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From Kanto To Galar: Every Pokémon Gym Leader, Ranked

Updated August 7, 2020 7.5k votes 275 voters 1.6k views59 items

List RulesVideo game gym leaders only

While the characters have certainly changed over the last 20+ years, facing off against an assortment of Pokémon gym leaders is still one of the series' biggest staples. Starting with Kanto gym leaders like Brock and Misty up to Unova and Galar leaders like Marnie and Pieres, these tough trainers act as the main boss of the particular gym, and they often feature an assortment of powerful Pokémon you can't help but envy. Whether they're cocky, tough, arrogant, or simply annoying, this list ranks all the Pokémon gym leaders throughout the series, with your votes.

Arguably one of the most memorable leaders in the series, Giovanni is the big bad boss of Team Rocket and has appeared in numerous games over the years, while Nessa is one of the latest Pokémon female gym leaders who prefers water-type attacks. And while some gym leaders were so popular that they appeared in numerous generations, others were one and done.

From the early days of Red and Blue up to all the new leaders in Sword & Shield, check out this comprehensive list of all the gym leaders from all eight generations and vote up all your favorite and most memorable opponents.

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  • Sabrina1
    170
    74

    Sabrina

    "I first learned to bend spoons with my mind. I dislike fighting, but if you wish, I will show you my powers!"

    Region: Kanto

    Badge: Marsh Badge

    First Appears In: Generation 1

  • Clair2
    122
    58

    Clair

    "As a Gym Leader, I will use my full power against any opponent! Don't think I will go easy on you."

    Region: Johto

    Badge: Rising Badge

    First Appears In: Generation II

  • Giovanni3
    134
    68

    Giovanni

    "Team Rocket captures Pokémon from around the world. They're important tools for keeping our criminal enterprise going."

    Region: Kanto

    Badge: Earth Badge

    First Appears In: Generation 1

  • Elesa4
    104
    45

    Elesa

    "My name is Elesa. I'm this town's Gym Leader. I also happen to be a model."

    Region: Unova

    Badge: Bolt Badge

    First Appears In: Generation V

  • Misty5
    130
    67

    "Misty, the world-famous beauty, is your host! Are you ready, sweetie?"

    Region: Kanto

    Badge: Cascade Badge

    First Appears In: Generation 1

  • Brock6
    132
    70

    Brock

    "Do you still want to challenge me? Fine then! Show me your best!"

    Region: Kanto

    Badge: Boulder Badge

    First Appears In: Generation 1

  • Jasmine7
    117
    58

    Jasmine

    "Do you know about the Steel type? They are very hard, cold, sharp, and really strong! Um... I'm not lying."

    Region: Johto

    Badge: Mineral Badge

    First Appears In: Generation II

  • Nessa8
    110
    55

    Nessa

    "Let's head to the stadium. I love fishing, but I love Pokémon battles even more and I'm itching for a battle with you!"

    Region: Galar

    Badge: Water Badge

    First Appears In: Generation VIII

  • Bea9
    112
    60

    Bea

    "I felt the fighting spirit of your Pokémon as you led them in battle."

    Region: Galar

    Badge: Fighting Badge

    First Appears In: Generation VIII

  • Blaine10
    102
    55

    Blaine

    "My fiery Pokémon are all ready with intense heat! They incinerate all challengers! Hah! You better have Burn Heal!"

    Region: Kanto

    Badge: Volcano Badge

    First Appears In: Generation 1

  • Blue11
    94
    50

    Blue

    "Yo! Finally got here, huh? I wasn't in the mood at Cinnabar, but now I'm ready to battle you."

    Region: Kanto

    Badge: Earth Badge

    First Appears In: Generation I

  • Korrina12
    95
    52

    Korrina

    "Sorry about that! Are you OK? I was just doing some special training with my Lucario when all of a sudden it dashed off... Hey, Lucario! What's going on with you?"

    Region: Kalos

    Badge: Rumble Badge

    First Appears In: Generation VI

  • Candice13
    87
    45

    Candice

    "It's OK! You can let that person in. Cynthia sent word to me. You're working on a Pokédex, aren't you? There should be many rare Pokémon in the temple."

    Region: Sinnoh

    Badge: Icicle Badge

    First Appears In: Generation IV

  • Koga14
    91
    55

    Koga

    "Fwahahaha! A mere child like you dares to challenge me? The very idea make me shiver with mirth! Very well, I shall show you true terror as a ninja master."

    Region: Kanto

    Badge: Soul Badge

    First Appears In: Generation 1

  • Volkner15
    94
    58

    Volkner

    "I hope you're the Trainer who'll make me remember how fun it is to battle!"

    Region: Sinnoh

    Badge: Beacon Badge

    First Appears In: Generation IV

  • Norman16
    85
    51

    Norman

    "As the Gym Leader, I can't express how upset I am... But as a father, it makes me both happy and a little sad. It's odd..."

    Region: Hoenn

    Badge: Balance Badge

    First Appears In: Generation III

  • Clemont17
    75
    44

    Clemont

    "All right! Everything's ready! The future is now, thanks to science! Prism Tower lighting system... ACTIVATE!"

    Region: Kalos

    Badge: Voltage Badge

    First Appears In: Generation VI

  • Marnie18
    82
    51

    Marnie

    "You're lookin' a bit gobsmacked by all this. You must be from a small country town, is that it?"

    Region: Galar

    Badge: Dark Badge

    First Appears In: Generation VIII

  • Skyla19
    80
    50

    Skyla

    "Oh, I see! So that means you'll be challenging the Gym! Oh boy! I'm really looking forward to it!"

    Region: Unova

    Badge: Jet Badge

    First Appears In: Generation V

  • Winona20
    82
    57

    Winona

    "I have become one with Bird Pokémon and have soared the skies... However grueling the battle, we have triumphed with grace."

    Region: Hoenn

    Badge: Feather Badge

    First Appears In: Generation III

  • Roxanne21
    80
    54

    Roxanne

    "I became a Gym Leader so that I may apply what I learned at the Pokémon Trainer's School in battle. Would you kindly demonstrate how you battle, and with which Pokémon?"

    Region: Hoenn

    Badge: Stone Badge

    First Appears In: Generation III

  • Raihan22
    75
    50

    Raihan

    "Oh! If it isn't the Trainer endorsed by the Champion! Let's see... What was your name again?"

    Region: Galar

    Badge: Dragon Badge

    First Appears In: Generation VIII

  • Flannery23
    72
    48

    Flannery

    "With skills inherited from my grandfather, I shall, uh...demonstrate the hot moves we have honed on this land!"

    Region: Hoenn

    Badge: Heat Badge

    First Appears In: Generation III

  • Piers24
    70
    45

    Piers

    "*sigh*... So you're finally here, huh?"

    Region: Galar

    Badge: Dark Badge

    First Appears In: Generation VIII

  • Lt. Surge25
    94
    71

    Lt. Surge

    "Hey, kid! What do you think you're doing here? You won't live long in combat! Not with your puny power."

    Region: Kanto

    Badge: Thunder Badge

    First Appears In: Generation 1