PS180 : The Last Battle XIV
Ruby & Sapphire arc
PS182 : Making Mirth with Mightyena
Creeping Past Cacnea
A New Story
VS サボネア
VS Sabonea
Shogakukan full volume Chapter 181 in Vol. 15
VIZ Media full volume Adventure 181 in Vol. 15
Series Pokémon Adventures
Location Outskirts of Littleroot Town

Creeping Past Cacnea (Japanese: VS サボネア VS Sabonea), titled VS Cacnea in the Chuang Yi translation, is the 181st chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga, and the first chapter of the Ruby & Sapphire arc. It is subtitled A New Story (Japanese: 新たなる物語 A New Story) in the VIZ Media translation and A New Story in the Chuang Yi translation.


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The story starts in the Hoenn region, where a wild Duskull, Volbeat, Beautifly, and Cacnea are seen attacking someone. The person opens a Poké Ball, and releases a Pokémon that easily defeats them without being seen. The person is revealed to be Norman, the new Gym Leader of Petalburg City, who is being interviewed by Gabby and Ty.

Norman's wife watches as she drives a moving truck to her new home in Hoenn with her son in the back. She calls to her son that his father is on television, but guesses that he wouldn't want to see it in the first place. In the back of the truck, a young man named Ruby dolls up his three Pokémon: a Poochyena named Nana, a Skitty named Kiki, and a Ralts named Rara.

Ruby notices that a piece of Nana's fur is too long compared to the other, so he cuts it to make both sides match. Suddenly, the truck gets stuck in the mud and comes to a screeching halt. Ruby's mother tells him to come outside and help, but Ruby refuses due to the thought of his Pokémon getting dirty.

Instead, Ruby opts for having Rara use her Confusion technique to move the truck out of the mud. Ruby opens the back of the truck to see Hoenn for the first time, where he considers it to be just like his Pokémon: beautiful.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the Pokémon Adventures manga, please see the history page.
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Pokémon debuts






In other languages

PS180 : The Last Battle XIV
Ruby & Sapphire arc
PS182 : Making Mirth with Mightyena
  This article is part of Project Manga, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each series of Pokémon manga.