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Battle Guide: EX Challenge: Brock (Very Hard)

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Enemy Layout

Battle 1

Front Line

Weakness
Scientist & Lunatone
Move Types
Weakness
Brock & Onix
Move Types
Weakness
Scientist & Lunatone
Move Types

Back Row 1

Weakness
Street Thug & Frillish
Move Types
N/A
Weakness
Street Thug & Frillish
Move Types

Enemy Details & Move Order

Watch out for these abilities that the enemies will use!

  • Physical Damage Reduction

  • Special Damage Reduction

  • Speed Reduction

Focus on these!

  • Onix: Lower Sp. Def, use Special Moves (E.g. Brendan, Gardenia)

  • Lunatone: Lower Def, use Physical Moves (E.g. Brendan, Kris, Hilbert)

  • Frillish: Lower Def, use Physical Moves (E.g. Brendan, Ramos)

NPC Teammates (if trying to solo this EX Challenge):

  1. Crasher Wake & Floatzel + Gardenia & Roserade + Rosa & Snivy

  2. Kris & Totodile + Brendan & Treecko + Marlon & Carracosta

    1. NPC Reaction to ATTACK TOGETHER EMOTE (at start):
      Floatzel - CRASH!
      Totodile - Pick Up the Pace!

Enemy Move Order

Turn Lunatone Onix Lunatone
1 Physical Shield
2 Ancient Power
3 Ancient Power
4 Rock Throw
5 Special Shield*
6 Rock Hard Determination!
7 Sync Move**
8 Physical Shield
9 Speed It Up!
10 Screech
11 Bulldoze
12 Special Shield
13 Screech
14 Sync Move
15 Bulldoze***

*The default setter of the Special Shield is the Left Lunatone. If Left Lunatone has been knocked out, Right Lunatone takes over the setting duties.

**If Onix is knocked out, Opp Lunatone rotates Rock Slide accordingly until they are knocked out. Carracosta comes in to Icy Wind until they are knocked out.

***Onix repeats Bulldoze, by this point the team is probably on the brink of defeat.

IMPORTANT: Lunatone and Frillish do not attack until Onix is knocked out. (EXCEPT the 2 Ancient Powers at the start of the battle)

Useful Sync Pairs

  • Brendan & Treecko: Great utility against all 3 foe types.
  • Roxanne & Nosepass: Wide Guard for AOE protection after knocking out Onix.
  • Kris & Feraligatr: Faster KO on Lunatone, useful against the Physically weaker Frillish.
  • Thorton & Bronzong: Guarantee No Miss helps alleviate problems caused by shaky accuracy in moves like Leaf Storm and Mega Kick.
  • (Honorable Mention) Winona & Pelipper: Setting up of Rain helps improve the damage dealt by NPC teammates.

Suggested Team Composition

Kris & Feraligatr / Brendan & Treecko / Roxanne & Nosepass

  • All three players should have the above three Sync Pairs if possible.
  • All Pairs should have decent gear equipped (Any 1* Lv6+ Gear will suffice)

Party Configuration:

  • Center: Brendan & Treecko
  • Left: Kris & Feraligatr
  • Right: Roxanne & Nosepass

Battle Strategy

After multiple runs, the below has been found to be the most consistent setup for completing EX Challenge: Brock (Very Hard).

Turn-by-turn Strategy

1) For all players, start with Brendan & Treecko and use “No Turning Back!”

2) Use Dire Hit.

3) Use Dire Hit again. (Can drop the second usage if it wasn’t done quickly enough)

4) Use Leaf Storm on Onix.

5) Use Leaf Storm on Onix again. Unity should be ready.

Unity Attack 1!

6) Unity Attack 1! Use 3x Brendan & Treecko if possible.

7) Host (or player whose Treecko has received the most damage) switches to Roxanne & Nosepass and uses Wide Guard. Guests (or remaining players) switch to Kris & Feraligatr and use X Attack.

8) Roxanne & Nosepass use X Defense All. Guests use “Pick Up the Pace!” if they are one move away from Sync. Guests can use X Attack instead if they are two moves away from sync.

9) Roxanne & Nosepass use “Study Buddies!”. Others target the right Lunatone and use their Sync Move. If unavailable, they use Mega Kick.

10) When Lunatone faints, target the right Frillish and continue using Waterfall / Mega Kick to finish off the right side. The host can switch to Kris & Feraligatr to deal damage as well.

11) A single Lunatone (and a Frillish behind them) remains on the left side. All players should concentrate Waterfall / Mega Kick on the final remaining enemies to finish the encounter!

Strategy: Table Form
# Player 1
(Guest)
Player 2
(Host)
(or player with most damage sustained)
Player 3
(Guest)
1
No Turning Back!

No Turning Back!

No Turning Back!
2
Dire Hit

Dire Hit

Dire Hit
3
Dire Hit

Dire Hit

Dire Hit
4 Target

Leaf Storm
Target

Leaf Storm
Target

Leaf Storm
5
Leaf Storm
Til Unity

Leaf Storm
Til Unity

Leaf Storm
Til Unity
6
Unity Attack 1! (3x Brendan & Treecko if possible)
7
Switch In!
Pick Up the Pace!

Switch In!
Wide Guard

Switch In!
Pick Up the Pace!
8
X Attack

X Defense All

X Attack
9 Target Right

Sync Move
if Sync unavailable
Mega Kick
If Flinching:
X Attack

Study Buddies!
Target Right

Sync Move
if Sync unavailable
Mega Kick
If Flinching:
X Attack
10 Target Right

Waterfall
or Megakick

Switch In!
Waterfall
or Megakick
Target Right

Waterfall
or Megakick
11
Waterfall
or Megakick
Finish them off!

Waterfall
or Megakick
Finish them off!

Waterfall
or Megakick
Finish them off!

Credits and Acknowledgments

A big thank you to Darasaki, Markaralius, and EmmaNielsen from the Pokemon Masters GP Discord for their contributions and their permission to post this guide! Additional thank you to Professor Tuesday for updates to the strategy for increased stability! Their own strategy can be found here.

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