| The Winged Legends
VS Legendary Bird Pokémon
The Winged Legends (Japanese: VS伝説の鳥ポケモン VS Legendary Bird Pokémon) is the 33rd round of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
As the Silph Co. building blazes with the fire set off by Blue's Charizard, the members of Team Rocket begin to evacuate the premises in an attempt to escape. However, they find themselves surrounded by Brock, Misty, Erika, and the citizens of Celadon City, who had planned the siege from the very beginning with Red and Blue as their unknowing allies. Looking towards Silph Co., Erika wishes Red luck.
In horror, Red sees the energy from the Pokémon Badge Energy Amplifier combine Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres into a monstrous hybrid. From the outside, Green enters the room only to scream at the sight of the fusion and faint from sheer terror. As she directs a combined elemental blast that Red barely manages to dodge, Sabrina reveals that Team Rocket had experimented on Red's Eevee to attain their greatest scientific achievement—at this, Eevee is callously discarded; Sabrina having no use for it as an experimental creature. Continuing to attack Red, Sabrina reveals Team Rocket's plan to have Red and Blue collect the Badges from the 'good' Gym Leaders for them, before they had the boys destroyed, leaving no one to oppose their takeover and subsequent exploitation of Pallet Town.
The threat to his hometown jolts Red into pressing on; a sentiment shared by Blue as he reappears on his Charizard, having ensured the safety of Professor Oak and the townsfolk. However, Sabrina and the fusion still prove too strong for them. In inspiration, Red realizes that Green must have wanted his Moon Stone for a plan, and uses the item on her Clefairy, evolving it into Clefable. To Sabrina's shock, Clefable promptly launches several attacks in quick succession; Blue explains the phenomena as a result of its Metronome. Red attempts an escape with the others as Clefable distracts the bird fusion, but Sabrina is quick to respond with a combined Sky Attack, sending the three Trainers plummeting to apparent doom.
Looking down, Sabrina expects her adversaries as casualties, but Red surprises her once again with a web constructed from Saur's Vine Whip, catching him, Blue, and the revived Green. As Sabrina calls on another attack, Red, Blue, and Green counter with Saur's Vine Whip, Charizard's Flamethrower, and Blasty's Hydro Pump respectively; in the process Saur evolves into Venusaur. Amidst the collapse of Silph Co.'s building the combined attacks finally defeat Sabrina, and also separates the conjoined Legendary Pokémon. The three Trainers immediately evacuate, but not before Red catches a glimpse of a familiar face, who smiles nastily at him before going out of sight.
The next day dawns, with the citizens of Pallet Town safe, the members of Team Rocket apprehended, its elite agents underneath the collapsed Silph Co. building, and the Pokémon they used all confiscated. Red is surprised to find Green gone; elsewhere, the girl in question laments the failure of her plans, and expresses her irritation at the presence of Professor Oak. At the same time, Blue informs Red that he'll be looking forward to challenging the latter, at Indigo Plateau.
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