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Clay, annoyed by Black's unwise remark and worried about the strange stone he found, initially refuses Black's challenge for a gym battle. After giving himself some time, he cools down and sends someone to fetch Black for him.
Meanwhile, at the Driftveil Drawbridge, Black is training his newest Pokémon, Tirtouga. His efforts are useless; Tirtouga does not listen to him at all. One of Clay's miners arrives and tells him that Clay is ready to fight, so Black hurries to the gym, Tirtouga in his arms.
Clay sends out his Krokorok, whose attack irritates Tirtouga, and Tirtouga knocks Krokorok out in one blow. Clay learns that Tirtouga is freshly caught and laughs, sending out Palpitoad. Palpitoad attacks with Hyper Voice, causing Tirtouga to cringe and retreat inside of his shell, so Clay sends out Excadrill to drill against the shell.
The attack fails to even dent a scale. Black cheers and enthuses about Tirtouga's amazing defense, flattering Tirtouga and impressing Clay with his boisterous sincerity. Black is just as good at the other gym leaders told him.