| Go for the Golbat
Go for the Golbat (Japanese: VSゴルバット VS Golbat) is the 29th round of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Inside Silph Co., Red barely catches up to Blue, but before they can do anything else a trapdoor opens underneath Red. Blue attempts to catch Red, but is stopped by a shuriken from Koga. In retaliation Blue releases his Scyther to strike Koga with Slash, but Koga's ninja armor, revealed to be a Grimer, quickly envelops the both of them, preventing further action from Blue.
On the first floor, Red finds himself trapped in a room surrounded by a very familiar electric field, and as he realizes the identity of his adversary Lt. Surge appears, heavily armed by his Electric Pokémon. Red demands to know why a Gym Leader would align themselves with Team Rocket. Lt. Surges sneers at Red that his membership in Team Rocket allowed him power that he never could have received as a Gym Leader, and to prove his stance he points out his Electrode launcher and Magneton shoulder pads—fruits of Team's Rocket's technology. While Lt. Surge monologues, Red sends in Pika to electrify Lt. Surge, but the attack proves futile against Lt. Surge's insulated underclothes. As he continues to attack Red relentlessly, Lt. Surge reveals the Legendary Pokémon Zapdos to be the eternal source of his electric onslaught.
Through the Golbat on his arm, Koga displays the visual of Red suffering at the hands of Lt. Surge; Blue is concerned but completely unable to do anything. Having Grimer loosen its grip on Blue slightly, Koga offers Blue a deal: he would either, as Professor Oak's grandson, convince the kidnapped researcher to cooperate with Team Rocket, or die. A resolute nod from Scyther confirms Blue's refusal to comply; Scyther wrings free from Grimer's grasp but is promptly subdued by Koga's Ekans. Koga then has Golbat deliver a Razor Wind at Blue's chest, seemingly delivering a fatal blow as Blue collapses.
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- The English title for the round comes from the saying "Go for the gold!".
- The VIZ Media second edition contains three errors in this chapter. On page 23, Blue erroneously refers to Lavender Town as "Lavender City", and on page 27, Red says "Pikachu... read?!" instead of "ready". Also on page 27, multiple Electrode are referred to as "Electrodes".
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