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VS Lapras or Invasion of the Battle Tower (Japanese: VS ラプラス VS Laplace or 突入 バトルタワー Battle Tower Break In) is the 326th round of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
The Frontier Brains struggle to protect the people from the rampaging rental Pokémon. Tucker asks where Guile Hideout went to, and Brandon replies that he headed off to the Battle Tower with Jirachi. Lucy asks where Noland went, and Brandon tells her that he went off to inform Spenser of what's happening. Greta tells everyone to focus on saving everyone instead of worrying about Guile.
At the Battle Palace, Spenser watches as Emerald's Pokémon battles against his own. At the Battle Frontier's accommodations, the reporter and Latias look outside to see all the commotion. Latias removes her human disguise and takes the reporter outside to investigate. Latios joins them, and they pass by Noland while he wonders why Anabel isn't responding to his calls. To find out what happened to Anabel, Noland decides to check the Battle Tower for her.
He approaches Emerald, as well as Ruby and Sapphire, who he hadn't met before. Ruby and Sapphire introduce themselves as the Hoenn Pokédex trio, along with Emerald. Emerald gets annoyed at their trying to associate with him, but Ruby suggests calling themselves the Three Conquerors, for their goals of conquering Gyms, Contests, and the Battle Frontier.
Suddenly, a mob of rental Pokémon emerge from the bushes, so Ruby and Sapphire send out Mumu and Chic to attack them. When Noland asks Emerald where his Pokémon are, Emerald states that he left them back at the Battle Palace. Having no choice, Emerald whips out his E Shooter and decides to borrow a few Pokémon to use in the meantime. From out of the crowd, Emerald picks the Pokémon that look the most tormented and calms them down. He fires, calming down a Snorlax, Mr. Mime, Mantine, and Mawile. He tells the four to follow him into the Battle Tower, while Noland closes the door to keep the others out.
Noland decides to let Emerald borrow the Pokémon, but keeps the Mawile for himself. Guile watches from the Battle Tower's computer room, and expresses anger that they caught up to him so quickly. He tells waves his sword at Jirachi and demands that it tell him why it refuses to grant his wish. He wonders if there is some sort of procedure he needs to follow before he can have his wish granted. He decides to buy time before then and tells a silhouette that they will help him do it.
Back at Emerald's group, the elevator isn't working, so Noland suggest going up the stairs. When the go to the next floor, the lights turn on, which only happens when it takes on challenge. Suddenly, a Ninja Boy virtual Trainer and rental Gulpin are summoned. From behind the virtual Trainer appears Anabel, who has blank eyes and a vacant expression.