Gym guide

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The Gym guide is a title in the core series Pokémon games belonging to at least seven characters, each corresponding to a different region. In each case, the guide is usually found at the front of each Pokémon Gym, ready to offer tactical advice to novice Trainers. He congratulates the player upon defeating the Gym Leader, and offers more advice for the player's journey. He can occasionally be sarcastic.

Some Gym guides do not stay inside their gyms. The Celadon Gym guide is never seen in his Gym, and instead appears at the Rocket Game Corner, where he plays the slot machines. Similarly, the Cianwood Gym guide is found in the city's Pokémon Center instead of the Gym. The Petalburg Gym guide will vanish after the player has defeated Norman, and, in Generation II only, the Cinnabar Gym guide will arrive after Blaine has been defeated.

No official name was released for the Gym guide in the first four generations. This gave rise to the fanon name "Jim Gai"—a pun on "Gym guy". Two of the Gym guides were given individual names:

  • In Unova, he is given the name Clyde (Japanese: ガイドー Gaidō) and if the player talks to him before challenging the Gym Leader of any Unova Gym, he will give a Fresh Water. At the NimbasaB2W2, MistraltonB2W2, OpelucidB2W2, Aspertia, Striaton, and Nacrene Gyms, he approaches the player and gives the water, rather than requiring the player to approach him to receive it.
  • In Galar, he is given the name Dan (Japanese: ダンペイ Danpei) and is a referee who reports the player's results to the Pokémon League HQ. Dan appears at the start of every Gym Mission to explain the player's objective, except in Spikemuth, where he is replaced by a Team Yell Grunt.

In the games


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Main article: Gym guide/Quotes

In the anime

Dan in the anime

Main series

The role of the Gym guide in the games are primarily replaced by Gym assistants and battle judges, who referee Gym battles and other Pokémon League matches.

Dan, the Galarian Gym guide, first appeared in Flash of the Titans!, where he refereed the World Coronation Series battle between Leon and Lance at Wyndon Stadium, from the top of his Aegislash. Unlike the games, his name was formatted as (Japanese: ダンペー Danpē).

In The Climb to Be the Very Best!, Dan refereed Leon's match against Ash.

In Toughing It Out!, Dan refereed the battle between Leon and Raihan.


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Dan's Aegislash
Aegislash first appeared in Flash of the Titans!, where it was used by Dan to ride around Wyndon Stadium during the battle between Leon and Lance. It has since appeared whenever Dan referees a battle at Wyndon Stadium.

None of Aegislash's moves are known.

Debut Flash of the Titans!

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 北沢洋 Yō Kitazawa
English Kyle Hebert
Mandarin Chinese 于正昇 Yú Zhèngshēng
Polish Janusz Zadura
Brazilian Portuguese Alexandre Maguolo
European Spanish Antonio Villar

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

In Assistant, Dan talked to Oleana at Wyndon Stadium.

In the manga

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Dan appeared in JNM10, playing the same role as he does in the anime.

In the TCG

Dan in the TCG
Main article: Dan (Rebel Clash 158)

Gym guides were introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game with Dan during the English Sword & Shield Series (the Japanese Sword & Shield Era). It was first released in the Japanese Rebellion Crash expansion and the English Rebel Clash expansion, with artwork by Hitoshi Ariga. It allows the player to draw two cards then play Rock-Paper-Scissors against the opponent to draw two more.



Language Name Origin
Japanese ガイドー Gaidō From ガイド gaido (guide)
English Clyde Rhymes with guide
German, French, Italian Guido Similar to his Japanese name
Spanish Conse From consejo (advice)
Korean 가이든 Gaideun Similar to his Japanese name


Language Name Origin
Japanese ダンペイ Danpei (games)
ダンペー Danpē (anime)
From 断定 dantei (judge)
English, Brazilian
Dan Similar to his Japanese name
German Stuart
Spanish Paco Legiado From colegiado (referee)
French Guido From guide
Italian Cicerone From cicerone
Korean 단정 Danjeong From 단정 (斷定) danjeong (judge)
Chinese (Mandarin) 鄧培 / 邓培 Dèngpéi Transcription of his Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 鄧培 Dahngpùih


Non-player characters in the core series games
Kanto Professor OakMomRedBlueGreenTraceDaisyOld manBillMr. FujiSafari Zone WardenCopycatPrimoKoichi
Pokémon Fan Club ChairmanCelioLostelleTealaSelphyCalSteven StoneMayleneMinaCameronMr. GameMorimoto
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourProfessors' aidesMagikarp salesmanName RaterDay-Care PersonMr. Hyper
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurtCarrieDude
MaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterMasterLiWilmaPrimoMaximoJetCaitlinCynthiaCameronMr. GameFelicityTeala
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsWeek SiblingsName RaterDay-Care CoupleProfessors' aides
Hoenn Professor BirchMomMayBrendanWallyWandaSteven StoneWallaceScottMr. BrineyMr. StoneGabby and TyLanette
BrigetteProfessor CozmoPokémon Fan Club ChairmanRydelWinstrate familyCaptain SternTrick MasterTreasure HunterDock
ApprenticePokémon Center LadiesOld guysMr. BondingTealaAaruneLisiaZinniaLookerInverChazFossil ManiacKiriMemory Girl
Team AquaTeam MagmaGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsBattle ChatelainesGym guideName RaterDay-Care CoupleStats judge
Sinnoh Professor RowanProfessor OakJohannaBarryLucasDawnCynthiaLookerStat Trainers (CherylRileyMiraBuckMarley)
BebeTealaFelicityRoxy and OliRoseanneRad RickshawEldritchWilmaJasmineCaitlinJuliaJordanDexterKeiraMr. BacklotDr. Footstep
Underground ManMr. GoodsMr. FuegoPokétch Co. PresidentPokémon Fan Club ChairmanMassage GirlScarf GuyHelenaKetch AppyTeam GalacticGym guide
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Unova Professor JuniperMom (BW)Mom (B2W2)CherenBiancaBianca's fatherHughCedric JuniperFennelAmanita
CilanChiliCressLenoraHawesLoblollyCharlesIrisDraydenAlderBengaCurtisYancyBrycenSabrinaPop Roxie
HilbertHildaNateRosaIngoEmmetCynthiaMorimotoNishinoLookerNColressGhetsisPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team PlasmaClydeGym LeadersElite FourPWT participantsName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudgeMagikarp salesman
Kalos Professor SycamoreGraceCalemSerenaShaunaTiernoTrevorAlexaCassiusInverSinaDexioGurkinn
BonnieDianthaAZLookerEmmaMr. BondingPhil the Photo GuyMemory GirlPokémon Fan Club Chairman
Team FlareGym guideGym LeadersElite FourBattle ChatelainesName RaterDay-Care CoupleJudge
Galar Professor MagnoliaMumHopBedeMarnieSoniaLeon
SordwardShielbertMustardKlaraAveryHoneyHydePeonyPeoniaCalyrexBall Guy
Team YellMacro CosmosDanGym LeadersMorimotoCara LissJackWatt Traders

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