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Gym Leader: Lt Surge
Pokemon: Electrode (Lv 47) Electrode (Lv 47) Magneton (Lv 47) Raichu (Lv 51) Electrabuzz (Lv 53)
Your average team level: Lv 50
Tactics: Lt Surge’s obsession with Electric types is a big weakness. As long as you have a solidly levelled Ground-type Pokemon you can clean up here very easily.
Gym Leader: Sabrina
Pokemon: Mr Mime (Lv 53) Espeon (Lv 53) Alakazam (Lv 55)
Your average team level: Lv 51
Tactics: As always, Psychic types can make for annoying battles. The main thrust of your attacks should revolve around Dark and Ghost types, though we also used a Bug type for good measure.
Gym Leader: Misty
Pokemon: Quagsire (Lv 49) Golduck (Lv 49) Lapras (Lv 52) Starmie (Lv 54)
Your average team level: Lv 52
Tactics: On the whole, Grass and Electric types are your best friends here – but watch out for Quagsire, as its added Ground classification makes it impervious to Electric attacks. To be safe then, stick with Grass.
Gym Leader: Janine
Pokemon: Weezing (Lv 44) Ariados (Lv 47) Arados (Lv 47) Crobat (Lv 47) Venomoth (Lv 50)
Your average team level: Lv 54
Tactics: Bring plenty of Antidotes to this party, just in case! Like the last battle though: a decent Fire type with a Flying type to act as cover will win out.
Gym Leader: Erika
Pokemon: Jumpluff (Lv 51) Tangela (Lv 52) Victreebel (Lv 56) Bellossom (Lv 56)
Your average team level: Lv 53
Tactics: Even though a good Fire type is the obvious key to victory, Erika’s Pokemon are no pushovers, especially Victreebel, so it’s wise to get a decent Flying or Psychic type into your team as cover.
Gym Leader: Brock
Pokemon: Ryhorn (Lv 51) Graveller (Lv 51) Kabutops (Lv 52) Omastar (Lv 53) Onix (Lv 54)
Your average team level: Lv 55
Tactics: This battle is much easier than it should be – a decent Grass and Water type will see off most of his team easily. You might like to bring an Electric type too, to cover Kabutops and Omastar.
Gym Leader: Blaine
Pokemon: Magmar (Lv 54) Magcargo (Lv 54) Rapidash (Lv 59)
Your average team level: Lv 57
Tactics: Against Fire and Rock, special Water attacks are key. It might be a good idea to use two to keep something in reserve, as Blaine has some powerful moves at his disposal.
Gym Leader: Blue
Pokemon: Gyarados (Lv 52) Exeggutor (Lv 55) Machamp (Lv 56) Arcanine (Lv 58) Rhydon (Lv 58) Pidgeot (Lv 60)
Your average team level: Lv 58
Tactics: A Trainer that likes to mix his Poke-types… Water and Fire types are a must. Fire for Exeggutor and a strong water type are key to both Rhydon and Arcanine. Use Electric attacks to see off Gyarados and that Lv 60 Pidgeot. Machamp can be nasty – so use a strong Psychic type.
Kanto Champion – Red
Pokemon: Lapras (Lv 80) Snorlax (Lv 82) Blastoise (Lv 84) Venusaur (Lv 84) Charizard (Lv 84) Pikachu (Lv 88)
Your average team level: Lv 72
Tactics: Like Blue, Red has a great mix of Pokemon types, which means you’ll need a well-raised team with a multitude of attack options. Don’t be scared of his Lv 88 Pikachu – it can certainly hit hard, but it’s no match for a good strong Physical attack. In fact, it’s possible to take him down with one hit of this type. The same applies for Snorlax – Physical will win out, especially as it has good resistance to elemental specials. Next up, make sure you have a strong Electric type – this will make light of two of Red’s team – his Lapras and his Blastoise. Finally, Venusaur will struggle against a Fire type with a decent defence. One golden rule to remember for this battle is to pack plenty of Full Heals, as many of Red’s team can knock you for 60-70% of your HP. Use your potions and be patient, as beating Red will bring you plenty of rewards in the end game.
Apr 2, 2010