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How to Defeat Elite Four Flint

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Vincent Lau

This page explains how to defeat Elite Four Flint.

(1 of 2) Flint is the third trainer you must surpass.

Flint is the third trainer you must surpass. (left), He’s a Fire-type expert with only two Fire-types. (right)

Flint is the third member of Sinnoh’s Elite Four, who specializes in Fire-types… or he wishes, if Sinnoh had enough Fire-types! This will be fixed during his rematch though. For now, just smile and pretend not to notice.

Elite Four Flint

Pokémon Level Type
78.pngRapidash 58 pokemon_bdsp_fire17.png
208.pngSteelix 57 pokemon_bdsp_steel17.pngpokemon_bdsp_ground17.png
426.pngDrifblim 58 pokemon_bdsp_ghost17.pngpokemon_bdsp_flying17.png
428.pngLopunny 57 pokemon_bdsp_normal17.png
392.pngInfernape 61 pokemon_bdsp_fire17.pngpokemon_bdsp_fighting17.png

First up is Rapidash, which is one of only two Fire-types in Flint’s team. It can use Flame Charge for STAB and to boost its already high Speed, Iron Tail to hit Rock-types and Poison Jab just in case. It can also use Hypnosis to send your Pokémon to sleep. Take it out with Water or Ground-types if you can. Avoid hitting it directly due to Flame Body.

Steelix isn’t a Fire-type, but it’s weak to Water-types, which counts for something, maybe? This one can use Iron Tail for STAB, Thunder Fang to punish Water-types, Fire Fang to annoy opposing Steel-types and Crunch, because why not? Thanks to its Life Orb and Sheer Force, its attacks will hit hard, but we’d be surprised if it survived a single Water or Fire-type special move.

Drifblim is a lot of hot air…? Anyway, this ghoul can be extremely annoying with Minimize to boost its evasion, Strength Sap to lower your Attack and restore its health, Will-O-Wisp to burn (and lower your Attack) and Baton Pass to pass on its evasion boosts. Avoid physical attackers and use an Electric-type with Shock Wave (cannot miss) if you have one.

(1 of 2) Flint has a fully evolved Fire-type starter.

Flint has a fully evolved Fire-type starter. (left), Be wary of Infernape’s Focus Sash, which means it’ll likely survive one round. (right)

Lopunny has Fire Punch. Besides that, it can use High Jump Kick to damage Rock and Steel-types, Mirror Coat to bounce back damage from special moves and Quick Attack to sneak in a first strike. Naturally, Fighting-types are its bane. Otherwise, it’s not particularly strong.

Finally, Infernape is a honest-to-goodness Fire-type, as well as Fighting-type. It’s packing Fire Punch and Close Combat for STAB (the latter dealing massive damage, at the cost of its defenses), Thunder Punch to counter Water and Flying-types and Mach Punch to strike first. Note that it’s carrying a Focus Sash, which prevents it from being KO’d in one hit. We recommend answering with a Psychic or Ground-type.

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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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