Top 10 Strongest Pokemon Gym Leaders

Pokemon Gym leaders are the main obstacle that stands between a trainer and glory. They are the appetizers before the main course; the main course also being the almighty Pokemon League. Staying true to their reputation, Gym Leaders are exceptionally strong trainers with very powerful Pokemon battling alongside them. Underestimate them at your own peril.

Have you ever thought about – which among all  gym leaders – is the strongest and most powerful? With over 50 leaders across 6 regions, the task is a difficult one indeed. To help the curious minds, I would like to share my opinion on who are the top 10 Strongest Pokemon Gym leaders of all time.

So here it is! My top 10 list for the Strongest Pokemon Gym leaders of all time.


best gym leader of all time - valerie

10. Laverre City Gym Valerie 

Just barely scrapping through to the top 10 is the first Fairy-type specialist – Valerie –  from the Laverre Gym. Her team has an excellent balance of offensive and defensive type Pokemon including Mawile, Mr. Mime and Sylveon. Mr. Mime is a decent foil to the other two, able to set up screens. Meanwhile, Mawile and Sylveon take up the offensive role. Unfortunately, Valerie does not have more key Fairy Pokemon such as Togekiss and Clefable to strengthen her team.


best gym leader of all time - sabrina

9  Saffron City Gym Leader Sabrina

The original master of the spoon-bending type, Sabrina teleports her way into the top 10. Going by her team when in the rematch battle during Soul Silver and Heart Gold, Sabrina is arguably the strongest Psychic Pokemon trainer that the series has ever seen. She has a powerful team that consist of Jynx, Mr. Mime, Wobbuffet, Espeon, Gallade and the signature Alakazam. As you can see this spoon will be difficult to bend.


best gym leader of all time - volkner

3 Sunyshore Gym Leader Volkner

Volkner has a stark resemblance Namikaze Minato from Naruto. Naruto reference aside, Volkner is arguably the strongest electric Pokemon trainer the series has to offer. His electrifying Pokemon are speedy and their moveset cover a number of types. Volkner is an intelligent Gym leaded that has all his bases covered. His team consists of Electivire, Luxray, Raichu, Rotom-Fan, Jolteon and Electrode. There is a reason why he is the last Gym leader of the Sinnoh League.


best gym leader of all time - winona

7 Fortree City Leader Winona

Winona is without a doubt, the strongest Flying type trainer in the Pokemon franchises history. By the fourth rematch, Winona’s pocket monsters has developed and grown into an exceptional flying mono-type team. Noctowl, Tropius and Pelipper are pushovers, but her final three are as good as they get from the flying Pokemon family. Dragonite leads the attack, while Skarmory preforms a defensive role. Altaria is her most dangerous able to sweep with one Dragon Dance under its belt.


best gym leader of all time - chuck

6. Cianwood City Gym Leader Chuck

A master of Fighter types, Chuck punches his way into 6th spot. Chuck is known for its hard hitting and brutally powerful fighting Pokemon. Chucks Pokemon World Tournament consists of Poliwhirl, Machamp, Conkeldur, Hitmontop, Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee. While his team lacks type versatility, it more than makes it up for it in pure offensive strength.


best gym leader of all time - byron feature

5. Canalave City Gym Byron

Byron is an expert in steel types, which not surprisingly shows in his versatile team. Byron’s Pokemon Word Tournament has Bastiodon, Excadrill, Bronzong, Magnezone, Aggron and Forretress. There are a few throw-aways like Bastiodon and Aggron, but the rest are exceptional Pokemon. Forretress and Bronzong are solid walls, meanwhile Magnezone and Excadrill can deal massive damage to unprepared folks. Although Bryon’s team has a massive weakness against fire moves, it does a have a admirable type variations.


best gym leader of all time - blaine

4. Cinnabar Gym Leader Blaine

Blaine faces stiff competition from fellow Fire afficionado, Flannery. But at the end of the day, Blaine wins out thanks to his Arcanine, Charizard and Magmorter. A fire-type mono-team may not appear threatening initially, but when you carefully dissect each Pokemon and their sets, their potency becomes more apparent. And by looking Blaine Pokemon this is certainly true. Arguably his most strongest Pokemon is Arcanine, an extremely potent physical sweeper with excellent type coverage.


best gym leader of all time - giovanni

3. Viridian City Gym Leader Giovanni

The leader of the infamous Team Rocket, Giovanni earns the 3rd place spot with his devoted team of ground type Pokemon. His outdated team in the original gen can be replaced by the stronger World Pokemon Tournament outfit. I mean a much stronger team. Giovanni’s modern team has Rhyperior, Garchomp, Nidoking, Gliscor, Krookodile and Hippowdon. It is a nice combination of offensive and defensive Pokemon. Garchomp is Giovanni’s most frightening Pokemon, it itself enough to elevate Giovanni above most


best gym leader of all time - drayden

2. Opelucid City Gym Leader Drayden

Drayden’s affinity for dragon-types is a testament to his might. One of the few notable dragon masters that is not an elite four member or a champion, Drayden stands above most Gym leaders with his collection of extremely powerful Dragon Types. His team consists of Haxorus, Druddigon, Hydreigon, Flygon, Altaria and Salamence. It is a team that can even challenge the mighty Lance from the Indigo Plateau Pokeon League. In fact, I’ll go so far to say that Drayden is good enough for the Pokemon League.


best gym leader of all time - wallace

1. Sootopolis City Gym Leader Wallace

Wallace takes top honor of strongest Gym leader. The fact that Wallace eventually went from Gym leader to Pokemon champion is a testament of his talent and skills as a trainer. His Water type specialty allows him to use a variety of Pokemon with Dual-types. As a result Wallace’s team is well-balanced, covering each others weakness and offering various roles for different situation. Gyarados is his most dangerous able to dish out impressive damage while taking able soak up a few. Meanwhile, Wallace’s signature Pokemon – Milotic – is a perfect pivot for the rest of the team. Wallace eventual success as a Pokemon Champion puts him above all other leaders and is my choice for strongest Gym leader.


What are you thoughts on my list? Who are your top 10 Pokemon Gym Leaders? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

3 Comments on "Top 10 Strongest Pokemon Gym Leaders"

  1. Best gym leader is the ghost gym leader in soul silver

  2. GreilMercenary | July 15, 2015 at 2:02 am | Reply

    Wow… I can’t believe Whitney wasn’t on this list. Miltank OP!

  3. Imo, a list like this shouldn’t include post-game teams or teams seen in other games, and should only be about the difficulty of facing the gym leader in-story, because that’s the only time it really matters. Still, good job. I assume Whitney was number 0, correct?

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