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Virbank City is a city located in southwestern Unova. It is the home to Pokéstar Studios where people from all over Unova make their own movies and battle real trainers for the movies. The city also has it's own Pokémon Gym, specializing in Poison-type moves.

To the east of the city, there is a ship that can take trainers to Castelia City. And to the south, lies the Virbank Complex.


Main article: Virbank City Gym
Isshu Pokémon League iconVirbank Gym LeaderIsshu Pokémon League icon
Toxicbadge Toxic Badge TM Poison TM09 (Venoshock)


Level 16
Type Poison


Level 18

Type Bug/Type Poison

In the anime

Virbank City debuted in An Epic Defense Force!, when Ash and his friends arrived at the city port. Like in the games, the city has an existing movie studio and a recently built amusement park. The group met Luke again who was visiting the city to participate in a film-making competition. After being persuaded by Cilan, the gang decided to help Luke in the making of his film.

In Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 1 and Part 2, Ash and his friends went to the Virbank Gym. There, he battled Gym Leader Roxie for his eighth Gym Badge in Unova.

In All for the Love of Meloetta!, Ash and his friends, having found out that the Unova League began in three months, decided to go eat Virbank City's famous "Bearticone" at Cilan's suggestion. Arriving at the ice cream stand, they met up with the Sinnoh League Champion, Cynthia. Cynthia then invited them to go to East Unova with her.
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