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How to beat all Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Gym Leaders

Published: 27/Oct/2021 20:10 Updated: 27/Oct/2021 20:34

by Brent Koepp

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The Pokemon franchise is returning to the Sinnoh region after 15 years. Here is how to beat all Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Gym Leaders.

Although Studio ILCA is bringing a flurry of new features to the Gen IV remakes, the team has also gone to great lengths to create a faithful adaptation of Game Freak’s original 2006 DS titles.

In Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, Trainers will face off against eight Gym Leaders across the Sinnoh region. Here is how to beat each of them to get to the Elite Four and the Pokemon League Champion.

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How to beat Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Gym Leaders

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Sinnoh Region Map
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Trainers travel across the Sinnoh region to battle eight Gym Leaders.

Gym #1: Oreburgh Gym

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Gym #1 Oreburgh Gym screenshot
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The first gym in the game is in Oreburgh City.

In Gen IV, players encounter their first Gym once reaching Oreburgh. The locale can be found after visiting Jubilife City and then following Route 203 into the Oreburgh Gate cave.

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You will not be able to take on the Gym Leader just yet, however, as you will first need to go find him studying rocks in the Oreburgh Mine. After talking to Roark, he will return to his gym to prepare for battle.

Gym Leader Roark

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Gym Leader Roark intro profile image
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The first Gym Leader in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl is Roark.

Roark’s Team

Pokemon Type
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Geodude

Geodude (Lv. 12)

Rock / Ground
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Onix

Onix (Lv. 12)

Rock / Ground
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Cranidos

Cranidos (Lv. 14)

Rock

How to beat Roark – weakness & counters

Trainers looking to have an advantage going into this fight should make sure to bring a Pokemon that knows Water-type and Grass-type moves as they are a direct counter to Rock/Ground-types.
Trainers who choose Turtwig or Piplup will have an edge in the first Pokemon League battle. Chimchar fans, don’t fret as you can also use Fighting-type moves to defeat Roark – you will just need to evolve your Starter to Monferno at level 14.
Pokemon Move Where to get
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Starter Piplup

Piplup

Bubble (Lv. 8)

Water Sport (Lv. 11)

Starter
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Starter Turtwig

Turtwig

Absorb (Lv. 9)

Razor Leaf (Lv. 13)

Starter
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Monferno

Monferno

Mach Punch (Lv.14) Chimchar Evolution (Lv. 14)

Gym #2 – Eterna Gym

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Gym #2 Eterna Gym screenshot
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Players will find the second Gym in Eterna City.

After obtaining the Coal Badge from defeating Roark in Oreburgh, players should head back to Jubilife City to reach Route 204 South. Now that you have access to the Rock Smash HM, you can pass through the Ravaged Path to get to Route 204 North.

After reaching Route 205, Trainers will have to take a detour and fight Team Galactic at the Valley Windworks. After resolving the quest they can resume Route 205 until they hit the Eterna Forest. After clearing the woodlands, you will finally arrive at Eterna City – home of the second gym and its leader Gardenia.

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Gym Leader Gardenia

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Gym Leader Gardenia
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The Eterna City Gym Leader uses Grass-types.

Gardenia’s Team

Pokemon Type
 

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Cherrim

Cherrim (Lv. 19)

Grass
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Starter Turtwig

Turtwig (Lv. 19)

Grass
 

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Roserade

Roserade (Lv. 22)

Grass / Poison

How to beat Gardenia – weakness & counters

Gym Leader Gardenia mainly centers her team around Grass-types, so in order to swiftly beat her Trainers should be using Fire, Bug & Flying-type moves. Although not as common in the game so far, Poison-type is also potent.

Those who picked Chimchar are in for an easy fight, while the other two Starters will need to look for alternatives. Below we will list the best counters that will bring down the Gardenia Gym Leader in no time at all.

Pokemon Move Where to get
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Monferno

Monferno

Ember (Lv. 7)

Flame Wheel (Lv. 19)

Starter evolution
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Staravia

Staravia

Wing Attack (Lv. 9) Starly (Route 201, 202) evolution at Lv. 14

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Ponyta

Ponyta

Ember (Lv. 16)

Fire Spin (Lv. 25)

Route 211 (West Eterna City Exit)

Gym #7: Snowpoint Gym

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Snowpoint Gym
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The late-game Gym can be found in Snowpoint City.

After making it through the north path of Mt Coronet, Trainers will eventually find themselves on Route 216. Users need to then proceed to Route 217 which is being hammered with a blizzard.

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After trekking through the snow, you will eventually arrive at Snowpoint City where you will find its Gym Leader Candice. Prepare for a fight that involves Ice-type Pokemon.

Gym Leader Candice

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Snowpoint Gym Leader Candice
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The seventh Gym Leader focuses heavily on Ice-type ‘mon.

Candice’s Team

Pokemon Type
 

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Snover

Snover (Lv. 38)

Ice / Grass
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Sneasel

Sneasel (Lv. 40)

Dark / Ice
 

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Piloswine

Pilowswine (Lv. 40)

Ice / Ground
 

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Abomasnow

Abomasnow (Lv. 42)

Ice / Grass

How to beat Candice – weakness & counters

Predictably, the Snowpoint City Gym mainly centers around Ice-type Pokemon. However, since Candice also has dual-type characters with Ground and Dark, players should make sure to have some Fighting-type moves on hand to take on Sneasel and Piloswine.

Just like Eterna Gym, those who chose Chimchar as a Starter are going to sweep up easily as by level 40 they should have Infernape already which has both Fire and Fighting.

Pokemon Move Where to get
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Infernape

Infernape

Flame Wheel (Lv. 21)

Close Combat (Lv. 41)

Starter evolution
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Machoke

Machoke

Cross Chop (Lv. 40) Machop evolution: Route: 210-North, 211-East, 216, 216

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Rapidash

Rapidash

Fire Blast (Lv. 40) Ponyta Evolution: Route: 211 (West Eterna City Exit)

Make sure to check back as we will be adding the rest of the Gym Leaders once more information is revealed. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl hits stores on November 19th, 2021.

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While the Gen IV remakes are mostly faithful reimaginings, Studio ILCA has promised many new twists & turns.


For other Diamond & Pearl guides, check out these: All Rare Candy locations | Where to find Munchlax | Hardest Pokemon to catch in the Sinnoh region | Where to find Cresselia | How to find Heatran | How to get the National Pokedex