Whitney’s Team (Goldenrod City Gym) – Pokémon Crystal

Gym leader Whitney
Gym Leader Whitney’s Team
Pokémon Clefairy (Lv. 18) Miltank (Lv. 20)
Type Normal Normal
  • Fighting (2x)
  • Fighting (2x)
  • Encore
  • Mimic
  • DoubleSlap
  • Metronome
  • Stomp
  • Attract
  • Milk Drink
  • Rollout

Tips for Beating Whitney

  • Level Up Your Team to Around Level 20: Whitney only has two Pokémon, but they’re both fairly tanky, and Miltank packs a punch with Stomp and Rollout. Even with a larger party, you’ll need strong Pokémon to lower their HP quickly.
  • Use Female Pokémon Against Miltank: The move Attract can deter male Pokémon from attacking Miltank. It does not affect female Pokémon, so use them if possible.
  • Catch a Gastly in Violet City’s Sprout Tower: Ghost-type Pokémon like Gastly are immune to Normal-type moves like DoubleSlap and Stomp. This severely limits Whitney’s team. Additionally, Gastly learns Lick, Confuse Ray, and Hypnosis, which are great for neutralizing strong enemies.
  • Trade Abra for Machop in the Dept. Store (5F): Fighting-type Pokémon like Machop can devastate Whitney’s Normal-type team. You can get a Machop on the fifth floor of the Goldenrod Dept. Store by giving away an Abra (Route 34) to the blue-wearing guy standing next to the counter. This Machop is female, so it won’t be affected by Miltank’s Attract.
  • Neutralize Miltank ASAP: Whitney’s Miltank becomes more dangerous each turn thanks to Rollout, which hits harder each time it’s used consecutively. It can also heal substantially with Milk Drink, which extends the battle. You want to defeat Miltank in under three turns or use something like Hypnosis (Sleep) or Lick (Paralyze) to immobilize it.

Rewards for Defeating Whitney

Whitney will be in shock after you defeat her in battle. Pretend to leave, and you’ll be stopped by one of the other trainers.

Talk to Whitney again to get the following rewards:

The Plain Badge has the following effects:

  • Lets your Pokémon use Strength outside of battle to move boulders around
  • Boosts the Power of Normal-type moves by 12.5%
  • Boosts the Speed stat of Pokémon you control by 12.5%

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