Cinnabar Gym

Cinnabar Gym
グレンジム Guren Gym
Cinnabar Gym anime.png
Location Seafoam Islands
Gym Leader Blaine
Badge Volcano Badge
Dominant Type Fire
Region Kanto
Cinnabar Gym Battlefield.png
Battlefield

The Cinnabar Island Pokémon GymRBYFRLG, Cinnabar Island GymPE, or Cinnabar GymGSCHGSS (Japanese: グレンじまポケモンジムRGBYFRLG/グレン島ポケモンジムPE Guren Island Pokémon Gym or グレンタウンのジムGSCHGSS Guren Town Gym) is the official Gym of Cinnabar Island. In Generations II and IV, it is located at the Seafoam Islands instead, due to the original Gym getting destroyed by Cinnabar Volcano. It specializes on Fire-type Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Blaine. Trainers who defeat him receive the Volcano Badge.

In the games

Cinnabar Island
Pokémon Gym
Leader: Blaine
The Hot-Headed
Quiz Master!

What does this
sign say?
Cinnabar Gym
Leader: Blaine

Cinnabar Island Pokémon Gym
Leader: Blaine
The Hotheaded Quiz Master!

Seafoam Islands
...Somebody put a notice
under the sign!
The Cinnabar Gym has moved here.
Leader: Blaine

In Generations I, III, and VII, the Cinnabar Gym's door is initially locked. In order to unlock it, the player must first find the Secret Key from the bottom floor of the Pokémon Mansion.

In Generations I and III, the Cinnabar Gym is a high-tech affair featuring a series of sealed doors. Trivia questions about various Pokémon must be answered to unlock the doors. However, when the player fails to answer a trivia question correctly, a battle with either a Burglar or Super Nerd starts, which serves as an alternative to answering the questions. The questions are:

"Pokémon Quiz! Get it right and the door opens to the next room! Get it wrong and face a trainerRBY/TrainerFRLG! If you want to conserve your Pokémon for the Gym Leader... Then get it right! Here we go!

Generation I Generation III Correct answer
Caterpie evolves into Butterfree? Caterpie evolves into Metapod? Yes
There are 9 certified Pokémon League Badges? There are nine certified Pokémon League Badges? No
Poliwag evolves 3 times? Poliwag evolves three times? No
Are thunder moves effective against ground element-type Pokémon? Are electric moves effective against Ground-type Pokémon? No
Pokémon of the same kind and level are not identical? Pokémon of the same kind and level are not identical? Yes
TM28 contains Tombstoner? TM28 contains Tombstony? No

Even if the player answers the question right, they still have the option to challenge the Trainer.

In Generation VII, the Gym is set up like a quiz show studio, with the player having to answer five questions in order to face the Gym Leader. Answering a question correctly will earn the player a Blaine doll, while answering a question wrong will force the player into a Trainer battle against a Super Nerd or a Burglar. Defeating the opposing Trainer will also earn the player a Blaine doll. After the player has collected five Blaine dolls, the battle against Blaine will begin immediately. The questions are:

Question Options Correct answer
Which of these is the Spitfire Pokémon? Magmar
Growlithe
Magmar
How many Badges certified by the Pokémon League are there? Seven
Eight
Eight
A Steel-type move used on a Fire-type Pokémon will be...? Super effective!
Not very effective
Not very effective
True or false! TM28 contains the move Tombstony. True
False
What's that?!
False or What's that?!
Challenger <player>, tell me... who are you about to battle?! Blaine
The Cinnabar Island Gym Leader
A Fire-type Pokémon pro
A hotheaded quiz master
A moustached old man
An old guy in sunglasses
Any

In Generations II and IV, Blaine's original Gym on Cinnabar Island was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. This forced him to relocate to the Seafoam Islands. In Generation II, the Gym consists only of a single small cave, with Blaine being the only Trainer to battle there. In Generation IV, the cave increases in size, the area now has Trainers, and the floor designs is that of a small flame. The only way to get to Blaine is to talk to and battle other Trainers so that they can move to a new position, opening a new path.

In Generation II and HeartGold and SoulSilver, the notice about the Gym being relocated to the Seafoam Islands reads:

There's a notice
here...
Cinnabar Gym has
relocated to Sea-
foam Islands.
Blaine

There's a notice here...
The Cinnabar Gym has relocated
to Seafoam Islands.

Blaine

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

Appearance

       
Generation I Generation II Generation III Generation IV

Trainers

Core series

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow
Trainer Pokémon
 
Burglar
Reward:  3240
  Growlithe Lv.36
No item
  Vulpix Lv.36
No item
  Ninetales Lv.36
No item
 
Super Nerd
Reward:  900
  Vulpix Lv.36
No item
  Vulpix Lv.36
No item
  Ninetales Lv.36
No item
 
Super Nerd
Reward:  850
  Ponyta Lv.34
No item
  Charmander Lv.34
No item
  Vulpix Lv.34
No item
  Growlithe Lv.34
No item
 
Burglar
Reward:  3690
  Ponyta Lv.41
No item
 
Super Nerd
Reward:  1025
  Rapidash Lv.41
No item
 
Burglar
Reward:  3330
  Vulpix Lv.37
No item
  Growlithe Lv.37
No item
 
Super Nerd
Reward:  925
  Growlithe Lv.37
No item
  Vulpix Lv.37
No item


Pokémon Red and Blue

For each of his Pokémon, Blaine has two Super Potions, using them randomly 25% of the time.



Pokémon Yellow

For each of his Pokémon, Blaine has two Super Potions, using them randomly 25% of the time.



Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal



Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
Trainer Pokémon
 
Burglar Quinn
ミノブ Minobu
Reward:  3168
  Growlithe Lv.36
No item
  Vulpix Lv.36
No item
  Ninetales Lv.36
No item
 
Super Nerd Erik
ハジメ Hajime
Reward:  864
  Vulpix Lv.36
No item
  Vulpix Lv.36
No item
  Ninetales Lv.36
No item
 
Super Nerd Avery
サダハル Sadaharu
Reward:  816
  Ponyta Lv.34
No item
  Charmander Lv.34
No item
  Vulpix Lv.34
No item
  Growlithe Lv.34
No item
 
Burglar Ramon
ジンパチ Jinpachi
Reward:  3608
  Ponyta Lv.41
No item
 
Super Nerd Derek
ヨシアキ Yoshiaki
Reward:  984
  Rapidash Lv.41
No item
 
Burglar Dusty
ノブオ Nobuo
Reward:  3256
  Vulpix Lv.37
No item
  Growlithe Lv.37
No item
 
Super Nerd Zac
ノブヒロ Nobuhiro
Reward:  888
  Growlithe Lv.37
No item
  Vulpix Lv.37
No item
Trainers with a Vs. Seeker by their names, when alerted for a rematch using the item, may use higher-level Pokémon.




Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Trainer Pokémon
 
Scientist Lowell
ヨシロー Yoshirō
Reward:  1600
  Arcanine Lv.50
No item
 
Scientist Daniel
ユウゴ Yūgo
Reward:  1600
  Ninetales Lv.50
No item
 
Super Nerd Cary
タカジ Takaji
Reward:  2544
  Torkoal Lv.53
No item
 
Scientist Linden
タケアキ Takeaki
Reward:  1600
  Magmar Lv.50
No item
 
Super Nerd Waldo
ユウビ Yūbi
Reward:  2544
  Numel Lv.53
No item
 
Super Nerd Merle
ナガフミ Nagafumi
Reward:  2544
  Magcargo Lv.53
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: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Trainer Pokémon
First question
 
Super Nerd Erik
ハジメ Hajime
Reward:  1,800
  Charmeleon Lv.45
No item
Second question
 
Burglar Quinn
ミノブ Minobu
Reward:  3,520
  Ninetales Lv.44
No item
Third question
 
Super Nerd Derek
ヨシアキ Yoshiaki
Reward:  1,800
  Magmar Lv.45
No item
Fourth question
 
Burglar Dusty
ノブオ Nobuo
Reward:  3,520
  Growlithe Lv.44
No item
  Rapidash Lv.44
No item




Rematch



Side series

Pokémon Stadium
Round 1
Trainer Pokémon
 
Judoboy
Reward:  N/A
  Raticate Lv.50-100
No item
  Primeape Lv.50-100
No item
  Machoke Lv.50-100
No item
  Nidoking Lv.50-100
No item
  Hitmonlee Lv.50-100
No item
  Machamp Lv.50-100
No item
 
Psychic
Reward:  N/A
  Slowbro Lv.50-100
No item
  Alakazam Lv.50-100
No item
  Poliwrath Lv.50-100
No item
  Starmie Lv.50-100
No item
  Jynx Lv.50-100
No item
  Hypno Lv.50-100
No item
 
Nerd
Reward:  N/A
  Electrode Lv.50-100
No item
  Snorlax Lv.50-100
No item
  Golem Lv.50-100
No item
  Exeggutor Lv.50-100
No item
  Muk Lv.50-100
No item
  Cloyster Lv.50-100
No item




Round 2
Trainer Pokémon
 
Judoboy
Reward:  N/A
  Marowak Lv.50-100
No item
  Primeape Lv.50-100
No item
  Raticate Lv.50-100
No item
  Nidoking Lv.50-100
No item
  Scyther Lv.50-100
No item
  Machamp Lv.50-100
No item
 
Nerd
Reward:  N/A
  Electrode Lv.50-100
No item
  Gengar Lv.50-100
No item
  Golem Lv.50-100
No item
  Exeggutor Lv.50-100
No item
  Muk Lv.50-100
No item
  Cloyster Lv.50-100
No item
 
Psychic
Reward:  N/A
  Slowbro Lv.50-100
No item
  Alakazam Lv.50-100
No item
  Poliwrath Lv.50-100
No item
  Starmie Lv.50-100
No item
  Jynx Lv.50-100
No item
  Magneton Lv.50-100
No item




Pokémon Stadium 2
Round 1



Round 2



Items

Item Location Games
  TM38 (Fire Blast) Reward for defeating Blaine  R  B  Y  FR  LG 
  TM50 (Overheat) Reward for defeating Blaine  HG  SS 
  TM46 (Fire Blast) Reward for defeating Blaine  P  E 

In the anime

Main series

 
The abandoned Cinnabar Gym

In the anime, the Cinnabar Gym is located in a chamber inside the Cinnabar Volcano, which is accessed from a secret entrance located next to a hot spring at Blaine's "Big Riddle Inn" and has a battlefield suspended over the lava.

In Riddle Me This, Ash was trying to locate the Gym so he could challenge the Cinnabar Gym Leader to a battle. He was informed by a man who liked telling riddles that the Gym was abandoned when Cinnabar Island became a tourist trap. However, the man eventually told Ash that the Gym Leader, Blaine, had built another Gym in a secret location, and later gave him a hint of its location through a riddle. After accidentally discovering the Gym's secret entrance at the riddler's inn, Ash and his friends entered the Gym and found the riddle-telling man himself, who revealed himself to have been Blaine in disguise all along. Ash and Blaine then battled, but Ash suffered multiple misfortunes, with his Squirtle losing to Blaine's Ninetales, Charizard refusing to battle Rhydon, and Pikachu being severely burned and almost falling to the lava while fighting Blaine's Magmar. As such, Ash eventually forfeited the match.

In Volcanic Panic, Team Rocket sneaked into the Gym to steal Magmar, but their actions at the heart of the volcano threatened to make it erupt and destroy Cinnabar Island. Ash and his friends assisted Blaine in stopping the eruption, and, as a sign of gratitude, Blaine agreed to have a rematch with Ash. Since the Gym had been destroyed during the incident, the battle instead took place at the summit of the volcano. To Ash's surprise, his usually disobedient Charizard offered to battle Blaine's Magmar. Eventually, Charizard was able to defeat Magmar with Seismic Toss, earning Ash the Volcano Badge.

The Cinnabar Gym briefly reappeared in a flashback in Bad To The Bone, where Otoshi and his Marowak were shown defeating Blaine's Magmar in a Gym battle.

Pokémon used in Gym

 
Ninetales
Ninetales was Blaine's first Pokémon used in his battle with Ash. Despite its beautiful looks, Ninetales proved to be an incredibly powerful Pokémon, knocking out Ash's Squirtle with a single attack. Ninetales was recalled when Ash sent out his Charizard.

Ninetales's only known move is Fire Spin.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Shin-ichiro Miki
English Rachael Lillis
 
Rhydon
After Ash chose Charizard in his battle, Blaine countered it by choosing Rhydon. Charizard refused to fight the Ground-type Pokémon, so Rhydon went up against Pikachu in its place. Blaine doubted the Electric-type could defeat Rhydon, but Ash encouraged Pikachu to use Rhydon's horn as a conductor of electricity that eventually caused its defeat. This battle sparked a now well-known Internet meme in the Pokémon fandom, as Rhydon is usually immune to Electric-type attacks.

Rhydon's known moves are Horn Drill and Fury Attack.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Katsuyuki Konishi
 
Magmar
Main article: Blaine's Magmar

Magmar is Blaine's final Pokémon and his powerhouse. In the first battle, Magmar easily defeated Ash's Pikachu. After the battlefield was wrecked due to Team Rocket's influence, Magmar and Ash's Charizard ended up gaining a respect for each other and wanted to test their strengths against one another. This was done in Ash's rematch with Blaine on top of Cinnabar's volcano. However, despite Magmar's powerful attacks including Fire Blast, Charizard managed to come out on top.

Debut Riddle Me This
Voice actors
Japanese Katsuyuki Konishi
English Eric Stuart

Pokémon Origins

 
Cinnabar Gym in Pokémon Origins

The Cinnabar Gym made a brief appearance in File 3: Giovanni, when Red was seen defeating Blaine and earning himself the Volcano Badge.

Pokémon used in Gym

 
Arcanine
Arcanine was used in Blaine's Gym battle against Red, but it was defeated.

None of Arcanine's moves are known.

Debut File 3: Giovanni

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

 
Cinnabar Gym in Pokémon Adventures

The Pokémon Lab is located inside the dormant Cinnabar Volcano and directly connected to the Cinnabar Gym, working as Blaine's personal laboratory.

Red, Green & Blue chapter

The Cinnabar Gym was first visited by Red in Holy Moltres, where he revived his Old Amber into an Aerodactyl needed to combat Team Rocket's Moltres.

Yellow chapter

The Gym reappeared in this chapter, where Blaine was seen conducting his search for the missing Red. When Yellow arrived on Cinnabar Island in Putting It on the Line...Against Arcanine, he was led to the Gym by a disguised Blaine. They soon received emergency messages from various cities in Kanto, telling them that the Elite Four had launched their attack on the region. Both Blaine and Yellow soon departed for the Elite Four's base of actions on Cerise Island to start a counterattack.

FireRed & LeafGreen chapter

The Gym appeared again in Double Down Deoxys, where Blaine was visited by Camper Evan and Super Nerd Miles while he was going through an old photo album, with one of the pictures featuring him together with Mr. Fuji in a jungle. Blaine told the two Trainers that he had started feeling pain in his right arm the day before, the same arm which once contained Mewtwo's cells. Blaine said that the sensation meant that Mewtwo was upset, and deduced that it must be because Mew was on its way from Faraway Island back to the Kanto mainland.

 
Cinnabar Gym in Pokémon Zensho

Pokémon Zensho

The Cinnabar Gym appeared in Cinnabar Island, where Satoshi entered the Gym. After a brief talk about the Pokémon Lab and Mewtwo, Satoshi and Blaine had a battle, which Satoshi won, earning him the Volcano Badge. As a result of the battle, Satoshi's Charmeleon evolved into Charizard.

In the TCG

The Cinnabar Gym was featured in the TCG as both a Japan exclusive Theme Deck and as a card. The following is a list of cards mentioning or featuring the Cinnabar City Gym in the Pokémon Trading Card Game

Cinnabar Gym
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Cinnabar City Gym T [St] Gym Challenge   113/132 Challenge from the Darkness    
      Guren Town Gym    
Blaine's Last Stand Su Dragon Majesty   58/70 Dragon Storm   048/053
Hidden Fates   52/68      
Blaine's Quiz Show Su Unified Minds   186/236 SM-P Promotional cards   318/SM-P
 


Trivia


Gym Leaders of the Kanto region
Pewter Gym  
 
Brock
Cerulean Gym  
 
Misty
Vermilion Gym  
 
Lt. Surge
Celadon Gym  
 
Erika
Fuchsia Gym  
   
Koga Janine
Saffron Gym  
 
Sabrina
Cinnabar Gym  
 
Blaine
Viridian Gym  
   
Giovanni Blue


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