How to Defeat Maylene in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

How to Defeat Maylene in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

How to beat Maylene in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Seems like every Pokémon game has at least one top-tier trainer who specializes in fighting types, whether that’s a Gym Leader or a member of the Elite Four. Sometimes both! It makes sense; Gym leaders lead gymnasiums, and when you think of gyms, you probably think of physical activity and martial arts. Maylene, the manager of Veilstone City’s Gym, is one such trainer and she has been training for optimal physical shape. Here’s how to beat Maylene in Shiny Diamond and Shiny Pearl Pokémon.

Maylene packs the following Pokémon into her team, which in turn have the following moves.

  • Meditite, level 27 (combat / psychic)
    • Drain Punch (Combat)
    • Bright screen (psychic)
    • Flash (normal)
    • Bulk (combat)
  • Machoke, level 27 (combat)
    • Low sweep (combat)
    • Knock Off (dark)
    • Rocky Grave (Rock)
    • Bulldozer (on the ground)
  • Lucario, level 30 (Combat / Steel)
    • Drain Punch (Combat)
    • Scream (Normal)
    • Metal claw (Steel)
    • Bulk (combat)

How to beat Maylene in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

If Maylene only packed pure fight-types it wouldn’t be a very complicated fight, but the double-typing of Meditite and especially Lucario can complicate things a bit, especially since they both know the Self-healing Drain Punch.

First of all, you want natural counters to combat types, not only for the purpose of exploiting the type’s weaknesses, but to minimize damage from combat moves. I’m talking about the Flying, Psychic, and Fairy types. Since you can carry six Pokémon versus Maylene’s three, you can get some variety, and that’s a perk you’ll want to emphasize. Ideally you want to try and shoot Maylene’s Pokémon, as if you gave her an opening, she will use one of her two Hyper Potions to heal her Pokémon and prolong the fight.

To counter Meditite, I would recommend a flying guy like Starraptor. Its dual Combat / Psychic type mitigates its psychic weakness, but since its only real attack is Drain Punch, as long as you have something tough and combat resistant you can deal with it fairly easily.

For Machoke, I would recommend switching to a psychic type like Kadabra or Psyduck. Keeping the Flying type is a bit of a risky game, as they would be weak against Machoke’s Rock Tomb. Granted, there is a slight Machoke risk in using Knock Off, but if you can do it all at once with a Psybeam, that’s a moot point.

Finally, for Lucario, I would recommend taking advantage of his Steel type instead of his Combat type and using a Fire type like Ponyta or Monferno. Lucario is a very tough Pokemon, but even a simple Fire move like Ember should be able to do this quickly. Additionally, the fire types aren’t weak for any of Lucario’s moves, so he won’t be able to do much to stop you.

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