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From Kanto To Galar: Every Pokémon Gym Leader, Ranked

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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  • 1

    Sabrina

    387
    151

    "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

  • 2
    303
    151

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

    Region: Kanto

    Badge: Cascade Badge

    First Appears In: Generation 1

  • 3

    Elesa

    246
    121

    "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

  • 4

    Blue

    233
    112

    "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

  • 5

    Brock

    294
    157

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

    Region: Kanto

    Badge: Boulder Badge

    First Appears In: Generation 1

  • 6

    Nessa

    253
    129

    "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

  • 7

    Clair

    265
    137

    "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

  • 8

    Giovanni

    301
    163

    "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

  • 9

    Koga

    206
    103

    "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

  • 10

    Korrina

    224
    119

    "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

  • 11

    Raihan

    203
    110

    "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

  • 12

    Marnie

    204
    113

    "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

  • 13

    Flannery

    182
    99

    "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

  • 14

    Skyla

    185
    102

    "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

  • 15

    Volkner

    196
    112

    "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

  • 16

    Piers

    190
    107

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

    Region: Galar

    Badge: Dark Badge

    First Appears In: Generation VIII

  • 17

    Bea

    222
    133

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

    Region: Galar

    Badge: Fighting Badge

    First Appears In: Generation VIII

  • 18

    Jasmine

    216
    131

    "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

  • 19

    Blaine

    209
    126

    "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

  • 20

    Norman

    182
    109

    "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

  • 21

    Erika

    183
    111

    "Oh, I'm sorry, I had no idea that you wished to challenge me. Very well, but I shall not lose."

    Region: Kanto

    Badge: Rainbow Badge

    First Appears In: Generation 1

  • 22

    Lt. Surge

    208
    135

    "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

  • 23

    Winona

    175
    112

    "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

  • 24

    Valerie

    144
    89

    "I hope your visit will prove entertaining to you. The elusive Fairy types may appear frail as a breeze and delicate as a bloom, but they are strong."

    Region: Kalos

    Badge: Fairy Badge

    First Appears In: Generation VI

  • 25

    Clemont

    167
    112

    "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