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{{PokémonAdventuresInfoboxbad picture|2=Should be a picture of the title frame}}
title_en=True Friends|{{PokémonAdventuresInfobox
title_ja|title_en=VSケンホロウ {{color|FFF|True Friends}}
title_ro|title_ja=VS Kenhallow|ケンホロウ
image=PS518.png|title_ro=VS Kenhallow
number=518 |image=PS518.png
series|chapter=[[PokémonBlack Adventures]]& |White
|volume=50 |
location|number={{OBP|Pokémon League|Unova}} |518
prev_round|location=Something{{un|Pokémon SuspiciousLeague}}<br>[[Cold |Storage]]<br>[[Dragonspiral Tower]]<br>[[Entralink]]
next_round|prev_round={{tt|Something Suspicious|Originally titled as Triple Threat}} |
chapter|next_round=Black{{tt|Something &Suspicious|Originally Whitetitled |as Triple Threat}}
}}
'''True Friends''' (Japanese: '''VSケンホロウ''' ''VS {{tt|Kenhallow|Unfezant}}'' or '''親友''' ''Close Friend'') is the 518th round of the [[Pokémon Adventures]] manga.
==Plot==
{{Spoilers}}
[[Bo]] and {{adv|Cheren}}'s {{p|Gigalith}} engage in a heated combat despite their Trainers being told by the announcer that their match isn't due to start for another half an hour. Both {{adv|Black}} and Cheren remain oblivious. [[Drayden]] takes the announcer's microphone and announces his offer to cancel the 30-minute timeout, and both Black and Cheren accept.
 
Black, still angry at Cheren's change in attitude, is determined to show Cheren what strength means. Cheren claims he already knows: his knowledge of the [[Bostatistics|stats]] and {{adv[[Ability|Cheren}}'sAbilities]] {{p|Gigalith}}of engageboth inhis aand heatedhis combatopponents's despitePokémon theirallows Trainershim beingto toldmake bythe right judgments and give the MCright commands that'll theirlead matchhim to victory. Black furiously retorts that Cheren is duewrong, but suddenly sees Bo stumble. The announcer sees that Gigalith has been able to startwithstand inBo's halfrepeated anblows, hourand as a result Bo took more [[damage]] than Gigalith. BothBlack realizes that Gigalith used {{advm|BlackBulldoze}}. Drayden explains that Gigalith stomped each time Bo attempted to launch a blow, and Cherenwas remaincaught obliviousoff guard in the process. Drayden recalls that [[DraydenIris]] takestried to use the MC'ssame microphonestrategy andbut announcesit hiswas offertoo obvious. While Black starts to cancelquestion whether Cheren is the 30-minuteCheren timeout,he andknew bothfor Blackall andthese years, Cheren acceptremains nonchalant, claiming that power is all about ability and technique.
 
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White eavesdrops at the conversation behind a wall and frowns upon hearing Cheren's name. Suddenly, something which reveals itself to be a {{p|Cryogonal}} straps around her neck and drags her towards Gray, who is disappointed that someone dared to spy on their conversation. White demands to know their names but is strangled by Cryogonal. Meanwhile, the battle continues back on stage. Gigalith's {{m|Power Gem}} strikes Bo directly. The audience roars with excitement but Bo remains firm. Black resorts to taking out his [[Pokédex]] to find a way to win the match. He finds out that Gigalith attacks by absorbing and releasing solar energy using its orange crystals.
 
Yet, when Cheren sees the device, he just claims that Black is relying on a device to win. Black is shocked at the remark, knowing full well that Cheren also has a Pokédex. Cheren does not recall having a Pokédex; he even claims he is against its existence because it traps Pokémon in [[Poké Ball]]s. Black is horrified at the statement, having remembered that [[N]] used to say such things.
 
At the back of the audience stand, Gray, who is actually [[Zinzolin]] of the [[Seven Sages]], takes off his disguise and claims that he has successfully planted [[Team Plasma]]'s ideals into that boy. White and [[Looker]] immediately realiserealize that Zinzolin is onea member of Team Plasma, and Looker springs into action by having his {{p|Croagunk}} fasten the Super Hard Tight Tape around Zinzolin, who retaliates by ordering an {{m|Ice Beam}} from Cryogonal. The beam blasts through one of the audience stands and catches everyone's attention. White manages to break free of Cryogonal's chokeholdchoke hold and immediately yells to Black, at the top of her voice, that Team Plasma were responsible and that they hadhave also possessed Cheren. But before she couldcan finish, she is teleported away by Hood Man and his {{p|Beheeyem}}.
 
Chaos and panic begin to break out among the audience. Drayden asks his assistant [[Kimi]] to report the situation, and Kimi quickly reports that no one was hurt; the culprit appears to be one of the contestants and has already been restrained. Drayden therefore tries his best to assure the audience that the situation is under control. Black reports to Drayden that Hood Man, who had teleported White away, is also a member of Team Plasma. Drayden promises Black that he will suspend the match until they are certain of White's safety. Cheren interrupts and voices his objection before climbing on his {{p|Unfezant}} and ordering it to take Black up to the rooftop. Unfezant grabs Black and smashes through the glass ceiling of the stadium, much to everyone else's shock.
 
After arriving on the rooftop and calling out his Gigalith, Cheren orders Black to call out Bo and resume their battle. Black, knowing from White that Cheren was brainwashed by Team Plasma, vows to snap Cheren out of it, but Cheren simply states that he is not brainwashed. He recalls the moments after he and Black defeated Team Plasma at the [[Cold Storage]]. While Black left in high spirits for a [[Gym]] challenge, Cheren became curious of Team Plasma havingafter heardhearing ofabout them from [[{{adv|Bianca]]}} and [[Professor Juniper]], as well as several of their preaches which resulted in others releasing their Pokémon. So he returned to the Cold Storage and found Zinzolin waiting for him. Impressed by Cheren's curiosity, Zinzolin had offered to answer Cheren's questions by showing him Team Plasma's motive.
 
Black therefore claims that he was right; Cheren succumbed to Team Plasma's brainwashing and he shouldn't have. Cheren retorts that Black is only voicing his opinion that Team Plasma is bad. He knows that Black had a dream since he was young and he's always wanted to work towards it. But Cheren himself did not have a clear goal. It was only made clear to him once Zinzolin led him to see {{p|Zekrom}} being awakened by N. Cheren realized what power really means, and thus he realized what he really wanted in life. Pointing to Black, Cheren claims that Black does not have power, and his lack of power is especially evident by the departure of his {{p|Munna}} which he relied on for all this time.
 
Black sees no point in arguing further and accepts that Cheren is not brainwashed. He remembers how Cheren drilled discipline into him from a young age, most recently at the [[Striaton Gym]], and owes his gratitude to Cheren as he wouldn't have made it this far otherwise. But, he does not agree with Cheren's principles of strength unless he proves it in front of him. Cheren promptly and furiously does so, ordering his Gigalith to use Power Gem again, but the attack fails to fire this time. Cheren looks up and realizes; an odd pink cloud in the sky stopped Gigalith from absorbing sunlight.
 
AureaProfessor Juniper, [[Fennel]] and [[Amanita]] catch sight of the pink cloud from outside the window of their room, and the latter two exclaim that it is the [[Dream Mist]] they've been researching on. In the next moment, bothBoth Cheren and Black decide to switch Pokémon., Cheren callssends out his Unfezant for Gigalith while Black callssends out [[Brav]] for Bo. Both command a {{m|Sky Attack}}, and the two birds collide with each other.
 
After a while, the MCannouncer climbs onto the rooftop with the help of Drayden's {{p|Druddigon}}. He sees that Unfezant has fainted while Brav is still standing. He also sees with surprise that both Trainers are asleep, and a mysterious pink mist is swirling around them. Meanwhile, Black is having a dream. He sees his five-year-old self with five-year-old Cheren underneath a tree. He asks Cheren if he remembers this, and Cheren replies that he does. In the scenedream, young Black is writing his dream in his proposal notebook. He shows it to young Cheren with a grin. Cheren then decides to write down his dream, and both boys burst into laughter once Cheren reveals what he wrote.
 
Suddenly Black wakes up. Heand is sure that Cheren had the same dream, andbut wonders whether Cheren forgot what he wrote. Nevertheless, Black believes Cheren will forever be his friend no matter what happens to him. He takes out his proposal notebook and flips to the page where he wrote that he would win the [[Unova League{{un|Pokémon League]]}}. Underneath Black's writing, Cheren wrote that he would support Black all the way towards his dreams.
 
Just then, a {{p|Musharna}} lands on Black's head. Black welcomes [[Musha]] back to his team. Then, with fury burning inside him, he immediately addresses Team Plasma and blames them for exploiting his best friend and kidnapping his boss. Something glows, and Zinzolin gasps as he witnesses {{p|Reshiram}} emerge from the [[Dragon Stones|Light Stone]].
 
==Major events==
* {{adv|Black}} and {{adv|Cheren}} battle in the finals.
* {{adv|Cheren}} reveals that he has been influenced by [[Team Plasma]] and has chosen to follow their ideals so that he can gain strength. He also reveals that he has forsaken his [[Pokédex]].
* {{adv|White}} finds out that [[Zinzolin]] is with [[Team Plasma]] and [[Colress|Hood Man]] is assisting him.
* [[Looker]] captures [[Zinzolin]].
* {{adv|White}} attempts to warn {{adv|Black}} about [[Team Plasma]], but [[Colress|Hood Man]] captures her and takes her away.
* {{adv|Black}} defeats {{adv|Cheren}}.
* [[Musha]] returns to {{adv|Black}}, now evolved into a {{p|Musharna}}.
* Angered at [[Team Plasma]]'s manipulating his friends, {{adv|Black}} awakens {{p|Reshiram}} and challenges Team Plasma to come out of hiding.
{{endspoilers}}
 
===Debuts===
====Pokémon debuts====
* {{p|Musharna}}
 
==Characters==
===Pokémon===
* {{p|Braviary}} ([[Brav]]; {{adv|Black}}'s)
* {{p|Musharna}} ([[Musha]]; {{adv|Black}}'s; newly evolvedreturns)
* {{p|Emboar}} ([[Bo]]; {{adv|Black}}'s)
* {{p|Carracosta}} ([[Costa]]; {{adv|Black}}'s; flashback)
* {{p|Snivy}} ({{OP|Cheren|Snivy}}; flashback)
* {{p|Pidove}} ({{adv|Cheren}}'s; flashback)
* {{p|Unfezant}} (male; {{adv|Cheren}}'s)
* {{p|Gigalith}} ({{adv|Cheren}}'s)
* {{p|Druddigon}} ([[Drayden]]'s)
* {{p|Beheeyem}} ([[Colress|Hood Man]]'s)
* {{p|Cryogonal}} ([[Zinzolin]]'s)
* {{p|Tympole}} (Trainer's; released; flashback)
 
==Trivia==
* In the [[VIZ Media]] mini-volumes of the {{chap|Black & White}}, this round was collected in {{Vol|Pokémon Black and White|18}}.
* In the Kurokawa translation from {{pmin|France}}, this round was released in {{OBP|Pokémon Black and White volume 8|France}}.
* In the magazine release of this round, when Musha reappears, it is shown with its eyes closed, producing [[Dream Mist]]. In the volume release, Musha is instead shown with its eyes open and not producing Dream Mist.
* In the VIZ mini-volume release, this chapter's title was '''Cold Hard Truth'''.
==In other languages==
{{Epilang|color=C3C3C3|bordercolor=2C2C2C
|zh_cmn={{tt|VS 轟隆雉雞 - 摯友|VS Unfezant - Special Friend}}
|fr_eu={{tt|L'éveil|Awakening}}
|de={{tt|VS. Fasasnob - Beste Freunde|VS. Unfezant - Best Friends}}
|ko={{tt|VS 켄호로우|VS Unfezant}}
|pt_br=VS Unfezant - {{tt|Amigo|Friend}}
|es_eu={{tt|Contra Unfezant|VS Unfezant}}
}}
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