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How to Beat Team Star's Fighting Crew Leader, Eri

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Vincent Lau

This is a guide for defeating Eri, Boss of Team Star’s Fighting Crew in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. Eri is a mighty Fighting-type trainer so be prepared to bring some good counters with you!

You can battle Eri after completing the Star Barrage at the Fighting Crew’s base near North Province (Area Two), east from Glaseado Mountain.

Recommended Pokémon for Eri

Your Pokémon team should ideally be Level 55 or higher for this battle.

In general, your team should have plenty of Flying Flying, "Psychic" iconPsychic Psychic and Fairy Fairy types.

For a list of recommended Pokémon species, please refer to the previous page.

Eri of the Team Star

(1 of 2) As the final Team Star boss, Eri is plenty strong.

As the final Team Star boss, Eri is plenty strong. (left), "Toxicroak" IconToxicroak is here to annoy most Fairy types. (right)

Pokémon Level Type
"Toxicroak" IconToxicroak 55 Poison Poison Fighting Fighting
"Passimian" IconPassimian 55 Fighting Fighting
"Lucario" IconLucario 55 Fighting Fighting Steel Steel
Annihilape 56 Fighting Fighting Ghost Ghost
Revavroom (Caph Starmobile) 56 Fighting Fighting

First up is "Toxicroak" IconToxicroak. Keep your Fairy types away. "Psychic" iconPsychic Psychic types are very strong here, but make sure they can survive Sucker Punch, which has increased priority if you choose an attacking move. Otherwise, Flying Flying and Ground Ground are great.

Next may be "Passimian" IconPassimian. This is a pure Fighting type, so nothing too tricky. Flying Flying, "Psychic" iconPsychic Psychic and Fairy Fairy are all strong, but Flying types should be mindful of "Rock Tomb" iconRock Tomb.

"Lucario" IconLucario can be tricky, since it’s part Steel. The three standard counters all deal neutral damage here. Instead, Fire Fire, Fighting Fighting and Ground Ground are super-effective.

Annihilape is a new evolution of "Primeape" IconPrimeape, gaining the Ghost type. Flying Flying, "Psychic" iconPsychic Psychic and Fairy Fairy remain strong and you have the extra option of Ghost Ghost too. That said, Flying types should be careful of "Ice Punch" iconIce Punch and Ghosts are susceptible to Rage Fist.

(1 of 2) The Starmobile can use Shift Gears to up its Speed and Attack.

The Starmobile can use Shift Gears to up its Speed and Attack. (left), Each time the Starmobile is hit, its Defense will increase. (right)

Finally, Eri will send out her Caph Starmobile. It has the Stamina ability, which boosts its Defense stat when hit by an attack. We highly recommend fielding a special attacker, because if you let it stack Defense, it can get really bulky. Absolutely do not use any multi-hitting attacks like "Bullet Seed" iconBullet Seed.

For attacks, it can use Shift Gear to boost its Speed by two stages and Attack by one stage. Its signature attack is Combat Torque, a strong Fighting-type attack with a high chance to Paralyze. In addition, it can use High Horsepower, a strong Ground-type attack. Plus Spin Out, a strong Steel-type attack that lowers the user’s Speed.

The one thing you don’t want is for this fight to drag on. It’s easy for the Caph Starmobile to get tons of Defense boosts because of you attacking it, which will make it hard to defeat and give it more opportunities to use Shift Gear. Too many Shift Gears and your Pokémon will struggle to outspeed the Starmobile and likely get one-shot due to its boosted Attack.

If you have a special attacker, you can at least get around the Defense boosts. So it’s a matter of quickly finishing it off before it shifts gears too much. If push comes to shove, don’t hesitate to Terastallize to boost your damage output for your super-effective Pokémon.

Most "Psychic" iconPsychic Psychic types should do fine, since most resist Combat Torque and many are special attackers. Fairy Fairy types may need to be careful, if they’re susceptible to Spin Out. Flying Flying types should be careful too, as a lot more are physical attackers and some (if they’re also Normal, Ice, Rock or Steel) don’t resist Combat Torque.

After the Battle

After knocking Eri out of the ring, you’ll receive a Star Badge from her and TM167 "Close Combat" iconClose Combat. This teaches an extremely powerful Fighting-type attack that lowers the user’s defensive stats.

While leaving the base, Cassiopeia will call you again, unlocking additional TMs that you can craft at the TM Machine. Also, their helper will supply you with various Pokémon materials for crafting TMs.

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  • Publisher
    Nintendo, Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms,
    Switch
  • Guide Release
    17 November 2022
  • Last Updated
    6 December 2022
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