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| Long Live the Nidoqueen?!
Long Live the Nidoqueen?! (Japanese: VSニドクイン VS Nidoqueen) is the 38th round of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
With Red revealing Aero, Giovanni barely realizes the boy's last-minute subterfuge as Red commands a Hyper Beam from Aero, fainting Giovanni's Beedrill in one hit and creating a fog that blankets the field. As the fog clears, Red is shocked to see Giovanni gone as the Viridian Gym begins to shake ominously and collapse. In the attempt to rescue Poli, Red is hurt by falling debris, and barely manages to escape as the Gym comes crumbling down.
Getting to his feet, Red sees a Nidoking who Red reasons must have used Earthquake to destroy the Gym, while Giovanni compliments Red's ability having forced him to switch to Pokémon of his type specialty, revealing his entire team of Ground Pokémon. Red calls on Aero, but Giovanni easily has Rhyhorn use Tail Whip to faint Aero, before ordering Rhydon to drop Red in a Fissure. The attack leaves Red barely hanging on for his life and separated from his Poké Balls, as Giovanni declares himself the legendary master of Ground-type Pokémon. Quickly, Red attempts to make a switch to his other Pokémon, but Giovanni has Dugtrio use Dig to break the opening mechanisms of the Poké Balls, preventing Red from any further action.
Giovanni praises Red on his bravery, but reveals that while Red went on his journey, Team Rocket already had control of the cities Red visited. The master plan was to send all Pokémon captured by Team Rocket to Celadon City for experimentation and bio-engineering, then to Saffron City for battle training. The Pokémon were then shipped via Vermilion City to Cinnabar Island by the S.S. Anne (the opposing Gym Leaders made a northern transfer impossible), before being brought to Viridian Forest to reawaken their primal instincts, creating an unstoppable Pokémon army for Giovanni in his supposed "absence".
In light of this knowledge, Red realizes himself as the only one who can stop Giovanni's plan, and to his surprise Pika rolls its Poké Ball into his hand, being the only Pokémon Dugtrio didn't trap. Hollering his determination to defeat Giovanni and Team Rocket, Red lunges for his final assault, as Giovanni declares Red unable to order an attack from Pika in time before Nidoqueen impales him with Poison Sting. Much to the Leader's horror, however, Pika proves itself in time as it appears from the Poké Ball, already electrified and ready to attack. As Giovanni and Nidoqueen stand stunned, Red orders a crippling Thunderbolt that faints Nidoqueen, and heavily damages Giovanni.
Red explains that he had bypassed the drawback of Pika charging itself for attacking by having it charge inside the Poké Ball, giving it time to attack before Nidoqueen. Giovanni screams the impossibility of Red holding Pika's Poké Ball with it heavily charged with electricity, but by the corner of his eye realizes that Red had been wearing electric-proof gloves he had taken from Team Rocket. Lamenting his loss to be cemented by his organization's technology, Giovanni passes out—to which Red responds Giovanni's downfall was due to the pain he sensed in Pokémon that Team Rocket had inflicted, before the boy passes out himself.
Sometime later, Red awakens at a medical facility, much to the relief of Pika and the girl he'd met earlier. The girl explains that she had found Red unconscious at the edge of Viridian Forest, and that the townspeople had gone into the forest to calm the raging Pokémon there. As Red offers his help, the girl expresses a wish for a Leader to replace the previous one who had disappeared from the ruins of the Gym; an offer Red accepts as he races away, promising to become the best Gym Leader ever.
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- The English title of this chapter is based on the saying "Long live the queen!"
- Pika's Thunderbolt should not have had any effect on Giovanni's Nidoqueen, as it is a Ground-type.
- In the Finnish translation, Red incorrectly refers to Nidoking as Nidoqueen.
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