Best Battles in Pokemon Anime

Best Battles in Pokemon Anime
Let's talk about the best battles in Pokemon anime! These are the battles that got us excited about battling our own Pokemon through the many video games available, and reliving the excitement and heat of the battle through our own screens. These battles are inspiring to say the least and never fail to keep us on the edge of our seat time and time again! We just know that if Vikings were around today it would be the stories of these momentous matches and tense and magnificent battles that they would be telling through song for generations to come. This is where Pokemon meets Anime!  


20. Ash vs. Jeanette

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There is no better way to start off our list than with a trip down memory lane! This was a really good 'coming of age' kind of battle, where we see Ash face off against Jeanette for the first time in the League Conference without Misty and Brock coaching him! Even though we saw him grow a lot during his Kanto journey back in the original series and, by the time of facing Jeanette in the fourth round of the Kanto League, he had some well earned victories under his belt, the result was that it was pretty much THE best battle of that entire League and a great way of cementing Ash's growth throughout the anime. The battle itself started particularly well for Ash, with his Bulbasaur managing to take down Jeanette’s Beedrill and Scyther, reminding fans of its status as one of the greatest ever assets to Ash’s original team. This wouldn't be an easy ride, however, and we go on to see Jeanette’s Bellsprout come out on top and take out Ash’s Bulbasaur and Pikachu in quick succession, a move that no one saw coming, that was galling for team Ash. However, it's actually Muk that came to the rescue as the ultimate trump card and changed the game. Not only was Muk’s squishy body able to absorb Bellsprout’s attacks, but it managed to defeat the Grass/Poison-type by smothering it with a Body Slam, in one of the most exciting, amusing and satisfying victory that fans alike still reference to this day, over 20 years later.

19. May vs. Harley (Hoenn Grand Festival)

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This was a really satisfying battle to watch, as it meant more than just the fight itself. While May developed a friendly rivalry with Drew, other rival Harley was a bit of a nasty piece of work and would often resort to sneaky and underhanded tactics, as well as opting to bully and manipulate May to gain the upper hand for himself. Take for example, in the Hoenn Grand Festival’s Appeals Stage, when Harley took advantage of May’s trusting and naive nature by pretending to be her friend and convincing her to continually command Skitty to use Assist, which nearly cost May her Appeal. So there was a lot riding on this battle, for May and for viewers alike. The double battle became a stand off between May's Beautifly and Bulbasaur, and Harley's Banette and Cacturne. However, Harley's creepy duo had nothing on May's amazing team! Although damage was initially caused, Beautifly and Bulbasaur managed to turn the whole thing around and showed everyone how much of a strong and capable double battler May had become! There are some seriously dazzling moves, resulting in one triumphant win that had viewers grinning from ear to ear behind their screens. It was equally as refreshing to see Harley get his due, as it was to see another protagonist other than Ash succeed in a campaign that featured so prominently in the group’s regional journey, with May’s Contests and Grand Festival campaign serving as an ongoing storyline.

18. Kiawe vs. Brock/Ash vs. Misty pokemon battle

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These are some really interesting battles, set in Kanto as the backdrop to Ash and classmates' school trip, despite it taking place during the Alola saga. After reuniting with Ash, Misty and Brock teach his classmates about Gym battles (something which they do not have in the Alola region) and decide to have a battle each – Kiawe vs. Brock, followed by Ash vs. Misty. The results were really unpredictable; after an intense and fiercely fought battle, we see Brock (who was of more of a disadvantage against Kiawe) and his Mega Steelix turn the tables against Kiawe and his Turtonator. Despite being hit hard with Turtonator’s Z-Move Inferno Overdrive, Mega Steelix managed to shake off the powerful attack and defeated the Fire/Dragon-type with Stone Edge. It was super satisfying for fans to see Brock as a well capable trainer and skilled battler - and of course we always love to root for the little guy! 

Fans were delighted to watch the following battle, a face off between none other than Ash and Misty, which evoked a great sense of nostalgia but also was a really great 'coming of age' battle, where fans got to see how great their protagonists had become. Ash and Misty had shared many a battle through their journeys together in Kanto and Johto, so to see them face off against each other again for the first time in well over a decade was an absolute joy of a trip down memory lane. The two powerhouse Pokemon starring in the battle were Ash's Pikachu and Misty’s Mega Gyarados, which was really sweet to see as Gyarados was a species that Misty was particularly afraid of earlier in the franchise.

17. Ash vs. Winona

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Some of the best ever battles we have seen in Pokemon anime are airborne ones, not least because it lends greater scope to the animators, but also because it presents a whole new playing field, as none of the traditional physical battle constraints we see in a typical battlefield tend to apply! This gives fighters - and animators - a lot more freedom to create something truly exciting for the viewer to see. Ash’s battle against Falkner kicked off his campaign against the Johto Gyms very well, while his battle against Skyla was one of his only Unova Gym battles that did not cause viewers to facepalm. But let's talk Ash v Winona of the Fortree City Gym in Hoenn.

Ash begins his Gym battle with Winona by sending out Grovyle against her Altaria. Grovyle takes out Altaria with Leaf Blade. Next up is Pelipper, a Water-and-Flying-type so Ash counters with the Electric-type Pikachu. Pelipper uses Steel Wing on the ground, and Pikachu uses Thunderbolt with no effect. Team Rocket arrives to steal Pikachu, but the force of Pikachu's continued Thunderbolt sends them blasting off. It turns out that Pelipper is being grounded by its Steel Wing, making the Electric-type attack ineffective. Pelipper uses Hydro Pump, which Pikachu uses as a conduit to shock the other Pokémon. It results in a double KO. Ash sends out Grovyle again, which is then finished off by Winona's Swellow. Ash counters with his own Swellow. Winona's Pokémon has the advantage since it has more experience battling in mid-air, especially with its Aerial Ace. After taking several hits, Ash has his Swellow use Wing Attack on the ground, which gives his Swellow a chance to counterattack, knocking out Swellow and winning him the Feather Badge.

16. Ash vs. Conway

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A quirky, fiercely intelligent and extremely strategic character in the anime, it stands to reason that when he faced off against Ash in the third round of the Sinnoh League, Conway would prove to be a very tough opponent to beat. Having spied on Ash preparing for the battle, Conway plotted ahead and assumed that Ash would opt for pure power by using Infernape, Torterra and Glalie, so he opted himself to use Pokémon that were slow and defensive – Shuckle, Lickilicky and Dusknoir. However, even though proving that he wasn't quite a mindreader after all (Ash used Noctowl, Donphan and Gible instead), he really forced Ash to think outside of the box, which kind of became the theme for this battle and forced both parties to get creative. It eventually comes down to Gible vs. Dusknoir, with the latter having the upper-hand after it used (the beautifully animated) Trick Room to give itself a speed advantage. Dusknoir knocks out Noctowl in a single hit, and Ash puts Donphan back into action, but Dusknoir defeats it as well, leaving Ash with only one Pokémon... Ash brings out Gible one last time, and after a few well-placed bites, it defeats Conway’s Dusknoir with another powerful Draco Meteor, which gives Ash his third-round victory! This is a hilariously absurd moment, not least because of Conway’s horrified exclamation of “Ah! What kind of move is that? It ate the Shadow Punch!”, moments before Gible won the match for Ash, in what remains the little Pokémon’s finest moment to date.

15. Ash vs. Maylene

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A battle which many fans have come to regard as the best Gym battle of the Sinnoh saga, it kicks off between Ash and Maylene, who is reeling from her recent battle and humilation by Ash's rival Paul. Having only been the Gym Leader there at Veilstone City for six months, he had caused her to drastically lose confidence in herself and her potential as a Gym Leader. However, after winning in her unofficial battle with Dawn, Maylene decides she feels a little stronger and agrees to partake in an official match against Ash.       With Ash planning to earn his third Sinnoh Gym badge, he manages to get off to a good start with his Staravia able to take out both Maylene’s Machoke and Meditite, mastering Brave Bird in the process. However, Maylene’s Lucario really turned the tides in the battle and created much more of an even playing field - and yes, this is the first of several occasions in the anime where Ash has struggled to defeat a Lucario. This was a fast-paced, exciting and intense battle, which cemented Maylene’s ability and helped to restore confidence in her potential and abilities as a Gym Leader even more than her battle with Dawn had.

14. Dawn vs. May

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A very close match that had to be included on this list, it's also where we get to see Dawn come in to her own. Despite her mother, Johanna, having won the Sinnoh Grand Festival years ago, Dawn had a lot to learn and didn't have an easy ride. After her first Contest victory, she failed to make it past the Appeals Round in two consecutive Contests, which massively knocked her self-confidence. For the Wallace Cup, a multi-regional Contest tournament, May came over from Johto to partake and joined Ash, Brock and Dawn. She and Dawn both entered and, managed to make it to the final round, after multiple difficult battles. In the final, Dawn sent her Piplup out to battle May’s Glaceon, who was a far more experienced battler. Despite a shaky start, which saw Piplup briefly become paralysed, Dawn managed to hold her own in an exciting battle, with moments such as Piplup deflecting Ice Shard with Whirlpool and destroying Shadow Ball with Peck serving as very good examples of how creative and stunningly animated Contest Battles often were in the anime. It was a very close match, with Dawn only just scraping a victory in the closing moments, thereby winning the Wallace Cup. Not only was this a spectacular battle between two fan-favourite protagonists, but Dawn’s victory broke her losing streak and helped her regain self-confidence in her future as a Coordinator, concluding a several month storyline which had made her a much more well-rounded character.

13. Ash vs. Alain (Kalos League)

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This battle kicks off between Ash and his friendly rival Alain and is one that proved to be particularly controversial amongst fans, compared to others on this list. During the latter part of Ash’s Kalos journey, he had battled his friendly rival Alain several times but never won, his Greninja (even in its Ash-Greninja form) losing to Alain’s Mega Charizard X every time. In the time since their last battle, however, Greninja had mastered its Ash-Greninja form and become quite possibly Ash’s most overpowered Pokémon of all time. As such, fans were under no illusion that Ash would defeat Alain in the Kalos League final and finally win a League Conference (other than the Orange League).

The Kalos League finals between Ash and Alain are in full swing, as Alain’s Charizard defeats an exhausted Pikachu. Next, Alain’s Bisharp defeats Goodra and falls to Greninja—and just as both Trainers have been hoping, it’s Ash-Greninja versus Mega Charizard X for the very last battle! The attacks and strategies are fast and fierce, but in the end, Mega Charizard X is triumphant, and Alain becomes the Champion! Even though the battle is intense, excellently played and fairly even on both sides, many fans were quick to condemn the outcome. It still feels like a pivotal moment though, we get to see Ash's emotional growth and how he has grown mentally through his Kalos journey, as he feels satisfied with the result. We also get to see Ash’s Talonflame and Alain’s Unfezant having a particularly spectacularly animated aerial battle, and Pikachu once again proving himself to be Ash’s MVP by taking out Alain’s Tyranitar and Metagross. 

12. Ash vs. Noland

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On first meeting Noland, the Frontier Brain tells Ash that he may select one of Noland’s Pokémon to battle in a one-on-one match. Ash opts to battle the Legendary Articuno, a Pokémon which Noland was close friends with but did not officially own, and in order to combat the Ice/Flying-type, Ash decides to bring his powerhouse Charizard back to his team. However, despite its type-advantage, Charizard did find itself constantly grappling against Articuno, being severely hit by a powerful Water Pulse, having its aerial abilities seriously affected after its wing was partially frozen, plus, Articuno even managed to counter Charizard’s powerful Overheat. The intense match ensued and it looked like it was all over, until Ash had him grab Articuno by the wings and slam it into the ground with his signature finisher – Seismic Toss, which completely turned the tables. An exhausted Charizard found itself only just about able to stand, but it had, against the odds, managed to defeat Articuno, securing Ash his first Frontier Symbol and his first ever victory against a Legendary Pokémon.

11. Ash vs. Clemont (Gym Battle)

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A fast paced battle that never fails to keep viewers on the edge of their seat, even they've seen it before, is this face off between Ash and Clemont. When Ash first arrived in the Kalos region, he finds himself barred from challenging the Lumiose Gym, given that he did not possess the four Kalos region Gym badges yet, as required. He soon finds out, however, that it is his new travelling companion, Clemont, who is actually the Lumiose Gym Leader and that he had programmed a robot, Clembot, to take over as Gym Leader. It's all about who you know, huh! After repairing Clembot so that it no longer barred trainers with less than four badges from challenging the Gym, Clemont agreed to be the Lumiose Gym Leader whom Ash would challenge, after he had won four badges. By the time that Ash and Clemont finally had their Gym battle, it had become one of the most eagerly anticipated battles amongst Pokemon fans alike. And it definitely did not disappoint, the franchise serving up an exciting hot cooker of a match, letting the animators go to town, and let's just say it is eventful.

10. Ash vs. Clair

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While their initial attempt at a Gym battle had been rudely interrupted by Team Rocket (classic Team Rocket), Ash nevertheless saw that Blackthorn Gym Leader Clair’s Dragon-type Pokémon were a force to be reckoned with, so for their second battle he chose his team with real power battling in mind. As well as Pikachu, Ash brought his powerhouses Charizard and Snorlax back to his team to take on Clair’s Kingdra, Gyarados and Dragonair, a decision which ultimately foreshadowed the fact that Charizard and Snorlax would go on to be the MVPs of Ash’s Johto League battles. Snorlax and Pikachu managed to defeat Kingdra and Gyarados respectively in exciting battles, with the former emphasising the fact that Snorlax has a very useful combination of great defensive capabilities and brute strength, and the latter providing another good example of how Pikachu has often used his speed to his advantage in battle. However, the battle’s climax is when it became the most memorable as Charizard faced off against Dragonair, in another excellent example of how Ash will often think outside of the box in battle. To prevent Dragonair from hiding in the pool, Charizard used Flamethrower and Fire Spin to evaporate the water, before defeating the Dragon-type with a spectacular Fire Spin/Seismic Toss combination. Not only was this a terrific wrap-up to an excellent Gym Battle, but it ultimately served as a foreshadowing of an unorthodox technique which Ash and Charizard would use in the Johto League.

9. Ash vs. Brandon (Final Battle)

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Here we join Ash at his third and final attempt to defeat the final Frontier Brain, Brandon, having already lost to him in two consecutive battles. Having already won six Frontier Symbols, Ash found Brandon his toughest competition yet and for his final effort, opted to bring back Bulbasaur, Charizard and Squirtle to his team and, along with Pikachu, decided that he would use what remained of his original team to defeat this tough opponent, which was sure to please OG fans and long term fans of the series! After all, seeing Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charizard and Squirtle all battling together for the first time in almost 7 years was so special for Pokemon fans alike and evoked a real sense of nostalgia for the OG series.

The battle quickly went one way and seeing Brandon’s Dusclops defeat Charizard early on in the battle was particularly galling for Ash. But we see Ash's oldest team members come together and battle fiercely to turn the match around, with Bulbasaur and Squirtle between them managing to take down Dusclops, Ninjask and Solrock. The theme of the battle is teamwork, which makes the winner's victory even sweeter! This is a Pokemon battle for the history books, for sure.

8. Ash vs. Blaine (Rematch)

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Ash often found himself struggling in his Kanto Gym battles due to his inexperience, as illustrated by his initial battle with Cinnabar Gym Leader Blaine, where he was defeated with ease, probably because at that point Ash’s disobedient Charizard could not be doing with the whole thing and decided to take a back seat. However, Ash and Charizard would later come to Blaine's aid and assist him and his Magmar in preventing the volcano within which the Gym was located from erupting. Through the power of teamwork, Charizard realised how strong, great and worthy of an opponent Magmar was, a feeling which Magmar reciprocated. It was on seeing this that Blaine agreed to give Ash a rematch atop the volcano, with Charizard even receptive to Ash this time. Cue one of the hottest, fieriest, ferocious battles we have seen on our screens! Both Pokemon were powerful, however, Magmar living in the volcano did give it the upper hand for a good amount of the match, as it knew its surroundings and was able to make the most out of its home territory. Charizard even got dragged into the lava at one point! However, it is Charizard being unwilling to go down without a fight that we loved to see and proved himself to be an incredibly tough opponent after all.

7. Ash vs. Olympia

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Similarly to his Gym battle against Psychic-type trainers Tate and Liza in Hoenn, Ash faced Olympia in a double battle, pitting his Frogadier and Talonflame against her two Meowstic (one Male, one Female). A little bit of background about Olympia is that she was known to possess psychic powers, including the ability to see in to both the past and the future, making her a mysterious and compelling figure within the anime. Set against the most breathtakingly designed and animated Gym interior to date, the battle seemed to favour of Olympia at first, with the two Meowstic working together in perfect synchrony, as the male Meowstic was able to boost and accentuate the power of the Female’s attacks, while the Female’s Keen Eye ability boosted the accuracy of her attacks, becoming a more than worthy opponent for Ash’s team. However, good teamwork goes both ways and Ash’s answer to this came in the form of Frogadier and Talonflame, with the former taking a Thunder Wave for the latter. This helped Talonflame (a Fire/Flying-type) not to lose its aerial maneuverability, which of course helped Frogadier in turn. But pretty much the most spectacular part of the battle was when Ash threw an absolute spanner in the works, in the form of having Pikachu sense when the Future Sight was coming so that his Pokémon could throw the Meowstic into the path of their own attack. A completely out of the box and uber creative move that didn't go unnoticed amongst fans!

6. Ash vs. Lt. Surge (Rematch)

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Speaking of thinking out of the box and unorthodox strategy in the heat of battle, there is no better example than the rematch between Ash and Lt Surge in the anime, a battle between Ash and his Pikachu and Surge and his Raichu (the evolved form of Pikachu). It's fair to say we watched sparks fly! Ash’s first battle against Surge barely lasted a minute as Pikachu was easily outmatched by his evolved form – Raichu. Following the battle, in order to have a shot at defeating Surge in a rematch, Ash considered evolving Pikachu, but ultimately did not want to, not wanting to adopt Surge’s viewpoint that Pokémon should be made to evolve for the sake of brute power. To defeat Surge in a rematch, a clever strategy was needed, one that would reflect just how much Ash had come to understand Pikachu and his skills, in the first of many occasions in the anime which prove that brute strength alone is not enough to win a Pokémon battle, which really speaks to fans who play the games and have learnt the importance of strategic battling. Using Quick Attack and Agility to dodge Raichu’s attacks, Pikachu soon exhausted the much slower Pokémon and even absorbed Raichu’s electricity into his tail, which he then slammed into his evolved form, knocking it out. This serves as a significant battle, not just because it showed a real turning point for Ash as he won a Gym battle fair and square for the first time, but also because it is the first real example of Ash and Pikachu adopting an unorthodox strategy to win a battle, establishing a motif which has defined Ash’s approach to battling ever since.

5. Ash vs. Sawyer (Kalos League)

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This is a battle of “Analysis Versus Passion!” Ash has always battled passionately and impulsively, preferring to get creative, think with his heart, choose to go with his gut, whatever you want to call it, and wing it along the way! It's fair to say his means of battling is guided by his ability to think out of the box. This definitely makes him more adaptable in the heat of battle, whereas Sawyer is deeply strategic and goes by the book, being incredibly analytical, observing how his opponents battled and taking notes in order to learn for future battles, and tends to have everything planned out in advance. The two come head to head in an explosive, but good natured, clash, proving that both outlooks or methods are invaluable ways to win a Pokemon battle. Sawyer used his previous observations of Hawlucha, Talonflame and Pikachu’s battling styles to inform his own strategy when he sent out his Slaking, Clawitzer and Aegislash against them in some spectacularly animated and quite intense battles. Ash’s Noivern and Goodra then battled Salamence and Slurpuff respectively to explosive ties, as the two trainers gave it their all and showed how far they had come on their Kalos journeys. This battle also shows how close in friendship they actually are and how their friendship has evolved over the course of their rivalry. The battle culminated in Ash-Greninja battling Mega Sceptile, with Greninja overcoming a type-disadvantage and narrowly winning the battle for Ash, although both parties felt like they had won, having been part of such a fun and incredible battle.

4. Ash vs. Drake

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In order to win the Orange “League” Ash had to defeat the Head of the Orange Crew, who just so happened to be Drake, an undefeated champion with a trump card of the Pseudo-Legendary Dragonite. It was clear it would be no easy ride, a match that would be Ash’s first ever full six-on-six battle (a stage which he disappointingly never reached in the Kanto League). However, it was a battle where we really got to see Ash's progress as a trainer and how much he had grown throughout his journey. Pikachu faced off in a tough match against Drake’s Ditto, while Lapras fought Drake’s Gengar to an explosive tie, and Tauros came up trumps in his first ever battle by taking down Drake’s Venusaur. However, Drake wasn't going to let that get the better of him, as he dealt his powerhouse Dragonite, managing to bring down Charizard, Squirtle and Tauros in quick succession. After a fierce performance from both sides, it was Pikachu who ultimately won and managed to override Drake's attempts to overpower it, making Ash the first ever trainer to defeat Drake, through one incredible, magnificent battle.

3. Ash vs. Harrison

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Sometimes battles where our main protagonist doesn't win end up being the most magnificent and brilliant of all! Disagree? Check out this amazing and intense clash between friendly rivals Ash and Harrison, a battle that even got off to an intense start, as Harrison sent out Kecleon (a Generation 3 Pokémon who Ash had never battled) to battle Pikachu. Able to catch Ash off-guard with its speed and prowess, we see that Kecleon is much faster than the Electric-type, with some tricky abilities to go with it. Ash needed to think on his feet and eventually we see Pikachu manage to gain ground on Kecleon and eventually defeat it by grabbing its tongue! A fast-paced and very tense match ensued, where we got to see just how unorthodox Ash’s battling can be. Eventually the battle came down to Harrison’s Blaziken against Ash’s Charizard in the only clash to date that was more fiery than Charizard’s battle against Blaine’s Magmar. Not only was it a fiery battle as their elemental-type moves clashed with (at times) explosive results, but Charizard did not even have an aerial advantage, due to Blaziken’s remarkable jumping skills and ability to maneuver mid-air. After Charizard’s most heated battle to date, Blaziken was only just able to stand while Charizard was ultimately defeated, taking Ash out of the tournament. While Ash may have been defeated, this remains one of his most intense and spectacular battles to date, thanks to the excellent examples of his unorthodox strategies, the comic factor and the fiery final showdown between Charizard and Blaziken.

2. Ash vs. Paul (Sinnoh League)

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We've covered some intense battles but nothing could be more stronger than Ash's desire to triumph over Paul, a character that spent over 160 episodes belittling Ash as a weak trainer and shooting him down at every opportunity. Paul took a much harsher approach to training Pokémon than Ash did and had defeated him in multiple battles, including a six-on-six match where he defeated all of Ash’s Pokémon while only two of his were knocked out. This meant that Ash's prospective defeat of Paul was set as a truly mementous occasion and incredibly significant in terms of Ash's journey throughout the anime. Ash’s determination to defeat Paul was especially born from his desire to prove that his method of training Pokémon with love and friendship was as just as valid as Paul’s more dictatorial approach to training. As a result, the battle itself is an intense one, especially as Ash opts to use the exact same team as in the last match where Paul had defeated him, showing just how much his team had grown since then. No spoilers - go and watch this one, it's something that has to be experienced!

1. Ash vs. Gary (Johto League)

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Okay, top battle time! To top this list off, we need to talk about this match between Ash and Gary, Ash's long term first ever rival from the very beginning. It packed a huge amount of emotion and the results would change the whole dynamic of the series... the franchise even, for episodes to come. An arrogant and obnoxious trainer (just like Blue, his counterpart in the Generation I games) and the grandson of Professor Oak, Gary began his Pokémon journey with a greater understanding of Pokémon than Ash, all in all which made him a stronger fighter and always a step or ten ahead of our hero, defeating more Gyms than him and catching stronger and more fully evolved Pokémon, all whilst looking down on Ash and belittling him as often as he could. When the two had a one-on-one battle after Ash returned from the Orange Islands, Gary’s Eevee defeated Ash’s Pikachu with ease. Even though relations seemed to slightly improve between them, as Gary matured and grew in to a more respectful character, it's easy to see why Ash would still harbour a deep need to settle the score, for old times sake.

The two eventually fought it off in a full six-on-six battle for a place in the League’s quarter-finals, the only full battle where Ash did not use Pikachu, arranging his team in favour of one main asset, pure physical strength, in order to combat Gary's very well prepared, powerful and well balanced team. As the battle kicked off, it wasn't long before Gary gained the upper hand, his powerful Blastoise wasting no time taking out Ash’s Heracross and Bayleef. Even Ash’s Snorlax was overcome by Gary's Scizor, despite managing to take out Nidoqueen and Arcanine without much difficulty. Eventually we get to the point where Ash only has his Charizard left, with Gary still possessing Pokemon Scizor, Golem and Blastoise on his team. Welp! This gave us a really cool moment for Charizard, proven that he was already Ash’s most powerful Pokémon, to really shine, taking out Scizor and Golem in quick succession. The final showdown between Charizard and Blastoise was seriously intense and is one that definitely needs to be experienced in its entireity.     

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