Mt Chimney, which I had to go through to get around that desert, and found Maxie about to unleash an evil plan. Of course the only way to stop someone is to beat them in a Pokemon battle. Combusken beat Mightyena with Double Kick, Minun knocked out Zubat, and then Golbat defeated Camerupt with Wing Attack. Once both teams ran away I headed down the mountain and arrived in Lavaridge Town.