| Red and Blue Make Purple Opponents
Red and Blue Make Purple Opponents (Japanese: 戦ノ道 The Battle Path) is the 273rd round of the Pokémon Adventures manga.
Ultima reveals that she only intends to pass her skills onto one person, causing Red and Blue look at each other in shock. Ultima sends them both to the Path of Battling and tells the Trainers that they will have a Double Battle and can switch out any of their Pokémon at any time. Red and Blue quickly notice that floor moving again, but point out that the floor on the Path of Skipping moved backward, while the one on the Path of Catching moved forward with twice the speed. Unlike the first two paths, the floors on each other's side move independently from the other. Ultima appears in the window and explains that if a Pokémon scores a hit, the floor will move forward, but if one takes a hit, then it will move backward. She tells them that whoever reaches the next are last will win and has them start the battle.
Red and Blue start their battle by sending out two Pokémon each; Gyara and Snor for Red and Porygon2 and Golduck for Blue. Blue and Red express that neither expected to be battling each other here. Blue points out that neither of them really have to go all out, as he doesn't really care who learns the Ultimate Skill as long as it means the mysterious Pokémon will be defeated. Red agrees with his point, but wonders if Blue will be satisfied with a battle like that. Blue responds by having Golduck use Iron Tail and Porygon2 use Tri Attack on Red's Pokémon. Blue states that while he can take the easy way out, if his opponent is Red, he doesn't have a choice but to go all out.
Red has Gyara use Body Slam on Porygon2, while having Snor attack Golduck with Strength. Despite the damage he just delt to Blue's Pokémon, Red's floor begins to move backwards. Ultima points out that while Gyara's Intimidate did lower the damage of Blue's team's attacks, his attack was still more powerful. Finally figuring out how the floor's movement works, Red has Gyara use Hyper Beam on Golduck. Blue has Golduck take cover by going underground with Dig. Red counters by having Snor use Earthquake, dealing damage to Porygon2, twice the damage to Golduck due to it being underground, and having Gyara unaffected due to him being part Flying-type.
The attack does enough damage to faint Blue's Golduck, causing Blue's floor to start moving backwards. Red praises his team but notices that Gyara had been paralyzed by the effects of Tri Attack. Blue states that their battle is a reenactment of their Pokémon League battle and expresses his excitement. Suddenly, Scizor looms over Red's head as he carries Machamp in his pincers.
- In order to learn Ultima's Ultimate Skill, Red and Blue face each other in the Path of Battling.