The Elite Four (四天王, Shitennō, lit. "Four Heavenly Kings") is an order of four exceptionally skilled Pokémon trainers. Like the Gym Leaders, they also specialize on a type of Pokémon but are far stronger. The player must first defeat them all so that they may gain the right to challenge the 'Pokémon Champion'. The player must obtain all eight badges from each respective region's gym leaders in order to face the Elite Four.