Why we’ve got so many Leaders you’ll be wondering when the Victory Road will finish being built in Victoria. Time to fully introduce two young and coming Gym Leaders, Charlie and Wyvern!
Charlie, The Cheerful Chu Companion
When the sky is bleak and grey and you can smell rain in the air, that’s when you’ll find Charlie and his team training hard on the nearest beach. He loves to watch the storms roll in, unafraid in the slightest of the thunder and lightning. He’ll dance in the rain with his beloved pokemon, all of them relishing in weather that would send most running for cover.
Never seen without at least one Pikachu (or Pikachu lookalike) by his side, Charlie has travelled the world to hone his mastery of electric-type pokemon, determined to be the greatest trainer he can, with the ultimate goal of becoming a gym leader some day. When he heard about the formation of the PAX Pokemon League, he leapt at the chance to live his dreams, keen to prove himself just as competent an electric-type leader as legends such as Lt. Surge and Wattson, his childhood heros.
If you’re not spooked by a little thunder and lightning, come try your hand at winning the Stormchaser Badge!
Wyvern, the Confused Dragon Tamer
Wyvern has always loved dragons and pokemon, because of that he always idolised the dragon trainers, Lance, Drake, Cynthia, Iris and Alder and he dreamed to become the greatest dragon pokemon tamer ever. The only problem is he doesn’t know his types.
Show you know your Pokemon by challenging Damon and taking home the Wyvern Badge!
Switch, the Dance Dance Revolutionary
After spending the past year, “stranded” in the tropical paradise of Alola, with no recourse but to hang out with the local pokemon professors (drinking Mai Tais and Long Island Alola Iced Teas) all whilst hanging 10 off the back of a Mantine. Switch has repaired his ship for the long voyage back to Kanto, pirate flag raised, garish labcoat fluttering in the wind switch shimmies and shakes his booty as he hops port to port, stopping in Melbourne to see his friends and battle excited challengers.
Do you care to tango with this chilled out cat? Or will you mambo away from a chance to cha-cha-challenge Switch for your own Moonwalker Badge?
Flax, the Bumbling Bug-Keeper
Sometimes you might come across a stroke of bad luck. Maybe you even consider yourself unlucky, or clumsy, or just not very good at life. Flax envies such people. If you follow Flax for a day it’s said you might be privy to anywhere between 10 and 72 unfortunate mishaps. Some are his own doing, some are just being in the wrong place at the wrong time, most are a flailing, zany dance between the two. Lady Luck was just never particularly fond of poor Flax. Despite this, Flax runs and maintains his own gym to this day with a smile on his face. As long as Flax has his Bug Pokemon nursery to take his mind off of life, nothing can keep the cheery lad down. You might rightly ask yourself why such a person would purposefully put themselves close to so many stingers, claws and fangs? Seeing as he’s still alive, come and ask him yourself, he’s managed to rope himself into this years PPLAus!
Take on Flax, the Bumbling Bug Keeper and his beloved hive – keep a safe distance while you earn yourself a Bumbling Badge!
“So I’m not very lucky…or coordinated, or good at battling, so? There’s more to Pokemon than being the best, same goes for the rest of life. Sure there are a few bumps, bruises and potentially fatal accidents along the way, but I’m stronger than that, you’ll see!”
With PAXAUS2017 a scant two weeks away, two Gym Leaders have returned from the past with a vengeance! We present for your perusal, for PPL Australia 2017, Phil and Kitty
Phil, the Ghastly Remains
On a particularly brisk morning at Melbourne Gym, Phil stubbed his toe – Curses!
Ever since his visit to the mysterious Pachinko store that vanished years ago, Phils health bar had been decreasing year by year.
Now well past his prime, Phil dons the Gym mantel once more, piecing together a rag tag group of misfits for one last attempt at lifting his pesky ailment.
Will you reach for the Wraith Badge? Over my dead body!!
KITTY, STRIKES BACK!
After a successful last PAX, Kitty has returned from her sabbatical and is ready for more challenges. Due to her partner, Astrid, being too busy looking after all their furry friends, Kitty has brought along some new Alolan friends of both the feline and canine nature!
Beat Kitty to receive the Bite Badge!
(Or come cheer for her during the Omegathon!)
We like to get PPL Aus 2017 rolling as soon as possible because it’s something we’re passionate about, but to do it well we need you!
Applications will be open from now until May 4, so you’ll have a month plus to fill in your Gym Leader Application and be considered a PAX Pokemon Gym Leader for PPL Aus 2017. We look forward to reading everyone’s submissions and good luck!
Get em while they’re hot! PAX Aus 2017 Applications page is live!
If you have any questions we hang out over Facebook Page, email us firstname.lastname@example.org, or private message philomglol or snowyalice on the PPL Forums.
Your Admin, Phil
Hugh, the Lucky Astronomer!
Hugh always dreamed of the discovering the mysteries behind stars. One night he saw a shooting star and wished that he could see a star up close. As it happened, the shooting star was actually a shiny Jirachi falling from space. And it heard Hugh’s wish….. and subsequently crashed through Hugh’s roof in the middle of the night. Hugh was astounded by little Jirachi and especially by it’s astonishing red colour. Jirachi brought more luck to Hugh as well; every Pokemon that came to be his assistant was shiny as well. Astounded by his luck, Hugh set off to study the night sky in the Southern Hemisphere with his shiny new friends.
Get lucky against Hugh and his shiny assistants to obtain the Wishing Badge.
The Wishing Badge
Rai, the Fairy Man!
Rai lost his chance to become champion of the PPL this year after his sound defeat to Champion Hugh, but that hasn’t stopped him from securing a position in the Elite 6. Despite his appearances as an ordinary Pokemon Trainer, he is a man loved by the Fairies and is never seen without his trusted partner, Sylveon.
Don’t expect Rai to pull any punches in your double battle with him. He hates losing almost as much as he hates spicy food.
Overcome his versatile Fairies to pry the Pixie Badge out of his hands!
The Pixie Badge
W.D. Gaster, the Unmade!
To those who knew Doctor W.D. Gaster he was a scientist of unparalleled brilliance and skill. While the details of his accident remain sketchy, it is said that he fell into one of his own creations and was tragically scattered across space and time.
None can say what became of Gaster after that, but something is known for certain: a part of him came to be in the Hoenn Region! He developed an interest in Pokemon and their destructive capabilities. Using his vast knowledge of space and time he devised a team of powerful Pokemon that suited him, some were Pokemon from distant times, and others were Pokemon that had simply known darkness as he had since his accident.
Using these Pokemon and with help from the PPL he devised an experiment by which he could be supplied with almost limitless test subjects to fuel his research. The only condition being that he supplies a small trinket to any who’s Pokemon prove more destructive than his.
What could Doctor Gaster want with such information? Could he remain to this day a scientist in the pursuit of knowledge, or does his research spell disaster for the PPL? None can say, but, if you provide adequate test subjects to the strange doctor, then you might just find yourself a Wingdings Badge! But with this challenge, a warning echoes behind him: Beware the man who speaks in hands.
The Wingdings Badge
Lucifer, The Two-Faced One!
Lucifer is a trainer that always saw the hidden potential among Pokemon he found out in the wild. He was never fooled by appearances and just like his namesake, he knew that there was always a darker stronger side to every force. He was naturally drawn to normal types because they appeared to have no strength or dominance over any type of Pokemon but realized that it was just a camouflage that set a trap for oncoming challengers. His first badge was won against Brock solely by his trusty partner Dunsparce where it seemed like he was at a disadvantage it never mattered since Dunsparce’s roost and glare just made sure onyx never stood a chance and it was at that moment he knew that every Pokemon has unbelievable strength regardless of what it seemed like. He went on to use his plethora of underestimated and adorable normal type Pokemon to become a formidable gym leader who you must defeat to obtain the Two-Face Badge.
The Two-Face Badge
Duke, the Chance Master!
Once again setting forth from his homeland of Hoenn, the ever playful Duke has adventured his way across land and sea to Australia. Once again he has taken his place amongst the finest and craziest Poké-warriors of the PAX Pokemon league. Bringing forth his new friends, friends that have taken four generations of trading to gather, Duke would like to invite you to battle in merry abandon at the ultimate in luck based battles!
Come gamble your fate, take a chance, flip a coin … dovie’andi se tovya sagain!
Can you beat the odds and receive the Chance Badge?
The Chance Badge
Ash Ketchum, future Pokemon Master!
Ash Ketchum dreams of one day being a Pokemon Master, and ever since beginning his journey as a rookie trainer from Pallet Town, he has put all his energy into attaining his goal, and just took his first major step towards that dream by winning the Lumiose Conference, his first league victory since beginning his journey.
Ash believes in his Pokemon, treating them as equals, with his battling style emphasises unorthodox strategies tailored to his own Pokemon’s strengths, often at the expense of traditional type advantages.
His partner Pikachu is rarely away from his side, and the two have been travelling the world together, sharing their victories, learning from their losses, and building an unbreakable bond of friendship along the way.
Taking a chance for a well earned break after his Kalos League finals match, Ash has decided to visit the PAX Pokemon League before his next journey to the Alola region to see what the trainers there have to teach him.
Defeat the League’s youngest Leader to earn the Satoshi Badge.
The Satoshi Badge
Andy, The Hyper Repairer!
After the final battle with Black hole, Andy and the other CO’s went back to their every day life. For Andy it was working as a mechanic, Working on the road took him to many new and exciting places all around the world.
When his journey finally ended at Castelia City, he decided that this was where he could help the most people and do the most work. Partnering up with his Kling and mangemite, Andy settled down to help everyone with any and all of their needs.
As time passed his reputation grew as a trusted friend and as a fearsome battler, Andi was offered the position of gym leader in the City which he took with great excitement.
Grind down Andy and his Impregnable Steel Pokemon and earn yourself the Upgrade Badge!
The Upgrade Badge
Yoshua, the Weird Scientist!
Yoshua use to be a scientist investigating ghost pokemon until a lab accident bound him and his friend Gengar. That’s when Yoshua left his lab to travel the world to show people the greatness of ghost pokemon through battle. Yoshua’s journey led him to Lavender town in the Kanto region were he helped people connect with the ghost pokemon in the area while also challenging any trainer who came through town. It was his work with connecting people and pokemon and his love of battling that drew the Pax Pokemon league to invite him to be a gym leader.
Defeat Yoshua to claim the Possession badge!
The Possession Badge
Switch, the Sorcerer of Shift!
Ousted from his comfortable Gym in Kanto, his friendly Pokemon slaughtered in battle by the brutal return of a triumpant Frank Underwood, a distraught Shift wandered the world alone. Cold and alone in a near frozen cave in northern Unova, huddling around a few sizzling Feebass cooking fireside, Shift contemplated the end. A shadowy shape slithered into the cavern and started playfully making shadow puppets on the wall. Laughing for the first time in months since the deaths of his old friends, Shift held out a pokeball for his new friend Ditto to join him. Shift realised that power is not everything, and that a smart trainer knowing how to change things can win over raw power. He started his quest as a born again pokemon trainer, making his way to Australia to train with the best, and then to eventually go home to Kanto and free his home from the Tyranny of President Frank.
Show Shift the power to change the world and you could wear your own Triple Triad badge with pride!
The Triple Triad Badge
Larry, the Layabout Loafer!
Larry had never been very motivated. If you were to ever ask Larry about his ideal weekend, holiday, or even his future, you’d get the same, simple answer. Larry loved nothing more than to stay at home playing games and watching T.V. You’d think that becoming a Pokemon trainer would change all that: fresh air, the great outdoors, plenty of exercise. That this would motivate Larry to explore the world, finding a hunger to learn and grow. You would be wrong. After all, what kind of Pokemon could such a person bond with? What kind of Pokemon would really understand him? Pokemon as lazy as him of course! His Pokemon spend more time napping and loafing than he does!
The question remains, why would such a person become a Gym Leader of the PPL? To spend all day with his lazy Pokemon, loafing around and waiting for challengers to come to him? What could be better for a lazy trainer?!
Rouse Larry his slumber and earn yourselves the Effort Badge!
The Effort Badge
B-Zero, the Ice Cold Killer!
As a lone street kid, his only companion a Snorunt, B-Zero had to fight for his life, learning street dances or break-dancing to impress the other gangs and pokemon battling to defend himself. Combining his quick wits from his dancing with the devastating offense of ice type pokemon, B-Zero quickly becomes a formidable pokemon battler, eventually travelling away from the streets of his hometown, venturing out to seek greater arenas and dance floors. With countless competitions, both dancing and Pokemon battling, under his belt, B-Zero has set his sights on the PAX Pokemon League for his next performance!
Defeat B-Zero to earn the chilling Absolute Zero Badge!
The Absolute Zero Badge
Morty, the Mystic Seer of the Future!
After being tired of facing trainers at his gym, Morty has traveled the globe to find new and exciting places to find worthy opponents. He now finds himself at PAX Australia where he will be fighting the toughest of opponents in exhilarating matches!
Do you have what it takes to go up against Johto’s former Ghost type Gym Leader and claim the Fog Badge?
The Fog Badge