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PS494 : Up in the Air
Black & White arc
PS496 : Museum Showdown
The Battle Within
VS Swanna
VIZ Media mini-volume Adventure 35 in Vol. 11
Kurokawa mini-volume Chapter 35 in Vol. 5
Shogakukan full volume Chapter 495 in Vol. 47
VIZ Media full volume Adventure 35 in Vol. 5
Series Pokémon Adventures

The Battle Within (Japanese: VS スワンナ VS Swanna), titled VS Swanna in the Shogakukan Asia translation, is the 495th chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga, and the 35th chapter of the Black & White arc.

It is subtitled Swanna (Japanese: 參戦 Going to Battle) in the VIZ Media translation and The Battle Within in the Shogakukan Asia translation.


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

The Shadow Triad begin to infiltrate the Nacrene Museum. When Lenora and Hawes get in their way, they send out a Lilligant, Larvesta and Basculin to attack them. They confirm Lenora's suspicion that they are part of Team Plasma, and demand that they hand over the Dark Stone in order to avoid unnecessary conflict. Lenora responds by calling out her Patrat and Stoutland to fight, and hopes that the other Gym Leaders will join them.

Meanwhile, Skyla's plane sits on the Mistralton Airport tarmac with four other Gym Leaders inside, who begin to get impatient. Skyla herself is still at the airport's hangar battling Black. After Nite knocks out Skyla's Swoobat, she brings out her Swanna, who defeats Nite with its type advantage. Skyla, who learned from the other Gym Leaders that Black studies their tactics before battling them, wonders why her opponent's strategies have become erratic.

A frustrated Black brings out Costa to resume the battle, and takes some convincing to order Costa to attack. Eventually, Costa uses Ancient Power to bring down Swanna. Skyla brings out her last Pokémon, an Unfezant. It immediately delivers an attack on Costa, who responds by returning itself to its Poké Ball. A confused Black checks his Pokédex for information on Unfezant, which causes Skyla to think that he is about to surrender.

Black, determined to prove otherwise, continues the battle by calling out Tula. Unfortunately, Tula takes a hit before Black can command it. Tula is commanded to use String Shot, which Unfezant dodges. Black begins to recall what Clay told him, and finally realizes why Costa did not defend itself as instructed. Skyla hints to Black the reason why his ringing of the Celestial Tower bell was deemed impure - his mind was not at its best, after he was told of the possible cancellation of the Unova League tournament. But, Black himself was carried away by his determination to win a Gym battle, that he did not notice what his own Pokémon's uncertainty.

Black thus decides to reaffirm his determination to his team, telling them that they must not let Team Plasma interfere with the tournament. He thus orders another String Shot from Tula, which hits Unfezant this time. A while later, Skyla gets on her plane and finally begins her flight. As Skyla's plane takes off with the rest of the Gym Leaders inside, Black remains stuck in a cannon wondering why he is inside even though he beat Skyla. Suddenly, the cannon turns and shoots Black into the distance. He lands on top of the Celestial Tower again. Remembering what Skyla said, Black gets back up and rings the bell once more.

Black then sees Skyla's plane fly over him. Her Swanna flies down to Black and presents him with the Jet Badge. Skyla, announcing through speakers on her plane, congratulates Black for beating her, and invites him to join the Gym Leaders to protect Nacrene Museum. Thus, Black flies on Skyla's Swanna, behind the plane as it travels to Nacrene City for the showdown.

Dawn has broken, and in the Nacrene Museum, Lenora begins to tire after her Pokémon keep the Shadow Triad at bay for the entire night. Just as the Shadow Triad attempt to finish her off, several people land next to Lenora to join her. While Brycen remains silent, the other Gym Leaders introduce themselves to their enemies, and only then do the Shadow Triad realize this was part of a plan to stop them. The Gym Leaders confirm this, and send out their Pokémon to attack. Black, on Skyla's Swanna, arrives shortly to see the battle just beginning.

The Shadow Triad's progress is relayed from a hidden camera to N's Castle, where the Seven Sages watch. Ghetsis, their de facto leader, announces that he will be at the scene, and gets ready to depart on his Hydreigon.

Major events

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

PS494 : Up in the Air
Black & White arc
PS496 : Museum Showdown
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