Galar is the region where Pokémon Sword and Shield takes place. It debuted in Pokémon Journeys: The Series.

The Starter Pokémon for beginners are Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble.

Cities and towns

Landmarks

Pokémon League

Gym Leaders

Name Settlement Type Signature Pokémon Badge
Milo.png
Milo
Turffield Grass 830.png
Eldegoss
841G.png
Flapple (rematches, Sword only)
842G.png
Appletun (rematches, Shield only)
GrassBadge.png
Grass Badge
Nessa.png
Nessa
Hulbury Water 834.png
Drednaw
834G.png
Drednaw (rematches)
WaterBadge.png
Water Badge
Kabu artwork.png
Kabu
Motostoke Fire 851G.png
Centiskorch
FireBadge.png
Fire Badge
Bea.png
Bea (Sword only)
Stow-on-Side Fighting 068G.png
Machamp
FightingBadge.png
Fighting Badge
Allister.png
Allister (Shield only)
Stow-on-Side Ghost 094G.png
Gengar
GhostBadge.png
Ghost Badge
Opal artwork.pngBede.png
Opal/Bede
Ballonlea Fairy 869G.png
Alcremie (Opal)
858G.png
Hatterene (Bede)
FairyBadge.png
Fairy Badge
Gordie artwork.png
Gordie (Sword only)
Circhester Rock 839G.png
Coalossal
RockBadge.png
Rock Badge
Melony artwork.png
Melony (Shield only)
Circhester Ice 131G.png
Lapras
IceBadge.png
Ice Badge
Piers artwork.pngMarnie.png
Piers/Marnie
Spikemuth Dark 862.png
Obstagoon (Piers)
861G.png
Grimmsnarl (Marnie)
DarkBadge.png
Dark Badge
Raihan artwork.png
Raihan
Hammerlocke Dragon 884G.png
Duraludon
DragonBadge.png
Dragon Badge

Champion Cup

Name Type Signature Pokémon
Marnie.png
Marnie (Semi-Finals)
Dark 861G.png
Grimmsnarl
Hop.png
Hop (Semi-Finals)
Mix 818.png
Inteleon (if the player character chooses Grookey)
812.png
Rillaboom (if the player character chooses Scorbunny)
815.png
Cinderace (if the player character chooses Sobble)
823G.png
Corviknight (rematches)
Bede.png
Bede (Interruption)
Fairy 858G.png
Hatterene
Nessa.png
Nessa (Finals)
Water 834G.png
Drednaw
Bea.png
Bea (Finals; Sword only)
Fighting 068G.png
Machamp
Allister.png
Allister (Finals; Shield only)
Ghost 094G.png
Gengar
Raihan artwork.png
Raihan (Finals)
Dragon 884G.png
Duraludon

Champion

Name Type Signature Pokémon
Leon (Pokemon Sword & Shield).png
Leon
Mix 006G.png
Charizard

Trivia

  • Galar is the first core series region:
    • To not have an "o" in its English name.
    • To not have an Elite Four.
      • Because of this, the Galar Pokémon League only have the Champion Cup, where the player character only battle the rivals, three of the eight Gym leaders, in the Semi-Finals and Finals receptively and battle the Champion in championship match.
    • To contain no settlements that end in "Town" or "City" in their English names.
    • To introduce no Mythical Pokémon at the time of its release.
    • To contain a single landmass the map of which does not fit on the screen. Previous regions with multiple maps either contained or were archipelagos.
    • To introduce four fossils, the most of any region so far.
      • Despite this, the region does not beat the record for most Fossil Pokémon introduced (five in Kanto) due to the Galarian Fossil Pokémon being unable to evolve.
      • Also, for the first time, none of the introduced Fossil Pokémon are Rock-type.
    • To have two Gym Leaders resign from their posts over the course of a single game's plot.
    • To not have an anime series solely dedicated to Ash Ketchum fully exploring the region in a journey.
  • Like Kalos, Galar is based on an European country. In this case, Galar is based on the United Kingdom, but upside-down.
  • Galar is one, if not the biggest, region so far in the Pokémon franchise.
  • Much like Johto, Galar region does not have an Electric-type Gym Leader or other notable specialists.
  • Galar is the first region to have a Dark-type Gym and Gym Leader.
  • Galar is the first region to not have traditional badges. The names are now simply the Type used by the Gym Leader.
  • Galar is the first region where trainers have to wear official/regulation uniforms when challenging gym leaders. This clothing style is comparable to Super Contests in Sinnoh.
  • Galar has the fewest numbered routes of any core series region, with ten.
  • Northern Ireland is the only Uk Country not to be featured in the Galar Region so far.
  • Gym Leader battles are public spectacles, with gyms now having stadiums for the battles. The puzzles and challenges each gym have been retained from previous games, though.
  • Galar's gym challenge bears similarity to the Heartland Carnival in the anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh ZEXAL.
    • Having to register to participate.
    • Collecting pieces of an emblem to gain entry into the final round.
  • This region is rumored to be connected to the Kalos region.
  • The adjectival form of Galar is "Galarian".
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