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Battling the King of the Mines! (722)

Leonhart

Imagineer
Good battle all around. It was very enjoyable to watch and Ash actually looked competent here. Roggenrola evolving was a little questionable but it doesn't ruin the episode or anything.
Satoshi's match at the Hodomoe Gym definitely made him seem skilled by comparison to how he was portrayed at the Raimon Gym at least. And even Yacon himself managed to be a more entertaining Gym Leader than Kamitsure, to me at least.
 

Daizy

I call you honey
Palpitoad's battles felt rushed, perhaps because the writers had wanted to get into the Excadrill fights more quickly. It's good to see Clay order his Pokemon to deflect Snivy's Attract in the second battle.
 

Leonhart

Imagineer
Attract was such an overpowered and commonly used attack during Best Wishes, so I was also quite pleased that Yacon got mad and showed how annoying that move can be.
 
This gym battle was much better than the last one since here Ash used strategy. It was funny when Clay got mad at Ash for using Attract too. Roggenrola's evolution felt forced since Ash didn't use it much in BW and how is it possible for Roggenrola to take several super effective hits from Clay's Excadrill after it evolved into Boldore and for Boldore to defeat Excadrill with only two attacks?
 

pokedigijedi

Saiyan Jedi
I honestly agree with Clay in this episode, how he told Ash he wasn't serious with his goal.
 

Leonhart

Imagineer
Twilight-Kun said:
I'm calling hax on Roggenrola being able to take half a dozen Drill Runs, and then survive a Horn Drill
His match was ridiculous since he had virtually zero training, but I guess he needed to seem strong all of a sudden to justify his evolution.
 

Vulpicks

Well-Known Member
It was alright. Not the worst battle I've seen (That was the last gym battle ;))

I thought it was funny when Clay got upset at Ash for using Attract. He's pretty fun as far as Gym Leaders go in the anime.
 

Leonhart

Imagineer
Vulpicks said:
I thought it was funny when Clay got upset at Ash for using Attract. He's pretty fun as far as Gym Leaders go in the anime.
Although I didn't like Yacon much, I thought he had every right to be upset since Attract was way too powerful in the BW series, and it almost always settled the battle with a single hit. It also seemed to be the writers' go-to move for whenever they needed a quick solution to a battle.
 
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