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A hometown is a town that a person considers their home. In the core series video games, it is the town that the player's journey begins in.
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:
In the anime
's hometown 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.
- 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.
- Hau'oli City on Melemele Island is the hometown of Lana, Lillie and Mallow. Lana lives here with her younger twin sisters Harper and Sarah while Lillie lives in a mansion just outside the city. Mallow's family has a cafeteria in the city. Sophocles also lives on Melemele Island, but it is not known if he lives in Hau'oli City or not. This is notably different from the games where Hau'oli City or Melemele Island are not their place of origin.
- Paniola Town on Akala Island is the hometown of Kiawe, making him the only one of Ash's classmates in the anime to have the same hometown as in the games. He lives here on a farm together with his parents and his younger sister.
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.