The Devon Corporation's influence has spread far and wide throughout the world of Pokemon, so it is no surprise that the company has a strong influence in the Sotama region. In fact, the Sotama branch of the Devon Corporation is located in Refinerook City and ran by none other than Steven Stone, who ten years after becoming the Hoenn champion has settled down in the Sotama region. He quite likes living there, especially due to large mountains which are hosts to countless rare stones and minerals.
In North-West Sotama lies the starting town of Pokemon Iron and Bronze, the Town of Bucklerbay (Isotate イソタテ) known as the City of Connecting Currents. It is known as this because the peninsula the city sits on is the main point of access to Sotama by sea, due to the large mountain chains that dominate the region, and thus is a major trade center. It is in this town that Wyatt and Clara begin their expansive Sotama Pokemon journey! History
In the past, Bucklerbay was once
After a time well spent with your starter Pokemon, they will soon evolve into their second forms! When you first battle with your secondary rival, Ohmar or Farah, they'll use these Pokemon to fight with, entirely skipping the first stage. Eventually your opposite gender rival will evolve their Pokemon to the middle form and you will have too. #495 - CASSORIOT
Japanese Name: カスキョウ
Classification: Ruffian Bird Pokemon
In Pokemon Iron and Bronze, the Regional Dex has received a tremendous upgrade and now, at 350 out of 618 Pokemon, is the largest Regional Dex thus far.
However, there are a few ideas it borrows from previous Regional Dexes. These are illustrated below...
* Similar to Sinnoh's Regional Dex, 23 of the 125 New Pokemon are not part of the Sotama Regional Dex. The reason behind this will be explained later on, but Abbarm, Costelleg, and Bancrypt are part of this group.
The region of Sotama is quite chilly, so it is no surprise quite a large amount of Ice-type Pokemon, such as Snover and Snorunt, make their home in the area. There are also quite a few new Ice-types to expand the currently tiny roster, most of them new dual-types as well. Here is a new Bug/Ice family for instance. #562 - CHILLOPOD
Japanese Name: ムカダ
Classification: Snowball Pokemon