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View Poll Results: Who is the hardest Hoenn Gym Leader?
Roxanne 5 1.76%
Brawly 25 8.80%
Wattson 26 9.15%
Flannery 7 2.46%
Norman 52 18.31%
Winona 22 7.75%
Tate & Liza 128 45.07%
Wallace/Juan 19 6.69%
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Old June 14th, 2012 (9:54 AM).
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Since the old topic died, I decided to remake it given I haven't posted here much.

So, which Gym Leader in Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald was the hardest for you and why?

For me, Norman. His Slaking is one of the deadliest threats if you aren't prepared. It took me so many attempts to finally beat him.
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    When I was younger Norman kicked my ass to be quite frank :/ haha but now that I'm older, I find that none of them gym leaders are really very hard. It's amazing what years of getting your butt beat and your face smashed in a million times will teach you once your older :D haha

    When I go searching for challenges and the like: Battle Frontier. THAT was literally impossible as a kid lol
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      My first team in Sapphire had a few Fire and Ground types, and Wallace kept Water Pulsing my Pokemon. It took me like ten tries before I got a lucky critical hit on his Milotic.
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        Norman was the hardest for me, Wattson was the second. I didn't evolve my pokémon until late in the game, so... I was defeated several times.
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        I think they can all be the hardest, depending on what is on your team. For example, Wattson can be annoying with all of Magneton's resistances, Flannery and Overheat, Slaking... and Milotic/Kingdra. But Slaking and Norman are usually the most annoying for me.
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          Norman. I always found the Normal gym leaders to be the hardest. Slaking was a pain as a child.
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            I voted Tate & Lisa, primarily because of terrible memories associated with Emerald. Seems like they were the only gym leaders to successfully set up on me, and once they did... *shudder*
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              Tate and Liza... THE HORROR! D:
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                I'd probably have to say Norman as well. Dat Slaking and all... But I think Wallace also gave me a hard time when I battled him, though I can't really remember the battle all that well. Just his damn Milotic!
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                  Wattson, in my noob years I just can't defeat him when I picked treecko

                  But he seems a breeze to me when I pick either torchic or mudkip......

                  Second hardest is Flannery in my noob years also still can't defeat her when I pick treecko or torchic...

                  Also Winona because of altaria having earthquake....
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                    Norman was very annoying to beat...
                    Its Slaking... How difficult to take down ! Strong with high defense skills moreover.
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                      Tate & Liza. Solrock was easy to beat down, but Lunatone resists a lot...
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                        Norman....I hate Slaking, he constantly recovers!!!!
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                          Tate and Liza.

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                            I recall having problems against Norman during my first playthrough, and Wattson occasionally gives me trouble when I replay the games, but for the most part, I find the battle against Tate & Liza the most difficult. At least on Emerald.

                            I think it's because at this point in the game, my procrastination on levelling up my Pokemon to match that of the Gym Leader's lowest levelled Pokemon (at least) compounds to where I'm really underlevelled upon arriving at Mossdeep. Or I'm just really dreadful at double battles.
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                              Winona, Tate & Liza and Norman, and sometimes even Wattson!

                              Winona's Altaria usually always set up on me and swept me with EQ.
                              Tate & Liza's damn Claydol owned me sometimes after a few Calm Minds xD
                              Wattson's dumb Magneton Shock Wave'd me....
                              Norman's Slaking. Everyone knows why. Sometimes his Linoone could sweep me as well after Belly Drum.
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                                Tate and Liza.

                                I never grinded much, and by the time i got to them my team would be seriously underleveled, plus i often picked pokemon with low special D.
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                                I didn't find Tate & Liza hard at all, they can be easy to take out with a Water or Grass-type. However, when they spam Calm Mind it can get annoying.

                                But yeah, I see that so many people find Norman's Slaking overpowered. It took me 3 attempts to finally defeat him.
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                                  Tate & Liza for the longest time... eventually I picked up a strategy but before that it took me soo many attempts haha
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                                    Tate and Liza. That damn Sunny Day team wrecked me.
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                                      Is this even a question? I've been to points where I out level those stupid Slakings by like 10 levels with a freaking Breloom and do like no damage. Norman is the toughest. Liz and Tate is easy if you have 2 pokemon with surf.
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                                      Juan in emerald was always a pain for me and the only thing that made it difficult was that Kingdra of his. If I didn't already have a Flygon or Salemence then this match would always be a pain.
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                                        Norman; his Slaking is just a tank.
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                                          I never really had much a problem with any of the gym leaders, really. Until I decided to try the Nuzlocke challenge, that is. Man, Wattson must've made me restart completely at least. . . twice? Yeah, I'll go with that. XD
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                                            am i the only one that had troubles with Roxanne? way too strong for the stage in the game
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