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Our Elite 4 team My Elite 4 team features some of the most prominent and strongest types. It’s designed to be a well-rounded team featuring multiple types to handle a lot of different scenarios involving the final four masters. Though the masters focus on generally one or two types at most, this team is crafted to be able to take down any of the Elite 4 with one or two attacks.

Blastoise

Golem

Hitmonchan

Alakazam

Mewtwo

Zapdos

Pidgeot

Team members

Blastoise: A super powerful Water Pokémon that is easily capable of wiping out opponents with a variety of Water-based moves. Blastoise can learn several powerful Water moves such as Surf, Hydro Pump and Water Gun.

Alakazam/Mewtwo: Alakazam is the premiere Psychic Pokémon until after you defeat the Elite 4 and your rival at Indigo Plateau. It’s super powerful and doles out a lot of damage quickly. Keep Alakazam handy and in a roster spot until you catch Mewtwo. Mewtwo is easily the best Psychic Pokémon unless you somehow obtained a Mew through Nintendo. Mewtwo’s Psychic damage by itself is enough to put most opponents down for the count in one hit. Mewtwo is also able to learn a variety of moves that make it invaluable in tackling multiple type needs on the roster in one swing.

Pidgeot: The earliest bird Pokémon isn’t fancy, but it’s powerful and gets the job done. Teaching it Fly is the best thing you can do with giving it Wing Attack a close second. Pidgeot is especially important in the final battle against your rival, who has a Grass Pokémon at the ready regardless of his starting Pokémon. Pidgeot easily does double damage and can remove that powerful roster spot from contention quickly.

Golem: The best Rock/Ground Pokémon in my opinion quickly earned a place on the roster with its nice selection of dual moves. It also can learn quite a few moves from both types as well, making it an excellent choice against Lorelei in the first battle. Additionally, Earthquake always hits for excellent damage when Golem is at a high level.

Zapdos: Yes, Zapdos is another bird, but in my opinion it’s the best choice for an Electric type. It also has the added benefits of being dual type with Flying. It can conceivably take the place of your Flying type if you don’t want two Flying types on the team, but I usually keep it strictly with Electric moves. Zapdos will come in handy for several middle-of-the-road fights and can achieve victory quickly with a well-placed Thunder attack.

Hitmonchan: Of the two Fighting Pokémon Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan is a personal favorite. It, like its kicking counterpart, can learn elemental supplemented moves, which comes in handy when facing off against Lorelei. Hitmonchan is also a comfortable choice for Lorelei’s Lapras — much like Golem.

Meet the Elite 4

The Elite 4 typically utilize a specific type of Pokémon. They have strong Pokémon in hard-to-find types, and their Pokémon are high level.

Lorelei

Lorelei is the first and easiest of the bunch. All of her Pokémon are mostly Water or Ice and can be taken out quickly with a well-timed Rock/Ground, Electric or Psychic move.

Lv. 54 Dewgong

Pokémon to use: Golem

Lv. 53 Cloyster

Pokémon to use: Zapdos

Duel 1

Lv. 54 Slowbro

Pokémon to use: Zapdos

Lv. 56 Lapras

Pokémon to use: Hitmonchan or Golem

Lv. 56 Jynx

Pokémon to use: Golem/Alakazam/Mewtwo

Bruno

Bruno is one of the easier Elite 4 if you chose Squirtle or have a Water Pokémon on your roster as we suggested. Water Pokémon will take out the Onix quickly and the Fighting Pokémon don’t stand a chance against Alakazam or Mewtwo.

Duel 2

Lv. 55 Hitmonchan

Pokémon to use: Alakazam or Mewtwo

Lv. 58 Machamp

Pokémon to use: Alakazam or Mewtwo

Lv. 53 Onix

Pokémon to use: Blastoise

Lv. 55 Hitmonlee

Pokémon to use: Alakazam or Mewtwo

Lv. 56 Onix

Pokémon to use: Blastoise

Agatha

Agatha is a hard nut to crack. She uses a lot of weird Ghost types, which don’t have a known good counter in Generation I. Here, you’re going to have to tough it out with your strongest Psychic most of the battle.

Duel 3

Lv. 56 Gengar

Pokémon to use: Alakazam or Mewtwo

Lv. 56 Goldbat

Pokémon to use: Zapdos

*Note: Goldbat is considered Flying and Zapdos’ Thunder will do x2 damage.

Lv. 55 Haunter

Pokémon to use: Alakazam or Mewtwo

Lv. 58 Arbok

Pokémon to use: Alakazam or Mewtwo or Golem

Lv. 60 Gengar

Pokémon to use: Alakazam or Mewtwo

Duel 4

Lance

Lance is the top of the pyramid as far as the Elite 4 is concerned. This will be a tough, long fight if you have underpowered Pokémon. His Dragon types do not have equals and most don’t have weaknesses. Throw in your strongest Pokémon that has an Ice-type move. It will work wonders here.

Lv. 58 Gyarados

Pokémon to use: Zapdos

*Note: Gyarados is a Water Pokémon, first and foremost. Electric moves will make short work of it with x2 damage.

Lv. 56 Dragonair

Pokémon to use: Strongest Pokémon with Ice-type move.

Lv. 56 Dragonair

Pokémon to use: Strongest Pokémon with Ice-type move.

Lv. 60 Aerodactyl

Pokémon to use: Zapdos

*Note: Aerodactyl is considered Flying, and Zapdos’ Thunder will do x2 damage.

Lv. 62 Dragonite

Pokémon to use: Strongest Pokémon with Ice-type move.

Facing your rival

The final battle with your rival depends on yours and his starting Pokémon chosen. His first three Pokémon will always be:

Lv. 61 Rhydon

Pokémon to use: Blastoise

Lv. 61 Pidgeot

Pokémon to use: Zapdos

Lv. 59 Alakazam

Pokémon to use: Alakazam or Mewtwo

*Note: Brute force this match since Psychic Pokémon are weak to their own type.

The second half of his team depends on his starting Pokémon:

If he chooses Bulbasaur, then:

Lv. 61 Gyarados

Pokémon to use: Zapdos

Lv. 63 Arcanine

Pokémon to use: Blastoise

Lv. 65 Venusaur

Pokémon to use: Pidgeot

If he chooses Squirtle, then:

Lv. 61 Arcanine

Pokémon to use: Blastoise

Lv. 63 Exeggutor

Pokémon to use: Pidgeot

Lv. 65 Blastoise

Pokémon to use: Zapdos

If he chooses Charmander, then:

Lv. 61 Exeggutor

Pokémon to use: Pidgeot

Lv. 63 Gyarados

Pokémon to use: Zapdos

Lv. 65 Charizard

Pokémon to use: Blastoise

 

Advice for trainers

Teach your team the Action HMs. These will do massive damage against the appropriate types (i.e. Surf does x2 damage against Rock/Ground Pokémon)

Know that the CPU AI will never teach its Pokémon anything beyond its normal movesets, even if it’s dual type. You will never have to deal with the CPU having taught its Pokémon any of the HMs or TMs that it doesn’t already learn by default.

Make sure your Pokémon are Level 60 or above when you reach the Elite 4. This gives you breathing room and ensures that the fights aren’t too close. Your rival may be a tougher fight if your Pokémon aren’t at least Level 65.