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PS498 : Decisions, Decisions
Black & White arc
PS500 : With a Little Help from My Friends
School of Hard Knocks
VS Protoga
VIZ Media mini-volume Adventure 39 in Vol. 12
Kurokawa mini-volume Chapter 39 in Vol. 5
Shogakukan full volume Chapter 499 in Vol. 48
VIZ Media full volume Adventure 39 in Vol. 6
Series Pokémon Adventures

School of Hard Knocks (Japanese: VS プロトーガ VS Tirtouga), titled VS Tirtouga in the Shogakukan Asia translation, is the 499th chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga, and the 39th chapter of the Black & White arc.

It is subtitled Tirtouga (Japanese: 暴走 Wild-riding) in the VIZ Media translation and School of Hard Knocks in the Shogakukan Asia translation.


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Major events

For a list of all major events in the Pokémon Adventures manga, please see the history page.
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Pokémon debuts





  • The VIZ English title is nearly identical to the English title of the ninth episode from the original Pokémon anime.
  • When this chapter was collected into Volume 48, the scene of Black beginning his Gym battle against Brycen was moved to Tooth and Claw and an extra scene was added in its place.


In other languages

PS498 : Decisions, Decisions
Black & White arc
PS500 : With a Little Help from My Friends
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