How to beat Gym Leader Grusha in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet


Grusha, the ice-type Gym Leader from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, is recommended to be the ultimate challenge for gym players. While two of his Pokemon have Water-type moves, the others have nothing to hold their own against Fire-type Pokemon. Players should level their Pokemon to at least level 48, as Grusha’s team has very high base power moves. This is everything you need to know about the Ice Gym Leader team in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

How to Beat Ice Gym Leader Grusha in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

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By the time players get to the ice gym leader, Grusha, in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, they should have beaten all the other gyms first. The last recommended Gym is the Psychic Gym where the strongest Pokemon is level 45. Grusha has some very strong Pokemon that are strong offensively but very weak defensively, they all share a weakness to Fire, Steel, and Rock moves. This is all his team:

  • Level 47 Frost – Ice/Bug, weak to Flying, Rock, Fire and Steel with Tailwind, Blizzard and Bug Buzz.
  • Level 47 Bartic – Pure Ice, weak to Rock, Steel, Fighting and Fire with Icicle Crash, Earthquake and Aqua Jet.
  • Level 47 Cetitan – Pure Ice, weak to Rock, Steel and Fighting with Ice Spinner, Ice Shard and Liquidation.
  • Level 48 Altaria – Dragon/Flying with Ice Tera Type weak to Rock, Steel, Fighting and Fire with Dragon Pulse, Ice Beam, Moonblast and Hurricane.

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Frostoth can use Tailwind to double the speed of Grusha’s team, making them much more dangerous to handle. Beartic has a high attack stat, but is relatively slow if Frostoth doesn’t use Tailwind. If Beartic has double Speed, switching into a Pokémon with a high Defense stat until Tailwind has expired is a good strategy to avoid unnecessary fainting. Only Beartic and Cetitan have moves that can counter Fire-type Pokemon, and Cetitan takes half damage from Fire moves thanks to its ability, Thick Fat. If players are having trouble against him, bringing in a Steel- or Water-type Pokémon may do the trick, as his moves will barely do any damage to them. Altaria’s moveset can barely damage Steel-types, making it a perfect counter to its star Pokemon.

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