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In the anime
In [[SM131]], it was revealed that {{an|Lana}} would be Guzma's opponent in the second round. In [[SM134]], Guzma and Lana began their battle, with Guzma using Golisopod against [[Lana's Primarina]]. With his ruthless tactics, Guzma was able to defeat Lana with relative ease and advance to the semifinals. The match-ups revealed that he would battling Ash in the semifinals. In [[SM135]], Guzma assured his Grunts that he would destroy the entire League and brushed off Plumeria's concerns about him facing Ash.
 
InRight after, in [[SM136]], Guzma went up against Ash, using his Scizor to battle his {{AP|Torracat}}. He quickly recalled Scizor in favor of using Golisopod, only for Golisopod to activate Emergency Exit during the match and send Scizor out in its place, resulting in it being quickly defeated by {{m|Fire Blast}}. Angered by Golisopod's cowardice, Guzma sent it out again and berated it on having made Scizor lose. The battle continued in [[SM137]], during which Ash's attitude once again reminded him of Kukui and his past, Guzma finally started to realize his own cowardice by defeating only weak opponents and running away from battles against strong ones. After seeing Golisopod's newly found determination to keep battling, Guzma decided to battle until the end, with the battle ultimately leading to Guzma's loss. The audience applauded for the great battle and Kukui hoped to see Guzma participating in the League next year, but Guzma considered his reputation ruined and was ready to disband Team Skull. However, Plumeria and the Team Skull Grunts felt so fired up by the battle that they wanted stay by his side and learn to battle as well as he.
 
The battle continued in [[SM137]], during which Guzma finally started to realize his own cowardice through defeating only weak opponents and running away from battles against strong ones. Despite the strength of Ash's Pikachu, Golisopod still wanted to continue battling, but the battle ultimately led to Guzma's loss. The audience applauded for the great battle and Kukui hoped to see Guzma participating next year as well, but Guzma considered his reputation ruined and was ready to disband Team Skull. However, Plumeria and the Team Skull Grunts were so fired up by the battle that they wanted stay by his side and learn to battle as well as he did.
 
===Character===
Guzma has a great amount of determination, which was best showcased during the [[Manalo Conference]], where he entered with the strong hopes of destroying it from within. Guzma uses dirty tactics in order to win, as seen during his battle against [[Ilima]], where he had his {{p|Scizor}} position itself so that Kangaskhan's baby was always in the middle, endangering her well-being and causing the mother to hesitate often enough to be defeated. This was seen again during his battle against {{an|Lana}}, when he had {{p|Golisopod}} ruthlessly attack {{TP|Lana|Primarina}} without mercy.
 
Although his fighting style is questionable, he never breaks the rules. Despite his brutality, he is a careful fighter who observes his opponents and adapts his Pokémon's next moves accordingly, both by not falling for the same tricks twice and by trying to find a weakness he can exploit. All of this is done with cold and calculating precision, with him taking full advantage of any chance that comes. He completely defied the use of Z-Rings and Z-Crystals, because in his youth, he never learned to understand them properly and was bitter for always losing exercise battles against Kukui, despite the latter always commending his growth as a Trainer. After resolving to become strong in his own, Guzma built his reputation among Team Skull as "the Undefeated" by actually defeating only weak Trainers and retreating from battles against stronger Trainers with an excuse that he would have won anyways due to the damage his brutal tactics did to his opponents' Pokémon. It was only during his battle against Ash in the Manalo Conference, when Guzma was finally forced to admit his own cowardice and Golisopod, who had previously shared the same trait with him, now convinced him to let go of his fear of losing and keep battling until the end.
 
Guzma completely defied the use of Z-Rings and Z-Crystals because, in his youth, he never learned to understand them properly and was bitter for always losing exercise battles against Kukui, despite the latter always commending his growth as a Trainer. After resolving to become strong in his own, Guzma built his reputation among Team Skull as "the Undefeated" by actually defeating only weak Trainers and retreating from battles against stronger Trainers with an excuse that he would have won anyways due to the damage his brutal tactics would do to his opponents' Pokémon. It was only during his battle against Ash, during the Manalo Conference, when Guzma was finally forced to admit his own cowardice and Golisopod, who had previously shared the same personality traits as him, now convinced him to let go of his fear of losing and keep battling until the end.
 
===Pokémon===
|epname=The Dealer of Destruction!
|vaen=Ryan William Downey
|desc={{p|Golisopod}} is Guzma's first known Pokémon. It was first used to battle [[Ash's Pikachu]], but the match ended prematurely when Golisopod returned to its {{i|Poké Ball}} due to Emergency Exit. It was used again in the second round of the Alola League, where it emerged victorious against [[Lana's Primarina]].
 
In [[SM136]], Golisopod was sent out against [[Ash's Torracat]] in the semifinals. Despite having a type advantage, the two were evenly matched, with Golisopod taking several hard hits. Golisopod proved to be a cowardly Pokémon, as it used Emergency Exit once faced with a {{m|Fire Blast}}, forcing its teammate Scizor to come out and take the attack despite having a double type-disadvantage to it. This led to Scizor being knocked out, infuriating Guzma, who had a different strategy in mind that was now ruined. Following this, Golisopod was sent back out. The battle continued in the [[SM137|next episode]], where Golisopod managed to defeat Torracat, but was knocked out by Pikachu soon after.
 
Golisopod's known moves are {{m|First Impression}}, {{m|Pin Missile}}, {{m|Liquidation}}, {{m|Poison Jab}}, and {{m|Throat Chop}}, and its [[Ability]] is {{a|Emergency Exit}}.}}
 
In [[SM136]], Scizor was the first Pokémon Guzma used during his battle against Ash in the semifinals, where it went up against {{AP|Torracat}}. After using U-turn, Scizor returned to its {{i|Poké Ball}} and switched with Golisopod due to it having a double type-disadvantage against Torracat. However, Golisopod retreated from a {{m|Fire Blast}} and sent out Scizor without warning, leaving it with no time to prepare for or counter the move. As a result, Scizor took a direct hit and was knocked out.
 
Scizor reappeared in a flashback in [[SM137]].
 
Scizor known moves are {{m|Bullet Punch}}, {{m|Agility}}, {{m|X-Scissor}}, and {{m|U-turn}}.}}
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