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Viridian Gym
トキワジム Tokiwa Gym
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Location Viridian City
Gym Leader Giovanni (Gen I and III)
Blue (Gen II and IV)
Jessie, James and Meowth (temporary, anime only)
Agatha (anime only)
Badge Earth Badge
Dominant Type Ground
Region Kanto
Viridian Gym Battlefield.png
Battlefield

The Viridian Gym (Japanese: トキワジム Tokiwa Gym) is the official gym of Viridian City. During the events of Generations I and III, it is based on Template:Type2 Pokémon and the Gym Leader is Giovanni, the head of Team Rocket. After Team Rocket is disbanded at the end of Generations I and III, Blue takes over as the Leader, and the Gym no longer concentrates on any particular type.

Agatha of the Elite Four serves as a temporary Gym Leader in the anime.

Trainers who earn a win at the Viridian Gym receive the Earth Badge.

In the games

Viridian City Pokémon Gym
Leader: ...

Viridian City Pokémon Gym
Leader: ...
The rest of the text is illegible..

Viridian Gym appears in all games set in the Kanto region. In Generations I and III when the player makes their first encounter with the gym, it is locked because of the absence of the Gym Leader. With this acknowledged, the player journeys off onto other Gyms to challenge them. Once this has been accomplished and when the player has collected the remaining seven Gym Badges, the Viridian Gym reopens.

Inside the Gym, the floor uses the same transporting tiles as in the Rocket Hideout. The player must use these tiles to navigate through the Gym to reach Giovanni. In Generation II and IV, Blue takes over the gym. Unlike the other Kanto in these games, it must be challenged after getting a certain number of gym badges. In Generation II, the gym is completely remodeled and the tiles are now gone. In Generation IV, the tiles are put back up. The maze of tiles is roughly the same shape of the original Generation II gym.

A field based on the gym also appears in Pokémon Stadium's Gym Leader Castle.

Appearance

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Generation I Generation II Generation III Generation IV

Trainers

Pokémon Red and Blue and Yellow

Trainer Pokémon
Tamer
Tamer
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1560
024 Arbok Lv.39
No item
128 Tauros Lv.39
No item
Black Belt
Black Belt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1075
067 Machoke Lv.43
No item
CoolTrainer
Cooltrainer
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1365
033 Nidorino Lv.39
No item
034 Nidoking Lv.39
No item
Tamer
Tamer
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1720
111 Rhyhorn Lv.43
No item
Black Belt
Black Belt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1000
066 Machop Lv.40
No item
067 Machoke Lv.40
No item
CoolTrainer
Cooltrainer
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1365
028 Sandslash Lv.39
No item
051 Dugtrio Lv.39
No item
CoolTrainer
Cooltrainer
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1505
111 Rhyhorn Lv.43
No item
Black Belt
Black Belt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png950
067 Machoke Lv.38
No item
066 Machop Lv.38
No item
067 Machoke Lv.38
No item



Pokémon Yellow



Pokémon Gold and Silver and Crystal



Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Trainer Pokémon
Tamer Cole
Tamer Cole
アキラ Akira
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1560
024 Arbok Lv.39
No item
128 Tauros Lv.39
No item
Black Belt Kiyo
Black Belt Kiyo
タクマ Takuma
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1032
067 Machoke Lv.43
No item
Tamer Jason
Tamer Jason
ヒロ Hiro
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1720
111 Rhyhorn Lv.43
No item
Black Belt Atsushi
Black Belt Atsushi
テツヒサ Tetsuhisa
Reward: PokémonDollar.png960
066 Machop Lv.40
No item
067 Machoke Lv.40
No item
CoolTrainer Samuel
Cooltrainer Samuel
タクヤ Takuya
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1404
028 Sandslash Lv.39
No item
028 Sandslash Lv.39
No item
111 Rhyhorn Lv.37
No item
033 Nidorino Lv.39
No item
034 Nidoking Lv.39
No item
Black Belt Takashi
Black Belt Takashi
シロウ Shirō
Reward: PokémonDollar.png912
067 Machoke Lv.38
No item
066 Machop Lv.38
No item
067 Machoke Lv.38
No item
CoolTrainer Yuji
Cooltrainer Yuji
カズシ Kazushi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1368
028 Sandslash Lv.38
No item
075 Graveler Lv.38
No item
095 Onix Lv.38
No item
075 Graveler Lv.38
No item
105 Marowak Lv.38
No item
CoolTrainer Warren
Cooltrainer Warren
レイジ Reiji
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1404
105 Marowak Lv.37
No item
105 Marowak Lv.37
No item
111 Rhyhorn Lv.38
No item
030 Nidorina Lv.39
No item
031 Nidoqueen Lv.39
No item



Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Trainer Pokémon
Ace Trainer Arabella
Ace Trainer Arabella
ヤスタカ Yasutaka
Reward: PokémonDollar.png3120
234 Stantler Lv.53
No item
128 Tauros Lv.52
No item
Ace Trainer Salma
Ace Trainer Salma
アキエ Akie
Reward: PokémonDollar.png3180
199 Slowking Lv.50
Held icon VI.png Oran Berry
463 Lickilicky Lv.53
No item
Ace Trainer Bonita
Ace Trainer Bonita
ヨシノリ Yoshinori
Reward: PokémonDollar.png3120
327 Spinda Lv.50
No item
185 Sudowoodo Lv.52
No item
Double Team Elan & Ida
Double Team Elan & Ida
テン & サヨ Ten & Sayo
Reward: PokémonDollar.png12000
233 Porygon2 Lv.52
No item
184 Azumarill Lv.50
No item



In the anime

In the anime, the Viridian Gym was led by Giovanni, as it was in Generation I. The gym features Roman architecture, stately pillars, and an old mural depicting the proud tradition of this most prestigious gym. The predominant brownish color suggests the gym's affiliation with the Template:Type2.

The Viridian Gym first made an appearance in The Battle of the Badge. Before Ash could challenge him, however, Gary Oak appeared, taunting him with ten badges, and insisting on challenging the Viridian Gym for fun. Gary faced Giovanni, though his confidence was quickly eroded after Giovanni brought out Mewtwo, who defeated each of Gary's Pokémon, even when Giovanni allowed him to use more than one Pokémon at a time against Mewtwo.

Ash Ketchum soon after challenged the gym, after Gary and his Pokémon had recovered, however, as the Team Rocket boss had unmentioned business to attend to, he left the Gym in the care of none other than Jessie, James, and Meowth. Giovanni also left them with several Pokémon that they could use against any challengers. Ash had a hard time beating them initially, and as the Gym was rigged to shock anyone whose Pokémon took damage, it was a hard fight at first. Eventually, Ash overcame the borrowed Pokémon's power and defeated all of them, causing Team Rocket to rely on their usual duo of Arbok and Weezing. Ash quickly dispatched the two, shocking the trio due to the Gym's rigging. They blasted off, dropping an Earth Badge in their daze. Ash caught it, but he, Gary, Gary's cheerleaders, Brock, and Misty had to escape the Gym quickly, as it was collapsing.

The Gym appeared again (presumably rebuilt) when Ash returned to Kanto from Hoenn in The Scheme Team, where Agatha was now the temporary Gym Leader. Ash challenged her to an exhibition match, but lost.

Giovanni abdicating his position as Gym Leader is similar to the case in the Generation I games, however, in the anime, he is still in charge of Team Rocket, while in the games he disbands the team.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

The Viridian Gym is first visited in Bulbasaur, Come Home! in the Red, Green & Blue Chapter where Red and Professor Oak enters following a Bulbasaur. In this occasion the Gym is abandoned with only a Machoke and a Giovanni statue present.

The Viridian Gym made a brief appearance in at the end of A Hollow Victreebel and at the beginning of Make Way For Magmar in the Red, Green & Blue Chapter where citizens were asking about Giovanni.

The Gym is visited again after Red's incident with Mewtwo. During this time, Giovanni is present and ready to fight. However, as the battle progresses, the gym collapses due to Nidoking's Earthquake.

Even later, Red's Gym Leader test is held in the gym. Even though he wins, Red declines the position as he was struggling throughout the battle. Currently, Blue is the Viridian Gym's leader.

In the FireRed and LeafGreen chapter, Yellow and Silver go to the Viridian Gym to seek Silver's past. At the same time, Giovanni and the Three Beasts are on their way to the gym also, trying to reunite Silver with Giovanni. This succeeds when Sird lets Yellow use her power, thus exhausting her.

Pokémon

These Pokémon had escaped from Professor Oak's Laboratory and were found in the Gym:

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Bulbasaur
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Meowth (outside the Gym)
067.png
Machoke

In the TCG

The Viridian Gym was featured in the TCG. The following is a list of cards named Viridian City Gym.

Name Type Rarity Set Set no.
Viridian City Gym T Uncommon Gym Challenge 123/132

Trivia

  • This is the only Gym to have had more than one main type in the series' continuity.
  • The Viridian Gym is the first official Gym in the anime to be shown challenged both by Ash and another main character, Gary. This next happened unofficially in Johto. The next official challenge by Ash and another main character was against the Oreburgh Gym in the Diamond & Pearl series, when Paul and Ash both challenged Roark, and again when both Dawn and Ash challenged Maylene of Veilstone City.
  • Agatha's temporary position as Leader of the Viridian Gym when Ash returns to Kanto may be an anime reference to the fact that Giovanni quit Team Rocket and his status as Gym Leader after being defeated by Red. What this possibly means for Gary Oak, whose game counterpart Blue eventually assumed the title of leader in Generation II, is disputed.
  • In all generations aside from Generation III, at least one Trainer in the Viridian Gym owned a Rhydon.
  • In Generation II, it is possible to challenge Blue before beating any previous Gym Leader by talking to him on Cinnabar Island. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Blue can only be challenged when the player has seven Badges from Kanto.
  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the colors of the Gym's exterior are based on the colors most associated with the type that the Gym specializes in. Viridian Gym, however, is both green and blue, likely referring to its Gym Leader's name.
  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, two male Ace Trainers in this gym are named Arabella and Bonita, both being typically feminine names.


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