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| VS Medicham
VS Medicham or Verdanturf Contest (Japanese: VS チャーレム VS Charem or シダケのコンテスト Shidake Contest) is the 217th round of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
At the Desert Ruins, Team Magma lies inside of their base. While Mitch reveals to Maxie that he failed to stop the death of Mt. Chimney, Mack modifies the Detector, and Marge goes to look for a certain treasure. Before Marge leaves, Maxie has her use the lighter to show him images about what had happened at the Abandoned Ship. After she leaves, Maxie decides that it's time for him to go out as well.
At Verdanturf Town, Ruby finally is able to start his first Hoenn Contest. With Coco, he easily beats the Normal Rank Cute Contest. Later, a crowd gathers to look at Ruby's victories in the Cool and Cute Contests with Nana and Coco, respectively. Upstairs, Ruby prepares a sweater for Zuzu, but is still struggling from the injuries in his battle with Norman. Although injured, Ruby is too happy about his acquisition of a Contest Pass to care, and assigns Contest categories to his team.
For Coco, she will be assigned to Cute Contests; for Nana, Cool Contests; for Zuzu, Tough Contests; for his two new members, Mimi and Popo, Beauty and Smart Contests, respectively. As Ruby takes pictures of his team, Maryann & Tyler come in to interview him for his recent Contest victories. Although he'd love to be on TV, Ruby refuses as he does not want himself to be shown as a kidnap victim and runs off when the Beauty Contest begins.
Tyler feels bad for giving Ruby the Castform belonging to Mr. Stone, along with the fact that they should be reporting on the submarine incident instead of Ruby. Maryann replies that they should keep following Ruby, as she has a good feeling about him.
Before the next Contest starts, the announcer explains how the Contest system works. If one wins a Contest in Verdanturf Town, they can challenge a Contest of a higher rank in Fallarbor Town, Slateport City, and Lilycove City, respectively. After explaining the two parts of a Contest, the announcer starts the Normal Rank Beauty Contest.
In the Contest, Ruby uses Mimi, which confuses the audience at his choice of Pokémon. In his head, Ruby recalls learning that a beautiful Pokémon can win a Contest on their own, but if Ruby can win the Contest with Mimi, he can surprised everyone. Ruby has Mimi use Water Pulse, which gets applause from the audience. As the audience claps, Ruby notices what appears to be Wally in the crowd.
- Ruby finally obtains a Contest Pass and enters a Contest.
- Ruby wins the Normal rank Cute and Cool Contests with Coco and Nana, respectively.