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Trainer's Strengths & Weaknesses Analysis Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'General Pokémon Discussion' started by shoz999, May 25, 2019.

  1. shoz999

    shoz999 Thorton hears a battle

    "Most people seem to think the mark of good trainers is simply their command of Pokemon, but the trainer's own power, skill and speed are just as essential." - Giovanni, Leader of Team Rocket - Pokemon Adventures

    For those who still don't get it, the quote says that powerful Pokemon don't mean everything, there's also the matter of the trainer's own strengths too. I feel that this quote sums up perfectly why the anime excites or disappoints fans greatly when it comes to major battles. People often say that Diamond & Pearl's take on Ash Ketchum is the best because he not only trained his Pokemon well but displayed his skills as a Pokemon trainer quite well in creative smart ways. Then there are trainers like Cameron of the BW saga who wields very powerful Pokemon but his skills as a trainer are just laughable by much of the fanbase who understands the basic mechanics. However this isn't just true for good or bad character or battle writing, it also holds true mechanically, be it how a trainer's AI function or competitive players trying to figure out how to best use a powerful Pokemon.

    So let's discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Pokemon Trainer's throughout the series! It can be mechanically speaking of the games or analyzing the strengths and weaknesses that of the manga, anime and etc.
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2019
  2. Leonhart

    Leonhart Well-Known Member

    Given that the trainers in the games don't use actual skill since they're AI, I don't really count them since their strengths and weaknesses are established by Game Freak. But in terms of the anime, I think that Satoshi's greatest strength is his ability to observe something and then come up with a counter right on the spot. It's not like all of his Pokemon are particularly powerful, yet they manage to win battles against the odds simply because they can out-strategize their opponents at the critical moment. The greatest weakness of his team (and this applies to many Pokemon in the anime in general) is that there have been countless times when his Pokemon were facing a problem that they could've gotten out of had they used their own judgement instead of simply relying on Satoshi's orders.
     
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