- Mar 15, 2018
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Ash’s Dragonite didn’t even belong to him before evolving and all we knew was it had trouble flying. We know nothing of it prior to the episode. Hell, its evolution to save Ash tied into part of the theme of the episode of why Dragonair changes form upon evolving.Remember Mallow's Bounsweet and Ash's Dragonite?
With Mallow’s Bounsweet, she had it for years before it evolved and it was constantly out and active with her and even displayed some semblance of skill with how it was able to deal with Rowlet.
And even if you want to somehow count those, in no way does it undermine how terribly handled the Sobble line’s evolutions were especially when evolving into an Inteleon was Sobble’s entire goal in its narrative. When you basically set something like that up to be a character’s narrative on how it will grow, it’s unforgivable to do things the lazy way they did. In this case evolution wasn’t a consequence of development like with other Pokémon, it was the entire point.