I'm not one of the people who completely despised this battle, in fact I quite liked it, but I do think there could've been some fair changes to make it a bit more worthwhile for Ash's team.
Firstly, I'd have had Heracross struggle back up from the Dream Eater and get recalled, before sending out Torkoal to get its loss (albeit not so quickly). Then Gible wouldn't have come out, it would've gone straight to Sceptile for the defeat, before Tobias sent out, let's say a Cloyster, to Ice Beam the gecko into oblivion.. Then Heracross would've come back out and Focus Punched the crap out of Cloyster before being defeated by the Lucario that I think almost everyone had predicted Tobias to have at one point or another.. Lucario would've destroyed Heracross, then gone up against Swellow, who would deal a butt ton of damage before being recalled after a hard hit, allowing Gible to swoop in and take the victory. Gible would then take on the next opponent, getting hit hard, but evolving and winning as a Gabite. It would then get quickly defeated by Latios, followed by Swellow, before Pikachu came out and tied. This means that Tobias would've of course won without using a sixth, still using both Legendaries but having some other Pokemon in between.
Not everyone's cup of tea, but it would've at least fleshed out the battle a bit and put Ash's first dragon type on a pedestal.. but ah well, like I said, I enjoyed it anyway.
OR Playthrough - Currently In Training
I don't really have the time or patience to focus on nature's and IV'S, I just play with what I'm handed..
Heracross v. Darkrai: Darkrai
Torkoal v. Darkrai: Darkrai though Torkoal does more damage
Gible v. Darkrai: Gible Recalled after Ice Beam
Sceptile v. Darkrai: Sceptile
Sceptile v. Emboar (Show off the Unova strters): Emboar
Swellow v. Emboar: Swellow
Swellow v. Lucario: Lucario
Gible v. Lucario: Gible Evolves
Gabite v. Lucario: Gabite
Gabite v. Latios: Latios
Pikachu v. Latios: Draw
Ash with a more respectable 6-4 loss. Tobias' team gets fleshed out more so the complaints of Legend hax get shut up. And Gible gets some more focus while Sceptile and Pikachu still get their BAMF moments.
Signature Credit: The Comet
I would have liked to see:
Darkrai vs Heracross: Darkrai
Darkrai vs Gible: Darkrai
Darkrai vs Sceptile: Sceptile (extended fight)
Lucario vs Sceptile: Lucario
Lucario vs Glalie: Draw
Latios vs Swellow: Latios (extended fight)
Latios vs Pikachu: Draw
This would have been possible in the scope of one episode.
Darkrai defeats Heracross and Gible the way he does in the show (tanking a couple of hits but restoring himself with Dream Eaters), before falling to Sceptile in a tougher fight. Sceptile falls to Lucario easily afterwards. Glalie and Lucario battle to a double KO. Swellow duels Latios in a longer aerial dogfight before finally falling, leading the way for Pikachu to draw. Sceptile earns a win. Pikachu and Glalie draw. Swellow has a strong showing, and Gible and Heracross fought admirably as they did in the actual episode.
Ash substitutes Torkoal for Glalie, resulting in a team comprising of 2 tier-1s (Pik, Scep), 3 tier-2s (Gla, Swel, Hera), and 1 high tier-3 and trump card (Gib).
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Would love to see the following:
Sceptile, Pikachu, Charizard, Snorlax, Infernape and Greninja (assuming Ash gets one) vs. Latios, Darkai, Entei (I felt like the opening implied Entei would have been in the battle?), and 3 randoms.
Of course it would be nice to see someone else KO Darkrai instead of Sceptile again, and maybe Sceptile beating Latios for *revenge*. I am sure we will never see this trainer again, but whenever Ash wins champion leagues (I'm sure it will be 10+ years from now .. ), I'd like to see Ash take out Tobias in an episode.
Anyway, this battle was pretty epic. It sucks though that it was essentially a 6 vs 2.
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