Driftveil Gym

Driftveil Gym
ホドモエジム Hodomoe Gym
Driftveil Gym anime.png
Location Driftveil City
Gym Leader Clay
Badge Quake Badge
Dominant Type Ground
Region Unova
Driftveil Gym field.png
Battlefield

Driftveil Gym (Japanese: ホドモエジム Hodomoe Gym) is the official Gym of Driftveil City. It is based on Ground-type Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Clay. Trainers who defeat him receive the Quake Badge.

In the games

Driftveil City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Clay

"The Underground Boss"

Pokémon Black and White

When the player first arrives in Driftveil City, Clay will be mad at them because when the Driftveil Drawbridge was lowered in order to let them into the city, a group of Team Plasma members Clay and his underlings had caught escaped. Thus, Clay only lets the player challenge the Gym once they've found and beaten Team Plasma at the Cold Storage.

The Driftveil Gym features a number of elevators that are in the mine shaft layout which must be navigated up and down and girders which need to be crossed to reach the central elevator, which will take the player down to Clay at the bottom of the mine shaft. There are five Trainers on the way down, though the player only has to battle three to reach the Gym Leader.

One of the Trainers in the Gym mentions that the depth of the Driftveil Gym helps to remind Clay that he once started at the bottom with nothing.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

The Gym no longer features the elevator puzzle, but is instead replaced by a conveyor belt puzzle that takes the player to landing platforms. Each time the player lands on a new platform, it lights up. Occasionally there will be viewing platforms, which allows the player to see several platforms from above. Whilst most of the conveyor belts take the player directly to the next platform in any one direction, there are some that jump a platform by traversing underneath it, leading to the one beyond it instead. This time, there are seven trainers available to battle in the Gym. However, only two of them need to be battled in order to reach Clay. As the player lights up more of the platforms, the ground becomes more visible, stalagmites of crystal can be seen jutting out of the ground, as well as air vents that connect all the way through the Gym, one of which can be seen next to Clay's golden platform. Various drilling machines, wheelbarrows and shovels also litter the floor throughout the Driftveil Gym.

Appearance

Version Entrance Main room Bottom
Black      
White
Black 2    
White 2
 

Trainers

Pokémon Black and White

Trainer Pokémon
 
Worker Felix
カンキチ Kankichi
Reward:  1120
  Palpitoad Lv.28
No item
  Drilbur Lv.28
No item
 
Worker Sterling
ギンジ Ginji
Reward:  1120
  Sandile Lv.28
No item
  Drilbur Lv.28
No item
 
Worker Don
タモツ Tamotsu
Reward:  1160
  Krokorok Lv.29
No item
 
Clerk ♂ Isaac
マサシ Masashi
Reward:  1080
  Sandile Lv.27
No item
  Palpitoad Lv.27
No item
  Sandile Lv.27
No item
 
Clerk ♀ Katie
エツコ Etsuko
Reward:  1160
  Drilbur Lv.29
No item




Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Trainer Pokémon
 
Worker Noel
ノブオ Nobuo
Reward:  1240
  Baltoy Lv.31
No item
 
Worker Tavarius
タケオ Takeo
Reward:  1160
  Drilbur Lv.29
No item
  Baltoy Lv.29
No item
  Sandile Lv.29
No item
 
Worker Niel
ニール Niel
Reward:  1200
  Baltoy Lv.30
No item
  Sandile Lv.30
No item
 
Worker Friedrich
フンボルト Humboldt
Reward:  1240
  Sandile Lv.31
No item
 
Worker Pasqual
トオル Tooru
Reward:  1200
  Drilbur Lv.30
No item
  Baltoy Lv.30
No item
 
Worker Tibor
ツナシロウ Tsunashirō
Reward:  1200
  Sandile Lv.30
No item
  Drilbur Lv.30
No item
 
Worker Maynard
ミチアキ Michiaki
Reward:  1240
  Drilbur Lv.31
No item


Easy Mode/Normal Mode



Challenge Mode



Items

Item Location Games
  Fresh Water From Clyde at the entrance  B  W  B2  W2 
  TM78 (Bulldoze) Reward for defeating Clay  B2  W2 

In the anime

The Driftveil Gym debuted in The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue!, where Ash went there in order to make his second request for a Gym battle with Clay, but his request was rejected once again. However, Clay agreed to accept his challenge if he brought him some Revival Herbs from Milos Island.

After gathering the requested Revival Herbs, Ash returned to the Gym in Battling the King of the Mines!, where Clay at last accepted his challenge. Like in the games, the battlefield is located at the bottom of the mine shaft, requiring an elevator for access. During the final round between Ash's Roggenrola and Clay's Excadrill, Roggenrola evolved into a Boldore, allowing Ash to win the match and earn himself the Quake Badge.

Pokémon used in the Gym

 
Krokorok
Clay's Krokorok first appeared in Battling the King of the Mines!, where it was used to battle Ash's Oshawott. At first, Krokorok used dust to blind Oshawott, allowing it to land many successful hits. However, finally Oshawott was able to clean his eyes with his own Water Gun and then defeat Krokorok with Razor Shell.

Krokorok's known moves are Dig, Sandstorm, Bite, and Stone Edge.

Debut Battling the King of the Mines!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Marc Thompson
 
Palpitoad
Clay's Palpitoad first appeared in Battling the King of the Mines!, where he was used in a Gym battle against Ash. He easily defeated Ash's Oshawott, after which he battled with Snivy. Snivy started by using Attract on Palpitoad, which became infatuated, thus making him unable to attack and an easy target for Snivy, which hit him with all of her attacks and finally defeated him with a Leaf Storm.

Palpitoad's known moves are Hydro Pump, Sludge Bomb, and Rock Smash.

Debut Battling the King of the Mines!
Voice actors
Japanese Akeno Watanabe
English Carter Cathcart
 
Excadrill
Main article: Clay's Excadrill

Clay's Excadrill was used in a Gym battle against Ash's Snivy. It was easily able to block all of Snivy's attacks and then knock her out. Next Ash used Roggenrola. Thanks to its Ability Sturdy, Roggenrola could avoid being knocked out by Excadrill's Horn Drill. Later Roggenrola evolved into a Boldore and defeated the Subterrene Pokémon with its newly learned Rock Blast and Rock Smash attacks, despite being at a major disadvantage.

Debut Battling the King of the Mines!
Voice actors
Japanese Kensuke Satō
English Tom Wayland

In the manga

 
Driftveil Gym in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Black & White arc

The Driftveil Gym appeared in Mine Mayhem and Underground Showdown, where Black challenged the Gym. Due to all the Gym Trainers being away at the time, Black was able to reach Clay at the bottom floor of the Gym without any difficulty. During the Gym battle, Clay told Black how he had heard of him from the other Gym Leaders, and how he had some time ago discovered the Dark Stone while digging at the Desert Resort. While battling Clay's Excadrill, Black's Pignite, Nite, accidentally sent a rock flying at the power box, shutting off the lights. This gave Clay's last Pokémon, Krokorok, an advantage over Black's final Pokémon, Costa, as it had the ability to sense the body heat of its target, even in the dark. Using himself as a decoy, Black gave Costa a chance to attack and defeat Krokorok, winning the match for him and earning him his fifth Badge.

Pokémon used in the Gym

 
Krokorok
Krokorok is Clay's second known Pokémon. It was first seen guarding the Dark Stone along with Clay's other Pokémon while being spied on by the Shadow Triad. Later, it was used to battle Black in a Gym battle and was defeated by his Tirtouga, Costa.

Krokorok's only known move is Sand Tomb and its Ability is Moxie.

Debut Defeating Stoutland
 
Excadrill
Main article: Clay's Excadrill

Excadrill is Clay's first known Pokémon. It was first seen digging up a mysterious stone at the Desert Resort. Later, it was shown guarding the Dark Stone along with Clay's other Pokémon while being spied on by the Shadow Triad. Later, it was used to battle Black in a Gym battle and tied with his Pignite, Nite.

Debut Lights, Camera...Action!
 
Palpitoad
Palpitoad is Clay's third known Pokémon. It was first seen guarding the Dark Stone along with Clay's other Pokémon while being spied on by the Shadow Triad. Later, it was used to battle Black in a Gym battle and tied with his Munna, Musha.

Palpitoad's only known move is Hyper Voice and its Ability is Swift Swim.

Debut Defeating Stoutland

Trivia

  • One of the Trainers inside the Gym says that Clay is a company president. In Pokémon Masters EX, this company is specified to be a mining company.
  • In the English versions only, two Trainers (Isaac and Felix) share their names with main characters from the Golden Sun series, who are both associated with the element of earth.
  • In Black 2 and White 2, this is the only Gym in which Trainers that were not fought can be battled after the Gym Leader has been defeated.


Gym Leaders of the Unova region
Striaton Gym  
     
Cilan Chili Cress
Nacrene Gym  
 
Lenora
Castelia Gym  
 
Burgh
Nimbasa Gym  
 
Elesa
Driftveil Gym  
 
Clay
Mistralton Gym  
 
Skyla
Icirrus Gym  
 
Brycen
Opelucid Gym  
   
Drayden Iris
Aspertia Gym  
 
Cheren
Virbank Gym  
 
Roxie
Humilau Gym  
 
Marlon


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