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Gym Badges (バッジ Gym Badges) are collected throughout all the regions in all of the main series Pokémon games and also in the Pokémon Anime. Badges are obtained usually by defeating the holder of the badge in a Pokémon battle, a Gym Leader. In the game series, there are a total of 8 badges per region. However, in the anime it has been noted that there are many other Gyms where badges can be obtained however in order to compete in the Pokémon League, Pokémon Trainers must collect a total of 8 Gym Badges in their respective region.

Some Gym Badges have the ability to affect a Pokémon's behavior, making them obedient up to certain levels, though this is only in Generations previous to IV. Also, certain badges will allow for a specified HM to be used outside of battle. Additionally, in the Generation IV and Generation V games, having more badges affects the amount of items that Poké Marts will have.

Game and Anime Gym Badges

The following lists the known Gym badges that have appeared in the game and/or anime series, along with additional information.

Indigo League

The Indigo League is the league in Kanto. A total of eight badges must be obtained to challenge the Elite Four (game), or participate in the League (anime). The following are badges from the Kanto region.

Badge Information
Boulderbadge The Boulder Badge (グレーバッジ Gray Badge) is given out at the Pewter City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Brock.
Abilities:The Boulder Badge allows for the HM Flash to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will raise the attack stat of the player's Pokémon.
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Brock
Cascadebadge The Cascade Badge (ブルーバッジ Blue Badge) is given out at the Cerulean City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Misty.
Abilities:The Cascade Badge allows for the HM Cut to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will allow for Pokémon up to level 30 to obey their Trainer.
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Misty
Thunderbadge The Thunder Badge (オレンジバッジ Orange Badge) is given out at the Vermilion City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Lt. Surge.
Abilities:The Thunder Badge allows for the HM Fly to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will raise the speed stat of the player's Pokémon.
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Lt. Surge
Rainbow Badge The Rainbow Badge (レインボーバッジ Rainbow Badge) is given out at the Celadon City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Erika.
Abilities:The Rainbow Badge allows for the HM Strength to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will allow for Pokémon up to level 50 to obey their Trainer.
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Erika
Soulbadge The Soul Badge (ピンクバッジ Pink Badge) is given out at the Fuchsia City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Koga. In Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal, the Gym Leader and the one who gives out the badge is Koga's daughter Janine.
Abilities:The Soul Badge allows for the HM Surf to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will raise the defense stat of the player's Pokémon.
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Koga
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Janine
Marshbadge The Marsh Badge (ゴールドバッジ Gold Badge) is given out at the Saffron City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Sabrina.
Abilities:The Marsh Badge allows for the HM Rock Smash to be used outside of battle, but only in the FireRed and LeafGreen games. Additionally, it will allow for Pokémon up to level 70 to obey their Trainer.
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Sabrina
Volcanobadge The Volcano Badge (クリムゾンバッジ Crimson Badge) is given out at the Cinnabar Island Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Blaine.
Abilities:The Volcano Badge allows for the HM Waterfall to be used outside of battle, but only in the FireRed and LeafGreen games. Additionally, it will raise the special stats of the player's Pokémon.
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Blaine
Earthbadge The Earth Badge (グリーンバッジ Green Badge) is given out at the Viridian City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Giovanni. In Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal, the Gym Leader and the one who gives out the badge is Blue.
Abilities:The Earth Badge is the final badge in the game, and upon receiving it, the player can challenge the Kanto Elite Four, or in the anime, participate in the Indigo League. Additionally, it will allow for all Pokémon to obey their Trainer.In HeartGold/SoulSilver it allows you to use the HM Rock Climb outside of battle.
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Giovanni
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Blue

Johto League

The Johto League is the local league in the Johto region. A total of eight badges must be obtained to challenge the local Elite Four (game), or participate in the League (anime). The following are badges from the Johto region.

Badge Information
Zephyrbadge The Zephyr Badge (ウイングバッジ Wing Badge) is given out at the Violet City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Falkner.
Abilities:The Zephyr Badge allows for the HM Flash to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will raise the attack stat of the player's Pokémon.In Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver, traded Pokémon up to Level 20 will obey the player. It allows the user to use Rock Smash outside of battle.
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Falkner
Hivebadge The Hive Badge (インセクトバッジ Insect Badge) is given out at the Azalea Town Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Bugsy.
Abilities:The Hive Badge allows for the HM Cut to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will allow for Pokémon up to level 30 to obey their Trainer.
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Bugsy
Plainbadge The Plain Badge (レギュラーバッジ Regular Badge) is given out at the Goldenrod City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Whitney.
Abilities:The Plain Badge allows for the HM Strength to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will raise the speed stat of the player's Pokémon.
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Whitney
Fogbadge The Fog Badge (ファントムバッジ Phantom Badge) is given out at the Ecruteak City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Morty.
Abilities:The Fog Badge allows for the HM Surf to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will allow for Pokémon up to level 50 to obey their Trainer.
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Morty
Stormbadge The Storm Badge (ショックバッジ Shock Badge) is given out at the Cianwood City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Chuck.
Abilities:The Storm Badge allows for the HM Fly to be used outside of battle. Additionally, in HGSS it will allow for Pokémon up to level 60 to obey their Trainer.
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Chuck
Mineralbadge The Mineral Badge (スチールバッジ Steel Badge) is given out at the Olivine City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Jasmine.
Abilities:The Mineral Badge in HGSS will allow Pokémon up to level 70 to obey their Trainer.
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Jasmine
Glacierbadge The Glacier Badge (アイスバッジ Ice Badge) is given out at the Mahogany Town Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Pryce.
Abilities:The Glacier Badge allows for the HM Whirlpool to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will raise the special stats of the player's Pokémon.
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Pryce
Risingbadge The Rising Badge (Rising Badge) is given out at the Blackthorn City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Clair.
Abilities:The Rising Badge allows for the HM Waterfall to be used outside of battle. This is also the final badge in the game, and upon receiving it, the player can challenge the Johto Elite Four, or in the anime, participate in the Johto League. Additionally, it will allow for all Pokémon to obey their Trainer.
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Clair

Hoenn League

The Hoenn League is the local league in Hoenn. A total of eight badges must be obtained to challenge the local Elite Four (game), or participate in the League (anime). The following are badges from the Hoenn region.

Badge Information
Stonebadge The Stone Badge (ストーンバッジ Stone Badge) is given out at the Rustboro City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Roxanne.
Abilities:The Stone Badge allows for the HM Cut to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will raise the attack stat of the player's Pokémon.
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Roxanne
Knucklebadge The Knuckle Badge (ナックルバッジ Knuckle Badge) is given out at the Dewford Town Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Brawly.
Abilities:The Knuckle Badge allows for the HM Flash to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will allow for Pokémon up to level 30 to obey their Trainer.
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Brawly
Dynamobadge The Dynamo Badge (ダイナモバッジ Dynamo Badge) is given out at the Mauville City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Wattson.
Abilities:The Dynamo Badge allows for the HM Rock Smash to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will raise the speed stat of the player's Pokémon.
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Wattson
Heatbadge The Heat Badge (ヒートバッジ Heat Badge) is given out at the Lavaridge Town Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Flannery.
Abilities:The Heat Badge allows for the HM Strength to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will allow for Pokémon up to level 50 to obey their Trainer.
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Flannery
Balancebadge The Balance Badge (バランスバッジ Balance Badge) is given out at the Petalburg City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Norman, the player's father.
Abilities:The Balance Badge allows for the HM Surf to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will raise the defense stat of the player's Pokémon.
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Norman
Featherbadge The Feather Badge (フェザーバッジ Feather Badge) is given out at the Fortree City Gym, held by the Gym Leader,Winona.
Abilities:The Feather Badge allows for the HM Fly to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will allow for Pokémon up to level 70 to obey their Trainer.
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Winona
Mindbadge The Mind Badge (マインドバッジ Mind Badge) is given out at the Mossdeep City Gym, held by the twin Gym Leaders, Tate & Liza.
Abilities:The Mind Badge allows for the HM Dive to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will raise the special stats of the player's Pokémon.
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Tate & Liza
Rainbadge The Rain Badge (レインバッジ Rain Badge) is given out at the Sootopolis City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Wallace. In Pokémon Emerald, the Gym Leader and the one who gives out the badge is Juan.
Abilities:The Rain Badge allows for the HM Waterfall to be used outside of battle. This is also the final badge in the game, and upon receiving it, the player can challenge the Hoenn Elite Four, or in the anime, participate in the Hoenn League. Additionally, it will allow for all Pokémon to obey their Trainer. This Badge also resembles the Triforce from the legend of Zelda series. This may be intentional or just a co-incidence.
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Wallace
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Juan

Sinnoh League

The Sinnoh Pokémon League is the local Pokémon league in Sinnoh. A total of eight badges must be obtained to challenge the local Elite Four (game), or participate in the League (anime).

In the Generation IV games, there have been some changes as to how the badges operate. For instance, badges no longer affect the stats of the player's Pokémon, as they are not mentioned to do so. Also, the badges themselves are no longer the factor in the obedience of Pokémon, rather it is the amount of badges the player owns. Additionally, the amount of badges also affects the available items at Poké Marts.

Obedience of Pokémon:

  • 2 Badges - Obedient up to level 30
  • 4 Badges - Obedient up to level 50
  • 6 Badges - Obedient up to level 70
  • 8 Badges - All Pokémon are obedient.

A new addition to the Generation IV games, players can shine the badges that they have earned, and show them off in the union room. However, if the badges are neglected they will become dull and dusty.

The following are badges from the Sinnoh region.

Badge Information
Coalbadge The Coal Badge is given out at the Oreburgh City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Roark.
Abilities:The Coal Badge allows for the HM Rock Smash to be used outside of battle.
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Roark
Forestbadge The Forest Badge is given out at the Eterna City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Gardenia.
Abilities:The Forest Badge allows for the HM Cut to be used outside of battle. Additionally, once this second badge is obtained, Pokémon up to level 30 to obey their Trainer.
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Gardenia
Cobblebadge The Cobble Badge is given out at the Veilstone City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Maylene.
Abilities:The Cobble Badge allows for the HM Fly to be used outside of battle. In Platinum, Maylene is the 4th gym leader.
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Maylene
Fenbadge The Fen Badge is given out at the Pastoria City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Crasher Wake.
Abilities:The Fen Badge allows for the HM Defog to be used outside of battle. Additionally, once this fourth badge is obtained, Pokémon up to level 50 to obey their Trainer. In Platinum, the Fen Badge allows for the HM Surf to be used outside of battle.
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Crasher Wake
Relicbadge The Relic Badge is given out at the Hearthome City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Fantina.
Abilities:The Relic Badge allows for the HM Surf to be used outside of battle. In Platinum, the Relic Badge allows for the HM Defog to be used outside of battle.
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Fantina
Minebadge The Mine Badge is given out at the Canalave City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Byron.
Abilities:The Mine Badge allows for the HM Strength to be used outside of battle. Additionally, once this sixth badge is obtained, Pokémon up to level 70 will obey their Trainer.
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Byron
Iciclebadge The Icicle Badge is given out at the Snowpoint City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Candice.
Abilities: The Icicle Badge allows for the HM Rock Climb to be used outside of battle.
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Candice
Beaconbadge The Beacon Badge is given out at the Sunyshore City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Volkner.
Abilities:The Beacon Badge allows for the HM Waterfall to be used outside of battle. This is also the final badge in the game, and upon receiving it, the player can challenge the Sinnoh Elite Four, or in the anime, participate in the Sinnoh League. Additionally, since it is the eighth badge, it will allow for all Pokémon to obey their Trainer.
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Volkner

Unova League

The Unova Pokémon League is the local Pokémon league in Unova. A total of eight badges must be obtained to challenge the local Elite Four (game), or participate in the League (anime).

Similar to Generation IV, all Generation V games, badges no longer affect the stats of the player's Pokémon, as they are not mentioned to do so. Also, the badges themselves are no longer the factor in the obedience of Pokémon, rather it is the amount of badges the player owns. Additionally, the amount of badges also affects the available items at Poké Marts. Players can shine the badges that they have earned, and show them off in the union room. However, if the badges are neglected they will become dull and dusty. This did not apply in Black 2 and White 2

Obedience of Pokémon:

  • 1 Badges - Obedient up to level 20;
  • 2 Badges - Obedient up to level 30;
  • 3 Badges - Obedient up to level 40;
  • 4 Badges - Obedient up to level 50;
  • 5 Badges - Obedient up to level 60;
  • 6 Badges - Obedient up to level 70;
  • 7 Badges - Obedient up to level 80;
  • 8 Badges - All Pokémon are obedient.

The following are badges from the Unova region.

Badge Information
Triobadge The Trio Badge is given out at the Striaton City Gym, held by the Gym Leaders, Cilan, Chili, & Cress.
Abilities: The Trio Badge allows for the HM Cut to be used outside of battle. Additionally, once this first badge is obtained, Pokémon up to level 20 to obey their Trainer.
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Cilan 501
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Chili 495
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Cress 498
Basicbadge The Basic Badge is given out at the Nacrene City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Lenora.
Abilities: The Basic Badge will make Pokémon up to level 30 to obey their Trainer.
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Lenora
Insectbadge The Insect Badge is given out at the Castelia City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Burgh.
Abilities: The Insect Badge will make Pokémon up to level 40 to obey their Trainer.
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Burgh
Boltbadge The Bolt Badge is given out at the Nimbasa City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Elesa.
Abilities: The Bolt Badge allows for the HM Strength to be used outside of battle. Additionally, once this fourth badge is obtained, Pokémon up to level 50 to obey their Trainer.
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Elesa
Quakebadge The Quake Badge is given out at the Driftveil City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Clay.
Abilities: The Quake Badge allows for the HM Fly to be used outside of battle. Additionally, once this fifth badge is obtained, Pokémon up to level 60 to obey their Trainer.
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Clay
Jetbadge The Jet Badge is given out at the Mistralton City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Skyla.
Abilities: The Jet Badge allows for the HM Surf to be used outside of battle. Additionally, once this sixth badge is obtained, Pokémon up to level 70 will obey their Trainer.
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Skyla
Freezebadge The Freeze Badge is given out at the Icirrus City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Brycen.
Abilities : The Freeze Badge allows for the HM Waterfall to be used outside of battle. Additionally, once this seventh badge is obtained, Pokémon up to level 80 will obey their Trainer.
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Brycen
Legendbadge The Legend Badge is given out at the Opelucid City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Drayden or Iris.
Abilities :The Legend Badge allows for the HM Dive to be used outside of battle. This is also the final badge in the game, and upon receiving it, the player can challenge the Unova Elite Four, or in the anime, participate in the Unova League. Additionally, since it is the eighth badge, it will make all Pokémon to obey their Trainer.
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Drayden Black icon
VSIris (game)
Iris White icon

Badge Information
Basicbadge The Basic Badge is given out at the Aspertia City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Cheren.
Abilities: The Basic Badge will make Pokémon up to level 20 to obey their Trainer.
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Cheren
Toxicbadge The Toxic Badge is given out at the Virbank City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Roxie.
Abilities: The Basic Badge will make Pokémon up to level 30 to obey their Trainer.
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Roxie
Insectbadge The Insect Badge is given out at the Castelia City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Burgh.
Abilities: The Insect Badge will make Pokémon up to level 40 to obey their Trainer.
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Burgh
Boltbadge The Bolt Badge is given out at the Nimbasa City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Elesa.
Abilities: The Bolt Badge will make Pokémon up to level 50 to obey their Trainer.
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Elesa
Quakebadge The Quake Badge is given out at the Driftveil City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Clay.
Abilities: The Quake Badge will make Pokémon up to level 60 to obey their Trainer.
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Clay
Jetbadge The Jet Badge is given out at the Mistralton City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Skyla.
Abilities: The Freeze Badge will make Pokémon up to level 70 to obey their Trainer.
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Skyla
Legendbadge The Legend Badge is given out at the Opelucid City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Drayden.
Abilities: The Legend Badge will make Pokémon up to level 80 to obey their Trainer.
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Drayden
Wavebadge The Wave Badge is given out at the Humilau City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Marlon.
Abilities: The Wave Badge will make Pokémon all Pokémon obey their Trainer.
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Marlon

Kalos League

The Kalos Pokémon League is the local Pokémon league in Kalos. A total of eight badges must be obtained to challenge the local Elite Four (game), or participate in the League (anime).

Similar to Generation IV and Generation V games, badges no longer affect the stats of the player's Pokémon, as they are not mentioned to do so. Also, the badges themselves are no longer the factor in the obedience of Pokémon, rather it is the amount of badges the player owns. Additionally, the amount of badges also affects the available items at Poké Marts. Similar to the Johto and Kanto badges in Generation II and the Generation IV remakes, the badges rotate in beautiful 3-d.

  • 1 Badges - Obedient up to level 30;
  • 2 Badges - Obedient up to level 40;
  • 3 Badges - Obedient up to level 50;
  • 4 Badges - Obedient up to level 60;
  • 5 Badges - Obedient up to level 70;
  • 6 Badges - Obedient up to level 80;
  • 7 Badges - Obedient up to level 90;
  • 8 Badges - All Pokémon are obedient.

These are the badges obtained in Kalos:

Badge Information
Bug Badge Viola The Bug Badge (バグバッジ Bug Badge) is given out at the Santalune City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Viola.
Abilities:The Bug Badge allows for the HM Cut to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will allow for Pokémon up to level 30 to obey their Trainer.
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Viola
Cliffbadge The Cliff Badge (ウォールバッジ Wall Badge) is given out at the Cyllage City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Grant.
Abilities:The Cliff Badge allows for the HM Strength to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will allow for Pokémon up to level 40 to obey their Trainer.
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Grant
Rumble Badge The Rumble Badge (ファイトバッジ Fight Badge) is given out at the Shalour City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Korrina.
Abilities:The Cobble Badge allows for the HM Surf to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will allow for Pokémon up to level 50 to obey their Trainer.
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Korrina
Plant Badge The Forest Badge (プラントバッジ Plant Badge) is given out at the Coumarine City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Ramos.
Abilities:The Plant Badge allows for the HM Fly to be used outside of battle. Additionally, it will allow for Pokémon up to level 60 to obey their Trainer.
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Ramos
Voltage Badge The Voltage Badge (ボルテージバッジ Voltage Badge) is given out at the Lumiose City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Clemont.
Abilities:The Voltage Badge allows for Pokémon up to level 70 to obey their Trainer.
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Clemont
Fairy Badge The Fairy Badge (フェアリーバッジ Fairy Badge) is given out at the Laverre City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Valerie.
Abilities:The Fairy Badge allows for Pokémon up to level 80 to obey their Trainer.
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Valerie
Psychic Badge The Psychic Badge (サイキックバッジ Psychic Badge) is given out at the Anistar City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Olympia.
Abilities:The Psychic Badge allows for Pokémon up to level 90 to obey their Trainer.
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Olympia
Iceberg Badge The Iceberg Badge (アイスバーグバッジ Iceberg Badge)is given out at the Snowbelle City Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Wulfric.
Abilities : The Iceberg Badge allows for the HM Waterfall to be used outside of battle. Additionally, all Pokémon will obey their Trainer.
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Wulfric

Anime Only Gym Badges

The Orange Islands

The Orange League is the local League in the Orange Islands. These badges, along with the Gym Leaders have only been featured in the Pokémon Anime series. Unlike the usual eight, there are only four badges in the League.

Badge Information
Coral-Eye Badge The Coral-Eye Badge is given out at the Mikan Island Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Cissy.
Info: In order to obtain this badge, Trainers are required to participate in an accuracy test and a race against its holder, Cissy. This badge is the first of four in the Orange League.
Cissy
Cissy
SeaRuby Badge The Sea Ruby Badge is given out at the Navel Island Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Danny.
Info: In order to obtain this badge, Trainers must first climb a nearby mountain without the aid of their Pokémon, in order to qualify for further challenges. Should a Trainer qualify, they must then choose one Pokémon to help them build a bobsled-device in a race against Danny, and then race him down the mountain. This badge is the second of four badges in the Orange Island League.
Danny
Danny
SpikeShell Badge The Spike Shell Badge is given out at the Trovita Island Gym, held by the Gym Leader, Rudy.
Info: In order to obtain this badge, Trainers must first participate in an accuracy test similar to the other Gym Leader, Cissy. Should the challenger pass this test, they will face Rudy in a three-on-three, same-type Pokémon battle. This badge is the third of four in the Orange Island League.
Rudy
Rudy
JadeStar Badge The Jade Star Badge is given out at the Kumquat Island Gym, by the Gym Leader, Luana.
Info: In order to obtain this badge, Trainers defeat the Gym Leader, Luana, in a double battle with her Marowak and Alakazam. This is the final badge of four in the Orange  League.

Luana
Luana

Unidentified Badges

In the anime, Characters have been seen with badges from gyms not in the games - the badges are unidentified and the details of the Gyms, Leaders, and Pokémon are unknown. However they still count as badges and can still get Characters into their Regions League.

Trivia

  • Currently, there are no Gyms specializing in Dark-type Pokémon in any region, it is unknown if there will be one in a future region.
  • Each region has a Water- and Electric-type Gym except Johto, which lacks both and Kalos which lacks a.Water type Gym but has an Electric type one..
  • The Legend badge was never seen in the Pokémon Best Wishes anime series.

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