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Pokemon X and Y
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Daniel Chaviers
Editor(s): Andrew Mills
First Published: 01-11-2013 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 28-03-2018 / 21:19 GMT
Version: 1.3 (????) 18-11-2018 / 17:28 GMT

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To the Elite Four

Victory Road (Part 1)

Pokemon Found Everywhere (Indoors)

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
Druddigon Dragon 20%
Graveler Rock/Ground 20%
Gurdurr Fighting 30%
Haunter Ghost/Poison 10%
Lickitung Normal 15%
Zwellous Dark/Dragon 5%

Pokemon Found During Horde Battles (Indoors)

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
Floatzel Water 35% (First and final cave)
Geodude Rock/Ground 60%
Graveler Rock/Ground 35% (Second and third cave)
Lickitung Normal 5%

Pokemon From Ceiling/Sky

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
Graveler Rock/Ground 45% (Indoors)
Ariados Bug/Poison 33% (Indoors)
Noibat Flying/Dragon 22% (Indoors)
Fearow Normal/Flying 77% (Outdoors)
Hydreigon Dark/Dragon 5% (Outdoors)
Skarmory Steel/Flying 18% (Outdoors)

Pokemon Found Using Rock Smash

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
Graveler Rock/Ground 95%
Shuckle Bug/Rock 5%

Pokemon Found While Surfing

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
Floatzel Water 34%
Lombre Water/Grass 66% (Outdoors)
Poliwhirl Water 66% (Indoors)

Pokemon Found While Fishing

Pokémon Type Encounter Rate
Poliwag Water 100% (Old Rod)
Basculin (Blue-striped) Water 65% (Good Rod; X ver.), 35% (Super Rod; Y ver.)
Basculin (Red-striped) Water 65% (Good Rod; Y ver.), 35% (Super Rod; X ver.)
Poliwhirl Water 35% (Good Rod), 60-65% (Super Rod)
Poliwrath Water/Fighting 5% (Super Rod; final cave)

You've almost made it! But there's a LOT of Trainer battles to face yet.

You might want to heal up your Pokémon before venturing in. The quickest way is to Fly back to Snowbelle City each time to heal, than just skating back. Anyway, when you’re ready head north until you reach the cave entrance. Head inside! Run north until you get challenged by a trainer.

Tip #062: Negating Temporary Status Changes

Moves that lower your Pokemon’s stats or inflict temporary ailments like Confuse or Infatuation can throw a spanner in the works. However you can instantly remove these effects by switching your Pokemon out. Similarly, if an opposing Pokemon keeps boosting their stats, you can use moves to switch them out and cancel their stat gains!

Trainer Battle: Ace Trainer Alanza

Pokémon Level Type
Weavile 60 Dark/Ice

Head west to the water. Surf across to the other side. Turn on your Dowsing Machine and head north. Use it to find the nearby X Attack . Now walk up the stairs to the next Ace Trainer.

Trainer Battle: Ace Trainer Bence

Pokémon Level Type
Steelix 56 Steel/Ground
Electrode 56 Electric
Kangaskhan 57 Normal

From the next Ace Trainer, head up the stairs leading west. Head south to the Black Belt.

Trainer Battle: Black Belt Markus

Pokémon Level Type
Machamp 60 Fighting

Head south to the Battle Girl there. She’ll be circling around a pool of water.

Trainer Battle: Battle Girl Veronique

Pokémon Level Type
Hawlucha 57 Fighting/Flying
Mienshao 58 Fighting

Head around the pool yourself to grab the Dusk Ball . Once you have it, head back to the Black Belt. Go west through the door so that you’re outside. Now that you’re outside head north across the bridge. Partway over you’ll bump into a Backpacker. Take him out, yo!

Trainer Battle: Backpacker Farid

Pokémon Level Type
Haxorus 58 Dragon

Full Heals are useful as they'll heal a Pokémon of all status-ailments in one turn.

Turn your Dowsing Machine and head north. Use it to find the hidden Hyper Potion . Next, keep following the path north, then west. Make sure your Dowsing Machine is still on and head north once again so that you can see the entrance to the next part of Victory Road to your east. Now use the machine to find the hidden Full Heal .

Then walk east and walk on inside the cave. Walk north up to the next Battle Girl!

Trainer Battle: Battle Girl Sigrid

Pokémon Level Type
Medicham 60 Fighting/Psychic

Stepping stones ahead. Take them north-west to the platform there. Once you reach it, jump on. Head north, then east. You’ll see a boulder here with a Black Belt to your north. May as well take him down now.

Trainer Battle: Black Belt Ander

Pokémon Level Type
Pangoro 57 Fighting/Dark
Heracross 58 Bug/Fighting

Run north past him up the stairs. At the top you’ll find a Carbos . Also use your Dowsing Machine here to find a hidden Smooth Rock . Head back to where the boulder was and continue south down to the breakable rock. Use Rock Smash on it, then head down the stairs. Now use your Dowsing Machine to find the Ultra Ball down here.

You have to get through these rocks. Wind your way south-west, then back east through the maze. Once you get out of it and head over to the steps. Head up them and east, over to the two stepping stones. Step over them then continue south out of the cave. Head south all the way down to the next cave entrance.

Enter and you’ll find TM03 - Psyshock . Head all the way back to where you broke the rock and headed down the stairs. Instead of heading down the stairs again, head east up the stairs. Take the stepping stone north then head around and take on the Psychic.

Trainer Battle: Psychic William

Pokémon Level Type
Espeon 58 Psychic

Keep following the path around and use Strength on the rock when you reach it. From there just keep pushing it west until it falls into the hole. Head over the boulder, up the stairs and take on the next two trainers. Double battle!

Double Battle: Brains & Brawn Arman & Hugo

Pokémon Level Type
Medicham 58 Fighting/Psychic
Gallade 60 Psychic/Fighting

Another super-handy Rare Candy to use on any of your Pokémon.

Head over to the bridge. Don’t cross it though. Instead take the path to the north, the one that leads north-west. You’ll reach a door leading outside. Head on through. Grab the Rare Candy out here then head back inside, back to the bridge. Walk over the bridge then up the stairs to the north. Head east and through the door so that you’re outside.

Continue east until you see a little girl. How’d she get all eight badges?!

Trainer Battle: Fairy Tale Girl Corinne

Pokémon Level Type
Azumarill 56 Water/Fairy
Florges 56 Fairy

Now head north to the Hex Maniac. Take her on too!

Trainer Battle: Hex Maniac Raziah

Pokémon Level Type
Gourgeist 58 Ghost/Grass

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
  • Platforms
    Nintendo 3DS
  • Genre
    Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    1 November 2013
  • Last Updated
    28 March 2018
  • Guide Author
    Daniel Chaviers

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