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Hoenn ホウエン地方
Hōen region
Artwork of the Hoenn region from Pokémon Emerald
Introduction Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
Professor Professor Birch
Starter Pokémon Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip
Regional Villains Team Aqua, Team Magma
Pokémon League Hoenn League
League Location Ever Grande City
Pokédex List Hoenn Pokédex
Series Advanced Generation
Season(s) Advanced (6)
Advanced Challenge (7)
Advanced Battle (8)
Generation III
Games Ruby and Sapphire
Adventures Debut PS181
In-game map of the Hoenn region from Generation III

The Hoenn region (Japanese: ホウエン地方 Hōen-chihō) is a region of the Pokémon world. It is the setting of Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. It is inspired by the real-world Japanese main island of Kyushu. The names of most of the cities in Hoenn are made of two words put together (Little Root, Fort Tree, Slate Port, Ever Grande, etc.) rather than colors or plants as Kanto and Johto had done. Professor Birch of Littleroot Town offers the starter Pokémon known as Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip to Trainers beginning their journey of this vast land.

Etymology and design concept


Junichi Masuda has stated that Hoenn's name comes from 豊縁, hōen, meaning "abundant relations", as a common theme in this region is the relationships forged between Pokémon and people. He also stated that the reasoning behind rotating Hoenn 90° counterclockwise compared to its real-world counterpart was to increase playability[1].

Design concept

The Hoenn region is based on the real-world Japanese main island of Kyushu.


Hoenn was created after Groudon and Kyogre were formed. Groudon raised the landmasses and Kyogre filled the seas that would later become Hoenn. The meeting of these two created a great battle for supremacy until it was quelled by Rayquaza, sending Groudon and Kyogre into caverns where they rested until they were awakened many years later during the course of events in Generation III. The moving of the continents by Regigigas created Hoenn, and when Regigigas was sent to sleep in the Snowpoint Temple in Sinnoh during the Iron Age, Regirock, Registeel, and Regice, the keys to awakening it, were sealed away in Hoenn.

In contemporary history, Brendan/May moves to Littleroot Town in Hoenn from Johto. Brendan/May will encounter the opposite gender as a pseudo rival of some sorts along the journey, competing with Brendan/May to complete the Pokédex. Brendan/May will save Professor Birch from a Zigzagoon and get either, Torchic, Mudkip or Treeko as theirs to keep, Birch giving Brendan/May the Pokédex as a thank-you gift. Brendan/May travel across Hoenn, occasionally encountering and defeating Team Aqua and Team Magma, two mysterious forces that seek to enlarge the sea and land respectively. Brendan/May confront Teams Aqua and Magma and awaken Rayquaza, who stops the battle between Groudon and Kyogre. Brendan/May then proceeds to win the Pokémon League and become the Champion.

Cities, routes, and other locations

Hoenn has sixteen cities and towns and a Pokémon League. These sites act as settlements for people to live and work in a functioning society. Hoenn features the largest amount of towns and cities of the five main regions.

The Hoenn region has 34 different routes, which are passages permitting trainers to travel from one location to the next with relative ease. Much like Sinnoh after it, Hoenn's routes are numbered so that they don't follow sequence directly from previously-known regions' routes. Routes in Hoenn are numbered from 101 to 134. Compared to other regions, Hoenn features an abundance of sea routes, giving the impression that the Hoenn region is half-water and half-land. The Hoenn region introduced the idea of routes with differing weather conditions, including constant rainfall, thunderstorms, falling ash, and rays of sunlight.

The Hoenn region is unique and famous for its tropical-like environments. Despite Hoenn's abundance of water routes, there is a large amount of land. Since the cities and towns of Hoenn are immersed into nature, there aren't many large cities comparable to Unova's Castelia City or Johto's Goldenrod City. The region does not feature a true mountain range like in Sinnoh and other regions. Hoenn introduced many new natural environments including a volcano, a jungle, a beach, a desert, and many more.


The towns, cities, and areas of the Hoenn region's total population in Ruby and Sapphire is 598.


Map City/Town Population Description
Littleroot Town E.png Littleroot Town 10 A town that can't be shaded any hue.
100px Oldale Town 16 Where things start off scarce.
100px Petalburg City 30 Where people mingle with nature.
Rustboro City E.png Rustboro City 57 The city probing the integration of nature and science.
Dewford Town E.png Dewford Town 27 A tiny island in the blue sea.
Slateport City E.png Slateport City 76 The port where people and Pokémon cross paths.
Mauville City E.png Mauville City 39 The bright and shiny city of fun!
100px Verdanturf Town 29 The windswept highlands with the sweet fragrance of grass.
Fallarbor Town E.png Fallarbor Town 23 A farm community with small gardens.
Lavaridge Town E.png Lavaridge Town 28 An excellent place for relaxing!
Fortree City.png Fortree City 36 The treetop city that frolics with nature.
Lilycove City E.png Lilycove City 123 Where the land ends and the sea begins.
Mossdeep City E.png Mossdeep City 45 Our slogan: Cherish Pokémon!
Sootopolis City E.png Sootopolis City 39 The mystical city where history slumbers.
100px Pacifidlog Town 20 Where the morning sun smiles upon the waters.
Ever Grande City E.png Ever Grande City  ??? The paradise of flowers, the sea, and Pokémon.

Areas of interest

Emerald-exclusive areas

These areas can only be found in Pokémon Emerald Version:

Anime-exclusive locations

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Picture Location Description
ABC Islands.png A-B-C Islands The A-B-C Islands are a group of three island off the coast of Hoenn. Island A has a Pokémon Center and a school. Island B has DeepSeaScales. Island C has DeepSeaTeeth. There are two rivaling Trainer groups on the island. One group believes Huntail are stronger. The other believes Gorebyss are stronger. The A-B-C Islands appear in The Evolutionary War!.
Banana Slakoth Garden.png Banana Slakoth Garden Banana Slakoth Garden is a jungle-like reserve for wild Slakoth. It is a tourist attraction and it is owned by Marcel. It is located near Lilycove City. It appeared in The Garden of Eatin'.
Bomba Island.png Bomba Island Bomba Island is where Pokémon battle judges are trained and is home to the Pokémon Battle Judge Training Institute. It was first featured in the episode Judgment Day!.
100px Camerupt Mountain It is called Camerupt Mountain because it looks like a Camerupt's humps. It is located near a river by Volley Town. People enjoy stargazing at the summit. It appeared in Crazy as a Lunatone.
Crossgate Town.png Crossgate Town Crossgate Town is located between Petalburg City and Fortree City. The town is famous for its powerful tornadoes and its annual PokéRinger Tournament which attracts people from all around with Template:Type2 Pokémon to compete and try to become an honorary citizen.
Donto Island.png Donto Island Donto Island is located near Pacifidlog Town and it is home to many Donphan. It appeared in Date Expectations!.
100px LaRousse City LaRousse City is the setting for Destiny Deoxys. It is a technologically advanced city and its main attraction is the Battle Tower.
100px Kiri Kir Mountains The Kiri Kir Mountains are located between Petalburg City and Fortree City. A cave in the mountains was once home to an ancient Baltoy civilization.
Foothill Town.png Foothill Town Foothill Town is a small village with no Pokémon Center, but instead has a Pokémon Clinic which is run by Dr. Abby, a Hoenn Grand Festival winner.
Forina.png Forina Forina is a cavernous valley located west of Mt. Chimney in central Hoenn. It is home to many rare wild Pokémon and has shrubs and pillar-like rock formations. Jirachi hibernates for a millennium beneath the valley between the periods it is awakened. Forina appeared in Jirachi: Wish Maker.
Forbidden Forest Gate.png Forbidden Forest Forbidden Forest is a Template:Type2 Pokémon reserve. Humans are not allowed in the forest because a long time ago, too many people came to catch the Grass Pokémon that live there so they became hostile towards humans. A Venusaur is the 'boss' of the forest.
Square Top Izabe Island.png Izabe Island Izabe Island is a large island between Mossdeep City and Sootopolis City. It contains a variety of environments, from deserts to snow covered mountains. There is a rock formation at the highest peak known as Square Top.
Purika Contest Hall.png Purika City Purika City is located between Sootopolis City and Mossdeep City, on Izabe Island, and is famous for its Pokémon Contests. It is where May won her fourth ribbon.
Rinshin Town.png Rinshin Town Rinshin Town is located between Petalburg Woods and Rustboro City. It appeared in Taming of the Shroomish.
Oldale Ruins.png Oldale Ruins Oldale Ruins is a group of ruins near Oldale Town. Professor Alden studied the ruins and Team Magma forced the professor to help them explore the ruins using the four keys. The Ruins were featured in A Ruin with a View.


Routes in Hoenn number are numbered as 101-134, breaking the former pattern set up by Kanto and Johto. This is presumably to discourage the idea of being able to travel back to either region after completion of the game, as was done in Generation II and as a mirror of the fact that Japan's road system possesses a similar gap. Some of the routes have differing weather conditions depending on the day they are traveled on.


Hoenn in Ruby and Sapphire

The Hoenn region boasts many dramatic environments from rainforests to deserts. However, its most striking feature is its abundance of water. There are several large islands off the mainland only accessible via water routes, many of which are deep enough for diving. It seems to have a warmer climate than Kanto, Johto, Sinnoh, and Unova.

Much of the interior area is forested or mountainous, so most notable cities are found on the coastline. Much of the region is covered in water, almost equal in size as the mainland, restating the theme of the game. People who live in towns and villages in the mountain areas must adapt to the harsh environment. An extreme example of this is the inhabitants of Fortree City, who live in tree houses. This is in stark contrast to other regions in the Pokémon world, as noted by Ruby in Pokémon Adventures, who preferred Johto's many modernized cities to the wilderness and countryside in Hoenn. Hoenn has two volcanoes: one active and one dormant. Mt. Chimney, the active volcano, in the center of the Hoenn region; the ash from Mt. Chimney regularly falls on the nearby towns and routes. On the opposite side of the Hoenn region resides the dormant volcano which Sootopolis City was built in.

Anime-based map of the Hoenn region

Due to the primarily tropical climate, many of Hoenn's newly discovered Pokémon are rather exotic in appearance, compared to Pokémon from Kanto or Johto.

Hoenn League

Main article: Hoenn League

Gym Leaders

Hoenn League
Generation III Region: Hoenn
Gym Leader
Type Badge
ツツジ Tsutsuji
Rustboro City
Kanazumi City
Rock Stone Badge.png
Stone Badge
トウキ Tōki
Dewford Town
Muro Town
Fighting Knuckle Badge.png
Knuckle Badge
テッセン Tessen
Mauville City
Kinsetsu City
Electric Dynamo Badge.png
Dynamo Badge
アスナ Asuna
Lavaridge Town
Fuen Town
Fire Heat Badge.png
Heat Badge
センリ Senri
Petalburg City
Tōka City
Normal Balance Badge.png
Balance Badge
ナギ Nagi
Fortree City
Hiwamaki City
Flying Feather Badge.png
Feather Badge
Tate and Liza
フウとラン Fū and Lan
Mossdeep City
Tokusane City
Psychic Mind Badge.png
Mind Badge
ミクリ Mikuri RS
アダン Adan E
Sootopolis City
Rune City
Water Rain Badge.png

Rain Badge

Elite Four

Hoenn League
Generation III
カゲツ Kagetsu
フヨウ Fuyō
プリム Prim
ゲンジ Genji
File:RS Steven.png
ダイゴ Daigo RS
ミクリ Mikuri E
Steel Water

Battle Frontier

Main article: Battle Frontier (Generation III)

Frontier Brains

Hoenn Battle Frontier
Frontier Brain
Factory Head Noland
ファクトリーヘッド >ダツラ
Factory Head Datsura
Battle Factory
Battle Factory
Silver Knowledge Symbol
Gold Knowledge Symbol
Arena Tycoon Greta
アリーナキャプテン コゴミ
Arena Captain Kogomi
Battle Arena
Battle Arena
Silver Guts Symbol
Gold Guts Symbol
Dome Ace Tucker
ドームスーパースター ヒース
Dome Superstar Heath
Battle Dome
Battle Dome
Silver Tactics Symbol
Gold Tactics Symbol
Pike Queen Lucy
チューブクイーン -->アザミ
Tube Queen Azami
Battle Pike
Battle Tube
Silver Luck Symbol
Gold Luck Symbol
Palace Maven Spenser
パレスガーディアン ウコン
Palace Guardian Ukon
Battle Palace
Battle Palace
Silver Spirit Symbol
Gold Spirit Symbol
Pyramid King Brandon
ピラミッドキング ジンダイ
Pyramid King Jindai
Battle Pyramid
Battle Pyramid
Silver Brave Symbol
Gold Brave Symbol
Salon Maiden Anabel
タワータイクーン リラ
Tower Tycoon Lila
Battle Tower
Battle Tower
Silver Ability Symbol
Gold Ability Symbol


  • Hoenn has the most cities and towns out of all the main series regions, with 16.
  • Not counting the player's hometown, Hoenn has the most towns and cities that do not have Gyms—Oldale Town, Slateport City, Lilycove City, Verdanturf Town, Fallarbor Town, Pacifidlog Town, and Ever Grande City.
  • Unlike other regions, several of the smaller islands off Hoenn's southeastern coast are unreachable by any means.
  • Hoenn is the only main series region so far to not be seen in a day-night cycle at least once, and the only region not to be rendered in 3D.
  • Hoenn is the only region in the handheld games to have more than one villainous team, with both Team Aqua and Team Magma calling the region home. Only Orre matches this, with Team Snagem and Cipher, though Orre has not appeared outside of GameCube games.
    • Both of these regions were introduced in Generation III.
  • Hoenn has the most routes of any region, with 34.
  • Hoenn has the fewest gates of any region. It features only two, both located within the Seaside Cycling Road.
  • Hoenn is the only main series region which has both a Game Corner and department store in which they are not in the same city, since Hoenn's Game Corner is in Mauville City whereas its department store is in Lilycove City.
  • Hoenn is the only region in which all badges have the same English and Japanese names—at least one badge has a different name in all four other regions.
  • Hoenn is the only region with two lighthouses. One in Slateport City and the other in Lilycove City.

In other languages

Language Name Origin
Korean 호연 Hoyeon From the Japanese name.
Chinese (Mandarin) 豐緣/丰缘 Fēngyuán*
芳緣/芳缘 Fāngyuán*
Both can be derived from hōen. 豐緣 means "abundant relations".
Originally called 芳緣 (means "fragrant relations").

See also


  1. http://www.gamefreak.co.jp/blog/dir_english/ 2004/9/9

Regions in the Pokémon world
Core series KantoJohtoHoennSinnohUnovaKalosAlola
Sevii Islands
Side series Orre
Anime Orange ArchipelagoDecolore Islands
Spin-off games TCG IslandsFioreAlmiaObliviaPokémon IslandMintale Town
Mystery Dungeon worldPokéParkRanseiFerrumCarmonte Island
TCG Southern IslandsHolon
Sovereign states in
the Pokémon world
Pokémon nationRanger UnionGuyana
Lucario KingdomMirage KingdomRota

Stone Badge.png Knuckle Badge.png Dynamo Badge.png Heat Badge.png Balance Badge.png Feather Badge.png Mind Badge.png Rain Badge.png
Littleroot TownOldale TownPetalburg CityRustboro CityDewford TownSlateport CityMauville CityVerdanturf Town
Fallarbor TownLavaridge TownFortree CityLilycove CityMossdeep CitySootopolis CityPacifidlog TownEver Grande City
Battle FrontierBattle Resort
Petalburg WoodsRusturf TunnelIsland CaveGranite CaveAbandoned ShipSea MauvilleOceanic Museum
Seaside Cycling RoadTrick HouseMauville Game CornerNew MauvilleTrainer HillDesert RuinsMirage TowerFiery Path
Jagged PassMt. ChimneyDesert UnderpassMeteor FallsWeather InstituteScorched SlabAncient TombSafari ZoneMt. Pyre
Lilycove MuseumShoal CaveTeam Aqua HideoutTeam Magma HideoutMossdeep Space CenterSeafloor CavernCave of Origin
Mirage IslandSky PillarVictory RoadSealed ChamberArtisan CaveAltering CaveSouthern IslandMarine CaveTerra Cave
Contest HallBattle MaisonBattle TowerBattle TentSecret IsletSecret MeadowSecret Shore
Mirage spots

Mirage CavesMirage ForestsMirage IslandsMirage Mountains
Crescent IsleFabled CaveGnarled DenNameless CavernPathless PlainTrackless Forest

Access to
Birth IslandFaraway IslandNavel RockSky

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