Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How To Beat The Elite Four And Champion 1
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At the end of Pokémon Scarlet & Violet's Victory Road path lies a traditional Pokémon Challenge — The Elite Four. Four of the region's toughest trainers stand between you, the Champion, and the chance to become one of the best trainers in Paldea.

This is a gauntlet of battles, so make sure you bring plenty of potions, ethers, and elixirs with you to survive. Be careful as there are endgame spoilers here — so if you don't want to know who's in the Elite Four, then turn back!

Here's how to become a Champion-ranked Trainer in the Paldea region.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Guide: Victory Road - How To Beat The Elite Four And Champion

Where to find the Pokémon League

The Pokémon League is situated just outside of Mesagoza.

From the city centre, head northwest towards a red sandwich shop. You'll spot some stairs and a large, open gate. Head through the gates to get to the path to the Pokémon League.

It's just a short walk uphill. And, handily, there's a Pokémon Center right outside for you to stock up on items and heal up.

After some cutscenes, you'll be able to enter the Pokémon League. The League Rep will make sure you have all eight Gym Badges before he lets you inside.

Pokémon League's Champion Assessment Answers

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Once inside, approach the desk and sit in front of Rika, who will ask you some questions. Answer them all correctly and you'll be able to take on the Elite Four.

If you fail, don't worry — just head back inside and take the assessment again.

These are the responses you'll need to give:

  • How did you get here today? Walked
  • Please tell me the name of the school you are enrolled in? Either Naranja (Scarlet) or Uva (Violet) Academy
  • So, what brings you to the Pokémon League today? I came to become a Champion
  • Now, what do you intend to do if and when you become a Champion? I want to find treasure
  • Which of the eight Gyms gave you the most difficulty? You can pick any here, we chose Levincia
  • And what was the name of the Gym Leader you faced there? You need to match the Gym Leader with the Gym. As we picked Levincia, we selected Iono
  • Do you remember which type of Pokémon Gym Leader used? Again, match the Gym with the type. As we picked Iono, we picked Electric
  • What was the category of the Pokémon you chose to be your first partner? The answer depends on your Starter Pokémon choice, e.g. pick The Fire Croc Pokémon is you chose Fuecoco
  • Remind me, what do you intend to do if and when you become a Champion? I want to find treasure (you must give the same answer as you did earlier in the interview)
  • Do you like Pokémon? Yes

If you've answered everything correctly, Rika will congratulate you and you can walk through the doors to challenge the Elite Four.

You'll be challenged as soon as you enter, so make sure you're healed up.

How to beat Rika of the Elite Four

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Rika specialises in Ground-type Pokémon, and her ace — Clodsire — Terastallizes into Ground, doubling its Ground moves.

Water, Grass, and Ice-type moves are your best bet here, but Water is probably the best as Grass is weak to Clodsire's Poison-type moves. Camerupt is 4x weak to Water, while Whiscash is 4x weak to Grass. Quaquavel is a great choice if you chose Quaxley, but consider other strong Water-types such as Tatsugiri, Palafin, and Dondozo. Consider bringing an Arboliva or Grass-type for Clodisre to avoid its Ability Water Absorb.

Pokémon Level Type Tera Type
Whiscash

Lvl 57

Water/Ground

N/A
Camerupt
Lvl 57
Fire/Ground
N/A

Dugtrio

Lvl 57
Ground
N/A
Donphan Lvl 57 Ground N/A
Clodsire
Lvl 58
Poison/Ground
Ground

Note: You can heal between each fight, so make sure you do that if you need to!

How to beat Poppy of the Elite Four

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Poppy is a cute little kid who likes to use Steel-type Pokémon, and her best Pokémon is Tinkaton, whose Tera-type is Steel.

Fire is a great choice here, and Skeledirge makes a powerful partner, as would Armarouge and Ceruledge — though they will need to be careful of Brozong and Tinkaton. Ground and Fighting are also good, but won't be any good against Corviknight and Bronzong. Lokix is a good choice for Bronzong, while other Fire types like Volcarona, Talonflame, and Arcanine are solid.

Pokémon Level Type
Tera Type
Copperajah

Lvl 58

Steel

N/A
Corviknight
Lvl 58
Flying/Steel
N/A

Bronzong

Lvl 58
Steel/Psychic
N/A
Magnezone Lvl 58 Electric/Steel N/A
Tinkaton
Lvl 59
Fairy/Steel
Steel

How to beat Larry of the Elite Four

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Larry is back for a second helping, but this time, he's brought his best Flying-type Pokémon to battle. He's even brought his Gym ace with him, though here, Flamigo and its Flying Tera-type are yours to conquer.

While Electric can be useful here, Rock and Ice-type are the best options here until Larry's ace. Glimmora and Baxcalibur were great for us here. Garganacl and Froslass are two other choices. A strong Bellibolt may be a good option for Flamigo if you're worried about its Fighting-type moves.

Pokémon Level Type Tera Type
Tropius

Lvl 59

Grass/Flying

N/A
Staraptor
Lvl 59
Normal/Flying
N/A

Altaria

Lvl 59
Dragon/Flying
N/A
Oricorio (Pom-Pom Style) Lvl 59 Electric/Flying N/A
Flamigo
Lvl 60
Flying/Fighting
Flying

How to beat Hassel of the Elite Four

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Hassel, the Academy's art teacher, is a Dragon master, so you'll want to bring the best Pokémon with you. His ace is a Baxcalibur that Terastallizes into a Dragon-type.

Dragon is weak to Dragon, so Baxcalibur, Garchomp, and Hydreigon are options. Really, we'd say Ice and Fairy are much better choices — any combination of Tinkaton, Abomasnow, Froslass, Dachsubn, Cetitan, Gardevoir, and Grimmsnarl will work wonders.

Pokémon Level Type Tera Type
Noivern

Lvl 60

Flying/Dragon

N/A
Dragalge
Lvl 60
Poison/Dragon
N/A

Haxorus

Lvl 60
Dragon
N/A
Flapple Lvl 60 Grass/Dragon N/A
Baxcalibur
Lvl 61
Dragon/Ice
Dragon

Once you've beaten Larry, you can head through the back doors to fight the Top Champion of Paldea!

How to beat Top Champion Geeta

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Geeta, like many other Champions, doesn't stick to a single type on her team. That means she's got an eclectic mix of Pokémon. Essentially, you just need a strong team in the low 60s with great type coverage. Easy, right?

Geeta's ace is Glimmora, who Terastallizes into a Rock-type. Bring a strong Fighting type like Gallade. Ghost is good for a few Pokémon here — Skeledirge and Ceruledge also cover off her multiple Fire weaknesses while also having the Ghost moves. In fact, all three starters get good coverage here, so they'll likely be heading up your team.

Pokémon Level Type Tera Type
Espathra

Lvl 61

Flying/Dragon

N/A
Avalugg
Lvl 61
Ice
N/A

Kingambit

Lvl 61
Dark/Steel
N/A
Veluza Lvl 61 Water/Psychic N/A
Gogoat
Lvl 61
Grass
N/A
Glimmora Lvl 62 Rock/Poison Rock

If you manage to beat Geeta, you'll earn the rank of Champion! But Victory Road isn't over yet — there's one final battle.

How to beat Champion Nemona

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After defeating Geeta, Nemona will challenge you to one last fight — and she won't hold back. Meet her in the centre of Mesagzoa for the final fight of Victory Road.

You've fought Nemona plenty of times throughout Victory Road, but now she finally doesn't need to hold back. Her team is varied, with her ace being the starter that's initially weak to your starter. Though they all have a type advantage over your starter with their secondary type.

Ground and Fighting-type are two of Nemona's most-consistent weaknesses. Annihilape, Pawmot, Clodsire cover these well. Tinkaton, with Fairy and Steel moves, is good for Lycanroc and Goodra, while Baxcalibur is also a great addition for Ice-type moves. And your starter should be part of your team, ideally, so you can hit back at Nemona's starter with your Tera-type

Pokémon Level Type Tera Type
Lycanroc

Lvl 65

Rock

N/A
Orthworm Lvl 65
Steel
N/A

Goodra

Lvl 65
Dragon
N/A
Pawmot Lvl 65 Electric/Fighting N/A
Dudunsparce
Lvl 65
Normal
N/A
Meowscarada /
Skeledirge /
Quaquaval
Lvl 66 Grass/Dark /
Fire/Ghost /
Water/Fighting
Grass /
Fire /
Water

If you beat Nemona, then you've reach the end of Victory Road!


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