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Ash started his journey in Pallet Town

A hometown is a town that a person considers their home. In the core series video games, it is the town where the player's journey begins in.

In the games

In the core series games, the player and their rival will begin their journey in their hometown, venturing onto the first routes from there, encountering the Pokémon Professor, and getting their starter Pokémon. After entering the Hall of Fame, the player will start again from their hometown when the game is next loaded.

The hometown varies with the region the player starts in:


Regional hometowns
Kanto Pallet Town RBY.png Pallet Town GSC.png Pallet Town FRLG.png Pallet Town HGSS.png
Generation I Generation II Generation III Generation IV
Johto New Bark Town GSC.png New Bark Town HGSS.png
Generation II Generation IV
Hoenn Littleroot Town RS.png Littleroot Town E.png Littleroot Town ORAS.png
Ruby and Sapphire Emerald Omega Ruby and
Alpha Sapphire
Sinnoh Twinleaf Town DP.png Twinleaf Town Pt.png
Diamond and Pearl Platinum
Unova Nuvema Town Spring BW.png Aspertia City Spring B2W2.png
Nuvema Town,
Black and White
Aspertia City,
Black 2 and White 2
Kalos Vaniville Town XY.png
X and Y
Alola Player House SM.png Player House USUM.png
Sun and Moon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Galar Postwick Player house SwSh.png
Sword and Shield

In the anime

Iris's hometown in the anime

Hometowns in the anime are more diverse than in the video games. Main characters and their rivals are not always limited to the towns specified in the games. Like many of the other settlements in the anime, the hometowns are significantly larger than their game counterparts.





Tower Tycoon Palmer and Top Coordinator Johanna, two notable people of Twinleaf Town




In the manga

The various series of Pokémon manga follow the games in having their main characters start in Pallet Town, New Bark Town, Littleroot Town, Twinleaf Town, and Nuvema Town. There are some characters, though, that have unique hometowns such as Yellow from Pokémon Adventures who was born in Viridian Forest.

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