Interested in volunteering to be a Gym Leader at PAX East 2016? If so, you’re in luck: applications are now open!
We’re looking for gym leaders from all walks of life, from casual players to intense veterans. If you’re excited about having fun-focused battles with lots of people, we want you! Click the link and fill out an application!
Applications will be open until December 18!
Going to PPL Aus? When you battle your first gym leader, make sure to grab one of these handy informational Trainer Cards from them! You’ll find a list of all the gym leaders on them, to keep track, as well as Handheld Lounge meetup times, contact info, and a brief summary of the rules.
Frank grew up in the post Team Rocket power vacuum of Southern Kanto. After annihilating Lt. Surge in Vermillion City Gym with his trusty Sharpedo, Frank saw how the so-called “Champion” only wanted to train atop Mt Silver, unwilling to lead. With Kanto falling apart at the seams, Frank has set out to find the most powerful trainers to lead Kanto via social and political revolution into the future. Remember “Everything is about Pokemon Battles, except Pokemon battles… Those are about power”.
Beat Frank in a power struggle to win the Presidential Badge
Maximillion Pegasus, the President of Industrial Illusions, was an ambitious man and was always striving to improve the games his company created.
One day, while Pegasus tested a new virtual interface down in the R&D lab, an accident created a wormhole and sucked Pegasus inside.
He floated in time and space for what seemed like aeons, awaking to find himself in an unfamiliar world with wondrous creatures roaming the vast countryside.
After observing the world he came to understand that these “Trainers” would catch, train and battle these “Poké-mon” creatures. His ambition got the best of him as he tried his own hand at catching a Pokémon; setting his sights upon a Ralts moving rocks around with his psychic powers. After catching and training Ralts, Pegasus became fascinated with psychic type Pokémon.
Pegasus gathered psychic types and challenged the League and its Champion, proving his strength and starting a Gym of his own.
Defeat Maximillion’s team to earn the Millennium Badge!
Johann can barely remember meeting Lapras. How could he, He was only 2 when he wandered off from his parents gaze, and fell from the S.S. Spiral. The alarm was raised as the toddler hit the icey cold waters of Snowpoint City and began splashing about in vain. The commotion and muffled cries of the boy were enough to catch the attention of a passing mother Lapras and her offspring. She darted over and plucked him up, placing the crying child on her shell as she swam to shore. Johann was saved and from that day the Lapras became like a second mother.
One day after his cousin Candice had been appointed the Snowpoint City Gym Leader, Johann decided maybe he should set out on his own quest and make a name as an ice trainer for himself. To do this he needed Pokémon, but not any old Pokémon. He needed to scour the land in search for the strongest, durable, brave, but most importantly faithful Ice Pokémon he could find. He packed his bag, bought some supplies and went to the bay to see off his Lapras family.
Explaining his plans and how he was going to leave was the hardest thing he had ever done. All of a sudden the young Lapras grabbed his bag throwing it to the shore knocking out a few Pokéballs. As Johann bent over to clean the mess, the Lapras snatched a ball and held it out to Johann. “You.. You want to come with me?” stammered Johann in disbelief looking at the Lapras in question. Johann looked over to its mother, who appeared to give a nod of approval. Grabbing the ball from its mouth, threw the ball in the air, a bright red flash enveloping the Pokémon. Giving his Adoptive mother one last hug, Johann turned to leave, tears beginning to roll down his cheek.
Impress Johann with your brave spirit to win the Sleet Badge!
Okora started his Pokemon journey at the very young age of 8. No matter the strength of trainer or task he’d face, he always did his best and made sure to enjoy his battles and learn from his hardships. All the while growing and assembling a team of the proudest and strong-willed Pokemon to fight for their Okora’s cause.
Test your mettle against Okora to win the 3 Star Badge!
Hailing from Mauville City, Duke grew up among electric types of all shapes and sizes. Though he did love the volts from all electric Pokemon, there were 6 that he kept the closest, Rotom. Not only did the Rotom help with Duke’s everyday needs, he would pay them back by helping them become stronger. Duke was de-lighted upon hearing about the League opening in the Australian region. It’s the perfect chance for him to test his friends’ strength against his challengers.
Can you resist Duke’s amplitude and earn the Motor Badge?
Malva is an ex-member of Team Flare, part of the Kalosian Elite Four and Holo Caster star. Siebold is one of the Kalosian Elite Four and a highly renowned chef across the world.
After the disbanding of her beloved team, Malva channelled her fury into her work and produced broadcasts that were too hot to handle. Having been encouraged to take a sabbatical, she’s now on the scene and ready to scorch her brand back into the Pokémon battling scene. Siebold hungers for Pokémon battles that can be truly described as a form of art akin to haute cuisine. This insatiable appetite drives him to seek worthy challengers and test their abilities as Pokémon Trainers.
Will you rise to the challenge and claim victory or shall this steamy duo prove too much for you, smoldering you where you stand?
Growing up in Blackthorn city and apprenticing under The Dragon Master Clair, young Aspen was destined for greatness. On the day of his graduation, he entered the Dragons Den to claim his new partner Dratini but no Dratini appeared before him. Furious at her protégés failure, Clair exiled him from Blackthorn City, never to return until he could defeat her.
Far and wide Aspen wandered, until he found himself lost in the mountains surrounding Unova. Here, a partnership with a small Tynamo was struck and together they travelled the regions, capturing and training any serpentine Pokémon, as a reminder of the Dratini that rejected him. Now Aspen comes to the PPL, as the final preparation before returning to Blackthorn City.
Will you be be able to take down Aspen’s team of snakes and claim the Constriction Badge, or will you feel the squeeze?
Come closer young one.. Closer.. Hear this tale I’m about to tell you. There once was a young lad named Harro. Now, Harro wasn’t anything special however that is not to say he wasn’t destined for some cruel test of fate. As he grew up, he found he wasn’t particular good or bad at anything. He made friends and he made enemies… just like any other lad. He suspected there was more to him than to just grow old and amount to nothing. He was determined to make something of himself.
The irony of all this, is that even though he wanted to become someone special and amazing, he only encountered the normal type pokemon along his journey. At first, he cursed fate for making such a cruel joke out of his determination but he knew if he wanted to prove anything, then he couldn’t stop there. Today, he has become a fierce trainer backed by his normal type pokemon and will rise up to any challenge. The question is, are you up to the challenge? Come and try your luck!
Defeat Harro to receive the Natural Badge!