Elite 4 Quest

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Elite 4 Quest

Talk to this NPC to begin the Elite 4 Quest.

Starting Point
   Reception Gate   
8 Kanto or 8 Johto badges
Wind Surfboard
Brute force and determination

The Elite 4 Quest is the compulsory quest for attaining access to the Elite 4 as well as access to the next region (Kanto/Johto). It is comprised of multiple tasks players must complete while venturing through various areas, namely Victory Road. Trainers must acquire all 8 badges from the starting region before gaining access to the Elite 4.


Step 1: Where Art Thou?

Walk leftward (Kanto)
Surf rightward (Johto)
Reception Gate (Johto)

If you started in Kanto, go west from Viridian City along Route 22 and enter the big orange building, known as the Reception Gate. If you started in Johto, surf east from New Bark Town and then go through the Tohjo Falls cave, and follow Route 27, which becomes Route 26, all the way into the Reception Gate.

Upon entering the Reception Gate head through the center exit and into Victory Road 1F, where you will find the unnamed Elite 4 Quest NPC. Speak to the NPC and begin the Elite 4 Quest.

Note: Tohjo Falls, Routes 27 or 26 are not found on the in-game map, but you can't really get lost - unless you lack Requirement #3.

Inside the Reception Gate

Step 2: Happy Machop Training

Cinnabar Volcano Island
Blackbelt Barney
Lake of Rage
Blackbelt George

Depending on your starting region, you must either go to a small house in Cinnabar Island (Kanto) or the Lake of Rage (Johto) and speak to an NPC, named Blackbelt Barney or George. The NPC will give you a Machop. If your team is full, the Machop will be sent to your PC.

No other Machop can be used to complete the quest - the correct Machop will indicate "OT: NPC" in its Pokémon Summary. It will be returned to the NPC after the task so do not trade the Machop or grow too attached.

You will need to train the Machop to full Happiness (level 255), and evolve it into a Machamp. For it to become Machamp you must do an "empty trade" with the help of another player (ask in chat but make sure you register first).

In order to trade (and evolve Machoke), you must first register to trade at Celadon City in Kanto, or Olivine City in Johto. See here for more info: https://pwo-wiki.info/index.php/Trading

Once your Machamp has 255 Happiness, return to the Blackbelt NPC in Cinnabar Island or Lake of Rage. They will take the Machamp from you and give you TM94 - Rock Smash. After this, you will be able to buy additional TM94s from him for PokémonDollar.png6,000 Pd each.

Note: As the name implies, an "empty" trade means you simply initiate a trade with your trading partner and click "Accept Trade" without adding anything into the trade window. This way there is no risk of losing your Pokémon.

Step 3: Smash, Push, Smash

Victory Road 1F

Teach Rock Smash to a Pokémon (e.g. Mankey or Snubbull) and return to the route that is blocked by rocks. Smash those rocks and advance further into the map. You will eventually reach another section that is blocked by boulders. To move these, your Pokémon will need to learn Strength. Talk to the large rocks, then retrace your steps to the map entrance and speak to the NPC called Hermit Matthew, a crazed Move Tutor who can teach Strength.

Victory Road B1F

Once your Pokémon has Rock Smash and Strength, smash rocks and push the various boulders onto the switches, and a hidden ladder will appear on the right. You will have to momentarily block your path to get all the switches. If you make a mistake just leave the map and come back as the boulders reset.


The hidden ladder leads to Victory Road B2F. Here you will find more puzzles requiring Strength and Rock Smash. Solve the puzzles and follow the path. You will come across a Mew NPC guarding a Master Ball. At this point, you can choose to fight Mew (level 120) and get the Master Ball, or simply proceed to Elite 4. If you choose the latter you can return to fight Mew and get it later.

Note: Mew will reappear after about 2 weeks for you to rebattle if you wish, but you can only get one Master Ball.

Victory Road B2F
Mew in front of the Master Ball.
Only drop down once.

Step 4: The Small Detours

Adrian's Building

You will come to Route 23. Follow it north to Indigo City. In the big house at the top of the map is an NPC named Adrian who you should speak to and type in your in-game name when prompted (case-sensitive). When you are ready, continue north through Indigo City into the huge building—the Elite 4 awaits!!! It's recommended that you buy some Revives, Potions and other medicines before you start.

Plateau Pokécenter
Indigo Plateau Entrance

After you beat the Elite 4, return to talk to Adrian - he will be amazed and give you a Starter Pokémon Egg. If you started in Johto, it will be a Kanto Egg containing a Kanto starter, and if you started in Johto it will be a Kanto Egg. See here for info about eggs: https://pwo-wiki.info/index.php/Eggs

Make sure to use the train station on Route 23 to enable quick easy future access to Elite 4 without having to do any more puzzles. Using the train here will make Route 23 become available as a destination from the other train stations. Elite 4 can be one of the best ways to grind Pokédollars (PokémonDollar.png) if your team is strong enough. Rumour has it there's a mysterious opponent and a secret reward if you beat the Elite 4 enough times...100 should do it, don't cha think?.

Route 23 Train Station

Step 5: To The Great Beyond

Once you have 8 badges and have beaten Elite 4 the first time, return to the Reception Gate, and take the other pathway. The guard will let you through now. This will lead to the other region. You need a Wind Surfboard and 8 badges. Once you have all 16 badges, return to fight Elite 4 again. It is significantly harder the second time (level 85 to 90ish). With 16 badges you also have access to Mt Silver, which was blocked by the left guard at the Reception Gate. One of the best places to train/raise Pokédollars, and Larvitar is catchable there. Take on the next quest: Mt. Silver Mini Quest


Special thanks to thunderclap for providing the original text and content for the guide, which can be found here: thunderclap's Forum Post