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| VS. Kirlia
VS. Kirlia (Japanese: VSキルリア VS. Kirlia) is the 321st round of the Pokémon Adventures manga in the Emerald chapter.
Emerald isn't too pleased to see Ruby and Sapphire, despite them formally introducing themselves as his allies, believing that Professor Oak sent them. The two correct Emerald and say it was Professor Birch who did, which doesn't impress Emerald either. Emerald is insistent that he doesn't need any help and turns to leave, with Sceptile lashing out with an Iron Tail and tossing the two Trainer back. Sapphire is worried that they should follow, but Ruby points out that they're all due to meet up in the Battle Dome tournament in any case. As he starts moaning over how his clothes are stained with Emerald's urine from earlier, Sapphire begins to criticize his habits and the two once again begin to bicker. Scott, meanwhile, spots them from afar, noting that they have arrived as expected.
As the matches continue on in the Battle Dome, Dome Ace Tucker has appeared amongst the lineup of challengers participating in the elimination-style tournament. Most of the reporters are banking on Emerald making it all the way to the top, but one of them notes that the newcomers in Ruby and Sapphire are proving themselves to be equally promising. Eventually, the three Pokédex holders and Tucker end up in the semi-final round. Scott asks Tucker what'll happen if he loses before the grand final, to which the Brain states that the Frontier Symbol will go to whoever wins the final match - not that he's intending to lose, of course. Tucker swears that he will win and show Guile Hideout how serious he is about improving himself the next time the Brains clash with the villain.
Before Emerald is to fight Ruby, he begins checking up on Ruby's data, only to be interrupted by Ruby taking various photographs and videos of Mumu, Mimi and Rara, much to the chagrin of the referee. Ruby is insistent that he take records of his Pokémon's development and declares to a bemused Emerald that all three of his Pokémon are available for Emerald to see.
The match kicks off with Ruby sending out Rara, and Emerald responds with his Dusclops for the type advantage. Rara begins with a wave of Hypnosis, but Emerald encourages Dusclops to fight the drowsiness and counter with Shadow Ball, which makes a direct hit. Emerald orders a barrage of the ghostly orbs, but Rara somehow manages to remain standing. Emerald is surprised at this, thinking that the Kirlia must have unusually high defenses, before commanding a Fire Punch that not only hits home, but also inflicts the burn status. Emerald cheers that now Rara will lose additional health as time goes on, but from behind, Tucker points out that Emerald's victory is far from guaranteed as he gestures towards Dusclops. Emerald is horrified to see Dusclops suffering from a burn as well, realizing that Rara must have the Synchronize Ability. Tucker confirms that the Ability forces the user's opponent to share the same status conditions, while Scott suggests that Rara had used Imprison earlier, meaning that none of Dusclops's Shadow Ball attacks had actually worked. Both Pokémon collapse as the burns wipe out the remainder of their health, and the referee declares the battle as a draw to the roaring crowd. Emerald grins at Ruby, realizing that his opponent is clearly a strong one, and Ruby merely smiles.
Sending out Mimi next, Ruby muses if Emerald will send out Sceptile for the type advantage again. Emerald is somewhat surprised that Ruby isn't bothered by elemental disadvantages, but nevertheless sends out Sceptile to do battle - only to be interrupted as Ruby begins arguing with staff about the stadium lighting not showing Mimi's good side, much to Emerald's irritation.