Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Alfornada Gym, including how to beat Psychic Gym Leader Tulip and ESP battles
you have to fight Tulipthe Alfornada Psychic Gym Leaderduring Victory Road in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
However, before battling her in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, you must complete Buckwheat’s gymnastics test by engaging in Emotional Spectrum practice and battles.
Next, we cover how to beat ESP trainers Y how to beat tulip psychic gym leaderso you can add another gym badge to your collection.
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How to get to Alfornada in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Alfornada is one of the more difficult gyms to reach, as it is hidden in the southwest corner of the map above the entrance to an underground cave.
However, to go up to this cave, you must have unlocked an ability during the Path of Legends story. We did it using the high jump, but you may also be able to use the climb ability.
We usually recommend placing the Gym leader or Pokemon Centers in town as a marker on the map if you’re getting lost, but that won’t help you in this cave as the town is on top of you. Instead, keep going up the cave, following the direction of the trainers you see, and you’ll eventually find the light leading to Alfornada at the top.
When you get to Alfornada, you will find the Psychic Gym on the east side of town.
How to beat ESP Trainers in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet for the Alfornada Gym Trial
The Alfornada Gym test asks you to complete the Emotional Spectrum Practice with your Academy teacher, Dendra.
To pass this test, you need to press the correct button that corresponds to the emotion Dendra is telling you. The color of the emotion will also be displayed, so red equals anger, and so on.
Here is the color and the button that represents each emotion:
- Angry (Red) – X
- Cheerful (Yellow) – A
- Surprised (Blue) – B
- Excited (Green) – Y
Once you pass the first ESP test, you will start a battle with Trainer Emily.
Here’s how to beat Emily:
|Gothorite||43||Psychic||Bug, darkness and ghost|
|kirlia||43||Psychic / Fairy||Ghost, poison and steel|
After defeating Emily you will get 6,020 prize money and then he will take part in another ESP test. Once you get past that one, you can fight Trainer Rafael.
This is how to beat Rafael:
|Grumpy||43||Psychic||Bug, darkness and ghost|
|medicham||43||Fighting / Psychic||Fairy, Flying and Ghost|
|Indeedee||43||Psychic / Normal||insect and darkness|
You’ll get 6,020 prize money for beating Rafael, and with that the Emotional Spectrum Practice is over, and the Psychic Gymnastics Test has been passed.
You can now return to the Gym to face Tulip, so make sure all your Pokémon are healed.
Our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet walkthrough can walk you through the entire game, including First Day of School, Victory Road, Starfall Street, and Path of Legends. Elsewhere we can help with Normal Gym quiz secret items menu, version differences, best Scarlet and Violet launcher, learn to fly, swim, climb and run, shoot stone locations, how to rename Pokemon. When it comes to individual Pokemon, we can help with where to find Ditto, how to evolve Tadbulb into Bellibolt, evolve Pawmo into Pawmot, evolve Capsakid into Scovillain, evolve Charcadet into Armarouge, and evolve Charcadet into Ceruledge.
How to beat Tulip Psychic Gym Leader in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Tulip, the Gym Leader in Buckwheat, loves Psychic-type Pokémon, and her team reflects that.
Psychic-type Pokémon are weak to Bug, darkness and ghost.
If you chose Sprigatito as your starter, we recommend using it here, as it is a dual Grass and Dark type. If not, just make sure you bring a strong Pokemon with Dark, Bug, or Ghost-type moves.
Remember, like all Gym Leaders, Tulip will terastize his last Pokémon, so even if it isn’t a Psychic type to begin with, it will become one.
Tulip’s full Pokémon team is:
|farigiraf||44||Normal / Psychic||insect and darkness|
|espathra||44||Psychic||Bug, darkness and ghost|
|Gardevoir||44||Psychic / Fairy||Ghost, poison and steel|
Terra Type: Psychic
|poison and steel
Terra Type: Bug and Dark
For defeating Tulipán, you will receive 8100 prize money, TM120 psychic and a gym badge – Increasing the level cap for Pokémon to hear you and make them easier to catch will depend on where you are in the Victory Road story.
Also, depending on where you are on Victory Road, you might have a battle with Nemona after you beat Tulip.
Who will you face next on Victory Road? Will it be Katy, Brassius, Kofu, Iono, Larry, Ryme or Grusha? Or maybe you’re ready to battle the Elite Four and the Top Champion! If you want to take a break from gyms, you can also tackle the Path of Legends and Starfall Street stories.