The eighth and final gym in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is Sunyshore City Gym; it is home to Volkner, the electric-type gym leader.
As expected, Volkner is the strongest and most arduous gym leader to beat in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. The gym leader has trained his electric-type Pokémon well and can quite possibly demolish an unprepared trainer. However, reaching Sunyshore City Gym should entail that trainers have spent enough time in the game to have collected and leveled up enough Pokémon to cause Volkner some serious damage as well.
Upon first arriving at Sunyshore City Gym, players might be unable to find Volkner. In this case, it is necessary to head to the lighthouse located in the southeast part of the city. Talking to the gym leader will prompt his return to the gym and players can then battle him.
When at the gym, players need to solve a bit of a puzzle before getting to Volkner. For help through the puzzle, check here.
Preparing for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’s Sunyshore City Gym
This particular gym favors trainers who have purchased Brilliant Diamond as legendary Dialga is a formidable opponent against the electric-type gym. Dialga’s Roar of Time can take out nearly all of Volkner’s Pokémon in a single hit. Palkia isn’t too bad either as the Pokémon’s dragon-type makes it resistant to electric-type moves.
Non-legendary Pokémon which fare well against Sunyshore City Gym are Infernape and Machoke. These powerful Pokémon, along with the help of a ground-type such as Torterra or even Steelix, who can be caught on the Iron Island, are up to this task. Volkner’s Luxray can be particularly difficult for some Pokémon. Ground moves such as Earthquake and Bulldoze will cause significant damage.
Once Volkner is beat, players will walk away from the Beacon Badge. The journey to this point is no small feat but should be no problem for well-prepared trainers.