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Chapter 58: The Battle What?
Eli walked through the dirt roads of the small, ragged town that held the name Promethium Town. He had just earned the Reaper Badge, the 6th so far on his journey through the Perodia Region. Lucy had been a tough opponent for Eli, as she had possessed a wide variety of moves that crippled Eli’s Pokemon down the road. He would need to pace himself more next time, so that he would not suffer a loss of a Pokemon. The battle, Eli thought, could have gone a lot worse. If Dusknoir had not fallen for the Leech Seed coffin trap, then the tides could have turned. This showed Eli that he needed to be stronger next time. He then walked off of the old, dusty road and walked into the ragged Pokemon Center with the faded red roof, a stark contrast to all of the other Pokemon Centers that he had seen along the way. He opened the heavy, glass door with his sore hand and walked inside. The inside of the Pokemon Center was also very different from the others that Eli had seen along his journey. There were no small shops lining the inside of the building, and the healing systems looked old fashioned and worn down. Eli was a little suspect of healing his Pokemon here, but he really had no choice at all. He walked up to Nurse Joy, who was as cheery as all of her relatives, and handed over his 5 Pokemon for healing. She plopped the Pokeballs on her machine, and informed Eli that it would take about 15 minutes to heal the Pokemon. Eli, surprised that it would heal that fast, thanked her and took a seat in the lobby and inspected his map. Since the day was still relatively young, reading 2 PM on his pocket watch, he decided that he could make it to one town today before having to call it a night. The 7th gym was located in Iridium Town, but it was a little bit of a hike to get there. He had two options to get there. The first one was the longer and more treacherous of the two. This involved Eli going through Aurum Caverns, one of the toughest locations in Perodia, and coming out the other side in Cobalt Town. He would then greet his parents and sleep at home before setting off in the morning to Tridium City. He had already been to these two locations, meaning that he would not be able to catch a new Pokemon. Then he would go to Thulium City, where he had not been before, and then travel south and end up in Tridium City. This trip would take Eli about three days, where as the other would take him about two. The second option, which would take him only two days, involved him bypassing Aurum Caverns and going to Dysporium Town, where he could rest for the night. Bypassing Aurum Caverns would probably be a good decision, because Aurum Caverns was a place that could wipe out all of Eli’s Pokemon without a problem. However, after staying the night in Dysporium Town, Eli could simply travel to Vandium Town and then to Iridium Town, where he could challenge the 7th gym leader. This route gave him the potential for 5 new Pokemon, where the other gave him less potential for adding Pokemon to his team. Even though he could only carry 6 Pokemon with him, having more would be nice if one of his friends, Arceus forbid, bit the dust. Right after Eli had decided to take the second route, Nurse Joy called him over and gave him his Pokemon back, assuring that they were fully healed. Eli thanked her for healing them so quickly, and departed the Pokemon Center, ready to go to Dysporium Town.
When Eli reached the eastern seaboard of Promethium Town, he let Dragonair out of his Pokeball and informed him of the plan. Dragonair seemed OK with the plan, so Eli let the serpent slither into the water and prepare for the ride. Quickly, Eli hopped on his back and the two made their way through the ocean that thrived with Pokemon. Eli opened up his eyes underwater, and even though it was extremely blurry because of the salt water that flushed Eli’s eyes, he could still identify many Pokemon that swam under the water. The first Pokemon he recognized was Wailord, and it was probably the easiest to recognize. It swam through the trench that Eli was floating over, and a pack of Wailmer swam behind it. Up above the lips of the trench, a pack of Goldeen made their way through the calm waves of the ocean. Their horns pointed towards where they were going, and Eli watched as they disappeared from sight, going behind Eli’s eyesight. Finally, Eli saw a school of Stunfisk sitting on the lips of the trench. Their yellow bodies stood out in the sea, and Eli was always fond of the small little fish. While he was wasting his time away going across the water, Dragonair had been hauling it and they had reached Dysporium Town. Eli returned Dragonair to his Pokeball and thanked him for his service before walking up the wooden stairs that lead into town.
When Eli reached town, the sun was starting to drift down the horizon, and Eli’s first priority was to find a place to stay for the night. His first option was the Pokemon Center, so he walked down the modern, concrete road, which was a stark contrast from the dirt roads in Promethium Town. The buildings were all built in the same cookie-cutter model, with two stories and one large window on the second floor. All of them were built out of the same, dark colored wood, which made the red rood of the Pokemon Center extremely easy to find and locate. Eli was ready to enter the Pokemon Center when he saw one other building, besides the PokeMart, that stood out more than the rest. It was built out of dark colored metal, and it went up 11 stories, for what Eli could count. The building had no windows on any of the walls, and large spikes were sticking out of the sides of the structure. Eli had no idea what the building could be, but he figured that he could find someone inside that knew. When he entered, he opted to not give his Pokemon to Nurse Joy, but rather go get a room at the Pokemon Center dorms. There were four rooms at the back, and Eli tried the first door. The knob on the door didn’t open, so he went to the next one. He got the same result from the second and third doors, but the fourth door finally opened. He threw his backpack down on the bed and got the key from inside the room. He then locked the door so no one would steal his room, and walked back out to the lobby. Upon entering the lobby, he spotted a familiar face that he knew would explain the large tower in the city. He walked over to the boy and tapped him on the shoulder. The boy whipped around and shot a large smile at Eli. The boy that Eli had found was Atlas, and Eli sat down across from him. “Hey Atlas! Glad to see you here. Have you gotten your 6th badge? Also, what in Arceus’ name is that giant tower?” asked Eli. Atlas didn’t wait long to fire back a response.
“Glad to see you here too, Eli. I did in fact get my 6th gym badge from Lucy. She is one tough trainer. Thankfully, my Charizard was able to handle most of them. I assume, since you’re here, that you have the 6th badge as well. Onto the giant building. It stuck out to me at first too, but then I figured it out later. I read about it in a book once. It is known as the Battle Tower, and it is one of the more famous competitions in the Perodia Region. The Battle Tower is a place where all trainers with 6 or more badges can attend. There are obstacle courses on each level, and the first trainer to get through the course gets to fight the trainer who is the boss of each level. If you win, then you get to move on to the next floor which follows the same pattern. Not only is this a great method to boost your Pokemon’s strength, but you can also get prizes at the top of the tower. The prizes, as you are probably wondering, are based on how fast you reach the top. Since all the trainers start at the same time, this is a fair system to judge people upon. Each level gets progressively harder, and only the best make it to the top. First prize is 10,000 P and a Pokemon named Lairon. This is a Pokemon that I would like to have on my team, and I intend on doing so. Second prize, which you should be more interested in because I’m not losing to you this time, is 5,000 P and a radio attachment for the PokeDex. Third prize is 2,500 P. Hopefully, both of us can snag a prize tomorrow, since I know that your competitive spirit is egging you on,” explained Atlas. As sad as it was, Atlas was right. Eli wanted the first prize, and he was not going to stop until he got it. He told Atlas that he planned to attend, and Eli went off to his dorm to rest up for the competition tomorrow.
End of Chapter 58
Chapter 59: The Battle Tower Begins!
The sunlight shot through the shaded window of the fourth dorm room in the Pokemon Center where Eli was sleeping. Eli rolled out of bed and rubbed the sleep out of his eye before remembering what important event was today. The Battle Tower, which Atlas had informed him of, started today and registration closed in 15 minutes. Eli hastily threw his blankets aside and slipped into some clean clothes before grabbing his pre-packed backpack and running out of the red-roofed building. As Eli ran down the asphalt streets he thought of all the challenges that could be ahead of him if he entered the Battle Tower and complied by the ruled and obligations. He may lose another Pokemon in this building, just like he lost Diglett and Lapras earlier in his journey. However, he needed to fight in memory of them, no matter how bad in hurt on the inside. Deoxys had been right when he told Eli that he needed to suck it up and move on when a Pokemon died. It was part of the challenge, and Eli needed to accept the facts of that. With his mind ready for the challenge, he pushed open the heavy, iron doors and entered the well-lit building.
To Eli’s surprise, there were not as many trainers in the facility as he thought. Unlike the Neon City tournament, where there was a full roster of trainers, there seemed to be only 10 trainers here. Atlas was one of them already here, and he looked like he had been here for quite a while. He had a cup of Stanler Coffee in his hands and he looked mellow like every other occasion. The other 8 trainers in attendance looked like not only their Pokemon were in peak condition, but they were. Eli was worried by this, as he didn’t want to hold his Pokemon back. Eli waved the thought from his mind and walked up to the desk, where he was registered as the 11th and final participant. If Eli had been any later, then he probably would not have been in this competition. All the trainers in the room were then directed towards a smaller, poorly-lit room that barely held all of them. There was a flat screen TV mounted on one of the walls of the room, and it flashed on as soon as the other set of doors behind Eli closed. This was most likely where the challenge begun, and the TV reaffirmed Eli’s thought. A man with spiked, black hair came on the TV and seemed to stare into the eyes of the competitors. He then opened his pursed lips and begin to speak to the 11 people clogged in the small room.
“Hello, and welcome to the Summer Solstice’s Edition of the Battle Tower. I am the owner of this tower, and also the 10th floor master. I sincerely hope that all of you can make it that far. So, I assume that you guys all know how this works, but I will give you a refresher course in case you forgot. Each floor has a maze you must get through, and the first one to get through has the first shot at fighting the floor leader. If you beat the floor leader, you move on to the next floor. Now, you may also attack other players to delay them from getting to the next floor, but do so at your own risk. However, there is one more catch before I let you go- you may only use 1 Pokemon per floor, and you cannot use the same Pokemon on two consecutive floors. This prevents people from trying to solo this competition. Are you guys ready? You better be. Begin!” summoned the man, and two doors swung open, allowing escape from the small room. 9 of the trainers rushed out the doors with their Pokemon, bashing each other to pieces. However, Eli and Atlas both stayed back and worked out a pact.
“Alright Atlas, le’s make this quick so we don’t get too far behind. We help each other through 9 floors, watch each others backs’ and then, after that, it’s a free for all. Deal?” asked Eli. Atlas nodded his head, and the two dashed out into the arena, looking to get ahead. The maze was a creepy one to begin; the walls were made of bones, and tripwires activated, dropping people into holes that they struggled to get out of. This maze was surely designed to catch reckless people out of the gate, sidelining them until someone reached the top. Eli and Atlas both looked at the maze carefully, before deciding on which Pokemon to use first. Atlas opted for his Charizard, nicknamed Swaggy, to try to blast his way through all the barriers on the first floor. Eli decided to choose Alakazam, as he was abut to cross the line from being good to being kind of cheaty to get through the maze. Atlas quickly hopped on the back of his Charizard and flew as high as he could. This enabled him to fly over any potential traps that may have been set, and to guide Eli through the maze. Atlas assumed that Eli could not use fly with one of his Pokemon, so this was his way of helping. However, Eli jumped onto Alakazam’s back and had him use Teleport, zapping Eli to the first floor leader and avoiding all the obstacles that could have plagued him. Eli could hear Atlas swearing as he flew through the air on his Charizard, making him chuckle. Atlas had always been jealous of Eli, as Eli had been heralded as the best in Cobalt Town for most of his life. Eli shifted his attention to the first floor leader, which put his in a more serious manner. The first floor leader was a woman, who looked about 20. She had long, blonde hair and wore a red dress for the occasion. She shot a snide look at Eli, and he returned it with a smile.
“I’ll let that gimmicky trick slide this time kid, but you better know that next time you use that, you’ll be disqualified from this competition. Now, since you’re the first one here, you’ll be my first victory of the day. Milotic, let’s go!” shouted the floor leader. Eli had watched a Milotic battle before, and he already knew that the strategy for this Pokemon usually relied of stalling out your opponent and letting them feel the effects of status conditions in a painful manner. Eli already, by choice, had to go with Alakazam, but he felt extremely confident in his chances with Alakazam running the show. The main reason was, Eli’s Alakazam had a unique trait that few others possessed. His Alakazam had the ability Magic Guard, so it would take no poison or burn damage, two things that Milotic relied heavily upon. However, Milotic and the floor leader didn’t know that yet, and it would sure come as a surprise. “Alright Milotic, let’s get it rolling with Toxic!” shouted the floor leader. Alakazam waited for Eli to give commands, but with the telepathy that Alakzam could use, Eli didn’t even need to speak. Alakazam used his psychic powers to catch the blob of poison in mid-air and send it flying back at Milotic. The serpent was not quick enough to dodge it, and Milotic was not plagued with a status condition. Eli had strategically turned Milotic’s attack back at it, and now the tides had completely turned. The floor leader grimaced, and made the next move. “Alrighty Milotic, hit that Alakazam with a Hydro Pump!” shouted the floor leader. Miltoic whipped her serpent head up into the air and shot out a column of pulsating water at Alakazam. However, this attack was no match for Alakazam’s psychic powers. He swiftly teleported away from the attack and lifted Milotic up into the air with his Psychic attack. Alakazam slowly lifted Milotic up into the air with his psychic attack and dropped the water-type onto the ground. After the damage taken from poison, and this attack, Milotic was down for the count. The floor leader opened the door to the second floor for Eli, but Eli waited for Atlas to crush Milotic with Charizard. Eli was surprised by Charizard’s strength, as it was easily able to take down water types with Dragon Pulse. Eli and Atlas then stormed up the stairs, and were the first two contestants to the second floor.
The second floor of the maze was much different than the first. On this floor, a pool of water separated the contestants from the leader. However, this seemed too easy for a floor of the Battle Tower. To test out the water, Eli reached into his backpack and pulled out a rock that had gotten thrown into his bag during the explosion of the underwater city. He threw the rock into the water and ran up to the bank to see what happened. The rock was almost dissolved by the time he got there, showing that this water was a force to be reckoned with. Eli looked at Atlas, who gulped in fear, as the two had now hit a roadblock in the tower.
End of Chapter 59
Chapter 60: Climbing the Ladder
Eli and Atlas stood anxiously at the bank of the noxious water that separated them from the floor leader. They were stranded with no plan to get across. The ceilings were low enough that they couldn’t fly over the water, and there appeared to be no alternate routes around the place. Eli had already used Alakazam on the last floor, so he could not repeat his choice to part the seas on this floor. Eli and Atlas had no clue what to do, before an idea sprung to Atlas’ head.
“Eli, I have an idea,” whispered Atlas. He kept his voice low to keep the secret away from any passerby who might try the same idea. Eli’s face glowed with anticipation, as he was ready to get across the water as fast as possible. “I have one Pokemon that I’ve never shown you, and I think that it will let us get across this void. Slowbro, come on out!” summoned Atlas. A pink looking critter erupted out of the Pokeball, staring at Eli with an empty daze. Eli looked at the Pokemon, and noticed a shell on its tail. The giant salamander looked at the water, and then returned an empty stare at Atlas. Atlas covered his face, as Slowbro was not the smartest of Pokemon around. He then looked back at the Pokemon and gave it the command he was looking for. “Slowbro, use Confusion and part the water for just a moment!” bellowed Atlas. Slowbro made his way over to the water and parted the water just far enough to where Eli and Atlas could dash through the gap and make it to the other side. While Eli was running over, he thought about what Pokemon he would use to battle on this floor. He had the option of choosing Crobat, Bulbasaur, Dragonair, or Arcanine. Depending on whom the floor leader used, Eli would make his choice. Eli and Atlas had decided that since Eli got to battle first on the previous floor, then Atlas would get the first shot at the 2nd floor leader. As soon as Eli and Atlas had made their way across, Slowbro released his hold on the water, leaving it to splash down on the battlefield. Atlas thanked Slowbro for his contributions and returned his to his Pokeball before releasing him again on the other side. The floor leader stood tall and confidently on the platform, awaiting the challenge. He had bright, red hair and was wearing an all-white suit. He also wore a black pair of sunglasses, which didn’t make much sense to Eli considering that he was inside. Atlas stepped right up and challenge the floor leader. The man laughed in a brisk voice that made Eli shiver before finally speaking up.
“If it’s a challenge you want, it’s a challenge you’re gonna get,” spoke the man. He scratched his dark beard before reaching to his pocket to pull out his Pokemon. “Weavile, I choose you!” shouted the man. A small Pokemon ruptured out of its Pokeball and landed swiftly on the ground. The Pokemon had a mean glance in its eyes, and a red crown grazed the top of his head. A yellow spot shone with light on the Pokemon’s forehead, and the razor sharp claws of the foe Weavile looked ready to hack and slash through any defenses that the opponent could throw at him. Eli pulled out his PokeDex and entered the picture of Weavile into the PokeDex. Apparently, this was a combination of Dark and Ice types, making it super effective against all Psychic and Dragon types. This floor was set up in such a way that it required you to use Psychic types to get across the water, making it harder to beat the floor leader. Atlas grimaced, as he knew that he would be in a world of hurt if he didn’t get going with a strategy. However, his grimace was wiped away when a sure-fire strategy wafted into his head. He needed his Slowbro to take a shot before being able to return it. The man, who identified himself as Joey, commanded his Weavile with brute force. “Weavile, use Pursuit, now!” shouted Joey. Weavile darted towards Slowbro at a blinding speed and crashed into the bulky Slowbro. Slowbro teetered on his tail to keep balance, and remained upright. Now, Atlas had the chance to counter his attack and set up his strategy.
“Slowbro, use Trick Room now!” shouted Atlas. Slowbro lifted his arms into the air and shut his eyes, sending out a wave of energy across the battlefield. Eli knew this strategy, as Atlas had talked about using it before. Trick Room made sure that the slowest Pokemon went first, enabling Slowbro, a usually slow Pokemon, to move before speedsters such as Weavile. Now, Atlas had the opportunity to move one more time before Weavile got the chance to attack. “Slowbro, use Calm Mind to boost your stats and prepare for the final blow!” shouted Atlas. The giant salamander closed his eyes one more time and seemed to fall into a pit of deep thought. Now, Weavile was left with another turn. Joey looked like he had no idea what to do. This should have been an easy win for him, with the type disadvantage and all, but it wasn’t. Slowbro now had the potential to take Weavile out in 1 shot, and he had no idea where to go with his move. He knew that he had been beaten, but he decided to give it a shot anyway.
“Alright Weavile, I know that things aren’t looking that great right now, but let’s use Pursuit one more time!” shouted Joey. Again, Weavile darted towards Slowbro at a blinding speed and crashed into the bulky Slowbro. Slowbro took major damage, but it was not enough to knock the salamander out. Instead, Atlas now was able to waltz to victory with his next move. He looked at Slowbro, and how he was holding up against the attacks, to see if he would be able to hit Weavile with his next attack.
“Slowbro, finish this with a Focus Blast!” cried Atlas. Slowbro was greatly benefitted by Trick Room in this occasion, as Weavile would be slowed down and would not be able to avoid the attack. He reached up into the air and pulled an orb of power out of it. He then hurled the attack towards Weavile, and it made a direct hit. Weavile would not be able to walk that attack off, as he was very frail. Atlas received the key to the elevator, and was able to go up to the next floor. Now, Eli was faced with facing Joey. He already knew what Pokemon he was going to use, and he would counter with his Arcanine. Arcanine’s fire type attacks would melt Weavile before he got a chance to attack, so this battle shouldn’t be too much trouble. Eli hastily walked to where Atlas used to be standing, and challenged Joey to a battle. Joey quickly revived Weavile with the state-of-the art technology that the Battle Tower had invented. It allowed for revival of fallen Pokemon, but this was forbidden by the Pokemon League. If Eli ever decided to call it quits, he would exploit these machines to the fullest. Now, it was his against Joey, and Eli quickly sent out his Arcanine.
“Alright Yippers, let’s go and get ‘em with our special Double Team attack!” shouted Eli. Arcanine howled and made four perfect clones of himself, totaling five Arcanines. Joey went into panic mode, as he could not believe that Eli had mastered such a difficult concept. However, he needed to give his Weavile a command, no matter how desperate it may be.
“Weavile, use Low Kick on the furthest Arcanine to the left!” shouted Joey. Weavile dashed towards the chosen Arcanine and smashed his small foot into the model. It disappeared into a cloud of dust, and Eli was ready to go on the offensive. He had a new move to try out, and he had replaced Flamethrower for it. This move that Eli had taught his Arcanine focused on the Attack stat, not the Special Attack, making it more powerful for Arcanine. Without ado, Eli was ready to try it out.
“Alright, three of the Arcanines, pin Weavile down!” shouted Eli. Three Arcanines bounded towards the swift Weavile, trapping and pinning it down with ease. Now, the new part of the move would come into play. This move was extremely powerful, and with Weavile pinned down and unable to move, gave it a higher chance for a critical hit. Eli cleared his throat and smiled, as he knew that the battle was over. “Yippers, use Flare Blitz now and wipe Weavile away!” shouted Eli. Arcanine came bounding towards Weavile with his body engulfed in flames. He crashed into Weavile, sending it flying back into the wall of the room. Joey hurriedly gave Eli the key before checking on Weavile, and Eli took the opportunity to climb into the elevator and ascend up the building one more floor.
End of Chapter 60