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Team Catalysts Final Stand! Part 2

"Neptune, Hydro Pump, then Focus Blast!" Sophie barked.

"Rhyperior, Stone Edge and Thunder Fang!" Trevor exclaimed.

Ready to end things, Sophie's Poliwrath began to gather water energy into it's mouth, before shooting out a large jet of water at Rhyperior! Rhyperior let out a sharp cry, but managed to stay in the battle!

In retaliation to Neptune's assault, Rhyperior summoned several sharp stones around it's body. After floating around the drill Pokemon for a moment, the pointy rocks flew towards Poliwrath!

Just before the rocks reached him, the tadpole Pokemon leaped into the air, avoiding the attack entirely! Neptune then began to amass fighting energy into it's hands, forming a tightly compacted sphere with the energy. The tadpole then shot the sphere of energy at Rhyperior, causing the drill Pokemon to let out a final cry, before toppling over.

"Rhyperior return!" Trevor called as he returned the drill Pokemon to it's Pokeball. Without another word, the Catalyst grunt quickly scurried away.

"Great work out there Neptune and Pyro!" Sophie exclaimed.
After splitting up from the rest of the group, Sophie and Tyler had been ambushed by three Catalyst grunts. Despite Team Catalyst having the advantage in terms of numbers, it seemed that Sophie and Tyler were still able to easily beat them.
Indeed, as Sophie turned to Tyler, she noticed that his Zebstrika had managed to finish off a grunts Torterra. Much like Trevor, the grunt was quick to return their Pokemon, before scrambling away without so much as a word. But that didn't matter, with the final grunt gone, Tyler and Sophie had emerged victorious!

"Hell yeah, Team Catalysts got nothing on us!" Tyler exclaimed, pumping his fist in the air as he did so.
To this, Sophie chuckled, before turning her attention to her Pokemon.
"A well fought battle, now rest up." She said, returning the Poliwrath and Blaziken to their Pokeballs.

"Hey, what's so funny?! We mopped the floor with them, didn't me?" Tyler asked.

"We did..it's just..your enthusiasm..it's amusing is all..." Sophie replied.

"Amusing, how so?" Tyler questioned, looking quite skeptical.

"It's just...I don't know...it's kinda scary being here...and yet you don't seem to mind this place at all." Sophie explained.

"Scary? What's there to be scared of?" Tyler asked.

"...Nothing I guess." Sophie murmured. "Look let's get going, we don't have much time."

"Right." Tyler nodded, the two making their way deeper into the tower.
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Catalyst Tower - Second Floor
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As Jake arrived on the second floor, he let out an audible sigh. It seemed much like the last floor, this one also had a series of long corridors, stretching out as far as the eye could see.
He had to pick one of the corridors..the only problem was each of them could lead to the stairs..or into a trap! Before Jake was able to decide, a faint voice began to call out to him.

"Hazel, do you hear that?" Jake questioned.
"Y-yeah..." The Eevee murmured. "Is it...a-a ghost?!"
"Jake..pick the middle one." The strange voice whispered, sending shivers down his spine. With it's message delivered, the voice suddenly disappeared, leaving Jake and Hazel to themselves.

"T-that was odd." Jake murmured..unsure of just what to do.
"D-do...a-a-are you going to follow it?" Hazel questioned.
Pondering Hazel's question for a moment, Jake eventually gave the Eevee a brief nod.
"Yeah..I-I think I will. I mean...i-it could be a trap...but what over choice do we have?" Jake questioned.
Not willing to argue with his trainers logic, Hazel gave him a weak smile, showing that he was ready to press on.
Giving a nod, Jake began to walk down the middle corridor. The pair had barely gotten started, before a voice called out to them, causing the pair to turn around.
Quickly approaching them was a Catalyst grunt. She appeared to be quite young..even younger then Jake! At her side was a Sudowoodo, the imitation Pokemon following as it's trainer continued towards the intruders.

"So you're the intruders the others warned me about, huh? I've gotta say..you don't look like someone who would want to destroy this world." The woman mused.

"Y-you've got it wrong! It's..Team Catalyst is the one trying to destroy the world!" Jake exclaimed.

"Chris said you'd say that as well..sheesh, you're as dumb as a pile of rocks." The grunt said, shaking her head.
"No matter. If you're so brainwashed that you can't see you're in the wrong, then we have no choice but to battle."
To this, the grunts Sudowoodo charged in front of it's trainer, ready to battle.

Jake groaned, he didn't have time for this! But it looked like he had little choice in the matter. With the girl using a Sudowoodo, and with every grunt specializing in a type, that meant that she used rock types. With most rock types having high defense, Jake figured it would be best to use a water type.
But Sudowoodo were capable of using grass type attacks...he'd need a water type that wasn't weak to grass types. Only one of his Pokemon fit that bill, and Jake knew she'd be a perfect fit!

With his choice of Pokemon decided, he rummaged through his bag, before producing a regular Pokeball. Jake tossed the Pokeball into the air, where a cheerful looking Qwilfish appeared. Landing on her tail, Hannah was able to balance herself perfectly, allowing her to get a good look at her opponent.
At the sight of the Catalyst grunt, her cheerful expression fell slightly.

"Alright Hannah, l-let's give it our all...ok?" Jake asked.
"You bet! I'm ready for anything!" Hannah chirped.

"Ok..Hannah use Spikes, f-follow with Bubble Beam!" Jake ordered.

"Sudowoodo, Slam then Head Smash!" The Catalyst grunt barked.

Eager to begin, Hannah bounced into the air. The multiple spikes on her body began to glow white, before raining down a series of spikes at her opponents feet! Once she was finished, Hannah once again landed on her tail.

With the Qwilfish wide open to attack, Sudowoodo slammed into Hannah with all it's might, sending the poor Qwilfish flying!

In retaliation, Hannah sent a stream of bubbles towards her opponent! With each bubble popping upon making contact with it's body, Sudowoodo couldn't help but let out a small cry.

Ready to attack once again, Sudowoodo surrounded it's head in rock energy, before recklessly charging towards Hannah!

Unable to react in time, Hannah was forced to take the full power of Sudowoodo's attack! But not all was well for the imitation Pokemon, for in it's reckless charge, it had entirely forgotten about it's own safety, and had sustained quite a bit of damage in the process!

"Sudowoodo, Wood Hammer then Bulldoze!" The Catalyst grunt ordered.

"Hannah, u-use Mimic, follow with Hydro Pump!" Jake called to the Qwilfish.

This time it was Sudowoodo who made the first move! Surrounding it's arm in grass energy, the imitation Pokemon swung at Hannah, once again forgetting it's own safety!

As Sudowoodo performed the attack, Hannah watched intently, putting the knowledge of the move into her memory!

Once she had been struck by the powerful grass type attack, Hannah propelled herself into the air! The Qwilfish then coated her tail in grass energy, before spiraling down towards Sudowoodo. While the maneuver was quite impressive, it was also quite reckless as well! After striking her opponent with her tail, Hannah realized just how much damage she had sustained by performing the attack. If she was to use it later in the battle, she was definitely going to have to be more careful!

Angered by Hannah's assault, Sudowoodo began to stomp on the ground, sending shock waves throughout the building! At the sound of glass shattering, Jake had to wonder why the Catalyst grunt would order such an attack. Did she not care about the damage the building sustained, or was she just that desperate at this point?
Regardless of her intent, it seemed the attack had done quite a bit of damage to Hannah. But Hannah wasn't out quite yet! Gathering a large amount of water in her mouth, Hannah launched a powerful jet of water at her opponent!

Upon making contact with the water, Sudowoodo let out a sharp cry! It seemed that Hannah's last attack had been enough to weaken the imitation Pokemon considerably!

"Let's k-keep it up Hannah! Use Hydro Pump, then Water Pulse!" Jake ordered.

"Sudowoodo, Flail then Slam!" The Catalyst grunt barked.

Starting things off, Hannah once again gathered water energy into her mouth, before spraying Sudowoodo with a large jet of water!

In retaliation, Sudowoodo flung itself at Hannah! Using it's rage to fuel it's attack, the imitation Pokemon struck Hannah over and over again, causing the Qwilfish to let out a sharp cry!

Determined to win, Hannah sent an orb of water energy flying towards her opponent. Upon making contact, the orb exploded, causing Sudowoodo to let out a final cry, before toppling over.

"Sudowoodo, return." The Catalyst grunt called as she returned the imitation Pokemon to it's Pokeball. Wasting no time, the woman chucked a regular Pokeball in front of her.
From the ball emerged a Graveler, which cried out as it landed on several of the spikes laying around! But Jake had never seen a Graveler quite like this before! This Graveler seemed to have several crystals sticking out of it's body, as well as some iron on it's arm and face.
Confused about the appearance of the rock Pokemon, Jake took out his Pokedex and scanned it.

"Graveler, Alola Form. The rock Pokemon. A Rock and Electric type." The Pokedex droned. "They eat rocks and often get into a scrap over them. The shock of Graveler smashing together causes a flash of light and a booming noise."

"So that's..a different form of Graveler? A-and it's an Electric type?" Jake murmured. He was definitely going to have to look into it when he got home, but now wasn't the time for that! If the strange Graveler really was an Electric type, that meant that Hannah was in big trouble!

"Graveler, Thunder Punch and Double Edge!" The Catalyst grunt barked.

"Hannah, use Water Pulse, t-then Wood Hammer!" Jake ordered.

Starting the round off, Hannah shot a sphere of water energy at Graveler. Upon making contact with the rock Pokemon, it let out a sharp cry, before stumbling backwards.

In retaliation, Graveler surrounded one of it's fists in electricity, before swinging at Hannah! The power of the attack was enough to send the Qwilfish flying backwards, though she managed to safely land on her tail.

Remembering Sudowoodo's earlier attack, Hannah bounced into the air, before coating her tail in grass energy! The Qwilfish then began to spiral down towards Graveler, striking the rock Pokemon with her tail!

Ready to attack again, Graveler recklessly charged at Hannah, slamming into the Qwilfish with no concern for it's own safety!

It seemed that Graveler's last attack was simply too much for Hannah, who let out a final cry before falling over.

"Hannah, return!" Jake called, returning the Qwilfish to it's Pokeball.
"Y-you were great out there. Now..r-rest well." Jake murmured as he placed the Qwilfish's ball into his bag, before grabbing another Pokeball.
Upon tossing the ball into the air, a Tangela emerged.

"Ok Kudzu, l-let's do our best." Jake said to the Tangela.
"Sure thing, I'll be sure to really rock this battle. Thanks to me, everything will be just vine." Kudzu replied, chuckling at his own puns.
"Yeah....ok then." Jake said, letting out a small sigh. "Kudzu u-use Leech Seed, follow with Confusion!"

"Graveler Double Edge then Rock Throw!" The Catalyst grunt ordered.

Starting things off, Graveler charged towards Kudzu, it's own safety abandoned entirely! Kudzu stumbled backwards as he was struck by the rock Pokemon, but quickly regained his footing.

Ready to attack, Kudzu sent a single seed towards his opponent. As the seed made contact with Graveler, vines suddenly sprouted out, wrapping themselves around the rock Pokemon!

Angered by the Tangela's attack, Graveler summoned a large rock, before tossing it at Kudzu!

In retaliation, Kudzu began to concentrate on his opponent, a psychic aura surrounding the Graveler as he did so. The Tangela then lifted his opponent into the air using his psychic power, before slamming the rock Pokemon into the ground!

To add insult to injury, once the Graveler got it's feet, the vines surrounding it began to glow red, zapping Graveler of some of it's health, transferring it to Kudzu!

"Graveler, use Stone Edge and Double Edge!" The Catalyst grunt barked.

"Kudzu go with Confusion, t-then Nature Power!" Jake ordered.

Graveler was once again the first to act! The rock Pokemon let out a small cry, before summoning several sharp stones around it's body! The pointy rocks remained around Graveler for only a moment, before flying off towards Kudzu, piercing the Tangela's body!

In retaliation, Kudzu grabbed onto Graveler with his psychic power, before smashing the rock Pokemon into the floor!

Once again Graveler charged at Kudzu, slamming into the Tangela while also hurting itself!

Ready to Attack again, Kudzu began to draw power from the area itself, resulting in a Triangle of white energy forming in front of the Tangela.
From the triangle a red, blue, and yellow beam of energy shot out, striking the Graveler and sending it stumbling back. To make matters worse, it seemed that the attack had left Graveler with a nasty burn. Just when Graveler thought it was over, the vines around it began to zap even more of it's health!

"Ok Kudzu, Confusion once more. T-then Nature Power!" Jake ordered.

"Alright Graveler, Rock Blast and Brick Break!" The Catalyst grunt called to the Graveler.

Determined to win, Graveler summoned five large, smooth stones around it's body. The stones then flew towards Kudzu, and though the Tangela tried his best to dodge, three of the rocks still managed to hit their target!

In retaliation, Kudzu began to focus the last of his psychic energy on his opponent. Once again Graveler began to glow with psychic energy, before being lifted in the air, and quickly slammed back down!

Not ready to give up yet, Graveler lunged at Kudzu, delivering an open hand strike to the Tangela!

In retaliation, Kudzu once again summoned a powerful Tri Attack, blasting the rock Pokemon and causing it to stumble back a bit.

Once Kudzu had finished attacking, Graveler flashed the Tangela a small smile. Despite the Tangela's best efforts, Graveler was still in the battle, though only barely. Graveler's smile soon faded, replaced by a pained expression as it's previous burn inflicted a small amount of damage.
If that wasn't enough, once the pain from the burn had subsided, the vines surrounding Graveler began to glow red as they zapped the rock Pokemon of it's remaining health!

As the rock Pokemon fell to the ground, the vines surrounding it began to withdraw, leaving Graveler to the way it was before.

"Graveler return." The Catalyst grunt said, returning her Pokemon to it's Pokeball. She then grabbed another Pokeball, before tossing it in front of her. From the ball materialized a fearsome Rampardos, who let out a mighty roar upon noticing it's opponents, showing that it was ready to battle. That..or the spikes that dug into it's feet were the cause of the Rampardos's roar, Jake couldn't really be too sure.

"Let's do this Rampardos! Go with Stone Edge and Fire Punch!" The Catalyst grunt barked.

"Kudzu use Leech Seed, then Endeavor!" Jake ordered.

Starting things off, Kudzu sent a seed of energy flying towards his opponent! Upon making contact with Rampardos, the seed split open, and several vines sprouted out. The strange vines began to wrap around the head butt Pokemon, but seemed to do nothing else at that moment.

In turn, Rampardos let out a loud roar, before summoning several sharp stones around itself. The pointy rocks then shot out at Kudzu, striking the Tangela and causing him to cry out! It seemed that last attack had nearly been the end of Kudzu. But the Tangela held on, and with the last of his energy threw himself at his opponent. It seemed that all of the Tangela's rage and frustration was going into the attack, boosting it's power!

Once it's opponent had finished attacking, Rampardos coated it's arm in flames, before swinging it's fist at Kudzu, sending the Tangela flying! Upon landing back on the floor, Kudzu made no attempt at moving.

"Kudzu, return!" Jake called, returning the Tangela to his Pokeball.
"Rest up well, you did good." He said as he placed Kudzu's Pokeball back in his bag, before retrieving another one.
"A-alright, Neku you're up!" Jake exclaimed, tossing the Pokeball in front of himself as he did so. From the ball emerged the sleepy Gloom, though much to Jake's surprise and relief, Neku seemed to awake for the time being.

"Oh..it's you guys.." Neku murmured, before letting out a loud yawn. "Let's make this quick..ok? I was kind of hoping to take a nap soon..."

"I-I'll try and make that happen. F-for now, use Razor Leaf, then Seed Bomb!" Jake called to the Gloom.

"Rampardos, go with Fire Punch and Take Down!" The Catalyst grunt ordered.

Eager to end things as soon as possible, Neku sent out a flurry of leaves, which quickly flew towards Rampardos, striking the head butt Pokemon for a super effective hit!

In retaliation, Rampardos cloaked it's arm in a layer of flames! The head butt Pokemon then swung at Neku, causing the Gloom to cry out and stumble backwards.

Far from finished it's assault on Rampardos, Neku sent an orb of grass energy flying towards his opponent! Upon making contact with Rampardos, the ball of energy exploded, causing Rampardos to let out a deafening roar!

The head butt Pokemon then began to glow a bright white, before charging towards Neku, slamming into the Gloom, but also hurting itself in the process!

Once both Pokemon were finished attacking, the vines surrounding Rampardos began to glow red. The vines then zapped the head butt Pokemon of some of it's health, transferring it to Neku!

"Rampardos, Head Smash then Crunch!" The Catalyst grunt barked.

"Neku, use Growth, f-follow with Seed Bomb!" Jake ordered.

Once again Neku was the first to act! Instead of attacking, the Gloom began to gather in the energy from the light around it! Once finished, Neku appeared to be slightly larger then before, and his attack strength had grown as well!

Seemingly unphased by this development, Rampardos began to amass rock energy into it's head! Once satisfied with the amount it had collected, Rampardos charged towards Neku head first, it's own safety entirely forgotten!
Neku let out a sharp cry as Rampardos slammed into him, sending him flying back a good distance!

Landing on his feet, Neku quickly gathered grass energy, before firing a sphere of it at the injured Rampardos! Upon contact, the ball exploded, almost causing the head butt Pokemon to be swept off it's feet!

In retaliation, Rampardos charged towards Neku, it's entire mouth filled with dark energy! The head butt Pokemon then bit down on the Gloom, injecting the weed Pokemon with dark energy!

As the round came to a close, Rampardos let out a small cry as the vines surrounding it snatched even more of it's ever dwindling health!

"Alright, l-let's finish this! Neku, use Seed Bomb, follow with Mega Drain!" Jake ordered.

"Rampardos, Head Smash, then Crunch!" The Catalyst grunt ordered.

Starting things off, Neku began to gather energy, before firing a sphere of it at Rampardos! Upon contact, the ball of energy exploded, causing Rampardos to let out a sharp cry and stumble backwards.

In retaliation, Rampardos covered it's head in rock energy, before charging head first towards Neku! The head butt Pokemon then rammed into Neku, hurting itself in the process.

Ready to attack once more, Neku began to gather energy before shooting a green beam at Rampardos. Upon making contact with the head butt Pokemon, the beam turned red and it began to zap Rampardos of the last of it's health!

Letting out a final cry, Rampardos toppled tp the ground in defeat!
"Rampardos, return!" The Catalyst grunt called as she returned the head butt Pokemon to it's ball.

"You...you may have won this time...but...well...just you wait till my mother hears about this. She'll wipe the floor with you!" The girl exclaimed, before retreating further into the tower.

"Mother?" Hazel murmured.
"I-I don't know Hazel....it's s-sad to see someone so young corrupted by Team Catalyst." Jake replied, before turning his attention to Neku.
He was about to praise the Gloom for his efforts, but it seemed that the weed Pokemon had already fallen fast asleep. Chuckling at this development, Jake quickly returned the Gloom to his Pokeball.

"Alright Hazel, l-let's get going." Jake said, continuing on his way down the large corridor.
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Catalyst Tower - First Floor
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"There it is, up ahead!" Tyler called as he approached a large spiraling staircase. After defeating Trevor and the others, Sophie and Tyler had continued their search for a staircase. Fortunately, they hadn't encountered any more Catalyst grunts along the way.
"Alright, then what are we waiting for? Let's go." Sophie replied, before making her way up the stairs, Tyler and Zebstrika right behind.
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As Zack made his way onto the second floor, he let out a loud groan. Right ahead was a series of corridors, each of them stretching out as far as he could see.
"Well..this is problematic." Sophie said.

"You think?! Any one of these could be the correct path! There's no way we'll be able to check them all in time!" Tyler exclaimed.

"Now now, there's no need to yell." Sophie replied. "I think our best choice of action is to split up, that way we can cover more ground."

"Are you nuts?! There's no way we're splitting up! It'll make us easier targets for those Catalyst goons!" Tyler exclaimed.

"Really? Well..I thought you said Team Catalyst had nothing on you...unless you were lying?" Sophie questioned.

"Wh-but that's...fine you're right..." Tyler conceded. "I guess we have no choice but to split up."

"Alright, glad we're on the same page." Sophie smiled. "Now, I'll take the left, how about you take the right?"

"Fine. Come on Zebstrika, let's get going." Tyler said, before making his way down the right corridor. He wasn't entirely sure splitting up was the best choice, but he couldn't deny that it would help cover more ground. Glancing back at Sophie one last time, Tyler and Zebstrika continued their search, unsure of just what they'd find next.
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As Jake and Hazel continued their search inside Catalyst tower, the pair came to large hallway. The hallway was quite similar to the one Jake had fought Steven in! Both had clay floors, as well as a large spiraling staircase at the back. After last time, Jake was a little more cautious about approaching the stairs. After Jake and Hazel had made their way to the center of the room, they stopped dead in their tracks. All around them, the sound of laughing could be heard, causing Hazel to shake.

"G-g-ghosts?!" Hazel stammered.

As if to answer the Eevee, a strange woman appeared in front of them, causing Jake to jump backwards. The woman appeared to be slightly older then Jake, and had dark purple hair. She was wearing a black lab coat, signifying that she was an admin of Team Catalyst. In her right hand rested an unsheathed Honedge.

"Aww..did I scare you? That's too bad." The woman cackled.

"W-who are you?" Jake questioned, slightly terrified by the woman's sudden appearance.

"Who am I? I'm Oliva...one of the admins of Team Catalyst." Oliva replied. "According to my brother...you're trying to stop us from saving this world..is that right?"

"N-no, that's not true! I don't know w-what your brother told you...but T-team Catalyst is in the wrong here!" Jake exclaimed, Hazel nodding in agreement.

"Is that so? Interesting. Tell me Jake, why do you defend Project X so? Why are you so determined in protecting it?" Olivia questioned.

"B-because......because..it's an innocent Pokemon..a-and it doesn't deserve to be hurt or used be people like you." Jake replied.

"Is that so? In that case why was it ok for Project X to hurt me!?" Oliva exclaimed.

"I get it...y-you must have been hurt when Project X ran away...b-but that doesn't excuse Catalyst's behavior." Jake replied.

"Hurt? Project X did a little more then hurt me, the beast killed me! So I don't want to hear you say you "understand" while defending the beast that took everything, including my life from me." Oliva said.

Jake was taken aback by Oliva's words. Project X had taken her life? Which meant that she was...a ghost?!

"Look..I-I-" Jake began, trying to rectify the situation.

"Enough! I don't want to hear your excuses and lies!" Oliva spat. "If you're so determined to defend your stupid beast, then I will take your life! In revenge for what was so rudely taken from me, as well as to help my brother succeed in his mission!"

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Elite Catalyst Admin Olivia Jones appeared!

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"Dusknoir, to battle!" Olivia exclaimed, tossing a Pokeball in front of her. From the ball materialized the gripper Pokemon, which a small growl upon noticing it's opponents.

"A ghost type...o-ok, Aco you're up!" Jake called as he tossed a regular Pokeball into the air. Emerging from the ball was a Shuppet, who looked unamused at being sent out.
"A-alright Aco, you've got this." Jake said to the Shuppet.

"Yeah yeah, I know. You don't need to tell me!" Aco snapped.

"Sorry...I-I just thought you might want to know t-that I have full confidence in you." Jake replied weakly.

"And I thought you might want to know how stupid you sound saying that." Aco retorted. "Now are you going to tell me what to do, or what?"
"Right...ok Aco, u-use Night Shade, then Shadow Ball!" Jake ordered.

"Dusknoir, Shadow Punch, next go with Dark Pulse!" Oliva called to the gripper Pokemon.

Starting things off, Dusknoir began to gather ghost energy into it's fist! The gripper Pokemon then swung it's fist at the air, causing a spectral fist to come flying out, before slamming into Aco, causing the Shuppet to be sent flying back.

In retaliation, Aco fired a black beam of ghost energy at his opponent. Upon striking the Dusknoir, the gripper Pokemon let out a small cry, before turning it's attention back to Aco.

The Dusknoir began to gather it's dark thoughts, using them as fuel for it's next attack! Dusknoir then sent a wave purple rings flying towards Aco, striking the Shuppet for a super effective hit.

Ready to perform his second attack, Aco began to gather ghost energy in front of himself, before firing a sphere of it at his opponent!

"Dusknoir, go with Confuse Ray, next use Hex!" Olivia ordered.

"Aco, use Night Shade, t-then Thunder!" Jake called to the Shuppet.

Once again Dusknoir was the first to act! Waiting for a moment to gather energy, Dusknoir sent out a strange beam of energy. Upon making contact with Aco, the Shuppet's vision began to spin. The beam had left him confused!

Trying to fight through the confusion, Aco fired a beam of ghost energy at what he believed to be his opponent, striking the Dusknoir and sending the gripper Pokemon flying back slightly.

Eager to finish things as soon as possible, Dusknoir summoned a large, spectral eye. From the eye a strange aura was produced, which quickly made it's way to Aco. Upon making contact with the Shuppet, Aco let out a loud cry! It seemed the strange aura was using Aco's confusion against him, further increasing the damage inflicted upon the Shuppet.
This proved to be too much for Aco, who fell to the floor in defeat.

"Aco, return!" Jake called as he returned the Shuppet to his Pokeball. He didn't bother telling Aco any words of encouragement, realizing that they would only be used against him. Instead, Jake turned his attention to his opponent, wondering what Pokemon he should choose.
With Dusknoir's powerful ghost type attacks, he reasoned that a normal type would probably be best. But he didn't want to use Pom unless he had to, and Hazel certainly wouldn't agree to battling..leaving him without a single healthy normal type. Wait no..there was one, one that Jake had almost forgotten entirely!

"Alright Shibo, let's go!" Jake called as he tossed a regular Pokeball into the air. From the ball emerged the Lickitung, who took one look at his trainer, before giving him a friendly lick!

"Ack, Shibo that stings!" Jake cried out.
"Sorry." Shibo apologized, before turning his attention to the battlefield.
"I'm ready to give it my all." The Lickitung added, giving his trainer a brief nod.
"T-that's all I can ask for." Jake replied, wiping some of Shibo's saliva off onto his sleeve. "Now Shibo, use Lick, then Thunder Punch!"

"Dusknoir, go with Fire Punch and Confuse Ray!" Olivia ordered.

Starting things off, Dusknoir flew towards Shibo, it's fist covered in flames! The gripper then swung at Shibo, causing the Lickitung to stumble backwards!

Eager to begin, Shibo coated his tongue in ghost energy, before delivering a lick to his opponent!

In retaliation, Dusknoir sent out another strange beam of energy, intent on confusing the Lickitung! But as the ray hit Shibo, he couldn't help but..laugh? It seemed the confusing ray had little effect on Shibo, thanks to the Licktiung's Own Tempo!

Seizing the opportunity to attack, Shibo coated his arm in electricity, before lunging at his opponent. Dusknoir cried out as Shibo landed a direct hit, sending the gripper Pokemon flying back!

"Dusknoir use Ice Beam, then go with Dark Pulse!" Olivia called to the gripper Pokemon.

"Shibo, u-use Thunder Punch, then Lick!" Jake ordered.

Dusknoir was once again the first to act! Gathering ice energy, the gripper Pokemon sent a beam of it towards Shibo, causing the Lickitung to cry out!

In return, Shibo began to gather electrical energy into his arm, before striking his opponent!

Angered by the Lickitung's assault, Dusknoir began to gather dark thoughts, converting them into raw energy! The gripper Pokemon then let loose the dark energy in the form of multiple waves. The dark waves crashed over Shibo, causing the Lickitung to stumble back!

For his second attack, Shibo once again cloaked his tongue in ghost energy, before licking his opponent, dealing a decent amount of damage to the Dusknoir!

"L-let's finish this Shibo! Use Lick twice!" Jake called to the Lickitung.

"Dusknoir, use Destiny Bond!" Olivia ordered.

This time it was Shibo who started the round! Coating his tongue in spectral energy, Shibo delivered a solid lick to his opponent, causing the Dusknoir to cry out!
Despite this, the Dusknoir didn't retaliate, almost as if it was waiting for it's opponent to attack again.

With his opponent refusing to attack, Shibo took the opportunity to attack again, delivering another successful lick to his opponent! This proved to be too much for the gripper Pokemon, who let out a final cry, before falling over.

But not all was well for Shibo, for as soon as his opponent had fallen, the Lickitung began to feel light headed. Crying out in surprise, Shibo also fell to the ground in defeat.

"Shibo return!" Jake called as he returned the Lickitung to his Pokeball.
"Y-you did great...now rest well." He added, before turning his attention to his opponent. In the time Jake had taken to return Shibo, Olivia had sent out her next Pokemon, a wicked looking Gengar.

Jake knew he had to pick his next Pokemon carefully. He had already lost two Pokemon, while Olivia had only lost one. He needed a Pokemon with mobility, as well as variety of attacks. With this in mind, Jake snatched a Love Ball from his bag, before tossing it in front of him.
From the ball materialized a Venomoth, her multi-coloured wings gleaming in the soft light of the room.

"Ok Opal, I-I'm counting on you..s-so let's do our best." Jake said to the Venomoth.
"Of course. I'll try my hardest." Opal replied.

"Gengar go with Fire Punch, then use Shadow Ball!" Oliva called out to the shadow Pokemon.

"Opal, u-use Psychic, follow with Ominous Wind!" Jake ordered.

Staring off the round, Gengar cloaked it's arm in flames, before floating over to Opal. The shadow Pokemon then swung at Opal, striking the Venomoth and sending her flying back.

Ready to attack, Opal began to concentrate, gathering a large amount of psychic energy. The Venomoth then released the energy in a series of waves, causing the psychic energy to crash into Gengar, who let out a sharp cry!

In retaliation, Gengar began to gather ghost energy in front of itself, creating an indigo sphere with it. The shadow Pokemon then fired the sphere of energy at Opal, striking the Venomoth and dealing a large amount of damage to her!

For her next attack, Opal began to rapidly beat her wings, summoning a strange, purple wind! Upon making contact with the wind, Gengar let out another cry, before stumbling backwards.

"Ok Opal l-let's keep this up! Use Psybeam, then Hidden Power!" Jake called to the Venomoth.

"Gengar use Fire Punch, then go with Thunderbolt!" Olivia barked.

Gengar was once again the first to act! Gathering fire energy into it's arm, the shadow Pokemon swung at Opal, slamming it's flame covered fist into the Venomoth!

Opal once again began to concentrate, gathering the psychic energy needed for her next attack. The Venomoth then sent a beam of the psychic energy out at her opponent, striking the shadow Pokemon and causing it to cry out!

In retaliation, Gengar began to amass electrical energy, before releasing a wicked beam of it at Opal! Unable to react in time, Opal was forced to take the full brunt of the attack!

Ready to attack again, Opal began to gather energy from within herself. Suddenly three orbs began to float around the Venomoth, as kind and caring as the earth itself. The orbs then flew towards Gengar, assaulting the shadow Pokemon and causing it to let out a loud shriek!

"Hang in there Gengar! Go with Shadow Ball and Dark Pulse!" Olivia ordered.

"Opal, use Psybeam, t-then Aerial Ace!" Jake called to the Venomoth.

Gathering spectral energy, Gengar sent out an indigo ball of energy towards Opal, causing the Venomoth to fly backwards.

In retaliation, Opal blasted her opponent with a powerful beam of psychic energy!

Not ready to give up quite yet, Gengar began to gather it'd dark thoughts, converting them into raw energy! The shadow then released the energy in the form of waves, the dark energy quickly flying towards Opal! The Venomoth couldn't help but let out a small cry as each wave of dark energy stabbed at her body without mercy!

Angered by the Gengar's assault, Opal flew towards her opponent at a blinding speed! At the last second, Opal changed course, striking her opponent from the side instead! To this, Gengar cried out in surprise, before toppling over in defeat!

Without a word, Olivia returned the shadow Pokemon to it's ball, before producing Pokeball and chucking it in front of her. From the ball emerged a Chandelure, the luring Pokemon giving a wicked laugh upon noticing it's opponent.

"Opal s-start with Hidden Power, then Ominous Wind!" Jake ordered.

"Chandelure, go with Flamethrower, then Heat Wave!" Olivia barked.

This time Opal was the first to act! Gathering her inner energy, the Venomoth once again summoned several orbs in the likeness of the earth. The orbs then flew towards Chandelure, striking the luring Pokemon and causing it to cry out in pain!

Angered by the Venomoth's assault, Chandelure pointed it's head towards it's opponent, before sending a stream of flames Opal's way, roasting the Venomoth!

In turn, Opal began to rapidly beat her wings, summoning a strange, purple wind. The wind flew towards Chandelure, washing over the luring Pokemon, who let out a loud shriek!

Ready to end things, Chandelure summoned a wave of heat from it's flames! The heated air made it's way towards Opal, scorching the Venomoth and depleting the rest of her health! With a final cry, Opal fell to the ground in defeat.

"Opal, return!" Jake called as he returned the Venomoth to her Love Ball.
"Great job out there, n-now rest well." He added, before grabbing a regular Pokeball from his bag and chucking it into the air.

From the ball emerged a Grimer, who seemed to be wearing a super hero mask.
"No need to worry, captain Botch is here to save the day!" Botch exclaimed, prompting a groan from Jake.
Of all the times for the Grimer to act like this, now wasn't the time. Still, Jake knew he wouldn't be able to convince Botch to stop, so he was just going to have to deal with it.

"Chandelure, use Shadow Ball, then go with Flamethrower!" Olivia called to the luring Pokemon.

"Botch, use Poison Gas, t-then follow with Venoshock!" Jake ordered.

Starting things off, Chandelure began to gather ghost energy in front of itself, creating an indigo sphere with it. The luring Pokemon then sent the sphere flying towards Botch, the attack causing Botch to fall backwards.

Eager to begin, Botch exhaled a large cloud of green gas at his opponent. Upon making contact with the gas, Chandelure let out a cry! The strange gas had left the luring Pokemon poisoned!

Angered by the Grimer's attack, Chandelure pointed it's head towards the sludge Pokemon, before roasting him with a stream of fire!

"My mask!" Botch exclaimed as Chandelure's flamethrower attack burned away the Grimer's mask.

"Eat this you villainous scum!" Botch yelled, before spewing a wave of green liquid at his opponent. Chandelure let out a yelp as the poisonous liquid washed over it, the liquid's power boosted thanks to the luring Pokemon having been poisoned!

Once Botch had finished attacking, Chandelure let out another yelp as the poison inflicted upon it attacked it's body!

"Alright Botch, u-use Shadow Punch, follow with Venoshock!" Jake ordered.

"Chandelure go with Flame Charge, then Flamethrower!" Olivia barked.

Chandelure was once again the first to act! Coating it's body in flames, the luring Pokemon flew towards Botch, before ramming into the Grimer!

In retaliation, Botch began to gather ghost energy into his fist, before throwing a punch into the air. From his farm a spectral fist flew out, homing in on Chandelure, before striking the luring Pokemon!

For it's next attack, Chandelure tilted it's head at Botch, before scorching the Grimer with another stream of flames!

For his second attack, Botch began to gather poison energy in his mouth, before sending a wave of green liquid towards his opponent! Thanks to Chandelure's current condition, the liquid dealt even more damage then usual, prompting a sharp cry from the luring Pokemon.

Once the round was over, Chandelure once again let out a yelp as the poison continued to hurt it.

"Chandelure, Flame Charge then go with Dark Pulse!" Olivia ordered.

"Botch use Venoshock, then go for Shadow Sneak!" Jake called to the Grimer.

Starting things off, Chandelure once again surrounded it's body in flames, before striking Botch, sending the Grimer flying backwards.

In retaliation, Botch spewed a wave of green liquid at the luring Pokemon. Fueled by Chandelure's state, the liquid dealt even more damage to the luring Pokemon!

Angered by the Grimer's assault, Chandelure began to gather it's dark thoughts, converting them into raw energy! The luring Pokemon then fired wave after wave of dark energy at Botch, causing the Grimer to cry out in pain!

Determined to win, Botch began to fuel his shadow with spectral energy. The Grimer's shadow began to extend, sneaking up to Chandelure, before striking the luring Pokemon with a powerful blow!
This proved to be too much for Chandelure, who let out a sharp cry, before falling to the ground. After returning the luring Pokemon to it's ball, Olivia produced a fourth Pokeball, before tossing it into the air.
From the ball emerged a Sableye, a wicked smile plastered on it's face. What really caught Jake's attention though, was the small head band the darkness Pokemon was wearing. In the center of the band was a colourful looking stone, indicating that the Sableye was capable of mega evolution.

"Sableye, the one you see standing before you believes our lives were worth nothing, that we deserved to die." Olivia began, producing a strange badge from her pocket.
"He supports the beast that took everything from us, but we cannot allow that. As such, I call upon you to Mega Evolve!!!" Oliva exclaimed, pressing the stone in the center of the badge as she did so. Upon doing so, tendrils of energy shot out of the badge, linking to Sableye's head band. It was then that the darkness Pokemon began to transform!
Sableye's teeth turned yellow, and it's ears grew longer. A small spike grew atop it's head, and it's eye's changed from blue to red! But the biggest change was the ruby in the center of Sableye's body. It began to increase drastically, serving as a new shield for the darkness Pokemon.
Once the darkness Pokemon was finished transforming, it let out a small cackle, eager to face it's opponent.

"Alright w-we can do this Botch. Start with Acid Spray, follow with Shadow Punch!" Jake ordered.

"Sableye, go with Zen Headbutt, follow with Psychic!" Olivia called to the mega evolved Sableye.

This time Botch was the first to act! Gathering poisonous energy in his mouth, Botch spat out a wave of acid at his opponent! The darkness Pokemon let out a sharp cry as the acid burnt it's skin, lowering it's special defense considerably!

Angered by the Grimer's assault, the mega evolved Sableye made it's way towards it's opponent, though it couldn't go very fast thanks to it's shield. Upon reaching Botch, the darkness Pokemon surrounded it's head in psychic energy, before smashing into the Grimer, causing him to cry out in pain!

In retaliation, Botch coated his fist in ghost energy, before swinging at the air. From his arm a spectral fist came flying out, quickly seeking the darkness before striking it!

For it's second attack, Sableye began to amass even more psychic energy. The darkness Pokemon then released the psychic energy in the form of a wave. The wave flew towards Botch, before crashing into the Grimer, nearly causing him to faint then and there. But Botch held on, determined to beat the darkness Pokemon!

"Sableye, let's end this now! Go with Power Gem and Shadow Ball!" Olivia barked.

"H-hang in there Botch. Use Mud Slap, then Venoshock!" Jake ordered.

Starting things off, Botch began to gather ground energy in his mouth, before spewing a glob of mud at his opponent!

Prepared for the attack, Sableye simply hid behind it's ruby shield, laughing as Botch's attack uselessly hit the large gem.

Now it was Sableye's turn to attack! Gathering up rock energy, the darkness Pokemon shot a brown orb of energy at Botch. Upon striking the Grimer, Botch let out a final cry, before falling over.

"Botch, return!" Jake called out as he returned the Grimer to his Pokeball.
"You did good, now rest well." He added, before withdrawing a Christmas Ball from his bag. Upon tossing it into the arena, a Nuzleaf materialized.

"Ok Kage, I-I need you to give this your all. Y-you can do that right?" Jake questioned.
"If you want me to, so be it." Kage nodded, before turning her attention to the battlefield.

"Alright. Kage g-get behind Sableye and use Razor Leaf. T-then Nasty Plot!" Jake called to the Nuzleaf.

"Sableye, Shadow Ball, then go with Dazzling Gleam!" Olivia ordered.

This time Kage was the first to act! The Nuzleaf quickly charged towards her opponent, before leaping over the darkness Pokemon. Now at the Sableye's back, Kage released a flurry of sharp leaves at the darkness Pokemon!
Unable to react in time, the mega evolved Sableye cried out as the Nuzleaf scored a direct hit!

In retaliation, Sableye turned to face it's opponent, gathering ghost energy in front of itself as it did so. Forming an indigo sphere with the energy, Sableye fired it at Kage, striking the Nuzleaf and causing her to fall back slightly.

Instead of attacking her opponent again, Kage instead opted to gather her dark thoughts and plans, sharply boosting her special attack!

With Kage left wide open, Sableye seized the chance to attack! The darkness Pokemon began to amass fairy energy into it's body, before releasing it all in a burst of light!

As the intense light washed over her, Kage let out a small grunt, though she held her position firmly.

"Sableye go with Brick Break, then use Power Gem!" Olivia barked.

"Kage use Shadow Ball b-behind Sableye, then Bullet Seed!" Jake ordered.

Starting things off, Kage once again charged towards her opponent, before leaping into the air! As she did so, the Nuzleaf began collecting spectral energy between her hands, forming a ball with it. Upon landing behind her opponent, Kage flung the sphere of energy at the Sableye's back, causing the darkness Pokemon to cry out in surprise!

With Kage left wide open, the mega evolved Sableye left it's shelter to attack! Coating it's arm in fighting energy, the darkness Pokemon struck the Nuzleaf with an open hand, causing her to stumble backwards.

With her opponent exposed, Kage prepared her next attack! Gathering grass energy in her mouth, the Nuzleaf fired a steady stream of seeds at the darkness Pokemon, prompting a loud shriek from it.

Once Kage had finished attacking, the mega evolved Sableye quickly retreated behind it's shield, before preparing it's next attack! Gathering up rock energy, the darkness Pokemon shot a brown orb of energy at it's opponent, striking the Nuzleaf and dealing a moderate amount of damage.

"L-let's end this Kage. Go for a Feint Attack and a Razor Leaf!" Jake called to the Nuzleaf.

"Sableye, go with Dark Pulse and Brick Break!" Olivia ordered.

Ready to wrap up the battle, Kage ran towards Sableye, before stopping in front of it. The Nuzleaf then threw a fake punch to the right of her opponent, causing the darkness Pokemon to turn in an attempt to shield itself. With her opponent left wide open, Kage delivered a powerful strike to it's side, causing the mega evolved Sableye to cry out in surprise, before falling to the ground in defeat! Upon hitting the ground, the darkness Pokemon began to glow, before reverting to it's original form!

"Sableye!" Olivia cried, rushing to her companion's side.
"I promise I'll avenge you....I swear it." Olivia said as she returned the darkness Pokemon to it's ball, before turning her attention to Jake.

"I will have my revenge......I will destroy you...for supporting that beast.......even if I have to do it myself!" Olivia exclaimed, pointing her Honedge at Jake.

"Hold on. Y-you don't have to do...anything rash." Jake began, but quickly stopped as Olivia began to...disintegrate?!

Not knowing quite what to say, Jake, Hazel, and Kage could only watch as Olivia's body disappeared like ashes on the wind, leaving only her Honedge and badge behind, the latter clattering to the floor.

"Your blood....I shall spill it across the floor....and then..all of your friends shall join you!" The Honedge exclaimed, though much to the groups surprise, Olivia's voice was coming out of it.

After a brief moment, it suddenly dawned on them. They had gotten it all wrong. The Honedge wasn't one of Olivia's Pokemon...Olivia was the Honedge! The body they had seen must have been nothing more then an illusion.

Eager to fulfill her words, Olivia flew towards Jake with an Iron Head attack!
Thinking fast, Kage began to gather ghost energy between her hands, firing an indigo sphere of it at Olivia, knocking the sword Pokemon to the ground.

"I'm afraid I cannot allow you to attack my trainer. You have a problem with that, you go through me." Kage said.

"That can be arranged. I was originally going to spare you, but if you have a wish for death, then I shall fulfill it!" Oliva exclaimed, before slashing at Kage with a powerful Fury Cutter attack!

Unable to react in time, Kage let out a small grunt as the powerful attack sent her stumbling backwards.

"Kage, Shadow Ball, t-then Feint Attack!" Jake ordered.

Hearing her trainer's words, Kage ran towards her opponent, gathering the last of her ghost energy between her hands as she did so. Just before she reached Olivia, the Nuzleaf leaped into the air, before firing the sphere of energy at the Honedge, prompting her to cry out as the powerful ghost type attack struck her.

In retaliation, Olivia coated her blade in bug energy, before striking her opponent with an even more powerful Fury Cutter, prompting a sharp cry from the Nuzleaf.
Hoping to end things soon, Kage dashed towards her opponent, before stopping in front of her. Using her right arm, Kage pointed behind Olivia, causing the Honedge to turn around. With the sword Pokemon now vulnerable, Kage struck the Honedge with her left arm, sending the sword Pokemon flying back!

"No...I..cannot lose here...I must defeat you...I will defeat you!" Olivia exclaimed as she drew fourth a Power, one Hidden deep within her. Suddenly three orbs began to float around the Honedge, burning as strongly as Olivia's desire for revenge.

With Kage on her last legs, the powerful fire attack would surely be enough to end the Nuzleaf.

"Kage! Dodge it and use Feint Attack!" Jake ordered.

Giving her trainer a brief nod, Kage charged towards her opponent. As the flaming orbs approached her, Kage leaped into the air, narrowly avoiding the fire type attack! The wily Pokemon then dove towards Olivia, looking as if she was going to crash into the Honedge.
Instead, the Nuzleaf landed right beside her opponent, catching the Honedge off guard and leaving her wide open to attack!
Seizing the opportunity to attack, Kage swung at Olivia with all her might, sending the Honedge flying into the nearby wall!

With Olivia showing no sign of getting up, Jake turned his attention to Kage.
"You did amazing out there...n-now rest well." He said, returning the Nuzleaf to her Christmas Ball.

Though he had emerged victorious in the battle, Jake couldn't help but feel dejected. Much like Steven, Olivia had also seemed to be doing what she believed to be right..and Jake couldn't truly blame either of them for it, despite being his enemies.
Wait no, what was he thinking?! Olivia and Steven were the bad guys! He was in the right not them, and he had to do whatever it took to stop them, as well as Team Catalyst. With this in mind, Jake turned to Hazel, ready to inform the Eevee of what to do next.
His plan was briefly interrupted however, as Hazel poked at his pant leg, before showing him something in his mouth.

"Huh, what's this?" Jake questioned as he took the strange object from the Eevee's mouth. Of course, it was Olivia's badge! In the center her keystone rested, awaiting to be used again.

"W-why would I need this?" Jake questioned.
"I-I don't know. I just thought..w-well it could be useful....for that stone...i-if nothing else." Hazel replied.
"Fair enough." Jake nodded, tucking the badge into his pocket. "Thank you Hazel."

*Jake obtained Olivia's Badge!*

"Alright, well l-let's go....before Olivia awakes." Jake said, prompting a nod from Hazel.
With that settled, the two made their way up the spiraling staircase, wondering just what awaited them on the third floor...

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Jake's Remaining (Healthy) Pokemon
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