Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: The New Gym Leader is Sure to Shock Everyone

An electrifying reveal.
An electrifying reveal. Nintendo

A new Gym leader has been revealed for Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet that's sure to shock all trainers. Iono is more than ready to be part of the adventure and is bringing along her partner Bellibolt.

Iono is the Gym Leader of Levincia, one of the prominent cities in the Paldea region. She specializes in Electric-type Pokémon and many know her as the Supercharged Streamer. This is mostly due to her popularity online as the host of the Iono Zone show.

Her partner Bellibolt can expand and contract its elastic body to generate a huge amount of electricity in an organ that looks like a belly button. This electricity is then discharged from the two bumps on either side of its head that resemble eyeballs.​ We say “resemble” because its actual eyes are really adorably small and round.

Bellibolt’s ability known as Electromorphosis appears for the first time in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Bellibolt becomes charged when hit by an attack, which then boosts the power of the next Electric-type move it uses.

Other details of Bellibolt include:

  • Category: EleFrog Pokémon​
  • Type: Electric​
  • Height: 3'11" (1.2 m)
  • Weight: 249.1 lbs. (113.0 kg)

Welcome to Paldea

It was in early August 2022 when it was revealed that the game was taking place in a region known as Paldea. This is a massive land dotted with wastelands, peaks, mountain ranges, and lakes. Players who explore the region will see people and Pokémon living together in various locations. In the middle of Paldea lies its largest city Mesagoza. Here, players can find either the Naranja Academy or Uva Academy. They also get to meet these individuals:

  • Clavell
    • He acts as the director of the academy and teaches the player many things about their school.
  • Jacq
    • Mr. Jacq is very knowledgeable about Pokémon biology and is the one who developed the Pokédex app for the Rotom Phone.
    • He is also the player’s homeroom teacher.
  • Arven
    • Arven is an upperclassman at the academy.
    • He’s good at cooking and is researching healthy recipes that can help Pokémon feel better.
  • Penny
    • Penny has a bit of a shy personality, and for some reason, she doesn’t seem to come to the academy very often.

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet is coming out November 18, exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

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