Iris and Cilan are currently in Tracey territory, having less than 6 each.
It's weird because Misty wanted to be a water pokemon master and she owned 10 water types. Iris wants to be a dragon master but the writers only give her 2? That's just wrong on paper.
Aside from number of pokemon, it also looks like neither Cilan or Iris are gonna seek the joys of having a pokemon egg.
At this point, Iris just REALLY needs to use Axew more. So it's more than just a hair accessory.
You're pretty much saying that Gyarados would listen to anyone who is the Cerulean gym leader, which is false since it formed a bond with Misty and wouldn't listen to anyone else beforehand.
Off track guys, Gyarados has nothing to do with Iris lol.
As for Iris, I think she catches a full team before leaving. I mean Dawn had 7 pokemon in DP (1 released) so wynaut?
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Its not like writers couldn't do continuation from where they stopped given how there are left at least 7 to 8 months before this generation ends.
Not to mention if Mastermind 10th anniversary special was something to go by Misty didn't took Azurill with her using only Staryu and Gyarados.
Prior to that it didn't listen to anyone, including sisters.
He is also used with her whenever she leaves gym (like when releasing Togetic or in Mastermind special) being treated as her pokemon just like Corsola, Staryu and others she takes outside of gym. Otherwise she would taken Dewgong, Shelder and others too but i don't think she can since they don't belong to her being listed in bulbapedia as pokemon which belong to Cerulean gym. While Gyarados on other hand is listed as Misty's pokemon.
From Cerulean Blues and onwards its safe to say how Misty acquired Gyarados through befriending him deciding to become hers. More than we can say for other gym pokemon .
Last edited by pokemon fan 132; 18th January 2013 at 8:30 AM.
The problem with Iris is that dragon types are rare and considered powerful while Water types are abundant and vary in power. So I can see them giving Iris one more dragon type and sending her off like that. Unova only has three native dragon lines so that limits her choices so they had to bring in Dragonite. I can see why they didn't fill her team so I think she'll leave with 5.