Pokémon ORAS: Elite Four Sidney (1st E4 Battle)

Challenging Elite Four Sidney
Elite Four Sidney / Pokémon ORAS
Mightyena Lv. 50 / Pokémon ORAS
Shiftry Lv. 50 / Pokémon ORAS
Cacturne Lv. 50 / Pokémon ORAS
Sharpedo Lv. 50 / Pokémon ORAS
Absol Lv. 52 / Pokémon ORAS
Pokémon Mightyena Lv. 50 Shiftry Lv. 50 Cacturne Lv. 50 Sharpedo Lv. 50 Absol Lv. 52
Type Dark Grass / Dark Grass / Dark Water / Dark Dark
Ability Intimidate Chlorophyll Sand Veil Rough Skin Super Luck
Held Item None None None None None
  • Swagger
  • Take Down
  • Sucker Punch
  • Crunch
  • Fake Out
  • Feint Attack
  • Extrasensory
  • Leaf Blade
  • Leech Seed
  • Payback
  • Needle Arm
  • Spiky Shield
  • Crunch
  • Poison Jab
  • Aqua Jet
  • Slash
  • Aerial Ace
  • Night Slash
  • Psycho Cut
  • Slash
Lobby of the Hoenn Pokémon League / Pokémon ORAS
Lobby of the Hoenn Pokémon League

Preparing to Face the 1st Elite Four Member

Hallway that leads to Elite Four Sidney’s room / Pokémon ORAS
Hallway that leads to Elite Four Sidney’s room

Battles in the Pokémon League are quite straightforward compared to Gym battles.

In the Pokémon League, you’ll have to face the Elite Four and Champion one after another. While you can use items to heal between fights before progressing to the next room, turning back and returning to the Pokémon Center in the middle of the challenge is not allowed. If you lose any of these battles, you’ll need to start over and fight them from the beginning.

So make sure you’re well-prepared before challenging Sidney.

Here’s what you should do first:

  • Train Your Team to be Around Level 50-60. The Elite Four’s Pokémon are between level 50-59, so it would be beneficial to bring a team of Pokémon that have similar or higher levels than your opponents.
  • Finalize the Team’s Held Items and Movesets. Before entering through the gates, it’s a good idea to let your teammates hold useful items and learn new moves that might be useful in the upcoming battles. Check out the section below for Pokémon you can use or moves you can learn that help you beat Sidney.
  • Stock Up on Revives, Full Restores, and Full Heals. They’re essential for keeping your Pokémon healthy between all five battles. You can buy healing items from the clerk located on the right side of the Pokémon League lobby.
Elite Four Sidney’s room / Pokémon ORAS
Elite Four Sidney’s room

Tips & Strategies for Defeating Sidney

Challenging Sidney / Pokémon ORAS
Challenging Sidney

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

  • Use Bug-type Moves. Both Shiftry and Cacturne are 4x weak to Bug-type moves, while the rest of Sidney’s Pokémon have a 2x weak to it. Fairy-type and Fighting-type moves are also super effective, as none of his dual-type Pokémon resist them.
  • Avoid Using Psychic-type Moves. Dark-types are naturally immune to Psychic. Moreover, Psychic-types are weak against Dark, so it’s advisable to avoid using them in this battle.
  • Be Careful When Using Physical Moves. Sidney’s Pokémon have moves and abilities like Intimidate, Rough Skin, Swagger, and Spiky Shield. These can be punishing when you use physical moves. If possible, rely on special moves in this battle instead.
  • Boost Defense or Use Reflect. Sidney’s Pokémon primarily use physical moves. Utilize defense-boosting moves or Pokémon with a high Defense stat to reduce incoming damage. Reflect can also be a great option for halving incoming damage for your entire team.
  • Protect Yourself from High Critical-Hit Ratio Moves. Shiftry, Sharpedo, and Absol have moves that can land critical hits more frequently. This might pose a threat to frail Pokémon with low HP or Defense stats. Consider using Pokémon with the Battle Armor or Shell Armor abilities or use the move Lucky Chant to prevent critical hits.

Recommended Pokémon & Moves to Use

Using Dazzling Gleam against Absol / Pokémon ORAS
Using Dazzling Gleam against Absol

If you’re struggling with this particular battle, check whether you’ve caught or raised any of the Pokémon listed below.

The options below are especially effective at dealing with Sidney’s Dark-type Pokémon:

Recommended Pokémon
Hariyama / Pokémon ORAS
Armaldo / Pokémon ORAS
Gardevoir / Pokémon ORAS
Pokémon Hariyama Armaldo Gardevoir
Type Fighting Rock / Bug Psychic / Fairy
  • Victory Road – 15%
  • Evolve Anorith from a revived Claw Fossil
Evolve Ralts found on:

  • Route 102

Changing up your Pokémon’s moves in between battles against the Elite Four can also be a viable strategy.

Consider letting eligible Pokémon learn the following TMs to help you defeat Sidney easier:

Recommended TMs to Learn
TM52 Focus Blast / Pokémon ORAS
TM81 X-Scissor / Pokémon ORAS
TM99 Dazzling Gleam / Pokémon ORAS
TM TM52 Focus Blast TM81 X-Scissor TM99 Dazzling Gleam
Type Fighting Bug Fairy
Location Lilycove City Department Store Victory Road Route 123

After Defeating Sidney

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

After defeating Sidney, you’ll receive a reward of P 8,320.

Once the brief cutscene concludes, the room behind Sidney will unlock, which leads to the next Elite Four member: Phoebe.


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