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PS189 : Mowing Down Ludicolo
Ruby & Sapphire arc
PS191 : Blowing Past Nosepass II
Blowing Past Nosepass I
The Rustboro City Gym Test
VS ノズパスI
VS Nosepass I
Shogakukan full volume Chapter 190 in Vol. 15
VIZ Media full volume Adventure 190 in Vol. 15
Series Pokémon Adventures

Blowing Past Nosepass I (Japanese: VS ノズパスI VS Nosepass I), titled VS Nosepass in the Chuang Yi translation, is the 190th chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga, and the 10th chapter of the Ruby & Sapphire arc. It is subtitled The Rustboro City Gym Test (Japanese: カナズミのジム試験 Kanazumi Gym Test) in the VIZ Media translation and Gym Challenge With Roxanne in the Chuang Yi translation.


Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

Sapphire is running with Chic and Rono as she recites her promise to deliver a letter to Mr. Stone's son, Steven. She starts her first Gym challenge at the Rustboro Gym and opens the door but finds no one inside. Suddenly, a bell rings and several people rush inside and start studying. Confused, Sapphire checks and confirms that she is at a Pokémon Gym. When Sapphire wonders where the Gym Leader is, she is told by a person entering the room that they are the Gym Leader.

At the Rustboro hospital, Gabby and Ty wonder what to do about the situation that happened with Mr. Stone. Due to broadcast regulations, they are unable to put what really happened on the news. However, they manage to use their recorded footage to find out the name of the people who attacked Mr. Stone: Team Aqua.

Back at the Gym, the Gym Leader, Roxanne, begins giving test papers to the people that entered her Gym earlier. Believing that she is giving a lesson, Sapphire decides to come back at a more appropriate time. Roxanne corrects her, and reveals that in order to face her in a battle, one must take a test.

Due to Sapphire's poor reading skills, she has to have someone read out certain words to her, but manages to finish it. Later, Roxanne is pleased to see that someone has managed to pass with full marks for the first time since she started the test. After struggling to read the poorly-written name, she is shocked to see that the winner was Sapphire.

Roxanne accepts her challenge and sets up a stage to start their Gym battle. They start their match, with Sapphire choosing Rono and Roxanne choosing Nosepass. When Nosepass proves to be too strong for Rono, Sapphire decides to switch to Chic, but discovers that she cannot switch Pokémon. Roxanne starts laughing, and exclaims that for Sapphire's Rono, there is no escape.

Meanwhile, somewhere on Route 105 a man on a boat, named Mr. Briney, discovers Ruby floating in the water. Using his net, he fishes the unconscious boy out of the sea.

The counter of the bet continues at 76 days.

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





  • In the Japanese version, Sapphire's inability to read the exam paper is because she is unable to read Kanji, requiring it to have to be read aloud to her.


The Chuang Yi version of this chapter has multiple errors:

  • This chapter is numbered 189 on the first page it appears on. The next page uses the proper number.
  • Sapphire writes her name as "Birch Sapphire" (which follows Japanese naming conventions) instead of "Sapphire Birch".
  • Peeko is mistakenly named "Pepper". This is corrected in the next volume.
  • The Pecha Berry and the Sitrus Berry are referred to as "Peacha Berry" and "Bulk Berry", respectively.

In other languages

PS189 : Mowing Down Ludicolo
Ruby & Sapphire arc
PS191 : Blowing Past Nosepass II
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