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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Elite Four

Our Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Elite Four guide gives you all the information and strategy tips you need to conquer the Pokemon League in the Sinnoh region. It includes detailed information on each Elite Four Member's team and strategy on how to defeat them. If you're looking for information on how to reach the Pokemon League in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, check out our Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Walkthrough.

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Elite Four

Elite Four #1 - Aaron

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Elite Four: Aaron
Type Bug

#1 Dustox

Dustox

Type: Bug Poison
Lv: 53
Ability: Shield Dust
Hold Item: Black Sludge
Moves:
Bug Buzz Bug
Moonlight Fairy
Light Screen Psychic
Toxic Poison

#2 Heracross

Heracross

Type: Bug Fighting
Lv: 54
Ability: Guts
Hold Item: Flame Orb
Moves:
Earthquake Ground
Rock Slide Rock
Facade Normal
Brick Break Fighting

#3 Vespiquen

Vespiquen

Type: Bug Flying
Lv: 54
Ability: Unnerve
Hold Item: Sitrus Berry
Moves:
Acrobatics Flying
Attack Order Bug
Aerial Ace Flying
Defend Order Bug

#4 Beautifly

Beautifly

Type: Bug Flying
Lv: 53
Ability: Swarm
Hold Item: Wise Glasses
Moves:
Bug Buzz Bug
Quiver Dance Bug
Psychic Psychic
Shadow Ball Ghost

#5 Drapion

Drapion

Type: Poison Dark
Lv: 57
Ability: Sniper
Hold Item: Scope Lens
Moves:
Night Slash Dark
Cross Poison Poison
Earthquake Ground
X-Scissor Bug

Strategy

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 hit 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 #2 - Bertha

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Elite Four: Bertha
Type Ground

#1 Quagsire

Quagsire

Type: Water Ground
Lv: 55
Ability: Water Absorb
Hold Item: Leftovers
Moves:
Recover Normal
Toxic Poison
Earthquake Ground
Surf Water

#2 Hippowdon

Hippowdon

Type: Ground
Lv: 59
Ability: Sand Stream
Hold Item: Chesto Berry
Moves:
Crunch Dark
Ice Fang Ice
Earthquake Ground
Rest Psychic

#3 Sudowoodo

Sudowoodo

Type: Rock
Lv: 56
Ability: Rock Head
Hold Item: Sitrus Berry
Moves:
Double-Edge Normal
Head Smash Rock
Low Kick Fighting
Sucker Punch Dark

#4 Whiscash

Whiscash

Type: Water Ground
Lv: 55
Ability: Hydration
Hold Item: Rindo Berry
Moves:
Bulldoze Ground
Ice Beam Ice
Belch Poison
Hydro Pump Water

#5 Golem

Golem

Type: Rock Ground
Lv: 56
Ability: Sturdy
Hold Item: Soft Sand
Moves:
Rock Polish Rock
Earthquake Ground
Heavy Slam Steel
Stone Edge Rock

Strategy

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 #3 - Flint

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Elite Four: Flint
Type Fire

#1 Rapidash

Rapidash

Type: Fire
Lv: 58
Ability: Flame Body
Hold Item: Wide Lens
Moves:
Iron Tail Steel
Flame Charge Fire
Poison Jab Poison
Hypnosis Psychic

#2 Infernape

Infernape

Type: Fire Fighting
Lv: 61
Ability: Iron Fist
Hold Item: Focus Sash
Moves:
Fire Punch Fire
Thunder Punch Electric
Close Combat Fighting
Mach Punch Fighting

#3 Steelix

Steelix

Type: Steel Ground
Lv: 57
Ability: Sheer Force
Hold Item: Life Orb
Moves:
Thunder Fang Electric
Fire Fang Fire
Iron Tail Steel
Crunch Dark

#4 Lopunny

Lopunny

Type: Normal
Lv: 57
Ability: Cute Charm
Hold Item: Leftovers
Moves:
High Jump Kick Fighting
Fire Punch Fire
Mirror Coat Psychic
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#5 Drifblim

Drifblim

Type: Ghost Flying
Lv: 58
Ability: Unburden
Hold Item: Sitrus Berry
Moves:
Strength Sap Grass
Minimize Normal
Baton Pass Normal
Will-o-Wisp Fire

Strategy

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, Ground, 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 #4 - Lucian

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Elite Four: Lucian
Type Psychic

#1 Mr. Mime

Mr. Mime

Type: Psychic Fairy
Lv: 59
Ability: Filter
Hold Item: Light Clay
Moves:
Light Screen Psychic
Psychic Psychic
Reflect Psychic
Dazzling Gleam Fairy

#2 Girafarig

Girafarig

Type: Normal Psychic
Lv: 59
Ability: Sap Sipper
Hold Item: Mental Herb
Moves:
Light Screen Psychic
Psychic Psychic
Thunderbolt Electric
Trick Room Psychic

#3 Medicham

Medicham

Type: Fighting Psychic
Lv: 60
Ability: Pure Power
Hold Item: Muscle Band
Moves:
Zen Headbutt Psychic
High Jump Kick Fighting
Thunder Punch Electric
Ice Punch Ice

#4 Alakazam

Alakazam

Type: Psychic
Lv: 60
Ability: Magic Guard
Hold Item: Life Orb
Moves:
Nasty Plot Dark
Future Sight Psychic
Psychic Psychic
Shock Wave Electric

#5 Bronzong

Bronzong

Type: Steel Psychic
Lv: 63
Ability: Levitate
Hold Item: Sitrus Berry
Moves:
Gyro Ball Steel
Earthquake Ground
Payback Dark
Trick Room Psychic

Strategy

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.

Pokemon League Champion - Cynthia

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Champion: Cynthia
Type: None

#1 Spiritomb

Spiritomb

Type: Ghost Dark
Lv: 61
Ability: Pressure
Hold Item: Sitrus Berry
Moves:
Dark Pulse Dark
Shadow Ball Ghost
Psychic Psychic
Sucker Punch Dark

#2 Garchomp

Garchomp

Type: Dragon Ground
Lv: 66
Ability: Rough Skin
Hold Item: Yache Berry
Moves:
Dragon Claw Dragon
Earthquake Ground
Swords Dance Normal
Poison Jab Poison

#3 Gastrodon

Gastrodon

Type: Water Ground
Lv: 60
Ability: Storm Drain
Hold Item: Leftovers
Moves:
Earthquake Ground
Scald Water
Sludge Bomb Poison
Rock Tomb Rock

#4 Milotic

Milotic

Type: Water
Lv: 63
Ability: Marvel Scale
Hold Item: Flame Orb
Moves:
Recover Normal
Ice Beam Ice
Mirror Coat Psychic
Scald Water

#5 Roserade

Roserade

Type: Grass Poison
Lv: 60
Ability: Poison Point
Hold Item: Expert Belt
Moves:
Energy Ball Grass
Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Shadow Ball Ghost
Sludge Bomb Poison

#6 Lucario

Lucario

Type: Fighting Steel
Lv: 63
Ability: Inner Focus
Hold Item: Wise Glasses
Moves:
Aura Sphere Fighting
Dragon Pulse Dragon
Flash Cannon Steel
Nasty Plot Dark

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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