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LGPE Elite Four

Artwork of the Kanto Elite Four in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: 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 9 sets of Elite Four members and 1 Champion (3 in Scarlet and Violet), 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 (including the remakes like Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire in Generation VI, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl in Generation VIII). 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. In Generation IX, members of Paldea Elite Four are battled in set order, however members of BB League Elite Four can be fought in any order.

Apart from the official Elite Four, the Blueberry Academy also has their own unofficial version of the Elite Four in the form of the BB League. Rather than needing Gym Badges, a Trainer needs to complete a pre-trial in a manner similar to some Gym Leaders' before they can challenge them.

List of Elite Four Members[]

Main Games[]

Indigo Plateau[]

Generation I/III/VII[]
Lorelei Bruno Agatha Lance
Lorelei Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! Bruno Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! Agatha Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! Lance Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Ice Fighting Ghost Dragon
Champion Blue RBFRLG Champion Trace PE
Blue FireRed and LeafGreen Trace character
Generation II/IV[]
Will Koga Bruno Karen
Will HeartGold and SoulSilver Koga HeartGold and SoulSilver Bruno HeartGold and SoulSilver Karen HeartGold and SoulSilver
Psychic Poison Fighting Dark
Champion Lance
Lance HeartGold and SoulSilver


Sidney Phoebe Glacia Drake
Sidney Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Phoebe Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Glacia Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Drake Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Dark Ghost Ice Dragon
Champion Steven RSORAS Champion Wallace E
Steven Stone Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Wallace Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Steel Water


Aaron Bertha Flint Lucian
Aaron Diamond and Pearl Bertha Diamond and Pearl Flint Diamond and Pearl Lucian Diamond and Pearl
Bug Ground Fire Psychic
Champion Cynthia
Cynthia Diamond and Pearl


Shauntal Marshal Grimsley Caitlin
Shauntal Marshal Grimsley Caitlin Black and White
Ghost Fighting Dark Psychic
Champion Alder BW Champion Iris B2W2
Alder Iris Black 2 and White 2
Mix Dragon


Malva Siebold Wikstrom Drasna
Malva Siebold Wikstrom Drasna
Fire Water Steel Dragon
Champion Diantha


Hala SM/Molayne USUM Olivia Acerola Kahili
Hala Molayne Olivia Acerola Kahlil
Fighting/Steel Rock Ghost Flying
Champion Elio/Selene
Elio Ultra Sun and Ultra MoonSelene Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon


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


Rika Poppy Larry Hassel
Rika Poppy Larry Hassel
Ground Steel Flying Dragon
Champion Geeta

Blueberry Academy[]

Crispin Amarys Lacey Drayton
Crispin Scarlet and Violet Amarys Lacey Drayton
Fire Steel Fairy Dragon
Champion Kieran

Side Games[]

Puzzle League[]

Giovanni Ritchie Prima Bruno
Giovanni FireRed and LeafGreen Ritchie Lorelei FireRed and LeafGreen Bruno FireRed and LeafGreen
Ground Mix Ice Fighting
Champion Gary Oak Master Mewtwo
Blue FireRed and LeafGreen 0150Mewtwo
Mix Mix

In the anime[]

Main series[]

In the Pokémon anime, Ash and his friends infrequently meet Elite Four members, who then impart them with battle strategies.

In Kanto, Ash has met the entire original Elite Four roster:

  • Bruno was the first Elite Four member to appear in the anime (excluding Koga, who was later promoted to be one in Generation II), in To Master the Onixpected.
  • Lorelei appeared in The Mandarin Island Miss Match, but she is named "Prima" in the English dub.
  • Lance debuted in Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution, where he was mentioned to be the Champion rather than a regular member of the Elite Four. He is referred to as a member of the Elite Four in Flash of the Titans!.
  • Agatha appeared in The Scheme Team, where she was acting as a temporary Gym Leader for the Viridian Gym.
    • Koga, though not an Elite Four member, debuted in The Ninja Poké-Showdown, where he had a Gym battle against Ash.

In Hoenn, Ash has met only one Elite Four member:

  • Drake appeared in Vanity Affair, where he invited Ash and his friends to his boat, where he had a battle with Ash.

In Sinnoh, Ash has also met the entire Elite Four roster:

  • Lucian debuted in An Elite Meet and Greet!, where he had a battle with Dawn, using his Bronzong against her Buizel.
  • Aaron debuted in A Trainer and Child Reunion!, where he was seen training to challenge Cynthia.
  • Flint debuted in Flint Sparks the Fire!, where he had a battle with Ash, using his Infernape against his Buizel, Infernape, and Pikachu.
  • Bertha appeared in An Elite Coverup!, where she taught Ash and Dawn how observation skills can be useful in battles and Pokémon Contests.

In Unova, Ash has also met only one Elite Four member:

  • Caitlin debuted in Jostling for the Junior Cup!, where she faced off against Cynthia during an exhibition match of the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup.

In Kalos, Ash has met Malva, Wikstrom and Drasna. Another member made an appearance but had not met with Ash:

  • Siebold appeared in Mega Evolution Special I, where he used his Mega Blastoise to battle Alain and his Mega Charizard X.
  • Wikstrom first appeared in a cameo in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, in which he was seen battling Diantha, using his Mega Scizor against her Mega Gardevoir. He made his main series debut in Searching for Chivalry!, in which Ash met him for the first time when he visited the Castle of Chivalry.
  • Malva debuted in Cloudy Fate, Bright Future! in a video transmission. Ash didn't meet her until A League of His Own!, where he was interviewed by her.
  • Drasna debuted in The Future is Now, Thanks to Strategy!. Ash didn't meet her until Taking Two For The Team! as part of an Ultra Class match as part of the World Coronation Series.

In Alola, Ash has met the entire Elite Four rosters from both the Sun and Moon and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon paired versions, though none of them presented themselves as such, because the Alola League was not established until The Dealer of Destruction! in the anime:

  • Hala debuted in To Top a Totem!, where he led Ash to Verdant Cavern so he could start his island challenge.
  • Olivia debuted in The Island Whisperer!, where she took Ash and his classmates to Akala Island and began hosting them during their stay there.
  • Acerola debuted in Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime?, though Ash didn't meet her until the next episode, where she assisted him in his first battle against Nanu.
  • Molayne debuted in Showering the World with Love!, where he showed Ash and his classmates around the Hokulani Observatory.
  • Kahili debuted in Keeping Your Eyes on the Ball!, where she took Ash and his classmates to a Pokémon Golf course and taught them the sport.

It has been stated by Lucian in An Elite Meet and Greet! that when a Trainer wins their respective region's League Conference, they can participate in the Champion League, fighting the members of that region's Elite Four, and then the Champion as well. It has also been shown that an Elite Four member can challenge the Champion and obtain the title from them in battle.


  • 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, Electric or Grass Pokémon.
    • While Larry does specialize in Normal-type Pokémon as a Gym Leader, he specializes in Flying-type Pokémon as an Elite Four member so he does not count.
  • Bruno has the most Elite Four appearances - Kanto's second and Johto's third places.
  • Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: 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.
  • The Dragon-type currently has the most specialist Elite Four members, with 5.
    • The Ghost-type and Steel-type have the second most specialist members, with 4.
  • Koga is currently the only Elite Four member that specializes in Poison-type Pokémon.
  • Aaron is currently the only Elite Four member that specializes in Bug-type Pokémon.
  • Siebold is currently the only Elite Four member that specializes in Water-type Pokémon.
  • Olivia is currently the only Elite Four member that specializes in Rock-type Pokémon.
  • Lacey is currently the only Elite Four member that specializes in Fairy-type Pokémon.
  • According to designer Yusuke Ohmura, the Unova Elite Four was designed based on the theme of "black and white". This explains why Shauntel and Grimsley sport black clothing, whereas Caitlin and Marshal wear white garments.
    • This concept is also accentuated through the types these two different pairs use; Ghost and Dark-types are considered as vague and mysterious, while Psychic and Fighting-types are heralded as straight and enlightened.
  • All members of the Paldea Elite Four (and Geeta) wear gloves. Since Larry and Hassel have known jobs outside of the Pokémon League, they have designs without gloves.