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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 League Champion. Those who challenge the Elite Four must have achieved 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; and 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:
Generation II and IV
In Generation II and Generation IV, the Elite Four at the Indigo Plateau consists of:
Hoenn Elite Four
In Generation III, the Elite Four in Ever Grande City consists of:
Sinnoh Elite Four
In Generation IV, the Elite Four at the Pokémon League consists of:
In the anime
Ash and his friends often meet the members of the Elite Four, who then impart them with battle strategies. So far, Ash has only met the complete Kanto group, meeting Lorelei in The Mandarin Island Miss Match (named 'Prima' for purposes of lip-synch), Bruno in To Master the Onixpected, Agatha in The Scheme Team and Lance in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution. Ash has also met Koga in The Ninja Poké-Showdown, though merely for the Fuchsia Gym Badge, Steven in A Hole Lotta Trouble!, Drake in Vanity Affair, Wallace in Our Cup Runneth Over!, Lucian in An Elite Meet and Greet!, Cynthia in Top-Down Training! and Aaron in A Trainer and Child Reunion!.
It has been hinted by Lucian in An Elite Meet and Greet! that when a trainer wins their respective region's Conference Tournament that 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.
- 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 Dex, 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 Generation II, while the Sinnoh Elite Four's battle theme is that of the Sinnoh Gym Leaders, put down a half step.
- The Second Round Elite Four in HeartGold and SoulSilver give the most prize money out of any regional Elite Four, grossing to 75,660 pokédollars, followed by the Post-National Dex Elite Four in Sinnoh, which pays 50,160 pokédollars. The cheapest prize money comes from the Generation II Johto Elite Four, giving only 22,900 pokédollars. This is likely due to the fact that Kanto is accessible afterwards. HeartGold and SoulSilver made the initial Elite Four payout substantially larger.
- 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.
In other languages
- Chinese: 四天王 (Sìtiānwáng)
- French: Conseil 4
- German: Top Vier
- Italian: Superquattro
- Korean: 사천왕 (Sacheonwang)
- Polish: Elitarna Czwórka
- Portuguese: Elite dos Quatro
- Spanish: Alto Mando
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