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| Distracting Dustox/VS Dustox
Distracting Dustox/VS Dustox or Training for the Contest (Japanese: VS ドクケイル VS Dokucale or コンテスト指導 Contest Coaching) is the 184th round of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
The round opens with Sapphire waking up and discovering that Ruby had healed her wounds. She discovers a letter where Ruby explains that he had made her clothes in thanks for saving his life. Initially, she is angered, but quickly realizes that in order for Ruby to have made clothes for her, he must have taken her measurements, horrifying her.
At Oldale Town, Ruby has trouble deciding what to do with his newly-acquired Mudkip. As he tries to find various categories to enter it in, Ruby accidentally angers a wild Dustox. Back at Ruby's home in Littleroot, Professor Birch and Sapphire explain what had happened to Ruby's mother. Ruby's mother calls Norman, who decides to look for his runaway son himself.
Back at Oldale, Ruby and his Pokémon continue to run away from the angry Dustox. Using the dust on its scales, Nana, Kiki, and Rara are put to sleep, leaving only Mudkip awake due to it being too slow. The Dustox attacks again, forcing Ruby to hide under a bridge, only to be found out by Dustox's radar-like antennae.
Using the radar on its own head, Mudkip manages to track the quick Dustox and attacks it with a Water-type moves, soaking its wings and rendering it unable to fly. Worried about his safety, Ruby decides to not return the Pokédex until his bet with Sapphire ends due to it being useful in finding out information about Pokémon.
Ruby asks how Mudkip was able to detect the Dustox and consults the Pokédex. Impressed, Ruby decides to give Mudkip the named Mumu and officially has it join his team. He then goes off to find out where he can obtain a Contest Pass and sets off to the next town.
Back at Littleroot, Sapphire puts on the clothes that Ruby made for her, shocking her father due to her normal choice in clothing. Birch quickly realizes that she is going to conquer the Gyms, a suggestion that Sapphire confirms. Birch wishes his daughter good luck as she swings away on a vine with her Torchic, Chic, and Aron, Rono.
The counter of the bet continues at seventy-nine days.
- Ruby is attacked by a wild Dustox.
- Ruby's Mudkip defeats the Dustox and is named Mumu.
- Ruby decides to keep the Pokédex.
- Norman is informed of Ruby's running away and decides to search for his son.
- Sapphire goes on her journey to challenge Hoenn's Gyms.
|| Spoilers end here.