Once again, Bill is fixing his new invention, a transporter, in his Sea Cottage when he locks himself inside the machine by accident. The automatic process begins with Bill trapped in one half of the machine, and a Rattata in the other half.
In Route 25, Red is troubled by the many Poké Balls on his belt, finding carrying them to be cumbersome but unwilling to drop them off due to the effort he put in capturing the Pokémon. While mulling away, he is shocked to find a Rattata with the head of a human and converses in human language. The Rattata introduces itself as Bill, a Pokémon expert; however, in the middle of the introduction, a Fearow grabs Bill by its talons and takes him away. Red tries his best to save Bill by using his Pokémon, eventually succeeding when Pika delivers an electric attack from above knocks the bird down, freeing Bill in the process. Despite its damage, Fearow recovers and goes into an offensive stance; Bill recognizes Fearow's movements warns Red that it will use Drill Peck. Spiralling like a torpedo, Fearow dives at Red's Poliwhirl, appearing to pierce it right through. However, it is revealed that Fearow merely pierced a Double Team clone, which gave Poliwhirl time to freeze the Beak Pokémon with Ice Beam.
Back at Sea Cottage, Bill is transformed back into a human with Red's help, and the two formally introduce themselves. Bill explains that his invention is meant to transport Pokémon anywhere, anytime, and offers to help Red with his Pokémon's storage. Picking up one of Red's Poké Balls, Bill is flustered to find Fearow inside; the very one that kidnapped him earlier.
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- This is the first view of the Pokémon Storage System and the transporters in the manga.
- Red has at least eleven Pokémon at the beginning of this round.
- As in the games, Bill is mixed with a Pokémon during a teleportation experiment.
- The mutated Rattata is the first talking Pokémon in the manga.
- The English title for this round is based on the famous quote "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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