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Vermilion Gym

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Vermilion Gym
クチバジム Kuchiba Gym
Vermilion Gym anime.png
Location Vermilion City
Gym Leader Lt. Surge
Badge Thunder Badge
Dominant Type Electric
Region Kanto
Vermilion Gym Battlefield.png
Battlefield

The Vermilion Gym (Japanese: クチバジム Kuchiba Gym) is the official Gym of Vermilion City. It is based on Electric-type Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Lt. Surge. Trainers who defeat him receive the Thunder Badge.

In the games

Vermilion City
Pokémon Gym
Leader: Lt. Surge
The Lightning American!

Vermilion City
Pokémon Gym
Leader: Lt. Surge
The Lightning
American

Vermilion City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Lt. Surge
The Lightning American

Vermilion City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Lt. Surge
The Lightning American

Vermilion Gym appears in all games set in the Kanto region, appearing much the same in each: the main room is filled with 15 trash cans, and Trainers are scattered about this room. Beyond this room is another, guarded by electric doors in Generation I, and an electric fence in Generation III and Generation IV. The only way to get in the final room, where Lt. Surge is located, was to find two switches underneath the trash cans. If the first switch was found, but the player incorrectly guessed the second one, the traps would reset. The second switch was located near the first. In Generation II, these traps are not turned on.

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

Appearance

Vermilion Gym RBY.png Vermilion Gym GSC.png Vermilion Gym FRLG.png Vermilion Gym HGSS.png
Generation I Generation II Generation III Generation IV

Trainers

Core series

Pokémon Red and Blue
Trainer Pokémon
Sailor
Sailor
Reward: PokémonDollar.png630
025 Pikachu Lv.21
No item
025 Pikachu Lv.21
No item
Rocker
Rocker
Reward: PokémonDollar.png500
100 Voltorb Lv.20
No item
081 Magnemite Lv.20
No item
100 Voltorb Lv.20
No item
Gentleman
Gentleman
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1610
025 Pikachu Lv.23
No item



Pokémon Yellow
Trainer Pokémon
Sailor
Sailor
Reward: PokémonDollar.png720
081 Magnemite Lv.24
No item
Rocker
Rocker
Reward: PokémonDollar.png500
100 Voltorb Lv.20
No item
100 Voltorb Lv.20
No item
100 Voltorb Lv.20
No item
Gentleman
Gentleman
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1540
100 Voltorb Lv.22
No item
081 Magnemite Lv.22
No item



Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Trainer Pokémon
Juggler Horton
Juggler Horton
ジョナサン Jonathan
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1320
101 Electrode Lv.33
No item
101 Electrode Lv.33
No item
101 Electrode Lv.33
No item
101 Electrode Lv.33
No item
Guitarist Vincent
Guitarist Vincent
ジュンイチ Jun'ichi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1024
081 Magnemite Lv.27
No item
100 Voltorb Lv.33
No item
081 Magnemite Lv.32
No item
081 Magnemite Lv.32
No item
Gentleman Gregory
Gentleman Gregory
アンソニー Anthony
Reward: PokémonDollar.png2376
025 Pikachu Lv.37
No item
180 Flaaffy Lv.33
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 FireRed and LeafGreen
Trainer Pokémon
Sailor Dwayne
Sailor Dwayne
タツヒコ Tatsuhiko
Reward: PokémonDollar.png672
025 Pikachu Lv.21
No item
025 Pikachu Lv.21
No item
Engineer Baily
Engineer Baily
フミオ Fumio
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1008
100 Voltorb Lv.21
No item
081 Magnemite Lv.21
No item
Gentleman Tucker
Gentleman Tucker
オルソン Olson
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1656
025 Pikachu Lv.23
No item



Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Trainer Pokémon
Juggler Horton
Juggler Horton
ジョナサン Jonathan
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1376
101 Electrode Lv.43
No item
101 Electrode Lv.43
No item
101 Electrode Lv.43
No item
Guitarist Vincent
Guitarist Vincent
ジュンイチ Jun'ichi
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1008
135 Jolteon Lv.45
No item
100 Voltorb Lv.43
No item
081 Magnemite Lv.42
No item
Gentleman Gregory
Gentleman Gregory
アンソニー Anthony
Reward: PokémonDollar.png8400
025 Pikachu Lv.46
No item
180 Flaaffy Lv.43
No item
309 Electrike Lv.42
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
Round 1
Trainer Pokémon
Sailor
Sailor
Reward: PokémonDollar.pngN/A
066 Machop Lv.50-100
No item
021 Spearow Lv.50-100
No item
098 Krabby Lv.50-100
No item
079 Slowpoke Lv.50-100
No item
090 Shellder Lv.50-100
No item
055 Golduck Lv.50-100
No item
Rocker
Rocker
Reward: PokémonDollar.pngN/A
137 Porygon Lv.50-100
No item
100 Voltorb Lv.50-100
No item
101 Electrode Lv.50-100
No item
025 Pikachu Lv.50-100
No item
125 Electabuzz Lv.50-100
No item
081 Magnemite Lv.50-100
No item
Old Man
Old Man
Reward: PokémonDollar.pngN/A
058 Growlithe Lv.50-100
No item
032 Nidoran♂ Lv.50-100
No item
029 Nidoran♀ Lv.50-100
No item
077 Ponyta Lv.50-100
No item
005 Charmeleon Lv.50-100
No item
004 Charmander Lv.50-100
No item



Round 2
Trainer Pokémon
Sailor
Sailor
Reward: PokémonDollar.pngN/A
067 Machoke Lv.50-100
No item
022 Fearow Lv.50-100
No item
099 Kingler Lv.50-100
No item
080 Slowbro Lv.50-100
No item
057 Primeape Lv.50-100
No item
055 Golduck Lv.50-100
No item
Rocker
Rocker
Reward: PokémonDollar.pngN/A
137 Porygon Lv.50-100
No item
042 Golbat Lv.50-100
No item
101 Electrode Lv.50-100
No item
026 Raichu Lv.50-100
No item
115 Kangaskhan Lv.50-100
No item
082 Magneton Lv.50-100
No item
Old Man
Old Man
Reward: PokémonDollar.pngN/A
047 Parasect Lv.50-100
No item
059 Arcanine Lv.50-100
No item
071 Victreebel Lv.50-100
No item
053 Persian Lv.50-100
No item
005 Charmeleon Lv.50-100
No item
012 Butterfree Lv.50-100
No item



Pokémon Stadium 2
Round 1


Round 2


Items

Item Location Games
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM24 (Thunderbolt) Reward for defeating Lt. Surge  R  B  Y 
Bag TM Electric Sprite.png TM34 (Shock Wave) Reward for defeating Lt. Surge  FR  LG  HG  SS 

In the anime

In the main series

Vermilion Gym's only anime appearance came in Electric Shock Showdown. Its appearance is similar to a warehouse with lightning bolts painted on it, and the arena inside is a dimly-lit boxing ring. The battles are one on one. One significant difference is that Lt. Surge was shown to have junior Trainers that are both male and female wearing military-style uniforms. In the games his junior Trainers are all male, and none of them wear military-style uniforms.

Ash challenged Lt. Surge to a battle, hoping for his third Badge. However, Surge just laughed when he saw Ash's Pikachu, claiming it could never beat his Raichu. Pikachu decided to prove Surge wrong, and went ahead battling it. However, its evolved form proved much more powerful, as it easily defeated Pikachu.

Vermilion Gym in Pokémon Origins

After some training, Ash and Pikachu returned to the Gym. Surge once again felt that the battle was hopeless. What he didn't know was that in between the battles, Ash had taught Pikachu how to use Quick Attack and Agility. This gave Pikachu the advantage, allowing Ash to win the match. Afterwards, Surge gave Ash his Badge, conceding that Ash knew what he was doing.

In Pokémon Origins

Red was seen visiting the Vermilion Gym in the Pokémon Origins episode File 2 - Cubone. He had a tough battle against the Gym Leader, Lt. Surge, but was able to pull through and earn the Thunder Badge.

In the TCG

The Vermilion Gym was featured in the TCG as both a Japan-exclusive Theme Deck and as a card. The following is a list of cards named Vermilion City Gym.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Vermilion City Gym T [St] Gym Heroes Uncommon 120/132 Leaders' Stadium Uncommon  
 

Trivia

  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Gym guide tells the player that the Gym's traps were temporarily out of order, but were recently repaired. This is a cross-generational reference to Gold, Silver, and Crystal, where this was true.
  • In FireRed and LeafGreen, the Gym guide mentions that "Bird/Water-type Pokémon" will not do well against Lt. Surge.


Gym Leaders of the Kanto region
Pewter Gym Boulder Badge
Brock OD.png
Brock
Cerulean Gym Cascade Badge
Misty OD.png
Misty
Vermilion Gym Thunder Badge
Lt Surge OD.png
Lt. Surge
Celadon Gym Rainbow Badge
Erika OD.png
Erika
Fuchsia Gym Soul Badge
Koga OD.png Janine OD.png
Koga Janine
Saffron Gym Marsh Badge
Sabrina OD.png
Sabrina
Cinnabar Gym Volcano Badge
Blaine OD.png
Blaine
Viridian Gym Earth Badge
Giovanni OD.png Blue
Giovanni Blue

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