The trainers all cast their votes once again, and as soon as the outcome was determined, the loud, omnipresent voice spoke once more.
“Greetings, trainers. Today, the competitors you have chosen to do battle are: Pearl, Champion of the Sinnoh Region, and Ruby, Champion of the Hoenn Region! This is sure to be an exciting battle! Pearl, please proceed to the blue corner, while Ruby goes to the red corner.”
Pearl was nervous. She was an excellent Pokemon trainer, but she had only battled a Champion once before, and it happened to be that former Champion who was crushed in the opening round of the tournament.
Ruby, however, was eager and ready to fight. Without waiting for the announcer to speak again, he tossed his Pokeball into the ring.
Pearl quickly psyched herself up for the battle and sent out her own Pokemon.
“A fire-type… then I’ll use Empoleon!”
It was too early to tell, but it looked as if the match were to be rather one-sided. Magcargo’s strength lay in its durability, but all that was lost battling against a water-type opponent. Empoleon was faster, stronger, and had an obvious type advantage.
“Magcargo, use Stealth Rock!”
The snail-like Pokemon made a gesture with its head, and about half a dozen rocks dislodged themselves from the walls, levitating quickly to the edge of the arena. The stones then dropped in their place, and did absolutely nothing. Pearl and Empoleon looked wary for a moment, but seeing no danger, they continued.
“You wasted your chance. Empoleon, use Hydro Pump!”
From its mouth, Empoleon launched a massive, powerful jet of water that struck Magcargo right in the face. Unable to move quickly enough away, Magcargo withered under the powerful blast. When it stopped, the poor creature was barely able to hold itself up.
“Hang in there, Magcargo! Use Lava Plume!”
With surprising agility, Magcargo shot a jet of magma at Empoleon. The penguin Pokemon tried to dodge, but the blast grazed its steel-tipped wings, and it roared angrily.
“Finish it off!”
Empoleon leapt into the air and shot another Hydro Pump at Magcargo, crushing it into the floor of the battlefield. Magcargo could take no more, and fainted from the attack.
“Magcargo is unable to battle. Empoleon is the winner!”
“Good job, Magcargo. Return!”
Ruby looked as if he had known the outcome of that matchup before it had started- and he probably did. Now, however, a devious grin crossed his face as he tossed in his next Pokemon.
Now it was Ruby who was to have the advantage. The electric canine’s attacks were sure to deal a lot of damage to Empoleon.
“Manectric, start charging up!”
Manectric stood in place and started to crackle with static electricity. Soon it began to glow, but it wasn’t going to be left alone.
“Stop it, Empoleon! Use Flash Cannon!”
A beam of light shot from Empoleon’s mouth at… well, light-speed, striking Manectric and knocking off its focus.
“Use Agility! Keep charging and don’t let it get to you.”
Empoleon attempted to fire another Flash Cannon at Manectric, but this time it moved so quickly out of the way, it almost appeared as if Manectric were teleporting. Try as it might, Empoleon could not hit Manectric, as it just kept dodging out of the way, all the while charging up with more electricity.
“Hit it with Aqua Jet!”
This time, Empoleon coated itself in water and lurched forward, sliding along the ground at a pace it could never reach by running. When it approached Manectric, the Pokemon agilely zipped out of the way again, but Empoleon changed direction just as quickly. Catching Manectric off guard, Empoleon slammed into it with a full-body tackle, catching its side with the trident-shaped horns on its head.
Manectric looked hurt, but it was far from finished, even though its concentration was broken. On the other hand, Empoleon, who had come into contact with the static field around Manectric, was paralyzed and having trouble getting back up.
“That’ll have to do. Use Discharge!”
Manectric released all of the electricity stored inside it in a massive, radial blast that engulfed nearly the entire field. Empoleon, covered in water and just a few feet away from Manectric, took the full brunt of the attack and was electrocuted devastatingly. When Manectric was done, Empoleon had been knocked unconscious.
“Empoleon is unable to battle. Manectric is the winner!”
Pearl looked especially worried now. She took a moment in choosing her next Pokemon, but when she was ready, the façade of fearlessness was back on her face.
“Return, Empoleon. Go, Vespiquen!”
As soon as the queen bee came out of its Pokeball, the rocks that had surrounded the field all began stirring. One by one, they smashed into Vespiquen before it could even put up its guard. By the time they had finished, Vespiquen already looked in worse shape than Manectric.
“Oh, no! Vespiquen, you’ve gotta heal yourself! Heal Order!”
Hundreds of tiny bee-like creatures flew out of the honeycombs on Vespiquen’s abdomen and swarmed around it. They began repairing the damage that had been done to the queen.
“Don’t give it a chance, Manectric! Thunder Fang!”
Its jaws crackling with electricity, Manectric surged towards Vespiquen, who was temporarily unable to move. Running into a leap, Manectric clamped its jaws tight around Vespiquen’s midsection, and overloaded its body with electricity through its sharp fangs. Vespiquen made an unpleasant sound that was conspicuously reminiscent of a scream. Many of the bees surrounding them were zapped and fried by stray bolts.
As Manectric released its deadly grip, Vespiquen collapsed to the ground and did not get back up.
“Vespiquen is unable to battle. Manectric is the winner!”
Ruby looked smug as Pearl returned her fried Pokemon to its ball.
“Well, that was quick.”
Pearl closed her eyes, calmed herself, and threw her third Pokeball. A majestic creature with rich, black fur materialized on the battlefield.
“Luxray, use Wild Charge!”
Its fur beginning to bristle with electricity of its own, Luxray charged fiercely straight towards Manectric. One of the fallen Stealth Rock stones hopped up and struck it in the face as it passed by. This only served to enrage Luxray, however, and it roared fiercely and doubled its pace.
“Manectric, use your Agility!”
Manectric tried to run away, but Luxray gave chase. Luxray soon caught up to the already-tired Manectric, and once in range leapt straight onto it with a full electrical aura surrounding it. The two electric Pokemon fell into a tumble and wrestled with each other for a few seconds, but a slightly winded Luxray emerged on top. Manectric struggled to break its adversary’s grip, but Luxray was larger and physically stronger.
Now it was Ruby who started to panic a bit. He quickly thought back to all he had studied about the Sinnoh region’s Pokemon, and found the one advantage he needed.
“Manectric! Use Discharge!”
Suddenly, Manectric exploded with electricity, much of it building off of Luxray’s power as well. Luxray was blasted into the air, and landed on its feet, unsteadily, a few yards away. Manectric got up as quickly as it could.
“Luxray, use Crunch!”
Luxray sprinted into a fierce charge heading straight for Manectric again. Another close-quarters confrontation would be disastrous to Manectric.
“Manectric, you can’t let it get near you! Use Discharge and Agility, just don’t let it touch you!”
Manectric and Luxray now engaged in what was essentially a game of cat and mouse- or rather, very large cat and dog. Luxray chased Manectric, but after being itself winded, it could not keep up with the lighter, faster Manectric. Whenever Luxray cornered Manectric or got too close, Manectric would respond with a wide-reaching Discharge to keep it back. As Luxray was only able to release its electricity effectively at close range, it was unable to land a concrete attack on Manectric. It soon began to tire out.
“Luxray, you’re going to have to charge through its attacks! It’s the only way! Wild Charge!”
“Manectric, start charging!”
Luxray bristled fiercely with electricity once more, and began another sprint towards Manectric. Manectric stood its ground, charging itself up with power. As soon as Luxray was close enough, Ruby shouted.
Manectric discharged the electricity it had stored, and continued to hold out the field. Luxray, following orders, charged straight into the field and kept moving. Luxray still had several yards to go, though, and it began to move slower and slower, till it was finally struggling to even step forward through the devastating blast of electricity.
Manectric was clearly straining itself to hold out the field. After a second or two, it shorted out, unable to fight any longer. But the damage was done. Both Pokemon were so exhausted they were unable to move. They stood in a standoff, panting heavily for what seemed like hours, though it amounted to less than a minute. Finally, Luxray capitulated.
“Luxray is unable to battle. Manectric is the winner! As Pearl is out of usable Pokemon, Ruby is the winner of this match!”
Ruby pumped his fist in the air and cheered. Pearl looked disheartened, but not completely crushed. She waited until the announcer was done speaking and Ruby had left the field, and then made her own announcement. A giddy, adorable smile cracked across her face.
“Well, actually… I did bring one more Pokemon with me, just in case. I thought it might be useful with all these attacks going on at night and everything! So, it’s really only for my own protection, but I guess if you wanted to battle me again… that would be ok with me!”
The rest of the trainers were dumbfounded as she giggled and quickly left the arena.
Death is yonder
Begin Night 2!
It will end 10:30 PM tomorrow, EST. Any Night orders should be sent by then.
Sorry for the delay. It takes me a while to come up with these battle schemes from the guidelines I'm given, but it seems you are enjoying them, so I hope it's worth it.