| A Sketchy Smattering of Smeargle/VS Smeargle
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The round opens with Emerald hiking up the leggings of his pants to uncover his platform shoes. He leaps into the air and stomps onto the ground, which turns his shoes into a ski-like shape. Emerald leaps into the water, and Latias and Latios appear holding a rein for Emerald to grab. With the Frontier Brains and reporter following him, Emerald skies over the water, only to ski over a waterfall. The reporter begins remembering what Emerald had told them earlier.
In a flashback, Emerald shows everyone Jirachi's Pokédex entry and explains that it was the Pokémon that appeared in the sky. The Frontier Brains get angry and accuse Emerald of making things up, but Anabel stops them by stating that she has heard of Jirachi. Anabel reveals that Jirachi is a wish-granting Pokémon that is only awake once every thousand years. Tucker finds the story hard to believe, while Brandon points out how anyone who saw it last wouldn't be alive to tell them about it.
Despite Greta still having her doubts, Anabel decides to trust Emerald, as he managed to get data on Jirachi onto his Pokédex. Despite the Pokédex having a tracking system, it doesn't work on phantom Pokémon. Despite this, Emerald reveals that although it appeared to disappear, Jirachi actually just fell to the ground somewhere nearby. Emerald tries to run off and capture it, but Tucker's Salamence chomps on his backside to stop him from moving. Tucker demands to know if Emerald challenged the Battle Frontier to hide his true objective. Emerald replies that conquering the Battle Frontier is his hobby, while capturing Jirachi is a job he was given.
Emerald goes on to explain that the time of Jirachi's awakening just happened to coincide with the opening of the Battle Frontier. To clear everyone's confusion, Emerald states that although Jirachi awakens every thousand years, it is only awake for seven days at a time. Tucker gets angry and states that have to find the criminal who attacked Noland, not looking for a Pokémon. Greta stops him and guesses that it might be possible that whoever attacked Noland must be looking for Jirachi as well. Emerald confirms Greta's theory, though Greta reminds Emerald that he is still under suspicion. Emerald then suggests that they follow him to prove his innocence.
Back in the present, a day after the flashback took place, Emerald, the Frontier Brains, and the reporter approach the location. Seeing how Emerald has control over Latios and Latias causes Anabel and Greta to state that they shouldn't keep their guard down around him. They arrive at Artisan Cave, where they are attacked by a large group of wild Smeargle. While everyone else fights the Smeargle horde, Emerald just jumps over them to avoid the attackers.
The reporter asks why he doesn't just calm them down, and begins to understand Emerald more. He points out that although he loves Pokémon battles, he won't take on everything that attacks him. Due to this, the reporter realizes that Emerald only loves Pokémon battling as a sport. He goes on to state that unlike the other wild Pokémon Emerald had face before, the Smeargle can't be calmed down since they only attack on instinct. Emerald taunts the Smeargle by stating that he won't fight them, as he has no interest in wild battles.
The reporter decides to follow Emerald and get Jirachi's capture on film. He tries to get away from the battles to go on ahead, but a Smeargle appears and attacks. Suddenly, something knocks the Smeargle away, which is revealed to be the Sudowoodo and Dusclops that Emerald calmed down earlier. Having developed an attachment to Emerald, the two Pokémon help battle the Smeargle. They eventually reach Emerald, who is standing in front of a sleeping Jirachi.
Jirachi awakens and unfolds itself, releasing a blinding flash of light. Emerald steps on the ground, causing a compartment to open in his platform shoes to open and release several Poké Balls. After consulting with Crystal on which to use, Emerald prepares to kick a Timer Ball at Jirachi. Suddenly, a clanging sound fills the cave, and a shadowy figure appears before them.
- Arena Tycoon Greta
- Dome Ace Tucker
- Pike Queen Lucy
- Palace Maven Spenser
- Salon Maiden Anabel
- Pyramid King Brandon
- In the original magazine version of this round, Emerald insults Greta by calling her "helmet head". When she gets angry, Greta calls Emerald "croissant head". Both insults are either replace with "you" or removed entirely in the volume 27 version.
- In the Chuang Yi translation, Emerald mistakenly refers to Luxury Ball by its Japanese name, Gorgeous Ball.
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