Ash’s Pokémon Charizard used to disobey him, it was only with experience that it began to listen to its trainer.
Ash’s Pokémon Charizard used to disobey him for over 60 episodes, only when it gained a certain amount of experience did it begin to listen to its trainer.
Charizard is one of the most difficult creatures to care for Ash. When she was still Charmander, she was very easygoing and friendly. However, after evolving in episode 43, “The March of the Exeggutor Squad”, it began to stop listening to Ash’s words. Furthermore, whenever he is sent outside of the Poké Ball, this Pokémon will take a nap, using Flamethrower to attack Ash. Charizard only wanted to fight against really strong opponents, and after that, it rarely obeyed Ash’s orders. This incident lasted until the end of Pokémon: Indigo League, and continued in Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands.
It wasn’t until episode 105, “Charizard Chills,” that things started to change for the better. In this episode, Ash has collected three of the four Gym Badge, which he is challenged by another trainer named Tad. The character had heard about Ash through Rudy at the gym in Trovita, so wanted to try his hand at a worthy opponent. This fateful meeting taught Charizard a much-needed lesson.
Tad’s main Pokémon is Poliwrath. This is definitely a difficult opponent to play, as it even makes Pikachu difficult, despite having a system advantage. So Ash was forced to send Charizard as his trump card.
Naturally, Charizard wouldn’t listen to what the coach had to say. Even if Ash’s advice can help me, it still attacks Ash and continues to do as it pleases. Poliwrath can weaken Charizard with a Water Gun and knock it down with an Ice Beam. Tad tells Ash that he will be ready to fight again once he has control of Charizard.
It should be noted that in Generation I, the Fire-type didn’t resist Ice-type attacks, so Charizard took quite a bit of damage. It was cold to the bone. Ash and friends constantly take care of Charizard to make it feel better. They rubbed its body, set it on fire, and covered it with blankets. Ash in particular was extremely interested in Charizard, which caught his attention.
In an emotional moment, Ash had a conversation with Charizard. He states that he wants to improve himself as a trainer, so that Ash can be worthy of Charizard, his evolved teammate. In response to this, Charizard recalled all the good times he had with the coach, then began to become more mature. For the first time in a long time, Ash got close to Charizard.
The next morning, Ash and his friends are attacked by Team Rocket. Ash’s Pikachu has been captured, so he must rely on his (recovered) Charizard to rescue it. After watching Ash and Charizard work together to defeat Team Rocket, Tad acknowledged Ash’s control over his creature, and was ready to fight back as promised.
What happened next was one of the most exciting moments in Pokémon history. An intense duel took place between Charizard and Poliwrath, each fighting hard. Through Ash’s guidance, Charizard performed the Seismic Toss and won against Tad’s Poliwrath.
After more than 60 episodes of disobedience, Ash has finally taken control of one of his most powerful Pokémon ever. From this point on, he could turn to Charizard to help him in some really tough battles. Ash will continue to use it against the likes of Gary’s Blastoise, Noland’s Articuno, and Iris’ Dragonite. Charizard and Ash are officially friends, however, even so, it still occasionally uses Flamethrower to… attack him!
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