Ruby arrives in Petalburg City and is promptly attacked by a wild Nuzleaf. Mudkip successfully defeats it without any input from Ruby. Wondering what had agitated Nuzleaf, Ruby looks around and finds Wally, who is trying and failing to capture his first Pokémon.
Wally thanks Ruby for beating Nuzleaf, calling Mudkip "tough." Ruby, thinking of the contest category, is flattered and offers to help Wally catch a Pokémon; however, Wally declines, explaining that someone is already going to help him.
Instinct warns Ruby; just in time, he grabs Wally and ducks behind some bushes before Norman arrives, looking for Wally.