The Next Pokémon Might Be Set In The UK, And Scottish Twitter Is Thrilled

The prospect of the new Pokémon game being possibly set in the UK has amused some fans, and I’m laughing along with them.

In order to understand these jokes, you’re first going to have to explain the concept of Scottish Twitter. Regional Twitters have regional dialects. A community of Twitter users based in Pittsburg might say “yinz” instead of “y’all,” and instead of LOL, Twitter users from France might type MDR - mort de rire, or “dead from laughing.”

Scottish Twitter users tend to write their tweets phonetically, like they’re in an Irvine Welsh novel. It leads to hilarity like this:

Illustration: Nintendo

Where does Pokémon come in? Well, the newly announced Sword and Shield are going to be set in the Galar region, which appears to be based on the United Kingdom. Some people have pointed out that the map of Galar looks like the UK flipped upside down. While Scotland is to the South in the UK, it looks like the snowy region up top may represent the country in Galar.

None of this is confirmed, but it has players imagining what the region will be like. When Black and White came out, I was so excited to see the Pokémon version of New York, and spent a lot of time wondering which town was what borough. While the game didn’t always trade on the stereotypes of New Yorkers I was expecting, it was still a hoot to see the city where I now live from a different perspective.

British and Scottish Pokémon players are now wondering how their own countries will look with the Pokémon treatment, and are using their own cultural stereotypes to riff off of.

Take this tweet, for example, which is a riff on a gag from Scottish Twitter:

Or this tweet, which gives the voiceless characters from the trailer some cheeky dialogue:

If just reading the tweet doesn’t do it for you, here it is read aloud in a Scottish accent.

Why is this shit so hysterical? There’s something about niche jokes that, even if I don’t fully get the context, just tickle me. The idea of Game Freak nailing the culture of the United Kingdom so fully that they based their Pokémarts on Greggs just makes me laugh.

Some players have even envisioned what a battle against the Queen might look like.

It’s unlikely that Sword and Shield will play like this, and we’re still not sure if Galar is based on the UK. I’ll be happy whatever happens, because it’s new Pokémon and I am starved for that. Still, I’m holding out hope that whenever I battle someone, they’ll say, “you wot, mate?”


    Scotland is in the south of the UK? Since when?

      Apparently London and Glasgow swapped places when we weren't looking?

      American 'World Geography' focuses mostly on the centre of the world/universe (the US), and other nations are considered interchangeable. Just chuck them in vague directions relative to the centre of the world - the US - and it's all good. They only exist as tourism/trade destinations, after all.

        Austria,'s all the same.

          US fellow I know living here got a care package from his church with basic stuff in it we have in all the stores here, haha.

        Ah tellyew whut tho... I reckon if schools started using Europa Universalis 4 as a teaching tool, kids would learn a HELL of a lot about history and geography.

        "Your term 4 in-class assignment is to form the nation of Germany, starting as Brandenburg."

          They would learn the names but can you imagine the pronunciation?

      I mean, she probably confused herself when she said:

      Some people have pointed out that the map of Galar looks like the UK FLIPPED FUCKING UPSIDE DOWN

      I may or may not have added some emphasis on Gita's quote.

      Last edited 01/03/19 1:16 pm

      I heard that the majority in Scotland voted remain in the Brexit referendum. When I was looking at the map of the results, there was a yellow patch in the south. Presumably that's where Scotland is.

      I was worried that was I had been painfully geographically ignorant up to now.

    Wait... so if the UK has been flipped, with Scotland now in the south in the Galar region, does that mean below Scotland is now France (Kalos) or is it still by England which would mean the whole world was flipped?!

    Fucking love Scottish Twitter. Sometimes I can't understand any of it but I can't stop reading it in my head like it's Trainspotting.

      Scottish Twitter is best twitter, by far. If you're not already following @ScottishTweets, you should be.

    I's traineen me furreet in da yurd win ma dah cooms oot un sez "Dats ah faggoots porkymun, lud!". Set me roight oof 'e dud. Ah goot ma sqoortdle ta watta cannun da cun' und 'e nier sheet his punts 'e dud!
    Fookin' sint ma roight orf!

    Aye. S'a braw wee hing. Might have tae cram yon bastard in this bawbag I got jammed doon me troos...

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