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Elite Four

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The Elite Four (Japanese: 四天王 Four Heavenly Kings) are four Pokémon Trainers who are regarded as the toughest in their regional Pokémon League, short of the League Champion. Those who challenge the Elite Four must have won all eight Badges from that region and face all four and the current Champion consecutively without losing to any of them.

One group resides on Indigo Plateau in Kanto, and are considered the best trainers in both Kanto and Johto; another is in Ever Grande City in Hoenn; the last known one is in the unnamed Pokémon League in Sinnoh.

Kanto/Johto Elite Four

Generation I and III

In the Generation I games Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, and their Generation III remakes, the Elite Four at the Indigo Plateau consists of:

Member
Japanese
Type Teams
Red Green Blue Yellow FireRed and LeafGreen
After Kanto After Sevii
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Lorelei
カンナ Kanna
Ice 087091080
124131
087091221
124131
File:FL Bruno.png
Bruno
シバ Siba
Fighting 095107106
095068
208107106
208068
File:FRLG Agatha.png
Agatha
キクコ Kikuko
Ghost 094042093
024094
094169200
024094
File:FL Lance.png
Lance
ワタル Wataru
Dragon 130148148
142149
130149230
142149
File:FL Blue.png
Champion Blue
グリーン Green
Various 018065112
130059003
028065103
091038135
018065112
130059003
214065248
130059003
018065112
103130006
028065103
082091136
018065112
103130006
214065248
103130006
018065112
059103009
028065103
038082134
018065112
059103009
214065248
059103009


Generation II and IV

In Generation II and Generation IV, the Elite Four at the Indigo Plateau consists of:

Member
Japanese
Type Teams
Gold Silver Crystal HeartGold and SoulSilver
After 8 badges After 16 badges
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Will
イツキ Itsuki
Psychic 178103080
124178
437124326
080282178
VSKoga.png
Koga
キョウ Kyō
Poison 168205089
049169
435049454
089169317
VSBruno.png
Bruno
シバ Siba
Fighting 237107106
095068
237106107
297068448
VSKaren.png
Karen
カリン Karin
Dark 197045198
094229
461442359
430229197
VSLance.png
Champion Lance
ワタル Wataru
Dragon 130149142
149006149
373130445
334006149

Hoenn Elite Four

Generation III

In Generation III, the Elite Four in Ever Grande City consists of:

Member
Japanese
Type Teams
Ruby Sapphire Emerald
File:E Sidney.png
Sidney
カゲツ Kagetsu
Dark 262275332
319359
262275332
342359
File:E Phoebe.png
Phoebe
フヨウ Fuyō
Ghost 356354302
354356
File:E Glacia.png
Glacia
プリム Prim
Ice 362364364
362365
File:E Drake.png
Drake
ゲンジ Genji
Dragon 372334330
330373
372334230
330373
File:RS Steven.png
Champion Steven
ダイゴ Daigo
Steel 227346344
348306376
File:E-Wallace.png
Champion Wallace
ミクリ Mikuri
Water 321073272
130340350


Sinnoh Elite Four

Generation IV

In Generation IV, the Elite Four at the Pokémon League consists of:

Member
Japanese
Type Teams
Diamond Pearl Platinum
VSAaron.png
Aaron
リョウ Ryou
Bug 269214416
267452
469214416
212452
VSBertha.png
Bertha
キクノ Kikuno
Ground 195450185
340076
472450464
340076
VSFlint.png
Flint
オーバ Ōba
Fire 078392208
428426
078392229
136467
VSLucian.png
Lucian
ゴヨウ Goyō
Psychic 122203308
065437
122196065
475437
VSCynthia.png
Champion Cynthia
シロナ Shirona
Various 442445423
350407448
442445468
350407448

Isshu Elite Four

Generation V

The Isshu Elite 4 may be challenged in any order the player wishes. In Generation V, the Elite Four at the Pokémon League consists of:

Member
Japanese
Type Teams
Black White Rematch
File:VSShikimi.png
Shikimi
シキミ Shikimi
Ghost 563593623
609
563593623
478426609
File:VSGiima.png
Giima
ギーマ Giima
Dark 560553510
625
560553510
319452625
VSCaitlin.png
Caitlin
カトレア Cattleya
Psychic 579561518
576
579561518
437376576
File:VSRenbu.png
Renbu
レンブ Renbu
Fighting 538539534
620
286538539
534454620
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Champion]] Adeku]]
アデク Adeku
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In the anime

The Sinnoh Elite Four in the anime

Ash and his friends infrequently meet the members of the Elite Four, who then impart them with battle strategies. So far, Ash has encountered the complete Kanto group:

Ash has also met Koga in The Ninja Poké-Showdown, though merely as Fuchsia City's Gym Leader and not as the Johto Elite Four member.

From Hoenn, Ash has met:

Ash has also met the entire Sinnoh Elite Four as well:

It has been hinted by Lucian in An Elite Meet and Greet! that when a Trainer wins their respective region's Conference Tournament, they can participate in the Elite Four Challenge, fighting the four members of that region's Elite Four, and then possibly the Champion as well.

Trivia

  • As of Generation IV, Champion Lance has the lowest average level, and Champion Cynthia has the highest average level in the player's first battle with them. Coincidentally, they are the only members of the Elite Four that Ash has encountered more than once, and appear as champions contemporaneously due to HeartGold and SoulSilver occurring at the same time as Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
  • The levels of the Johto Elite Four are considerably the lowest of the Leagues, having levels under 50 (apart from Lance), while the Kanto, Hoenn and Sinnoh have levels higher than 50/60. This is due to the accessibility of Kanto after the defeat of the Elite Four.
  • In Platinum, the highest-leveled Pokémon of Bertha, Flint, and Lucian (Rhyperior, Magmortar, and Gallade respectively) match the final Pokémon that the Sinis Trio uses from Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, in that same order.
  • The Elite Four of Sinnoh are the only Elite Four whose names follow each other alphabetically, not counting Cynthia.
  • The Sinnoh Elite Four is also the only Elite Four to not include a Dragon-type Trainer, including the Champion (although Cynthia does use a single Garchomp). Since there is also no Dragon-type Gym Leader in Sinnoh either, it is the only region without a notable Dragon-type Trainer. However, prior to unlocking the National Pokédex, the only non-legendary Dragon Pokémon available is Garchomp and its evolutionary line. In Platinum, it would also include Altaria.
  • Though multiple Trainers in the Elite Four use the same type as another Elite Four Trainer, only Fighting and Dragon have appeared multiple times used by the same Trainers (as Lance and Bruno are in the Elite Four of Kanto in all generations that they appeared in).
  • Despite their Japanese name being "Four Heavenly Kings", each Elite Four group contains at least one female member among them. In fact, Indigo Plateau in Generation II and Generation IV is the only Elite Four that doesn't contain two women (including Cynthia the champion in Sinnoh).
  • The Hoenn Elite Four are the only Elite Four to have an entirely individual battle theme. The Indigo Elite Four share their battle theme with the Kanto Gym Leaders in Generations I and III and the Johto Gym Leaders in Generations II and IV, while the Sinnoh Elite Four's battle theme is that of the Sinnoh Gym Leaders, put down a half step.
  • The Elite Four, when faced after all Kanto badges have been obtained in HeartGold and SoulSilver, gives the most prize money of any regional Elite Four, grossing to PokémonDollar.png75,660, followed by the post-National Pokédex Elite Four in Sinnoh, which pays PokémonDollar.png50,160. The cheapest prize money comes from the Generation II Johto Elite Four, giving only PokémonDollar.png22,900. This is likely due to the fact that Kanto is accessible afterward. HeartGold and SoulSilver made the initial Elite Four payout substantially larger as well.
  • The Generation IV Johto Elite Four is the only Elite Four where the payouts don't always increase between victories. However, this is only the case in the second round Elite Four.
  • The only types not yet represented by an Elite Four member are Rock, Grass, Normal, Flying, and Electric, all of which coincidentally appear among the first three Gyms of at least one region.
  • Each pseudo-legendary has been used at least once by an Elite Four member or Champion. Dragonite is used by Lance. Tyranitar is used by Blue in the rematch against him in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. Salamence is used by Drake. Metagross is used by Steven, who is the Champion in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. Garchomp is used by Cynthia.
  • The Sinnoh Elite Four is the only regional Elite Four to include only fully evolved Pokémon. In every other region, at least one Pokémon that wasn't at its last evolutionary stage. Lance had two Dragonair in Kanto, Bruno had one Onix in Johto, and Drake had one Shelgon in Hoenn.
  • In the Kanto based games, all of the Elite Four members have at least one Pokémon that is not of their specialty type during the first battle.
    • Conversely, the Emerald Elite Four members are the only set of Elite Four members that don't use Pokémon outside of their specialty type during the first battle.
  • The Hoenn Elite Four is the only Elite Four that don't have higher level Pokémon in future rematches with them.
  • Traditionally, the Elite Four Trainers (excluding the Champion) use only five Pokémon in their party. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, each of them already has a full party of six upon the second time they are challenged.
  • The Johto and Kanto Elite Four, along with the champion, consists entirely of villains from the Pokémon Adventures manga.
  • Of all Elite Four members and Champions, Blue has had the highest number of different teams. Between Generation I and Generation III, he has had a total of nine different teams as Champion.
  • The Isshu Elite Four members are the only Elite Four members not to use five Pokémon in their first battle. Instead they only use four.

In other languages

  • Chinese: 四天王 (Sìtiānwáng)
  • Dutch: Elite Vier
  • French: Conseil 4
  • German: Top Vier
  • Italian: Superquattro
  • Korean: 사천왕 (Sacheonwang)
  • Polish: Elitarna Czwórka
  • Portuguese: Elite dos Quatro
  • Spanish: Alto Mando

Template:Gen I trainers

NateChallenge.png The Pokémon League VSShauntal.png
Participation
TrainerBattleGym Leaders
GymsBadgesHall of Fame
Championship matches
Elite FourOrange League
Pokémon World Tournament
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver Grande
Lily of the ValleyVertress
Pokémon League locations
Indigo PlateauPummelo Stadium*Mt. Silver*
Ever GrandePokémon League*/Lily of the Valley*
Pokémon League*/Vertress*Pokémon League
Regional Pokémon Leagues
IndigoOrange*JohtoHoenn
SinnohUnovaKalos
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception GateCerulean Cave

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