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| VS Armaldo
VS Armaldo or Multiple Battles Begin (Japanese: VS アーマルド VS Armaldo or マルチバトル開始 Multi-Battles Begin) is the 243rd round of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Ruby and Sapphire at last reach the Seafloor Cavern. Although it didn't take long for them to dive underwater, Sapphire states that it felt like it has been days. When Sapphire notes that she is holding Ruby's hand, she quickly shakes him off and states that despite his help, she hasn't forgave him for what he said to her. Ruby ignores what she says and points out that there are two different tunnels in front of them. Sapphire decides to take the left path, but Ruby stops her and tells her to stay by his side.
Ruby reveals that Nana has sensed the presence of someone, and has her sniff them out with Odor Sleuth. Suddenly, they are attacked by a group of Team Magma and Team Aqua Grunts and their Pokémon. Immediately, Ruby and Sapphire send out their Pokémon and prepare to fight and defend themselves.
Elsewhere, Mitch and Amber are still trapped inside the submarine as it breaks from the water pressure while it sinks to the bottom of the water. Mitch and Amber try their hardest to keep the water from flowing in, but to no avail. Suddenly, the submarine breaks apart, sending the two into the water. Amber tries his hardest to keep his breath, but soon looses consciousness, forcing Mitch to save the both of them by swimming upwards to the surface.
On the surface, Mack flies above the ocean until he notices a piece of the S.S. Kaien 1 float up to the surface. Mack sends out an Armaldo and rescues the two from drowning, revealing that Mitch sent him an SOS signal earlier. As Mitch is unconscious, Mack takes his lighter and uses it to find out what had happened to the two. Feeling sorry for Amber, Mack hopes for his teammates to save him and takes Mitch away. Mitch soon wakes up, and asks Mack where he is taking the two of them to.
Mack states that they're going to Route 121, as that's where the Gym Leaders are facing Groudon. Mack calls Marge, who reveals that she had seen the destruction Groudon caused. Mack reveals that there are people trying to stop Groudon and tells her to come and help stop them. When Mack requests Marge's current location, she reveals that she is at the Mossdeep Space Center.
Back at Ruby and Sapphire's location, the two manage to easily defeat their opponents. They are shocked to hear two more voices commenting on the battle. The look in front of them to find the silhouettes of Maxie and Archie approaching them with the Red and Blue Orbs.