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!
1. Turffield Gym [GRASS TYPES] Leader: Milo Type
Lvl 19 Gossifleur (grass-type)
Lvl 20 Eldegoss (grass-type)
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?
2. Hulbury Gym [WATER TYPES] Leader: Nessa
Lvl 22 Goldeen (water-type)
Lvl 23 Arrokuda (water-type)
Lvl 24 Drednaw (water / rock-type)
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.
3. Motostoke Gym [FIRE TYPES] Leader: Kabul
Lvl 25 Ninetails (fire-type)
Lvl 25 Arcanine (fire-type)
Lvl 27 Centiskorch (fire / bug-type)
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.
4. Stow-On-Side Gym [FIGHTING TYPES] Leader: Bea Type: Fighting
Lvl 34 Hitmontop (fighting-type)
Lvl 34 Pangoro (fighting / dark-type)
Lvl 35 Sirfetch’d (fighting-type)
Lvl 36 Machamp (fighting-type)
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!
5. Ballonlea Gym [FAIRY TYPES] Leader: Opal
Lvl 36 Weezing (poison / fairy-type)
Lvl 37 Togekiss (fairy / flying-type)
Lvl 36 Mawile (fairy / steel-type)
Lvl 38 Alcremie (fairy-type)
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.
6. Circhester Gym [ROCK TYPES] Leader: Gordie
Lvl 40 Barbaracle (water / rock-type)
Lvl 40 Shuckle (rock / bug-type)
Lvl 41 Stonjourner (rock-type)
Lvl 42 Coalossal (rock / fire-type)
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.
7) Spikemuth Gym [DARK TYPES] Leader: Piers
Lvl 44 Scrafty (dark / fighting-type)
Lvl 45 Malamar (dark / psychic-type)
Lvl 45 Skuntank (dark / poison-type)
Lvl 46 Obstagoon (dark / normal-type)
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.
8) Hammerlocke Gym [DRAGON TYPES ... sort of] Leader: Raihan
Level 47 Flygon (ground / dragon-type)
Level 46 Gigalith (rock-type)
Level 46 Sandaconda (ground-type)
Level 48 Duraludon (dragon / steel-type)
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.