Greetings Junglers, Evan here, also known as Haxford! This article is the first of a series called Gym Leader Showdown. In this series I’ll name the different Gym Leaders we’ve met during our Pokémon journey, along with some basic info on them. At the end of each article there will be a poll, which will determine which Gym Leader is the very best of each region. After that, all the winning Gym Leaders will battle against each other to see what Gym Leader is the top favorite. Let’s start!
Gym Leader 1
Geodude and Onix
Bide (Gen 1), Rock Tomb (Gen 3), Rock Slide (Gen 4)
Name Inspiration: Rock
Trivia: Brock’s Pokémon don’t know any Rock-type moves in Gen 1.
Gym Leader 2
Staryu and Starmie
Bubblebeam (Gen 1), Water Pulse (Gen 3 and 4)
Name Inspiration: Mist
Trivia: Misty is the only female Water-type specialist.
Gym Leader 3
Voltorb, Pikachu and Raichu
Thunderbolt (Gen 1), Shockwave (Gen 3 and 4)
Name Inspiration: Electrical surge
Trivia: Lt. Surge is probably from Unova since it’s based on the USA.
Gym Leader 4
Victreebel, Tangela and Vileplume
Mega Drain (Gen 1), Giga Drain (Gen 3 and 4)
Name Inspiration: Erica genus, a plant
Trivia: Erika is the only Kanto Gym Leader with the same Japanese as English name.
Gym Leader 5 (Gen 1 and 3)
Koffing, Muk, Koffing and Weezing
Toxic (Gen 1 and 3)
Name Inspiration: Koga-ryu, a school of ninjutsu
Trivia: Koga is also an Elite Four-member in Johto.
Gym Leader 5 (Gen 2 and 4)
Crobat, Weezing, Weezing, Ariados, Venomoth
Toxic (Gen 2) or Poison Jab (Gen 4)
Name Inspiration: Ninja
Trivia: Janine is the only Gym Leader who has not appeared in the anime.