Big Decisions and Setting Out on a New Journey
Disclaimer: I don't own Pokémon.
In the small town of Pallet there was a young man who lived there; his name was Ash Ketchum a young Pokémon trainer at the age of fifteen. Ash, like many trainers before him, had always wanted to be a Pokémon trainer from the moment he found out about Pokémon and became one when he was ten and set off on his journey with his starter Pokémon; a Pikachu.
Throughout his journey to the four different Regions Ash met many different people and travelled with many friends as well. He went from League to League and left his mark in each one of them.
Indigo Conference in Kanto: Top 16
Silver Conference in Johto: Top 8
Ever Grande Conference in Hoenn: Top 8
Lily of the Valley Conference in Sinnoh: Top 4
He felt proud of himself for making it that far in many tournaments as rookies usually never made it to the victory tournament. He was also champion in a few things as well.
Orange Archipelago: Champion
Kanto Battle Frontier: Champion
He was especially proud of those two achievements, but now he didn't know what to do. He spent a while just lying in bed since he hadn't figured out what to do next. He flipped on his T.V. and watched a Pokémon battle between Wallace and Steven of the Hoenn Region. Wallace was battling Steven for a chance to take over as the Champion of Hoenn.
"Wallace has a good offense, but that's useless against Steven" Ash scoffed. "Steven's a Steel master and Steel has the most defense of all types of Pokémon being resistant to almost all types and having a complete immunity to poison types. Steven's got this battle in the bag."
True to Ash's wisdom Wallace lost the battle. Steven was able to take out his Tentacruel and Wailord with just his Skarmory before his Ludicolo took down Steven's Skarmory, Claydol and severely injured Steven's Cradily before Ludicolo was taken down. Steven lost his Cradily to Wallace's Whiscash before both Wallace's Whiscash and Steven's Armaldo tied in battle leaving them both with two Pokémon. Then Wallace sent out his Gyarados to combat against Steven's Aggron. Despite there being a slight advantage on Wallace's side Gyarados was still taken down by Steven's Aggron before Wallace's powerful Milotic took down Aggron leaving Steven to send out his most powerful Pokémon; a Metagross.
Despite both Pokémon taking hard hits Milotic was defeated with Metagross hardly trying leaving Steven as the champion "Knew it" Ash muttered before picking up the remote about to turn the T.V. off.
"And there you have it folks" the MC on T.V. announced "Steven Stone remains the Hoenn Region Champion having prevailed over Wallace. Wallace was a tough opponent having made it passed all members of the Elite Four to face Steven, but Steven proves too powerful even for Wallace. Well trainers, out there, if you think you're powerful enough come down to any Region and take on the Elite Four Challenge. Special attention to Trainers from the Kanto Region, if you build up a powerful enough Team and can make it through the Johto Elite Four and if, by some miracle, you prove victorious over Champion Lance then you can have a chance to make the Kanto Elite Four so that Kanto and Johto can be separate of each other and have their own Champion and Elite Four."
Ash suddenly sat up "That's it" he said before grinning. He shut his T.V. off and raced down stairs seeing his mom in the garden with Pikachu resting in the sun. Ash raced outside "Mom" Ash called startling her slightly.
"What is it honey" Delia asked.
"It's time for me to set off on my next journey" Ash said.
Delia smiled "Well you did stick around here for more than a month so I was beginning to wonder when you would set off again. You have new clothes, hat, backpack and shoes in the hall closet waiting for you."
"Thanks mom" Ash said "Come on Pikachu we've got to get ready." Pikachu nodded and ran inside with Ash. Ash went to the hall closet and pulled out his new clothes and began getting dressed. Once he was done he looked at himself in the mirror "Not bad" he said.
Ash now had on yellow shoes with black laces, black pants with yellow lines down the pant legs on the side with a black shirt on that had a yellow thunderbolt in the center of the chest area with thunderbolt designs on the side of the shirt that were covered by Ash's long sleeved black jacket that also had a thunderbolt on the back that went from his shoulder to his hip and to finish his outfit Ash had a black hat on his head that had a yellow Pokeball in the center. His new backpack was also yellow and black as well.
"Alright Pikachu, let's make a quick stop at Professor Oak's lab for some information" Ash said. Pikachu nodded and both of them took off out of the house towards Professor Oak's laboratory. He arrived there quickly and knocked on the door to be greeted by Tracey.
"Hey Ash" Tracey greeted.
"Hey Tracey, I need to speak to Professor Oak really quickly" Ash said.
"He's out back tending to some Pokémon" Tracey said. Ash thanked Tracey and went out back to see Professor Oak tending to some Pidgey and Rattata.
"Hey Professor Oak" Ash called startling the old Professor.
"Goodness gracious Ash" Professor Oak wheezed "Don't sneak up on an old man like that."
"Sorry" Ash said sheepishly "Anyway I came here because I needed to ask you something."
"What is it Ash" Professor Oak said.
"I need some info on the Elite Four Challenge" Ash said.
"Ah the Elite four Challenge" Professor Oak said fondly. "The challenge is actually quite simple, a trainer must challenge the Elite Four and if you make it past them you have the option of taking their place of the ones that you beat. For example if you defeat the first of the Elite Four, but lose to the next one then you have the option of taking the place of the one you beat as a new member of the Elite Four and the cycle goes on depending on how many of them you defeat, but the Elite Four have the option of challenging you back to reclaim their position. If you make it past all of them and the Champion then you can take the Champion's place and be recognized as the Regional Pokémon Champion; the best in the entire Region. Why did you want to know this?"
"Because I plan on taking on the Elite Four Challenge" Ash said confidently.
Professor Oak looked at Ash shocked "Ash are you sure that's wise? Most trainers have to wait until they're in their twenties to even have a chance with the exception being Aaron of the Sinnoh Elite Four and Caitlin of the Unova Elite Four at the ages of 19 and 18 respectively. Aaron only made it past the first on at the time and hasn't advanced further yet and Caitlin only managed to advance to the second one before being defeated. I'm not trying to discourage you Ash, but you are three years younger than Caitlin when she tried."
"I know that" Ash said "But I still want to do it. After all you can't advance unless you try."
Professor Oak smiled "That's just like you Ash; to never give up no matter what others tell you." Ash smiled brightly "Have you decided what type you're going to use?"
"Type" Ash asked confused.
"That's correct; a competitor can only take on the challenge using one type of Pokémon. You can't use various types as the rules dictate that there can only be two various type Champions at one time. Cynthia and Alder, the Champion of Unova, have those spots filled so you have to choose a specific type if you want to take the challenge. And Elite Four members have to specialize in one type and can't be various specialists."
Ash was silent for a bit before he looked over at Pikachu "Pika" Pikachu mewed softly.
"I know what to do" Ash said "I choose electric type. Pikachu was my first Pokémon and he's an electric type so it wouldn't be fair to Pikachu if I chose a different type so I chose electric."
"Well Ash, if that's your choice" Professor Oak said. "The only other advice I can give you is to capture a full team and train them as hard as you can because, trust me; this challenge is not for the feint hearted or for those with delusions of grandeur."
"I understand" Ash said seriously "I'll treat every battle as though I was facing Tobias all over again." Ash remembered Tobias well as he was a trainer Ash would never forget and he hoped to challenge him again in the future when they were both stronger.
"Well Ash you better get going" Professor Oak said.
"Right" Ash said. "Come on Pikachu."
"Before you go Ash I have some advice for you" Professor Oak said. "Since Pikachu is your only Electric type another place you can find electric types are around abandoned factories."
"Right, thanks" Ash said. "Oh before I go I need a method of transportation since I want a team as soon as possible."
"Might I suggest your Garchomp" Professor Oak said. "He hasn't been out much since he evolved and has wanted to travel with you again."
"Alright" Ash said "Garchomp" Ash called. A roar came and a large Pokémon came flying from the skies before landing on top of Ash and gnawing on his head gently making him laugh "Hi Garchomp, nice to see you too."
Ash's Gible had evolved on the way back from Sinnoh after foiling another Team Rocket scam and during the month Ash was home Gabite trained with Ash's other Pokémon and evolved into Garchomp. Since Garchomp was a Pseudo-Legendary and a dragon type Pokémon he was considered one of Ash's most powerful Pokémon.
"Alright Garchomp we're going on a long journey" Ash said "So let's get this journey started." Garchomp nodded and let Ash climb on top of his back with Pikachu on Ash's shoulder. "See you later Professor Oak."
"Good luck Ash" Professor Oak called as Ash took off on his Garchomp.
Flying through the air was Ash and Garchomp with Pikachu on Ash's shoulder. Ash was looking around the area before he spotted a huge metal building "Garchomp, fly down there." Garchomp roared and flew down to the ground allowing Ash to hop off. "Return Garchomp" Ash said recalling his Pokémon. Ash proceeded to walk up to the doors and tried opening them, but they were locked "Locked eh" Ash said. "Pikachu, can you climb in through the window and unlock the door.
Pikachu nodded and scrambled up the side of the building before hopping in through an open window. A few seconds later and Ash heard a click before the door opened and a grinning Pikachu was on the other side "Thanks Pikachu" Ash said. Pikachu ran back up Ash's shoulder and Ash proceeded into the factory.
Ash pulled out as lantern and lit it up illuminating the area around Ash allowing him to see a few feet in front of him. Ash proceeded to walk a few feet into the factory, but still saw nothing. "Pikachu wait here for a bit" Ash said.
"Pikapi Pikachu" Pikachu said hopping down from Ash's shoulder. Ash left the lantern with Pikachu before proceeding deeper into the factory. Ash put his hand to the wall to keep himself steady, but also to sense vibrations in the factory. Ash felt some vibrations coming from down the hall in a different room. Ash took off in a sprint down the hall before coming to a fenced off stair case. Using the momentum Ash pulled his body over the fence and landed as softly as possible to not alert any Pokémon to his presence.
Ash then proceeded up the stairs as quickly and quietly as possible before coming up to another door. Ash went to the door and placed his hand on it being as silent as possible since he felt something was on the other side, but he didn't know what. He pulled out Garchomp's Pokeball just in case. Ash gently opened the door and winced as it made a loud creaking sound before he pushed it open all the way and went inside, but all he saw was another dark empty room.
Ash looked around before grunting softly and decided to go back downstairs to get Pikachu so they could leave and find another factory, but he suddenly found himself flying across the room where he smashed into a wall. "Ok, what was that" Ash wondered to himself. Ash looked up and his eyes widened at what he saw.
He saw a large yellow bird with black and yellow feathers that were spiked, black eyes and a long orange beak. It was the Legendary Bird of Thunder Zapdos.
"Wow a Zapdos" Ash said amazed. Zapdos squawked loudly before launching a thunderbolt at Ash. Ash dodged to the side and realized that Zapdos was blocking the only exit and Ash had no place to hide. "Oh well, I always did want to capture a Zapdos" Ash said "Garchomp battle time." Garchomp appeared in a flash and once he saw Zapdos he knew this was a time to be serious.
It was Pseudo-Legendary vs. Legendary right now and the situation was tense. "Alright Garchomp use brick break." Garchomp's fins glowed and he charged at Zapdos and nailed Zapdos hard. Zapdos squawked before its wing glowed and smashed Garchomp right back "Steel wing eh" Ash said impressed.
"Alright Garchomp use Sand Tomb" Ash called. Garchomp launched a massive sand tornado at Zapdos and it connected and not only did it prevent Zapdos from running away it also did damage for long periods of time.
Zapdos launched a massive thunderbolt at Garchomp "Dodge it" Ash said. Garchomp did dodge the attack 'Despite Garchomp being part ground type a full powered thunderbolt from Zapdos will cause some massive damage' Ash thought. "Now Garchomp use dragon rush" Ash called. Garchomp charged forward and hit Zapdos with the dragon rush due to Zapdos being unable to move thanks to dragon rush's effects. However Zapdos popped back up looking as though it took no damage.
"Oh man this Zapdos is really powerful" Ash said.
"Pikapi" Pikachu called running into the room.
"Pikachu" Ash said surprised. Pikachu stood in front of Garchomp and Ash and said something to Ash and indicated to his pocket. Ash saw his Pokedex so he figured Pikachu wanted him to check something. Ash pulled it out and scanned Pikachu.
"Pikachu has learned a new move; zap cannon" Dexter said.
Ash was now grinning "No way, Pikachu you learned zap cannon." Pikachu nodded with a smirk "Alright this'll be much easier now. Garchomp we need to distract Zapdos in order for Pikachu to get a hit on it with Zap cannon."
Zapdos heard them and launched a swirling mass of dark wind at them "That's ominous wind" Ash realized "Dodge it" both Pokémon dodged it in time. "Right, I forgot that Zapdos is also part flying type; Alright Garchomp use brick break and then follow it up with Draco Meteor."
Garchomp flew at Zapdos, but Zapdos dodged before charging at Garchomp with a purple glow surrounding it before slamming into Garchomp "Giga Impact as well" Ash said shocked "Zapdos sure is something else."
Garchomp was able to survive the attack and now Zapdos couldn't move due to Giga Impact's after effects "Draco Meteor now" Ash called. Garchomp roared as his body glowed orange before he shot an orange ball into the air and it split and went straight for Zapdos with all of them connecting. Through the smoke Zapdos was still ready to fight showing little fatigue.
"Zap cannon now Pikachu" Ash called. Pikachu stood and formed a ball of cackling lightning in his hands before launching it at an unexpected Zapdos. It connected making Zapdos roar in pain as lightning cackled off its body and Zapdos fell to the ground unable to move.
"Alright Pokeball go" Ash called tossing the Pokeball at Zapdos. It connected and Zapdos was sucked inside the Pokeball. Because of zap canon's paralysis effect Zapdos couldn't really fight back very well and was captured by Ash. Ash picked up the Pokeball "Alright we caught Zapdos; great work Garchomp, Pikachu, now let's get out of here." Ash recalled Garchomp and went down stairs before hopping over the fence. After Pikachu hopped over they proceeded to the exit "Hey Pikachu, how did you know to come upstairs?"
"Pika, pika pi chu Pikachu" Pikachu spoke.
"You heard the commotion and decided to check it out" Ash asked. Pikachu nodded "Your instincts are as sharp as ever."
Ash saw the lantern and picked it back up before he noticed a Pokémon collapsed on the ground unconscious with sparks cackling off its body. "Pikachu, did this Pokémon attack you" Ash asked. Pikachu sweat dropped and nodded sheepishly. Ash walked up to it and saw that it was a Magneton "Hmm, another electric type, alright Pokeball go." Ash captured the Magneton and stowed it away "Alright that's two in one trip; let's get to the Pokémon center and get them healed up before we proceed." Pikachu nodded and both of them proceeded out of the factory and headed towards the nearest Pokémon center.
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