This is part 18 of our official Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Complete Guide & Walkthrough, which picks up right after you defeat Team Galactic in Spear Pillar and hopefully catch Dialga or Palkia depending on which version you’re playing. Your next task is to head to City of Sunyshore, where you can earn your eighth and final gym badge from Volkner.
Lucky for you, previously inaccessible Sunyshore City no longer suffers from a blackout. This means that after getting off Spear Pillar you can fly to Veilstone City, head south on Route 214 and when you reach the Grand Lodge Hotel go right onto the new Route 222. There are many coaches here that you can compete against. if you think your Pokemon isn’t high enough to beat Volkner, but at this point in the game, it’s really up to your own discretion. Sunyshore City is a forehand to the right along Route 222, so reaching it from here is a piece of Alcremie. Sorry.
Once you get to Sunyshore City, you will need to make your way to the gymnasium in the upper left corner of the upper level. Here you’ll meet Flint, an Elite Four member who watches the gym while Volkner is gone. Apparently, the leader of Sunyshore fell in love with fighting after too many fights with bozos, so it’s up to you to teach him the value of getting benevolent animals to strike each other again within an inch of their way. their life. Volkner is located on the upper level of the lighthouse in the lower right corner of town. Once you’ve spoken to him, head back to the gym and go inside.
This gymnasium’s puzzle structure gadget is linked with rotating gears. While it sounds complex, it’s pretty easy to force your way through brute force – any time a piece of equipment connects two platforms that weren’t already connected, that’s the right solution. Defeat all the trainers on the way to Volkner and heal yourself before facing him. Crasher Wake aside, Volkner is probably the toughest gym leader in the entire game, mainly because the three starters aren’t particularly well equipped to take on him, other than maybe Torterra.
If you want to work with Volkner quickly, be sure to bring a Pokémon with Ground-type moves to deal with Raichu and Luxray. Octillery is easily countered by Torterra, Roserade, Luxray, or Magnezone, and Ambipom should drop like a sack of flour at the sight of Infernape, Staraptor, or Gallade. Basically all you need here are some powerful ground, combat, and electric or grass moves.
Volkner is admittedly still pretty tough, but you should be able to take him down without too much stress as long as you follow the tips above. Once you’ve defeated him and earned your eighth gym badge, head north to Sunyshore City and talk to the woman on the beach. If you’ve played Gen 2 games before, you’ll probably recognize Jasmine as the Olivine City Gym Leader. As a reward for beating Volkner, she will give you the HM for Waterfall.
With all eight badges collected and eight HMs acquired, it’s time to move on to Part 19 of our full Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl: Victory Road Walkthrough.
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