How to Beat the Elite Four

diciembre 4, 2021

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Though every generation of Pokemon games has its own unique story, the overall goal for players always remains the same. As well as attempting to catch as many different Pokemon as possible, they must defeat eight powerful gym leaders, before then heading off to the Pokemon League with the hopes of becoming a Pokemon Champion. Standing in their way, however, is a quartet of incredibly powerful trainers who are fittingly known as the Elite Four.

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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl are no different in this regard, with Aaron, Bertha, Flint, and Lucian each specializing in a different type of Pokemon. Building a team capable of defeating all four as well as the reigning Pokemon Champion can be incredibly difficult, as players will need to account and plan for 26 different Pokemon in total. Thankfully, healing items are allowed between battles, though even with them, players really are in for a tough old slog.

Updated December 4, 2021 by Tom Bowen: As is something of a tradition for Pokemon games, players will be able to battle the Elite Four as many times as they like after beating Cynthia. Much like the gym leaders before them, they'll even update their teams between battles, with each one having access to three different lineups for players to battle and overcome. This guide has been updated to include information about each member of the Elite Four's updated teams for both the first and second rematches, as well as some ideas as to how players can set up their own teams in order to beat them.


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    How to Prepare for the Elite Four



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    Preparing for the Elite Four in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl is considerably more difficult than setting up for a gym battle, as players will need to take on all four of the powerful trainers in a row without being able to fully heal their Pokemon in between (though they can and should use items to replenish HP before each battle). Worse still, they'll have to face off with the Sinnoh Pokemon League's defending champion straight after, meaning that players will need to defeat 26 different Pokemon in total. Needless to say, it's far from easy.



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    Though it is possible to defeat the Elite Four with a team of Pokemon around level 50, it becomes a far more manageable task with a team in the mid-sixties, so those who'd rather avoid having to use countless curative items during and between the four battles may want to spend some time leveling up on Victory Road before challenging Aaron. Even if players do have a well-leveled team, it's still worth stocking up on every variety of healing item at the Pokemart inside.



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    When it comes to which Pokemon to actually take in with them, players should try to ensure that they have coverage for every element, as they're definitely going to need each one at some point. Gastrodon is a great pick in this regard, as it can cover rock (Ancient Powder), ground (Earthquake), water (Scald), and poison (Sludge Bomb) surprisingly well and is also very easy to find. For those who don't have one, they can be found on Route 224 at Level 52 or 53.



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    Naturally, players will also want to take their starter Pokemon along with them, as it will probably be their strongest Pokemon having been with them since the very beginning of their journey. Palkia / Dialga can also be incredibly useful against the Elite Four, particularly if players have maxed out the friendship stat and had the Move Tutor on Route 210 teach it Draco Meteor. Aura Sphere can also come in handy, as too can Flash Cannon (Dialga) and Surf (Palkia).



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    Depending on their starter Pokemon, players may want to bring Pokemon that cover the other two types along with them, though providing they have grass, fire, and water-type moves somewhere within their team, this isn't really essential. Any remaining spaces should be taken up by the likes of Kadabra and Haunter, while a strong flying-type like Togekiss can make defeating Aaron a lot easier. Obviously, if players have somebody they can trade with, the evolved forms of the first two would be better. It's also a good idea to have one Pokemon with access to Charm, as this can make Earthquake users a lot more manageable.


    How to Beat Aaron



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    Elite Four Aaron (7,068)
    Dustox (Lv. 53)


    Bug / Poison

    Bug Buzz
    Light Screen
    Moonlight
    Toxic
    Beautifly (Lv. 53)


    Bug / Flying

    Bug Buzz
    Psychic
    Shadow Ball
    Quiver Dance
    Vespiquen (Lv. 54)


    Bug / Flying

    Acrobatics
    Aerial Ace
    Attack Order
    Defend Order
    Heracross (Lvl. 54)


    Bug / Fighting

    Brick Break
    Earthquake
    Facade
    Rock Slide
    Drapion (Lv. 57)


    Poison / Dark

    Cross Poison
    Earthquake
    Night Slash
    X-Scissor

    Aaron specializes in bug-type Pokemon, but also has decent coverage for poison and flying-types as well. Infernape can therefore come in pretty useful during this fight, though, like other fire-type Pokemon, may come unstuck against the two Earthquake users. If and when this happens, players can switch out to their flying-type or have their Charm user nerf Aaron's Pokemon's Attack stat, allowing players to heal up their fire-type attacker and throw them back in the ring. A Draco Meteor from a well-leveled Palkia or Dialga can also be pretty effective against all of Aaron's Pokemon if push really comes to shove.


    How to Beat Bertha



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    Elite Four Bertha (7,316)
    Quagsire (Lv. 55)


    Water / Ground

    Earthquake
    Recover
    Surf
    Toxic
    Sudowoodo (Lv. 56)


    Rock

    Double-Edge
    Head Smash
    Low Kick
    Sucker Punch
    Golem (Lvl. 56)


    Rock / Ground

    Earthquake
    Heavy Slam
    Rock Polish
    Stone Edge
    Whiscash (Lvl. 55)


    Water / Ground

    Belch
    Bulldoze
    Hydro Pump
    Ice Beam
    Hippowdon (Lvl. 59)


    Ground

    Crunch
    Earthquake
    Ice Beam
    Rest

    Bertha specializes in rock and ground-type Pokemon, meaning she also has several Earthquake users in her team. This is bad news for Infernape users, although if they're able to have another Pokemon lower their opponent's Attack stat with Charm, Infernape's fighting-type moves should make quick work of most of Bertha's team. To a certain extent, players can just rely on out-speeding them for the most part, but Golem's Sturdy ability all but guarantees that players will be facing at least one Earthquake. Torterra and Empoleon are perhaps better suited for the task for this reason, so those who chose Turtwig or Piplup at the start of the game should have a slightly easier time of things.


    How to Beat Flint



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    Elite Four Flint (7,564)
    Rapidash (Lvl. 58)


    Fire

    Flame Charge
    Hypnosis
    Iron Tail
    Poison Jab
    Steelix (Lvl. 57)


    Steel / Ground

    Crunch
    Fire Fang
    Iron Tail
    Thunder Fang
    Drifblim (Lvl. 58)


    Ghost / Flying

    Baton Pass
    Minimize
    Strength Sap
    Will-O-Wisp
    Lopunny (Lvl. 57)


    Normal

    Fire Punch
    High Jump Kick
    Mirror Coat
    Quick Attack
    Infernape (Lvl. 61)


    Fire / Fighting

    Close Combat
    Fire Punch
    Mach Punch
    Thunder Punch

    Despite supposedly being a fire-type specialist, only two of Flint's team are actually fire-type Pokemon. The rest are a complete mishmash of different types, meaning that players will need to switch things up quite a bit throughout the battle. If they have one, players can use a water-type Pokemon to take care of Rapidash and Infernape, and should be sure to give it a Chesto berry to hold to counter Rapidash's Hypnosis. A strong fighting-type Pokemon should be able to take care of Lopunny and Steelix, while Driflim can be countered with Haunter / Gengar if players brought one along with them. If not, players can deal with Drifblim using brute force, though this will take a while due to Flint having two Full Restores and Drifblim constantly using Strength Sap.


    How to Beat Lucian



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    Elite Four Lucian (7,812)
    Mr. Mime (Lvl. 59)


    Psychic / Fairy

    Dazzling Gleam
    Light Screen
    Psychic
    Reflect
    Girafarig (Lvl. 59)


    Normal / Psychic

    Light Screen
    Psychic
    Thunderbolt
    Trick Room
    Medicham (Lvl. 60)


    Fighting / Psychic

    High Jump Kick
    Ice Punch
    Thunder Punch
    Zen Headbutt
    Alakazam (Lvl. 60)


    Psychic

    Future Sight
    Nasty Plot
    Psychic
    Shock Wave
    Bronzong (Lvl. 63)


    Steel / Psychic

    Earthquake
    Gyro Ball
    Payback
    Trick Room

    Lucian specializes in psychic-type Pokemon, so players should lead with their Haunter / Gengar if they brought one along. Alternatively, Palkia or Dialga isn't a bad shout either, as neither is too badly affected by psychic-type attacks. The biggest threat in Lucian's team is undoubtedly Alakazam, which will repeatedly use Nasty Plot to increase its Special Attack stat if left unchecked. This can make surviving a Psychic cast incredibly difficult, so players should hit it hard straight away, even if this means using something like Roar of Time and missing the next turn. Bronzong can also be a little tricky due to its high level and its high defenses, though its added weakness to fire-type attacks does open up a few additional options for players to exploit. After taking it down, players can move on to the final battle with the Champion.


    How to Prepare for the Elite Four Rematches



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    Though their teams grow stronger with each rematch, the underlying strategy for defeating the Elite Four remains very much the same. If anything, things are a little easier the second time around due to players having access to a much wider pool of powerful Pokemon; both in terms of Legendaries and those found in the Grand Underground after unlocking the National Dex. The second rematch will almost certainly push players to their absolute limits, however, especially as they'll still need to defeat Cynthia straight after using the same six Pokemon.



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    A team of Legendary and Mythical Pokemon should be able to get away with using brute force, but those looking to take a more strategic approach should once again focus on type-coverage. An electric/flying-type like Rotom (Fan form) will come in handy against quite a few of the Pokemon that players will come up against, while Garchomp (evolve Gible) provides an excellent dragon/ground-type option. Players should also be bringing starter Pokemon for all three main elements along with them, as well as a strong psychic-type like Alakazam (evolve Abra) to round out the team.

    Elite Four Rematch Teams



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    Elite Four Aaron Rematch #1 (8,556)
    Yanmega (Lv. 65)


    Bug / Flying

    Air Slash
    Ancient Power
    Bug Buzz
    Detect
    Vespiquen (Lv. 66)


    Bug / Flying

    Aerial Ace
    Attack Order
    Defend Order
    Power Gem
    Heracross (Lvl. 67)


    Bug / Fighting

    Close Combat
    Earthquake
    Facade
    Rock Slide
    Scizor (Lv. 65)


    Bug / Steel

    Bullet Punch
    Night Slash
    Swords Dance
    X-Scissor
    Drapion (Lv. 69)


    Poison / Dark

    Cross Poison
    Earthquake
    Night Slash
    X-Scissor
    Elite Four Bertha Rematch #1 (17,608)
    Whiscash (Lv. 66)


    Water / Ground

    Earthquake
    Ice Beam
    Scald
    Zen Headbutt
    Gliscor (Lv. 69)


    Ground / Flying

    Earthquake
    Guillotine
    Thunder Fang
    X-Scissor
    Golem (Lv. 68)


    Rock / Ground

    Earthquake
    Heavy Slam
    Rock Polish
    Stone Edge
    Hippowdon (Lv. 68)


    Ground

    Crunch
    Earthquake
    Ice Fang
    Rest
    Rhyperior (Lv. 71)


    Ground / Rock

    Earthquake
    Megahorn
    Rock Wrecker
    Thunder Fang


    Elite Four Flint Rematch #1 (₱18,104)
    Houndoom (Lv. 68)


    Dark / Fire

    Dark Pulse
    Destiny Bond
    Flamethrower
    Nasty Plot
    Infernape (Lv. 71)


    Fire / Fighting

    Close Combat
    Fire Punch
    Mach Punch
    Thunder Punch
    Flareon (Lv. 71)


    Fire

    Flail
    Flare Blitz
    Quick Attack
    Will-O-Wisp
    Rapidash (Lv. 69)


    Fire

    Flare Blitz
    Hypnosis
    Iron Tail
    Poison Jab
    Magmortar (Lv. 73)


    Fire

    Fire Blast
    Focus Blast
    Psychic
    Thunderbolt
    Elite Four Lucian Rematch #1 (₱18,600)
    Mr. Mime (Lv. 69)


    Psychic / Fairy

    Dazzling Gleam
    Light Screen
    Psychic
    Reflect
    Bronzong (Lv. 70)


    Steel / Psychic

    Earthquake
    Gyro Ball
    Payback
    Rock Slide
    Espeon (Lv. 71)


    Psychic

    Dazzling Gleam
    Light Screen
    Psychic
    Shadow Ball
    Alakazam (Lv. 72)


    Psychic

    Dazzling Gleam
    Nasty Plot
    Psychic
    Shock Wave
    Gallade (Lv. 75)


    Psychic / Fighting

    Close Combat
    Poison Jab
    Psycho Cut
    Shadow Sneak


    Elite Four Aaron Rematch #2 (19,592)
    Yanmega (Lv. 75)


    Bug / Flying

    Air Slash
    Ancient Power
    Bug Buzz
    Detect
    Vespiquen (Lv. 77)


    Bug / Flying

    Aerial Ace
    Attack Order
    Defend Order
    Power Gem
    Heracross (Lvl. 77)


    Bug / Fighting

    Close Combat
    Earthquake
    Facade
    Rock Slide
    Scizor (Lv. 75)


    Bug / Steel

    Bullet Punch
    Night Slash
    Swords Dance
    X-Scissor
    Flygon (Lv. 75)


    Ground / Dragon

    Boomburst
    Bug Buzz
    Dragon Pulse
    Earth Power
    Drapion (Lv. 79)


    Poison / Dark

    Cross Poison
    Earthquake
    Night Slash
    X-Scissor
    Elite Four Bertha Rematch #2 (20,088)
    Whiscash (Lv. 76)


    Water / Ground

    Earthquake
    Ice Beam
    Scald
    Zen Headbutt
    Gliscor (Lv. 79)


    Ground / Flying

    Earthquake
    Guillotine
    Thunder Fang
    X-Scissor
    Mamoswine (Lv. 78)


    Ice / Ground

    Double Edge
    Earthquake
    Ice Shard
    Icicle Spear
    Hippowdon (Lv. 78)


    Ground

    Crunch
    Earthquake
    Ice Fang
    Rest
    Nidoking (Lv. 78)


    Poison / Ground

    Earth Power
    Ice Beam
    Sludge Bomb
    Thunderbolt
    Rhyperior (Lv. 81)


    Ground / Rock

    Earthquake
    Megahorn
    Rock Wrecker
    Thunder Fang


    Elite Four Flint Rematch #2 (₱20,584)
    Ninetales (Lv. 78)


    Fire

    Flamethrower
    Hypnosis
    Nasty Plot
    Solar Beam
    Houndoom (Lv. 78)


    Dark / Fire

    Dark Pulse
    Destiny Bond
    Flamethrower
    Nasty Plot
    Infernape (Lv. 81)


    Fire / Fighting

    Close Combat
    Fire Punch
    Mach Punch
    Thunder Punch
    Rapidash (Lv. 79)


    Fire

    Flare Blitz
    Hypnosis
    Iron Tail
    Poison Jab
    Arcanine (Lv. 81)


    Fire

    Close Combat
    Extreme Speed
    Flare Blitz
    Play Rough
    Magmortar (Lv. 83)


    Fire

    Fire Blast
    Focus Blast
    Psychic
    Thunderbolt
    Elite Four Lucian Rematch #2 (₱21,080)
    Mr. Mime (Lv. 79)


    Psychic / Fairy

    Dazzling Gleam
    Light Screen
    Psychic
    Reflect
    Bronzong (Lv. 80)


    Steel / Psychic

    Earthquake
    Gyro Ball
    Payback
    Rock Slide
    Espeon (Lv. 81)


    Psychic

    Dazzling Gleam
    Light Screen
    Psychic
    Shadow Ball
    Alakazam (Lv. 82)


    Psychic

    Dazzling Gleam
    Nasty Plot
    Psychic
    Shock Wave
    Slowbro (Lv. 82)


    Water / Psychic

    Flamethrower
    Psychic
    Scald
    Slack Off
    Gallade (Lv. 85)


    Psychic / Fighting

    Close Combat
    Poison Jab
    Psycho Cut
    Shadow Sneak


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