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Pokémon Trainer's Choice

Pokémon Trainer's Choice is a feature from the English dub of the Pokémon anime. Starting from What You Seed is What You Get, Trainer's Choice was the lead-in to the mid-show advertisement break. It replaced the original series's Who's That Pokémon?. It was not used in the original Japanese version of the anime; instead, a simple eyecatch was shown. The final Trainer's Choice aired with Pasta La Vista!. It was not replaced with a similar feature, nor has it ever been reintroduced.

Trainer's Choice follows a simple concept. Rather than recognizing the silhouette of a Pokémon, viewers are asked a question about a Pokémon and instructed to choose the best of three possible answers, usually over a commercial break when watched on TV. Generally, the viewer is asked to determine which Pokémon has a type advantage over another; though other kinds of questions have been asked. The feature is narrated by Ash Ketchum.

When Pokémon USA and TAJ Productions began dubbing the series, Trainer's Choice production ceased.

Seviper evolves from Arbok?

As the successor to the long-running "Who's That Pokémon?", Trainer's Choice was initially met with criticism from some of the fandom, especially considering the change was in the middle of a newly-started saga. 4Kids Entertainment very frequently made Pokémon type match-up errors, resulting in at least nine incorrect answers given, questions with multiple correct answers, questions with no possible correct answer and questions with no right or wrong answer at all. The company also occasionally misspelled the names of Pokémon or gave them the wrong name altogether. These constant mistakes were seen by many as an indication that 4Kids actually knew very little about the franchise. The most infamous example is their erroneous claim that Seviper evolves from Arbok, featured in the Trainer's Choice of A Fan with a Plan; this Trainer's Choice in particular is a source of ridicule by many fans.

In Pokémon: Advanced Battle, the creation of questions for Trainer's Choice was credited to Lawrence Neves and the accuracy rate greatly improved. During this season, the variety in the types of questions being asked expanded beyond simply type match-ups and evolutionary lines, as well as featuring more difficult questions.

List of questions

Answers listed by each question are in bold.

Advanced Challenge

Episode Question Choices Image Notes
AG041 Trainers, which Pokémon is the best choice to battle Poliwrath? Combusken
Combusken
Mudkip
Mudkip
Taillow
Taillow
PTC AG041.png
AG042 Trainers, which Pokémon would be most effective against Mudkip? Roselia
Roselia
Plusle
Plusle
Torchic
Torchic
PTC AG042.png Roselia would be a better choice since it has an advantage over Water and resists it.
AG043 Trainers, which of these evolves into Grovyle? Nincada
Nincada
Lotad
Lotad
Treecko
Treecko
PTC AG043.png
AG044 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Carvanha? Diglett
Diglett
Slugma
Slugma
Minun
Minun
PTC AG044.png
AG045 Trainers, which Pokémon evolves into Marshtomp? Mudkip
Mudkip
Surskit
Surskit
Marill
Marill
PTC AG045.png
AG046 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Camerupt? Beedrill
Beedrill
Nuzleaf
Nuzleaf
Magcargo
Magcargo
PTC AG046.png While each choice is at a disadvantage, Camerupt resists both of Beedrill's types and Magcargo has a double weakness to Ground. Nuzleaf has a normal weakness and can still deal neutral damage with its Grass and Dark attacks.
AG047 Trainers, which Pokémon would be the best choice to battle against Silcoon? Sableye
Sableye
Marill
Marill
Weezing
Weezing
PTC AG047.png
AG048 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle against Ninjask? Torkoal
Torkoal
Dewgong
Dewgong
Nosepass
Nosepass
PTC AG048.png Whilst Dewgong does have an advantage against the Bug/Flying Ninjask, Torkoal and Nosepass would also be good choices. Though Nosepass is the best choice since it resists Flying and is effective against both Bug and Flying.
AG049 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon evolves into Lombre? Lotad
Lotad
Electrike
Electrike
Oddish
Oddish
PTC AG049.png
AG050 Trainers, which of these is the best to battle Magneton? Crobat
Crobat
Lanturn
Lanturn
Geodude
Geodude
PTC AG050.png
AG051 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon evolves into Shelgon? Bagon
Bagon
Aron
Aron
Zangoose
Zangoose
PTC AG051.png
AG052 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Shiftry? Swampert
Swampert
Taillow
Taillow
Torkoal
Torkoal
PTC AG052.png Taillow would also have an advantage over Grass.
AG053 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Kirlia? Togetic
Togetic
Combusken
Combusken
Graveler
Graveler
PTC AG053.png This is incorrect because Combusken is weak to Psychic. Both Togetic and Graveler would be equal type match-ups against Kirlia.
AG054 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon evolves into Medicham? Magnemite
Magnemite
Machop
Machop
Meditite
Meditite
PTC AG054.png
AG055 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Tyrogue? Dustox
Dustox
Togetic
Togetic
Suicune
Suicune
PTC AG055.png Although Togetic is the only choice with an advantage over Fighting, Dustox bears a double resistance to Fighting.
AG056 Trainers, which Pokémon is the best choice to battle Foretresssic? Minun
Minun
Swellow
Swellow
Seviper
Seviper
PTC AG056.png This is incorrect because Forretress is immune to Poison. Both Minun and Swellow would be equal type match-ups against Forretress.
Also, Forretress was misspelled as Foretress.
AG057 Trainers, which Pokémon is the best choice to battle Seedot? Surskit
Surskit
Delibird
Delibird
Seel
Seel
PTC AG057.png Delibird is the best choice since it has two advantages and a resistance to Grass.
AG058 Trainers, which Pokémon evolves into Camerupt? Torkoal
Torkoal
Slugma
Slugma
Numel
Numel
PTC AG058.png
AG059 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Manectric? Swampert
Swampert
Larvitar
Larvitar
Torkoal
Torkoal
PTC AG059.png Swampert is also immune to Electric.
AG060 Trainers, which of these evolves into Wobbuffet? Wynaut
Wynaut
Horsea
Horsea
Wailmer
Wailmer
PTC AG060.png
AG061 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Crawdaunt? Volbeat
Volbeat
Chinchou
Chinchou
Houndour
Houndour
PTC AG061.png Volbeat also has an advantage over Crawdaunt.
AG062 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Wooper? Spheal
Spheal
Delcatty
Delcatty
Zubat
Zubat
PTC AG062.png Spheal does resist Wooper's Water attacks, but Zubat is immune to its Ground ones.
AG063 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Roselia? Electabuzz
Electabuzz
Grovyle
Grovyle
Camerupt
Camerupt
PTC AG063.png
AG064 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon evolves into Delcatty? Spinda
Spinda
Poochyena
Poochyena
Skitty
Skitty
PTC AG064.png
AG065 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Larvitar? Treecko
Treecko
Shedinja
Shedinja
Carvanha
Carvanha
PTC AG065.png Carvanha also has a double advantage over Larvitar. However, unlike Carvanha, Treecko bears a resistance.
AG066 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Numel? Heracross
Heracross
Pichu
Pichu
Medicham
Medicham
PTC AG066.png
AG067 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon evolves into Altaria? Roselia
Roselia
Swablu
Swablu
Surskit
Surskit
PTC AG067.png
AG068 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Corphish? Minun
Minun
Marowak
Marowak
Nincada
Nincada
PTC AG068.png
AG069 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Combusken? Nuzleaf
Nuzleaf
Togetic
Togetic
Flareon
Flareon
PTC AG069.png
AG070 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon evolves into Magcargo? Torkoal
Torkoal
Corphish
Corphish
Slugma
Slugma
PTC AG070.png
AG071 Trainers, which of one these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Slowking? Nidoqueen
Nidoqueen
Jolteon
Jolteon
Makuhita
Makuhita
PTC AG071.png
AG072 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Ariados? Raichu
Raichu
Onix
Onyx
sic
Blaziken
Blaziken
PTC AG072.png Onix was misspelled Onyx. Blaziken also has an advantage over Ariados.
AG073 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon evolves into Manectric? Electrike
Electrike
Mantine
Mantine
Electrode
Electrode
PTC AG073.png
AG074 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Meditite? Beautifly
Nuzleafsic
Combusken
Combusken
Heracross
Heracross
PTC AG074.png This is incorrect because Combusken is weak to Psychic. Beautifly would be the best choice since it has an advantage and a double resistance to Fighting.
Also, Nuzleaf's name appears under Beautifly's image.
AG075 Trainers, which of these Pokémon evolve into Vigoroth? Machop
Machop
Slakoth
Slakoth
Zangoose
Zangoose
PTC AG075.png
AG076 Trainers, which of these is the best to beat Illumise? Crobat
Crobat
Lotad
Lotad
Togetic
Togetic
PTC AG076.png Whilst Crobat would be the best choice, Togetic would also be a good choice due to it being part Flying.
AG077 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon evolves into Seviper? Sableye
Sableye
Arbok
Arbok
Suicune
Suicune
PTC AG077.png This is incorrect. Seviper is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.
AG078 Trainers, which of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Ludicolo? Mightyena
Mightyena
Camerupt
Camerupt
Duskull
Duskull
PTC AG078.png This is incorrect due to Camerupt's double weakness to Water. Both Mightyena and Duskull would be equal type match-ups against Ludicolo.
AG079 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Electabuzz? Steelix
Steelix
Cacnea
Cacnea
Shiftry
Shiftry
PTC AG079.png
AG080 Trainers, which of these Pokémon evolves into Swampert? Spheal
Spheal
Marshtomp
Marshtomp
Golduck
Golduck
PTC AG080.png
AG081 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Tyrogue? Sealeo
Nuzleafsic
Exploud
Exploud
Dustox
Dustox
PTC AG081.png This is incorrect because Exploud is weak to Fighting. Dustox would be the best choice for its double resistance to Fighting.
Also, Nuzleaf's name appears under Sealeo's image.
AG082 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Sunflora? Venomoth
Venomoth
Wailmer
Wailmer
Gastly
Gastly
PTC AG082.png Gastly also has an advantage and a resistance over Sunflora.
AG083 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon evolves into Weezing? Cascoon
Cascoon
Koffing
Koffing
Muk
Muk
PTC AG083.png
AG084 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Magby? Solrock
Solrock
Lombre
Lombre
Ponyta
Ponyta
PTC AG084.png Solrock is a better choice since it has an advantage over Fire and resists it.
AG085 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Baltoy? Lapras
Lapras
Meganium
Meganium
Ledian
Ledian
PTC AG085.png Although each choice has an advantage over the Ground/Psychic-type Baltoy, this is incorrect because Ledian is immune to Ground, whereas Meganium only resists it and Lapras takes neutral damage.
AG086 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon evolves into Sandslash? Kadabra
Kadabra
Sandshrew
Sandshrew
Kecleon
Kecleon
PTC AG086.png
AG087 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Illumise? Parasect
Parasect
Gulpin
Gulpin
Lanturn
Lanturn
PTC AG087.png
AG088 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Whiscash? Cacnea
Cacnea
Charizard
Charizard
Delibird
Delibird
PTC AG088.png
AG089 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon evolves into Raichu? Pichu
Pichu
Pikachu
Pikachu
Torchic
Torchic
PTC AG089.png
AG090 Trainers, which of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Spoink? Makuhita
Makuhita
Swampert
Swampert
Qwilfish
Qwilfish
PTC AG090.png This is incorrect because Makuhita is weak to Psychic, as is Qwilfish. Therefore, Swampert is the best choice.
AG091 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Flaafysic? Swinub
Swinub
Shroomish
Shroomish
Misdreavus
Misdreavus
PTC AG091.png Flaaffy was misspelled as Flaafy.
AG092 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon evolves into Nuzleaf? Surskit
Surskit
Seedot
Seedot
Doduo
Doduo
PTC AG092.png

Advanced Battle

Episode Question Choices Image Notes
AG093 Trainers, which Pokémon would be most affected by Ember? Seedot
Seedot
Lapras
Lapras
Ludicolo
Ludicolo
PTC AG093.png
AG094 Trainers, which Pokémon does Remoraid evolve into? Octillery
Octillery
Carvanha
Carvanha
Mantine
Mantine
PTC AG094.png
AG095 Trainers, which Pokémon would be most effective against Mudkip? Treecko
Treecko
Torchic
Torchic
Mudkip
Mudkip
PTC AG095.png
AG096 Trainers, which Pokémon comes first? Poliwhirl
Poliwhirl
Poliwag
Poliwag
Poliwrath
Poliwrath
PTC AG096.png
AG097 Trainers, which Pokémon would be most effective against Plusle and Minun? Mudkip
Mudkip
Torchic
Torchic
Treecko
Treecko
PTC AG097.png Mudkip is actually the only choice that is weak to Electric. Treecko is the best choice because it resists Electric.
AG098 Trainers, which is the final evolution of Totodile? Scyther
Scyther
Feraligatr
Feraligatr
Gyarados
Gyarados
PTC AG098.png
AG099 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon does not evolve? Lileep
Lileep
Tangela
Tangela
Houndour
Houndour
PTC AG099.png This was correct at the time, for Tangrowth was not introduced until Generation IV.
AG100 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon isn't a pure Fighting-type? Makuhita
Makuhita
Blaziken
Blaziken
Machamp
Machamp
PTC AG100.png
AG101 Trainers, which Pokémon is Pikachu most effective against? Wingull
Wingull
Magcargo
Magcargo
Manectric
Manectric
PTC AG101.png
AG102 Trainers, which Pokémon was my original choice as a starter? Squirtle
Squirtle
Bulbasaur
Bulbasaur
Charmander
Charmander
PTC AG102.png
AG103 Trainers, which Pokémon is Larvitar's final evolution? Armaldo
Armaldo
Tyranitar
Tyranitar
Dragonite
Dragonite
PTC AG103.png
AG104 Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is not a Normal-type? Flaaffy
Flaafy
sic
Togepi
Togepi
Cleffa
Cleffa
PTC AG104.png This was correct at the time, as Cleffa and Togepi were Normal types until Generation VI.
Flaaffy was misspelled as Flaafy again.
AG105 Trainers, what humble Pokémon is the first evolution of Flygon? Altaria
Altaria
Trapinch
Trapinch
Cacnea
Cacnea
PTC AG105.png
AG106 Trainers, which Pokémon would last the longest against a Psychic attack? Misdreavus
Misdreavus
Teddiursa
Teddiursa
Poochyena
Poochyena
PTC AG106.png This is incorrect because Poochyena is immune to Psychic.
AG107 Trainers, which of these Pokémon does not evolve? Remoraid
Remoraid
Relicanth
Relicanth
Goldeen
Goldeen
PTC AG107.png
AG108 Trainers, which Pokémon is the pre-evolved form of Pikachu? Plusle
Plusle
Pichu
Pichu
Raichu
Raichu
PTC AG108.png
AG109 Trainers, which Pokémon is not a dual-type Pokémon? Medicham
Medicham
Linoone
Linoone
Lunatone
Lunatone
PTC AG109.png
AG110 Trainers, which Pokémon is the final evolution of Caterpie? Venomoth
Venomoth
Butterfree
Butterfree
Beautifly
Beautifly
PTC AG110.png
AG111 Trainers, which of these is not a Water-type Pokémon? Golduck
Golduck
Castform
Castform
Milotic
Milotic
PTC AG111.png While this is correct, Castform can turn into a Water type under rainy conditions.
AG112 Trainers, which of these Pokémon comes first? Flaaffy
Flaafysic
Mareep
Mareep
Ampharos
Ampharos
PTC AG112.png Flaaffy was misspelled as Flaafy for the third time.
AG113 Trainers, which Pokémon is the final evolution of Bellsprout? Gardevoir
Gardevoir
Victreebel
Victreebel
Sunflora
Sunflora
PTC AG113.png
AG114 Trainers, which Pokémon would not be affected by Earthquake? Sandshrew
Sandshrew
Lunatone
Lunatone
Whiscash
Whiscash
PTC AG114.png
AG115 Trainers, which Pokémon comes first? Jumpluff
Jumpluff
Skiploom
Skiploom
Hoppip
Hoppip
PTC AG115.png
AG116 Trainers, which Pokémon is super effective against its own type? Salamence
Salamence
Mudkip
Mudkip
Graveler
Graveler
PTC AG116.png While this is correct, Graveler is weak to Ground attacks.
AG117 Trainers, which of these Pokémon is not an evolution of Eevee? Bagon
Bagon
Vaporeon
Vaporeon
Espeon
Espeon
PTC AG117.png
AG118 Trainers, which Pokémon goes from land to sky in one evolution? Noctowl
Noctowl
Trapinch
Trapinch
Loudred
Loudred
PTC AG118.png
AG119 Trainers, which Pokémon is your best choice to battle Flygon? Walrein
Walrein
Espeon
Espeon
Blaziken
Blaziken
PTC AG119.png
AG120 This episode was not dubbed, so there is no Trainer's Choice for it.
AG121 Trainers, which of these Pokémon comes first? Slakoth
Slakoth
Slaking
Slaking
Vigoroth
Vigoroth
PTC AG121.png
AG122 Trainers, which of these Pokémon is a Flying-type? Combusken
Combusken
Flygon
Flygon
Tropius
Tropius
PTC AG122.png
AG123 Trainers, what is the final evolution of Geodude? Dugtrio
Dugtrio
Regirock
Regirock
Golem
Golem
PTC AG123.png
AG124 Trainers, which Pokémon remains the same type throughout its evolutions? Torchic
Torchic
Ralts
Ralts
Horsea
Horsea
PTC AG124.png This was correct at the time, for Gallade was not introduced until Generation IV.
AG125 Trainers, what humble Pokémon does Kingdra begin as? Misdreavus
Misdreavus
Marill
Marill
Horsea
Horsea
PTC AG125.png
AG126 Trainers, which Pokémon does Tentacool evolve into? Tentacruel
Tentacruel
Octillery
Octillery
Remoraid
Remoraid
PTC AG126.png
AG127 Trainers, which of these Pokémon would be considered legendary? Salamence
Salamence
Entei
Entei
Milotic
Milotic
PTC AG127.png
AG128 Trainers, which of these Pokémon has at least two evolutions? Gulpin
Gulpin
Spheal
Spheal
Wailmer
Wailmer
PTC AG128.png
AG129 Trainers, which of these Pokémon is not a Ground-type? Nosepass
Nosepass
Phanpy
Phanpy
Groudon
Groudon
PTC AG129.png
AG130 Trainers, which of these Pokémon would you catch by fishing? Lickitung
Lickitung
Feebas
Feebas
Wobbuffet
Wobbuffet
PTC AG130.png
AG131 Trainers, which of these Pokémon does not evolve? Baltoy
Baltoy
Aron
Aron
Mawile
Mawile
PTC AG131.png
AG132 Trainers, if Arcanine fought Kirlia, who would have the advantage? Arcanine
Arcanine
Kirlia
Kirlia
PTC AG132.png At the time, neither choice was correct based on type match-ups because neither Fire nor Psychic has an advantage over the other. Starting in Generation VI, however, this is correct because Arcanine resists Kirlia's Fairy typing.
Also, this is the only Trainer's Choice with two choices instead of three.
AG133 Trainers, which of these Pokémon does not change during battle? Kecleon
Kecleon
Castform
Castform
Swalot
Swalot
PTC AG133.png
AG134 Trainers, which of these Pokémon does not evolve? Feebas
Feebas
Luvdisc
Luvdisc
Barboach
Barboach
PTC AG134.png
AG135 Trainers, which Pokémon is most effective against Machoke? Sudowoodo
Sudowoodo
Gardevoir
Gardevoir
Poochyena
Poochyena
PTC AG135.png
AG136 Trainers, which of these Pokémon has only one evolution? Spoink
Spoink
Whismur
Whismur
Beldum
Beldum
PTC AG136.png
AG137 Trainers, which Pokémon would be most affected by Earthquake? Whiscash
Whiscash
Altaria
Altaria
Flygon
Flygon
PTC AG137.png
AG138 Trainers, which of these Pokémon does not evolve? Ralts
Ralts
Machop
Machop
Ursaring
Ursaring
PTC AG138.png
AG139 Trainers, which Pokémon would not be affected by Psychic? Shuppet
Shuppet
Mightyena
Mightyena
Dusclops
Dusclops
PTC AG139.png
AG140 Trainers, which species is the "Time Travel Pokémon"? Mewtwo
Mewtwo
Celebi
Celebi
Deoxys
Deoxys
PTC AG140.png
AG141 Trainers, which Pokémon is not a Flying-type? Dustox
Dustox
Swellow
Swellow
Masquerain
Masquerain
PTC AG141.png
AG142 Trainers, which of these Pokémon does not evolve? Skitty
Skitty
Sableye
Sableye
Nincada
Nincada
PTC AG142.png
AG143 Trainers, which of these Pokémon is the tallest? Registeel
Registeel
Regice
Regice
Regirock
Regirock
PTC AG143.png
AG144 Trainers, which of these Pokémon is the heaviest? Snorlax
Snorlax
Wailord
Wailord
Groudon
Groudon
PTC AG144.png
AG145 Trainers, which of these Pokémon does not evolve? Wynaut
Wynaut
Absol
Absol
Snorunt
Snorunt
PTC AG145.png
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