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Kalos カロス地方
Kalos region
Kalos alt.png
Artwork of the Kalos region from Pokémon X and Y
Introduction Pokémon X and Y
Professor Professor Sycamore
Starter Pokémon Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie
Regional Villains Team Flare
Pokémon League Kalos League
League Location Pokémon League
Pokédex List Kalos Pokédex
Series XY
Season(s) Pokémon the Series: XY (17)
Generation VI
Games X and Y
Adventures Debut PAXY01
Highlights of the areas within each Pokédex.

Kalos (Japanese: カロス地方 Kalos-chihō) is a region of the Pokémon world. It is the setting of Pokémon X and Y. It is based on the northern part of France.[1]

The Kalos region is shaped like a five-pointed star, with one of its biggest cities being Lumiose City to the north-central part of the region. It features a vast network of rivers and waterways snaking through much of its landscape, cities and towns. North-east of Lumiose City, lies a mountain range where more frigid temperatures exist, extending down into the plains below. Western Kalos features a vast ocean, where the shore side city of Shalour City lies in the middle of a cove.

Etymology and design concept


According to Junichi Masuda, the name "Kalos" comes from the Greek word κάλλος, meaning beauty.[2]

Design concept

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

Kalos is based on the northern half of Metropolitan France and Jersey, which is part of the United Kingdom.


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Dated history

  • 3000 years prior to the events of Pokémon X and Y, the Kalos war occurred, the ultimate weapon was created underneath Geosenge Town, and AZ was given eternal life.
  • 1000 years prior to the events of Pokémon X and Y, Xerneas went to sleep in the form of a tree.
  • c. 300 years prior to the events of Pokémon X and Y, Parfum Palace was built.

Contemporary history

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In contemporary history, Calem/Serena leave his/her home in Vaniville Town meeting Shauna and Serena/Calem who invite them to join them for a meeting in Aquacorde Town. Calem, Serena and Shauna receive their starter Pokémon from Tierno and a Pokédex from Trevor on behalf of Professor Sycamore. After delivering a letter to his/her Mom from Professor Sycamore, they head on an adventure traveling across Kalos challenging Gyms in order to earn eight Badges to then challenge the Pokémon League. Along their journey they come into contact with Team Flare, an organization whose goal is to create a "beautiful and better" world while making money. They try to do this by stealing Fossils from Glittering Cave, siphoning electricity from the Kalos Power Plant, stealing the Poké Balls from the Poké Ball Factory in Laverre City, and attempting to agitate and capture an Abomasnow. Calem/Serena also encounters a mysterious giant called AZ on several occasions, first being on Kalos Route 13. After earning their seventh Badge from Olympia, Calem/Serena are contacted by Lysandre, a man introduced by Professor Sycamore, who reveals himself to be the leader of Team Flare and his intention to use the "ultimate weapon" to eliminate all life in the world. Calem/Serena battle Lysandre first in Lysandre Labs and again in the Team Flare Secret HQ, before making their way down to the basement where they find XerneasX/YveltalY and battle them, before battling against Lysandre once more. Even though Lysandre is defeated, and Calem/Serena and their friends reason with him, he still fires the ultimate weapon. The blast the weapon omits destroys it and buries Lysandre and the HQ, ultimately disbanding Team Flare. Calem/Serena then heads to the Pokémon League where he/she defeats the Elite Four and Diantha, becoming Champion of Kalos.

Cities, routes, and other locations

Kalos has sixteen cities and towns, and a Pokémon League.

Like in Unova, the routes of Kalos start counting again from 1, likely to represent its geographical isolation from the previously introduced regions. There are 22 routes in total.


The Kalos region has a total population of 868 including all the towns, cities, and areas.

Cities and towns

Map City/Town Population Description
Vaniville Town XY.png Vaniville Town 9 Blooming buds covered in mountain dew exude hope for the future in this small town.
Aquacorde Town XY.png Aquacorde Town 15 A town that naturally sprang as people flocked to this pristine riverside.
Santalune City XY.png Santalune City 36 Many beginning Trainers gather in this friendly city to start a Pokémon journey.
Lumiose City.png Lumiose City 416 A dazzling metropolis of art and artifice, located in the very heart of the Kalos region.
Camphrier Town XY.png Camphrier Town 18 This ancient town was once famous for the long-neglected manor home of a noble family.
Cyllage City XY.png Cyllage City 50 A city nestled between the cliffs and the sea, overlooked by steep Bicycle racecourses.
Ambrette Town XY.png Ambrette Town 27 This town was known only for its aquarium until the discovery of rare Fossils really put it on the map.
Geosenge Town XY.png Geosenge Town 11 A town lined with mysterious stones and encircled by strange ruins of old.
Shalour City XY.png Shalour City 40 The seaside home of the Tower of Mastery, where the legend of mysterious stones lives on.
Coumarine City XY.png Coumarine City 43 An exclusive resort area made popular thanks to its clear skies and mild atmosphere.
Laverre City XY.png Laverre City 43 An unearthly city created by those inspired by a mysterious and ancient tree 1,500 years old.
Dendemille Town XY.png Dendemille Town 21 A rural town where Pokémon and windmills work together to farm the land in a chilly latitude.
Anistar City XY.png Anistar City 37 Some say the enigmatic device used as a sundial came from outer space.
Couriway Town XY.png Couriway Town 17 The railway brings people from great distances to see the huge, majestic falls.
Snowbelle City XY.png Snowbelle City 39 They say the cold air flowing from the Pokémon Gym is responsible for this city's frozen state.
Pokémon League Kalos.png Pokémon League 12 This path is open only to those who can best every Pokémon Gym in the Kalos region.
Kiloude City XY.png Kiloude City 34 This city, popular with Pokémon Trainers, is a typical example of southern Kalosian life.


Map Landmark Description
Santalune Forest XY.png Santalune Forest The gentle light filtering through this sun-dappled forest makes it a popular spot for natural walks.
XY Prerelease Tower of Mastery.png Tower of Mastery The tower of further awakenings.
Chamber of Emptiness XY.png Chamber of Emptiness A mysterious void. It is said that nothing can exist within it.
Kalos Victory Road First cave XY.png Victory Road This treacherous path to the Pokémon League will break the hearts of even the toughest Trainers.
Parfum Palace XY.png Parfum Palace A luxurious palace constructed 300 years ago by a king who wished to display his power to all.
Connecting Cave XY.png Connecting Cave This cave linking Route 7 and Cyllage City is notable for its great hordes of Zubat.
Glittering Cave XY.png Glittering Cave Lose all sense of direction as you wander through this cave, where Luminous Moss glows emerald green.
Reflection Cave B1F XY.png Reflection Cave The sheer faces of these rock walls reflect the images of people and Pokémon like nature's mirror.
Kalos Power Plant XY.png Kalos Power Plant An environmentally responsible power plant that generates solar power from space.
Azure Bay XY.png Azure Bay The deep blue ocean off Kalos's coast, where Pokémon from distant lands are said to visit.
Sea Spirit's Den XY.png Sea Spirit's Den A pit in the shallows of Azure Bay thought to have been born from an ancient outpouring of energy.
Poké Ball Factory XY.png Poké Ball Factory An expansive factory where every Poké Ball used in the Kalos region is produced.
Lost Hotel XY.png Lost Hotel This once-famous hotel clings to the shade of its former glory after tragedy left it in ruins.
Frost Cavern 1F XY.png Frost Cavern The drifting snow and impenetrable fog make this cavern a place of fantastical illusions.
Terminus Cave B2F XY.png Terminus Cave A coal mine that was closed a few years ago due to rumors of a monster living deep within it.
Pokémon Village XY.png Pokémon Village Legends say a place exists where Pokémon live in hiding, but no one has ever found it.

Anime-exclusive locations

Picture Location Description
Allearth Forest.png Allearth Forest The Allearth Forest is a forbidden place where the "Great Destruction," a mass catastrophe where much life was lost, took place.
Avugnon Town.png Avugnon Town A historical town with a large castle on a hill.
Brackish Town.png Brackish Town A town between Cyllage City and Geosenge Town. It is famous for its chocolate cake. Diantha had an exhibition match here.
Calanthe Town.png Calanthe Town A town between Cyllage City and Geosenge Town. It has a hospital for humans.
Diamond Domain.png Diamond Domain An underground domain where many Carbink live in peace. There is a large diamond here called the Heart Diamond that sustains the land.
Kalos Canyon.png Kalos Canyon A canyon located somewhere between Geosenge Town and Shalour City. Due to the wind currents in the canyon, many Trainers come here to practice Sky Battles.
Lagoon Town.png Lagoon Town A town located between Shalour City and Coumarine City. It has a theater for Pokémon Showcases.
Odyssey Village.png Odyssey Village A village between Lumiose City and Santalune City that holds a Rhyhorn racing track.
Orseille City.png Orseille City A modern city with a large shopping mall.
Summer Camp.png Pokémon Summer Camp A summer camp hosted by Professor Sycamore. It is located between Geosenge Town and Shalour City.
Pomace Mountain.png Pomace Mountain A mountain located somewhere between Geosenge Town and Shalour City. Mabel, a Trainer with a lot of knowledge of Mega Evolution lives here.


The geography of Kalos varies greatly within the region. The region is naturally bordered by a vast ocean to the west and northwest, and the eastern and southern borders are formed by mountain ranges. These borders give Kalos its signature star-like shape, as a large peninsula reaches out to the sea in the northwest, creating one point, and elsewhere the coastline, mountain ranges and rivers create the remaining four points. Kalos is made up of three distinct divisions, all with their own unique characteristics in both geography and Pokémon; Central Kalos, Coastal Kalos and Mountain Kalos. Lumiose City is located near the point where all three areas meet.

Central Kalos is located in the centric and southern parts of the region. The area is dominated by large forested plains with multiple rivers crossing it. Several towns are surrounded by walls of some sort, and there are also many old castles and châteaus. Many important human settlements and landmarks are located here, such as the player’s hometown, Santalune City, a portion of Lumiose City, and the Parfum Palace.

Coastal Kalos is located by the vast sea in the western parts of Kalos. The mainly explored area is a strip between mountains and the sea. This strip is dominated by rocky shores in the southwest and lush beaches and forests in the northwest. Most human settlements are located by the sea. The peninsula in the northwest is known for its menhir stones. There are many important locations, such as the Reflection Cave, Geosenge Town, and Shalour City with its Tower of Mastery.

Mountain Kalos is located in the eastern reaches of the region. The area is largely mountainous and the temperatures tend to be cooler than in the other parts, with some routes and settlements having snow covering them. To the north there is a marshy area that is said to be haunted. However, the settlements are plentiful, and there are some important landmarks, such as the Kalos Power Plant that is built on a harsh wasteland, the Poké Ball Factory in Laverre City, and the Pokémon League.

Kiloude City is located outside the three divisions, and is only reachable by train from Lumiose City.

Kalos League

Main article: Kalos League

The Kalos League is the regional Pokémon League of the Kalos region. After obtaining the eight Badges of the region a Trainer may battle the Elite Four at the Pokémon League building.

Gym Leaders

Kalos League
Generation VI Region: Kalos
Gym Leader
Type Badge
ビオラ Viola
Santalune City
Hakudan City
Bug Bug Badge.png
Bug Badge
ザクロ Zakuro
Cyllage City
Shouyou City
Rock Cliff Badge.png
Cliff Badge
コルニ Corni
Shalour City
Shara City
Fighting Rumble Badge.png
Rumble Badge
フクジ Fukuji
Coumarine City
Hiyoku City
Grass Plant Badge.png
Plant Badge
シトロン Citron
Lumiose City
Miare City
Electric Voltage Badge.png
Voltage Badge
マーシュ Mache
Laverre City
Kunoe City
Fairy Fairy Badge.png
Fairy Badge
ゴジカ Gojika
Anistar City
Hyakkoku City
Psychic Psychic Badge.png
Psychic Badge
ウルップ Urup
Snowbelle City
Eisetsu City
Ice Iceberg Badge.png
Iceberg Badge

Elite Four and Champion

Kalos League
Generation VI
パキラ Pachira
ズミ Zumi
ガンピ Gampi
ドラセナ Dracaena
カルネ Carnet


  • The English names of cities and towns in Kalos are derived from various ingredients used in fragrances. Likewise, the names in the European versions are derived from various terminologies related to art.
  • The word "Kalosian", as seen in Kiloude City's description, is the adjectival form of Kalos.
  • Kalos is the only core series region that does not have a department store.
  • Kalos is the only core series region that does not have a notable Ghost-type specialist at any point.
  • Kalos is the only core series region that does not have any numbered water routes.
  • Including Gym Leaders, Kalos is the only female dominant Pokémon League.
  • Kalos is the only region in which Gym Leaders hand out TMs containing moves from older generations in games that it is introduced in.
  • Kalos is the only region where in none of its appearances a Gym Leader or Elite Four member uses a Pokémon not of their specialty type.

See also

In other languages

Language Name Origin
Korean 칼로스 Kalos From its Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 卡洛斯 Kǎluòsī Transliteration of its Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 卡洛斯 Kāloksī Mandarin-based transliteration of its Japanese name


  1. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Developer Roundtable Recap (YouTube)
  2. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y: Honedge Revealed! (YouTube)

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Spin-off games TCG IslandsFioreAlmiaObliviaPokémon Island
Mintale TownMystery Dungeon worldPokéParkRansei
TCG Southern IslandsHolon
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Lucario KingdomMirage KingdomRota

Bug Badge.png Cliff Badge.png Rumble Badge.png Plant Badge.png Voltage Badge.png Fairy Badge.png Psychic Badge.png Iceberg Badge.png
Vaniville TownAquacorde Town‎Santalune CityLumiose CityCamphrier TownCyllage City
Ambrette TownGeosenge TownShalour CityCoumarine CityLaverre CityDendemille TownAnistar City
Couriway TownSnowbelle CityPokémon LeagueKiloude City‎
Santalune ForestChamber of EmptinessParfum PalaceBattle ChateauBerry fieldsConnecting CaveGlittering CaveReflection Cave
Tower of MasteryAzure BaySea Spirit's DenKalos Power PlantPoké Ball FactoryLost HotelFrost CavernLysandre Labs
Team Flare Secret HQTerminus CavePokémon VillageVictory RoadBattle MaisonFriend SafariUnknown Dungeon

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