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How to Beat Elite Four Larry

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Vincent Lau

This page details how to beat the third of the Elite Four, Larry. This is a part of the Pokémon League’s Champion Assessment and comes at the end of the Victory Road Walkthrough.

Poor Larry, working a second job here.

Below you’ll find information on Larry’s Pokémon and what Pokémon you should bring in to counter his!

Recommended Pokémon for Elite Four Larry

Larry used Normal types as a Gym Leader, but now specializes in Flying types. Electric, Ice and Rock types are recommended for this version of Larry.

His Pokémon are around Level 59, but you should aim to bring Pokémon of around Level 60+ into the fight, as the Elite Four will become higher levelled as you go through the ranks.

Here are some suggestions:

  • The Level 75 Tera "Lucario" IconLucario found in Dalizapa Passage, in the underground tunnel. High Level and has "Ice Punch" iconIce Punch. None of the three recommended types normally, but can Terastallize into Ice if needed (we didn’t need to).
  • "Eelektross" IconEelektross, an Electric type. You can find a Level 65 Tera on a small isle near the far north-east. It’s slow, so mainly useful as backup, not for sweeping.
  • "Drednaw" IconDrednaw, a Water and Rock type. There’s a Level 65 Tera at Casseroya Lake.
  • The Level 60 Tera "Raichu" IconRaichu on an island near Porto Marinada. If you want a faster Electric type and lazy to train one.

What Pokémon does Elite Four Larry have?

Pokémon Level Type
"Tropius" IconTropius 59 Grass Grass Flying Flying
"Oricorio" IconOricorio (Pom-Pom) 59 Electric Electric Flying Flying
"Altaria" IconAltaria 59 Dragon Dragon Flying Flying
"Staraptor" IconStaraptor 59 Normal Normal Flying Flying
Flamigo 60 Flying Flying Fighting Fighting (Tera Type: Flying Flying)

Tropius

"Tropius" IconTropius is exceptional weak to Ice (4x damage).

First up is "Tropius" IconTropius, which is Grass and Flying. It can use STAB "Solar Beam" iconSolar Beam and "Air Slash" iconAir Slash, although the former needs 1 turn to charge. It’s also got "Dragon Pulse" iconDragon Pulse for coverage and "Sunny Day" iconSunny Day to boost its Speed via its Chlorophyll ability and allow "Solar Beam" iconSolar Beam to skip the charging turn.

Ice types are its bane, dealing an incredible 4x damage. Next! Otherwise, Fire is great, especially if it’s dumb enough to use Sunny Day, boosting your Fire damage. Rock also works, although it’s weak to Grass–however, you won’t get hit by "Solar Beam" iconSolar Beam until turn 2 at the earliest.

Oricorio

"Oricorio" IconOricorio is difficult to predict without prior knowledge, since there are four forms, each with a different type. But spoilers: this one is the Electric Pom-Pom Style form. It’s carrying Revelation Dance and "Air Slash" iconAir Slash for STAB, "Icy Wind" iconIcy Wind to lower your Speed and Teeter Dance to confuse.

Ice and Rock types will reign supreme here. Teeter Dance is probably the most annoying thing, making your Pokémon hurt themselves and waste time. Don’t use any moves that end with “Dance” yourself or "Oricorio" IconOricorio will copy it!

Altaria

Using a Dragon against "Altaria" IconAltaria is somewhat risky, unless they're really strong.

This Dragon and Flying type can use "Dragon Pulse" iconDragon Pulse for STAB, Moonblast to deter Dragon types, "Flamethrower" iconFlamethrower to pester Ice types and "Ice Beam" iconIce Beam for general coverage.

Similar to "Tropius" IconTropius, "Altaria" IconAltaria takes 4x damage from Ice. So that’s an easy win, if you have an Ice type Pokémon or Ice type moves. Fairy and Rock types are good as well, especially Fairy since they’re immune to "Dragon Pulse" iconDragon Pulse.

Staraptor

This fully evolved early-game bird can be slightly bothersome if you under-estimate it. For starters, its Intimidate ability will low your Attack. So be wary if using a physical attacker. It also has strong moves in "Brave Bird" iconBrave Bird, "Close Combat" iconClose Combat and "Facade" iconFacade–the latter deals big damage if you inflict a status ailment on "Staraptor" IconStaraptor. It also has "Thief" iconThief to steal items.

Electric types are best, since Rock and Ice are weak to "Close Combat" iconClose Combat.

Terastallized Flamigo

Electric types are best for handling Flamigo.

Larry’s final Pokémon is Flamigo, which he’ll instantly Terastallize. It will change into a pure Flying type, boosting its Flying attacks and retaining its Fighting type STAB.

For attacks, it can use "Brave Bird" iconBrave Bird for massive damage, "Close Combat" iconClose Combat to demolish Rock and Ice types, Throat Chop to disable sound-based moves (like Skeledirge’s Torch Song) and "Liquidation" iconLiquidation for additional coverage.

Also note that Flamigo has the Scrappy ability, so it can hit Ghost types with Close Combat. But it’s got Throat Chop to whack Ghosts anyway.

Again, Electric types will perform the best here, since they’re super-effective and resist "Brave Bird" iconBrave Bird. But be careful if they’ve accumulated damage throughout the battle.

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