| VS Kirlia
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Latias and Latios approach Emerald from the skies and ask Emerald to release from its Sceptile Poké Ball. Emerald does, and pulls out his PokéNav to check Sceptile's level at their request. Meanwhile, the reporter stands in amazement that Emerald is able to communicate with the Eon Pokémon. Emerald finishes examining Sceptile and finds that it's level 51, which shouldn't be possible as it was put in the level 50 category in the Battle Factory.
Emerald points out that during his battle with Noland, Glalie used Sheer Cold but missed. As Sheer Cold is a move that will miss if the opponent is even one level higher, and Sceptile didn't avoid the attack, the reporter realizes Emerald must be accurate in his judgment. Emerald explains that he didn't know about Sceptile's level until now, and since Noland didn't appear to notice anything amiss, it must mean that Sceptile is not a rental Pokémon to begin with. Emerald guesses that if Sceptile isn't a rental Pokémon, it must mean that someone had slipped it into the Battle Frontier without anyone noticing.
Latias and Latios quickly warn Emerald that some people are approaching them. The people turn out to be Brandon and Tucker. The reporter worries what will happen if they find out that Emerald stole Sceptile, but Latias covers herself, Latios and Sceptile in a cloud of mist created by Mist Ball. Unaware of what happened, Tucker grabs Emerald and picks on him by making fun of his short height. Tucker and Brandon ask which facility Emerald plans on challenging next and each demand that he challenges their facility next.
Emerald replies that he'll have to face them either way but points out that since they get on his nerves, he doesn't really want to challenge them. With that, Emerald uses his Magic Hands to bash Tucker and Brandon's heads together, and then runs away. Furious, Tucker and Brandon give chase and eventually manage to catch Emerald. Emerald gets angry and lashes out, causing Tucker and Brandon to get tied up to the Battle Pike's fangs. Tucker and Brandon demand to be released, but Emerald gets tired and goes to sleep
The next morning, the reporter looks for Emerald, as he didn't return after running off. With Latias and Latios gone, the reporter wonders what to do with Sceptile. He arrives at the Battle Pike, and is shocked to find Emerald there, still sleeping in mid-air while still having Tucker and Brandon tied to the building's fangs. Lucy arrives from within the Battle Pike and orders her Seviper to use Poison Tail to free Emerald, Brandon, and Tucker. Lucy reprimands Tucker and Brandon, and tells Emerald that he must be lucky if he managed to find her Battle Pike while running around in the dark. She introduces herself to him and asks if he'll want to challenge her today.
Emerald agrees, while the reporter reads about the Battle Pike: a facility that tests one's luck. A Trainer enters it with 3 Pokémon on hand and is required to enter a series of halls with 3 doors. To progress, they must go through one of these doors until they reach the final room. Each door leads into a room, which can lead to eight different types of events. Each set consists of six halls and seven rooms. The challenger can only battle Lucy herself after reaching the 129th room on the tenth set.
As the members of the press arrive, Emerald runs off to get prepared. The reporter runs after Emerald and asks him what he's going to do without Pokémon of his own to use in battle. Emerald explains that the person who sent him to the Battle Frontier owns every single sort of Pokémon, and they're all available for him to use. When they reach a computer, Emerald sends a message to that person in the Pokémon Research Laboratory in Hoenn, who then sends the requested Pokémon to Emerald.
Emerald hurries back to the Battle Pike and tells Lucy that he's ready, choosing his first door. As the reporter, Lucy, and the press watch via large screens, Emerald is challenged to a Double Battle with two virtual Trainers using a Dusclops and a Kirlia. As the battle commences, the reporter hollers for Emerald to be careful as Kirlia commences to inflict a status effect.
- Emerald finds out that the Sceptile is not a rental Pokémon.
- Emerald reveals that he was sent to the Battle Frontier by someone.
- Crystal is revealed to be assisting Emerald by sending him Pokémon to use in battle.
- Emerald begins his Battle Pike challenge.
- Factory Head Noland (flashback)
- Pyramid King Brandon
- Dome Ace Tucker
- Pike Queen Lucy
- Reporters (many)
- Sceptile (Emerald's)
- Glalie (Battle Factory's; flashback)
- Salamence (Tucker's)
- Seviper (Lucy's)
- Dusclops (Battle Pike's)
- Kirlia (Battle Pike's)
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