Greatest Methods For Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Elite 4

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A Pokémon trainer is seen holding a Pokéball and looking confidently at the camera.

If you wish to change into the perfect, you’ve gotta beat the perfect.
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Defeating the Elite 4 and the regional champion in battle is a ceremony of passage in most Pokémon games, and that features Scarlet and Violet. These are supposed the most-powerful Pokémon trainers within the Paldea area, and overcoming them and their groups is the one technique to become the regional champion your self.

However what ought to your group appear to be should you’re going to tackle these trainers? Earlier than we go coach by coach and discuss what weaknesses you’ll need to exploit to change into Paldea’s champion, let’s contact on some normal ideas.

Stage up earlier than you go-go

Between all of the trainers you’ll battle within the Paldea Pokémon League, you’ll face Pokémon whose ranges vary from 57 to 62. Because you’ll have already crushed all eight regional health club leaders, you’ll discover Scarlet and Violet have a large hole between probably the most {powerful} health club chief and the primary of the Elite 4. Grusha, the Glaseado health club chief, had his Pokémon within the late 40s, and the Elite 4 begins out 10 ranges increased. So undoubtedly do some training beforehand to get your group leveled as much as at the very least the mid-50s.

“You want therapeutic!”

Pokémon veterans will let you know that earlier than you problem the Elite 4, you must fill up on therapeutic gadgets. These fights all occur in sequence, and also you received’t be capable of go away to heal your group and are available again between them. Nonetheless, you should have an opportunity to make use of therapeutic gadgets earlier than every battle to your coronary heart’s content material. The PokéMart proper exterior the Pokémon League constructing can have loads of Hyper Potions and Revives so that you can purchase. These might be useful each between battles and through them, because it’s probably you’ll must heal up if one of many Elite 4 manages to take out a few of your group.

Jack of all trades is best than a grasp of 1

Through the years, I’ve seen a handful of Pokémon gamers who prefer to play with groups that double up on strikes of the identical kind, moderately than having a pleasant unfold of assaults that lend themselves to extra numerous scenario. I want better versatility. For instance, throughout the primary recreation, my Raichu had Thunderbolt (Electrical), Play Tough (Fairy), Iron Tail (Metal), and Focus Blast (Combating). Between these 4 strikes, he might fairly deal harm to 9 out of Pokémon’s 18 creature sorts by himself. That is the type of moveset I attempt to have with my complete group, which provides me extra choices for no matter scenario the sport throws at me.

If Raichu might use a super-effective Iron Tail on a rock/ground-type Pokémon, however would nonetheless be in peril of being one-shot by a devastating Earthquake, I might swap to my Quaquaval and use a water or combating transfer with out having to fret about him succumbing to the identical weaknesses Raichu would. Versatility is an effective rule of thumb to bear in mind if you’re constructing a group, as a result of a group of six Pokémon can’t cowl this many weaknesses with out studying strikes exterior its base typing. Whereas it’s essential to bear in mind what strikes your Pokémon will get a bonus for because of their base typing or tera typing, don’t put all of your Poké eggs in a single Poké basket: You’ll simply restrict your self and make fights more durable than they must be.

Save between fights

It could possibly really feel tacky, however it’s best to all the time be saving between fights on the Elite 4. If you happen to lose a battle, all you’ve gotta do is shut the sport and reopen it to start out the place you left off. Do that earlier than you’re transported again to the Pokémon Heart to be able to circumvent the autosave (or flip it off within the choices menu), and also you’ll be capable of simply attempt every battle once more with new data. You may also use this time to vary your group’s movesets round if you end up missing a super-effective response to one in every of your opponents’ Pokémon.

With out additional ado, let’s speak concerning the Elite 4 and the champion of Paldea.

Rika is seen pulling a glove snug onto her hand. Her eyes are closed as she prepares for battle.

Rika makes a speciality of ground-type Pokémon and can stomp you into the bottom should you’re not ready.
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Rika, the ground-type grasp

She is magnificence, she is grace, however Rika’s group of ground-type Pokémon is stuffed with a bunch of doofuses. Between Whiscash, Dugtrio, and Clodsire, half her group has large “not a thought behind these eyes” power. However they’ve nonetheless received some hard-hitting strikes and efficient defenses that may take you abruptly should you’re not ready.

Whiscash (Water/Floor), Stage 57
Camerupt (Hearth/Floor), Stage 57
Donphan (Floor), Stage 57
Dugtrio (Floor), Stage 57
Clodsire (Terastalized Floor), Stage 57

Dugtrio and Donphan are probably the most easy of Rika’s group, as they’re commonplace ground-type Pokémon weak to all of floor’s weaknesses: grass, ice, and water. Having a mixture of these kinds of assaults might be essential, nonetheless, as the opposite three Pokémon she makes use of have inherent counters to every of those sorts.

Rika’s Whiscash units a precedent for the way it’s best to strategy her celebration: You possibly can’t simply persist with one in every of floor’s typical weaknesses for all the battle. As a water/ground-type Pokémon, Whiscash is just weak to grass-type strikes, however it’s double weakened by them, as they overpower water and ground-type Pokémon. So a grass-type transfer is finest to start out with, however be aware of its Blizzard assault, as that may knock most grass-type Pokémon out actual fast. Fortunately, Whiscash is pretty gradual, so if you may get a fairly sturdy, risk-free assault like Vitality Ball—or Meowscarada’s signature assault Flower Trick for individuals who selected Sprigatito as their starter—Whiscash’s double weak point to grass ought to do a whole lot of the heavy lifting for you.

Camerupt additionally requires a little bit of forethought, as its hearth/floor typing makes it extra proof against grass and ice assaults. Nonetheless, water assaults will do 4 instances as a lot harm in opposition to it, as each hearth and floor are weakened by it. In contrast to Whiscash, who might severely harm a grass-type Pokémon who weakened it, Camerupt doesn’t have a powerful offensive possibility for the typical water-type Pokémon. Its strikes lean exhausting into its hearth and floor typing, however it does have a steel-type transfer in Flash Cannon, which may very well be tough on any rock Pokémon in your roster should you resolve to focus on its floor weak point moderately than water. So the most secure plan of action is to make use of a water transfer like Aqua Tail or Quaquavel’s signature Aqua Step to reap the benefits of its decrease bodily protection stat.

Clodsire is Rika’s last Pokémon, and one in every of her trickiest. She’s going to use her tera orb on it to overwrite its poison/floor typing and make it merely floor, so should you had been planning on utilizing a psychic assault to take advantage of its poison base typing, you’ll have to regulate. On prime of this, Clodsire additionally has Water Soak up as its skill, which negates water assaults and likewise heals its HP by 1 / 4 of its well being. So it’s not only a wasted flip to attempt to use a water assault, it’s actively useful to Rika’s large oaf. Clodsire’s weaknesses on this state of affairs are grass, water, and ice.

Usually, I’d advise in opposition to utilizing a grass-type Pokémon in opposition to it due to its base poison typing, however Clodsire doesn’t have any damaging poison strikes that might weaken a grass-type Pokémon. It does have Poisonous, however that may solely inflict the poison standing, moderately than do poison harm. The most important wrestle with Rika’s Clodsire is that, should you go in anticipating to make use of sure strikes, its tera typing or skill can journey you up. However as soon as you recognize its precise unfold of weaknesses, it’s a bit extra easy.

Clodsire has a cumbersome particular protection, however its bodily protection is way decrease. So should you can hit it with a bodily ice or water transfer (comparable to Ice Spinner, Ice Hammer, or Aqua Tail), or fall again on the Aqua Step (should you’ve received it), Clodsire ought to go down fairly rapidly.

Poppy smiles at the camera and charges up her tera orb, preparing to terastalize a Pokémon.

Poppy’s cutesy persona is a façade hiding a powerhouse celebration of steel-type Pokémon.
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Poppy, the steel-using youngster labor regulation violation

The second of the Elite 4 is a case examine in juxtaposition between coach and Pokémon, as Poppy might be the youngest coach within the Paldea area, however has some hefty steel-type brawlers on her group. All that being mentioned, combating her group requires the identical flexibility as Rika’s, as her Pokémon ebb and movement between the metal kind’s strengths and weaknesses. As good as it could be to choose your strongest hearth kind and set all of them ablaze, Poppy’s group has just a few notable counters for the kinds that weaken metal.

Copperajah (Metal), Stage 58
Magnezone (Electrical/Metal), Stage 58
Bronzong (Psychic/Metal), Stage 58
Corviknight (Flying/Metal), Stage 58
Tinkaton (Terastalized Metal), Stage 59

Poppy leads along with her Copperajah, and it’s an instantaneous counter to fireplace sorts. It simply has a easy metal typing, however with strikes like Excessive Horsepower, it may possibly go toe-to-toe with a fire-type Pokémon with little concern. It additionally acts as a setup Pokémon as a result of it has Stealth Rock, which can scatter stones round your group, dealing rock harm to any Pokémon you ship out all through the battle. That is particularly unhealthy for fire-type Pokémon, as they’re weakened by rock assaults.

You’ve got just a few choices to counter this. One is to only knock Copperajah out so rapidly it doesn’t have the possibility to make use of Stealth Rock, which is finest achieved by utilizing a strong hearth, combating, or floor assault. Copperajah has a whole lot of HP and might pack a punch, however its defenses are fairly center of the street, and it’s exceptionally gradual. So should you can handle to outspeed it (pretty straightforward) and knock it out in a single hit (difficult, however doable) you may circumvent the hazard of Stealth Rock altogether.

I usually keep away from educating my Pokémon probably the most {powerful} strikes of their respective typings as a result of they usually include drawbacks to accuracy or recharge time, however if you wish to be thorough right here, a Hearth Blast or Excessive Leap Kick can wipe Copperajah out earlier than it has an opportunity to arrange. These are sometimes overkill in typical play, however if you’re going through a match-long menace like Stealth Rock, higher secure than sorry.

If you happen to’re not so fortunate to take Copperajah out rapidly, having a Pokémon who can clear enemy hazards is all the time sensible. Pokémon like Donphan, Forretress, or Coalossal can study Speedy Spin, which can filter out the Stealth Rock with out being in an excessive amount of hazard from Poppy’s metal Pokémon.

Magnezone is pretty easy, as its double weak point to ground-type strikes makes it a straightforward one-hit knockout. Corviknight can be fairly easy, because it doesn’t have a lot to counter its hearth and electrical weaknesses.

Bronzong is a bit trickier, because it has loads of counters for fire-type Pokémon with Rock Blast and Earthquake. It additionally has the Levitate skill, which makes it resistant to ground-type strikes most metal Pokémon could be prone to. As such, it’s higher to concentrate on its psychic typing, moderately than metal. An excellent dark-type Pokémon could be a perfect counter because of its immunity to Bronzong’s psychic assaults, and one which has excessive bodily protection would be capable of face up to all of its strikes. Umbreon could be an excellent match, because it has sturdy bodily protection, and its base darkish typing would give it immunity to Bronzong’s psychic strikes, in addition to strengthen its dark-type assaults like Darkish Pulse or Crunch.

Poppy’s final Pokémon is its Tinkaton, which she’s going to terastalize right into a full steel-type. Even with out the tera kind, Tinkaton’s bodily moveset packs a punch, so it’s a drive to be reckoned with should you’re not cautious. Fortunately, its weaknesses don’t actually change an excessive amount of with this typing past including combating. So, in case you have fire-, fighting-, or ground-type strikes (which you’ll most likely have wanted to get this far within the battle), you need to be good to take out Tinkaton.

I’d advocate choosing floor, as Poppy will probably exploit both of the opposite two with Play Tough and Stone Edge, which weaken combating and hearth, respectively. Tinkaton has a hefty particular protection, so utilizing a physical-based floor transfer like Earthquake is your finest wager.

Larry stares at his tera orb as it charges, looking tired and ready to go home to his wife.

Larry, the star of the present, can’t present up solely as soon as in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
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Larry returns to fly to new heights

I can’t lie, he made such a constructive impression on me as a health club chief earlier in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet that I misplaced my thoughts when Larry, Pokémon’s embodiment of the Dolly Parton song “9 to 5,” confirmed up as a member of the Elite 4. However whereas his normal-type group required one technique, his flying-type celebration within the Pokémon League requires one other.

Tropius (Grass/Flying), Stage 59
Oricorio (Electrical/Flying), Stage 59
Altaria (Dragon/Flying), Stage 59
Staraptor (Regular/Flying), Stage 59
Flamigo (Terastalized Flying), Stage 60

In contrast to Rika and Poppy, most of Larry’s trickiest Pokémon lead his group. Whereas most flying-type trainers on this sequence might be simply dealt with with an excellent electric-type Pokémon like Raichu or Jolteon, Larry’s Tropius, Oricorio, and Altaria all require you to search for alternate weaknesses.

Tropius is a grass/flying kind, which implies it’s double weak to ice. Traditionally, I don’t sometimes make area for an ice-type Pokémon on my group as a result of most water-type Pokémon can reliably study ice strikes, however Tropius is kitted out with Sunny Day and Photo voltaic Beam, which is a combo that may make quick work of any water-type that dares to enter the sphere. So should you don’t have an ice-type Pokémon to throw out a fast Ice Beam or a water-type that’s each quick and robust sufficient to interrupt this setup, it is likely to be finest to decide to focus on one in every of its different weaknesses.

Fortunately Tropius has many with its grass/flying typing, so we will decide from hearth, flying, rock, or poison, as effectively. Presumably, you’ve a fire-type Pokémon out of your battle with Poppy, in order that’s an excellent Pokémon to guide with and get an excellent Flamethrower out earlier than Tropius has an opportunity to arrange its Photo voltaic Beam.

Oricorio’s electrical/flying typing is attention-grabbing, as a result of individually, these two parts have easy weaknesses to take advantage of. However collectively they restrict your choices as a result of will probably be resistant to floor strikes and comparatively proof against electrical ones. Its remaining weaknesses are rock and ice, Both possibility is as efficient, however be aware that it additionally is aware of Icy Wind, which might be tremendous efficient on some rock-type Pokémon if they’ve a secondary floor affinity.

Larry’s Altaria is among the Pokémon you’ll face that feels straight spec’d to counter its regular weaknesses. The dragon/flying Pokémon is aware of Moonblast (Fairy), Flamethrower (Hearth), Ice Beam (Ice), and Dragon Pulse (Dragon), which is a tough counter for nearly something you may throw at it…nearly.

Altaria can counter dragon and ice fairly handily, however it doesn’t have a lot to take out fairy Pokémon, or defend in opposition to fairy-type strikes. It has fairly respectable bodily and particular protection, however its bodily protection is a tad decrease. So should you’ve received somebody in your group that is aware of Play Tough, it’s a stable counter that exists within the gaps of Altaria’s moveset.

Then all that’s left is Starapator and a terastalized flying-type Flamigo. You possibly can take out each of those handily with sturdy electrical assaults. It’s finest to keep away from ice-type Pokémon for these final two, as each of them have combating assaults that might do important harm.

Hassel charges his tera orb and stares blankly at the camera.

Hassel teaches artwork on the academy in Paldea, however he additionally teaches the artwork of Pokémon battling as a member of the Elite 4.
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Hassel teaches one last lesson

The ultimate battle earlier than the champion is in opposition to Hassel, the artwork trainer in Paldea’s academy. He makes a speciality of dragon-type Pokémon, and his group features a few ‘mons you probably received’t have seen by this level in your playthrough. So it’s good to be ready for the twists and turns of this battle.

Noivern (Flying/Dragon), Stage 60
Haxorus (Dragon), Stage 60
Dragalge (Poison/Dragon), Stage 60
Flapple (Grass/Dragon), Stage 60
Baxcalibur (Terastalized Dragon), Stage 61

Noivern leads Hassel’s group, and it’s one of many easiest within the group. It’s weak to all of dragon-type’s regular weaknesses, however its flying/dragon typing makes it twice as weak to ice-type strikes. So blow a delicate, chilly breeze in its route (Ice Beam) and it ought to fall fairly rapidly. Flapple can be fairly easy, as its grass/dragon typing makes it extraordinarily prone to ice assaults, which it doesn’t have any actual counters for.

Haxorus can be only a dragon-type, however it has a wider kind protection with its assaults. With Dragon Claw, Crunch, Iron Head, and Rock Tomb, it may possibly reliably counter each ice and dragon Pokémon, so your finest wager is to take advantage of the fairy-sized hole in its offensive capabilities as you probably did with Larry’s Altaria. Its bodily protection is notably stronger than its particular protection, so in case you have Pokémon like Sylveon with an assault like Moonblast in your bag, you may make quick work of Haxorus.

Dragalge is sophisticated as a result of it may possibly simply take down dragon and fairy Pokémon with its poison-type Sludge Bomb and dragon-type Dragon Pulse. So the most secure weak point to take advantage of is probably going psychic. You may additionally attempt floor, however do be mindful Hassel’s Dragalge is aware of Hydro Pump, which may drop ground-type Pokémon in a single flip. In the meantime, it doesn’t have any actual counters for a psychic Pokémon, making it the poison/dragon-type’s largest vulnerability.

Lastly, we now have Baxcalibur, Hassel’s ace and Scarlet and Violet’s pseudo-legendary. Hassel’s technique with this Pokémon is fairly easy: Terastalize right into a full dragon-type, after which use its signature transfer Glaive Rush till it wipes your group. In case you have a fairy-type Pokémon you’ll be resistant to this assault, so that may take the best menace off the desk. However, oddly sufficient, Hassel’s Baxcalibur solely is aware of two different strikes, the ice-type Icicle Crash and fighting-type Brick Break. Fairy Pokémon are proof against combating assaults, and broken usually by ice. So should you’ve received a fairy with respectable particular assault just like the aforementioned Sylveon, you may carve your method by this Pokémon.

Geeta is seen holding her tera orb under a night sky.

Geeta fees her tera orb as if it can make any significant impression on this battle. Go, woman. Give us nothing.
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Right here comes the ultimate challenger, Geeta

After you defeat all of the members of the Elite 4, you’ll be given a complementary celebration heal earlier than you face Geeta, the champion of the Paldea area.

Espathra (Psychic), Stage 61
Gogoat (Grass), Stage 61
Veluza (Water/Psychic), Stage 61
Avalugg (Ice), Stage 161
Kingambit (Darkish/Metal), Stage 61
Glimmora (Terastalized Rock), Stage 62

As followers have famous since Scarlet and Violet launched, Geeta’s group is a bit underwhelming for a champion, even in comparison with the Elite 4 who’re supposedly underneath her. She doesn’t focus on anyone typing, so there’s not the identical subversion and adaptation you see within the different coach fights. Nobody on her group is especially {powerful} like Hassel’s Baxcalibur or Poppy’s Tinkaton. The weirdest a part of all of it’s that Glimmora, which is handled as her signature Pokémon, is a setup Pokémon by design, however she makes use of it final and wastes its Poisonous Particles skill. As such, the one actual technique along with her is just having Pokémon who know assaults that weaken hers.

Greater than half of her group has a one-type elemental affinity, with psychic-type Espathra, grass-type Gogoat, and ice-type Avalugg all beginning out as such, and Glimmora turning into one by terastalizing right into a rock-type.

Espathra and Gogoat are largely missing in exhausting counters to their weaknesses. A ghost, darkish, or bug assault will take Espathra out, although be cautious of its Dazzling Gleam should you select to go the darkish route. Gogoat has mainly nothing to fight a fireplace, bug, or flying Pokémon. Avalugg fares a bit higher—Earthquake provides it one thing to battle off any hearth or rock Pokémon—however its remaining strikes really feel like they’re there to fill areas moderately than assist it overcome something you throw at it. So be at liberty to soundly use a metal or combating assault.

Veluza and Kingambit have twin typings, which makes them slightly extra sophisticated, however their movesets are nonetheless fairly easy. Veluza is a water/psychic kind, however these sorts collectively don’t create any kind of attention-grabbing resistances or immunities to pay attention to. It’s weak to all the pieces these sorts are weak to, so a bug, ghost, grass, electrical, or darkish transfer might be tremendous efficient. Geeta additionally hasn’t taught it any strikes that weaken its regular vulnerabilities, with the closest factor to a subversion in its package being Ice Fang, and ice strikes are pretty predictable for a water-type Pokémon to have. As such, there’s not a lot to fret about right here.

Kingambit has one saving grace, in that the darkish/metal Pokémon is aware of Zen Headbutt, a psychic transfer that might make quick work of a fighting-type Pokémon who would in any other case be capable of exploit its double weak point to combating. However the Pokémon can be terribly gradual, so should you can outspeed it, you’ve an opportunity to keep away from the assault altogether.

Then there’s Glimmora, whose puzzling placement simply actually underlines how suboptimal Geeta’s group is. The rock/poison Pokémon will terastalize right into a rock kind, which does halve its regular double weak point to floor into simply an ordinary one, however it’s nonetheless very a lot weak to combating, metal, and water. This transformation additionally opens itself up right into a grass weak point it didn’t have earlier than.

In relation to attacking these weaknesses it has Dazzling Gleam to deal with fighting-type Pokémon and Sludge Wave to deal with any grass-type Pokémon with no secondary kind to withstand it. So the most secure kind to make use of is water, however Glimmora can be gradual sufficient which you could most likely get these assaults out quick sufficient to defeat it anyway.

There are hints in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s endgame that Geeta and Glimmora are tied into story parts which have but to be explored. As such, it makes some sense that narratively Geeta would use Glimmora as her accomplice Pokémon and ace in battle. However the best way the Pokémon is constructed as a setup Pokémon by its Poisonous Particles skill, which lays out Poisonous Spikes on the battlefield after it’s hit with a bodily assault, means it doesn’t make sense for it to be utilized this manner in battle. All of Geeta’s group simply feels prefer it lacks the identical forethought of the remainder of the Elite 4. What an odd battle.

After you defeat Geeta, that’s the final time you may face the Elite 4 on this sequential construction. It is a departure from earlier video games, which allow you to problem the Pokémon League a number of instances. Nonetheless, you may nonetheless face all of those trainers within the postgame Academy Ace Event, the place their groups might be barely stronger and have totally different movesets. Geeta’s group nonetheless sucks, although!

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