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Kalos
カロス地方
The Kalos Region
Official Artwork of Kalos for X & Y.
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Character Information
Professor Professor Sycamore
Pokémon 72
Starter Pokémon Chespin
Fennekin
Froakie
Video Games Pokémon X & Y
Anime Pokémon the Series: XY
Main Villain Team Flare
Rival Tierno
Shauna
Trevor
Kalos game map
Map of Kalos in X & Y
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Kalos is the region where Pokémon X & Y take place. This region is mostly based on France. The Legendary Pokémon that appear in this region are Articuno (Chespin, if chosen), Zapdos (Fennekin, if chosen), Moltres (Froakie, if chosen), XerneasYveltal, Zygarde, and Mewtwo.

Cities and Towns

Vaniville Town

Vaniville Town is where the hero/heroine moves-in at the start of the game. It is home to Shauna and Serena/Calem, the opposite character of the gender 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 specialises 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 older 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. 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. Korrina, the gym leader, 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 cliffside part of Coumarine City. This is where Ramos, the grass-type gym leader,awaits. This is also the place where you find tiero when you complete the game. Here, you can buy incenses for 9,600 Pokémoney.

Laverre City

Laverre is a small city located 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 the gym leader, Olympia the Psychic -type gym leader awaits. It also has an anicent 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 south-east 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 a city with a gym leader. 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 vs. 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.

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 Flabebe.

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.

The Pokémon League

Gym Leaders

Name

Settlement

Type

Signature
Pokémon

Badge

Viola artwork
Viola

Santalune City

Bug

666
Vivillon

Bugbadge
Bug Badge

Grant
Grant

Cyllage City

Rock

696 (697)
Tyrunt

Cliffbadge
Cliff Badge

Korrina
Korrina

Shalour City

Fighting

448
Lucario
701
Hawlucha

Rumble Badge
Rumble Badge

Ramos
Ramos

Courmarine City

Grass

673
Gogoat

Plantbadge
Plant Badge

Clemont
Clemont

Lumiose City

Electric

695
Heliolisk

Voltagebadge
Voltage Badge

Valerie
Valerie

Laverre City

Fairy

700
Sylveon

Fairybadge
Fairy Badge

Olympia
Olympia

Anistar City

Psychic

678-f
Meowstic

Psychicbadge
Psychic Badge

Wulfric
Wulfric

Snowbelle City

Ice

713
Avalugg

Iceberg Badge
Iceberg Badge

Elite Four and Champion

Name

Type

Signature
Pokémon

Wikstrom
Wikstrom

Steel

681
Aegislash

Malva
Malva

Fire

668
Pyroar

Drasna
Drasna

Dragon

715
Noivern

Siebold
Siebold

Water

689
Barbaracle

Diantha
Diantha

Mix

282
Gardevoir

Etymology

Kalos comes from a Greek inscription meaning "beauty".

Trivia

  • This is the second region, both overall and in a row, not to be based on an area in Japan. The first was Unova which was based off New York City in United States.
    • Similarly, Kalos is the second region to have the routes restart at 1, the first being Unova.
  • Kalos is meant to be based on France, although the creators also took inspiration from other parts of Europe. If one look at the top-left corner of the Kalos region you can see 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.

Gallery

References

  1. ^ http://mynintendonews.com/2013/05/11/pokemon-x-and-y-set-in-karos-region-appears-to-be-based-on-france/



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