Bede Pokemon Guide: The Ambitious Fairy-Type Gym Leader

Bede is one of the rivals you have to battle against in Sword and Shield, and therefore he was introduced in Gen 8. Before meeting Opal, Bede specialized in Psychic-type Pokémon, but Opal made Bede Ballonlea’s Gym Leader, so he changed his team into Fairy-type.

Bede is a young guy with a strong temperament. He never gives up and tries to be the champion. He tries a lot of times to win a battle against the player and refuses to accept the player as a Champion until the last battle in where he admits the player is really strong and sets an objective for himself: being the best Fairy-type trainer.

He got recommended by Rose into the Gym Challenge, and he also gave Bede his first Pokémon, Hatterene. Bede was helping Rose in his bad plans, but when Bede destroyed a historic landmark in Stow-On-Side, he got disqualified from the Gym Challenge.

After that, Opal saw in Bede a great trainer, so she chose him to be the next Ballonlea’s Gym Leader.

Bede Pokemon Guide

Bede Summary of Appearances in Pokémon Versions and Media (Games, Anime, Movies)

In Sword and Shield, Bede is one of the player’s rivals, alongside Hop and Marnie. You will find him through all the game. He will also be in the Champions Cup Finals (where he interrupts the tournament only to challenge the player). He will also be in the Champions Tournament and in the Galarian Star Tournament.

Bede can have the following teams:

First battle (Galar Mine):

Pokémon Types Moveset Ability
Solosis, Lv. 13 Psychic Endeavor, Confusion Magic Guard
Gothita, Lv. 15 Psychic Psybeam, Tickle, Pound Competitive
Hatenna, Lv. 16 Psychic Confusion, Round, Disarming Voice Anticipation

Second Battle (Galar Mine No. 2):

Pokémon Types Moveset Ability
Solosis, Lv. 21 Psychic Psybeam, Psyshock, Endeavor Magic Guard
Gothita, Lv. 22 Psychic Psybeam, Psyshock, Rock Tomb Competitive
Hatenna, Lv. 23 Psychic Psybeam, Disarming Voice Anticipation
Galarian Ponyta. Lv. 22 Psychic Confusion, Fairy Wind Pastel Veil

Third Battle (Stow-on-Side):

Pokémon Types Moveset Ability
Duosion, Lv. 32 Psychic Psybeam, Psyshock, Endeavor Magic Guard
Gothorita, Lv. 32 Psychic Psybeam, Psyshock, Rock Tomb Competitive
Hattrem, Lv. 35 Psychic Psybeam, Disarming Voice Anticipation
Galarian Ponyta. Lv. 33 Psychic Confusion, Fairy Wind Pastel Veil

Fourth battle (Wyndon Stadium, this was when he interrupted player’s participation in the Champions Cup Finals)

Pokémon Types Moveset Ability
Mawile, Lv. 51 Steel/Fairy Play Rough, Iron Head, Crunch Intimidate
Gardevoir, Lv. 51 Psychic/Fairy Dazzling Gleam, Psychic, Wish, Calm Mind Synchronize
Galarian Rapidash, Lv. 52 Psychic/Fairy Psycho Cut, Take Down, Dazzling Gleam, Quick Attack Pastel Veil
Hatterene (Gigantamax). Lv. 53 Psychic/Fairy Psychic, Dazzling Gleam, Calm Mind, Mystical Fire Anticipation

Fifth Battle (Ballonlea’s Stadium, this battle is in the post-game)

Pokémon Types Moveset Ability
Mawile, Lv. 61 Steel/Fairy Play Rough, Iron Head, Crunch, Fake Tears Intimidate
Gardevoir, Lv. 61 Psychic/Fairy Dazzling Gleam, Psychic, Future Sight, Magical Leaf Synchronize
Galarian Rapidash, Lv. 62 Psychic/Fairy Psycho Cut, Smart Strike, Dazzling Gleam, Stomp Pastel Veil
Hatterene, Lv. 63 Psychic/Fairy Psychic, Dazzling Gleam, Calm Mind, Mystical Fire Anticipation

In the Champions Tournament:

Pokémon Types Moveset Ability
Mawile, Lv. 61/72 Steel/Fairy Play Rough, Iron Head, Crunch, Fake Tears Intimidate
Gardevoir, Lv. 61/72 Psychic/Fairy Dazzling Gleam, Psychic, Shadow Ball, Energy Ball Synchronize
Galarian Rapidash, Lv. 62/73 Psychic/Fairy Zen Headbutt, Smart Strike, Dazzling Gleam, Drill Run Pastel Veil
Sylveon, Lv. 62/73 Fairy Moonblast, Light Screen, Shadow Ball, Psyshock Cute Charm
Hatterene (Gigantamax), Lv. 63/74 Psychic/Fairy Psychic, Dazzling Gleam, Calm Mind, Dark Pulse Anticipation

In the Galarian Star Tournament:

Pokémon Types Moveset Ability
Mawile, Lv. 13 Steel/Fairy Play Rough, Iron Head, Crunch, Fake Tears Intimidate
Galarian Rapidash, Lv. 15 Psychic/Fairy Zen Headbutt, Smart Strike, Dazzling Gleam, Drill Run Pastel Veil
Hatterene, Lv. 16 Psychic/Fairy Psychic, Dazzling Gleam, Calm Mind, Dark Pulse Anticipation

In the anime, Bede appeared in the Twilight Wings series. His debut was in the episode Sky, where he was a spectator of the battle against Raihan and Leon. Bede reappeared in the episode The Gathering of Stars as a Gym Leader. In the opening ceremony, Bede was invited to the Galarian Star Tournament by Opal, and he appeared in Wyndon Stadium.

In the series, Bede has a Hatenna, which evolves into Hatterene, a Gardevoir, and a Galarian Rapidash.

In the manga, he appeared in the Pokémon Adventures series. His debut was in PASS06, in the Galar Mine, looking for Wishing Stars. Bede reappeared in PASS10, where he challenged Sodo to a fight after seeing him having dinner with Chairman Rose. Bede lost this battle. In PASS14, Bede destroyed a historic landmark in Stow-On-Side with a borrowed Copperajah from Chairman Rose. He got disqualified from the Gym Challenge. His last appearance to this date was in PASS16, where Bede was looking for Chairman Rose in the Energy Plant.

Bede’s only known Pokémon in the Manga are Hatenna, a Galarian Ponyta and the borrowed Copperajah from Chairman Rose.

In the TCG, Bede has a Support card, with uncommon, Rare Ultra and Secret Rare versions. This card later appeared as a Promotional Print.

Bede Strengths

Being a Psychic-type trainer means that your Pokémon are strong against Fighting and Poison-types, and also means that your Pokémon will be excellent Special Attackers. Bede later switches his team to a Fairy-type one, so his Pokémon are good against Fighting, Dragon, and Dark-types.

Psychic-types can resist other Psychic-types and also can resist Fighting-types, while the Fairy-types can resist Fighting, Dark, and Bug-types and also are immune against Dragon-types. Don’t let your Dark-types fight against Bede’s Fairy-types, and don’t let your Fighting-types in a battle against Bede; they will not have a chance. You’ll be fine afterward.

Bede Weaknesses

Bede’s Psychic-type team has a problem against Dark, Bug, and Ghost-types, while his Fairy-type team has problems against Steel and Poison-types. Bede will have his Psychic-type team in the early game, so you can find a Pokémon that can learn Bite or Crunch (like the Galarian Meowth) and use it to sweep his team as you are immune to his Psychic-type attacks.

When Bede switches his team into Fairy-types, Dark-types will not work. So, think about a Poison-type as they are easier to find than a Steel-type (aside from Copperajah). Bede’s teams aren’t balanced at all, so find a thing that works the best for you and exploit it.

Best Moveset

The best you can do against Bede is to go with Dark-types at the start of the game, it will be enough if you find a Pokémon that can learn Bite; with that, you can sweep all his teams easily. When he switches his team into Fairy-types, Bite will no longer work, instead of that, look for a Steel-type attack, like Metal Claw, which will help you a lot. Poison-types can do the work too.

Bede in a video

This is the last battle against Bede, as you can see, it isn’t that hard since nowadays Pokémon games has been getting easier. Anyway, there you can see a team that can work perfectly against him.

FAQs

Question: Is Bede a boy or a girl?

Answer: Even if Bede looks like a girl, he is a boy. He actually says that in several dialogues throughout the game.

Question: Is Bede from Unova?

Answer: This is just a theory that comes from his song whenever you find him and the fact that he has two Pokémon from Unova in his team before switching to Fairy-type. But Bede isn’t from Unova as his origin is unknown.

Question: How old is Bede?

Answer: Bede is around ten years old.

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