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Kitakami キタカミ
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Introduction Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (The Teal Mask)
Professor None
First partner Pokémon None
Regional Villains The Loyal Three
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Generation IX
Games Scarlet and Violet (The Teal Mask)
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The land of Kitakami (Japanese: キタカミの里 Kitakami countryside), known simply as Kitakami, is a location featured in The Teal Mask expansion for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. It is a different region to Paldea, but it is unclear whether it is itself a region or is part of a larger region.

Etymology and design concept


Kitakami may be named after areas named "Kitakami" (北上) in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan, which includes Kitakami Mountains (北上山地), Kitakami River Basin (北上盆地), Kitakami River (北上川), and Kitakami City (北上市). The name "Kitakami" is formed from the characters 北 kita (north) and 上 kami (up).

Design concept

Main article: Pokémon world in relation to the real world → Kitakami

Kitakami may be inspired by the Iwate, Akita, and Aomori in the Tōhoku region, particularly the Towada-Hachimantai National Park and neighboring areas on the borders of the three prefectures. The aforementioned region is particularly well known for its rural atmosphere as well as its mountains and rice paddles.


Undated history

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  • "Hundreds of years ago"
    • A male Ursaluna crossed the sea and drifted ashore in Kitakami's Timeless Woods from Hisui, surviving in this place led it to gain a unique appearance and special powers, as time passed, it turned into a myth around Kitakami and was known as the Bloodmoon Beast.
    • A man and an ogre named Ogerpon, one day traveled to the land of Kitakami, carrying with them some gems from a foreign land, but due to their uncommon appearance, they weren't allowed to get any closer to the village, forcing the two to sadly move to a nearby mountain but they were still happy to have each other, living together for sometime in a den inside the mountain.
    • The village's mask-maker pitied the pair though, so using the man's crystals, he crafted four brilliant, adorned masks for them, which would be later named the Wellspring, Hearthflame, Cornerstone and Teal Masks, allowing them to blend in with the other villagers during their Festival of Masks, making the duo very well known around the land thanks to their new, shiny masks.
    • As time passed, rumors about the duo and their masks began spreading further, even to distant lands, eventually they got to the ears of an old couple, who requested their Pokémon, Pecharunt, to get it for them, it then recruited Okidogi, Munkidori and Fezandipiti as its retainers and the four made their way to Kitakami. They went into the duo's home while both were away, but the man found about it and engaged into a battle with them, being left heavily injured but was strong enough to protect at least one of the masks, while the other three were taken. Once Ogerpon returned to its home, it found it in ruins and its friend missing, with the Teal Mask left on the floor. It then donned its mask on and ran down into the village looking for its friend, only to find the four greedy Pokémon gloating over the stolen masks. It madly attacked them and after a battle, the three are slayed while the leader, Pecharunt managed to survive by hiding within its shell while being sent flying deep into the forest. The villagers around were scared of the ogre after seeing what it had done and assumed it was an evil ogre, while the three deceased Pokémon were heroes who sacrificed themselves for them. Ogerpon is left very wounded, but weakly returns to its home very saddened.
    • After witnessing the battle between the ogre and the greedy Pokémon, the villagers, assuming the three Pokémon were heroes and the ogre was a villain, buried the trio with care and built a monument atop it. They named the deceased trio the Loyal Three and the park they were buried in, the Loyal Three Park, which would be later renamed as the Loyalty Plaza. Being the only one aware of what truly happened, the mask-maker tried telling everyone about what truly happened, but they didn't take him seriously, considering him a heretic, forcing him to keep his story within his family, only passing it down to his descendants.
  • Over the years as the mask-maker passed down Ogerpon's true story to his descendants, soon the story was passed down to Yukito by his father.

Contemporary history

The player is taken to Kitakami on a school trip held by the sister schools, Naranja AcademyS/Uva AcademyV and Blueberry Academy, along with the player, three unnamed students of Naranja AcademyS/Uva AcademyV and two students of Blueberry Academy, Kieran and Carmine, also joined the school trip.


Kitakami is a landlocked region that is mostly mountainous, as a large mountain comprises most of the region, though some rivers are present at the top of the mountain and around it on the east side, some even leading outside of the region. There is a town at the base of the mountain, being the only town in Kitakami.

Kitakami is described as being far away from Paldea, where the player character lives, to the degree of a plane being required to travel there.


Most of the people there are naturally born citizens there, like Ogerpon's mask-maker, though rarely do they see tourists. Apart from farming, a significant amount of income comes from tourism. Most of the residents of Kitakami do not appreciate this (with both Trainers and main characters referring to those not from Kitakami as "outsiders"). Though following the events of The Teal Mask, many warm up to them.

Notable locations

Some notable locations around Kitakami include:


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Map Name Population
  Mossui Town
  Kitakami Hall


The loading symbol when using a Taxi in Kitakami


To promote The Teal Mask, Pikachu and Ogerpon appeared at the 2023 Aomori Nebuta Matsuri as a float. The festival is the largest in the Tohoku region. The choice to showcase the Nebuta at the 2023 World Championships in Yokohama leans to the idea of the real life region of Tohoku region of Japan bearing a close resemblance to Kitakami.
  • The culture of Kitakami resembles Japanese culture with the main characters of the story wearing clothing known as a jinbei (甚平). The architecture of the houses as seen in Kitakami also resemble typical Japanese houses.
  • Food stalls (or Yatai (屋台)) can be seen around the shrine, of Shinto style. The path is flanked by stone lanterns similar to Ishidoro (石灯籠) in Japanese culture. Paper lanterns called Chōchin (提灯) can also be seen.
  • The main characters of the story also participate in the Festival of Masks in Kitakami Hall, similar to matsuri (祭り) in Japan with its ties to spirtual animals, spirits, and/or deities according to ancient folklore. In the case of Kitakami, the summer festival celebrates "The Loyal Three" (Okidogi, Munkidori, and Fezandipiti) the Pokémon that protected Kitakami from the "Ogre" (Ogerpon). This story is similar to the Japanese folk tale of Momotarō (桃太郎), where a boy born from a peach who grows up to vanquish some ogres.
  • The name of the Iwate Prefecture in the Tohoku Region means Rock (Iwa) Hand (Te). This comes a story where a deity names Mitsuishi (Three Rocks) vanquished an ogre called Rasetsu, who left an imprint of its hand on a large boulder on Mt. Nansho.[1] This bears resemblance to the Loyal Three vanquishing Ogerpon.
  • The culture of one of the largest festivals in the Tohoku region, Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, is very similar to the themes explored in The Teal Mask (i.e. ogres appearing in many floats, which are typically depicted by humans by wearing a mask, reminiscent of Ogerpon). Alongside these cultural similarities, a real life nebuta float of Pikachu and Ogerpon appeared at the 2023 Aomori Nebuta festival.
  • Ogerpon wears a mask, which could be a reference to Onikenbai (鬼剣舞) (lit. Ogre's Sword Dance), a traditional mask-wearing folk performance from the real-world Kitakami, Iwate. This city is also home to a large traditional mask museum called Oni no Yakata (lit. Ogre's Museum).[2]
  • Ogerpon could be inspired by Menreiki (面霊気) which is a "mask essence" (or a Yokai (妖怪) born from a collection of masks). In the Tohoku region of Japan, it is considered a form of Tsukumogami (付喪神).
  • The Loyal Three are revered through small statues wearing red bibs, similar to that of Ojizo-sama (お地蔵さま) or Kitsune (きつね) found across Japan. The colour red is believed to ward off evil spirits in Japanese culture.[3]
  • Okidogi may be inspired by the large Japanese dog, Akita. The Akita dog also originates from Akita Prefecture in the Tohoku region of Japan, where Kitakami may be inspired from.
  • Munkidori may be inspired by the Japanese macaque which originate from Aomori Prefecture of the Tohoku region.
  • Fezandipiti may be inspired by the Japanese Green Pheasant, Kiji. The Kiji is also Iwate Prefecture's symbolic bird[4]. Fezandipiti's Japanese name is "Kichikigisu", which contains the word "kigisu". Kigisu is an archaic reading for pheasant.
  • Dipplin, the evolution of Applin also features in Kitakami. Sweet apples are often served during summer festivals in Japan. With Aomori Prefecture being the largest producer of apples in Japan, it is well known for its apples around the world. As such, it is possible that Aomori's apples were the inspiration behind Dipplin. The trailer of the Teal Mask also heavily showcases an apple orchard, apple consumption, and a photoshoot with an apple cutout board.
  • Poltchageist is inspired from Tsukumogami (付喪神) which is a spirit (or Yokai (妖怪)) that is born from every-day inanimate objects, which is typical concept in Japanese Shinto belief.
  • Only found in Kitakami, Bloodmoon Ursaluna's Pokédex entry states that "It crossed the sea and drifted ashore in a new land." At the start of the quest, Perrin states that the Bloodmoon Ursaluna is native to her homeland, Sinnoh, when it was still called Hisui. If Sinnoh is an analog to Hokkaido, its nearest landmass is the Tohoku region of Japan. Furthermore, Ursaluna may be based on the Ussuri brown bear, a subspecies of the brown bear native to Hokkaido and its surrounding areas.
    • Another Hisuian Pokémon, White-Striped Basculin, is also found in Kitakami.
  • Kitakami features a large mountain which can be scaled. This could be inspired by Mt. Iwaki, which means "God's Home" (カムィ イワキ) in the local Ainu language. Mt. Iwaki is also known as the "Northern Fuji" due to its similar appearance. The reference to a deity and the north is similar to Kitakami, which means "northern god".

Name origin

Language Name Origin
Japanese キタカミの里 Kitakami no Sato From 北 kita (north), 神 kami (deity) or 上 kami (upper), and possibly a reference to 北上 Kitakami
English, German,
Brazilian Portuguese
Kitakami From its Japanese name
Spanish Noroteo From norte (north) and teo- (theo-: prefix for god)
French Septentria From septentrional (northern)
Italian Nordivia From nord (north) and divinità (divinity)
Korean 북신의 고장 Buksin-ui Gojang From 북신 buksin, Sino-Korean reading of Japanese 北神 kitakami (north deity)
Chinese (Mandarin) 北上鄉 / 北上乡 Běishàng Xiāng From 北 běi / bāk (north) and 上 shàng / séuhng (upper)
Chinese (Cantonese) 北上鄉 Bākséuhng Hēung


Regions in the Pokémon world
Core series Kanto (Sevii Islands) • JohtoHoenn
Sinnoh (HisuiBattle Zone) • Unova
KalosAlolaGalar (Isle of ArmorCrown Tundra)
Side series White CityOrre
Anime Orange ArchipelagoDecolore Islands
Spin-off games FioreAlmiaObliviaPokémon IslandMintale Town
Ryme CityPasioRanseiFerrumLental
Mystery Dungeon worldPokéParkTCG Islands
Carmonte IslandTumblecube IslandAeos Island
TCG Southern IslandsPuzzle ContinentHolonParallel Worlds
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the Pokémon world
Ranger UnionGuyana
Lucario KingdomMirage KingdomRota

Mossui TownKitakami Hall
Kitakami RoadApple HillsLoyalty PlazaReveler's Road
Mossfell ConfluenceFellhorn GorgeWistful Fields
Paradise BarrensKitakami Wilds (Timeless Woods) • Chilling Waterhead

Oni Mountain (Oni's MawDreaded DenInfernal Pass)
Oni Mountain Summit: Crystal Pool

Six Wonders of Kitakami
Access to
PaldeaBlueberry Academy

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