PS182 : Making Mirth with Mightyena
Ruby & Sapphire arc
PS184 : Distracting Dustox
Trying to Trounce Torchic
The 80-Day Challenge
VS アチャモ
VS Achamo
Shogakukan full volume Chapter 183 in Vol. 15
VIZ Media full volume Adventure 183 in Vol. 15
Series Pokémon Adventures
Location Sapphire's Secret Base
Littleroot Town

Trying to Trounce Torchic (Japanese: VS アチャモ VS Achamo), titled VS Torchic in the Chuang Yi translation, is the 183rd chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga, and the third chapter of the Ruby & Sapphire arc. It is subtitled The 80-Day Challenge (Japanese: 80日後の約束 80-Days Challenge) in the VIZ Media translation and 80-Days Challenge in the Chuang Yi translation.


Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

Ruby figures out the girl he met is a human while she attacks him in anger. The girl sends her Torchic to attack Nana, causing Ruby to scream in horror as Nana's hair is burnt. After being informed of the situation, Professor Birch tells Ruby to take one of the two Pokémon in his bag for protection.

At Birch's suggestion, Ruby chooses the Water-type Pokémon, Mudkip. at first, he muses over what Contest category to use it in but decides to go for the Tough category. The girl continues attacking, even easily beating Mudkip in the process, and demands to know why he attacked her.

Birch overhears her voice and reveals to Ruby that the girl is actually his daughter, Sapphire. Now knowing the situation, Ruby tries to explain to Sapphire, but they are attacked by a wild Seviper. Sapphire attacks the Seviper and asks Ruby to help her, only to have him refuse her request at the idea of his Pokémon getting dirty. Sapphire defeats the Seviper, and they get into an argument over which is better: Pokémon battling or Pokémon Contests. Sapphire challenges Ruby to see who can complete their goal in 80 days, which Ruby accepts.

Suddenly Sapphire faints, due to getting injured when she protected Ruby from the Mightyena that attacked him before. After giving Sapphire some first aid, the Seviper awakens and attacks Ruby again. Ruby reveals that even though he focuses on beauty, he does have the ability to fight, and quickly defeats the Seviper and runs off, much to the surprise of Mudkip.

The counter of the bet starts at eighty days.

Major events

  • Ruby finds out that the girl is named Sapphire and is the daughter of Professor Birch.
  • Ruby obtains a Mudkip.
  • Ruby and Sapphire are attacked by a Seviper.
  • Sapphire is revealed to own a Pokédex.
  • Ruby and Sapphire make a bet to see who can beat their respective goals in eighty days.
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

PS182 : Making Mirth with Mightyena
Ruby & Sapphire arc
PS184 : Distracting Dustox
  This article is part of Project Manga, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each series of Pokémon manga.