Top Ten Pokemon Anime Battles

The Top Ten
1 Ash vs Paul (Lily of the Valley)

Everything in this fight was amazing. Paul and Ash were dead opposites and hated each other in an insane rivalry throughout the whole series, even in other battles leading up to this one. Then this battle came. Spanning across 3 episodes to the last 2 Pokémon, Paul believed weak Pokémon were always going to be weak and had no use. Then his abandoned Chimchar takes out Electivire, changing everything Paul knows. This is hands down the best battle there is.

Hands down my favorite battle in the anime! I honestly didn't think it would be as good as it turned out! Had me at the edge of my seat almost the entire time.

2 Ash vs Gary (Johto League)

All that Ash worked for throughout the first series (seasons 1-5) led to this epic showdown.

A great final battle to end the original series before starting a brand new journey.

3 Ash vs Paul (Lake Acuity)

The way Paul just swept most of Ash's team was crazy. This was an amazing fight indeed.

A lot of strategy and planning went into this battle by Paul.

Utter sweep. It would've been better if it was one on one.

4 Ash vs Noland
5 Ash vs Claire
6 Ash vs Volkner
7 Ash vs Blaine (Rematch)
8 Ash vs Alan

The battle was well fought, but the outcome was as expected, just like the rematch.

Regardless of whether or not Ash lost, it was an amazing Pokémon battle for me.

A great battle, but the outcome was stupid and unoriginal.

9 Ash vs Candice
10 Paul vs Barry
The Contenders
11 Ash vs. Sawyer (League Battle)
12 Ash vs Tobias

Seeing Ash take out two legendaries was awesome and so epic, but still, this was also stupid. Tobias was created so Ash would lose, as always, and it's annoying. Ash should have won. It would have been the best end to the amazing Diamond and Pearl series.

13 Ash vs Mandi
14 Metapod vs Metapod (Episode 4)

The skill displayed was legendary. It was a bit defensive though.

15 Ash vs Gladion (Alola League)

The match that finally won him a league and made him a Pokemon master.

16 Ash vs Kukui (Exhibition Match)

The epitome of an epic Pokemon battle.

17 Dawn vs Zoey (Grand Festival)

I think this battle was amazing, especially since it's a contest battle, which means that the Pokémon aren't just attacking to faint each other. The combination moves were really good too. In my opinion, this is the best contest battle, and I favor contest battles over normal battles, so I think this is the best one. The outcome was so annoying, though.

For me, this battle is in the same boat as Ash vs Alain. It's a great battle, but Dawn should have won.

The best contest battle in the anime. Too bad Serena isn't doing these. She would actually be interesting to watch.

18 Ash vs Misty (Alola)

Pikachu vs. Mega Gyarados was awesome! Hope you guys like this match.

19 Ash vs Drake

The series' first 6 on 6 battle, and I loved it!

20 Ash vs Diantha

Greninja is stronger than Diantha's Mega Gardevoir. Nobody expected that.

21 Ash vs Brandon

It's a cool battle where Ash goes up against a Frontier Brain. Not only do Bulbasaur and Squirtle return to Hoenn, but Pikachu takes down a legendary Pokémon, Regice.

22 Ash vs Tyson

No. It came down to Meowth and Pikachu.

23 Ash vs Morrison

This battle had the best in-battle story. Definitely top 5 for me. But I just don't understand why nobody cares about Morrison. I loved many things about this battle, like Girafrig vs Corphish, which was a total masterpiece in storytelling. Growlithe consoling Morrison was such an emotional scene. Grovyle Leaf Blading through Steelix's Dragon Rage was so badass! This battle had a lot in it. And to me, the titles of the episodes (A Judgement Brawl, Choose It or Lose It) speak volumes.

24 Diagla vs Palkia vs Giratina
25 Grant vs Viola
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