Gym Leader

List of Johto Gym Leaders

Below is a list of Gym Leaders from the Johto region in the fictional Pokémon series of video games, anime, and manga. They all first appeared in Pokémon Gold and Silver, and made later appearances in Pokémon Crystal, Pokémon Stadium 2, the Johto Journeys series of the Pokémon anime, and in the GSC series of the Pokémon Adventures manga.

Each of these gym leaders is in charge of a Pokémon Gym. In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Pokémon Crystal, and Pokémon Stadium 2, their main role is as one-off, more-difficult gym trainers the player has to defeat to progress through the game and face the Elite Four. They serve much the same role in the anime, each of them posing to Ash a challenge to overcome or task to complete before he earns the badges he needs to go on to the Johto Pokémon League championships.

Falkner

is in charge of the Zephyr Badge, and resides in Violet City. He is an expert on Flying types. His English name may be based on the word falconer, "one who trains falcons" while his Japanese name, Hayato, may be a reference to hayai, meaning swift. Falkner's right eye is always covered up by his hair. He is the only first gym leader in the Pokémon games not to deal in Rock-type Pokémon, unlike Brock, Roxanne and Roark. Falkner's signature Pokémon is a Pidgeotto or Pidgeot.

In the video games

In Pokémon Gold and Silver, Falkner's title is "The Elegant Master of Flying Pokémon". He inherited his rather simplistic gym full of bird cages from his father, who is never seen but apparently on the road. It could be said that in the games, there is a small amount of rivalry between him and his father. Falkner is always thought of as cool and handsome but his father is said to be more so. Falkner battles using his father's bird Pokémon, and aspires to be the greatest bird master, but his low-level Pidgey and Pidgeotto will likely pose little threat to the player's team, though he may be hard if you picked Chikorita and didn't do much training. His special attack in the game is mud slap which does not much damage, but also lowers the accuracy of the enemy's attacks

In Round One of Pokémon Stadium 2, the player must defeat his Pidgeot, Fearow, Noctowl, Togetic, Farfetch'd and Delibird. In Round Two, the only Pokémon he retains is his Pidgeot but it is now joined by a Charizard, Dodrio, Zapdos, Gligar and Skarmory.

In the anime

Falkner meets Ash Ketchum after Falkner's Hoothoot foils an attempt by Team Rocket to steal Ash's Pikachu. (He was out hang gliding to better understand flying Pokémon.) After returning Pikachu, he and Ash battle for the Zephyr Badge. Despite his Charizard's wing being badly damaged, Ash defeats Falkner's Hoothoot, Pidgeot, and surprisingly high-jumping Dodrio. During their battle, Falkner's many students cheer for him and chant in unison. His gym is very tall and spiral shaped and, unsurprisingly, he battles on the very top.

In the manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Falkner is actually a police officer who takes over the Violet City gym after the disappearance of his father, the former gym leader. He interrogates Gold for information after Silver steals Professor Elm's Totodile; later, Gold helps him capture a Skarmory, with which Falkner passes the Gym Leader Exam. His father has a friendly, if competitive, rivalry with Chuck, and fights alongside him when the two are defeated by Suicune. Falkner's other Pokémon are a Pidgeotto and a Noctowl. He defeats Janine due to a forfeit on her part as she believed to have seen her father in the audience.


Bugsy

is in charge of the Hive Badge, and resides in Azalea Town. He is an expert on Bug-type Pokémon. His name derives from the word bug.

In the video games

In in Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal, Bugsy's signature Pokémon is a Scyther, which he supplements with the largely ineffectual Kakuna and Metapod. Bugsy's special attack is Fury Cutter, which does low damage first, but builds up damage every time it hits. When the attack misses the power of the attack resets. Due to his overworld sprite, it is safe to assume he's the youngest Gym Leader to date.

In the anime

In the anime, Bugsy is a fairly nondescript gym leader whose gym is a large greenhouse dome with a forest-like interior. His motto is "Whoever learns the rules of the Bug Pokémon learns to rule the Bug Pokémon", and his signature Pokémon is Scyther, which he has specifically trained to counter fire Pokémon. His other Pokémon are a Spinarak that specializes in String Shot, and a particularly hard and hard-hitting Metapod. When Ash challenges Bugsy's Pokémon Gym, Ash's relatively inexperienced Cyndaquil fails to defeat Spinarak. Ash's Chikorita succeeds, but in turn is defeated by Bugsy's Metapod. Pikachu finishes off Metapod, and in the end, Cyndaquil comes back to defeat Scyther, winning Ash the Hive Badge.

In the manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Bugsy is an androgynous-looking archaeologist investigating the Ruins of Alph and the Symbol Pokémon. His signature Pokémon is a Heracross, supplemented with a Metapod. He later acquires a Kakuna and Scyther. He also has a special method of catching Pokémon, one which was invented by him and Kurt, the Poké Ball master. Bugsy has an external capture net attached to his Poké Ball, so when he traps the Pokémon inside the capture net it is automatically sucked into the Poké Ball. If the Pokémon manages to escape from the Poké Ball, it will still be trapped inside the external capture net and thus will still be unable to break free completely. However, when Bugsy faces Suicune his efforts to fight the legendary Pokémon head-on fail as his Heracross's strength falls to the much-stronger Suicune. Eventually Bugsy tries to use the capture net method to capture Suicune, but Suicune manages to break Bugsy's net for the first time, and escapes. Later, he is defeated by Sabrina in the Gym Leaders' Challenge.


Whitney

is in charge of the Plain Badge, and resides in Goldenrod City. (The Plain Badge's name is a pun in English; Whitney lives on a rural Midwestern-esque farm, and is also a trainer of Normal-type Pokémon.) She is an expert on Normal types. Whitney's name in English means white islands. It was probably chosen because "white" relates to being without color and therefore plain and normal. Her Japanese name, Akane, can be taken to mean madder (a type of plant) or deep red (possibly related to her hair color). Whitney's signature Pokémon is a particularly tough Miltank.

In the video games

In Pokémon Gold and Silver, the blocks inside of her gym form the shape of a Clefairy. Though there are many lesser trainers in the gym that will challenge the player, it is possible to reach Whitney after fighting only one of them. Whitney's special attack is attract, it can only be used on an enemy that is of the opposite gender. If the attack succeeds the opponent will be infuated and less likely to attack. After she is defeated, she begins to cry and refuses to hand over the gym badge. When the player walks down, a trainer will say that Whitney usually acts like that when she is defeated. If the player speaks with Whitney again, after drying her eyes and blowing her nose she will get over her loss and give out the badge. Whitney uses Clefairy and Miltank.

She later appears in Pokémon Stadium 2. Her line-up in Round One includes a Clefable, a Wigglytuff, a (somewhat uncharacteristic) Gloom, a Dodrio, and a Stantler.She also uses Miltank. The second time the player faces her, in Round Two, she has a Persian, a Donphan, a Tauros, a Golduck, and a Mr. Mime.

In the anime

Whitney is the niece of a Miltank farmer, has the unique ability to always take the right path to wherever she needs to go, as long as she has no idea how to get to her destination, and is also noted for her clumsiness. She ends up leading Ash and his friends on a wild goose chase through Goldenrod City, ending at the Goldenrod Galleria, before Ash realizes that she is the gym leader. They battle, but after defeating her Nidorina and Clefairy, Ash's Pokémon turn out to be no match for Whitney's Miltank. After working at Whitney's uncle's farm for a bit and foiling a Team Rocket scheme, he earns a rematch with Whitney, where Pikachu outmaneuvers and knocks out her Miltank.

In the manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Whitney is an actress who is good friends with DJ Mary (who she gave a Smeargle to). She met Gold while performing at the Radio Tower in Goldenrod City, but the two clashed and ended up competing against each other in a bike race. Whitney isn't a strong Gym Leader, according to Suicune, and is the one of two Johto Gym Leaders (along with Pryce) that Suicune doesn't challenge for the right to be its partner in the fight against the Mask of Ice. In the end, she was the first to realize that Pryce was the villain known as the Mask of Ice. Whitney has a Cleffa and Igglybuff who work together to stun and confuse enemies to set them up for Miltank's attacks. At one point she also has a particularly mischievous Smeargle, but she gives it away. She faces Misty at the Pokémon League and loses due to a Hyper Beam from Starmie.


Morty

is in charge of the Fog Badge (Phantom Badge in Japanese language versions), and resides in Ecruteak City. He is very mysterious, owing to his nature as a trainer of Ghost Pokémon. Appropriately, his name comes from the Latin word mors, mortis "death".

In the video games

In Pokémon Gold and Silver, Morty's gym is in shadow, forcing the player to travel along an invisible path, battling lesser trainers along the way. Morty owns a Gastly and a pair of Haunters to supplement his signature Gengar. Morty's special attack is shadow ball. It does a good deal of damage and also lowers the opponents special defense

Morty also appears in Pokémon Stadium 2. He has, along with his Gengar, an Ariados, a Sudowoodo, a Marowak, a Girafarig and a Noctowl.

In the anime

In the anime, Morty is one of few people who is knowledgeable on Ecruteak City history. (The only one who knows more is Eusine, the Suicune fanatic.) Morty knows quite a bit about the origins of Ho-Oh, Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. However, he is too afraid of secret information slipping out to tell anyone except Ash and his friends. Morty also teaches classes about battling techniques and caring for Pokémon. He specializes in Ghost-type Pokémon. His Gastly defeated Ash's Pikachu but lost to Cyndaquil, which was later outdone by Morty's Haunter; putting Ash in a tight spot. However, Ash defeated Morty's Haunter and Gengar using Noctowl's newly learnt Confusion attack.

In the manga

In Pokémon Adventures, he is an item finder, using his powers as a psychic clairvoyant to locate lost objects and Pokémon and see objects at a distance. When Team Rocket attacks Ecruteak City, Morty is out of town but later assists in its reconstruction. His dream is to one day be able to see Ho-Oh. The rainbow Pokémon's power is so great, it blocks Morty's abilities. He and Lt. Surge finish in a draw due to his Misdreavus' Destiny Bond.


Chuck

is in charge of the Storm Badge, and resides in Cianwood City. He is an expert on Fighting types. His signature Pokémon is a Poliwrath. His name may have come from the Tang Soo Do master Chuck Norris, or the verb form of the word chuck (to "chuck" something is to throw it). It may also be derived from the latter part of the word "nunchuck" (nunchaku), which is the name of a popular kung-fu weapon consisting of two cylindrical handles connected by a chain. He is also the first gym leader not to wear a shirt, making him similar to Bruno of the Elite Four, as he only wears his martial arts trousers and belt.

In the video games

In Pokémon Gold and Silver, the player must push boulders to solve a puzzle in his gym before challenging him. When challenged, Chuck shows off his strength by throwing a boulder. Then he realizes the player means a Pokémon battle, not a fighting battle. He has a Primeape and a Poliwrath. Chuck's special attack is dynamic punch, which deals a lot of damage and always confuses the enemy, but the attack has a very low accuracy. Before you enter the gym, there's also a woman who wants you to defeat Chuck. After beating him she reveals that she is Chuck's wife, and gives you the HM Fly.

In the anime

Chuck is fanatically devoted to physical fitness, and is unusually positive-minded and emotional, and shares these qualities with his Machoke, who he shares a very close bond with. Despite owning the Cianwood Gym, he prefers to train on the beach, often sparring with Machoke, even encouraging it to use submission on him. He teases his wife (and is teased right back), and has a tendency to break out into tears. His wife seems to share his general goodwill and positive outlook; she ends up commissioning Team Rocket to help with the chores and feeds them generously, under the impression that they are students come to study at the gym. Chuck chides Ash and his friends for being out of shape, after wearing them out on a long hike to his gym. In the ensuing battle, Pikachu turns out to be no match for his buff Poliwrath, but Ash's Bayleef defeats both his Poliwrath and his Machoke.

In the manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Chuck is more of a meditative martial artist, and considers personal martial arts training to be an important part of Pokémon training. He trained Blue (Pokémon) to be a Pokémon trainer, after being introduced to Blue by Professor Oak. Blue would later go on to defeat Chuck at the Pokémon League Tournament, demonstrating clearly that he had learned his lessons well. Chuck is a friendly rival of Falkner's father, and aids him in a battle against Suicune, a battle they end up losing despite working together. His team consists of Poliwrath, Primeape, Machamp, Hitmonlee and Hitmontop.


Jasmine

is in charge of the Mineral Badge (Steel Badge in Japanese), and resides in Olivine City. She is an expert on Steel types, but also has an Ampharos which lights the Olivine Lighthouse. Her name is related to the word mineral or mine.

In the video games

In Pokémon Gold and Silver, Jasmine's title is The Steel-Clad Defense Girl. The player is unable to fight her immediately, as she is busy taking care of a sick Ampharos (renaming Amphy) at the Olivine lighthouse. First, the player must get special medicine from the pharmacy in Cianwood City and give it to her. The Olivine City Gym is probably the most simply designed Pokémon Gym in Johto. It consists of one straight, fairly short boulder-lined walkway leading up to a small set of steps onto a raised stone platform. For this reason, and possibly due somewhat to Jasmine's shy nature, she appears to be the only member of her gym, accompanied only by her two Magnemites and her Steelix. Although Jasmine trains Steel-types, a villager says that she used to train Rock types such as Onix.

In Pokémon Stadium 2, the player must battle her twice. In Round One, she has a Magneton, Forretress, Steelix, Skarmory and unusually, a Mantine and Corsola. In Round Two, other than Steelix, she has a totally new line-up of Blastoise, Rapidash, Slowbro, Scizor and Stantler.

She appears in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl; she apparently came to the Sinnoh region to make herself stronger. She gives the player HM07 after he/she defeats the 8th gym leader, Volkner. She also appears as an opponent alongside the player's mother and Hearthome Gym Leader Fantina in the Master Rank Pokémon contests (she has a Steelix named Rusty).

In the anime

In the anime, Jasmine's Ampharos, named Sparkle, is used to light the way over the shore but it has become ill. She asks Ash to fetch her medicine from Cianwood City, and Ash and his friends retrieve the medicine and send it back with one of Jasmine's students, Janina. Several weeks later, Ash and his friends return from the Whirl Islands and Ash challenges Jasmine to a Gym battle. Ash's Pikachu defeats Jasmine's Magnemite but is defeated by Steelix. However Ash's Cyndaquil came through and beat Steelix with great difficulty earning Ash his Mineral Badge.

Unlike her other incarnations, the anime Jasmine is a far more confident girl, especially during her second appearance, where she makes an entrance via summoning her Steelix as she herself somersaults off the cliff she is standing on then landing on her Steelix. Later, during the Gym match, she appears to be anything but meek since she doesn't hestiate to tell Ash she will not make the battle easy for him.

In the manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Jasmine is caught in an earthquake caused by Team Rocket while traveling through Ecruteak City, and when she climbs the Tin Tower to get away from the shaking she gets caught in some rubble. Using Ampharos to send off a distress flare, she catches the attention of both Gold and Silver. The two boys try to rescue her, but Ampharos does it successfully, leaving the young rivals trapped in the tower.

Jasmine later recovers. At the Pokémon League Tournament, she fights against and defeats Brock. She covers her Steelix in rubble to make it look like an Onix, thinking that the newly-discovered Steel Pokémon would be too horrifying for people to see. Jasmine once specialized in Rock-type Pokémon before Crystal and Professor Oak discovered Steel-type Pokémon. Her two Togetics are the parents of Gold's Togepi.


Pryce

is in charge of the Glacier Badge, and resides in Mahogany Town. He is an expert on Ice types. His signature Pokémon are Swinub and Piloswine. Pryce's name may be derived from the word ice.

In the video games

After the player helps Lance defeat Team Rocket, you can access Pryce's gym. The gym floor is covered with slippery ice, which the player must navigate. Pryce has a Piloswine, Dewgong and a Seel. Pryce's special attack is icy wind, it does average damage and also lowers the enemy's speed.

In the anime

Pryce starts out as a cold and abrasive man who believes that Pokémon are for battling and nothing more, as a result of an incident from his youth. During a storm, his beloved Piloswine disappeared and Pryce believed it to have abandoned him. During an encounter with Ash, the two of them are trapped underground and come across a frozen Piloswine, which turns out to be Pryce's. Realizing that it had tried to find healing herbs (the two had previously been badly burned by a Magmar), Pryce reconciles with his reunited Pokémon and turns over a new leaf, once again seeing Pokémon as friends. Afterwards, Pryce battles Ash having his Dewgong defeated by Cyndaquil and Piloswine by Pikachu winning Ash the glacier badge.

In the manga

In Pokémon Adventures, it is revealed that Pryce is actually the leader of a newly resuscitated Team Rocket under the guise of the Mask of Ice, with the intent of controlling time. Half of the Mask of Ice's body is composed of ice, while the other half is Pryce sitting in a wheelchair, explaining why he retains no damage when his lower half is attacked. He is able to shoot ice because of the Swinub sitting in his lap. He was the only Johto Gym Leader other than Whitney who was not challenged by Suicune, due to his connections with Team Rocket. He has various types of Pokémon, but is known mostly as an Ice-type user. He owns a particularly powerful Delibird to supplement his Swinub, as well as a special Lapras, whose parents were killed in an icy wasteland years ago. The sadness of the Lapras prompted Pryce to research methods of controlling and reversing time so he could go back to save his Lapras' parents. He was also rumored to have had connections with Team Rocket much earlier. While facing Gold, he says that he lied about his Pokémon just being tools to him, as he really believes they should be loved, and be symbols of love as well. But thanks to Celebi, who played a song his childhood friends had written for him, Pryce became happy again, and fell into the clouds of time to save Gold and his Pichu. He defeats Erika in the Gym Leaders competition.


Clair

is in charge of the Rising Badge, and resides in Blackthorn City. She is an expert on Dragon types. Lance, the head of the Kanto Elite Four, is her cousin, and she once trained with him for the Elite Four. In Pokémon Crystal, she also has a grandfather who lives inside the Dragon's Den. Her English name derives from "clear".

In the video games

In the Pokémon video games, Clair's title is "The Blessed User of Dragon Pokémon". Descending from a long line of Dragon-type trainers, Clair is very arrogant, speaking of herself as "the world's best dragon master". She claims she can hold her own even against the Elite Four. Her special attack is dragon breath which deals a good deal of damage and it may paralyze the opponent. Her only known loss had been to her cousin, Lance. She owns three Dragonairs, but her most powerful Pokémon is Kingdra. Upon her defeat, Clair refuses to accept that the player is better than her unless they pass the "Dragon User Challenge". In Pokémon Gold and Silver, Clair gives out her badge only when the player goes into the Dragon's Den and finds a Dragon Fang, after which Clair appears behind the player character and gives them the Rising Badge. In Pokémon Crystal, earning the badge instead involves navigating the Dragon's Den and finding the shrine at the center. After the player successfully answers Clair's grandfather's questions about Pokémon raising, Clair hands over the badge when her grandfather threatens to tell Lance about her reluctance.

In the first battle with her in Pokémon Stadium 2, Clair has an Arcanine, a Rhydon, a Lapras, a Dragonair, an Ampharos and her signature Kingdra. For the second battle, she discards her Lapras and Arcanine for a Charizard and a Nidoking.

In the anime

After Ash Ketchum and his friends arrive at Blackthorn City, they discover a Dratini and a Gyarados in a river. Afterwards, they meet Clair and follow the Dratini for some time, and end up freeing it from Team Rocket. Later, Dratini evolves into a Dragonair, much to Jessie's dismay. Clair performs the Dragon Fang ritual at a ceremony, then faces Ash in a Gym Battle, which is interrupted when Team Rocket steals the Dragon Fang. Ash, Clair and Team Rocket all end up in the Dragon Holy Land, where Team Rocket tricks a Dragonite into helping them. Luckily, Liza and Ash's Charizard arrive to save the day. Ash's Charizard later helps him earn him his rising badge by beating Clair's Dragonair (Kingdra was defeated by Snorlax and Gyrados by Pikachu).Claire also appeared in the next episode where she helped Ash get his badges which were stolen by Team Rocket.

In the manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Clair is one of the first to meet Suicune and she is outclassed quickly by its use of Mist to create a reflection of itself. Later, she challenges Blaine at the Gym Leaders' Challenge, in the hope that Blaine would know what became of her cousin Lance after Blaine and Lance's battle at Cerise Island the year before. Despite a Team Rocket attack which traps all the Gym Leaders on a bullet train, she forces Blaine into fighting their duel. However, Blaine quickly wins, relying on his Entei's powerful attacks. This victory is the tiebreaker in the Gym Leaders' Challenge, giving the win to the Kanto Gym Leaders with four wins, three loses and one draw.

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