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|title_en=Long Live the Nidoking! |
|title_ja=VS ニドキング |
|title_ro=VS. Nidoking |
|image=Pkmnspecial21PS021.png |
|chapter=Red, Green & Blue |
|volume=2 |
|number=21 |
|location=[[Kanto Safari Zone|Safari Zone]] {{safari|Kanto}}
|prev_round=Meanwhile...Vileplume! |
|next_round=A Hollow Victreebel }}
'''Long Live the Nidoking!''' (Japanese: '''VS ニドキング''' ''VS. Nidoking'') is the twenty-first in the {{chap|Red, Green &21st Blue}}round of the [[Pokémon Adventures]] manga.
{{Adv|Redspoilers}} excitedly enters the {{ci|Fuchsia}} {{ka|Safari Zone}}, where he encounters his two guides, {{p|Pidgebots|Pidgey}} 1 and 2. Under Safari Zone rules, he leaves his Pokémon for safekeeping and hops on board a raft which will take him through the Zone via a selection of waterways.
{{adv|Red}} excitedly enters the {{ci|Fuchsia}} {{safari|Kanto}}, where he encounters his two guides, [[Pidgebot]]s 1 and 2. Under Safari Zone rules, he leaves his Pokémon for safekeeping and hops on board a raft which will take him through the Safari Zone via a selection of waterways. Red is excited to see the variety of Pokémon living in the Safari Zone, and eventually the raft soon comes across two {{p|Nidoking}} in the middle of a raging battle over a {{p|Nidoqueen}}. The violence has Red worrying about the danger, and from the Safari Zone's control room the warden is pleased with how the guest, Red, is receiving a thrill. The personnel chime in, saying that the Pidgebot security system is foolproof and will ensure the customer's safety in any scenario.
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==Major Eventsevents==
* {{Advadv|Red}} catches a {{p|Nidoqueen}} atin the Safari Zone{{safari|Kanto}}.
* [[Baoba]] (unnamed)
====Pokémon debuts====
* {{p|Dragonair}}
* {{p|Nidoking}}
* {{p|Nidoqueen}} ({{adv|Red}}'s)
* {{p|Victreebel}}
* {{Advadv|Red}}
* [[Baoba]] (unnamed)
* {{p|Ivysaur}} ([[Saur]]; {{adv|Red}}'s)
* {{p|Pikachu}} ([[Pika]]; {{adv|Red}}'s)
* {{p|Nidoqueen}} ({{adv|Red}}'s; new)
* {{p|Parasect}}
* {{p|Exeggcute}}
* {{p|Dragonair}}
* {{p|Nidoking}} (two×2)
* {{p|Nidoqueen}} (Red's; new)
* {{p|Pikachu}} ([[Pika]]; Red's)
* {{p|Ivysaur}} ([[Saur]]; Red's)
* {{p|Victreebel}}
* [[Pidgebot]]s 1 and 2
* The Safari Zone's logo is a subtle nod towards the movie {{wp|Jurassic Park (film)|Jurassic Park}}, down to the silhouette of the Nidoking in the background. The movie and this round also share certain plot elements.
* The English title of this round is based off ofon the saying "Long live the king!"
==In other languages==
|zh_cmn={{tt|VS 尼多王|VS Nidoking}}
|fi={{tt|Red vastaan Nidoking|Red versus Nidoking}}
|fr_eu=Nidoking{{tt|*|Glénat translation}}<br>{{tt|Le Parc Safari|The Safari Zone}}{{tt|*|Kurokawa translation}}
|de={{tt|Lang lebe Nidoking!|Long live Nidoking!}}{{tt|*|Egmont Manga & Anime translation}}<br>VS. Nidoking{{tt|*|Panini Comics translation}}
|it=VS Nidoking
|pt_br=VS Nidoking
|es_eu={{tt|Contra Nidoking|VS Nidoking}}
|vi=VS Nidoking
{{Project Manga notice}}
[[pl:Kontra Nidoking]]
[[de:Kapitel 21 (Pocket Monsters SPECIAL)]]
[[fr:Chapitre 21 (Pocket Monsters Special)]]
[[ja:ポケットモンスターSPECIAL 第21話]]