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A 'Gym Leader' (Japanese: ジムリーダー Jimu Rīdā) is the highest-ranking member and owner of an official Pokémon Gym. A Gym Leader will usually specialize in one specific type of Pokémon (the only known exception being Blue) and uses them to test the skills of trainers that challenge them. Every Gym Leader holds a unique badge for the trainers that prove their skills to them or defeat them in battle. When a trainer has a total of eight badges, they can compete in their regional League or challenge their region's Elite Four. There are a total of eight Gym Leaders in each region, usually all eight gym leaders in a region will specialize in a different type of Pokémon, the only type not appearing so far (Gen 1-6) being Dark, although certain types are used for multiple gyms but in different regions, the most recurring type for the first gym is Rock due to both Grass and Water being super effective against it.

As shown several times, a Gym Leader is usually well involved with their community. When not at the Gym, a Gym Leader is usually involved in some type of work or service that the surrounding community is known for (this is usually more the case in the Anime series rather than the game series). When at the Gym, a leader will maintain the Gym itself, the Pokémon, the other members, and will battle any challenger.

Games

Kanto

Gym Leaders: Kanto Region
Gym Leader Gym Type Badge
Brock (game)B2W2 Gym Leader: Brock (Japanese: タケシ Takeshi)
Gym Leader Location: Pewter City Gym (Japanese: ニビシティ Nibi Shiti)
Type Rock Boulderbadge
Boulder Badge
MistyB2W2 Gym Leader: Misty (Japanese: カスミ Kasumi)
Gym Leader Location: Cerulian City Gym (Japanese: ハナダシティ Hanada Shiti)
Type Water Cascadebadge
Cascade Badge
Lt. SurgeB2W2 Gym Leader: Lt. Surge (Japanese: マチス Machisu)
Gym Leader Location: Vermilion City (Japanese: クチバシティ Kuchiba Shiti)
Type Electric Thunderbadge
Thunder Badge
ErikaB2W2 Gym Leader: Erika (Japanese: エリカ Erika)
Gym Leader Location: Celadon City (Japanese: タマムシシテ Tamamushi Shiti)
Type Grass Rainbow Badge
Rainbow Badge
Koga(HGSS)Sprite Gym Leader: Koga (Japanese: キョウ Kyō)
Gym Leader Location: Fuchsia City (Japanese: セキチクシティ Sekichiku Shiti)
Type Poison Soulbadge
Soul Badge
SabrinaB2W2 Gym Leader: Sabrina (Japanese: ナツメ Natsume)
Gym Leader Location: Saffron City (Japanese: ヤマブキシティ Yamabuki Shiti)
Type Psychic Marshbadge
Marsh Badge
BlaineB2W2 Gym Leader: Blaine (Japanese: カツラ Katsura)
Gym Leader Location: Cinnabar Island (Japanese: グレンじま Guren-jima)
Type Fire Volcanobadge
Volcano Badge
GiovanniB2W2 Gym Leader: Giovanni (Japanese: サカキ Sakaki)
Gym Leader Location: Viridian City (Japanese: トキワシティ Tokiwa Shiti)
Type Ground Earthbadge
Earth Badge

Gym Leaders: Kanto Region
Gym Leader Gym Type Badge
Brock (game)B2W2 Gym Leader: Brock (Japanese: タケシ Takeshi)
Gym Leader Location: Pewter City Gym (Japanese: ニビシティ Nibi Shiti)
Type Rock Boulderbadge
Boulder Badge
MistyB2W2 Gym Leader: Misty (Japanese: カスミ Kasumi)
Gym Leader Location: Cerulian City Gym (Japanese: ハナダシティ Hanada Shiti)
Type Water Cascadebadge
Cascade Badge
Lt. SurgeB2W2 Gym Leader: Lt. Surge (Japanese: マチス Machisu)
Gym Leader Location: Vermilion City (Japanese: クチバシティ Kuchiba Shiti)
Type Electric Thunderbadge
Thunder Badge
ErikaB2W2 Gym Leader: Erika (Japanese: エリカ Erika)
Gym Leader Location: Celadon City (Japanese: タマムシシテ Tamamushi Shiti)
Type Grass Rainbow Badge
Rainbow Badge
Janine(B2W2)Sprite Gym Leader: Janine (Japanese: アンズ Anzu)
Gym Leader Location: Fuchsia City (Japanese: セキチクシティ Sekichiku Shiti)
Type Poison Soulbadge
Soul Badge
SabrinaB2W2 Gym Leader: Sabrina (Japanese: ナツメ Natsume)
Gym Leader Location: Saffron City (Japanese: ヤマブキシティ Yamabuki Shiti)
Type Psychic Marshbadge
Marsh Badge
BlaineB2W2 Gym Leader: Blaine (Japanese: カツラ Katsura)
Gym Leader Location: Cinnabar Island (Japanese: グレンじま Guren-jima)
Type Fire Volcanobadge
Volcano Badge
BlueB2W2 Gym Leader: Blue (Japanese: グリーン Green)
Gym Leader Location: Viridian City (Japanese: トキワシティ Tokiwa Shiti)
Earthbadge
Earth Badge

Johto

Gym Leaders: Johto Region
Gym Leader Gym Type Badge
Falkner(B2W2)Sprite Gym Leader: Falkner (Japanese: ハヤト Hayato)
Gym Leader Location: Violet City (Japanese: キキョウシティ Kikyō Shiti)
Type Flying Zephyrbadge
Zephyr Badge
Bugsy(B2W2)Sprite Gym Leader: Bugsy (Japanese: ツクシ Tsukushi)
Gym Leader Location: Azalea Town (Japanese: ヒワダタウン Hiwada Taun)
Type Bug Hivebadge
Hive Badge
Whitney(B2W2)Sprite Gym Leader: Whitney (Japanese: アカネ Akane)
Gym Leader Location: Goldenrod City (Japanese: コガネシティ Kogane Shiti)
Type Normal Plainbadge
Plain Badge
Morty(B2W2)Sprite Gym Leader: Morty (Japanese: マツバ Matsuba)
Gym Leader Location: Ecruteak City (Japanese: エンジュシティ Enju Shiti)
Type Ghost Fogbadge
Fog Badge
Chuck(B2W2)Sprite Gym Leader: Chuck (Japanese: シジマ Shijima)
Gym Leader Location: Cianwood City (Japanese: タンバシティ Tanba Shiti)
Type Fighting Stormbadge
Storm Badge
Jasmine(B2W2)Sprite Gym Leader: Jasmine (Japanese: ミカン Mikan)
Gym Leader Location: Olivine City (Japanese: アサギシティ Asagi Shiti)
Type Steel Mineralbadge
Mineral Badge
Pryce(B2W2)Sprite Gym Leader: Pryce (Japanese: ヤナギ Yanagi)
Gym Leader Location: Mahogany Town (Japanese: チョウジタウン Chōji Town)
Type Ice Glacierbadge
Glacier Badge
Clair(B2W2)Sprite Gym Leader: Clair (Japanese: イブキ Ibuki)
Gym Leader Location: Blackthorn City (Japanese: フスベシティ Fusube Shiti)
Type Dragon Risingbadge
Rising Badge


Hoenn

Gym Leaders: Hoenn Region
Gym Leader Gym Type Badge
RoxanneB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Roxanne (Japanese: ツツジ Tsutsuji)
Gym Leader Location: Rustboro City (Japanese: カナズミシティ Kanazumi Shiti)
Type Rock Stonebadge
Stone Badge
BrawlyB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Brawly (Japanese: トウキ Touki)
Gym Leader Location: Dewford Town (Japanese: ムロタウン Muro Taun)
Type Fighting Knucklebadge
Knuckle Badge
WattsonB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Wattson (Japanese: テッセン Tessen)
Gym Leader Location: Mauville City (Japanese: キンセツシティ Kinsetsu Shiti)
Type Electric Dynamobadge
Dynamo Badge
FlanneryB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Flannery (Japanese: アスナ Asuna)
Gym Leader Location: Lavaridge Town (Japanese: フエンタウン Fuen Taun)
Type Fire Heatbadge
Heat Badge
NormanB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Norman (Japanese: センリ Senri)
Gym Leader Location: Petalburg City (Japanese: トウカシティ Tōka Shiti)
Type Normal Balancebadge
Balance Badge
WinonaB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Winona (Japanese: ミカン Mikan)
Gym Leader Location: Fortree City (Japanese: ヒワマキシティ Hiwamaki Shiti)
Type Flying Featherbadge
Feather Badge
TateB2W2spriteLizaB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Tate and Liza (Japanese: フウとラン Fu to Ran)
Gym Leader Location: Mossdeep City (Japanese: トクサネシティ Tokusane Town)
Type Psychic Mindbadge
Mind Badge
WallaceB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Wallace (Japanese: ミクリ Mikuri)
Gym Leader Location: Sootopolis City (Japanese: ルネシティ Rune Shiti)
Type Water Rainbadge
Rain Badge

Gym Leaders: Hoenn Region
Gym Leader Gym Type Badge
RoxanneB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Roxanne (Japanese: ツツジ Tsutsuji)
Gym Leader Location: Rustboro City (Japanese: カナズミシティ Kanazumi Shiti)
Type Rock Stonebadge
Stone Badge
BrawlyB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Brawly (Japanese: トウキ Touki)
Gym Leader Location: Dewford Town (Japanese: ムロタウン Muro Taun)
Type Fighting Knucklebadge
Knuckle Badge
WattsonB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Wattson (Japanese: テッセン Tessen)
Gym Leader Location: Mauville City (Japanese: キンセツシティ Kinsetsu Shiti)
Type Electric Dynamobadge
Dynamo Badge
FlanneryB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Flannery (Japanese: アスナ Asuna)
Gym Leader Location: Lavaridge Town (Japanese: フエンタウン Fuen Taun)
Type Fire Heatbadge
Heat Badge
NormanB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Norman (Japanese: センリ Senri)
Gym Leader Location: Petalburg City (Japanese: トウカシティ Tōka Shiti)
Type Normal Balancebadge
Balance Badge
WinonaB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Winona (Japanese: ミカン Mikan)
Gym Leader Location: Fortree City (Japanese: ヒワマキシティ Hiwamaki Shiti)
Type Flying Featherbadge
Feather Badge
TateB2W2spriteLizaB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Tate and Liza (Japanese: フウとラン Fu to Ran)
Gym Leader Location: Mossdeep City (Japanese: トクサネシティ Tokusane Town)
Type Psychic Mindbadge
Mind Badge
JuanB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Juan (Japanese: アダン Adan)
Gym Leader Location: Sootopolis City (Japanese: ルネシティ Rune Shiti)
Type Water Rainbadge
Rain Badge

Sinnoh

Gym Leaders: Sinnoh Region
Gym Leader Gym Type Badge
RoarkB2W2Sprite Gym Leader: Roark (Japanese: ヒョウタ Hyōta)
Gym Leader Location: Oreburgh City (Japanese: クロガネシティ Kurogane Shiti)
Type Rock Coalbadge
Coal Badge
GardeniaB2W2 Gym Leader: Gardenia (Japanese: ナタネ Natane)
Gym Leader Location: Eterna City (Japanese: ハクタイシティ Hakutai Shiti)
Type Grass Forestbadge
Forest Badge
MayleneB2W2 Gym Leader: Maylene (Japanese: スモモ Sumomo)
Gym Leader Location: Veilstone City (Japanese: トバリシティ Tobari Shiti)
Type Fighting Cobblebadge
Cobble Badge
Crasher WakeB2W2 Gym Leader: Crasher Wake (Japanese: マキシマム仮面 Makushimamu Kamen)
Gym Leader Location: Pastoria City (Japanese: ノモセシティ Nomose Shiti)
Type Water Fenbadge
Fen Badge
FantinaB2W2 Gym Leader: Fantina (Japanese: メリッサ Merissa)
Gym Leader Location: Hearthome City (Japanese: ヨスガシティ Yosuga Shiti)
Type Ghost Relicbadge
Relic Badge
ByronB2W2 Gym Leader: Byron (Japanese: トウガン Tōgan)
Gym Leader Location: Canalave City (Japanese: ミオシティ Mio Shiti)
Type Steel Minebadge
Mine Badge
CandiceB2W2 Gym Leader: Candice (Japanese: スズナ Suzuna)
Gym Leader Location: Snowpoint City (Japanese: キッサキシティ Kissaki Shiti)
Type Ice Iciclebadge
Icicle Badge
VolknerB2W2 Gym Leader: Volkner (Japanese: デンジ Denzi)
Gym Leader Location: Sunyshore City (Japanese: ナギサシティ Nagisa Shiti)
Type Electric Beaconbadge
Beacon Badge


Unova

Gym Leaders: Unova Region
Gym Leader Gym Type Badge
CilanBWsprite
ChiliBWsprite
CressBWsprite
Gym Leader: Cilan501/Chili495/Cress498 (Japanese: デント/ポッド/コーン Dento/Poddo/Kōn)
Gym Leader Location: Striaton City (Japanese: サンヨウシティ Sanyō Shiti)
Type ??? Triobadge
Trio Badge
LenoraBWsprite Gym Leader: Lenora (Japanese: アロエ Aroe)
Gym Leader Location: Nacrene City (Japanese: シッポウシティ Shippō Shiti)
Type Normal Basicbadge
Basic Badge
BurghBWsprite Gym Leader: Burgh (Japanese: アーティ Āti)
Gym Leader Location: Castelia City (Japanese: ヒウンシティ Hiun Shiti)
Type Bug Insectbadge
Insect Badge
ElesaBWsprite Gym Leader: Elesa (Japanese: カミツレ Kamitsure)
Gym Leader Location: Nimbasa City (Japanese: ライモンシティ Raimon Shiti)
Type Electric Boltbadge
Bolt Badge
ClayBWsprite Gym Leader: Clay (Japanese: ヤーコン Yākon)
Gym Leader Location: Driftveil City (Japanese: ホドモエシティ Hodomoe Shiti)
Type Ground Quakebadge
Quake Badge
SkylaBWsprite Gym Leader: Skyla (Japanese: フウロ Fūro)
Gym Leader Location: Mistralton City (Japanese: フキヨセシティ Fukiyose Shiti)
Type Flying Jetbadge
Jet Badge
BrycenBWsprite Gym Leader: Brycen (Japanese: ハチク Hachiku)
Gym Leader Location: Icirrus City (Japanese: セッカシティ Sekka Shiti)
Type Ice Freezebadge
Freeze Badge
DraydenBWsprite Gym Leader: Drayden (Japanese: シャガ/アイリス Shaga/Airisu)
Gym Leader Location: Opelucid City (Japanese: ソウリュウシティ Sōryū Shiti)
Type Dragon Legendbadge
Legend Badge

Gym Leaders: Unova Region
Gym Leader Gym Type Badge
CilanBWsprite
ChiliBWsprite
CressBWsprite
Gym Leader: Cilan501/Chili495/Cress498 (Japanese: デント/ポッド/コーン Dento/Poddo/Kōn)
Gym Leader Location: Striaton City (Japanese: サンヨウシティ Sanyō Shiti)
Type ??? Triobadge
Trio Badge
LenoraBWsprite Gym Leader: Lenora (Japanese: アロエ Aroe)
Gym Leader Location: Nacrene City (Japanese: シッポウシティ Shippō Shiti)
Type Normal Basicbadge
Basic Badge
BurghBWsprite Gym Leader: Burgh (Japanese: アーティ Āti)
Gym Leader Location: Castelia City (Japanese: ヒウンシティ Hiun Shiti)
Type Bug Insectbadge
Insect Badge
ElesaBWsprite Gym Leader: Elesa (Japanese: カミツレ Kamitsure)
Gym Leader Location: Nimbasa City (Japanese: ライモンシティ Raimon Shiti)
Type Electric Boltbadge
Bolt Badge
ClayBWsprite Gym Leader: Clay (Japanese: ヤーコン Yākon)
Gym Leader Location: Driftveil City (Japanese: ホドモエシティ Hodomoe Shiti)
Type Ground Quakebadge
Quake Badge
SkylaBWsprite Gym Leader: Skyla (Japanese: フウロ Fūro)
Gym Leader Location: Mistralton City (Japanese: フキヨセシティ Fukiyose Shiti)
Type Flying Jetbadge
Jet Badge
BrycenBWsprite Gym Leader: Brycen (Japanese: ハチク Hachiku)
Gym Leader Location: Icirrus City (Japanese: セッカシティ Sekka Shiti)
Type Ice Freezebadge
Freeze Badge
Iris (game)BWsprite Gym Leader: link=Iris (Japanese: シャガ/アイリス Shaga/Airisu)
Gym Leader Location: Opelucid City (Japanese: ソウリュウシティ Sōryū Shiti)
Type Dragon Legendbadge
Legend Badge

Gym Leaders: Unova Region
Gym Leader Gym Type Badge
CherenB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Cheren (Japanese: チェレン Cheren)
Gym Leader Location: Aspertia City (Japanese: ヒオウギシティ Hiougi Shiti)
Type Normal Basicbadge
Basic Badge
RoxieB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Roxie (Japanese: ホミカ Homika)
Gym Leader Location: Virbank City (Japanese: タチワキシティ Tachiwaki Shiti)
Type Poison Toxicbadge
Toxic Badge
BurghBWsprite Gym Leader: Burgh (Japanese: アーティ Āti)
Gym Leader Location: Castelia City (Japanese: ヒウンシティ Hiun Shiti)
Type Bug Insectbadge
Insect Badge
ElesaB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Elesa (Japanese: カミツレ Kamitsure)
Gym Leader Location: Nimbasa City (Japanese: ライモンシティ Raimon Shiti)
Type Electric Boltbadge
Bolt Badge
ClayBWsprite Gym Leader: Clay (Japanese: ヤーコン Yākon)
Gym Leader Location: Driftveil City (Japanese: ホドモエシティ Hodomoe Shiti)
Type Ground Quakebadge
Quake Badge
SkylaBWsprite Gym Leader: Skyla (Japanese: フウロ Fūro)
Gym Leader Location: Mistralton City (Japanese: フキヨセシティ Fukiyose Shiti)
Type Flying Jetbadge
Jet Badge
DraydenBWsprite Gym Leader: Drayden (Japanese: シャガ Shaga)
Gym Leader Location: Opelucid City (Japanese: ソウリュウシティ Sōryū Shiti)
Type Dragon Legendbadge
Legend Badge
MarlonB2W2sprite Gym Leader: Marlon (Japanese: シズイ Shizui)
Gym Leader Location: Humilau City (Japanese: セイガイハシティ Seigaiha Shiti)
Type Water Wavebadge
Wave Badge

Kalos

Gym Leaders: Kalos Region
Gym Leader Gym Type Badge
Viola Gym Leader: Viola (Japanese: ビオラ Biora)
Gym Leader Location: Santalune City (Japanese: ハクダンシティ Hakudan Shiti)
Type Bug Bug Badge
Bug Badge
Grant Gym Leader: Grant (Japanese: ザクロ Zakuro)
Gym Leader Location: Cyllage City (Japanese: ショウヨウシティ Shōyō Shiti)
Type Rock Cliff Badge
Cliff Badge
Korrina Gym Leader: Korrina (Japanese: コルニ Koruni)
Gym Leader Location: Shalour City (Japanese: シャラシティ Shara Shiti)
Type Fighting Rumble Badge
Rumble Badge
Ramos Gym Leader: Ramos (Japanese: フクジ Fukuji)
Gym Leader Location: Coumarine City (Japanese: ヒヨクシティ Hiyoku Shiti)
Type Grass Plant Badge
Plant Badge
Clemont Gym Leader: Clemont (Japanese: シトロン Shitoron)
Gym Leader Location: Lumiose City (Japanese: ミアレシティ Miare Shiti)
Type Electric Voltage Badge
Voltage Badge
Valerie Gym Leader: Valerie (Japanese: マーシュ Māju)
Gym Leader Location: Laverre City (Japanese: クノエシティ Kunoe Shiti)
Type Fairy Fairy Badge
Fairy Badge
Olympia Gym Leader: Olympia (Japanese: ゴジカ Gojika)
Gym Leader Location: Anistar City (Japanese: ヒャッコクシティ Hyakkoku Shiti)
Type Psychic Psychic Badge
Psychic Badge
Wulfric Gym Leader: Wulfric (Japanese: ウルップ Uruppu)
Gym Leader Location: Snowbelle City (Japanese: エイセツシティ Eisetsu Shiti)
Type Ice Iceberg Badge
Iceberg Badge


Anime

Kanto

Pewter City

While Brock begins as the Gym Leader, his father: Flint, is the former Gym Leader, his mother: Lola took over the gym and made it a Water-type Gym, and his younger brother Forrest is the current Gym Leader.

Route to Vermillion City

While Ash travels and meets the Gym Leaders from the games as normal, he also meets a trainer named A.J., who runs his own unofficial Gym which is on the route to Vermillion City, A.J.'s gym does not have a badge or a type.

A.J. also makes a brief appearance in the games a a Youngster on Route 9.

Cerulean City

While Misty is the current Gym Leader, her three sisters: Daisy, Violet, and Lily act as Gym Leaders until Misty takes the post.

Viridian City

While Giovanni starts as the Gym Leader like in the games, he has to go on a business journey - so he leaves Jessie, James, and Meowth as the Gym Leaders. Jessie is the one who actually does the battling.

Since Giovanni does not return from the business trip as he is busy running Team Rocket, the Elite Four member Agatha is put in charge of the Gym.

Orange Islands

The Gym Leaders from the Orange Islands have only appeared in the Pokémon Anime series and not in game series. In addition to this, these Gym Leaders work slightly differently than others, usually having trainers that face them take part in a number of challenges rather than Pokémon Battles. Also, the majority of these Gym Leaders do not specialize in a specific Pokémon type.

Gym Leaders: Orange Island
Gym Leader Gym Type Badge
Cissy Gym Leader: Cissy (Japanese: アツミ Atsumi)
Gym Leader Location: Mikan Island (Japanese: ナツカン島 Natsukan-shima)
Coral-Eye Badge
Coral-Eye Badge
Danny Gym Leader: Danny (Japanese: ダン Dan)
Gym Leader Location: Navel Island (Japanese: ネーブル島 Nēburu-shima)
Type ??? SeaRuby Badge
Sea Ruby Badge
Rudy Gym Leader: Rudy (Japanese: ジギー Jigī)
Gym Leader Location: Trovita Island (Japanese: ユズ島 Yuzu-shima)
Type ??? SpikeShell Badge
Spike Shell Badge
Luana Gym Leader: Luana (Japanese: ルリコ Ruriko)
Gym Leader Location: Kumquat Island (Japanese: リュウチン島 Ryūchin-shima)
Type ??? JadeStar Badge
Jade Star Badge


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Trivia

  • The only type of Gym Leader that is not present is Dark-type.
  • In Pokémon Black and White 2 World Tournament, all of the Starter type Gym Leaders (Grass, Fire, Water) have a fully evolved starter type.

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