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Blackthorn Gym

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Blackthorn Gym
フスベジム Fusube Gym
Blackthorn Gym anime.png
Location Blackthorn City
Gym Leader Clair
Badge Rising Badge
Dominant Type Dragon
Region Johto
Blackthorn Gym Battlefield.png
Battlefield

The Blackthorn Gym (Japanese: フスベジム Fusube Gym) is the official Gym of Blackthorn City. It is based on Dragon-type Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Clair. Trainers who defeat her receive the Rising Badge.

In the games

An Ace Trainer will prevent access to the Gym itself until the player has at least seven of the eight Johto Badges and has defeated Team Rocket at the Radio Tower, though there is no legitimate way to access Blackthorn with less than seven Badges.

Generation II

Blackthorn City
Pokémon Gym
Leader: Clair
The Blessed User
of Dragon Pokémon

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the Gym Leader Clair is on a platform in the middle of red-hot lava, and the player must go to the second floor, where a Strength puzzle must be completed. Once the puzzle is completed, the boulders pushed down the correct holes form bridges across the lava, allowing the player to reach Clair. After being defeated, Clair is so outraged by her defeat that she refuses to hand over the Rising Badge, forcing the player to go to the Dragon's Den before the Badge can be acquired.

A field based on the Gym also appears in Pokémon Stadium 2's Johto Gym Leader Castle.

Generation IV

Blackthorn City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Clair
The Blessed User of Dragon Pokémon

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, immediately after entering the Gym, the Gym guide tells the player to return their walking Pokémon back to its Poké Ball. After this, the player has to navigate on platforms floating on lava, using arrows on them to move them and the blue buttons on them to spin them. After three platforms and several Trainers, the player will reach Clair and battle her. Like in Generation II, after being defeated, Clair refuses to admit her loss and hand over the Badge before the player has completed the challenge at the Dragon's Den.

Appearance

Version 1F 2F
Gold Blackthorn Gym 1F GSC.png Blackthorn Gym 2F GSC.png
Silver
Crystal
HeartGold Blackthorn Gym HGSS.png
SoulSilver
 

Trainers

Core series

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Trainer Pokémon
Cooltrainer Paul
Cooltrainer Paul
マサル Masaru
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1632
147 Dratini Lv.34
No item
147 Dratini Lv.34
No item
147 Dratini Lv.34
No item
Cooltrainer Fran
Cooltrainer Fran
トモエ Tomoe
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1776
117 Seadra Lv.37
No item
Cooltrainer Cody
Cooltrainer Cody
トモヒコ Tomohiko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1728
116 Horsea Lv.34
No item
117 Seadra Lv.36
No item
Cooltrainer Mike
Cooltrainer Mike
テツロウ Tetsurō
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1776
148 Dragonair Lv.37
No item
Cooltrainer Lola
Cooltrainer Lola
マリコ Mariko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1728
147 Dratini Lv.34
No item
148 Dragonair Lv.36
No item
Trainers with a telephone symbol by their names will give their Pokégear number to the player, and may call or be called for a rematch with higher-level Pokémon.



Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Trainer Pokémon
Ace Trainer Paulo
Ace Trainer Paulo
マサル Masaru
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2100
147 Dratini Lv.35
No item
147 Dratini Lv.35
No item
117 Seadra Lv.35
No item
Ace Trainer Lola
Ace Trainer Lola
マリコ Mariko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2220
147 Dratini Lv.35
No item
148 Dragonair Lv.37
No item
Ace Trainer Cody
Ace Trainer Cody
トモヒコ Tomohiko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2220
116 Horsea Lv.35
No item
117 Seadra Lv.37
No item
Ace Trainer Fran
Ace Trainer Fran
トモエ Tomoe
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2280
117 Seadra Lv.38
No item
Ace Trainer Mike
Ace Trainer Mike
テツロウ Tetsurō
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2280
148 Dragonair Lv.38
No item
Trainers with a telephone symbol by their names will give their Pokégear number to the player, and may call or be called for a rematch with higher-level Pokémon.



Side series

Pokémon Stadium 2
Round 1
Trainer Pokémon
Cooltrainer Gloria
Cooltrainer Gloria
シオリ Shiori
Reward: PokémonDollar.pngN/A
039 Jigglypuff Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png PRZCureBerry
048 Venonat Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Burnt Berry
188 Skiploom Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Bitter Berry
035 Clefairy Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Ice Berry
102 Exeggcute Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Mint Berry
043 Oddish Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Berry Juice
Cooltrainer Vince
Cooltrainer Vince
ケイスケ Keisuke
Reward: PokémonDollar.pngN/A
001 Bulbasaur Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Ice Berry
007 Squirtle Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Bitter Berry
004 Charmander Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png PSNCureBerry
152 Chikorita Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Mint Berry
155 Cyndaquil Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Berry Juice
158 Totodile Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png PRZCureBerry



Round 2
Trainer Pokémon
Cooltrainer Gloria
Cooltrainer Gloria
シオリ Shiori
Reward: PokémonDollar.pngN/A
235 Smeargle Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Focus Band
114 Tangela Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Bitter Berry
124 Jynx Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Ice Berry
055 Golduck Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png PRZCureBerry
093 Haunter Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Mint Berry
038 Ninetales Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Burnt Berry
Cooltrainer Vince
Cooltrainer Vince
ケイスケ Keisuke
Reward: PokémonDollar.pngN/A
002 Ivysaur Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Burnt Berry
008 Wartortle Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png PRZCureBerry
005 Charmeleon Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Mint Berry
153 Bayleef Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Bitter Berry
159 Croconaw Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png Gold Berry
156 Quilava Lv.50-100
Held icon VI.png PSNCureBerry



Items

Item Location Games
Bag TM Dragon Sprite.png TM59 (Dragon Pulse) Reward for clearing Dragon's Den*  HG  SS 

In the anime

Blackthorn Gym has appeared in three episodes of the anime.

Ash battled Clair for the Rising Badge in Fangs for Nothin'. Although he battled hard, Ash wasn't doing very well in the match for his final Badge. However, before the battle could end, an alarm went off alerting Clair that somebody had stolen the Dragon Fang. She told Ash that the battle would have to continue some other time, and that more important matters had to be taken care of.

After dealing with Team Rocket and returning the Dragon Fang, Ash and Clair had a second battle in Better Eight Than Never. This time, Ash came prepared with his Snorlax and Charizard. He was much more successful than his previous attempt, and after defeating Clair's Dragonair, he earned the Rising Badge.

In SS028, Iris visited the Gym and had an exhibition match with Clair, using her Dragonite against Clair's Shiny Druddigon. After a hard-fought battle, Clair and Druddigon emerged victorious.

The Blackthorn Gym has a retractable roof, which is used when both Clair and the opponent's Pokémon can use flight in one way or another.

In the manga

Blackthorn Gym in Pokémon Pocket Monsters
Blackthorn Gym battlefield in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

The Blackthorn Gym appeared in The Ultimate Battle…?! of Pokémon Pocket Monsters. Green entered the Gym to impress Clair but he and Charizard were badly beaten by her. As Red and his Pokémon went inside, they had to get past a river full of lava in order to get to Clair. Even though the group was burned in the process, Clair cooled them off with a water bucket and challenged him to a battle using Dragonair. Despite Dragonair being a tough opponent, Red was able to defeat it with Clefairy and Tyrogue, and their clones cause some trouble in the end.

Trivia

  • In the games, the Cianwood Gym, the Blackthorn Gym, and the Celadon Gym are the only Gyms that require the use of an HM, as part of a Gym puzzle, in order to progress. Cianwood and Blackthorn's Gyms require Strength in Generation II, while Celadon's requires Cut in all generations except Generation II.
  • This is one of the few places in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver where the player is required to keep his or her Pokémon inside of its Poké Ball.
    • However, if the lead Pokémon in the party is fainted, the next unfainted Pokémon will be outside of its ball in the Gym.
  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the dark colored-lava on the floor of the Gym resembles a dragon, with its tail at the Gym entrance and mouth at the back of the Gym.


Gym Leaders of the Johto region
Violet Gym Zephyr Badge
Falkner OD.png
Falkner
Azalea Gym Hive Badge
Bugsy OD.png
Bugsy
Goldenrod Gym Plain Badge
Whitney OD.png
Whitney
Ecruteak Gym Fog Badge
Morty OD.png
Morty
Cianwood Gym Storm Badge
Chuck OD.png
Chuck
Olivine Gym Mineral Badge
Jasmine OD.png
Jasmine
Mahogany Gym Glacier Badge
Pryce OD.png
Pryce
Blackthorn Gym Rising Badge
Clair OD.png
Clair

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