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Volkner, Sunyshore City gym – Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl guide

How to take down the electric-type gym leader

Volkner as he appears in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Image: Game Freak, ILCA/The Pokémon Company via Polygon
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Volkner is the last gym leader in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and he’s a electric-type specialist in Sunyshore City. Our Sunyshore gym leader guide will assist you by listing out his party and recommending counters that you can find nearby.

Sunyshore City gym challenge

To get to Volkner, you’ll need to press buttons to turn gears and create a path. As usual, the puzzle is pretty straightforward, as there’s only one direction to go. You’ll need to battle several trainers to get to Volkner, and you’ll be able to tell if you’re on the right track if you’re continuously battling the trainers.

Volkner’s Pokémon

Volkner is an electric-type specialist, but only half of his Pokémon are actually electric-type. He uses the following:

  1. Raichu, level 46, electric
  2. Ambipom, level 47, normal
  3. Octillery, level 47, water
  4. Luxray, level 49, electric

Raichu knows Surf, and Luxray knows Ice Fang — both moves that are super effective against ground-type Pokémon. Octillery also knows the ice-type move Aurora Beam, meant to counter any grass-type Pokémon you may use against it.

Volkner counters

Since Volkner only uses two electric-types, countering him may be annoying. Both of his electric-types come ready to counter ground-type Pokémon, so you’ll need to be careful and take them out quickly before they hit you.

For Ambipom, you can use fighting-type moves and for Octillery, you can safely use electric-type moves.

Here are some counters you can use:

  • Hippopotas, ground
    Ruin Maniac Cave (Route 214)
  • Quagsire, water/ground
    Route 212, Safari Zone
  • Machoke, fighting
    Route 210, 211

Volkner gym rewards

Once you beat Volkner, you’ll be able to use the HM Waterfall outside of battle, so you can scale any waterfalls you find in the wilderness. He’ll also give you several copies of TM57, so you can teach your Pokémon Charge Beam, an electric-type attack that may also raise the user’s special attack. You’ll also get some stickers to decorate your Poké Balls with.