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How to Defeat Gym Leader Fantina

Vincent Lau

Need help fighting Gym Leader Fantina? This page has strategies and tips to deal with her.

Fantina is the 5th Gym Leader, impatiently waiting at the end of Hearthome City Gym. Her specialty is scaring people with Maths, er, Ghost-type Pokémon.

Gym Leader Fantina

(1 of 2) Gym Leader Fantina.

Gym Leader Fantina. (left), It's time for your Ghost-type counters to shine! (right)

Pokémon Level Type
426.png"Drifblim" IconDrifblim 32 pokemonbdspghost17.pngpokemonbdspflying17.png
94.png"Gengar" IconGengar 34 pokemonbdspghost17.pngpokemonbdsppoison17.png
429.png"Mismagius" IconMismagius 36 pokemonbdspghost17.png

Fantina’s first Pokémon is "Drifblim" IconDrifblim. This spooky balloon can use Fly to disappear for a turn before attacking, Strength Sap to reduce your Attack and heal itself, Will-O-Wisp to burn and Hex for STAB (dealing more damage if you’re burned). Physical attackers should think twice before taking on "Drifblim" IconDrifblim. Go with Electric, Ice or Dark-types if possible.

Next, "Gengar" IconGengar is a fully evolved "Gastly" IconGastly. This one can use Shadow Claw and Sludge Bomb for STAB, Dazzling Gleam to poke fun at Dark-types and Confuse Ray to make your Pokémon dizzy. Also, it’s carrying a Colbur Berry to weaken one Dark attack. As you can see, the odds are stacked against Dark-types, although "Houndoom" IconHoundoom, "Skuntank" IconSkuntank and "Drapion" IconDrapion don’t care too much. Therefore, the safest bet is Ground-types.

(1 of 2) Fantina's "Mismagius" IconMismagius is equipped to deal with various threats.

Fantina's "Mismagius" IconMismagius is equipped to deal with various threats. (left), However there are certain Dark-types that it can't overpower. (right)

Lastly, Fantina’s ace is her "Mismagius" IconMismagius. Her’s can use Phantom Force to disappear for one turn before attacking, Magical Leaf because it looks cool, Dazzling Gleam like "Gengar" IconGengar and Confuse Ray to try and trip your Pokémon up. Annoyingly, there aren’t many safe ways to approach "Mismagius" IconMismagius, besides "Houndoom" IconHoundoom, "Skuntank" IconSkuntank or "Drapion" IconDrapion. You could field a different Dark-type, but make sure they have high HP.

After the Fight

Once you’ve shaken off Fantina’s ghouls, you’ll be rewarded with her Relic Badge. With this, you can use HM Surf outside of battle. Also, you’ll be given a stack of TM65 Shadow Claw.

When you exit the gym, Cynthia will grab your attention. Now that you can surf, you can visit Canalave City by traversing Route 218, via the west exit of Jubilife City.


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    29 October 2021
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    23 April 2022
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