Becoming the Pokemon Champion has always been the ultimate goal of the mainline Poke games. Forget about the trivial subplot involving a delusional criminal organizational attempts to destroy the world with a legendary entity as none of that matters in the grand scheme of things. The one and only goal of any aspiring trainer is to become the very best, and that ultimately means usurping the Pokemon Champion.
Each respective region has their own champion at the top of the Pokemon League, but have you ever wondered who – among these elite group – are the strongest. Inspired by the Champion Tournament in Black And White 2, in a scenario whereby all 9 past and present Pokemon champion are set into a competition to decide the title of the strongest, who would you pick as the winner? Who do you believe is the strongest Pokemon Champion?
I’ve decided to share my opinion on who are the top 4 Pokemon champions based on the strength of their team as the criteria.
So without further ado, here are my Top 5 Pokemon champions.
Coming in at number 5 is Diantha, the Pokemon champion of the Kalos region. Diantha has a well rounded team with her signature Mega Gardevoir leading the pack. Unlike many other champions, Diantha does not rely on a single type, therefore it can be difficult to exploit a weakness in her team. Aforementioned, Mega Gardevoir is the real danger, simultaneously able to dish out immense damage and soak up a few in return. Being the first Champion in history to tame a mega evolved Pokemon is a testament to her might.
Move to the side Iris, the real dragon master is here. Lance is without a doubt the most coolest champion among them all. With a team comprised of Salamence, Gyarados, Garchomp, Altaria, Charizard and Dragonite – Lance’s team packs a serious punch that will frighten any trainer. The only flaw with his dragon oriented team is the crippling weakness to Ice and rock type moves. Regardless, Lance is one tough cookie.
Unlike the previous champions whom primary rely on brute force to overwhelm unprepared challengers, Steven opts for tank-type Pokemon that are able to hit hard while simultaneously able to take a few hits during the process. Skarmory, Claydol, Cradily and Armaldo acts as defensive pivots. Meanwhile, Aggron and Steven’s Piece de resistance, Mega Metagross (arguably one of the strongest Mega Evolved Pokemon) are allowed to wreak havoc.
Cynthia has the closest thing to a balanced competitive team. In fact, it would not be difficult to make a successful team out of her selection of pocket monsters. What impresses me is the balance of the side. There is a good combination of offensive and defensive Pokemon, the type is synergy is on point and Garchomp is a monster at the end. While the other champions rely on a single Poke typing or more-or-less on brutality, Cynthia exudes class and a Champion’s brain with a masterful selection of Pokemon that compliment each other perfectly. In a wifi battle, Cynthia’s team is the one I will have the most trouble with.
To be honest, it was difficult to pick spots number one and two. After much deliberation, I’ve decided to put Red at the very top (though technically he wasn’t a champion during any game). The fabled trainer residing in Mt Silver, Red’s is the final hurdle before Pokemon glory. The final frontier and the big boss of the Pokemon game. Red has the highest leveled Pokemon in the series, and not to mention a well balanced team. Mimicking Satoshi (otherwise known as Ash) in the anime, Red has a delightful team comprised of Pikachu (with a light ball), Lapras, Snorlax, Blastoise, Venusaur and Charizard. It is said that Red has caught the all three legendary birds and arguably one of the most powerful legendary – Mewtwo – to complete the Kanto Pokedex. This achievement itself elevates Red to the top of my list.