How to defeat Larry of the Elite Four in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Do not status Staraptor!

Larry, the Normal Type Gym Leader of Pokémon Scarlet & Violet, doubles as a member of the Elite Four. He uses Flying Type Pokémon for his Elite Four match, which is a direct counter to the Normal Type's weakness, Fighting Type. During this Champion Assessment battle, he will use five Pokémon with the highest being level 60. This is everything players need to know about Larry's Elite Four battle in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.

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How to beat Elite Four Larry in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Larry's Elite Four team in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet are all Flying Type, giving players a reliable way to counter them. Using Ice Type moves is an easy way to sweep through Larry's entire team as every single one of his Pokémon is weak to them. Unlike Nemona, Clive, or Penny's battles where a lot of switching around might be necessary, players can absolutely use one Pokémon for Larry's battle. His team includes:

  • Level 59 Tropius - Grass/Flying, weak to Ice, Fire, Rock, Flying, and Poison with Air Slash, Solar Beam, Dragon Pulse, and Sunny Day.
  • Level 59 Oricorio - Electric/Flying, weak to Rock and Ice with Revelation Dance, Air Slash, Icy Wind, and Teeter Dance.
  • Level 59 Altaria - Dragon/Flying, weak to Ice, Fairy, Rock, and Dragon with Dragon Pulse, Moon Blast, Flamethrower, and Ice Beam.
  • Level 59 Staraptor - Normal/Flying, weak to Rock, Electric, and Ice with Brave Bird, Facade, Close Combat, and Thief.
  • Level 60 Flamigo - Flying/Fighting with Flying Tera Type, weak to Ice, Rock, and Electric after Terastallizing with Brave Bird, Close Combat, Throat Chop, and Liquidation.

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Tropius isn't much of a threat and can even be used as a chance to set up with Swords Dance, X Items, or any other Stat raising moves. Its biggest threat is Solar Beam. Unless it uses Sunny Day to both double its Speed due to its Ability, Chlorophyll, and cause Solar Beam to become a one turn move, it's easy to take down with any Ice Type move. Oricorio can slow down players' Pokémon with Icy Wind and can confuse them with Teeter Dance. Players should be careful not to use any Dance moves, as Oricorio will use the same move as well as its normal attack in the same turn due to its Ability, Dancer.

Altaria, like Tropius, takes four times the damage from Ice Type moves and is easy enough to take down. Its moveset covers its weaknesses, but it is more of a defensive Pokémon than an offensive one. Staraptor is the biggest threat on the team and will lower the Attack Stat of Pokémon when switched in due to its Ability, Intimidate. It has a decent amount of Speed, capable of moving first against most Pokémon and dealing a lot of damage with any of its moves.

Flamigo will Terastallize right away and deal a lot of damage with Brave Bird. It doesn't have as much Attack as Staraptor, but it deals much more damage after Terastallizing. It can hit Ghost Types with Close Combat due to its Ability, Scrappy, and stop Pokémon's sound based moves like Torch Song and Hyper Voice with Throat Chop. Pokémon that can outspeed it and take it out in one hit, like Weavile, are recommended to deal with it efficiently.

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