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Who would win- 1 billion lions, or 1 of every pokemon?


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The lions would easily be destroyed.

Round 1
The pokemon could easily win using just one of the pokemon. Arceus.  Arceus, according to a sinnoh legend- is literally a pokemon god. He could just, I don't know, give all the lions a deadly disease. or just teleport him and the pokemon to another planet, make an atmosphere there, and just erase earth.  But even if arceus wasn't there, or if his powers were severely limited, there are still many strategies that the pokemon could use to easily destroy the lions.

Firstly, there is kyogre, who is shown in the game Pokemon sapphire to be flooding earth. He could just fly on rayquaza, who lives in the ozone layer, and just drown the lions. then at that point, the lions are screwed. Then you can take it a step further and get regigigas to move the tectonic plates, (which he could definitely do, as he moved the continents) and just cause an earthquake, thus making a tsunami. Even without the tsunami, the lions are screwed.

Secondly, there is jirachi. This pokemon can grant wishes, for 7 days every thousand years.  mewtwo could fly into the sky and wait 1000 years, and ask jirachi to turn all the lions into a liquid.  Mewtwo could just wait until the lions die of old age anyways.

Thirdly, there is a great chance that the lions will just fight and kill each other anyways. then, their numbers will be low, and the pokemon can just come in and kill them.

I will lay out a brief and brutal case.

Everything Pro alludes to about infighting amongst the lions is not likely. Lions are not simplistic, if they perceive a threat they neither run instantly nor do they forget it is there. Lions that are male will at times be too proud to team up but vs multiple pokemon, no pion will hurt another. They may absolutely consider it a competition who can devour the prey but once they see a lion get hurt, the other lions/lionesses in particular females will band together and bait, trap, etc the pokemon mercilessly.

On the other hand, we have two separate psychological and strategic problems with pokemon. Pokemon in their own are mentally stupid and quite useless. They are just impulsive, disorganised and their power are unrefined as without a pokemon trainer in charge, they are not elite enough to pull off their skills. The pokemon trainers being involved is completely outside the scope of this debate and would mean it is several humans on top of the pokemon. Even if they were to have pretrained the pokemom that are unleashed, pokemon are used to battpes where they take turns and attack when and as commanded to, the wild and chaotic nature of the fight would confuse them. They would be confused, impulsive and engage in fight of flight madness while the lions engage in the calm and collected psychopathic strategy they use to hunt prey, among the lionesses with the male lions likely to still be very adept at enaging in surprising, brutal moves that catch the pokemon off-guard.

Let us remember this is 1 billion lions. Pokemon have limited energy, are trained in turn-based warfare and would be acting wild and simplistic such that even if trained well, their trainer is not there for the battle as it breaks the scope of debate. You do not put an MMA ring fighter into a real life battlefield, without their coach, and expect them to perform well vs those born and bred in such conditions and warfare.
Round 2
There are currently 905 Pokemon officially registered on the National Pokedex.

The number is also backed up here:

The ratio of lions to pokemon is 1104972:1 if we round it to the nearest whole lion.

Pro can argue that the nature of powers of pokemon are such that a particular flight, fire, time-slowing etc power is so uniquely anti-lion that it will help the other pokemon but that's not really the case at all. There's limits to pokemon Pro forgot to mention.

They have limited energy, HP and capacity of attack, defense etc. A billion lions are not gonna be annihilated nearly in time with a 1104972:1 ratio for the uniqueness of abilities and element-types to counteract the sheer numbers advantage.

Hunting generally is done in the dark by the lionesses. They often hunt in groups of two or three, using teamwork to stalk, surround, and kill their prey. Lionesses aren't the most successful of hunters, because they usually score only one kill out of several tries. After the kill the males usually eat first, lionesses next—and the cubs get what's left. Males and females fiercely defend against any outside lions that attempt to join their pride.

The lions will win even harder if the fight is dragged out through to night time, while pokemon do have nocturnal ones, the irony is if Pro brings that up, most of them are going to be conceded to be useless during diurnal warfare wheras lions are brutal day or night, it's just they have an eyesight advantage at night plus their smell is powerful too.

In general, there are two known methods that Lions employ to hunt their prey. The first one is by stalking them. You’ve probably seen this behavior if you have a pet cat, or watched an animal documentary on television. This is the primary way that they hunt, which is to stay hidden for as long as possible while they approach their prey. This is another advantage that the Lioness has over the male, in that their bodies are slimmer, allowing them to stay hidden in the grass longer. Lionesses also work together when they hunt by surrounding their prey as they stay hidden. Eventually, though, the prey will notice or hear the approaching Lion, in which it will become a chase for them both. Once the Lion catches up to the prey, they use their powerful claws to maul at their prey and crush their necks, leaving them paralyzed to be taken back to the Lion’s home.

The other way that Lions hunt is a little more straightforward. This is when the male Lion also joins the hunt together with the Lionesses. For the second method, there is no hiding or stalking involved, they go for the big prey and then corner it strategically. Once the prey is cornered, the Lion comes in face to face to fight with the animal. In this scenario, the weight, brute strength and bravery of the Lion is what will determine the outcome of the hunt.
Round 3