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Alto Mare (Japanese: アルトマーレ Altomare), also known as the City of Water (Japanese: 水の都 City of Water), is an anime-exclusive location and the setting of the fifth and final original series movie, Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias.
In the anime
The guardians of Alto Mare
Alto Mare is an isolated island south of Azalea Town. It is accessible via ferries near Cherrygrove City. It is a city of canals; a major mode of transport is by gondola.
The city is guarded by the Legendary Pokémon Latias and Latios. Many other species of Pokémon can be found in Alto Mare, including Pidgey, Yanma, Murkrow, Quagsire, Chinchou and Remoraid.
The Tour de Alto Mare, a water chariot race, is held annually. Trainers race on floating platforms pulled by their Pokémon. One year, the competition was won by Misty and her Corsola. Winners are awarded a medal, depicting Latias and Latios.
It is also the site of Alto Mare Museum, where it exhibits the Defense Mechanism of Alto Mare (DMA). The fossil of pre-historic Pokémon, such as Aerodactyl and Kabutops can also be seen in the museum's floor. Lorenzo and his granddaughter, Bianca, are the caretakers of the museum.
The Secret Garden, where Latias and Latios reside, is found near the museum. Located in a small pond is the Soul Dew. If removed, it can be used to control the DMA, but this will cause all the water to drain from the city. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the two Eon Pokémon to protect the Soul Dew.
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Alto Mare or Pokémon that reside there in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
Statues of Alto Mare's two guardians, Latios (left) and Latias.
Ash and Pikachu discover the secret garden, after following Latias through a portal.
The DMA in the Alto Mare museum.
Sunrise over Alto Mare. The city's bell tower can be seen in the foreground.
The Secret Garden at dusk.
A gondola that seems to be based on Lugia.
A gate featuring the image of Entei
- Alto Mare is the first movie-made city based on a real city outside Japan.
- The large numbers of Pidgey found in Alto Mare seems to be a reference to the pigeons of Venice.
- A gate in Alto Mare that Team Rocket tries to climb over features an image of Entei.
- Alto Mare contains a lot of Easter eggs, such as a gondola based on Lugia and some (mural) drawings that resemble Pokémon.
- A town similar in appearance to Alto Mare appears in the opening sequence of Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, along with Latios and Latias.
Alto Mare is based on Venice, Italy.
In other languages
|| アルトマーレ Altomare
|| Italian for "high sea"
| Chinese (Taiwan)
|| 奧多馬雷 Àoduōmǎléi
|| Transliteration of its Japanese name