In the games
In the main 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 beating 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:
- Generation I: Pallet Town
- Generation II: New Bark Town
- Generation III: Littleroot Town
- Generation IV: Twinleaf Town
- Generation V: Kanoko Town
Pallet Town in Generation I
Pallet Town in Generation III
New Bark Town in Generation II
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New Bark Town in Generation IV
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 four 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 home town 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.
- Littleroot Town is the hometown of Harrison. Other notable residents include Professor Birch.
- Petalburg City is the hometown of May and Max, their mother and their father Norman, the Gym Leader there. Max has since returned to his hometown in preparation for his own Pokémon journey.
- 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.
- LaRousse City is an anime-exclusive location that is the hometown of May's rival, Drew.
- Twinleaf Town is the hometown of Dawn, Kenny, and Barry. Other residents include Dawn's mother, Johanna.
- Veilstone City is the hometown of Ash's rival Paul and his brother Reggie.
- Snowpoint City is the hometown of Dawn's rival Zoey.
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 and Twinleaf 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.|