Kalos is the region in which Pokémon X and Y takes place. Like the Unova Region, it is based on a foreign place, New York City for Unova and France for Kalos. The Legendary Pokémon that the player will encounter in the post game are Articuno (if the player chose Chespin), Zapdos (if the player chose Fennekin), and Moltres (if the player chose Froakie), and for the game exclusive legendaries: Xerneas and Mewtwo with the Mewtwonite X enabling it to mega evolve into Mega Mewtwo X in Pokémon X, and Yveltal and Mewtwo with the Mewtwonite Y enabling it to mega evolve into Mega Mewtwo Y in Pokémon Y and the legendary for both games being Zygarde.

Cities and towns

Vaniville Town

Vaniville Town is where the hero/heroine moves in the start of the game. It is home to Shauna and Serena/Calem, the opposite gender of the character the player chooses.

Aquacorde Town

Aquacorde Town is where the hero/heroine meets all of their rivals and obtain their starter Pokémon as well as the Pokédex.

Santalune City

Santalune City is home to the Santalune City Gym and its Gym Leader, Viola, who specializes in Bug-type Pokémon.

Lumiose City

Lumiose City is the main city of Kalos.[1] It is home to Alexa, a journalist and Gym Leader Viola's elder sister. The gym is located exactly in the center of the city, inside the Prism Tower. It's also home to Trevor, another rival of the player, and it is also where Professor Sycamore's Lab is located. The Gym Leader, Clemont, specializes in Electric-types. 

Shalour City

Shalour City is hometown of Korrina and where the Tower of Mastery lies. This also marks the first battle with Calem/Serena. The Gym Leader, Korrina, specializes in Fighting-type Pokémon.

Coumarine City

Coumarine City is divided into two parts. First there is the coastal part where there are a couple of stands and a hotel. However, connected via monorail, is the cliff side part of Coumarine City. This is where Ramos, the grass-type gym leader, awaits. This is also the place where you find Tierno when you complete the game. Here, you can buy incenses for 9,600 Pokémoney.

Laverre City

Laverre City is a small city located at the north of Kalos. It is a very rustic city and features quaint homes that are built around a forest. In the middle is a ancient tree that is said to be 1,500 years old. This is where Valerie, the fairy-type gym leader awaits.

Anistar City

Anistar City is a city located east of Kalos. The city is next to the sea and since it is close to Snowbelle City, it is a cold city. It is home to Olympia the Psychic -type gym leader. It also has an ancient sundial made out of crystal, a symbol of the city.

Snowbelle City

Snowbelle City is the last city where a gym leader resides. Wulfric the Ice-type gym leader awaits. Located in southeast Kalos, the city is more or less covered in snow. According to the town map, its snowy condition originates from the local gym where ventilators were installed pumping cold air to maintain a 'icy look' thus affecting the city. South of the city, the entrance to the Winding Woods is there.

Cyllage City

Cyllage City is homage to the Rock-type Gym. The Gym Leader, Grant, specializes in Rock-type Pokémon. Grant appears first in the anime in the episode Breaking Titles at the Battle Chateau, where he battles Viola for the title of Grand Duke.  

Places of Interest

Using the Kalos Map as evidence, certain areas can be identified, as they stand out.

Pokémon League

This Castle-like Pokémon League is situated east of Santalune City. Like always, eight badges are required to enter.
Pokémon League

The Pokémon League and Victory Road in Kalos

Here, you face the Elite Four in addition to finally getting to the champion, Diantha.

Santalune Forest

Santalune Forest is located north of Aquacorde Town, after Route 2. Home to many Pokémon, respective of its type variations. Just upward north-east of the forest is the exit leading to its namesake city, Santalune City.


Kalos has 22 routes.

Kalos Route 1

Kalos Route 1 is the first route found in Kalos. It connects Vaniville Town to Aquacorde Town. It, notably, has no wild Pokémon, therefore, allows the player to leave the town as soon as the game begins.

Kalos Route 2

Kalos Route 2 is the second route in Kalos. It connects Aquacorde to the Santalune Forest.

Kalos Route 3

Kalos Route 3 is seen at the first trailer. If you look at the first trailer and the screenshots from the official website you can see that this Route looks different from the first trailer, for example having more trees and more detailed plants, rocks, etc. This may be because they are still working on the designs of the overworld. It is most likely the third route of the Kalos region. This Route connects Santalune Forest with Santalune City.

Kalos Route 4

This route connects Santalune City to Lumiose City. This route introduces the player to Pokémon hidden in flowers, such as Flabébé.

Kalos Route 5

Kalos Route 5 is briefly seen at the second gameplay trailer, where the player is in Lumiose City with a building having a 5 at the entrance in the background, in other words the Gate between the route and the city. Or it could simply be a building with a 5 on the entrance.

Anime-exclusive locations

Pokémon League

Gym Leaders

Name Settlement Type Signature Pokémon Badge
Viola artwork
Santalune City Bug 666
Bug Badge
Bug Badge
Cyllage City Rock 696 (697)
Cliff Badge
Shalour City Fighting 448
Rumble Badge
Rumble Badge
Coumarine City Grass 673
Plant Badge
Lumiose City Electric 695
Voltage Badge
Laverre City Fairy 700
Fairy Badge


Anistar City Psychic 678A
Psychic Badge
Snowbelle City Ice 713
Iceberg Badge

Iceberg Badge

Elite Four and Champion

Name Type Signature Pokémon
Steel 681
Fire 668
Dragon 715
Water 689


Name Type Signature Pokémon
Mix 282


  • Kalos comes from a Greek inscription meaning "beauty".
  • Kalos, like Unova, has the routes restart at 1.
  • Kalos is meant to be based on France, although the creators also took inspiration from other parts of Europe. If one were to look at the top-left corner of the Kalos region, there is a town with a resemblance to Stonehenge, which is in England, mixed with the Carnac Stones, a group of rocks in France.
  • Kalos is the second region to have all the fully evolved starters have a secondary type; the first being Sinnoh.
  • Route 1 in Kalos is one of the shortest routes in the game.
    • Additionally, it is the only route not to contain Pokémon.
  • As the same in Kanto in Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen, the starter Pokémon dictates which legendary out of the possible three can be caught.
  • Kalos has three Pokédexes: Central, Costal, and Mountain.