(Writer’s Note: This is an updated version of an older post, mainly to account for team changes due to Sword and Shield introducing some awesome new Pokémon!)
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. But I wouldn’t want my gym to be an amalgamated experience a la Gym Leader Blue in Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. The solution would have to be creative. Then the answer hit me one day as I was listening to music: I wanted a metal gym! Not only would it be based around my favorite genre of music, but also share in my love of terrible puns. So my obvious instinct was to opt for a Steel-type gym (Just stay with me on this one :P).
Many of my favorite creatures are Steel-types so it became an ideal path forward. It was simple enough to select a team entirely of Pokémon I love: Scizor, Steelix, Aggron, Metagross, Corviknight, and Perrserker, where the latter is my main and most powerful team member. What can I say- I’m a sucker for cats 😀
The trainers in my gym would have a random assortment of Steel-type pre-evolutions at their disposal. However, as I said, 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 their vocabulary when introducing themselves! XD 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, so that the color really pops!). 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 reference 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 steel ear gauge tunnels 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? Let me know in the comments or over on my Twitter (@brinkofgaming).
Thanks for reading, and be sure to stay tuned for my final Pokémon 25th Anniversary Celebration posts later this week! Smell ya later!