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| Verily Vanquishing Vileplume I/VS. Vileplume I
Verily Vanquishing Vileplume I/VS. Vileplume I or Dome Tournament (Japanese: VS ラフレシアI VS Ruffresia I or トーナメント in ドーム Tournament in the Dome) is the 319th round of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
At the Pokémon Research Laboratory Hoenn, Crystal informs Professor Oak of Emerald's four victories at the Battle Frontier. Professor Oak states that they only have three more days left to capture Jirachi. Crystal offloads a stack of data for Oak to analyze, declaring that they have to help support Emerald in any way they can. Crystal reveals that Emerald cheered his Pokémon on in battle, which was uncharacteristic of him. They muse that Emerald must be going through some kind of life-changing experience, which a voice agrees with them about. The voice is revealed to be Professor Birch, who enters the room.
At the Battle Dome, Emerald gets excited to battle after getting a good night's rest. Suddenly, a giant explosion shoots up from the dome, and Tucker appears, welcoming everyone to his battle facility. Tucker leaps into the air, flying around with the help of his Salamence who keeps him airborne with strings. Tucker states that he is willing to let bygones be bygones now that he knows why Emerald has come to the Battle Frontier, but is angered when Emerald just wants to start the battle. Before they can, Tucker points Emerald to the ship docked at the Battle Frontier: the S.S. Tidal.
Emerald notes that there are a lot people exiting the ship. Tucker reveals that the people are regular Trainers who have been invited to the Battle Frontier to compete, just like Emerald. Anabel states that they did this because it would be boring to have the audience just watch the computer-controlled virtual Trainers battle each other repeatedly. Despite the danger that Guile Hideout poses to the guests, Anabel states that the Frontier Brains will protect them, no matter what.
Tucker explains that in the Battle Dome, there will a tournament of 16 Trainers each. Only when a Trainer wins five sets of 16 battles will they be able to battle Tucker for the Tactics Symbol. They enter the Battle Dome, which is stocked full of excited spectators. When Tucker asks where the reporter has gone, Emerald states he's gone somewhere else to sort out all of his pictures. Offended that the reporter doesn't intend to cover the Battle Dome, Tucker flies off to continue his airshow. Emerald goes to the challengers' corner, but all of the Trainers just rudely ignore him. To counter this, Emerald rudely wedges himself in between the Trainers.
In his room at the Battle Frontier's accommodations, the reporter sorts the various photos he has taken. He notes how Emerald's Sceptile stares at him a lot, which he assumes is because it was already attached to its Trainer. He accidentally gives himself a paper-cut and calls the front desk to send him a band-aid. Suddenly, a nurse appears, who reveals herself to be Latias in disguise once again. When she sees the reporter's photos, Latias notes that Sceptile is actually looking at Emerald's Pokédex. Despite this, Sceptile has grown more attached to Emerald himself. The reporter begins to wonder what made Sceptile so interested in the Pokédex.
Back at the Battle Dome, several Trainers battle each other in the first set. Scott, looking at the lineup, notes that Emerald is about to battle Aroma Lady Rose. The fifth battle starts, and Emerald rushes onto the stage.
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