In Lilycove City, Wallace greets Steven and the Hoenn Elite Four. Steven sends to Elite Four to their assigned posts and then attempts to entrust the Champion's cloak to Wallace. Wallace refuses, remembering the circumstances in which he had rejected the title before: Wallace had wanted to succeed his mentor, Juan, as the Sootopolis gym leader. Steven adds that Wallace had also wanted to be closer Winona, who had just become a gym leader.
Mitch awakens and attacks them again, forcing Steven to fend him off. Steven shows Wallace that Groudon has advanced to Sootopolis City and explains that he and his father have known about this danger for some time, and have been preparing for it.
Steven receives calls from Sidney, Glacia, and Drake, confirming that they are in position. Looking sideways at Wallace, Steven admits to himself that there is a very good reason he is passing the cloak on to Wallace: by the time this conflict is resolved, Steven will no longer be alive.