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Gym Leader

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A Gym Leader (ジムリーダー Jimu Rīdā?) is a high-ranked Pokémon Trainer who runs a Pokémon Gym and offers a Gym Badge to Pokémon Trainers who can win against them. Gym Leaders make their first appearance in Pocket Monsters Red and Green Versions (internationally released as Pokémon Red and Blue Versions). A Gym Leader's challenge usually takes the form of a Pokémon battle, but sometimes the challenges are a trial of skill or endurance or the badges are given in return for extraordinary services rendered. Each main region has at least eight Gym Leaders. Any Pokémon Trainer who earns eight Gym Badges can face the Elite Four or participate in the Pokémon League Championships.

List of Gym Leaders


Name Type Location Badge
Brock Rock Pewter Gym Boulder Badge
Misty Water Cerulean Gym Cascade Badge
Lt. Surge Electric Vermilion Gym Thunder Badge
Erika Grass Celadon Gym Rainbow Badge
Koga1 Poison Fuchsia Gym Soul Badge
Sabrina Psychic Saffron Gym Marsh Badge
Blaine Fire Cinnabar Gym Volcano Badge
Giovanni2 Ground Viridian Gym Earth Badge

1 - In Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions and other variations and remakes, Koga is replaced with his daughter, Janine.
2 - In Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions and other variations and remakes, Giovanni is replaced with Blue, who uses a variety of Pokémon types.

General information

Several Gym Leaders have a name that includes the word of the Pokémon they specialize in, or otherwise references it in some way. For example, Brock's name is similar to the word "rock," as well as two other Rock-type Gym Leaders, Roxanne and Roark. Meanwhile, Bugsy's name includes the word "bug" in it, a reflection of him specializing in Bug-type Pokémon. Gardenia, the Grass-type Gym Leader of Eterna City, includes the word "garden," which includes an abundance of grass. Misty has the word "mist" in her name.

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