Need help with Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Artazon gym?
Not sure which Pokémon to use in your team?
This guide will help you get your Grass Badge with almost no effort.
Where is the Second Gym in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?
One of the most interesting aspects of the new games is that you have a lot of options for what to do, and you can do them in seemingly any order you’d like.
If you’re going after the Gym Badges, Artazon Gym is the most logical place for your second challenge. The Pokémon that the Gym Leader uses there are only two levels higher than Cortondo’s Gym Leader Katy’s Pokémon meaning you can go to Katy’s gym first then Brassius’s next back-to-back with minimal leveling.
Adding to this convenience, most of the Pokémon you’ll face have similar weaknesses to Katy’s, meaning it’s possible to just steamroll both gyms if you chose the Fire-type starter Pokémon or use a Flying-type. Speaking of Pokémon type matchups…
Before Going to the Artazon Gym
You will want to make sure you have a few Pokémon that are level 17+. I went in with a level 21 Crocalor and managed to defeat each opposing ‘mon by spamming Incinerate. I was hit only twice in all four of my battles.
You will be going against two pure Grass-types (Sunflora and Petilil), one Grass and Normal dual type (Smolive), and one Rock-type terastallizing into a Grass-type (Sudowoodo).
For the pure Grass-types, you’ll want to try to use Pokémon that are resistant to Grass-type moves and, for the last battle, Rock-type moves. If you don’t have Pokémon that meet these requirements, at least try to make sure they have moves that are super effective against Grass-types and the Grass/Normal dual type.
Grass-types are weak to Flying-, Poison-, Fire-, Ice-, and Bug-type moves whereas the Grass/Normal dual type is weak to those five types as well as Fighting-type moves.
If you plan your team right, this gym will be a cakewalk.
Aztora Gym Test: Sunflora Hide-and-Seek
Just like the first gym, you have to complete a Gym Test before facing the Gym Leader. Instead of fighting against other trainers and rolling around a giant olive, though, you’ll be playing Sunflora Hide-and-Seek by trying to find Sunflora hidden around the southern area of Aztora near the gym.
To start the Gym Test, first talk to the desk attendant inside the gym, head outside, and take a right (head east) to the place pictured above. It’s only a few meters/yards from the gym itself, so it should be quite easy to find.
You’ll talk to the woman at the Sunflora Lawn who will explain the basic rules of Sunflora Hide-and-Seek: locate all ten of the Sunflora and bring them back to the lawn once you’ve caught them all. It’s an easy challenge made easier by knowing the locations of the Sunflora ahead of time.
So hard to find!
The first three are the easiest. They’re right in front of the Sunflora Lawn itself. Grab them up, then head over to the next one.
Tag! You’re it!
The next Sunflora is a little south of the Sunflora Lawn at the playground.
While you’re here, if you climb up the ladders of the playground and explore a bit, you can find TM098 Skill Swap. It’s a Psychic-type move that allows the Pokémon using it to swap its ability with its opponent’s.
The next Sunflora you’ll get is directly behind the gym. If you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to walk to the front entrance to get up on the raised platform, you can simply jump using your Koraidon or Miraidon.
The next one you’ll want to get is located directly across the street from the gym. You’ll have to chase it a little bit, then you’ll have to fight it when you catch up to it. Use any of the Pokémon types recommended earlier in this guide, and you’ll kick its butt – or should I say kick its bud?
Your next Sunflora is located on the western side of the gym in a hopscotch play area. Don’t worry, no hopping will be involved.
This Sunflora has worked up an appetite running from you.
Not too far from the hopscotch area is a swimming pool. Towards the front of the swimming pool on the lawn is a person selling food. Behind their cart is Sunflora #8.
Your second-to-last Sunflora is near the food cart. It’s located in front of a vending machine.
The last Sunflora is located towards the end of the Sunflora Lawn at the back of the left fence behind a tree. Collect it, then talk to the woman standing in front of the lawn.
Aztora Gym Leader Brassius
After completing the Sunflora Hide-and-Seek Gym Test, you can return to the inside of the gym and talk to the front desk clerk once again. This time, she’ll send you to fight Brassius, the Verdant Virtuoso.
He’s an artsy dude like all of the denizens of Aztora. After a pretty entertaining introduction, he’ll challenge you to a battle.
His first Pokémon is a level 16 Petilil. If you have a level 16+ Pokémon with a strong type matchup, you should be able to one-shot the Petilil with no issues.
Up next is a level 16 Smolive. What are you going to do? That’s right. Utilize those type advantages. You should be able to one-shot this one, too. This is the Normal/Grass dual-type, so feel free to use Fighting-type moves as well.
Lastly, the third Pokémon in Brassius’s party is a level 17 Sudowoodo, or, as he called it after it terastallized into a Grass-type, “Truleewoodo”. This one will likely take two or three hits to finish. In my encounter, he used both Trailblaze (a Grass-type move that increases its user’s speed) and Rock Throw (a Rock-type move).
Since Rock-type moves are super effective against Flying-, Bug-, Fire-, and Ice-types, you might take some damage in this process or maybe even lose a Pokémon or two. Don’t fret, though, as you’ll eventually take down Brassisus’s Sudowoodo if you keep using moves that Grass-types are weak against. Use Potions, Super Potions, Revives, etc. if you need to.
Ironic that a Grass-type move has the word blaze in it.
After defeating Brassius, he’ll grant you the Grass Badge which allows you to catch and command Pokémon level 30 and above as well as TM020 Trailblaze, the Grass-type move that Sudowoodo was using in your battle against it.
Now that you’ve gotten the Grass Badge, you’re free to head to the next gym. If you still haven’t fought Katy, be sure to check out our Cortondo Gym Guide. If you want more Pokémon fun, check out our rankings of the top 10 cutest in the entire franchise.