Elite Four

Artwork of Chase and Elaine confronting the Kanto Elite Four in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

The Elite Four (Japanese: 四天王 The Big Four) are four Pokémon Trainers who are regarded as the toughest in their regional Pokémon League, just short of the Pokémon League Champion. Those who challenge the Elite Four must have won all eight Badges from that region (or, for Trainers in Alola, must have completed all of their island challenge trials). To become Champion, Trainers must face all four and the current Champion consecutively without losing to any of them. Challengers who lose at any time must start their challenge from the beginning. In Paldea, the challenge is named the Elite Test, and is part of the greater Champion Assessment.

One group resides at the Indigo Plateau in Kanto and are considered the best Trainers in both Kanto and Johto. Another group is located in Ever Grande City in Hoenn, while another is located on Mount Lanakila in Alola. Four more groups reside at the Pokémon Leagues in Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, and Paldea.

In the games, they use strong medicine items in battles. In Generation II, they use Max Potions, and from Generation III onwards, they use Full Restores. Like Gym Leaders, they typically specialize in Pokémon of a particular type. Prior to Generation V and in Generation IX, the Elite Four typically progresses in level with their Pokémon in the games and must be challenged in a set order. From Generation V to Generation VII, all members of the Elite Four (except in remakes) use Pokémon of the same levels, as they can be challenged in any order.

In Generation VIII, the Pokémon League in the Galar region uses the Champion Cup tournament instead of an Elite Four.

In the core series games

Indigo Elite Four

At the Indigo Plateau — the site of the Pokémon League in Kanto and Johto — the Elite Four must be battled in a fixed order.

Generations I, III, and VII

In the Generation I games Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow (Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, Yellow in Japan), the Generation III games Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, and the Generation VII games Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the Elite Four at Indigo Plateau consists of:

Type Teams
Generation I Generation III Generation VII
After Kanto After Sevii Initial Rematch
カンナ Kanna
シバ Siba
キクコ Kikuko
ワタル Wataru

Generations II and IV

In the Generation II games Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal and the Generation IV games Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Elite Four at Indigo Plateau consists of:

Type Teams
Generation II Generation IV
After 8 Badges After 16 Badges
イツキ Itsuki
キョウ Kyō
シバ Siba
カリン Karin

Hoenn Elite Four

In Hoenn, the Elite Four must be battled in a fixed order. In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Elite Four at Ever Grande City consists of:

Type Teams
Ruby and Sapphire Emerald Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Initial Rematch
カゲツ Kagetsu
フヨウ Fuyō
プリム Prim
ゲンジ Genji

Sinnoh Elite Four

In Sinnoh, the Elite Four must be battled in a fixed order. In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl, the Elite Four at the Sinnoh Pokémon League consists of:

Type Teams
Diamond and Pearl Platinum Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Initial After National Pokédex After Stark Mountain
リョウ Ryou
キクノ Kikuno
オーバ Ōba
ゴヨウ Goyō

Unova Elite Four

In Unova, the Elite Four may be challenged in any order. In Black, White, Black 2, and White 2, the Elite Four at the Unova Pokémon League consists of:

Type Teams
Black and White Black 2 and White 2
Easy/Normal Mode Challenge Mode
Initial Rematch Initial Rematch Initial Rematch
シキミ Shikimi
レンブ Renbu
ギーマ Giima
カトレア Cattleya

Kalos Elite Four

In Kalos, the Elite Four may be challenged in any order. In Pokémon X and Y, the Elite Four at the Kalos Pokémon League consists of:

Type Teams
X and Y
パキラ Pachira
ズミ Zumi
ガンピ Gampi
ドラセナ Dracaena

Alola Elite Four

In Alola, the Elite Four may be challenged in any order. All Elite Four members use Ultra Balls to store their Pokémon.

Sun and Moon

In Pokémon Sun and Moon, the Elite Four at the Alola Pokémon League consists of:

Type Teams
Sun and Moon
ハラ Hala
ライチ Lychee
アセロラ Acerola
カヒリ Kahili

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the Elite Four at the Alola Pokémon League consists of:

Type Teams
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
マーレイン Mullein
ライチ Lychee
アセロラ Acerola
カヒリ Kahili

Paldea Elite Four

In Paldea, the Elite Four must be battled in a fixed order. In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the Elite Four at the Paldea Pokémon League consists of:

Type Teams
Scarlet and Violet
チリ Chili
ポピー Poppy
アオキ Aoki
ハッサク Hassaku

In spin-off games

Pokémon Puzzle League

Pokémon Puzzle League features its own Elite Four: Ritchie, Lorelei, Bruno, and Gary. Gary serves as the leader of the Elite Four and the Puzzle League Champion.

By defeating each of them, the player is rewarded with an Elite Medal. Playing on Hard Level, Gary is the last challenge and on Super Hard, Mewtwo is the last challenge after the player becomes the Champion.


Ritchie VS screen


Lorelei VS screen


Bruno VS screen

Gary Oak

Gary VS screen

Pokémon Trading Card Game

In Pokémon Trading Card Game, there is a group composed of powerful four members called the Grand Masters, who are the counterpart of the Elite Four in these games. Defeating them earns the player the Legendary Cards.

In the anime

Main series

The Sinnoh Elite Four in the anime

In the Pokémon anime, Ash and his friends infrequently meet Elite Four members, who then impart them with battle strategies.

In Kanto, Ash has met the entire original Elite Four roster:

In Hoenn, Ash has met only one Elite Four member:

  • Drake appeared in Vanity Affair, where he invited Ash and his friends to his boat, where he had a battle with Ash. He reappeared in Looking Out for Number Two!, where he was shown to have become a treasure hunter in addition to his Elite Four duties.

In Sinnoh, Ash has also met the entire Elite Four roster:

In Unova, Ash has also met only one Elite Four member:

Wikstrom and Drasna; two members of Kalos Elite Four

In Kalos, the entire Elite Four roster has appeared, with Ash having met three of them. Unlike the games, all members of the Elite Four of Kalos have at least one Pokémon capable of Mega Evolving:

In Alola, Ash has met the entire Elite Four rosters from both the Sun and Moon and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon paired versions, though none of them presented themselves as such, because the Alola League was not established until The Dealer of Destruction! in the anime:

It has been stated by Lucian in An Elite Meet and Greet! that when a Trainer wins their respective region's League Conference, they can participate in the Champion League, fighting the members of that region's Elite Four, and then the Champion as well. It has also been shown that an Elite Four member can challenge the Champion and obtain the title from them in battle.

Pokémon Origins

The Kanto Elite Four in Pokémon Origins

The members of the Kanto Elite Four made brief appearances in File 4: Charizard. Red was shown defeating all four members, allowing him to move on to face the Pokémon League Champion, Blue.

Pokémon Generations

The Kanto Elite Four in Pokémon Generations

The members of the Kanto Elite Four made brief appearances in The Challenger. Blue was shown defeating all four members, allowing him to become the Pokémon League Champion. Later in the episode, Red was revealed to have defeated them as well, since he was seen about to challenge Blue.

Lance reappeared again more prominent in The Lake of Rage. He teams up with Ethan to battle Team Rocket in the Lake of Rage's incident.

Malva appeared in The Beauty Eternal, where she was seen on a billboard. She is the only member of the Kalos's Elite Four to appear in this series.

Pokémon Evolutions

Malva appeared in The Visionary.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Kanto Elite Four in Pokémon Adventures

Red, Green & Blue chapter

The Kanto Elite Four, consisting of Lorelei, Bruno, Lance, and Agatha, made their debut in A Charizard...and a Champion, watching the final battle between Red and Blue.

Yellow chapter

The Kanto Elite Four served as the primary antagonists for this chapter, seeking to wipe out most of humanity in order to create a utopia for Pokémon. They are each said to be so powerful that the triad leaders of Team Rocket, Koga, Lt. Surge, and Sabrina, all had to begrudgingly team up with the protagonists and Blaine to take just a single one of them at their base of operations on Cerise Island.

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

The Johto Elite Four is formed at the end of this chapter, following the defeat of the Masked Man. It consists of accomplished Pokémon Trainers that were formerly part of criminal organizations, who would eventually rise as the official Elite Four of Indigo Plateau. Will, Bruno, Karen, and Koga united to train together after they were no longer being controlled.

Ruby & Sapphire chapter

Hoenn Elite Four in Pokémon Adventures

The Hoenn Elite Four, consisting of Sidney, Phoebe, Glacia, and Drake, made an appearance in this chapter, helping to find and catch the Legendary titans in order to contain the massive surge of energy created by the clash of Kyogre and Groudon alongside Steven and Wallace, their two regional Champions. It is also during the Hoenn Elite Four's appearance that the challenge of the Elite Four and Champion was mentioned as having replaced a knockout tournament to determine the best Trainer in the region.

Diamond & Pearl chapter

The first Sinnoh Elite Four member to debut in the series was Flint, who made a cameo appearance in the last round of this chapter.

Platinum chapter

Aaron, Bertha, and Lucian debuted in this chapter, where they were enlisted by the Pokémon Association Chairman to decode the ancient writings in Charon's memobook. Meanwhile, Flint accompanied Volkner to the Distortion World so that they could battle Giratina for their own amusement.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

The Johto Elite Four reappeared in this chapter, where they faced Gold in various Pokéathlon events and later fought Lance's Dragonite when it went berserk.

Black & White chapter

The Unova Elite Four first appeared in this chapter as Black cited them during his daily pledge. However, they haven't appeared to the main characters as a group yet. Besides Caitlin, who already appeared in the Platinum chapter, Grimsley meets Black, Shauntal meets White, and Marshal meets both on different occasions. All four converged for the duration of the Unova League tournament that would have determined the Trainer that would challenge them. They also participated in the battle against Team Plasma and the Forces of Nature when N's Castle rose from the ground.

X & Y chapter

The first Kalos Elite Four member to appear is Malva, who appeared in person in this chapter. Drasna, Wikstrom, and Siebold were mentioned by Diantha during her conversation with Gurkinn and Korrina. Siebold later appeared in the Lost Hotel, cooking a meal for X and Y's friends, as a way of apologizing for his lack of participation against Team Flare. Wikstrom and Drasna later appeared in person, assisting X and Y's group in their quest to stop Team Flare. Drasna gave them information about Zygarde and Wikstrom used his Probopass to guide them to Team Flare's hideout at the Pokémon Village. Malva, being a fervent supporter of Lysandre and bearing a searing hatred for Diantha, battled against the Kalos Champion twice over the course of the chapter.

Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon chapter

While never actually forming, the members comprising the Alola Elite Four appear individually throughout the chapter. Hala and Olivia debuted in The Delivery of Rotom and the Girl, discussing the sightings of the guardian deities around Alola with Nanu. Kahili debuted in Defeat and the Commander of the School of Fish, coming back to Alola and speculating the Ultra Beasts were the source of the guardian deities' rage. In Shipwreck and "Oh, What Sharp Teeth You Have, Bruxish!", Acerola found an unconscious Sun and Lillie on a beach and took them to the Aether House to recuperate. Molayne debuted in Truth and the Mastermind Behind Team Skull, helping innocent civilians escape from the Ultra Beasts wreaking havoc on Ula'ula Island.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Flint appeared in Hareta's Heart's Desire as a participant to the Pokémon League tournament, but chose to forfeit when he was overwhelmed by the power of Hareta's Regigigas.

Pokémon Zensho

The Kanto Elite Four members appeared in Indigo Plateau, where all of them were defeated by Satoshi, allowing him to face the Champion, Shigeru.


  • The only types that have yet to be specialized in by any Elite Four member are Normal, Grass, Electric, and Fairy.
    • Though Larry of the Paldea Elite Four specializes in the Normal type, he only does so as a Gym Leader, not as an Elite Four member.
  • The most common type specializations for members of the Elite Four are Ghost and Dragon, with four specializing in each.
    • In addition, every Ghost-type specialist in the Elite Four has been a female.
  • Bronzong is the most common Pokémon to be used by an Elite Four member, being used by four in total.
  • In Red, Blue, and Yellow, the battles against Lorelei, Bruno, and Agatha use the standard Trainer battle theme. The battle against Lance, however, uses the Gym Leader battle theme.
    • In the remakes, the Gym Leader battle theme plays in the battles with all members of the Elite Four.
  • In the Kanto-based games:
    • The Elite Four's specialty types are the ones that were the least common Pokémon types in Generation I.
    • Every Elite Four member has at least one Pokémon not of their specialty type in their initial battle.
  • The Kalos Elite Four members are the only ones that don't have higher level Pokémon in future rematches with them in any game.
    • Additionally, they are the only ones who use just four Pokémon in rematches with them. All other Elite Four members use either five or six Pokémon during rematches.
  • The Indigo, Sinnoh, and Kalos Elite Four are the only Elite Four of which all members have appeared in the anime.
    • All members of the Alola Elite Four have also appeared in the anime. However, they did not appear as Elite Four members, since the Alola Pokémon League was not established at the time.
  • The Alola Elite Four is the only Elite Four with more female than male members.
  • Sword and Shield are the only core series games to feature a Pokémon League but not an Elite Four. Instead, the Champion Cup takes its place.
  • The Paldea Elite Four is the only Elite Four to have members that do not take part in rematches against the player. The only members that take part in rematches are Hassel and Larry. However, Larry can only be rematched once as a Gym Leader, where he specializes in Normal types instead of Flying types. Additionally, none of the rematches take place in the Paldea Pokémon League.
    • The type specialties of the Paldea Elite Four are the types of the Titan Pokémon. The Stony Cliff Titan's type is filled in by Geeta, who terastallizes her Glimmora into the Rock type.
  • Prior to Generation VI, the English names of the Elite Four are puns based on their respective specialized types. From Generation VII onwards, they all possess flora-based names similar to the Pokémon Professors. The same applies to each region Gym Leader.

Name origin

The Japanese name of the Elite Four literally translates to the Four Heavenly Kings, a term of Buddhist origins that refers to the group of four guardian deities presiding over each of the four cardinal directions. By extension, it connotes an ensemble of four leaders in a particular field, akin to the Big Four in English.

The English translation of "the big four" had also appeared in the Japanese and Korean version of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 四天王 Seitīnwòhng
Mandarin 四天王 Sìtiānwáng
  Czech Elitní čtyřka
  Danish Elitekvartetten
  Dutch Elite Vier
Grote vier*
  Finnish Eliittineloset*
  European French Conseil 4 (II+)
Conseil des 4 (I)
  German Top Vier
  Greek Εκλεκτή Τετράδα Eklektí Tetráda
  Hebrew אליט פור Eelit For
רביעיית האליט Revi'hiat Ha'Eelit
  Hindi धमाल चोकडी Dhamaal Chokdi*
शानदार चार Shandaar Char*
  Hungarian Elit négyes
  Italian Superquattro
  Korean 사천왕 Sacheonwang
  Norwegian Elitekvartett
  Polish Elitarna Czwórka*
Elita Czterech*
Wielka Czwórka*
Czwarta Elita*
Portuguese   Brazil Elite dos Quatro (games, anime, manga)
Elite Quatro (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
  Portugal Quarteto de Elite
Elite Four*
  Romanian Elita celor Patru
  Russian Элитная Четвёрка Elitnaya Chetbyorka
Spanish   Latin America Élite Cuatro
Alto Mando
  Spain Alto Mando
  Swedish Elitfyran
  Turkish Elit Dörtlü
  Vietnamese Tứ Thiên Vương

See also

  The Pokémon League  
TrainerBattleGym Leaders
Championship matches
Elite FourOrange League
Champion League
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver GrandeLily of the Valley
Regional Pokémon Leagues
Areas of jurisdiction
Pokémon League Reception GateHall of Fame
Palace of VictoryCerulean Cave
Pokémon AssociationPIA
World Coronation Series
(Masters Eight Tournament)

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Kanto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*Bug CatcherBurglarCamper*ChampionGSCFRLGHGSSPE
ChannelerElite FourGSCFRLGHGSSPEEngineerFishermanGamer*GentlemanGym Leader*GSCFRLGHGSSPE
HikerJugglerLassPicnicker*Poké Maniac*Pokémon Trainer*GSCPEPsychicRivalFRLGRockerRoughneck*
SailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Boss*FRLGHGSSPETeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Coach TrainerPEKarate MasterPEPunk GuyPETeam RocketPETeam Rocket AdminPE
Master TrainersPE
Unused Trainer class:
Hoenn Ace Trainer*Aqua AdminSEASAqua LeaderSEASAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack Belt
Bug CatcherBug ManiacCamperChampionCollectorDragon TamerElite FourExpertFisherman
GentlemanGuitaristHex ManiacHikerInterviewers*KindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREOR
Magma LeaderREORNinja BoyOld CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPoké Fan*Poké Maniac*Pokémon Breeder*
Pokémon Ranger*Pokémon Trainer*PsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchoolkid*Sis & Bro*Swimmer
Team Aqua GruntSEASTeam Magma GruntREORTeammates*TriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Ace DuoORASBrains & BrawnORASBackpackerORASDelinquentORASFairy Tale GirlORASFare PrinceORAS
Free DiverORASLeadersORASLorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORAS
Scuba DiverORASSecret Base ExpertORASSecret Base TrainerORASSootopolitanORASStreet ThugORAS
Battle Frontier only:E
Arena TycoonDome AceFactory HeadPalace MavenPike QueenPyramid KingSalon Maiden
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:ORAS
ArtistBattle ChatelaineButlerChefFurisode GirlGarçonGardenerMadameMaidMonsieurOwnerPreschooler
Punk GirlPunk GuyRising StarRoller SkaterSchoolboySchoolgirlScientistTouristVeteranWaitressWorker
Sinnoh Ace TrainerAroma LadyArtistBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCameramanCamperChampion
ClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite FourFisher*GentlemanGuitarist
Gym Leader*HikerIdolInterviewersJoggerLadyLassMadame*Ninja BoyParasol LadyPicnickerPIPoké Fan*
Poké KidPokémon Breeder*Pokémon Ranger*Pokémon Trainer*Police Officer*PsychicRancherRanchers*
ReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkierSwimmerTeam Galactic Boss*
Team Galactic Grunt*Tower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPtGAME FREAK'sBDSP
Unova Ace TrainerArtistBackersBackpackerBakerBattle GirlBikerBlack BeltChampionClerk
CyclistDancerDepot AgentDoctorElite FourFishermanGAME FREAKGentlemanHarlequin
NurseNursery AideParasol LadyPilotPokéfanPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN TrainerPoliceman
PreschoolerPsychicRich BoyRoughneckSchool KidScientistSmasherSocialiteStrikerSubway Boss
SwimmerTeam PlasmaTeam Plasma GruntThe RichesBWTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster
BeautyB2W2Boss TrainerB2W2GuitaristB2W2
Pokéstar Studios only:B2W2
A-list ActorActorActressBig StarCelebrityChic ActressChild StarComedian
Fine ActorMovie StarNew ActressStar ActorSuit ActorUnique StarVeteran Star
Pokémon World Tournament only:B2W2
Junior RepresentativeMaster RepresentativeSenior Representative
World ChampionWorld FinalistWorld Runner-up
Kalos Ace DuoAce TrainerArtistArtist FamilyBackpackerBattle GirlBeautyBlack BeltBrains & Brawn
ButlerChampionChefDriverElite FourFairy Tale GirlFishermanFurisode GirlGarçonGardener
Hex ManiacHikerHoneymoonersLassLeaderLumiose Gang MemberMysterious SistersOwner
Poké FanPoké Fan FamilyPokémon BreederPokémon ProfessorPokémon RangerPokémon Trainer
PreschoolerPsychicPunk CouplePunk GirlPunk GuyRangersRising StarRoller Skater
SchoolboySchoolgirlScientistSky TrainerSuccessorSuspicious ChildSuspicious Lady
Suspicious WomanSwimmerTeam FlareTeam Flare AdminTeam Flare BossTeam Flare Grunt
Battle Chateau ranks:
By male: BaronViscountEarlMarquisDukeGrand Duke
By female: BaronessViscountessCountessMarchionessDuchessGrand Duchess
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:
Battle ChatelaineLadyMadameMaidMonsieurRich Boy
Unused Trainer classes:
Ace SurferSwimmers
Alola Ace DuoAce TrainerAether Branch ChiefAether FoundationAether Foundation Employee
Aether PresidentAthletic SiblingsBackpackerBeautyBellhopBlack BeltCaptainCollectorCookDancer
Eevee UserElite FourEspeon UserFirefighterFishermanFlareon UserGAME FREAKGentlemanGlaceon User
Golf BuddiesGolferHikerHoneymoonersIsland KahunaJanitorJolteon UserKarate FamilyLassLeafeon User
MadameOffice WorkerPokémon BreederPokémon ProfessorPokémon TrainerPolice OfficerPreschooler
PrincipalPunk GirlPunk GuyPunk PairRising StarRising Star DuoScientistSightseerSwimmerSwimmers
Swimmer GirlsSylveon UserTeacherTeam SkullTeam Skull AdminTeam Skull BossTeam Skull Grunt
Trial GuideTwinsUmbreon UserVaporeon UserVeteranVeteran DuoWorkerYoungsterYouth Athlete
ActorUSUMCapoeira CoupleUSUMDancing FamilyUSUMKantonian GymUSUMMaster & ApprenticeUSUM
ReporterUSUMSparring PartnersUSUMSurferUSUMTeam AquaUSUMTeam FlareUSUMTeam GalacticUSUM
Team MagmaUSUMTeam PlasmaUSUMTeam Rainbow RocketUSUMTeam Rainbow Rocket GruntUSUM
Tourist CoupleUSUMUltra Forest KartenvoyUSUltra Recon SquadUSUM
Battle Tree, Battle Royal Dome, and Battle Agency only:
Battle LegendPokémon Center LadyPro Wrestler
Paldea ArtistBackpackerBlack BeltCabbieChampionCookCourierDirectorDragon TamerElite FourGym Leader
Gym TrainerHikerInstructorJanitorModelMusicianOffice WorkerPoké ManiacPokémon Trainer
ScientistStudentTeam StarTeam Star GruntTop ChampionWaiterWaitressWorkerYoungster

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