How to select the best pokémon to beat the elite four in pokémon diamond and pearl

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As usual, in Black & White you battle through eight gyms before taking on the Elite Four, with a few notable differences. We also note the significant trainer battles below.

The first gym features three leaders, each specialising in a different type of Grass, Fire or Water. You only fight one of them, depending on which Pokémon you chose as your starter. In the final gym, you fight one of two trainers depending on which version you have. However, their Pokémon are exactly the same.

When you reach the Elite Four, you can now fight them in any order you wish. The first time you only get to fight the Elite Four, then there is a diversion into some more of the game plot. Later on, you can rematch the Elite Four and take on the Champion.

Gym #1, Striaton City

Cilan
(Oshawott as starter)
Trio Badge
Grass type Pokémon

Chili
(Snivy as starter)
Trio Badge
Fire type Pokémon

Cress
(Tepig as starter)
Trio Badge
Water type Pokémon

Gym #2, Nacrene City

Lenora
Basic Badge
Normal type Pokémon

Gym #3, Castelia City

Burgh
Beetle Badge
Bug type Pokémon

Gym #4, Nimbasa City

Elesa
Bolt Badge
Electric type Pokémon

Gym #5, Driftveil City

Clay
Quake Badge
Ground type Pokémon

Gym #6, Mistralton City

Skyla
Jet Badge
Flying type Pokémon

Gym #7, Icirrus City

Brycen
Icicle Badge
Ice type Pokémon

Gym #8, Opelucid City

Drayden
(Pokemon Black)
Legend Badge
Dragon type Pokémon

Iris
(Pokemon White)
Legend Badge
Dragon type Pokémon

The Elite Four in Unova are positioned within the Pokйmon League to the north of Unova. This league is slightly different to normal due to it allowing you to take on the Elite Four in whatever order you wish.

Specialty: Ghost-type

Puzzle:
The first member of the Elite Four you may face if going clockwise is Shauntal. You will be picked up and carried by ghostly forces up to her platform.She focuses on Ghost-types so having a Dark-type or a Pokйmon with Ghost-type moves would be logical.

Specialty: Dark-type

Puzzle:
The next member of the Elite Four you may face if going clockwise is Grimsley. You will be carried up via conveyorbelt to his platform. He focuses on Dark-types so having Fighting-type or Bug-type moves would be logical.

Specialty: Psychic-type

Puzzle:
The next member of the Elite Four you may face if going clockwise is Caitlin, formerly of the Sinnoh Battle Castle. You will be carried up via telepathy to her platform. She focuses on Psychic-types so having Dark-type or Bug-type moves would be logical.

Specialty: Fighting-type

Puzzle:
The final member of the Elite Four you may face if going clockwise is Marshal. You will be carried up by a platform on a conveyor belt to the top of the tower. He focuses on Fighting-types so having Flying-type or Psychic-type moves would be logical.

after you have obtained the National Pokйdex, you will once more be able to battle against the Elite Four and, as with past games, their power has been increased and numerous new, or should we say old, Pokйmon have been added to their rosters

Specialty: Ghost-type

Puzzle:
The first member of the Elite Four you may face if going clockwise is Shauntal. You will be picked up and carried by ghostly forces up to her platform.She focuses on Ghost-types so having a Dark-type or a Pokйmon with Ghost-type moves would be logical.

Specialty: Dark-type

Puzzle:
The next member of the Elite Four you may face if going clockwise is Grimsley. You will be carried up via conveyorbelt to his platform. He focuses on Dark-types so having Fighting-type or Bug-type moves would be logical.

Specialty: Psychic-type

Puzzle:
The next member of the Elite Four you may face if going clockwise is Caitlin. You will be carried up via telepathy to her platform. She focuses on Psychic-types so having Dark-type or Bug-type moves would be logical.

Specialty: Fighting-type

Puzzle:
The final member of the Elite Four you may face if going clockwise is Marshal. You will be carried up by a platform on a conveyor belt to the top of the tower. He focuses on Fighting-types so having Flying-type or Psychic-type moves would be logical.

Specialty: No Speciality

Puzzle:
Unlike last time when your battle got interrupted by N and his schemes, the Elite Four now have a champion and that champion is Alder, the trainer who has helped you in your quest against Team Plasma. His team is rather eclectic

The Elite Four, as we all know, is the final challenge every Pokémon trainer has to face at the end of a game. But after six generations, we’ve seen a ton of Elite Four trainers and champions—and some of these are definitely better than others.

Here’s TheJWittz ‘s picks for the best Elite Four trainers, a list which includes:

  • Siebold, Pokémon X & Y (“There are no weak Pokemon in a Pokemon battle. There are only weak trainers.”)
  • Malva, Pokémon X & Y (She’s a member of Team Flare!)
  • Agatha, Pokémon Red & Blue (She hints at an interesting story with Professor Oak. Also, ghosts.)
  • Caitlin, Pokémon Black & White (She’s scary and powerful.)
  • Alder, champion of Pokémon Black & White (He’s not all about having the most powerful ‘mon, which makes him a curious champion.)
  • Red, Pokémon Gold & Silver (He’s a boss that lies beyond the Elite Four itself, carrying some of the best Pokemon from Red & Blue. And technically, he’s the person we play as in the previous games, which makes him fascinating.)
  • Lance, Pokémon Red & Blue (DRAGONS. Also, he’s a cheater.)
  • Steven, Champion of Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire (He gives you a bunch of cool shit.)
  • Blue, Champion of Pokémon Red & Blue (The first time you have to face a fifth trainer is a twist (what do you mean someone already beat me to the Elite Four?!) and since he’s basically Gary, the game plays up the whole rivalry thing).
  • Cynthia, Champion of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl (She has a great, balanced team, she’s powerful, and she’s a great researcher).

A spot-on list if I ever saw one, though my number 1 would be a toss-up between Lance, Red, Blue and Siebold. You should definitely watch the video if you want a more detailed rationale behind all these picks, too.

What about you, what are some of your favorite Elite Four members?

The Elite Four in Hoenn are positioned within the Pokйmon League to the north of EverGrande City, only accessible after you have all eight badges. This league reverts to the classic method of you battling them in order, but after the completion of the Delta Episode, the Elite Four can be rematched at a higher level.

Sidney is the first member of the Elite Four and is one of the few Dark-type focused bosses in the entire history of the franchise. He will use Pokйmon such as Shiftry in his battles

The second member is Phoebe. While you wouldn’t expect it from her, she focuses in Ghost-type Pokйmon and, in an upgrade from the originals, uses a Dusknoir in her battles.

The third member is Glacia. Glacia focuses upon Ice-type Pokйmon and has a team that fully monopolises on the weather, Hail. She has somewhat of a repeated team in the first match

The final member is Drake. Drake focuses upon Dragon-type Pokйmon and has a team that has a wide variety of moves.

Having encountered Steven Stone numerous times across the Hoenn region, it turns out that he is the champion of the Hoenn region. When you battle him, he will use his Mega Stickpin to Mega Evolve his Metagross.

After you have completed the Delta Episode, you’ll be able to challenge the Elite Four again and again. This time, they have more Pokйmon, from all regions, and each have a Mega Evolution that they use at the end of battle.

Sidney is the first member of the Elite Four and is one of the few Dark-type focused bosses in the entire history of the franchise. He will use Pokйmon such as Shiftry in his battles

The second member is Phoebe. While you wouldn’t expect it from her, she focuses in Ghost-type Pokйmon and, in an upgrade from the originals, uses a Dusknoir in her battles.

The third member is Glacia. Glacia focuses upon Ice-type Pokйmon and has a team that fully monopolises on the weather, Hail. She has somewhat of a repeated team in the first match

The final member is Drake. Drake focuses upon Dragon-type Pokйmon and has a team that has a wide variety of moves.

Having encountered Steven Stone numerous times across the Hoenn region, it turns out that he is the champion of the Hoenn region. When you battle him, he will use his Mega Stickpin to Mega Evolve his Metagross.

Like the gym leaders, the elite four have had a rework to include new Pokйmon within the Sinnoh Dex

Pre-National Dex

The first Elite Member is a bug type trainer. Focusing on Bug Type Moves supplemented by some moves to attack the likely targets

The second Elite Member is a Ground Type Pokйmon enthusiast. With Ground Type Moves mixed in with some other types to topple some of its weaknesses

The third Elite Member is a Fire Type Pokйmon enthusiast. With Fire Type Moves mixed in with some other types to topple some of its weaknesses

The final Elite Member is a Psychic Type Pokйmon enthusiast. With Psychic Type Moves mixed in with some other types to topple some of its weaknesses

The champion, Cynthia, who helped you with Team Galaxy at an earlier time, has a variety of types on her team and will require upmost strategy

While not a gym leader battle nor an elite four battle. When you get to the Battle Frontier, you get to battle both Flint & Volkner with your rival. This is a strong battle as their Pokйmon are of high level

Post-National Dex

The first Elite Member is a bug type trainer. Focusing on Bug Type Moves supplemented by some moves to attack the likely targets

The second Elite Member is a Ground Type Pokйmon enthusiast. With Ground Type Moves mixed in with some other types to topple some of its weaknesses

The third Elite Member is a Fire Type Pokйmon enthusiast. With Fire Type Moves mixed in with some other types to topple some of its weaknesses

The final Elite Member is a Psychic Type Pokйmon enthusiast. With Psychic Type Moves mixed in with some other types to topple some of its weaknesses

The champion, Cynthia, who helped you with Team Galaxy at an earlier time, has a variety of types on her team and will require upmost strategy

The first gym leader, Roark, of Oreburgh City is a Rock Type Trainer. His Pokйmon are all Rock Type and use Rock Type attacks. Defeat him and you get the Coal Badge and TM76. You can also use Rock Smash outside of battle

The second gym leader, Gardenia of Eterna City focuses on the Grass Type Pokйmon and attacks. In this gym you have to find the 4 girls hidden around the gym and battle them before Gardenia shows herself. For defeating her you get TM80 and the Forest Badge. You can also use Cut outside of battle

The third gym leader is Maylene of Veilstone City. Focusing on Fighting Types, you have to do a puzzle that clears the path to Maylene, battling other trainers on the way. For defeating her, you get the Cobal Badge. You can also now use Fly outside of battle

The fourth gym leader is Crasher Wake of Pastoria City. Crasher Wake and his trainers focus on Water types and as such so does the puzzle. Requiring you to alter the water levels of the gym so you can get to Crasher Wake, you have to fight all the trainers on your way there. He gives you the Fen Badge. You can also use Fog Clear outside of battle

The fifth Gym Leader is Fantina in Hearthome City. First having to find her by the Contest Hall, Fantina is a Ghost Pokйmon Trainer. Her Gym is on various levels, once you take the lift up you have to pick a room. 2 out of the 3 rooms contain trainers. The other allows you to go up. After 4 of these, you find Fantina. She gives you the Relic Badge. You can also use Surf outside of battle

The sixth Gym leader, Byron requires you to traverse the many levels of the gym using platforms to go up a level or around, battling trainers along the way. The Canalave City Gym is a Steel Type Gym. Byron gives you the Mine Badge for defeating him. You can also use Strength outside of battle

The penultimate Gym Leader is Candice of Snowpoint City. This gym is full of Ice Types and as such the Puzzle requires you to make your way to Candice by sliding down the ice taking Snowballs out of your way so that you are able to get through in a Straight Line to Candice. She gives you the Glaceon Badge. You can also use Rock Climb outside of battle

The final Gym Leader is Volkner. Being an electric trainer, his gym requires you to create a path to him by pressing buttons on gears that rotate the bridges secured on them so that you can get to the end. He gives you the Beacon Badge. You can also use Waterfall outside of battle.

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