Aboard the S.S. Anne, Red discovers the intentions of Lt. Surge and his sailors: to make money from the Vermilion citizens' stolen Pokémon. Ready to punish Red for his interference, Lt. Surge calls on his 'guard dog': a chained Electabuzz. With Poli paralyzed and unable to help him out, Red dodges the powerful ThunderPunch, which breaks the ship's floor with its force. Lt. Surge orders Electabuzz to attack again, but unbeknownst to him Poli has secretly dripped a trail of water on the floor leading to him and Electabuzz. At Red's command Poliwhirl uses its Ice powers to freeze the legs of Lt. Surge and Electabuzz, and with the smoke of a launched Poké Ball, Red escapes safely.
Trying to find the exit while avoiding Magnemite, Red is spotted by Surge in one of the security cameras. When Red gets to the ship's deck, a Magneton attacks Red from behind, and in the process he lets go of his unconscious Poliwhirl. Before Red can retrieve Poli, Surge reappears and grabs Poli by the arm, and prepares to throw the Pokémon overboard. Red attempts a rescue, but a quad of Surge's Magneton seal him in a tetrahedral barrier, leaving Surge to fling Poliwhirl off the ship and have Electabuzz attack Red with Thunderbolt, before the Magneton drop Red into the ocean as well.
While sinking, Red recalls how he was in a similar situation years ago: his then Poliwag evolved to save him from drowning, and history repeats itself as a Poliwrath emerges from the water with Red in its arms, landing on the ship's deck to Surge's surprise. In its evolved form, Poli easily deflects Electabuzz's electric attack and overpowers it in a show of strength, sending both Electabuzz and Lt. Surge into the air with a Seismic Toss.
Some time later, the police arrest the crew of the S.S. Anne. Red notes that while the police never managed to find Surge, all the abducted Pokémon were returned to their owners. The president of the Pokémon Fan Club approaches Red, expressing disappointment at Poli's evolution, and demands the boy for news of his cute Abra. Red explains that over the experience, the Abra had evolved into Alakazam; at this, the President keels over much to the alarm of the Fan Club members, and the sweatdrops of Red and Alakazam.
- Poli evolves into Poliwrath.
- Red defeats Lt. Surge.
- All the Pokémon stolen by Lt. Surge are returned to their original Trainers.
|| Spoilers end here.
- Lt. Surge says that some violent Pokémon are unable to go into a Poké Ball, although this would later contradict Shadow Pokémon. However, he could have just meant his particular Electabuzz.
- The evolution of Poliwhirl into Poliwrath requires a Water Stone. In the Yellow chapter, it is explained that specks of the stone in the water enabled Poli to evolve here.
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