As Brawly defeats Mack, Roxanne's Cradily battles Marge's Ninetales. As they fight, Roxanne deduces that Marge only wants to defeat Roxanne's Nosepass, which would break the Block preventing Groudon's advance. Marge admits this freely, starting to enjoy the battle.
A scream from nearby attracts their attention, and Marge uses corrosive berry juice to melt open a wall, revealing three figures. After Marge threatens to spray them with the same acid that had melted the wall, Roxanne allows her to knock out Nosepass, freeing Groudon.
Meanwhile, in the Seafloor Cavern, Ruby and Sapphire attack Maxie and Archie. Swampert and Blaziken clash with Camerupt and Walrein, and Ruby and Sapphire send out their other Pokémon as well. They realize that these men are the leaders of Team Magma and Team Aqua, and that they hold the Red and Blue Jewels.
Noticing that Archie and Maxie didn't seem to be aware of each other, Ruby and Sapphire utilize teamwork to land a powerful Muddy Water from Swampert, but Archie and Maxie retaliate separately, Walrein using Icy Wind on Sapphire's Pokémon and Maxie using Eruption on Ruby's. Ruby takes advantage of Walrein's Icy Wind, using the ice shards to have his Castform use Hail and then a very powerful Weather Ball, engulfing their enemies. When the light fades, Archie and Maxie seem like statues.
Sapphire gapes at him and Ruby admits he may have overdone it a bit.
Ruby reaches out to remove the Blue and Red Jewels from them but finds that the Jewels are stuck to their hands. Ruby recoils as the Jewels begin to sink into the men's palms.