Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Gym Leaders

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Gym Leaders
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Written by 

Dave McAdam


22nd Nov 2022 15:10

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Gym Leaders are a crucial part of your progression, much as they were in previous entries. Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have made some big changes to the Pokemon formula, but Gyms and Gym Leaders will still play an important part. The cast of Gym Leaders usually makes up a significant portion of the interesting characters found in most Pokemon games. Here is everything we know so far about the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Gym Leaders.

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Gym Leaders: How Gyms Work

The player approaching a Pokemon Gym in a snowy area, on the back of their legendary Pokemon
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Before we chat about the Gym Leaders, let's talk about how Gyms work in these new games. In all previous Pokemon games, Gyms, or the equivalent thereof, have always been in a set order. This is set to change with Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, as these games bring a more open-world design to the series. As such, players will be able to choose the order in which they approach the Gyms.

That said, the battles with Gym Leaders do not scale to your level or anything like that. Each Gym Leader has their Pokemon at a set level, meaning there is an order in terms of who is the easiest to who is the toughest to beat. The following list of Gym Leaders is in the order from weakest to strongest, based on the level of their Pokemon.

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Gym Leaders: Katy

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Katy is the Gym Leader in Cortondo, a town known for its olive oil. This is the best place to start your journey, as Katy has the lowest-level Pokemon of all the Gym Leaders. Getting to face Katy is relatively simple, you need only push the giant inflatable olive through the short maze to do so.

Katy has three Pokemon on her team. Nymble and Tarountula are level 14 bug-types, but her third Pokemon is a level 15 Teddiursa with a bug Tera type. Fire and Flying are great choices for this battle, Rock is especially useful as it is effective against Teddiursa as well.

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Gym Leaders: Brassius

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Next on our list is Brassius, the grass-type Gym Leader. His gym is located in Artazon, but to face him you must first complete a challenge. There are 10 Sunflora around the town, you need to find them all to unlock the gym challenge. They appear in a wide variety of locations, but seeking them out isn't too hard. You just need to look for the Sunflora that are sitting on the ground, and look a bit depressed.

Facing Brassius means you must take on his team of three grass-type (mostly) Pokemon. The first two are Petilil and Smoliv, both level 16. Then he brings out his level 18 Sudowoodo, a rock-type Pokemon with a grass Tera Type. This is pretty tricky, as some of the go-to types for beating grass, like fire or flying, are weak to rock. As such, you should bring a spare water Pokemon, or something else that beats rock in order to finish off his Sudowoodo.

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Gym Leaders: Iono

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Iono is a bit of an enigma, she is the game's electric-type Gym Leader, but also a streamer and a media personality. She is the leader of the Levicinia gym, but to face her you must first complete the gym challenge. This involves finding the academy's dean in a Where's Wally-style game, and battling some of Iono's fans.

The fans use a Luxio, a Tynamo, and a Flaaffy. All electric types, and all level 22. Any ground-type Pokemon should make short work of them. Find the dean two more times to complete the challenge and face Iono herself.

Naturally, her team is focused on electric-type, but she will not fall as easily to ground-type moves. Her team are Wattrel, Belibolt, and Luxio at level 23, then a level 24 Mismagius with an electric Tera Type. Ground will work for Belibolt and Luxio, but Wattrel and Mismagius are immune. For those two, bringing some rock or ice types would be useful.

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Gym Leaders: Kofu

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Next we are off to Cascarrafa, and the water-type Gym Leader Kofu. The gym challenge here, if you can call it that, is to win an auction. First, you need to retrieve Kofu's wallet, and to do so you must battle one of his underlings. They have a Floatzel and a Clauncher, both level 28. Water types are weak to electric and grass, so employ those types to win easily.

After the battle, you will need to bid on and win an auction, but don't worry, you aren't spending your own money. Kofu gives you the money you need, so just keep outbidding until you win. Once that is out of the way, you can face Kofu for the badge.

Kofu's team is three Pokemon, level 29 Veluza, level 29 Wugtrio, and a level 30 Crabominable with a water Tera Type. Both electric and grass types will work well here.

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Gym Leaders: Larry

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Larry is a normal guy, running a normal Gym. Seriously, he is the normal-type Gym Leader, focused on using normal-type Pokemon. He is found in Medali, but before you can face him you need to complete the gym challenge. The challenge here is to order a secret menu item in a restaurant, but really the challenge is figuring out what it is.

To find out, you can go around the town, battling other trainers who are also trying to complete the challenge. Each trainer will give you a clue once beaten, and when you have all four clues you can head back to the restaurant. The solution is as follows; when asked what you want to order, say Grilled Rice Balls. When asked what size serving you want, respond Medium Serving. For how you want it cooked, reply Extra Crispy, Fire Blast Style. Finally, when asked about garnish, ask for Lemon.

With that done, the challenge is complete and you can take on Larry. He has three Pokemon, Komala and Dudunsparce are both level 35, and his Staraptor with a normal Tera Type is level 36. Fighting type is your best bet as it is normal-type's only weakness. However, Staraptor's flying attacks counter fighting, so you will need to brute force that one to win the battle.

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Gym Leaders: Ryme

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On to Montenevera, to face off against Ryme, the ghost-type Gym Leader. As with every other gym, we must complete her challenge first. This one is more straightforward than most, you will need to win three double battles one after another.

The first battle is against Greavard and Shuppet, the second is against Misdreavus and Haunter, and the last battle is against Drifblim and Sableye. All are ghost-types with some poison and flying thrown in, and they are all level 40. Defeat them all and you can take on Ryme.

Ryme has four Pokemon on her team. Mimikyu and Banette are both level 41, Houndstone and Toxtricity are level 42. Toxtricity is the odd one out, it is an electric/poison-type, with a ghost Tera Type. Dark-type attacks are your best friend here, and if you have any normal-type Pokemon who can use them, all the better, as ghost moves won't affect them.

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Gym Leaders: Tulip

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Getting towards the end of the bunch, we are on to Tulip the psychic Gym Leader. She resides in the mountain town of Alfornada, where you will need to complete the gym challenge before you can face her.

The gym challenge here is pretty simple, you need to press some buttons corresponding to emotions, based on the expressions of some Pokemon. Press the right buttons and defeat some other trainers to complete the challenge. You will face Gothita, Kirlia, Grumpig, and Medicham, all of which will be level 43.

Once that is done we can take on Tulip. Her team of four consists of Farigiraf, Espartha, Gardevoir, and Florges. The first two are level 44, and the last two are level 45. Florges is a fairy type, but has a psychic Tera Type. Dark and ghost moves will clear out most of them, and some poison or steel will finish off the Florges.

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Gym Leaders: Grusha

Grusha, the Ice-type Gym Leader of these new games
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Grusha is the leader of the Glaseado Gym. He is a former professional snowboarder turned Ice-type Gym Leader. He is the strongest of the Gym Leaders, but thankfully his gym challenge is not too difficult.

To face Grusha, you must first ride your mount down the mountain as quickly as you can. You need to pass through all the banners on the way down, and you need to do it in under 90 seconds. Every banner you miss adds five seconds to your time, so be sure not to miss any.

His team are level 47 Frosmoth, Beartic, and Cetitan, and a level 48 Altaria. Frosmoth has a bug secondary type, but otherwise, the first three are all ice. Altaria is dragon/flying type, but has an ice Tera Type. Fire will melt through the first three in no time, giving you plenty of room to focus on the Altaria. Dragon is weak to dragon, but flying is weak to more types like electric and rock, so use those to take it down and beat the toughest Gym Leader in Paldea.

That is everything to know about the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Gym Leaders. Check out our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Region guide to learn more about Paldea. 

Dave McAdam
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Dave McAdam
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