The refresh you needed on Lumiose City after Pokémon Legends Z-A announcement cover image

The refresh you needed on Lumiose City after Pokémon Legends Z-A announcement

Pokémon is returning to Lumiose City in Pokémon Legends Z-A.

Pokémon announced its next big title this morning, Pokémon Legends Z-A, which will take primarily in Lumiose City. The popular city, modeled after Paris, France, takes place in the Kalos region, originally made famous in the Pokémon X and Y games.

But how much do people actually remember about Lumiose City? The new game seems to be putting players in the city area before it was fully developed, similar to how Pokémon Legends Arceus took place in Sinnoh way before Diamond and Pearl.

Here is the refresh you needed on Lumiose City after the Pokémon Legends Z-A announcement.

What is Lumiose City in Pokémon?

Lumiose City is a vast city within the Pokémon universe. Its roads and buildings cover a huge amount of ground, making it one of the biggest cities within every Pokémon title. The city is modeled after Paris, France, as every game's region is modeled after a country on Earth.

The unique city electric lifestyle is resembled within the Lumiose City Gym, which is in Prism Tower (modeled after the Eiffel Tower). Sure enough, the Gym leader in Lumiose City specializes in Electric-Type Pokémon, making them a powerful opponent, especially if you chose Froakie as your starter.

The city takes on a circular look when viewed from above, as the roads throughout Lumiose run in a circular motion, with some roads cutting diagonally towards the middle. You can find cafes, streams of water and more when exploring the city.

The Prism Tower is located directly in the middle, which serves as a power hub for the city. It sits in a massive courtyard, where many others walk around with their Pokémon.

But enough of what Lumiose City is like in the present day... let's talk about its role in Pokémon Legends Z-A.

A blast into the past: A look at the original blueprints for Lumiose City

One thing we do know is that the Pokémon Legends series takes place in the past. The first (and only) title to have been released, Pokémon Legends Arceus, was way before the official development of Sinnoh. Whether or not the new title will take place that long ago is unknown, but what we do know is that it seems to take place entirely in Lumiose.

Except, Lumiose hasn't necessarily been built yet.

The entire trailer for Pokémon Legends A-Z gives us a look at what seems to be blueprints for the city, establishing the notion that it has not yet been built. Also, the paper that we see writing on seems to be more of a parchment, giving us the vibe that this will be way before modern-day Lumiose City.

Whether or not the city will have already begun developing is unknown, but we do know that it takes place in that specific part of the Kalos region. Maybe we will see more of the region in the game, maybe we will not. The size of the game's map is still unknown.

What does Z-A stand for in the title?

In the first Pokémon Legends game, Arceus played a huge role within the world. While in the original Diamond and Pearl games, Arceus was one of the rarest and hardest Pokémon to get. In fact, you either needed to attend a specific event or have an Action Replay to get the Legendary Pokémon.

In X and Y, the big dog that you want to get in the game is Zygarde, a Legendary Pokémon made up of various electric cores that you find throughout the game, hence the Z through A in the title (these are all different cells).

Assuming Zygarde will have something to do with establishing Lumiose City's electric power grid, players are in for a legendary story following the popular Pokémon, Kalos region and more.

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