How to Defeat Gym Leader Byron in Pokemon BDSP

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’s 6th Gym will have you up against Byron in the Canalave City. In this guide, we’ll be going over tips on how to Defeat Gym Leader Byron in Pokemon BDSP.

How to Defeat Gym Leader Byron in Pokemon BDSP

Byron mostly has Steel-type Pokemon. As Steel type Pokemons are weak against Ground, Fire, and Fighting-type Pokemons, make sure that you have Pokemons having moves of these types in your party when you go to face Byron.

Byron Gym Location

In order to find Byron and duel with him, head to Canalave City and then go to its gym. After entering the gym, head to the east corner of the room and then use the elevator to go to the upper floor.

Move ahead until you reach two platforms. Take the platform going north to reach Byron and challenge him to a duel.

Defeating Byron will earn you the Mine Badge in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Recommended Pokemon Types

For the fight against Byron, the following types of Pokemon are recommended.

  • Fighting
  • Ground
  • Fire

Byron’s Pokemon

Below are the Pokemons Byron will use against you in the first battle.

Bronzor

  • Level: 36
  • Ability: Levitate
  • Type: Steel and Psychic

Moves

  • Confuse Ray
  • Flash Cannon
  • Sandstorm
  • Trick Room

Steelix

  • Level: 36
  • Ability: Sturdy
  • Type: Steel and Ground

Moves

  • Earthquake
  • Gyro Ball
  • Sandstorm
  • Thunder Fang

Bastiodon

  • Level: 39
  • Ability: Sturdy
  • Type: Steel and Rock

Moves

  • Flash Cannon
  • Iron Defense
  • Stone Edge
  • Thunderbolt

Best Pokemon Team to Defeat Byron

Which Pokemon are best against Byron? Let’s go through a bunch of options that will prove to be a good counter against his team of Steel-type Pokemon:

  • Torterra
  • Gyarados
  • Rapidash
  • Lucario

Torterra

At this point, your Turtwig will be a Torterra. Due to Torterra’s dual typing, its ground-type moves will be super effective against Byron’s Pokemon.

At the same time, be wary of the gym leader’s Bronzor since ground-type attacks will be useless against its Levitate ability.

At the same time, facing Byron’s powerhouse Pokemon like Steelix and Bastiodon will be a walk in the park. Their defenses are no match from Torterra’s ground-type moveset especially Earthquake which it learns after evolving from a Grotle at level 32.

Earthquake is one of the best ground-type abilities available so expect it to eat away the HP of Byron’s party without any question.

Gyarados

Gyarados is a Water and Flying-type Pokemon that evolves from a Magikarp at level 20. You can easily catch a Magikarp at any water source by fishing it with a Good Rod.

Gyarados, despite its Flying typing, is a very strong Pokemon that can prove to be a valuable ally against Byron’s team.

It can learn moves like Aqua tail, Dragon Dance and Surf that will easily chip away at the defenses of his Steelix and Bastiodon.

Preparing with Dragon Dance against Bronzor will be best since you can waste the turns of its trick room.

After that watch your Gyarados sweep through his team within the bat of an eye!

Rapidash

This Fire Horse Pokemon evolves from a Ponyta at level 40. You can catch a Ponyta early on at Route 206.

It is a pure Fire-type which is super effective against Byron’s flagship Steel-type Pokemon. But Steelix’s Ground typing may serve to be a bit troublesome for Rapidash.

It is recommended that you catch a Ponyta for its speed, the best Nature for that is Jolly but Adamant will be good as well.

Start with Flame Charge to raise your Speed even further then follow up with Flame Wheel or Fire Spin. Take advantage of your Fire-type effectiveness against Byron, especially his Bronzor and win!

Lucario

Lucario is a Steel and Fighting-type Pokemon that evolves from a Riolu. Riley will gift you a Riolu for free. Train it and raise its affection with you so it may evolve during the day.

Its Fighting-type move will be super effective against Steelix and Bastiodon but be careful against Ground-type moves as Lucario is a Steel-type as well.

Your best bet is to move first and attack hard so make sure that Trick Room isn’t active. Lucario’s identifying Aura Sphere is best against Byron’s team, you can go for other strong fighting type moves but there is no need

Byron Gym Rewards

Defeating Byron in both duels will award you with the HM Strength, which will help you push rocks to clear paths. He will also give you TM91, which is the Flash Cannon move.

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