#399: The Champion


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The battle with the Pokemon champion is always one of the more difficult and epic fights in the course of the game. It’s usually the one that culminates the entire game’s story, and after it’s over, you’ve generally beaten the game. There are of course more objectives for you to complete, if you choose to do them, like EV training, Pokedex completing, and battle tower scaling, but for me, the game is pretty much over as soon as the “final boss” is taken care of. I don’t care much for the other stuff going on, so once the champion is beaten, I feel like I’m able to put the game away without having to worry much about what I’m missing out on.

In my eyes, I have so many games that need to be played and completed as soon as possible that it’s a little unrealistic to expect me to want to play more Pokemon after beating the game. Monster Hunter World, on the other hand, I’ve played for countless hours and have devoted lots of time to, even after beating it.

But back to the champion. The champion of this game is Leon, and he’s a brash, directionless character who you see throughout the whole region’s story. He’s involved from start to finish, and when you face him, you won’t be surprised at all with who’s on his team, either. He practically announces it to you during the introduction to the game: he picks the starter you and your rival didn’t pick, and he has a Charizard that follows him around forever. Being able to face off against him with the crowd cheering for you and the music reaching an epic intensity felt great, though. I’m a huge fan of the new Pokemon game, if anything for the change in atmosphere between this one and the last few.

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