Champion Cup Finals against Bede, Nessa, Bea or Alliser after you've taken down the Bad League Staffer, Oleana, and Macro Cosmos in Rose Tower, in your quest through Pokémon Sword and Shield's main story.
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Pokémon Sword and Shield: Champion Cup Finals - how to beat Bede, Nessa and Bea or Alliser
Things are back to relative normality after that little adventure up Rose Tower! Head back to the stadium and you'll find Hop waiting, as always, and it's time to battle some familar faces.
But wait! There's an interruption mid-intro and Bede, of all people, rocks up and demands you face him. This guy seems totally incapable of learning any lessons about how to behave, so it's time to lay the smackdown once and for all. Take out Mawile with Fire or Ground-type attacks and then Ghost, Poison and Steel are super effective against his other three, which are now all Fairy-type. He'll Gigantamax Hatterene, but you can handle it.
After Bede it's time for the actual Finals. First up is Nessa, who has more Pokémon than before, including the dangerous Barraskewda. She still Gigantamaxes her Drednaw though, and her Pokémon are still all weak to Electric-types, with Drednaw 4x weak to Grass.
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After Nessa, your opponent will depend on which version of Pokémon Sword and Shield you're playing. If it's Sword, you'll face Bea again, the Fighting-type Gym Leader. If it's Shield, you'll face Allister again, the Ghost-type Gym Leader. The same strategies should work as before. Use Psychich, Flying and Fairy-types against Bea and watch out for her Gigantamax Machamp. Dark, Ghost and occasionally Ground are the way to go for Allister, who still Gigantamaxes his Gengar.
Finally, it's Raihan time, and probably your most challenging battle to date!
Raihan's switched back to the singles format for battling now, using just the one Pokémon at a time, but he still uses weather effects and still varies his team up, starting with a pure Fire-type before going to a mix of Dragon and other types. Ground and Rock will work well against Torkoal and Turtonator, and keep you immune to Sandstorm effects too. Ice and Dragon work well for others, while Duraludon, which he Gigantamaxes, is an interesting one. It's only weak to Fighting and Ground - a Sirfetch'd should do the trick!
When you've defeated Raihan, Rose beams in via the big screen and seems to have gone full villain. He's brought the Darkest Day back, for some strange reason, and it looks like you'll have to try and stop him!
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