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

Right after beating Aaron, you’ll be facing Bertha next. Make no mistake, this elderly Ground type specialist ain’t no pushover and can send you packing if you’re unprepared. Here’s everything you need to know about the second member of the Elite Four.


Elite Four Bertha

The Sinnoh League’s local Ground-type expert may look old but years of experience as a high level trainer ensures that her team is built in tip top shape. Since she uses Ground types, the best course of action is to carry Water and Grass type Pokémon with you as they have the type advantage in this battle. Don’t be fooled though, Bertha’s team has excellent coverage and will definitely won’t be as easy as simply spamming Water or Grass moves. Let’s take a closer look at her team.

Quagsire Lv. 55

Type: Water/Ground

Ability: Water Absorb

Item: Leftovers


  • Recover
  • Toxic
  • Earthquake
  • Surf

Quagsire is probably one of the cutest Pokémon ever made. I mean look at it. It looks very non-threatening. But beneath that adorable exterior, hides a very powerful Pokémon that can sweep your team if left unchecked. For those of you leading with a Water type looking for an easy knockout against a well known Ground type user will find themselves at a disadvantage at Bertha’s first Pokémon. Thanks to its typing, Quagsire actually only has one weakness and that is Grass types. Being a Water/Ground type, it is four times as weak to Grass type moves making it incredibly effective. This Pokémon has Recover and Toxic so watch out for those. With a pretty decent Defense and Special Defense, Quagsire can easily stall and whittle your team using the poison from Toxic.

Sudowoodo Lv. 56

Type: Rock

Ability: Rock Head

Item: Sitrus Berry


  • Double-Edge
  • Head Smash
  • Sucker Punch
  • Low Kick

Up next in Bertha’s team is the Rock Pokémon Sudowoodo. This Pokémon doesn’t have any Ground type moves in its arsenal but it’s still a strong beast. What sets it apart is the fact that Sudowoodo has a very high Attack and Defense stat. It will work great as a physical Wall for Bertha’s team. It also has the ability Rock Head which makes it immune to any sort of recoil damage from its moves. Naturally, it is paired with the move Double-Edge which has a 120 base power. Fortunately, Sudowoodo is easy to counter with its plethora of weaknesses. Water and Grass types will do equally well against this Pokémon.

Golem Lv. 56

Type: Rock/Ground

Ability: Sturdy

Item: Soft Sand


  • Rock Polish
  • Heavy Slam
  • Earthquake
  • Stone Edge

We’re already halfway through Bertha’s team and things will only get more difficult from here. Golem is another Pokémon with a high Attack and Defense stat. It’s a great offensive Pokémon that can also soak some damage. It’s moveset isn’t anything too special or out of the ordinary so it can be fairly predictable. The Rock Polish and Heavy Slam combo is something to watch out for though. Rock Polish sharply increases Golem’s speed, while Heavy Slam deals damage the heavier the Pokémon is. And you can tell just by looking at Golem that it is a pretty heavy Pokémon. A strong Water or Grass type should be enough to take it out.

Whiscash Lv. 55

Type: Water/Ground

Ability: Hydration

Item: Rindo Berry


  • Bulldoze
  • Ice Beam
  • Belch
  • Hydro Pump

Just like Quagsire, Whiscash is also a Water/Ground type making it only weak to Grass type moves. So naturally, you’d want to bring out a Grass type Pokémon, right? Well you could do that but Bertha’s Whiscash comes with a coverage move in the form of Ice Beam. Ice Beam can easily chunk or even instantly knock out your Grass type Pokémon. You may be wondering, if you can’t use Grass type Pokémon, then how will you beat Whiscash? Simple, look for Grass type moves that can be learned by non-Grass type Pokémon. A good move that you’re pretty much guaranteed to have is Grass Knot. You get it as a reward for beating Gardenia from the Eterna Gym and a lot of Pokémon can actually learn this move.

Hippowdon Lv. 59

Type: Ground

Ability: Sand Stream

Item: Chesto Berry


  • Ice Fang
  • Earthquake
  • Crunch
  • Rest

Bertha is down to one last Pokémon and of course, it is the ace up her sleeve. Hippowdon is the highest leveled and probably the strongest on her team. It is a solid tank that has very high HP, Attack, and Defense. It also has a coverage move against Grass types in the form of Ice Fang. Its ability, Sand Stream, summons a sandstorm that continually damages Pokémon that aren’t Ground, Rock, or Steel types. It carries a Chesto Berry which comes in pretty handy when it recovers health using Rest. Despite being her strongest Pokémon, it can be easily taken out with a strong Water type or a Pokémon that knows a Grass type move. In this case, Grass Knot will also be very effective since it deals more damage the heavier the opposing Pokémon is. 

Which Pokémon should I use?

The best Pokémon to use against Bertha are Water or Grass type Pokémon. A good Pokémon to use is Abomasnow which you can get prior to the Pokémon League. It is an Ice/Grass type making it a very powerful pick against Bertha. It is weak to Rock type moves so you better be careful and take precautions when using it. Among the starters, Empoleon and Torterra have a distinct advantage against this type although can be susceptible to certain coverage moves of Bertha’s Pokémon. 

So there you have it! That’s everything you need to know about how you can beat Bertha 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!