A movie mantine, goldeen being told to block a Pin Missile? Honestly, Misty's battling skills were not impressive. Teaching a Pokemon a new move says nothing about the strategic abilities of a trainer, many trainers in this show teach their Pokemon new moves to cover weaknesses, I don't see how Misty's is a standout.
No but you can't use poorly written battles as evidence to go by in determining if Misty was skilled trainer or not, since her battles would be portrayed in different way if she was in anime during DP or BW era.
But you're using Misty's battles yourself as a way of trying to show how you think Misty is a very strong trainer.
And i already provided examples from Staryu, Corsola
or Politoad battles which showed that Misty used strategy in some of her battles too displaying impressive knowledge and strategy.
Maybe not on Ash level, but she surely showed more as trainer than Brock, Dawn or Cilan did imo.
I'm sorry, but Misty's strategic skills were not better than Dawn's.
There are different forms of strategy depending on trainer battle style what approach he is going to use. Using bubblebeam on exhausted Bulbasaur as counter measure to wear him down sooner before he could collect enough energy to launch solarbeam is called strategy. Same strategy we saw Ash using with Tauros
against Drake Venusaur in Orange league attacking already tired pokemon to knock him down before he could fire solarbeam. Sounds familiar?
Attacking a Pokemon head-on is not a strategy, it's just attacking. Cilan's and Ash's tag battle against the heaven and earth siblings was a nice example of strategy.
And Seal( Dewgong
) battle against TR counts, because against who he battles is irrelevant not erasing fact that it was proper battle.
Beating Team Rocket who always fails in a non-proper battle is something I don't count. If it was a definite one on one in proper form, like Carnivine
Define average. In many battles May, Dawn, Iris, Brock or Cilan didn't showed any more than average trainer would with real indication of their skill and strength being based on matches when they did something remarkable.
Misty's win record and overall skills on the show show it all.
Something which applies to Misty just as much showing impressive move set and strategy in quite a few of her battles too being recognized as strong trainer, or her pokemon being viewed as especially powerful by several trainers out there. Such as Koga, Marina, Trinity, Dorian, Andreas, dr. Yung (in special he announced he intended to invite to his demonstration only skilled trainers) list continues.
Iris was viewed as great by Cynthia, Shobu, Drayden, Dawn was viewed as skilled by Wallace, May, a vast amount of OCs, May was viewed as great by the likes of Savannah, Drew, Harley, etc. and a few others, what makes Misty's case such a stand-out? Being viewed by filler OCs as a skilled trainer happens every episode in this show and does not make me think of Misty as a very exceptional trainer.
Also whether Misty was average by your standards or not, it doesn't diminish fact how she is more experienced as trainer than other Ash companions i listed are.Since she showed just as much skill and knowledge in battles like Cilan, Dawn, May etc did.
More experience doesn't not equate to being a better trainer. She most certainly did not show more skill than Dawn or May, Cilan is trudging ahead of her even with his recent battles.
So if i understand right you view Misty as average, rather weak trainer because she didn't battled much in anime? That's not valid indication to base someone strength on because how skilled someone is shouldn't be determined on how often he battles not having control over writer actions. For record Brock battled even less than Misty did using his pokemon less often, but i don't see you label him as weak trainer.
Yeah, somewhat, I do. Misty hardly battled and when she did she usually lost. I'm suppose to believe a very very very strong trainer has a mediocre win-record and barely did anything?
About Staryu you forgot to include defeat of TR Meowth
:I Think about this for a second. TR's Meowth. Team Rocket's. Meowth.