How To Beat Elite Four Aaron In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl

So you’re finally in the Sinnoh Pokemon League! You’re well on your way to becoming champion. Now, you must prove you’re worthy to challenge the Champion by beating the Elite Four. Up first is the bug expert, Aaron.


Elite Four Aaron

Aaron is the first member of the Elite Four you’re going to face. Being a Bug type specialist, you may be thinking that you can easily stomp through his team simply by carrying strong Fire, Flying, or Rock type Pokemon in your team. While yes, Bug Pokemon are weak against these types, Aaron’s team is prepared and has amazing coverage. Almost as if they’re bred for use in the competitive scene. Let’s take a closer look at each of the Pokemon on his team, what moves they have, and the held items they carry.

Dustox Lv. 53

Type: Bug/Poison

Ability: Shield Dust

Item: Black Sludge


  • Toxic
  • Bug Buzz
  • Moonlight
  • Light Screen

The first Pokemon Aaron will throw at you is his Dustox. It isn’t particularly powerful but it can throw a real wrench in your strategy if you plan on using a special attacker against it. It has Light Screen so it will reduce the damage received from special attacks for the next couple of turns. It can also heal itself using Moonlight and can inflict poison on your Pokemon using Toxic. Overall, it isn’t all that difficult to deal with just use a strong Fire or Flying type and you can easily knock it out. Watch out for Toxic though.

Beautifly Lvl. 53 

Type: Bug/Flying

Ability: Swarm

Item: Wise Glasses


  • Bug Buzz
  • Shadow Ball
  • Psychic
  • Quiver Dance

Similar to Dustox, Beautifly won’t exactly be that hard to beat. A strong Fire type can easily knock it out as well. Although if you’re using Infernape, watch out for Psychic. Apart from that, this Pokemon doesn’t have much presence.

Vespiquen Lv. 54

Type: Bug/Flying

Ability: Unnerve

Item: Sitrus Berry


  • Acrobatics
  • Attack Order
  • Aerial Ace
  • Defend Order

This is when things get a little difficult. Aaron’s Vespiquen is very powerful and can sweep your team if you’re unprepared. Acrobatics is a Flying type move that deals physical damage and is even more effective if its target isn’t holding any items. Attack Order is another powerful Bug type move that has 90 power and can easily deal critical damage. Defend Order is a counterpart of Attack Order and, as its name suggests, raises both the Defense and Special Defense of Vespiquen. Just like the previous two Pokemon, you can easily knock it out with a strong Fire type. 

Heracross Lv. 54

Type: Bug/Fighting

Ability: Guts

Item: Flame Orb


  • Earthquake
  • Rock Slide
  • Facade
  • Brick Break

We’re edging closer to Aaron’s ace Pokemon. Heracross isn’t his strongest but make no mistake; it is very powerful. Your best bet here would be to use a Flying type Pokemon since it is 4x weak to Flying type moves. A Fire Pokemon can do the trick but it will use Earthquake and Rock Slide to take it out. The scariest thing about this Pokemon is the Guts/Flame Orb/Facade combo. Guts is an ability that boosts a Pokemon’s attack if it has a status ailment, while Facade is a physical Normal-type move that doubles in power if the Pokemon using it is poisoned, burned, or paralyzed. Combine that with an item like Flame Orb, which inflicts burn to the Pokemon that holds it, and you’ll have a physical attacker that can sweep you in a moment’s notice.

Drapion Lv. 57

Type: Poison/Dark

Ability: Sniper

Item: Scope Lens


  • Cross Poison
  • Night Slash
  • Earthquake
  • X-Scissor

We’re down to Aaron’s final Pokemon and it is his strongest. Drapion isn’t a Bug type but it does evolve from one. It won’t inflict any status ailments nor will it raise its stats. What it will do is focus on attacking. It has a bunch of powerful physical damage moves that will constantly crit thanks to Sniper and Scope Lens. Your best bet to beat this Pokemon is to use Ground type moves since Drapion’s typing is only weak to this specific type.

Which Pokemon should I use?

The best Pokemon to use against Aaron is a Rock type Pokemon. While Flying and Fire types are easier to acquire, Aaron’s team is equipped with decent coverage to easily take out those types of Pokemon. He doesn’t have much coverage against Rock types except on Heracross and Drapion. If you manage to get your hands on a Golem or a Steelix, it can be a great asset to help you against Aaron. Rapidash, Garchomp, and Staraptor are great choices as well and can be acquired prior to making it to the Pokemon League.

So there you have it! That’s everything you need to know about how you can beat Aaron in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Be sure to check back with us again for more awesome guides on your favorite games. Have fun!