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In the anime
In the {{pkmn|anime}}, Trainers challenge Gyms in order to earn Badges, which grant them entry to that region's [[Pokémon League Conference]]. All official Gyms present in the [[core series]] games have been featured in the anime.
With the exception of the [[Orange Archipelago|Orange Islands]], most regions seem to have at least eight Gyms which Trainers can choose to challenge, and winning Badges from any eight qualifies a Trainer for the region's Pokémon League Conference. In [[Unova]], while Ash originally intended to earn the Legend Badge, he ultimately earns the Toxic Badge from the [[Virbank Gym]] as his eighth Badge instead.
Many fellow Trainers that Ash has encountered have been shown to have Badges that do not exist in the games, such as [[Gary Oak]] earning ten Badges in Kanto. Other Badges observed in the anime which do not correspond to known Badges suggest that there are at least nine Gyms in [[Hoenn]], 11 in [[Sinnoh]], 14 in [[Unova]], and 11 in [[Kalos]]. Despite this, Ash's Badge case has frequently had indents specifically shaped for the Badges that appear in the games.

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