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- 1 In the games
- 2 In the anime
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
Pallet Town in Generation I
Pallet Town in Generation III
New Bark Town
In the anime
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 was taking care of his brothers and sisters. 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.