is the other A-class Pokémon Sommelier other than Cilan
that Mr. Hatterly
invited to be brought to his house so that they could determine which Pokémon would be best for Marigold
first Pokémon. Ricard Nouveau
described himself as having outstanding intelligence, stamina, observing eyes and expressiveness. He already had heard about Cilan
and how he was an excellent Pokémon Sommelier despite his young age. Ricard Nouveau
appears to be middle aged and has had a lot of experience as being a Pokémon Sommelier.
During his tasting time, Ricard Nouveau
determined that what is important for a first Pokémon is the coordination with its Trainer and that a marriage in which each makes the other look cuter and more beautiful would be ideal. He believed that Tuline was the most suitable candidate for Marigold
as the prettiness unique to Grass types, the cute appearance and the possibility of a gorgeous evolution were all perfectly suited for her. Cilan
didn't completely disagree with Ricard Nouveau
's choice though but he sensed that it wasn't a perfect selection.
Pokémon battle vs Cilan
Despite their disagreement, Mr. Hatterly
suggested the two have a Pokémon battle to determine which A-class Pokémon Sommelier would get to choose the Pokémon for Marigold
. The battle was a 1-on-1 affair and Ricard Nouveau's Purrloin
was sent out to face Cilan's Crustle
. Ricard Nouveau
said his Choroneko's speed and power even surpasses its evolved form Lepardas. During the battle, Ricard Nouveau
noted that Cilan's Crustle
was a good choice for Cilan
in that it's faithful to the basics but that alone was nothing but an ordinary and boring tasting. He expanded by saying that selecting Iwapalace, who is both a Rock and a Bug type, against Choroneko, a Dark type, is a standard reaction. He suggested to Cilan
that an A-class Sommelier needed to have more unpredictability which Cilan's Crustle
showed by coming out of its shell and using Rock Wrecker
to defeat Ricard Nouveau's Purrloin
. Ricard Nouveau
admitted that Cilan's Crustle
hid an unexpected flavor.
chose Tamagetake as Marigold
partner, he initially thought that fashion-wise, they weren't really a match but after he saw the bond between the two he admitted that he lost the tasting compatibility to Cilan
but vowed to beat him the next time they met.