We’re only one episode away from crowning the winner of the Pokemon World Coronation Sequence’ Masters Eight, a showdown of the eight strongest trainers from the world over. Over a number of years, Ash Ketchum has climbed his approach via the very best ranks and survived incredibles battles towards League Champions like Cynthia and Steven Stone. Now, he’s within the closing showdown towards Leon, the reigning Monarch of the World Coronation Series, and his strongest rival of all time. If Ash wins this, he’ll lastly be acknowledged because the Pokemon Grasp he’s at all times dreamed of being. Sadly, Leon has spent three episodes systematically dismantling his workforce one after the other. Ash goes to want a miracle to return out on prime, however miraculously, it seems like one simply confirmed up.
Leon gave Ash an enormous benefit initially of their battle. Regardless of the foundations solely permitting for one battle gimmick, Leon satisfied the judges to let Ash use all three. He wished to see Ash at his strongest, and so although Leon may solely Gigantimax, Ash could be allowed to Gigantimax, Mega Evolve, and use a Z-Transfer.
The battle began out on pretty even footing, although Leon’s Cinderace instantly shocked Ash and Pikachu by revealing its Libero Means, which permits it to change into Floor-type so as to withstand Pikachu’s assaults. Ash wasted no time switching Pikachu out for Gengar and Gigantamaxing it, which allowed him to take an early lead by knocking out Leon’s Inteleon.
Leon changed Inteleon with Mr. Rime, who finishes off Gengar by establishing a power-boosting Psychic Terrain. Ash makes use of Sirfetch’d to interrupt the terrain then takes out Mr. Rime with Mega Lucario. However when Leon then sends on Dragapult, Ash’s workforce shortly begins falling aside. Dragapult is ultimately knocked out by Ash’s Dragonite, however not earlier than performing some severe injury to each Dragonite and Dracovish, and knocking out Mega Lucario. Leon’s Rillaboom was in a position to make quick work of each Dragonite and Sirfetch’d, and whereas Dracovish got here again and defeated Rillaboom with its bizarre new pink fang powerup that activated throughout its battle with Dragapult (one other benefit for Ash) it was shortly subdued by Cinderace.
This leaves simply Pikachu standing towards Leon’s Charizard and Cinderace – his strongest Pokemon and a Pokemon who has already confirmed resistant to Electrical-type assaults. Including insult to harm, Leon instantly Gigantamaxes Charizard, giving Ash no alternative however to make use of his closing gimmick: Pikachu’s 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt. The Z-Transfer clashes with Charizard’s G-Max Wildfire, inflicting an enormous beam of power to shoot up into the sky. This leads to an explosion that sends each Pokemon flying again, knocking Charizard out of Gigantamax kind. Earlier than the battle can resolve, it’s revealed that the drive of those mixed assaults awoke Eternatus within the lab at Hammerlocke, inflicting it to interrupt out and fly to the stadium.
That is the place issues depart off till the finale subsequent week. We don’t know what Eternatus’ intervention means for the battle but. Will the 2 champions have to pause their combat to take care of Eternatus, or will Eternatus – as one preview suggests – one way or the other power-up Pikachu and Charizard for one closing final combat? In any occasion, it’s onerous to foretell how issues are going to prove, however it’s not trying nice for Ash.
Knocking Charizard out of G-Max is big, however Ash has now used each trick up his quick white sleeves, and it’s as much as Pikachu to complete the job. Charizard is under no circumstances out but, and Leon nonetheless has his Cinderace, who hasn’t taken a single level of injury to this point. If there’s one Pokemon that might overcome the chances it’s Ash’s Pikachu, however these are some significantly steep odds, even with out no matter wrench Eternatus is about to throw into the whole factor.