I wish Roxie had more pokemon so that this would have been even better. I do agree about Ash's reserves are the strongest and shouldn't have been takened down like that without something better. It's not like Oshawott or the others would have done a good job either.
She still could have been strong if she had six Pokemon. Having three wouldn't be an excuse to have her overpowered. She could have been either way. And having a crowd behind you isn't any better either.
Nice to see the gym leader give out a berry to heal pignite. They should do more in-battle healing sometimes, I know I always use item healing in the games to keep the pokemon going longer. The only healing we ever see is moves like recover or synthesis. At least Ash won his eighth badge, but I can't wait to get to the episodes with the original eighth gym leader Drayden.
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It kinda sucked that Ash finally has a good team on hand yet he has to get slapped around so badly. I know having past gym stars lose here would make it seem tougher but it would have meant more had Ash used the team he always carries around since those are the guys he favors so heavily.