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Gym Leaders - Types & Weakness

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Check out this guide on the Pokemon Sword and Shield Gym Leaders. This includes list and their order, types, weaknesses, pokemon, recommended strategy, & Champion Cup rivals, and trainers!!!

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Gym Leaders - Types & Weakness

*Click on a Gym Leader to know their Pokemon, strengths, weaknesses, and how to beat them.

Gym LeaderMain Pokemon
MiloMiloGrass EldegossEldegoss
Catch Pokemon Lv Limit: 25
NessaNessaWater DrednawDrednaw
Catch Pokemon Lv Limit: 30
KabuKabuFire CentiskorchCentiskorch
Catch Pokemon Lv Limit: 35
Sword OnlyFighting
Catch Pokemon Lv Limit: 40
Shield OnlyGhost
Catch Pokemon Lv Limit: 40
OpalOpalFairy AlcremieAlcremie
Catch Pokemon Lv Limit: 45
Sword OnlyRock
Catch Pokemon Lv Limit: 50
Shield OnlyIce
Catch Pokemon Lv Limit: 50
PiersPiersDark ObstagoonObstagoon
Catch Pokemon Lv Limit: 55
RaihanRaihanDragon DuraludonDuraludon
Catch Pokemon of any level
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Champion Cup Opponent List

Champion Cup Opponents

OpponentMain Pokemon
Opposing Starter Pokemon
OleanaOleanaStory Event
BedeBedeFinals Round 1
NessaNessaFinals Round 2
Sword Only
Finals Round 3
Shield Only
Finals Round 3
RaihanRaihanFinals Round 4
Chairman RoseChairman RoseStory Event
LeonLeonChampionship Match
HopHopFinal Battle
(Outside Tournament)

Opposing Legendary Pokemon

What are Gym Battles?

Battle Gym Leaders for Badges

Battle Gym Leaders for Badges

Gym Battles are unique types of battles that you'll need to accomplish to progress the story. This is the only way to collect Gym Badges and increase the level cap of the Pokemon that you can capture and train.

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Each Gym Has A Unique Mission

Each Gym Has A Unique Mission

Instead of just letting you run through a gauntlet of Pokemon Battles, each Gym has their own set of unique missions or challenges to spice things up. Quickly solve and complete these mini-games to face the Gym Leader & progress through the story!

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Defeat Gym Leaders To Raise Capture Level

Defeat Gym Leaders To Increase Capture Level

In Pokemon Sword and Shield, you must defeat Gym Leaders for you to be able to capture stronger Pokemon in the field. Level up your Pokemon to defeat them so you can catch rarer & more powerful Pokemon!

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Gain Gym Uniforms For Winning

Gain Gym Uniforms For Winning

Defeating Gym leaders will not only reward you with Badges, but also uniforms of the gym's themes. Change into them at the dressing rooms of each Boutiques!

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Dynamax Battles In Gyms


Dynamax Battles are spectacular fights between two gigantic Pokemon. Most of these kind of fights in Pokemon Sword and Shield are held inside Gyms or Max Raid Battles.

Check Out The Dynamax Guide Here!

Rematch Gym Leaders After Beating The Game


Repeat It As Many Times As You Want

In the tournament, 3 trainers will face off against you in a row. These trainers include the Gym Leaders, Hop, & the Champion Leon. Successfully defeating them will reward you with items.

Recommended For Farming Exp And Money

This method gives you over 10,000 per battle, along with a lot of experience points. We recommend selecting Leon, as he will give you a lot of experience points.

Gym Leader Weakness & Counters

Easier to Find Weakness Due to Having a Common Type

It's easy to figure out the Type Weaknesses of Gym Leaders since their teams have a common type. Bring a Pokemon team that's strong against the gym's type with movesets that can dish out super effective damage!

Check Out the Type Effectiveness Chart Here

Can Have Multiple Weaknesses

There are gyms in the game that have multiple weaknesses. Try to bring a Pokemon of each type weakness of the Gym just in case they have a Pokemon that is strong against one of those you brought.

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