- Mar 3, 2022
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If Ash ends up facing Cynthia, I’m at least expecting that he thinks of rotating the battlers so he can have as many conscious pokemon by the time Garchomp comes out. Sure, Dragonite can’t take on that thing 1v1, but Gengar has a near perfect moveset to counter it and Dracovish hits like a truck, so they could soften it up.
Unfortunately it is so obviously telegraphed, that it is similar situation to Drasna fight -
(a) Either will writers be reasonable, and then it is obvious Ash will face her
(b) or they will be subverting expectations so harshly, that they IMHO do not have the tools and wits to pull it off and any reasonable deductions/discussions end. Then Ash may as well have Pidgeot and Lapras returning to fight Iris, I would not be surprised by anything at that point. But it would almost undoubtedly be forced.
So if you don't mind, I will stride with notion that (in reasonable world) Ash is practically confirmed to fight Cynthia.
Now to the crux of the matter - taking down Garchomp. I agree, but since the match will be probably 3v3 (first round is telegraphed to be 2v2 it seems - although Raihan episode suggested 3v3, but special preview shows only 2 Pokémon per Master 8 participant if I am not mistaken), there are not that many options. Cynthia will obviously use Garchomp, almost expecting Kommo-o and there are many options like Milotic (seen against Iris), Roserade (Arceus specials), I would personally expect Togekiss to counter dragons or maybe Glaceon? It is very hard to imagine Ash taking down both of remaining Pokémon with his team still intact and that leaves realistically two (and one of them quite banged up) Pokémon to take down Garchomp. So Dragonite is still expected to do some heavy lifting.
Personally, I made my peace with result, but at least would like the writers to do it convincingly. I was giving them pass with Duralodon, even there it could be debated that Lucario made surprisingly quick work of him contrary to Leon's Charizard. But OK, Duralodon was practically immobile and that Spirit Bomb Aura Sphere due to its slow nature and build up was unexpected and insanely effective. So let's say it made sense, and does not somehow say that Ash has trained new hatchling in few months to be more powerful than literally Monarch's Ace Pokémon, whom he has been training for years and is currently unbeatable.