I actually liked the Excadrill vs. Haxorus battle but disliked it as well. It was a battle that showed just how far Iris and Excadrill have come together as a team and in power as well. You could see by that Metal Claw that in their first battle didn’t faze it at all and now even though it was blocked by Haxorus the move still had enough power to force it back some.
Then Dig was avoided and Rock Smash was about to hit but using a long-range move (which was their handicap in their first battle because Excadrill didn’t know one) stopped the attack and once again forced Haxorus to be pushed back. Here we get to the finale where Drill Run collided with Giga Impact and both were knocked out.
Ok, so we have an Excadrill that took 0 damage throughout the battle get knocked out in one hit from a move that isn’t very effective since its part Steel type. That and the fact we only get to see only one more move from Haxorus because we saw Rock Smash from the flashback.
Besides, Excadrill being on par with Haxorus is a bit unbelievable considering that it hasn't trained for "years" according to Iris because it was just stay balled up in its "Drill form" if she wanted to train with it. Though it did get some experience in some battles after they started working together again. But still being able to compete with a Pokemon it couldn't inflict a bit of damage on before seems a bit unbelievable. What does Haxorus just stay in its Pokemon all the time? In the video games it says that Drayden actually wrestles with his Dragons so they can both get stronger.
Jynx Contest battle it had was excellent. That's the only win it had which was done well.
Corphish it should have been over. The worst part about that battle was even after all of the damage Swellow and Corphish took they somehow managed to knock out both opponents in ONE attack I repeat ONE attack!
And if I remember correctly they never inflicted any damaged to them beforehand. The only "damage" I can remember is when Swampert and Arcanine collided into each other by accident when Swellow dodged their moves with (if I remember right...) a Double Team increased by Quick Attack strategy.
Only reason I LIKED that battle facility was before the battle started they had mini-montage of Ash's previous competitions and whatnot that makes me smile every time I see that :) but the battle still wasn't believable...
But so many other Skitty fights the whole Ghost-type moves hitting Normal-types that makes me cringe. Its just that relying on Assist an entire battle is like playing Russian Roulette and usually May shots herself in the foot until she gets lucky.
Episode 32, Ash vs Koga. Bulbasaur using Whirlwind?
Most of what I would have said has already been mentioned. However, I would like to bring up the Shinji vs. Jun battle. I get that Shinji is really strong, but that was a little much. Even after taking multiple fighting type attacks, Ursaring is still able to face Empoleon? It just seemed to make Shinji look invincible, and Jun weak.
Battle of the Metapods. Just ridiculous.
But not as ridiculous as "Finish it off with False Swipe!" That made me facepalm.
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throh. Maybe iris trained excadrill off screen or shes used rare candies or the writers just don't care.
Jessilina's battle against Dawn during the Grand Festival.
I get flamed so many times on sppf for calling the tucker fight out...
The thing with may is that it can shoot itself in the foot a dozen times, but if it gets lucky just once it's usually an instant win.
Flint v Ash that was possible outcome but it was also VERY possible for Ash to do better and I don't see how that fight revitalized Volkner
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