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Fighting Dojo

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Fighting Dojo かくとうどうじょう
Fighting Dojo
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
Fighting Dojo FRLG.png
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Location: Saffron City
Region: Kanto
Generations: I, II, III, IV
Kanto Saffron City Map.png
Location of Fighting Dojo in Kanto.
Pokémon world locations

The Fighting Dojo (Japanese: かくとうどうじょう Fighting Dojo) is a former Pokémon Gym located in Saffron City.

In the games

In Generations I, II, and III, the Fighting Dojo remains open and hosts Trainers who specialize in Fighting-type Pokémon. In Generation IV, the Gym Leaders of the Kanto and Johto regions convene here and may be challenged to a rematch.

Generation I

Generation I Fighting Dojo

FIGHTING DOJO

The Fighting Dojo was first seen in the Generation I games, positioned to the west of the Saffron Gym. In these early games, it was established that the Fighting Dojo and the Saffron Gym once competed against each other to determine which one would be the Indigo League's sixth Pokémon Gym. Due to the type advantage that Saffron Gym's Psychic-type Pokémon had over the Fighting Dojo's Fighting-type Pokémon, Saffron Gym easily won and became the official gym.

Although no Badge can be won in the Dojo, the unofficial Gym remains open and continues to accept challenges. Four Black Belts test the player's abilities before the player can challenge their master, the Karate Master. The reward for defeating him is a choice between Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan; both Pokémon are at level 30.

Unlike other Gyms, the Fighting Dojo has a simple design which has not changed much over the generations. Between its appearances from the Generation I games to Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Dojo has maintained a wooden floor with no mazes or puzzles to solve. Pure strength and battle strategy is needed to succeed in here.

The two banners on the wall of the Dojo read "Struggle for vengeance!" and "A complicated fracture."

Generation II

Everyone Welcome!
FIGHTING DOJO

The most significant change in the Generation II games is that only one of the students is left and the Fighting Dojo is, at that time, much like Safari Zone, temporarily closed down. The Karate Master can be found training in Johto's Mt. Mortar. It is in this generation that his name is revealed to be Kiyo (Japanese: ノブヒコ Nobuhiko).

At the Dojo, there are two scrolls behind the student that say "What goes around comes around!" and "Enemies on every side!"

Generation III

FIGHTING DOJO

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen pose the same challenge to players as the original Generation I games. The key difference apart from the obvious aesthetic changes is the level of the gift Pokémon, which are now level 25.

The Karate Master is erroneously named Koichi (Japanese: タケノリ Takenori) in these games as opposed to Kiyo (Japanese: ノブヒコ Nobuhiko) in Generation II. This is an oversight on part of Game Freak and his name Kiyo was reinstated in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Generation IV

Generation IV Fighting Dojo with all the Gym Leaders

Everyone is Welcome!
Fighting Dojo

For more details on how to rematch the Gym Leaders, see Rematch.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Fighting Dojo is similar to Generation II. The same student is the only one left and the Karate Master is once again training at Mt. Mortar in Johto.

Aesthetic differences aside, the Karate Master is now known as the Karate King. The student at the Dojo also informs the player that the Gym Leaders of Kanto and Johto are allowed to use the Dojo to hold rematches with him or her, much like how the Sinnoh Gym Leaders can be found for a rematch at the Battleground in Pokémon Platinum. However, unlike Platinum, the Leaders will not arrive at the Dojo until they have been called on for a rematch.

Items

Item Location Games
Bag Focus Band Sprite.png Focus Band Between two statues at the back of the dojo  G  S  C 

Pokémon

Generation I

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Gift Pokémon
106 Hitmonlee
R B Y
Gift Gift
30 One
107 Hitmonchan
R B Y
Gift Gift
30 One
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Generation III

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Gift Pokémon
106 Hitmonlee
FR LG
Gift Gift
25 One
107 Hitmonchan
FR LG
Gift Gift
25 One
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Trainers

Generation I

Trainer Pokémon
Blackbelt
Blackbelt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png775
066 Machop Lv.31
No item
056 Mankey Lv.31
No item
057 Primeape Lv.31
No item
Blackbelt
Blackbelt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png800
066 Machop Lv.32
No item
067 Machoke Lv.32
No item
Blackbelt
Blackbelt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png900
057 Primeape Lv.36
No item
Blackbelt
Blackbelt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png775
056 Mankey Lv.31
No item
056 Mankey Lv.31
No item
057 Primeape Lv.31
No item
Trainers with a Vs. Seeker by their names, when alerted for a rematch using the item, may use higher-level Pokémon.



Generation III

Trainer Pokémon
Black Belt Hideki
Black Belt Hideki
タイキ Taiki
Reward: PokémonDollar.png768
066 Machop Lv.32
No item
067 Machoke Lv.32
No item
Black Belt Hitoshi
Black Belt Hitoshi
イワオ Iwao
Reward: PokémonDollar.png744
066 Machop Lv.31
No item
056 Mankey Lv.31
No item
057 Primeape Lv.31
No item
Black Belt Mike
Black Belt Mike
ノボル Noboru
Reward: PokémonDollar.png744
056 Mankey Lv.31
No item
056 Mankey Lv.31
No item
057 Primeape Lv.31
No item
Black Belt Aaron
Black Belt Aaron
タツマ Tatsuma
Reward: PokémonDollar.png864
057 Primeape Lv.36
No item
Trainers with a Vs. Seeker by their names, when alerted for a rematch using the item, may use higher-level Pokémon.



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Layout

Inside design

Fighting Dojo RBY.png Fighting Dojo GSC.png Fighting Dojo FRLG.png Fighting Dojo HGSS.png
Generation I Generation II Generation III Generation IV

Outside design

Fighting Dojo Exterior RBY.png Fighting Dojo Exterior GSC.png Fighting Dojo Exterior FRLG.png Fighting Dojo Exterior HGSS.png
Generation I Generation II Generation III Generation IV

In the anime

The Fighting Dojo in the anime
The Fighting Dojo in Pokémon Origins

In the main series

Karate Master Kiyo appeared in the episode A Tyrogue Full of Trouble; however, here he doesn't seem to be related to the Fighting Dojo.

The Dojo debuted in Pasta La Vista!, in which it was erroneously titled as the Pokémon Dojo. It had the slogan "The Strongest Pokémon at the Pokémon Dojo." Master Hamm wanted his son, Kyle, to take over the Dojo. When Ash and Max got in, he ordered them to clean the floor. Later, Terri challenged the Master as well. In the end, Kyle ended up running both the Dojo and his noodle restaurant, while the Master decided to travel all around the world selling noodles.

In Pokémon Origins

Red visited the Fighting Dojo in the Pokémon Origins episode File 3 - Giovanni, soon after defeating Sabrina. He defeated Kiyo off-screen, obtaining his Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan as a prize of his victory.

Trivia

  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, despite many Gym Leaders owning Pokémon that are dual-type with another Leader's specialty, only Magnezone and Pidgeot are used by more than one Leader. Lt. Surge and Jasmine both use Magnezone, while Falkner and Blue both use Pidgeot, with Pidgeot being the highest-level Pokémon of both.
  • Morty is the only Gym Leader that still uses multiple members of the same species Pokémon in his rematch, with his two Gengar.
  • Clair is the only Gym Leader that does not use any Generation III or Generation IV Pokémon in her rematch.
    • She is also the only Gym Leader, other than Blue who doesn't specialize in a type, to use Pokémon not of her type specialty in her rematch.
  • Clair's team during her rematch is almost the same as Lance's during his first match, only with two of Lance's Dragonite being replaced by Clair's Kingdra and Dragonair.
  • Bugsy and Lt. Surge are the only Gym Leaders that do not have at least one Pokémon on their teams use the move they hand out as a TM upon their initial defeats (U-turn and Shock Wave, respectively).
  • In Generation IV, while the player is in the Fighting Dojo, all Gym Leaders, even those who are in the building, will respond to a call by saying that they are getting bad reception and suggest the player to call from a different place, regardless of the day of the week.
  • The Gym Leaders from Johto all appear on the left side of the Dojo, while the Gym Leaders from Kanto appear on the right side. This is most likely meant to represent the position of the two different regions that the Gym Leaders come from.
  • In Pokémon Black and White, Black Belt Thomas at Icirrus Gym says he is from the Fighting Dojo.
  • In Pokémon X and Y, Kiyo can be found from Lumiose City, trying to start a new Fighting Dojo in an apartment he has rented.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 格鬥道場 Gédòu Dàochǎng
Denmark Flag.png Danish Karatemesterens træningssal
France Flag.png French Dojo de Safrania
Germany Flag.png German Karate Dojo
Italy Flag.png Italian Dojo Karate
South Korea Flag.png Korean 격투도장 Gyeoktu Dojang
Spain Flag.png Spanish Dojo-Karate


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