Galar

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Galar ガラル地方
Galar region
Galar artwork.png
Artwork of the Galar region from Pokémon Sword and Shield
Introduction Pokémon Sword and Shield
Professor Professor Magnolia
Starter Pokémon Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble
Regional Villains Team Yell
League
Pokémon League Galar League
League Location Wyndon Stadium
Pokédex
Pokédex List Galar Pokédex
Anime
Series Pocket Monsters
Season(s)
Games
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield
Manga
Adventures Debut
In-game map of the Galar region from Sword
In-game map of the Galar region from Shield

Galar (Japanese: ガラル地方 Galar-chihō) is a region of the Pokémon world. It is the setting of Pokémon Sword and Shield. It was the eighth core series region to be introduced.

Etymology and design concept

Etymology

Galar may have been derived from gallant, gala (a special occasion), or Galahad. It can also come from an anagram of San-Graal, the French name of the Holy Grail.

Design concept

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

Galar is based on the United Kingdom[1] but with its geography flipped upside-down, as if it is being viewed from the north.

History

Dated history

  • 20,000 years prior to the events of Pokémon Sword and Shield, a meteorite containing Eternatus fell.
  • c. 3,000 years prior to the events of Pokémon Sword and Shield, a black storm called the Darkest Day occurred and was stopped by Zacian and Zamazenta.

Contemporary history

Victor/Gloria and Hop receive their starter Pokémon from Leon, the undefeated Champion, and meet a mysterious Pokémon in the Slumbering Weald. The two receive Pokédexes from Sonia, Dynamax Bands from Professor Magnolia, and endorsements from Leon to enter the Gym Challenge. They head on an adventure traveling across Galar challenging Gyms in order to earn eight Badges to enter the Champion Cup. Over the course of their journey, he/she encounters a group called Team Yell, whose members support Marnie in the Gym Challenge, as well as another group called Macro Cosmos, a conglomerate led by Chairman Rose, who has endorses his ward Bede in the Gym Challenge. During the Champion Cup in Wyndon Stadium, Rose interrupts the Championship Match by reawakening Eternatus and bringing about the Darkest Day in an attempt to provide energy for the Galar region in 1,000 years. Victor/Gloria and Hop find a Rusted Sword and Rusted Shield and head to the Energy Plant in Hammerlocke, where they battle Rose and summon Zacian and Zamazenta. After defeating it, Victor/Gloria manages to catch Eternatus and returns to Wyndon to defeat Leon in the Championship Match, becoming the new Champion of Galar.

Cities, routes, and other locations

Galar has 11 cities and towns. Like in Unova, Kalos, and Alola, the routes of Galar start counting again from 1, likely to represent its geographical isolation from the original four regions. There are 10 routes in total.

In the anime, it was shown that Galar was far enough away from Kanto (and presumably Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh) to require flying between the two locations via airplane.

Demographics

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The Galar region has a total population of ???, including all towns, cities, and other areas.

Cities and towns

Map City/Town Population Description
Postwick Hop Leon house SwSh.png Postwick 5 A farming town since days of old, where people and their Pokémon live in close harmony.
Wedgehurst SwSh.png Wedgehurst 31 Our quiet borough is home to the esteemed Pokémon Research Lab.
SwSh Prerelease industrial city.png Motostoke 120 An industrial city studded with steam-powered marvels of modern engineering.
Turffield SwSh.png Turffield 36 A town nestled within the nurturing bowl of our many terraced farming fields.
Hulbury SwSh.png Hulbury 54 A bustling seaport that many visit to see its lively market stalls and famed restaurant.
Hammerlocke SwSh.png Hammerlocke 102 A city of great history, living and thriving within castle walls that date back to the middle ages.
100px Stow-on-Side 44 A vibrant town that has grown up around an ancient mural tucked away in the mountains.
Ballonlea SwSh.png Ballonlea 31 A charming town where the people make their homes among the trunks of the towering trees.
Circhester SwSh.png Circhester 97 Buildings from an age long gone still stand about the steaming hot spring that covers the town.
Spikemuth SwSh.png Spikemuth 29 This rocking town has a punk vibe and streets crammed with shops lined up cheek by jowl.
Wyndon SwSh.png Wyndon 157 This booming metropolis was designed and developed by our very own Chairman Rose.

Landmarks

Geography

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Galar League

Main article: Galar League

The Galar League is the regional Pokémon League of the Galar region. Trainers who have received a letter of endorsement may compete in the Gym Challenge. After obtaining the eight Badges of the region, a Trainer may participate in the annual Champion Cup at Wyndon Stadium.

Gym Leaders

Galar League
Generation VIII Region: Galar
Gym Leader
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Badge
VSMilo.png
Milo
ヤロー Yarrow
Turffield
ターフタウン
Turf Town
Grass Grass Badge.png
Grass Badge
VSNessa.png
Nessa
ルリナ Rurina
Hulbury
バウタウン
Bow Town
Water Water Badge.png
Water Badge
VSKabu.png
Kabu
カブ Kabu
Motostoke
エンジンシティ
Engine City
Fire Fire Badge.png
Fire Badge
VSBea.png
Bea
サイトウ SaitōSw
VSAllister.png
Allister
オニオン OnionSh
Stow-on-Side
ラテラルタウン
Lateral Town
Fighting Ghost Fighting Badge.png

Fighting Badge

Ghost Badge.png
Ghost Badge
VSOpal.png
Opal
ポプラ Poplar
VSBede 2.png
Bede
ビート Beet
Ballonlea
アラベスクタウン
Arabesque Town
Fairy GalarFairy Badge.png

Fairy Badge


VSGordie.png
Gordie
マクワ MakuwaSw
VSMelony.png
Melony
メロン MelonSh
Circhester
キルクスタウン
Circus Town
Rock Ice Rock Badge.png

Rock Badge

Ice Badge.png
Ice Badge
VSPiers.png
Piers
ネズ Nezu
VSMarnie 3.png
Marnie
マリィ Mary
Spikemuth
スパイクタウン
Spike Town
Dark Dark Badge.png

Dark Badge


VSRaihan.png
Raihan
キバナ Kibana
Hammerlocke
ナックルシティ
Knuckle City
Dragon Dragon Badge.png
Dragon Badge

Champion Cup

Galar League
Generation VIII
Member
Japanese
Type
Semifinals
VSMarnie 2.png
Marnie
マリィ Mary
Dark
VSHop 3.png
Hop
ホップ Hop
Various
Interruption
VSBede 2.png
Bede
ビート Beet
Fairy
Finals
VSNessa.png
Nessa
ルリナ Rurina
Water
VSBea.png
Bea
サイトウ SaitōSw
VSAllister.png
Allister
オニオン OnionSh
Fighting Ghost
VSRaihan.png
Raihan
キバナ Kibana
Dragon
Championship Match
VSLeon.png
Champion
Leon
ダンデ Dande
Various

Trivia

  • Galar is the only core series region:
    • To not have an "o" in its English name.
    • To not have an Elite Four.
    • To contain no settlements that end in "Town" or "City" in their English names.
    • To introduce no Mythical Pokémon at the time of its release.
    • To contain a single landmass the map of which does not fit on the screen. Previous regions with multiple maps either contained or were archipelagos.
  • Galar is the first region to have a Dark-type Gym.
  • Galar has the fewest numbered routes of any core series region, with ten.

See also

In other languages

Language Name Origin
French, German,
Italian, Spanish
Galar From its Japanese and English name
Korean 가라르 Galar Transliteration of its Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 伽勒爾 / 伽勒尔 Jiālè'ěr Transliteration of its Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 伽勒爾 Gālahkyíh Mandarin-based transliteration of its Japanese name
Russian Галар Galar Transcription of its English name

References


Regions in the Pokémon world
Core series Kanto (Sevii Islands) • JohtoHoenn
SinnohUnovaKalosAlolaGalar
Side series Orre
Anime Orange ArchipelagoDecolore Islands
Spin-off games FioreAlmiaObliviaPokémon Island
Mintale TownRyme CityPasioRanseiFerrum
Mystery Dungeon worldPokéParkTCG Islands
Carmonte IslandTumblecube Island
TCG Southern IslandsHolon
Sovereign states in
the Pokémon world
Pokémon nationRanger UnionGuyana
Lucario KingdomMirage KingdomRota


Galar
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Fighting Gym logo.png

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Rock Gym logo.png

Ice Gym logo.png
Dark Gym logo.png
Dragon Gym logo.png
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Settlements
PostwickWedgehurstMotostokeTurffieldHulburyHammerlocke
Stow-on-SideBallonleaCirchesterSpikemuthWyndon
Routes
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Landmarks
Slumbering WealdGalar MineGalar Mine No. 2Motostoke Outskirts
Glimwood TangleRoute 9 TunnelRose Tower/Battle TowerEnergy Plant
Wild Area
Meetup SpotRolling FieldsDappled GroveWatchtower RuinsEast Lake AxewellWest Lake Axewell
Axew's EyeSouth Lake MilochGiant's SeatNorth Lake MilochMotostoke RiverbankBridge Field
Stony WildernessDusty BowlGiant's MirrorHammerlocke HillsGiant's CapLake of Outrage

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