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How to Defeat Grass Gym Leader Brassius (Rematch)

Vincent Lau

This is a guide for defeating Brassius, the Grass Gym Leader, during his rematch in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.

How to Rematch Brassius

Brassius's initial team was a rough sketch; now he'll reveal his finished painting!

You can rematch Brassius after completing the Area Zero story (after seeing the credits roll) and visiting the Director’s Office at Naranja/Uva Academy. Geeta will ask you to visit the eight gyms of Paldea in her place, as part of an inspection. During this time, you can challenge the gym leaders at their full power!

Recommended Pokémon for Brassius During His Rematch

Brassius is still a Grass type expert, so we recommend bringing Fire, Ice, Flying, Poison and Bug types.

His Pokémon are all Level 65-66, so your Pokémon should be Level 65+ to match.

If you’re looking for some artistic inspiration, here are some ideas:

  • The Level 75 Tera "Dragonite" IconDragonite at the far eastern edge of Paldea. High Level with exceptional Attack. You can use its "Hurricane" iconHurricane or relearn Wing Attack, which is weaker, but more accurate and runs off "Dragonite" IconDragonite’s superior Attack stat.
  • Chi-Yu, a Legendary Pokémon that’s Dark and Fire type, located in one of the sealed shrines.
  • Chien-Pao, a Dark and Ice Legendary, also found in one of the sealed shrines.
  • "Volcarona" IconVolcarona, a Bug and Fire type found in Area Zero.
  • "Venomoth" IconVenomoth, a Bug and Poison type found in Area Zero. Not super strong, but a decent back up option if you’re lazy.

What Pokémon does Brassius Use During His Rematch?

Pokémon Level Type
"Lilligant" IconLilligant 65 Grass Grass
"Breloom" IconBreloom 65 Grass Grass Fighting Fighting
"Tsareena" IconTsareena 65 Grass Grass
Arboliva 65 Grass Grass Normal Normal
"Sudowoodo" IconSudowoodo 66 Rock Rock (Tera Type: Grass Grass)


"Lilligant" IconLilligant is held back by poor move synergy.

Brassius has evolved his "Petilil" IconPetilil into a more capable Pokémon. His "Lilligant" IconLilligant can use Petal "Blizzard" iconBlizzard for Grass STAB (although it’s a physical move and "Lilligant" IconLilligant has poor Attack), "Hyper Beam" iconHyper Beam for big damage but requires recharging afterwards, "Light Screen" iconLight Screen to weaken your special moves and Quiver Dance to boost its Special Attack, Special Defense and Speed stats.

It’s a shame; if "Lilligant" IconLilligant was carry a special Grass move like "Energy Ball" iconEnergy Ball, it would be kind of scary with Quiver Dance. Instead, Quiver Dance only boosts "Hyper Beam" iconHyper Beam, which can be damaging but has a big drawback. Crush it with Fire, Ice, Flying, Poison or Bug types, especially physical attackers in case it sets up "Light Screen" iconLight Screen.


"Breloom" IconBreloom is a new addition to Brassius’s team. It’s carrying "Seed Bomb" iconSeed Bomb for Grass STAB, Mach Punch for Fighting STAB and increased priority, "Thunder Punch" iconThunder Punch to annoy Flying types and Spore for 100% accurate sleep. Its Effect Spore ability has a low chance of conferring a status ailment if a move makes contact.

Spore is probably the most annoying thing here, especially if "Breloom" IconBreloom outspeeds your Pokémon. If necessary, you could hold a "Chesto Berry" iconChesto Berry or "Lum Berry" iconLum Berry to cure sleep. Despite "Breloom" IconBreloom carrying "Thunder Punch" iconThunder Punch, Flying types are recommended for the quadruple damage. Fire, Poison, Psychic and Fairy types should also do well.


Chi-Yu can blaze through most of Brassius's team.

"Tsareena" IconTsareena is another new face. This one can use Trop Kick for Grass STAB and to lower your Attack, High Jump Kick to punch through Ice types (but will hurt "Tsareena" IconTsareena if it misses), "Zen Headbutt" iconZen Headbutt to mess up Poison types and "Play Rough" iconPlay Rough to mess with Dragon types etc. Its Queenly Majesty ability also negates priority moves like Quick Attack.

We suggest fielding a Fire, Flying or Bug type. Maybe a special attacker, if you’re concerned about Trop Kick (and if "Light Screen" iconLight Screen isn’t active).


Brassius has evolved his Smoliv as well. It can use "Energy Ball" iconEnergy Ball for STAB, Leech Seed to slowly steal HP from your Pokémon, "Grassy Terrain" iconGrassy Terrain to create a terrain effect that restores HP to all Pokémon touching the ground, while boosting their Grass moves, and Terrain Pulse to deal impressive Grass damage when "Grassy Terrain" iconGrassy Terrain is active. Its Seed Sower ability also generates "Grassy Terrain" iconGrassy Terrain when hit by an attack.

Arboliva isn’t too deadly since it’s slow. However, between "Grassy Terrain" iconGrassy Terrain and Seed Sower, it’s nigh guaranteed to create "Grassy Terrain" iconGrassy Terrain, which will probably benefit Brassius more than you. If Arboliva also uses Leech Seed, it can heal a lot from "Grassy Terrain" iconGrassy Terrain and Leech Seed! So aim to finish it quickly with super-effective Fire, Ice, Flying, Poison or Bug moves.

Terastallized Sudowoodo

Sturdy is a bit annoying, but it's only delaying the inevitable.

Like in his initial fight, Brassius will Terastallize his "Sudowoodo" IconSudowoodo so it becomes a Grass type. For attacks, it can use "Trailblaze" iconTrailblaze for Grass STAB and to boost its own Speed, "Stone Edge" iconStone Edge for Rock STAB and to counter Fire, Ice, Flying and Bug types, plus "Fire Punch" iconFire Punch and "Ice Punch" iconIce Punch for additional coverage. Its Sturdy ability also prevents OHKOs.

Only Poison types are safe, but "Sudowoodo" IconSudowoodo has never really been the scariest Pokémon, even if it’s all shimmery and crystal-like. Mainly because it’s super slow, even with "Trailblaze" iconTrailblaze.


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    Nintendo, Pokemon Company International
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    17 November 2022
  • Last Updated
    27 January 2023
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