Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Fighting Crew Base - Team Star 1
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Amidst the bamboo forest lies Eri's section of Team Star — the Fighting Crew. Pokémon Scarlet & Violet has (partially) kicked down the traditional turn-based system with Starfall Street and mixed it up with the game's newest mechanics, and this is the ultimate test for you

This is your last challenge in Starfall Street if you're following our recommended order, so you'll need to be prepared to give and take a few knuckle sandwiches.

Here's our guide on how to take over the Fighting Crew Base and how to beat The Caph Squad and their leader, Eri.

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How to get to Team Star's Fighting Base

Caph Squad makes their home in the bamboo forests of North Province (Area Two), where some tough wild Pokémon hang out.

You'll likely be entering the woods from the southwest entrance from North Province (Area One). Getting to the North areas is really most of the battle since most of it is only accessible from Glaseado Mountain, where you can glide in from the east.

However, you can also enter from Levincia if your Koraidon/Miraidon can climb walls. Head straight north over walls and swamps to make it to the bamboo area.

Once you're in (Area Two), you can just head northeast to get to a nearby Pokémon Center, where you'll spot the base to the southeast.

It's never straightforward accessing these bases, though, as you'll be stopped by a Squad Member who uses a level 54 Croagunk and a level 55 Primeape. Flying, Ground, and Psychic-types will do the job here - though Farigiraf's Normal-typing won't be useful here.

When you're ready, ring the bell to send in the Star Barrage.

Star Barrage - How to beat The Caph Squad

On top of Flying, Ground, and Psychic types, you should consider bringing Bug and Fairy-type Pokémon in your lineup of three.

Kilowattrel, Staraptor, Gardevoir, Rabsca, and Dachsbun are a solid mix or types. If you have a Garchomp, this may as well be all over.

You'll have 10 minutes to take out 30 Pokémon in the base using Let's Go. Just keep sending your Pokémon out using the 'R' button and keep an eye on their health. If your Pokémon's health gets low, make sure you heal up at one of the bending machines scattered around the base.

After 30 Pokémon are downed, Eri prepares to avenge her crew.

How to beat Eri, the Fighting Crew Boss

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: Fighting Crew Base - Team Star 8
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As a former pro wrestler, Eri is used to competition, and she isn't messing around. Her team covers multiple types and she has five members to boot.

Psychic and Flying-types should be prioritised to help with Annihilape and Toxicroak, while a spare Fire-type (even better if it's Skeledirge or Ceruledge who are dual Fire/Ghost) will help bring Lucario down.

Pokémon Level Type
Toxicroak Lvl 55


Lucario Lvl 55 Fighting/Steel
Passimian Lvl 55 Fighting
Annihilape Lvl 56 Fighting/Ghost
Revavroom (Caph Starmobile) Lvl 56 Fighting

Fighting Crew Base Rewards

After defeating Mela, you'll get some LP points, crafting materials, and TM167 Close Combat.

If this is your last stop on Starfall Street, congratulations! But it's not quite over yet. Let us know if you're finding our Pokémon Scarlet & Violet walkthrough guides useful, and keep reading on for more help!