Petalburg Gym

Petalburg Gym
トウカジム Touka Gym
Petalburg Gym anime.png
Location Petalburg City
Gym Leader Norman
Badge Balance Badge
Dominant Type Normal
Region Hoenn
Petalburg Gym Battlefield.png
Battlefield

The Petalburg Gym (Japanese: トウカジム Touka Gym) is the official Gym of Petalburg City. It is based on Normal-type Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Norman. Trainers who defeat him receive the Balance Badge.

In the games

Petalburg City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Norman

A man in pursuit of power!

Petalburg City Pokémon Gym
Leader: Norman

A man in pursuit of power!

Between the entrance and Gym Leader Norman are a series of rooms, each containing a Trainer. In order to access these rooms, all of the first four Badges must be obtained first; otherwise, the doors will be locked. The Trainers have special methods of battling, as displayed on the doors leading to their rooms. They include the One-Hit KO Room, Accuracy Room, Attack Room, Defense Room, Speed Room, Recovery Room and either Zero Reduction RoomRSORAS or Confusion RoomE. Once three rooms in a row are completed, they can access the Gym Leader Room with Norman. In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, all seven Trainers in their respective rooms use items in the battle, whereas in Pokémon Emerald, the strategy of these Trainers is dependent on the moves of their Pokémon.

When defeated, Norman will give the player the Balance Badge as well as TM42 (Facade)RSE or TM67 (Retaliate)ORAS as a reward. Also, in Pokémon Emerald, Wally's father will then enter Norman's room and lead the player to Wally's house.

After the player enters the Hall of Fame, the Gym's guide disappears, and Norman appears at the first room of the Gym like he did earlier in the game. In Pokémon Emerald, Norman will return to the furthest room back if he is ready to rebattle the player.

Appearance

Ruby Sapphire Emerald Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
     
 

Trainers

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Trainer Pokémon
Speed Room
 
Cooltrainer Randall
トシキ Toshiki
Reward:  1296
  Delcatty Lv.27
No item
Accuracy Room
 
Cooltrainer Mary
アヤカ Ayaka
Reward:  1296
  Delcatty Lv.27
No item
Zero Reduction Room
 
Cooltrainer Parker
ヒデキ Hideki
Reward:  1296
  Linoone Lv.27
No item
Defense Room
 
Cooltrainer Lori
ヒトミ Hitomi
Reward:  1296
  Linoone Lv.27
No item
Recovery Room
 
Cooltrainer George
カズマ Kazuma
Reward:  1296
  Linoone Lv.27
No item
Strength Room
 
Cooltrainer Jody
サオリ Saori
Reward:  1296
  Zangoose Lv.27
No item
One-Hit KO Room
 
Cooltrainer Berke
ナオキ Naoki
Reward:  1296
  Zangoose Lv.27
No item
Trainers with a PokéNav by their names will be registered in the Trainer's Eyes or Match Call function after the first battle, and may have a rematch with the player with higher-level Pokémon.


Norman uses two Hyper Potions.



Pokémon Emerald

Trainer Pokémon
Speed Room
 
Cooltrainer Randall
トシキ Toshiki
Reward:  1248
  Swellow Lv.26
No item
Accuracy Room
 
Cooltrainer Mary
アヤカ Ayaka
Reward:  1248
  Delcatty Lv.26
No item
Confusion Room
 
Cooltrainer Parker
ヒデキ Hideki
Reward:  1248
  Spinda Lv.26
No item
Defense Room
 
Cooltrainer Alexia
ミハル Miharu
Reward:  1248
  Wigglytuff Lv.26
No item
Recovery Room
 
Cooltrainer George
カズマ Kazuma
Reward:  1248
  Slakoth Lv.26
  Sitrus Berry
Strength Room
 
Cooltrainer Jody
サオリ Saori
Reward:  1248
  Zangoose Lv.26
No item
One-Hit KO Room
 
Cooltrainer Berke
ナオキ Naoki
Reward:  1248
  Vigoroth Lv.26
No item
Trainers with a PokéNav by their names will be registered in the Trainer's Eyes or Match Call function after the first battle, and may have a rematch with the player with higher-level Pokémon.


Norman uses two Hyper Potions in the Gym battle and three Full Restores in the rematches.



First rematch



Second rematch



Third rematch



Fourth rematch onwards



Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Trainer Pokémon
Speed Room
 
Ace Trainer Randall
トシキ Toshiki
Reward:  1,680
  Delcatty Lv.28
No item
Accuracy Room
 
Ace Trainer Mary
アヤカ Ayaka
Reward:  1,680
  Delcatty Lv.28
No item
Zero Reduction Room
 
Ace Trainer Parker
ヒデキ Hideki
Reward:  1,680
  Linoone Lv.28
No item
Defense Room
 
Ace Trainer Lori
ヒトミ Hitomi
Reward:  1,680
  Linoone Lv.28
No item
Recovery Room
 
Ace Trainer George
カズマ Kazuma
Reward:  1,680
  Linoone Lv.28
No item
Strength Room
 
Ace Trainer Jody
サオリ Saori
Reward:  1,680
  Zangoose Lv.28
No item
One-Hit KO Room
 
Ace Trainer Berke
ナオキ Naoki
Reward:  1,680
  Zangoose Lv.28
No item
Trainers with a PokéNav by their names will be registered in the Trainer's Eyes or Match Call function after the first battle, and may have a rematch with the player with higher-level Pokémon.




Items

Item Location Games
  TM42 (Facade) Reward for defeating Norman  R  S  E 
  TM67 (Retaliate) Reward for defeating Norman  OR  AS 
  PlayNav Gift from Wally after helping him to catch Ralts  OR  AS 

In the anime

 
Petalburg Gym's greenhouse

The Petalburg Gym first appeared in There's no Place Like Hoenn, where Ash and May reached the facility, with Ash intending to battle Norman and win his first Hoenn League Badge. However, when Norman learned that Ash only had Pikachu with him, he declined the Gym battle, as challengers needed three Pokémon to have an official battle. He did agree to an unofficial battle, which Ash lost. It was also at the Petalburg Gym where Ash first met May's younger brother Max, who joined him and May on their journey.

The Gym's next major appearance came in Love, Petalburg Style, when Ash and his friends returned to Petalburg City. In Balance of Power!, Ash had his official Gym battle against Norman. This time, with the help of his Grovyle and Torkoal, Ash defeated the Gym Leader and earned the Balance Badge.

In addition to housing the battlefield, the Gym is also home to Norman, his family, and the Gym assistant Kenny. A greenhouse is also on the Gym's property. The various Normal-type Pokémon at the Gym are housed in the greenhouse when they're not battling. May also left her Beautifly and Skitty at the Gym before heading to the Kanto region in The Right Place and the Right Mime.

It is Max's dream to one day succeed his father as Gym Leader, and he approaches this goal through learning battling strategies.

Pokémon used in the Gym

 
Vigoroth
Vigoroth was first seen after Norman agreed to have an unofficial battle with Ash because he had less than three Pokémon at the time. After a tough battle with Ash's Pikachu, Vigoroth managed to defeat him. Later, it helped in destroying one of Team Rocket's mechas that was attacking the Gym.

In Balance of Power, Vigoroth was the second Pokémon used by Norman in his official Gym battle with Ash. It managed to easily defeat Torkoal before once again facing Pikachu. This time, Pikachu was able to defeat Vigoroth, but ended up exhausting all of his own energy as well in the process, resulting in a double knockout.

Vigoroth's known moves are Scratch and Flamethrower.

Debut There's no Place Like Hoenn
Voice actors
Japanese Yūji Ueda
English Dan Green
 
Slakoth
Slakoth first appeared in the greenhouse where Norman keeps his Pokémon. It appeared again in Balance of Power!, during Norman's Gym battle with Ash. It first went up against Pikachu, but when Pikachu's strategies failed to work, Ash switched him out for Torkoal, who was able to defeat its opponent.

Slakoth's known moves are Shadow Ball, Hidden Power, and Blizzard.

Debut Love, Petalburg Style!
Voice actors
Japanese Shin-ichiro Miki
 
Slaking
Main article: Norman's Slaking

Slaking debuted in Norman's greenhouse with the rest of his Pokémon. In Balance of Power!, it battled Grovyle during Ash's Gym battle against Norman, but was ultimately defeated.

Debut Love, Petalburg Style!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka
English Dan Green

In the manga

 
Petalburg Gym in Pokémon Adventures
 
Petalburg Gym in Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Pokémon Adventures

Ruby & Sapphire chapter

The Petalburg Gym appeared in Distracting Dustox, where Ruby's mother called Norman to inform him that their son had run away from home. Hearing this, Norman decided to find his son himself.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

The Petalburg Gym appeared in There's Someone More Important Than Clefairy?!. Red and Clefairy visited it after seeing a Poké Ball flying out of there, and found Norman, who was feeling down due to his Balance Badge having gotten stuck inside his Slakoth. Clefairy managed to retrieve it, but then refused to return it to Norman, much to his anger.

Trivia


Gym Leaders of the Hoenn region
Rustboro Gym  
 
Roxanne
Dewford Gym  
 
Brawly
Mauville Gym  
 
Wattson
Lavaridge Gym  
 
Flannery
Petalburg Gym  
 
Norman
Fortree Gym  
 
Winona
Mossdeep Gym  
   
Tate and Liza
Sootopolis Gym  
   
Wallace Juan


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