The water washed calmly over the soft, wet sand that made a bridge between the retreating water and the drier sand on which we were standing. I looked at each of the people who stood with me on this island, far away from any other land. On my left was Tyrannosaurus, a new trainer to the ASB, but that could only mean that we didn’t know how good she was – it would certainly be interesting to watch her during the match. On my other side was Tsuna, one of the veterans of the ASB; he would also be interesting to watch.
Tyrannosaurus was the first to choose which pokémon she would be using. She took two poké balls from her backpack and maximised them so that they filled a hand each; then she threw them into the air, adding a twist for style. The balls split into two halves, light spilling out of the middle; this light then formed two figures. On the left was an egg-shaped pokémon with green thorns and a metal casing. Beside it stood a small, four-legged creature which had a spike on its head. The Ferroseed and the Deino stood side by side as they prepared to fight whatever they were put up against. And now it was time for Tsuna to decide on who he would choose to battle for him. Only a moment was required for him to choose and soon his own pokémon had taken their places opposite his opponent’s. The first was a large beast, which had a tough, rocky hide and a single horn between his deep-red eyes. To his right was a small, purple pokémon with a flat yellow beak and a large leaf on its head.
I looked at my watch and told them to begin quickly. There wasn’t long until the day’s last boat left from the nearest island – I didn’t want to be stuck here any longer than I had to be.
[Joni] Ferroseed (F)
Condition: Feeling aggresive
Moves: Gyro Ball
~ Gyro Ball
[Tyrannosaurus] Deino (M)
Condition: Filled with dragon power; +3 Attack, -1 Accuracy
Moves: Dragon Rush
~ Dragon Rush
Condition: Sure that he can stop anything
Moves: Fire Fang
~ Fire Fang
[Mr. Tad] Lotad (M)
Condition: A little nervous
Tyrannosaurus the Deino was the first to break the standoff. Blue flames erupted around his body and he began to run at Rhyhorn, bellowing loudly as he went. The fire raged all around him but he seemed not be harmed by it; there was little doubt that whoever he hit would be though. The little dragon’s ability lent him strength to hit his opponents but it came with a disadvantage – he couldn’t see as well as other pokémon could. Therefore, it wasn’t s big shock when he charged straight past Rhyhorn, kicking up a spray of sand as he went, and nearly ran into the sea; water in the wet sand rose as steam as he turned around to face him opponents; he would just have to hit them next time.
But before he got the chance, Tsuna’s Lotad was right in front of him rubbing his leaf under the dragon’s chin. For a moment, the Deino stood there, perplexed; then it started to tickle a little, then a lot. Soon he was on his knees as laughter immobilised him. He was helpless as some of his ferocious strength as well as some of his defences were sapped away. When Lotad decided that he’d done enough, he backed away from his victim, hoping that he hadn’t made him angry.
Rhyhorn had watched Lotad against Tyrannosaurus with some interest, but his target would be Joni, the Ferroseed. Fire filled his mouth, wrapping around his vicious teeth, while he turned his attention back to the metal bulb. Although fire wasn’t something he used often, he knew that it would damage his opponent a lot if he hit him with it. The spikes pokémon put his head down and charged at his target; the grass-type was helpless to avoid him. Claws pounded on the sand as Rhyhorn got closer to his target; his flaming maw opened wide as he got near – this was going to sting. He bit down on the spiky creature; spikes were driven into the inside of his mouth as his hard, fiery teeth bit down on his rival’s metal casing. Both pokémon cried out in pain. Joni had been badly burnt by the attack and would be plagued by her burns for the rest of the battle – she wanted vengeance.
And her anger was burning against Rhyhorn, who had moved a little way away; he had to fall, and quickly, if she wanted to stay in this. She began to spin around, rotating on a single spike, and a ring of sand blew out around her. Then, when her attack had gained enough speed, she shot at her armour-plated opponent. Spikes grinded against rock as the two collided; Rhyhorn groaned as he felt the attack hit his side – he hadn’t enjoyed that, but he knew that it could have been worse if his opponent hadn’t been burned.
Now Tyrannosaurus had a chance to make up for his failure in the last action. Blue energy flared up around him, taking the shape of flames, as he began to run at Lotad. The shiny water weed looked in horror as the flaming blue dragon approached him screaming and bellowing; however, he did notice that the oncoming Deino didn’t seem to be coming towards him – he seemed to be heading to the left a little too much. Tyrannosaurus whirled past his target and had nearly run into Joni before he realised that he had missed. His attacks had taken a lot out of him but neither had hit; he collapsed to the ground in a heap – maybe next time he would do better.
Lotad thought that the Deino could do with some cheering up but eventually decided to use his tickling powers on Joni instead. His six legs dragged him across the sand quickly so he was soon right next to the Ferroseed, who was eyeing him cautiously. As he had done before, he used his leaf to tickle the metal egg until she was rolling on the ground. Joni felt weakened by the attack, adding to what had been done by the burns, and also felt her defences become less potent, meaning that attacks would do more damage; she just hoped that she would still be able to hold her own against Rhyhorn, who seemed to be on his way over now.
In fact, Rhyhorn was at that moment charging at the steel-type and his mouth was filling with fire. Lotad shuffled out of the way as sand began to fill the air, leaving Joni at the mercy of a charging behemoth. The flaming fangs bit down on the tough, though not as tough as it had been, shell and the pokémon within screamed as her body was subjected to unimaginable temperatures. Rhyhorn himself had to try and stop himself from screaming as the green spikes bit into the inside of his mouth; when he withdrew from the sobbing seed, a couple of drops of blood fell from his mouth; this surprised the rock-skinned tank – he wasn’t used to being hurt that badly.
The Thorn Seed went into her next attack as soon as she was able to think straight. She began to spin as fast as she can, becoming a mere blur to the human eye, before launching herself at Rhyhorn with incredible speed. However, despite her best efforts, the attack didn’t do as well as it had last time since her offensive power was just about crippled. The armoured plant settled back into the sand; she wasn’t very happy with how the round had gone. She’d need to do something fairly fast if she wanted to win this.
[Joni] Ferroseed (F)
Condition: Hoping that the next round is better; -1 Attack, -1 Defence; Burned
[Tyrannosaurus] Deino (M)
Condition: Wanting to actually hit something next time; +2 Attack, -1 Defence, -1 Accuracy
Condition: Ready for another round
Condition: Happy with his work
Dragon Rush- (Rolled 68/100, 57 or less to hit; Deino -14% Energy)
Tickle- (Lotad 4% Energy; Deino -1 Attack, -1 Defence)
Fire Fang- (Rolled 47/100, 95 or less to hit; rolled 1/10, 1 to burn; rolled 10/10, 1 to flinch; Rhyhorn -15% Energy, -4% HP; Ferroseed -14% HP)
Gyro Ball- (Ferroseed -7% Energy; Rhyhorn -5% HP)
Dragon Rush- (Rolled 80/100, 57 or less to hit; Deino -14% Energy)
Tickle- (Lotad -4% Energy; Ferroseed -1 Attack, -1 Defence)
Fire Fang- (Rolled 53/100, 95 or less to hit; rolled 5/10, 1 to flinch; Rhyhorn -15% Energy, -4% HP; Ferroseed -14% HP)
Gyro Ball- (Ferroseed -7% Energy; Rhyhorn -4% HP)
Burn- (Ferroseed -4% HP)