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The Santalune Gym (Japanese: ハクダンジム Hakudan Gym) is the official Gym of Santalune City, and is the first Gym the player challenges in Pokémon X and Y. It is based on Bug-type Pokémon. The Gym Leader is Viola. Trainers that defeat her receive the Bug Badge.
In the games
The first room of the Gym resembles a gallery, and it displays many of Viola's photographs. Sliding down the rope in the center of the room takes the player to the room below, which is large, dark, and has many giant plants growing in it. Several Trainers await challengers in this room, standing on wooden platforms that are linked together by a giant spiderweb. The player may walk on this spiderweb to navigate the room, though there are several darker sections that cannot be stepped on. Although there are many paths leading to the end of the room, a series of large water droplets will mark out the quickest route that the player can take while facing as few Trainers as possible.
After defeating Viola, who resides on a large, wooden platform towards the back of the room, the tent behind her will pull back to reveal a staircase that leads to a hidden passage. This passage opens out behind one of the photographs in the first room, which will slide back into place once the player has left.
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In the anime
The Santalune Gym first appeared in A Blustery Santalune Gym Battle!, where Ash challenged Viola to a Gym battle, but lost after he couldn't outwit her Surskit's ice battlefield strategy. The Gym reappeared in Battling on Thin Ice! for Ash's rematch, in which he defeated Viola.
Pokémon used in the Gym
In the manga
The Santalune Gym debuted in The Aegislash Agenda, where Viola invited X and his friends to stay at the Gym for a night. Viola also challenged X to a battle, which ended in X's victory. During the group's stay, Celosia mind-controlled Shauna with her Honedge in an attempt to steal X's Kangaskhanite, but thanks to Korrina arriving to help the group, the Team Flare Scientist was eventually forced do retreat empty-handed.
In Zygarde Agitated, Viola met Alexa at the Gym to discuss the possibility of Team Flare attempting to use the ultimate weapon again after the first firing had failed to take any lives.
Pokémon used in the Gym
- Two of the photographs that appear in the first room of the Gym are titled "To Be Evolved" and "Nectar's Siren Song", and feature a Metapod and a Butterfree, respectively.
- In the anime, the Gym is based on Château de Fontainebleau.