Hey guys! Today I thought we’d dissect the Champions *and technically not Champions but have a final battle/refuse the title*. So I thought I’d put them all here, and separate them by region groups, to make things a little easier.
As before, I’m making these lists referring to the original Champion battles that you have with these characters – that means no rematches, sequels or remakes – Let’s Go aside, because Trace is a different character to Blue.
Kanto to Hoenn
Blue and Trace, even though they do have no choice but to use a Kanto team, have such an amazing spread of type combinations. This allows them to have a competitive edge. These are all tough Pokemon, and I love how Trace keeps the orphan Cubone and raises it into the Marowak we see. Blue has two sets of Exeggutor, Arcanine and Gyarados but this set-up varies depending on what starter you pick.
Lance disappoints me. Despite the fact that you can get Kingdra (which would be an amazing asset to his team) he uses three separate Dragonite. Dude, get it together!
Stephen has such a beautiful team consisting of a combination of Steel- and Rock-types, with only Skarmory coming outside of Hoenn.
Wallace is less impressive in that regard, being mono-type-based. Although he has Ludicolo.
Sinnoh to Kalos
Cynthia’s only non-Sinnoh Pokemon is Milotic, but at the same time the rest of her team is just phenomenal. At the time, Spiritomb had no weaknesses, and we needn’t discuss her Garchomp further.
Of course, Alder had a full Unova Pokedex to work with, so there’s that. Iris does have a mostly Unovan team, with Aggron and Lapras being exceptions.
Diantha is admittedly an easy Champion to fight. But her only non-Kalos Pokemon is Gardevoir, but it does Mega Evolve, so she has that.
Alola & Galar
I included Kukui and Hau despite them not being champions.
Kukui has a pretty even spread of Pokemon, with Lycanroc being his main partner. Apart from the Alolan Ninetales and the starter strong against yours, there are no other Alolan Pokemon. The same goes for Hau as well, with Crabominable, Alolan Raichu and the starter weak to yours.
Leon is a bit different. In two of his possible teams, he only has two Galarian Pokemon, including the starter strong against yours. Otherwise it’s Dragapult and Mr. Rime if you choose Scorbunny.
So that’s it! I didn’t think I could fit it in one post, but I did. Next week will be the first part of the rivals list.