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Gardenia, Eterna City gym – Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl guide

How to take down the grass-type gym leader

Gardenia as she appears in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl Image: Game Freak, ILCA/Nintendo via Polygon

Gardenia is the second gym leader in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and she’s a grass-type specialist in Eterna City. Our Gardenia gym leader guide will assist you by listing out her party and recommending counters that you can find nearby.

Eterna City gym challenge

Before you can take on Gardenia, you’ll need to find and battle four trainers hidden in her forest maze. If you look carefully, you can see the tops of the trainers’ heads. After finding one, the next one will appear, and you’ll get a hint on where to find them. Once you battle all four, Gardenia will appear in the back of the gym to battle.

Gardenia’s Pokémon

Gardenia uses grass-type Pokémon, and she uses Grass Knot, which can pack a punch if you’re not careful. She uses the following:

  • Cherubi, level 19, grass
  • Turtwig, level 19, grass
  • Roserade, level 22, grass/poison

Gardenia counters

If you started with Chimchar, you should be able to burn down this gym quickly. If not, then use fire-, ice-, flying-, or psychic-type moves to beat Gardenia. You can find some counters in the following locations:

  • Starly, flying
    Route 201, 202, 203
  • Abra, psychic
    Route 203

Gardenia gym rewards

Once you beat Gardenia, you’ll be able to use the HM Cut outside of battle, so you can slice down any trees in your way. She’ll also give you several copies of TM86, so you can teach your Pokémon Grass Knot, which deals higher grass-type damage the more the opposing Pokémon weighs. You’ll also get some stickers to decorate your Poké Balls with.

As an added bonus, with Gardenia’s gym badge, all Pokémon up to level 30 will obey your orders, even if you got them from a trade.

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