Realizing that Archie and Maxie are absorbing the Jewels, Ruby has his Delcatty attack them in hopes of retrieving the Jewels. The retrieval fails and the Jewels are fully absorbed. Ruby and Sapphire see the shadows of Kyogre and Groudon looming behind the men and realize that Archie and Maxie are now being controlled by the Ancients, and not the other way around.
Archie leaps forward, attacking Sapphire, and Ruby quickly has his Swampert protect them as he dives forward to pull her out of danger. As he does so, Sapphire gets a feeling of déjà vu, but she puts it out of mind.Archie and Maxie run forward, attacking them, and Archie and Maxie manage to get a hand around Sapphire's and Ruby's throats, respectively. At that moment, there is a great surge of power, pulling everybody—from Ruby and Sapphire to the grunts of Team Aqua and Team Magma—out of the Seafloor Cavern, causing it to collapse after them. Ruby realizes that Kyogre and Groudon have called out to the Jewels, and everybody else is along for the ride. The energy propels everyone safely through the ocean.
Kyogre and Groudon are heading for the site of their legendary battle.
Meanwhile, in Slateport City, the Pokémon Association Airship HQ is landing. Captain Stern, Tuga, and the PokéFan Club President all board, but Maryann and Tyler don't, at Tyler's insistence. He points out Absol lurking nearby and again accuses Absol of causing these disasters, going as far as to accuse Absol of being the mastermind behind Teams Aqua and Magma.Maryann refutes him, pointing out that correlation does not imply causation. She wonders if Absol has been trying to warn people about the disasters. Absol looks at Maryann thoughtfully and then kneels: a silent invitation to ride on its back.
Maryann asks Absol if Kyogre and Groudon are going to fight each other as she gets onto Absol, Tyler getting on behind her. Absol starts running at an incredible speed.
Maryann and Tyler see Ruby, Sapphire, and everybody else burst out of the ocean. The people from the Seafloor Cavern are pulled in the same direction Absol is heading (though at greater speed than Absol): towards Sootopolis City.
25 days left until deadline
Characters in Order of Appearance
- Chapter 249 is the only chapter in Volume 20 that has the countdown to deadline at the end of it