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Unova イッシュ地方
Isshu region
Unova B2W2 alt.png
Artwork of the Unova region from Black 2 and White 2
Introduction Pokémon Black and White
Professor Professor Juniper
Professor Burnet
First partner Pokémon Snivy, Tepig, and Oshawott
Regional Villains Team Plasma
Pokémon League Unova League
BB League
League Location Pokémon League (Unova; games)
Vertress City (Unova; anime)
Blueberry Academy (BB)
Pokédex List Unova Pokédex
 (Old Unova Pokédex)
 (New Unova Pokédex)
Blueberry Pokédex (used only in Blueberry Academy)
Series Pokémon the Series: Black & White
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Season(s) Black & White (14)
Rival Destinies (15)
Adventures in Unova (16)
Journeys (23)
Master Journeys (24)
Generation V, IX
Games Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
Scarlet and Violet (The Indigo Disk)
Adventures Debut Fussing and Fighting

The Unova region (Japanese: イッシュ地方 Isshu region) is a region of the Pokémon world. It is the setting of Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, while a location in Unova called Blueberry Academy was introduced as the setting of The Indigo Disk. It was the fifth core series region to be introduced.

Unova is stated to be far away from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh; the Pokémon which inhabit Unova are diverse and different from those of other regions. According to Junichi Masuda, the geographical and social background for Unova draws inspiration from the New York City metropolitan area.[1][2] Although it is geographically based on New York City, it draws inspiration for its landmarks from the entire state of New York, which features a mixture of rural locations and urban areas as well as factory towns and industrial complexes. The region also has several cultural references to the country where this state is located, the United States of America.

Etymology and design concept


Unova's Japanese name, イッシュ Isshu, is derived from the Japanese word for "one variety", 一種 isshu, or 1種類 isshurui. According to the game director Masuda, this is to express that although the region is diverse in species and race, they are all the same as living creatures when seen from a distance.[3]

The region's English name likely comes from the Spanish word uno or the Latin word unum (one), or the English word united (as in the United States), and the Latin word nova (new). The name also sounds like parts of the phrase "United States of America".

Design concept

Main article: Pokémon world in relation to the real world → Unova
The map of North America showing the Unova region as the New York metropolitan area.

Although some of Unova is geographically based on New York, the creators of the region took some liberties in regards to the surrounding areas. One of the largest cities in Unova, Castelia City, is based on Lower Manhattan, but to the immediate north of Castelia is (as opposed to a continuing metropolis as in real life) a vast desert. Nimbasa City, which is to the north of Castelia City, could be a reference to Broadway, which is located in Manhattan. Nacrene City, with its restored storehouses, is reminiscent of the ubiquitous lofts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The division of Unova may also be a reference to the Boroughs of New York City. The Skyarrow Bridge is a reference to the Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Battle Subway is a reference to the New York City Subway, which is the most extensive public transit system in the world, as well as one of the oldest.


Location of Unova in the Pokémon world, according to the anime

Dated history

  • 3,000 years prior to the events of Pokémon Black and White, the Relic items were created.
  • 2,500 years prior to the events of Pokémon Black and White, the Relic Castle was flourishing and the Darmanitan in front of it went to sleep.
  • 200 years prior to the events of Pokémon Black and White, an ultra-rich family purchased and named the Liberty Garden.
  • 200 years prior to the events of Pokémon Black and White, Village Bridge was constructed after the local river burst its banks, flooding the settlement that stood there previously.
  • 100 years prior to the events of Pokémon Black and White, the warehouses of Nacrene City were constructed.
  • 100 years prior to the events of Pokémon Black and White, Klink started appearing in Chargestone Cave.
  • 50 years prior to the events of Pokémon Black and White, Elgyem was seen for the first time when it appeared from far in the desert.

Undated history

  • "Thousands of years ago"
    • In mythology, Unova was created by uniting the warring peoples of the land by twin heroes using a single powerful dragon, however, the brothers started to argue over their beliefs; the elder brother sought truth and the younger brother sought ideals. Their arguments somehow split the single dragon into Reshiram, who sided with the older brother, and Zekrom, who sided with the younger brother. Since they were both born from the same dragon neither could defeat the other and the brothers declared that there was no right side. However, eventually their sons continued the fight and both the dragons started to battle again, destroying the Unova region with their fire and lightning powers before disappearing.
    • Sometime after the original dragon had been split into Reshiram and Zekrom, one of the two brothers and their respective dragon created the Relic Castle, which was the seat of a new civilization for people and Pokémon.
  • At some point in the distant past, a civil war broke out in Unova that caused an intense forest fire. The many Pokémon that lived in the forest became trapped, though luckily the Swords of Justice came in to save them—Terrakion moved away boulders that blocked their escape route, Virizion used its nimble movements to protect Pokémon from looming flames, and Cobalion led the scared Pokémon out of the forest. These Pokémon would later become responsible for ending the war before disappearing into myths. However, the forest was still burned to the ground in the end, resulting in the trio finding a lone Pokémon; Keldeo, that they decided took in as their own.
  • A legend says that in the past, Thundurus and Tornadus once raced across Unova, tearing up the lands with their respective weather-controlling powers, not caring about settlements and creatures in their path. Landorus, seeing the massive destruction the pair had brought to the region and its inhabitants, is said to have punished them so that they would never repeat their actions.
  • It's said that Meloetta once entertained the people of Unova with song and dance, but when sorrow filled the hearts of people, Meloetta lost both this melody and its red shoes.

Contemporary history

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.

Pokémon Black and White

In contemporary history, a present containing three first partner Pokémon—one each for Cheren, Bianca, and Hilda/Hilbert—was sent to Hilda/Hilbert's house in Nuvema Town by Professor Juniper on their mothers' request, so that they could each start their Pokémon journeys through the Unova region, challenging each of Unova's eight Gyms in order to collect Badges and eventually reach the Pokémon League. During their travels, Hilda/Hilbert met and battled with the members of Team Plasma many times, including their king, N, and encountered the mysterious Shadow Triad, with events coming to a head at Dragonspiral Tower, where N managed to capture one of the members of the Tao trio and invited Hilda/Hilbert to face him after they had beaten the Pokémon League and resurrected the complementary dragon from the Light StoneB/Dark StoneW. On retrieving the appropriate stone from Nacrene Museum and defeating the Elite Four, Hilda/Hilbert reached the Champion's room, where N was waiting for them, having just defeated the Champion. N then summoned his castle, which rose out of the earth surrounding the Pokémon League; Team Plasma had been working tirelessly for years prior to build the fortress around the Pokémon League right under their nose, overworking the Pokémon gifted to them by Trainers they had emotionally manipulated into doing so for this purpose. N then invites Hilda/Hilbert into the castle to battle him in order to test the strength of their convictions.

On entering the castle, Hilda/Hilbert are ambushed by all of the Seven Sages (except Ghetsis), who planned to defeat them so that their king's reign would be unopposed. Fortunately, Bianca arrived, bringing all the Gym Leaders of the region that she was able find with her (which includes all of them except for Chili, Cress, and Cilan, whom Bianca claimed she could not contact in time). The Gym Leaders then opted to engage the Seven Sages in battle on Hilda/Hilbert's behalf, so that they were able to ascend through the castle and defeat N. Eventually, Hilda/Hilbert reached Team Plasma's King in the throne room, where N summoned his member of the Tao trio, who subsequently came crashing through the farthest wall of the room. The presence of ReshiramW/ZekromB then activated the player's dormant stone, which emerged from the Bag and transformed into its counterpart, ZekromW/ReshiramB. The latter then allowed Hilda/Hilbert to attempt to capture them and after doing so, Hilda/Hilbert proceeded to defeat N in the ensuing battle.

N's loss to his opponent caused Ghetsis to storm into the room in rage, insisting that N was a complete failure and a freak and revealing his true motivation for Team Plasma. By separating all other Pokémon from their Trainers, while Team Plasma retained their own, he, as leader of the group (acting through N), would have been left in a position of power from which he could have dominated the world. However, his delusions of grandeur were cut short by his defeat in a final Pokémon battle at the hands of Hilda/Hilbert followed by his arrest.

N, however, was not arrested and subsequently flew from the land on ReshiramW/ZekromB in order to do some soul searching in light of Ghetsis's revelations. He was not seen again in Unova, but there is a rumor that someone with a strong resemblance to N was spotted somewhere in a far-off region. Hilda/Hilbert then continued the rest of their journey, managing to also cover eastern Unova, (becoming the first person to successfully operate the Poké Transfer), locate and aid in the arrest of the remaining Seven Sages, and eventually return to the League to defeat the Pokémon League Champion Alder themselves. Afterwards, after some time reflecting, Bianca decides to become an assistant to Professor Juniper to aid in her research, and Hilda/Hilbert leaves Unova to search for N.

Between Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

During the two years between the events of Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, construction of the road between Castelia City and Nimbasa City through the desert was either completed and a small settlement was established on this roadB2, or abandoned after ancient ruins were discovered in the sand and excavatedW2. The gate between Route 4 and Nimbasa City was expanded into Join Avenue. The construction in the south of Driftveil City was completed, with the Pokémon World Tournament taking the place of the Cold Storage. The Entralink's moat was drained or dried up, and a different type of Entree now grows in the center. A section was taken out of a mountain to the east, with Lentimas Town built in the new space.

Significant construction occurred in Undella Town, with the Riches moving away (except for the father) and their house being demolished; in its place, many new villas were built. In this construction effort, the mountain was dug away to the point where construction workers dug an entrance into Reversal Mountain. In addition, the Marine Tube was constructed between Undella Town and Humilau City.

Furthermore, Victory Road has collapsed. As a result, Route 10 is closed and replaced by another path, Route 22 and Route 23. Also, the entrance to Challenger's Cave has collapsed.

Additionally, the coastline of Unova has changed between the games.

As revealed via Memory Link, Ghetsis reforms Team Plasma during this period.

Pokémon Black 2 and White 2

Nate/Rosa receives their first Pokémon from Bianca in their hometown of Aspertia City. Together with Hugh, who hopes to take back his sister's Purrloin from Team Plasma, the duo takes on the new lineup of Gyms in the Unova region. After Nate/Rosa earns the Legend Badge from Drayden, Team Plasma attacks Opelucid City, covering the city in unbreakable ice. The Shadow Triad takes the opportunity to steal the DNA Splicers from Opelucid Gym. Nate/Rosa and Hugh chase Team Plasma to Humilau City, where after earning their final badge, the Wave Badge, they confront Zinzolin, Colress, and the Shadow Triad at the Giant Chasm. After the Triad releases Hugh's sister's Purrloin, now a Liepard, Hugh tells Nate/Rosa to go ahead and confront Team Plasma's leader, Ghetsis.

Just before Ghetsis freezes Nate/Rosa alive with Kyurem's Glaciate, N flies in on Reshiram/Zekrom, saving them. However, Ghetsis uses Kyurem's power to turn Reshiram/Zekrom back into an orb, then uses the DNA Splicers to fuse it with Kyurem, turning it into BlackB2/WhiteW2 Kyurem. Nate/Rosa knocks out Kyurem, causing the two Dragon-type Pokémon to separate, then defeats an enraged Ghetsis. Thankful, N suggests that Nate/Rosa proceed to the Pokémon League. Heeding his words, Nate/Rosa ascend Victory Road, defeats the Elite Four, and emerges victorious in battle with the new Champion, Iris.

After returning home, Hugh's sister thanks the player for helping her big brother, and tells Nate/Rosa that she has been dreaming of a Zoroark calling Nate/Rosa's name. At Hugh's suggestion, Nate/Rosa returns to Victory Road, finding a Zoroark that leads them to the ruins of N's Castle, where N and Reshiram/Zekrom challenge them to battle. After being defeated, N says goodbye to his dragon and releases it by asking it to turn back into an orb to give to Nate/Rosa. Nate/Rosa climbs to the top of Dragonspiral Tower, and faces ReshiramW2/ZekromB2 again, this time, in an attempt to capture it. After this is done, N returns and tells the player that Kyurem has reawakened. With this, Nate/Rosa heads to the Giant Chasm again, catches Kyurem in its normal form, and recovers the lost DNA Splicers.

Between Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Blueberry Academy was established by Cyrano, located underwater off the coast of Unova, and formed close ties with the historic Naranja AcademyS/Uva AcademyV in Paldea by becoming its sister school.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Two students of Blueberry Academy, Kieran and Carmine, participate in a class trip to their homeland of Kitakami, where they meet Florian/Juliana, a student from Paldea's Naranja AcademyS/Uva AcademyV. Continuously losing to Florian/Juliana and having the Legendary Pokémon he's long idolized, Ogerpon, choose them over him, leaves Kieran with an obsessive compulsion to defeat them as he and Carmine return to Blueberry Academy. Pushing himself to grow stronger in order to defeat his rival, Kieran conquers the BB League and becomes Blueberry Academy's new Champion, at the cost of making the atmosphere in the school's League Club unpleasantly toxic for everyone else. Meanwhile, Briar, one of the school's teachers, installs a giant sphere called the Terarium Core in the school's undersea Terarium dome, enabling the students and staff members to start utilizing the Terastal phenomenon.

Florian/Juliana is eventually invited to Blueberry Academy as an exchange student. Drayton, the school's former Champion and a member of its Elite Four, invites the new exchange student to participate in the BB League, hoping to restore the genuine love Kieran once had for battling. After clearing the four Elite Trials and defeating the Elite Four, Florian/Juliana is granted the right to challenge Kieran. They emerge victorious, becoming the new BB League Champion. Although Kieran initially retains his obsession to defeat his rival, a subsequent adventure in Paldea's Area Zero makes him see the error of his ways and become friends with Florian/Juliana again.


Unova is divided by two rivers that lead into an ocean to the south of it. These rivers cannot be surfed on, with the exception of the river directly below Village Bridge. It divides Unova into central and eastern peninsulas and a western landmass. These three landmasses are connected by five bridges: the Skyarrow Bridge, the Driftveil Drawbridge, the Tubeline Bridge, Marvelous Bridge, and the Village Bridge. The eastern part of Unova is further divided by mountains that makes a southeast part and northeast part. The southeastern part is important to Trainers who want to compete in the Pokémon League since two Gyms are located there, but the northeastern part is not since there are no Gyms there and it mostly has tourism, as evidenced by the amount of people speaking foreign languages. Further away from this bundle of towns is where the Pokémon League is located. Interestingly, the northeastern part is the only place in the region to find Pokémon species foreign to Unova outside of Swarms. The central peninsula of Unova consists of two of the largest cities in the Pokémon world, Castelia City and Nimbasa City, as well as Opelucid City further north, all of which contain Gyms. Every bridge in Unova connects to the central part of the region from either the east or west. The western side contains medium-sized towns and more varied landscapes but it also has three Gyms there, making it another destination to visit for any Pokémon Trainer.

Unova is a mixture of urban and rural land. The region features 21 settlements which reflect the diversity of the region. Many cities have buildings that resemble real-world buildings, such as Striaton City and Castelia City. However, some cities remain the way buildings in the past do, such as Humilau City, which has mostly wooden buildings on platforms above the ocean. Castelia City, a sprawling metropolis, is one of the largest cities in the Pokémon world. Nuvema Town, which is inhabited by the Pokémon expert Professor Juniper, is smaller and quieter. Black City is a version-exclusive city found only in Pokémon Black. Unova's landscape also features several forests (one of which, White Forest, is also version-exclusive), a desert, a magnetic cave and areas where the move Dive can be used outside of battle. Although Unova appears in some ways more technologically advanced than the previous regions, this development is not spread across the whole of the region. There are several aesthetic differences in the region depending on the version; in Pokémon White and White 2, these changes make the geography more rural looking, while in Pokémon Black and Black 2, these changes are more technological in appearance.


Main article: Season (game mechanic)

The climate of Unova, unlike other regions, solely depends on the time of the year.

Unlike previous regions, where climatic change was experienced locally (that is to say, some routes would always feature snow, and some routes would always feature rain), Unova is susceptible to national seasonal change. Spring, summer, autumn, and winter each last approximately thirty days, and recur three times each within a year. Each season brings with it different weather patterns, unlocks different events, and presents altered Pokémon availabilities.


The Unova region has a total population of 949, including all the towns, cities and areas. Upon its introduction in Generation V, it was the largest region by population and is currently the third largest region by population.

Notable locations


Map Name Population Description
Black White
Black 2 White 2
Nuvema Town Winter BW.png Nuvema Town 10 A rural town whose sea breezes give the sense of something coming.
Accumula Town Winter BW.png Accumula Town 30 This town offers great views due to its many hills.
Striaton City Summer B2W2.png Striaton City 46 Entry stairs built in memory of a former home in a snowier climate.
Nacrene City Summer B2W2.png Nacrene City 54 A city established in restored storehouses built 100 years ago.
Castelia City.png Castelia City 130BW
A big city with skyscrapers piercing the clouds.
Nimbasa City Summer B2W2.png Nimbasa City 239 A bustling city of entertainment, with many theme parks.
Driftveil City Summer B2W2.png Driftveil City 70 A port town distributing many goods, and a gateway to the Unova region.
Mistralton City Summer B2.png Mistralton City Summer W2.png Mistralton City 37BW
Vegetables are grown by the runway and transported by cargo plane.
Icirrus City Summer B2W2.png Icirrus City 26 In winter, the city is covered with snow as far as the eye can see.
Opelucid City Summer B2.png Opelucid City Summer W2.png Opelucid City 52 A convenient city of rapid change, showing no traces of the past.BB2

A city that respects history and values old things.WW2

Pokémon League BW.png Pokémon League 10 Only the Trainers who have conquered all Pokémon Gyms can challenge here.
Lacunosa Town Summer B2W2.png Lacunosa Town 16 A town where all honor old customs, living as methodically as clockwork.
Undella Town Winter B2W2.png Undella Town 15 A summer retreat with a beach full of people who enjoy summer vacations.
Black City and White Forest.png Black CityBB2 45 A modern city of ongoing development that draws people to it.
Black City and White Forest.png White ForestWW2 25 A place of nature's bounty, it attracts people who long for nature.
Anville Town Summer B2W2.png Anville Town 13 A city with a rail yard where trains park for an overhaul.
Aspertia City Winter B2W2.png Aspertia CityB2W2 30 A city at the foot of high mountains where you can see all of Unova.
Floccesy Town Spring B2W2.png Floccesy TownB2W2 17 The town is famous for a clock tower that tells of the town's beginnings.
Virbank City Spring B2W2.png Virbank CityB2W2 40 A city often covered by clouds and smoke, with very active residents.
Lentimas Town B2W2.png Lentimas TownB2W2 12 The town boasts of porcelain and pottery made from volcanic clay.
Humilau City Spring B2W2.png Humilau CityB2W2 32 A resort city where buildings float in the waves and look like islands.


Battle Subway map showing various destinations in the Greater Unova region
Bridges and tunnels
Driftveil Drawbridge, as seen in the anime

Given that Unova is spread across three strips of land divided by two rivers, a number of bridges and an underwater tunnel exist to allow free movement across the region. Each of them has its own characteristic features and are even popular tourist attractions; they are:


Unlike previous regions, Unova's routes do not follow the same numbering system, with a jump to 301, but are numbered 1-23, paralleling the Kanto region's numbering system and emphasizing Unova's dissociation from the previous four regions.

In the anime, it is also far enough away from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh that travelling to or from the region required either via airplane (as Ash and Delia did to arrive in Unova) or by ship (as evidenced by the return journey), the latter also requiring passage through the Decolore Islands to reach Kanto.


Picture Location Description
Absentia Natural Park.png Absentia Natural Park A verdant park that houses extremely rare Panna Lotus flowers. It's currently home to the Genesect Army.
Ambiga Town.png Ambiga Town Ambiga Town is a town that is located between Mistralton City and Icirrus City. The Clubsplosion tournament is held here.
Antimony Research Lab.png Antimony Research Lab A top secret lab located somewhere in Unova. It holds all research data on the Meteonite, which was stolen by Team Rocket.
Area 28.png Area 28 Area 28, located near Route 4, is notorious for its UFO sightings. Professor Icarus lived there to experiment on dark matter. He also encountered an Elgyem.
Astilbe Town.png Astilbe Town A town located between Mistralton City and Icirrus City. It has a Battle Club, where Ash's Tepig met his former Trainer.
Pokemon Battle Club.png Battle Club Battle Clubs are facilities owned by Don Georges. There are many Battle Clubs across the Unova region. They have various features including a gymnasium, swimming pool to train Pokémon, and computers that display Trainer information.
Clock tower anime.png Clock tower The clock tower is an old unnamed landmark that stands in an unnamed town in Unova. Ash and his friends helped a Darmanitan and its Darumaka friends save the tower from demolition.
Colossus Ruins.png Colossus Ruins The ruins of an ancient city in Desert Resort. The ruins and its treasure, a hall made of pure gold, are protected by numerous traps and a giant Golurk, the titular Colossus.
Eindoak Town.png Eindoak Town Eindoak Town is the setting for the fourteenth movie. It is the ancestral home of the "People of the Vale." During the battle tournament held for the village's Harvest Festival, Ash befriends Victini, a rare Pokémon that inhabits Eindoak Town.
Ferroseed Research Institute.png Ferroseed Research Institute The Ferroseed Research Institute is a facility located in a town between Icirrus City and Opelucid City. Research is being conducted here on the moss produced by Ferroseed.
Flower Garden Troupe HQ.png Flower Garden Troupe The headquarters for the Flower Garden Troupe, an all-female theater performers group which is managed by Ms. Chandler. It is located near Undella Town.
Full Court.png Full Court An abandoned mine which is located within a mountain crater. It serves as a home for Kyurem.
Hero Ruin.png Hero's Ruin The Hero's Ruin, located near Chargestone Cave, and said to be where the Black Hero communicated to Zekrom. Cedric Juniper was researching them. It is protected by a Sigilyph and multiple Cofagrigus.
Kingdom of the Vale.png Kingdom of the Vale Kingdom of the Vale was once home of the "People of the Vale" and ruled by a beloved king. The Dragon Force supplies the kingdom with power.
Litwick Mansion.png Litwick Mansion Litwick Mansion is located along Route 4 and was discovered by Ash and his friends while trying to escape the rain. It is home to four Litwick and a Lampent.
Luxuria Town Battle Club.png Luxuria Town Luxuria Town is located somewhere between Striaton City and Nacrene City. Luxuria Town has its own Battle Club which is run by the local Don George. Ash had his second battle with Trip here and lost.
Milos Island.png Milos Island Milos Island is an island off the coast of Driftveil City. It is home to the Abundant Shrine where Landorus sleeps. Connected to the island are two smaller islands that house the shrines of Tornadus and Thundurus who also rest peacefully.
Mistralton Tower.png Mistralton Tower Mistralton Tower is a treasured landmark that was built near Mistralton City that takes the place of the Celestial Tower from the games. Once a year, the Wishing Bell Festival is held in honor of it.
N's Hideout.png N's Hideout N's Hideout is a secret cottage where N, Anthea, and Concordia take refuge from Team Plasma.
New Tork City.png New Tork City New Tork City is a sprawling coastal metropolis with many skyscrapers. Located in the middle is Pokémon Hills.
Nimbasa Town.png Nimbasa Town Nimbasa Town is located south of Nimbasa City. Ash mistakes the town for Nimbasa City at first when he asks where the Gym is until Luke explains that they're two different places. Nimbasa Town is where Ash and his friends take part in the Club Battle Tournament.
Pokémon Hills.png Pokémon Hills A very large and green park located right in the middle of New Tork City. Many Pokémon find their home here.
Rainbow Valley.png Rainbow Valley Rainbow Valley exists somewhere along Route 4. Cottonee gather at Rainbow Valley after finding their partner, riding on what is known as the "Diamond Breeze" while holding hands in order to get there. Ash and his friends visit Rainbow Valley after helping a Cottonee win over a love interest.
Roshan City.png Roshan City A sprawling city accessible by train. Underneath it are disused subway tunnels. One of the old subway stations has been transformed into a museum for old transportation devices.
Stonesthrow Town.png Stonesthrow Town A town located between Icirrus City and Opelucid City. Just outside the town is an enormous mansion were Mr. Hatterly and his daughter live.
Sword of the Vale.png Sword of the Vale The Sword of Vale is a castle that was once at the center of Kingdom of the Vale. One thousand years ago, the King of the People of the Vale's sons, the Heroes of Truth and Ideals, fought over the Dragon Force contained within the castle, causing the Dragon Force to corrupt the land beneath the Kingdom of Vale. The king used the power of Victini and hundreds of Solosis and Duosion to move the castle, containing all of the People of the Vale, to the top of a mountain. The castle now stands near Eindoak Town.
Vertress City.png Vertress City Vertress City is a city close to Opelucid City. The Vertress Conference is held here.
Village of Dragons.png Village of Dragons The Village of Dragons is the hometown of Iris. It is a place where people raise and admire Dragon-type Pokémon. Iris obtained her Axew there from the elder.
White Ruins.png White Ruins Ancient ruins located near the Dragonspiral Tower, above Icirrus City. It is here that the Light Stone was located.
Windy Station.png Windy Station A station where the train to Roshan City stops and where travelers can buy Darumaka boxed lunches.

Mentioned only

Name Notes
Inakano Town Mentioned in BW105, but was left unnamed in the English dub. It is the hometown of Russet.



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Artwork of Unova from Pokémon Black and White by Naoki Saito[4] Pre-release artwork of Unova from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Artwork of Unova from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2


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Unova as seen in
Pokémon Black and White
Unova as seen in
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
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Hilbert's sync move mindscape from
Pokémon Masters EX
Rosa's sync move mindscape from
Pokémon Masters EX

Unova League

Main article: Unova League

The Unova League is the regional Pokémon League of the Unova region. After obtaining the eight Badges of the region, a Trainer may battle the Elite Four at the Pokémon League building.

Gym Leaders

Black and White

Unova League
Generation V Region: Unova
Gym Leader
Type Badge
デント Dent
ポッド Pod
コーン Corn
Striaton City
Sanyou City
Grass Fire Water Trio Badge.png
Trio Badge
アロエ Aloe
Nacrene City
Shippou City
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Basic Badge
アーティ Arty
Castelia City
Hiun City
Bug Insect Badge.png
Insect Badge
カミツレ Kamitsure
Nimbasa City
Raimon City
Electric Bolt Badge.png
Bolt Badge
ヤーコン Yakon
Driftveil City
Hodomoe City
Ground Quake Badge.png
Quake Badge
フウロ Huuro
Mistralton City
Fukiyose City
Flying Jet Badge.png
Jet Badge
ハチク Hachiku
Icirrus City
Sekka City
Ice Freeze Badge.png
Freeze Badge
シャガ ShagaB
アイリス IrisW
Opelucid City
Souryuu City
Dragon Legend Badge.png

Legend Badge

Black 2 and White 2

Unova League
Generation V Region: Unova
Gym Leader
Type Badge
チェレン Cheren
Aspertia City
Hiougi City
Normal Basic Badge.png
Basic Badge
ホミカ Homika
Virbank City
Tachiwaki City
Poison Toxic Badge.png
Toxic Badge
アーティ Arty
Castelia City
Hiun City
Bug Insect Badge.png
Insect Badge
カミツレ Kamitsure
Nimbasa City
Raimon City
Electric Bolt Badge.png
Bolt Badge
ヤーコン Yakon
Driftveil City
Hodomoe City
Ground Quake Badge.png
Quake Badge
フウロ Huuro
Mistralton City
Fukiyose City
Flying Jet Badge.png
Jet Badge
シャガ Shaga
Opelucid City
Souryuu City
Dragon Legend Badge.png
Legend Badge
シズイ Shizui
Humilau City
Seigaiha City
Water Wave Badge.png
Wave Badge

Elite Four and Champion

Unova League
Generation V
シキミ Shikimi
レンブ Renbu
ギーマ Giima
カトレア Cattleya
アデク AdekuBW
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アイリス IrisB2W2
Various Dragon

BB League

Main article: Blueberry Academy → BB League

Blueberry Academy has its own unofficial Pokémon League, referred to as the BB League, which is used as a ranking system to determine the strongest Trainer in the school. Unlike the Unova League, this League has no Gym Leaders. Instead, a Trainer of a high-enough rank may take on an Elite Four member's Elite Trial, then the Elite Four member themselves, and, if victorious against all four of them, the Champion.

Elite Four and Champion

BB League
Generation IX
アカマツ Akamatsu
ネリネ Nerine
タロ Taro
カキツバタ Kakitsubata
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スグリ Suguri


  • Unova is the first core series region to be based on a real-world region outside of Japan.
    • Unova is also the region that has the most settlements, with 21.
  • Unova is the only region without:
  • Unova is the only main series region which does not use a romanization of the Japanese name as its English name, and the only region whose name is different among all translations of the games.
    • According to Junichi Masuda, Unova's Japanese name was translated into different languages of the games so that players who do not speak Japanese can still understand the meaning behind the name.[5]
  • Except Black City and White Forest, all English names of cities and towns in Unova come from different types of cloud or cloud phenomena. Likewise, except Black City and White Forest, all Japanese names of cities and towns in Unova come from traditional patterns.
  • In some pre-release material in the United Kingdom, Unova was referred to as Alleos.
  • Unova is tied with Galar with the most Gym Leaders in a single region, with 14 in total.
  • Unova has the most Gyms in cities, with all eleven of them. Sinnoh and Kalos both also have all of their Gyms in cities, but only have eight Gyms each.
  • Unova is the only region in which multiple gyms specialize in the same type: the Striaton Gym (which also specializes in Grass and Fire) and the Humilau Gym both specialize in Water types, and the Nacrene Gym and Aspertia Gym both specialize in Normal types.
  • Unova is the only region to have two Victory Roads.
  • The adjectival form of Unova is "Unovan", as mentioned in Terrakion's Pokémon Shield Pokédex entry.
  • The northwestern and northeastern portions of Unova are, in-game, incongruous with one another; the western side is larger in the north-south direction than the eastern side.
  • Junichi Masuda chose New York as the basis for the Unova region with Pokémon musical concerts in mind; he had his music arranged and performed in Pokémon-themed concerts held in Kantō, Kansai, Kyushu, and Hokkaidō (the real-life basis for the regions Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh respectively), and he had wanted to hold a similar concert in New York due to the many musical theaters found in Manhattan. Ultimately, the plan never came through due to complications, such as having to fly all the musicians and instruments to the United States.[3]

In other languages

Language Name Origin
French Unys From un (one), unité (unity), and États-Unis (United States)
German Einall From Eins (one) and Alles (all)
Italian Unima From una (one) and anima (soul)
Spanish Teselia* From tesela (tessera), referencing the various settlements named after ceramic materials that can be used as tesserae to form a mosaic
Unova* From its English name
Korean 하나 Hana From 하나 hana (one)
Chinese (Mandarin) 合眾 / 合众 Hézhòng From 合眾 / 合众 hézhòng / hapjung (united), referencing 合眾為一 / 合众为一 (E pluribus unum), and 合眾國 / 合众国 (United States)
Chinese (Cantonese) 合眾 Hapjung
Portuguese, Danish,
Indonesian, Malay, Dutch,
Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish
Unova From its English name
Greek Γιούνοβα Gioúnova Transcription of its English name
Hebrew יונובה Yonovah Transcription of its English name
Hindi युनोवा Unova Transcription of its English name
Russian Юнова Yunova Transcription of its English name
Tamil யுனோவா Unova Transcription of its English name
Telugu యూనోవా Unova Transcription of its English name
Thai อิชชู Isshu Transcription of its Japanese name
Vietnamese Isshu Transcription of its Japanese name

See also


  1. Hidden Power of Masuda: Director's Columns
  2. "This new region was inspired by New York's Manhattan. I visited New York when Diamond and Pearl launched and I had the chance to wander around the town. When I walked through the streets, I saw a lot of different people having festivals and community events—Italian people, French people—they're coming from different countries and coexisting in one community", Junichi Masuda, Official Nintendo Magazine Issue 65 page 30.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Iwata Asks - Pokémon Black and Pokémon White Versions - Page 2 (English, Japanese)
  4. Archived main page of Saito's blog with a post mentioning his work on BW, the post itself reveals the artwork he did work on
  5. (February 10, 2011). Interview with Game Freak in London by Bisafans (Page 2) (German)

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Sinnoh (HisuiBattle Zone) • Unova
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Side series White CityOrre
Anime Orange ArchipelagoDecolore Islands
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