All right, guys, get ready for a super long chapter this time. I had to fit the entire tournament in, so most of it is pretty much just battles. Enjoy.
Chapter XXIV: Tournament Takeover
Alakazam floated next to Oberon’s desk, a large bandage over its forehead. Oberon sat at his desk with his hands on his forehead, deep in thought.
“What are we going to do?” Oberon thought out loud. “We’re nearing the execution of our primary plan, but Kenny and his friends are still out there, and I’m sure they’re close to the Sun Mountain by now. They’re just going to foil our plans like they always do.”
Alakazam spoke up. “Sir, if we gain control of the legendary pokemon, then Kenneth and his friends don’t stand a chance against us. Perhaps we should just go ahead with our plan as quickly as possible and forget the child?”
Oberon simply shook his head. “No, no, that’s too risky. The primary objective must be completed with no obstructions whatsoever! We must ensure that the main threats to our plan are eliminated beforehand.”
“In that case,” Alakazam suggested, “Perhaps we can set up a trap in Monopolis? That is where the children are now.”
Oberon looked up in surprise. “You can tell where they are? That is very helpful indeed. Anyway, your plan is good. Monopolis would be the perfect place to get attention, and I’m sure we can easily set up a plan that would draw Kenny in. Alakazam! Do you know any positions that would make an ideal trap?”
“Well, you could always try taking control of one of the major corporations in the city. There are tons of buildings in Monopolis that house important companies, so I’m sure Kenneth and his friends will try to come to the rescue if you send some of our men out to seize control of the building.”
“That is an excellent plan,” Oberon said. He grinned maliciously as he pressed a button on the PA system sitting on his desk, then spoke into it. “Calling all Team Nova admins. Report to Oberon’s office immediately. Repeat, report to Oberon’s office immediately.”
Oberon reclined in his swivel chair, looking happy. Alakazam then said, “Do be careful with your plan, sir. You know how Kenneth and his friends have been able to foil our plans in the past despite the care you put into planning them. I almost envy the child’s strategic mind.”
“Don’t worry yourself, Alakazam. I don’t want to get my hopes up either.”
Kenny and Eli marched out of the hotel and found the park where the Pokemon Festival was taking place. This time, a great big white rectangle with a poke ball symbol in the middle was painted on the grass in the park. Tons of spectators were gathered around the battle area on picnic blankets, some with video cameras. A large wooden stage was set up right along the side of the battlefield, painted and decorated with banners. Dan stood on the top behind a microphone. A bunch of people were lining up on the stage. Dan saw Kenny and Eli from a distance, waving them over. In response, Kenny and Eli started running up to the stage as fast as they could. Once they came up, Dan greeted them graciously.
“Ah, Kenji! Eddy! Thank you so much for coming. Here, take your places up on the stage.” Dan motioned toward the end of the stage, where there was some space left for them.
“That’s ELI!” Eli called out as he took his place.
Once everyone was on the stage, Dan got up to the microphone, tapped it, and then started speaking. “Could I please have everyone’s attention?” The crowd grew quiet as Dan’s resonating voice boomed out of the speakers set on the edges of the stage. “Thank you all for coming today. As many of you know, the final rounds of the tournament will be marking the end of the Pokemon Festival in Monopolis. We’ve had a great day yesterday with all our battles and competitions and whatnot, so let’s have this festival go out with a bang, what do you say?” At this, the crowd roared with cheer.
Once the crowd quieted down, Dan continued. “Now, the people up on the stage are the finalists in the battle tournament from yesterday. These competitors will battle each other in an elimination-style tournament. Each of the semifinal rounds will be two-on-two battles, and the final round will be a three-on-three battle. Whoever wins the final round will be the champion of the Pokemon Festival!” The crowd cheered once again. Kenny took this time to look over at the competition. He saw a few familiar faces on the stage. One of them was the man with a red spiky mohawk that Kenny recognized from cycling road. Another was Ferris, standing among the others proudly. Another was the man with the enormously huge red and white afro from the swimming race. Dan continued his speech. “Also, I’d like to welcome two special guests who will be competing in the final rounds of the tournament. They won the previous battle event held in Goldport city.” Dan walked over to Kenny and Eli. “Please welcome Kenji and Eddy!” Eli protested at that, but he wasn’t heard over the applause of the crowd. “Without further ado, let the challenges begin! Some of our contestants will be battling on the arena set up here, while others will be taken to our alternate battle area, to ensure that this event is finished swiftly. Will the contestants please move to their battle places!” Dan went up to Eli. “Eddy, I have you set up in the other battlefield. Please come with me. Kenny, you’re up first, so you can set yourself up on your side of the battlefield immediately!”
With that, Eli walked away with some other challengers as Kenny jumped down from the stage and rushed over to the great big battlefield set up in the park. The crowd cheered for him as he stepped up to his area. Shortly after, another battler stepped over to the other side of the arena. It was the red spiky mohawk guy, the leader of the biker gang known as the Sharpedoes. He still had the patch in his pants from when Trapinch bit him. The man looked furiously at Kenny, shouting over to his side of the arena. “I told you you’d be sorry that you messed with the Sharpedoes! Now get ready to feel the pain!”
A judge in a black and white striped shirt walked up to the middle of the battlefield. He started reading off a card and shouting, “Our competitors Kenji and… uh… Sharpedoman(?) will be battling in the first round of the tournament.” The judge held up two flags in the air. “Contestants, you may now take out your pokemon!”
The mohawk man apparently named “Sharpedoman” took out a poke ball from his leather jacket pocket. He then threw the poke ball out and yelled, “Scrafty, pound his face in!” The orange, lizardlike pokemon known as Scrafty emerged from the poke ball with its arms crossed.
“All right, then,” said Kenny, carefully deliberating his pokemon choice. He then pulled a poke ball off his belt and tossed it into battle. “Let’s go, Primeape!” he shouted as the round figure of Primeape landed on the ground and ferociously eyed its opponent.
“All right, battlers,” the judge called out, “You may now begin the battle!” He waved both of the flags down simultaneously.
Sharpedoman gave the first order. “Scrafty, Dragon Dance!”
“Primeape, hit him with Karate Chop!”
Scrafty started doing a mysterious dance and glowed red and blue. Meanwhile, Primeape was rushing forward at the opponent’s Scrafty with an outstretched paw. It struck Scrafty with its hand, causing it to tumble to the ground. Scrafty simply got back up and started dancing again. When the dance was over, the trainers gave their orders.
“Now, Scrafty, use your Hi Jump Kick!”
“Primeape, quick, use Cross Chop!”
Primeape was just about to run forward with its arms crossed when it saw Scrafty approach at surprising speed. The pants lizard flew up in the air, planting its foot right in Primeape’s face. Primeape was barely hanging on from the attack, but still managed to get back up. It ran straight for Scrafty with its arms crossed. It jumped in the air straight for Scrafty, ready to strike it with both paws. However, Scrafty nimbly jumped out of the way, causing Primeape’s attack to miss completely. Completely enraged, Primeape ran back to Kenny’s side of the battlefield.
“Now, Scrafty, Hi Jump Kick again!”
“Primeape, grab it and use Seismic Toss!”
Scrafty started running forward at terrifying speeds again. It jumped up and aimed its foot for Primeape once more. However, this time, Primeape was able to grab onto Scrafty’s foot. It used the terrified pokemon’s forward momentum to swing it around in a circle and plant the pokemon’s face straight in the earth, creating a small crater. Scrafty lifted up its head, revealing a hole in the ground with an impression of Scrafty’s face in it. However, the lizard couldn’t get back up and simply fell down face-first.
“Scrafty is unable to battle!” the judge called out.
“GRRR!” Sharpedoman growled as he withdrew his fainted Scrafty, “This isn’t over yet, punk! I’ve still got another pokemon!” Sharpedoman took out another poke ball from his pocket and flung it out into the field. “Sharpedo, destroy!” A shark-like pokemon came out of the ball and floated in the air. It had four fins all around its body and a gaping mouth filled with razor-sharp, pointed white teeth. Sharpedo menacingly chomped the air in front of it. Kenny felt his pokedex rumble at the sight of this new pokemon, so he took it out.
“Sharpedo, the brutal pokemon. It can swim at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour. Its sharp fangs and strong jaws are capable of ripping holes in solid metal hulls of ships.”
“Okay, Primeape,” Kenny called out to his exhausted pokemon, “That’s enough. This looks like a job for Rotom. Rotom, come on out!” Kenny took another ball off his belt and threw it out, revealing Rotom floating in the middle of the field. The trainers then issued their commands.
“Sharpedo, use Crunch!”
“Rotom, quickly, Discharge!”
Before Rotom could fire off an attack, Sharpedo rocketed through the air at nearly blinding speed, as if it were swimming through the ocean. It opened up its jaws and clamped its razor sharp teeth down on Rotom’s body. The crowd gave out a loud “Oohhh…” when they saw Rotom crushed in the jaws of Sharpedo. However, before Sharpedo let go, Rotom discharged a massive amout of electric energy straight into the shark’s body. Sharpedo relaxed its grip as it started flailing around in pain. Rotom didn’t survive the attack and slowly floated to the ground. Sharpedo had returned to its side of the arena and was still twitching with jolts of electricity coursing over its body.
The judge then shouted, “Rotom is unable to battle!”
Kenny quickly returned Rotom and took out Primeape’s poke ball again. He tossed out the ball and yelled, “Primeape! Finish him off!” Primeape landed on the ground, still panting from its previous battle experience.
Sharpedoman then shouted, “Sharpedo! Hit it with Ice Fang!”
“Primeape, Cross Chop, quickly!”
Sharpedo started jetting forward, but it was much slower than before. It kept jerking along through the air, constantly stopped by surges of electricity in its system. While Sharpedo was fumbling around, Primeape ran forward at high speed, jumped up in the air, and struck Sharpedo right on the head with both paws forming an “X” shape. Sharpedo slammed into the ground and was incapable of getting up, twitching around uncontrollably.
“Sharpedo is unable to battle!” the judge shouted. “Kenji is the winner!”
Kenny basked in the glory of the cheering crowd around him as Sharpedoman stomped on the ground in rage. He returned his fainted and paralyzed Sharpedo and stormed out of the battlefield, not saying a word. Just then, a woman in a nurse uniform walked up to Kenny holding up a hexagonal tray with space for six poke balls in it. “Can you put your poke balls in the tray please?” she asked politely. Kenny obliged and took out all of his poke balls, placing them in slots on the tray. The nurse pressed some buttons on a device connected to the tray, and then gave Kenny back his balls. “There! Your pokemon are all healed.” She walked away.
The judge then called, “Will the next fighter please step into the arena!”
Kenny waited patiently as the man with the gigantic red and white afro moonwalked to his place on the other end of the arena. This time, the man was wearing a purple unbuttoned shirt that showed his chest. The man spun around before striking a pose that caused the crowd to cheer for him. The man then looked at Kenny. “Well, well, well, what do we have here?” the man said in a somewhat annoying singsong voice. “A young trainer! Listen, kid. You can’t keep up with dance steps like these. I’ve given up my life of crime and dedicated it to pokemon and dancing! Let’s see you try and match my style! Let the music play!” With that last statement, the man pulled out a boom box from his afro, placed it on the ground, and pressed a button. After that, epic music started coming out of the stereo.
“Our challengers Kenji and Miror B will be competing in the next round,” the judge shouted. He then raised two flags in the air. “Contestants, you may now take out your pokemon!”
Miror B reached in his afro again and took out a poke ball this time. He tossed the poke ball into battle, and out came a pokemon with a pineapple-shaped body and a lily pad on its head. It had a duck-like bill on its face. As soon as it was out, it started dancing energetically and clapping to the beat of the salsa music coming out of the stereo. Kenny took out his vibrating pokedex and listened. “Ludicolo, the carefree pokemon. When it hears upbeat music, it can’t help but dance to it. The dancing causes the pokemon’s battle capabilities to be enhanced.”
Kenny observed Ludicolo’s energetic dancing and took out a poke ball of his own. “Floatzel, come on out!” Kenny called as he threw the poke ball in the air, which burst with light and revealed Floatzel, sitting on the grass in a battle stance.
“All right, let the battle commence!” the judge yelled as he lowered his flags.
“Ludicolo, use Rain Dance!”
“Floatzel, use Crunch!”
As Floatzel started rushing toward the opponent, Ludicolo pulled off a few stylish dance steps before it was attacked. This summoned a few rain clouds, which poured down a torrent of rain on the field. In response to the rain, Floatzel doubled its running speed and clamped its jaws down on Ludicolo’s arm. Ludicolo was only thrown off a little from the attack, but it got up and continued dancing.
“Now, Ludicolo, Leech Seed!”
“Floatzel, Ice Fang!”
Before Ludicolo could make a move, Floatzel rocketed forward at impossible speed and opened up its mouth, fangs encased in ice. Its frozen fangs clamped down right into Ludicolo’s body, leaving a few shards of ice sticking out. However, these shards melted away quickly as Ludicolo continued dancing, seemingly unfazed by the attack. Ludicolo grasped a small seed in its hand and tossed it straight at Floatzel, who was still standing nearby. The seed struck Floatzel and dug into its furry skin, producing a bunch of long vines that wrapped around the pokemon’s body. These vines completely covered Floatzel, not restricting its movement, but slowly sapping away its health.
“What the heck!” Kenny shouted through the dousing rain, “My attacks are hardly doing any damage!”
“That’s because my Ludicolo has Rain Dish!” Miror B sang as he danced wildly to the music. “It just keeps recovering health and taking away health from your pokemon!”
Kenny took this into consideration as he gave his orders. “Floatzel, use Ice Fang again and this time keep holding on!”
“Ludicolo, Giga Drain!”
Floatzel managed to keep battling despite the energy-sapping vines growing around its body. It stuck out its legs and started running over to Ludicolo on all fours. When it arrived, it sunk its ice-cloaked fangs right into Ludicolo’s body. It had so much health that it didn’t seem to notice and continued dancing to the music with Floatzel still hanging on. However, Ludicolo started to turn light blue and start dancing much slower. Eventually, the dance stopped as Ludicolo ceased dancing and fell to the ground, frozen solid. It was now encased in a large block of ice. Floatzel let go and looked at its work. Miror B kept dancing, but looked at his frozen pokemon in horror.
“Now, Floatzel! Finish it off with Swift!”
Floatzel jumped back and started forming star-shaped pieces of energy in its hand, then threw them at Ludicolo like ninja stars. The block of ice shattered around Ludicolo, causing it to fall to the wet grass and make no attempt to get back up.
“Ludicolo is unable to battle!” the judge called out.
Miror B looked annoyed at this. He took Ludicolo’s poke ball and returned it, stuffing the ball into his afro. “Oh, no no no! This simply will not do! Looks like this calls for drastic measures.” Miror B pulled another poke ball out of his afro, identical to the first. He flung it out and it opened up, revealing another Ludicolo on the battlefield.
“You’re using the same pokemon?” Kenny inquired incredulously.
“I don’t have any other pokemon with the right groove!” Miror B responded. Ludicolo was dancing to the energetic music just like the previous one. “All right, Ludicolo, use Giga Drain!”
This time, however, Ludicolo executed its attack at incredible speed, much faster than Floatzel could react. Before Floatzel could even run forward, a bunch of green balls started floating away from its body. Floatzel could feel its energy being drained away as the green orbs flew through the air over to Ludicolo, who was looking as sprightly as ever. Floatzel tried running forward to attack Ludicolo, but it didn’t have the energy. It slumped on the ground and couldn’t move.
The judge then shouted, “Floatzel is unable to battle!”
Kenny promptly recalled his fainted Floatzel. “How the heck is that Ludicolo faster than Floatzel?” complained Kenny. “My Floatzel has Swift Swim!”
“Oh really?” Miror B sang out from his side of the battlefield, “What a coincidence! My Ludicolo happens to have that very same ability! The rain helps him keep up with the beat.”
“Hmm…” pondered Kenny, “I think I have a great solution to that problem. Rotom, let’s go!” Kenny then reached for his belt and took off a poke ball, throwing it into the air. Rotom was released from the ball.
“Rotom, use your Thunder Wave!”
Ludicolo started blowing bubbles out of its mouth at blinding speed, sending them straight for Rotom. The plasma pokemon was struck by hundreds of bubbles popping all around it. Rotom didn’t seem to enjoy losing its static electricity, but it continued the battle nonetheless. It shot a weak jolt of electricity through the air and hit Ludicolo with it. Ludicolo didn’t visibly take any damage from the attack, but small sparks could be seen jumping all over its body. Occasionally, its dance was interrupted by sudden electricity-induced spasms.
“Oh, dear,” Miror B sighed at the sight of his paralyzed pokemon.
“Now, Rotom,” Kenny ordered, “Use Shadow Ball!”
“Don’t give in, Ludicolo! Giga Drain!”
This time, Ludicolo was unable to move first. It was held back by its paralysis. Rotom had started building up a ball of dark matter in front of it, and then fired off the ball straight at Ludicolo. Ludicolo took the attack, and then started moving. It got up and tried dancing again as green orbs came off of Rotom’s body, flying through the air and traveling straight back to Ludicolo. Ludicolo seemed to grow more powerful from the attack.
Before Kenny could give a command, Rotom started building up crackling electricity around its body. Rotom was glowing brightly, flooding the entire area with light. The crowd gave a loud “Ooohhhh” at the blindingly bright Rotom. All of a sudden, Rotom discharged its pent up electricity in a bright blue bolt that struck Ludicolo directly. A large burn mark appeared right in the middle of Ludicolo’s body. It suddenly stopped dancing and simply fell face-first into the ground.
“Hey!” Miror B protested, “Did that pokemon just learn Thunderbolt? That must be against the rules, yo!”
“Ludicolo is unable to battle!” the judge shouted. “Kenji is the winner of the match!”
“Oh, no no! What is this? I’ve lost to a little brat? This simply won’t do!” Miror B turned off his stereo and stuffed it back in his afro, recalling his Ludicolo at the same time. “Well, rules are rules. Kid, you’ve got a rhythm of your own going on there! We’ll meet again, and I won’t lose next time!” With that, Miror B moonwalked out of the arena. The nurse from before came up and healed Kenny’s pokemon completely.
The judge yelled, “Now, the next competitor will step forward for the semifinal round! This battle will decide who fights in the final round of the tournament!”
Kenny stood proudly at his place in the battlefield. He saw the next opponent walk up to the opposite end, but he was somewhat taken by surprise that the next battler was Eli.
“Surprised to see me?” Eli shouted. “I won all the other battles, and I guess you did too. That means we’re finally up against each other! I’m not going easy on you, Kenny!”
“Me neither,” responded Kenny. “Let’s see if you’ve improved since last time we battled.” Kenny reached for the first golden poke ball on his belt and tossed it out. “Let’s do it, Trapinch!” With a flash of light, the form of Trapinch appeared on the ground before him, clamping its jaws in the air in an intimidating manner.
“All right, then,” Eli said as he smiled smugly. He took a poke ball off his own belt and threw it in the air. “Let’s go, Gastrodon!” The poke ball burst open and Kenny saw a three-eyed, pink and brown pokemon that sort of looked like Shellos, except it was much larger. Brown skin covered the top half of its body and it had horns on its head that resembled a Viking helmet.
“Woah, what the flesh?” exclaimed Kenny, taken by surprise once again.
“Yeah, that’s right, my Shellos evolved!” boasted Eli from the other end of the field. “It evolved while I was battling some hothead named Zook. Jeez, what a whiner.”
The judge held up two flags in his hands. “The competitors, Kenji and Eddy, will be competing in the semifinal round! You may commence the fight!”
Eli was about to shout out a command to his Gastrodon, but Kenny called over his Trapinch first. Trapinch walked over to Kenny as he pulled out a small brown disk from his bag. Kenny then held up this disk to Trapinch’s forehead and a bunch of bright white energy poured into Trapinch’s head. Suddenly, the disk stopped emitting energy and Kenny returned it to his bag. “There you go, Trapinch,” Kenny said, pushing his Trapinch back to its battle position.
“Are you quite finished?” Eli complained impatiently. Kenny nodded. “All right, then. Gastrodon, use Water Pulse!”
“Quickly, Trapinch, use Dig!”
Gastrodon started shooting rings of water out of its mouth. These rings flew straight over to Trapinch. However, Trapinch had already started frantically digging with its front feet and scooping dirt out of the ground with its jaws until it was completely submerged underground. The Water Pulse attack tried to follow Trapinch, but just soaked the ground around it.
“Did you just use that Dig TM we got from the gym?” Eli exclaimed.
“Sure did,” Kenny said smugly. Eli sighed and gave his orders for the next attack.
“All right, Gastrodon. You can’t hit Trapinch, so use Rain Dance!”
With that, Gastrodon waved around from side to side rhythmically. A bunch of storm clouds were summoned from the sky over the battlefield, causing rain to pour down and causing people in the audience to moan once again due to the bad weather. Just as Gastrodon was finishing its dance, the ground below it started to rise. Suddenly, Trapinch popped out of the ground and flew up in the air, causing Gastrodon to be tossed aside and fall on its head. Gastrodon quickly rolled over and assumed its battle stance.
“Quick, Gastrodon, before Trapinch can get underground again, use Water Pulse!”
“Trapinch, use Dig again!”
Gastrodon, however, refused its trainer’s orders. Instead of rings, Gastrodon started shooting out a forceful stream of brown water out of its mouth, spraying like a fire hose. Trapinch had already started excavating the muddy ground, but looked up in terror as a torrent of unsanitary water crashed down on it. Once the stream of water finished pounding down on Trapinch’s helpless body, the pokemon was left sitting face-first in the mud.
“Sweet!” Eli shouted ecstatically, “I think Gastrodon just learned Muddy Water!”
The judge then decided, “Trapinch is unable to battle!”
Kenny groaned as he returned his fainted Trapinch to its poke ball. He then looked around on his belt for another pokemon to send out. Meanwhile, Eli called over Gastrodon and started whispering to it. “Okay, Kenny’s gonna choose Floatzel because of the rain. I want you to prepare a Mud Bomb attack for when it comes out so we can move first, all right?” Gastrodon nodded in approval as it started lifting up some mud from the ground and forming it into a compact ball.
However, Kenny decided to pull another gold poke ball from his belt. He then threw this ball into the air and shouted, “Gyarados, destroy!” Out of the poke ball flew a massive red serpent that roared in the air. The crowd stared in awe at the massive shiny Gyarados before them.
Gastrodon, expecting a Floatzel to come out of the poke ball, threw its ball of mud straight at the Gyarados. However, the Mud Bomb simply splatted on the ground below the flying Gyarados. Its eyes filled with fury, Gyarados glared down at the cowering Gastrodon beneath it.
“Oh, poop,” Eli said flatly.
“All right, Gyarados, use Dragon Rage!”
“Gastrodon, try Muddy Water!”
Before Gastrodon could even think of shooting any water from its mouth, Gyarados slapped the poor pokemon with its enormous tail, sending the sea slug flying through the air and landing on its back. The crowd winced at the attack. Gastrodon made no attempt to move after that.
“Gastrodon is unable to battle!” the judge called out.
Eli withdrew Gastrodon. “Well, I know I’m going to lose, but I won’t go down without a fight!” Eli then pulled his only other poke ball off his belt. “Do your best, Quilava!” He tossed out the poke ball and Quilava emerged onto the field with a burst of light. Quilava didn’t seem to be enjoying the rain caused by Gastrodon.
“Come on, Quilava, hang in there! Use Flame Charge!”
“Gyarados, use Bite!”
Gyarados continued thrashing around the same way it did before. It did a back flip in the air and swung its massive tail down on the ground, narrowly missing Quilava. Quilava then started charging forward, its body covered in scorching flames. It jumped up in the air and hit Gyarados’s body, doing very little damage. Gyarados simply scoffed at the attack. Quilava, however, returned to Eli running at much faster speed than before.
“Quilava, use Swift!”
“Come on, Gyarados, Bite!”
Quilava moved first this time. It started forming balls of energy in its hands, forming them into star shapes. It then threw these stars straight at Gyarados, barely even making it flinch. Gyarados obeyed orders this time and flung itself toward Quilava, clamping down on the pokemon’s body with its sharp fangs. Quilava squealed in fear as it tried wriggling out of Gyarados’s grasp, but failed. Gyarados whipped Quilava around in its mouth a few times before throwing it to the ground in front of Eli.
“Quilava is unable to battle!” the judge called out. “Kenji is the winner of the match!”
The dejected Eli withdrew his Quilava. “You won fair and square,” Eli conceded. “Good luck on the final battle.” The nurse came back and healed Kenny’s pokemon as usual.
Eli walked off the battlefield, leaving Kenny by himself as the crowd continued to cheer. Not a moment later, Dan stepped up to the stage near the field and walked up to the microphone. “Wow, what a fantastic performance!” he boomed. “We’re nearing the end of the tournament and the end of the Pokemon Festival this year. Only two contestants remain in the tournament, and the final round is about to begin! Let’s all give it up for Kenji, who was able to advance this far in the tournament!” The audience started cheering raucously for Kenny, who basked in the glory of his fame. “And the other competitor who has made it to the final round of the tournament is none other than the town gym leader and local celebrity, Ferris!” The crowd cheered even louder once Ferris walked up to the other end of the field. The audience promptly grew silent, waiting patiently for the battle to commence.
“So, Kenny,” Ferris called out, “I see you’ve made it this far in the tournament. I suppose you plan on getting that gym badge?”
“Sure do!” Kenny shouted enthusiastically.
Ferris chuckled. “Well, I don’t give up my badge that easily. I’m going all-out on you, understand? I plan to win this tournament, even if it means you have to miss out on your gym badge. Are you ready to fight?”
The judge stepped forward holding his flags. “Kenji and Ferris will be competing for the final round of the tournament!”
Ferris took a poke ball out of his shirt pocket. He elegantly threw this ball into the air, shouting, “Metang, I choose you!” With a flash of light, an unfamiliar blue pokemon had its feet planted in the ground before Ferris. Its body seemed to be made of metal. It had two long arms extending from either side of its flat body. Kenny immediately took out his pokedex to research this strange beast.
“Metang, the iron claw pokemon. Its brain is composed of two Beldum that are magnetically linked. It packs incredible force with the metal claws on its arms, allowing it to tear up sheet metal with ease.”
“Hmm,” Kenny thought, “I’ve got the perfect thing for you. Go, Trapinch!” Kenny then took out his gold poke ball and threw it into battle, revealing Trapinch, who landed on the ground and chomped the air happily.
The judge then came forward, waving his flags down and receding out of the arena. “Let the battle commence!”
“Metang, use Magnet Rise!”
“Quick, Trapinch, stop it with Sand Tomb!”
Metang started pulsing yellow, filling itself with magnetic energy. However, Trapinch started pounding the ground with its feet as fast as it possibly could. Before Metang could lift itself off the ground, a great vortex of sand opened up beneath it and dragged it in, forcing it to stay firmly on the ground. Metang didn’t seem too happy from the Sand Tomb attack.
“All right, Metang, no more fooling around. Hit it with Metal Claw!”
“Trapinch, keep using Sand Tomb!”
Metang was able to climb far enough out of the tunnel of swirling sand to swipe at Trapinch with its long, metallic claw. Trapinch was hurt by the attack, but it was able to regain its composure easily. Metang started glowing red all of a sudden.
“Hah!” shouted Ferris. “Metal Claw raised Metang’s attack. That’s perfect.”
Trapinch started stomping on the ground even harder than before. The vortex of sand spun even faster, dragging Metang back inside and throwing it around a little bit.
“Trapinch, keep doing your thing!”
“Metang, get yourself out with Take Down!”
Metang suddenly threw its whole body forward and struck Trapinch on its way out of the swirling sand. Trapinch was barely hanging on to whatever energy it had left. It feebly got back up and harshly clamped its jaws down on Metang’s body. Despite having a body made of steel, Metang seemed to react negatively to the attack. Trapinch dragged the metal pokemon in its jaws and threw it back in the Sand Tomb. Metang swirled around a little bit. Soon enough, the sands disappeared and Metang was left unconscious on the ground.
“Whoa, did my Trapinch just learn Crunch?” Kenny exclaimed. “Cool!”
“Metang is unable to battle!” came the familiar voice of the judge.
“Grr…” Ferris growled as he recalled Metang. “You still won’t win this, kid! I’ve got more pokemon!” Ferris pulled out yet another poke ball from his shirt pocket and cast it out into the battlefield. “Let’s go, Empoleon!” he shouted as the familiar figure of Empoleon emerged on the field. It brushed itself off a little bit before getting in its battle stance.
“Trapinch, use Sand Tomb again!”
“Empoleon, Aqua Jet!”
Before Trapinch could even think about stomping around on the ground again, Empoleon shot itself forward like a torpedo. Water flew out from behind as Empoleon flew forward, hitting Trapinch head-on with an impressive tackle. The weakened Trapinch could no longer hold on. It fell back to the ground on its head and couldn’t get up.
“Trapinch is unable to battle!”
Ferris grinned as Trapinch was withdrawn. Kenny knew the perfect pokemon to take on Empoleon, however, so he grasped for a poke ball on his belt. He then heaved the ball with all his might and called out, “Rotom, I choose you!” Rotom’s small electric body appeared on the field in front of Kenny, eyeing its opponent. Empoleon looked uncomfortable against the electric-type pokemon.
“Now, Rotom, use Thunderbolt on it!”
Just as Rotom started building up energy, Ferris called out, “Okay, Empoleon, switch out!” Kenny watched in shock as Ferris withdrew his pokemon and quickly swapped it for another poke ball. “Go, Excadrill!” he yelled as he threw out the other poke ball, revealing a mole-like pokemon with metal claws on its hands and head.
Confused, Rotom simply let out all its pent up electricity on the foe. However, the enemy’s Excadrill took no ill effects from the attacks whatsoever. It didn’t even budge an inch from the attack. Once Rotom was finished, Excadrill simply smiled evilly. Kenny took out his pokedex to examine this newfound pokemon.
“Excadrill, the subterrene pokemon. The metal sections on its claws and head form together to make a drill. This pokemon spins rapidly while holding the three together to rapidly dig underground.”
“Hmm…” Kenny thought out loud. “I don’t know if Rotom has any moves that will help against this one. Nonetheless, I have to try.” Kenny then shouted, “Rotom, try Shadow Ball!”
“Excadrill, Hone Claws!”
Rotom started forming a ball of dark energy in front of it. Meanwhile, Excadrill was swiping its metal claws in the air, which were visibly becoming sharper. It then took on a red aura that indicated its attack power was rising. Just then, Rotom fired off its Shadow Ball attack. Excadrill crossed its arms in a defensive pose, causing the shadow ball to hit it and knock back the pokemon a little. The shadow ball then dissipated into the air.
“Rotom, keep hitting it with Shadow Ball!”
“Excadrill, Rock Slide!”
Rotom built up another ghostly ball of energy and shot it off. The ball struck Excadrill as it was running forward, carrying a few rocks in its hands. It barely even noticed the attack. It started to throw a bunch of rocks in the air, all of which fell right down on top of Rotom’s body, crushing it on the ground. Rotom was feebly able to get back up and push through the pile of rocks covering it.
“All right, Excadrill, Rock Slide again!”
“Rotom, keep using Shadow Ball!”
Rotom was weak from the powerful rock-type attack, but it started building up a ball of dark energy in front of it anyway. However, its attack was too slow and Excadrill had already started throwing rocks in the air. A shower of stones fell down on Rotom, pinning it on the ground, unable to get back up.
“Rotom is unable to battle!”
“Crapsicle!” Kenny exclaimed in exasperation. He returned Rotom and looked around on his belt for another poke ball. “All right, Primeape, you’re my last hope! Destroy this fool!” Kenny took the poke ball and flung it toward the battlefield, and Primeape emerged from the ball. It furiously looked over at Excadrill.
“Excadrill, Drill Run!”
“Primeape, grab it with Seismic Toss!”
Primeape patiently waited as Excadrill put its metal claws up to its head, forming a drill shape. The pokemon then started spinning around rapidly and flying toward Primeape at high speed. Right before it hit the opponent, Primeape grabbed Excadrill right by the drill and used its forward momentum to fling it around in a large circle. Primeape then let go, causing Excadrill to fly off far into the distance. The entire audience followed Excadrill with their eyes as it sailed through the air for a while and eventually landed far away from the field, causing an audible crash. The crowd winced at the poor Excadrill as it landed. Ferris looked at his pokemon in terror as it refused to move any more, just lying still on the ground.
“Excadrill is unable to battle!”
Ferris calmly took out his poke ball and returned Excadrill from the great distance away, pulling it back inside the ball. “Oh, dear, this doesn’t look very good for us, does it?” Ferris observed. “Oh well, Empoleon, I guess it’s up to you. Don't disappoint me!” Ferris threw his last remaining poke ball into battle, revealing his Empoleon once more.
“All right, Primeape, Karate Chop!”
“Empoleon, Aqua Jet!”
Primeape was just about to start charging forward when Empoleon shot itself forward with a burst of water behind it. Empoleon threw its body through the air and charged straight for Primeape. It struck Primeape with its three horns, hurting it a little, but Primeape was quickly able to recover. Primeape took the opportunity to land a crushing chop right on Empoleon’s body, throwing it back to its side of the field.
“Now, Empoleon, Surf!”
“Primeape, finish it off with Cross Chop!”
Primeape ran forward furiously. Meanwhile, Empoleon started building up a gigantic wave of water behind it from seemingly nowhere. However, before the wave could crash down on Primeape, the ape pokemon jumped in the air and crossed its arms, slamming Empoleon with two outstretched paws. Empoleon flew back on the ground and its wave of water crashed back down on it. Empoleon could no longer move.
“Empoleon is unable to battle!” the judge called out. “Kenji is the winner of the tournament!”
Ferris was taken by utter shock at the sight of his fainted Empoleon. Kenny simply looked proud as the roaring of the crowd and the flashes of cameras flooded him. Primeape came up and gave Kenny a bone-crushing hug, which he graciously accepted. Ferris dejectedly recalled his fainted Empoleon and walked up to Kenny.
“You were amazing, Kenny,” he said in a somewhat annoyed tone. “I still can’t believe I lost to you… Anyway, the league rules state that I have to give you a badge now. So take it! It’s yours.” Ferris pulled a silver, metallic badge out of his pocket and held it out to Kenny. It had a jagged, spiky design on it. “This is the Ferrum Badge. I hope you enjoy it. And here are some for your friends, too. I don’t really feel like battling any more.” Ferris handed Kenny two more badges and walked off without saying another word. Kenny almost felt bad for publicly humiliating the gym leader, but graciously accepted his prizes.
Soon after, Dan came walking up to Kenny with his wireless microphone. “Wow, that was an incredible finale to our tournament, don’t you think?” The crowd erupted in cheer once more. “Since Kenny is our winner, he receives the cash prize. Take it, Kenny, it’s yours!” Dan pulled a large wad of cash out of his jacket pocket and handed it to Kenny, who accepted it greedily. “In addition, our champion gets a very special gold crown!” Dan took out a realistic golden crown and placed it upon Kenny’s head. “I hope all of you had a fantastic time at the Pokemon Festival, and don’t forget that it’s coming back next year! Goodbye everyone!” Dan patted Kenny on the back and the crowd started heading out of the park. Eli ran up to Kenny from the sidelines.
“That was incredible!” Eli commented. He then took Kenny’s crown off his head. “Hey,” he remarked, feeling the crown in his hands, “This crown is made of plastic! What a cheapskate!”
“Yeah, whatever,” Kenny responded, “But at least I won! And hey, we all got gym badges for that battle! Check it out!” Kenny held out the three Ferrum badges in his hand.
“Sweet,” Eli said, taking his badge. “I wonder where Clair has been this whole time.”
As if in response, Clair pushed her way through the receding crowd and walked up to the duo. “Pretty impressive, Kenny. You beat the gym leader, and all those other fools. You even beat Peach Cake. Man, I should have entered the tournament too so I could beat you and get those badges for you.” Clair then took one of the Ferrum badges out of Kenny’s hand. “Speaking of, I think this belongs to me.”
“You seriously think you can beat me?” Kenny scoffed incredulously. “Come on, Eli only beat me once, and that was so long ago. You couldn’t possibly win against me.”
“Oh yeah?” Clair shouted angrily, “You want to settle this right now?”
“No, of course not,” Kenny retorted. “Let’s save that battle for later, okay? I’ve already done my fair share today.”
Before anybody could say another word, there was a loud, piercing explosion that rumbled the entire city. Civilians were screaming and running on the streets. Kenny looked around frantically and saw a black helicopter hovering above a skyscraper. A man holding a megaphone was barely visible standing on the helicopter.
“Citizens of Monopolis,” the man boomed, “This building is being taken over! Do not enter the building, or there will be severe consequences!” The man got back on the helicopter and landed on the roof of the building. Kenny could have sworn for a second that the voice sounded familiar, but he discarded the thought immediately.
“I bet anything that I know who’s trying to take over that building,” Kenny sighed in exasperation. “I wonder what building that is anyway?”
Kenny was about to take out his map when Clair explained, “That’s the Silph Co. building, I believe.”
“Silph Co.?” Eli inquired. “I thought they were set up in Kanto.”
“They have branches in other locations,” explained Clair. “One of their locations is set up right here in Monopolis.”
“Well, I guess we should go check it out, what do you say?” Kenny asked.
“I don’t know,” Eli said cautiously, “Those people could be dangerous.”
“Come on, Eli!” Kenny shouted, “How many criminal syndicates do you know in this region?”
Eli didn’t even have to think before responding, “Just one… Team Nova.”
“Exactly. And just from past experience, is Team Nova dangerous?”
“Then let’s get going already!” Kenny turned toward the Silph Co. building and started hiking, followed closely by Clair and Eli.