Fifth Generation Are Pokémon slaves to humans? Team Plasma thinks so. Travel the Unova region and prove them wrong in Black & White, and then return two years later in Black 2 & White 2.

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Old January 6th, 2013 (5:22 PM). Edited January 6th, 2013 by Deceit.
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    All the gyms in Black and White 2 have gotten upgrades, including new interiors. Every gym has been remodeled, except for the Icirrus City and Nacrene City gyms, but they are not part of the main gyms anyway. The Icirrus City and Striaton Gym Leaders can still be battled, however. There are also a few new gyms added, listed here:
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    Gym 1: Normal, lead by Cheren, in Aspertia City
    Gym 2: Poison, lead by Roxie, in Virbank City
    Gym 8: Water, lead by Marlon, in Humilau City

    In addition, the gyms have new and unique themes, which differs a lot from previous games, as all gyms usually have the same theme. In this game, each theme is a remix of the original gym music, made to suit each and every gym (though Cheren has the normal theme, this may be because he is a normal gym leader).

    So,
    How did you feel about the gyms in Black and White 2 compared to the originals, Black and White?

    -Were there any gym puzzles you had trouble with?
    -Did you like the different themes for each gym?
    -Was there a gym interior you preferred in Black and White rather than the new interior?


    For me, I really liked the new themes for each gym. It made me feel like each gym leader (and to some extent, the gym itself) had its own personality. The fact that the gyms were remodeled also made me feel like Unova has changed a lot in 2 years. For the puzzles, the only one I had trouble with was Burgh's, because I didn't know you had to stand in front of one cocoon for the trainer to jump out, as well as the opening.

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      Drayden's Gym was the most unique. It actually had an occasion where you had to fight a Triple Battle or a Rotation Battle, which was your choice. Granted, I took on both for the experience NEway.

      Skyla's Gym was also a fun one to try. Nimbasa was generically boring; a runway for a Gym, but cool that your Trainer's picture shows up on screen afterwards. Clay's I fortunately figured out quickly (I'm good with mazes), but it's one of those that could prove annoying to players.

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      How did you feel about the gyms in Black and White 2 compared to the originals, Black and White?
      Overall the best Gyms so far. Their uniqueness really shined this time around. Yes, each Gym in the past had a little puzzle, each different from the other, and totally different trainers in each, but this time we REALLY got a difference from each Gym. In the past, they all has the same, drab, dull feel: You walk in, battle some minions, and then the Leader. In black 2 and White 2, you really had an experience. You experience the Gym, the theme, the trainers, and of course, the Leader.

      -Were there any gym puzzles you had trouble with?
      CLAY. His Puzzle sucked. I always get so turned around in his gym and usually end up in the same spot six times in a row. ;;

      -Did you like the different themes for each gym?
      They were probably my favorite new feature in the Gyms. The themes matched each Leader perfectly. Cheren's was still the same as the generic Gym theme was in Black and White, but that was perfect too, considering that he's the "teacher" type of Leader as well as being the newest Gym Leader in Unova.

      -Was there a gym interior you preferred in Black and White rather than the new interior?
      Not at all. Each new Gym is most definitely an improvement upon their previous styles and layouts.

      These games were definitely the games with the best Gyms ever, in my opinion. Nintendo and GameFreak did a fantastic job at designing each one, and I can't wait to see what other Gyms in the possible and hopeful future.
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      -Were there any gym puzzles you had trouble with?: Clay's gym puzzle gave me headaches.
      -Did you like the different themes for each gym?: Yes, particularly Roxie's.
      -Was there a gym interior you preferred in Black and White rather than the new interior?: I liked Skyla's B/W gym interior than the one in B2/W2 because the catapults were fun to shoot out of.
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        I love these gyms! The one that stuck with me is actually Burgh's, especially the music omg <3 Clay's puzzle sucked, but it was still an improvement over the previous. BW changed the gyms to be actual facilities, and BW2 just took it beyond! They were fun to complete, actually.
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        I thought they were mostly an improvement over the BW gyms. (Clay, you suck.) The roller coaster gym was kind of annoying to me so I'm glad that was replaced with a straightforward runway with fun music. Much more fitting there. They all seemed to fit more with their respective leaders this time around so I was glad to see that.
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        I have to say the new Gyms are a drastic improvement, the new looks are just so cool and the fact they remixed the music to suit the theme of the Gym was a smart move, for Cheren's they used the original theme from Black and White, probably cos he's a Normal-type Gym Leader and all.

        My fave music would have to be from Burgh and Elesa's Gyms, and the design was awesome too. Tbh I liked Burgh's Gym design much better than in B/W and I like how Elesa now has hers on a catwalk, and those lights are beautiful.

        I didn't have any particular issues with the puzzles though.
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        Old January 10th, 2013 (6:12 AM).
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          The gyms in this game were much better than the ones in the original BW. I loved Burgh's gym, I also liked Marlon's but the best of all was Drayden's :D
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            I loved what they did with the gyms in this game! Going from Cheren's normal gym theme to Roxie's rock music club version of the theme certainly surprised me. Elesa's really blew me away when I first got to her. "GIVE ME WHAT I NEED!" :O Yeah, I just loved the fact that each gym had a unique theme. It definitely made me look forward to entering new gyms, at least moreso than before.

            As for puzzles, I particularly enjoyed Marlon's and Skyla's most. ^-^
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              Hands down the game improved on a bunch of points, one of them being the gyms. I enjoyed the uniqueness of them and the puzzles reminded me of Flannery's gym back in Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald. One of the hardest from the series. Anyone Remember?

              I also loved how you started your quest on the other side of the map and couldnt get to the original starting point until after the E4+1. Threw some originality into your quest as opposed to a repeat of B/W.

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              I would have to say that of all the upgraded Gyms, Elesa and Skyla's were my favorite. The Nimbasa Gym was one of my favorite because it was straightforward (battle and move on), and it had some pretty awesome Gym music. I wouldn't want all Gyms to be that simple, but I think one or two a game work.

              I also liked that there was a bit of challenge and strategy with Skyla's Gym in Mistralton. Overall, I find I prefer simple strategic puzzles like this one compared to something like Clay's Gym, where it can almost borderline on frustrating.
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              I think I preferred the more straight forward designs and by that I mean Roxie and Elesa's.
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              I loved Elesa's gym, but more so, I loved Roxie's as well. It suited each of them greatly.
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              Burgh's Gym > Elesa's Gym > everything else.

              I loved the gym designes/re-designs. I didn't particularly like BW's Gym designs so it was a very welcome change!
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                The only gym puzzle that was tuff for me was Clay's gym. Other thank that, I thought they where great.
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                  -Were there any gym puzzles you had trouble with?
                  CLAY UGH!
                  -Did you like the different themes for each gym?
                  YAAS!
                  -Was there a gym interior you preferred in Black and White rather than the new interior?
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                    Another reason why I think White/Black 2 to be the best Pokemon games made. Each gym had its own theme, its own design, it made itself memorable. Elesa's gym and Drayden's gym were amazing.
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                      I'm only half way through my first time in B2, but so far I mostly prefer the new gyms. The only one I didn't care for much was Roxie's gym, since it wasn't really a gym. It was more like I just tromped up there onto the stage in the middle of a show and interrupted for a battle. It just seemed weird. Burgh's remodel was pretty good, and I loved both Elesa's and Clay's - Elesa's for the ambience and Clay's for the puzzle.
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                      Were there any gym puzzles you had trouble with?
                      I had trouble with Clay's gym, now that was a hard one.
                      Did you like the different themes for each gym?
                      Oh my gosh, I loved it. They finally pinpointed the themes, even adding unique gym music to each gym, which gave it it's own feel. The gyms also corrosponded to their type, with was great to see happen.
                      Was there a gym interior you preferred in Black and White rather than the new interior?
                      I felt like Drayden's gym was more creative the first time around.
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                      I hated Clay's gym puzzle. It took me 1 hour to solve it. It was booooring. The best puzzle in my opinion was Burgh's one. But the Drayden's one was awesome too. You choose which type of battle you want...I loved it.
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                      Really? I sped right through Clay's gym....it wasn't that bad was it?

                      must have been dumb luck then.

                      and yea I agree Drayden had a much better gym in the first game.
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                      -Were there any gym puzzles you had trouble with?
                      None in particular. Maybe a bit with skyla, for some reason I wasn't making it.
                      -Did you like the different themes for each gym?
                      Best part of B2W2. Such a brilliant idea, and I'm surprised it took them this long. Hopefully the battle music reflects the gyms in XY.
                      -Was there a gym interior you preferred in Black and White rather than the new
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                      Drayden's. I wasn't too happy about the battle to progress gyms, but Drayden having such a gym was silly. Cheren's was a new gym, and Elesa's a runway which you can't have a puzzle on, but Drayden? No excuse. Even if its a black/white choice theme.
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