Defeat the Pokémon League in Pokémon Gold/Silver

Want to know how to beat the League without multiple failures? Follow this simple guide.


  1. Train your Pokémon to an acceptable level. Pokémon in the Pokémon League are naturally at much higher levels than any other Gym leader - ranging from levels 40-60. To avoid multiple losses against the Pokémon League, it is best to have Pokémon ranging from levels 50-80 to ensure an easier battle. Low level Pokémon, no matter their type, cannot be expected to battle and cannot defeat any of the Pokémon the Elite Four throw at you. Although Pokémon levels are not a sure way to guarantee a victory, it is a definite a leg up.
  2. Have your items ready. There is no doubt that you will need items during your battles, especially because you are not allowed to back out of the League once you've entered. Before you go against the Elite Four, you will need to be fully equipped with at least 60 Full Restores, 100 Hyper Potions, 55 Revives, 50 Full Heals, and 23 Max Revives (optional). If your Pokémon aren't holding vital items, equip them with a Berry so that they will heal themselves instead of having you risk a turn to heal them.
  3. Sequence matters. If you happened to have fought the Elite Four and lost, try to remember their Pokémon and the order in which they put them out. This can often give you an advantage, as the type of Pokémon can affect the effectiveness of moves. In your own party, it is best to have the third highest level Pokémon out first, then the least highest level, then the first, and follow out.
  4. Match up types. You can usually tell the type of Pokémon that will be used in the Pokémon League by the setting of the gym. It is best to have a variety of different Pokémon with multiple types, for example Flying/Electric. This can also give you an advantage, as the Pokémon may learn moves that are super effective against their weaknesses.
    • For Will's Psychic-type Pokémon, Dark/Ghost-type Pokémon are advised.
    • For Koga's Poison/Bug-type Pokemon, Psychic or Fire-type Pokémon are advised.
    • For Bruno's Fighting/Rock-type Pokemon, Psychic or Water-types are advised.
    • For Karen's Dark-types, Fighting/Bug-types are advised.
    • For Lance's Pokémon Team, Ice and Dragon-types are advised, although he also has Pokémon that aren't Dragon-type.
  5. Think of strategies. Screech and Growl will lower both attack and defense if used in succession, so moves can become more effective against your Pokémon. It is up to the Trainer to decide whether or not to use physical or special attacks; however, it is advisable to use a mixture of both.
  6. It is a good idea to use the same Pokémon for different battles within the Elite Four. Since three of the four Elite Four have a weakness to Psychic Pokémon, it is a good idea to have two or three Pokémon with psychic abilities. However, as said before, it is good to have a balance, and so the Pokémon with psychic moves may actually be a different type.


  • It is a good idea to save the game before and after all battles with the Elite Four. This is to ensure that you can always revert to the previously saved game if you make a mistake and lose.
  • It is always useful to have one Legendary Pokémon in your team, as they tend to have higher HP than normal Pokémon. A good example to use would be Ho-Oh/Lugia.


  • Higher leveled Pokémon that have been recently caught are not necessarily better in battle against the Elite Four than lower leveled Pokémon caught earlier during the Trainer's journey.

Things You'll Need

  • A Gameboy Color/Gameboy Advanced, as the Nintendo DS does not support Gameboy Color cartridges
  • Pokémon Gold/Silver
  • A good sense of logic and strategy

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