Gym Challenger (Trainer class)

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Gym Challenger
ジムチャレンジャー Gym Challenger
VSGym Challenger Deneb.pngVSGym Challenger Wei.png
VS models of Deneb and Wei from Sword and Shield
Other names
Introduced in Generation VIII
Appears in Sword and Shield
Gender Any
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Sonia (formerly)
Anime debut
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut {{{manga}}}

A Gym Challenger (Japanese: ジムチャレンジャー Gym Challenger) is a type of Trainer class introduced in Generation VIII. They are Trainers who compete in Galar's Gym Challenge. Although characters such as the player and rivals are referred to as Gym Challengers in Sword and Shield's in-game dialogues, they instead use Pokémon Trainer as their Trainer class. Gym Challenger, as a Trainer class, is exclusively used by Trainers that participate in the Champion tournaments at Wyndon Stadium. These Trainers all specialize in one specific type.

Gym Challengers keep their Pokémon in Great Balls.



VSGym Challenger Yue.png VSGym Challenger Polaire.png VSGym Challenger Kent.png VSGym Challenger Vega.png VSGym Challenger Cher.png
Yue's VS model from
Sword and Shield
Polaire's VS model from
Sword and Shield
Kent VS model from
Sword and Shield
Vega's VS model from
Sword and Shield
Cher's VS model from
Sword and Shield
VSGym Challenger Deneb.png VSGym Challenger Icla.png VSGym Challenger Wei.png VSGym Challenger Izar.png VSGym Challenger Dunne.png
Deneb's VS model from
Sword and Shield
Icla's VS model from
Shield and Shield
Wei's VS model from
Sword and Shield
Izar's VS model from
Sword and Shield
Dunne's VS model from
Sword and Shield
VSGym Challenger Pia.png VSGym Challenger Corvin.png VSGym Challenger Terry.png VSGym Challenger Theemin.png VSGym Challenger Phoebus.png
Pia's VS model from
Sword and Shield
Corvin's VS model from
Sword and Shield
Terry's VS model from
Sword and Shield
Theemin's VS model from
Sword and Shield
Phoebus's VS model from
Sword and Shield

Trainer list

Pokémon Sword and Shield


  • The names of the Gym Challengers are based on various celestial bodies.
  • There are no Gym Challengers that specialize in Psychic-, Dark- or Fairy-type Pokémon.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 道館挑戰者 Dougún Tīujinjé
Mandarin 道館挑戰者 / 道馆挑战者 Dàoguǎn Tiǎozhànzhě
France Flag.png French Challenger
Germany Flag.png German Arena-Challenger
Italy Flag.png Italian Sfidapalestre
South Korea Flag.png Korean 체육관 챌린저 Cheyuggwan Chaellinjeo
Spain Flag.png Spanish Aspirante

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Galar ArtistBackpackerBeautyBlack BeltCabbieCafé MasterCameramanChampionColleaguesCookDancerDaring Couple
DoctorFisherGAME FREAK'sGym ChallengerGym LeaderGym TrainerGentlemanHikerInterviewersLassLeague Staff
Macro Cosmos'sMadameMedical TeamModelMusic CrewMusicianOffice WorkerPoké KidPokémon Breeder
Pokémon TrainerPolice OfficerPostmanRail StaffReporterSchoolboySchoolgirlSwimmerTeam Yell GruntWorkerYoungster
Expansion Pass only:
Dojo MasterDojo MatronMaster Dojo Student

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