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| VS Shuckle
VS Shuckle or If You're Lucky... (Japanese: VS ツボツボ VS Tsubotsubo or 運がよければ If You're Lucky) is the 310th round of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Continuing off where the previous round left off, Noland is struck in the back of the head by a mysterious armored figure. The man begins looking through Noland's computer for the Wish Pokémon that is only awake for seven days after a thousand years of sleeping, Jirachi.
Back at the Battle Pike, the reporter watches as Emerald's Blissey successfully uses Seismic Toss on Lucy's Seviper. Although knocked to the ground, Seviper begins using Poison Fang to release venom from its fangs. The venom hits Blissey, which badly poisons it. Lucy explains that unlike regular poison, which hurts a Pokémon every turn, bad poison increases the damage it deals every turn. Although Emerald has used up all of healing items in the last room, he decides to keep battling until Blissey runs out of health.
Emerald sends out Blissey to attack, but Lucy switches Seviper out with her defensive Shuckle. To counter this, Emerald switches out with his Starmie, who has an advantage because of it being Water-type. Starmie attacks with a Water-type move, but Shuckle blocks the move by using Protect to climb inside its shell. Shuckle poisons Starmie with Toxic, so Emerald finishes it off with a Surf. Lucy congratulates Emerald, but reminds him that his Pokémon is still poisoned, and his lack of any Pecha or Lum Berries is surely an indication of his current bad luck.
Lucy suggests that Emerald switch Starmie out, since its Natural Cure will cure the poison, just like Blissey had done with its Natural Cure when it was switched out earlier. The reporter notes that if Emerald switches out to his fully healthy Rapidash, Lucy will just counter with her Milotic. Emerald decides to keep using Starmie, so Lucy sends out her Milotic. Emerald has Starmie fire a Psychic, but the attacked is reflected by Milotic's Mirror Coat with twice the damage. Emerald has Starmie use one last move, Thunderbolt, damaging Milotic enough to knock it out while Starmie also faints.
Down to one last Pokémon, Lucy sends out Seviper, while Emerald sends out Rapidash. The reporter wonders if Rapidash can win, as it doesn't have any countermeasures against poison. Scott, Greta, Tucker, and Brandon arrive to watch Emerald lose to Lucy. They are shocked to see that despite Emerald's Rapidash being poisoned, Lucy is only down to her last Pokémon. Lucy has Seviper use Giga Drain, which damages Rapidash and forces Emerald to switch Blissey back into the battle.
Blissey clashes against Seviper repeatedly, but is defeated after being smashed into a wall. Although the Frontier Brains are glad to see Emerald defeated, Seviper is suddenly set ablaze. The fire is revealed to be Overheat, which was used by a healed Rapidash. The attack knocks Seviper out, making Emerald the winner of the battle. Although confused, Lucy realizes that Emerald had Blissey heal Rapidash's poison with Heal Bell and give it some health with Softboiled. Lucy congratulates Emerald by praising his skill in keeping his strategy from her for over 140 rooms and gives him the Luck Symbol.
Emerald claims to not need the Symbol, but the reporter puts it in his Frontier Pass anyway. Emerald tells Brandon that he will challenge his facility next, angering the man by not using his name. Emerald prepares to leave in the same way he entered, but Lucy tells him that he can just leave through the back. Emerald decides to go through the entrance anyway and the reporter follows him due to guessing that Emerald has an ulterior motive for doing so.
Emerald reveals that he wanted to talk to a maid, which the reporter assumes as an attempt to flirt with her. The maid asks Emerald if he saw more suspicious-looking Pokémon like Sceptile, but does so through telepathy. Emerald states that he did, and decides to go and calm them down with his E Shooter. Confused, the reporter asks what's going on and is shocked to see the maid's body flicker, revealing her to be Latias in disguise.
- Emerald continues his battle against Lucy and defeats her, earning the Luck Symbol.
- Emerald decides to challenge the Battle Pyramid next.
- Emerald goes to calm down the rampaging Pokémon put in the Battle Pike.
- Blissey was shown to be a male even though they are female-only species.