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  • Sinnoh

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    Default Re: Poll: Which region was Ash's team handled best?

    Sinnoh was definatley handled the best and arguably Ash's strongest team.
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    Default Re: Poll: Which region was Ash's team handled best?

    I am going to say that Ash's Sinnoh team was handled the best so far:
    - Ash obtained a full team of pokemon within the first 65 episodes of the series. In AG, it took well over 100 episodes for Ash to obtain his sixth Hoenn pokemon. Even prior to Ash catching his sixth pokemon, the writers still focused on the other pokemon that the trainer had on him at the time.
    - The writers have given Ash the opportunity to battle numerous times in this series. If Ash wasn't battling against some of his rivals like Paul or Barry, Ash would battle recurring characters like Reggie and COTDs. To sum it up, Ash fought more often in DP than he had in previous sagas.
    - Ash's Sinnoh pokemon were outside of their Poke Balls various times throughout the series. There was a larger emphasis towards training in DP than in the previous sagas. If Ash was planning on training specific members of his team, he would send out all of the pokemon he had on him at the time. This wasn't the case in any of the other series thus far.
    - Speaking of which, there were literally entire episodes that focused on one of Ash's pokemon learning a specific move. This included Ash's Turtwig learning Energy Ball, Staravia learning Brave Bird, and Buizel learning Ice Punch. Oh, and don't get me started on how long it took for Gible to master its Draco Meteor. Hoenn and Johto had relatively less training episodes.
    - Pikachu has taken a backseat throughout the majority of DP, allowing the writers to focus on the other pokemon Ash had on him at the time. This was especially true towards gym battles. This had not been the case in the majority of the other series, where Pikachu was always the center of attention in gym battles.
    - Ash participated in specific competitions such as the Wallace Cup, the Hearthome Tag Battle, and the Pokeringer allowing the writers to develop and narrow their focus on one of his pokemon. This was rarely done for members of Ash's teams in the previous series.
    - Unlike past sagas, most of Ash's Sinnoh pokemon were given defined personalities right from the get go. Aipom expressed her love towards contests, and there were episodes that had focused on this subplot. Ash's Buizel feuded with Pikachu before its trainer's gym battle against Crasher Wake, but eventually reconciled their differences after the pokemon saw how far Pikachu was willing to battle for it. Gligar's inability to glide in the air, as well as its fear of heights, provided some comic relief during training sessions. Although this had been the case in previous sagas, the writers had very rarely acted on these pokemons's personalities in relevant, episodic scenarios.

    Quote Originally Posted by TeddiUrsa View Post
    Buizel and Turtwig recieved a good treatment early on but kinda faded into the shadows after DP's halfpoint. It just was worse with Turtwig because it evolved twice and still got shafted.
    Not necessarily true. Grotle had received a lot of development after it evolved from a Turtwig. Grotle was Piloswine's sparring partner after the latter pokemon evolved a few episodes earlier. In that same episode, both Ash and Dawn have registered these pokemon to compete in one of Team Rocket's "exercise regimens." Grotle learned Rock Climb in the Snover episode. Ash used Grotle in his gym match against Candice, and it successfully defeated Candice's Sneasel using the training style that Paul's Torterra had taught it. Ash had also used Grotle in his battle against the Frontier Brain Palmer, where the pokemon gained an accidental power-up after it swallowed its Energy Ball attack. Grotle was used as Dawn's Cyndaquil's training partner in the episode after the pokemon hatched from its egg. Grotle was seen swallowing its Energy Ball attack again in order for Dawn's Mamoswine to imitate the same concept using its Ice Shard so it could be used in contest battles.

    It is important to remember that Ash's Torterra had evolved into its final form very late into the saga. It was during the time period when the writers needed to resolve Dawn's Grand Festival storyline. Torterra had largely been overshadowed by Ash's Infernape and Gible during later filler episodes of the saga. Nevertheless, Torterra was used in two important battles prior to the Sinnoh League, which were both losses. Torterra understandably lost against Bertha's Hippowdon, which was a pokemon commanded by a member of the Sinnoh Elite 4, but it still gave a good fight. Torterra was also the fall guy in the gym battle against Volkner to prove a point that Volkner's Electric-type pokemon were capable of defeating Ground-types. Of course, the writers had wanted to focus on Ash's Infernape, who had only recently begun to control its Blaze ability. It also certainly didn't help in the Sinnoh League when the writers decided to allow Ash to use his Oaked pokemon in the competition.

    Yes, Torterra was screwed during the later parts of the saga, but it had been the case for Ash's Buizel and Staraptor as well. The former was fortunate in that the writers spent an episode having the pokemon learn the Ice Punch attack, which would prove to be useful in only one important battle against Paul's Gastrodon. On the other hand, Staraptor received brief cameo appearances alongside Dawn's Togekiss. Coincidentally, all three of these pokemon were defeated by Paul's Drapion in the Sinnoh League within mere seconds of one another. This could have been the case because the writers had wanted to focus on, yes again, Ash's Pikachu, Infernape, and the Gliscor that had disappeared for 30 episodes in order to train with the Air Master.

    Quote Originally Posted by TeddiUrsa View Post
    For example: Why did Gliscor have to be the fall guy in the 7th gym?
    Ash's Grotle and Staraptor needed to win over their opponents to justify their absence in the past two gym battles. Ash's Chimchar was also used to defeat Candice's Snover and Abomasnow, understandably so because both of those pokemon were weak against Fire-type attacks. I am glad that the writers justified Ash's decision to use Gliscor in that battle because it knew Fire Fang and Steel Wing, but it was still 4x weak against Ice-type attacks due to its typing. This was why Gliscor lost against Snover.
    Last edited by Ampharos King; 3rd September 2011 at 11:07 PM.

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    Default Re: Poll: Which region was Ash's team handled best?

    Sinnoh for the well balanced team

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