A Pokemon fan created a detailed concept for how Gym Leader scaling might work in the Pokemon series and fans loved it.
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet will be the first Pokemon game where trainers can freely challenge any Gym in any order they want.
However, many Pokemon fans have speculated that Scarlet & Violet’s Gym Leaders will not have scalable teams with dynamic levels.
Now a trainer created an in-depth concept of how Gym scaling and rematches might work and used the Kanto region as a base.
Pokemon Fan Create Gym Scale Concept
The concept comes from the Pokemon subreddit where user I_Am_The_Bookwyrm created eight dynamic teams for each of Kanto’s Gym Leaders.
For example, Brock is always the first Gym Leader player to compete on their journey through Kanto, and will always use a level 12 Geodude and a level 14 Onix.
However, this fan concept re-imagines Brock’s team and keeps it in line with Kanto’s Pokedex. After one time, Brock could theoretically have the same Geodude and Onix, but he could add Omanyte or Kabuto to his team.
With four Gym badges, Brock’s team could consist of the unselected Fossil Pokemon, a Rhydon, a Graveler instead of Geodude and Onix.
The concept remains consistent across each of the remaining seven Gym Leaders, with each team having evolving teams depending on the player’s progress.
The fan concept exploded on the subreddit, receiving over 38,000 upvotes and over 1,000 comments from fans praising and expressing their views on the idea.
“This is awesome. Would love a remastered Gen I with adjustable difficulty and revamped ‘open-worldness’ allowing the player to beat the trainers and gym leaders in any order and rematch gym leaders with increasingly difficult teams,” said user trim_gennaker.
Another fan praised the concept, but said early teams can still be powerful to make an impact. “Movesets can also always be grained. Being confronted with fully developed aces early on is usually more memorable for the player. ”
While it would certainly take a bit more balancing and development time, this fan concept goes a long way in proving that dynamic Gym Leaders and late-game rematches could work well in the main series.
Whether Pokemon Scarlet & Violet will adapt scalable Gym Leaders remains to be seen. For now, players will just have to wait and see when the game comes out on November 18, 2022.