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Isshu イッシュ地方
Isshu region
Artwork of the Isshu region
Introduction Pokémon Black and White
Professor Professor Araragi
Starter Pokémon Tsutarja, Pokabu, Mijumaru
Regional Villains Team Plasma
League
Pokémon League
League Location
Pokédex
Pokédex List Isshu Pokédex
Anime
Series Best Wishes
Season(s) 14
Games
Generation V
Games Black and White
Manga
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The Isshu region (Japanese: イッシュ地方 Isshu-chihō) is a large area of the Pokémon world and the setting of the fifth generation Pokémon games Pokémon Black and White. It is far away from the four other large regions, and the Pokémon which inhabit Isshu are diverse and different from those of Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh. In his director's column, Junichi Masuda suggested that the geographical and social background for Isshu draws inspiration from the New York City metropolitan area, although the region features rural locations as well as industrial.

Isshu features fifteen settlements which reflect the diversity of the region. Hiun City, a sprawling metropolis, is the largest city in any known Pokémon region. Kanoko Town, which is inhabited by the Pokémon expert Professor Araragi, is smaller and quieter. Black City is a version-exclusive city found only in Pokémon Black. Isshu's landscape also features several forests (one of which, White Forest, is also version-exclusive), a desert, a magnetic cave and areas where the move Dive can be used outside of battle. Although Isshu appears in some ways more technologically advanced than the previous regions, this development is not spread across the whole of the region.

These towns and cities are connected by a network of routes. These are numbered from 1 to 18, mimicking the naming scheme used in Kanto and emphasizing Isshu's isolation. Isshu has the least numbered routes of any region, but also has named routes stretching between settlements. These include five bridges and a subway network.

Unlike previous regions, where climatic change was experienced locally (that is to say, some routes would always feature snow, and some routes would always feature rain), Isshu is susceptible to national seasonal change. Spring, summer, autumn and winter each last approximately thirty days, and recur three times each within a year. Each season brings with it different weather patterns, unlocks different events, and presents altered Pokémon availabilities.

Etymology and design concept

Isshu's name is derived from 一種類 isshurui, meaning "one variety". As explained by game director Masuda, this is to express that even though the region has great diversity in species and race, when seen from a distance they are all the same as living creatures.[1] It may also be influenced by the motto of the United States, e pluribus unum, Latin for "from many, one".

Although some of Isshu is geographically based on New York, the creators of the region took some liberties in regards to the surrounding areas. Clearly, the largest city in Isshu, Hiun City, is based on Lower Manhattan, but to the immediate north of Hiun is (as opposed to a continuing metropolis as in real life) a vast desert. To the east and west of the region are large mountains. Isshu also contains many rural settlements.

History

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Cities, routes, and other locations

Cities and towns

Landmarks

Routes

Unlike previous regions, Isshu's routes do not follow the same numbering system, with a jump to 301, but are numbered 1-18, paralleling the Kanto region's numbering system.

Geography

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Climate

Main article: Seasons

League

Main article: Isshu League

The Isshu League is the regional Pokémon League of the Isshu region. After obtaining the eight badges of the region a trainer may battle the Elite Four at the Pokémon League building.

Gym Leaders

Isshu League
Generation V Region: Isshu
Gym Leader
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Badge
File:VSDent.png
Dent
デント Dent
File:VSPod.png
Pod
ポッド Pod
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Corn
コーン Corn
Sanyou City
サンヨウシティ
Sanyou City
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Tri Badge
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Aloe
アロエ Aloe
Shippou City
シッポウシティ
Shippou City
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Basic Badge
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Arti
アーティ Arti
Hiun City
ヒウンシティ
Hiun City
Bug 50px
Beetle Badge
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Kamitsure
カミツレ Kamitsure
Raimon City
ライモンシティ
Raimon City
Electric Bolt Badge.png
Bolt Badge
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Yacon
ヤーコン Yacon
Hodomoe City
ホドモエシティ
Hodomoe City
Ground Quake Badge.png
Quake Badge
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Fuuro
フウロ Fuuro
Fukiyose City
フキヨセシティ
Fukiyose City
Flying Jet Badge.png
Jet Badge
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Hachiku
ハチク Hachiku
Sekka City
セッカシティ
Sekka City
Ice 50px
Icicle Badge
File:VSShaga.png
Shaga
シャガ ShagaB
VSIris.png
Iris
アイリス IrisW
Souryuu City
ソウリュウシティ
Souryuu City
Dragon Legend Badge.png

Legend Badge

Elite Four

Isshu League
Generation V
Member
Japanese
Type
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Shikimi
シキミ Shikimi
Ghost
{{{size}}}
Giima
ギーマ Giima
Dark
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Caitlin
カトレア Cattleya
Psychic
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Renbu
レンブ Renbu
Fighting
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Trivia

  • Isshu is the only main series game region not to have an "O" sound in its name.
  • Isshu is the first main series region not to be based on real-world Japan.
  • Isshu has the fewest routes of any region with 18.

See also

References

  1. http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/interview/irbj/vol1/index2.html
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