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 entering the Hall of Fame, 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
- Alola: Hau'oli Outskirts
- Galar: Postwick
- Paldea: Cabo Poco
|Concept sketch for Pokémon Sword and Shield drawn by Shigeru Ohmori
|Concept art for Pokémon Sword and Shield drawn by James Turner
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 towns specified in the 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 and Gary. Other residents include Professor Oak, Delia, and Tracey.
- Pewter City is the hometown of Brock, Forrest, their parents Lola and Flint, and eight other siblings. Solidad is also a resident of Pewter City.
- Cerulean City is the hometown of Misty and her sisters Daisy, Violet, and Lily.
- Vermilion City is the hometown of Goh and Chloe.
- Roy's hometown is an unamed island that is home to him and his grandfather.
- 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, Vincent and Lyra. 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 his father 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 Cilan and his brothers Chili and Cress. Another notable resident is 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, and Trevor.
- The Ninja Village is an anime-exclusive location that is the hometown of Sanpei and his two brothers, Ippei and Nihei.
- Hau'oli City on Melemele Island is the hometown of Lana, Lillie, Mallow, and Sophocles. This is notably different from the games where Hau'oli City is not their hometown. Lana lives here with her younger twin sisters Harper and Sarah and her parents while Lillie lives in a mansion just outside the city with her butler Hobbes. Sophocles lives here with his parents. Mallow and her father run a restaurant near the city called Aina's Kitchen.
- 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 Paniola Ranch 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.
- Shea, Brian (October 4, 2019). "Exclusive Pokémon Sword And Shield Concept Art Gallery." Game Informer.
- Pokémon — James Turner
|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.