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Gym Leader Castle

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A Gym Leader Castle is a location in the Pokémon Stadium series where players may battle the Gym Leaders (and their disciples) and the Elite Four of the Pokémon games of that Generation.

Pokémon Stadium

Gym Leader Castle in Pokémon Stadium

The Gym Leader Castle in Pokémon Stadium was simple: It was a darkened, curving path leading from spire to spire, with each spire's top in the shape of that Gym Leader's Badge. To advance to the next spire, players would need to defeat each of Kanto's Gym Leaders in turn, eventually making way to the Elite Four and Champion, their rival. After defeating the rival, players will win one rare Pokémon out of a selection of eight, such as one of the Kanto starter Pokémon or Eevee; more than one of which were, at the time, not available without multiple games.

Trainers

Gym Trainer 1 Trainer 2 Trainer 3 Leader
Pewter Gym SJP Bug Catcher.png SJP Youngster.png SJP Camper.png Brock Stadium.png
Bug Boy Lad Jr.♂ Brock
Cerulean Gym SJP Fisher.png SJP Picnicker.png S2 SwimmerM.png Misty Stadium.png
Fisher Jr.♀ Swimmer Misty
Vermilion Gym S2 Sailor.png SJP Rocker.png S2 Gentleman.png Lt. Surge Stadium.png
Sailor Rocker Old Man Surge
Celadon Gym SJP Lass.png S2 Beauty.png SJP Cool F.png Erika Stadium.png
Lass Beauty Cool♀ Erika
Fuchsia Gym S2 Biker.png SJP Tamer.png SJP Juggler.png S2 Elite Four Koga.png
Biker Tamer Juggler Koga
Saffron Gym SJP Cueball.png S2 Burglar.png SJP Channeler.png Sabrina Stadium.png
Cue Ball Burglar Medium Sabrina
Cinnabar Gym S2 Blackbelt.png S2 Psychic.png SJP Super Nerd.png S2 Leader Blaine.png
Judoboy Psychic Nerd Blaine
Viridian Gym SJP Rocket.png S2 Scientist.png SJP Cool M.png Giovanni Stadium.png
Rocket Lab Man Cool♂ Giovani
Elite Four Lorelei Stadium.png S2 Elite Four Bruno.png Agatha Stadium.png S2 Champion Lance.png
Lorelei Bruno Agatha Lance
Champion Rival Stadium.png
Rival

Pokémon Stadium 2

The Johto Gym Leader Castle

The Gym Leader Castle in Pokémon Stadium 2 was more complex. Instead of it being an actual castle, it featured differently-designed rooms for each of Johto's Gym Leaders, each one representing the leader's type in its design. Like its predecessor, players would need to defeat each of Johto's Gym Leaders in turn, now including an intervention by Team Rocket between the Olivine and Mahogany Gyms, and eventually making their way to the Elite Four and its Champion, Lance. Upon his defeat, if all Pokémon on the player's team came from a Game Boy cartridge, one of them could re-learn a move that was available to be learned by level-up.

The Kanto Gym Leader Castle in Pokémon Stadium 2

After the defeat of Lance, mirroring the story progression in Gold, Silver, and Crystal, players may challenge a revamped version of the Kanto Gym Leader Castle. Though it has the same battle arenas as the first game, the design significantly differs: first, the eight badges of Kanto are on the sides of the castle's spires, and the eight are arranged closely together. Each Gym Leader has no disciples (players battle the leaders immediately) and they can be defeated in any order. After the defeat of Kanto's set of eight, Trainers unlock the chance to battle against Red, who, unlike his Game Boy counterpart, does not have a team that one would see in Pokémon Yellow.

Trainers

Johto

Gym Battle 1 Battle 2 Battle 3 Leader
Violet Gym S2 Bird Keeper.png S2 Leader Falkner.png
Bird Keeper
Matt
Falkner
Azalea Gym S2 Bug Catcher.png S2 Twins.png S2 Leader Bugsy.png
Bug Catcher
Chaz
Twins
Min&Lyn
Bugsy
Goldenrod Gym S2 Lass.png S2 Beauty.png S2 Leader Whitney.png
Lass
Lois
Beauty
Rita
Whitney
Ecruteak Gym S2 Medium.png S2 Sage.png S2 Leader Morty.png
Medium
Holly
Sage
Ty
Morty
Cianwood Gym S2 Blackbelt.png S2 Leader Chuck.png
Blackbelt
Nick
Chuck
Olivine Gym S2 Leader Jasmine.png
Jasmine
Rocket Takeover S2 Rocket GruntM.png S2 Rocket GruntF.png S2 Rocket ExecutiveF.png S2 Rocket ExecutiveM.png
Rocket Grunt Grunt Executive Executive
Mahogany Gym S2 Boarder.png S2 Skier.png S2 Leader Pryce.png
Boarder
Alvin
Skier
Carol
Pryce
Blackthorn Gym S2 CooltrainerF.png S2 CooltrainerM.png S2 Leader Clair.png
Cooltrainer
Gloria
Cooltrainer
Vince
Clair
Elite Four S2 Elite Four Will.png S2 Elite Four Koga.png S2 Elite Four Bruno.png S2 Elite Four Karen.png
Will Koga Bruno Karen
Champion S2 Champion Lance.png
Lance

Kanto

Gym Leader
Pewter Gym S2 Leader Brock.png
Brock
Cerulean Gym S2 Leader Misty.png
Misty
Vermilion Gym S2 Leader Lieutenant Surge.png
Lt. Surge
Celadon Gym S2 Leader Erika.png
Erika
Fuchsia Gym S2 Leader Janine.png
Janine
Saffron Gym S2 Leader Sabrina.png
Sabrina
Cinnabar Gym S2 Leader Blaine.png
Blaine
Viridian Gym S2 Leader Blue.png
Blue
Mt. Silver S2 Pokémon Trainer Red.png
Red

Rental Pokémon

Main article: List of Gym Leader Castle Rental Pokémon in Pokémon Stadium

Prizes

Pokémon Stadium

Main article: List of game-based Pokémon distributions in Generation I

Each time the Rival is beaten, a random one of these eight Pokémon is received:

# Pokémon Type
001 001 Bulbasaur Grass Poison
004 004 Charmander Fire
007 007 Squirtle Water
106 106 Hitmonlee Fighting
107 107 Hitmonchan Fighting
133 133 Eevee Normal
138 138 Omanyte Rock Water
140 140 Kabuto Rock Water

If the Rival is beaten in Round 1, then the prize Pokémon will be holding a Normal Box if traded to Generation II, which contains a Silver Trophy. If the Rival is beaten in Round 2, then the prize Pokémon will be holding a Gorgeous Box instead, which contains a Gold Trophy.

Pokémon Stadium 2

For beating the Gym Leader Castle in Round 1, the player will receive Doduo (if not all Stadium Cups have been beaten in Round 1) or Dodrio (if all Stadium Cups have been beaten in Round 1) Sticker mode for the Game Boy Tower for Generation I games.

For beating the Gym Leader Castle in Round 2, the player will receive Doduo (if not all Stadium Cups have been beaten in Round 2) or Dodrio (if all Stadium Cups have been beaten in Round 2) Sticker mode for the Game Boy Tower for Generation II games.

Trivia

  • The concept seems to have been abandoned in the same way that the Stadium series itself was, with no Gym Leader Castle for Hoenn, Sinnoh or Unova. However, Mt. Battle may be considered a spiritual successor, as it is divided into zones with Area Leaders.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png European French Citadelle des Champions d'Arène (Pokémon Stadium)
Château des Champions (Pokémon Stadium 2)
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Castillo del Gim. Líder (Pokémon Stadium)
Castillo de Líderes de Gimnasio (Pokémon Stadium 2)


Features of the Stadium series
Stadium Cups: Pika CupPetit CupPoké Cup
Prime CupLittle CupChallenge Cup
Modes: Stadium ModeBattle Mode
Other: Gym Leader CastleWhite CityGame Boy TowerMobile Stadium

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