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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Route 101
Littleroot Town

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Location of Littleroot Town in Hoenn.

Littleroot Town (Japanese: ミシロタウン Mishiro Town) is located in southeastern Hoenn, the land in which the games Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald take place. Littleroot Town is where players of Generation III games, as well as several other notable Trainers, start their Pokémon journeys in Hoenn. The Hoenn region's resident professor, Professor Birch, has a laboratory in the town used 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 northwest (or northeast, depending on the player's gender) side of the town.

Player's house

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 mom 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 Mom 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 kept. 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.


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

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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
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155 Cyndaquil
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158 Totodile
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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.

In other media

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 for the first time while trying to save his Pikachu. May, who lives in Petalburg City, comes to get her starter. 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 both the game and anime.


  • 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..........................."
  • 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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