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Top 10 Pokemon Battles From the Animated Show

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Alex Crilly-Mckean. Gotta catch em all! And then make em burn, crush and electrocute each other for our amusement and personal gain! Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Pokemon Battles of All Time. From Ash's battles against gym leaders to Red's quest to become the greatest Pokemon trainer of all time, these are the pokebattles that left fans breathless and excited for years to come. We're not only looking at duels between trainers, but also Pokemon who battle each other for one reason or another. However, we are only looking at battles form the show, and not the movies or video games. Special thanks to our users Dominick Tortorice, Thomas Weaver, Galaxy5141, 011bricks, Eleazar B. Batalla, justin james and Liam Hughes for suggesting this idea on our Suggestion Tool at

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Script written by Alex Crilly-Mckean.

Top 10 Pokemon Battles from the Animated Show

Choose your team and get your game-face on, because it’s time for a Pokemon battle! Welcome to and today we are counting down the top ten Pokemon battles from the animated show.

For this list, we’ve chosen the most action-packed and fan-pleasing Pokemon battles that Ash and company have taken part in over the course of the long-running series. As you might have guessed, battles from the actual games won’t be included in this list, and there will be a few spoilers here and there, so – spoiler alert!

#10: Ash vs. Brandon

What’s worse than facing a Gym Leader? A Gym Leader who’s packing legendries. Facing off against the last of the Frontier Brains, Ash took on Brandon in a four vs. four Pokemon Battle. What was great about this fight is not only did Ash’s Squirtle and Bulbasaur make a reappearance, they both took down tough opponents despite both taking a heavy beating. Yet the climax of the battle was when Pikachu took on one of the legendary golem RegIce. That yellow mouse sure has come far.

#9: Charizard vs. Mewtwo

Taking a quick break from Ash, we turn our attention to the Pokemon Origins Special that tipped the hat to fans of the games. In this four-part series, we follow Red, as he travels around the region of Kanto earning badges and catching pretty much every Pokemon he comes across. You know, that thing Ash was meant to be doing. But this series wasn’t just a nostalgia trip, it had its fairshare of kickass fights, and what’s more kickass than a Charizard taking on Mewtwo. With fast-paced action, beautiful visuals, and a Mega Evolution to boot for fans to get pumped for Pokemon X and Y, this is a must-watch fight for Pokefans everywhere.

#8: Ash vs. Jeanette

Ah, the good old days of the Indigo League, back when a Bellsprout could actually kick ass. As he makes his way towards to the final, Ash’s Bulbasaur almost made a clean sweep of Jeanette’s Bug Pokemon until an unexpected final choice turned the battle around. I don’t think any of us were expecting Pikachu to defeated, especially by a Bellsprout. Of course, Ash manages to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in a somewhat hilarious twist. Ooh, that’s a nasty way to go.

#7: Charizard vs. Articuno

Back to the Battle Frontier, as well as the return of an old favourite! Fans had gone quite a while without seeing Ash’s Charizard, but their patience was rewarded when he came back for a solo battle against the one and only Articuno. Despite having the type advantage the fearsome dragon quickly realised that Articuno isn’t a legendary Pokemon for nothing, yet he still and manages to snag a win for his trainer despite the odds!

#6: Infernape vs. Electivire

During his journeys through the Pokemon region of Diamonds and Pearls, Ash found a new rival in the pragmatic and cynical Paul. These two battled on multiple occasions, ultimately leading up to their final bout in the quarter-finals of the Sinnoh Championships. As you’d expect, it leads up to last Pokemon standing between Paul’s Electivire and Ash’s Infernape. Filled with flames and thunderbolts, it’s an intense match that pushes both Pokemon trainers to their limits.

#5: Charizard vs. Blaziken

Oh yeah, expect Charizard to be showing up a lot here. After finding his way into another championship, Ash ended up taking on an opponent who had a few tricks up his sleeve, namely in the form of a Blaziken. That may not mean much now days, but when this episode premiered, this was the first time fans of the show had seen a Blaziken, and it did not fail to impress! When you manage to bring down Ash’s Charizard with fire type moves alone, that’s worthy of recognition, it also showed that the Hoenn region had some damn strong Pokemon waiting to be discovered.

#4: Ash vs. Drake

Don’t you just love it when the underdog comes out on top. After battling his way through the various Orange Islands, Ash goes head to head against Drake, a champion with six powerful Pokemon of his own. There a lot of highlights here, Lapris vs Gengar, Taurus vs Venasaur, but the highlight of the battle has to go to Pikachu vs. Dragonite. Amazing how one little mouse can bring down a dragon, then again, most mice can’t bring the thunder like Pikachu can.

#3: Charizard vs. Magmar

Nothing beats the classics. Battling for his penultimate gym badge, Ash found himself in hot water when up against the riddle-spouting Blaine and his Magmar. After nearly barbecuing Pikachu, his last hope came in the form of Charizard, who by this stage was still something of a rebellious douche.
That changed when he found Magmar to be a worthy opponent, or at least another Pokemon he wanted to take down. As you can imagine the fight is intense and filled to the brim with flames. It also showcased why Charizard was such a badass, I mean, do you know any other Pokemon that can catch a Fire Blast?

#2: Pikachu vs. Raichu

We all know that Pikachu is a powerhouse in a pint-sized body, but back in the first season that wasn’t always the case. While trying to earn another gym badge, our favourite electric mouse gets the thunder kicked out of him by his evolutionary counterpart Raichu. Its then that Ash has to make the tough decision on whether to forcefully evolve Pikachu to make him a match for Raichu, or find another way to win. Needless to say, Ash chooses the latter and what follows is Rocky Balboa, the Pokemon version.

Before our number one pic gets ready for battle, here are a few honourable mentions!

Dawn vs. Zoey

Ash vs. May

Red vs. Giovanni

Ash vs. Paul

#1: Ash vs. Gary (Charizard vs. Blastoise)

Two talented trainers, two fully evolved Pokemon and one childhood rivalry leading up to one epic Pokemon battle that was 4 years in the making. Our top pick goes to the final confrontation between Ash and Gary, the two trainers from Pallet Town who now find themselves battling at the Silver Conference. Their rivalry comes full circle as the two show just how far they’ve come since the first episode, and fans are treated to a whole host of intense battles, the pinnacle of course being Charizard vs. Blastoise. Yet despite Charizard having the type disadvantage, the burning lizard still proves why he’s the king.

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