Quote Originally Posted by Joltik-Kid View Post
Ash and Pikachu are inseparable, if one sucks, they both suck. At least Pikachu losing to Onix in the first gym of Sinnoh made sense, losing to Panpour was an absolute joke by the writers
To be fair, Cress and Panpour had a strategy specially designed to deal with Electric types.

And for Pidove losing to Panpour instead: Nah. Even though Pikachu gets used a lot and she doesn't, using an Electric type would have been the logical choice.