Ecruteak Gym

Ecruteak Gym

I can't get into the Gym!

You need to go to the basement of the Burned Tower and let loose the Tower's Legendary Pokemon before you'll be able to enter the Gym. If there's an old man kicking you out, that's what you need to do. (If he's still kicking you out for some reason, make sure you've checked out the Dance Hall north of the Pokemon Center and fought the Grunt there to get HM03.)

Trainers at Ecruteak Gym
Medium Medium Georgina $768
Gastly Gastly F Ghost / Poison Lv. 16
325 EXP
Gastly Gastly F Ghost / Poison Lv. 16
325 EXP
Gastly Gastly F Ghost / Poison Lv. 16
325 EXP
Gastly Gastly F Ghost / Poison Lv. 16
325 EXP
Gastly Gastly F Ghost / Poison Lv. 16
325 EXP
Medium Medium Grace $960
Haunter Haunter F Ghost / Poison Lv. 20
540 EXP
Haunter Haunter F Ghost / Poison Lv. 20
540 EXP
Medium Medium Edith $1056
Haunter Haunter F Ghost / Poison Lv. 22
594 EXP
 
Medium Medium Martha $960
Gastly Gastly F Ghost / Poison Lv. 18
366 EXP
Haunter Haunter F Ghost / Poison Lv. 20
540 EXP
Gastly Gastly F Ghost / Poison Lv. 20
406 EXP

This Gym is a little bit annoying and a definite improvement over the Ecruteak Gym from Gold and Silver. Basically, how it works is, from the beginning, you'll just want to walk north until you reach the Trainer. There is a little bit of light at the start point and a little bit of light near each Trainer. The Trainer will also be on a platform. You'll want to remember how you will walk around the Trainer after the battle, because afterwards, their light will burn out! If you stray from the path, you'll fall into the abyss and wind up back at the beginning of the Gym (though each Trainer's lights will be back on, making it easier to get through).

It might sound complicated, but as long as you pay attention to those lights and don't stray from the path, you should be fine. Walk in straight lines, basically, except when you're around the Trainer to get around them!

If you are really having difficulty getting through, just fall down into the abyss after each Trainer you fight and then walk back through. It will be lit enough for you to see your way.

Make your way through the Gym and its four Trainers — all of whom use either Gastly or Haunter on their team — and you'll reach the Gym Leader, Morty!

Boss Fight
Leader Leader Morty $2760
Gastly Gastly M Ghost / Poison Lv. 21
427 EXP
Gengar Gengar M Ghost / Poison Lv. 25
1,017 EXP
Haunter Haunter M Ghost / Poison Lv. 21
567 EXP
Haunter Haunter M Ghost / Poison Lv. 23
621 EXP

Morty's Ghost-type Pokemon can be a pain to deal with. Thankfully, there isn't that much diversity in his team — they're all part of the Gastly family, meaning they are very fast, hit very hard with Special-based attacks, but have rather low Sp. Def and particularly Defense. Physical-based moves that aren't Normal- or Fighting-type are your best bet against his Pokemon offensively. The best defense is actually a Normal-type Pokemon of your own, effectively preventing Shadow Ball from hitting at all. It's definitely preferable that the Normal-type Pokemon you use has something to attack with. Payback is a good idea if you don't know what else to do, since you should have that TM if you were following this guide. There's also a TM for Shadow Claw just to the east of town, which will also be effective.

Anyway, his ghosts have a few different strategies, but you can count on being put to sleep, you can count on being unable to switch your Pokemon due to Mean Look, and you can count on other devious tactics like Confuse Ray, Curse, and Sucker Punch to throw a wrench in your plans. Don't underestimate Shadow Ball — it is much more powerful than it ever was in the original Gold and Silver due to it now being Special-based, which feeds off of his Gengar-line's high Sp. Atk stat. It will do a lot of damage, and, worse yet, Gengar will almost certainly outspeed whatever Pokemon you throw at it. Possibly even his Haunters, too.

Gengar, though, is the biggest threat. It likes to open the fight with Mean Look to prevent you from switching, so keep that in mind on the first turn if you want to switch for a different Pokemon. It has Hypnosis to put you to sleep, and Shadow Ball and Sucker Punch to attack with. Shadow Ball will do a ton of damage to anything that isn't Normal-type, but if you're using something that's a Normal-type, say, like a Stantler, Raticate or Noctowl, it won't affect it at all. Sucker Punch will always strike first, but it won't do any damage unless you're using an attacking move (and not a support move), so keep that in mind, Normal-types.

Having trouble taking out Morty's gang of Ghost-type Pokemon? Go catch a Raticate in the Burned Tower! You can find them there at level 15 or so, and it should know Bite by then, which will be Super Effective against all of Morty's Pokemon. But, better yet, if you can level it up to level 19, it learns Sucker Punch, which will even let it strike before Morty's Pokemon and do a lot of damage — just as long as they aren't using a support move (which they like to do, I'll warn you). Either way, their Shadow Balls will be useless against Raticate and you can throw in some Full Heals or X Attacks / X Sp. Defs (buy them in Goldenrod City) for good measure.

You can also catch a Stantler on Route 37 right south of Ecruteak City. By default, it knows Hypnosis, Astonish, Leer, and Stomp. If you send that out against Morty's problematic Gengar, use Hypnosis to put it to sleep, use Leer six times to severely weaken Gengar's Defense, then, before unleashing Stantler's Astonish, use Hypnosis again to make sure Gengar is sleeping (you don't want to get Sucker Punch'd) and hit Gengar with Astonish. It will do significant damage, even with just a level 15 Stantler, after using Leer that many times. You can use a similar strategy against his Haunters, too, if you're careful, but the Gengar is his biggest threat.

Items at Ecruteak Gym
TM30 (Shadow Ball) TM30 (Shadow Ball)
Received from Morty after beating him.
Fog Badge Fog Badge
Allows your Pokemon to use Surf outside of battle to surf across the water. Also ensures that traded Pokemon up to level 50 will obey you.

After beating Morty, he'll give you the Fog Badge, which allows traded Pokemon up to level 50 to obey you without any disobedience. He'll also give you TM30 (Shadow Ball), which is really awesome and useful to teach Pokemon that can learn it for a way to combat Psychic-type Pokemon and other Ghost-types.

Now that you have your fourth Gym Badge, you may want to check out Mt. Mortar to the east of Ecruteak City. There are some items there, a few Pokemon, and you can even go all the way to Mahogany Town if you want! But the recommended path is to go to Olivine City and Cianwood City to the west. It's your choice!


Also, after beating Morty, you'll be able to use Surf outside of battle. If you stop by Route 42 to the east, you'll get HM04 (Strength), allowing you to use Strength outside of battle. There are a few old places that you may want to check out now that you can use Surf to get some extra items, or you may want to wait until you've beaten Chuck in the 5th Gym so you can use Fly to travel around quicker.