PS208 : On the Loose and Hyper With Zangoose and Seviper II
Ruby & Sapphire arc
PS210 : Hanging Around With Slaking II
Hanging Around With Slaking I
Third Choice
VS ケッキング I
VS Kekking I
Shogakukan full volume Chapter 209 in Vol. 17
VIZ Media full volume Adventure 209 in Vol. 17
Series Pokémon Adventures

Hanging Around With Slaking I (Japanese: VS ケッキング I VS Kekking I), titled VS Slaking I in the Chuang Yi translation, is the 209th chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga, and the 29th chapter of the Ruby & Sapphire arc. It is subtitled Third Choice (Japanese: 3つ目の選択肢 Three Choices) in the VIZ Media translation and Three Choices in the Chuang Yi translation.


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On Route 119, Gabby and Ty drive down the road as it begins to rain, causing Mr. Stone's Castform to change into its Rainy form. Free to cover their story, the two look for Norman and Ruby to get information about the team clad in red that attacked Captain Stern. Suddenly, Castform begins knocking on the car window, causing Ty to assume that it's being hostile again.

Gabby, however, correctly guess that Castform is actually pointing at something——the Weather Institute. Upon checking, they find Norman holding Ruby up by his throat. Norman punches Ruby into a wall again and demands to know why he ran away from home. When Ruby informs the Swimmer of the situation, the Swimmer suggests that he should give up and go home.

In his head, Ruby calculates three different choices he has: one, to apologize to his father; two, to escape and run away again; three, to stay and fight his father. Having no choice, Ruby decides to stay and fight in order to show his father how serious he is about Contests. Although he admits to the Swimmer that apologizing would be better, Ruby chooses to fight and requests that he does not watch the fight between him and Norman.

Ruby charges into battle and sends out Kiki and Nana to face Norman's Vigoroth and Slaking. Despite their strength, Nana and Kiki are easily swept away because Norman knows all of Ruby's strategies, as he was the one to teach them to him. Ruby's confidence isn't shattered, as he reveals to his father his newest team member, Mumu, and that his first two Pokémon were nearly decoys for a trap he set up. Mumu fires a Mud Shot into a pipe, which sends several balls of mud flying towards Norman and his Pokémon. Gabby and Ty soon reach the Swimmer, who tells them about Norman and Ruby's battle.

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






Translation edits

Chuang Yi version of this scene.
  • In the VIZ Media version, the scene where Norman slaps Ruby while asking why he ran away from home is changed to Norman being startled by a bolt of lightning and accidentally losing his grip on Ruby's shirt.

In other languages

PS208 : On the Loose and Hyper With Zangoose and Seviper II
Ruby & Sapphire arc
PS210 : Hanging Around With Slaking II
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