Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver: Kanto Gym Leader Lineups

All right. Tuesday we covered the Johto Gym leaders and yesterday we looked at the Elite Four. Today we’re going to look at the Kanto Gym Leaders. After beating the Elite Four for the first time, your character will be able to go from Johto to Kanto and collect all eight badges there as well. Below you’ll see all eight gym leaders, the Pokemon they wield in Heart Gold & Soul Silver, the Pokemon they used in the original Pokemon Gold and Silver and even the secondary lineup these Gym Leaders have after you beat Red. Are you ready for the final list of the big challenges?

Vermillion City Gym- Lt. Surge


Gold & Silver
Heart Gold & Soul Silver
Electrode – Level 40 (Electric) Electrode – Level 47 (Electric)
Electrode – Level 40 (Electric) Electrode – Level 47 (Electric)
Magenton – Level 40 (Electric-Steel) Magenton – Level 47 (Electric-Steel)
Raichu – Level 44 (Electric) Raichu – Level 51 (Electric)
Electrabuzz – Level 46 (Electric) Electrabuzz – Level 53 (Electric)

Two Words: Ground Type. A good Ground Pokemon should steamroll over Lt. Surge. Notice though, that Surge’s Pokemon are much higher level-wise in the Remake.



Saffron City Gym- Sabrina


Gold and Silver Heart Gold and Soul Silver
Espeon – Level 46 (Psychic) Espeon – Level 53(Psychic)
Mr. Mime – Level 46 (Psychic) Mr. Mime – Level 53(Psychic)
Alakazam – Level 48 (Psychic) Alakazam – Level 55 (Psychic)

Sabrina’s Pokemon have not only raised in level, but she’s replaced her wimpy Mr. Mime with a top tier Psychic Pokemon like Espeon. Thankfully she only has three Pokemon, so Dark, Bug, and Ghost attacks should make this a very quick battle indeed.



Ceruelan City Gym – Misty


Gold & Silver
Heart Gold & Soul Silver
Golduck – Level 42 (Water) Golduck – Level 49 (Water)
Quagsire – Level 42 (Ground-Water) Quagsire – Level 49 (Ground-Water)
Lapras – Level 44 (Ice-Water) Lapras – Level 52 (Ice-Water)
Starmie – Level 47 (Water-Psychic) Starmie – Level 54 (Water-Psychic)

Misty’s actually got a pretty solid lineup here. Electric can be helpful against all save Quagsire. Have a Grass Pokemon for it.



Celadon City Gym – Erika

Gold and Silver Heart Gold and Soul Silver
Jumpluff – Level 41 (Grass-Flying) Jumpluff – Level 51 (Grass-Flying)
Tangela – Level 42 (Grass) Tangela – Level 52 (Grass)
Bellossom – Level 46 (Grass) Bellossom – Level 56 (Grass)
Victreebell – Level 46 (Grass-Poison) Victreebell – Level 56 (Grass-Poison)

Wow. Erika shies away from the usual seven level increase and boosts it up to ten! Bring Fire and Psychic here.



Fuchisa City Gym – Janine

Gold and Silver Heart Gold and Soul Silver
Ariados – Level 33 (Bug-Poison) Weezing – Level 44 (Poison)
Crobat – Level 36 (Poison-Flying) Crobat – Level 47 (Poison-Flying)
Weezing – Level 36 (Poison) Ariados – Level 47 (Bug-Poison)
Weezing – Level 36 (Poison)) Ariados – Level 47(Bug-Poison)
Venomoth – Level 39 (Bug-Poison) Venomoth – Level 50 (Bug-Poison)

Level increase from the old GB/GBC games range between eight and eleven. This means Janine is going to be a lot harder than you remember. As well, she’s dumped one of her Koffing for a second Ariados. One Psychic Pokemon should be able to take out the entire team across the board though.



Pewter City Gym – Brock

Gold and Silver Heart Gold and Soul Silver
Graveller – Level 41 (Rock-Ground) Graveller – Level 51 (Rock-Ground)
Rhyhorn – Level 41 (Rock-Ground) Rhyhorn – Level 51 (Rock-Ground)
Kabutops – Level 42 (Rock-Water) Kabutops – Level 52 (Rock-Water)
Omastar – Level 42 (Rock-Water) Omastar – Level 53 (Rock-Water)
Onix – Level 44 (Rock-Ground) Onix – Level 54 (Rock-Ground)

Some big level raises here, but a single Water Type should be able to take out three of Brock’s Pokemon without any trouble. For Omastar and Kaputops, A Grass (or even an Electric) Pokemon should be pretty dominant here.



Seafoam Island – Blaine

Gold and Silver Heart Gold and Soul Silver
Magcargo – Level 45 (Fire-Rock) Magcargo – Level 54 (Fire-Rock)
Magmar – Level 45 (Fire) Magmar – Level 54 (Fire)
Rapidash – Level 50 (Fire) Rapidash – Level 59 (Fire)

Man, Poor Blaine. Poor Cinnibar Island. Although his Pokemon are nine levels higher than in the original game, a single Water Pokemon should dominate here.



Viridian City Gym- Blue

Gold and Silver Heart Gold and Soul Silver
Alakazam – Level 54) Machamp – Level 56 (Fighting)
Pidgeot – Level 56 (Normal-Flying) Pidgeot – Level 60 (Normal-Flying)
Rhydon – Level 56 (Rock-Ground) Rhydon – Level 58 (Rock-Ground)
Gyarados – Level 58 (Water-Flying) Gyarados- Level 52 (Water-Flying)
Arcanine – Level 58 (Fire) Arcanine – Level 58 (Fire)
Exeggutor – Level 58 (Grass-Psychic) Exeggutor – Level 55 (Grass-Psychic)

This is a bit odd. Some Pokemon are the same level, some are lower and some are higher. There’s no rhyme or reason to Blue’s remix. One big change is that Alakazam has been replaced by Machamp. This should really throw off a lot of G/S vets. As always, Blue is pretty tough, so just have a balanced team of Pokemon with multiple move Types.
Once you’ve beaten all 16 Gym leaders, the Elite Four, and Red, you’ll be able to go back and face the Kanto Gym Leaders one more time. Be careful though, as their lineups have changed and their power has increased.



Lt. Surge Rematch!

Electrode – Level 52 (Electric)
Magnezone – Level 52 (Electric – Steel)
Manectric – Level 52 (Electric)
Electrivire – Level 56 (Electric))
Pachirisu – Level 58 (Electric)
Raichu – Level 60 (Electric)


Sabrina Rematch!

Gallade – Level 53 (Psychic-Fighting)
Wobuffet – Level 53 (Psychic)
Jynx – Level 54 (Ice-Psychic)
Mr. Mime – Level 56 (Psychic)
Espeon – Level 58 (Psychic)
Alakazam – Level 60 (Psychic)



Misty Rematch!

Floatzel – Level 54 (Water)
Lanturn – Level 54 (Water-Electric)
Quagsire – (Level 56 (Water-Ground)
Lapras – Level 56 (Water-Ice)
Starmie – Level 60 (Water-Psychic)
Milotic – Level 60 (Water)



Erika Rematch!

Jumpluff – Level 53 (Grass-Flying)
Shiftry – Level 54 (Grass-Dark)
Roserade – Level 55 (Grass-Poison)
Bellossom – Level 56 (Grass)
Victreebell – Level 56 (Grass-Poison)
Tangrowth – Level 60 (Grass)



Janine Rematch!

Toxicroak – Level 52 (Poison-Fighting)
Crobat – Level 52 (Poison-Flying)
Drapion – Level 55 (Poison-Dark)
Weezing – Level 56 (Poison)
Ariados – Level 58 (Poison-Bug)
Venomoth – Level 59 (Bug-Poison)



Brock Rematch!

Relicanth – Level 54 (Rock-Water)
Golem – Level 55 (Rock-Ground)
Kabutops – Level 55 (Rock-Water)
Omastar – Level 56 (Rock-Water)
Rampardos – Level 57 (Rock)
Onix – Level 61 (Rock)



Blaine Rematch!

Torkoal – Level 54 (Fire)
Houndoom – Level 54 (Dark-Fire)
Camerupt – Level 57 (Fire-Ground)
Magcargo – Level 58 (Rock-Fire)
Rapidash – Level 60 (Fire)
Magmortar – Level 62 (Fire)



Blue Rematch!

Exeggutor – Level 67 (Grass-Psychic)
Arcanine – Level 68 (Fire)
Machamp – Level 69 (Fighting)
Tyranitar – Level 70 (Rock-Dark)
Rhyperior – Level 70 (Rock-Ground)
Pidgeot – Level 72 (Normal – Flying)



There you go gang! All eight Kanto Gym leaders that you’ll find in Pokemon Heart Gold & Soul Silver in both their incarnations. Good Luck!

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