Becoming The Champ

Beating each gym leader and getting their badge is proof of your skill as a Pokémon trainer.

One of your primary goals in X/Y is to become the Pokémon Champion . This is done by beating the Elite Four; four extremely talented trainers and then the current residing Champion. To be able to face them however, you must defeat the eight Gym Leaders in your region, the Kalos region.

They are spread out among various cities and you must travel to find, meet and challenge them. If you beat one, they present you with a Gym Badge. Having all eight Gym Badges grants you the right to face the Elite Four. This task isn’t easy and will take many hours to achieve; but will progress naturally along with the rest of the storyline.

Gotta Catch Them All!

Besides wanting to be the very best, another key goal is catching as many Pokémon as possible, in a bid to complete your Pokédex. In Kalos alone, there are over 300 Pokémon and, throughout the six generations of Pokémon, there are slightly over 700 Pokémon in the National Pokédex, so it’s by no means an easy feat…

However thanks to the wonders of the internet, it’s now easier than ever to get the Pokémon you want. Just try to be smart with your trades (i.e. refrain from offering a lowly "Pidgey" IconPidgey for a legendary "Arceus" IconArceus) and it shouldn’t take too long to find your desired Pokémon.

Whatever You Want!

Building an unstoppable party (you can pretend it is) is also a valid aim.

The best thing (or one of them) about the Pokémon games is the complete freedom that you have. Okay, your progress will be hampered if you don’t go through the story in a timely manner, but besides that you can do whatever you want at your own pace.

This can include seeking out human opponents in exciting, challenging battles (so no more overpowering the CPU trainers), making your Pokémon super happy in Pokémon-Amie or perhaps breeding a fearsome party of Pokémon with amazing moves and enviable IV values.


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  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    1 November 2013
  • Last Updated
    11 July 2022
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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Become the ultimate Pokémon champion with our greatest Pokémon strategy guide yet. Inside we cover:

  • Everything that’s new to Pokémon X & Y.
  • 5 amazing tips to get your Pokémon collecting off to a blistering start.
  • Every single route, trainer battle and hidden shortcuts are covered.
  • What Pokémon can be found on what routes (both versions).
  • How to beat every single gym leader without breaking a sweat.
  • Where to find all those hidden items.
  • The locations of every single legendary Pokémon!
  • Where to find all of the amazing Mega Stones.
  • Pokémon-Amie, Super Training, Battle Chateau etc all covered!
  • Accompanied by over 240 super high-quality screenshots!
  • Additional details on the elusive event Pokemon distributions.
  • Encounter rates for finding wild Pokemon.
  • Videos for all the Gym Leader and Elite Four battles, plus legendary and shiny Pokemon.
  • Dozens of additional tips and reminders throughout the main walkthrough.
  • How to solve crime with the Looker Bureau in the post-game.
  • Full breakdown on how to breed the perfect Pokémon of your dreams!
  • How to catch those insanely rare Shiny Pokémon!
  • List of all the really helpful (and free) O-Powers.

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