As mentioned in the discussion thread before the episode aired, the Pokémon League/Conference is just a way to become the champion, but is not necessary the only oneI like how Iris became champion after battling one dragon trainer and learning about two dragon-types, and didn't have to battle an Elite Four or previous reigning champion to get the title
I guess Unova saw how Alola went about crowning its champion and went "Oh, you mean we don't have to waste money on tournaments anymore, we can just give it to people now? Sweet!"
Iris told Dragonite to have fun in batlle (correcting mindset). Sure it has impact on the battle but whether it change the result, turning it from losing to winning is arguable.LOL and people had the NERVE to say Iris speaking to Dragonite had no impact on the result
Ash proved himself useless during that situation and only benefited from what Iris did.
Even Ash changed his demeanor after the Iris talk. Dragonite gave Ash a look which woke him up too. So none of those inspired strategies happen without Iris doing what she did.
Literally anybody saying *Iris held back* is an excuse you should remember it is canon in the games Iris helping Dragonite learn Draco Meteor.
The point is Iris helped Dragonite unlock a new move instead of taking advatange of Dragonite's situation. She very well could have taken advantage of it but she loves Dragon type Pokemon so much that she could not help it.Except Iris didn't know about Draco meteor, she literally didn't know what Ash was doing until Go pointed it out that Ash was doing something and then it clicked with Iris.
It's a nod, absolutely, but it wasn't like Iris was letting it happen since she was concerned with what was happening.
In that part Dragonite was ready to fight so that part is not holding back.And she stopped to help the opponent's Pokemon instead of straight attacking it. Don't see how that isn't holding back.
Glad to see Goh going on a catching spree, but only two Pokemon? Would have been nice to see more. He's rarely in Unova, so he should take the opportunity. But that would have taken time from the rest of the episode, so.
Ash solely invented the way to get the new move. Even Dragonite merely following Ash's instruction, not improvising on its own. The only help Iris give in the new move formation are telling Haxorus to fire Dragon Pulse which became the fuel and cheering for it when the Dragon Pulse is sucked by Hurricane.The point is Iris helped Dragonite unlock a new move
After Ash talk and before Iris talk, Dragonite give a battle cry and show taunting gesture signaling readiness to fight. NB: I didn't say fullyHow was Dragonite ready to fully fight when it need Iris' help to boost his strength and learn a new move?
Happynite is forced down to the ground and look afraid while Angrynite hovering in front. It is like Happynite bowing down to Angrynite. Clearly Happynite is in vulnerable state
Iris stopped attacking him though?Ash solely invented the way to get the new move. Even Dragonite merely following Ash's instruction, not improvising on its own. The only help Iris give in the new move formation is cheering for it when the Dragon Pulse is sucked by Hurricane.