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
Sonia
Starter Pokémon Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble
Regional Villains Team Yell (minor)
Macro Cosmos (major)
League
Pokémon League Galar League
League Location Wyndon Stadium
Pokédex
Pokédex List Galar Pokédex
Isle of Armor Pokédex
Crown Tundra Pokédex
Anime
Series Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Season(s) Journeys (23)
Master Journeys (24)
Games
Generation VIII
Games Sword and Shield
Manga
Adventures Debut PASS01

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. Another possible etymology may be galar, Irish and Scottish Gaelic for disease (likely contrasting Kalos); describing Dynamax and Eternatus. The latter may also be a reference to one of Britain's nicknames, Blighty.

Design concept

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

Galar is based on the United Kingdom,[1] with the region focusing heavily on the island of Great Britain, flipped upside-down as if being viewed from the north. The main region itself is based mostly on England and to a lesser extent Wales, while the Crown Tundra is based on Scotland. The Isle of Armor is based on the Isle of Man, which is a self-governing crown dependency of the United Kingdom.[2]

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.
  • 50 years prior to the events of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Mustard defeated Opal and went on to become Galar's Champion, holding the position for 18 years. After retiring from the Pokémon League and traveling the world, Mustard returned to Galar, bought an island, named it the "Isle of Armor", and founded the Master Dojo.

Contemporary history

Sword and Shield

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, they encounter a group called Team Yell, whose members support Marnie in the Gym Challenge. They also encounter another group called Macro Cosmos, a conglomerate led by Rose, who has endorsed 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.

Afterwards, Hop and Victor/Gloria return to the Slumbering Weald to return the Rusted Sword and Rusted Shield back, but are met with a pair of odd people who call themselves Sordward and Shielbert, self-proclaimed descendants of the original king. The two try to harm Zacian and Zamazenta's reputation by releasing Dynamax particles all across Galar to experiment and sent multiple Dynamax Pokémon out of control at all the stadiums, which Piers also joins in attempting to stop them. Sonia tracks them down to the Energy Plant, where they eventually try to use Dynamax particles to send Zamazenta or Zacian into an uncontrollable fury, but they resist and instead attack Sordward or Shielbert. Victor/Gloria successfully calms them down, and then Zacian or Zamazenta steps in, and proceeds to challenge Victor/Gloria to a battle to catch them, which they succeed in doing. Afterwards, they return to the Slumbering Weald, in which Hop successfully calms and catches Zamazenta/Zacian, and challenges Victor/Gloria to one final battle.

The Isle of Armor

The player travels to the Isle of Armor off the coast of Galar and becomes an apprentice in the local Master Dojo, a battle facility run by former Champion Mustard. They also develop a new rivalry with a Gym Leader-in-training and fellow apprentice named KlaraSw/AverySh. Victor/Gloria enrolls and takes part in a series of trials, first chasing a trio of fast Galarian Slowpoke, searching for Max Mushrooms, and having a final showdown with Klara/Avery. In doing so, Victor/Gloria proves to be Mustard's best student since Leon, as claimed by Mustard himself. As a reward for completing Mustard's trials, they are given a Kubfu as a companion to raise, with the goal of raising it into a great Urshifu. After developing a strong bond with Kubfu, Victor/Gloria heads to the Tower of Darkness or the Tower of Waters, and completes a rite of passage to ultimately earn the right to evolve Kubfu into Urshifu. After Victor/Gloria become Champion of Galar, they are tasked by Mustard to find Max Honey for Urshifu to achieve Gigantamax transformation, and work alongside Hop to find it. Once Urshifu has achieved the ability to Gigantamax, Victor/Gloria have a final showdown with Mustard, who now holds nothing back, and prevails. Mustard congratulates them, and tells them to be ready for what's to come.

The Crown Tundra

The player travels to the Crown Tundra in southern Galar, where they meet Peony, an enthusiastic former Steel-type Gym Leader and Champion as well as the younger brother of Rose, and take his daughter Peonia's place in his explorations of solving the legends lurking around the Tundra, since Peonia refuses to do so. As such, Peony assigns Victor/Gloria as the leader of his "expedition team" and tasks them with searching for various Legendary Pokémon who are known to reside in the Crown Tundra. One of these Pokémon is the King of Bountiful Harvests, a known figurehead in the Crown Tundra and its small town of Freezington, but one whose stories are now only known to a few. Victor/Gloria eventually meets this Pokemon after restoring its statue, who reveals its name to be Calyrex, while it uses Peony as a means to communicate with them. It reveals that it had lost its power over the years as less and less people believed in it, and it eventually lost the ability to bring bountiful harvests. Calyrex tasks Victor/Gloria with creating the Reins of Unity (which Peony successfully creates) and planting either an Iceroot Carrot or Shaderoot Carrot in hopes of reclaiming its long lost steed, who is later revealed to be Glastrier/Spectrier. They eventually lure the steed into the Crown Shrine, and Calyrex takes its Reins of Unity and bonds with Glastrier or Spectrier once more, achieving its full power again. Now having regained its power, Calyrex allows Victor/Gloria to challenge it to a battle to catch it, and they succeed in doing so. Calyrex thanks the player and looks forward to the journeys they will share.

In the midst of doing so, Victor/Gloria explores the entirety of the Crown Tundra, discovering several ruins that uncover the Legendary titans, including two newly discovered ones in Regieleki and Regidrago. They also discover a tree where Galarian forms of the Legendary birds come, and chases them all around Galar, one in the Crown Tundra itself, one in the Isle of Armor, and one in Galar's own Wild Area.

In doing all this, Victor/Gloria eventually reports these back to Peony, and eventually they go all the way to the Max Lair and rejoin Peonia, in which they all partake in Dynamax Adventures. In the midst of these, it is revealed a strange Pokémon appeared in the Max Lair and multiple Ultra Beasts came as well: eventually, Victor/Gloria discover that it was in fact Necrozma, and reports it to Peony, which is then noticed by the scientist running the Max Lair.

After having explored the Crown Tundra, Victor/Gloria receives a call from Leon, who formally invites them to the Galarian Star Tournament in Wyndon, which involves two-on-two Multi Battles, and Victor/Gloria partners with either Hop or Marnie in a series of battles against all of Galar's Gym Leaders and emerges victorious.

Cities, routes, and other locations

Galar has 12 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.

The Galar region also has a extensive area called the Wild Area which adjoins several towns and cities in the region.

At the east coast of Spikemuth, a large island called the Isle of Armor can be found across the sea and at the south of Postwick lies the Crown Tundra.

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

Demographics

The Galar region has a total population of 727, 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.
Stow-On-Side SwSh.png 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.
Galar Freezington SwSh.jpg Freezington 9

Landmarks

Geography

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The Galar region is an expansive region with many environments containing an idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, vast plains, and craggy snow covered mountains.

Appearance

In-game

Galar Sw.png Galar Sh.png
Galar as seen in
Pokémon Sword
Galar as seen in
Pokémon Shield
Galar Isle of Armor SwSh.png Galar Crown Tundra SwSh.png
The Isle of Armor as seen in
Pokémon Sword and Shield
The Crown Tundra as seen in
Pokémon Sword and Shield

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 Gym logo.png
Grass
Grass Badge.png
Grass Badge
VSNessa.png
Nessa
ルリナ Rurina
Hulbury
バウタウン
Bow Town
Water Gym logo.png
Water
Water Badge.png
Water Badge
VSKabu.png
Kabu
カブ Kabu
Motostoke
エンジンシティ
Engine City
Fire Gym logo.png
Fire
Fire Badge.png
Fire Badge
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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 Gym logo.png
Fighting
Ghost Gym logo.png
Ghost
Fighting Badge.png
Fighting Badge
Ghost Badge.png
Ghost Badge
VSOpal.png
Opal
ポプラ Poplar
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Bede
ビート Beet
Ballonlea
アラベスクタウン
Arabesque Town
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Fairy
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Fairy Badge


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


VSRaihan.png
Raihan
キバナ Kibana
Hammerlocke
ナックルシティ
Knuckle City
Dragon Gym logo.png
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 Gym logo.png
Dark
VSHop 3.png
Hop
ホップ Hop
Pokémon League logo.png
Various
Interruption
VSBede 2.png
Bede
ビート Beet
Fairy Gym logo.png
Fairy
Finals
VSNessa.png
Nessa
ルリナ Rurina
Water Gym logo.png
Water
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Bea
サイトウ SaitōSw
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Allister
オニオン OnionSh
Fighting Gym logo.png
Fighting
Ghost Gym logo.png
Ghost
VSRaihan.png
Raihan
キバナ Kibana
Dragon Gym logo.png
Dragon
Championship Match
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Champion
Leon
ダンデ Dande
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Various

Trivia

  • Galar is the only core series region:
    • To have all of its Gym Badges named after their respective Gym's type.
    • To not have an "o" in its English name.
    • To not have a Pokémon academy.
    • To not have a Victory Road.
    • To not have an Elite Four.
      • A similar role is fulfilled by the Champion Cup.
    • To contain no settlements that end in "City" or "Town" in their English names.
      • The names of the cities and towns in Galar are centered around terminologies relating to sports.
    • 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.
    • To introduce four fossils, the most of any region so far.
      • Despite this, the region does not beat the record for most Fossil Pokémon introduced (five in Kanto) due to the Galarian Fossil Pokémon being unable to evolve.
      • Also, for the first time, none of the introduced Fossil Pokémon are Rock-type, are capable of breeding, or have genders.
    • To have two Gym Leaders resign from their posts over the course of a single game's plot.
    • To not have an anime series solely dedicated to Ash Ketchum fully exploring the region in a journey.
    • To not have a status-healing local specialty food item.
      • However, curry is considered a very popular food in Galar.
    • To not have a male Pokémon Professor.
  • Galar is the first region to have a Dark-type Gym.
  • Galar has the fewest numbered routes of any core series region, with a total of ten.
  • Galar is tied with Unova with having the most Gym Leaders, with a total of 14.
  • In the anime, Galar is constantly depicted with a cloudy, gray sky.
  • The adjectival form of Galar is "Galarian", as seen in the term Galarian Form.

See also

In other languages

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

References


Regions in the Pokémon world
Core series Kanto (Sevii Islands) • JohtoHoenn
SinnohUnovaKalosAlola
Galar (Isle of ArmorCrown Tundra)
Side series Orre
Anime Orange ArchipelagoDecolore Islands
Spin-off games FioreAlmiaObliviaPokémon IslandMintale Town
Ryme CityPasioRanseiFerrumLental
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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Water Gym logo.png
Fire Gym logo.png
Fighting Gym logo.png

Ghost Gym logo.png
Fairy Gym logo.png
Rock Gym logo.png

Ice Gym logo.png
Dark Gym logo.png
Dragon Gym logo.png
Pokémon League logo.png
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
Isle of Armor
Fields of HonorMaster DojoSoothing WetlandsForest of FocusChallenge BeachTower of WatersBrawlers' Cave
Challenge RoadTower of DarknessCourageous CavernLoop LagoonTraining LowlandsWarm-Up Tunnel
Potbottom DesertWorkout SeaStepping-Stone SeaInsular SeaHoneycalm SeaHoneycalm Island
Crown Tundra
Slippery SlopeMax LairFreezingtonFrostpoint FieldGiant's BedRock Peak RuinsIron RuinsOld Cemetery
Snowslide SlopeIceberg RuinsTunnel to the TopPath to the PeakCrown ShrineGiant's FootRoaring-Sea Caves
Frigid SeaThree-Point PassSplit-Decision RuinsBallimere LakeLakeside CaveDyna Tree Hill


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