Pokemon XY&Z Rant: Why Ash Losing the Kalos League Was Disappointing

By Jeremy Carden

I understand that this topic is something that has already been talked about until Pokemon fans were blue in the face. However, I just remembered that I made a video with my thoughts about the Kalos League finals not long after the episode aired in Japan.

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This is my rant video about the subject, and I hold nothing back:

As I mentioned in the video, it is not so much about Ash losing the match as it is about the execution of the battle.

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I felt extremely bad for Pokemon fans that came back to the series after years of not watching it just to see Ash in the Kalos League. After Ash-Greninja almost defeated the Champion’s mega-evolved signature Pokemon, and Ash making it to the finals for the first time in his Pokemon training career, I know a lot of fans came back to see him win a league!

However, this was not meant to be due to the fact that we got a very poorly written finale which left a bad taste in the mouths of many Pokemon viewers.

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Just so you know, my video is about 24 minutes long, and I got into a lot of detail about the battle itself as well as alternative ways that it could have went down.

I watched the battle about 5 or 6 times to try to make some sense about what happened. That turned out to be a waste of time because it really made no sense.

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The biggest thing that made me mad was the Water Shuriken that looked like it was on fire or something. It would have been a great way to see the limits of this ‘bond phenomenon’ as Professor Sycamore calls it in action.

This attack was promoted in the Kalos League teaser trailer, and it looked like it would be the climatic move of the league. It was, but there was no buildup whatsoever, and it was very forgettable in the grand scheme of things.

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Heck, Ash vs. Sawyer should have been the finale battle. Not because Ash won, but because it was an epic battle! Seriously Ash-Greninja vs. Mega Sceptile has got to be more of my favorite battles out of the entire franchise.

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Let me know your thoughts on Ash losing, and please watch the video before commenting. That is because I really go into the little bits of why this battle was not so great, and why it was a slap in the face to Pokemon fans during the 20th anniversary.

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Pokemon XY & Z: Can Ash Defeat Alain?

By Jeremy Carden

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Awhile ago, I made a blog about Ash and Alain facing each other in a battle of Mega Evolution! The suggested battle pitted Mega Charizard Y (Ash’s Charizard) vs. Mega Charizard X (Alain’s Charizard)!

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Based on the new opening for the XY & Z series, it appears that Ash will indeed battle Alain at some point in the series. This will most likely occur doing the Team Flare arc.

In the final episode of the Mega Evolution Special series, Alain went on another journey to figure a way to help Mairin’s Chespin. During the episode, it helped the Zygrade Core escape from Team Flare’s experiments.

However, it somehow fell ill after absorbing some of the energy created by the experiment on Zygrade.

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Alain left in a rage with the goal of helping to finish the Mega Evolution Machine to help Chespin in order to make Mairin happy again.

With that being said, if Ash does run into Alain while trying to stop Team Flare from reaching their goal; they will clash!

Fans have speculated that Ash will fight Mega Charizard X with Greninja. It will lose to both Alain AND Sawyer’s Sceptile (or Mega Sceptile).

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The opening seems to suggest that a rift will come between Ash and Greninja from the back-to-back losses.

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From there, the two will reconcile creating their once unbreakable bond which will give birth to Ash-Greninja!

It would be a cool thing to see Ash use Greninja against Mega Charizard X because it seems to be the Kalos Pokemon that Ash has the strongest bond with.

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True, Talonfalme evolved in order to save Ash from Moltres. Then Ash almost DIED trying to save Talonflame from falling into a volcano! However, I think it is safe to say that the bond between Ash and his frog is stronger!

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So, it will be up against the Alain’s Charizard; the Pokemon that he has the strongest bond with.

If you ask me, I would much rather see Ash use his Charizard against Alain because at some point there HAS to be a battle between both of its Mega Evolutions.

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Ash-Greninja would be best suited to battling Sawyer’s Mega Sceptile because those two had a rivalry since their pre-evolved forms.

With informed revealed about the next few episodes, we know that Ash will finally get Greninja in about 3 episodes.

It is unknown if Ash-Greninja will truly make its debut in this episode battling Bisharp. When I say that, I’m referring to whether or not it will officially transform and Greninja will have full access to that power.

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Compare it to the brief foreshadowing of their “fusion” during the finale of Ash’s battle with Olympia.

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Now if I had to guess what would happen, I’d say that Ash and Greninja “merge” to defeat Bisharp due to Greninja losing during the first portion of the battle. From there, Ash-Greninja appears to seal the victory!

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However, it is unable to hold the form or remember how to use it after the battle. After losing to Alain (and perhaps Sawyer), the bond between trainer and Pokemon will slightly diminish. Then they will patch up the holes in their relationship for an even stronger bond.

Afterwards, Ash-Greninja is a form that can be freely used in battle. Just a theory, but I am sticking to it!

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Based on the opening, it appears that it will learn how to use Water Shuriken after evolving.

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It is seen using a blade-like move against Mega Sceptile’s Leaf Blade so it is either Cut or Aerial Ace.

What appears to be Aqua Jet cannot be legit because none of the Froakie line can legally learn it in the games. Perhaps it comes from its form change, and that allows it to become surrounded in water like Aqua Jet. I can’t wait to find out!

Overall, I think that it would be an interesting battle between it and Mega Charizard X, but I would much rather see Mega Charizard Y as Alain’s opponent.

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We can assume that these two will battle because Alain is still in the dark about Team Flare’s TRUE intentions with the Mega Evolution Machine.

If Alain figures out Lysandre’s true plan prior to the conclusion of his battle with Ash, we won’t be given a true winner. I would not want that to happen because this battle would be too good not to have a conclusion!

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In the end, I could see Bonnie and Puni-chan helping out Mairin’s Chespin making everyone happy as a result.

However, the battle is what I really want to focus on. I’m pretty sure Alain and Ash would join forces to stop Lysandre in the end!

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Then Alain would make things right with Professor Sycamore who would forgive him because he was lied to in order to assist Team Flare without even knowing it.

Who do you think would win in a battle?

That is actually a difficult question to answer because both trainers have very powerful Charizards in their arsenal.

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I think the biggest advantage for Alain would be that his Charizard has been in possession of its mega form for quite some time, and that means it is far more experienced in terms of how to utilize its true power.

I am not saying that Ash’s Charizard would not be able to get used to Mega Charizard Y quickly, but you have to admit that it might take a little bit of getting used to.

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The battle would be intense, and I could see Ash’s Charizard on the receiving end of some powerful blows.

We know that Alain’s Mega Charizard X has the following move set:

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  • Flamethrower

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  • Steel Wing

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  • Blast Burn

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  • Dragon Claw

It gets STAB from Flamethrower, Dragon Claw and Blast Burn by being a Fire/Dragon type. It has the Tough Claws ability which boosts the power of physical contact moves; Dragon Claw and Steel Wing.

Ash’s Charizard has the following moves:

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  • Flamethrower

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  • Wing Attack

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  • Dragon Tail

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  • Slash

I was sad to see its moves reduced to these 4 during the Unova series. Knowing Charizard, it will have new moves if it appears in Kalos.

The Drought ability as a Mega Charizard Y would only benefit it by increasing Flamethrower’s power, and if learns how to use Solarbeam. However, against a Fire/Dragon opponent…it would not be much if any use at all.

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Not to mention the sunny weather would increase the power of Mega Charizard X’s Flamethrower and Blast Burn!

Dragon Tail would be its only chance at doing some super-effective damage.

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Too bad it doesn’t know how to use Seismic Toss anymore…

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That was as disappointing as Pikachu losing Volt Tackle for Electro Ball…

I am not going to completely count Ash’s Charizard completely out based on their respective move sets. Ash has been able to come out of some pretty impossible odds before despite a type disadvantage.

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It would be a good match because Ash’s Charizard trained with more powerful Charizards in the Charicific Valley in order to get stronger.

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Alain’s trained by battling Mega Evolved Pokemon after Mega Evolved Pokemon! In the fourth Mega Evolution Special, it defeated 10 Mega Evolved Pokemon in a row including the Mega Houndoom owned my Elite 4 Member Malva!

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Not to mention that they have both had experiences battling Legendary Pokemon! Ash’s Charizard has battled the likes of Entei (an illusion), Articuno and Regice.

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Alain’s has battled against the Weather Trio in their Mega/Primal Evolution forms! Despite losing against all 3 (while Ash just barely defeated only 1 of the legends that it went up against with Charizard), it is still very powerful!

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These 2 Charizards were made to battle one another! Overall, I could see Alain winning due to his Charizard having a better type combination.

However, we know that when backed into a corner; Ash will come up with an off the walk tactic in order to obtain victory.

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Who do you think would win between the two? Will Ash-Greninja battle Alain’s Charizard or will it be Ash’s Charizard?