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  • Defeat Falkner and gain the Zephyr Badge. [Set Mode, <= Lv.9]

    786 (690) of 2,585 – 30.41%

    26.69% of players have earned the achievement in hardcore mode
    30.41% of players have earned the achievement in softcore mode
  • Created by blendedsea on: 23 May, 2021 17:34
    Last modified: 12 Jun, 2021 00:52

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    12 Jun 2021 00:52
    blendedsea edited this achievement.
    Rhvankital 21 Aug 2021 14:30
    what the best way to beat this gym all my pokemon under lvl 9?
    Rhamer 9 Jan 2022 05:53
    Could someone explain how this achievement works, I defeated him with all pokemons at lvl 9 and it didn't work.
    blendedsea 9 Jan 2022 10:58
    You also need it on Set Mode.
    Rhamer 10 Jan 2022 12:27
    ty, <3
    jbell1995 25 May 2022 13:59
    I cannot find any information on Set Mode. Unsure how to activate it. I am using Retroarch withe the Gambatte core.
    blendedsea 25 May 2022 14:39
    It's a setting in the game itself. You pause, go into "Option" and change Battle Style from "Shift" to "Set".
    klinetic12 11 Jul 2022 20:23
    It appears as though you can't level up a Pokemon at any time during the gym, which is inconsistent with how the Set Mode achievements work in the Red/Blue set. However, leveling a Pokemon to 10 appears to be okay if the level up occurs after the last Pokemon (Pidgeotto) has fainted.
    Zyvyn 27 Sep 2022 01:47
    Shouldnt these be listed as missable?
    DistalSoul 19 Nov 2022 17:06
    These are definitely missable.
    wabisabi 9 Dec 2022 23:37
    really? so I need to start a new game to get this?
    Duraken 26 Dec 2022 15:18
    My pokemon were level 8 by the time I reached the gym so I developed a strategy. I went into the Alpha Ruins, completed the puzzle to start Unknowns spawning. I then went out and got a pidgey to level 9,and had it as my first pokemon in the ruins.

    Hidden Power's move type is based off of the pokemon's IVs, so I just kept letting the Unknown attack Pidgey until I saw the attack was Super Effective, caught it, trained it to level 7, and had a bunch of other random Unknown in my party to do a bit of damage. I'm pretty sure by the end I two shotted Falkner's Pidgeotto with Hidden Power (Ice/Electric)

    I hope my strategy helps!
    KneeDemon 9 May 2023 18:12
    Definitely sounds better than my Screeching Onix and Sand spamming Pidgey
    Darkrai 27 Jun 2023 05:12
    Ok I have never done a set level challenge before so I have a few questions like does my Pokémon have to be under level 9 or can they be level 9?, and can I turn on set mode when I get to the gem leaders or does set mode have to be turned on at the beginning of the game?
    Darkrai 27 Jun 2023 05:16
    And can I have a Pokémon higher level in the box if it’s not in my party?
    Duraken 27 Jun 2023 15:20
    @Darkrai I believe the parameters are that you're entire party of pokemon must be no higher than level 9, and you must have the battle turned to Set Mode.

    Save before you attempt the battle to be certain, but you shouldn't need to have the entire game on Set Mode, and you definitely can have Pokemon of higher level in the box.

    Also side note, you'll probably have a Pokemon level to 10 in the fight. This does not disqualify you. You just need to have a full set of 9 to start the battle with.

    Good luck!
    Duraken 27 Jun 2023 15:24
    Oh, I may have been wrong about the level up part. From a comment above: "It appears as though you can't level up a Pokemon at any time during the gym, which is inconsistent with how the Set Mode achievements work in the Red/Blue set. However, leveling a Pokemon to 10 appears to be okay if the level up occurs after the last Pokemon (Pidgeotto) has fainted. "
    Darkrai 27 Jun 2023 16:10
    Ok thanks
    Patapapier 6 Mar 2024 09:16
    Why isn't missable one ?
    YoshiLikesFruit 5 May 2024 18:07
    I think the main reason why this cheevo is so difficult is because you don't get much Pokémon variety at this stage. Especially since half of the Pokémon you can get at this point at weak to Flying-type moves (all of the Bug-types, Bellsprout and (if you picked it) Chikorita). Your best bet would be to use any of the Normal-types found at this point or Geodude (HIGHLY recommend. Resists all of Pidgeotto's moves) since they won't faint in one hit.

    Status Ailments are your best friend in this fight. If you can poison Pidgeotto, you essentially won! All you need to do is stall it out and you should be fine. You could bring in a Gastly and use Hypnosis until Pidgeotto falls asleep then bring in your more offensive Pokémon to chip away at it. You can technically also use Unown as a temporary solution to this fight. Just make sure it has hidden power Electric, Ice or Rock (3/17 chance roughly) and you should be fine!

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