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Outlasting Ledian/VS Ledian or Palmer's Favor (Japanese: VS レディアン VS Redian or クロツグの頼み事 Kurotsugu's Favor) is the 428th round of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
At the Battle Castle, Darach is standing on the balcony when Caitlin finds him. Caitlin talks to him about how Platinum, who has already defeated Dahlia and is continuing to challenge Thorton, the leader of the Battle Factory. Caitlin is inspired by Platinum to try Pokémon battles, when suddenly she starts repeating the word "fight" with her psychic powers, and scares Darach. He then reminds Caitlin it is afternoon tea time, and asks what kind of scones she wants, which calms her down. Darach then receives a call from Palmer.
At the Battle Factory, Platinum is still battling Thorton. Thorton compliments Platinum's tactics against his rented Tyranitar, which then continues to Platinum's Kadabra, being damaged by Tyranitar's Ability, Sand Stream. Thorton questions Platinum, asking if she is going to switch her Pokémon, which he adds that her Pokémon will be hit by the sandstorm anyway. Platinum replies and says she is not going to switch out her Pokémon, while Kadabra punches Tyranitar in the stomach, fainting it in the process. Thorton continues making strategies and chooses to send out Ledian, while Platinum does the same and sends out Qwilfish. Qwilfish continues to use Rollout, but Thorton switches Pokémon again and an Ursaring appears. He explains that he used Agility and transferred that speed by using Baton Pass, while Ursaring uses Earthquake and knocks out Qwilfish. Thorton sends out Ledian again, but it is poisoned and is knocked out. Kadabra and Ursaring battle in a boxing match. Kadabra drops its spoon and Thorton thinks he's won. Then Palmer and Argenta appear, saying that the challenger wins. Kadabra was using Drain Punch the whole time. Thorton throws a tantrum, but Argenta calms him down.
Palmer continues to speak of Platinum's strategy of using Kadabra's ability, of "Pokémon making the machine malfunction" and briefly mentions a machine making Pokémon malfunction, coming from Stark Mountain. He then ends the topic by mentioning he is the Tower Tycoon, and talks about his son, and about he owes a lot to her. Argenta then asks Platinum to look out the window.
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