Gym Challenge (TCG)

This article is about the Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion. For the fanmade TCG format, see Gym Leader Challenge format (TCG).
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Gym Challenge
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Cards in set English: 132
Japanese: 98
Set number English: 7
Japanese: 6
Release date English: October 16, 2000
Japanese: June 25, 1999
Theme Decks

Sabrina (Psychic)
Koga (Grass)
Blaine (Fire)
Giovanni (Fighting)

Leaders' Stadium
Challenge from the Darkness
Gold, Silver, to a New World...

Gym Challenge (Japanese: ジム拡張第2弾 闇からの挑戦 Gym Expansion 2 Challenge from the Darkness) is the name given to the seventh main expansion of cards of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. It is the sixth main expansion of the Pokémon Card Game in Japan. The set continues to feature Generation I Pokémon in the card game.


Get ready for the Gym Challenge™ expansion!

Some Pokémon trainers are more devious than others—and these trickster trainers will meet their match with Pokémon gym leaders Blaine, Sabrina, Koga, and Giovanni! The four mischievous gym leaders have been perfecting their training methods with their favorite Pokémon. So check out their sneaky tricks...and put yourself up to the gym challenge!


Gym Challenge is the name given to the seventh main expansion of the Pokémon Trading Card Game. In Japan, it was released as Challenge from the Darkness, the sixth expansion in the Pokémon Card Game. It is based on Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green, featuring Generation I Pokémon and the Kanto region's Gym Leaders. The English expansion was released on October 16, 2000, while the Japanese expansion was released on June 25, 1999. Gym Challenge combines its Japanese equivalent with the Leaders' Stadium expansion.

Two cards feature different illustration in the English release and the Japanese release as they were deemed "inappropriate". Koga's Ninja Trick originally has a swastika that resembled the swastika used by the Nazis, and it was changed to a different symbol. Misty's Tears originally has Misty drawn nude, and it was changed to a Squirtle trying to stop Misty's tears from falling down.

Additional cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
37/132   Brock's Vulpix   Top Deck Magazine W Promo

Corrected error cards
No. Image Card name Type Promotion
2/132   Blaine's Charizard   Incorrect Fighting type symbol used in the Roaring Flames attack
119/132   Rocket's Minefield Gym T Does not mention number of damage counters

Set lists

Gym Challenge
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
1/132   Blaine's Arcanine     Promotion
2/132   Blaine's Charizard     Promotion
3/132   Brock's Ninetales     Promotion
4/132   Erika's Venusaur     Promotion
5/132   Giovanni's Gyarados     Promotion
6/132   Giovanni's Machamp     Promotion
7/132   Giovanni's Nidoking     Promotion
8/132   Giovanni's Persian     Promotion
9/132   Koga's Beedrill     Promotion
10/132   Koga's Ditto     Promotion
11/132   Lt. Surge's Raichu     Promotion
12/132   Misty's Golduck     Promotion
13/132   Misty's Gyarados     Promotion
14/132   Rocket's Mewtwo     Promotion
15/132   Rocket's Zapdos     Promotion
16/132   Sabrina's Alakazam     Promotion
17/132   Blaine T   Promotion
18/132   Giovanni T   Promotion
19/132   Koga T   Promotion
20/132   Sabrina T   Promotion
21/132   Blaine's Ninetales     Promotion
22/132   Brock's Dugtrio     Promotion
23/132   Giovanni's Nidoqueen     Promotion
24/132   Giovanni's Pinsir     Promotion
25/132   Koga's Arbok     Promotion
26/132   Koga's Muk     Promotion
27/132   Koga's Pidgeotto     Promotion
28/132   Lt. Surge's Jolteon     Promotion
29/132   Sabrina's Gengar     Promotion
30/132   Sabrina's Golduck     Promotion
31/132   Blaine's Charmeleon     Promotion
32/132   Blaine's Dodrio     Promotion
33/132   Blaine's Rapidash     Promotion
34/132   Brock's Graveler     Promotion
35/132   Brock's Primeape     Promotion
36/132   Brock's Sandslash     Promotion
37/132   Brock's Vulpix     Promotion
38/132   Erika's Bellsprout     Promotion
39/132   Erika's Bulbasaur     Promotion
40/132   Erika's Clefairy     Promotion
41/132   Erika's Ivysaur     Promotion
42/132   Giovanni's Machoke     Promotion
43/132   Giovanni's Meowth     Promotion
44/132   Giovanni's Nidorina     Promotion
45/132   Giovanni's Nidorino     Promotion
46/132   Koga's Golbat     Promotion
47/132   Koga's Kakuna     Promotion
48/132   Koga's Koffing     Promotion
49/132   Koga's Pidgey     Promotion
50/132   Koga's Weezing     Promotion
51/132   Lt. Surge's Eevee     Promotion
52/132   Lt. Surge's Electrode     Promotion
53/132   Lt. Surge's Raticate     Promotion
54/132   Misty's Dewgong     Promotion
55/132   Sabrina's Haunter     Promotion
56/132   Sabrina's Hypno     Promotion
57/132   Sabrina's Jynx     Promotion
58/132   Sabrina's Kadabra     Promotion
59/132   Sabrina's Mr. Mime     Promotion
60/132   Blaine's Charmander     Promotion
61/132   Blaine's Doduo     Promotion
62/132   Blaine's Growlithe     Promotion
63/132   Blaine's Mankey     Promotion
64/132   Blaine's Ponyta     Promotion
65/132   Blaine's Rhyhorn     Promotion
66/132   Blaine's Vulpix     Promotion
67/132   Brock's Diglett     Promotion
68/132   Brock's Geodude     Promotion
69/132   Erika's Jigglypuff     Promotion
70/132   Erika's Oddish     Promotion
71/132   Erika's Paras     Promotion
72/132   Giovanni's Machop     Promotion
73/132   Giovanni's Magikarp     Promotion
74/132   Giovanni's Meowth     Promotion
75/132   Giovanni's Nidoran♀     Promotion
76/132   Giovanni's Nidoran♂     Promotion
77/132   Koga's Ekans     Promotion
78/132   Koga's Grimer     Promotion
79/132   Koga's Koffing     Promotion
80/132   Koga's Pidgey     Promotion
81/132   Koga's Tangela     Promotion
82/132   Koga's Weedle     Promotion
83/132   Koga's Zubat     Promotion
84/132   Lt. Surge's Pikachu     Promotion
85/132   Lt. Surge's Rattata     Promotion
86/132   Lt. Surge's Voltorb     Promotion
87/132   Misty's Horsea     Promotion
88/132   Misty's Magikarp     Promotion
89/132   Misty's Poliwag     Promotion
90/132   Misty's Psyduck     Promotion
91/132   Misty's Seel     Promotion
92/132   Misty's Staryu     Promotion
93/132   Sabrina's Abra     Promotion
94/132   Sabrina's Abra     Promotion
95/132   Sabrina's Drowzee     Promotion
96/132   Sabrina's Gastly     Promotion
97/132   Sabrina's Gastly     Promotion
98/132   Sabrina's Porygon     Promotion
99/132   Sabrina's Psyduck     Promotion
100/132   Blaine T   Promotion
101/132   Brock's Protection T   Promotion
102/132   Chaos Gym T [St]   Promotion
103/132   Erika's Kindness T   Promotion
104/132   Giovanni T   Promotion
105/132   Giovanni's Last Resort T   Promotion
106/132   Koga T   Promotion
107/132   Lt. Surge's Secret Plan T   Promotion
108/132   Misty's Wish T   Promotion
109/132   Resistance Gym T [St]   Promotion
110/132   Sabrina T   Promotion
111/132   Blaine's Quiz #2 T   Promotion
112/132   Blaine's Quiz #3 T   Promotion
113/132   Cinnabar City Gym T [St]   Promotion
114/132   Fuchsia City Gym T [St]   Promotion
115/132   Koga's Ninja Trick T   Promotion
116/132   Master Ball T   Promotion
117/132   Max Revive T   Promotion
118/132   Misty's Tears T   Promotion
119/132   Rocket's Minefield Gym T [St]   Promotion
120/132   Rocket's Secret Experiment T   Promotion
121/132   Sabrina's Psychic Control T   Promotion
122/132   Saffron City Gym T [St]   Promotion
123/132   Viridian City Gym T [St]   Promotion
124/132   Fervor T   Promotion
125/132   Transparent Walls T   Promotion
126/132   Warp Point T   Promotion
127/132   Fighting Energy   E Promotion
128/132   Fire Energy   E Promotion
129/132   Grass Energy   E Promotion
130/132   Lightning Energy   E Promotion
131/132   Psychic Energy   E Promotion
132/132   Water Energy   E Promotion

Challenge from the Darkness
No. Image Card name Type Rarity
  Koga's Weedle     Promotion
  Koga's Ekans     Promotion
  Giovanni's Nidoran♀     Promotion
  Giovanni's Nidoran♂     Promotion
  Koga's Zubat     Promotion
  Sabrina's Venonat     Promotion
  Koga's Grimer     Promotion
  Koga's Koffing     Promotion
  Koga's Tangela     Promotion
  Erika's Ivysaur     Promotion
  Koga's Kakuna     Promotion
  Giovanni's Nidorina     Promotion
  Giovanni's Nidorino     Promotion
  Koga's Golbat     Promotion
  Koga's Koffing     Promotion
  Koga's Weezing     Promotion
  Erika's Venusaur     Promotion
  Koga's Beedrill     Promotion
  Koga's Arbok     Promotion
  Giovanni's Nidoqueen     Promotion
  Giovanni's Nidoking     Promotion
  Sabrina's Venomoth     Promotion
  Koga's Muk     Promotion
  Giovanni's Pinsir     Promotion
  Blaine's Charmander     Promotion
  Blaine's Vulpix     Promotion
  Blaine's Growlithe     Promotion
  Blaine's Ponyta     Promotion
  Blaine's Charmeleon     Promotion
  Blaine's Rapidash     Promotion
  Blaine's Magmar     Promotion
  Blaine's Charizard     Promotion
  Blaine's Ninetales     Promotion
  Blaine's Arcanine     Promotion
  Blaine's Moltres     Promotion
  Sabrina's Psyduck     Promotion
  Giovanni's Magikarp     Promotion
  Sabrina's Golduck     Promotion
  Misty's Poliwrath     Promotion
  Giovanni's Gyarados     Promotion
  Lt. Surge's Raichu     Promotion
  Rocket's Zapdos     Promotion
  Sabrina's Abra     Promotion
  Sabrina's Slowpoke     Promotion
  Sabrina's Drowzee     Promotion
  Sabrina's Mr. Mime     Promotion
  Sabrina's Kadabra     Promotion
  Sabrina's Slowbro     Promotion
  Sabrina's Gastly     Promotion
  Sabrina's Haunter     Promotion
  Sabrina's Hypno     Promotion
  Sabrina's Jynx     Promotion
  Sabrina's Alakazam     Promotion
  Sabrina's Gengar     Promotion
  Rocket's Mewtwo     Promotion
  Blaine's Mankey     Promotion
  Giovanni's Machop     Promotion
  Blaine's Rhyhorn     Promotion
  Giovanni's Machoke     Promotion
  Brock's Dugtrio     Promotion
  Giovanni's Machamp     Promotion
  Koga's Pidgey     Promotion
  Giovanni's Meowth     Promotion
  Blaine's Doduo     Promotion
  Blaine's Tauros     Promotion
  Sabrina's Porygon     Promotion
  Koga's Pidgey     Promotion
  Giovanni's Meowth     Promotion
  Blaine's Kangaskhan     Promotion
  Koga's Pidgeotto     Promotion
  Giovanni's Persian     Promotion
  Koga's Ditto     Promotion
  Rocket's Snorlax     Promotion
  Imakuni?'s Doduo     Promotion
  _____'s Chansey     Promotion
  Blaine's Gamble T   Promotion
  Trash Exchange T   Promotion
  Sabrina's Gaze T   Promotion
  Transparent Walls T   Promotion
  Warp Point T   Promotion
  Blaine's Last Resort T   Promotion
  Blaine's Quiz #3 T   Promotion
  Koga's Ninja Trick T   Promotion
  Tickling Machine T [R]   Promotion
  Cinnabar City Gym T [St]   Promotion
  Fuchsia City Gym T [St]   Promotion
  Sabrina's ESP T   Promotion
  Sabrina's Psychic Control T   Promotion
  Minion of Team Rocket T   Promotion
  Saffron City Gym T [St]   Promotion
  Rocket's Secret Experiment T   Promotion
  Rocket's Minefield Gym T [St]   Promotion
  Blaine T   Promotion
  Koga T   Promotion
  Giovanni T   Promotion
  Giovanni's Last Resort T   Promotion
  Viridian City Gym T [St]   Promotion
  Sabrina T   Promotion

Languages this set is released in

The Challenge from the Darkness set is released in Japanese, all with rarity symbols. Some cards without rarity symbols are available in Japanese gym theme decks. The Gym Challenge set is only released in English, in both 1st and unlimited edition.


English Sabrina pack
English Koga pack
English Blaine pack
English Giovanni pack
Japanese Challenge from
the Darkness pack
English Gym Challenge
booster box
Japanese Challenge from
the Darkness booster box
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Original Series
Wizards Black Star Promos
Pokémon Demo GameTrainer Deck ATrainer Deck B
Base Set: 2-Player Starter SetOvergrowthZap!BrushfireBlackout
Jungle: Power ReserveWater Blast
Fossil: BodyGuardLockDown
Base Set 2: 2-Player CD-ROM Starter SetGrass ChopperHot WaterLightning BugPsych Out
Team Rocket: DevastationTrouble
Gym Heroes: BrockMistyLt. SurgeErika
Pikachu World Collection 2000
Gym Challenge: SabrinaKogaBlaineGiovanni
Original Era
Unnumbered Promotional cards
Expansion Pack: Starter Deck
Pokémon Jungle
Mystery of the Fossils
Rocket Gang
Expansion Sheet 1Nivi City GymHanada City GymExpansion Sheet 2Kuchiba City GymTamamushi City Gym
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Expansion Sheet 3Quick Starter Gift SetYamabuki City GymGuren Town Gym
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