Dragon type Pokémon are almost always the final type you’ll need to deal with, incredibly powerful creatures they are not weak to many attacks and can deal damage by the truck load.
Need to Train?
Route 10 to the north, or the grass outside Shopping Mall Nine on Route 9 are your best bets if you need to boost your party’s abilities.
If you’re after an effective Pokémon then this one will take some extra boosting. The little bear found in Twist Mountain, little Cubchoo, are found at Level 28-ish which is good enough to battle the opponents on Route 9.
The best way to ‘boost’ an Ice type is to partake in the Battle House and give it a Lucky Egg, all the exp, none of the stress. Level your Cubchoo up until it evolves into Bearctic and it should walk through this gym like a flaming knife through butter.
Speak to the guide to receive… a Fresh Water , yay! This gym is all show, the ‘puzzle’ is little more than fancy window dressing. That said, there are a lot of fights before you’ll tackle the gym’s leader. Head forward to find your first fight.
Trainer Battle 1
Head right across the thin walkway then right when it splits till you come to…
Trainer Battle 2
Hop off your walkways and hit the button. Run up along the head of the dragon and follow the walkway round to find…
Trainer Battle 3
Hop off and hit the button here then run up the dragon’s neck again, follow this walkway around until you encounter another trainer.
Trainer Battle 4
Continue along the walkway, hop off onto the button, and follow the junction down this time where you’ll soon meet…
Trainer Battle 5
Run left and follow the route north, taking a right in order to hop off and on to a button. Now run up the dragon’s neck and follow the route round, you’ll need to take a narrow walkway downward past…
Trainer Battle 6
Follow the path down, eventually hitting yet another switch, this messes things up however. Head north, back to where you where before, and hit the switch again. Now follow the dragon’s head south and upward to meet…
Trainer Battle 7
Run right and hit the button, now follow the dragonhead upward and right, take the linear path and you’ll soon have to fight…
Trainer Battle 8
Run up until you hop over an arrow then hang a left and jump off onto a switch opening the path to the Gym Leader him/herself!
Gym Leader Drayden/Iris
Depending which version of Pokémon you are playing, you’ll fight either an old man or a little girl, however this doesn’t change anything about the fight aside from the leader’s sprite and dialogue, the Pokémon used are essentially identical.
The main problem point in this fight is the move Dragon Tail , which will force you to switch Pokémon against your will. If this happens, go for damaging attacks as the worst thing would be to send out your Ice type in to a Dragon Dance it can’t do anything about.
Haxorus is a beast, so ensure your chosen warrior is at least his Level, he’s fast and has a high attack stat to boot.
Go in prepared however, and you should be able to take down your eighth gym leader. Receive your badge and you’ll also get TM82 Dragon Tail for your efforts, you’ve now got a full compliment of badges and can take on the Pokémon league themselves! Well done!
Take the teleporter behind the leader, exit, and get ready for the final leg of your journey…
Outside, you’ll meet the professor again who’ll point you in the direction of the Pokémon League and also give you a Master Ball . This is a Poké Ball that will capture any creature at any time, no matter its health, so keep it safe and don’t waste it on a Patrat.