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September 8th: SM138 - The Finals! The Ultimate Rival Showdown!!

Discussion in 'Animé Spoilers' started by Dephender, Aug 6, 2019.

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  1. Almighty Zard

    Almighty Zard He has returned.

    if proving Gladion is more of a coward than Guzma is when it comes to losing, sure.
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  2. Zoruagible

    Zoruagible Lover of underrated characters

    Besides, Ash hasn't had a mid-battle evolution in..... well, forever. Pretty terrible way to win the finals, yes. But so is Gladion being allowed to switch discs on a whim
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  3. RileyXY1

    RileyXY1 Young Battle Trainer

    It's perfectly fine for Gladion to change out drives in the middle of battle because that shows that he is very adaptive to changes in the battle.
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  4. mehmeh1

    mehmeh1 ^Probably Steven Universe?

    Since Litten->Torracat, aka the last time he had an evolution
  5. Zoruagible

    Zoruagible Lover of underrated characters

    Not to win though
    That's the point here.
  6. Almighty Zard

    Almighty Zard He has returned.

    this league is already treading on thin ice as it is, have any leagues in the past allowed a trainer to use items in the middle of a fight? It only worsens the credibility of Alola's league if Gladion wins getting away with that.

    Look at the fight he just had with Kiawe, it's obvious to most that if he had not equipped the fire drive when he did, Silvally would've probably gone down to Inferno Overdrive, not to mention Gladion showed signs of relief when the fight was over, meaning he was tense about it.

    If he equipped a drive before the battle it'd be different, but doing so during battle to prevent himself from losing is just flat out DEM.

    Kinda makes me wonder how durable Silvally is without it's drives installed, and how much damage could it take then?
  7. GarchompChain

    GarchompChain Well-Known Member

    Haha, nice one
  8. UltimateNinja

    UltimateNinja ~Ice Cold~

    It's as shitty as Meltan evolving. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying Gladion is better or that he deserves to win. Although Ash winning with DEM would piss me off more.
  9. Red and Blue

    Red and Blue Well-Known Member

    It's not deus ex machina it's a means to an evolution. Besides we already have a Chekov's Gun with Ash's Meltan calling for the others a few episodes ago in advance
  10. Sham

    Sham Aang could never

    I don’t even know why Gladion is being attacked for the disks. It’s not like type matching is the most relevant thing in a show where a Dragonite can tank multiple blizzards/ice beams and be perfectly fine. The anime cares about type match ups when it pleases them. I highly doubt Gladion changing disks would really effect any of his battles to the point he loses.
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  11. Doppelgänger

    Doppelgänger Superancient Member

    Months in advance. This evolution was foreshadowed as soon as we learned the Meltan were multiplying.
  12. AuraChannelerChris

    AuraChannelerChris "Oh, look. A comment."

    Hypothetically speaking, him simply changing his Silvally to Ground-type against Pikachu would be stupid in a writing sense, since that would render half of Pikachu's moves useless.

    But then Pikachu uses Iron Tail and he changes it to a Fire-type before the attack connects.

    Then Pikachu uses Quick Attack and he changes it to a Rock-type.

    Rinse and repeat.

    The only way to make things interesting would be if someone somehow goads Gladion to change the type to a certain type they can suddenly exploit with effective damage, but I highly doubt that, because "talking is a free action" makes things a bit too tricky and unbelievable, and so is shouting out loud your attacks.
  13. Sham

    Sham Aang could never

    We’ve already seen that the anime doesn’t care about Ground being resistant to Electric type attacks (which is what I was saying earlier). Type match ups just don’t matter that much and there’s 10x battles to prove that. If they want a character to win, they’re going to win. That scenario would be interesting but I don’t see Gladion falling for that since he seems quite experienced.
  14. mehmeh1

    mehmeh1 ^Probably Steven Universe?

    He'd have to be Deoxys-Speed to switch so fast (heck, now that I think of it, have we seen Silvally actually change from one memory to another?)
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  15. AuraChannelerChris

    AuraChannelerChris "Oh, look. A comment."

    If it didn't care, why did Ash go through the trouble of soaking Hapu's Mudsdale with water?

    (Ignoring the fact Hapu stupidly had her battle set close to the water.)

    Talking is a free action = Deoxys-Speed, however!
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  16. Red and Blue

    Red and Blue Well-Known Member

    Outside of Kanto(which suffered from early installment weirdness) Ground type Pokemon have been consistently immune to Electric type moves
  17. Sham

    Sham Aang could never

    Oh we’ve tons of examples of Ground types being hit by Electric types without an explanation (the battle with Ursula and May in Daybreak town where Mamoswine was hit with Pluse’s and Minun’s Spark). The anime doesn’t care because they suddenly decided to make ground type weak to Electric type as long as water is around. What’s the point of having a resistance if something as easy as water can cancel it? And clearly this is an easy exploitable weakness since it’s been done before. The best part of it was them comparing it to Soak which makes you wonder why that move even exists.

    I suggest you watch “playing the performance encore”
  18. Leonhart

    Leonhart Imagineer

    And I love the fact that they foreshadowed the evolution so far in advance because the writers tend to evolve Satoshi's Pokemon on a whim most of the time. So it was nice to see some hints before an evolution happened in this case.
  19. AuraChannelerChris

    AuraChannelerChris "Oh, look. A comment."

    ...Not exactly a good counterpoint to use given that was a while ago in a type of battle that liked doing flashy effects...and that was the same generation with the ever-so amazing Thunder Armor.
  20. Sham

    Sham Aang could never

    No that was DP, Thunder Armor was AG.
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