The qualifying round was over, and the semi-finals were beginning. Saraibre Ryu had returned to the water arena, where she had beaten sammy0295 in the last round, to face off against Velocity, who had defeated Digital. The two trainers watched each other over the pool, waiting for the signal to begin. I blew my whistle so that the battle could get started.
Saraibre Ryu went first, throwing her poké ball at one of the floating platforms. From it, there emerged a large, orange rat which stood on two legs. Its lightning-bolt shaped tail flickered behind it, preparing to make a quick strike if necessary. Saraibre smiled at her new pokémon, knowing that an electric-type would have an advantage in this arena.
However, the appearance of Velocity’s pokémon would change that assumption. Another rodent, this one more yellow, appeared. It had long, vicious claws and a cloak of spikes on its back. The spikes bristled, as if the Sandslash was anticipating an attack which he would have to defend against. Velocity was not too happy with this development; even though she had the type-advantage, this was an incredibly difficult arena for her pokémon. She would have to be careful if she wanted to avoid her ground-type being hurt by falling into the water.
Saraibre Ryu (GUN)
[Dudechu] Raichu (M)
Condition: Not best pleased at his opponent
Moves: Nasty Plot
~ Magnet Rise
Condition: Nervous about all the water.
~ Sand Tomb/[STRIKE]
Raichu looked strangely for a moment at Saraibre Ryu, who had decided to name him ‘Dudechu’ for the battle. Then he shrugged, deciding that he could live with it – he’d heard worse nicknames, after all. Getting back to the point, he knew that he would have to curb his enthusiasm to attack for the time being. Instead, he would have to figure out a plan to overcome the type disadvantage that he faced and bring his temporary trainer the victory. He plotted and schemed, hardly noticing the dark energy that flickered around his tail and the icy coldness that it brought. Soon the plan seemed complete, and he looked up again, ready to begin the real fight.
Sandslash had a plan too. Crossing his arms over his chest, he fell back onto his tail and began to spin round and round. Sand sprayed from his body: from under his fur and beneath his spikes. Soon, the whole arena seemed to be filled with the cloud of spinning grit. Dudechu grimaced, feeling the fast moving dirt graze his skin; he knew that the sand could seriously hamper his chances of winning.
Nevertheless, he still had to follow the plan. He sensed the earth’s magnetic field, feeling where it was strong and weak and began to manipulate the charge in his body so that he would be slightly repelled by the earth. This caused him to levitate above the platform on which he had stood, which in turn made him immune to most of Sandslash’s ground-type moves.
Sandslash hadn’t realised this though. He reached out into the sand, controlling it with his mind. He forced some of it to condense into a sphere where he had last seen his opponent, hoping that it would suffocate him. However, since Dudechu had now moved away from his original spot, he wasn’t caught in the ball, and was safe... kind of. The fast moving sand was taking its toll on the rat – his skin was torn and bloody and his eyes were constantly watering. He had known that it would be difficult to battle in these conditions, but this was ridiculous.
Saraibre Ryu (GUN)
[Dudechu] Raichu (M)
Condition: Not pleased with the weather; +2 Special Attack; Levitating (1 round remaining)
Condition: Not sure what’s going on
Nasty Plot- (Raichu -3% Energy, +2 Special Attack)
Sandstorm- (Sandslash -7% Energy; Sandstorm is in effect)
Magnet Rise- (Raichu -6% Energy, levitating)
Sand Tomb- (Rolled 90/100, 85 or less to hit; Sandslash -3% Energy)
Can’t stop thinking about Gaara’s Sand Burial
No water-type moves were made this round
Sandstorm- (Raichu -6% HP)