He also commented that he would not lose to Paul again. Several other Pokémon in his possession were caught onscreen but later released. Brandon said that this loss was because Paul was unable to control his emotions. And as everyone else concedes, barring the Blazing Flare Blitz VS Thunderpunch clash in Ash VS Paul, the animation in Ash VS Alain is miles better - effectively trumping everything in else in the series thus far. 1. Despite that, Paul barely recognized Ash as a serious Trainer and a rival, often ignoring his speeches about loving Pokémon. After using his Gliscor to defeat Ash's Gligar with relative ease, he then put his Ursaring against Chimchar. At this point, Ash realized Paul's strategy of disregarding Pokémon and then releasing them if they did not meet his expectations. ^Imagine thinking Ash vs Katie or Ash vs Conway was better than Ash vs Kukui LOL. Prior to Lost Leader Strategy!, Paul returned to his hometown, Veilstone City, where he challenged the new Gym Leader Maylene to a Gym battle. It evolved off-screen between Riding the Winds of Change! It was revealed that Paul had evolved his Magmar into Magmortar since his battle with Brandon. Weavile briefly appeared in Aiding the Enemy as Torterra's sparring partner. Here's a link to my Twitter. Gastrodon was one of the two Pokémon used by Paul to uncover Ash's strategy, the other being Aggron. Unsatisfied with its loss, Paul gave Azumarill away to a little boy during A Gruff Act to Follow!, claiming it had no potential to improve and there was no point wasting his time on it. Paul was impressed with it and added it to his regular team. Feel free to follow me. Another thing Ash vs Kukui has above Ash vs Paul is that unlike Paul who only had two Pokemon who did damage to Ash's team all of Kukui's Pokemon got to show there strength even Empoleon who didn't get a win forced Ash to switch out Pikachu. Plus their rivalry was 10x greater. Both Turtwig and Staravia evolved while battling Honchkrow. After a fierce battle, Paul was finally defeated, and he and Ash parted on good terms, Ash having earned Paul's full respect.
Paul sent Weavile out in Riding the Winds of Change! After the battle resulted in a tie, Paul released one of the three Starly he caught, writing it off as weak, and walked off. In Chim - Charred!, Paul battled Ash after engaging in an argument over Ash's true skills as a Trainer. Satoshi versus Shinji was better, mostly because their rivalry was so engrossing.
Paul started his journey with his Turtwig through Sinnoh, inspired by his older brother Reggie's own travels. I never understood how Alan could be Ash's rival. Ash vs Kukui is better since unlike Ash vs Paul. All of Ash's Pokemon got to show how strong they were.
Eventually, Paul and Ash managed to win the tournament. Ash vs Kukui for me. His Pokémon had a type advantage over Maylene's Fighting-type team. along with Paul's other Pokémon outside of the Pokémon Center while the Team Rocket trio took care of Paul's Torterra.
Following Reggie's suggestion in A Pyramiding Rage!, Paul battled Ash in a Full Battle in Pedal to the Mettle! I prefer Ash vs Paul due to how Paul's ideals clashed with Ash's since his introduction early on in the DP saga, and how it made Ash work hard with his Pokemon, especially with how he proved Paul wrong several times, even in the Pokemon League. He feels that bonding with Pokémon would only turn them into slackers. This was seen by his Torterra, who later helped Ash's Grotle handle the changes in its evolution. He strongly dislikes weak Pokémon and has a tendency of releasing them if they do not meet his expectations. Afterwards, Paul became frustrated and determined to become more powerful. Ursaring was seen several times since, often battling with Chimchar. From Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia. with his superior tactics and the superior power of his Pokémon.
As Ash switches out his first three Pokémon—Pikachu, Infernape, and Staraptor—there’s something quite familiar about it to Paul. Both battles are regarded as some of the greatest of all time and have alot of other similarities but which one is superior? Essentially, Ash vs. Paul is better not just because of its tactics but because it is the culmination of its story leading to a point, while Ash vs. Kukui self-defeats its own purpose and is neutered in intensity by having no stakes, and thus not mattering if Ash wins or not. In Top-Down Training!, Paul audaciously challenged the Sinnoh League Champion Cynthia to a Full Battle.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiZPUiLmalI9aGA2YNxrBaA. After the battle, Paul released Chimchar in front of Ash, who then invited it to join him. Ash vs Paul was better battle whereas kukui was much tougher opponent since he was strongest trainer in alola and much stronger than paul. Ash vs Paul because Ash really needed to prove to Paul that you don't need just power to win the match. He also met his admirer Barry for the first time; however, Paul wasn't impressed by him and refused his offer for a battle, suggesting he battle Ash instead since he was denying all challenges to go into serious training. Paul had 3 episodes while Alan had better animation. This shouldn't even be a discussion. Ash vs Paul for me was a battle from DP002 until DP188, like everything they went through as trainers, their differences everything up until point of SL battle. It reappeared as an Electivire in Casting a Paul on Barry!, having evolved off screen at a prior point. Glad to see most people still remember the best battle in the anime after all these years. Notably, after this discovery and his subsequent defeat at the hands of Brandon, Paul would cease his more cruel tendencies, in the process becoming more subdued and focused.
Ash vs Alain didn't have enough emotions being pulled out of me compared to Ash vs Paul. I mean they met and battled 3/4 and barely know each other outside of battling. However, Paul lost to Brandon without being able to knock out any of Brandon's Pokémon. Chimchar had the lower hand for much of the battle, but it was able to easily defeat Ursaring after it activated Blaze.