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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Cortondo (Katy) gym guide

How to beat Katy and her bug-types in the Cortondo gym

Katy, a patissiere gym leader, poses with her arm up Image: Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo via Polygon
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Cortondo is a small town in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet that specializes in olive oil production. Its gym leader, Katy, specializes in bug-type Pokémon.

You do not have to do gyms in order (though you will be barred from going past certain points depending on your progress in the Team Star storyline), but this is the first gym we’d recommend you tackle, as Katy has the weakest Pokémon out of every gym leader.

Cortondo gym test (olive roll)

All you have to do to clear this test is push the giant inflatable olive through the maze. It’s extremely simple, as you’ll just need to run into the olive to make it roll.

Katy gym leader battle

Bug-type gym leader Katy uses creepy crawly Pokémon. Here’s her party:

  1. Nymble, level 14 (bug)
  2. Tarountula, level 14 (bug)
  3. Teddiursa, level 15 (normal, bug Tera Type)

Katy gym battle counters

As all of Katy’s Pokémon are bug-type, you can use fire-, flying-, or rock-type moves against her team. We can recommend putting any of the following Pokémon in your party; they’re located relatively near Cortondo:

  • Fletchling (normal/flying)
    South Province (Area Two)
  • Starly (normal/flying)
    South Province (Area Two)
  • Nacli (rock)
    South Province (Area Two)

Cortondo gym rewards

After beating Katy, you’ll get TM21 (Pounce), a physical bug-type move that does damage and lowers speed. If this is your first gym badge, you’ll also gain control over all Pokémon under level 25.

The next gym after hers is the Artazon gym.