Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver boss battle guide


Vermillion Gym
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.

Saffron Gym
Gym Leader:

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.

Cerulean Gym
Gym Leader:

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.

Fuchsia Gym
Gym Leader:

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.

Celadon Gym
Gym Leader:

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.

Pewter Gym
Gym Leader:

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.

Cinnabar Gym
Gym Leader:

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.

Viridian Gym
Gym Leader:

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.

Final Battle
Kanto Champion –

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




  • NeoKef - April 2, 2010 6:41 p.m.

    Wow, I don't remember having to level up that high to beat these guys. Hopefully the only problem will be the grind I need to do between the 7th and 8th gym leader.
  • gangjute8 - April 2, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    Love the new design for the Gym leaders, especially Brock. Anyway, good guide. I'll have to use this sometime.
  • MediocreDinosaur - April 2, 2010 6:52 p.m.

  • loonyman978 - April 2, 2010 6:55 p.m.

    Yikes, you only need to be level 42 to start the elite four?!! Im usually 95 plus. But thats only because I ONLY use the starter pokemon in fights. You can beat the entire game with four pokemon, using only one for battles and the rest for Hms
  • onewingedantista - April 2, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    @loonyman978: Your INSANE! @Brett: Whitney is a pushover if you trade for the Machop on lvl 5 of the goldenrod Mart.
  • TrigunGunner - April 2, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    The new Gym Leader designs are awesome!!
  • Cyberninja - April 2, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    i am badass enough to beat morty using only my normal pokemon all you have to do is use foresight and normal moves will be good enough to beat him.
  • hrvt_moon_fan - April 3, 2010 3:26 a.m.

    First. Who is Janine??? second...I LOVE Misty's new look. It'd be better if she still had the red suspenders tho.
  • noofer7 - April 3, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    @MediocreDinosaur Calm down dude. What's wrong with Brock being white? He's always been white.
  • Amatarasu - April 3, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    so you suggjest we change out pokemon randomly JUST for gym battles? also i hate how they absoloutly screw you with wild and trainer pokemon they are all 10 lvls less than the gym ones, forcing you to grind wiled pokemons
  • mubobi7593 - April 4, 2010 12:26 a.m.

    "Water or Electric for Forretress" >_> ...why not exploit its x4 weakness to fire? It IS a bug/steel after all...
  • TheotherRed - April 4, 2010 2:08 a.m.

    Hah Red was reasonably easy but only becouse I traded over my origonal team from pearl (Infernape,Garchomp,Abomasnow,Machamp,Luxray, Nidoking) which are all Lvl 100 and being that theyre the ones like the most it seemed fitting they should be given the legendary ribbon (you can only fight him once as far as I know).
  • big rudy - April 4, 2010 4:16 a.m.

    Sorry guys, but this guide really wasn't helpful for me. I could have figured all this stuff out before I even looked at the gym leader. And you said to use an electric type on steelix, steelix is a ground type.
  • theschwartzb - April 4, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    When the hell was Brock black? I always thought he just had a good tan.
  • legory - April 4, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    I beat Red with level 60 Pokemon. Damn, that was a hard 2 hours of full restores and revives.
  • Amatarasu - April 4, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    also, why the hell is blue the leader of viridian? wtf! were is giovani! Giovani! boss!, team rocket is back! were here!
  • Crabhand - April 4, 2010 7:39 p.m.

    In Gold/Silver Giovanni is replaced with Blue, since Team Rocket was kind of exposed in Red/Blue/Yellow.
  • McSpermie - April 5, 2010 4:04 a.m.

    I don't understand why all these people leave these condescending comments about how much better they are than you whenever you post something about pokemon (aka mubobi/big rudy). Good article none the less.
  • Doctalen - April 5, 2010 4:10 a.m.

    Why does your team have to be lvl 45 for the elite four? From what I remember from the originals silver and gold versions I got through them with 35-42ish lvl pokemon. About Red, DO NOT USE FULL HEALS, they are wasteful and useless. Use full restores they are the best medicine around. Recaptcha: by owned Is that appropriate or ironic?
  • McSpermie - April 5, 2010 5:49 a.m.

    @Doctalen They made the Elite Four a little more difficult, but you should make it through with lv.40-45 pokemon. On a side note I agree with you about full heals but full restores can be expensive...

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