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Pokemon League


This place hardly needs an introduction; the grand arena that is the Pokémon League stands before you. Best get ready…


To the west is a Pokémon Center; heal here and purchase any items from the store. The League is tough, requiring you to push through four fights with no respite, so stock up on consumable items before heading in. That’s lots of Potions, Revives, and Full Restores. When ready, head into the arena.

The Elite Four

Unlike prior games you’re free to tackle the Elite Four in any order you so wish. Below we’ve listed the four masters, as well as tips for each of them.

If you don’t think your Pokemon are up to the task, you can return to Victory Road and train on the wild Pokemon there. For additional trainer battles, Fly back to Nimbasa City and storm the two sports stadiums or Opelucid’s Battle House.

South-East: Marshal the Fighting-type Expert

South-East: Marshal the Fighting-type Expert

Pokemon Level Type
"Throh" IconThroh 48 Fighting
"Sawk" IconSawk 48 Fighting
"Conkeldurr" IconConkeldurr 48 Fighting
"Mienshao" IconMienshao 50 Fighting

Marshal’s key weaknesses are Flying and Psychic based attacks, and either will make absolute mincemeat of this party. That said, "Mienshao" IconMienshao’s Rock Slide can seriously hurt any birds you may try and use which means the Psychic type gets the stronger nod.

North-East: Caitlin the Psychic-type Expert

North-East: Caitlin the Psychic-type Expert

Pokemon Level Type
"Reuniclus" IconReuniclus 48 Psychic
"Sigilyph" IconSigilyph 48 Psychic/Flying
"Musharna" IconMusharna 48 Psychic
"Gothitelle" IconGothitelle 50 Psychic

Psychic Pokémon are always absolute power houses, making a scrap with a Psychic user all the more intimidating. A Bug or Dark type will ensure calls of super effective occur often, while "Sigilyph" IconSigilyph is best dispatched with a strong charge of Electricity.

North-West: Grimsley the Dark-type Expert

North-West: Grimsley the Dark-type Expert

Pokemon Level Type
"Scrafty" IconScrafty 48 Dark/Fighting
"Krookodile" IconKrookodile 48 Ground/Dark
"Liepard" IconLiepard 48 Dark
"Bisharp" IconBisharp 50 Dark/Steel

Grimsley is packing one pure Dark type and three hybrids, Fighting, Ground, and Steel ones to be exact. "Scrafty" IconScrafty always leads the fight, a curious Dark/Fighting hybrid, so enter with either a Flying or Fighting type (yes, it’s still Super Effective) and then react appropriately. Fighting is the best type to use across all opponents.

South-West: Shauntal the Ghost-type Expert

South-West: Shauntal the Ghost-type Expert

Pokemon Level Type
"Cofagrigus" IconCofagrigus 48 Ghost
"Jellicent" IconJellicent 48 Water/Ghost
"Golurk" IconGolurk 48 Ground/Ghost
"Chandelure" IconChandelure 50 Ghost/Fire

While a Dark type is a cure all against Ghosts, Shauntal’s lineup is quite diverse with Water, Fire, and Ground hybrids. Try to ensure you won’t be countered yourself, as these Pokémon pack a punch. If you haven’t got a good Ghost killer, use other counters such as Water against "Chandelure" IconChandelure, or Electric against "Jellicent" IconJellicent.

The Elite Four Bested

With the Elite Four dispensed with it’s time to fight the Champion. Or is it? Click on the Statue to proceed and then run as far north as you can. You’ll soon come across N and the champion fresh from the fight…

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  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    30 May 2011
  • Last Updated
    21 February 2021
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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