Pokémon Sword Gym Guide & Tips for Winning

An easy-to-read and no-nonsense guide

If you want to know what you're up against when you fight the Pokemon Sword gym leaders, you’ve come to the right place.


This guide gives you a quick overview of what types of Pokémon each gym leader has, as well as their levels and the best types of Pokémon to use when facing them.


There are also links to more in-depth guides about type weaknesses, resistances & battle strategies to handily defeat your mono-type opponents. Good luck, trainer!

pokemon sword gym guide & tips for winning

1. Turffield Gym [GRASS TYPES] Leader: Milo Type


Pokemon:

  • Lvl 19 Gossifleur (grass-type)

  • Lvl 20 Eldegoss (grass-type)

Weaknesses:

  • Fire

  • Flying

  • Bug

  • Poison

  • Ice

If you chose Scorbunny as your starter, you're in luck! Your fire-type moves will make quick work of Milo and his crew. If you chose Grookey or Sobble, you'll want to bring some other friends to the party. A Rookidee or Butterfree, perhaps?


Read more: What beats Grass Types? — An in-depth weakness guide

2. Hulbury Gym [WATER TYPES] Leader: Nessa

Pokemon:

  • Lvl 22 Goldeen (water-type)

  • Lvl 23 Arrokuda (water-type)

  • Lvl 24 Drednaw (water / rock-type)

Weaknesses:

  • Electric

  • Grass

Nessa's water-type Pokemon won't give Grookey any trouble — especially Drednaw which as a 4x grass type weakness. Other early-game Pokemon who will be of use in this gym battle are Yamper and Bounsweet.


Read more: What beats Water Types? — An in-depth weakness guide

3. Motostoke Gym [FIRE TYPES] Leader: Kabul


Pokemon:

  • Lvl 25 Ninetails (fire-type)

  • Lvl 25 Arcanine (fire-type)

  • Lvl 27 Centiskorch (fire / bug-type)

Weaknesses:

  • Ground

  • Rock

  • Water

Kabul has some Powerhouse Pokemon at his disposal, for sure! If you chose Sobble as your partner, your water moves will be super useful. But, watch out for Arcanine — it can sponge attacks and "fire" back! Get it?!

Other good Pokemon to take to this battle are Dreadnaw — whose rock type moves will take advantage of Centiskorch's 4x rock-type weakness — Gyarados, Wooper, and Diglett.


Read more: What beats Fire Types? — An in-depth weakness guide

4. Stow-On-Side Gym [FIGHTING TYPES] Leader: Bea Type: Fighting


Pokemon:

  • Lvl 34 Hitmontop (fighting-type)

  • Lvl 34 Pangoro (fighting / dark-type)

  • Lvl 35 Sirfetch’d (fighting-type)

  • Lvl 36 Machamp (fighting-type)


Weaknesses:

  • Flying

  • Psychic

  • Fairy

Keep in mind that Pangoro will not be affected by psychic type moves because of its dark typing, but fairy moves will be 4x as effective!


Read more: What beats Fighting Types? — An in-depth weakness guide

5. Ballonlea Gym [FAIRY TYPES] Leader: Opal


Pokemon:

  • Lvl 36 Weezing (poison / fairy-type)

  • Lvl 37 Togekiss (fairy / flying-type)

  • Lvl 36 Mawile (fairy / steel-type)

  • Lvl 38 Alcremie (fairy-type)

Weaknesses:

  • Poison

  • Steel

Mawile’s dual steel typing makes its fairy-type weaknesses null and void. So just blast it with a fire or ground type move to make quick work of it. Poison attacks won’t be very effective on Weezing.


Read more: What beats Fairy Types? — An in-depth weakness guide

6. Circhester Gym [ROCK TYPES] Leader: Gordie


Pokemon:

  • Lvl 40 Barbaracle (water / rock-type)

  • Lvl 40 Shuckle (rock / bug-type)

  • Lvl 41 Stonjourner (rock-type)

  • Lvl 42 Coalossal (rock / fire-type)

Weaknesses:

  • Water

  • Grass

  • Ground

  • Fighting

  • Steel

Gordie's rock type Pokemon with a mix of secondary types provides an interesting challenge. Strong fighting or ground type moves are your best bet, but be mindful of a couple things:


First, rock type Pokemon tend to have high physical defensive stats and many fighting and ground type moves are physical attacks. Second, Shuckle's secondary bug typing makes it neutral to both fighting and ground type attacks. Use water or rock type attacks on Shuckle.


Read more: What beats Rock Types? — An in-depth weakness guide

7) Spikemuth Gym [DARK TYPES] Leader: Piers


Pokemon:

  • Lvl 44 Scrafty (dark / fighting-type)

  • Lvl 45 Malamar (dark / psychic-type)

  • Lvl 45 Skuntank (dark / poison-type)

  • Lvl 46 Obstagoon (dark / normal-type)

Weaknesses:

  • Bug

  • Fairy

  • Fighting

All of Piers’ Pokémon are dual types, so you’ll need to have more than one type to defeat him easily. A fairy-type will be able to knock out the Malamar and Obstagoon with ease, but might have a tougher time with Skuntank.

Read more: What beats Dark Types? — An in-depth weakness guide

8) Hammerlocke Gym [DRAGON TYPES ... sort of] Leader: Raihan


Pokemon:

  • Level 47 Flygon (ground / dragon-type)

  • Level 46 Gigalith (rock-type)

  • Level 46 Sandaconda (ground-type)

  • Level 48 Duraludon (dragon / steel-type)

Weaknesses:

  • Dragon

  • Fairy

  • Ice

You will also want a water or grass-type Pokémon to take care of his Gigalith and Sandaconda. Also, this is a double battle and Raihan will use sandstorm which will damage any type of Pokémon that is not ground, rock, or steel type every turn.


Read more: What beats Dragon Types? — An in-depth weakness guide

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