Pokemon: Youngest Gym Leaders, Ranked By Age (2022)

Gym Leaders are the bones of the Pokemon world, known to be the pride of their region and serve as tests to Pokemon trainers on their journey. Besides testing trainers, the responsibilities of a Gym Leader include taking care of their gym and making sure it reflects the types they specialize in.

It is still unknown how exactly one becomes a Gym Leader, as it varies depending on the gym. Some are founders, some are chosen by the league, and then there are those who get in through family ties or by being chosen by a retiring Gym Leader.

Whatever the case may be, a lot of teenage and child Gym Leaders exist. In fact, many are nearly the same age as the Pokemon trainer they are testing. Some are even younger than that!

Updated on August 30, 2022, by Gabrielle Huston: There are tons of gym leaders in the Pokemon world and tons of content to enjoy them in, including the anime, games, and manga! While Pokemon doesn't give official ages for these characters, there are context clues to give us a feeling and we've collected the community's best guesses here. The youngest of the young aren't even old enough to be out of primary school!

12 Jasmine: 18 Years Old

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Age Unconfirmed, but thought to be between 17 and 20 years old
Gym Olivine Gym Type Specialty Steel
Appearances Games
  • Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal
  • Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
  • Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver
  • Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
  • Pokemon Stadium 2
  • Pokemon Puzzle Challenge
  • Pokemon Masters EX
Anime
  • Pokemon: Johto League Champions
  • Pokemon the Series: Diamond and Pearl
Manga
  • Pokemon Adventures: Gold, Silver, & Crystal Chapter
  • Pokemon Adventures: Diamond & Pearl Chapter
  • Pokemon Adventures: HeartGold & SoulSilver Chapter
  • Pokemon Gold & SIlver: The Golden Boys
  • Pokemon Pocket Monsters
Other
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game

Olivine City's Gym Leader is Jasmine. She is a little special, as she is the first Steel-type Gym Leader to exist in the series. She has various Pokemon at her disposal including Steelix, Magnemite, Skamory, Mawile, and plenty of others (depending on the game).

Today she is not the only Steel-type expert, but she is still the only female one. She's clearly beloved by the creators, as she's appeared in lots of content over the years.

11 Marnie: 17 Years Old

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Age Unconfirmed, but thought to be between 12 and 20 years old
Gym Spikemuth Gym Type Specialty Dark
Appearances Games
  • Pokemon Sword and Shield
  • Pokemon Masters EX
Anime
  • Pokemon Journeys: The Series
  • Pokemon: Twilight Wings
  • Pokemon Evolutions
Manga
  • Pokemon Adventures: Sword & Shield Chapter
Other
  • GOTCHA!
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game

Marnie is from a more recent Pokemon Generation: she appears in Sword & Shield. Her age is also one of the most divisive in the Pokemon fan community! Some people argue she's as young as a preteen, while others suggest that she's as old as a college student. Her league card says that "as a child, [Marnie] was timid and a bit of a crybaby," so she's at least old enough to indicate that she's not really a "child" now.

She's also not the Gym Leader for most of her game; her older brother, Piers, is. However, Marnie takes over for him when he retires after the Champion Cup. The pair of them are the first ever Gym Leaders to specialize in Dark-Types.

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10 Janine: 16 Years Old

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Age Unconfirmed, but thought to be between 14 and 18 years old
Gym Fuchsia Gym Type Specialty Poison
Appearances Games
  • Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal
  • Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver
  • Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
  • Pokemon Stadium 2
  • Pokemon Masters EX
Anime N/A
Manga
  • Pokemon Adventures: Gold, Silver, & Crystal Chapter
  • Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure
Other
  • GOTCHA!
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game

Janine is quite interesting due to the fact that she is the daughter of Koga. Koga used to be the Gym Leader of Fuchsia City in the first generation of games.

In the second generation though, Janine takes over his role when Koga is promoted to the Elite Four. Much like her father, she is a Poison-type ninja master. Each evening, you'll find Janine on her way to deliver her father's lunch near Victory Road, and on Mondays she visits the Celadon Department Store and talks to Falkner.

9 Clemont: 15 Years Old

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Age Unconfirmed, but thought to be between 14 and 16 years old
Gym Lumiose Gym Type Specialty Electric
Appearances Games
  • Pokemon X and Y
  • Pokemon Sun and Moon (mentioned)
  • Pokemon Masters EX
Anime
  • Pokemon the Series: X & Y
Manga
  • Pokemon Adventures: X & Y Chapter
  • Pokemon Adventures: Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Chapter (mentioned)
Other
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game

Clemont is a young man leading the Gym in Lumiose City who specializes in Electric-type Pokemon. He also has a younger sister who appears in the game, anime, and manga alongside him, named Bonnie (who looks to be about eight years old).

Clemont is a brilliant inventor, and it's even hinted that he may have been one of the people behind the invention of Rotom Pokedex. However, he's still a kid at heart; the TV show Gym Freaks reveals that he's been saving money to go to the amusement park in Unova and keeping it secret (presumably not to appear childish to the public).

8 Korrina: 15 Years Old

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Age Unconfirmed, but thought to be about 15 years old
Gym Shalour Gym Type Specialty Fighting
Appearances Games
  • Pokemon X and Y
  • Pokemon Masters EX
Anime
  • Pokemon the Series: XY
  • Pokemon Journeys: The Series
Manga
  • Pokemon Adventures: X & Y Chapter
Other
  • GOTCHA!
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game
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Korrina is the Gym Leader of Shalour City in Kalos. Her specialization is in Fighting-types and she gives out the Rumble Badge. When she is not attending to her Gym, she is also a PR Video star - at the humble age of 15!

What sets her apart from other Gym Leaders is her roller skates, as she uses those to get around everywhere. Apparently, her legs are so strong that she can shatter cave rocks with an axe kick! Clearly, she doesn't need Pokemon, but she does have them; her team includes a Lucario, Meinfoo, Machoke, and Hawlucha.

7 Candice: 14 Years Old

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Age Unconfirmed, but thought to be between 13 and 15 years old
Gym Snowpoint Gym Type Specialty Ice
Appearances Games
  • Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
  • Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
  • Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
  • Pokemon Masters EX
Anime
  • Pokemon the Series: Diamond and Pearl
Manga
  • Pocket Monsters DP
  • Pokemon Adventures: Diamond & Pearl Chapter
  • Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!
Other
  • GOTCHA!
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game

From the Diamond and Pearl games, Candice is the Gym Leader of Snowpoint City. Her specialization is in Ice-types. The powerhouse of her team is her Abomasnow, but compared to the puzzle maze you have to solve to get to her, Abomasnow will seem like nothing.

She has a strange habit of speaking in the third person. Also, she has the opposite attitude of what one expects for an Ice-type specialist. Instead of being cold, she is quite warm and energetic.

6 Bugsy: 14 Years Old

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Age Unconfirmed, but thought to be between 12 and 15 years old
Gym Azalea Gym Type Specialty Bug
Appearances Games
  • Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal
  • Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver
  • Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
  • Pokemon Stadium 2
  • Pokemon Puzzle Challenge
  • Pokemon Masters EX
Anime
  • Pokemon: The Johto Jouneys
  • Pokemon: Johto League Champions
Manga
  • Pokemon Adventures: Gold, Silver, & Crystal Chapter
  • Pokemon Adventures: HeartGold & SoulSilver Chapter
  • Pokemon Gold & SIlver: The Golden Boys
  • Pokemon Pocket Monsters
Other
  • GOTCHA!
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game

Keeper of the Hive Badge, Bugsy is the Azalea Town Gym Leader. As his name alludes, his specialization is in Bug-types. He uses Pokemon like Scyther and Hercross on his team, but that can vary depending on the game.

Bugsy is actually the discoverer of the move Bug-type move, Fury Cutter, which is astounding for someone of his age! However, it's also not surprising, as Bugsy shows himself in the anime as being adept at developing special and unique strategies to cover up Bug-type Pokemon's weaknesses. He is among the more nerdy Gym Leaders out there.

5 Roxie: 13 Years Old

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Age Unconfirmed, but thought to be about 13 years old
Gym Virbank Gym Type Specialty Poison
Appearances Games
  • Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
Anime
  • Pokemon the Series: Black and White
  • Pokemon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (end credits)
Manga
  • Pokemon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 Chapter
  • Pocket Monsters B2 W2 ~A New Legend~
Other
  • GOTCHA!
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game

This young bass guitar musician is the Gym Leader of Virbank City. She was introduced in Pokemon Black and White 2 and specializes in Poison-types. Players love her for her rebellious spirit.

Though little time was spent on her in the games, her character design was quite popular among fans. She is not the only musician/Gym Leader (as we got Piers in Sword and Shield), but she is certainly the youngest to have both those titles.

4 Iris: 12 Years Old

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Age Unconfirmed, but thought to be about 12 years old
Gym Opelucid Gym Type Specialty Dragon
Appearances Games
  • Pokemon White
  • Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
  • Pokemon Masters EX
Anime
  • Pokemon the Series: Black & White
  • Pokemon Journeys: The Series
  • Pokemon Generations
Manga
  • Pokemon Adventures: Black & White Chapter
  • Pokemon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 Chapter
Other
  • GOTCHA!
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game

Keeper of the Legend Badge in the Black and White games, sweet little 12-year-old Iris is a Dragon-Type Gym Leader.

Iris stands out among the young Gym Leaders for various reasons. The biggest reason is that she later becomes Champion of the entire region in the sequel to Black and White. She differs from the other Gym Leaders in her region as well because she does not have a secondary occupation outside of her duties as a Gym Leader.

3 Maylene: 11 Years Old

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Age Unconfirmed, but thought to be about 11 years old
Gym Veilstone Gym Type Specialty Fighting
Appearances Games
  • Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
  • Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver
  • Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
  • Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
  • Pokemon Masters EX
Anime
  • Pokemon the Series: Diamond and Pearl
  • Pokemon - Zoroark: Master of Illusions (end credits)
Manga
  • Pocket Monsters DP
  • Pokemon Adventures: Diamond & Pearl Chapter
Other
  • GOTCHA!
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game

As the Gym Leader of Veilstone City, Maylene is the keeper of the Cobble Badge. Her specialization, like Korrina, is in Fighting-types. Unlike Korrina though, she is younger and from an earlier generation than Kalos: the Diamond and Pearl generation.

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Besides her age and strength being impressive, Maylene also has the character trait of a huge appetite. In the anime, she is able to reveal some insecurities and a lack of confidence to Dawn, who helps her rebuild it through a Pokemon battle.

2 Allister: 11 Years Old

Pokemon: Youngest Gym Leaders, Ranked By Age (11)
Age Unconfirmed, but thought to be about 11 years old
Gym Stow-on-Side Stadium Type Specialty Ghost
Appearances Games
  • Pokemon Shield
  • Pokemon Masters EX
Anime
  • Pokemon Journeys: The Series
  • Pokemon: Twilight Wings
Manga
  • Pokemon Adventures: Sword & Shield Chapter
Other
  • GOTCHA!
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game

Allister is a newer face to the ever-increasing roaster of Gym Leaders in the Pokemon world. It's hard to guess his age due to the mask he's always wearing, but the fact that he is quite young is clear. He specializes in Ghost-types and is only available in the Pokemon Shield game.

According to Allister, he has been connected to Ghost-types since an accident at the age of four. Much about him is still a mystery, though it seems quite likely that he could be among the youngest Gym Leaders of all time. One thing we do know about him, though, is that he's left-handed!

1 Tate And Liza: 10 Years Old

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Age Unconfirmed, but thought to be about 10 years old
Gym Mossdeep Gym Type Specialty Psychic
Appearances Games
  • Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
  • Pokemon Black 2 and White 2
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
  • Pokemon Masters EX
Anime
  • Pokemon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
Manga
  • Pokemon Adventures: Ruby & Sapphire Chapter
  • Pokemon Adventures: Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Chapter
Other
  • GOTCHA!
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game

Specializing in Psychic-types, Tate and Liza are twin siblings who work as one to lead the Mossdeep City Gym. Their father works at the local Mossdeep Space Center as an astronaut, going into space to search for Pokemon there.

Tate and Liza give the Mind Badge to trainers that can beat them in a double battle. Tate and Liza are nearly the only Gym Leaders in the entire series that use double battle mechanics. The only other Gym Leader to do this is Raihan from Sword and Shield.

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FAQs

Who is the youngest gym leader in Pokemon? ›

Iris appears in both the Pokemon Black and White game franchises although she is only the gym leader in White as the youngest gym leader being a 10 year old in the fifth gen.

Who is the youngest gym leader in Pokemon shield? ›

The Youngest Gym Leader | Fandom. In Sword and Shield, their is a young boy name Allister, who is so far going to be the youngest gym leader yet.

Who is the oldest Pokemon character? ›

AZ is the oldest known human in the history of Pokémon, games or otherwise. Despite being classified as a Pokémon Trainer, AZ is the only character in the core series who does not have an official Pokémon League title to use the Gym Leader battle theme. AZ may be depicted in paintings within Parfum Palace.

Is Goh a girl? ›

Goh (Japanese: ゴウ Go) is a protagonist of Pokémon Journeys: The Series of the Pokémon anime, and one of Ash's traveling companions. His goal is to catch Mew, while his dream is to catch every Pokémon.
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Why did may leave Ash? ›

At the end of Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire, she left to compete with Drew, Harley, and Solidad in the Johto region, aiming to find her own battling style. The decision to stop traveling with Ash was an important one for May's character.

Does Goh have a crush on Ash? ›

Although it has not yet been finished, people have already speculated that Goh is homosexual, as his androgynous and feminine manners along with his seemed attraction to Ash proves.

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