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Littleroot Town

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Littleroot Town ミシロタウン
Mishiro Town
"A town that can't be shaded any hue."
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Littleroot Town in {{{variable2}}}.
Map description
Basking amid vibrant nature, this simple town is not shaded with any one hue.
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Route 101
Littleroot Town

Hoenn Littleroot Town Map.png
Location of Littleroot Town in Hoenn.

Littleroot Town (Japanese: ミシロタウン Mishiro Town) is located in southwestern Hoenn. It is where players of the Hoenn-based games start their Pokémon journeys. Hoenn's region-exclusive professor, Professor Birch, has a laboratory in the town that he uses for research on Pokémon.

The only exit of the town is north, which leads to Route 101 and Oldale Town beyond.

Places of interest

Littleroot Town in Ruby and Sapphire

Professor Birch's Lab

In the southwest corner of town is Professor Birch's Laboratory. Here, Pokémon Trainers just beginning their quest can receive either a Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip from Professor Birch. Instead of obtaining the player's starter Pokémon here, the player must gain it on Route 101 while saving Professor Birch during the storyline. Professor Birch's assistant often looks after the laboratory by himself because Professor Birch likes doing field work instead of being inside his laboratory. Professor Birch's house is also located in the northeast (if player character is male) or northwest (if player character is female).

Player's house

Inside the player's bedroom

This is the house where the player lives before beginning his/her journey. The game begins with him or her moving into Littleroot from the Johto region. The male character lives in the house on the left, while the female character lives in the house on the right. The player's mother lives here, while Norman, the player's father, drops by and stays a while. After the player has left town for the first time, going home and talking to his/her mother will fully rest/restore all of the player's Pokémon, just like a Pokémon Center.

There are two levels, the first being a living room and kitchen area, while upstairs on the second level is where the player's bedroom is located. It contains a clock that the player must set at the start of the game to keep track of the time, a Nintendo GameCube with a Game Boy Advance hooked up to it as a controller, and a PC to store items and Pokémon. The rug can be decorated with Poké Dolls.

Rival's house

Brendan lives in the house on the left, while May lives in the house on the right. The rival's house is similar to the player's house. As the rival is the son/daughter of Prof. Birch, it is also his residence.


Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Littleroot Town's population is 8 (excluding the player and the rival). This means that it is the smallest town in Hoenn.


Item Location Games
Bag Potion Sprite.png Potion Obtained from player's PC  R  S  E 
Bag None Sprite.png Pokédex Obtained from Birch after the player beats their rival for the first time  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Bag Poké Ball Sprite.png Poké Ball ×5 Obtained from the rival after the player receives their Pokédex  R  S  E 
Bag Running Shoes Sprite.png Running Shoes Obtained from the player's mother after getting the Pokédex  R  S  E 
Bag Amulet Coin Sprite.png Amulet Coin Obtained from the player's mother after defeating Norman in a Gym battle  R  S  E 
Bag S.S. Ticket Sprite.png S.S. Ticket Obtained from Norman after defeating the Elite Four for the first time  R  S  E 
Bag Potion Sprite.png Potion In the bag from the beginning  OR  AS 
Bag Running Shoes Sprite.png Running Shoes Automatically obtained in the beginning  OR  AS 
Bag Poké Ball Sprite.png Poké Ball ×10 Obtained from the rival after the player receives their Pokédex  OR  AS 


In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, no Pokémon can be found or obtained here, as Professor Birch gives the player their starter Pokémon on Route 101. In Pokémon Emerald, Professor Birch hands the player one of the Johto starters after completing the regional Pokédex.

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Gift Pokémon
152 Chikorita
Gift Gift
5 One
155 Cyndaquil
Gift Gift
5 One
158 Totodile
Gift Gift
5 One
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Littleroot Town seen in the anime

In the anime

In the anime, Littleroot Town is first seen in Get the Show on the Road!, it is where Ash meets May and Professor Birch and Joshua for the first time while trying to save his Pikachu. May, who lives in Petalburg City, comes to get her starter Pokémon, Torchic. It is also the hometown of Harrison.

Littleroot Town in the anime is shown as quite a large town with a couple of tall buildings and towers. The anime also depicts Littleroot Town as having a port, despite being clearly landlocked in the maps of the games. Professor Birch's laboratory is located in the forested outskirt of Littleroot Town.

In the manga

Littleroot Town
Littleroot Town

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Ruby and his family moved from Johto to Littleroot Town during the beginning of the Ruby & Sapphire chapter.

In the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga

Littleroot Town appeared in I Won't Let You Lead!!. A fishing hole was located there where Red and his Pokémon challenged Professor Birch to various contests and lost to them all.


  • Littleroot's Japanese motto is どんな いろにも そまらない まち "A town that can't be shaded any hue".
  • The town's motto is a reference to how in Red, Blue, and Yellow all the towns were named after colors, and how the games of Generations I and II caused the towns to be shaded in one color so as to preserve the palette.
  • The television inside the player's house plays a different program than the others. When walking up to it, it says "There is a movie on TV. Two men are dancing on a big piano keyboard.", whereas any other TV in Hoenn will say "MOM/DAD might like this program..........................."
    • The movie playing in the player's house is most likely Big, as it has a famous scene where the main character (played by Tom Hanks) dances on a giant piano keyboard with his boss (played by Robert Loggia).
  • As Hoenn coincides with Kyushu, the location of Littleroot coincides with the city of Sasebo.

Name origin

Language Name Origin
Japanese ミシロタウン Mishiro Town Possibly from 未 mi (not yet) and 白 shiro (white). May also come from 三 mi (three), referencing the third generation.
English Littleroot Town Literally "little root".
French Bourg-en-Vol From bourg, burg, and envol, the start of a flight.
German Wurzelheim From Wurzel, root, and the suffix -heim, home.
Italian Albanova Old-fashioned form for alba nuova, new dawn.
Spanish Villa Raíz
Pueblo Raíz Chica *
From raíz, root.
Korean 미로마을 Miro Maeul 미로 (miro) means labyrinth.
Chinese (Mandarin) 未白鎮/未白镇 Wèibái Zhèn From its Japanese name. 未白 (wèibái) can either mean "not yet white" or "not white."

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