The new Pokémon region, Galar, takes inspiration from the United Kingdom. Will it connect to the French-inspired Kalos region?
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have now been announced for release in late 2019. Some of the features include new Pokemon, modern graphics, and a brand new region- Galar. There have also been some Pokemon Sword and Shield rumors, especially with Galar’s relation to Great Britain. Will Galar connect to Kalos? Let’s look at the details.
Pokémon Sword and Shield rumors: Galar based on the UK
The new Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield region Galar was revealed in a video last week.
Live footage of us exploring the Galar region. ⚔
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) February 27, 2019
With a modern city complete with Big Ben-esque clock tower, industrial cities, and sprawling countryside locations, it shares a lot in common with the UK. These locations seem to take inspiration from places like London and Stonehenge. There even seems to be a football pitch.
This has also led to some rumors on whether the game will feature two regions. The Pokemon X and Y region, Kalos, was said to be based on France. Will Galar connect to Kalos?
Will Galar connect to Kalos?
It’s not out of the question. The Galar world map from the Pokémon website and trailers show a ferry, a railway system, and some underground tunnels.
In fact, Reddit user u/qaboi made a very strong argument for the connection between the two in a Reddit post.
Most notably, Kalos features Couriway Town. The town’s motto is “A town connecting differences”. It also features a railway which brings people from far away to see its falls.
The railway didn’t get any use in the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games, which leads to questions about Galar and Kalos.
Another big hint is Melmetal’s Pokedex entry, which says he’s back after 3000 years- the time of the Pokemon war in Kalos. This suggests that Pokemon Sword and Shield could even take some inspiration from historic Anglo-French battles.
This also ties into some recent Pokemon Sword and Shield leaks. A 4chan leak which correctly revealed the name of the new Pokemon games and details on the new region also noted that Melmetal would tie-in to the game’s lore.
It may be a bit ambitious. After all, no Pokemon games other than Gold and Silver (and their sequels) feature two regions. However, with the increased capabilities of a console-based Pokemon game, it’s definitely a possibility.