22nd July 2010, 4:45 AM
A gym battle that isn't the gym leader vs a member of the main cast?! I love all the new stuff that's getting thrown in this saga. When this episode first aired I was really mad at Paul for releasing Azumarill due to the fact that its a final stage evolution pokemon, but now knowing his full team and various reserves of his I am more mad that he didn't use Torterra for the gym battle. Also in this episode we learn that Paul is from Veilstone City, which gets ultimately crammed down our throats when the twerps actually reach Veilstone City.
Roark's Cranidos certainly knows a variety of moves. And Onix's Stealth Rock attack was a rather large and interesting factor in this gym battle. And the various abilities of both trainers' pokemon was another large and interesting factor.
Paul had some funny lines in this episode. I laughed when he said "Duh!" to Ash and "Who are you?" to Dawn, I guess Ash is the only twerp Paul considers a threat, or at least worth noticing. This episode was quite the gym battle of chaos and I enjoyed it very much.
7th November 2010, 9:08 PM
Originally Posted by Korobooshi Kojiro
Awwwwwww! I just want to hug 'im!
Originally Posted by Umi Mizuno
Originally Posted by S.Suikun
That would be funny to actually see in the anime!
Originally Posted by Gravy
I actually did not expect Paul to win this battle. I thought he was going to lose. Not that Paul deserved to lose. I don't like him but I don't hate the guy.
28th November 2010, 9:11 AM
Paul strategy is so amazing unlike any other trainer.... It shows he utilizes his pokemon's abilties to the utmost
24th April 2011, 11:42 PM
27th April 2011, 5:49 AM
This episode was good. It was cool to finally see a Gym battle by somebody other than Ash. Paul did well in his gym battle. He really showed he doesn't care about the well-being of his Pokemon, letting them get hard hit by Stealth Rock. Not happy that Paul got rid of his Azumarrill after losing to Geodude. His strategy was very good. It was cool to see Cranidos for the 1st time. Cranidos is strong and has strong attacks.
16th June 2012, 8:51 PM
When I first saw this, I did not expect Paul to send out a stupid looking pokemon like Azumarill. I actually thought this battle made Paul look kind of weak because Azumarill lost against a Geodude and he had to rely on Elekid to win. :/
Chimchar? What about Cranidos? xD
Originally Posted by Caseydia
26th July 2012, 1:36 AM
I watched this episode the other day and it is 1 of my favorite episodes. I love how intense the battle between Paul and Roark is. Elekid using brick break through Craniados' flamethrower was epic. I give it a 9/10!
20th June 2013, 7:12 PM
Rewatching this episode, I now realise how great it was. It was such a great and unique way to show off the gym to new viewers, whilst also not having Ash seem dumb like he is in BW. It also showed off some great abilities to new viewers such as Blaze, Static and Rock Head, and explained how they are all activated. It was a good episode for teaching people who are new to pokemon about different abilities and also typing. I'd like to see this again in the future, show off the first gym leader by showing someone else battle them first, and have the gang commentate like Ash, Brock and Dawn did, it shows that Ash understands different strategies too.
24th July 2013, 7:55 PM
It sucks how the only Paul Gym Battle we see is the one where he barely wins. But eitherway it was an awesome battle.
29th August 2013, 10:34 PM
Meh, I didn't enjoy this episode. Ash and the others meets gym leader Roark, but unfortunately Paul challeges Roark before Ash. Paul's Azumarill lost, but Elekid got the wins in the gym battle.
I didn't expect Paul to sent out an Azumaril of all Pokémon ...... It was sad to see Azumaril losing terribly and then getting insults from Paul.
23rd November 2014, 11:07 PM
Oreburgh City looked great in the anime in my opinion. I thought that Team Rocket disguised as workers at the mine was funny, and I liked how Roark reacted to find that Skull Fossil as well. Paul vs. Roark was pretty awesome, although I was irked that Paul's Azumarill lost to Geodude. It was really weak, but at least Paul's Elekid got to shine.
12th December 2014, 2:01 AM
I forgot how intense towards the end of the battle got.
14th March 2015, 2:28 AM
Great battle, Paul seems to always have the best battles. I enjoyed watching his Chimchar and Elekid in action here. 9/10
7th January 2016, 4:52 AM
Wow Paul struggled against Roark much more than I thought he would. Azumarill ended up being kind of pointless since his type advantage didn't matter but how cool that we got to see someone other than Ash fight a gym leader.
8th February 2016, 3:56 PM
This is without question one of my favorite gym battles to watch, Paul used a lot of strategy in his decision making.He cleverly used Chimchar's dig to knockout Onix and Elekid's Brick Break on Geodude and Cranidos.Elekid impressed me the most with its endurance, despite. taking several hits it just kept getting back up, I'd have to guess that Paul captured it either during or towards the end of his 3rd regional journey.
24th April 2016, 4:58 AM
Paul did well and seeing Dawn get angry at him was hilarious. Too bad that Paul's Azumarill was the fall guy in this match. 8/10
9th June 2016, 8:45 PM
Meh, Paul struggled against Roark which was upsetting since he always seemed flawless up until this point. Lol at his Azumarill failing, though.
14th September 2016, 1:27 AM
What I liked the most here was how Paul's perfection facade was exposed and that now we saw him barely manage to win a serious battle.