I was raised in the great Poké-storm of the late 1990s. It was a phenomenon that completely took over children’s pop culture with video games, a cartoon, a trading card game, toys, cereal…you name it, and there was doubtless a Pokémon rendition of it! Since it inhabited every facet of my life, it’s only natural that it took root in my imagination as well. I couldn’t tell you how many hours were spent daydreaming about my own new creatures! One of the things that piqued my interest in later years, though, was the concept of creating my own Pokémon gym.
The first thing to take note of is that I really don’t have a favorite type. While there are certainly some that I gravitate to over others, there is not one set element that I favor. That being said, I also wouldn’t want my gym to be an amalgamated experience a la Blue in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. The solution would have to be creative. The answer hit me one day as I was listening to music: I wanted a gym based around the genre of metal music while also presenting my love of terrible puns.
That being said, my instinct was to opt for a Steel-type gym (HA!). Many of my favorite creatures are part Steel so it became an ideal path forward. I would stick with a handful of favorite creatures: Scizor, Skarmory, Steelix, Aggron, and Metagross, where Scizor is my main and most powerful team member (although I have a feeling Corviknight will usurp Skarmory’s place on this list come Sword and Shield’s release in November :P)
The trainers in my gym would have a random assortment of Steel-type pre-evolutions at their disposal. However, the unique quality of the gym isn’t JUST that the Pokémon are metal…it’s that all of the trainers would speak in puns by using the names of various metal bands in our vocabulary when introducing themselves. Some examples:
-“You think you can beat me? I’m about to send you down in flames!”
-“Your defeat at my hand is nigh! In fact, I can hear it at the gates!”
Or in defeat…
-“It’s a dark tranquility to face defeat at your hand!”
-“Ugh! This battle has been a revocation of my pride!”
-“No! Your superior skill has been the death of me!”
(The bands are In Flames, At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Revocation, and Death, for those who were curious :P)
My gym’s design would feature a modernized, dark industrial look, with lots of metal pipes lining the halls in ornate patterns that pump glowing green liquid that can be seen at various points via glass sections (hence the darker color scheme in general). These pipes would travel throughout the whole gym and come to a head all around my gym leader arena and stream down to cover all four walls in a trickling, glowing waterfall. Gotta go for those style points! Plus it would be extremely relaxing while I wait for new challengers. The majority of the gym is one continuous hallway that snakes from trainer room to trainer room, each one playing the music of the band they make puns about.
The badge for defeating me would be called the Heavy Badge, symbolic of overcoming the “mountainous” challenge of the gym as well as to poke fun at the music being played. The same green from the water is present in the center of the badge, symbolizing…well, I just like green! It’s a bright, revitalizing color and makes me happy! 😛
As for my gym leader attire, I’m keeping it simple: tan cargo shorts, a black t-shirt, my black and white flat-bottom shoes, and a black cadet cap- all appropriate attire for a metalhead. I’d be wearing my black gauges and glasses as well, and probably have my full beard grown out a bit (if we’re going for the cartoon “always look the same every day” style). I would love to have the drawing skills to actually present myself with this outfit in the classic Pokémon art style, but alas, your imaginations will have to do 🙂
Obviously this specific dream will never happen in a real Pokémon game, but it doesn’t mean I can’t revel in the idea of combining three of my greatest loves: metal music, puns, and Pokémon! Have you ever created your own fantasy Pokémon gym in your mind? What kind of gym would you host? Be as descriptive and creative as you want: I’d love to hear about it! Thanks for reading, and game on!