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A Gym Leader (Japanese: ジムリーダー Gym Leader) the highest-ranking member of a Pokémon Gym. The main job of a Gym Leader is to test Trainers and their Pokémon so that they are strong and resourceful enough to compete against the Elite Four. If a Trainer defeats a Gym Leader in battle, then the Trainer earns that Gym's Badge.
Most Gym Leaders specialize in a particular type of Pokémon, with a few exceptions who use more than one. The design of their Gyms usually reflects the type that they use. Gym leaders can attain their status through various methods, such as inheriting it from their parents or being appointed by league officials. Gym Leaders can choose to vacate their position at will, although there never seems to be less than eight Gyms in a region at any one time.
List of Gym LeadersEdit
- A Gym specializing in Dark-type Pokémon wasn't introduced until Sunrise and Sunset.
- While a Gym that specialized in various types was introduced in Generation FI. , the first Gyms that specialized in only two or three types weren't introduced until
- In Sunrise and Sunset, Elijah of Vaultair City can be skipped until the player reaches Victory Road.
- He shares this trait with Wind-type Pokémon. of in , and . Coincidentally, both specialize in
- Luna and Jasper are unique in the sense that, depending on when the player decides to challenge the Golune Gym, a different one of them will be the leader. Luna was the original leader, but left the gym under Jasper's care and went traveling before the events of the game. If the player challenges the Gym straight after defeating Seth, the leader will be Jasper. If they wait until after defeating Cindra, Luna will have returned and she will be the leader.
- Despite having permission from Luna to face challengers and hand out badges, Jasper isn't considered to be a true Gym Leader. He isn't shown in the badge case, and the Gym Leader Battle music doesn't play while battling him. Furthermore, Jasper's Pokémon are significantly weaker than Luna's.
- Luna is perhaps the only Gym Leader (excluding player. ) who shows genuine dislike towards the