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The Gym symbol, introduced in Generation V

A Gym (Japanese: ジム Gym) is a place where Pokémon Trainers go to train their Pokémon. Just like real life gymnasiums, where one can go to work out and build physical strength, Pokémon Gyms are places where Trainers can go to sharpen their battling skills and where their Pokémon can go to gain experience.

Often specializing in a particular type, Gyms create an environment which allows Trainers to test both their skills and Pokémon against those of others. The most powerful Trainer in a given Gym is called the Gym Leader, who is revered by both the lower-ranking members of the Gym and local fans. In the games, there is a character that usually stands near the front door of each Gym, giving tips on how to beat the Gym's challenges.

Official Gyms

Gyms that are certified by the Pokémon League are vital to a Pokémon Trainer's journey. Leagues are designed so that conventional Trainers must travel far and wide before entering a League Competition, as the only way to enter one is by gaining at least eight official Gym Badges, and there can only be one official Gym per city. Usually, the Gyms are designed to follow and suit the type that the Gym specializes in. For example, Wattson's Gym has electric gates to indicate that it is Electric. However, there are also Gyms that do not practice this, like Viridian Gym and Cinnabar Gym, for example.

In the games

In the games, most Gyms feature a number of Trainers that the player may face before battling the Gym Leader. Their teams typically consist of the same type of Pokémon that the Gym Leader has. These Trainers cannot be battled after the Gym Leader has been defeated.

In all regions so far, the Gym guide routinely stands at the entrance of the Gym, giving the player advice about the type advantages corresponding to the signature type of the Gym Leader.

There are eight known official Gyms in each region.

Kanto
Gym Badge Type Leader
Pewter Gym Boulder Badge.png
Boulder Badge
Rock Brock
Cerulean Gym Cascade Badge.png
Cascade Badge
Water Misty
Vermilion Gym Thunder Badge.png
Thunder Badge
Electric Lt. Surge
Celadon Gym Rainbow Badge.png
Rainbow Badge
Grass Erika
Fuchsia Gym Soul Badge.png
Soul Badge
Poison Koga*
Janine*
Saffron Gym Marsh Badge.png
Marsh Badge
Psychic Sabrina
Cinnabar Gym Volcano Badge.png
Volcano Badge
Fire Blaine
Viridian Gym Earth Badge.png
Earth Badge
Ground* Giovanni*
Various* Blue*
Johto
Gym Badge Type Leader
Violet Gym Zephyr Badge.png
Zephyr Badge
Flying Falkner
Azalea Gym Hive Badge.png
Hive Badge
Bug Bugsy
Goldenrod Gym Plain Badge.png
Plain Badge
Normal Whitney
Ecruteak Gym Fog Badge.png
Fog Badge
Ghost Morty
Cianwood Gym Storm Badge.png
Storm Badge
Fighting Chuck
Olivine Gym Mineral Badge.png
Mineral Badge
Steel Jasmine
Mahogany Gym Glacier Badge.png
Glacier Badge
Ice Pryce
Blackthorn Gym Rising Badge.png
Rising Badge
Dragon Clair
Hoenn
Gym Badge Type Leader
Rustboro Gym Stone Badge.png
Stone Badge
Rock Roxanne
Dewford Gym Knuckle Badge.png
Knuckle Badge
Fighting Brawly
Mauville Gym Dynamo Badge.png
Dynamo Badge
Electric Wattson
Lavaridge Gym Heat Badge.png
Heat Badge
Fire Flannery
Petalburg Gym Balance Badge.png
Balance Badge
Normal Norman
Fortree Gym Feather Badge.png
Feather Badge
Flying Winona
Mossdeep Gym Mind Badge.png
Mind Badge
Psychic Tate and Liza
Sootopolis Gym Rain Badge.png
Rain Badge
Water Wallace*
Juan*
Sinnoh
Gym Badge Type Leader
Oreburgh Gym Coal Badge.png
Coal Badge
Rock Roark
Eterna Gym Forest Badge.png
Forest Badge
Grass Gardenia
Veilstone Gym* Cobble Badge.png
Cobble Badge
Fighting Maylene
Pastoria Gym* Fen Badge.png
Fen Badge
Water Crasher Wake
Hearthome Gym* Relic Badge.png
Relic Badge
Ghost Fantina
Canalave Gym Mine Badge.png
Mine Badge
Steel Byron
Snowpoint Gym Icicle Badge.png
Icicle Badge
Ice Candice
Sunyshore Gym Beacon Badge.png
Beacon Badge
Electric Volkner
Unova
Gym Badge Type Leader
Striaton Gym Trio Badge.png
Trio Badge
Grass Cilan*
Fire Chili*
Water Cress*
Nacrene Gym*
Aspertia Gym*
Basic Badge.png
Basic Badge
Normal Lenora*
Cheren*
Virbank Gym Toxic Badge.png
Toxic Badge
Poison Roxie*
Castelia Gym Insect Badge.png
Insect Badge
Bug Burgh
Nimbasa Gym Bolt Badge.png
Bolt Badge
Electric Elesa
Driftveil Gym Quake Badge.png
Quake Badge
Ground Clay
Mistralton Gym Jet Badge.png
Jet Badge
Flying Skyla
Icirrus Gym Freeze Badge.png
Freeze Badge
Ice Brycen*
Opelucid Gym Legend Badge.png
Legend Badge
Dragon Drayden*
Iris*
Humilau Gym Wave Badge.png
Wave Badge
Water Marlon*
Kalos
Gym Badge Type Leader
Santalune Gym Bug Badge.png
Bug Badge
Bug Viola
Cyllage Gym Cliff Badge.png
Cliff Badge
Rock Grant
Shalour Gym Rumble Badge.png
Rumble Badge
Fighting Korrina
Coumarine Gym Plant Badge.png
Plant Badge
Grass Ramos
Lumiose Gym Voltage Badge.png
Voltage Badge
Electric Clemont
Laverre Gym Fairy Badge.png
Fairy Badge
Fairy Valerie
Anistar Gym Psychic Badge.png
Psychic Badge
Psychic Olympia
Snowbelle Gym Iceberg Badge.png
Iceberg Badge
Ice Wulfric

In the anime

In the anime, Gary Oak reveals that he has more than eight Badges, suggesting that there are more Gyms in the anime than players are given access to in the games. Specifically, he has at least ten Badges excluding the Earth Badge. Before the Indigo League competition, Ash encounters Otoshi in Bad to the Bone; he owns eight Badges, but only shares four in common with Ash. Later in the episode, another Trainer appears with eight other completely different Badges. In total, Ash, Gary, Otoshi and the other Trainer displayed 27 different types of Badges prior to competing in the Indigo Plateau Conference, so there must have been at least this number of official Gyms in the anime version of Kanto at the time.

Whilst on her journey collecting Badges, Sakura collected Badges from both Kanto and Johto, so it is unclear what the rules are for competing in championship tournaments.

At the Hoenn Pokémon League Championship, Morrison is shown to have an eighth Badge different from Ash's, suggesting that there are at least 9 official Gyms in Hoenn. Many believe it could be a Badge from Slateport or Pacifidlog.

During Barry's Busting Out All Over!, in the Sinnoh saga, Barry was seen to have a Badge that is not present in the games. Barry was seen with two more unknown Badges in Fighting Ire with Fire!, two of which also appeared in Nando's ownership in Last Call — First Round!.

Orange Archipelago

The Orange Archipelago also contains its own league, complete with its own Gyms:

Orange Islands
Gym Badge Type Leader
Mikan Gym Coral-Eye Badge.png
Coral-Eye Badge
Water Cissy
Navel Gym Sea Ruby Badge.png
Sea Ruby Badge
Various Danny
Trovita Gym Spike Shell Badge.png
Spike Shell Badge
Various Rudy
Kumquat Gym Jade Star Badge.png
Jade Star Badge
Various Luana
Pummelo Stadium WinnerTrophy.png
Winner's Trophy
Various Drake

In the TCG

In the Pokémon Trading Card Game, all Gyms are Stadium cards, which provide a specific effect while they are in play. This listing is of cards based on official Gyms from the Pokémon games and often focus on the type speciality of a particular Gym.

Related cards
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Pewter City Gym T [St] Gym Heroes Uncommon 115/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Cerulean City Gym T [St] Gym Heroes Uncommon 57/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Vermilion City Gym T [St] Gym Heroes Uncommon 120/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Celadon City Gym T [St] Gym Heroes Uncommon 107/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
Fuchsia City Gym T [St] Gym Challenge Uncommon 114/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Saffron City Gym T [St] Gym Challenge Uncommon 122/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Cinnabar City Gym T [St] Gym Challenge Uncommon 113/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Viridian City Gym T [St] Gym Challenge Uncommon 123/132 Challenge from the Darkness Rare  
Sunyshore City Gym St Rising Rivals Uncommon 94/111 Bonds to the End of Time Uncommon 082/090
Aspertia City Gym St Boundaries Crossed Uncommon 127/149 Cold Flare Uncommon 057/059
Virbank City Gym St Plasma Storm Uncommon 26/135 Freeze Bolt Uncommon 057/059
 

Unofficial Gyms

In the games

Saffron City Dojo

Main article: Fighting Dojo

The Trainers of this Gym specialize in Fighting-type Pokémon. It used to be an official Gym until Sabrina defeated its Leader, Kiyo. After the player defeats the Dojo's Karate Master Kiyo, he will give the player either Hitmonlee or Hitmonchan as a reward.

Prestige Precept center

Main article: Prestige Precept Center

Also known as the Pre Gym, this unofficial Gym of Phenac City doubles as an academy. In Pokémon Colosseum, its Leader, Justy, will not battle the Trainer until they have at least six Pokémon, and will give away TM27 (Return).

In the anime

A.J.'s Gym

This Gym is run solely by the Trainer A.J., and is notable for its rigorous training methods. It is unknown what prize if any A.J. gave to any victorious challengers, because he left it to enter the Pokémon League after he defeated 100 challengers in a row using only his Sandshrew. This Gym appears in The Path to the Pokémon League.

Fighting Spirit Gym

This Gym was run by Anthony, who was training his Hitmonchan for the P1 Grand Prix. It did not appear to be used for actual Pokémon battles. Instead, it had the appearance of a gym used for training and exercising.

Kaz Gym

This Gym in Dark City wanted to become an official Gym to earn money, but was rejected by the Pokémon League. It has Pokémon of various types, but its primary Pokémon is an Electabuzz. This Gym appears in Showdown at Dark City and is run by Kaz.

Yas Gym

This Gym in Dark City wanted to become an official Gym to earn money, but was rejected by the Pokémon League. The Gym Trainers specialize in Fighting but the Gym Leader's Pokémon is a Scyther. This Gym appears in Showdown at Dark City and is run by Yas.

Coastline Gym

This is an unofficial Gym that was featured in Just Add Water. It is located on the outskirts of Blackthorn City. Led by Dorian, the Gym specializes in Water-type Pokémon. Unlike the other Water-type Gyms, Dorian holds his battles underwater.

Although the Gym is unofficial, Dorian is hoping that by word of mouth it will become more popular. In fact, after Ash and his friends visited the Gym, they promised they would tell everyone at the Silver Conference about it. However, it hasn't been mentioned since then.

Powerzone Gym

This is an unofficial Gym run by Jessie, James and Meowth in Gymbaliar!. They used the Gym as a method of training and building strategies, however they were on a losing streak until a wild Croagunk appeared and was used as Jessie's powerhouse.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards that feature TCG-exclusive Gyms, which focus on altering a certain gameplay mechanic.

Related cards
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
No Removal Gym T [St] Gym Heroes Rare 103/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare  
The Rocket's Training Gym T [St] Gym Heroes Rare 104/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare  
Narrow Gym T [St] Gym Heroes Common 124/132 Leaders' Stadium Common  
Chaos Gym T [St] Gym Challenge Rare 102/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare  
Resistance Gym T [St] Gym Challenge Rare 109/132 Leaders' Stadium Rare  
Rocket's Minefield Gym T [St] Gym Challenge Uncommon 119/132 Challenge from the Darkness Uncommon  
Ecogym T [St] Neo Genesis Rare 84/111 Gold, Silver, to a New World... Rare  
Broken Ground Gym T [St] Neo Destiny Rare 84/105 Darkness, and to Light... Rare  
Rocket's Tricky Gym T [St] EX Team Rocket Returns Uncommon 90/109 Rocket Gang Strikes Back Uncommon 082/085
 

Differences between generations

Generations II and V have a unique design for each Gym (except Cinnabar Gym, which is destroyed). However, in Generation II, the only difference is the shape and color of the roof, with the exception of Saffron and Cerulean Gyms.

Generation II

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 道館/道馆 Dàoguǎn (anime)
練功場 Liàngōngcháng (manga)
Denmark Flag.png Danish Styrkecenter (original series and Advanced Generation)
Sal (Diamond & Pearl - present)
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Sportschool
Finland Flag.png Finnish Sali
France Flag.png French Arène
Germany Flag.png German Arena
Romania Flag.png Romanian Arenă
Spain Flag.png Spanish Gimnasio
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Gym


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Gym LeadersGymsBadges
Frontier BrainsSymbolsPrints
Hall of Fame
Championship matches
Elite FourOrange League
Pokémon World Tournament
Battle Frontiers
Hoenn and KantoSinnoh and Johto
Pokémon League Conferences
IndigoSilverEver GrandeLily of the ValleyVertress
Pokémon League Locations
Indigo PlateauPummelo Stadium*Mt. Silver*
Ever Grande CityPokémon League*/Lily of the Valley Island*
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