Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl: Walkthrough & Guides
How to beat Maylene in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
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The third Gym Leader you'll encounter in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, Maylene holds the Cobble Badge and mainly uses Fighting-type Pokémon. Here's how to beat her.

As with all games in the series, progression in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl revolves around defeating Gym Leaders.

The third Gym Leader is Maylene, holder of the Cobble Badge.

How to solve the Veilstone City Gym puzzle

Before you get to Maylene, you'll need to solve a sliding doors puzzle to clear the route to the back of the gym.

Follow this video guide from our French team if you get stuck!

How to defeat Maylene in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

As always, make sure you heal up at the Pokémon Center before taking on the Gym Leader.

Given Maylene uses Fighting-type Pokémon, there's actually a few solutions you can use.

  • Flying, Psychic, and Fairy-type Pokémon are super effective.
  • Bug, Dark, and Rock-type moves will not be very effective.
  • Ghost-type Pokémon will be immune to Fighting-type moves.

Whatever you do, don't use Ice, Rock, Steel, Normal, or Dark-type Pokémon, as these are weak to Maylene's Pokémon.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

Your starter should be decent enough, especially if they have evolved and you've levelled them a bit.

Staravia is useful, and, if you have them, Abra, Misdreavus, and or Gastly.

As always, beat the other trainers in the Gym for practice and the EXP.

Black Belt Darren

Machoke, Level 25

Machop, Level 25

Machoke, Level 25

Win: 900 Pokédollars

Black Belt Jeffery

Machoke, Level 26

Meditite, Level 26

Win: 832 Pokédollars

Black Belt Rafael

Meditite, Level 28

Win: 896 Pokédollars

Black Belt Colby

Machoke, Level 25

Machoke, Level 25

Machoke, Level 25

Win: 900 Pokédollars

When it comes to Maylene, watch out for Meditite's Light Screen. Try to knock it out as quickly as you can, or use status moves to hinder it.

Machoke shouldn't provide too much trouble, but it does have Guts - so be prepared for it to survive a hit.

Finally, her Lucario can prove strong, especially with Drain Punch offering it some healing at the same time.

Maylene, Veilstone City Gym Leader

Meditite, Level 27

Machoke, Level 27

Lucario, Level 30

Win: 3,840 Pokédollars

Defeating Maylene will get the Cobble Badge, which unlocks the ability to use Fly outside of battle.

She'll also give you a few copies of TM60 Drain Punch, a move which deals damage and heals you for up to 50% of the damage dealt.

Now that you have your third Gym Badge, return to our complete walkthrough, and on to the next objective!

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