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Pokemon Sword and Shield Gym Leaders: Who they are and how to beat them all

Pokemon Sword and Shield Gym Leaders - Gym Challenge Semi-Finals

Now you've beaten the eight Gym Leaders required, you'll move into the semi-finals, where you'll need to beat your two main rivals – Marnie and Hop. They're more powerful than before but will have a familiar party of Pokemon. 

1. Marnie

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Liepard - Lv. 47
Type:
Dark
Weakness: Ice, Fairy, Rock
Will it Dynamax?: No

Scrafty - Lv. 47
Type:
Fighting / Dark
Weakness: Fighting, Flying, Fairy
Will it Dynamax?: No

Toxicroak - Lv. 47
Type
: Poison / Fighting
Weakness: Psychic, Flying, Ground
Will it Dynamax?: No

Morpeko - Lv. 48
Type:
Electric / Dark
Weakness: Fairy, Psychic, Ghost
Will it Dynamax?: No

Grimmsnarl - Lv. 49
Type:
Dark / Fairy
Weakness: Steel, Fairy
Will it Dynamax?: Yes

2. Hop

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Dubwool - Lv. 48
Type
: Normal
Weakness: Fighting
Will it Dynamax?: No

Pincurchin - Lv. 47
Type:
Electric
Weakness: Ground
Will it Dynamax?: No

Corviknight - Lv. 48
Type:
Flying / Steel
Weakness: Electric, Fire
Will it Dynamax?: No

Snorlax - Lv. 47
Type:
Normal
Weakness: Fighting
Will it Dynamax?: No

Inteleon - Lv. 49
Type:
Water
Weakness: Grass, Electric
Will it Dynamax?: Yes

Pokemon Sword and Shield Gym Leaders - Gym Challenge Finals

Next up is the Finals - you're getting close! - which is where you'll have to beat some of the Gym Leaders again. Only this time, they've rocked up with more Pokemon, all more powerful than ever before. Thankfully, it's in heats, so you'll only have to battle two of the Gym Leaders, but it seems like it's random, so we'll outline what each of the Pokemon Sword and Shield Gym Leaders will have in their parties for the rematches. 

Bede

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A surprise challenger, but a challenger none the less!

Mawile - Lv. 51
Type:
Fairy / Steel
Weakness: Ground, Fire
Will it Dynamax?: No

Gardevoir - Lv. 51
Type:
Psychic / Fairy
Weakness: Steel, Poison, Ghost
Will it Dynamax?: No

Galarian Rapidash - Lv. 52
Type:
Psychic / Fairy
Weakness: Steel, Poison, Ghost
Will it Dynamax?: No

Hatterene - Lv. 53
Type:
Psychic / Fairy
Weakness: Steel, Poison, Ghost
Will it Dynamax?: Yes

Milo - The Grass Gym Leader

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Shiftry - Lv. 60
Type:
Grass / Dark
Weakness: Fire, Fighting, Poison, Ground, Flying, Rock, Fairy
Will it Dynamax?: No

Eldegoss - Lv. 60
Type:
Grass
Weakness: Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison, Bug
Will it Dynamax?: No

Bellossom - Lv. 61
Type:
Grass
Weakness: Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison, Bug
Will it Dynamax?: No

Cherrim - Lv. 61
Type: Grass
Weakness: Fire, Flying, Ice, Poison, Bug
Will it Dynamax?: No

Flapple - Lv. 62
Type: Grass / Dragon
Weakness: Ice, Poison, Flying, Bug, Dragon, Fairy
Will it Dynamax?: Yes

Nessa - The Water Gym Leader

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Golisopod - Lv. 51
Type:
Bug / Water
Weakness: Flying, Rock, Electric
Will it Dynamax?: No

Barraskewda - Lv. 52
Type: Water
Weakness: Electric, Grass
Will it Dynamax?: No

Seaking - Lv. 52
Type:
Water
Weakness: Grass, Electric
Will it Dynamax?: No

Pelipper - Lv. 51
Type:
Water / Flying
Weakness: Rock, Electric
Will it Dynamax?: No

Drednaw - Lv. 53
Type
: Water / Rock
Weakness: Electric, Grass, Fighting, Ground
Will it Dynamax?: Yes

Kabu - The Fire Type Gym Leader

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Torkoal - Lv. 60
Type:
Fire
Weakness: Water, Ground, Rock
Will it Dynamax?:
No

Ninetails - Lv. 60
Type: Fire
Weakness: Water, Ground, Rock
Will it Dynamax?: No

Arcanine - Lv. 61
Type
: Fire
Weakness: Water, Ground, Rock
Will it Dynamax?: No

Salazzle - Lv. 61
Type
: Fire / Poison
Weakness: Water, Ground, Rock, Psychic
Will it Dynamax?: No

Centiskorch - Lv. 62
Type: Fire / Bug
Weakness: Water, Ground, Rock
Will it Dynamax?: Yes

Allister - The Ghost Gym Leader (Pokemon Shield)

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Dusknoir - Lv. 52
Type:
Ghost
Weakness: Ghost, Dark
Will it Dynamax?: No

Polteageist - Lv. 53
Type
: Ghost
Weakness: Ghost, Dark
Will it Dynamax?: No

Chandelure - Lv. 52
Type
: Ghost / Fire
Weakness: Water, Ground, Rock, Ghost, Dark
Will it Dynamax?: No

Galarian Corsola aka Cursola - Lv. 53
Type
: Ghost
Weakness: Dark, Ghost
Will it Dynamax?: No

Gengar - Lv. 54
Type:
Ghost
Weakness: Ghost, Dark, Psychic
Will it Dynamax?: Yes

Bea - The Fighting Gym Leader (Pokemon Sword)

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Hawlucha - Lv. 60
Type:
Fighting / Flying
Weakness:
Will it Dynamax?: No

Grapploct - Lv. 60
Type
: Fighting
Weakness: Psychic, Flying, Fairy
Will it Dynamax?: No

Sirfetch'd - Lv. 61
Type:
Fighting
Weakness:
Psychic, Flying, Fairy
Will it Dynamax?: No

Machamp - Lv. 62
Type:
Fighting
Weakness:
Psychic, Flying, Fairy
Will it Dynamax?
: No

Melony - The Ice Gym Leader

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Frosmoth - Lv. 60
Type:
Ice / Bug
Weakness:
Will it Dynamax?: No

Mr. Rime - Lv. 60
Type:
Psychic / Ice
Weakness: Fire, Bug, Rock, Ghost, Dark, Steel
Will it Dynamax?: No

Eiscue - Lv. 61
Type:
 Ice
Weakness: Fighting, Fire, Rock, Steel
Will it Dynamax?: No

Darmanitan - Lv. 61
Type
: Ice
Weakness: Fighting, Fire, Rock, Steel
Will it Dynamax?: No

Lapras - Lv. 62
Type: Water / Ice
Weakness:
Electric, Grass, Fighting, Rock
Will it Dynamax?
: Yes

Gordie - The Rock Gym Leader

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Barbaracle - Lv. 60
Type: Rock / Water
Weakness:
Will it Dynamax?:
No

Shuckle - Lv. 60
Type: Bug / Rock
Weakness:
Electric, Rock, Steel
Will it Dynamax?:
No

Stonjourney - Lv. 61
Type:
Rock
Weakness:
Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel, Water
Will it Dynamax?:
No

Tyranitar - Lv. 61
Type:
Rock / Dark
Weakness:
Water, Grass, Fighting, Ground, Psychic, Steel, Fairy
Will it Dynamax?:
No

Coalossal - Lv. 62
Type: Rock / Fire
Weakness: Water, Fighting, Ground
Will it Dynamax?: Yes

Raihan - The Dragon Gym Leader

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Torkoal - Lv. 53
Type:
Fire
Weakness: Water, Ground, Rock
Will it Dynamax?: No

Turtonator - Lv.54
Type:
Fire / Dragon
Weakness: Ground, Rock, Dragon
Will it Dynamax?: No

Goodra - Lv. 54
Type
: Dragon
Weakness: Ice, Dragon, Fairy
Will it Dynamax?: No

Flygon - Lv. 54
Type:
Ground / Dragon
Weakness: Ice, Fairy, Dragon
Will it Dynamax?: No

Duraludon - Lv. 55
Type:
Steel / Dragon
Weakness: Ice, Fairy
Will it Dynamax?: Yes

Pokemon Sword and Shield Gym Leaders - Gym Challenge Champion

Leon - The Unbeaten Champion

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Aegislash - Lv. 62
Type:
Steel / Ghost
Weakness: Ground, Ghost, Fire, Dark
Will it Dynamax?: No

Haxorus - Lv. 63
Type:
Dragon
Weakness: Ice, Dragon, Fairy
Will it Dynamax?: No

Seismitoad - Lv. 64
Type:
Water / Ground
Weakness: Grass
Will it Dynamax?: No

Cinderace - Lv. 64
Type:
Fire
Weakness: Water, Rock, Ground
Will it Dynamax?: No

Dragapult - Lv. 62
Type:
Dragon / Ghost
Weakness: Ice, Ghost, Dragon, Dark, Fairy
Will it Dynamax?: No

Charizard - Lv. 65
Type:
Fire
Weakness: Water, Rock, Ground
Will it Dynamax?: Yes

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