Ol’ man Kofu (that’s what the town calls him, not me) is the Gym Leader of Casscarrafa, found in the West Province of Paldea.
A fan of Water type Pokemon, this battle can go one of two ways for you: easy or hard.
The hands of fate become even more fickle depending on how early on you approach this gym. Although you can tackle the gyms in any order, some are intended for later in the game, with Casscarrafa being one of those gyms.
But before you can challenge Kofu to a battle you have to pass the Gym Challenge, which takes an unusual turn after the Gym Leader forgets his wallet. Yes, you read that right.
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The Casscarrafa Gym Challenge (Sort Of)
I say sort of because this isn’t the typical Gym Challenge. Instead, you stumble into it when you arrive at the gym.
Kofu will rush out to purchase an auction item over at Porto Marinada market, a location in West Province (Area Two), with a frantic gym representative rushing out after him. She tries, and fails, to inform him he’s forgotten his wallet. She then spots you.
Her plea is for you to return his wallet, and as a thank you she’ll count that as your Gym Challenge.
Sounds simple enough. However, to reach Porto Marinda you have to go through Asado Desert, which is home to a lot of strong Pokemon. Or so the tales go. Personally, I didn’t find them too difficult because they were around the same level as my own Pokemon.
Once you arrive at the market you’ll spot Kofu in the company of a trainer called Hugo, who will challenge you to a battle when you try to approach. Beat him to finally be able to return Kofu’s wallet.
But wait, there’s more to this saga!
Kofu will now set you his own Gym Challenge: to place a winning bid on some luxury seaweed. And no, I’m not making this up. He hands you 50,000 Pokedollars to make that happen.
Steadily increase your bid until the other two bidders fold. After winning, Kofu will let you keep any change you may have, and then extends an offer of a battle to you when you’re next at his gym.
Before facing him, it’s a good idea to stock up on some supplies – don’t forget to use the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet mystery gift codes to get your hands on a bulk of useful items.
What Pokemon Does Kofu Use?
- Veluza – Level 29 (Water/Psychic)
- Wugtrio – Level 29 (Water)
- Crabominable – Level 30 (Fighting/Ice with Water Tera Type)
How to Beat Kofu In Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
To easily beat Kofu you need to use Grass or Electric types when battling his Weluza and Wugtrio. But when it comes to Crabominable, it’s best to have a Fairy type to switch into battle to counter its Fighting type attacks.
Crabominable is by far the biggest obstacle you face thanks to having three different types to attack you with. However, those types can also prove to be its downfall if you counter with the right Pokemon.
But because I’m a masochist and like making things difficult for myself, I ended up facing down Kofu’s Crabominable with Azumarill. I did use Floragato at the beginning of the fight, but, honestly, Azumarill was a solid choice despite being a Water type.
The best piece of advice I can give you is to avoid Casscarrafa Gym until you’re at the same level as his Pokemon (level 29/30). I went in at only level 25 and although I beat Kofu, it was a struggle.
Although you can face the Gym Leaders in whatever order you want, it’s not always the wisest move. With this in mind, I’d suggest facing Brassius and Katy before darkening Kofu’s door, and even then maybe challenge Iono as well.
Kofu Gym Leader Rewards
Beating Kofu means that Pokemon up to level 35 will obey you. However, if this is your fourth gym then Pokemon up to level 40 will now obey.
In addition to this, you’ll be awarded TM022 Chilling Water, a move that saps your opponents power and lowers its Attack stat.
Use our how to beat Brassius in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet guide if you haven’t faced him already, before heading on over to the how to beat Katy and how to beat Iono articles we also wrote. If you’re focused on the Victory Road storyline you’ll need these guides.
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