Artwork of the Kanto Elite Four in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.

The Elite Four is a Trainer Class and title given to four trainers that qualify as being the best trainers in their respective regions, with only the Pokémon Champion above their skill level. There are currently 7 sets of Elite Four members and 1 champion, corresponding to the number of Generations that the main series games have been through (although Kanto and Johto share their respective Elite Four location, the Indigo Plateau, which, technically, is in the Kanto region).

In order to challenge the Elite Four, a Trainer must first acquire a total of 8 Badges (16 in Pokémon Gold and Silver and HeartGold and SoulSilver, but you first fight them with 8). Upon battling them, the challenger must face all of them consecutively. In Generations I-IV, the members of the Elite Four are battled in a set order. Since Generation V, they can be fought in any order. Once defeated, a Trainer can battle the regional Pokémon Champion for their title. However, in every region, if the player character is defeated at any point, then they must re-battle all members of the Elite Four.

List of Elite Four Members

Main Games

Indigo Plateau

Generation I/III/VII
Lorelei Bruno Agatha Lance
Lorelei Lets Go Pikachu Eevee.png Bruno Lets Go Pikachu Eevee.png Agatha Lets Go Pikachu Eevee.png Lance Lets Go Pikachu Eevee.png
Ice Fighting Ghost Dragon
Champion Blue RBFRLG Champion Trace PE
Blue (FRLG).png Lets Go Pikachu Eevee Rival.png
Mix
Generation II/IV
Will Koga Bruno Karen
HeartGold SoulSilver Will.png HGSS Koga.png Bruno.png HGSS Karen.png
Psychic Poison Fighting Dark
Champion Lance
HeartGoldSoulSilverLance.png
Dragon

Hoenn

Sidney Phoebe Glacia Drake
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Sidney.png Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Phoebe.png Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Glacia.png Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Drake.png
Dark Ghost Ice Dragon
Champion Steven RSORAS Champion Wallace E
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Steven.png ORAS Wallace.png
Steel Water

Sinnoh

Aaron Bertha Flint Lucian
AaronArt.png BerthaArt.png FlintArt.png LucianArt.png
Bug Ground Fire Psychic
Champion Cynthia
CynthiaArt.png
Mix

Unova

Shauntal Marshal Grimsley Caitlin
Shauntal-detail.png Marshal-detail.png Grimsley-detail.png Caitlin-detail.png
Ghost Fighting Dark Psychic
Champion Alder BW Champion Iris B2W2
Alder.png Black 2 White 2 Iris.png
Dragon

Kalos

Malva Siebold Wikstrom Drasna
Malva.png Siebold.png Wikstrom.png Drasna.png
Fire Water Steel Dragon
Champion Diantha
Diantha.png
Mix

Alola

Hala SM/Molayne USUM Olivia Acerola Kahili
Hala.png Molayne.png Olivia Sunmoon.png Sun Moon Acerola.png Sun Moon Kahlil.png
Fighting/Steel Rock Ghost Flying
Champion Elio/Selene
USUM-Elio.png USUM-Selene.png
Mix

Galar

In Galar, there are no Elite Four. Because of this, the Galar Pokémon League only have the Champion Cup, where the player character only battle the rivals, three of the eight Gym leaders, in the Semi-Finals and Finals receptively and battle the Champion in championship match.

Side Games

Puzzle League

Giovanni Ritchie Prima Bruno
Giovanni XY.png Ritchie.png Lorelei FireRed and LeafGreen.png Bruno.png
Ground Mix Ice Fighting
Champion Gary Oak Master Mewtwo
Blue (FRLG).png 150Mewtwo.png
Mix Mix

Trivia

  • With Ritchie currently being the only exception, members of a region's Elite Four typically only specialize in one specific type of Pokémon (much like gym leaders).
  • The Kanto, Hoenn, and Unova Elite Four are similar, however, at least one type needs to be changed in order for them to be the same.
  • The Unova Elite Four is the first one that allows the player to choose the order in which the Elite Four is battled. The Kalos and Alola Elite Four also shares this trait.
  • The Kalos Elite Four are the first Elite Four who's Pokémon do not go up levels when the player returns to the Pokémon league for their first rematch, in fact they stay at the same levels as the first time the player fought them for all rematches.
  • There has never been a Champion or Elite Four-member specializing Normal, Fairy, Electric or Grass Pokémon.
  • Bruno has the most Elite Four appearances - Kanto's second and Johto's third places.
  • Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! are the only games to date in which the player can change their Pokémon party between Elite Four matches, due to the presence of the Pokémon Box in the player's Bag.
  • Galar is the only region that does not have the Elite Four.
  • There are more Ghost-Type specialist, Elite 4 members than any other type, with a total of 4.
  • Siebold is the only elite four member that specilizes in water type Pokémon

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