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Recognizing their first encounter to be a test to see his abilities, Red attempts to plan a strategy, but Giovanni cleanly sees through his doubts and drops all his [[Poké Ball]]s, challenging Red to make the first move. Angered, Red sends out [[Poli]] to attack, but in the short amount of time he does so Giovanni successfully releases his {{p|Cloyster}} and freezes Poli. Declaring the importance of a Trainer's own physical aptitude in addition to his Pokémon's, Giovanni compliments Red on his traits of determination, spontaneity and empathy, lamenting that the boy was not under his allegiance. Issuing a challenge, Giovanni adds a bet to the battle: he would let Red go if he wins, but if Red loses he would swear loyalty to Giovanni and fight for him. Laying his own Poké Balls on the ground, Red accepts the challenge under the same conditions as Giovanni.
The battle begins with both Trainers lunging for their Poké Balls on the floor, Red successfully managing to send out his {{p|Snorlax}} first -, but Giovanni makes use ofuses Red's speed against him by having {{p|Nidoqueen}} {{m|Counter}} Snorlax's attack, before flinging the heavy Pokémon out of the Gym and knocking a hole in the wall. As Giovanni switches to {{p|Golem}}, Red decides to have the ricocheting Pokémon bounce its way out of the Gym so Snorlax can attack, but Giovanni makes use of Snorlax's {{m|Headbutt}} shattering Golem to pummel Snorlax with {{m|Rock Throw}}, and faint it with {{m|Explosion}}.
Cornering Red with his {{p|Beedrill}}, Giovanni reveals that Red's selection of Snorlax simply led him to use Golem's attacks that would be best used outside buildings, indicating that he had read through each and every one of Red's decisions. Asking Red to give up, Giovanni is surprised as Red releases his {{p|Aerodactyl}} from behind himself...