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Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire Gym Leaders

This Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire Gym Leaders gives you all the information, resources, and strategy you need to navigate the gyms and defeat all 8 Gym Leaders in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire.

Gym #1 Rustboro Gym - Leader Roxanne

Leader - Roxanne Type - Recommended - Map - Click here! Rewards - Stone Badge | TM39 - Rock Tomb
Geodude | | Level 14 Tackle
Defense Curl
Rock Throw
Rock Tomb
Nosepass | | Level 15 Tackle
Rock Throw
Rock Tomb

Rustboro Gym is rock type, and there's two trainers you'll have to face before the gym leader. If you haven't been training you're Pokémon outside of trainer battles, you'll probably need to do that before defeating the gym leader, depending on what types of Pokémon you have. Unless you picked Torchic as your starter, you shouldn't have difficulty defeating Roxanne. Even with a lower level Mudkip or Treeko, your type advantage can bring you to victory. Torchic users will have to either catch another Pokémon or train Torchic to much higher levels to win. If you let Geodude or Nosepass's health get too low, Roxanne may use potions to heal. Don't be hesitant to use potions/berries if necessary.

Roxanne will give you the Stone Badge and TM39 - Rock Tomb upon admitting defeat. You'll now also be able to use HM01 - Cut outside of battle.

Gym #2 Dewford Gym - Leader Brawly

Leader - Brawly Type - Recommended - Map - Click here! Rewards - Knuckle Badge | TM08 - Bulk Up
Machop | | Level 17 Bulk Up
Karate Chop
Seismic Toss
Makuhita | | Level 18 Bulk Up
Knock Off
Arm Thrust

Fighting type Pokémon are weak to Flying, Psychic, and Ghost but strong against Normal, Dark, Rock, and Steel. Ralts and Tailow are good choices for this gym. The gym is dark, but the circle of light around you will expand with every trainer you defeat. The quickest way to the leader is by traveling right, up, left, up, right, down, right, up. You'll avoid two trainers this way, but you might want to face them for expirience anyway. Brawly has two Pokémon, Machop and Makuhita. If you have the type advantage, Brawly should be defeated very easily. Typically, you'll be able to get a few hits off before any of his Pokémon will even deal damage.

You'll receive the Knuckle Badge and TM08 - Bulk Up for winning. You'll also be able to control Pokémon up to level 30 and use HM05 - Flash outside of battle.

Gym #3 Dewford Gym - Leader Wattson

Leader - Wattson Type - Recommended - Map - Click here! Rewards - Dynamo Badge | TM34 - Shock Wave
Voltorb | | Level 20 Spark
Magnemite | | Level 22 ThunderShock
Thunder Wave
Magneton | | Level 23 Shock Wave
Thunder Wave

Mauville Gym is Electric type, so a ground Pokémon will take you through the gym in a breeze. Avoid Flying, Water, and Electric types, but anything else will get you through alright. The puzzle in this gym is very easy, there's a few simple switches on the floor that move electric currents around. There's also four trainers in here that you can use to train before facing the gym leader. Wattson is a step up in difficulty compared to the previous two leaders, you may need to exit the gym and train before beating him. Watch out for Selfdestruct from Voltorb and SonicBoom (always does 20 damage) from the other two, both of which can be deadly. Wattson also has a nasty habit of using Super Potions when his Pokémon are running low on health.

If you manage to defeat him, he'll hand out the Dynamo Badge (raises the base Speed stat of all of your Pokémon and allows you to use HM06 - Rock Smash outside of battle) and TM34 - Shockwave.

Gym #4 Lavaridge Gym - Leader Flannery

Leader - Flannery Type - Recommended - Map - Click here! Rewards - Heat Badge | TM50 - Overheat
Slugma | | Level 26 Overheat
Light Screen
Sunny Day
Slugma | | Level 26 Flamethrower
Rock Slide
Light Screen
Sunny Day
Torkoal | | Level 28 Overheat
Body Slam

Lavaridge Gym has a speciality of fire type Pokémon. Recommended types are water, rock, and ground which are all super effectives. Avoid any grass, bug, or steel types. The quickest way to navigate the gym is to enter the holes as follows: Left, left, top-left, right, left, top, top-right, right, bottom-left, bottom. This should take you to the gym leader, Flannery. The two Slugmas shouldn't give you much trouble. Torkoal becomes problamatic with Attract, which will render all your Male Pokémon basically useless. Watch out for Overheat which is a heavy hitter. As always, take into account the nasty use of super potions just when you think you've sealed the deal.

You'll be awarded with the Heat Badge (All pokémon up to Level 50 will obey you, you can use HM04 - Strength outside of battle) and TM50 - Overheat.

Gym #5 Petalburg Gym - Leader Norman

Leader - Norman Type - Recommended - Map - Click here! Rewards - Balance Badge | TM42 - Facade
Slaking | | Level 28 Encore
Faint Attack
Vigoroth | | Level 30 Slash
Faint Attack
Slaking | | Level 31 Focus Punch
Slack Off
Faint Attack

Fighting, Rock, and Steel are all good choices for Petalburg Gym. Ghost is also an excellent choice if the Pokémon knows non-ghost moves (Normal and Ghost types can't affect each other). Each room in the gym focuses on a different stat (attack, accuracy, speed, ect.) and the trainer will use items that boost that stat. You'll need to face three trainers of your choice before taking on the fifth gym leader, your father. Norman can be a fairly tricky gym leader, his Pokémon all boast a heavy HP stat. Be careful about burning, poisoning, or paralyzing, because all of his Pokémon know Facade which deals double damage under these conditions. Just when you're about to KO a Pokémon Norman will use a Hyper Potion, so plan accordingly.

Upon winning your father will state both his fatherly pride and gym leaderly dissapointment and give you both the Balance Badge and TM42 - Facade. The balance badge will allow you to use HM03 - Surf outside of battle.

Gym #6 Fortree Gym - Leader Winona

Leader - Winona Type - Recommended - Map - Click here! Rewards - Feather Badge | TM40 - Aerial Ace
Swellow | | Level 31 Quick Attack
Aerial Ace
Double Team
Pelipper | | Level 30 Water Gun
Aerial Ace
Skarmory | | Level 32 Sand-Attack
Fury Attack
Steel Wing
Aerial Ace
Altaria | | Level 33 Earthquake
Dragon Dance
Aerial Ace

Fortree Gym specializes in Flying type Pokémon. Electric is the best type to use; Rock and Ice are also very effective. Avoiding using any Bug or Fighting types. You'll have to solve switching gate puzzles to navigate this gym. Use this Fortree Gym Map and the following instructions for the quickest route: gate 1 right, gate 2 right, gate 2 down, gate 3 up, gate 3 right, gate 4 right, gate 3 up, gate 3 right, gate 3 down, gate 4 left, gate 5 right, gate 6 right, gate 6 down, gate 7 down, gate 5 up, gate 6 right. You'll face four trainers along the way with 1-3 Pokémon each. If you have a type advantage, Winona is a piece of cake. Even if you don't, she shouldn't be too much trouble. However, Altaria's Earthquake can deal massage damage if you're not careful and Winona has two Hyper Potions to use if you let her.

You'll get the Feather Badge for winning which allows you to use HM02 - Surf outside of battle and all Pokémon up to Level 70 will obey you. Winona also awards you with TM40 - Aerial Ace.

Gym #7 Mossdeep Gym - Leaders Tate & Liza

Leaders - Tate & Liza Type - Recommended - Map - Click here! Rewards - Mind Badge | TM04 - Calm Mind
Lunatone | | Level 42 Light Screen
Calm Mind
Solrock | | Level 42 Sunny Day

Mossdeep Gym Leaders Tate and Liza specialize in Psychic type Pokémon, although the unique dual-typing, moveset, and abilities of Lunatone and Solrock make it very hard to gain any sort of type advantage over them; Water and Ghost will be your best bets. Navigating the gym can be tricky, you'll need to take the directional moving paths and hit switches along the way. Use the map above and follow the numerical directions for the easiest route. For the first time in Gym Leader history, there's actually two gym leaders. You'll fight both of them at once in a 2 versus 2 double battle. This battle is fairly difficult, you'll need to watch out for Lunatone's Hypnosis and the multiple Hyper Potions that will be used just when you think you've won. We recommend a Pokémon that knows Surf, as you'll have the type advantage and be able to attack both Pokémon at once (although Sunny Day does reduce the effectiveness of Water attacks). As long as you've trained your Pokémon well enough, you should be able to defeat Tate & Liza.

You'll get the Mind Badge and TM04 - Calm Mind for winning. The Mind Badge raises the Special Attack and Special Defense of all of your Pokémon and allows you to use HM08 - Dive outside of battle.

Gym #8 Sootopolis Gym - Leader Wallace

Leaders - Water Type - Recommended - Map - Click here! Rewards - Rain Badge | TM03 - Water Pulse
Luvdisc | | Level 40 Flail
Sweet Kiss
Water Pulse
Sealeo | | Level 40 Encore
Body Slam
Aurora Beam
Water Pulse
Seaking | | Level 42 Horn Drill
Fury Attack
Rain Dance
Water Pulse
Whiscash | | Level 42 Amnesia
Rain Dance
Water Pulse
Milotic | | Level 43 Recover
Ice Beam
Water Pulse


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