Let's not waste any time, shall we?
10. Vs. Deoxys
A very difficult-to-acquire Pokemon, so rare that few even have a legitimate one. But for the lucky players that unlocked his event during the very very few times his event was given out during Gen III, or those who could, well, ya know... Anyway, a mystical, mysterious Pokemon, with fittingly mystical-feeling music. The spacey background melody lends itself well to this song and goes really well with Deoxys, the Pokemon you get to battle to this song.
I didn't think I would like the music to the mascot Kyurem's battle too much. Outside of a select track or two, non-Trainer-owned Pokemon battle music didn't really click as well with me as other games had been able to. However, this song is really cool, that's about all I can say about it. I swear this song reminds me a bit of Lugia's battle theme from HeartGold/SoulSilver... Maybe it's just me...
8. Vs. Wild Pokemon (FireRed/LeafGreen)
Yeah, I have a normal Wild Pokemon battle theme in here. Get at me. But in seriousness, I always did love the normal wild theme in FRLG, so much that it didn't bother me too much that the Legendary Pokemon in the game merely got a slight pitch-alteration of this for their battle themes. It's honestly, in my own opinion, still the best Wild Pokemon battle theme in the entire series, and I honestly feel that every game after it (and Ruby/Sapphire before it) fail to deliver the sheer "OMG WILD POKEMON" feeling you get that FRLG give when you encounter something you haven't caught yet. It still holds up well to this day, and I do believe it to be the best "generic" battle theme Pokemon has got.
7. Vs. Ho-oh
You climbed over ten floors of twisting, turning, hopping, teleporting, and general hard navigation. You reach the top of the tower. What greets you? GARY MOTHERF- wait no. Ho-oh swoops in in all his firebird glory and challenges you. You the tones and notes in this song give Ho-oh some very nice personality in the midst of the epic struggle to capture him. Good theme is good.
6. Vs. Lugia
OH HAI LUGIA I WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT YOU EARLIER IN THE BLOG. This song manages to pool together a lot of what I like to hear in Pokemon battle music. Epic melodies that make you reminisce on the adventure it took to get you where you are. Pounding rhythms to remind you you're up against something challenging, and big. I love the ocean cave feel of the song, it really fits considering Lugia's location.
5. Vs. Giratina
Though heard only once, and only for Platinum players, this is just a fantastic battle theme for the mascot legendary. Chaotic, eerie, and epic. It's everything musically that was needed to help describe Giratina. Giratina was kind of an oddball compared to Dialga and Palkia, though admittedly Giratina is my favorite of the trio, and it's great he got his own, IMO far superior, battle music.
Yes~ This song is just epic. Every time I find a Regi in Ruby/Sapphire, my volume is cranked to full. Every Poke Ball thrown feels epic, I just love how the song helps add to the mystery of the powerful golems that prior to more knowledge about them being released, were so... strange. Braille-encoded instructions, odd patterns on their bodies, hidding in sealed-off caves... I think you get the idea.
Definitely one of my favorites of all time. Though the Lake Trio might be my least-favorite Legendary Trio, as they all share one single type and their movepools aren't too different, facing them in battle just feels right. Everything about encountering them just provides a really cool feel for me, and battling them is pretty epic. In Black 2 and White 2 they return with this theme, and I love that they got to keep it because it's just a great theme for them.
2. Vs. Legendary Pokemon (BW)
FINALLY. I was waiting for an all-encompassing regular Legendary Pokemon battle theme to come into the series, and be awesome. Though one of the most "generic" of Legendary battle themes, as it encompasses many Pokemon (Victini, the Musketeer trio, etc.), it is an awesome theme and the pounding beat and epic drums help create a tempo that really helps create that right sense of tension when fighting the holders of the song. Victini, your cry made me angry whenever I heard it. Seriously, you TAUNTED me whenever you broke out of that ball. Erm, ahem. Anyway...
Whether you expected this or not, this is my number 1. It's EVERYTHING I love in a Pokemon battle theme that goes to non-Trainer Pokemon, it's epic, it's tense, it gives personality to the Pokemon you're fighting who have this theme, and it, above everything else, reminds you through its harmonies (and those damn epic drums) that what you're up against, is a very big threat. Catching Legendary Pokemon is a challenge I love to accept, to the point I tend not to use Master Balls whenever I can. And Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald's grand trio of Groudon, Kyogre, and Rayquaza (who are some of my favorite legendary Pokemon, honestly) hold what I feel is the best non-Trainer battle theme in the series.
Next time on mah blog, will likely be an intermission blog with an update of gaming, anime, and such. After that I'll be getting back to Pokemon blogs with my top favorite Legendary Pokemon. See ya next time~