How To Beat Champion Steven (Pokémon ORAS)

Challenging Champion Steven at the Elite Four
Champion Steven / Pokémon ORAS
Skarmory Lv. 57 / Pokémon ORAS
Claydol Lv. 57 / Pokémon ORAS
Aggron Lv. 57 / Pokémon ORAS
Cradily Lv. 57 / Pokémon ORAS
Armaldo Lv. 57 / Pokémon ORAS
Mega Metagross Lv. 59 / Pokémon ORAS
Pokémon Skarmory Lv. 57 Claydol Lv. 57 Aggron Lv. 57 Cradily Lv. 57 Armaldo Lv. 57 Mega Metagross Lv. 59
Type Steel / Flying Ground / Psychic Steel / Rock Rock / Grass Rock / Bug Steel / Psychic
Ability Sturdy Levitate Sturdy Suction Cups Battle Armor Tough Claws
Held Item None None None None None Metagrossite
  • Toxic
  • Aerial Ace
  • Spikes
  • Steel Wing
  • Reflect
  • Light Screen
  • Extrasensory
  • Earth Power
  • Stone Edge
  • Earthquake
  • Iron Tail
  • Dragon Claw
  • Giga Drain
  • Ancient Power
  • Sludge Bomb
  • Confuse Ray
  • X-Scissor
  • Rock Blast
  • Metal Claw
  • Crush Claw
  • Bullet Punch
  • Zen Headbutt
  • Meteor Punch
  • Giga Impact
Hallway that leads to Champion Steven’s room / Pokémon ORAS
Hallway that leads to Champion Steven’s room

Tips & Strategies for Defeating Steven

Challenging Steven / Pokémon ORAS
Challenging Steven

Here are some tips and strategies to help you win this fight:

  • Prepare a Variety of Super Effective Moves. Different members of Steven’s team are vulnerable to different types. Having a wide coverage of moves will allow you to handle any Pokemon he uses against you. For a list of weaknesses for each of his team members, refer to the table above.
  • Opt for Special Attacks. Steven’s team is mostly made of Rock and Steel-types, which usually have a much higher Defense stat. Using special attacks in this battle would be more effective. In Steven’s lineup, only Claydol has a higher Special Defense than Defense.
  • Remove Dual Screens with Defog or Brick Break. Steven’s Claydol may attempt to set up Dual Screens with Light Screen and Reflect—moves that halve special and physical damage, respectively. Be warned, if you don’t eliminate these effects with Defog or Brick Break, Steven’s Pokémon will be significantly harder to defeat.
  • Beware of Mega Metagross. Mega Metagross, Steven’s Mega Evolved ace Pokémon, is a fearsome threat due to its well-rounded stats and extremely high base Attack and Defense. If you’re unprepared for this, it might be able to wipe out your team. Use a powerful Dark, Fire, Ghost, or Ground-type move to deal with it.
  • Take the Ability Sturdy into Account. Both Skarmory and Aggron possess the Sturdy ability, which means they can withstand one lethal attack at full health, leaving them with 1 HP. Steven will often heal them with a Full Restore right after Sturdy triggers.

Recommended Pokémon & Moves to Use

Using Earthquake on Mega Metagross / Pokémon ORAS
Using Earthquake on Mega Metagross

Finding Mega Metagross tough to beat?

You could try using Mega Evolution on your own Pokémon to tip the scales. A safe option is to let your starter Pokémon Mega Evolve to handle Mega Metagross.

Or you might consider changing some of your Pokémon’s moves before the battle.

Consider letting eligible Pokémon learn the following TMs to help you deal with Steven’s team.

Recommended TMs to Learn
HM03 Surf / Pokémon ORAS
TM38 Fire Blast / Pokémon ORAS
TM26 Earthquake / Pokémon ORAS
TM HM03 Surf TM38 Fire Blast TM26 Earthquake
Type Water Fire Ground
Location Petalburg City Lilycove City Department Store Seafloor Cavern

After Defeating Steven

Talking to Steven after the battle / Pokémon ORAS
Talking to Steven after the battle

After defeating Steven, you’ll receive a reward of P 11,800.

But more importantly, you’ll now be the new Hoenn League Champion!

Following your victory, a lengthy cutscene will play out. Eventually Steven will induct your current team into the Hall of Fame. The game will then automatically save and the credits will roll.

Entering your team in the Hall of Fame / Pokémon ORAS
Entering your team in the Hall of Fame

But wait! The game isn’t over yet.

More post-game features will be unlocked, including a new story: The Delta Episode. Finishing this will unlock even more features, including a much more challenging rematch against the Elite Four and Champion.


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