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                                IMPORTANT BATTLES FAQ
                          POKEMON FIRERED/LEAF GREEN VERSION
                             for NINTENDO GAMEBOY ADVANCE
                         created by: Nick Lau/psychotic troll
                            Last Updated: June 4, 2007
                                  Version 1.1 FINAL 
                                  / FAQ INTRODUCTION \
    Welcome to the Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen Important Battles FAQ, which is also 
    my first contribution to GameFaqs. This guide deals with exactly what it says 
    it does- important battles. That means that you will find detailed information 
    on all Gym Leader, Rival, Elite Four, Giovanni, and Legendary Pokemon battles. 
    Before each section, an introduction about the topic will be given. Following
    the introduction will be the main information paragraphs. Most of the sections
    have been finished, but the seemingly inadequate Elite Four section is being
    added to, and the Legendary section will be up soon. Please check the "This 
    Version Includes..." section to quickly see what this FAQ currently offers. The
    updates are coming quite slowly- high school is a time-consuming burden.
    If you have anything to contribute, whether it be information that you think I
    need, requests for information on a certain topic, or notification of a mistake
    I made, please contact me at the email address listed in the "Contact" section.
                                 / TABLE OF CONTENTS \ 
    Remember- Use Ctrl+F and the search codes to get to the section you need. "CS"
      stands for "Coming Soon" so check back later!
    I.   Table of Contents                       (tbct)
    II.  This Version Includes...                (tvin)
    III. Gym Leaders                             (gmld)
         A. Gym Leaders Introduction                   
         B. Brock- Pewter City Gym               (bpcg)
         C. Misty- Cerulean City Gym             (mccg)
         D. Lt. Surge- Vermilion City Gym        (lvcg)  
         E. Erika- Celadon City Gym              (accg)
         F. Koga- Fuschia City Gym               (kfcg)
         G. Sabrina- Saffron City Gym            (sscg)
         H. Blaine- Cinnibar Island Gym          (bcig)
         I. Giovanni- Viridian City Gym          (gvcg)
    IV. Elite Four                               (elfr)
         A. Elite Four Introduction            
         B. Lorelei                              (rlel)
         C. Bruno                                (bnuo)
         D. Agatha                               (agta)
         E. Lance                                (drmn)
    V. Rival                                     (rvbt)
         A. Rival Battles Introduction                 
         B. Battle 1 - Professor Oak's Lab       (pfob)
         C. Battle 2 - Route 22                  (rtwt)
         D. Battle 3 - Route 24                  (rttf)
         E. Battle 4 - S.S. Anne                 (ssan)
         F. Battle 5 - Pokemon Tower             (pktw)
         G. Battle 6 - Silph Co.                 (rvsc) 
         H. Battle 7 - Route 22 (Revisited)      (rttr)
         I. Battle 8 - Champion Battle 1         (cpbt)
         J. Battle 9 - Champion Battle 2         (cbtt)
    VI. Giovanni                                 (gvbt)
         A. Giovanni Battles Introduction 	
         B. Battle 1 - Team Rocket Hideout       (gvbo) 
         C. Battle 2 - Silph Co.                 (gvbw)
    VIII. Credits and Legal/Contact Info         (cdct)
                             / THIS VERSION INCLUDES... \
    Remember- Use this section to see what this FAQ version has information on. 
      Check back often to see what's new! Right now, this FAQ covers:
    Gym Leader Battles:
      - Brock            [Pewter City Gym]
      - Misty            [Cerulean City Gym]
      - Lt. Surge	     [Vermilion City Gym]
      - Erika	     [Celadon City Gym]
      - Koga             [Fuschia City Gym]
      - Sabrina	     [Saffron City Gym]
      - Blaine	     [Cinnibar Island City Gym]
      - Giovanni (GYM)   [Viridian City Gym]
    Rival Battles:
      - Rival Battle 1   [Professor Oak's Lab]
      - Rival Battle 2   [Route 22 (Optional)] 
      - Rival Battle 3   [Route 24]
      - Rival Battle 4   [S.S. Anne]
      - Rival Battle 5   [Pokemon Tower]
      - Rival Battle 6   [Silph Co.]
      - Rival Battle 7   [Route 22 (Revisited)]
      - Rival Battle 8   [Champion Battle 1]
      - Rival Battle 9   [Champion Battle 2]
    Elite Four Battles:
      - Elite Four 1     [Indigo Plateau 1st Time]
      - Elite Four 2     [Indigo Plateau 2nd Time]
    Giovanni Battles:    [Battle 1 - Team Rocket Hideout]
                         [Battle 2 - Silph Co.]
                                    / GYM LEADERS \
     Gym Leader Introduction
    For all you newbies who don't know what gyms are are, gyms are basically huge 
    buildings with more powerful-than-average trainers and one extremely tough gym
    leader specializing in one type. Almost all cities in FR and LG have one. (The 
    cities with gyms are: Viridian, Pewter, Cerulean, Vermilion, Celadon, Fuschia,
    Saffron, and Cinnibar Island.) Each gym leader will give you a normally large
    sum of money and a TM with their signature move in it. You will also get two 
    out of the following three things: 1. All pokemon under a certain level obey 
    you  2. One of your pokemon's stats are raised  3. You get to use a new HM move
    in the field. Most of the gyms aren't really that hard if you have the right 
    type of pokemon. Good luck! (The gyms are listen in the order that you 
    challenge them, not encounter them.)
    Brock - Pewter City Gym (bpcg)
    Specialized Type: Rock
    Weak Against: Grass, Water, Fighting
    Rewards: -TM 39 (Rock Tomb)
             -Boulder Badge [Raises Attack, can now use Flash (HM 05)]
      Jr. Trainer
        - Level 10 Geodude
        - Level 11 Sandshrew
        - Level 12 Geodude
        - Level 14 Onix
    Being your first gym leader, Brock can be pretty challenging. However, it is 
    really not your level or stats that determine whether or not you win this 
    battle, but mainly the type of pokemon you chose in the beginning. Bulbasaur 
    and Sqirtle people have it easy. Just use your main elemental attack (Vine Whip
    , Bubble, etc.) For the Charmander trainers, tihs is definitely not your place.
    All of your attacks right now suck against rock types, (with the exception of 
    metal claw, if you have it), so you will definitely have to rely on some other
    pokemon to do your fighting for you. There are three ways to approach this. One
    is to get another pokemon. If you read other guides, most will tell you to use
    a Butterfree and its confusion attack. This works, but isn't the best way. I
    personally recommend a Mankey, which is a fighting type. Train it up to at 
    least level 12-14 and take on Brock. If you're too lazy to, or just don't want
    to invest time in a pokemon you don't even like, you can try to use your 
    starter. If you decide to do this, you must have a Charmeleon (level 16), and 
    you must use metal claw. If you evolve your Charmander you will have a much
    better chance. The only con to this method is the fact that Onix has a godly
    defense (in this stage). Metal claw used by a level 16 Charmeleon will do about
    1/4 to 1/3 damage to Onix's total HP. You only need to watch out for Rock Tomb,
    which lowers speed and is super-effective. Brock will use a potion if needed, 
    and you should too. Don't feel bad if you got killed a couple of times before 
    finally beating him; he's pretty hard for a first gym. (Unless you're using 
    Squirtle of Bulbasaur. If you lose with them, you're a moron.)  
    Misty - Cerulean City Gym (mccg)
    Specialized Type: Water
    Weak Against: Grass, Electric
    Rewards: -TM 03 (Water Pulse)
             -Cascade Badge [All Pokemon under level 30 will obey you, can now use 
              Cut (HM 01)]
        - Level 16 Horsea
        - Level 16 Shellder
      Jr. Trainer 
        - Level 19 Goldeen
        - Level 18 Staryu
        - Level 21 Starmie
    Once again, Bulbasaur has it easy. 2-3 vine whips should take care of Staryu, 
    and 5-6 for Starmie. If you chose Squirtle, you can try to use some of its 
    non-water attacks, but those are limited. Your best bet is probably to catch
    a Oddish/Bellsprout (depending on your game) or a Pikachu. The same goes for
    Charmander trainers. Starmie has a pretty high special attack so you probably
    shoudn't take him on with a fire type. In Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow 
    versions, Misty would use Bubblebeam, an okay water attack that wouldn't have
    any other effects. This time, she uses Water Pulse a lot, and that has a 20% 
    chance of confusing you, which is very annoying. If you get confused, switch 
    out immediately! If you stay confused, you have a 50% chance of hurting your-
    self, and with more of Staryu/Starmie's Water Pulses, you could easily faint.
    Also, I think Starmie also uses swift more often than before, so watch out for
    that. Once you beat Misty, the Cascade Badge is yours, and a much easier gym
    lies ahead.
    Lt. Surge - Vermilion City Gym (lvcg)
    Specialized Type: Electric
    Weak Against: Rock, Ground 
    Rewards: -TM 34 (Shock Wave)
             -Thunder Badge [Raises your Pokemon's speed, can now use Fly (HM 02)]
        - Level 21 Pikachu
        - Level 21 Pikachu
        - Level 21 Voltorb
        - Level 21 Magnemite
        - Level 23 Pikachu
      Lt. Surge
        - Level 21 Voltorb
        - Level 18 Pikachu
        - Level 24 Raichu
    Overall, this gym is a lot easier than Misty's, because of the abundance of 
    rock/ground pokemon lying around. And for once, Charmander isn't at a disad-
    vantage. If you started with Bulbasaur or the above-mentioned Charmander,
    then you can go ahead and use your basic attacks. If you have Squirtle (or pro-
    bably Wartortle by now, then you need a rock/ground type. IF you didn't pick up
    a geodude at Mt. Moon, then hop over to Diglett's Cave and get a Diglett, (even
    better, a Dugtrio, but don't count on it; they're really rare), then use dig on
    Ly. Surge's Pokemon. That's basically it on how to beat him. Unfortunately, 
    there are also many things you have to watch out for. One is Voltorb's speed. 
    It's pretty high for a level 21 pokemon, and if you weren't ready for it, it's
    pretty shocking. (No pun intended.) Even worse is Raichu's speed. Definitely 
    don't stick Pidgey/Pidgeotto in there, because though they also have high speed
    , Electric attacks are super-effective against them.
    Erika - Celadon City Gym (accg)
    Specialized Type: Grass
    Weak Against: Fire, Flying, Ice 
    Rewards: -TM 19 (Giga Drain)
             -Rainbow Badge [All Pokemon under level 50 obey you, can now use 
              Strength (HM 04)]
        - Level 23 Bellsprout
        - Level 23 Weepinbell
        - Level 21 Oddish
        - Level 21 Bellsprout
        - Level 21 Oddish
        - Level 21 Bellsprout
      Jr. Trainer
        - Level 24 Bulbasaur
        - Level 24 Ivysaur
        - Level 24 Bellsprout
        - Level 24 Bellsprout
        - Level 23 Oddish
        - Level 23 Gloom
        - Level 22 Bellsprout
        - Level 22 Oddish
        - Level 22 Weepinbell 
        - Level 22 Gloom
        - Level 22 Ivysaur
        - Level 24 Victreebel
        - Level 24 Tangela
        - Level 29 Vileplume
    Well, I'd like to bring to your attention the fact that you've probably been
    afflicted with some sort of status condition while battling your way to Erika.
    Almost all the pokemon in this gym are half poison, and most of them know
    poisonpowder, acid, stun spore, or sleep powder. I would recommend a lot of
    awakenings, parlyz heal, and antidotes. This is the first gym that Charmander
    trainers have an absolute advantage in, and once again, those with Squirtles 
    are gonna struggle in without the recommended types. If you don't have a fire/
    ice/or flying type, a psychic will work fine, because of the many half-poison
    types. A Kadabra works well, but due to the high special attack of Vilplume and
    Victreebel and the not so high special defense of Kadabra, Drowzee/Hypno will 
    be better. The only pokemon you have to worry about in Erika's team are the
    Victreebel and Vileplume. Tangela will use mostly grass attacks, while 
    Victreebell and Vileplume will try to inflict status conditions on you. All 3
    will use Giga Drain A LOT. Try to sweep them all out in the first round with
    the recommended types and don't hesistate to heal status conditions if needed.
    Koga - Fuschia City Gym (kfcg)
    Specialized Type: Poison
    Weak Against: Psychic, Steel, Ground 
    Rewards: -TM 06 (Toxic)
             -Soul Badge [Raises your pokemon's defense, can now use Surf (HM 03)]
        - Level 34 Drowzee
        - Level 34 Kadabra
        - Level 38 Hypno
        - Level 31 Drowzee
        - Level 31 Drowzee
        - Level 31 Kadabra
        - Level 31 Drowzee
        - Level 33 Arbok
        - Level 33 Sandslash
        - Level 33 Arbok
        - Level 34 Sandslash
        - Level 34 Arbok
        - Level 34 Drowzee
        - Level 34 Hypno
        - Level 37 Koffing
        - Level 39 Muk
        - Level 37 Koffing
        - Level 43 Weezing
    This gym is similar to the Celadon gym in the sense that most of the trainers 
    try to poison you right off the bat. Again, antidotes are a must. Also, though
    I don't know why, there are a lot of psychics here as well, so awakenings are
    good for those Hypnosis-happy Drowzees. Good types to use here are Psychic,
    Ground, and Steel. Steel is the best because it's immune to poison types, but
    there aren't many steel types out there, so psychic and ground will work. For 
    the psychic pokemon, if you really want to cover every single base, a dark poke
    mon will mutilate them. The best pokemon to use in this gym is an Espeon with 
    bite. You probably can't get one though, so make do with what you have. Now for
    Koga. All of Koga's pokemon will try to poison you at least once, and they have
    a good chance of success. One thing you definitely need to watch for is Toxic, 
    although it only poisons you, it starts of taking 1/16 of your HP, then doubl-
    ing. So, soon it'll go to 1/8, then 1/4, then 1/2. It's imperative that you 
    use an antidote the moment you're poisoned. Safeguard helps a lot, and you can
    also bring out a poison type of your own, (since they're also immune), but it's
    not recommended since poison types are weak. Most of his pokemon are slow, so 
    try to wipe them out quickly. Muk is especially annoying with Acid Armor and 
    Minimize. If you can, put it to sleep or paralyze it when you first face it. 
    One more thing. Weezing, though really weak most of the time, can use Explosion
    which kills itself and inflicts huge amounts of damage, especially for those 
    with low defense. My Alakazam had a huge special attack, but was KO'd by one
    Explosion. So watch out for that. This gym isn't that hard if you have speed 
    and high defense. 
    Sabrina - Saffron City Gym (sscg)
    Specialized Type: Psychic
    Weak Against: Dark 
    Rewards: -TM 04 (Calm Mind)
             -Marsh Badge [All pokemon under level 70 will obey you, can now use 
              Rock Smash (HM 06)]
        - Level 33 Slowpoke
        - Level 33 Slowpoke
        - Level 33 Slowbro
        - Level 33 Gastly
        - Level 33 Gastly
        - Level 33 Haunter
        - Level 31 Kadabra
        - Level 31 Slowpoke
        - Level 31 Mr. Mime
        - Level 31 Kadabra
        - Level 34 Mr. Mime
        - Level 34 Kadabra
        - Level 38 Haunter
        - Level 34 Gastly
        - Level 34 Haunter
        - Level 38 Slowbro
        - Level 38 Kadabra
        - Level 37 Mr. Mime
        - Level 38 Venomoth
        - Level 43 Alakazam
    You'll probably notice that the pokemon levels in this gym are similar to that
    of Koga's. That's because these two gyms leaders can be taken on interchangeab-
    ly. However, the right order (or at least, the one in the little manual) is 
    Koga first and then Sabrina, but they're the same average levels so if you had
    no problem with Koga, you'll be fine. One nice change is that you won't have to
    worry about getting poisoned. You might be confused, but that's pretty rare. 
    Anyways, the best type to use against Sabrina is Dark, but if you can't manage
    to get one, it's okay. I basically matched up her pokemons defenses with a 
    pokemon with a high attack stat, and same with specials. If you didn't under-
    stand that, I basically used not super-effective attacks against her, but 
    attacked each pokemons weak defense that, because all her pokemon don't have
    very good defense. For the Kadabra, target its weak defense, and send out a
    pokemon with a high attack. For Mr. Mime, send out either a high special 
    attacker or physical attacker, because both its defenses. Venomoth has an okay 
    special defense, and an average physical defense, so pick either one. Just one
    word of caution. Venomoth is poison and flying, but even though poison is weak
    against ground, its flying side is immune, so don't try it. I would advise a 
    psychic for it. Anyways, for Alakazam, it has the weakest defense ever so just
    use a strong physical attack, becuase if you don't get him first, he'll get 
    you. The only problem you'll have with Sabrina is if you don't kill Mr. Mime on
    your first try. If he survives the first round, I can almost guarantee he'll
    use either reflect or light screen. That cuts down the power of you attacks by
    one half, so you'll be considerably weaker. The only thing that can get past
    light screen and reflect is brick break, but even that's not effective against
    psychic and does little damage. After this battle, the next gym will be a 
    little easier so don't give up!
    Blaine - Cinnnibar Island Gym (bcig)
    Specialized Type: Fire
    Weak Against: Water, Rock, Ground 
    Rewards: -TM 38 (Fire Blast)
             -Volcano Badge [Raises your pokemon's special attack and special 
              defense can now use Waterfall (HM 07)]
        - Level 36 Growlithe
        - Level 36 Vulpix
        - Level 36 Ninetales
      Super Nerd 
        - Level 36 Vulpix
        - Level 36 Vulpix
        - Level 36 Ninetales
      Super Nerd
        - Level 34 Ponyta
        - Level 34 Charmander
        - Level 34 Vulpix
        - Level 34 Growlithe
        - Level 41 Ponyta
      Super Nerd
        - Level 41 Rapidash
      Super Nerd
        - Level 37 Vulpix
        - Level 37 Growlithe
      Super Nerd
        - Level 37 Growlithe
        - Level 37 Vulpix
        - Level 42 Growlithe
        - Level 40 Ponyta
        - Level 42 Rapidash
        - Level 47 Arcanine
    This gym is really easy if you have one of the recommended types. Those with
    Blastoise now will have a fun time, and Venusaur and Charizards will have to 
    rely on another pokemon. Basically, the first two of Blaine's pokemon are
    jokes. Rapidash might worry some people with take down and fire blast, but if 
    you have a water/rock/groundyou're fine. Arcanine is when it gets hard. 
    Arcanine knows extremespeed, which goes first no matter what. Its attack is 
    nothing to laugh at, and neither is its special defense. If it uses fire blast
    and your water pokemon faints, don't feel bad. Arcanine's special attack is one
    of the highest in the game (well, almost). Don't worry about taking a turn to
    use burn heals, and don't it is recommended that you level up a lot until 
    you're level 50 or higher. A good place to train is the Pokemon Mansion. Blaine
    isn't one of those trainers with high AI, and mostly uses brute force. Be 
    thankful it's not Gold/Silver/Crystal... Blaine had a Magmar that knew thunder
    punch and it wiped out my Garyados so quickly it wasn't even funny. I wish I
    could say that this was one of the easier battles, but it isn't. The rewards 
    are good though... you get fire blast all for yourself. One little tip that's
    not really related to this, but yeah- say yes to Bill when he asks you if you 
    want to go to the islands. It's well worth it.
    Giovanni - Viridian City Gym (gvcg)
    Specialized Type: Ground
    Weak Against: Water, Grass, Ice 
    Rewards: -TM 26 (Earthquake)
             -Earth Badge [All pokemon will obey you]
        - Level 39 Arbok
        - Level 39 Tauros
      Black Belt 
        - Level 43 Machoke
      Cool Trainer
        - Level 37 Sandslash
        - Level 37 Sandslash
        - Level 38 Rhyhorn
        - Level 39 Nidorino
        - Level 39 Nidoking
        - Level 38 Sandslash
        - Level 38 Graveler
        - Level 38 Onix
        - Level 38 Graveler
        - Level 38 Marowak
        - Level 43 Rhyhorn
        - Level 43 Rhyhorn
      Super Nerd
        - Level 37 Marowak
        - Level 37 Marowak
        - Level 38 Rhyhorn
        - Level 39 Nidorina
        - Level 39 Nidoqueen
      Black Belt 
        - Level 38 Machoke
        - Level 38 Machop
        - Level 38 Machoke
        - Level 45 Rhyhorn
        - Level 45 Dugtrio
        - Level 44 Nidoqueen
        - Level 45 Nidoking	
        - Level 50 Rhydon
    Finally. The last gym. And once again, just like with Brock, Charizards are
    in trouble. Those with Blastoises and Venusaurs will have an easier time but
    not necessarily A LOT easier. No matter what type of pokemon you have, this
    will prove to a be a very challenging battle. Giovanni's pokemon are all 
    united under one single common factor. Their attack. I will outline each 
    pokemon's strengths and weaknesses before continuing. Stats not mentioned are 
    to be understood as average.
    Rhyhorn- high attack, very low special defense, low speed
    Dugtrio- high attack, very high speed, low defense, low special defense
    Nidoqueen- high defense, low special attack, pretty high attack
    Nidoking- high defense, high attack, low special attack
    Rhydon-  very high attack, very high defense, very low special defense
    As you can see, this battle won't be easy. For the Rhyhorn and Rhydon, use 
    surf. Don't use Hydro Pump. "But it's stronger!" Yeah, but it doesn't have high
    accuracy, and that's what will help you win this battle. All the pokemon need
    to be taken out in the first round. Dugtrio isn't really hard. You must send in
    a very fast pokemon is you wish to counter Dugtrio's speed. It will probably 
    use Earthquake right away. If you survive the round, wash it away with surf. 
    What I did was use my Poliwrath's counter, which deals back twice the amount of
    physical damage that was done to me. And since Earthquake took away almost half
    of my HP, Dugtrio fainted easily. I personally think that Nidoqueen and 
    Nidoking are more challenging than any other pokemon on Giovanni's team since
    they both have no defense weaknesses. Use psychic and water against them. It 
    will probably take 2-3 hits to bring then down. 
    Once you've won, you'll get an amazing TM 26, as well as the final badge that 
    allows you to take on the Elite Four. But don't feel too proud of yourself. 
    This battle is nothing compared to what you'll face at Indigo Plateau. 
    -------------------------|-=/THE ELITE FOUR\=-|(elfr)--------------------------
    Elite Four Introduction
    Whew! So you've beaten your rival 7 times AND all the gym leaders. Now it's 
    time for a real challenge. After going through Victory Road, you'll end up at
    Indigo Plateau, where you will be able to challenge the Elite Four, and an
    unknown champion. The Elite Four's pokemon are extremely strong, and you must
    them one after the other without any healing from Pokemon Centers. As with the
    gym leaders, each one specializes in a certain type, but this time all their 
    pokemon are over level 50. The Elite Four (1st and 2nd) strategies are posted
    here, but if you want Champion help, go to Rival Battles 8 and 9. (NOTE- You
    must complete a list of events until you can fully take on the Elite Four again
    .) (FT stands for First Time, ST stands for Second Time)
    NOTE- I'm still working on this section, I know there's a lot that I haven't
          put yet.
    Lorelei (rlel)
    Even her name looks icy, just like her pokemon. Lorelei isn't all that hard, 
    even if her levels are a little high. The second time you fight her, you'll
    be surprised. 
    FT Pokemon- Dewgong (lvl 52)
    	    Cloyster (lvl 51)
        	    Slowbro (lvl 52)
    	    Jynx (lvl 54)
    	    Lapras (lvl 54)
    ST Pokemon- Dewgong (lvl 64)
                Cloyster (lvl 63)
                Piloswine (lvl 63)
                Jynx (lvl 66)
                Lapras (lvl 66)
    All I can say is that if you're having trouble with this, pull out and train.
    Most of her pokemon are half water so use electric attacks. You can also use
    fighting against all the ice types except for Jynx (which can kill you with 
    Psychic moves). Cloyster is really weak, and has really low special defense, so
    electric attacks will be great. Lapras is the hardest, with HP that can match
    Snorlax's. Watch out for Hail, which doesn't hurt Ice types. Piloswine is 
    horrible, Slowbro is actually better. It falls to water attacks. 
    Bruno (bnuo)
    This guy is all brute force. His pokemon don't know any special attacks, so 
    your pokemon's defense is really important. Raising your evasion is good, 
    because many of his attacks don't have high accuracy to begin with.
    FT Pokemon- Onix (lvl 51)
    	    Hitmonlee (lvl 53)
        	    Hitmonchan (lvl 53)
    	    Onix (lvl 54)
    	    Machamp (lvl 56) 
    ST Pokemon- Steelix (lvl 65)
    	    Hitmonlee (lvl 65)
        	    Hitmonchan (lvl 65)
    	    Steelix (lvl 66)
    	    Machamp (lvl 68)
    At first, he really sucks. I don't know why he has Onix's but they suck too.
    Use water/grass attacks to wipe him out. Psychic attacks will basically kill
    all his fighting pokemon. If you find that their special defense is too high
    for you to handle, use Flying types. Fly is an especially good move because
    it gets you one extra turn of safety. When you face Steelix, use either water
    or fighting moves. It has one hell of a defense.
    Agatha (agta)
    I personally think this is the hardest battle in the whole Elite Four. She is
    immune to both Normal and Fighting attacks, so don't use those. She will 
    switch her pokemon a lot and confuse you so make good use of berries.
    FT Pokemon- Gengar (lvl 54)
    	    Golbat (lvl 54)
        	    Arbok (lvl 56)
    	    Haunter (lvl 53)
    	    Gengar (lvl 58)
    ST Pokemon- Gengar (lvl 66)
    	    Misdreavus (lvl 65)
        	    Arbok (lvl 68)
    	    Crobat (lvl 68)
    	    Gengar (lvl 70)
    This lady is hard. Her pokemon will confuse, poison, and basically beat the 
    crap out of you. Basically, her Gengars are fast, her Golbat is fast, and her
    Arbok is just plain annoying. If you have a Psychic type that has high speed
    like Alakazam, sweep her team. Her Gengar knows Psychic, Double Team, Shadow
    Ball and Toxic so watch out. When you fight her the second time, just KO
    Misdreavus. It's a joke. Crobat has the highest speed in the game, well, maybe
    Sceptile does, but if you have extremespeed, use it. For this battle, a move
    like Safeguard will totally help a lot. Many of her pokemon like to use 
    Mean Look, then Toxic, then Double Team.
    Lance (drmn)
    This guy's pokemon are just plain cool. Fortunately, all his pokemon are weak 
    to two types- Electric and Ice. Use those to your advantage. On the bad side,
    they all know Hyper Beam, an insanely powerful attack. If you want to be brave,
    send out another dragon type to face him off, but you'll get killed yourself.
    FT Pokemon- Gyarados (lvl 56)
    	    Dragonair (lvl 54)
        	    Dragonair (lvl 54)
    	    Aerodactyl (lvl 58)
    	    Dragonite (lvl 60)
    ST Pokemon- Gyarados (lvl 68)
    	    Dragonite (lvl 66)
        	    Kingdra (lvl 66)
    	    Aerodactyl (lvl 70)
    	    Dragonite (lvl 72)
    After you stop drooling over his pokemon, take a closer look at them. You'll
    see that they are all weak to ice and electric. Hyper Beam, his team's shared
    move is really strong, but if you can survive it hit em back. For some strange
    reason, some of his pokemon know electric attacks so don't send out water types
    . His Gyarados is just like your rival's, so you know what to do. His 
    Dragonites and -airs are simple, ice types are super-effective. Kingdra and 
    Aerodactyl are what will give you problems. Kingdra has really high stats in 
    almost every category, including both defense stats so it might take you 
    longer to beat him. Aerodactyl is really fast, but water attacks will drown him
    . Beat this guy, and you're on to the Champion!
    ----------------------------|-=/RIVAL BATTLES\=-|(rvbt)------------------------
    Rival Battle Introduction
    Throughout you game, you will constantly be annoyed by your rival, whom you 
    named at the beginning of your adventure. Unfortunately, he will always pick 
    the pokemon that yours is weak against, so in Charmander's case, it would be
    Squirtle, Squirtle-Bulbasaur, and Bulbasaur-Charmander. You will encounter him
    for a minimum of 7 times, but if you choose to go for the optional battle, and
    take him on a second time at the Indigo Plataeu, them it will come to a total 
    of 9 times. At first, his pokemon will be fairly weak, and mostly evolutions of
    pokemon you've probably seen before or own. But as you progress, him pokemon's 
    levels will start matching those of the gym leaders, and he will carry very 
    powerful pokemon. For each battle listed below, I will name his pokemon and 
    different ways to defeat him. Good luck!
    Battle 1 - Professor Oak's Lab (pfob)
    Pokemon- Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur (lvl 5)
    This is the first pokemon battle you will ever experience, and a very annoying
    Professor Oak will be guiding you through it. Basically, at this point, your
    pokemon will know one attacking move, and one stat-affecting move. Your
    opponents AI isn't that high, and will inconsistently use their stat-affecting
    move a lot. Use that time to hit him with as many scratches or tackles as you
    can. After 5, he will go down, and your pokemon will gain 60 exp, allowing it
    to level up. Don't expect all battles to be this easy.
    Battle 2 - Route 22 [optional] (rtwt)
    Pokemon- Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur (lvl 9)
             Pidgey (lvl 9)
    If you came to Route 22 earlier and didn't find your rival, that's probably 
    because you didn't deliver Oak's Parcel yet. After you've run the errand and 
    received the Pokedex, come back to find your Rival waiting for you with his 
    starter and a Pidgey. His starter is a lot stronger now, and has learned at
    least one elemental attack that's effective against you. If you caught another
    pokemon, use that against it. If not, keep a lot of potions ready and don't use
    your elemental attack. For Pidgey, it's basically pretty weak and easy to take
    down, with the exception of Bulbasaur trainers. Just last it out and use tackle
    or another physical move. 
    Battle 3 - Route 24 (rttf)
    Pokemon- Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur (lvl 18)
             Pidgeotto (lvl 17)
             Rattata (lvl 15)
             Abra (lvl 16)
    Okay. This battle is a lot harder than any other rival battle before this. 
    Luckily for you, his starter and Abra haven't evolved (though they should have)
    and it makes it easier for you. You will fight Pidgeotto first, and it will 
    use quick attack 50% of the time. Sand-attack is also annoying. Use Pikachu or
    Geodude against it. Rattata has a fairly high attack, so have a high-defense
    pokemon against him. A Mankey would work well. Abra, for now, is a joke. It
    only knows teleport, and it does absolutely nothing in battle. This is the
    perfect chance to level up a low -level pokemon. Just pit it against Abra and
    take your time. Now for the starter. It's really strong, so I hope you have a
    good anti-starter pokemon. (e.g. Pikachu/Raichu works well against Squirtle, 
    Geodude/Graveler against Charmander, and Pidgey/Pidgeotto against Bulbasaur.)
    Battle 4 - S.S. Anne (ssan)
    Pokemon- Charmeleon, Wartortle, or Ivysaur (lvl 20)
    	 Pidgeotto (lvl 19)
    	 Kadabra (lvl 18)
    	 Raticate (lvl 16)
    Well, this battle is really similar to the battle before this, the only change 
    is that he evolved all his pokemon except for Pidgeotto. For the bird 
    pokemon, any electric or rock type will demolish it, but it better be quick
    because Pidgeotto still uses sand-attack a lot. Raticate is basically the same
    as Rattata, except for the fact that it has a really high attack, and knows
    hyper fang now. Now, Kadabra. Boy, what a change. Remember little teleporting
    Abra? It's evolved, and knows powerful attacks like confusion. Its special 
    attack and speed is amazing for a level 18 pokemon, so watch out. A pokemon 
    with bite will work wonders, but any pokemon with a high attack will do fine. 
    Now for the starter, which he's finally evolved. Unless your own starter is 10
    levels higher than his, don't try to take him on with it. His Charmeleon/
    Ivysaur/Wartortle knows at least 2-3 powerful elemental attacks, so it isn't 
    wise to try to approach them head on. Use a good anti-starter, mentioned in 
    Battle 3, and throw out some powerful attacks of your own.
    Battle 5 - Pokemon Tower (pktw)
    Pokemon- Charmeleon (lvl 25) 
    	 Kadabra (lvl 20)
    	 Gyarados (lvl 22)
    	 Exeggcute (lvl 23)
    	 Pidgeotto (lvl 25)
    Pokemon- Wartortle (lvl 25) 
    	 Kadabra (lvl 20)
    	 Growlithe (lvl 23)
    	 Exeggcute (lvl 22)
    	 Pidgeotto (lvl 25)
    Pokemon- Ivysaur (lvl 25) 
    	 Kadabra (lvl 20)
    	 Gyarados (lvl 23)
    	 Growlithe (lvl 22)
    	 Pidgeotto (lvl 25)
    This is where your rival starts forming unique teams based on the type of 
    starter you got. Everyone has to deal with Kadabra and Pidgeotto, but some will
    face Gyarados, Exeggcute, and Growlithe. All their levels aren't really THAT
    high, but are a definite improvement from last time. For Kadabra, again, use 
    strong physical attacks and send out a pokemon with a high special defense. For
    Pidgeotto, electric attacks, and maybe ice, if you have them, work well. If you
    face Growlithe, water attacks will do the job. For Exeggcute, it gets stronger
    later on, but right now it's weak. It will probably use Hypnosis, or Barrier, 
    so make sure you have awakenings. Gyarados, the evolution of the really lame 
    and weak Magikarp is a force to be reckoned with. It knows Bite, Dragon Rage, 
    and a bunch of other moves, so kill it quickly with electric attacks. For the
    starter, same as usual. 
    Battle 6 - Silph Co. (rvsc)
    Pokemon- Charizard (lvl 40) 
    	 Alakazam (lvl 35)
    	 Gyarados (lvl 35)
    	 Exeggcute (lvl 38)
    	 Pidgeot (lvl 37)
    Pokemon- Blastoise (lvl 40) 
    	 Alakazam (lvl 35)
    	 Exeggcute (lvl 38)
    	 Growlithe (lvl 35)
    	 Pidgeot (lvl 37)
    Pokemon- Venusaur (lvl 40) 
    	 Alakazam (lvl 35)
    	 Gyarados (lvl 35)
    	 Growlithe (lvl 38)
    	 Pidgeot (lvl 37)
    All I can say is wow. His puny little second-evolution starters have evoloved,
    and so have two other pokemon. For Pidgeot, use electric attacks as fast as you
    can. It has very high speed and will probably attack first. Fortunately, it no
    longer knows sand-attack. Alakazam still has horribly weak defense, so treat it
    like you did Kadabra. Gyarados is now something even more powerful than before.
    It's attack is really high, and so is it's special defense, but because it's 
    water/flying, it'll bow down to electric attacks. Exeggcute is the same, just a
    higher level, and same with Growlithe, which learned a couple new attacks. The 
    starters are what will really slow you down. Charizard knows flamethrower, an
    extremely powerful fire attack. Venusaur is a killer with razor leaf, and likes
    to inflict status conditions. Blastoise has a high defense and special defense,
    so make sure you have strong attacks. 
    Battle 7 - Route 22 (Revisited) (rttr)
    Pokemon- Charizard (lvl 53) 
    	 Alakazam (lvl 47)
    	 Gyarados (lvl 45)
    	 Exeggcute (lvl 45)
    	 Pidgeot (lvl 47)
    	 Rhyhorn (lvl 45)
    Pokemon- Blastoise (lvl 53) 
    	 Alakazam (lvl 47)
    	 Exeggcute (lvl 45)
    	 Growlithe (lvl 45)
    	 Pidgeot (lvl 47)
    	 Rhyhorn (lvl 45)
    Pokemon- Venusaur (lvl 53) 
    	 Alakazam (lvl 47)
    	 Gyarados (lvl 45)
    	 Growlithe (lvl 45)
    	 Pidgeot (lvl 47)
    	 Rhyhorn (lvl 45)
    Well, your rival's finally added a new pokemon to his amazing arsenal. His 
    Rhyhorn is a lot better than Giovanni's, and has many powerful attacks, such
    as Fissure. It can OHKO you but has a really low accuracy rate. Grass and Water
    attacks work best. His Pidgeot is basically the same, and so is Gyarados. Use
    electric attacks on both of them. His Exeggcute is still weak as ever, and
    fire attacks will KO him quickly. Growlithe is still okay, it's not strong, but
    not easy. Basic type matchups will defeat it. Alakazam is what you need to 
    worry about. It knows Psychic, which is the second most powerful Psychic attack 
    in the game. Put that together with his unbelievably high special attack stat 
    and results are devastating. Dark moves will be convenient, but again, strong 
    constant physical attacks will work. His starter is the same, with a couple of 
    new attacks. 
    Battle 8 - Champion Battle 1 (cpbt)
    Pokemon- Charizard (lvl 53)
    	 Pidgeot (lvl 59)
    	 Rhydon (lvl 59)
    	 Exeggutor (lvl 59)
    	 Alakazam (lvl 57)
    	 Gyarados (lvl 61)
    Pokemon- Blastoise (lvl 53)
    	 Pidgeot (lvl 59)
    	 Rhydon (lvl 59)
    	 Exeggutor (lvl 59)
    	 Alakazam (lvl 57)
    	 Arcanine (lvl 61)
    Pokemon- Venusaur (lvl 53)
    	 Pidgeot (lvl 59)
    	 Rhydon (lvl 59)
    	 Arcanine (lvl 59)
    	 Alakazam (lvl 57)
    	 Gyarados (lvl 61)
    This is sorta bad. You just worked your ass off trying to beat the Elite Four
    and now you have to endure the strongest rival battle ever? After his long and
    dramatic speech, you'll have to face him (with cool music in the background.)
    Instead of addressing each pokemon briefly, I'll talk about each one 
    Pidgeot- It really isn't that hard. Electric attacks, like Thunder, will take
    him down easily. He doesn't have any especially strong stats, except for speed,
    which is a little above average. 
    Rhydon- Remember him from Giovanni's gym battle? This one will know horn drill,
    earthquake, and many other powerful attacks. Water or grass attacks will finish
    him off quickly.
    Alakazam- He knows a couple of really powerful Psychic attacks, like Future 
    Sight and Psychic, but a move like earthquake will take him down. Watch out, 
    because your rival seems to love using Full Restores on him. He will probably
    be sent out last, so make sure you have enough HP to put up a fight.
    Arcanine- This pokemon is amazing. It knows flamethrower, fire blast (I think..
    .) and extreme speed, the hardcore version of quick attack. Water attacks will
    kill it, but you'll probably lose some HP before you can defeat it.
    Exeggutor- Weird. It knows grass attacks like Giga Drain, and Sleep Powder, but
    doesn't use them that much. It has Egg Bomb and Psychic (maybe... someone check
    that one). Dark or Fire will work really well.
    Gyarados- Now it knows Hydro Pump and Thrash. It has really good special 
    defense, but nothing that a strong electric pokemon can't handle. It will 
    probably attack first. 
    Blastoise- Again, you're faced with Hydro Pump. Skull Bash is a pretty lethal
    attack, but if you use fly, or dig while he's preparing, you'll be okay. Grass
    attacks will get past his solid defense, as will Electric. 
    Charizard- Once again, Flamethrower, Fire Blast, and Wing attack make this 
    pokemon lethal to your Venusaur. Try to put it to sleep, or poison it. It will 
    use Flamethrower A LOT so get your defenses and full heals ready. A good thing
    is that since it's now half-flying type, an electric attack will work too.
    Venusaur- This pokemon is a freakin tank. It knows Solarbeam, which has a high
    chance of KOing you. Either a Psychic or Fire attack will take care of it.
    As you can see, this won't be be easy. His pokemon are all at their strongest 
    evolutionary forms, and can OHKO you if you have a type disadvantage. Make
    sure you have hyper potions, revives, and full restores. Good pokemon to use 
    are Snorlax, Lapras, and all three Legendary Birds. 
    Battle 9 - Champion Battle 2 (cbtt)
    Pokemon- Charizard (lvl 75)
    	 Heracross (lvl 72)
    	 Tyrannitar (lvl 72)
    	 Exeggutor (lvl 73)
    	 Alakazam (lvl 73)
    	 Gyarados (lvl 73)
    Pokemon- Blastoise (lvl 75)
    	 Heracross (lvl 72)
    	 Tyrannitar (lvl 72)
    	 Exeggutor (lvl 73)
    	 Alakazam (lvl 73)
    	 Arcanine (lvl 73)
    Pokemon- Venusaur (lvl 75)
    	 Heracross (lvl 72)
    	 Tyrannitar (lvl 72)
    	 Arcanine (lvl 73)
    	 Alakazam (lvl 73)
    	 Gyarados (lvl 73)
    I have to say that I gained a lot more respect for Bug pokemon after meeting
    Heracross. It will use Megahorn A LOT, but it has relatively low accuracy. Use
    fire type moves to take him down. Alakazam is the same, now with shadow ball. 
    Dark types will KO it in maybe 2-3 hits. Exeggutor, Arcanine, and Gyarados all
    are unchanged except for a couple new attacks like Dragon Dance, Hyper Beam,
    Fire Blast, and Reflect. Exeggutor will fall to fire and dark attacks, as will
    Arcanine to ground, rock, and fire. Gyarados is 4x weak to electric so thunder 
    away. The starters are really powerful, but use the same attacks. Tyrannitar,
    the most intimidating by far, is tough, but 4x weak to fighting, and doesn't 
    have very high special defense either. It will use Crunch and Earthquake. Its
    ability also puts Sandstorm into effect so bring out either a ground, rock, or
    steel type or have a lot of potions/leftovers ready.
    This battle is actually not THAT tough. Yeah, his pokemon's levels are high, 
    but you can have high levels too. Beat him, and go catch all 386 pokemon. Have 
    ---------------------------|-=/GIOVANNI BATTLES\=-|(gvbt)----------------------
    Giovanni Battles Introduction
    Much like your rival, Giovanni will battle with you a couple of times through
    your journey. He is similar to a Gym Leader, in the sense that you must beat
    him to progress, but you usually don't get any rewards apart from money. He
    carries mostly ground and normal pokemon. The first time you see him will be
    at Celadon City, at the Team Rocket Hideout. The second time is at Silph Co. in
    Saffron City. Both times some of his pokemon will be different so be prepared 
    for that. You will also fight him a third time as a gym leader in Viridian City
    , but that isn't included here. See the Gym Leaders section for help on that.
    Battle 1 - Team Rocket Hideout (gvbo)
    Pokemon- Onix (lvl 25)
    	 Rhyhorn (lvl 24)
             Kangaskhan (lvl 29)
    This battle isn't hard if you use basic type matchups. Onix has low stats in 
    every area except for defense. It's attack, though it looks intimidating, is
    really low, so if you send out a weak water or grass type you want to train,
    it's okay. It will use rock throw and bind mostly. One powerful water gun can
    take care of him. Rhyhorn is a new face, but a pretty weak one. Like Onix, it's
    special defense is incredibly low, leaving it vulnerable to grass and water 
    types. Kangaskhan, though it looks really hard, isn't if you have level 30 
    pokemon and above. It doesn't have any espcially low stats, and if you use weak 
    fighting moves, it can still resist them pretty well. One thing I tried to do
    was send out a ghost pokemon since they're immune to normal attacks. My Gengar
    was doing great until Kangaskhan used bite (which is super-effective against 
    ghost and psychic types). I've found that using any pokemon with a high defense
    and attack stat will do fine. 
    Battle 2 - Silph Co. (gvbw)
    Pokemon- Nidorino (lvl 37)
             Rhyhorn (lvl 37)
             Kangaskhan (lvl 35)
             Nidoqueen (lvl 41)
    Okay. Once again, you'll have to fight his unbelievably weak team, but this 
    time he has more and different pokemon. He lost his Onix and got a Nidoqueen,
    but it's okay cause they're both weak. Nidorino can be disposed of with any
    ground or psychic pokemon, and Rhyhorn is still weak and vulnerable to grass 
    and water attacks. Kangaskhan is almost the same, with a couple of new attacks.
    In B/R/Y he had Dizzy Punch, but he doesn't now. Fighting types will bring him
    down slowly, but if you're in a rush, try using Counter (which is great becuase
    he always uses physical attacks... get it from a move tutor in Celadon Mart).
    Nidoqueen is intimidating... big, fat, and an extremely queer color, but has 
    low attack... for now. A psychic attack onslaught or a water/grass combo will
    end the battle. 
    This concludes my Pokemon FireRed LeafGreen Important Battles FAQ. I hope that 
    you found all the information that you were hoping to find. As of right now, I
    am officially finished with this FAQ. I was planning on expanding the Elite
    Four section, but now I understand that it is just impossible given my busy
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    helps you, and I sincerely wish you a hearty good luck on beating this game and
    catchin' them all!
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