Unova Gym Leaders – Information & Battling Guide

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Generation V takes place in the Unova Region. The games that have taken place here are Pokemon Black and White. Then, it is followed by its sequels Pokemon Black 2 and White 2. Surprisingly, the two sets of games are happening in the same Region. That means there are two sets of Unova Gym Leaders!

We’ll tackle all the Gym Leaders in Unova since the ones in Black and White are changed in Black2 and White 2. Then again, not all of them but we’ll include everything from all four of these games. You’ll get an idea of what their Pokemon teams are as well as their specialties and everything else in between. One other thing is that Black 2 and White 2 have Easy and Normal modes so we’ll include info on that as well.


List of Unova Gym Leaders

Unova gym leaders

Cilan, Chili, or Cress

Striaton City Gym Leaders
Note: Depending on the Starter Pokemon the Player chose, will determine who among the three will be fought as the Gym Leader
Choosing Oshawott means Cilan will be the Leader
Choosing Snivy means Chili will be the Leader
Choosing Tepig means Cress will be the Leader

Uglcilan
CILAN
Specialty: Grass-type
Use: Fire or Flying
Avoid Using: Water or Rock
Uglchili
CHILI
Specialty: Fire-type
Use: Water or Ground
Avoid Using: Grass or Bug
Uglcress
CRESS
Specialty: Water-type
Use: Grass or Electric
Avoid Using: Fire or Rock

REWARDS
Trio Badge – LV 20 Pokemon Obedience
TM 83 – Work Up
1,680 Money
Additional Note: They are only Gym Leaders in Black and White

Cilan Black and White Pokemon Team
Uglcilan1
Lillipup
Normal
LV 12

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Pickup

Moves:
Bite – Dark
Work Up – Normal
Uglcilan2
Pansage
Grass
LV 14

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Gluttony

Moves:
Vine Whip – Grass
Work Up – Normal
Chili Black and White Pokemon Team
Uglcilan1
Lillipup
Normal
LV 12

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Pickup

Moves:
Bite – Dark
Work Up – Normal
Uglchili1
Pansear
Fire
LV 14

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Gluttony

Moves:
Incenerate – Fire
Work Up – Normal
Cress Black and White Pokemon Team
Uglcilan1
Lillipup
Normal
LV 12

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Pickup

Moves:
Bite – Dark
Work Up – Normal
Uglcress2
Panpour
Water
LV 12

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Gluttony

Moves:
Water Gun – Water
Work Up – Normal

Lenora

Lenora unova gym leader

Specialty: Normal-type
Use: Fighting
Avoid Using: Ghost
REWARDS
Basic Badge – LV 30 Pokemon Obedience
TM 67 – Retaliate
2,400 Money
Note: Lenora is only a Gym Leader in Black and White

Black and White Pokemon Team
Ugllenora1
Herdier
Normal
LV 18

Held Item:
None
Moves:
Take Down – Normal
Bite – Dark
Retaliate – Normal
Leer – Normal
Ugllenora2
Watchog
Normal
LV 20

Held Item:
None
Moves:
Leer – Normal
Crunch – Dark
Retaliate – Normal
Hypnosis – Psychic

Burgh

Burgh unova gym leader

Castella Gym Leader
Specialty: Bug-type
Use: Fire or Flying
Avoid Using: Psychic or Grass
REWARDS
Insect Badge – LV 40 Pokemon Obedience
TM 76 – Struggle Bug
2,760 Money (BW)
2,640 Money Easy (B2W2)
2,880 Money Normal (B2W2)
Note: Burgh appears as the Third Gym Leader for all four games

Black and White Pokemon Team
Uglburgh1
Whirlepede
Bug/Poison
LV 21

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Swarm

Moves:
Screech – Normal
Pursuit – Dark
Poison Tail – Poison
Struggle Bug – Bug
Uglburgh2
Dwebble
Bug/Rock
LV 21

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Shell Armor

Moves:
Sand Attack – Ground
Faint Attack – Dark
Smack Down – Rock
Struggle Bug – Bug
Uglburgh3
Leavanny
Bug/Grass
LV 23

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Swarm

Moves:
Protect – Normal
String Shot – Bug
Razor Leaf – Grass
Struggle Bug – Bug
Black 2 and White 2 Pokemon Team
Uglburgh4
Swadloon
Bug/Grass
LV 20 – Easy
LV 22 – Normal

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Leaf Guard

Moves:
String Shot – Bug
Razor Leaf – Grass
Struggle Bug – Bug
Protect – Normal
Uglburgh2
Dwebble
Bug/Rock
LV 20 – Easy
LV 22 – Normal

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Sturdy

Moves:
Smack Down – Rock
Faint Attack – Dark
Rock Polish – Rock
Struggle Bug – Bug
Uglburgh3
Leavanny
Bug/Grass
LV 22 – Easy
LV 24 – Normal

Held Item:
Sitrus Berry
Ability:
Swarm

Moves:
Razor Leaf – Grass
Cut – Normal
String Shot – Bug
Struggle Bug – Bug

Elesa

Elesa unova gym leader

Nimbasa City Gym Leader
Specialty: Electric-type
Use: Rock or Ground
Avoid Using: Flying or Water
REWARDS
Bolt Badge – LV 50 Pokemon Obedience
TM 72 – Volt Switch
3,240 Money (BW)
3,360 Money Easy (B2W2)
3,600 Normal (B2W2)
Note: Elesa is the Fourth Gym Leader for all games

Black and White Pokemon Team
Uglelesa1
Emolga
Electric/Flying
LV 25

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Static

Moves:
Quick Attack – Normal
Pursuit – Dark
Aerial Ace – Flying
Volt Switch – Electric
Uglelesa1
Emolga
Electric/Flying
LV 25

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Static

Moves:
Quick Attack – Normal
Pursuit – Dark
Aerial Ace – Flying
Volt Switch – Electric
Uglelesa2
Zebstrika
Electric
LV 27

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Lightningrod

Moves:
Quick Attack – Normal
Flame Charge – Fire
Spark – Electric
Volt Switch – Electric
Black 2 and White 2 Pokemon Team
Uglelesa1
Emolga
Electric/Flying
LV 26 – Easy
LV 28 – Normal

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Static

Moves:
Quick Attack – Normal
Pursuit – Dark
Volt Switch – Electric
Uglelesa3
Flaaffy
Electric
LV 26 – Easy
LV 28 – Normal
Ability:
Static

Moves:
Thunder Wave – Electric
Volt Switch – Electric
Take Down – Normal
Uglelesa2
Zebstrika
Electric
LV 28 – Easy
LV 30 – Normal

Held Item:
Sitrus Berry
Ability:
Lightningrod

Moves:
Flame Charge – Fire
Pursuit – Dark
Volt Switch – Electric
Quick Attack – Normal

Clay

Clay unova gym leader

Driftveil City Gym Leader
Specialty: Ground
Use: Water or Grass
Avoid Using: Fire or Steel
REWARDS
Quake Badge – LV 60 Pokemon Obedience
LV 78 – Bulldoze
3,720 Money (BW)
3,600 Money Easy (B2W2)
3,960 Money Normal (B2W2)

Black and White Pokemon Team
Uglclay1
Krokorok
Ground/Dark
LV 29

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Moxie

Moves:
Swagger – Normal
Torment – Dark
Crunch – Dark
Bulldoze – Ground
Uglclay2
Palpitoad
Water/Ground
LV 29

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Swift Swim

Moves:
Aqua Ring – Water
Bubble Beam – Water
Muddy Water – Water
Bulldoze – Ground
Uglclay3
Excadrill
Ground/Steel
LV 31

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Sand Rush

Moves:
Hone Claws – Dark
Slash – Normal
Rock Slide – Rock
Bulldoze – Ground
Black 2 and White 2 Pokemon Team
Uglclay1
Krokorok
Ground/Dark
LV 29

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Moxie

Moves:
Crunch – Dark
Sand Tomb – Ground
Bulldoze – Ground
Torment – Dark
Uglclay4
Sandslash
Ground
LV 28 – Easy
LV 31 – Normal

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Sand Veil

Moves:
Crush Claw – Normal
Bulldoze – Ground
Fury Cutter – Bug
Rollout – Rock
Uglclay3
Excadrill
Ground/Steel
LV 30 – Easy
LV 33 – Normal

Held Item:
Sitrus Berry
Ability:
Sand Rush

Moves:
Slash – Normal
Rock Slide – Rock
Metal Claw – Steel
Bulldoze – Ground

Skyla

Skyla unova gym leader

Mistralton City Gym Leader
Specialty: Flyng-type
Use: Electric or Rock
Avoid Using – Grass or Bug
REWARDS
Jet Badge – LV 70 Pokemon Obedience
TM 62 – Acrobatics
4,200 Money (BW)
4,320 Money Easy (B2W2)
4,680 Money Normal (B2W2)

Black and White Pokemon Team
Uglskyla1
Swoobat
Psychic/Flying
LV 33

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Unaware

Moves:
Acrobatics – Flying
Amnesia – Psychic
Assurance – Dark
Heat Stamp – Psychic
Uglskyla2
Unfezant
Normal/Flying
LV 33

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Big Pecks

Moves:
Leer – Normal
Quick Attack – Normal
Air Slash – Flying
Razor Wind – Normal
Uglskyla3
Swanna
Water/Flying
LV 35

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Keen Eye

Moves:
Aqua Ring – Water
Aerial Ace – Flying
Bubble Beam – Water
Air Slash – Flying
Black 2 and White 2 Pokemon Team
Uglskyla1
Swoobat
Psychic/Flying
LV 34 – Easy
LV 37 – Normal

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Unaware

Moves:
Heat Stamp – Psychic
Attract – Normal
Acrobatics – Flying
Assurance – Dark
Uglskyla4
Skarmory
Steel/Flying
LV 34 – Easy
LV 37 – Normal

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Sturdy

Moves:
Air Cutter – Flying
Agility – Psychic
Steel Wing – Steel
Fury Attack – Normal
Uglskyla3
Swanna
Water/Flying
LV 36 – Easy
LV 39 – Normal

Held Item:
Sitrus Berry
Ability:
Big Pecks

Moves:
Feather Dance – Flying
Roost – Flying
Bubble Beam – Water
Air Slash – Flying

Brycen

Brycen unova gym leader

Icirrus City Gym Leader
Specialty: Ice-type
Use: Fire or Fighting
Avoid Using: Dragon
REWARDS
Freeze Badge – LV 80 Pokemon Obedience
TM 79 – Frost Breath
4,680 Money
Note: Brycen is the Seventh Gym Leader in Black and White but does not appear as a Gym Leader in B2W2

Black and White Pokemon Team
Uglbrycen1
Vanillish
Ice
LV 37

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Ice Body

Moves:
Acid Armor – Poison
Astonish – Ghost
Mirror Shot – Steel
Frost Breath – Ice
Uglbrycen2
Cryogonal
Ice
LV 37

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Levitate

Moves:
Reflect – Psychic
Rapid Spin – Normal
Aurora Beam – Ice
Frost Breath – Ice
Uglbrycen3
Beartic
Ice
LV 39

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Snow Cloak

Moves:
Swagger – Normal
Brine – Water
Slash – Normal
Icicle Crash – Ice


Iris

Iris unova gym leader

Note: Iris is the final Gym Leader for Pokemon White so she isn’t the Gym Leader in Black and she isn’t a Gym Leader in B2W2
Opelucid Gym Leader (White)
Specialty: Dragon-type
Use: Ice or Dragon
REWARDS
Legend Badge – LV 100 Pokemon Obedience
TM 82 – Dragon Tail
5,160 Money

White Pokemon Team
Ugliris1
Fraxure
Dragon
LV 41

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Rivalry

Moves:
Dragon Tail – Dragon
Dragon Dance – Dragon
Assurance – Dark
Dragon Rage – Dragon
Ugliris2
Druddigon
Dragon
LV 41

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Sheer Force

Moves:
Dragon Tail – Dragon
Revenge – Normal
Night Slash – Dark
Chip Away – Normal
Ugliris3
Haxorus
Dragon
LV 43

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Mold Breaker

Moves:
Dragon Tail – Dragon
Dragon Dance – Dragon
Slash – Normal
Assurance – Dark

Drayden

Drayden unova gym leader

Note: Drayden is the final Gym Leader in Black (Iris in White) and he comes back as the 7th Gym Leader in Black 2 and White 2
Opelucid City Gym Leader
Specialty: Dragon
Use: Ice or Dragon
REWARDS
Legend Badge – LV 100 Pokemon Obedience
TM 82 – Dragon Tail
5,160 Money (BW)
4,320 Money Easy (B2W2)
5,760 Money Normal (B2W2)

Black and White Pokemon Team
Ugliris1
Fraxure
Dragon
LV 41

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Rivalry

Moves:

Dragon Dance – Dragon
Dragon Rage – Dragon
Assurance – Dark
Dragon Tail – Dragon
Ugliris2
Druddigon
Dragon
LV 41

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Rough Skin

Moves:
Revenge – Normal
Chip Away – Normal
Night Slash – Dark
Dragon Tail – Dragon
Ugliris3
Haxorus
Dragon
LV 43

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Rivalry

Moves:
Dragon Dance – Dragon
Assurance – Dark
Slash – Normal
Dragon Tail – Dragon
Black 2 and White 2 Pokemon Team
Ugliris2
Druddigon
Dragon
LV 42 – Easy
LV 46 – Normal

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Sheer Force

Moves:
Revenge – Normal
Crunch – Dark
Slash – Normal
Dragon Tail – Dragon
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Flygon
Ground/Dragon
LV 42 – Easy
LV 46 – Normal

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Levitate

Moves:
Rock Slide – Rock
Earth Power – Ground
Crunch – Dark
Dragon Tail – Dragon
Ugliris3
Haxorus
Dragon
LV 44 – Easy
LV 48 – Normal

Held Item:
Sitrus Berry
Ability:
Mold Breaker

Moves:
Dragon Dance – Dragon
Dragon Tail – Dragon
Slash – Normal
Assurance – Dark

New Unova Gym Leaders In Black 2 and White 2

These three new Gym Leaders replaced several of the ones from Black and White and they are only Leaders in Black 2 and White 2

Cheren

Cheren unova gym leader

Aspertia City Gym Leader
Specialty: Normal-type
Use: Fighting
Avoid Using: Ghost
REWARDS
Basic Badge – LV 20 Pokemon Obedience
TM 83 – Work Up
1,440 Money Easy
1,560 Money Normal
Note: Cheren is the first Gym Leader in B2W2

Black 2 and White 2 Pokemon Team
Uglcheren1
Patrat
Normal
LV 10 – Easy
LV 11 – Normal

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Keen Eye

Moves:
Work Up – Normal
Tackle – Normal
Bite – Dark
Uglcheren2
Lillipup
Normal
LV 12 – Easy
LV 13 – Normal

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Vital Spirit

Moves:
Work Up – Normal
Tackle – Normal
Bite – Dark

Roxie

Roxie unova gym leader

Virbank City Gym
Specialty: Poison
Use: Psychic or Ground
Avoid Using: Bug or Grass
REWARDS
Toxic Badge – LV 30 Pokemon Obedience
TM 09 – Venoshock
2,040 Money Easy
2,160 Money Normal
Note: Roxie is the second Gym Leader in B2W2

Black 2 and White 2 Pokemon Team

Koffing
Poison
LV 15 – Easy
LV 16 – Normal

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Levitate

Moves:
Assurance – Dark
Tackle – Normal
Smog – Poison

Whirlepede
Bug/Poison
LV 17 – Normal
LV 18 – Normal

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Poison Point

Moves:
Venoshock – Poison
Protect – Normal
Poison Sting – Poison
Pursuit – Dark

Marlon

Marlon unova gym leader

Humilao City Gym Leader
Specialty: Water-type
Use: Grass or Electric
Avoid Using: Fire or Rock
REWARDS
Wave Badge – LV 100 Pokemon Obedience
TM 55 – Scald
5,640 Money Easy
6,120 Money Normal
Note: Marlon is the last Gym Leader of B2W2

Black 2 and White 2 Pokemon Team
Uglmarlon1
Carracosta
Water/Rock
LV 45 – Easy
LV 49 – Normal

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Sturdy

Moves:
Smack Down – Rock
Shell Smash – Normal
Scald – Water
Crunch – Dark
Uglmarlon2
Wailord
Water
LV 45 – Easy
LV 49 – Normal

Held Item:
None
Ability:
Water Veil

Moves:
Amnesia – Psychic
Scald – Water
Rollout – Rock
Bounce – Flying
Uglmarlon3
Jellicent
Water/Ghost
LV 47 – Easy
LV 51 – Normal

Held Item:
Sitrus Berry
Ability:
Cursed Body

Moves:
Brine – Water
Recover – Normal
Scald – Water
Ominous Wind – Ghost

Other Gym Leaders

In Closing

The Unova Gym Leaders are definitely intriguing in their own right. A couple of the old Leaders are changed in the next games but that’s a given. If you played the games, then you already have an idea of what happens but even then, now that you have an idea of what these Leaders are capable of, you can face them in a prepared manner.

An interesting trivia is that in Black 2 and White 2, with the exception of Cheren, they all have unique Gym theme music playing in the background rather than the basic one. It’s a fun tidbit that will probably hype you up for the upcoming Gym battle. 

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