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LaRousse City (Japanese: ラルース LaRousse) is an anime-exclusive location in the Hoenn region. It is the setting of Destiny Deoxys. According to promotional maps, LaRousse City is located near Lilycove City.
overlooking LaRousse City
It is a technologically advanced city with moving walkways and an enormous presence of Block Bots. All LaRousse residents and visitors receive a special passport, which acts as ID and enables them to shop. The city's main power source seems to be its wind turbines. The most famous attraction is the Battle Tower.
The city is located at the confluence of two rivers in northern Hoenn. The city mainly lies on an island, including the huge park, the Battle Tower, and most of the business districts. On the shores of the river, presumably mainland Hoenn, lies more areas of the city, and presumably other cities such as South City. Access to the island is via monorail, which wraps around the island, and a bridge over the northern part of the island.
In the anime
In Destiny Deoxys, a Deoxys awakened after four years and made its way to LaRousse to rescue its friend, who had been taken by Professor Lund for research.
Deoxys unleashed a powerful electromagnetic force field over LaRousse City to stop its search from being disrupted. The electromagnetic power also affected the city’s Block Bots and electricity system, leaving many unable to leave. While Officer Jenny and Professor Lund coordinated a rescue mission, Deoxys was seemingly kidnapping everyone in sight with its army of clones. Among the trapped, Ash, his friends, Rafe, Rebecca, Sid, Audrey and Kathryn, Tory and Yuko realized Deoxys’s intentions and worked together to restore the green Deoxys core.
However the situation became complicated with the arrival of Rayquaza, who was determined to fight the Deoxys to protect its territory. The Deoxys later befriended Rayquaza after rescuing it from the rogue Block Bots, and they soon left LaRousse City to return to their respective homes.
LaRousse City made a cameo in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.
Places of Interest
- Main article: Battle Tower
The Battle Tower is LaRousse City’s most famous attractions. Ash and his friends traveled to LaRousse just so Ash could compete against some tough opponents. He met his match against Sid and Rafe, though the loss was somewhat his impromptu battle partner Tory’s hesitance to battle that cost Ash the match.
The monorail is the main entry into LaRousse City. The train station is a large building which also includes a shopping mall.
LaRousse City has a large array of parks and public facilities on offer. Tory particularly likes hanging out in the city’s greenhouse, which houses some rare plants and where he originally met a Deoxys who only appeared to him as a sprite.
- Main article: Pokémon Center
Ash, his friends, Rafe, Rebecca, Sid, Audrey and Kathryn all stayed at the local Pokémon Center while in LaRousse City.
Professor Lund’s laboratory
Professor Lund and his research assistant Yuko operate a laboratory, where they studied a green core Deoxys over four years. They experimented with different frequencies and lazers in an attempt to regenerate Deoxys. In Destiny Deoxys, Yuko succeeded and the revitalized Deoxys reunited with its friend.
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring LaRousse City or Pokémon that reside there in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
- LaRousse City is also the hometown of May's rival, Drew, to as revealed in May, We Harley Drew'd Ya!.
- This is the second time a movie-made city was based on a real city outside of Japan.
- LaRousse City was one of the first movie settings to feature a highly-efficient, eco-friendly city. This is now a recurring theme in the Pokémon franchise. It is implied in the seventh movie that the city relies heavily on wind turbines and other alternative energy sources, which create a healthy, non-polluting environment.
LaRousse is based on Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
|| ラルース LaRousse
|| Possibly from the French la rousse (the redhead) and roux (russet) or the Spanish la luz (the light)
| English, German,
| LaRousse City
|| From its Japanese name.
|| From dico, an informal term for dictionary (possibly a reference to Éditions Larousse).
|| 랄스시티 Ralseu City
|| Rough transcription of its Japanese name
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 拉魯斯市 / 拉鲁斯市 Lālǔsī Shì
|| Transliteration of its Japanese name.