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How to Beat the Fighting Crew in Scarlet & Violet

By
Vincent Lau

This is a guide for defeating Team Star’s Fighting Crew in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. We go into detail about where exactly you can find their base, the best way to reach the base and when you should take on the task of fighting Team Star’s Fighting Crew and their leader, Eri.

Where is the Fighting Crew Located?

(1 of 2) The Fighting Crew's base is near the north-east boundary of Paldea.

The Fighting Crew's base is near the north-east boundary of Paldea. (left), The location of their base on the map. (right)

Team Star’s Fighting Crew is located at the north-east corner of Paldea, near North Province (Area 2).

Best Way to Reach the Fighting Crew

The Fighting Crew’s base is kind of far away from most points of interest.

If you obtained the Climb ability, from the Dragon Titan, you don’t really need a guide at this point. Simply open the in-game map, navigate here, set it as your destination, then dash and climb your way there.

Otherwise, if you don’t have Climb, it’s a bit tricker.

If you’ve beaten the Ice Gym or at least visited, you should begin your journey from there. Simply head east, down the mountain. When the snowy part ends, there’s a watchtower you can stop by at. After that, keep going east, downhill, towards the Pokémon Center at North Province (Area One).

Next, go around from the south, to reach North Province (Area Two) where the bamboo trees are. From there, travel north-west towards the next Pokémon Center. The Fighting Crew’s base is located a short distance east.

If you haven’t visited the Ice Gym, make your way there first!

When to Fight the Fighting Crew?

We recommend fighting the Fairy Crew when your Pokémon are above Level 55. Also, since your opponents favor Fighting Fighting type Pokémon, you’ll want multiple Pokémon that can handle them in your team.

Recommended Pokémon for the Fighting Crew

Generally speaking, Flying Flying, "Psychic" iconPsychic Psychic and Fairy Fairy Pokémon are the best medicine to deal with Fighting-types. Ghost Ghost are also good because they’re immune to Fighting moves.

(1 of 2) If you're unsure about your team…

If you're unsure about your team… (left), There are plenty of strong Pokémon you can catch. (right)

Here are some suggestions:

Attacking the Fighting Crew’s Base

Like usual, approach the barricade to trigger a cutscene. If you decide to fight, your opponent will be a friend of the leader.

Carmen of the Team Star

(1 of 2) Carmen isn't just any old Grunt, although she is.

Carmen isn't just any old Grunt, although she is. (left), Oh no, did you send out a Fairy? (right)

Pokémon Level Type
"Croagunk" IconCroagunk 54 Poison Poison Fighting Fighting
"Primeape" IconPrimeape 55 Fighting Fighting

Don’t lead with a Fairy; instead, go with a Flying Flying or "Psychic" iconPsychic Psychic type. Ground Ground also works.

Against "Primeape" IconPrimeape, all three counters work: Flying Flying, "Psychic" iconPsychic Psychic and Fairy Fairy.

When you regain control, ring the door bell when you’re ready to properly begin the raid.

Star Barrage

Most likely you know all about Star Barrages, but just in case…

In a Star Barrage, you must defeat opposing Pokémon by auto-battling with Joy-Con-R. Simply press the button to throw your Pokémon; it will then attack whatever is in front. You can send out up to three Pokémon simultaneously.

(1 of 2) The layout of this base is more linear than the rest.

The layout of this base is more linear than the rest. (left), It's no problem if you reach the end, the Pokémon don't stop coming. (right)

If your Pokémon take damage, you can speak to Clive to heal your Pokémon. If any get knocked out and you’ve ran out of "Revive" iconRevives, look for a vending machine. Finally, if it’s not looking good, you can press Joy-Con-ButtonY to give up.

You’ll lose the Star Barrage if all of your Pokémon are KO’d or you run out of time before defeating the required amount of Pokémon. On this occasion, you have 10 minutes to defeat 30 Pokémon.

Team Star Grunts should send out their Pokémon when you’re relatively close. After beating up those Pokémon, keep moving, in search of other grunts. There should be more than enough Pokémon and more than enough time. We managed to clear within 2 minutes.

Here are the Pokémon we encountered:

Image Pokémon Type
Gallade "Gallade" IconGallade "Psychic" iconPsychic Psychic Fighting Fighting
Crabominable "Crabominable" IconCrabominable Fighting Fighting Ice Ice
Hawlucha "Hawlucha" IconHawlucha Fighting Fighting Flying Flying
Toxicroak "Toxicroak" IconToxicroak Poison Poison Fighting Fighting
Medicham "Medicham" IconMedicham Fighting Fighting "Psychic" iconPsychic Psychic
pokemonsvspriteflamigo.png Flamigo Flying Flying Fighting Fighting
Passimian "Passimian" IconPassimian Fighting Fighting
Mankey "Mankey" IconMankey Fighting Fighting
Primeape "Primeape" IconPrimeape Fighting Fighting
Breloom "Breloom" IconBreloom Grass Grass Fighting Fighting
Hariyama "Hariyama" IconHariyama Fighting Fighting
Falinks "Falinks" IconFalinks Fighting Fighting

Against "Gallade" IconGallade or "Medicham" IconMedicham, "Psychic" iconPsychic is OK. Flying Flying and Fairy Fairy are still great. Ghost Ghost also deserves a shout out.

Versus "Crabominable" IconCrabominable, the three counters remain the superior choice: Flying, "Psychic" iconPsychic Psychic and Fairy Fairy. However, Flying should be somewhat careful.

If there’s a "Hawlucha" IconHawlucha or Flamigo blocking your way, the three counters still work. But you also have the extra option of Electric Electric.

For "Toxicroak" IconToxicroak, Fairy is merely OK. Smash it with Flying Flying, "Psychic" iconPsychic Psychic or Ground Ground.

Meanwhile, if you stumble upon a "Breloom" IconBreloom, you can rely on the same three counters or shake things up with some Fire Fire.

Anything else on the list, they’re pure Fighting-types so stick with the good old three: Flying, "Psychic" iconPsychic Psychic and Fairy Fairy

After taking out the trash, the leader of the Fighting Crew will show their face again.

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  • Publisher
    Nintendo, Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms,
    Switch
  • Guide Release
    17 November 2022
  • Last Updated
    27 January 2023
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