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The Kanto region (Japanese: カントー地方 Kantō-chihō) is a large area located east of Johto. It is the first region to be introduced, explored in the Generation I games Pokémon Green, Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow and in the Generation III games Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. Kanto is also accessible in the Generation II games Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal after the quest in Johto is completed. Most of the names of the cities in Kanto are the names of colors (Viridian, Lavender, Indigo Plateau, etc.). Professor Oak is the resident Pokémon professor and gives trainers a choice between Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle as their starter Pokémon, though in Yellow the only choice is a Pikachu that he recently caught. In the games, the player begins his or her journey in Pallet Town and ends at the Indigo Plateau to become the League Champion.
It is based on the real Kantō region (関東) in Japan. Kanto is the only region to have been featured in every generation of games, with the exception of the newly released Generation IV.
Areas of interest
Routes in Kanto began the numbering process, going from 1 to 25 in Generation I and Generation III, but adding three routes to connect to Johto (26, 27, and 28) in Generation II.
- Lt. Surge
In Generation I:
In Generation II:
In Generation II
In the Generation II games, trainers may travel from Johto to Kanto and notice that changes have occurred as a result of the three years having passed since the time of the Generation I games:
- Safari Zone is closed.
- Cerulean Cave has been blocked off.
- Cinnabar Island has been destroyed by an eruption of the volcano, and its gym was temporarily relocated to the Seafoam Islands.
- Viridian Forest and Mt. Moon have changed in size.
- Power Plant has become functional.
- Pokémon Tower has become a radio tower.
- Blue has remade Giovanni's former gym and functions as the Gym Leader.
- Janine has taken over Fuchsia Gym, seeing as her father Koga has been promoted to the Elite Four.
In Generation III
In Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen, Kanto is very much as in the original games, with some alterations in respect to the improved graphics and gameplay. Additionally, the first three in a chain of islands known as the Sevii Islands, located east and southeast of Kanto, are unlocked once Blaine is defeated on Cinnabar Island. Championing the Elite Four and getting the National Dex unlocks the other islands which make up this archipelago.