Astrid (Japanese: アヤカAyaka) is a minor recurring character in the Pokémon anime. She is a skilled Trainer who possesses a Key Stone and an Absolite. She wears her Key Stone as an earring on her right ear.
Astrid debuted in Mega Evolution Special I. She met up with Alain and started a battle with him. When Alain sent out his Charizard, she noticed it wore a Mega Stone around its neck. Before Astrid sent out her Pokémon, she asked Alain for his name and then introduced herself. She then sent out her Absol, which she considers to be her strongest Pokémon. After having Charizard block a few attacks, Alain complimented Astrid on her Absol. After this he proposed to show each other's true power, and they proceeded to Mega Evolve their Pokémon.
Astrid's Key Stone
Even though Mega Absol managed to hold on for a while by blocking Mega Charizard X's attacks, it proved to be no match for its sheer power. Astrid congratulated her Mega Absol after it managed to withstand a powerful Dragon Claw and a Flamethrower. When Astrid had Mega Absol use Dark Pulse, Alain had his Mega Charizard X counter it with a Blast Burn. This proved to be too much for Mega Absol, who fell down and reverted to its regular form, defeated. Even though it lost, Astrid reassured her Absol it fought well. Afterwards she was approached by Alain, who hoped to fight her once again in the future.
In A League of His Own!, Astrid competed in the Lumiose Conference. During the opening reception, she was shown talking with Titus and Remo. At the end of the episode, she was shown to have won her first battle and advanced to the second round. In Valuable Experience for All!, she managed to reach the quarterfinals, where she was pitted against Ash for their second battle. She was defeated by him, however, after his Hawlucha managed avoid a Psycho Cut and strike down Mega Absol with a decisive Flying Press, placing her in the Top 8.
Absol is Astrid's main Pokémon. It is able to Mega Evolve into Mega Absol with the help of Astrid's Key Stone and the Absolite it holds. Astrid considers Absol to be her strongest Pokémon.
In Mega Evolution Special I, Astrid sent it out to battle Alain's Charizard. Both Pokémon first blocked each other's attacks, with Alain complimenting Absol for how strong it was. Alain then proposed to Astrid to Mega Evolve their Pokémon, and so she did. It quickly became apparent that Mega Absol was no match for Mega Charizard X's sheer power, even though it managed to withstand a Dragon Claw and a Flamethrower. When Mega Absol tried to use Dark Pulse, Alain had his Mega Charizard X quickly counter it with Blast Burn, which completely overwhelmed Mega Absol. It fell down and reverted back to its regular form, defeated. Even though it lost, Astrid reassured Absol it fought well.
In Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, Absol was the last Pokémon Astrid used in her battle against Ash. Ash brought out his Hawlucha to battle it. Right after it was called out, Astrid Mega Evolved it. Hawlucha attacked with a High Jump Kick, but Mega Absol countered this with Shadow Claw. Hawlucha then tried using Karate Chop, but Mega Absol swiftly dodged this. Mega Absol then jumped on the roof of the nearby castle and used Dark Pulse from a distance. This completely overpowered Hawlucha, and it was knocked out.
It appeared again in Valuable Experience for All! to compete with its Trainer in the Lumiose Conference. In one of the rounds, it defeated an Amoonguss. In the quarterfinals it went up against Ash's Hawlucha once more. It unleashed a Psycho Cut, which was avoided before Absol was defeated by Hawlucha's powerful Flying Press, causing Astrid to be eliminated from the League.
Pyroar was the first Pokémon Astrid used in her battle against Ash. He went up against Ash's Pikachu. Pikachu was able to swiftly dodge Pyroar's Flamethrower and Fire Fang. He then used Electro Ball, which knocked Pyroar out.
Meowstic was the second Pokémon Astrid used in her battle against Ash. She was pitted against Ash's Froakie. Meowstic and Froakie rapidly exchanged Cut and Scratch, but neither was able to lay a hit. Ash then had Froakie use Water Pulse, which Meowstic dodged. Froakie used another Water Pulse which Meowstic now countered with Charge Beam. The Charge Beam overpowered Froakie's Water Pulse and hit Froakie, knocking it out.