Though every generation of Pokemon games has its own unique story, the overall goal for players always remains the same. As well as attempting to catch as many different Pokemon as possible, they must defeat eight powerful gym leaders, before then heading off to the Pokemon League with the hopes of becoming a Pokemon Champion. Standing in their way, however, is a quartet of incredibly powerful trainers who are fittingly known as the Elite Four.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl are no different in this regard, with Aaron, Bertha, Flint, and Lucian each specializing in a different type of Pokemon. Building a team capable of defeating all four as well as the reigning Pokemon Champion can be incredibly difficult, as players will need to account and plan for 26 different Pokemon in total. Thankfully, healing items are allowed between battles, though even with them, players really are in for a tough old slog.
How to Prepare for the Elite Four
Preparing for the Elite Four in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl is considerably more difficult than setting up for a gym battle, as players will need to take on all four of the powerful trainers in a row without being able to fully heal their Pokemon in between (though they can and should use items to replenish HP before each battle). Worse still, they'll have to face off with the Sinnoh Pokemon League's defending champion straight after, meaning that players will need to defeat 26 different Pokemon in total. Needless to say, it's far from easy.
Though it is possible to defeat the Elite Four with a team of Pokemon around level 50, it becomes a far more manageable task with a team in the mid-sixties, so those who'd rather avoid having to use countless curative items during and between the four battles may want to spend some time leveling up on Victory Road before challenging Aaron. Even if players do have a well-leveled team, it's still worth stocking up on every variety of healing item at the Pokemart inside.
When it comes to which Pokemon to actually take in with them, players should try to ensure that they have coverage for every element, as they're definitely going to need each one at some point. Gastrodon is a great pick in this regard, as it can cover rock (Ancient Powder), ground (Earthquake), water (Scald), and poison (Sludge Bomb) surprisingly well and is also very easy to find. For those who don't have one, they can be found on Route 224 at Level 52 or 53.
Naturally, players will also want to take their starter Pokemon along with them, as it will probably be their strongest Pokemon having been with them since the very beginning of their journey. Palkia / Dialga can also be incredibly useful against the Elite Four, particularly if players have maxed out the friendship stat and had the Move Tutor on Route 210 teach it Draco Meteor. Aura Sphere can also come in handy, as too can Flash Cannon (Dialga) and Surf (Palkia).
Depending on their starter Pokemon, players may want to bring Pokemon that cover the other two types along with them, though providing they have grass, fire, and water-type moves somewhere within their team, this isn't really essential. Any remaining spaces should be taken up by the likes of Kadabra and Haunter, while a strong flying-type like Togekiss can make defeating Aaron a lot easier. Obviously, if players have somebody they can trade with, the evolved forms of the first two would be better. It's also a good idea to have one Pokemon with access to Charm, as this can make Earthquake users a lot more manageable.
How to Beat Aaron
|Elite Four Aaron (₱7,068)|
|Dustox (Lv. 53)||Bug Buzz|
|Beautifly (Lv. 53)||Bug Buzz|
|Vespiquen (Lv. 54)||Acrobatics|
|Heracross (Lvl. 54)||Brick Break|
|Drapion (Lv. 57)||Cross Poison|
Aaron specializes in bug-type Pokemon, but also has decent coverage for poison and flying-types as well. Infernape can therefore come in pretty useful during this fight, though, like other fire-type Pokemon, may come unstuck against the two Earthquake users. If and when this happens, players can switch out to their flying-type or have their Charm user nerf Aaron's Pokemon's Attack stat, allowing players to heal up their fire-type attacker and throw them back in the ring. A Draco Meteor from a well-leveled Palkia or Dialga can also be pretty effective against all of Aaron's Pokemon if push really comes to shove.
How to Beat Bertha
|Elite Four Bertha (₱7,316)|
|Quagsire (Lv. 55)||Earthquake|
|Sudowoodo (Lv. 56)||Double-Edge|
|Golem (Lvl. 56)||Earthquake|
|Whiscash (Lvl. 55)||Belch|
|Hippowdon (Lvl. 59)||Crunch|
Bertha specializes in rock and ground-type Pokemon, meaning she also has several Earthquake users in her team. This is bad news for Infernape users, although if they're able to have another Pokemon lower their opponent's Attack stat with Charm, Infernape's fighting-type moves should make quick work of most of Bertha's team. To a certain extent, players can just rely on out-speeding them for the most part, but Golem's Sturdy ability all but guarantees that players will be facing at least one Earthquake. Torterra and Empoleon are perhaps better suited for the task for this reason, so those who chose Turtwig or Piplup at the start of the game should have a slightly easier time of things.
How to Beat Flint
|Elite Four Flint (₱7,564)|
|Rapidash (Lvl. 58)||Flame Charge|
|Steelix (Lvl. 57)||Crunch|
|Drifblim (Lvl. 58)||Baton Pass|
|Lopunny (Lvl. 57)||Fire Punch|
|High Jump Kick|
|Infernape (Lvl. 61)||Close Combat|
Despite supposedly being a fire-type specialist, only two of Flint's team are actually fire-type Pokemon. The rest are a complete mishmash of different types, meaning that players will need to switch things up quite a bit throughout the battle. If they have one, players can use a water-type Pokemon to take care of Rapidash and Infernape, and should be sure to give it a Chesto berry to hold to counter Rapidash's Hypnosis. A strong fighting-type Pokemon should be able to take care of Lopunny and Steelix, while Driflim can be countered with Haunter / Gengar if players brought one along with them. If not, players can deal with Drifblim using brute force, though this will take a while due to Flint having two Full Restores and Drifblim constantly using Strength Sap.
How to Beat Lucian
|Elite Four Lucian (₱7,812)|
|Mr. Mime (Lvl. 59)||Dazzling Gleam|
|Girafarig (Lvl. 59)||Light Screen|
|Medicham (Lvl. 60)||High Jump Kick|
|Alakazam (Lvl. 60)||Future Sight|
|Bronzong (Lvl. 63)||Earthquake|
Lucian specializes in psychic-type Pokemon, so players should lead with their Haunter / Gengar if they brought one along. Alternatively, Palkia / Dialga aren't bad shouts either, as neither is too badly affected by psychic-type attacks. The biggest threat in Lucian's team is undoubtedly Alakazam, which will repeatedly use Nasty Plot to increase its Special Attack stat if left unchecked. This can make surviving a Psychic cast incredibly difficult, so players should hit it hard straight away, even if this means using something like Roar of Time and missing the next turn. Bronzong can also be a little tricky due to its high level and its high defenses, though its added weakness to fire-type attacks does open up a few additional options for players to exploit. After taking it down, players can move on to the final battle with the Champion.
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