Gym Leaders are a big part of a trainer’s Pokemon journey and they’re officially returning in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. Here’s everything we know so far about the strongest opponents you’ll be battling in the games including Brassius and Grusha.
The recently released Pokemon Scarlet & Violet games feature “three grand stories” to work your way through, with one of them requiring you to defeat all Gym Leaders and become a Pokemon Champion.
Defeating Gym Leaders is of course a hallmark of the franchise, but Scarlet & Violet puts a twist on this by letting you tackle each Gym in any order you like, reflecting the open-world gameplay on offer.
Here’s everything we know about the strongest trainers in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet so far.
Alternatively, be sure to check out our list of all the Pokemon in the Paldea Pokedex, our Terastallizing guide, and everything you need to know about the Paldea region, before embarking on your next Pokemon adventure.
so you can be prepared to catch ’em all when Scarlet & Violet are released.
All Gym Leaders in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
Here are all of the Gym Leaders that have been revealed for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet so far:
Brassius (Artazon Gym)
Brassius is a Grass-type specialist who runs the Gym in Artazon, a town that’s alive with flowers and art. He uses a Smoliv and a Terrastalized Sudowoodo (which he calls Truleewoodo) on his Gym team.
According to his bio, Brassius “treats Pokémon battles as works of art and is always in search of artistic quality, using his Gym Test to help judge a Trainer’s aesthetic sensibilities”.
Grusha (Glaseado Gym)
Grusha is an Ice-type specialist who is the leader of the Glaseado Gym in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. He used to be a professional snowboarder but now serves as a full-time Gym Leader with new Pokemon Cetitan as his partner.
According to his bio, Grusha is “usually coolheaded, but when battles get heated, he starts showing the emotions he usually keeps pushed down”. It’s unknown what his level is or what Pokemon he uses.
Iono (Levincia Gym)
Iono is an Electric-type Gym Leader in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet whose main partner is a new Pokemon, Bellibolt. She runs the Gym in Levincia city where she livestreams all of her Gym battles, or “collabs” as she refers to them online.
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Iono is one of the most eccentric new Gym Leaders and has a background as an online streamer and influencer. She was officially revealed in a video shared by the Pokemon Company on October 18, which you can find here.
As you can see, only three Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Gym Leaders have been confirmed so far. There are eight Gym Leaders in the game, though, so we’ll update this page when more of them get revealed.
How do Gyms work in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?
Like most mainline Pokemon games, you’ll need to defeat all eight Gym Leaders around the open-world Paldea region and collect their Gym Badges before you can attempt to become a Champion.
One big change from previous Pokemon games is that you can tackle the eight Gym Leaders in any order you like, so you could go straight to the most difficult one at the very beginning of your journey.
Once you’ve got all eight Gym Badges, you’ll be able to take on a special test called the Champion Assessment. Pass this difficult challenge, and you’ll be given the coveted Champion Rank.
While we wait for more Gym Leader information, check out some other Pokemon Scarlet & Violet guides below:
All new Pokemon in Scarlet & Violet | Starter Pokemon details | Pre-order guide | Everything we know about Scarlet & Violet so far | All Paldean forms | All new characters
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