What country is the region in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet based on?

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Pokémon is a huge series that has been going on for more than twenty years. It was only a matter of time before Generation Nine was officially announced for Nintendo Switch. One of the biggest questions on players' minds is which country the new region is based on.

Where is Pokémon Scarlet and Violet located?

It is almost certain that Pokémon Violet and Scarlet's region is based on Spain. There are quite a few hints in the launch trailer that was shown on the Official Pokémon YouTube Channel, the most notable being the architecture of the buildings shown. For example, the plaza heavily resembles something you'd see in a fiesta.

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The city that is shown and the house that the presumed main character resides in has Spanish architecture. The shape of the map that's briefly shown in the room that the guard enters is also shaped similarly to Spain, further cementing this theory. The local professors, Sara and Turo, along with your rivals, also appear to be of Hispanic origin based on skintone alone.

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Plus, the school uniforms worn by the protagonists at the beginning of your Pokémon journey embody the design of your average local student: polo and shorts! If all that is still not enough to convince you, the names of the starter Pokémon—Spirigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxley—are most definitely based on the Spanish language. You also can't overlook the fact that a painting of a Flamenco Dancer was shown when the main character entered their house. There are also regional Pokémon like Lechonk and Smoliv that are based on Spanish delicacies.

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  1. I love the open world concept that pokemon is continuing with. I was genuinely prepared for a carbon copy of swsh, thank the stars I was wrong. Aside from the graphics, this game looks promising. Also, considering it’s the first trailer, the graphics don’t look too bad, and they can be fixed. It seems like it’s only up from here. Hopefully bw remakes will get the open world treatment, or even a legends game. I didn’t hate the bdsp chibi and the graphics were actually pretty beautiful, but the game is just a carbon copy of dp. I wouldn’t want them to change too much of bw story tho, js do it like oras did. Maybe even a kyurem episode 🤷🏻‍♂️

  2. I’m feeling more South America than Spain, let me explain… All of which was said in this article, I agree with, the the crux of the regions location can be found in the starters… Specifically the water starter… You’ll note that the feet of this duck-like creature is blue, now this could just be an artistic element, however I feel it’s more referencing the Blue Footed Booby. This bird is know for its blue feet, similarly colored to the ones the starter has, and this birds primary location of existence is the South East Pacific, or South America. Being as Spain had a very heavy influence on the architecture of the South Americas (being as it was where they conquered and settled down in after the discovery of the the Americas) I believe we’re seeing a more Brazil, Ecuador, or even Galapagos Islands influence as a region here. But hey, this is all hanging on the fact that the birds feet are blue… so what do I know…

    1. Also, as an added note, I feel like it’s about time for the Pokemon games to pay proper homage to the birthplace of the theory of evolution… The Galapagos, which just so happen to be off the coast of South America, also in the South Eastern Pacific… Right where the blue footed booby exists…