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Sinnoh シンオウ地方地方
Shin'ō-chihō region
Artwork of the Sinnoh region from Pokémon Platinum
Professor Professor Rowan
Starter Pokémon Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup
Regional Villains {{{villain}}}
Pokémon League yes
League Location Pokémon League
Pokédex List {{{pokelist}}}
Series Diamond & Pearl
Season(s) Diamond and Pearl (10)
Battle Dimension (11)
Galactic Battles (12)
Generation IV
Games yes
Adventures Debut {{{manga}}}
In-game map of the Sinnoh region from Generation IV games.
A detail version of the in-game map of the Sinnoh region from Generation IV games.
File:Shinnoh DP Map.jpg
Sinnoh map from Diamond and Pearl
File:Sinnoh Region.jpg
Oblique view of the Sinnoh region from above.
Mt. Coronet's peak, with the entrance to the Distortion World above it, from the northwest.

The Sinnoh region (pronounced /ˈsɪnno/) (Japanese: シンオウ地方 Shin'ō-chihō) is a region in the Pokémon world, the setting of the Generation IV games Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. It is based on the geography of the Japanese island of Hokkaido and southern part of the Russian island of Kunashir, which is claimed by the Japanese government, and according to the anime, the Sinnoh region is located north of the Kanto region.



Sinnoh features a broad range of new and classic environments for the player to explore including, for the first time in a Pokémon RPG, snowy routes. The region also features full-land geography, with only five sea routes. Despite this lack of sea routes, a direct opposite of the Hoenn region, the Sinnoh region is known to be rich in water, and has three lakes at the northernmost (Acuity), easternmost (Valor), and westernmost (Verity) ends of the main continent that are home to the members of one of the legendary trios of Sinnoh. Near Lake Valor, as well, there is a hidden fourth lake, Sendoff Spring, which houses Turnback Cave.

Due to its large size, the main region of Sinnoh can be broken into two sub-regions divided by Mt. Coronet, roughly comparable to how the continent that Kanto and Johto make up is essentially a contiguous region. Due to this, Shellos and Gastrodon have developed an instance of regional speciation, with members of the species found on the eastern side being blue-colored and members on the western side being pink-colored.

The western half of Sinnoh features a variety of landscapes. Its coasts are notably more rocky than the eastern half, however, the land is far more fertile, and the towns, for the most part, are rural. A windswept canyon, carved out by a river that flows from Mt. Coronet, is home to the Valley Windworks, which provides clean, wind-driven electricity to the nearby towns. This is not to say, however, that there is no importance to west Sinnoh, as Oreburgh City, Eterna City, and Canalave City are the locations of Pokémon Gyms, and Jubilife City, at the heart of the area, is the most technologically advanced city in the region.

Sinnoh's eastern half is home, however, to a vast many more things, including Pokémon Super Contests in Hearthome City, a Department Store in Veilstone City, the Great Marsh of Pastoria City, and the awe-inspiring Vista Lighthouse of Sunyshore City. In each of these cities, as well, there is a Pokémon Gym, which is very important for League-bound Trainers.

Unlike the halves of Sinnoh divided longitudinally by Mt. Coronet, the northern area is sparsely populated, with Snowpoint City as the only major area, likely due to the harsh snows that blow down from the mountain's peak, making the area not only very cold, but as well making a trip northward very perilous. Despite this relative isolation, however, Snowpoint as well has a Pokémon Gym, making it another important stop for Trainers who wish to compete in the Pokémon League.

A third sub-region is the Battle Zone, which is on a large island to the northeast of the mainland. Much like how people from the Sevii Islands seem to consider their home to be a separate region from Kanto and Johto, people from the Battle Zone often refer to Sinnoh as a separate region. Several islands, including Newmoon Island, Fullmoon Island, and Iron Island, lie off the northwestern coast of Sinnoh as well, though these are far eclipsed in both size and importance by the mainland.

Separated from both the Battle Zone and the mainland of Sinnoh by several straits is the island on which Pokémon League of Sinnoh is located, the only access to which is by way of Route 223. It is here where Sinnoh's Victory Road is located, which, unlike previous incarnations has not two, but three entrances: One of these, of course, is the southern entrance that Trainers from the mainland must navigate from, a second is the one that leads to the area in which the Elite Four can be challenged, and the third leads from a foggy area of Victory Road to Route 224, which is said to be a miniature version of Sinnoh. North from Route 224, through a special event, of course, leads the Seabreak Path to Shaymin's domain, the Flower Paradise.


The Sinnoh region holds a vast arrange of climates. Unlike Hoenn, which is located in the south where the climate is warmer, Sinnoh is located on the northern boundaries of the world where the temperature is cooler. It is so cold in the northern part of the region, it snows constantly. At one point in Sinnoh, it is actually possible to travel on a route covered in snow. Cities such as Snowpoint City have been completely covered in snow, while Pokémon who live around the area have adapted to their new climate change. However recently, the region has become cooler on the southern side as climate change take part on the region. Areas such as Twinleaf Town and Route 201 have now been a subject to snow.

Another new weather condition introduced was the fog condition, which can be found on Route 210 however can be cleared easily. The fog is like a thick blanket that makes obstacles and Trainers difficult to see.


Cities and Towns

  • Western Sinnoh
  • Eastern Sinnoh
  • Northeastern Island (Battle Zone)

Areas of interest

Anime Locations


Much like Hoenn before it, Sinnoh's routes are numbered so that they don't follow sequence directly from previously-known regions' routes. Routes in Sinnoh are numbered from 201 to 230. Compared to previous generations, there aren't many sea routes; there are many land routes and mountains. The idea of routes with differing weather conditions was also brought ahead from Generation III. For the first time ever in a Pokémon game, some of Sinnoh's routes have snow covering them.

Another quirk about the routes in Sinnoh is that some of them do not go directly east/west or north/south, but actually turn before reaching their destination, most notably Route 212 and Route 210, which both have two limbs of equal length. While Hoenn's Route 114 did this on the Game Boy Advance, it was not to this scale, so one may presume that the GBA was limited in this sense.


Main article: Sinnoh League

The Sinnoh League is the regional Pokémon League of the Sinnoh region. The Elite Four and the Champion are located at the Pokémon League.

Gym Leaders

Sinnoh League
Generation IV Region: Sinnoh
Gym Leader
Type Badge
ヒョウタ Hyouta
Oreburgh City
Kurogane City
Rock Coal Badge.png
Coal Badge
ナタネ Natane
Eterna City
Hakutai City
Grass Forest Badge.png
Forest Badge
スモモ Sumomo
Veilstone City
Tobari City
Fighting Cobble Badge.png
Cobble Badge
Crasher Wake
マキシマム仮面 Maximum Mask
Pastoria City
Nomose City
Water Fen Badge.png
Fen Badge
メリッサ Melissa
Hearthome City
Yosuga City
Ghost Relic Badge.png
Relic Badge
トウガン Tougan
Canalave City
Mio City
Steel Mine Badge.png
Mine Badge
スズナ Suzuna
Snowpoint City
Kissaki City
Ice Icicle Badge.png
Icicle Badge
デンジ Denzi
Sunyshore City
Nagisa City
Electric Beacon Badge.png
Beacon Badge

Elite Four

Sinnoh League
Generation IV
リョウ Ryou
キクノ Kikuno
オーパ Ōba
ゴヨウ Goyō
シロナ Shirona

Battle Frontier

Main article: Battle Frontier (Generation IV)

Frontier Brains

Frontier Brain
Tower Tycoon Palmer
(クロツグ Kurotsugu)
Battle Tower
(バトルタワー Battle Tower)
Tower Print
Factory Head Thorton
(ネジキ Nejiki)
Battle Factory
(バトルファクトリー Battle Factory)
Factory Print
Arcade Star Dahlia
(ダリア Dahlia)
Battle Arcade
(バトルルーレット Battle Roulette)
Arcade Print
File:VSDarach and Caitlin.png
Castle Valet Darach and Lady Caitlin
(コクラン&カトレア Kokuran & Cattleya)
Battle Castle
(バトルキャッスル Battle Castle)
Castle Print
Hall Matron Argenta
(ケイト Kate)
Battle Hall
(バトルステージ Battle Stage)
Hall Print


  • Sinnoh's Gym Leaders each use a type that has previously been seen in another region's Gym. Four of them were first seen in Kanto; in fact, they are the same types as the first four Gyms of Kanto: Rock, Water, Electric, and Grass. Similarly, the other four were first seen in Johto, and are the same as the fourth through seventh Gyms of that region: Ghost, Fighting, Steel, and Ice.
  • If one were to draw lines to connect the three lakes of Sinnoh, they form a big triangle with Mt. Coronet at the center. This is the same formation that Uxie, Mesprit, and Azelf make on the top of Spear Pillar with Dialga or Palkia in the middle. This formation is also repeated in many places having to do with Sinnoh myths.
  • Sinnoh is the only region of the main series games that has more than five letters in its name.
  • Unlike Hoenn, which is considered to be tropical, or the relatively temperate Kanto-Johto landmass, Sinnoh is shown to be farther north and much colder. This is shown by the cold weather around Snowpoint City and the routes leading to it, and the fact that Lucas, Dawn, and Pearl all wear scarves, and in Platinum, much heavier jackets and clothes and scarves than have been seen by other player characters.
  • In game, Sinnoh is the largest region yet, disregarding the visitable area in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen of Kanto and the Sevii Islands.
  • Sinnoh is also the only area traveled through where all the Gym Leaders that have been featured have appeared in an episode before Ash battled them.
  • If a Pokémon hatches in an area exclusive to Platinum, then subsequently traded to Diamond and Pearl, its met location will display as "faraway place", despite the fact that these areas (with the exception of the Distortion World and the Battle Frontier) are all within the Sinnoh region.
  • Sinnoh has introduced the largest amount of legendary Pokémon, introducing 14.
  • Interestingly, Sinnoh has an index number location programmed into Generation IV for it, despite the fact that all Sinnoh locations are programmed into the games already. This index location is at #2006, while coincidentally, Sinnoh's first games, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, were released in Japan in that year. This does not happen for the other three regions programmed in (i.e. Kanto is 2003, not 1996, Johto is 2004, not 1999, and Hoenn is 2005, not 2002). This data is unused during normal gameplay (i.e. without hacking); Pokémon from Sinnoh traded to a game taking place in Johto use the faraway place variable, much like Pokémon from Johto do when traded to a game taking place in Sinnoh.
  • Sinnoh is the only region so far which does not have any Pokémon Gyms on outlying islands, with all of them being on the main continent.
  • Sinnoh is the only region so far to have all Pokémon Gyms in a city.

See also

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

Coal Badge.png Forest Badge.png Cobble Badge.png Fen Badge.png Relic Badge.png Mine Badge.png Icicle Badge.png Beacon Badge.png
Twinleaf TownSandgem TownJubilife CityOreburgh CityFloaroma TownEterna CityHearthome City
Solaceon TownVeilstone CityPastoria CityCelestic TownCanalave CitySnowpoint CitySunyshore City
Pokémon LeagueFight AreaSurvival AreaResort Area
Lake Verity (Lakefront) • Oreburgh GateOreburgh MineOreburgh Mining MuseumGlobal TerminalRavaged Path
Floaroma MeadowValley WindworksEterna ForestOld ChateauThe UndergroundWayward CaveMt. Coronet
Amity SquareLost TowerHallowed TowerSolaceon RuinsLake Valor (Lakefront) • Great MarshPokémon Mansion
Fuego IronworksIron IslandLake Acuity (Lakefront) • Spear PillarVictory RoadPal ParkContest HallBattle Zone
Battle ParkBattle TowerBattle FrontierStark MountainSnowpoint TempleSpring PathSendoff Spring
Turnback CaveFullmoon IslandNewmoon IslandSeabreak PathFlower ParadiseHall of Origin
Access to
Distortion World