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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 Pokémon 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; three more reside at the unnamed Pokémon Leagues in Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos.

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 Indigo Plateau consists of:

Member
Japanese
Type Teams
Generation I Generation III
After Kanto After Sevii
Spr FRLG Lorelei.png
Lorelei
カンナ Kanna
Ice DewgongCloysterSlowbro
JynxLapras
DewgongCloysterPiloswine
JynxLapras
Spr FRLG Bruno.png
Bruno
シバ Siba
Fighting OnixHitmonchanHitmonlee
OnixMachamp
SteelixHitmonchanHitmonlee
SteelixMachamp
Spr FRLG Agatha.png
Agatha
キクコ Kikuko
Ghost GengarGolbatHaunter
ArbokGengar
GengarCrobatMisdreavus
ArbokGengar
Spr FRLG Lance.png
Lance
ワタル Wataru
Dragon GyaradosDragonairDragonair
AerodactylDragonite
GyaradosDragoniteKingdra
AerodactylDragonite

Generation II and IV

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

Member
Japanese
Type Teams
Generation II Generation IV
After 8 Badges After 16 Badges
VSWill.png
Will
イツキ Itsuki
Psychic XatuExeggutorSlowbro
JynxXatu
BronzongJynxGrumpig
SlowbroGardevoirXatu
VSKoga.png
Koga
キョウ Kyō
Poison AriadosForretressMuk
VenomothCrobat
SkuntankVenomothToxicroak
MukCrobatSwalot
VSBruno.png
Bruno
シバ Siba
Fighting HitmontopHitmonchanHitmonlee
OnixMachamp
HitmontopHitmonleeHitmonchan
HariyamaMachampLucario
VSKaren.png
Karen
カリン Karin
Dark UmbreonVileplumeMurkrow
GengarHoundoom
WeavileSpiritombAbsol
HonchkrowHoundoomUmbreon

Hoenn Elite Four

Generation III

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

Member
Japanese
Type Teams
Ruby Sapphire Emerald
Spr RS Sidney.png
Sidney
カゲツ Kagetsu
Dark MightyenaShiftryCacturne
SharpedoAbsol
MightyenaShiftryCacturne
CrawdauntAbsol
Spr RS Phoebe.png
Phoebe
フヨウ Fuyō
Ghost DusclopsBanetteSableye
BanetteDusclops
Spr RS Glacia.png
Glacia
プリム Prim
Ice GlalieSealeoSealeo
GlalieWalrein
Spr RS Drake.png
Drake
ゲンジ Genji
Dragon ShelgonAltariaFlygon
FlygonSalamence
ShelgonAltariaKingdra
FlygonSalamence

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 DustoxHeracrossVespiquen
BeautiflyDrapion
YanmegaHeracrossVespiquen
ScizorDrapion
VSBertha.png
Bertha
キクノ Kikuno
Ground QuagsireHippowdonSudowoodo
WhiscashGolem
GliscorHippowdonRhyperior
WhiscashGolem
VSFlint.png
Flint
オーバ Ōba
Fire RapidashInfernapeSteelix
LopunnyDrifblim
RapidashInfernapeHoundoom
FlareonMagmortar
VSLucian.png
Lucian
ゴヨウ Goyō
Psychic Mr. MimeGirafarigMedicham
AlakazamBronzong
Mr. MimeEspeonAlakazam
GalladeBronzong

Unova Elite Four

Generation V

Starting from this generation, the Elite Four 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 and White Black 2 and White 2
Easy/Normal Challenge
VSShauntal.png
Shauntal
シキミ Shikimi
Ghost CofagrigusJellicent
GolurkChandelure
CofagrigusDrifblim
GolurkChandelure
CofagrigusBanetteDrifblim
GolurkChandelure
CofagrigusJellicentDrifblim
GolurkFroslassChandelure
CofagrigusMismagiusDrifblim
GolurkFroslassChandelure
CofagrigusGengarDrifblim
GolurkFroslassChandelure
VSMarshal.png
Marshal
レンブ Renbu
Fighting SawkThroh
MienshaoConkeldurr
SawkThrohLucario
MienshaoConkeldurr
BreloomThrohSawk
ToxicroakConkeldurrMienshao
SawkThrohLucario
MedichamMienshaoConkeldurr
SawkThrohLucario
MachampMienshaoConkeldurr
VSGrimsley.png
Grimsley
ギーマ Giima
Dark ScraftyKrookodile
LiepardBisharp
ScraftyKrookodileAbsol
LiepardBisharp
SharpedoScraftyKrookodile
LiepardDrapionBisharp
HonchkrowScraftyKrookodile
LiepardHoundoomBisharp
HonchkrowScraftyKrookodile
TyranitarHoundoomBisharp
VSCaitlin.png
Caitlin
カトレア Cattleya
Psychic MusharnaReuniclus
SigilyphGothitelle
MusharnaReuniclusSigilyph
GothitelleMetagross
MusharnaReuniclusSigilyph
BronzongMetagrossGothitelle
MusharnaReuniclusSigilyph
GalladeGothitelleMetagross
MusharnaReuniclusAlakazam
GalladeGothitelleMetagross

Kalos Elite Four

Generation VI

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

Member
Japanese
Type Teams
X Y
VSMalva.png
Malva
パキラ Pachira
Fire PyroarTorkoal
ChandelureTalonflame
VSSiebold.png
Siebold
ズミ Zumi
Water ClawitzerGyarados
StarmieBarbaracle
VSWikstrom.png
Wikstrom
ガンピ Gampi
Steel KlefkiProbopass
ScizorAegislash
VSDrasna.png
Drasna
ドラセナ Dracaena
Dragon DragalgeDruddigon
AltariaNoivern

In the anime

In the main series

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 an Elite Four member.

From Hoenn, Ash has met:

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

In Unova, Ash has met:

While Ash has not yet met a member of the Kalos Elite Four, Siebold has appeared in Mega Evolution Special I, where he used his Mega Blastoise to battle Alain and his Mega Charizard X and Wikstrom debuted in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction in a battle with Diantha..

It has been stated by Lucian in An Elite Meet and Greet! that when a Trainer wins their respective region's Conference Tournament, they can participate in the Champion League, fighting the four members of that region's Elite Four, and then possibly the Champion as well. It has also been shown that an Elite Four member can challenge the Champion and obtain the title from him or her in battle.

In Pokémon Origins

The Kanto Elite Four in Pokémon Origins

The members of the Kanto Elite Four made brief appearances in the episode File 4 - Charizard of the Pokémon Origins mini-series. Red was shown defeating all four members, allowing him to move on to face the Pokémon League Champion, Blue.

In the manga

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In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Kanto Elite Four in Pokémon Adventures

The Kanto Elite Four made their debut in A Charizard...and a Champion watching the final battle between Red and Blue before serving as the primary antagonists for the Yellow chapter of the manga. They are each said to be so powerful that triad leaders of Team Rocket, Koga, Lt. Surge, and Sabrina all had to (begrudgingly) team up with the protagonists and Blaine to take just a single one of them.

The Johto Elite Four is formed at the end of the Gold, Silver, & Crystal chapter. It consists of accomplished Pokémon Trainers that were formerly part of criminal organizations, who would eventually rise as the official Elite Four of Indigo Plateau. Will, Bruno, Karen, and Koga united to train together after they were no longer being controlled. They reappeared in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter participating on the Pokéathlon and later fighting against Lance's Dragonite.

Hoenn Elite Four and Champion in Pokémon Adventures

The Hoenn Elite Four made an appearance in the Ruby & Sapphire chapter, helping to find and catch the legendary golems in order to contain the massive surge of energy created by the clash of Kyogre and Groudon alongside Steven and Wallace, their two regional Champions.

The first Sinnoh Elite Four member to debut in the series was Flint, who made a cameo appearance in the last round of the Diamond & Pearl chapter. The other members appeared in the Platinum chapter, where they were enlisted by the Pokémon Association Chairman to decode the ancient writings in Charon's memobook.

The Unova Elite Four first appeared in the Black & White chapter as Black cites them during his daily pledge. However, they haven't appeared to the main characters as a group yet. Besides Caitlin, who already appeared in the Platinum chapter, Grimsley meets Black, Shauntal meets White and Marshal meets both on different occasions.

Currently only Malva has been shown in the X & Y chapter.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

The Kanto Elite Four members appeared in Indigo Plateau, where all of them were defeated by Satoshi, allowing him to face the Champion, Shigeru.

Trivia

  • In the Kanto-based games, every Elite Four member has at least one Pokémon not of their specialty type during the first battle.
  • The Hoenn and Kalos Elite Four members are the only ones that don't have higher level Pokémon in future rematches with them in any game.
  • Prior to Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Elite Four typically progressed in level with their Pokémon in the games. The rematch teams in HeartGold and SoulSilver don't progress in level like in all previous games and even the pre-Kanto teams used by the same Elite Four. In Generations V and VI, all members of the Elite Four use Pokémon of the same levels, as they can be challenged in any order.
  • 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.
    • Also, Aaron's highest-leveled Pokémon, Drapion, and one of Bertha's Pokémon, Gliscor, match Kincaid's first and second Pokémon, respectively.
  • The Sinnoh Elite Four and Generation I Elite Four are the only ones in which each member has made an appearance in the anime.
  • In Generation V, all Elite Four members' type specialties have been used exactly twice in Elite Four of other regions. The Indigo Elite Four used all of them, spread in its two variations (with a Fighting-type specialist in both), the Hoenn Elite Four has Dark- and Ghost-type specialists, and the Sinnoh Elite Four has a Psychic-type specialist.
  • Pokémon Puzzle League features its own Elite Four: Ritchie, Lorelei, Bruno, and Gary. Gary serves as the leader of the Elite Four and the Puzzle League Champion.
  • All of the Kalos Elite Four use two Pokémon introduced in Generation VI.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 四天王 Sìtiānwáng
Denmark Flag.png Danish Elitekvartetten
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Elite Vier
Finland Flag.png Finnish Eliittineloset
France Flag.png European French Conseil 4
Germany Flag.png German Top Vier
Greece Flag.png Greek Εκλεκτή Τετράδα
Israel Flag.png Hebrew אליט פור
Italy Flag.png Italian Superquattro
South Korea Flag.png Korean 사천왕 Sacheonwang
Poland Flag.png Polish Elitarna Czwórka
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Elite dos Quatro
Romania Flag.png Romanian Elita celor Patru
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Élite Cuatro
Alto Mando
Spain Flag.png Spain Alto Mando


EthanChallenge.png The Pokémon League VSLance.png
Participation
Pokémon TrainerPokémon battle
Gym LeadersGymsBadges
Frontier BrainsSymbolsPrints
Hall of Fame
Championship matches
Elite FourOrange League
Pokémon World Tournament
Battle Frontiers
Hoenn and KantoSinnoh and Johto
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver GrandeLily of the ValleyVertress
Pokémon League Locations
Indigo PlateauPummelo Stadium*Mt. Silver*
Ever Grande CityPokémon League*/Lily of the Valley Island*
Pokémon League*/Vertress City*Pokémon League
Regional Pokémon Leagues
IndigoOrange*JohtoHoennSinnohUnovaKalos
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception GateCerulean Cave



Trainer classes in the Pokémon main series
Kanto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*Bug CatcherBurglarCamper*ChampionGSCFRLGHGSS
ChannelerCue BallElite FourGSCFRLGHGSSEngineerFishermanGamer*GentlemanHikerJugglerLass
LeaderGSCFRLGHGSSPicnicker*Poké Maniac*PKMN TrainerGSCPsychicRivalRocker
Rocket Boss*FRLGHGSSSailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSSPokéfanGSCHGSS
School Kid*GSCHGSSSkierHGSSTeacherGSCHGSSTwinsGSCFRLGHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Beta Trainer class:
ChiefRGBY
Hoenn Ace Trainer*Aqua AdminSEAqua LeaderSEAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack BeltBug Catcher
Bug ManiacCamperChampionCollectorDragon TamerElite FourExpertFishermanGentlemanGuitarist
Hex ManiacHikerInterviewerKindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREMagma LeaderRENinja Boy
Old CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPokéfanPokéManiacPKMN RangerPKMN TrainerPKMN Breeder
PsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidSis and BroSr. and Jr.Swimmer
Team Aqua GruntSETeam Magma GruntRETriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Arena TycoonEDome AceEFactory HeadEPalace MavenEPike QueenEPyramid KingESalon MaidenE
Secret Base ExpertORAS
Sinnoh Ace TrainerAroma LadyArtistBattle GirlBeautyBelle & PaBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCameraman
CamperChampionClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite Four
FishermanGalactic BossGalactic GruntGentlemanGuitaristHikerIdolInterviewersJoggerLadyLassLeader
Ninja BoyParasol LadyPicnickerPIPokéfanPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN Trainer
PolicemanPsychicRancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkier
SocialiteSwimmerTower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPt
Unova Ace TrainerArtistBackersBackpackerBakerBattle GirlBeautyB2W2BikerBlack BeltBoss TrainerB2W2Champion
ClerkCyclistDancerDepot AgentDoctorElite FourFishermanGAME FREAKGentlemanGuitaristB2W2Harlequin
HikerHooligansHoopsterInfielderJanitorLadyLassLeaderLinebackerMaidMotorcyclistMusicianNurse
Nursery AideParasol LadyPilotPokéfanPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN TrainerPoliceman
PreschoolerPsychicRich BoyRoughneckSchool KidScientistSmasherSocialiteStrikerSubway Boss
SwimmerTeam PlasmaTeam Plasma GruntThe RichesBWTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
Pokéstar Studios Only:B2W2
A-list ActorActorActressBig StarCelebrityChic ActressChild StarComedianFine Actor
Movie StarNew ActressStar ActorSuit ActorUnique StarVeteran Star
Pokémon World Tournament Only:B2W2
Junior RepresentativeMaster RepresentativeSenior Representative
World ChampionWorld FinalistWorld Runner-up
Kalos Ace DuoAce TrainerArtistArtist FamilyBackpackerBattle GirlBeautyBlack BeltBrains & Brawn
ButlerChampionChefDriverElite FourFairy Tale GirlFishermanFurisode GirlGarçonGardener
Hex ManiacHikerHoneymoonersLassLeaderLumiose Gang MemberMysterious SistersOwner
Poké FanPoké Fan FamilyPokémon BreederPokémon ProfessorPokémon RangerPokémon Trainer
PreschoolerPsychicPunk CouplePunk GirlPunk GuyRangersRising StarRoller Skater
SchoolboySchoolgirlScientistSky TrainerSuccessorSuspicious ChildSuspicious Lady
Suspicious WomanSwimmerTeam FlareTeam Flare AdminTeam Flare BossTeam Flare Grunt
TouristTwinsVeteranWaitressWorkerYoungster
Battle Chateau Ranks:
By Male: BaronViscountEarlMarquisDukeGrand Duke
By Female: BaronessViscountessCountessMarchionessDuchessGrand Duchess
Only in Battle Institute and Battle Maison:
Battle ChatelaineLadyMadameMaidMonsieurRich Boy

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