It's time for the ultimate test! The Pokémon League awaits, where you'll have to battle against the Elite Four and Professor Kukui – these battles will be the most challenging ones yet.
Do you have what it takes to become Alola's first-ever Champion?
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It seems like years have passed since you last battled Hala and his Pokémon have grown much stronger since your last encounter. As you’re already aware, Hala has a soft spot for Fighting-type Pokémon which means that you’ll want to avoid using Normal, Rock, Ice, Steel and Dark Pokémon against him. Thankfully, his team are pretty easy to counter. Round up your strongest Psychic, Fairy and Flying-types for this battle. The Legendary Pokémon that you just caught will be well-suited to this battle too, so be sure to include it in your party!
Olivia’s team has also grown since you first met them on Akala Island and she still favours her beloved Rock-types. Luckily for you, Olivia’s Rock-type Pokémon have a number of weaknesses that are x4, making them incredibly vulnerable to Grass, Steel, Ground and Fighting-types, in particular. It’s unlikely that your Pokémon will take out Olivia’s in a single shot, as her team is pretty robust, but if you include the types listed above in your party, victory is within your grasp.
Acerola may be standing in for Kahuna Nanu, but that doesn’t make her any less of a threat. Taking on her team of Ghost-type Pokémon may prove to be trickier than you think. Her entire team is vulnerable to Dark-types, but she has also padded out her party with lots of other moves, including Flying, Grass and Ice-types. For this reason, you’ll want to ensure that your team is equally varied. Acerola also has a healthy stock of Full Restores, which she’ll use without hesitation, so bear this in mind when you’re planning your approach.
Kahili is a former island challenge champion who has since begun travelling the world to golf and train more Pokémon. She has a powerful range of Flying-type Pokémon so the best way to counter her is by choosing Ice, Rock and Electric-type Pokémon. This sounds quite straightforward but beware of her Crobat and Mandibuzz, who are both capable of poisoning your team. Much like Acerola, Kahili will also use Full Restores relatively frequently.
You may have defeated the Elite Four but it’s not quite over yet! There’s still one man that you need to prove yourself to. Defeat Professor Kukui and you’ll be crowned the first Pokémon League Champion in Alola – it’s everything to play for!
Battling Kukui will be the most challenging battle you’ve experienced so far as he has six Pokémon in his team, one of which is a direct counter to your starter Pokémon. His team is well-balanced so expect to switch out your Pokémon frequently throughout the battle. If you find that this battle is more challenging than you feel you can cope with, remember that you can rely on your items to stall the fight and repair your team. Miss a turn or two attacking to revive your fallen Pokémon and then hit back hard one they’re back at full health.
If you chose Rowlet, Professor Kukui will have:
If you chose Litten, Professor Kukui will have:
If you chose Popplio, Professor Kukui will have:
Congratulations! You are Alola’s first-ever Champion, take a moment to soak up the victory with your awesome team of Pokémon.
You will now have the Island Challenge Completion Stamp in your Trainer Passport which means that from now on, all Pokémon will obey your commands.
This is such an grand achievement that a festival is held in Iki Town to celebrate!
Everyone turns up for the festivities and it looks as though they’re all enjoying themselves. Lillie appears to congratulate you and persuades you to go to the Ruins of Conflict with her.
Arrive at the Ruins of Conflict and you’ll notice that the bridge has been repaired. Pick up the Zygarde Cell on the right side of the entrance and head in to pay your respects to Melemele Island’s guardian deity, Tapu Koko.
Inside the Ruins of Conflict, you’ll find Tapu Koko’s shrine. Lillie thanks the guardian and encourages you to do the same. She also kindly heals your Pokémon. Reach out to touch the statue and your Z-Ring will begin to glow. Watch as the great Tapu Koko materializes in front of you. It’s time to battle.
Hopefully you will have just caught Tapu Koko, but if you didn’t manage to, you’ll still receive a piece of Tapunium Z (allows any guardian deity to unleash its Z-Power).
If you were unsuccessful in trying to catch Tapu Koko, don’t worry as you’ll be able to come back and try again later on. To keep your seat as a Champion, you’ll have to battle the challengers at the Pokémon League once again, which means you’ll also get another chance to battle Tapu Koko.
You have now completed your Island Challenge, but luckily there’s lots more to do now that you’re a Champion. Continue reading the guide to explore new areas, catch rare Pokémon and more.
|Tapunium ZObtained after battling Tapu Koko|
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