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Ahhh, the call of the gym. It's been a long while since you last set foot in a gym, and you're no doubt eager to land your second badge. Prepare yourself, though—the cycling enthusiasts within won't give up without quite a battle. Equip yourself with some Pokémon that are strong against Rock-types (Water, Grass, Fighting, etc.) and wage some war!
Cyllage City Gym
- When you enter the gym you'll be at the bottom of a massive climbing wall. You'll have to make your way to the peak to face the gym leader. There are multiple ways to tackle this challenge.
- Climb the wall immediately in front of you when you enter the gym. You'll run into a trainer. (If you want to skip the trainer, run to the right and you'll find a wall which leads past him.)
Rising Star Didier
Dwebble, level 21
Relicanth, level 23
Dwebble is a pushover. Relicanth has a lot of HP and very high defenses, but won't do much damage.
- Past the trainer, you'll find two more walls to climb, one to your left and one to your right. Right is a dead end, so take a left.
- Past here you'll see some dirt slopes leading to the bottom of the climbing wall. Carefully walk past these.
- Past the next corner is a small climbing wall leading to a trainer. This wall doesn't lead anywhere, but, hey, trainers are fun to fight, right?
Roggenrola, level 24
Poor little Roggenrola. Easy win, and a nice amount of money, even if you don't have to fight the guy.
- Continue around the rock face until you find another climbing wall, bigger than the last. This trainer will come at you immediately.
Rising Star Manon
Solrock, level 22
Lunatone, level 22
Nothing terribly strong here. They're durable, but they don't hit hard. Wipe 'em out with their weaknesses.
- Keep climbing. Eventually, you'll reach a spinning trainer you can skip if you're careful.
Rhyhorn, level 21
Nosepass, level 21
Onix, level 21
Two of these guys are standard fare. Nosepass is the annoying exception: it will survive a one-hit KO thanks to Sturdy, then likely use Thunder Wave to paralyze your Pokémon. Annoying in the long run, but, ultimately, just annoying.
- Last leg. Climb to the top. Grant is waiting for you. Battle!
Amaura, level 25
Tyrunt, level 25
Reward: $4,400, TM 39
Remember those Fossil Pokémon you picked up before? Yep, Grant has both of them. They're also both rather annoying in their own ways. Amaura is potentially the more annoying of the two, as it will almost immediately use Thunder Wave to paralyze your Pokémon, then follow up with more mundane attacks. You can wipe it out quickly with a Fighting-type move to take advantage of its quadruple weakness. Otherwise, Water works well. Tyrunt is more of a one-hit-wonder, as it likes to use Bite over and over, though it will bring out Rock Tomb if you give it a good target. Fighting is, again, a prime choice for taking it down.
Winning the battle will earn you the Cliff Badge, a lovely decorative item that will allow you to control Pokémon up to level 40. He'll also hand over TM 39, Rock Tomb. Nice.
All done. Climb down the wall beside Grant and you'll quickly find your way to the bottom of the gym. On to the next one!
Yep, there's an actual reason to come back here. After beating the game and upgrading the Mega Ring, return to the Gym between 8 and 9 PM and scale up to the second level, making your way to the right. In Pokémon X you'll find Tyranitarite; in Pokémon Y, it's Aggronite.
erin on October 17, 2013:
my even torchic had evolved at this point and learned double kick, so beating this gym was so easy for me. I was shocked actually. I went in planning to get beat just to see how strong he was.