In the games
In the core series games, the player and their rival will begin their journey in their hometown, venturing onto the first routes from there, encountering the Pokémon Professor, and getting their starter Pokémon. After defeating the Elite Four and Champion, the player will start again from their hometown when the game is next loaded.
The hometown varies with the region the player starts in:
- Kanto: Pallet Town
- Johto: New Bark Town
- Hoenn: Littleroot Town
- Sinnoh: Twinleaf Town
- Unova: Nuvema TownBW/Aspertia CityB2W2
- Kalos: Vaniville Town
In the anime
Hometowns in the anime are more diverse than in the video games. Main characters (and their rivals) are not always limited to the six towns specified in the video games. Like many of the other settlements in the anime, the hometowns are significantly larger than their game counterparts.
- Pallet Town is the hometown to both Ash Ketchum and Gary Oak. Other residents include Professor Oak, Delia, and Tracey Sketchit.
- Pewter City is the hometown of Brock, Forrest, their parents, Lola and Flint, and eight other siblings. Until he met Ash, Brock was the Leader of the Pewter City Gym. While he was Gym Leader, he took care of his brothers and sisters on his own. Solidad is also native to Pewter City.
- Cerulean City is the hometown of Misty and her sisters. She lived there until the age of ten when she decided to become a Water Pokémon master and to get away from her sisters. She returned to Cerulean City later on and became a full-time Gym Leader.
- Frodomar City is an anime-exclusive location that is the hometown of Ritchie. It was mentioned only in the English dub of the anime.
- New Bark Town is the hometown of Casey, Jimmy, Marina, and Vincent. Professor Elm is also a resident there.
- Ecruteak City is the hometown of Sakura.
- Silver Rock Isle is an anime-exclusive location that is the hometown of Robert.
- Littleroot Town is the hometown of Harrison. Other notable residents include Professor Birch.
- Petalburg City is the hometown of May and Max, their mother Caroline and their father Norman, the Gym Leader there.
- Slateport City is the hometown of Harley.
- Mauville City is the hometown of Tyson. Other notable residents would be the Gym Leader, Wattson, and his assistant, Watt.
- Verdanturf Town is the hometown of Morrison and Timmy Grimm.
- Lilycove City is the hometown of Kelly and Katie.
- LaRousse City is an anime-exclusive location that is the hometown of May's rival, Drew.
- Twinleaf Town is the hometown of Dawn, her mother Johanna, her rival Kenny, Barry, and Palmer. Other residents include Izzy, Cara, and Sayer.
- Veilstone City is the hometown of Ash's rival Paul and his brother Reggie. Another notable resident is the Gym Leader, Maylene.
- Snowpoint City is the hometown of Dawn's rival Zoey. Another notable resident is the Gym Leader, Candice.
- Celestic Town is the hometown of Cynthia, her grandmother Professor Carolina, and Lila.
- Nuvema Town is the hometown of Trip and Bianca. Another notable resident is Professor Juniper.
- Striaton City is the hometown of the Gym Leader and friend of Ash's, Cilan. Other notable residents include his brothers, Chili and Cress, and Professor Fennel.
- The Village of Dragons is the hometown of Iris. Another notable resident is its elder.
- Vaniville Town is the hometown of Serena, her mother Grace, and her rival Shauna.
- Santalune City is the hometown of Tierno. Another notable resident is the Gym Leader, Viola.
- Lumiose City is the hometown of Clemont and Bonnie, their father Meyer, Clembot, and Trevor.
- The Ninja Village is an anime-exclusive location that is the hometown of the ninja Sanpei and his two brothers, Ippei and Nihei.
In the manga
The various series of Pokémon manga follow the games in having their main characters start in Pallet Town, New Bark Town, Littleroot Town, Twinleaf Town and Nuvema Town. There are some characters, though, that have unique hometowns such as Yellow from Pokémon Adventures who was born in Viridian Forest.
|This article is part of Project Cities and Towns, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on every city and town in the Pokémon world.|