Nimbasa Gym

Nimbasa Gym
ライモンジム Raimon Gym
Nimbasa Gym anime.png
Location Nimbasa City
Gym Leader Elesa
Badge Bolt Badge
Dominant Type Electric
Region Unova
Nimbasa Gym field.png
Battlefield

The Nimbasa Gym (Japanese: ライモンジム Raimon Gym) is the official Gym of Nimbasa City. It is based on Electric-type Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Elesa. Trainers who manage to defeat her receive the Bolt Badge.

In the games

Nimbasa City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Elesa

"The Shining Beauty"

Pokémon Black and White

The Nimbasa Gym is designed like an amusement park, filled with brightly-colored neon lights, floating stars and roller coasters. Upon entering the Gym, there is a huge open room, filled with transparent platforms. The roller coasters within the Gym are scattered around the room, all connected by platforms. The player must find their way around the Gym by walking into the roller coasters cars, in which they are then taken to the next platform. Within several of them, Trainers are hiding, and when the player opens the cars, the Trainer will engage the player in battle. Also, there are several switches around the Gym, which redirect the path of the roller coasters. However, many of these are also guarded by Trainers. The final roller coaster slightly differs from the others, featuring a large loop-the-loop, and partially speeds up after a slope before the loop-the-loop.

After navigating through the roller coasters, the player will meet Elesa. She stands on a transparent platform just like the other platforms, which has the Unova Gym logo on it. Behind her is a large circular spinning wheel, but it is just for show, and cannot be interacted with. Once the player has defeated Elesa, a short-cut to the exit of the Gym is available to the left of her.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

The Shining Roller Coaster
Former Nimbasa City Pokémon Gym

Elesa has moved the Nimbasa Gym to a new building nearby. The new Gym is a long catwalk where challengers must battle three Trainers before battling Elesa. The old Gym, known as "the Shining Roller Coaster", is still running with a few Trainers in it. The old Gym must be traversed before the player is allowed to enter the new Gym.

Appearance

Black White Black 2 White 2
   
 

Trainers

Pokémon Black and White

Trainer Pokémon
 
Lady Magnolia
アヤノ Ayano
Reward:  3840
  Emolga Lv.24
No item
  Emolga Lv.24
No item
 
Rich Boy Cody
トモヒコ Tomohiko
Reward:  4000
  Blitzle Lv.25
No item
 
Rich Boy Rolan
ロラン Rolan
Reward:  3840
  Blitzle Lv.24
No item
  Blitzle Lv.24
No item
 
Lady Colette
コレット Colette
Reward:  4000
  Emolga Lv.25
No item




Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Old Gym
Trainer Pokémon
 
Rich Boy Rolan
ロラン Rolan
Reward:  3840
  Blitzle Lv.24
No item
 
Lady Colette
コレット Colette
Reward:  3840
  Flaaffy Lv.24
No item


New Gym
Trainer Pokémon
 
Beauty Nikola
テスラ Tesla
Reward:  1512
  Elekid Lv.27
No item
  Flaaffy Lv.27
No item
 
Beauty Fleming
フレミー Frémy
Reward:  1512
  Flaaffy Lv.27
No item
  Blitzle Lv.27
No item
 
Beauty Ampère
アンペール Ampère
Reward:  1512
  Blitzle Lv.27
No item
  Elekid Lv.27
No item


Easy Mode/Normal Mode



Challenge Mode



Items

Item Location Games
  Parlyz Heal From the Beauty at the end of the old Gym  B2  W2 
  Fresh Water From Clyde at the entrance  B  W  B2  W2 
  TM72 (Volt Switch) Reward for defeating Elesa  B  W  B2  W2 

In the anime

 
The Gym's roller coaster in the anime

Main series

The Nimbasa Gym was first seen in Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!. When Ash and his friends arrived there was a note saying that Elesa was somewhere else. Later it was revealed that Bianca had already requested a battle, therefore Ash had to wait until she was done. With the group observing, Bianca battled Elesa, but eventually lost.

Ash finally got the chance to battle Elesa in Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!. He had planned to sweep the entire match with just Palpitoad, and was thus forced to call a time out and change his team around mid-battle when it was defeated. Despite this, Ash was still able to win himself a Bolt Badge in the end.

Just like the games, the Nimbasa Gym has a roller coaster that needs to be traversed in order to reach Elesa.

Pokémon used in the Gym

 
Zebstrika
Elesa's Zebstrika first appeared in Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!, where it was used in a Gym battle against Bianca's Shelmet, Minccino and Pignite. Zebstrika proved itself to be extremely powerful, knocking out all three of Bianca's Pokémon with little effort.

In Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!, Zebstrika was used against Ash's Palpitoad during his challenge for a Badge. However, as Palpitoad was part Ground-type, Wild Charge would not work and Flame Charge did little damage. Although Zebstrika's Double Kick was powerful against Palpitoad, it was hit with Palpitoad's Supersonic, leaving it confused. A combination of Mud Shot and Hydro Pump finally knocked it out.

Zebstrika's known moves are Flame Charge, Double Kick, Wild Charge, and Quick Attack.

Debut Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!
Voice actors
Japanese Kensuke Satō
English Marc Thompson
 
Emolga
Elesa's Emolga first appeared in Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!, where she was used second in her Gym battle against Ash. Using a combination of Attract and Aerial Ace, she was able to knock out Ash's Palpitoad. Next, she went up against Snivy. As both Pokémon were female, Attract could not work; however, after dodging Snivy's attacks and recovering from a Leaf Storm, Emolga was able to defeat Snivy using Aerial Ace and Acrobatics—moves Snivy was weak against. Finally, Emolga was sent up against Pikachu, but since the recent battles had taken their toll, Emolga was knocked out with a Quick Attack.

Emolga's known moves are Attract, Acrobatics, Aerial Ace, and Electro Ball.

Debut Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!
Voice actors
Japanese Misato Fukuen
English Misato Fukuen
 
Tynamo
Tynamo was the last Pokémon Elesa used against Ash in their Gym battle in Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!, and is called by Elesa as her "Electric Queen". Ash was confused by the unusual Pokémon that, despite being fishlike in appearance, could float in mid-air. Elesa worked around Tynamo's inability to learn more than a few moves by training her so her Tackle was extremely powerful, causing Pikachu to struggle. However, after Pikachu pulled himself together, he started to use Thunderbolt on the entire battlefield. With her view obscured, Tynamo was knocked out with just one Iron Tail.

Tynamo's only known move is Tackle.

Debut Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!
Voice actors
Japanese Kiyotaka Furushima
English Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Animated Trailer

 
Nimbasa Gym in the Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Animated Trailer

Nimbasa Gym appeared in the Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Animated Trailer, where Nate was seen entering the Gym with his Emboar and preparing to battle Elesa.

Pokémon used in the Gym

This listing is of Elesa's known Pokémon in the Black 2 and White 2 Animated Trailer:

 
Zebstrika
Zebstrika was seen alongside its Trainer at the Nimbasa Gym.

None of Zebstrika's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Animated Trailer
 
Emolga
Emolga was seen alongside its Trainer at the Nimbasa Gym.

None of Emolga's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Animated Trailer

In the manga

 
Nimbasa Gym in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Black & White chapter

The Nimbasa Gym appeared in Battle on a Roller Coaster, where Black challenged Elesa. Like in the games, the Gym is filled with a big roller coaster, with Elesa waiting at the end. However, when Black reached Elesa, he realized that he couldn't open his safety harness, forcing him to stay in his moving car during the battle. Using her favorite move, Volt Switch, Elesa was able to launch rapid fire attacks while avoiding Black's Pokémon's attacks. With good timing, Black was able to defeat Elesa's Zebstrika with Nite's Bulldoze, leaving her with just Emolga. With its great speed and Flying-type attacks, Emolga came close to defeating Nite, but with some quick thinking, Black came up with a strategy of using a roller coaster loop for Nite to land a surprise attack on Emolga from above, defeating it.

Just when Elesa was about to hand Black a Bolt Badge as a sign of his victory, his car started moving again, taking Black to an outside portion of the roller coaster, where he encountered Thundurus, which unleashed a lightning bolt on him, shocking him and opening his harness in the process. Back inside the Gym, Elesa told Black how she had also encountered Thundurus in her past.

Pokémon used in the Gym

 
Zebstrika
Zebstrika is the first Pokémon that Elesa is known to own. Zebstrika was first seen as a drawing when Black was reading a book while deciding on strategies to defeat Elesa in their upcoming Gym Battle. Later, it was seen in person along with Elesa's other Pokémon while it was seen being dressed up in preparation of the Pokémon Musical. Zebstrika was used against Black during the Gym battle, where it defeated his Tula after exploiting its Motor Drive Ability to raise its speed. Eventually, Zebstrika was defeated by Black's Nite.

Zebstrika's known moves are Flame Charge, Volt Switch, and Wild Charge*, and its Ability is Motor Drive.

Debut To Make a Musical
 
Emolga
Emolga is the second Pokémon that Elesa is known to own. Emolga was used in Elesa's Gym battle against Black, where it fought his Nite and was eventually defeated.

Emolga's known moves are Volt Switch, Aerial Ace, and Acrobatics.

Debut To Make a Musical

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring the Nimbasa Gym in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
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 #
Elesa Su       Shiny Collection   020/020
 


Trivia


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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