Trainer Yellow wrote:
Pikachu is over eight years old, and has almost never fought in his life. It would be a bit sudden for him to sudenly be made an electric killing machine, and maybe it would be a little cruel on our part.
Are you suggesting we force toddlers to fight, so that when they're 8, they can handle the stress of battle more easily?
Is 8 old for a pikachu? I know in game you can hatch one, and have it level 100 in a couple of days, but when does a pokemon become "old"? Let's not bring too much logic to this.
2- What reason do we truely have for taking Pikachu? Because Lance told us not to? Boohoo. Harsh truth is that he's kinda right, Pikachu is inexperienced and probably far from being in shape for actual fighting. The reason to take Pikachu is making pride pass before logic, kinda like Blue. (There's also my personnal interpretation of Lance which consists of Lance having been like Red before and becoming overconfident because of this, and was humiliated by actual experienced trainers later on, so he's harsh to Red because he wants the first-year student to take trainning seriously)
Pikachu is your best friend. Would you leave behind your best friend just because some punk called him a weak fatty? How much of it is pride, vs. how much do you just want to be with your friend?
These are pretty good points, let me respond...
1) It's not really about the age of the pokémon in question, but rather about the fact that Pikachu has lived quite a bit in a way, and I think it would be quite sudden to force him to fight. Even so, if he really wants, I could consider him, but I would overlevel him a bit to compensate the lack of good stats.
2) Well, I have some pride, but not to the point I'll willingly take on a liability (yes, to me Pikachu is one. Agree or not, that's my opinion). Pikachu is effectively unfit for battle, not only from his diet but also from his 8 years never fighting. Of course, he can be trained, so it's up to anyone's opinion to keep him or not. However, I think taking him in just to spite Lance is stupid.