How Well Do The Gym Leaders Represent Their Regions – Part 2

Hey again! I decided last-minute to go into the Kahunas of Alola, so we have a bit of a longer post today. I hope that’s okay?


Unova – Part 1

Unova has two different sets of Gym Leaders, due to the 2-year time-skip between Black/White and Black2/White2. And Black/White had a wide variety of Gym Leaders, which makes this so much fun to do!

CilanChiliCressLenora
LilipupLilipupLilipupHerdier
PansagePansearPanpourWatchog
BurghElesaClaySkyla
WhirlipedeEmolgaKrokorokSwoobat
DwebbleEmolgaPalpitoadUnfezant
LeavannyZebstrikaExcadrillSwanna
BrycenDraydenIris
VanillishFraxureFraxure
CryogonalDruddigonDruddigon
BearticHaxorusHaxorus

I really don’t like the gimmick of the first Gym, and I feel that they should at least have the corresponding starter along with their elemental monkey.

Of course, as the Unova region initially acts as a hard reset to the franchise, we see exclusively Unovan Pokemon.

Unova – Part 2

These Gym teams are picked from the Normal Mode line-ups. The system reverted to the normal 8 Gym Leaders this time, rather than starter or game-exclusive variants.

CherenRoxieBurghElesa
PatratKoffingSwadloonEmolga
LillipupWhirlipedeDwebbleFlaaffy
LeavannyZebstrika
ClaySkylaDraydenMarlon
KrokorokSwoobatDruddigonCarracosta
SandslashSkarmoryFlygonWailord
ExcadrillSwannaHaxorusJellicent

So far, this has to be my favourite line-up. Even though Pokemon from other regions are opened up, we still see predominantly Unovan teams across the board. This is in part due to the sheer size of the Unovan Pokedex in general, and how many Pokemon were introduced at the time.


Kalos

Kalos was…interesting. It has the smallest amount of new Pokemon

ViolaGrantKorrinaRamos
SurskitAmauraMienfooJumpluff
VivillonTyruntMachokeWeepinbell
HawluchaGogoat
ClemontValerieOlympiaWulfric
EmolgaMawileSigilyphAbomasnow
MagnetonMr. MimeSlowkingCryogonal
HelioliskSylveonMeowsticAvalugg

I’m surprised Korrina didn’t use a Lucario in the Gym battle, I have to say. On top of that, only one of these Gym Leaders had more than one Kalos Pokemon – Grant. It could be down to how few new Pokemon were introduced in the Kalos region.


Alola

I decided to go with the Island Kahunas as they are the Alolan equivant to Gym Leaders. I wasn’t fond of it, but we’ll carry on. I went with the original teams for the Sun/Moon games.

HalaOliviaNanuHapu
MankeyNosepassSableyeDugtrio (A)
MakuhitaBoldoreKrokorokGastrodon
CrabrawlerLycanrocPersian (A)Flygon
Mudsdale

Hapu aside, each Kahuna uses only one Alolan Pokemon in their team. Meh.


Galar

This is a fun one, considering that this is the first region that we see Gym Leaders using regional variants! Of course ,we had Kahunas in Alola, which we did touch upon briefly.

Of course, we will also include both Bede and Marnie, and their first Pokemon team used as Gym Leaders.

MiloNessaKabuBea
GossifleurGoldeenNinetalesHitmontop
EldegossArrokudaArcaninePangoro
DrednawCentiskorchSirfetch’d
Machamp
AllisterOpalGordieMelony
Yamask (G)Weezing (G)BarbaracleFrosmoth
MimikyuMawileShuckleDarmanitan (G)
CursolaTogekissStonjournerEiscue
GengarAlcremieCoalossalLapras
PiersRaihanBedeMarnie
ScraftyGigalithMawileLiepard
MalamarFlygonGardevoirToxicroak
ObstagoonSandacondaRapidash (G)Scrafty
SkuntankDuraludonHattereneMorpeko
Grimmsnarl

It’s nice to see that each Gym Leader has at least one Galarian Pokemon, as well as a good assortment of regional variants. Milo does rely on the same evolution line though, but I would have liked to have seen more Galarian Pokemon for Kabu and Bea, but I do like the Pokemon that they have in general.

2 thoughts on “How Well Do The Gym Leaders Represent Their Regions – Part 2

  1. Tim

    Unova – Yeah…that first gym is weird. Not totally sure what Game Freak was thinking there. That said, I really like Elesa’s gym, especially in B2/W2.

    Kalos – Meh. I do think I’ve also written about my frustrations that Korrina didn’t have Lucario. That said, these gyms were bleh enough that I think they caused the gym leader concept to be lost in Gen VII.

    Alola – You know whose battle is surprisingly difficult for where it is in the game’s story? Nanu. It’s not quite Misty in Gen I if you chose anyone other than Bulbasaur hard. But it’s up there.

    Galar – Piers’ gym may well be my favorite one in the entire game. It’s not just the team he uses. It’s also the fact that he actively chooses not to dynamax when he can. It’s a nice storyline touch.

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    1. thatlittlelola

      I think Unova in general was a huge experimental generation for GameFreak, and I love that. I can never really remember any Kalos Gym, Grant and Korrina aside.

      I feel that the Kahuna battles would have been better if each Kahuna had a Totem Pokemon, which like I’ve said before would have paved the way for Dynamaxing.

      Piers’ Gym is just amazing purely because of the overall set-up. It kinda reminds me of those back-alley, underground battles that are more illicit, but adding the fact that Piers doesn’t Dynamax (bloody hipster lol) and also that it all contrasts because he’s an official Gym Leader.

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