You're reaching the end of the Gym Challenge now, and it's time to begin the semi-finals. Speak to the man at the front desk who will check your gym badges, then get ready for the first fight against your ol' pal Marnie.
Marnie is the easiest fight you'll have at this stage of the game, because none of her Pokemon are particularly strong except for Grimmsnarl who she Gigantamaxes. She's a huge fan of Dark-type Pokemon, which are weak to Fighting, Bug, and Fairy-types so prep your party accordingly. The only exception to this is Toxicroak, but that's also weak to Fairy-types, so a Pokemon like Hatterene would be a great inclusion.
After you beat Marnie, you need to take on your best buddy Hop in the next fight.
As you've discovered with previous battles against Hop, he doesn't tend to have a favoured type. Make sure you include a Fighting-type or two to deal with Dubwool and Snorlax, and an Electric-type would go down well to deal with Corviknight and Inteleon. For Pincurchin, either brute force it with your strongest 'mon or include a Ground-type.
WARNING: Story spoilers for the end of the game from here on.
After seeing off Hop, you'll be expecting to fight Leon in the final next, right? Wrong, unfortunately. It's time to head to The Rose of the Rondelands Hotel with Hop, where you're meant to be meeting Leon for dinner, but he doesn't turn up. Suspicious.
Answer the camera crew's questions and watch the ensuing cutscene, then it's time to hunt down Oleana's league staff member who has the key to the tower.
When you arrive by the fountain and the league staff member is hiding for the first time, there's one clue you need to look for; his shades are darkened, as opposed to the other staff members having gold tints. You can find him for the first time stood facing the wall in the top-right corner. Tell him you already have the key and he'll turn around, ready to battle you.
Macro Cosmos's Eric
Beat him once and he'll run off again, this time to blend in with two people stood to the left of the fountain. Interact with him and fight him once more.
Macro Cosmos's Eric
After he runs off for the second time, you can find him inside the telephone box to the north-west.
Macro Cosmos's Eric
Dispose of Eric for the third time and he'll run off again, but this time to the train station. Simply watch the cutscene and Piers will come along to help you get the key back, at which point you can ascend the Rose Tower.
Items: Rose Tower
|TM93 Eerie Impulse|
Before you enter the base of Rose Tower, take a few minutes to explore the garden around the base as there's two items to be found, one in each corner along the top: Electric Seed and Cell Battery. Make sure you check behind the sign in the middle to grab TM93 Eerie Impulse too.
Head inside the tower and you'll be faced with a series of battles as you climb the tower in the elevator.
Macro Cosmos's Elijah
Macro Cosmos's Jane and Mateo (Duo)
Macro Cosmos's Kevin and Carla (Duo)
Macro Cosmos's Adalyn and Justin (Duo)
After the third duo fight, you'll reach the top of the tower. What a surprise, Rose's beloved assistant, Oleana, is there waiting for you. Of course, she wants to battle you too, so get ready.
Macro Cosmos's Oleana
With Oleana's team, make sure you've got a good Poison-type counter like a Ground or Psychic-type Pokemon, and a Fire-type or two would be handy to see off Tsareena and Froslass. For Milotic, anything Grass or Electric will do the job. Be prepared for her to Gigantamax her Garbodor too, which comes complete with a boat and a plane stuck in the side of it.
When you beat Oleana, you can finally reach Rose. There's no battle to be had here though; watch the cutscene then make your way back towards Wyndon Gym.
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