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As the matches continue on in the Battle Dome, [[Dome Ace Tucker]] has appeared amongst the lineup of challengers participating in the elimination-style tournament. Most of the reporters are banking on Emerald making it all the way to the top, but one of them notes that the newcomers in Ruby and Sapphire are proving themselves to be equally promising. Eventually, the three [[Pokédex holders]] and Tucker end up in the semi-final round. Scott asks Tucker what'll happen if he loses before the grand final, to which the Brain states that the Frontier Symbol will go to whoever wins the final match - not that he's intending to lose, of course. Tucker swears that he will win and show [[Guile Hideout]] how serious he is about improving himself the next time the Brains clash with the villain.
Before Emerald is to fight Ruby, he begins checking up on Ruby's data, only to be interrupted by Ruby taking various photographs and videos of [[ZuzuMumu]], [[Mimi]] and Ruru, much to the chagrin of the referee. Ruby is insistent that he take records of his Pokémon's development and declares to a bemused Emerald that all three of his Pokémon are available for Emerald to see.
The match kicks off with Ruby sending out Ruru, and Emerald responds with his {{p|Dusclops}} for the type advantage. Ruru begins with a wave of {{m|Hypnosis}}, but Emerald encourages Dusclops to fight the drowsiness and counter with {{m|Shadow Ball}}, which makes a direct hit. Emerald orders a barrage of the ghostly orbs, but Ruru somehow manages to remain standing. Emerald is surprised at this, thinking that the {{p|Kirlia}} must have unusually high defenses, before commanding a {{m|Fire Punch}} that not only hits home, but also inflicts the burn status. Emerald cheers that now Ruru will lose additional health as time goes on, but from behind, Tucker points out that Emerald's victory is far from guaranteed as he gestures towards Dusclops. Emerald is horrified to see Dusclops suffering from a burn as well, realizing that Ruru must have the {{a|Synchronize}} ability. Tucker confirms that the ability forces the user's opponent to share the same status conditions, while Scott suggests that Ruru had used {{m|Imprison}} earlier, meaning that none of Dusclops' Shadow Ball attacks had actually worked. Both Pokémon collapse as the burns wipe out the remainder of their health, and the referee declares the battle as a draw to the roaring crowd. Emerald grins at Ruby, realizing that his opponent is clearly a strong one, and Ruby merely smiles.
* {{p|Dusclops}} ({{adv|Emerald}}'s)
* {{p|Salamence}} (Tucker's)
* {{p|Blaziken}} (Toro[[Chic]]; {{adv|Sapphire}}'s)
* {{p|Swampert}} (ZuzuMumu; {{adv|Ruby}}'s)
* {{p|Milotic}} (Mimi; {{adv|Ruby}}'s)
* {{p|Kirlia}} (RuruRara; {{adv|Ruby}}'s)