Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: How To Beat Elite Four & Champion, Cynthia

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As you adventure through Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, you'll take on eight gym battles and collect badges from them before you can face the Elite Four and the Champion. These are a tough bunch to battle, and there's no stopping to retreat to a Pokémon Center between them, either.

In this guide, we explain how to beat the Elite Four and the Sinnoh Champion, Cynthia, in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Read More: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: Type Chart, Strengths and Weaknesses of All Pokémon

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How To Beat the Elite Four

A Pokémon Trainer standing inside the Pokémon League building in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
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After you have finally collected all your gym badges from the eight gyms across Sinnoh, your next task in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is to take on the Elite Four. This is no easy task at all. You'll need to ensure you have a strong party of varying Pokémon, or extremely strong Pokémon.

Below, we have introduced each of the Elite Four and their Pokémon that you'll need to counter.

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Elite Four's Aaron

Aaron is the first of the Elite Four, and his team features a wealth of strong bug-type Pokémon. Having a strong fire-type in your party will help out against him substantially.

Below, we have listed Aaron's Pokémon, their type, approximate level, and weaknesses:

Pokemon Type Approximate Level Weaknesses
DustoxBug, Poison53Flying, Fire, Psychic, Rock
BeautiflyBug, Flying53Flying, Fire, Ice, Electric
VespiquenBug, Flying54Flying, Fire, Ice, Electric
HeracrossBug, Fighting54Flying, Fire, Psychic, Fairy
DrapionPoison, Dark57Ground

Elite Four's Bertha

Bertha is the second of the Elite Four that you'll face. Her team will be made up of multiple types of Pokémon, but primarily you'll want to focus on countering ground and rock-types.

Below, we have listed Bertha's Pokémon, their type, approximate level, and weaknesses:

Pokemon Type Approximate Level Weaknesses
QuagsireWater, Ground55Grass
WhiscashWater, Ground55Grass
SudowoodoRock56Grass, Water, Steel, Ground, Fighting
GolemRock, Ground56Ground, Grass, Water, Steel, Ice, Fighting
HippowdonGround59Grass, Water, Ice

Elite Four's Flint

Flint is the third, and next, Elite Four you will need to defeat. Flint is rather troublesome with his strong mixture of both fire and steel-types. For those with a water-type, you'll want to utilise them the most in this battle.

Below, we have listed Flint's Pokémon, their type, approximate level, and weaknesses:

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Pokemon Type Approximate Level Weaknesses
RapidashFire58Ground, Rock, Water
SteelixSteel, Ground57Ground, Water, Fire, Fighting
LopunnyNormal57Fighting
DrifblimGhost, Flying58Rock, Ice, Ghost, Dark, Electric
InfernapeFire, Fighting61Ground, Water, Flying, Psychic

Elite Four's Lucian

Lucian is the fourth member of the Elite Four that you'll need to take on before moving onto the Champion. Lucian boasts an awfully strong team of psychic-type Pokémon that can be tricky to counter. For this battle, you'll want to make the most of your bug, ghost, and dark-type Pokémon.

Below, we have listed Lucian's Pokémon, their type, approximate level, and weaknesses:

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Pokemon Type Approximate Level Weaknesses
Mr. MimePsychic, Fairy59Steel, Ghost, Poison
GirafarigNormal, Psychic59Bug, Dark
MedichamFighting, Psychic60Ghost, Flying, Fairy
AlakazamPsychic60Bug, Ghost, Dark
BronzongSteel, Psychic63Ground, Fire, Dark, Ghost
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How To Beat the Sinnoh Champion, Cynthia

Cynthia, the Sinnoh Champion, in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
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Last, but not least, is the illusive Cynthia. You will have encountered the Champion around Sinnoh as she gently helps you out here and there. She has a mixed team that are notoriously tough to counter, especially her Lucario. We recommend making sure your Pokémon out-level here, and making the most of their weaknesses, outlined below.

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Below, we have listed Cynthia's Pokémon, their type, approximate level, and weaknesses:

Pokemon Type Approximate Level Weaknesses
SpiritombGhost, Dark61Fairy
RoseradeGrass, Poison60Fire, Ice, Flying, Psychic
GastrodonWater, Ground60Grass
LucarioFighting, Steel63Ground, Fire, Fighting
MiloticWater63Grass, Electric
GarchompDragon, Ground66Ice, Dragon, Fairy

With this in hand, and your Pokémon levelled appropriately, you should take your place as the League Champion in no time at all. After successfully doing this, we recommend looking at how to unlock the National Pokédex and then trying to capture all the legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.