Virbank Gym

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Virbank Gym
タチワキジム Tachiwaki Gym
Virbank Gym anime.png
Location Virbank City
Gym Leader Roxie
Badge Toxic Badge
Dominant Type Poison
Region Unova
Virbank Gym field.png

The Virbank Gym (Japanese: タチワキジム Tachiwaki Gym) is the official Gym of Virbank City. It is based on Poison-type Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Roxie. Trainers who defeat her receive the Toxic Badge.

In the games

Virbank City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Roxie

"Poison days, poison on the stage!"

The Virbank Gym is designed as an underground music club. Upon entering, the player will have to go down some stairs and enter the club, where Roxie and her band are performing on the stage. The club also doubles as a place for bands to form, as posters fill the walls next to the staircase, and one of them notes a vocalist in the search of the rest of a band. The Gym has a large stage with a picture of a Koffing made out of graffiti on it, chairs and tables, a bar, and a booth for a DJ. The puddle Roxie stands on is made of purple goop. Trainers must battle Roxie's two band members before she will battle them.


Version Entrance Club
Black 2 Virbank Gym Entrance B2W2.png Virbank Gym B2W2.png
White 2


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Trainer Pokémon
Roughneck Nicky
Roughneck Nicky
クック Cook
Reward: $336
Grimer Grimer Lv.14
No item
Koffing Koffing Lv.14
No item
Guitarist Billy Jo
Guitarist Billy Jo
ルー Lou
Reward: $448
Venipede Venipede Lv.14
No item
Koffing Koffing Lv.14
No item

Easy Mode/Normal Mode

Challenge Mode


Item Location Games
Fresh Water Fresh Water From Clyde at the entrance  B2  W2 
TM Poison TM09 (Venoshock) Reward for defeating Roxie  B2  W2 


The male and female vocals in both versions of the song were performed and recorded by unnamed Game Freak staff members.[1]

Games Song name (Japanese) Song name Composition Arrangement
 B2  W2  タチワキジム (演奏・DOGARS) Virbank City Gym (Performed by Koffing and the Toxics) Junichi Masuda Go Ichinose

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Artwork depicting the Virbank Gym is seen in Roxie's mindscape.

Roxie & Scolipede
Roxie Mindscape.png

In the anime

The Virbank Gym was first mentioned in Clash of the Connoisseurs!. After learning that the Opelucid Gym was closed, Ash was informed of the Gym in Virbank City, so he decided to challenge it instead.

Ash arrived at the Virbank Gym in Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1 to challenge Roxie to a Gym battle, and was surprised to hear that he was allowed to use all of his Pokémon against Roxie's three. The battle continued in Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 2, with Ash emerging victorious at the end, thus earning him his final Unova League Badge, the Toxic Badge.

Like in the games, the Gym is accessed from an alleyway in Virbank City and doubles as an underground music club, where Roxie performs with Nicky and Billy Jo.

Pokémon used in the Gym

Roxie's Koffing
Koffing is Roxie's first known Pokémon. When Ash, Cilan, and Iris arrived at the Gym, it was seen defeating a Trainer's Gothitelle despite the type disadvantage. It was then used in a Gym battle against Ash. It defeated Ash's Boldore and Unfezant rather easily, but was later defeated by Leavanny.

According to Roxie, she caught Koffing during a concert that she held in Kanto.

Koffing's known moves are Clear Smog, Gyro Ball, Sludge Bomb, and Will-O-Wisp.

Debut Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1
Voice actors
Japanese Kensuke Satō
English Bill Rogers
Roxie's Scolipede
Scolipede was the second Pokémon Roxie used against Ash in their Gym battle. It quickly defeated Ash's Leavanny, but was later taken down by Pignite's powerful Fire Pledge.

Scolipede's known moves are Toxic, Rock Tomb, Sludge Bomb, and Screech.

Debut Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Marc Thompson
Roxie's Garbodor
Garbodor was the third and last Pokémon Roxie used against Ash in their Gym battle. It defeated Ash's Pignite and Palpitoad, but was later defeated by Pikachu after getting paralyzed by his Static Ability.

Garbodor's known moves are Double Slap, Hyper Beam, Gunk Shot, and Venoshock.

Debut Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 2
Voice actors
Japanese Chiaki Takahashi
English Erica Schroeder

In the manga

Virbank Gym in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Black 2 & White 2 arc

The Virbank Gym appeared in New Sword Player, where Blake took Whitley to a concert that Roxie was holding there. Although Blake seemed to enjoy the concert, Whitley, who had been unconscious while being taken to the Gym, felt herself uncomfortable and confused in the loud and crowded atmosphere.

In the TCG

The following is a list of cards featuring Virbank City Gym in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Pokémon in Virbank Gym
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a green background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Venipede Psychic Boundaries Crossed Common 72/149 Freeze Bolt C 030/059
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Virbank City Gym St Plasma Storm Uncommon 126/135 Freeze Bolt U 057/059
Roxie Su Cosmic Eclipse Uncommon 205/236 Dream League U 046/049



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Cilan OD.png Chili OD.png Cress OD.png
Cilan Chili Cress
Nacrene Gym Basic Badge
Lenora OD.png
Castelia Gym Insect Badge
Burgh OD.png
Nimbasa Gym Bolt Badge
Elesa OD.png
Driftveil Gym Quake Badge
Clay OD.png
Mistralton Gym Jet Badge
Skyla OD.png
Icirrus Gym Freeze Badge
Brycen OD.png
Opelucid Gym Legend Badge
Drayden OD.png Iris BW OD.png
Drayden Iris
Aspertia Gym Basic Badge
Cheren OD.png
Virbank Gym Toxic Badge
Roxie OD.png
Humilau Gym Wave Badge
Marlon OD.png

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