Ash's next choice is Torterra, and Paul actually smiles eek! After his Ninjask is eliminated, Paul brings out his Froslass, while Ash calls on Pikachu. The attention to detail when Torterra was sliding down Rock Climb, collapsed to the ground, and Drapion descending afterwards was amazing. Plus, taking out three of Ash's Pokemon after he had a strong lead was probably the best way to bring his confidence down a bit. Drapion uses Pin Missile to counter and an collision is made. Now it's time for the second part of their battle, an already excellent match that is really livening things up, it's. Paul is pretty much as perfect as a rival in this show can get.
Personally, I didn't really like Gary until near the end of Johto, despite rarely appearing in that saga before the Silver Conference started. The battle between Froslass was one of Pikachu's best imo. Watching from home, Reggie is delighted that Ash has changed things up on the fly and that Paul can't predict his attacks anymore, because now he gets to see how Paul reacts. James thinks even Paul might have been taken aback by that move, but looking over he sees that Paul's frown hasn't shifted an inch, and he deadpan orders Drapion to use Toxic Spike like everything is just going to plan. Gliscor uses Giga Impact and hides itself in the smoke caused by the previous collision.
The fact that he only battled Ash 3 or 4 times despite showing up in several seasons doesn't help matters. Torterra fainting from one move after using Synthesis reminded me of Pikachu defeating Regice with one move after it used recover. Infernape digs and then uses Flare Blitz. Just like the other three I think the most memorable thing about him will probably be his Pokemon. I thought that this episode was just so awesome from beginning to end.
Froslass goes to defeat him using Ice Shard, but Pikachu bounces off using Iron Tail and knocks her out. I asked him if I could take over the talkbacks and he said it was okay. If you were to ask me to describe Richie, Harrison, and Tyson not much comes to mind. Paul send out Drapion and Ash recalls Pikachu for Gliscor. Torterra gets back up and uses Synthesis as the rocks crash down and Drapion returns to the same level, using Pin Missile on Torterra before it can launch a Counter Attack.
Drapion uses Cross Poison, but gets repelled by Energy Ball, then follows with Leaf Storm. Ash sends out Torterra and it did some damage to Drapion utilizing Energy Ball, Leaf Storm, and Rock Climb. Even Paul thought that strategy was clever. I know a lot of fans of the original Japanese hate the dub music but I thought the bgm they used really enhanced the fight. Paul confesses that Stone Edge got his attention, but orders Drapion to use Pin Missile, while Gliscor evades and uses X-Scissor, gracefully dodging the missiles. Paul is momentarily startled, then smiles back and tells Ash that he has it the wrong way round. He even had a few short conversations with characters other than Ash.
Froslass prepares another Ice Shard, and Pikachu. Dodgy Synopsis 654: Gekito Furu Batoru! Brock, Barry and Dawn see that Gliscor's experience at the Air Battle Master paid off, as it can move faster and is harder to get hit by Drapion's moves. The first after Ash came back from the Orange Islands, which lasted for around five minutes, and then their two part battle in the Silver Conference, which was pretty awesome and a nice way to end their rivalry. Ash defeated Conway with Gible's newly mastered Draco Meteor attack, Infernape learned Flare Blitz and learned that he and Paul would battle in the first six-on-six round of the League Ash and Paul began their six-on-six League match with Ash taking a lead right before Paul's Drapion took control of the battle against Buizel. Ash calls Infernape back and sends Pikachu against Paul's Froslass. Suffering a shot of Toxic Spike, Ash wonders how to negate the Toxic Spikes. Gliscor avoids the attacks and moves in closer to hit an X-Scissor.
It should be really fun to watch. Morrison, Conway, and Nando are definitely more interesting and entertaining than the League rivals. Staraptor is defeated, so Ash calls him back and sends Torterra. Even though Torterra lost I thought it put up a great fight to remember. Pikachu uses Volt Tackle, but misses Froslass. We got to see him battle Ash, Barry, Dawn, Conway, Brock, random trainers, gym leaders, a frontier Brain, and even the Champion. I wish they could have had another 3-on-3 or 6 vs.
But Drapion still manage to defeat Torterra even at a disadvantage. Pikachu gets hit by Froslass and retaliates with Thunderbolt, but he fails to hit Froslass. After that, you'll see him in the Victory Road, in Mt. He started out as the stereotypical jock character. Really great continuation to the battle. Infernape using Dig and Flare Blitz to destroy Toxic Spike's poison was another brilliant strategy by Ash. From the twerps' point of view in the stands though they can see hail coming down, and it is starting to hit Pikachu with annoying little blasts which it tries to Thunderbolt through.