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Secret of the Pink Pokémon by Tracey West is the tenth book of the adaption of the Pokémon anime. It is the second book to take place in the Orange Archipelago. It is based on the events of The Crystal Onix, In the Pink, and Snack Attack. It was published by Scholastic and is 87 pages in length.
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The Crystal Onix
While riding on Lapras, Ash, Misty, and Tracey find a message in a bottle asking about the Crystal Onix. Tracey explains to Ash and Misty that the Crystal Onix is an Onix made entirely of clear crystal. Ash, wanting to see the Crystal Onix, tells Lapras to go to Sunburst Island to find the person who wrote the message in the bottle, who was named Marissa.
Marissa is eventually found at her brother's crystal shop. She is disappointed when she learns that Ash doesn't know anything about the Onix; she thought he could help her. She introduces the group to Mateo: her brother, and the reason she was seeking information about the Onix. Mateo explains he can't sell his crystal carvings because they don't compare to his grandfather's sculptures. Tracey comments there's nothing wrong with Mateo's carvings, but apparently his grandfather's carvings look like living Pokémon. This has been attributed to a sighting of the Crystal Onix when Mateo's grandfather was young. Ash decides to help Mateo find the Onix.
Tracey uses his Venonat to help find it. Venonat's impressive eyesight leads the group to a beach, where a formation of rocks gives the appearance of an Onix. Marill then traces the cry of an Onix, and the directs the group towards a small island. When the tide has gone out, everyone runs to get there: but there's a trap! Team Rocket had heard about the Crystal Onix, too. Ash and his friends make their way out of the trap, and soon discover more of Team Rocket's traps. These ones are already full: Team Rocket have caught themselves!
Leaving Team Rocket to fend for themselves, the group finally locate the Crystal Onix's lair. Tracey decides to sketch it; Ash wants to catch it; but Mateo sends out a Cloyster and says the Onix belongs to him. Its attacks are next to useless on the Onix's hard crystal exterior. Before Mateo can battle further, Team Rocket shows up. They are swiftly defeated by the Onix's powerful tail, and sent "blasting off again". Mateo then sends out his Charmeleon. After a short battle, he is about to throw a Poké Ball, but then changes his mind. Simply seeing the Crystal Onix is all the inspiration he needed. Returning to the mainland, Mateo carves Ash a gift: a crystal Pikachu, which looks exactly like the real thing.
The Orange Islands are weird! Ash and the gang discover Pokémon they've never seen before. Onix is made of crystal. Rhyhorn has turned pink. Marill has a super sonar. And Snorlax is on a feeding frenzy!
There is one thing Ash can count on. Team Rocket is setting their usual traps to swipe rare Pokémon- and Pikachu of course. Can Ash stop them before Pikachu becomes Pink-achu?
- The blurb for the book claimed that this would be the second of three Orange Islands-set novelizations. As it would turn out, five additional novelizations would be released after the initial three.
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