Galar is the newest region and serves as the setting for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. While there are no official announcements as to the inspiration behind the region, fans have speculated that it is based on a few locations in the United Kingdom.
Let’s divide the region into sections and analyze some of the interesting locations!
The South (Hometown)
Similar to most games in the main Pokemon series, the protagonist will start his or her journey on the south where his/her hometown is located. The hometown may be based on the southern parts of England, namely Somerset, Bristol, and Hampshire.
These cities or counties have farmlands and Roman villas which give off a “countryside” vibe, a trait seen in the photo of the southern section of Galar.
The two big lakes found in the middle of the region may be based on popular lakes in the UK such as Loch Ness and Lough Neagh.
Source: The Telegraph UK
Loch Ness is quite popular to due to a hoax of a giant lizard-like creature living in the lake. Will we see a giant lizard Pokemon in Galar? Let’s wait and see.
The Industrial City
This unique industrial city in Galar may be based on Manchester, a popular city in the middle of the UK. The big clock tower bears similarities to the tower of Manchester Town Hall.
Source: English Heritage
In addition, you will see some stone formations to the north that looks like Stonehenge, a bizarre historic monument found in Salisbury.
The Hill Figure
To the west of the region lies a large mysterious carving of what appears to be a giant fire-breathing creature with peculiar figures cheering near its feet.
Fans speculate that this could be based on the Cerne Abbas Giant, a hill figure found in Dorset. The creator of this figure and the date when it was carved still remain a mystery. Does this figure connect us to the legendary Pokemon of the region?
The castle to the northeast of the hill looks like Windsor Castle, one of the residences of the current royal family in the UK.
Source: Royal UK
This could also indicate that the Galar region may have a royal family as well.
The Northernmost part of the region looks like London, the most popular city in the United Kingdom.
Source: Visit London
You can see on the photo above that there is a copy of the Clock Tower as well as a tall building which bears resemblance to The Shard, the tallest building in the UK.
There are several color-coded stadiums scattered across the map. These colors may indicate which type you are going to face in these gyms.
We listed our speculations as to what types these gyms may contain:
- Green Gym (West): Grass-type
- Blue Gym (East): Water-type
- Brown Gym (Northwest): Ground-type or Rock-type
- Purple Gym (Northwest): Fairy-type or Poison-type
- Red Gym (North): Pokemon League