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How to Defeat Elite Four Aaron

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Vincent Lau

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(1 of 2) Aaron is the first Elite Four member.

Aaron is the first Elite Four member. (left), He’s the Bug-type master. (right)

Aaron is the first member of Sinnoh’s Elite Four, specializing in Bug-types. You could be scared of bugs, but you might not consider them fearsome opponents. Well, time to re-evaluate that line of thought!

Elite Four Aaron

Pokémon Level Type
269.pngDustox 53 pokemon_bdsp_bug17.pngpokemon_bdsp_poison17.png
267.pngBeautifly 53 pokemon_bdsp_bug17.pngpokemon_bdsp_flying17.png
416.pngVespiquen 54 pokemon_bdsp_bug17.pngpokemon_bdsp_flying17.png
214.pngHeracross 54 pokemon_bdsp_bug17.pngpokemon_bdsp_fighting17.png
452.pngDrapion 57 pokemon_bdsp_poison17.pngpokemon_bdsp_dark17.png

To begin with, Aaron sends out Dustox, which evolves from Cascoon. It can use Light Screen to weaken your special moves, Toxic to cause deadly poison, Moonlight to restore HP and Bug Buzz for damage. It’s holding a Black Sludge, which slowly restores HP. It may use Toxic and then try to stall you out with Moonlight and its Black Sludge. End it quick with Fire, Flying or Rock-types.

Aaron also has a Beautifly, which evolves from Silcoon instead. This one can use Quiver Dance to greatly boost its Special Attack and Speed, then hit you with STAB Bug Buzz. Or Psychic/Shadow Ball. Do not give Beautifly the chance to use Quiver Dance; target it with Fire, Electric, Ice, Flying or Rock-types. Bonus points for Rock.

Vespiquen is an evolved female Combee. It can use Attack Order and Defend Order to boost its stats. Otherwise, it can attack with Aerial Ace or, after consuming its Sitrus Berry, Acrobatics. Compared to Beautifly, it’s much less of a threat. Smack it with the same type(s) used for Beautifly.

(1 of 2) Drapion is a mini menace if not handled correctly.

Drapion is a mini menace if not handled correctly. (left), Use a Ground-type Pokémon (or moves) to deal major damage. (right)

Heracross is a threat right off the bat, with great offensive stats and hard-hitting moves. Earthquake is a good all-rounder, while Rock Slide can cause annoying flinching if Heracross is faster. There’s also Brick Break to smash Reflect/Light Screen and Facade to deal major damage if suffering an ailment–dangerous combined with its Guts ability. Nothing is safe, but a fast Psychic or Fairy-type would be great here.

Finally, Aaron’s ace is Drapion, an evolved Skorupi. This one isn’t a bug, so keep that in mind. Its attacks include STAB Cross Poison and Night Slash, which have boosted critical thanks to its Scope Lens– and will hurt more due to its Sniper ability. It’s also carrying Earthquake and X-Scissor for coverage. Drapion’s only weakness is Ground. Regardless, avoid Psychic-types.

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Switch
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    29 October 2021
  • Last Updated
    24 January 2022
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This strategy guide for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl contains all the information Pokémon trainers will need to complete the game and catch every single Pokémon!

In this remake of the classic Pokémon Diamond & Pearl, you’ll journey through the mystical Sinnoh region to become a Pokémon master. Along the way, you’ll confront the scheming Team Galactic and witness the awesome power of the Legendary Dialga or Palkia.

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