Hardcore Nuzlocke Level Caps by Generation

This is a collection of level caps for the Gym Leaders and Elite Four members of (almost) all of the mainline Pokémon games, to be used with the Hardcore Nuzlocke rules. For each Gym, and Pokémon League member, we list the level of their highest-levelled Pokémon. We’ve included as much information as possible for each generation, including post-game battles where relevant.

Table of Contents

Red/Blue
Yellow
Gold/Silver
Crystal
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
FireRed/LeafGreen
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
Black/White
Black/White 2
X/Y
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire
Sun/Moon (in-progress)
Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon
Sword/Shield


Pokémon Red/Blue

Gym 1: Lv 14
Gym 2: Lv 21
Gym 3: Lv 24
Gym 4: Lv 29
Gym 5: Lv 43
Gym 6: Lv 43
Gym 7: Lv 47
Gym 8: Lv 50

Elite Four 1: Lv 56
Elite Four 2: Lv 58
Elite Four 3: Lv 60
Elite Four 4: Lv 62

Champion: Lv 65

Pokémon Yellow

Gym 1: Lv 12
Gym 2: Lv 21
Gym 3: Lv 28
Gym 4: Lv 32
Gym 5: Lv 50
Gym 6: Lv 50
Gym 7: Lv 54
Gym 8: Lv 55

Elite Four 1: Lv 56
Elite Four 2: Lv 58
Elite Four 3: Lv 60
Elite Four 4: Lv 62

Champion: Lv 65

Pokémon Gold/Silver

Note that Gym 7 has a lower level cap than Gym 6.

Gym 1: Lv 9
Gym 2: Lv 16
Gym 3: Lv 20
Gym 4: Lv 25
Gym 5: Lv 30
Gym 6: Lv 35
Gym 7: Lv 31
Gym 8: Lv 40

Elite Four 1: Lv 42
Elite Four 2: Lv 44
Elite Four 3: Lv 46
Elite Four 4: Lv 47

Champion: Lv 50

Pewter City Gym: Lv 44
Cerulean City Gym: Lv 47
Vermillion City Gym: Lv 45
Celadon City Gym: Lv 46
Fuchsia City Gym: Lv 39 (note the drop from previous Gyms)
Saffron City Gym: Lv 48
Seafoam Island Gym: Lv 50
Viridian City Gym: Lv 58

Red: Lv 81

Pokémon Crystal

Note that Gym 7 has a lower level cap than Gym 6.

Gym 1: Lv 9
Gym 2: Lv 15
Gym 3: Lv 20
Gym 4: Lv 25
Gym 5: Lv 30
Gym 6: Lv 35
Gym 7: Lv 31
Gym 8: Lv 40

Elite Four 1: Lv 42
Elite Four 2: Lv 44
Elite Four 3: Lv 46
Elite Four 4: Lv 47

Champion: Lv 50

Pewter City Gym: Lv 44
Cerulean City Gym: Lv 47
Vermillion City Gym: Lv 45
Celadon City Gym: Lv 46
Fuchsia City Gym: Lv 39 (note the drop from previous Gyms)
Saffron City Gym: Lv 48
Seafoam Island Gym: Lv 50
Viridian City Gym: Lv 58

Red: Lv 81

Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire

Gym 1: Lv 15
Gym 2: Lv 18
Gym 3: Lv 23
Gym 4: Lv 28
Gym 5: Lv 31
Gym 6: Lv 34
Gym 7: Lv 42
Gym 8: Lv 43

Elite Four 1: Lv 49
Elite Four 2: Lv 51
Elite Four 3: Lv 53
Elite Four 4: Lv 55

Champion: Lv 58

Pokémon Emerald

Gym 1: Lv 15
Gym 2: Lv 19
Gym 3: Lv 24
Gym 4: Lv 29
Gym 5: Lv 31
Gym 6: Lv 33
Gym 7: Lv 42
Gym 8: Lv 46

Elite Four 1: Lv 49
Elite Four 2: Lv 51
Elite Four 3: Lv 53
Elite Four 4: Lv 55

Champion: Lv 58

Meteor Falls: Lv 78

Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen

Gym 1: Lv 14
Gym 2: Lv 21
Gym 3: Lv 24
Gym 4: Lv 29
Gym 5: Lv 43
Gym 6: Lv 43
Gym 7: Lv 47
Gym 8: Lv 50

Elite Four 1: Lv 54
Elite Four 2: Lv 56
Elite Four 3: Lv 58
Elite Four 4: Lv 60

Champion: Lv 63

Pokémon Diamond/Pearl

Gym 1: Lv 14
Gym 2: Lv 22
Gym 3: Lv 30
Gym 4: Lv 30
Gym 5: Lv 36
Gym 6: Lv 39
Gym 7: Lv 42
Gym 8: Lv 49

Elite Four 1: Lv 57
Elite Four 2: Lv 59
Elite Four 3: Lv 61
Elite Four 4: Lv 63

Champion: Lv 66

Pokémon Platinum

Gym 1: Lv 14
Gym 2: Lv 22
Gym 3: Lv 26
Gym 4: Lv 32
Gym 5: Lv 37
Gym 6: Lv 41
Gym 7: Lv 44
Gym 8: Lv 50

Elite Four 1: Lv 53
Elite Four 2: Lv 55
Elite Four 3: Lv 57
Elite Four 4: Lv 59

Champion: Lv 62

Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver

Gym 1: Lv 13
Gym 2: Lv 17
Gym 3: Lv 19
Gym 4: Lv 25
Gym 5: Lv 31
Gym 6: Lv 35
Gym 7: Lv 34
Gym 8: Lv 41

Elite Four 1: Lv 42
Elite Four 2: Lv 44
Elite Four 3: Lv 46
Elite Four 4: Lv 47

Champion: Lv 50

(Note that the Kanto Gyms do not follow a strict upward progression for level caps. The order of these gyms is flexible, so players must decide how to handle Kanto Gyms if they choose to do so.)
Pewter City Gym: Lv 54
Cerulean City Gym: Lv 54
Vermillion City Gym: Lv 53
Celadon City Gym: Lv 56
Fuchsia City Gym: Lv 50
Saffron City Gym: Lv 55
Seafoam Island Gym: Lv 59
Viridian City Gym: Lv 60
Red: Lv 88

Pokémon Black/White

Gym 1: Lv 14
Gym 2: Lv 20
Gym 3: Lv 23
Gym 4: Lv 27
Gym 5: Lv 31
Gym 6: Lv 35
Gym 7: Lv 39
Gym 8: Lv 43

Pokémon League: Lv 50

Team Plasma Castle N: Lv 52
Team Plasma Castle Ghetsis: Lv 54

Elite Four Rematch: Lv 73

Champion: Lv 77

Undella Trainer: Lv 77

Pokémon Black/White 2

Gym 1: Lv 13
Gym 2: Lv 18
Gym 3: Lv 24
Gym 4: Lv 30
Gym 5: Lv 33
Gym 6: Lv 39
Gym 7: Lv 48
Gym 8: Lv 51

Pokémon League: Lv 58

Champion: 59

Elite Four Rematch: Lv 74

Champion Rematch: Lv 78

Pokémon X/Y

Gym 1: Lv 12
Gym 2: Lv 25
Gym 3: Lv 32
Gym 4: Lv 34
Gym 5: Lv 37
Gym 6: Lv 42
Gym 7: Lv 48
Gym 8: Lv 59

Elite Four: Lv 65
Champion: Lv 68

Elite Four Rematch: Lv 74
Champion Rematch: Lv 78

Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire

Gym 1: Lv 14
Gym 2: Lv 16
Gym 3: Lv 21
Gym 4: Lv 28
Gym 5: Lv 30
Gym 6: Lv 35
Gym 7: Lv 45
Gym 8: Lv 46

Elite Four 1: Lv 52
Elite Four 2: Lv 53
Elite Four 3: Lv 54
Elite Four 4: Lv 55

Champion: Lv 59

Elite Four 1 Rematch: Lv 72
Elite Four 2 Rematch: Lv 73
Elite Four 3 Rematch: Lv 74
Elite Four 4 Rematch: Lv 75
Champion Rematch: 79

Pokémon Sun/Moon

This section is still in progress. Sun and Moon have a different structure than other mainline Pokémon games, making it more complicated to identify level caps for a Hardcore Nuzlocke. In the meantime, reference Serebii for information on the Island Trials and Grand Trials.

Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon

Similar to Sun and Moon versions, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon’s modified format makes identifying level caps for a Hardcore Nuzlocke more complicated. These level caps have been included for your information, but be sure to check with other sources and use your own experience with the games to determine which level caps to use and which battles to consider.

Teacher Emily: Lv 10
Ilima: Lv 12
Hala: Lv 16
Lana: Lv 20
Kiawe: Lv 22
Mallow: Lv 24
Olivia: Lv 28
Sophocles: Lv 33
Acerola: Lv 35
Nanu: Lv 44
Poni Canyon: Lv 49
Ultra Necrozma: Lv 60
Mina: Lv 55
Hapu: Lv 54

Elite Four: Lv 57

Champion: 60

Pokémon Sword/Shield

Gym 1: Lv 20
Gym 2: Lv 24
Gym 3: Lv 27
Gym 4: Lv 36
Gym 5: Lv 38
Gym 6: Lv 42
Gym 7: Lv 46
Gym 8: Lv 48

Marnie: Lv 49
Hop: Lv 49
Bede: Lv 53
Nessa: Lv 53
Bea/Allister: Lv 54
Raihan: Lv 55

Champion Leon: Lv 65


We hope you found this list useful. For more Nuzlocke content, check out our Guides and Articles section, and be sure to check back regularly for new tier lists, guides, and articles.

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