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Chapter 9: Pokemon League

Part 9: Pokémon League

Sunyshore City

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After defeating the final gym and healing up, head north of Sunyshore City onto the beach. Speak to Jasmine here, and she will give you three copies of TM99 - Waterfall. More importantly, you'll now be able to use the HM outside of battle, which is necessary to make it to the Pokémon League. From here, surf north onto Route 223.

Route 223

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This route is pretty linear. There are many trainers in the water that you can battle if you'd like. It's probably a good idea too, because you'll probably need to level up quite a bit before taking on the elite four (levels in the 60s). Further up the route you'll come to some shallow water that you can walk around. If you need to fly back and heal, this gives you a good opportunity. Otherwise just keep heading north on the route. Eventually you'll come across a large waterfall that you can now climb up. Luckily, there is a Pokémon Center here that you can heal up. Then enter the cave.

Victory Road

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You'll find yourself in Victory Road, the fabled route that leads to the Pokémon League in nearly every region. The wild Pokémon here are in the high 40s and the trainers are quite strong. Start off by heading across the bridge and then down the rock slide to find a copy of TM41 - Torment. Head right and up across the bridge and then take the rock slide down. Head all the way to the left and take the stairs up where you'll run into another trainer. Afterward, head up the stairs to the left.

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If you smash the rocks and take the left path here you can do some jumps with your bike and pick up a Max Ether. Otherwise just head down and smash the rocks and push the boulder. There's a little puzzle here where you'll need to push a boulder down, smash the rock in the way, then push it back up to continue to the right. Defeat the two trainers on this path and then take the stairs down into the next room.

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Head right and then down the rock slide. Wrap around and then battle the trainer to the right, the continue right down the stairs. In this room, there are several pools of water. If you head all the way right, south past the double battle, and then left again you can find a Rare Candy. Back in the center of the room, just take the waterfall left. If you take the smaller waterfall down here you can find a copy of TM59 - Dragon Pulse. Head back up and then left and battle the trainer. Surf down and head left up to the next floor.

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In this room, if you head all the way left first you can find a Razor Claw. Then head down and take the left rock slide up. Follow this path to the left to find a copy of TM79 - Dark Pulse. Head back to the center and take the right rock slide this time. Battle the trainer here and keep heading north. Take the exit here and you'll leave victory road and arrive at the Pokémon League.

Pokémon League

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Climb up the waterfall and enter the building here. Inside is a Pokémon Center and Poké Mart that you can use to get ready for the onslaught of tough trainers that is ahead. As soon as you approach the entrance to the elite four, your rival will show up. You'll need to defeat him once more in battle before you can proceed. He has a Lv. 49 Staraptor, a Lv. 51 Heracross, a Lv. 52 Snorlax, a Lv. 49 Floatzel/Roserade, a Lv. 49 Roserade/Rapidash, and a Lv. 55 fully evolved starter. Once you win, your rival will run off.

After you make your preparations, you are now free to take on the elite four. Keep in mind, there is quite a steep step up in difficulty. Be sure to study the teams of the Elite Four well beforehand and make sure you have a team that is well suited with type advantages for each team. The level of the champion's Pokémon reach into the mid 60's, so your average level should be around 60 going into it if you want a good chance. You should also bring along a lot of full restores and revives, as you can't heal between battles. You should also use any rare candies or permanent stat boosting items beforehand.

Elite Four Aaron

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The first elite four member is a Bug-type specialist. Rock-type moves are your best choice against most of his team, 4/5 are weak to it and 2/5 are 4x weak (Bug/Flying). Fire is also a solid choice. Aaron has a Lv. 53 Dustox, a Lv. 54 Heracross, a Lv. 54 Vespiquen, a Lv. 53 Beautifly, and a Lv. 57 Drapion. Dustox has toxic, which can badly poison you right away. If possible, you'll want to Beautifly and Vespiquen with Rock-type moves, Heracross with Flying-types, and Drapion with Ground-types. Keep in mind that Aaron has several Full Restores that he will use on Drapion if given the chance.

Elite Four Bertha

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Bertha is a Ground-type specialist. Far and away the best type to use here is Grass, as all her Pokémon are weak to it and 3/5 are 4x weak to it. She has a Lv. 55 Quagsire, a Lv. 56 Sudowoodo, a Lv. 55 Whiscash, a Lv. 56 Golem, and a Lv. 59 Hippowdown. A lot of her Pokémon are fairly heavy, so Grass Knot (a TM you should have) could be quite useful. Because she can be swept by a Grass move, she should be the easiest of the elite four members. She does have several Full Restores at her disposal though.

Elite Four Flint

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Flint is the Fire-type elite four member, but his team only actually has two Fire-type Pokémon. All his Pokémon do know Fire-type moves, but they don't all share the same weakness. That being said, a combination of Water, Groud, and Rock-type moves should take care of most his team. He has a Lv. 58 Rapidash, a Lv. 57 Steelix, a Lv. 57 Lopunny, a Lv. 58 Drifblim, and a Lv. 61 Infernape. The quick Rapidash knowns Hypnosis and will likely start the battle by putting you to sleep. Drifblim can sharply raise it's evasiveness, lower your attack, burn you, and then use baton pass to switch out and keep the stat changes. This means you'll want to OHKO it if at all possible. Especially since Flint will use several Full Restores on it if he can.

Elite Four Lucian

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Lucian is the final elite four member, and uses Psychic-type Pokémon. Dark-type Pokémon will be completely immune to any Psychic attacks, and Ghost-type moves will be super effective against every Pokémon. Lucian has a Lv. 59 Mr. Mime, a Lv. 59 Girafarig, a Lv. 60 Medicham, a Lv. 60 Alakazam, and a Lv. 63 Bronzong. Mr. Mime will likely set up a Light Screen and Reflect at the beginning of the battle, which will weaken all your attacks for five turns. Girafarig will likely use Trick Room, so that slower Pokémon attack first. The rest of the battle is pretty straightforward, but there are a few Full Restores you should watch out for.

Pokémon League Champion Cynthia

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The champion of the Pokémon League is none other than Cynthia. Be careful because unlike the other trainers, you'll start the battle with her as soon as you enter her room. So be sure to save and heal before then. She doesn't have a type specialty, so you'll need a diverse team to take her out. She has a Lv. 61 Spritomb, a Lv. 60 Gastrodon, a Lv. 63 Milotic, a Lv. 60 Roserade, a Lv. 63 Lucario, and a Lv. 66 Garchomp.

She has a couple tricks up her sleeve. Her Milotic will burn you and then keep using recover to heal itself. A couple of her Pokémon can also poison you. But far and away the biggest challenge will be her Garchomp. It's level 66, has incredible stats, has very powerful attacks, and will sharply raise it's attack with Swords Dance. Your best option is to attack quickly with a strong Ice-type move like Ice Beam, Blizzard, or Avalanche.

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After winning the battle, you will be crowned the new Pokémon League Champion! Congratulations and let the credits roll. But your adventure doesn't have to be over, there's plenty to do in the post-game. Check out the next chapter if you're interested.

 

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