Pokemon gyms have seen quite the upgrade in the last couple of decades. We started with 8-bit, black and white sprites on the GameBoy with Red and Blue, to fully colored, shaded, and three dimensional animations on the 3DS with Sun and Moon. With this gradual upgrade to the graphics, we have gotten more developed and intricately designed coolest Pokemon Gyms. Remember the good old days when you walked into the Pewter City Gym in your first Pokemon game and there were like, a whole ten rocks, (maybe?) in the entire gym? And it was supposed to represent the fact that Brock was a rock-type gym? And he gave you the Boulder Badge upon defeat? Good times, right?
Now, the gyms’ aesthetics (for the most part) actually have something to do with the type of Pokemon they battle with or some other part of the gym leader’s personality that’s distinguishable through interior decorating, which is surprisingly nice. You don’t realize how much you appreciate the extra mile until you go back twenty years and you’re repeating the same zigzag motion across a bridge through trainers to get to Misty in Cerulean City that you used in Eckruteak City to get to Morty earlier in the game.
Here, we have compiled a list of the coolest Pokemon Gyms (or trials, in some instances) across all seven generations that have put their interior (or exterior in some cases) designers to the best use and come up with an aesthetic that is fun, unique, and memorable for trainers/players. This list was a lot of fun to make, and we hope you find it as beautiful as we do.
Did we miss your favorite gym? Is there a gym that should have been included in this list? Let us know how we did in the comments below!