Both of these female companions of Ash have Pokemon that are in their 1st stage, have developmental problems but when the going gets tough breaks out this god-like endurance and power to overtake their opponents.
I was watching an old episode from Pokemon Master Quest yesterday “Just Add Water.” The one where the underwater Water Gym Leader Dorian battles Misty and Ash, at the end of the episode Psyduck goes “psycho” and beats TR with its Confusion and Psychic attacks. Earlier in the episode the poor duck almost drowns and rushes to the surface.
It got me to thinking about how Misty wants to be the best Water type Pokemon Master and Iris wanting to be a Dragon Master but both have Pokemon that have issues.
Misty had some of the most BS wins not saying Iris hasn’t had her fair share but let’s just look at these two Pokemon in particular. Similar to Gohan from DBZ, these Pokemon are almost useless until they get ticked off or beat up. In Psyduck’s case it needs to get headache and for Axew well it needs to take a beating.
Outrage/Giga Impact has been Axew’s power moves along with Dragon Rage while Psychic moves are Psyduck’s best moves.
Axew had trouble with Dragon Rage at first but eventually controlled it. Psyduck can’t swim nor stay underwater…
Axew wants to evolve to its final stage and even though one episode almost had Psyduck evolve in the Orange Islands it was a dud. Iris barely trains the tiny dragon but somehow it has the ability to beat nearly impossible odds and win matches.
So, which of these Pokemon has the worst development?