Sapphire, finished with her self-created training regimen, flies to Fortree City on her Tropius. Spotting a little girl and a Zigzagoon about to fall from the branch of a tree, Sapphire has Tropius use Magical Leaf to cut off the branch of the tree. She jumps off and gets below the branch, demonstrating incredible strength by catching and holding it.
The little girl says that she will bring the Zigzagoon to the Pokémon Center because it is sick, confusing Sapphire, who's never used or even heard of a Pokémon Center. Sapphire pulls out a plethora of berries and treats the Zigzagoon herself, healing it of the flu almost instantly.
Winona announces herself, admitting that she'd wanted the chance to meet Sapphire before Kyogre wakens. They battle, Winona's Altaria versus Sapphire's Combusken. Sapphire reveals that she had trained Combusken to the brink of evolution. Combusken evolves now and Blaze Kick burns and knocks out Altaria—apparently. However, Sapphire can't see Altaria or Winona anywhere.
Altaria suddenly drops from the sky, using Sky Attack to win the battle. She offers to teach Sapphire about battle.
Afterwards, the other four gym leaders that Sapphire has met reveal themselves, and Winona asks Sapphire to fight in the upcoming war with them. Sapphire is flattered, blushing, but Winona spots a familiar car in the sky.
As the car descends, Sapphire catches sight of Ruby.
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Characters in Order of Appearance
- Chapter 226 is the last chapter of Volume 18