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The Kanto region (Japanese: カントー地方 Kantō-chihō) is a region of the Pokémon world. It is located east of Johto, and as revealed by the radio show Sinnoh Sound, is located south of Sinnoh. It was the first region to be introduced. It is setting of the Generation I games and FireRed and LeafGreen; it is also accessible in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver after the quest in Johto is completed.
All cities in Kanto are named after colors (Viridian City, Lavender Town, Indigo Plateau, etc.), with the exception of Pallet Town, which is also a reference to color. Professor Oak is the resident Pokémon professor and gives Pokémon 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, although he did have an Eevee. In the games, the player begins his or her journey in Pallet Town and ends it at the Indigo Plateau.
It is based on and named after the real Kantō region (関東, meaning "east of the barrier") in Japan. Unlike almost every other region, which are specific to their own generations, Kanto has been explorable in the first four generations of Pokémon games. However, it is not the primary region in the Generation II and IV games it appears in, in which players explore the neighboring Johto region before exploring Kanto.
The artwork of Kanto in Generation I and Generation II depict Kanto as grassland, with very few trees. In Generation III and Generation IV, Kanto is seen with more trees, making it less like grassland.
Etymology and design concept
Connection to Japan
- Main article: Pokémon world in relation to the real world
The map of Japan showing the Kanto region as the Kantō region
Regardless of their proximity, the people of Johto and those of Kanto are set apart by many cultural differences. Kanto is based on the real Kantō region in Japan. Compared to the traditional Kansai region (where Johto is based), Kanto is modern and technological, which is reflected in the look of the cities and the buildings like the Pokémon Lab of Cinnabar Island and the Power Plant. This fact is also reflected in Kanto being the only Pokémon region without any legends, myths, or traditions related to Pokémon, and being the centerpoint for innovation, with the Poké Ball's ultimate upgrade, the Master Ball, being recently invented by Silph Co. The soil of the Kantō region is volcanic, referencing the in-game Kanto region's inability to maintain a Berry crop in Generation II, Generation III and Generation IV. People from Kanto are considered to be sophisticated, reserved and formal. Kansai and Kantō, however different, are the two most important areas of Honshū, the largest island in Japan, and, much like Johto and Kanto, represent a harmony of contrasting cultures living together. The cultural divide is most noticeable in the games, as the player talks to and learns about the denizens of both regions.
Tokyo, which the commercial Celadon City and the financial Saffron City are based on, is the most important commercial and economic center of Japan. Yokohama, which Vermilion City is based on, is the main and largest seaport of Japan.
The Kanto region is home to a lot of Pokémon and has a rich history of creating Pokémon with technology.
Researchers of Kanto have been great at their job. Some researcher working for the evil organization Team Rocket cloned Mew through its genes and created the Genetic Pokémon Mewtwo. Porygon, the Virtual Pokémon, was also created by humans in Kanto.
In contemporary history, Red/Leaf is given a Pokémon by Professor Oak for personal safety. Professor Oak also gives his grandson, Blue, a Pokémon and asks Blue and Red/Leaf to help him fill the Pokédex, a complete encyclopedia on Pokémon. Thus, the journey of Red/Leaf begins. Red/Leaf travels across the Kanto region and collects all eight Gym Badges. During his/her journey, Red/Leaf comes across Team Rocket, an evil organization behind wrongdoings about Pokémon. Red/Leaf stops Team Rocket and defeats Giovanni, their boss as well as the Gym leader of Viridian Gym, who then disbands Team Rocket. In the meantime, Blue, who has also collected all of the Kanto Gym Badges, defeats the Elite Four at the Indigo League and becomes the champion of the Kanto region. Finally, Red/Leaf makes it up to him and defeats him to gain the title of the Indigo League Champion.
Three years later, Ethan/Kris/Lyra from Johto comes to Kanto and collects all eight Kanto Gym Badges. Ethan/Kris/Lyra is the current Indigo League Champion and has also met and defeated Red.
Cities, routes, and other locations
The Kanto region features ten towns and cities. There is a wide variety of towns and cities throughout the region; from the large, urban Saffron City to the quiet, quaint town of Pallet. Kanto features a Pokémon League, like most other regions in the Pokémon world. However, since Kanto shares its borders with Johto, it also shares the same Pokémon League. Kanto and Johto are the only known regions that can be crossed with relative ease. Even though Kanto and Johto are culturally and socially different, the two regions are actually very similar in terms of geography.
The Kanto region includes 28 different routes, which acts as roads to cities and towns or points of interest. The Johto region follows Kanto's route number which ends at Route 28 in the Kanto region and begins with Johto's Route 29. Unlike other regions, Kanto does not have routes featuring any sort of weather conditions, such as Hoenn's Route 119 which rains and thunders constantly and Sinnoh's Route 217 in which hail regularly falls. The Kanto region seems to have the most temperate climate of the five main regions.
The connecting landmass between Kanto and Johto doesn't appear to be a fine line; but more or less a blurry one. Route 28 is technically owned by Kanto; however, it bridges the border between the two regions, making it the only route in history that enters two regions at one time. This is similar to Routes 26 and 27, that are strictly Kanto locations; however, they are able to be transported to via HM02 (Fly) from Johto in Generation IV.
Including all the cities and towns in the Kanto region, the total population in FireRed and LeafGreen is 391.
|| Pallet Town
|| A fairly new and quiet town. It's a small and pretty place.
|| Viridian City
|| A beautiful city that is enveloped in green year-round.
|| Pewter City
|| A quiet city nestled between rugged mountains and rocks.
|| Cerulean City
|| A beautiful city with flowing water and blooming flowers.
|| Vermilion City
|| A southern city that is bathed in orange by the setting sun.
|| Lavender Town
|| A small town covered in a beautiful hue of purple.
|| Celadon City
|| A rich, rainbow colored city where people and Pokémon gather.
|| Fuchsia City
|| A historic village that has become new.
|| Saffron City
|| The biggest city in Kanto, shining with a golden light.
|| Cinnabar Island
|| 36 / 9
|| A town used to be here until it was swept away by an eruption.
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 and Generation IV.
Anime-based map of the Kanto region
The Kanto region has a very temperate climate and not many notable landscape features, though this may be due to the region's origins in the Generation I games.
The majority of the Kanto region are forests and plains. Many of the major Kanto cities are in the center of the region, with close access to virtually every environment such as the sea, mountains, forests, etc. Kanto is mostly dominated by land, but has a large bay in the middle which opens to a sea in the southwest. Kanto has a contrast between urban cities and rural towns. however, Cinnabar Island is unique in a way that it is built on top of a mountain. The rest of Kanto's cities and towns are generic. Kanto has several mountain ranges, which are mostly in northern and western Kanto. The Indigo Plateau and Victory Road mountain range divides Kanto from the neighboring Johto region.
Differences between Generations
Between Generation I and Generation III, Kanto is very much the same with some alterations in respect to the improved graphics and gameplay in the remakes. Additionally in FireRed and LeafGreen, a chain of islands known as the Sevii Islands, located east and southeast of Kanto, are unlocked throughout the player's quest, with the first three accessible once Blaine is defeated on Cinnabar Island. Becoming the Pokémon Champion and getting the National Pokédex unlocks the other islands which make up this archipelago.
In the Generation II games as well as HeartGold and SoulSilver, Trainers may travel from Johto to Kanto and notice that changes have occurred as a result of three years having passed since the time of the Generation I games and FireRed and LeafGreen:
- The Safari Zone has closed as a result of the warden taking a trip. In Generation II, it is simply inaccessible during normal gameplay while it has been relocated to Johto in Generation IV, with the original area now housing a Pal Park.
- Cerulean Cave has collapsed. In Generation IV, however; it has since been re-excavated.
- Cinnabar Island has been destroyed by an eruption of the volcano, and its Gym has been relocated to the Seafoam Islands.
- In Generation II only, Viridian Forest has become smaller
- Mt. Moon has decreased in size due to rock slides.
- The Power Plant has become functional.
- The Pokémon Tower has become a radio tower. The Pokémon graves it housed have been moved to the House of Memories
- Blue has taken over Viridian Gym since Giovanni's retreat for training and remodeled the Gym to suit his tastes.
- Janine has taken over Fuchsia Gym since her father Koga has been promoted to the Elite Four.
- In Generation II only, the Pewter Museum of Science is closed for renovations.
- Main article: Indigo League
| "A map of the Kanto region!|
I hope she gives it to me..."
- Kanto's name was never revealed in the Generation I games outside of Japan, causing many fans to think the region was called Indigo (because of the Indigo Plateau). It was mentioned only once in the Japanese versions upon viewing the Town Map at the rival's house. The first mention of its name outside of Japanese context was in Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions. Despite this, its name is mentioned multiple times in the Generation III remakes, including but not limited to viewing the Town Map at the beginning of the games.
- Kanto is the only main region which has been featured in two separate anime series, once at the start of Ash's journey (in the original series), and once after Ash returned from Hoenn (in the Advanced Generation series).
- Until Platinum's release, after Ash defeated Maylene and Crasher Wake (not to mention just before Ash challenges Fantina), it was also the only region in the anime where Ash defeated the Gym Leaders in a different order from the games.
- Kanto is mentioned during the event in which players capture Shaymin in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. Professor Oak states that somewhere in the Kanto region there is a white rock similar to the one at the north end of Route 224 in Sinnoh, although no such rock appears in any of the games where Kanto is featured, not even the Generation IV remakes of the Generation II games, released after Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. This may have intended to reference instead the small white rock that appears outside of Hoenn's Mossdeep Space Center, though Kanto is specifically mentioned in both the original Japanese as well as English.
- If the Sevii Islands were considered part of Kanto, then Kanto would be the largest region in the games.
- Kanto is the only region that is accessible in every generation before Generation V (albeit not in every game in every generation): Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow in Generation I, Gold, Silver, and Crystal in Generation II, FireRed and LeafGreen in Generation III, and HeartGold and SoulSilver in Generation IV.
- Kanto is the only region that shares its name with the region of Japan it is based on.
- In its Generation I and III appearances (i.e. the games in which it is the primary region), Kanto is the only region of the original four where the player doesn't need Waterfall to get to the Elite Four. Pokémon Trainers from Johto, however, do need Waterfall.
- It is the only region where the League is west of all of the Gyms. This does consider Johto, whose Gyms are all west of the Indigo Plateau.
- Kanto and Johto are the only regions that are connected to each other by land, and are likewise the only regions to add additional routes in their second appearances.
- In Generation II, Kanto was tied with Johto for the fewest amount of towns/cities, with only 10. This changed however in Generation IV, due to the introduction of the Safari Zone Gate and the Frontier Access in Johto.
- In Generation I, Kanto was slightly redesigned twice, with the designs of signposts, doors and other minor details being changed between Red and Green and Blue, and then again between Blue and Yellow. The original Red and Green design was upgraded and colorized for Kanto's Generation II and Generation III appearances.
- Kanto has appeared in the most generations, having appeared in four so far. It is the only recurring region which did not only reappear in remakes.
In other languages
|| 관동 Gwandong
|| Possibly from 關東 (관동), gwandong.
| Chinese (Taiwan)
|| 關都 Guāndū
|| Transliteration of Kantō. Can either mean "closed capital" or "city of the pass".
| Chinese (PRC)
|| 关都 Guāndū *
|Same as Taiwanese name.|
From 関東 Kantō. Means "east of pass".