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| Forretress of Solitude/VS. Forretress
Forretress of Solitude or VS. Forretress (Japanese: VSフォレトス VS. Foretos) is the 115th round of the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter in the Pokémon Adventures manga.
The round opens with Yellow and Daisy trying to reason with Red, saying that there is no way that he can recover by tomorrow. Red argues, saying that he can't back down, as tomorrow is his aptitude test for becoming the Viridian Gym Leader. He quickly ushers his Pokémon away for more training, leaving Yellow and Daisy speechless. We then find Red on the video phone to Bill, talking about how "tomorrow's the day". Red then gets a knock at the door, revealing Brock and Misty with their aptitude test videos and an instruction manual. Red thanks them as Brock asks if he is ready. Red replies by showing off his muscles, and Brock and Misty leave. That night, Red lays awake in bed, thinking about the next day. He worries about his wrists, and thinks that he'll need a plan, if the numbness does kick in during the test.
The next day, Red stands in the stadium, all six of his Pokémon out, the crowd cheering. The announcer explains the rules briefly, then announces the start of the test. Red's first opponent is a Pineco, which Saur swiftly knocks out, as well as it's next two opponents, a Forretress and another Pineco. However, the 4th opponent, another Forretress, resorts to its Spikes and is putting up a fair fight against Saur. Red commands Saur to use Sweet Scent, then promptly switches it out for Snor, whom is commanded to use Belly Drum. As the crowd wonders what Red is doing, Snor's Belly Drum causes the Spikes to rebound and are sent back to Forretress, as well as a Mega Punch. Because of Saur's Sweet Scent, Forretress' movements were slowed down, which helped Red knock it out. Red's next opponent is an Azumarill, who promptly uses Whirlpool, surrounding Red and Snor. As Red desperately tries to think of a solution, his numbness, aggravated by the water, starts to kick in. Yellow and Daisy notice that something is wrong. The Whirlpool subsides, and Snor quickly uses Mega Kick, knocking Azumarill out. Red's last opponent is a Porygon2, and he sends out his Espeon. We briefly see Red and Espeon in Porygon2's field of vision as it targets them and fires a Zap Cannon, reducing Espeon's HP to below half. However, Red remains confident, as he commands Espeon to use Morning Sun, followed by Psychic. This knocks Porygon2 out, thus winning Red the test, and gaining him the position of Viridian Gym Leader. However, as he is being congratulated, he declines the position. He says that throughout the match, he realised that he was still not good enough to be a Gym Leader. This saddens the citizens of Viridian City, as they wonder who their new Leader will be. We then see Blue in the shadows with his Scizor.
He walks out into the Stadium to Red. He examines his wrists and Red trembles, obviously struggling. Blue reveals that he knew something was up, especially since Red pretended to ride his bike back on Cerise Island. He had also heard that he had declined the position of Viridian Gym Leader, which Red had always wanted.
- Gold and Silver are defeated by the Masked Man.
- Red is revealed to suffer from numbness on his hands and legs due being frozen by Lorelei.
- Red starts the test to become Viridian City's Gym Leader.
|| Spoilers end here.