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Fantina, Hearthome City gym – Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl guide

How to take down the ghost-type gym leader

Fantina, as she appears in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Image: The Pokémon Company/ILCA Inc via Polygon
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Fantina is the fifth gym leader in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and she’s a ghost-type specialist in Hearthome City. Our Hearthome gym leader guide will assist you by listing out her party and recommending counters that you can find nearby.

Hearthome City gym challenge

To get to Fantina, you’ll need to correctly answer some simple math questions by entering the door with the corresponding answer. If you go into the wrong door, you’ll have to fight a trainer. That being said, if you need to grind more, answering wrong on purpose may be a good idea.

Fantina’s Pokémon

Fantina uses ghost-type Pokémon, and they love to use Confuse Ray. She uses the following:

  1. Drifblim, level 32, ghost/flying
  2. Gengar, level 34, ghost/poison
  3. Mismagius, level 36, ghost

Note that her Gengar’s ability is Levitate, meaning that no ground-type moves will hit it at all.

Fantina counters

Fantina’s specialty type is annoying, as ghost-types are only weak against ghost- and dark-type moves. You shouldn’t typically use another ghost-type against her, since she’ll also deal super effective damage to your Pokémon, but you can if your ghost-type Pokémon is faster than hers.

Dark-type Pokémon can be hard to come by, but many Pokémon learn the Bite dark-type move as they level up. You can take advantage of Drifblim’s dual flying-type to use electric-type moves against it, too.

You can find some counters in the following locations:

  • Gastly, ghost
  • Pikachu, electric

While you can find these Pokémon in these routes, they should be evolved and leveled higher.

Fantina gym rewards

Once you beat Fantina , you’ll be able to use the HM Surf outside of battle, allowing you to cross bodies of water. She’ll also give you several copies of TM65, so you can teach your Pokémon Shadow Claw, a powerful ghost-type move that has a high chance to critically strike. You’ll also get some stickers to decorate your Poké Balls with.

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