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Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

How to Defeat the Masters Leaders (Single Battles)

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Staci Miller

When you enter the Masters part of the Battle Tower, you’ll have to face a leader every seventh battle. There are a variety of trainers you can face, with most of them being Gym Leaders. Here are their possible teams.

Tower Tycoon Palmer

You’ll be familiar with Palmer, as you’ll already have faced him in your 21st and 49th battle. Now, he has a combination of his possible teams.

They do, however, have different attacks and items to take note of. These Pokémon may come out in any order.

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Heatran.png Heatran 50 pokemonbdspfire17.png pokemonbdspsteel17.png Earth Power, Magma Storm, Dark Pulse, Flash Cannon FocusSash.png Focus Sash
Cresselia.png Cresselia 50 pokemonbdsppsychic17.png Lunar Dance, Thunder Wave, Moonlight, Ice Beam SitrusBerry.png Sitrus Berry
Dragonite.pngDragonite 50 pokemonbdspdragon17.png pokemonbdspflying17.png Dragon Dance, Outrage, Earthquake, Thunder Punch LumBerry.png Lum Berry

Roark

Roark is one of the possible gym leaders you’ll face. He uses a wide combination of Pokémon, but veers towards Rock/Ground-types — just as you might expect.

Possible Team One

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Aerodactyl.png Aerodactyl 50 pokemonbdsprock17.png pokemonbdspflying17.png Aerial Ace, Stone Edge, Earthquake, Iron Head LumBerry.png Lum Berry
Slowbro.png Slowbro 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png pokemonbdsppsychic17.png Scald, Grass Knot, Ice Beam, Slack Off Leftovers.png Leftovers
Tyranitar.png Tyranitar 50 pokemonbdsprock17.png pokemonbdspdark17.png Dragon Dance, Rock Slide, Crunch, Ice Punch FocusSash.png Focus Sash

Possible Team Two

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Tyranitar.png Tyranitar 50 pokemonbdsprock17.png pokemonbdspdark17.png Stealth Rock, Thunder Wave, Rock Tomb, Crunch ChopleBerry.png Chople Berry
Salamence.png Salamence 50 pokemonbdspdragon17.png pokemonbdspflying17.png Earthquake, Outrage, Zen Headbutt, Dragon Dance LumBerry.png Lum Berry
Rampardos.png Rampardos 50 pokemonbdsprock17.png Head Smash, Zen Headbutt, Earthquake, Iron Head LeftOvers.png Leftovers

Possible Team Three

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Lunatone.png Lunatone 50 pokemonbdsprock17.png pokemonbdsppsychic17.png Trick Room, Ice Beam, Grass Knot, Psychic FocusSash.png Focus Sash
Torkoal.png Torkoal 50 pokemonbdspfire17.png Eruption, Flamethrower, Solar Beam, Earth Power Charcoal.png Charcoal
Rampardos.png Rampardos 50 pokemonbdsprock17.png Head Smash, Zen Headbutt, Earthquake, Iron Head LifeOrb.png Life Orb

Gardenia

Gardenia is another potential battle. She favors Grass-types, of course, but does have a couple of Water and Fire-type based curveballs.

Possible Team One

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Breloom.png Breloom 50 pokemonbdspgrass17.png pokemonbdspfighting17.png Spore, Mach Punch, Bullet Seed, Rock Tomb FocusSash.png Focus Sash
Cradily.png Cradily 50 pokemonbdsprock17.png pokemonbdspgrass17.png Giga Drain, Leech Seed, Sludge Bomb, Stockpile LeftOvers.png Leftovers
Roserade.png Roserade 50 pokemonbdspgrass17.png pokemonbdsppoison17.png Leaf Storm, Sludge Bomb, Shadow Ball, Dazzling Gleam WhiteHerb.png White Herb

Possible Team Two

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Rotom.png Rotom 50 pokemonbdspgrass17.png pokemonbdspelectric17.png Thunderbolt, Leaf Storm, Volt Switch, Thunder Wave SitrusBerry.png Sitrus Berry
Milotic.png Milotic 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png Hypnosis, Ice Beam, Hydro Pump, Dragon Pulse LifeOrb.png Life Orb
Roserade.png Roserade 50 pokemonbdspgrass17.png pokemonbdsppoison17.png Leaf Storm, Sludge Bomb, Shadow Ball, Dazzling Gleam FocusSash.png Focus Sash

Possible Team Three

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Ninetales.png Ninetales 50 pokemonbdspfire17.png Flamethrower, Solar Beam, Will-o-wisp, Hex HeatRock.png Heat Rock
Rotom.png Rotom 50 pokemonbdspgrass17.png pokemonbdspelectric17.png Thunderbolt, Leaf Storm, Volt Switch, Trick ChoiceSpecs.png Choice Specs
Venusaur.png Venusaur 50 pokemonbdspgrass17.png pokemonbdsppoison17.png Giga Drain, Sleep Powder, Sludge Bomb, Earth Power BlackSludge.png Black Sludge

Maylene

Your next potential is Maylene, who tends towards the Fighting-type.

Possible Team One

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Breloom.png Breloom 50 pokemonbdspgrass17.png pokemonbdspfighting17.png Spore, Mach Punch, Bullet Seed, Rock Tomb FocusSash.png Focus Sash
Blaziken.png Blaziken 50 pokemonbdspfire17.png pokemonbdspfighting17.png Protect, Flare Blitz, Close Combat, Rock Slide LifeOrb.png Life Orb
Empoleon.png Empoleon 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png pokemonbdspsteel17.png Hydro Pump, Flash Cannon, Ice Beam, Grass Knot ChoiceScarf.png Choice Scarf

Possible Team Two

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Hitmontop.png Hitmontop 50 pokemonbdspfighting17.png Close Combat, Bulldoze, Bullet Punch, Fake Out SitrusBerry.png Sitrus Berry
Dragonite.pngDragonite 50 pokemonbdspdragon17.png pokemonbdspflying17.png Dragon Dance, Outrage, Earthquake, Thunder Punch LumBerry.png Lum Berry
Lucario.png Lucario 50 pokemonbdspfighting17.png pokemonbdspsteel17.png Focus Blast, Flash Cannon, Dark Pulse, Vacuum Wave FocusSash.png Focus Sash

Possible Team Three

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Infernape.png Infernape 50 pokemonbdspfire17.png pokemonbdspfighting17.png Overheat Stealth Rock, Fake Out, Close Combat FocusSash.png Focus Sash
Dragonite.pngDragonite 50 pokemonbdspdragon17.png pokemonbdspflying17.png Dragon Dance, Outrage, Earthquake, Thunder Punch LumBerry.png Lum Berry
Lucario.png Lucario 50 pokemonbdspfighting17.png pokemonbdspsteel17.png Close Combat, Extreme Speed, Meteor Mash, Ice Punch ShucaBerry.png Shuca Berry
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Wake

Next up on the list of potentials is Crasher Wake. Look out for his Water-based team — he even has a legendary in there.

Potential Team One

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Swampert.png Swampert 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png pokemonbdspground17.png Earthquake, Waterfall, Rock Tomb, Avalanche RindoBerry.png Rindo Berry
Suicune.png Suicune 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png Scald, Ice Beam, Calm Mind, Rest ChestoBerry.png Chesto Berry
Floatzel.png Floatzel 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png Aqua Jet, Waterfall, Ice Beam, Focus Blast Kingsrock.png King’s Rock

Potential Team Two

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Politoed.png Politoed 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png Scald, Ice Beam, Earth Power, Perish Song Damprock.png Damp Rock
Armaldo.png Armaldo 50 pokemonbdsprock17.png pokemonbdspbug17.png X-scissor, Stone Edge, Earthquake, Knock Off FocusSash.png Focus Sash
Ludicolo.png Ludicolo 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png pokemonbdspgrass17.png Hydro Pump, Energy Ball, Ice Beam, Focus Blast LifeOrb.png Life Orb
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Potential Team Three

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Pelipper.png Pelipper 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png pokemonbdspflying17.png Hydro Pump, Hurricane, Ice Beam, U-turn ChoiceScarf.png Choice Scarf
Scizor.png Scizor 50 pokemonbdspsteel17.png pokemonbdspbug17.png Bullet Punch, Quick Attack, Superpower, U-turn ChoiceBand.png Choice Band
Kingdra.png Kingdra 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png pokemonbdspdragon17.png Hydro Pump, Dragon Pulse, Hurricane, Flash Cannon LifeOrb.png Life Orb

Fantina

Fantina favors the Ghost-type Pokémon, which her teams very much reflect.

Potential Team One

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Shedinja.png Shedinja 50 pokemonbdspbug17.png pokemonbdspghost17.png Shadow Claw, Leech Life, Shadow Sneak, Night Slash FocusSash.png Focus Sash
Dusknoir.png Dusknoir 50 pokemonbdspghost17.png Pain Split, Curse, Will-o-wisp, Night Shade MagoBerry.png Mago Berry
Mismagius.png Mismagius 50 pokemonbdspghost17.png Shadow Ball, Mystical Fire, Thunderbolt, Nasty Plot BrightPowder.png Bright Powder

Potential Team Two

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Dusknoir.png Dusknoir 50 pokemonbdspghost17.png Pain Split, Curse, Will-o-wisp, Night Shade MagoBerry.png Mago Berry
Crawdaunt.png Crawdaunt 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png pokemonbdspdark17.png Knock Off, Crabhammer, Swords Dance, Aqua Jet SitrusBerry.png Sitrus Berry
Gengar.png Gengar 50 pokemonbdspghost17.png pokemonbdsppoison17.png Shadow Ball, Sludge Bomb, Icy Wind, Destiny Bond FocusSash.png Focus Sash

Potential Team Three

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Sableye.png Sableye 50 pokemonbdspdark17.png pokemonbdspghost17.png Will-o-wisp, Recover, Night Shade, Foul Play SitrusBerry.png Sitrus Berry
Spiritomb.png Spiritomb 50 pokemonbdspghost17.png pokemonbdspdark17.png Memento, Night Shade, Shadow Sneak, Hypnosis QuickClaw.png Quick Claw
Dragonite.png Dragonite 50 pokemonbdspdragon17.png pokemonbdspflying17.png Dragon Dance, Outrage, Earthquake, Thunder Punch LumBerry.png Lum Berry

Byron

Next comes Byron! He loves Steel-type Pokémon and yet, the legendary he has on his team isn’t even Steel-type.

Potential Team One

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Moltres.png Moltres 50 pokemonbdspfire17.png pokemonbdspflying17.png Mystical Fire, Hurricane, Will-o-wisp, Roost LaxIncense.png Lax Incense
Metagross.png Metagross 50 pokemonbdspsteel17.png pokemonbdsppsychic17.png Meteor Mash, Zen Headbutt, Earthquake, Agility SitrusBerry.png Sitrus Berry
Bastiodon.png Bastiodon 50 pokemonbdsprock17.png pokemonbdspsteel17.png Metal Burst, Heavy Slam, Earthquake, Stone Edge MagoBerry.png Mago Berry

Potential Team Two

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Scizor.png Scizor 50 pokemonbdspbug17.png pokemonbdspsteel17.png Bullet Punch, U-turn, Quick Attack, Thief ChoiceBand.png Choice Band
Pelipper.png Pelipper 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png pokemonbdspflying17.png Surf, Ice Beam, Hurricane, U-turn ChoiceScarf.png Choice Scarf
Aggron.png Aggron 50 pokemonbdsprock17.png pokemonbdspsteel17.png Metal Burst, Heavy Slam, Earthquake, Stone Edge MagoBerry.png Mago Berry

Potential Team Three

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Metagross.png Metagross 50 pokemonbdspsteel17.png pokemonbdsppsychic17.png Meteor Mash, Zen Headbutt, Ice Punch, Bullet Punch LumBerry.png Lum Berry
Scizor.png Scizor 50 pokemonbdspbug17.png pokemonbdspsteel17.png Bullet Punch, U-turn, Quick Attack, Thief ChoiceBand.png Choice Band
Heatran.png Heatran 50 pokemonbdspfire17.png pokemonbdspsteel17.png Magma Storm, Flash Cannon, Earth Power, Dragon Pulse FocusSash.png Focus Sash

Candice

The second last possible gym leader you can face as Candice. She, of course, loves her Ice-types!

Potential Team One

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Abomasnow.png Abomasnow 50 pokemonbdspgrass17.png pokemonbdspice17.png Blizzard, Giga Drain, Earth Power, Ice Shard IcyRock.png Icy Rock
Regice.png Regice 50 pokemonbdspice17.png Blizzard, Thunderbolt, Amnesia, Rest LeftOvers.png Leftovers
Cloyster.png Cloyster 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png pokemonbdspice17.png Shell Smash, Razor Shell, Icicle Spear, Rock Blast FocusSash.png Focus Sash

Potential Team Two

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Heatran.png Heatran 50 pokemonbdspfire17.png pokemonbdspice17.png Magma Storm, Flash Cannon, Earth Power, Dark Pulse ChoiceScarf.png Choice Scarf
Mamoswine.png Mamoswine 50 pokemonbdspice17.png pokemonbdspground17.png Earthquake, Icicle Spear, Rock Tomb, Ice Shard FocusSash.png Focus Sash
Glaceon.png Glaceon 50 pokemonbdspice17.png Freeze-dry, Shadow Ball, Ice Shard, Mirror Coat IcyRock.png Icy Rock

Potential Team Three

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Lapras.png Lapras 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png pokemonbdspice17.png Surf, Freeze-dry, Thunderbolt, Sheer Cold SitrusBerry.png Sitrus Berry
Mamoswine.png Mamoswine 50 pokemonbdspice17.png pokemonbdspground17.png Earthquake, Icicle Spear, Rock Tomb, Ice Shard FocusSash.png Focus Sash
Venusaur.png Venusaur 50 pokemonbdspgrass17.png pokemonbdsppoison17.png Giga Drain, Sludge Bomb, Sleep Powder, Synthesis BlackSludge.png Black Sludge

Volkner

The final gym leader you could possibly come up against is Volkner. He’ll put mostly Electric-type Pokémon up against you.

Potential Team One

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Rotom.png Rotom 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png pokemonbdspelectric17.png Hydro Pump, Thunderbolt, Volt Switch, Will-o-wisp JabocaBerry.png Jaboca Berry
Magnezone.png Magnezone 50 pokemonbdspelectric17.png pokemonbdspsteel17.png Thunderbolt, Volt Switch, Flash Cannon, Body Press CustapBerry.png Custap Berry
Luxray.png Luxray 50 pokemonbdspelectric17.png Volt Switch, Thunder Wave, Ice Fang, Wild Charge SitrusBerry.png Sitrus Berry

Potential Team Two

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Zapdos.png Zapdos 50 pokemonbdspelectric17.png pokemonbdspflying17.png Thunderbolt, Volt Switch, Heat Wave, Hurricane SitrusBerry.png Sitrus Berry
Gyarados.png Gyarados 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png pokemonbdspflying17.png Waterfall, Earthquake, Ice Fang, Dragon Dance LumBerry.png Lum Berry
Electivire.png Electivire 50 pokemonbdspelectric17.png Fire Punch, Ice Punch, Volt Switch, Wild Charge Magnet.png Magnet

Potential Team Three

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Zapdos.png Zapdos 50 pokemonbdspelectric17.png pokemonbdspflying17.png Thunderbolt, Volt Switch, Heat Wave, Hurricane ChoiceScarf.png Choice Scarf
Rotom.png Rotom 50 pokemonbdspelectric17.png pokemonbdspfire17.png Overheat, Thunderbolt, Volt Switch, Will-o-wisp SitrusBerry.png Sitrus Berry
Swampert.png Swampert 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png pokemonbdspground17.png Earthquake, Waterfall, Ice Punch, Counter LifeOrb.png Life Orb

Cynthia

The last leader you might face is the champion that gave you so much trouble before the postgame — Cynthia.

Potential Team One

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Lucario.png Lucario 50 pokemonbdspfighting17.png pokemonbdspsteel17.png Close Combat, Meteor Mash, Ice Punch, Bullet Punch LumBerry.png Lum Berry
Togekiss.png Togekiss 50 pokemonbdspfairy17.png pokemonbdspflying17.png Air Slash, Dazzling Gleam, Fire Blast, Grass Knot ChoiceScarf.png Choice Scarf
Garchomp.png Garchomp 50 pokemonbdspdragon17.png pokemonbdspground17.png Earthquake, Outrage, Stone Edge, Swords Dance FocusSash.png Focus Sash

Potential Team Two

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Togekiss.png Togekiss 50 pokemonbdspfairy17.png pokemonbdspflying17.png Thunder Wave, Air Slash, Roost, Mystical Fire LeftOvers.png Leftovers
Milotic.png Milotic 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png Scald, Icy Wind, Mirror Coat, Recover FlameOrb.png Flame Orb
Garchomp.png Garchomp 50 pokemonbdspdragon17.png pokemonbdspground17.png Outrage, Earthquake, Stone Edge, Poison Jab ChoiceBand.png Choice Band

Potential Team Three

Pokémon Level Type Attacks Held Item
Gastrodon.png Gastrodon 50 pokemonbdspwater17.png pokemonbdspground17.png Scald, Earth Power, Mirror Coat, Recover LeftOvers.png Leftovers
Lucario.png Lucario 50 pokemonbdspfighting17.png pokemonbdspsteel17.png Focus Blast, Flash Cannon, Dragon Pulse, Dark Pulse FocusSash.png Focus Sash
Garchomp.png Garchomp 50 pokemonbdspdragon17.png pokemonbdspground17.png Outrage, Earthquake, Stone Edge, Poison Jab ChoiceScarf.png Choice Scarf

How to Win

The Battle Tower is specifically designed so that no one team you could put together will be over-powered against the rest of the Tower. One team could work great for one leader, and be useless against the next.

However, there are some Pokémon that are highly recommended for use.

Gyarados has high defense stats and the Intimidate ability, and sending him out early will really help you. Tyranitar and Scizor are another couple of great Pokémon to put in a team, because Tyranitar has extremely high defense and Scizor has many different moves it can learn that can counter the other Pokémon.

Garchomp is another Pokémon often recommended for Battle Towers, but with the addition of Fairy-types, he can prove problematic.

The most important thing is to use Pokémon with a high defense stat and a wide range of moves. That way, you should be able to find counters for the other Pokémon and survive the moves that land on yours.

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  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms,
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    29 October 2021
  • Last Updated
    23 April 2022
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