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| The Art of Articuno
The Art of Articuno (Japanese: VSフリーザー VS Freezer) is the 31st round of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Seeing Blue on the verge of taking another blow from Koga, Red sends out Poli to intervene, but Koga is quick to send them both flying with his Golbat. Ordering Grimer off Blue to immobilize Red, Koga declares that Blue was killed by a Razor Wind to the heart, and prepares to behead the boy with his Golbat. However, Blue surprises Koga by releasing his Pidgeot, who strikes Koga in the chest at the last moment, having been protected by the reflective properties of the pendant he wears.
Recovering from shock, Koga summons Articuno and surrounds Blue in a Blizzard, threatening the boy to back off or he will decapitate Red instead. Gloating, Koga proceeds to explain to Red that back on the Seafoam Islands, Articuno defended Red from the relentless attacks of Team Rocket, weakening its strength and allowing them to capture it. As Red looks on in guilt Koga continues to have Articuno attack the boys with its Ice moves; Blue notices Koga wielding the Soul Badge, prompting Koga to remind them of the Badges' ability to control Pokémon at will. Stating Articuno to be under the control of the three Badges of the elite agents, and the Badge held by their unseen leader, Koga gloats about the power they wield before freezing Red by his feet. At Red's urging, Blue attempts to escape, but Articuno traps him by blasting the wall with enough strength to shatter it, trapping Blue as well. Having Articuno unleash its full power, Koga has the Freeze Pokémon completely encase Red, Blue, and Blue's Pidgeot in ice, before turning to leave. Remarking on a sudden temperature spike, however, Koga is promptly stunned by an attack from behind, and as he turns back he finds to his horror that the boys have freed themselves.
As Blue's Charizard blasts the room from the outside with its fire, the boys have Porygon and Pika launch a combined attack on Koga, knocking him out. Blue criticizes Koga for failing to think sufficiently ahead, while Red admonishes Blue for scorching the room. Failing to receive a visual from his Golduck, Blue consults Koga's defeated Golbat, who shows Professor Oak held in the basement. Upon hearing a scream from Green upstairs, the boys split up, but not before Blue hands Red the Soul Badge he got off Koga.
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