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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet gym leaders rematch guide

It’s time to test how the gym leaders are doing

Tulip, the psychic-type gym leader with purple hair, walks to her position in a gym leader rematch Image: Game Freak, The Pokémon Company/Nintendo via Polygon
Julia Lee (she/her) is a guides producer, writing guides for games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Genshin Impact. She helped launch the Rift Herald in 2016.

After completing the main story in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, you’ll need to head back and rematch the gym leaders to unlock more content.

Each gym leader has beefed up a little bit, evolving their original party and adding in a few new creatures to make things a bit harder. You will not need to complete the gym test again. Just walk into the building and you’ll a chance to get battle the leader. You can only rematch each gym leader once (according to what we’ve experienced, at least).

Below we list all the gyms and their rematch teams. These levels do not vary or increase, so you don’t need to do them in any specific order. We’ve listed them in their original order for organization’s sake.

By the time you get here, you should know the drill, but we listed out their weaknesses below anyway.

Katy, bug-type gym leader (Cortondo) rematch team

  1. Lokix, level 65 (bug/dark)
  2. Forretress, level 65 (bug/steel)
  3. Heracross, level 65 (bug/fighting)
  4. Spidops, level 65 (bug)
  5. Ursaring, level 66 (normal with bug Tera Type)

Katy’s bug-type Pokémon are weak against flying-, rock-, and fire-type moves.

Brassius, grass-type gym leader (Artazon) rematch team

  1. Lilligant, level 65 (grass)
  2. Tsareena, level 65 (grass)
  3. Breloom, level 65 (grass/fighting)
  4. Arboliva, level 65 (grass/normal)
  5. Sudowoodo, level 66 (rock with grass Tera Type)

Brassius’ grass-type Pokémon are weak against bug-, fire-, flying-, ice-, and poison-type moves, though beware of his Breloom, which will counter ice-type Pokémon.

Iono, electric-type gym leader (Levincia) rematch team

  1. Kilowattrel, level 65 (electric/flying)
  2. Luxray, level 65 (electric)
  3. Bellibolt, level 65 (electric)
  4. Electrode, level 65 (electric)
  5. Mismagius, level 66 (ghost with electric Tera Type)

Iono’s electric type Pokémon are weak against ground-type moves, but they will not affect her Kilowattrel due to its dual flying-type. You can use rock- or ice-type moves to ground it.

Kofu, water-type gym leader (Cascarrafa) rematch team

  1. Veluza, level 65 (water/psychic)
  2. Pelipper, level 65 (water/flying)
  3. Clawitzer, level 65 (water)
  4. Wugtrio, level 65 (water)
  5. Crabominable, level 66 (fighting/ice with water Tera Type)

Kofu’s water-type Pokémon are weak against electric- and grass-type moves, though beware that half of his team has dual-typing that will counter grass-type Pokémon.

Larry, normal-type gym leader (Medali) rematch team

  1. Oinkolonge, level 65 (normal)
  2. Braviary, level 65 (normal/flying)
  3. Dudunsparce, level 65 (normal)
  4. Komala, level 65 (normal)
  5. Staraptor, level 66 (normal/flying with normal Tera Type)

Larry’s normal-type Pokémon are weak against fighting-type moves, but his two flying-type Pokémon will counter these. He loves to use Brave Bird, so we recommend just hitting the flying-types with the hardest moves you got to get them out of the battle.

Ryme, ghost-type gym leader (Montenevera) rematch team

  1. Mimikyu, level 65 (ghost/fairy)
  2. Banette, level 65 (ghost)
  3. Houndstone, level 65 (ghost)
  4. Spiritomb, level 65 (ghost/dark)
  5. Toxtricity, level 66 (electric with ghost Tera Type)

Ryme’s ghost-type Pokémon are weak against ghost- and dark-type moves, though there are some counters in her party, like her Mimikyu, which is fairy-type (which counters dark-type moves).

Tulip, psychic-type gym leader (Alfornada) rematch team

  1. Farigiarf, level 65 (normal/psychic)
  2. Gallade, level 65 (psychic/fighting)
  3. Gardevoir, level 65 (psychic/fairy)
  4. Espathra, level 65 (psychic)
  5. Florges, level 66 (fairy with psychic Tera Type)

Tulip’s psychic-type Pokémon are weak against bug-, dark-, and ghost-type moves. She has a few counters in her team (ie. Gallade, which will counter dark-type Pokémon with its fighting-type moves) but they shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Grusha, ice-type gym leader (Glaseado) rematch team

  1. Frosmoth, level 65 (ice/bug)
  2. Beartic, level 65 (ice)
  3. Cetitan, level 65 (ice)
  4. Weavile, level 65 (dark/ice)
  5. Altaria, level 66 (dragon/flying with ice Tera Type)

Grusha’s ice-type Pokémon are all weak to fighting-, fire-, rock-, and steel-type moves. Fire is very effective against Frosmoth and dark-type moves is great against Weavile specifically.

Once you beat all the gym leaders for the second time, you’ll be summoned back to your school for the Academy Ace Tournament, which effectively replaces the series’ historical option rematch the Elite Four. Rather than spamming the Pokémon League, you’ll be able to fight four random students and teachers from school at high levels for money and EXP.