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Plot
==Plot==
Accompanied by [[Nanu]], [[Acerola]] enters the empty [[Ruins of Abundance]] and leaves an offering of {{Berries}}. Later, {{Ash}}, with the [[Rockium Z]] equipped to his [[Z-Ring]], challenges Nanu to a [[Island challenge|grand trial]] {{pkmn|battle}}. At the battlefield, Acerola wishes Ash luck as she takes her position as referee. It is then revealed that in order for Ash to clear the [[Ula'ula Island]] grand trial, he must defeat three of Nanu's Pokémon with only one of his. Ash turns his attention to {{AP|Lycanroc}}, who accepts the battle conditions. Despite Nanu's scrutiny of his challenger, Ash claims that Lycanroc wants revenge and is motivated.
[[File:SM077 Ash VS Nanu.png|thumb|left|230px|Ash versusfacing Nanu]]
Nanu calls out his {{p|Krookodile}}, but Lycanroc remains unfazed by its opponent's {{a|Intimidate}} [[Ability]]. Acerola calls for the match to begin. Nanu starts off with a {{m|Mud-Slap}}, which Lycanroc avoids only to fall into a {{m|Sand Tomb}}. Krookodile launches another Mud-Slap, and Lycanroc's eyes turn red after its fur is dirtied. Much to Ash's relief, his Pokémon simply jumps out of the Sand Tomb and its eyes return to normal. Lycanroc shakes off the mud as Ash boasts that they will win today. Nanu dares him to prove his words in battle. Ash goes to call for an {{m|Accelerock}}, but remembers Krookodile used {{m|Counter}} to defeat Lycanroc [[SM074|last time]]. He opts for a {{m|Rock Throw}} instead, which Krookodile destroys with its tail. Ash repeats the [[move]], but Krookodile uses the same tactic to defend itself. Nanu realizes that Ash is attempting to avoid close-range combat and has Krookodile approach with {{m|Crunch}}. Lycanroc dodges and launches another Rock Throw, however the attack is again swatted away by Krookodile's tail. Nanu claims the battle is getting boring and calls Ash gutless for his fear of Krookodile's Counter. He reminds Ash that a Pokemon battle is meant to be an exchange of power. Lycanroc also shares these sentiments, so Ash calls for an Accelerock. Krookodile goes to use Counter, but is struck by Lycanroc's blinding speed before it has the chance, much to Nanu's surprise. Krookodile is overwhelmed by Lycanroc’s follow-up Rock Throw and is defeated. Ash thanks Nanu for his sharp words, which motivated him to want to fight. Nanu states that lying can be a good strategy and that he planned to lure Ash into a Counter situation. Ash is left disturbed by Nanu's admission as Acerola calls for her uncle's next Pokémon.
 
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