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How to Beat the 8 Gym Leaders in "Pokèmon X and Y"

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So, You Want to Be a Kalos Champion?

Well, first you have to acquire eight League Badges. It won't be easy, but with this guide and a bit of nifty work on solving the difficult Gym puzzles, you can surely win them. Let's get started in Santalune City, against Viola, shall we?

1. Viola: The Bug-Type Gym Leader

So you made it to the first Gym, and you're ready to fight against Viola. First off, you should know she is a Bug-type Gym Leader. That means you want to use Flying-, Rock-, or Fire-type Pokémon/moves.

If you don't have any, there should be Pidgey and Fletchling on the Route below the town (Route 3). Otherwise, you have the option of Farfetch'd or Litleo on Route 22 (right of the town).

Either way, here's what she has:

  • Surskit: Level 10 (Bug/Water)
  • Vivillion: Level 12 (Bug/Flying)

Since Surskit is Bug/Water, Litleo won't be of much use here. Try a Flying-type or using strong moves if you don't have that (or it faints). But Vivillion is Bug/Flying, so Flying may not be as much use. Try Litleo or other Fire-types, or just beat at it until it faints. Once you defeat those two Pokémon, you have your first Badge! Congratulations! Now onto the next one!

2. Grant: The Rock-Type Leader

The second Gym Leader is Grant, a user of the Rock-type Pokémon. Be sure to use Fighting, Ground, Steel, Water, and Grass, while avoiding Normal, Flying, Poison, Fire.

In Grant's Team, you'll find the two Fossil Pokémon of this region:

  • Tyrunt: Level 25 (Rock/Dragon)
  • Amaura: Level 25 (Rock/Ice)

These can be tricky, so if you don't have any of the Pokémon types recommended above, you can find some Water-types by fishing (the old rod is found by the guy in the Ambrette Aquarium in front of the Magikarp statue).

3. Korrina: The Fighting-Type Gym Leader

Up next is Korrina, the Fighting-type leader.

Only Flying, Psychic, and Fairy are strong against her Pokémon. Don't use Rock-, Bug-, or Dark-types. You can find some Psychics in the reflection cave if you wish, or prepare your Pokémon you have.

She has three Pokémon:

  • Mienfoo: Level 29 (Flying)
  • Machoke: Level 28 (Flying)
  • Hawlucha: Level 32 (Fighting/Flying)

Hawlucha is Fighting/Flying but the other two are straight Fighting-types. Watch out for Hawlucha's Flying Press as it is the only dual move (Flying- and Fighting-type). It knocked out my Pokémon in one hit.

Once you defeat her team of strong fighters, you're ready to move onto the next Gym. Also, good job on defeating her she gave me a bit of trouble and I never have issues with Fighting-type Pokémon!

4. Ramos: The Grass-Type Gym Leader

Next up is an old fellow, Ramos, the Grass Gym Leader.

If you kept your Flying Pokémon, good job, it will be helpful yet again. As well as Poison-, Bug-, Fire-, and Ice-type Pokémon if you have those. Avoid Ground-, Water-, Grass-, and Electric-types, as they won't do much against his team.

Speaking of his team, what does he have?

  • Jumpluff: Level 32 (Grass/Flying)
  • Weepinbell: Level 34 (Grass/Poison)
  • Gogoat: Level 34 (Grass)

Gogoat was the trickiest for me, although it is pure grass and killed my Pokémon with its Take Down move. Hold out strong and bombard them with moves until defeated.

Once you do that, congratulations on Badge 4. You're halfway there!

5. Clemont: The Electric-Type Gym Leader

Gym 5 is my favorite—little Clemont the inventor and his Electric Pokémon.

The only strong type is Ground. Avoid using Flying, Steel, or Electric Pokémon, as they won't do all that much. If you have a Gogoat that knows Earthquake, that would be a good choice. Mine knocked his team out in one move each.

Here's what he has:

  • Emolga: Level 35 (Electric/Flying)
  • Magneton: Level 35 (Electric/Steel)
  • Heliolisk: Level 37 (Electric/Normal)

Because of the dual typing, you can hit magneton with a Fire move to knock it out, but I do recommend Ground as that will help you with the other two.

Once defeated, you have five total Badges and can move onto the Gym for the new type, FAIRY! (Warning, her Gym is kinda creepy and so is she.)

6. Valerie: The Fairy-Type Gym Leader

Valerie is a Gym Leader for one of the newer types, Fairy. In case you haven't learned its weaknesses or strengths yet, read on.

Her type is weak against Poison- and Steel-types, don't use Fighting, Bug, or Dark moves. Avoid Dragon as it does no damage at all.

To defeat Valerie you must also defeat her three Pokémon:

  • Mawile: Level 38 (Steel/Fairy)
  • Mr. Mime: Level 39 (Psychic/Fairy)
  • Sylveon: Level 42 (Fairy)

Defeating the 6th Gym Leader means you have just two more and you're close to starting on the Elite 4 and Champion! Be proud, you've come a long way from when you moved into this region.

7. Olympia: The Psychic-Type Leader

The 7th Gym Leader is Olympia. She has Psychic Pokémon, but only three of them.

To defeat her, Bug-, Ghost-, and Dark-types are recommended. It would also be wise to avoid Fighting and other Psychic moves, as they won't be very effective.

  • Sigilyph: Level 44 (Psychic/Flying)
  • Slowking: Level 45 (Water/Psychic)
  • Meowstic: Level 48 (Psychic)

It might be best to take them out as soon as possible because they have moves to mess with your Pokémon.

When defeated, she will hand over the next to last Gym Badge and you can head over to the snowy town where the last Gym Leader is. Good luck, my little trainer.

8. Wulfric: The Ice-Type Leader

Wulfric is the last Gym Leader and a master of the Ice-types. Once you defeat his tricky puzzle, you can challenge him and hopefully win.

To do so, you might want to use Fighting, Rock, Steel, or Fire moves, as they are most effective.

  • Abomasnow: Level 55 (Grass/Ice)
  • Cryogonal: Level 55 (Ice)
  • Avalugg: Level 59 (Ice)

Fire would be a good start, as Abomasnow is 4x weak to it. Then (if strong enough) your Fire Pokémon may be able to take out the other two as well!

When you beat Wulfric, you have obtained all of the eight Badges and can now challenge the Elite 4 and Champion. Congratulations! I wish you luck!