Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl: How To Defeat All Elite Four Rematches

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  • How To Unlock The Elite Four Rematches
  • Elite Four Rematches: Round One
  • Aaron's Round One Lineup
  • Bertha's Round One Lineup
  • Flint's Round One Lineup
  • Lucian's Round One Lineup
  • Cynthia's Round One Lineup
  • Elite Four Rematches: Round Two
  • Aaron's Round Two Lineup
  • Bertha's Round Two Lineup
  • Flint's Round Two Lineup
  • Lucian's Round Two Lineup
  • Cynthia's Round Two Lineup

Seasoned Pokemon diehards tend to say the real fun doesn't begin until after the credits have rolled. That's when the appropriately named "post-game" section begins, and the world – well, the region – becomes your oyster. (Or rather, your Cloyster?) It's at this point that dedicated players commit to laborious but worthwhile endeavors such as shiny hunting.

In Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, another fun endurance test involves rematching the Elite Four (and, by extension, Cynthia). Your inaugural bout against them may have made you Sinnoh League Champion, but they won't bust out the big guns until your second battle. What's more, the Elite Four will shift their Pokemon team not once, but twice, meaning there are two new tiers of difficulty in store for you.

The first batch of rematch lineups can be a wake-up call. If you're struggling, you'll need to re-evaluate your roster before the big one, because the second batch of rematches is very likely Pokemon BDSP's hardest set of fights. Only competitive online play can outdo the ferocity of, say, a very scary Cynthia.

Our guide will fill you in on what you'll face in both sets of rematches. We'll give you pointers on how to prepare so that you're well-equipped to conquer some serious gauntlets.

How To Unlock The Elite Four Rematches


You can stroll right on back into the Pokemon League at any point after becoming the champion. Sure enough, you'll rematch the Elite Four, just like that. But the Elite Four's lineups will not change without the National Dex. Don't worry – it's easier than it sounds.

Once the National Dex is yours, a whole new world opens up. Not literally, but certainly at least figuratively. You can visit Ramanas Park, catch loads of new Pokemon down in the Grand Underground, and plenty more.

But if your heart is set on subjecting yourself to some champion-tier challenges, the new and improved troupe of Aaron, Bertha, Flint, Lucian, and Cynthia awaits. (All of whom are presumably mind-wiped every time, considering they appear convinced you're still a rowdy upstart and not… their boss.)

Elite Four Rematches: Round One

In general, you'll want your battle party to be around level 72 or so heading into these bouts. That may sound high – probably because it is – but by the time you reach Cynthia, her team will have levels several higher than that. It's feasible to finish these fights as low as the mid-sixties, but you'll need to have honed quite a bit of skill along the way and there won't be much room for error.

Aaron's Round One Lineup

PokemonMove PoolAbility & Held Item
Level 65 YanmegaBug Buzz/Air Slash/Ancient Power/DetectSpeed Boost/Wise Glasses
Level 65 ScizorX-Scissor/Bullet Punch/Night Slash/Swords DanceTechnician/Occa Berry
Level 66 VespiquenPower Gem/Aerial Ace/Attack Order/Defend OrderUnnerve/Sitrus Berry
Level 67 HeracrossRock Slide/Earthquake/Close Combat/FacadeGuts/Flame Orb
Level 69 DrapionX-Scissor/Earthquake/Cross Poison/Night SlashSniper/Scope Lens

Four out of five of Aaron's Pokemon belong to the Bug type. Bug is weak to Fire, Rock, and Flying moves. Aaron wisely keeps some Rock and Ground moves steady in his arsenal, but feel free to bust out Fire types like Infernape and Magmortar against Scizor and Vespiquen. A powerful flier like Staraptor isn't a bad pick for most of the rest.

Drapion is a different story. Sure, it's the strongest of the bunch, but it's also the easiest to counter with a little prep work. Any Ground-type Pokemon will hold its own against Drapion rather nicely, but the bulkier the better.

Bertha's Round One Lineup

PokemonMove PoolAbility & Held Item
Level 66 WhiscashEarthquake/Ice Beam/Scald/Zen HeadbuttHydration/Rindo Berry
Level 69 GliscorEarthquake/Thunder Fang/Guillotine/X-ScissorHyper Cutter/Sitrus Berry
Level 68 GolemEarthquake/Stone Edge/Rock Polish/Heavy SlamSturdy/Soft Sand
Level 68 HippowdonEarthquake/Crunch/Ice Fang/RestSolid Rock/Muscle Band
Level 71 RhyperiorEarthquake/Rock Wrecker/Megahorn/Thunder FangSolid Rock/Muscle Band

Use Whiscash's 4x weakness to Grass smartly; don't bring out an actual Grass-type Pokemon, as Ice Beam will ruin their day. Instead, use any fully-evolved option that has access to moves like Solar Beam and Razor Leaf without the typing. This means you'll miss out on STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus), but at 4x weakness, it's not a big deal.

The rest of Bertha's lineup is mostly a matter of letting Grass-types and Water-types work their magic. Her Rhyperior can OHKO many Water Pokemon with Thunder Fang, but Torterra or your closest kin to one should bring it down in a few turns.

Flint's Round One Lineup

PokemonMove PoolAbility & Held Item
Level 68 HoundoomDark Pulse/Flamethrower/Nasty Plot/Destiny BondUnnerve/Wise Glasses
Level 71 FlareonFlare Blitz/Will-O-Wisp/Quick Attack/FlailFlash Fire/Sitrus Berry
Level 69 RapidashFlare Blitz/Poison Jab/Iron Tail/HypnosisFlame Body/Wide Lens
Level 71 InfernapeClose Combat/Mach Punch/Fire Punch/Thunder PunchIron Fist/Focus Sash
Level 73 MagmortarFire Blast/Focus Blast/Thunderbolt/PsychicFlame Body/Lum Berry

Houndoom's biggest perk as a Pokemon is Special Attack, followed by Speed. It's quite good, but with an HP pool this low, a properly-trained Water Pokemon of almost any sort should take it out in two turns. Flareon, on the other hand, has a strong Attack stat and not much else. Flare Blitz might hurt a bit, but there's not much else to say. Nor will Rapidash be a huge bother; just be sure to cure your Pokemon if they're hit with Hypnosis.

Infernape and Magmortar are the real deals here. Close Combat and Fire Punch will make you rue the day you came for Flint again unless you're ready for them. Latios/Latias can handle them both. Alternatively, you can bring along a Ghost-type like Gengar who knows Psychic for Infernape – as far as Magmortar is concerned, Ground is better than Water so as to avoid the wrath of Thunderbolt.

Lucian's Round One Lineup

PokemonMove PoolAbility & Held Item
Level 69 Mr. MimePsychic/Dazzling Gleam/Light Screen/ReflectFilter/Light Clay
Level 71 EspeonPsychic/Dazzling Gleam/Shadow Ball/Light ScreenMagic Bounce/Mental Herb
Level 70 BronzongEarthquake/Gyro Ball/Rock Slide/PaybackLevitate/Muscle Band
Level 72 AlakazamPsychic/Dazzling Gleam/Shock Wave/Nasty PlotMagic Guard/Life Orb
Level 75 GalladePsycho Cut/Close Combat/Poison Jab/Shadow SneakJustified/Sitrus Berry

Lucian isn't playing around this time. Even his Espeon, a powerful but frail "Eeveelution," is well-equipped to play the long game.

Bug and Dark are your best friends throughout this battle. Ghost is doable, but all of Lucian's Pokemon can dish just as much damage to your Gengar as your Gengar can dish to them. Scizor and Heracross both have the right builds to withstand a great deal of what this top-ranking Elite Four member can throw at you. Umbreon and Tyranitar are also savvy picks.

Cynthia's Round One Lineup

PokemonMove PoolAbility & Held Item
Level 74 SpiritombDark Pulse/Shadow Ball/Sucker Punch/Will-O-WispPressure/Sitrus Berry
Level 74 RoseradeShadow Ball/Dazzling Gleam/Sludge Bomb/Energy BallPoison Point/Expert Belt
Level 76 TogekissDazzling Gleam/Air Slash/Aura Sphere/Thunder WaveSerene Grace/Leftovers
Level 76 LucarioAura Sphere/Flash Cannon/Dragon Pulse/PsychicInner Focus/Wise Glasses
Level 74 MiloticIce Beam/Scald/Mirror Coat/RecoverMarvel Scale/Flame Orb
Level 78 GarchompDragon Claw/Earthquake/Poison Jab/Swords DanceRough Skin/Yache Berry

Many players in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl have found Cynthia to be among the toughest champions to beat in the entire series. But as you can see from the above table, she's barely unsheathed her proverbial sword the first time you go up against her.

Every Pokemon on Cynthia's rematch roster has a nigh-immaculate move pool. Take out Spiritomb before it can whittle your team away entirely too early into the battle; Cynthia just loves using Will-O-Wisp to undermine you in this opening salvo. Don't underestimate Roserade and Togekiss, either. With flawless IVs and EVs, they can handily overcome a lack of STAB in their quirkier attacks and still bring the pain.

We can just as easily highlight Lucario, Milotic, and Garchomp, but of course, you're probably reading this guide for more than just a generic "when all else fails, pray" disclaimer. Your best bets throughout this fight are a team that is just as diverse as Cynthia's. We've assembled a "dream squad" of potential candidates for the cut:

  • Torterra/Infernape/Empoleon (whichever applies)
  • Tyranitar
  • Staraptor
  • Dialga/Palkia (don't be afraid to get cheap with Cynthia if necessary)
  • Houndoom
  • A Garchomp of your own
  • Roserade
  • Luxray or Magnezone

Elite Four Rematches: Round Two

Some regional Elite Four organizations see the writing on the wall when a ten-year-old from a no-name village on the far end of the landmass one-ups them all. Some will bite back exactly once, determined to set the record straight. And then there are these people.

In the second round of rematches, each of your five nemeses has trained their team to the brink. That said, even the brink has its natural limitations. Broadly speaking, you can apply many of the same techniques we listed above. Study the updated lists below, level up to suit the new occasion, and know that we won't tell a soul if you decide a team of Dialga/PalkiaGiratina/Suicune/Zapdos/Ho-Oh is your cure-all. Even then, bring Full Restores.

Aaron's Round Two Lineup

PokemonMove PoolAbility & Held Item
Level 75 YanmegaBug Buzz/Ancient Power/Air Slash/DetectSpeed Boost/Wise Glasses
Level 75 ScizorX-Scissor/Bullet Punch/Night Slash/Swords DanceTechnician/Occa Berry
Level 77 VespiquenPower Gem/Aerial Ace/Attack Order/Defend OrderUnnerve/Sitrus Berry
Level 77 HeracrossEarthquake/Rock Slide/Close Combat/FacadeGuts/Flame Orb
Level 75 FlygonDragon Pulse/Bug Buzz/Boomburst/Earth PowerLevitate/Wise Glasses
Level 79 DrapionX-Scissor/Cross Poison/Earthquake/Night SlashSniper/Scope Lens

Bertha's Round Two Lineup

PokemonMove PoolAbility & Held Item
Level 76 WhiscashEarthquake/Ice Beam/Scald/Zen HeadbuttHydration/Rindo Berry
Level 79 GliscorX-Scissor/Earthquake/Thunder Fang/GuillotineHyper Cutter/Sitrus Berry
Level 78 NidokingEarth Power/Sludgebomb/Thunderbolt/Ice BeamSheer Force/Life Orb
Level 78 MamoswineEarthquake/Double-Edge/Icicle Spear/Ice ShardThick Fat/Never-Melt Ice
Level 78 HippowdonEarthquake/Ice Fang/Crunch/RestSand Stream/Chesto Berry
Level 81 RhyperiorEarthquake/Rock Wrecker/Megahorn/Thunder FangSolid Rock/Muscle Band

Flint's Round Two Lineup

PokemonMove PoolAbility & Held Item
Level 78 NinetalesFlamethrower/Solar Beam/Nasty Plot/HypnosisDrought Heat Rock
Level 78 HoundoomFlamethrower/Dark Pulse/Nasty Plot/Destiny BondUnnerve/Wise Glasses
Level 79 RapidashFlare Blitz/Poison Jab/Iron Tail/HypnosisFlame Body/Wide Lens
Level 81 InfernapeClose Combat/Mach Punch/Fire Punch/Thunder PunchIron Fist/Focus Sash
Level 81 ArcanineFlare Blitz/Close Combat/Extreme Speed/Play RoughIntimidate/Shuca Berry
Level 83 MagmortarFire Blast/Focus Blast/Thunderbolt/PsychicFlame Body/Sitrus Berry

Lucian's Round Two Lineup

PokemonMove PoolAbility & Held Item
Level 79 Mr. MimePsychic/Dazzling Gleam/Light Screen/ReflectFilter/Light Clay
Level 81 EspeonPsychic/Dazzling Gleam/Shadow Ball/Light ScreenMagic Bounce/Mental Herb
Level 80 BronzongEarthquake/Gyro Ball/Rock Slide/PaybackLevitate/Muscle Band
Level 82 AlakazamPsychic/Dazzling Gleam/Nasty Plot/Shock WaveMagic Guard/Life Orb
Level 82 SlowbroPsychic/Flamethrower/Scald/Slack OffRegenerator/Leftovers
Level 85 GalladePsycho Cut/Close Combat/Poison Jab/Shadow SneakJustified/Sitrus Berry

Cynthia's Round Two Lineup

PokemonMove PoolAbility & Held Item
Level 84 SpiritombShadow Ball/Dark Pulse/Sucker Punch/Will O WispPressure/Sitrus Berry
Level 85 Porygon-ZHyper Beam/Ice Beam/Thunderbolt/Shadow BallAdaptability/Expert Belt
Level 86 TogekissDazzling Gleam/Aura Sphere/Air Slash/Thunder WaveSerene Grace/Leftovers
Level 86 LucarioClose Combat/Meteor Mash/Earthquake/Extreme SpeedInner Focus/Focus Sash
Level 84 MiloticIce Beam/Scald/Recover/Mirror CoatMarvel Scale/Flame Orb
Level 88 GarchompDragon Claw/Earthquake/Poison Jab/Swords DanceRough Skin/Yache Berry

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