Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver: Battle Frontier Strategy Guide!

The earliest version of the Battle Frontier, aka the Battle Tower made its first ever portable Pokemon appearance in Pokemon Crystal. With this in mind is should be no surprise that a Battle Frontier shows up in the Pokemon Heart Gold & Soul Silver remakes as well. Here however we have a fully expanded Battle Frontier complete with five Frontier Brains to challenge you. In this article, we’ll look at what you can expect from each of the five areas so that you can go in prepared and ready to win. All of the Frontier options allow Single, Double or Mixed Wireless Battles, so you can choose whichever works best for you.

The Battle Arcade

In the Battle Arcade, you’ll have to deal with a variety of random status effects that will be inflicted on either you or your opponent. You never know what you’re going to get so expect anything from all of your team being paralyzed to all of your stats being raised. You might also get weather conditions like hail, Sunny Day, or Sandstorm, so make sure you have a pretty versatile team. Because of the random nature of these battles, winning or losing is as much luck as it is a solid team. Good luck!

Your Frontier Brain here is Arcade Star Dahlia. You’ll encounter Dahlia on your 21st and 49th battle, and you’ll receive the standard silver medal and coloured medal respectively after beating her.

Dahlia – First Battle!

1. Dusknoir
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Pressure
Held Item: Iron Ball
Moveset: Fling, Shadow Punch, Trick Room, Will O’ the Wisp

2. Medicham
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Pure Power
Held Item: Salac Berry
Moveset: Endure, Fake Out, Reversal, Zen Headbutt

3. Ludicolo
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Swift Swim
Held Item: Focus Band
Moveset: Drain Punch, Razor Leaf, Swords Dance, Waterfall

Dahlia -Second Battle!

1. Zapdos
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Pressure
Held Item: Brightpowder
Moveset: Air Cutter, Heat Wave, Signal beam, Thunderbolt

2. Blaziken
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Blaze
Held Item: White Herb
Moveset: Flare Blitz, Night Slash, Superpower, Thunder Punch

3. Togekiss
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Serene Grace
Held Item: Expert Belt
Moveset: Air Slash, Aura Sphere, Hyper Beam, Psychic

The Battle Castle

The Battle Castle features your standard three on three Singles or four on four Doubles options. The thing that makes this stand out is that your Pokemon are not healed between battles. Instead you’ll have to earn and then spend Castle Points to heal your Pokemon. Castle Points can also be used to earn new items or even your PP. You can even get powerful rare items like Marowak’s Thick Club or Pikachu’s Light Ball! How cool is that?

Your Frontier Brains are Darach and Caitlin. You’ll fight them on your 21st and 49th battle and beating them will earn you a silver and coloured medal respectively. What sets your battles against this Frontier Brain Tandem apart is that the Pokemon in each team might have one of two very different movesets. Let’s take a look.

Darach and Caitlin – First Battle

1. Staraptor
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Intimidate
Held Item: King’s Rock
Moveset A: Aerial Ace, Double Team, Return, Roost
Moveset B: Aerial Ace, Endure, Endeavor, Quick Attack

2. Empoleon
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Torrent
Held Item: Razor Claw
Moveset A: Brick Break, Knock off, Metal Claw, Waterfall
Moveset B: Aqua Jet, Drill Peck, Rock Slide, Shadow Claw

3. Houndoom
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Early Bird
Held Item: Focus Sash
Moveset A: Crunch, Counter, Fire Fang, Roar
Moveset B: Fire Fang, Endure, Reversal, Thunder Fang.

Darach and Caitlin – Second Battle!

1. Entei
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Pressure
Held Item: Shuca Berry
Moveset A: Fire Blast, Hyper Beam, Solarbeam, Sunny Day
Moveset B: Calm Mind, Extrasensory, Overheat, Shadow Ball

2. Empoleon
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Torrent
Held Item: Quick Claw
Moveset A: Blizzard, Earthquake, Signal Beam, Surf
Moveset B: Drill Peck, Earthquake, Flash Cannon, Hydro Cannon

3. Gallade
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Steadfast
Held Item: Scope Lens
Moveset A: Aerial Ace, Psycho Cut, Stone Edge, X-Scissor
Moveset B: Close Combat, Leaf Blade, Night Slash, Psycho Cut

The Battle Factory

The Battle Factory is the standard “Rent a Pokemon” challenge. You won’t be able to choose any of your own personal Pokemon. Instead you’ll be “renting” some before entering the Factory battles. After each battle you win, you’ll be able to exchange one of your Pokemon for one of theirs. So if an opponent has a superior Pokemon or one that was hard to take down, you should try and grab that. You’ll have to win seven battles in a row before getting a break. Rental Pokemon will be at either Level 50 or Level 100 and your opponents will have the same level Pokemon as yourself.

The key to winning is comes first your selection of Pokemon at the very beginning. You’ll have to choose three Pokemon from a set of six. Check the stats and movesets carefully as a Spiritomb with only Splash will not be as helpful as a Magikarp with four different high powered attacks.

Your Frontier Brain is Factory Head Thorton. You’ll first face him after achieving a streak of 20 wins. Because he is using rental Pokemon as well, it will be completely random in regards to what he’ll throw at you. Beat him and you’ll earn the Factory silver medal. If you can keep your streak going to 48-0, Thorton will return for your 49th and final battle. Beat him and you earn the coloured medal.

The Battle Hall

In the Battle Hall, you are allowed only a single Pokemon or two if you choose to do double battles. Once you enter the hall, you’ll be given a list Matron Argenta. Her Pokemon will be one of the following 18: Arceus, Celebi, Darkrai, Deoxys, Dialga, Giratina, Groudon, Ho-Oh, Jirachi, Kyroge, Lugia, Manaphy, Mew, Mewtwo, Palkia, Phione, Rayquaza or Shaymin. You also won’t be able to choose the type in these battles. You’ll face Argenta in your 50th and 170th battle. If you win you’ll get the silver and coloured medals respectively, but also know that this is the hardest series in the entire Battle Frontier and it will take a lot of skill and luck to win here.

The Battle Tower

The Battle Tower is the same as it has been since its first appearances in Pokemon Crystal and Pokemon Stadium. However this mode also offers WiFi Battles as a play option. WiFi Battles lets you download other people’s Pokemon teams and see how you can do against them. No matter what you choose though, you take your three best Pokemon (or four best if you choose Double Battles) and wail away on your opponents. You’ll have to complete a streak of seven wins before you are given the option to stop.

Your Frontier Brain is Tower Tycoon Palmer, who is also the father of Barry, your rival in Pokemon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum. You’ll face him in both your 21st and 49th battles. If you can win the first encounter, you’ll earn The Tower silver medal. If you can win the second, you’ll get a coloured medal. Here’s a look at both of Palmer’s lineups so you know what to expect.

Palmer – First Battle!

1. Milotic
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Marvel Scale
Held Item: Shell Bell
Moveset: Attract, Hypnosis, Ice Beam, Surf

2. Rhyperior
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Solid Rock
Held Item: Focus Band
Moveset: Crunch, Earthquake, Roar, Rock Wrecker

3. Dragonite
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Inner Focus
Held Item: Lum Berry
Moveset: Aerial Ace, Dragon Claw, Dragon Dance, Thunder Wave

Palmer – Second Battle!

1. Regigigas
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Slow Star
Held Item: Brightpowder
Moveset: Crush Grip, Drain Punch, Earthquake, Stone Edge

2. Heatran
Level: 50
Pokemon Ability: Flash Fire
Held Item: Focus Sash
Moveset: Earth Power, Explosion, Flash Cannon, Magna Storm

3. Cresselia
Level: 50
Ability: Levitate
Held Item: Leftovers
Moveset: Ice Beam, Moonlight, Psychic, Signal Beam

The Battle Shops

This is pretty cut and dry. This is where you purchase items with all the Battle Points you have earned. You can get items for your Pokemon to hold, moves for them to learn, and even buy scratch-off lottery tickets which can earn you even more Battle Points.

Closing

So there you have it – a complete guide to the Battle Frontier of Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver. These are arguably the hardest battles in the game, so make sure you have a well balanced and versatile team to take with you. Good luck!

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