|Professor:||Professor Juniper (Nuvema Town)|
Bianca (Aspertia City)
|Regional villains:||Team Plasma|
|Starter Pokémon:||Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott|
Unova (Japanese: イッシュ Isshu) is the name of the fifth main series region and is the setting of Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. Unlike previous regions, which were based on different islands around Japan, Unova was based on America's New York City. This land is distant from all other currently known regions and thus has different Pokémon. Also because of this, the Route numbers restart at 1, onwards. For those who have not been playing the other games, this fact can be confusing. It has an incredibly varied landscape; with two mountain ranges, woodland areas, marshes and a desert spread across its islands. The map of Unova has nineteen major settlements, thirty-one places of interest, and twenty-three routes marked on it.
In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the explorable area in Unova has expanded to include the cities and locations on the extreme southwest portion of Unova, including Aspertia City, Virbank City, Pokéstar Studios, Floccesy Town, and Routes 19 and 20. Additionally, new locations have popped up in previously uninhabited areas, such as Lentimas Town in eastern Unova and Humilau City in northeastern Unova. The Gym Leaders have been shuffled around in Black 2 and White 2 as well, with a mix of new and old Gym Leaders.
Cities and Towns
Nuvema Town (Japanese: カノコタウン Kanoko Town) is the first town in Unova, which is a very small area; the small size of the town is make players want to leave it as soon as they begin playing. This town is the dwelling of the player, Bianca, Cheren and Professor Juniper and is where the player begins their journey. It is connected to Route 1 and is on the southeast coast of the Unova region. The player gets their starter Pokémon here. Also, Professor Juniper's lab can be found next to the player's house and Cheren and Bianca's homes can be found below it.
Aspertia City (Japanese: ヒオウギシティ Hiougi City) is the first city in Unova in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 that has a Pokémon Center, a Pokémon Gym, and several miscellaneous buildings. It is the first starting location for the player that is a city. Aspertia City's Gym Leader is Cheren.
Virbank City (Japanese: タチワキシティ Tachiwaki City) is a city located in southwestern Unova. It is home to the PokéStar Studios. Trainers can challenge Virbank City Gym against the -type Gym Leader Roxie for the Toxic Badge.
Accumula Town (Japanese: カラクサタウン Karakusa Town) is a small town renowned for its hills and great views. It is here Professor Juniper tells the player about the Pokémon Center and the shop inside it to help prepare the player for their journey. After exiting the Pokémon Center, you encounter Cheren, who leads the player to the town plaza, where they see Team Plasma for the first time with Ghetsis, speaking to the crowd about liberating Pokemon so that they can truly be equals with people. However, his words do not move the crowd much. After Team Plasma leaves, the player bumps into the mysterious N, who supports Team Plasma's beliefs in freeing Pokémon.
Striaton City (Japanese: サンヨウシティ Sanyou City) is the first city you enter in Pokémon Black and White. This city features the first Gym, run by the Gym Leaders Cilan, Chili, and Cress. The Gym Leader you battle depends on the player's starter type, which will be at a type disadvantage to the Gym Leader's Pokemon. In addition to this, Professor Juniper's friend Fennel lives here and does her research into the Dream World. Upon seeking out a Munna to obtain the Dream Mist Fennel needs to help operate her machine, the player heads for the Dreamyard and reunite with Bianca. With her, you enter the deepest part of the Dreamyard and find a Munna being abused by two Team Plasma grunts who are also after the Dream Mist. Despite beating both Plasma Grunts in a Pokémon battle, the player and Bianca are unable to prevent the grunts from further injuring the Munna. Luckily, a Munna's evolved form Musharna comes to its rescue and uses its Dream Mist to fool the grunts into thinking Ghetsis is scolding them and causes them to flee. Fennel comes and finds some leftover Dream Mist, then thanks the player for their cooperation while Bianca decides to chase after Munna to capture it. Also, if you speak to a Trainer in the Dreamyard, you will receive one of the three element monkey Pokemon that has a disadvantage against the player's starter.
Nacrene City (Japanese: シッポウシティ Shippou City) is an incredibly old city with rail tracks and warehouses that have been abandoned for over 100 years. It has a massive museum dedicated to archaeology and is home to the second Gym of Unova, run by the Gym Leader Lenora. Upon winning at the Gym, Team Plasma arrives and steals the skull from a Dragonite skeleton on display, believing it to hold the essence of Reshiram/Zekrom (depends on version). Also, the player briefly reunites with Cheren and Bianca while meeting the third Unova Gym Leader, the artistic Burgh. Per Lenora's request, the player joins Burgh in investigating Pinwheel forest to return the skull. After the player goes to the Desert Resort and search for the Light Stone/Dark Stone (depends on version), Lenora calls and says she has the stone. The player receive the stone and are told to head to the final Gym Leader in Unova to learn more about the legend. The Nacrene Museum can be used to revive fossilized Pokémon from the fossils found in Twist Mountain or in the Relic Castle.
Castelia City (Japanese: ヒウンシティ Hiun City) is a journey across the Skyarrow Bridge which leads you to this thriving metropolis beside the sea. Unlike previous cities, this one is much, much bigger. It features a variety of areas and utilizes the DS's 3D graphic engine to show the city from a wide range of camera angles and uses a vast amount of interactivity. There are countless skyscrapers piercing the clouds, five piers which harbor boats and, of course, the Castelia City Gym. Upon arrival in the city, the player decides to challenge Burgh, only to arrive at the Gym to see Cheren has won his badge already. Trying to challenge Burgh himself/herself, the player bumps into Burgh who explains that there is trouble brewing in the city and is told to met him at the largest pier. There, the payer finds Bianca again, but she is accompanied by another trainer named Iris. It is revealed that Team Plasma has stolen Bianca's Munna and have eluded Iris in her search through the city. The Player and Burgh find Team Plasma has hidden out in the building directly in front of Burgh's Gym. There, the player once again meets Ghetsis and another of his colleages he calls a fellow member of the Seven Sages. Through negotiation, Munna is returned to Bianca.and Team Plasma escapes through use of a smoke screen. The Player then challenges Burgh and the Gym and earns the Insect Badge. Upon leaving Castelia City, the player is challenged by Bianca to battle her Pokemon to see how they've grown. Castelia City is Unova's largest city.
In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, Castelia City is accessible from Virbank City via boat. It is still home to the third Gym in Unova, though. The Castelia Sewers were added to Castelia City in Black 2 and White 2, which is where Team Plasma runs off and where the player and Hugh must pursue them.
Nimbasa City (Japanese: ライモンシティ Raimon City) is a bustling city of entertainment, which has its very own theme park with the fourth Gym inside. After riding rollercoasters, you can challenge the fourth Gym Leader of the Unova region. The Musical Theater is located here, as well as two sports stadiums and the Battle Subway. It is known that if Castelia City is the place of business, Nimbasa City is the place of leisure. Upon arriving in Nimbasa City, the player saves the Day-Care Man from Team Plasma and meets Bianca yet again. The player then has the choice to follow her to the theater or head to the amusement park to follow the Team Plasma grunts. If the player follows Bianca, both are gifted Prop cases for their Pokemon if they choose to enter them in the Musical Theater. Upon exiting the theater, Bianca's Dad arrives and tries to take her back home. Luckily, Elesa arrives and convinces him to let Bianca continue journeying to discover herself. If the player chooses to follow Team Plasma, they arrive in front of the Ferris Wheel and meet N again. He explains that he is the king of Team Plasma and that he seeks to liberate Pokemon from people. The two grunts arrive to save their king, but N instead decides to cover their escape. After beating N, the player learns of N's plan to revive one of the legendary Pokemon and use it to help his cause. However, he then adds that if the player wishes to stop him, he/she should revive the legendary Pokemon's equal. Upon exiting Nimbasa City, the player is once again confronted by Cheren for a battle, After the battle, both are met by Elesa, who introduces them to Alder, the Unova Champion. Cheren becomes agitated by Alder as he questions his view of what becoming the champion means. They are then brought to the Driftveil Drawbridge to be allowed access to the next city and challenge the Gym Leader.
Anville Town (Japanese: カナワタウン Kanawa Town) is an idyllic, peaceful town which can only be accessed by boarding a train in the Battle Subway. It has a rail yard where trains park for an overhaul. At the weekends, traders gather to exchange goods.
Driftveil City (Japanese: ホドモエシティ Hodomoe City) is a port town distributing many goods, it's home to the fifth Gym. It has it's own market and Cold Storage is a short walk away. Upon arriving in town, the player and Cheren are blamed by Clay for the escape of Team Plasma due to the bridge's lowering. However, they are offered a deal, capture Team Plasma and they can challenge his Gym. Working together, the player and Cheren find Team Plasma hiding in a Cold Storage container with one of the Seven Sages. Upon the player and Cheren's defeat of the grunts, Clay arrives with Cold Storage workers to arrest Team Plasma. However, once the player leaves afterwards and arrives at the Gym for a battle, Ghetsis has arrived with back up and has the captured operatives of Team Plasma released into his custody.
In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the Cold Storage to the south of the city has been replaced by the site of the Pokémon World Tournament, where the strongest Trainers from all around the world compete.
Mistralton City (Japanese: フキヨセシティ Fukiyose City) is notable for having the first airport in a Pokémon game, the city operates a cargo plane service transporting goods. Gym battle number six is found here inside an airport hangar. Trainers who want to adjust their Pokémon's moveset can go here for the Move Family. Upon arriving in the city, the player meets Professor Juniper's dad, Cedric Juniper, also a Professor, who updates the Pokedex for the player. The player meets Skyla and is lead to the Celestial Tower. There, Skyla has the player ring the bell on top to learn what kind of person the player is. Upon learning the answer, Skyla returns to the Gym to be challenged. After getting the HM Surf, the player can return and find Mistraton Cave to catch Cobalion.
Lentimas Town (Japanese: ヤマジタウン Yamaji Town) is a town located in central eastern Unova and is available only in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. The town can be accessed by airplane from Mistralton City after beating Skyla. The town is located in the middle of a windy passage. It is home to one of the Move Tutors.
Icirrus City (Japanese: セッカシティ Sekka City) is a city with wetlands and windmills. The city looks entirely different during winter. Brycen is the Gym Leader of the Gym here. The player once again encounter Cedric Juniper at the edge of town and is told one of the legendary Pokémon sleeps inside. However, the player must defeat Brycen in a Gym battle first to continue the story. Upon winning and leaving the Gym, the player reunites with both Cheren and Bianca. However, Brycen exits the Gym and tells Cheren to wait for a Gym battle as something is amiss. They head for Dragonspiral Tower. Inside are numerous Team Plasma members and one of the Seven Sages. With the help of Cheren and Brycen, the player makes his/her way up to the top to find N has awoken Reshiram/Zekrom (depends on which version) and explains that once he defeats Alder, he will have the authority to make his plan become reality. N then tells the player to find the Dark Stone/Light Stone and awaken Zekrom/Reshiram and counter his plans at the Pokémon League if he/she dares before flying off.
Opelucid City (Japanese: ソウリュウシティ Souryū City) changes its appearance based on which version it is visited in. In Pokémon White (and White 2), the city is old and historical; however, in Pokémon Black (and Black 2) it is modern, bordering on futuristic. It is here the player learns more about the Unova founding myth and the Pokemon that caused it. Upon winning the eighth Gym badge, the player meets up with Professor Juniper once again and is shown the way to Route 10 to head for the Pokemon League, giving you the Master Ball before she leaves. The Gym Leader you face here depends on the version: in Black, it's Drayden, while in White, it's Iris. This is possibly to coincide with the Yin/Yang theme the games have.
Opelucid City remains mostly the same in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, although it is home to the seventh Gym instead of the eighth. The Gym Leader is Drayden, regardless of which version the player is playing, and after earning the Legend Badge, Team Plasma attacks the city from the flying Plasma Frigate, covering the entire city with ice from Kyurem's Glaciate attack. It remains frozen over, along with other surrounding areas, until after the Elite Four and Champion are defeated.
Humilau City (Japanese: セイガイハシティ Seigaiha City) is a city in northeastern Unova, available only in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. Trainers can challenge Gym against the -type Gym Leader Marlon for the Wave Badge. It's a paradise resort and resembles Pacifidlog Town in how most of its structures are supported above the water, built out of wood. It connects to Undella Town from the Marine Tube.
Lacunosa Town (Japanese: カゴメタウン Kagome Town) is a tiny town with little more than a Pokémon Center. The people here believe a legend, which says that a monster attacks at night, and do not venture outdoors after dark. It is a good place to heal your Pokémon and obtain some information on the Giant Chasm.
Black City (Japanese: ブラックシティ Black City) is exclusive to Pokémon Black and Pokémon Black 2. It's a dark city ruled by greed. Many battles can be fought here, and rare items can be bought at the market. In Black 2, it is also home to the Black Tower.
White Forest (Japanese: ホワイトフォレスト White Forest) is exclusive to Pokémon White and Pokémon White 2. A peaceful forest which attracts people and Pokémon alike. In White 2, it is also home to the White Treehollow.
Places of Interest
An area of Unova located on an island. You can only gain access to it through a boat on Castelia City after you've obtained the Liberty Pass key item from a Wi-Fi Event. On this island is a lighthouse where you'll encounter Team Plasma and the legendary Pokémon Victini.
In the middle of the region lies a place of mysterious power. It can only be accessed by warping through the C-Gear.
Team Plasma's small, secret research lab. You can find it, surrounded by rapids, in Route 17 on the northern island. The Plasma Frigate is also docked here after completing the main game in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
An old factory site often used as a playground by children and Pokémon. Here you'll find a girl who wants to give you a Pokémon. The Dreamyard has several areas unlocked after you complete the main game.
The first cave you visit, Team Plasma flee here after stealing a girl's Pokémon. There's a basement area that is only accessible once the HM for Surf is acquired, although Flash is recommended as well due to the low light in the basement.
A dense forest with many patches of grass, fallen trees and the Challenge Rock. You can either explore the complicated maze of trees or stick to the road for a straight path.
Ancient ruins located in the desert, surrounded by odd Pokémon statues. The floor has quicksand here and there, and if you try to walk through it, you'll fall to the lower floor. Other than receiving a fossil, there isn't much to do here until one visits Dragonspiral Tower. After completing Dragonspiral Tower, the first time, the player is able to explore the lower floors. It is also the location where the player first encounters Ryoku and Volcarona.
A cave which is literally charged with energy, causing stones to float. You'll meet the Shadow Triad for the first time in here in Pokémon Black and White.
A memorial tower dedicated to deceased Pokémon, located on Route 7. Ringing the large bell on the top floor is said to purify spirits.
Primarily a mine used to collect valuable minerals, it also serves as a path connecting Route 7 and Icirrus City. Many items are buried away here, and the winter season has a drastic impact on the caves. If the player goes to the lowest cave, there is a man that give the player a fossil each day.
No one knows the history of the oldest tower in Unova, although there are rumors of a Dragon Pokémon on its summit. It plays a major role in Pokémon Black and White's plot. N awakens Reshiram or Zekrom (depending on the version) at the top of the tower. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the player can return here with the Light Stone or Dark Stone received from N after defeating him in N's Castle to reawaken Reshiram or Zekrom, having a chance to capture it.
A detour from Route 8 brings you to this marshland. In winter, the swamps freeze over.
The Pokémon World Tournament is an area new to Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 where Trainers can partake in a tournament against other Trainers in several styles of battle, including battles consisting exclusively of Gym Leaders from various regions. It is held in Driftveil City, hosted by Cynthia, the Sinnoh League Champion.
Above Route 20 in Black 2 and White 2 lies the Floccesy Ranch, where the player must retrieve a stolen item from a Team Plasma Grunt for a farmer on the ranch.
A cave where the player disperses the Sinnoh Lake Trio, making them available for capture around the Unova region. It is available only after completing the main story in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
A mountain that must be crossed in order to reach Undella Town from Lentimas Town. Its appearance changes depending on which version is being played; it is an active volcano in Pokémon Black 2, with lava all over the inside of the cave, while it is a wet, watery cave in Pokémon White 2. Heatran can be captured here after acquiring the Magma Stone on Route 18, although only after completing the main story in the game.
An airship that serves as Team Plasma's headquarters and main means of transport, the Plasma Frigate is an area the player will frequently enter to stop Team Plasma's plans. It is available only in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
A faraway forest-like area north of Mistralton City, exclusive to Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, in which a Shiny Haxorus can be captured. It is accessible only from the airport in Mistralton City, and only after receiving the Permit from Professor Juniper after seeing every Pokémon in the expanded Unova Pokédex, excluding Victini, Keldeo, Meloetta, and Genesect.
On Route 9 is a cave that opens after you complete the main story. It's pitch black and requires the use of Flash to explore properly. It is completely ruined in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, closed up for good and totally inaccessible.
The Pokémon League
Pokémon Black and White
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
Elite Four and the Champion
Pokémon Black and White
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
Unova is based on New York City with Castelia City being based on Manhattan and the Sky Arrow Bridge being based on the Brooklyn Bridge. Nacrene City is based on Brooklyn. Nimbasa City may also be based on The Bronx.
In the anime
In In the Shadow of Zekrom, Ash, Delia and Professor Oak come to West Unova on a trip during time of which Ash encounters the ledgendary Pokemon Zekrom which leads him to start a new journey in Unova with Pikachu alone. Kanto Pokemon are rare in West Unova and Ash continues to make new friends such as Iris and Cilan. He eventually captures a lot of Unova region Pokemon and like Gary originally did, rotates them around his team.
He also earns eight badges, becoming rivals with Trip, Bianca and Stephan. Learning that the Unova League is months away, they head to East Unova with Cynthia to compete in a new tournament. Dawn is also participating. East Unova has Pokemon from all five regions and is quite popular.
- The entire Unova region is said to be based upon New York, as stated by Junichi Masuda in Pokémon Peer.
- This is the first Region to be based upon a non-Japanese location.
- Unova is the first region to have a major name change in the English version.
- The Unova region is the first region to have an active airport.
- Unova has more cities than any other region.
- Instead continuing on from the previous region's route numbers, the routes in Unova restart at 1.
- This is the first region in games to have a female professor.
- According to Skyla, the Kanto region and the Sinnoh region are "Just round the corner".
- The Unova Pokedex is the first Regional Pokedex in the main series to begin with a Legendary Pokemon instead of a Grass-Type Starter Pokemon.
- Unova has the most Pokémon capable of changing their forms.