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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl has some truly challenging battles when it comes to Gym Leaders, the Elite Four, and finally the reigning Champion. You'll need to take advantage of each Pokémon's strengths and weaknesses to come out on top. To help you strategize, here's a list of each gym leader or Elite Four member's Pokémon, along with suggestions for the best team to defeat them.

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Fight gym leaders and the Elite Four

There are eight gym leaders and the Elite Four to defeat in the Sinnoh region, including the reigning Champion, Cynthia. Take them all down by leveling up the best Pokémon team you can create.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl All Gym leaders and how to beat them

As with all Pokémon games, there are a grand total of eight Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl gym leaders, and each one tends to gravitate around a specific type of Pokémon. Here are the Pokémon they'll throw out, along with tips for beating them.

Roark - Oreburgh City

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Name Type Level Weaknesses
Geodude Rock 12 Ground, Ice, Water, Fighting, Steel, Grass
Onix Rock 12 Fighting, Steel, Ice, Ground, Grass, Water
Cranidos Rock 14 Fighting, Steel, Ground, Grass, Water

I highly recommend your party be between Level 10 and Level 14 during this fight. Piplup and Turtwig can make quick work of any opponent here with their respective Water or Grass attacks. If you get Chimchar up to Level 14 and evolved into Monferno before fighting Roark, this monkey will learn a Fighting move that will also be deadly to the gym leader's team.

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Roark Rematch

You can come back and fight Roark again after you've become the Champion, have seen all Pokémon in the Sinnoh region, and have talked to Professor Rowan. Here are the Pokémon he'll use at that time.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Tyranitar Rock/Dark 68 Fighting, Steel, Ground, Bug, Grass, Fairy, Water
Aerodactyl Rock/Flying 66 Ice, Steel, Water, Electric, Rock
Armaldo Rock/Bug 70 Rock, Steel, Water
Probopass Rock /Bug 68 Fighting, Ground, Water
Relicanth Water/Rock 64 Fighting, Ground, Grass, Electric
Rampardos Rock 72 Fighting, Steel, Ground, Grass, Water

Gardenia - Eterna City

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Name Type Level Weaknesses
Cherubi Grass 19 Ice, Fire, Bug, Flying, Poison
Turtwig Grass 19 Ice, Fire, Flying, Bug, Poison
Roserade Grass/Poison 22 Ice, Fire, Psychic, Flying

You're going to want your Pokémon to be between Level 15 and Level 18 to make quick work of this team. To make things go more smoothly, I recommend having Zubat or Drifloon in your party so you can use their Poison and Flying attacks.

Gardenia Rematch

Down the road, you can come back and fight Gardenia again. Here are the Pokémon she'll use at that time.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Jumpluff Grass/Flying 66 Flying, Ice, Poison, Fire, Rock
Sunflora Grass 70 Ice, Bug, Flying, Poison
Cherrim Grass 69 Ice, Fire, Bug, Poison, Flying
Breloom Grass/Fighting 68 Ice, Flying, Poison, Psychic, Fire, Fairy
Torterra Grass/Ground 68 Ice, Fire, Flying, Bug
Roserade Grass/Poison 72 Ice, Fire, Psychic, Flying

Maylene - Veilstone City

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Name Type Level Weaknesses
Meditite Psychic/Fighting 27 Ghost, Flying, Fairy
Machoke Fighting 27 Psychic, Flying, Fairy
Lucario Fighting/Steel 30 Fighting, Fire, Ground

When you get here, things will go better if your Pokémon are between Level 20 and Level 23 (or higher). Additionally, having Staravia or Machop on your side will make beating this team a whole lot easier as long as you use their Flying and Fighting attacks.

Maylene Rematch

Down the road, you can come back and fight Gardenia again. Here are the Pokémon she'll use at that time.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Hitmontop Fighting 64
Breloom Grass/Fighting 68 Ice, Flying, Poison, Psychic, Fire, Fairy
Heracross Bug/Fighting 54 Psychic, Flying, Fire, Fairy
Infernape Fire/Fighting 61 Ground, Water, Flying, Psychic
Medicham Psychic/Fighting 72 Ghost, Flying, Fairy
Lucario Fighting/Steel 74 Fighting, Fire, Ground

Crasher Wake - Pastoria City

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Name Type Level Weaknesses
Gyarados Water/Flying 27 Electric, Rock
Quagsire Water/Ground 27 Grass
Floatzel Water 30 Grass, Electric

Try to get your team members between at least Level 20 and Level 23 for an easier battle. Roselia, Roserade, and Luxray can be really helpful during this battle due to the effectiveness of Grass and Electric attacks.

Crasher Wake Rematch

Down the road, you can come back and fight Crasher Wake again. Here are the Pokémon he'll use at that time.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Politoed Water 68 Grass, Electric
Kingdra Water/Dragon 68 Fairy, Dragon
Ludicolo Water/Grass 68 Bug, Flying, Poison
Huntail Water 70 Grass, Electric
Gyarados Water/Flying 70 Electric, Rock
Floatzel Water 72 Grass, Electric

Fantina - Hearthome City

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Name Type Level Weaknesses
Drifblim Ghost/Flying 32 Ghost, Ice, Dark, Electic, Rock
Gengar Ghost/Poison 34 Ghost, Dark, Psychic
Mismagius Ghost 36 Ghost, Dark

You'll want your team to be between Level 25 and Level 27 (or higher) before going into this battle. Golbat or Crobat will be especially helpful here with their Dark attacks.

Fantina Rematch

Down the road, you can come back and fight Fantina again. Here are the Pokémon she'll use at that time.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Drifblim Ghost/Flying 68 Ghost, Ice, Dark, Electic, Rock
Banette Ghost 65 Ghost, Dark
Dusknoir Ghost 70 Ghost, Dark
Froslass Ice/Ghost 72 Ghost, Dark, Steel, Fire
Gengar Ghost/Poison 72 Ghost, Dark, Psychic
Mismagius Ghost 70 Ghost, Dark

Byron - Canalave City

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Name Type Level Weaknesses
Bronzor Psychic/Steel 36 Dark, Ground, Ghost, Fire
Steelix Steel/Ground 36 Ground, Fighting, Water, Fire
Bastiodon Steel/Rock 39 Fighting, Ground, Water

Get your team between Level 28 and Level 32 at least to make quick work of this team. Monferno, Infernape, Gastrodon, and Rapidash will be especially helpful during this fight with their respective Fire and Ground attacks.

Byron Rematch

Down the road, you can come back and fight Byron again. Here are the Pokémon he'll use at that time.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Skarmory Steel/Flying 69 Fire, Electric
Steelix Steel/Ground 69 Ground, Fighting, Water, Fire
Magnezone Electric/Steel 70 Fighting, Fire, Ground
Empoleon Water/Steel 70 Fighting, Ground, Electric
Aggron Steel/Rock 71 Fighting, Ground, Water
Bastiodon Steel/Rock 72 Fighting, Ground, Water

Candice - Snowpoint City

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Name Type Level Weaknesses
Snover Ice/Grass 38 Fighting, Steel, Fire, Flying, Poison, Bug
Sneasel Ice/Dark 38 Fighting, Bug, Fire, Steel, Fairy, Rock
Medicham Psychic/Fighting 40 Ghost, Flying, Fairy
Abamasnow Ice/Grass 42 Fighting, Flying, Steel, Fire, Poison, Bug

Get your team between Level 32 and Level 35 to make Candice easier for you. The battle will quickly be won if you have Lucario as your Fighting type, Staraptor as your Flying type, and a powerful Fire-type like Infernape, Rapidash or Houndoom.

Candice Rematch

Down the road, you can come back and fight Candice again. Here are the Pokémon she'll use at that time.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Abamasnow Ice/Grass 42 Fighting, Flying, Steel, Fire, Poison, Bug
Jynx Ice/Psychic 70 Dark, Bug, Fire, Steel, Ghost, Rock
Mamoswine Ice/Ground 68 Firhing, Steel, Fire, Water, Grass
Froslass Ice/Ghost 72 Ghost, Dark, Steel, Fire
Glaceon Ice 70 Fighting, Fire, Steel
Weavile Dark/Ice 72 Fighting, Steel, Bug, Fire, Fairy

Volkner Sunyshore City

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Name Type Level Weaknesses
Raichu Electric 46 Ground
Ambipom Normal 47 Fighting
Octillery Water 47 Grass, Electric
Luxray Electric 49 Ground

Volkner has the most variety of any Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl gym leader. Make sure your team is at least between Level 38 and Level 43 for this fight. You'll want a decent Fighting-type like Lucario or Machoke for that Ambipom fight. Octillery can be taken down Turtwig, Roserade, Luxray, or Raichu thanks to their Grass and Electric attacks. The rest can get taken down with a strong Ground-type like Gastrodon, Rhyhorn, Rhyperior, or Hippowdon.

Volkner Rematch

Down the road, you can come back and fight Volkner again. Here are the Pokémon he'll use at that time.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Pelipper Water/Flying 70 Electric, Rock
Raichu Electric 70 Ground
Luxray Electric 70 Ground
Lanturn Water/Electric 66 Grass, Ground
Jolteon Electric 68 Ground
Electivire Electric 75 Ground

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl How to beat the Elite Four & the Champion

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Now you've traveled around Sinnoh and taught those gym leaders who was boss, but you're not at the top next. You'll need to defeat Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl's Elite Four and the reigning Champion to beat the game and prove you're the very best. You won't be able to heal between battles, so stock up on plenty of healing items before initiating this string of battles. Your opponents will use Full Heals and other healing items, so prepare yourself for a long battle. To make things easier, have at least 10 of each of these, if possible:

  • Max Potions
  • Full Restores
  • Max Elixirs
  • Max Revive
  • Sacred Ash

The best team for beating the Elite Four

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The best team is a varied one that's catered specifically to defeating each opponent's Pokémon types. Make sure your team is at least between Level 55 and Level 60 before starting the first battle.

Several different Pokémon can help you beat them, but in my opinion, the ideal team is Infernape, Gyarados, Luxray, Gengar, Staraptor, and Garchomp. This group gives you Fire, Fighting, Water, Flying, Electric, Dark, Ground, and Dragon attacks to really mess up your opponents quickly. Lucarioor another powerful Fighting type can also be a good option here.

Elite Four Aaron

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Name Type Level Weaknesses
Dustox Bug/Poison 53 Flying, Psychic, Fire, Rock
Heracross Bug/Fighting 54 Psychic, Flying, Fire, Fairy
Vespiquen Bug/Flying 53 Flying, Ice, Fire, Electric
Beautifly Bug/Flying 53 Flying, Fire, Ice, Electric
Drapion Poison/Dark 57 Ground

Make sure you have a decent Fighting and Fire Pokémon on your team to make quick work of this battle. If you chose Infernape, he'll be your superstar here. Otherwise, make sure to have a good Flying type like Staraptor and perhaps an Electric type like Luxray.

Aaron Rematch #1

Down the road, you can come back and fight Aaron again. Here are the Pokémon he'll use at that time.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Yanmega Bug/Flying 65 Flying, Ice, Fire, Electric, Rock
Scizor Bug/Steel 65 Fire
Vespiquen Bug/Flying 66 Flying, Ice, Fire, Electric
Heracross Bug/Fighting 67 Psychic, Flying, Fire, Fairy
Drapion Poison/Dark 69 Ground

Aaron Rematch #2

You can actually battle the Elite Four three times during the course of your game. Here are the Pokémon Aaron uses in the second rematch.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Yanmega Bug/Flying 75 Flying, Ice, Fire, Electric, Rock
Scizor Bug/Steel 75 Fire
Vespiquen Bug/Flying 77 Flying, Ice, Fire, Electric
Heracross Bug/Fighting 77 Psychic, Flying, Fire, Fairy
Flygon Ground/Dragon 75 Ice, Fairy, Dragon
Drapion Poison/Dark 79 Ground

Elite Four Bertha

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Name Type Level Weaknesses
Quagsire Water/Ground 55 Grass
Hippowdon Ground 59 Ice, Grass, Water
Sudowoodo Rock 56 Grass, Fighting, Water, Ground, Steel
Whiscash Water/Ground 55 Grass
Golem Rock/Ground 56 Ground, Fighting, Steel, Grass, Water, Ice

If you have a Torterra or an Empoleon, it will make quick work out of these guys. Otherwise, a good Water type like Gyarados and Floatzel will hit hard along with a good Grass type like Roserade.

Bertha Rematch #1

Down the road, you can come back and fight Bertha again. Here are the Pokémon she'll use at that time.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Whiscash Water/Ground 55 Grass
Gliscor Ground/Flying 69 Ice, Water
Golem Rock/Ground 56 Ground, Fighting, Steel, Grass, Water, Ice
Hippowdon Ground 59 Ice, Grass, Water
Rhyperior Ground/Rock 71 Ground, Ice, Fighting, Grass, Steel, Water

Bertha Rematch #2

You can actually battle the Elite Four three times during the course of your game. Here are the Pokémon Bertha uses in the second rematch.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Whiscash Water/Ground 76 Grass
Gliscor Ground/Flying 79 Ice, Water
Nidoking Poison/Ground 78 Ground, Ice, Psychic, Water
Hippowdon Ground 78 Ice, Grass, Water
Mamoswine Ice/Ground 78 Firhing, Steel, Fire, Water, Grass
Rhyperior Ground/Rock 81 Ground, Ice, Fighting, Grass, Steel, Water

Elite Four Flint

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Name Type Level Weaknesses
Rapidash Fire 58 Ground, Water, Rock
Infernape Fire/Fighting 61 Ground, Water, Flying, Psychic
Steelix Steel/Ground 57 Ground, Fighting, Water, Fire
Lopunny Normal 57 Fighting
Drifblim Ghost/Flying 58 Ghost, Ice, Dark, Electic, Rock

Once again, Empoleon's Water attacks are a great choice for this fight if you have it. If you don't, a Gyarados will be good here. You'll also want to use Ground attacks provided by a powerful Pokémon like Garchomp or Mamoswine.

Flint Rematch #1

Down the road, you can come back and fight Flint again. Here are the Pokémon he'll use at that time.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Houndoom Dark/Fire 68 Fighting, Water, Ground, Rock
Flareon Fire 71 Ground, Water, Rock
Rapidash Fire 69 Ground, Water, Rock
Infernape Fire/Fighting 71 Ground, Water, Flying, Psychic
Magmortar Fire 73 Ground, Water, Rock

Flint Rematch #2

You can actually battle the Elite Four three times during the course of your game. Here are the Pokémon Flint uses in the second rematch.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Ninetales Fire 78 Ground, Water, Rock
Houndoom Dark/Fire 78 Fighting, Water, Ground, Rock
Rapidash Fire 79 Ground, Water, Rock
Infernape Fire/Fighting 81 Ground, Water, Flying, Psychic
Arcanine Fire 81 Ground, Water, Rock
Magmortar Fire 83 Ground, Water, Rock

Elite Four Lucian

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Name Type Level Weaknesses
Mr. Mime Psychic/Fairy 59 Poison, Steel, Ghost
Girafarig Psychic/Normal 59 Dark, Bug
Medicham Psychic/Fighting 60 Ghost, Flying, Fairy
Alazakam Psychic 60 Dark, Ghost, Bug
Bronzong Psychic/Steel 63 Ground, Dark, Fire, Ghost

You'll want a Dark, Fighting, or Ghost type for this battle. I suggest bringing Gengar; just be aware that his weakness is Ghost, so don't put him in halfway through a fight. You can make these battles easier by making Gengar put them to sleep via Hypnosis and then wailing on them with Ghost-type attacks.

Lucian Rematch #1

Down the road, you can come back and fight Lucian again. Here are the Pokémon he'll use at that time.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Mr. Mime Psychic/Fairy 59 Poison, Steel, Ghost
Espeon Psychic 71 Dark, Ghost, Bug
Bronzong Psychic/Steel 70 Ground, Dark, Fire, Ghost
Alazakam Psychic 72 Dark, Ghost, Bug
Gallade Psychic/Fighting 75 Fairy, Ghost, Flying

Lucian Rematch #2

You can actually battle the Elite Four three times during the course of your game. Here are the Pokémon Lucian uses in the second rematch.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Mr. Mime Psychic/Fairy 79 Poison, Steel, Ghost
Espeon Psychic 81 Dark, Ghost, Bug
Bronzong Psychic/Steel 80 Ground, Dark, Fire, Ghost
Alazakam Psychic 82 Dark, Ghost, Bug
Slowbro Psychic/Water 82 Dark, Grass, Bug, Ghost, Electric
Gallade Psychic/Fighting 85 Fairy, Ghost, Flying

Champion Cynthia

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Name Type Level Weaknesses
Spiritomb Ghost/Dark 61 Fairy
Garchomp Ground/Dragon 66 Ice, Fairy, Dragon
Gastrodon Water/Ground 60 Grass
Milotic Water 63 Grass, Electric
Roserade Grass/Poison 60 Ice, Fire, Psychic, Flying
Lucario Fighting/Steel 63 Fighting, Fire, Ground

Cynthia has a very good mix of Pokémon types, making her the most challenging opponent, indeed. The Fairy-type category didn't exist when the original Diamond and Pearl released. If you can bring one into this fight, it will be the only weakness that Spiritomb has.

Infernape and Torterra are the best evolutions from any starters during this battle as Fire and Grass are repeat weaknesses. You'll also want Staraptor or Gryarados's Flying attacks, Gengar's Psychic attacks, and Garchomp's Dragon attacks will be strong against Cynthia's Garchomp. Luxray will make quick work of Milotic with its Electric attacks. Remember to keep the type system in mind and have plenty of heals to keep yourself afloat.

Cynthia Rematch #1

Down the road, you can come back and fight Cynthia again. Here are the Pokémon she'll use at that time.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Spiritomb Ghost/Dark 74 (None) Fairy
Roserade Grass/Poison 74 Ice, Fire, Psychic, Flying
Togekiss Fairy/Flying 76 Ice, Steel, Poison, Electric, Rock
Lucario Fighting/Steel 76 Fighting, Fire, Ground
Milotic Water 74 Grass, Electric
Garchomp Ground/Dragon 78 Ice, Fairy, Dragon

Cynthia Rematch #2

You can actually battle the Elite Four three times during the course of your game. Here are the Pokémon Cynthia uses in the second rematch.

Name Type Level Weaknesses
Spiritomb Ghost/Dark 84 (None) Fairy
Porygon-Z Normal 85 Fighting
Togekiss Fairy/Flying 86 Ice, Steel, Poison, Electric, Rock
Lucario Fighting/Steel 86 Fighting, Fire, Ground
Milotic Water 84 Grass, Electric
Garchomp Ground/Dragon 88 Ice, Fairy, Dragon

The best there ever was

Woo! You've done it! Paying attention to Pokémon's weaknesses and ensuring your team is leveled up sufficiently goes a long way, huh? Congrats, Champ!

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