Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How To Beat The Elite Four

Nov 23, 2022 · 11


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At the end of every Pokémon game lies the ultimate challenge for any trainer: The Elite Four. They represent the cream of the crop -- the very best Pokémon trainers in a particular region. In the past, the Elite Four have caused many young children legitimate despair. Even though they're easier now, Paldea's champions can still pose quite a challenge for the unprepared.

How can a humble trainer overcome this four-pronged barrage in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet? There's no easy answer. Players must learn the Elite Four -- their types, what strategies work against them, and most importantly, how much training is needed to rise above them. Now sit back and take a deep breath; this guide is here to help on all of those fronts.

Train, Train, Train

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How To Beat The Elite Four

If you're struggling with the Elite Four, there's no substitute for cold, hard grinding. You could always train the old-fashioned way -- by seeking out trainer battles and random encounters for hours on end -- but there's a better method.

In Pokémon, "Chansey Farming" is a technique often used by competitive players to quickly train Pokémon up from level 1. So far, this is the fastest and most reliable method found for efficiently gaining XP in Scarlet & Violet.

In the same vein, make sure you have enough money to buy plenty of healing items. The Elite Four will not heal your Pokémon for you, but they will give you the chance to do it yourself between battles.

Champion Assessment Interview

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How To Beat The Elite Four

Upon entering the Elite Four building, you'll be interviewed. Most of the questions in this interview are open-ended and do not have a right or wrong answer. However, there are two questions which do seem to be important.

At one point, Rika will ask which gym leader was the most troublesome during your gym challenge. You may answer freely, as long as you correctly match the chosen name to that gym leader's type, as well as the town they're from. All of this information can be found in this ranking of Paldean gym leaders, but here's a quick answer: Grusha, the Ice-type gym leader from Glaseado Gym. Lastly, Rika will ask "Do you like Pokémon?" If you answer "No," you will immediately fail the interview, which seems fair enough.

Defeating Rika's Ground-Type Team

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How To Beat The Elite Four

After the interview, it's time for the first battle of the Elite Four. Rika is a Ground-type trainer, and her team consists of the following Pokémon:

  • Whiscash, Lv. 57 (Water/Ground)
  • Camerupt, Lv. 57 (Fire/Ground)
  • Donphan, Lv. 57 (Ground)
  • Dugtrio, Lv. 57 (Ground)
  • Clodsire, Lv. 58 (Tera Type: Ground)

Taking a look at the Ground-type, its main weaknesses are Ice, Grass, and Water. All Ground types are completely immune to Electric-type damage, so Pokémon like Bellibolt are unfortunately out. Note that its Water/Ground typing makes Whiscash quadruple weak to Grass. Similarly, Fire/Ground gives Camerupt a quadruple weakness to Water.

Do not use Water-type moves against Clodsire; its Water Absorb ability makes it completely immune. Thankfully, Clodsire's Tera transformation removes its Poison typing, making it vulnerable to Grass. We also recommend bringing some Antidotes or Full Heals to counteract Clodsire's love of the move Toxic.

Defeating Poppy's Steel-Type Team

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How To Beat The Elite Four

Next up is Poppy, the Steel-type champion. Here are her Pokémon:

  • Copperaja, Lv. 58 (Steel)
  • Magnezone, Lv. 58 (Electric/Steel)
  • Bronzong, Lv. 58 (Steel/Psychic)
  • Corviknight, Lv. 58 (Flying/Steel)
  • Tinkaton, Lv. 59 (Tera Type: Steel)

Steel is one of the most defensively sound types in Pokémon, with a whole litany of resistances. Note its three major weaknesses: Fire, Ground, and Fighting. Of the three, Fire is the most reliable option against Poppy.

Bronzong's ability Levitate makes it completely immune to Ground-type damage, and its Psychic typing negates Steel's weakness to Fighting. It's the same story with Corviknight -- the Flying type protects it from Ground- and Fighting-type damage. Tinkaton's transformation makes it a pure Steel type, but watch out for its move Gigaton Hammer, which has an extremely impressive base power of 160.

Defeating Larry's Flying-Type Team

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How To Beat The Elite Four

In addition to being a gym leader, the Exceptional Everyman works as a Paldean Champion, utilizing the Flying type. Here's his team:

  • Tropius, Lv. 59 (Grass/Flying)
  • Oricorio, Lv. 59 (Electric/Flying)
  • Altaria, Lv. 59 (Dragon/Flying)
  • Staraptor, Lv. 59 (Normal/Flying)
  • Flamigo, Lv. 60 (Tera Type: Flying)

Larry's first three Pokémon are equipped with secondary types which negate Electric-type damage. This is unfortunate, considering Electric is the most notable weakness of the Flying type. If you're struggling with this fight, we highly recommend grabbing Ice Punch or Ice Beam from the TM Machine at any Pokémon Center. Ice is a good offensive type, and it's particularly useful here. In fact, both Tropius and Altaria have a devastating quadruple weakness to Ice.

Other than the cheeky Sunny Day/Solar Beam set up on his Tropius, Larry does not use any gimmicks. He has decent Pokémon with good coverage. Do enough damage, and he will be defeated.

Defeating Hassel's Dragon-Type Team

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How To Beat The Elite Four

Bring along a Fairy type, and this fight is no hassle. Here are the Dragon types you'll be facing:

  • Noivern, Lv. 60 (Flying/Dragon)
  • Haxorus, Lv. 60 (Dragon)
  • Dragalge, Lv. 60 (Poison/Dragon)
  • Flapple, Lv. 60 (Grass/Dragon)
  • Baxcalibur, Lv. 61 (Tera Type: Dragon)

While Dragons are certainly fearsome, it's very possible to sweep his entire team with a powerful Fairy type. Tinkaton is an outstanding Pokémon to have during this fight because of its typing. Incidentally, Steel/Fairy is arguably the greatest type combination of all time. Tinkaton can make short work of every Pokémon on this list, even Dragalge. Though Dragalge can normally threaten Fairy-types with Poison, Tinkaton's Steel typing makes it immune.

If you do not have a Tinkaton, the Ice moves that worked so well against Larry will still work here. Dragon itself is another option, but be wary of actually bringing a Dragon-type Pokémon into this fight.

Defeating Geeta's All-Star Team

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How To Beat The Elite Four

Finally, we have the Top Champion herself, Geeta. Geeta does not rely on any one type, therefore her team has no specific weakness. Rather, challengers must tackle each of her Pokémon on a case-by-case basis. Her team is as follows:

  • Espathra, Lv. 61 (Psychic)
  • Gogoat, Lv. 61 (Grass)
  • Veluza, Lv. 61 (Water/Psychic)
  • Avalugg, Lv. 61 (Ice)
  • Kingambit, Lv. 61 (Dark/Steel)
  • Glimmora, Lv. 62 (Tera Type: Rock)

Despite not having any one particular weakness to exploit, all of Geeta's Pokémon are well within reason to knock out for a skilled trainer. Note that three of her Pokémon have a Fire weakness (Gogoat, Avalugg, and Kingambit), three of them have a Fighting weakness (Avalugg, Kingambit, and Glimmora), and two of them have a Ghost/Dark/Bug weakness (Espathra and Veluza).

If you happened to pick Fuecoco as your starter Pokémon, you picked well for this particular fight. Skeledirge is a fantastic choice here, as it can set up for an unstoppable sweep with Torch Song, then switch over to Hex to deal with Veluza and/or Glimmora.

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