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As Red and Green yell out the attack names Blast Burn and Frenzy Plant, a blinding blaze erupts from Charizard's mouth and a massive bundle of thorns shoots out from the flower on Saur's back. Both boys gasp in shock at the power and force unleashed by the two Pokémon, and realize that they have successfully pulled off Brinca's ultimate attacks. However, the mysterious creature adeptly evades the energy blasts, and Red hollers that the enemy has anticipated the course of the moves.

Having the restraints around their necks lifted, Red and Green are about to command another Blast Burn and Frenzy Plant, but quickly realize that Charizard and Saur are still recovering from the recoil of the attacks. Red exclaims that the skills cannot be unleashed consecutively, and Green grunts that it was a faulty decision of theirs to use attacks which they know nothing of the power, accuracy, or recoil associations.

The boys have no choice but to accept the fact that the mighty skills are too much for them to handle, but Brinca, whom they thought was held captive by the mysterious creature, suddenly frees herself from the constraints and tells the boys not to be disheartened so quickly. Red and Green wear baffled looks on their faces when they see Brinca and the creature standing side by side, and the old lady states that she already finds it commendable that they managed to elicit such forces on their first try. She is certain that the accuracy will be improved with practice, and says the most important of all is that the boys have awakened the ultimate attacks themselves.

Paying little heed to Brinca's words on the attacks, Green gets furious and demands to know why she is tricking them. Brinca remarks that she has no idea what Green is talking about, and the boy hollers that she is clearly a gang with this creature who attacked them, and evidence strongly suggests that she is the mastermind behind all the happenings so far.

Brinca squints her eyes and wonders if that is what they really think, then wiggles her staff at the creature and tells it to show its real self. To Red and Green's surprise, the creature's head deforms into a pink blob, and both boys realize with a start it is a Ditto. Red recognizes it as Blue's Ditty, and Brinca reveals that the Pokémon has attached itself to his backpack and followed them all the way from One Island. She grins that they have become friends while Red and Green were training in her facilities, and says they were having fun mimicking an ambush from the mysterious Pokémon.

Green gets annoyed at the revelation while Red sweatdrops, and Brinca decides to get serious. She explains that while she has stated that she will only pass the ultimates attacks to one of them, she has seen potential in both Red and Green during their combat in the Battle Path. The fact that they both reached the goal at the same time would have originally disqualified them from inheriting the attacks, but she finds it a pity and thus decided to put on a show to let them awaken the attacks themselves.

The metal rings she gave them actually held the key to the ultimate attacks, but the trainers who wear them will have to unlock it on their own. Since the boys did manage to evoke the power from the bracelets without her assistance, her promise of passing the skills to one trainer only was technically not broken. Brinca then wiggles her staff again, and the metal rings instantly snap off from the wrists of Red and Green. She stresses that practice is important to perfect the ultimate attacks, and turns around to leave.

Just as Red is about to stop her and say his thanks, Brinca remarks that she has forgotten one thing. While waiting for Red and Green to complete the challenges in the three training paths, Ditty has actually showed her with its transform ability what exactly happened when Blue was attacked by the mysterious Pokémon on the Sea Gallop. From the looks of things, the enemy they face this time is possibly even stronger than it appears, and should not be taken light-heartedly.

Brinca puts on a cocky look, and grins that she feels proud in a way that the ultimate attacks she guards can be put into use in combating such a foe. She then pauses for a moment, turns back with genuine worries showing through her eyes, and urges the boys to be careful. Truly thankful for everything Brinca's done for them, Red falls to his knees and bows in gratitude. He makes Green do the same by pushing his companion's head down despite his reluctance, and thanks the old woman over and over again for her teachings.

Later, walking down the flights of concrete stairs leading to the island's pier under the setting sun, Red and Green are discussing about how to master the ultimate attacks. Green points out that despite their powers, accuracy is a big problem, and unless they can improve in that aspect, the attacks won't do much good in real battles. Red agrees that a lot of practice will be needed, but is nevertheless glad that Charizard and Saur have now acquired skills that are not originally listed in the Pokédex.

Picking up Ditty in his hands, Red says he really had no idea it was tagging along, and rationalizes that it must be worried about Blue and wanted to render help in some way. Green suddenly snatches the Pokémon from Red, and without another word commands it to transform into the mysterious Pokémon again. Red wonders what Green has in mind, and Green wants to know if Red finds the enemy's appearance inconsistent.

Green takes out Blue's broken Silph Scope to replay its recording, and pauses at the point where the assailant is seen. He then places the screen right next to Ditty, who has now transformed into the creature again, and Red realizes right away that there are indeed various differences between the two despite their gross similarity.

Green remarks that the enemy could either be multiple in number, have evolutionary chains, or is capable of morphing into different forms depending on the situation. It is critical that they figure out this mystery before they face this foe, for if they don't, they will be doomed to failure without a doubt.

Just then, Red's Pokégear begins to beep, and the boy answers to find Bill calling. The young inventor inquires about their progress in learning the ultimate attacks, and Red assures him that everything is settled. Bill is exhilirated by the news, and urges the boys to head to the Pokémon Center immediately. He explains that he has sent over some new ship passes, and wants them to come over to Four Island as soon as possible, since there are important things that he wants to inform them.

Red is a little startled by the urgency in the young man's tone, and wants to know what exactly happened. Bill states that the mysterious assailant who attacked them has just caused another havoc on Three Island, but insists that the boys join him on Four Island first before telling them the whole story.

He reminds them that the Tri-pass can only get them as far as Three Island, and to gain access to Four Island and beyond, they will need the Rainbow-passes which he has just sent over to Two Island's Pokémon Center. He adds that he is in the Icefall Cave right now, and tells the boys to find him there.

Later, after another brief cruise ride on the Sea Gallop towards the southern direction, Red and Green set foot on Four Island. By the time the reach the entrance of the Icefall Cave on the north eastern coast, the sun has already disappeared from the horizon and only a faint glow of light remains in the evening sky. Red instantly begins to shiver upon stepping into the dark cave, and Green remarks that while temperature normally falls a bit during night time, Four Island is clearly much colder compared with the other islands they've visited so far.

Through the scattered clouds of white mist floating inside the cave, Red sees slumbering Delibirds and Swinubs colonizing the frozen cliffs here and there, and rationalizes that the environment is most likely created by the cold air emanating from the ice type inhabitants' bodies.

Just then, something shiny lying on a boulder not far ahead catches Red and Green's attention, and the boys quickly make their way over. They pick up two identical triangular devices which are shaped like badges, and the one Green is holding suddenly gives off a beam of light from a small transparent sensor along its rim.

The beam strikes directly at an Exeggcutor standing on a cliff, and Red notices the grass Pokémon's hostility right away. Green decides that it will be the perfect chance to practice the ultimate attacks, and sends out his Charizard to order a Blast Burn. However, Bill suddenly springs up frantically in front of Exeggcutor and tells the boy to wait, and Green holds off his starter from unleashing the powerful blaze just in time.

Red realizes that the Exeggcutor is actually Bill's Exeggcute after evolution, and wants to know what Bill is doing. The young man climbs down from the cliff, and explains that he was just trying out the function of his newly invented VS Seeker, a machine capable of detecting the battle will of others. He tells the boys that the device is able to monitor the state of mind of trainers within 100 meters, and says whenever a battle will against the device holder is picked up, it will generate a warning beam of light which points to the source.

Recalling how their mysterious assailant has always ambushed them without their prior notice, Red exclaims that the VS Seeker can now warn them if the creature is near. However, Bill quickly puts on an embarrassed grin, and says the device can only detect the battle will of trainers but not Pokémon.

With a look of contempt, Green snickers that it won't be much help to them in that case, and tosses his VS Seeker away. Bill hurriedly bends down to pick it up and admits that the machine is indeed incapable of alerting them about the mysterious creature, but says there's actually more to the whole deal, and it is exactly what he intended to inform Red and Green.

Bill starts explaining that he has recently made contact with the young girl, Lostelle, who witnessed the appearance of the creature on Three Island. The girl was being accosted by a gang of unfriendly bikers at that time, and the mysterious Pokémon out of nowhere materialized to dispel the bikers. Red and Green gasp with disbelief that their assailant actually helped a young girl, and Bill says while he is uncertain of the creature's intentions there, his concern lies in what follows.

Lostelle has informed him that a middle aged man appeared right after the creature left, and actually faxed him her drawings of both the creature and the man. Bill unfolds two sketches from his pocket, one of which depicts the aqua green and orange being, and the other an evil-looking man dressed in black suits, and Red bolts with a start immediately upon seeing the blood red R symbol on the man's chest, recognizing him as no other than Giovanni, the former leader of the disbanded Team Rocket.

Bill agrees that the drawing strongly resembles Giovanni, and says although it is unknown whether the man owns the mysterious creature afterall, or is simply tracking it as a wild Pokémon, the one thing they can be sure of is that Team Rocket is involved in all the happenings so far. Red grits his teeth in anger, and states that he shall then make every preparation necessary to fight Giovanni again.

Bill further adds that the reason why he chose the Icefall Cave as their meeting place is that TR grunts have been spotted around the area by the local residents, and they sure will discover something from the cave. It then dawns on Green how the VS Seeker will help them in their pursuit of the enemies, who will no doubt hold a strong battle will against them, and Bill is glad that the boy finally sees the use of the device.

Hooking the VS Seeker on the strap of his bagpack, Red remarks that they shall play the pursuer's role now that they have these battle will detectors, and the sensor of the machine instantly sends out a beam of light into the darkness of the cave ahead.

Red, Green and Bill waste no time in advancing forward, and soon encounter a Sneasel, Kingler and Golbat, all showing hostility towards them. Red remarks that the Pokémon seem to be guarding the internals of the cave, and Green hollers that they are clearly under the command of trainers, in this case most certainly Team Rocket members.

With a determined look on his face, Red holds up a Pokéball and prepares to send out Saur to battle. But then, a blast of cold air sweeps in from the entrance of the cave and immediately freezes the Sneasel, Kingler and Golbat. Red and Green gasp at the powerful ice attack, and hear a voice from behind. They quickly turn around, and to their surprise see a familiar young woman standing next to a Cloyster. The young woman states that no one is to tamper with her hometown, and says she shall join in the fight against Team Rocket as well…

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276: The Grass & Fire Inheritence!

Volume 23