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!)
Joker, the Phantom Thief
Upon reading the buzzwords ‘PAX West’ on an internet advertisement, Akira Kurusu (codename: Joker) found himself in the Metaverse of the PAX Pokémon League where the masks of his Personas had been turned into Pokemon. Determined to infiltrate the convention, Joker found himself scouring for clues in order to locate the Treasure, capture it, and return to his world. Will your encounter with Joker be one of fortune or one of ruin? Your fate is in the cards!
Cyrus and Aku, the Dueling Brothers
Born together but separated by their parents, these two brothers have reunited with Pokemon. To show their parents that genes don’t make the men, they are going work together and bring balance to the cosmos. After many challenges arose in their training . they finally settled on the prestigious coin flip to determine the team. Defeat the brothers and gain the Eclipse Emblem.
Mr. Hawk, the High-Flying Professor
Mr. Hawk is an energetic educator at the Trainer School in Hao’oli. After the being soundly defeated by the Champion of Alola, Mr. Hawk decided to revisit and revise his entire repertoire of lessons to see what he could do to improve. Several days and a couple pots of coffee later he came to the conclusion that he would need to take a short sabbatical to brush up on battle style and to learn some new techniques. So with this goal in mind Mr. Hawk went off to join the Pax Pokemon League where he knew he would test other trainers and be tested himself. SHOCK Mr. Hawk by paying attention in class so you can ROCK your exams and earn the Lesson Badge!
Damekage, the Pokemon Genetics Researcher
A Pokemon researcher from Kalos interested in how and why Pokemon evolve he found himself in Alola. There he found himself fascinated with how climates had changed the way some Pokemon had evolved. In doing that research he came across a Pokemon that seemed to sparkle in the light. This led to his research on why some Pokemon will rarely have a unique coloring to them and shine in the light. He is after the answer to the shiny Pokemon. Bring your unique Pokemon to challenge him and earn the Genetics Emblem.
Erkenhelm the Wacky, Waving, Inflatable
Ever since he was young Erkenhelm loved wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tubemen. They were silly and fun to watch and he never tired of them. He also loved Pokemon and decided to combine those two things by putting together a team of Pokemon who loved to wave their bodies around just like the tubemen he enjoyed so much. When he heard about the PAX Pokemon League he gathered up his friends and set out to entertain challengers the same way he has been entertained for years: by being wacky! Defeat Erkenhelm and gain the Wacky Emblem!
Sans, The Judge of Karma
Sans is a skeleton that’s very laid back to the point of laziness and loves puns and jokes, spending his days in the Underground being a sentry on the lookout for humans. Behind the goofy smile, however, lies a very dangerous monster that is equal parts intelligent and powerful. Be careful not to get on his bad side, or else you’re gonna have a bad time. If you have enough Determination to make it past his judgment, then he’ll let you pass with the Judgment Emblem in hand.
Pompto, the Photo Master
Prompto loves to have fun, but he can get serious when it is needed. When serious, there is no better shot. He is flawless with his guns and camera when he tries. He’s decided to try his hand at the art of Pokemon phototography and wants to share that with you! Use your photography skills to try to snap up victory from Prompto and gain the Snap Badge!
Jose the Gem Warrior
The magical guardians of the universe and Steven are here in Seattle to test your Pokemon Training skills! Prove your bonds of friendship with your Pokemon and earn the Gem Warrior badge!
Gem Warrior Badge
Pending the TV Guide
Check your watch… Whoa, look at that! Your calculator watch says 1999. That means it’s time to turn that hat backwards, bust out that yoyo, stick a cassette into that walkman, and get ready for a rad time, because we’re in the 90s! That’s right, it’s a Saturday in the 90s. This new game called Pokemon just came out, and we’re about to check it out while we watch some Saturday morning cartoons! Scheduled during the Pending timeslot – sit down, grab a can of Surge, and get ready to challenge Pending, the TV Guide! You’ll need to best the rad vibes of the 90s to overcome the TV guide! Defeat Pending and gain the TV Badge!
Professor Pine, the Pokemon Professor
Professor Pine was an outstanding graduate from the Castelia University Pokemon Research department. After graduation, Pine traveled the world, studying alongside Professor Elm, Ivy, Oak, and Juniper before settling in to research Pokémon in the Pacific Northwest. Professor Pine does most of his research on Pokémon teamwork and cooperation. Despite his time spent doing research, Professor Pine is also an accomplished trainer, having collected many badges in his days of travel. If you end up facing him in a battle, Just be sure to expect the unexpected, and know you’re up against a rather knowledgeable opponent. Setup your own deadly combo to defeat Professor Pine and earn the Basics Badge!
Lt. Surge, The Lightning American
Normally found hanging around his gym in Vermilion city, the Pokemon veteran Lt. Surge has decided to take some vacation time to the Alolan region. The beaches, as well as the newly found electric types of the region, recharged this seasoned leader, inspiring him to join up with the PAX Pokemon League here in Alola. Attempt to ground Lt Surge’s fast paced team and earn yourself the Thunder Badge!