Pokémon Sword and Shield Ballonlea: Gym answers and solutions to Opal's Fairy-type Gym Mission questions

Our complete walkthrough for Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Ballonlea is your next location, and finding the solution Opal's Gym Mission questions is your next objective, following on from Glimwood Tangle in your quest through Pokémon Sword and Shield's main story.

On each page of our walkthrough like this, we'll cover any and all of the obtainable Pokémon, item locations, trainers and their teams that you might come across here, as well as walking you through any key steps of the story, puzzles or challenges along the way.

Where applicable, note that our walkthrough pages will be down into separate sections referring to each of your visits to a given location, seeing as you often backtrack or revisit various places in your quest to become Galar League Champion. And of course if there are any, we'll clearly mark any spoilers, too!

For more explainers, meanwhile, or walkthrough pages on more locations in Sword and Shield, head back to our main Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough and guide hub.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield: Ballonlea - Pokémon, items and trainers

Ballonlea is small but charming, with its glow-in-the-dark mushrooms and drifting Pokémon.

There are a handful of items to collect, including a couple of valuable hidden ones. There's also a couple of people to talk to, including that man Frank, who the little girl in Hammerlocke had asked you to deliver a letter to - he's in the first house on the left!

There's also a breeder in an old lady's house, who battles you and offers up an Eviolite as a reward; and there's a strange Artist who wants you to wear something fiery, offering a reward if you do!

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Available Pokémon

PokémonNotes
YamaskTrade your Galar Yamask with Eevee girl in the Gym

Available Items

ItemLocation
Big Mushroom x2Hidden by trio of yellow mushrooms by houses on the left
TM77 HexFrom the elderly lady in the second house on the left (Sword)
TM42 RevengeFrom the elderly lady in the second house on the left (Shield)
Choice ScarfFrom Frank, in the first house on the left, when you give him the Old Letter
EvioliteFrom breeder in second house on the left, after a battle
TM21 RestOn the far right of town, in front of three giant green mushrooms
Balm MushroomHidden: on right of town above ledge next to Pokémon Center
Love BallThe Ball Guy!
TM78 AcrobaticsFrom the Artist who wants to be a Fire-type Pokemon, if you wear the Fire-type tracksuit jacket

Trainers and Battles

TrainerPokémonLevel
Pokémon Breeder ElenaDottler
Lv.30

For more like this, our complete Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough, explainer on the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, and Pokémon Sword and Shield tips are the places to start. Otherwise, we cover everything from the Wild Area and Pokémon Camp to strong-looking Pokémon and autosaving. After discovering the starters Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey, we have a guide to the Turffield treasure riddle solution, and Ballonlea quiz answers and solutions, lists of all TM locations and TRs, new Gen 8 Pokémon, the Sword and Shield Pokédex, Sword and Shield version differences, all Galarian forms and the Sword and Shield Legendaries. We also have an evolution guide, including details on evolving Applin, Farfetch’d, Milcery, Sinistea, Toxel and Yamask.


Pokémon Sword and Shield: Ballonlea Gym Mission solution - all the correct answers to Opal's questions

The Ballonlea Gym mission is simple enough - you just need to answer a few quiz questions correctly (like the classic Blaine quiz, if you remember it!), but the questions themselves become a little awkward as the challenge goes on...

Anyway, inside Marnie will turn up and give you her League Card, and there's a girl in an Eevee costume who'll trade you her regular Yamask for your Galar one if you have one spare.

Ballonlea Gym Quiz answers and solutions:

Questions in this gym will come mid-battle, and if you answer correctly your Pokémon's stats will be raised - incorrectly and they'll be lowered!

QuestionAnswerStats
Do you know about Fairy type's weakness? Poison type Attack and Sp. Attack
What was the previous Trainer's name? Annette Speed
What do I eat for breakfast every morning? Omelets Defense and Sp. Defense

Trainers and Battles

TrainerPokémonLevel
Gym Trainer Annette Spritzee
Slurpuff
Lv.34
Lv.34
Gym Trainer Teresa Swirlix
Aromatisse
Lv.34
Lv.34
Gym Trainer Theodora Morgrem
Gardevoir
Lv.35
Lv.35
Gym Leader Opal Galar Weezing
Mawile
Togekiss
Alcremie (Gigantamax)
Lv.36
Lv.36
Lv.37
Lv.38
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How to beat Opal, Ballonlea's Fairy-type Gym Leader

Opal asks three more questions during the battle, and she uses Fairy-type Pokémon, but her typings are smart, s there's one quick fix for useful types here! The best options are Steel, Ground, and Poison. She Gigantamaxes her Alcremie, so wait to use your Dynamax until then, and come at it hard with Poison or Steel moves!

QuestionAnswerStats
Do you know my nickname? The wizard Speed
What is my favourite colour? Purple! Def and Sp. Def
How old am I? 16! Attack and Sp. Attack

Trainers and Battles

TrainerPokémonLevel
Gym Leader Opal Galar Weezing
Mawile
Togekiss
Alcremie (Gigantamax)
Lv.36
Lv.36
Lv.37
Lv.38
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Available Items

ItemLocation
Fairy Badge Defeat Opal
TM87 Draining Kiss Defeat Opal
Fairy Uniform Defeat Opal

Outside, Opal will follow you and offer you the chance to fast travel with her to Hammerlocke, which is worth doing as that's on the way to the next stop on your quest anyway!

That's everything here for now, so continue on to Route 7 via Hammerlocke for the next steps in your quest, or cycle back to our main Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough and guide hub for all the other pages we have like this.

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