Wallace (Pokemon Emerald)

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Note: This list will only talk about final boss fight against Wallace in Pokemon Emerald.

Wallace may not be as bad as other Pokemon entries on this list, but that's not really saying much.

Wallace is a character in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire and it's enhanced version Pokemon Emerald and boss fights in games. He's Hoenn's Gym Leader/Champion who specialize in Water-Type Pokemon. In Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire, he's the eight and final Gym Leader and is overall the nineteenth boss of the game, and in Pokemon Emerald he is the fifth and final boss of the Elite Four, and is overall the twenty ninth and final boss of the game.

While Wallace in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire has been decently received by fans, the final battle with him in Pokemon Emerald has not only been very questionable for many fans, but also the most hated bosses in the game.

Why He Sucks

  1. Odd Design Choice: Wallace replaced the final boss fight with Steven Stone, a character who had more screen time and character development, despite Wallace himself being a character who had little to no screen-time and made him the final boss.
  2. As said before, Wallace is a Champion that specializes in Water-Type Pokemon. While this isn't a bad thing at first glance, you have to remember that Pokemon Emerald has a lot of Water sections, villains who also specializes in Water-Type Pokemon and Juan (the eight Gym Leader's replacement), who also specializes in Water-Type Pokemon. So it's kinda annoying to have the Champion be another Water-Type Trainer, right after four elite four and the eight gym.
    1. Granted in Pokemon Gold/Silver, its enhanced version Pokemon Crystal and its remake Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver, they did reused another Dragon-Type Gym Leader for Lance as Champion, even thought there was Clair, who also specializes in Dragon-Type Pokemon and was fought literally after five boss battles, but the differences is that A, that was back when they didn't have much options for a certain type, and B, Dragon-Types were one of the strongest pokémon types (pre-Gen 6 and onwords) in the entire game, with many resistances and few weakness (unless they had secondary types), so it made some sense for them to reuse another kind of single type for the champion.
      1. This also holds true for Bruno, who is an Elite Four who specializes in Fighting-Type Pokemon in Pokemon Gold/Silver, its enhanced version Pokemon Crystal and its remake Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver, even though there was Chuck, who also specializes in Fighting-Type Pokemon. However, Bruno's fight was followed up by three more battles with other Gym Leaders, two battles with your rival, six battles with the Rocket Executives, and later two battles with the Elite Four members before the fight with Bruno (so that makes it thirteen boss battles after Chuck before Bruno), unlike Wallace, who gets fought after one battle with Wally and four battles with the Elite Four members (meaning he's fought literally after five boss battles).
  3. As with tradition, Wallace's team is at a very high level, with his one Pokemon being at level 58.
  4. While three out of the five Pokemon in Wallace team has been replaced, and a new Pokemon has been added to give Wallace more diverse in his team, they're either not that good and/or are a pain to deal with.
    1. His first Pokemon is Wailord. While he's not that big of a threat, he has lots of HP, as well as one status move, two special moves and one physical move that are a pain.
      1. Rain Dance can increase Wailord's attacks. However, it allows the player to never miss Thunder.
      2. Water Spout is a very powerful Water-Type move that if used when his health is full, has 150 based power, and is a counter for Blaziken (or any other Fire-Type Pokemon on your team), Rock and Ground-Type Pokemon.
      3. Double-Edge is a powerful physical move that luckily damages the pokemon with recoil.
      4. Blizzard, an Ice-Type move that gives Wailord a counter for Sceptile (or any other Grass-Type Pokemon) and other counters like Ground, Flying and Dragon-Type Pokemon. The worst part is, Blizzard has a chance to freeze you, and never misses during hail.
        1. The worst part is that due to its 120 power, it can brutally wound or outright defeat powerful and/or good pokemon such as Rayquaza, Altaria, Flygon, Tropius, Jumpluff, Dragonite and Salamence, all of which happens to have a quadruple weakness towards ice-type moves.
    2. His Second Pokemon is Tentacruel. While Tentacruel too is not that bad, it's also very bulky and its Dual Water/Poison-Type makes it neutral to Grass-Types. It also has three special moves and one status move that can be annoying.
      1. Toxic is a Poison-Type Status move that damages the pokemon overtime, getting stronger.
      2. Hydro Pump is an extremely powerful Water-Type move, and is also bad for Fire (like Blaziken), Rock and Ground-Type Pokemon.
      3. Sludge Bomb is a Poison -type Pokemon that can be a problem for Grass-Type Pokemon.
      4. Ice Beam is a strong Ice-Type move that can freeze you if unlucky, and is a counter for Grass, Flying, Ground and Dragon-Type Pokemon. And unlike Blizzard, which can miss most of the time, Ice Beam is more precise.
    3. His Third Pokemon is Ludicolo. Not only it's a pain because of its dual Grass/Water-Type (meaning that Fire-Type Pokemon aren't very effective), but it has two status moves and two special moves that makes it a pain.
      1. Leech Seed can drain your Pokemon's heath and can regain Ludicolo's heath.
      2. Surf is a Water-Type move that can deal with Blaziken (or other Fire-Type Pokemon on your team), Rock and Ground-Type Pokemon.
      3. Giga Drain is a very dangerous Grass-Type Move, not only is it a counter for Rock, Ground and Water-Type Pokemon, it can also heal him, which is made even worst by his Leech Seed.
      4. Double Team makes it so that Ludicolo can not be hit with anything unless you use moves that can not miss.
    4. His Fourth Pokemon is Whiscash. While not too annoying, its dual Water/Ground-Type makes it only have one weakness to Grass-Type moves (and also immune to electric-type moves), and it has one physical move, one status move and two special moves that makes it a bit annoying.
      1. Surf is a Water-Type move that can deal with Blaziken (and other Fire-Type Pokemon on your team), Rock and Ground-Type Pokemon.
      2. Earthquake is a powerful Ground-Type move that can be a dangerous counter for Fire, Rock, Steel and Electric-Type Pokemon on your team.
      3. Amnesia is a status move that in increases Wishcash's special defense.
      4. Hyper Beam is a very powerful Normal-Type special move, but luckily it will have to recharge the next turn.
    5. His fifth Pokemon is Gyarados, and its extremely dangerous due to its high states, its ability "Intimidate" that can lower your Pokemons' attack power and one status move, one physical move and two special moves that makes to brutal to deal with.
      1. Dragon Dance can increase Gyarados's attack and speed, which is already bad enough due to its high attack power.
      2. Earthquake is a powerful Ground-Type move that can be a dangerous counter for Fire, Rock, Steel and Electric-Type Pokemon on your team. Even worse if you consider that Gyarados has a x4 weakness toward electric-types, so unless you manage to have an Ampharos, Zapdos (two of which cannot be obtained outside obtaining the national dex), a Magneton with Sturdy, or a pokemon that can learn electric-type moves, you're screwed.
      3. Surf is a Water-Type move that can deal with Blaziken (and other Fire-Type Pokemon on your team), Rock and Ground-Type Pokemon.
      4. Hyper Beam is a very powerful Normal-Type special move. Luckily when used, Gyarados will take a turn to recharge, so that's worth it.
    6. His sixth and final Pokemon is the most infamous which is his Milotic. This is probably the most infamous part of this whole battle, because not only does this Milotic have very beefy special defenses and high HP, but it also has moves two status moves and two special moves that makes this Pokemon a huge pain to deal with.
      1. Toxic is a Poison-Type Status move that damages the Pokemon overtime, getting stronger.
      2. Recover lets it recover its own HP at will. This, combined to the fact that Milotic has a Sitrus berry, won't sit well.
      3. Surf is a Water-Type move that can deal with Blaziken (and other Fire-Type Pokemon on your team), Rock and Ground-Type Pokemon. And unlike Gyarados and Whiscash, Milotic has higher special attack.
      4. Ice Beam is a strong Ice-Type move that has a chance to freeze, and is a counter for Grass, Flying, Ground and Dragon-Type Pokemon.
  5. Unbalanced difficulty: on one hand, Wallace is a huge pain due to his pokemon and the attacks they all have, but on the other hand, this battle can be a complete joke if you have a good selection of Pokemon, such as Rayquaza (which is handed to you at level 70).
  6. Wasted potential: the idea of taking a Gym Leader from the previous game and making it the final boss was interesting, but it wasn't handled very well, sadly.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Wallace himself is a likeable character.
  2. The theme that plays is very good.