Serperiormaster: 10 months after the Pokémon emigrated to the human world, I got off the bus home from school, and began to walk to my house, with my older brother, Noah, walking behind me. Finally, my sophomore year of high school is over, and my summer vacation had begun. After A few minutes of walking, me and my brother got to our house. My brother went inside, while I walked around to the backyard and took 8 PokéBalls out of my bag before tossing them up into the air, releasing my Pokémon: Charizard, Arbok, Ampharos, Swampert, Lucario, Serperior, Zoroark, and Goodra.
etaris333: “Ahhh,” Charizard stretched his wings. “Good to be home again.”
“Yeah,” Serperior nodded. “I can’t wait to see James again tonight…it’s been so long since we’ve seen our old trainer.”
“We’ve never met your old trainer before,” Ampharos told him, curiously. “What’s he like?”
Serperiormaster: “You’ll see what he’s like tonight, Ampharos. James said he was going to be here at 7:00, right Charizard?” I asked Charizard, setting the PokéBalls back in my bag.
etaris333: “Yeah, 7 was the number,” Charizard grinned before Goodra came up to him. “Do you think he’ll like Goodra?” she asked. “Goodra is always keen to meet new trainer…Goodra loves to show affection with a hug.”
“Ahem…yeah,” Swampert rolled his eyes, since everybody knew what happened whenever Goodra hugged someone.
Serperiormaster: I chuckle a little. “Anyway, guys, since we’re competing in that tournament that’s coming up, I thought we should get some training done,” I say to all my Pokémon.
etaris333: “Yeah!” eight voices all cheered together, and both Serperior and Arbok slapped each other a high tail.
“So who’s first, Nick?” Lucario asked.
Serperiormaster: “You, and…Charizard,” I say to Lucario, knowing he’s weak against Fire and Flying types, and figuring it would be good for him to have a Pokémon of those types as his training partner.
etaris333: Lucario knew this too. He grinned as he took his position in a clear spot in the backyard, and Charizard crossed over to the other side. “Hope you’re ready, Lucario,” Charizard challenged him. “I’m not going to hold back.”
“Neither will I,” Lucario eagerly held his fists up, as if ready to brawl.
Serperiormaster: “Just don’t use too much power. My parents wouldn’t like it if the fence was destroyed. Alright, Charizard, use Flame Burst, and Lucario, dodge using Quick Attack,” I say.
etaris333: Charizard’s attack came swiftly at Lucario, but the jackal Pokémon easily dodged it and ran like a blur straight at the dragon, knocking him backwards and posing before back-flipping back towards the spot where he’d been standing.
“Wahoo! Nice one, Lucario!” Arbok cheered.
“Whack him again!” Ampharos pumped her fists in the air.
“Goodra wants to see more!” Goodra jumped up and down.
Serperiormaster: “Great, Lucario! Let’s give you a challenging move to dodge! Charizard, Flare Blitz!” I commanded Charizard.
etaris333: Charizard flew towards Lucario as a swirling vortex of heat. Lucario stood dead still, watching as the inferno came towards him…
Then right at the last second…
He leapt upwards! Charizard hit nothing but air, and as the attack dissipated, he suddenly felt the jackal Pokémon jump upon his shoulders and spring off him, flattening the dragon to the ground.
Serperiormaster: “Great Lucario! Now Charizard, use Air Slash! Lucario, intercept with multiple Aura Spheres!” I say.
etaris333: Lucario formed his spheres in both hands and used them to knock back each slash as they came his way.
Serperiormaster: “Alright, Charizard, repeated Dragon Claws. Lucario, use Close Combat,” I say.
etaris333: Both dragon and jackal lunged at each other, and they became a ball of dust sparring against each other. Everybody waited to see what the results would be…
Then the dust cleared, and both Pokémon lay on the ground bruised and battered, but still conscious.
Serperiormaster: I ran over and placed a hand on both of them, immediately starting to heal them.
etaris333: The two Pokémon recovered, and Charizard grinned at Lucario. “You were pretty good to stand up against me, Luc,” he said.
“Thanks, Char. You’re a pretty good challenge for me to take,” Lucario shook Charizard’s claw with his paw.
They stepped off the field. “Alright, who’s next?”
Serperiormaster: “Next is Arbok, and you’ll battle against Swampert,” I say, looking at Arbok and Swampert.
etaris333: The two Pokémon took their positions as Lucario and Charizard got out of the way. Arbok hissed eagerly. “I hope you’re ready, mud boy,” she teased. “I’ll take your mud slaps any day!”
“We’ll see, poison girl,” Swampert played along.
Serperiormaster: “Swampert, Mud Shot. Arbok, dodge it,” I say.
etaris333: Swampert fired straight at Arbok, but the purple snake grinned and swayed to the left to avoid the first shot, swayed right and dodged the second shot, and finally ducked straight down dodging the third shot.
“Come on, what next?” she taunted Swampert. “Thought you’d put up more of a fight.”
“I’m just getting started,” Swampert grinned, playing along. “Watch me when Nick gives me my next command.”
Serperiormaster: “Swampert, use Dig! Arbok, try to dodge this attack as well!” I say.
etaris333: Swampert disappeared under the ground. Arbok sat patiently and waited, and then, just as Swampert came underneath her, she leapt into the air and spun her coils in a loop before landing gracefully upon Swampert’s head and shoulders, slipping down and embracing him teasingly. She gave him a gentle peck on the nose.
Serperiormaster: “That’s great Arbok. Use your Wrap attack,” I say.
etaris333: Arbok grinned and gave Swampert a rather tight squeeze, although to an Arbok it would be simply put as a close-up show of affection.
And Swampert was used to it. He tried to relent but Arbok had his arms pinned and she vibrated her coils slightly, making Swampert flinch and topple over, falling down with Arbok still coiled around him.
Arbok laughed and gave him another peck before saying, “Pinned ya, big boy!”
“Alright, lemme go!” Swampert relented. “You win.”
Serperiormaster: “Great job Arbok. Although, I’m not sure flirting with your opponent is the best way to battle,” I say to Arbok.
etaris333: “Can’t help it if I like a bit a fun,” Arbok chuckled. “Besides, we all know who I really like best.” And she winked at Serperior, whose face went beetroot-red.
Serperiormaster: “Alright, just be careful. Some Pokémon might think you’re single if you keep doing that,” I say.
etaris333: Arbok finally let Swampert up and they moved off to let the next two Pokémon have their turn.
Serperiormaster: “Alright, how about Goodra and…Serperior?” I asked.
etaris333: “Goodra fight!” the said Pokémon happily bounced over to the field while Serperior slithered to the other side.
Serperiormaster: “Goodra, start off with Sludge Wave, and Serperior you jump to dodge and use Leaf Blade,” I say.
etaris333: “Goodra will not hold back!” she fired her attack straight at Serperior.
“Neither will I!” the grass snake managed to dodge to one side and retaliated with his own attack. Goodra ducked in time.
Serperiormaster: “Goodra, grab Serperior then toss him high in the air,” I command Goodra.
etaris333: Goodra lunged at Serperior. The grass snake was about to dodge but Goodra suddenly feinted her lunge and moved to the left, and caught him. She picked him up and then tossed him into the air…
Serperiormaster: “Goodra, use Aqua Tail. Serperior, use Dragon Tail,” I say, watching as Serperior was tossed up.
etaris333: Goodra lunged up and swung her tail around, but at the same time, Serperior’s tail swung and they caught each other. They attacked again and bounced off each other.
Serperiormaster: “Serperior, Leaf Storm. Goodra, dodge and use Body Slam,” I commanded.
etaris333: Serperior whirled towards Goodra, leaves aimed at her. Goodra flipped in the air and slammed straight into Serperior, knocking them both down. Goodra stood up, but Serperior lay still, eyes swirling.
Serperiormaster: I ran over and healed them both. “Good job, both of you,” I say.
etaris333: “Guess that means we’re next, eh Amphy?” Zoroark grinned.
“Sure does, Zoey,” Ampharos smiled as they took their positions for the last training session.
Serperiormaster: “Zoroark, Dark Pulse. Ampharos, use Electro Ball to intercept,” I say.
etaris333: Both girls fired, and their attacks collided and dissipated. Both Zoroark and Ampharos stood grinning at each other, and then fired again, once again their attacks meeting in the middle and vanishing upon impact.
Serperiormaster: “Ampharos, use Discharge, and Zoroark use Night Daze,” I say.
etaris333: Both Pokémon spread their arms out, and released the attacks at the same time. Darkness enveloped Ampharos while electricity surged into Zoroark. They both stuttered out of control, spun backwards, and then landed on their backs. Their eyes began spinning.
Serperiormaster: “Well, that ended quickly,” I say, running over and healing them.
etaris333: Zoroark smiled up at Nick once she recovered. “Do you think we’re ready for the tournament?” she asked him.
Serperiormaster: “Well, if we want to win, I think we should do some more training and even have you guys learn some new moves,” I say, helping her up.
etaris333: “I could help with that,” a familiar voice spoke up. “I’ve got a new stack of TMs to try out.” Everyone turned to see James walking up.
Serperiormaster: I smiled. “Hi James. You’re pretty early,” I say as he comes over.
etaris333: “I finished early. Couldn’t wait to see my successor and three favourite Pokémon again,” James grinned as he slapped Nick a high-five and then walked over to ‘Char, Swamp and Serp,’ as they hugged him together.
Serperiormaster: “James, this is Arbok, Ampharos, Lucario, and Goodra,” I say to James, gesturing to my 4 latest team members.
etaris333: “Hello to you all,” James greeted them each, including Zoroark as well. “Looks like you’ve made quite a nice team, Nick…rather versatile too.” He grinned.
Serperiormaster: “Thank you, James. So you brought some TMs?” I asked him.
etaris333: “Sure did,” James held up a box with TMs inside it. He opened it. “Who wants to learn a new move?”
Serperiormaster: I took a look at the TM’s before looking at Lucario. “Lucario, want to learn Stone Edge?” I ask.
etaris333: “Yeah, that will be a nice move,” Lucario grinned. “Gives me a better chance against Fire.”
James placed the TM on Lucario’s paw. “Which move should Lucario forget?” he asked.
Serperiormaster: “Let’s forget…” I say, thinking about what move to forget before finally saying, “Bone Rush.”
etaris333: The TM sparkled in Lucario’s paw. “Ta-da,” James announced. “Lucario now knows the move Stone Edge in place of Bone Rush.”
“Alright!” Lucario pumped his fist. “I wanna try it out with Charizard first.”
“Aw, come on, Luc,” Charizard shied away. “At least give me a chance to try a new TM as well.
Serperiormaster: “Okay then, Charizard. How about you learn Solar Beam?” I asked Charizard.
etaris333: James checked through his collection of TMs and eventually found the green disc. He put it on Charizard’s claw and asked again which move Charizard should forget.
“Just so long as I don’t forget Flare Blitz…I’m particularly fond of that move,” Charizard pointed out.
Serperiormaster: “Are you okay with losing Flame Burst, Charizard?” I asked Charizard.
etaris333: Charizard gave him the thumbs-up. “I don’t mind learning Solar Beam over it.”
“And a good choice too,” James suggested. “If you had a Charizardite Y to go with it, your new Drought ability will make it an instant attack.”
The disc shimmered. “There. All done.” He took it off Charizard’s claw. “Who’s next?”
Serperiormaster: I think for a minute. “Arbok, would you like to learn Payback?” I asked Arbok, even though she’s more likely to be interested in Attract.
etaris333: “Hey, Nick,” Noah’s voice called from the upstairs window before Arbok could answer. They turned to look up at him leaning out the window. “Can I use Payback after you…my Houndoom could find it useful.”
Serperiormaster: “Don’t ask me, Noah. Ask James. All these TM’s belong to him,” I say to my older brother.
etaris333: “Now, now,” James put up his hands. “Your brother’s welcome to use it too…so, uh…Arbok, do you want to learn Payback?”
“Sure,” Arbok smiled. “If it means I can also learn Attract.” She winked at Serperior, whose face went deep-red.
Serperiormaster: “Alright, Arbok. You can learn Attract, but one condition. Don’t ever use it outside of battle for selfish reasons,” I say to Arbok.
etaris333: “Me, selfish? Never,” Arbok coyly mutters as James holds the two discs against her hood. “Which moves should go then?”
Serperiormaster: “Okay with forgetting Glare and Belch, Arbok?” I asked Arbok.
etaris333: “Fine with me,” Arbok nodded. The TMs shimmered and Arbok was soon loaded with her new moves. Zoroark decided to move in front of Serperior in case Arbok went back on her word.
Serperiormaster: “Alright. Who’s next?” I ask, looking at Goodra, Zoroark, Swampert, Serperior, and Ampharos.
etaris333: “Goodra wants new move!” the said Pokémon excitedly bounced up and down.
Serperiormaster: I chuckle a bit. “Alright, Goodra. Calm down. How about Blizzard?” I asked the big slimy dragon.
etaris333: “Goodra freeze other dragons with Ice move. Goodra want Blizzard!” she cheered. James just laughed and brought the bright-blue disc over. “She’s an excited Pokémon for sure. Which move shall it replace then?”
Serperiormaster: “How about Aqua Tail?” I asked Goodra, gently petting her back.
etaris333: Goodra nodded. The TM shimmered and James took it off.
“Goodra know Blizzard! Goodra thank friend!” And before they could stop her, she grabbed James and hugged him tightly.
Serperiormaster: I chuckled a little. “Alright, set him down, big girl,” I say gently trying to pry her arms off James.
etaris333: Eventually Goodra let James go, who stood there looking stunned, his clothes and hair dripping with goo. Swampert came over to hose him down with Water Gun.
“Thanks Swamp,” James grinned as Charizard then blew a small fire nearby to dry him off. “How about you get a new move next?”
Serperiormaster: I thought about what moves Swampert can learn. “How about Ice Beam?” I asked Swampert.
etaris333: “I could take Flying types down with that one, since my Ground moves don’t work. Sure,” Swampert agreed, and James fished through the collection for it. “But which move should I forget?”
Serperiormaster: “Let’s forget Mud Shot,” I said to Swampert.
etaris333: “Here you go,” James put the disc on Swampert’s head and it did its job.
Ampharos nudged Zoroark over. “Go on, Zoey. You should go next.”
Serperiormaster: “Do you want to learn Aerial Ace, Zoroark?” I asked Zoroark with a smile.
etaris333: “Cool move!” Zoroark grinned. “Oughta show those Fighting types a move or four!” She boldly stepped up to James, who put the TM on her paw. “Which move should be forgotten, Nick?”
Serperiormaster: “How about Dig?” I asked Zoroark.
etaris333: “Yeah, that’ll do,” Zoroark nodded casually. “It’ll save getting my fur dirty and besides, Swampert does that move with much more power.”
“Done to perfection,” James let the TM pass onto Zoroark, and Ampharos came up next. “Am I gonna get a really cool move?” she asked.
Serperiormaster: “Well, let’s see…the only offensive TM’s you can learn are Electric, Normal, and Fighting type TMs, and none of them are good against Ground types, so if learning a cool move is all you want, we can do that, but we can’t teach you a move that will do well against your main weakness,” I say to Ampharos.
etaris333: Ampharos just smiled. “I don’t mind, Nick…even if I’m not as good as the others, I want at least to make a good impression on the battlefield.”
“More of a Contest girl, aren’t you Amphy?” Arbok chuckled.
Serperiormaster: I pet Ampharos’ head. “Well, what do you say about learning Hyper Beam? It’s strong, and the only flaw is that you have to recharge for a bit after it’s used,” I say.
etaris333: “Awesome!” Ampharos cheered. “Even if I must recharge, Swamp will protect me.” She winked at Swampert. It was his turn to blush.
“Then which move shall go?” James placed the silver disc on her chest.
Serperiormaster: “How about…Thunder Wave?” I asked Ampharos.
etaris333: “Done and dusted,” James took the TM off Ampharos. “That just leaves you, Serperior. Which one should we try out on you?”
Serperiormaster: “Hmm…when it comes to moves that will help with your weaknesses, Aerial Ace is probably the only one you can learn from a TM. Want to learn Aerial Ace, or a different move?” I ask Serperior.
etaris333: “Can I try Return instead?” Serperior asked. “I want to see how strong that move really is since I trust you, Nick.”
“That sounds very trusting,” James smirked as he put the TM on Serperior’s head. “Then what move should be replaced?”
Serperiormaster: “How about Growth?” I asked Serperior with a smile.
etaris333: “And…done,” James finished with a grin as he put the TM back in the box. “I reckon you guys should be ready for that tournament now…I might even see if I can get you some LITE Crystals to hold.”
Serperiormaster: “LITE Crystals?” I asked James curiously.
etaris333: “Oh yes,” James nodded. “They’re quite interesting…they were discovered a month or so ago. Any Pokémon holding one gets a white aura around them and their elemental type becomes Light. It’s said that they also gain an extra fifth move to match their new element.”
Then his expression went serious. “And I think it’s best if we did try them, because there’s going to be trouble at this tournament.”
Serperiormaster: “What do you mean ‘trouble’?” I asked James, wondering what he was talking about.
etaris333: “Well, I went down a day or so ago to see what the tournament was like,” James explained. “Suddenly, I hear this person around the corner whispering to his mate about using a newly-energized Shadow Pokémon to win all the way through. He also mentioned that there’d be other Shadow Pokémon users involved to get rid of all the ‘weakling’ competitors. This tournament is fixed, and it’s going to be unfair on the other competitors unless something is done about it.”
Serperiormaster: “Do you have any idea who these people are?” I asked James.
etaris333: “Not for sure,” James shook his head. “The guy was wearing glasses and a hat, and the other competitors haven’t been revealed yet. We’re going to have to encounter them at the tournament when it begins, and you’ll need those LITE Crystals to stay safe…because if your element is Light, attacks from Shadow Pokémon have no effect on you.”
Serperiormaster: I nodded. “Alright. Do you have enough for my Pokémon, and my brother’s as well? He’s entering the tournament too,” I say to James.
etaris333: “How many does he have?” James asked.
Serperiormaster: “Six Pokémon. They’re all Dark types,” I say.
etaris333: “Right, so that’s fourteen in total,” James counted his fingers. “I’ll have to look fast to find enough of those crystals for all of you. I’ll get Lugia (who sends his regards by the way) to scour around too and tell the Tao trio to find them as well. It won’t be long before the tournament starts so we must be fast. When I get back I’ll show you all how they work, so we can be prepared for what you’re up against.”
Then he glanced up at the window. “But first I’d better go over Noah’s Pokémon and see which moves he wants, including that Payback move. I did promise.”
Serperiormaster: “Alright, James.” I say before looking at my Pokémon. “Want to test out your new moves, guys?” I asked them with a smile.
etaris333: “Yeah!” eight voices all cheered together again, and both Serperior and Arbok slapped each other a high tail once again.
“So who’s first, Nick?” Lucario asked again.
Serperiormaster: “We’ll do you versus Charizard again” I say to Lucario.
etaris333: Lucario grinned as he took his position in a clear spot in the backyard, and Charizard crossed over to the other side. “Hope you’re ready, Lucario,” Charizard challenged him. “I’m not going to hold back.”
“Neither will I,” Lucario eagerly held his fists up, as if ready to brawl.
“Oh boy,” Zoroark grinned at Ampharos. “It feels a bit like déjà vu.”
Serperiormaster: With that, I command both Pokémon to use their first attacks, and we spent the rest of the day preparing ourselves for the upcoming tournament, as well as the Shadow Pokémon we are sure to battle.