Falkner’s Team (Violet City Gym) – Pokémon Crystal

Approaching gym leader Falkner
Gym Leader Falkner’s Team
Pokémon Pidgey (Lv. 7) Pidgeotto (Lv. 10)
Type Normal / Flying Normal / Flying
  • Rock (2x)
  • Electric (2x)
  • Ice (2x)
  • Rock (2x)
  • Electric (2x)
  • Ice (2x)
  • Tackle
  • Mud-Slap
  • Tackle
  • Gust
  • Mud-Slap

Tips for Beating Falkner

  • Level Up Your Starter to Level 12+: Falkner’s team is pretty basic, and you should be able to beat it with a decent Starter. Unless you’re playing with special rules (Nuzlocke), your Starter should be around Level 12 or more by the time you reach Falkner.
  • Bring a Couple More Pokémon: While Falkner only has two Pokémon, you can grow your party up to six. Even if they’re not all Level 10+, you can still get much value from a larger team.
  • Beat Sprout Tower First: If you’re missing some levels or want to grow your team, it’s good to tackle Sprout Tower (northeast of the Gym) and get HM05 Flash first.
  • Watch Out for Mud-Slap: Fire-types don’t have to worry about Normal or Flying-type moves, but Falkner’s birds know Mud-Slap. This damage-dealing Ground-type move is super-effective against Cyndaquil.
  • Remember to Heal Before the Battle: Even though the battle is relatively easy, beating the entire Gym in one go isn’t. Make sure to visit the Pokémon Center before tackling Falkner.

Rewards for Defeating Falkner

Falkner will give you the following rewards after the battle:

The Zephyr Badge has the following effects:

  • Lets your Pokémon use Flash outside of battle to light up dark spaces
  • Ensures that Pokémon up to Level 20 follow your commands in battle
  • Boosts the Power of Flying-type moves by 12.5%
  • Boosts the Attack stat of your Pokémon by 12.5%

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