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

The Starter Pokémon for beginners are Sobble (which resembles a lizard), Scorbunny (which resembles a rabbit) and Grookey (which resembles a squirrel monkey).

Cities and towns

Landmarks

Pokémon League

Gym Leaders

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

Champion Cup

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

Champion

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