Sorry guys, but wanting to replace Gible with Glalie is absolutely no smart move. I even dare say that it would have been downright stupid!
No I'm not saying this because I want to glorify Gible, but because of strategical reasons:
Glalie wouldn't have had any super-effective moves against Darkrai and would presumably have ended up like Torkoal.
Gible, however, did have a super-effective move against Darkrai, namely Rock Smash. 1-0 Gible
Glalie would have been effective against Latios (Icy Wind, Icebeam), that's true, but so would have been Gible when using Draco Meteor or Dragon Pulse ;) Plus, Gible would have been more agile which proved to be essential in the battle against Latios.
So it's a more or less a draw here, with a clear advantage on Gible's side though.
All in all, Gible would have been super-effective against two Pokemon while Glalie would maybe have only had a chance against one.
So, how in the world somebody can cry for Glalie here sure is beyond me..
Last edited by Queen Cynthia; 29th August 2010 at 03:09 AM.
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That said I don't frankly care if Gible was in this match or not. The Pokemon that shouldn't have was Swellow, of course if it had been Glalie instead, Ash would've beaten Latios easier (because who knows what new attacks Glalie had learned while it was oaked).
I think that's the reason why Glalie wasn't chosen over Swellow, was because they wanted Ash to lose quickly and not stall it out with a third Pokemon.
Its not because I think Glalie would have been a better choice. Its just that it came back but didn't get even a single battle.
I think the real problem with Fukamaru here was more how it was used when I think about it.
Rock Smash actually seemed kinda promising at first (though lol, Darkrai did just sort of float towards Fuka to take it) but then we have Satoshi calling for Draco Meteor, which has only really been proven to be successful if Fukamaru has latched onto the opposing Pokémon first. I can understand trying to use it a different way, but you think Sato would stick to a winning formula at a time when he really cannot afford to be trying new things.
I also think that Fukamaru would have crumbled to Latios (though of course, Satoshi could not prepare for it). As shown in DP185, Fukamaru still gets tired after using Dragon Pulse. This would give Takuto the perfect opportunity to counter attack. There's also the fact that Latios has been shown to fly incredibly fast around the stadium and I have no doubt that it could have simply raced against Draco Meteor and flown above the point where it stops, rendering the move useless as the meteors fall to the ground.
Okay I had no idea Glalie could learn Dark Pulse and Signal Beam. My bad :\
Did anyone else feel Sceptile should have learned X-Scissor instead? It could have easily been used in a combination with Leaf Blade.
Well, since we're talking strategy, if Ash had chosen the order of his Pokemon a little bit better, he may have made it to Takuto's 3rd Pokemon. He could have:
1. Recalled Sceptile and let it rest a bit. Plus, grass vs. flying is rarely a good match.
2. Used Pikachu before Swellow, since Latios suffered no damage before fighting Pikachu anyway.
I still think Swellow was the worst choice in the whole match. It has no distance-based attacks and can only rely on speed, but even that rarely does well against legendaries. Big mistake. Should have been Glalie instead, if they wanted to use another Hoenn Pokemon so badly.
Latios ain't a Flying Type. Its Dragon Psychic.
Sceptile's moves may have been more effective, but the laws of physics were still against it.
Sceptile is pretty agile.
Besides, you phrased it as though it was a type matchup.