Pokémon’s newest Gym Leader has a surprising secret

NINTENDO recently hosted a 20-minute Pokémon Presents showcasing the newest gym leader in the series.

Grusha was the only new Gym Leader revealed in the trailer, fighting alongside Cetitan, a new Ice-type Pokémon for the Paldea region.

Grusha's signature Pokémon, Cetitan.


Grusha’s signature Pokémon, Cetitan.Credit: The Pokemon Company

Fans have grown fond of the Glaseado City Gym Leader, and fan art has surfaced on social media.

Artists love Grusha’s cozy aesthetic, wrapped in a thick scarf with long icy blue hair.

However, people were surprised when they checked out the studio head’s bio posted on the official Pokémon website.

It states: “Grusha used to be a professional snowboarder, but he is now the full-time Gym Leader of Glaseado Gym.

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“He is an ice type specialist who has Cetitan as a partner.

“He’s usually cool-headed, but when things get hot he shows the emotions he usually suppresses.”

Despite his feminine appearance, Grusha canonically uses he/him pronouns.

This isn’t the first time Pokémon has had an androgynous male character.

Most recently, the main antagonist of Pokémon Legends: Arceus was Volo, a man based on Cynthia, the fourth generation champion.

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Despite this unexpected revelation, fans wholeheartedly embraced Grusha.

Taking to Twitter, one user wrote: “I have to protect him.” Another added: “He’s so beautiful. I can not.”

Some are so drawn to Grusha’s design that it has caused them to question their sexuality.

One person wrote: “Grusha is giving so many people an unexpected gay awakening. You love to see it.”

Whatever Grusha’s gender, it seems fans are loving the new character.

August’s Pokémon Gifts revealed a lot of new information about the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games.

It will be the first fully open-ended RPG in the series and will feature an entirely new game mechanic called Terastalisation.

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Raid Battles will return, and players can team up online to catch rare Tera-form Pokemon.

The new additions to the Pokémon main series will be released on November 18th.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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