Deathmatch: Who is the strongest Pokemon champion?
The greatest challenge for a wannabe Pokemon master is beating the Pokemon Champion. After beating the 8 Gym leaders and then the mighty elite four, the only things that stands between you and glory is the blasted Pokemon Champion.
Facing the Pokemon Champion for the first time is exhilarating, this is the moment where all your hardwork pays off – the blood, sweat all leads to this moment. I have been a pokemon fan ever since the original – some Champions has resonated well for being memorable battles. While others have simply fallen into obscurity and forgotten.
Having beaten the Pokemon Champion, thus becoming the strongest trainer in the Kalos region has got me thinking – which Pokemon Champion of past and present was truly the strongest?
It might be amusing to do a death match between the Pokemon Champions. To start things off, here are my top 5 Pokemon Champions.
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Champion of the Indigo Generation 1 : Blue Oak – The arrogant Rival
Oh the Nostalgia! Oh how I desire to return to those days. This list won’t have any credibility if it did not include Blue Oak, the original Pokemon Champion. The cocky rival that annoyed you throughout your journey, has now become champion and it is truly befitting that you must usurp his throne to Pokemon Master. What made Blue Oak exhilarating is that his team would counter your own, not to mention he has some of the strongest Pokemon of the generation. Alakazam! Gyarados! Rhydon! These were some of the strongest Pokes back in the day.
Champion of the Indigo Plateau generation 2: Lance – the dragon Master
The original Dragon Master made his debut in the first generation as an Elite Four after losing his title of Champion to Blue Oak in Generation 1. Luckily, in Pokemon Silver and Gold, Lance regains his titles. Lance loves Dragonite, so it comes to no surprise that his signature Pokemon is in fact Dragonite, lets not forget he has 3 of them. Lance is an easy opponent to defeat if you took advantage of Dragonite 4X weakness against Ice. His appearance in two games at the top level has Lance in my favorite Pokemon champions. Plus owning 3 Dragonites makes him a powerful trainer.
Champion of the Hoen League: Steve – the master of steels
Some Pokemon fans may not agree with Steven as a choice for greatest Pokemon Champion, but I remember the master of Steel giving me a hell of a challenge. Steven’s Pokemon doesn’t pack that much of a punch, but they can take a few hits. In my opinion his team is well balanced with good variety. Steven’s signature Pokemon Metagross, is one of my favorite Pokemon of all time, for this reason I must put him on the list.
Champion of the Sinnoh League: Cynthia
Cynthia is simply awesome. My adoration started from the Diamond/Pearl and was strengthened through the anime. One simply cannot forget the ownage she bestowed upon Paul and the footage of Cynthia and Flint battling out is one of my favorite moments in Pokemon. Cynthia’s team is strong and varied. And her signature Pokemon Garchomp is one of the strongest Dragon’s in the games and certainly one of the coolest ever.
Champion of the Kalos League: Diantha
I am not going to lie, I wasn’t expecting much from Diantha. Boy was I wrong! As Pokemon Champions go, Diantha is one of the toughest. Diantha team is well balanced with a good combination of offensive and defensive Pokemon. Her deadliest weapon is Mega Gardevoir, whom can deliver powerful blows and survive hits as well.
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To decide who is the strongest Pokemon champion, it simply comes to an opinion of which champion has the best team. In my opinion, Cynthia has the strongest and most balanced out of the champions. If there were a tournament Deathmatch amongst the Pokemon Champion, with each master battling each other, I honestly believe Cynthia will come out on top. Spiritomb, Roserade Gatrodon and Milotic are good defensive pivots. And Cynthia’s Lucario and Garchomp able to dish out good damage.
In imaginative battles – I can see Cynthia defeating Lance with Garchomp wrecking havoc on his Dragons. Blue Oak’s team simply is outdated and sadly outmatched (in my opinion that is). Stevens tank will put up a great fight with a number of tanks, but Cynthia’s Gastrodon and Milotic should have the steel masters measure. Diantha’s team, while good, is fairly fragile, therefore I can see Cynthia coming on top at the end of the battle.
Furthermore, Cynthia is by far the most publicized champion in the anime making regular appearances in Diamond/Pearl seasons and in cameo’s in Best Wishes, which says a lot about her caliber. Her battle against Paul cemented Cynthia position as one of my favorite characters of the anime series.
If I had to pick a runner up, it would be between either Steven or Diantha. In my fantasy , Steven would defeat Diantha with an incredible final Matchup against Metagross and Mega Gardevoir. However Metagross type advantage gives Steven victory.
Enough of my fantasy, which Pokemon Champion do you think is the strongest?
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