Satoshi and friends have finally made it to Shoyo City, where they head straight for the Gym so Satoshi can challenge Zakuro for his second badge. But first, Zakuro has a challenge for Satoshi: scaling a tall rock wall to reach the battlefield at the top. Serena, Citron, and Eureka take the elevator up, but Satoshi decides to meet the challenge and make the climb. Impressed, Zakuro brings out his Iwark, and Satoshi counters with Keromatsu. It quickly becomes apparent that the special training has paid off, because Keromatsu manages to escape from Iwark's frightening Rock Tomb and knock out the huge Pokémon. Zakuro's next Pokémon is Chigoras, a Rock and Dragon type that defeats Keromatsu quickly. Satoshi sends out Yayakoma to gain an aerial advantage, but it turns out Chigoras can jump, and Yayakoma goes down. It's all up to Pikachu--and Pikachu pulls through, swatting a rock into Chigoras's impressive jaws so it can't bite and then finishing it off with a Thunderbolt. And with that, ...
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