Azalea Gym

Azalea Gym
ヒワダジム Hiwada Gym
Azalea Gym anime.png
Location Azalea Town
Gym Leader Bugsy
Badge Hive Badge
Dominant Type Bug
Region Johto
Azalea Gym Battlefield.png
Battlefield

The Azalea Gym (Japanese: ヒワダジム Hiwada Gym) is the official Gym of Azalea Town. It is based on Bug-type Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Bugsy. Trainers who defeat him receive the Hive Badge.

In the games

Azalea Gym cannot be challenged when the player first arrives in Azalea Town, as a Team Rocket Grunt is blocking the entrance. He doesn't leave until Team Rocket has been defeated at the Slowpoke Well.

Generation II

Azalea Town
Pokémon Gym
Leader: Bugsy
The Walking
Bug Pokémon
Encyclopedia

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the Azalea Gym is a giant forest maze. Trainers such as Twins and Bug Catchers hide around every corner, ready to spring upon Trainers. Bugsy is located in the middle of the maze, where he can be challenged to earn the Hive Badge.

A field based on the Gym also appears in Pokémon Stadium 2's Johto Gym Leader Castle.

Generation IV

Azalea Town Pokémon Gym
Leader: Bugsy
The Walking Bug Pokémon Encyclopedia

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, many aesthetic changes have been made to the Azalea Gym, including a new feature that lets the player ride on Spinarak-shaped karts that travel across different areas of the Gym. The player must travel on the correct spider to advance through the Gym. If the player gets on the wrong spider, however, they will travel to a different area where they must battle a Trainer.

Appearance

   
Generation II Generation IV

Trainers

Core series

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Trainer Pokémon
 
Twins Amy & May
クミとルミ Kumi and Rumi
Reward:  200
  Ledyba Lv.10
No item
  Spinarak Lv.10
No item
 
Bug Catcher Al
ノリユキ Noriyuki
Reward:  192
  Caterpie Lv.12
No item
  Weedle Lv.12
No item
 
Bug Catcher Benny
サダオ Sadao
Reward:  192
  Weedle Lv.7
No item
  Kakuna Lv.9
No item
  Beedrill Lv.12
No item
 
Bug Catcher Josh
トモミチ Tomomichi
Reward:  208
  Paras Lv.13
No item
Trainers with a telephone symbol by their names will give their Pokégear number to the player, and may call or be called for a rematch with higher-level Pokémon.




Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Trainer Pokémon
 
Bug Catcher Al
ノリユキ Noriyuki
Reward:  192
  Caterpie Lv.12
No item
  Weedle Lv.12
No item
 
Bug Catcher Benny
サダオ Sadao
Reward:  192
  Weedle Lv.7
No item
  Kakuna Lv.9
No item
  Beedrill Lv.12
No item
 
Bug Catcher Josh
トモミチ Tomomichi
Reward:  208
  Paras Lv.13
No item
 
Twins Amy & Mimi
クミとルミ Kumi and Rumi
Reward:  320
  Ledyba Lv.10
No item
  Spinarak Lv.10
No item
Trainers with a telephone symbol by their names will give their Pokégear number to the player, and may call or be called for a rematch with higher-level Pokémon.




Side series

Pokémon Stadium 2
Round 1
Trainer Pokémon
 
Bug Catcher Chaz
リョウタ Ryōta
Reward:  N/A
  Yanma Lv.50-100
  PRZCureBerry
  Spinarak Lv.50-100
  PSNCureBerry
  Shuckle Lv.50-100
  Burnt Berry
  Rattata Lv.50-100
  Mint Berry
  Paras Lv.50-100
  Silver Powder
  Geodude Lv.50-100
  Hard Stone
 
Twins Min&Lyn
シズとスズ Shizu and Suzu
Reward:  N/A
  Ledyba Lv.50-100
  PRZCureBerry
  Sunkern Lv.50-100
  Mint Berry
  Jigglypuff Lv.50-100
  Bitter Berry
  Hoppip Lv.50-100
  Miracle Seed
  Pikachu Lv.50-100
  Light Ball
  Clefairy Lv.50-100
  PSNCureBerry




Round 2
Trainer Pokémon
 
Bug Catcher Chaz
リョウタ Ryōta
Reward:  N/A
  Beedrill Lv.50-100
  Bitter Berry
  Sunflora Lv.50-100
  Poison Barb
  Butterfree Lv.50-100
  PRZCureBerry
  Sandshrew Lv.50-100
  Soft Sand
  Yanma Lv.50-100
  King's Rock
  Dunsparce Lv.50-100
  Mint Berry
 
Twins Min&Lyn
シズとスズ Shizu and Suzu
Reward:  N/A
  Ledian Lv.50-100
  PRZCureBerry
  Eevee Lv.50-100
  Spell Tag
  Ponyta Lv.50-100
  Metal Coat
  Pineco Lv.50-100
  Mint Berry
  Snubbull Lv.50-100
  Polkadot Bow
  Nidorina Lv.50-100
  Bitter Berry




Items

Item Location Games
  TM49 (Fury Cutter) Reward for defeating Bugsy  G  S  C 
  TM89 (U-turn) Reward for defeating Bugsy  HG  SS 

In the anime

The Azalea Gym appeared in Gettin' the Bugs Out. The Gym resembles an indoor forest, with trees and grass growing everywhere. Bugsy lets all of his Pokémon roam free in the Gym, much to Misty's chagrin.

Ash felt confident that his Cyndaquil would be able to easily defeat Bugsy and his Pokémon, but Cyndaquil initially had trouble using its Fire-type attacks, forcing Ash to recall it and instead use his Chikorita and Pikachu. After Ash defeated Bugsy's Spinarak and Metapod, Bugsy sent out his strongest Pokémon, Scyther, which easily took out Pikachu, leaving Ash with only Cyndaquil. Even though Scyther was able to protect itself from Cyndaquil's Flamethrower with Swords Dance, Ash had Cyndaquil fire a Flamethrower from the above, getting past Scyther's defense and defeating it, thus earning Ash the Hive Badge.

Pokémon used in the Gym

 
Spinarak
Spinarak is the first Pokémon Bugsy used in his match against Ash, saying that it's one of his strongest Pokémon in his arsenal. It battled against Cyndaquil and almost won with its String Shot and Poison Sting attacks, since Cyndaquil couldn't get its flame started. Eventually, Ash recalled Cyndaquil and sent out Chikorita instead, despite the type disadvantage. Spinarak and Chikorita kept dodging each other's attacks, until Ash told Chikorita to use Sweet Scent, enabling it to Tackle Spinarak and win the round.

Spinarak's known moves are String Shot and Poison Sting.

Debut Gettin' the Bugs Out
Voice actors
Japanese
English Rachael Lillis
 
Metapod
Bugsy's second choice for his battle with Ash was Metapod. Metapod used Harden several times to resist Chikorita's attacks, and then surprised Ash by being able to jump and tackle Chikorita. Ash decided to use Pikachu, and after dodging many more attacks, Pikachu managed to attack Metapod with Thunderbolt and win.

Metapod's known moves are Harden and Tackle.

Debut Gettin' the Bugs Out
Voice actors
Japanese Rikako Aikawa
English Eric Stuart
 
Scyther
Main article: Bugsy's Scyther

The final and strongest of Bugsy's Pokémon was Scyther. It first battled Ash's Pikachu, which it easily defeated with a powerful combination of Slash and Fury Cutter attacks after dodging Pikachu's Thunderbolt with Double Team.

Scyther proved to be an exceptional fighter as it can hold its own against Fire-types by using Swords Dance to counter fire attacks. Using this technique, it almost defeated Ash's Cyndaquil by deflecting all of its fire attacks. Thanks to Ash's strategy though, Cyndaquil gained the upper hand. Instead of attacking horizontally, it jumped above Scyther and used Flamethrower. Scyther was unable to defend itself from the attack and was knocked out of the battle, allowing Ash to earn the Hive Badge.

Debut Gettin' the Bugs Out
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Eric Stuart

In the manga

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

Azalea Gym appeared in Get up Again, Bayleef, where Gold challenged Bugsy to a one-on-one Gym battle. Bugsy chose to use his Scyther, while Gold, much to Bugsy's surprise, decided to use Bayleef. Being at a type disadvantage, Bayleef was initially on the defensive, but eventually Scyther's attacks overpowered Bayleef's Reflect, fatally wounding the Leaf Pokémon. Despite the fact that his Pokémon was close to dying, Gold refused to give up, wanting to restore Bayleef's self-confidence after its abandonment by Black. This eventually worked, and just as Scyther was about to finish Bayleef off, it used Synthesis to heal itself and then slammed Scyther down to the ground with Vine Whip, defeating it and ending the battle. Bugsy then handed Gold a Hive Badge as a proof of his victory.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Azalea Gym first made an appearance in The Hardest Bug Pokémon Wins?!, where Red entered the Gym to challenge Bugsy. With Clefairy's gag moves, Red was able to defeat Bugsy and earn himself the Hive Badge. Afterwards, Bugsy also gave him four Poké Balls, with an onion hidden inside one of them, much to Red and his Pokémon's disgust.

The Gym reappeared in PMHGSS05, where Red challenged Bugsy to a rematch. Once again, he emerged victorious, this time defeating Bugsy's Scyther with his Tyrogue.


Gym Leaders of the Johto region
Violet Gym  
 
Falkner
Azalea Gym  
 
Bugsy
Goldenrod Gym  
 
Whitney
Ecruteak Gym  
 
Morty
Cianwood Gym  
 
Chuck
Olivine Gym  
 
Jasmine
Mahogany Gym  
 
Pryce
Blackthorn Gym  
 
Clair


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