Gym leaders must be caring trainers who not only treat their Pokémon well, but also know how to efficiently use them in battle. They must also demonstrate their proficiency in fighting with a single type, since it is an absolute exception that a gym leader is allowed to use more than one types. In fact, it has never happened in the Lesho Region so far.
To become a gym leader, one must first be living in a town with a gym. There, they have to be declared as the new gym leader by their predecessor. Additionally, The Pokémon League, which is the union of all gym leaders, the Elite Four and the Champion, must agree with this decision via simple majority vote. The Pokémon League also has the right to declare a new gym leader and replace an old one whenever they feel that it is needed.
Payment & Reimbursement
A gym leader is payed a fixed amount that is way more than enough for a living. Additionally, whenever a battle of a gym leader is telecasted, they get a bonus depending on the viewer count.
Gym Leaders are usually highly respected. It is seen as an honor when a gym leader visits somebody. Additionally, they have unrestricted building rights within the city they are the gym leader in, including the right to forcefully buy any building for the estimated market value, as long as it is not currently inhabited as a living home.
Gym leaders have two main jobs: Guiding and testing young trainers, and representing their city in the decisions of the Pokémon League.
Guidance and TestA gym leader must make sure that the trainer that faces him is prepared for possible dangers to come. For this, they provide an upper barrier. No wild Pokémon that live in the surrounding area of a gym leader must be able to beat him. This way, when a trainer beats a gym leader, it is ensured that they can safely move on.
RepresentationSince having the strongest Pokémon gives a person the executive power over a region, it must be made sure that every gym leader is strong enough to face any threat to the safety of the city with a maximum of two helping trainers from neighboring towns. Due to this executive responsibility of the Pokémon League in general, it is absolutely necessary that they answer to the government. For this to happen, every single gym leader must answer to the Pokémon League as a whole as well.
Gym leaders are spread throughout all ages and equally over the genders, although there are more younger gym leaders than older ones. One can become a gym leader with the age of 14, and most gym leaders become leaders no later than by the age of 20, staying in this position until it becomes too stressful or they rank up in the Pokémon League, which is usually between the 30th and 40th year of age - although there are definitely older gym leaders around.
The Pokémon League was the Executive part of the government ever since Pokémon were first trained by humans and used in battle, which was about a century ago. And since the declaration of the Pokémon League, the function of gym leaders have stayed more or less the same, although their reputation has improved steadily.
Every gym leader has their own gym. This can be any kind of building, as long as it is clearly marked from outside as a gym, and as long as it is strong enough to withstand the impacts that a Pokémon battle can have. Most gyms also have a designated arena, which is a place within the gym that is roughly rectangular and big enough for the entire battle to take place on it. Most gyms also are designed in a way that resembles either the leader's personality or the gym's typing.
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FAQWhat if a gym leader becomes a problem?
Gym leaders are not bound to a strict system of rules. However, they are responsible for the safety and protection of people in their town. Since all towns are also observed by at least two neighboring towns, an inactive gym leader is not that big of a problem. A harmful gym leader, however, will be deprived of power by the Pokémon League, and a new gym leader will be declared by the Pokémon League. What "harmful" means is subjective and is decided via double majority vote by the League, with the suspect not being allowed to vote (8/12 votes needed). Gym Leaders (or any people really) that continue to be a threat to public safety, will be deprived of all their Pokémon and imprisoned.
What about retired gym leaders?
Retired Gym Leaders usually return to the job that they would have had if they were not declared a gym leader. But all former gym leaders also have an improved poverty protection, which means that if they fall below a certain income, they get this income paid by the League (which is not the government).