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Maylene, Veilstone City gym – Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl guide

How to take down the fighting-type gym leader

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

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

Veilstone City gym challenge

To get to Maylene, you’ll need to battle four trainers and push walls around to open up a path to her. To push the walls and open the path, you must battle the trainers, so there’s no use in trying to avoid them. All the walls have gaps, and you’ll just need to nudge the walls so the gaps line up with the path, allowing you to walk through.

Maylene’s Pokémon

Maylene uses fighting-type Pokémon, and they can do a lot of damage if you’re not prepared for it. She uses the following:

  1. Meditite, level 27, fighting/psychic
  2. Machop, level 27, fighting
  3. Lucario, level 30, fighting/steel

Maylene counters

None of the starters will be particularly useful here (though Chimchar should help with Lucario a bit, due to its dual steel-typing.) Fighting-type Pokémon are weak against psychic- and flying-type Pokémon, meaning you can largely use some of the same counters you may have used for Gardenia. You can find some counters in the following locations:

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

While you can find these Pokémon in these routes, they should be evolved to at least Staravia and Kadabra respectively.

Maylene gym rewards

Once you beat Maylene, you’ll be able to use the HM Fly outside of battle, so you can fast travel back to cities you’ve already been to. She’ll also give you several copies of TM60, so you can teach your Pokémon Drain Punch, a fighting-type move that also heals your Pokémon. You’ll also get some stickers to decorate your Poké Balls with.

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