Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Guide: The Best Order To Beat Gyms

What is the best order to beat Gyms in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet? Check out our guide below to know the answer.

Posted By | On 24th, Nov. 2022

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The gym progression in the Pokémon franchise has been linear since the beginning. However, the system received a massive overhaul with the introduction of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

The game’s true open-world experience lets you challenge the gym battles in any order you want. Although there are limitations, such as the northern half of Paldea being inaccessible until you defeat Team Star’s Fire or Dark Crews.

So, not planning your progression early on will force you to dart back and forth in between locations. However, this guide helps you level efficiently and overcome all the gym battles in the most efficient way possible. Let’s begin.

Best Order to Beat Gyms and Pokémon Recommendations

GymGym Pokémon LevelGym Leader PokémonRecommended Pokémon Counters
Cortondo (Bug)14-15Nymble – Bug
 
Tarountula – Bug
 
Teddiursa – Normal, Bug Terastallize
Fletchling – Normal/Flying,
South Province (Area Two)
 
Starly – Normal/Flying,
South Province (Area Two)
 
Nacli – Rock,
South Province (Area Two)
Artazon (Grass)16-17Petilil – Grass
 
Smoliv – Grass/Normal
 
Sudowoodo – Rock, Grass Terastallize
Nymble – Bug,
South Province (Area Three)
 
Rookidee – Flying,
South Province (Area Three)
 
Squawkabilly – Normal/Flying,
South Province (Area Three)
Levincia (Electric)23-24Wattrel – Electric/Flying
 
Bellibolt – Electric
 
Luxio – Electric
 
Mismagius – Ghost, Electric Terastallize
Diglett – Ground,
East Province (Area Two)
 
Silicobra – Ground, East Province (Area Two)
 
Larvitar – Rock/Ground, (Scarlet only)
East Province (Area Two)
 
Rolycoly – Rock,
East Province (Area Two)
Cascarrafa (Water)29-30Veluza – Water/Psychic
 
Wugtrio – Water
 
Crabominable – Fighting/Ice, Water Terastallize
Capsakid – Grass, West Province (Area One)
 
Flaaffy – Electric,
West Province (Area Two)
 
Skiddo – Grass,
West Province (Area One)
Medali (Normal)35-36Komala – Normal
 
Dudunsparce – Normal
 
Staraptor – Flying/Normal, Normal Terastallize
Primeape – Fighting,
West Province (Area Three)
 
Breloom –  Grass/Fighting,
West Province (Area Three)
Montenevera (Ghost)41-42Mimikyu – Ghost/Fairy
 
Banette – Ghost
 
Houndstone – Ghost
 
Toxtricity – Electric/Poison, Ghost Terastallize
Greavard – Ghost,
Glaseado Mountain
 
Sneasel – Dark/Ice,
Glaseado Mountain
Alfornada (Psychic)44-45Farigiraf – Normal/Psychic
 
Espathra – Psychic 
 
Gardevoir – Psychic/Fairy 
 
Florges – Fairy, Psychic Terastallize
Banette – Ghost,
South Providence (Area Six)
 
Sableye – Ghost,
South Providence (Area Six)
 
Drifblim – Ghost/Flying,
South Providence (Area Six)
 
Deino – Dark/Dragon,
South Providence (Area Six)
Glaseado (Ice)47-48Frosmoth – Ice/Grass Type
 
Beartic – Ice Type
 
Cetitan – Ice Type
 
Altaria – Dragon/Flying Type, Ice Terastallize
Magneton – Electric/Steel, Glaseado Mountain
 
Crabominable – Fighting/Ice,
Glaseado Mountain
 
Bronzong – Steel/Psychic,
Glaseado Mountain

Tips for catching Pokémon for Gym Battles

  • Don’t forget Watchtowers – In addition to being a fast travel point, Watchtowers also provide a great view of the surrounding area. This lets you map out where your route and destination before you begin traveling. Towers also make it easier to visit remote locations in Paldea that are without any Pokémon Centers.
  • Province and Area are Pokémon level indicators – Area and Province numbers are indicators of trainer and Pokémon levels in any specific region. So, the Pokémon get stronger as you venture out further from Cabo Poco. That’s why Southern Province Pokémon are low-leveled compared to the North. Remember this when you go looking for Pokémon in the wild.
  • Use the new Let’s Go feature – The Let’s Go feature releases your leading Pokémon who then ventures out and explores the surroundings with you. They can engage in fights, and gather crafting items scattered all over the map.
  • Carry Pokémon Dolls – Due to the openworld nature of the game, you may end up facing wild Pokémon that significantly outlevel your team. Carry a few dolls every time you venture out into the wild so that you can escape tough battles.
  • Recharge Tera Orb – Terastallization is a new feature in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet that players are still getting used to. After Terastallization you’ll have to visit the PokeCenter to recharge the orb. So only use the ability when you’re within earshot of a Pokémon Center.

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