It has been nearly 21 years since Pokemon took the United States by storm.
From starting out in Pallet Town in Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow to traveling around the Alola region in Pokemon Sun & Moon, millions of people have spent countless of hours collecting generations of pocket monsters so that they could be a true Pokemon Master!
However, in order to become a true Pokemon master, you must collect eight gym badges from the Gym Leaders. Gamers have counted that there have been 57 gym leaders that have challenged players in the Pokemon universe.
To commemorate the Pokémon’s 21st anniversary, Gamers reveals its ultimate gym leader lineup that represents six regions: Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos.
Leader One: Brock (Boulder Badge, Pewter City; Rock Pokemon)
There is always something about the first Pokemon Gym Leader that trainers face. For many millennials, Pewter City’s Brock was always the first leader that many people encountered in Pokemon: Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen. If trainers chose Bulbasaur or Squirtle as their starter Pokemon, they might have an easier time dealing with Geodude or Onyx. However, if you had Charmander and Pikachu, you better hope that you caught a Grass or Water type Pokemon in the Viridian Forest. The Johto trainers of Pokemon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver had the opportunity to face off against a stronger version of the Pewter City Gym Leader after they bested the Johto Elite Four.
Leader Two: Bugsy (Hive Badge, Azalea Town; Bug Pokemon)
Scared of bugs? Then, this gym will not be your cup of tea. Azalea Town’s Bugsy’s specialty is Bug Pokemon and is the second Gym Leader that players encounter in Pokemon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver. While Scyther was the biggest obstacle in your trainers’ way, you could not out Kakuna’s Poison Sting attack, which could have lead to your Pokemon to be poisoned. If many trainers thought that Bugsy was far too easy, try challenging him for a rematch battle at Saffron City’s Fighting Dojo.
Leader Three: Erika (Rainbow Badge, Celadon City; Grass Pokemon)
Wonder Woman and her Amazon warriors would be at home because Erika’s Celadon City Gym’s trainers are all women. The Celadon City Gym Leader is one of the most serene people in the Pokemon universe, but she is one tough cookie when it comes time for trainers to battle with her. Keep an eye out on her Tangela, Vileplume, and Bellossom (which is only featured if trainers battle her in Pokemon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver).
Leader Four: Fantina (Relic Badge, Hearthorne City; Ghost Pokemon)
We are heading to Hearthome City in the Hoenn region: home to the mysterious Fantina and her Ghost-type creatures. Fantina is the first Gym Leader in the Pokemon universe to be a from a foreign country as she spoke with the trainer in broken French. In Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, trainers need to keep an eye on her Gengar and Mismagius, who are eager to confuse and possibly poison your Pokemon.
Leader Five: Clay (Quake Badge, Driftveil City; Ground Pokemon)
Our next stop is in Driftveil City in the Unova Region, where trainers will face off against Clay! The mining industry businessman is not only a tough customer, but his lineup is full of Ground-type bruisers. If Pokemon Black, White, Black 2 or White 2 players want to advance to face off against Team Plasma and the Unova Elite Four, the trainers and their Pokemon must get past Clay’s powerful Krokorok, Sandslash, and Excadrill. If they are successful, Clay will hand over the Quake Badge.
Leader Six: Olympia (Psychic Badge, Anistar City; Psychic Pokemon)
Anistar City Gym Leader Olympia is probably the most powerful Gym Leader that trainers would encounter in Pokemon X and Y. While X-Men fans might link Olympia to Storm, this spectacular Kalos Psychic type specialist could look into players’ future. To earn the Psychic badge, trainers must defeat Slowking, Meowstic, and Sigilyph.
Leader Seven: Blaine (Volcano Badge, Cinnabar/Seafoam Islands; Fire Pokemon)
The quizzical Blaine is second to last Gym Leader in our line-up. To reach the Hotheaded Quiz Master in Pokemon Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, and LeafGreen, players must answer a series of questions regarding their Pokemon journey. If they were successful, the trainers would move one step closer to face Blaine. If they answered incorrectly, they had to face one of Blaine’s trainers to get to the next riddle. However, before the events of Pokemon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, Cinnabar Island’s massive volcano blew up, which forced Blaine to relocate to the Seafoam Islands. Trainers must put defeat Arcanine, Rapidash, Ninetails, Magmar, and Magcargo to move on to the final gym leader.
Leader Eight: Clair (Rising Badge, Blackthorn City; Dragon Pokemon)
Rounding out Gamers’ Dream Pokemon Gym Leader Line-Up is Blackthorn City’s Dragon Mistress, Clair. The cousin of the Kanto Elite Four and Johto Champion Lance does not hold anything back when trainers visit her in Pokemon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver. Be prepared to face off with Kingdra, a slew of Dragonair, and possibly a monstrous Gyarados. Beat her and then you will be ready to face the Elite Four.
What do you think of our line-up? Is there a Gym Leader missing? Who are your favorite Pokemon Gym Leaders? Comment below!