In the Desert Ruins on Route 111, Mitch reports the death of Mt. Chimney to Maxie, Marge, and Mack. Impatient, Marge makes to leave, but Maxie reminds her to "share her memories" with them first; images of Ruby flicker past. Maxie flings off his cloak, eager that now he can finally take part in the action.
Meanwhile, Ruby is competing in normal rank contests in Verdanturf Town. His Delcatty and Mightyena easily win their contests, prompting Maryann and Tyler to ask an interview from him; to his regret, Ruby has to turn them down, aware that any news on the missing boy would attract Team Magma's attention.