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The Battle Zone (Japanese: バトルゾーン Battle Zone) is a sub-region of Sinnoh located on a separate island northeast of the region's mainland. Although the Battle Zone is one of several islands that comprise the Sinnoh region, it is heavily implied by many of the island's inhabitants that it is a different region altogether, not unlike how the Sevii Islands are considered a separate region from Kanto and Johto.
Three settlements are located in the Battle Zone: the Fight Area, which holds the entrance to the Battle Tower in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and the Battle Frontier in Pokémon Platinum; the Resort Area, where one can find the Ribbon Syndicate; and finally the Survival Area, home in Platinum to the Battleground and a Move Tutor's home. Six of Sinnoh's 30 routes, numbered 225-230, are on the island, with both Route 226 and Route 230 being water routes.
Despite being closer to Veilstone City, the easiest possible route to the Battle Zone is through Snowpoint City by boat. Because of this, the Battle Zone maintains an open shipping route between Snowpoint City and the Fight Area in transporting cargo and necessary supplies to and from the mainland.
The geography of the Battle Zone is based loosely on the geography of the southern part of Sakhalin, a Russian territory that was previously controlled by Japan.
Places of interest
In-game map of the Battle Zone
The Battle Zone is dedicated to Pokémon battling; many of the Battle Zone's facilities such as the Battle Park, Battle Frontier, and Battleground offer Pokémon Trainers a place to demonstrate their skills, while the island's rugged geography and powerful wild Pokémon provides a physical challenge for Trainers training their Pokémon. Although the Battle Zone has no Pokémon League, the Sinnoh Elite Four come here often to train and rehabilitate their Pokémon. During its early days, the island, which was renowned for its dense forests, treacherous cliffs, steep mountain paths, and raging sandstorms, only attracted the strongest Trainers, who were considered eccentric for gathering at such a harsh landscape. Eventually, the Trainers settled and small communities such as the Fight Area and the Survival Area developed.
There are three settlements located in the Battle Zone: the Fight Area, Survival Area, and Resort Area. Each area is tailored to fit a certain function. The Fight Area is devoted to competitive battling, hosting the Battle Tower, and later, the Battle Frontier, where Trainers gather from all around to the world to exhibit their skills. The Survival Area, which is based at the foot of the rugged mountain range in the north-most part of the sub-region, and is surrounded by thick jungle and steep cliffs, dedicates itself to Pokémon training and preparation; while the Resort Area is centered around Coordinators and Contests, allowing Trainers and their Pokémon a chance to respite.
To the very north of the Battle Zone, there is a mountain range, Stark Mountain, which consists of an active volcano. Due to the dry environments of Stark Mountain and the surrounding mountainous areas, the Battle Zone is subject to warmer climates. A constant sandstorm rages on Route 228 due to the flow of wind down though the mountains. Some of the southern areas of the Battle Zone are very tropical and contain dense jungles.
There are three settlements situated in the Battle Zone: the Fight Area, Survival Area, and Resort Area. For all intents and purposes, the three settlements act as towns, however, they appear to be more of a tourist destination and are not considered cities or towns.
|| Fight Area
|| A tiny port city where Trainers who love battling more than eating gather. The gateway to the |
Battle Frontier is located here. Moored at the pier is the ferry to Snowpoint City.
|| Survival Area
|| A town where hot-blooded Trainers gather to work out and hone their battling skills.
|| Resort Area
|| A town that attracts Trainers who know there are other ways of enjoying Pokémon than battling.
Six of Sinnoh's 30 routes, numbered 225-230, are on the island, with both Route 226 and Route 230 being water routes. Each route that connect the areas of the Battle Zone has a uniquely, distinct terrain type which makes traversing the route a physical challenge. Protruding outcrops, windy cliff paths, rugged mountain trails, harsh deserts, rocky waters, and thick jungle-like terrains comprise the routes of the Battle Zone, which trial Trainers and creates an environment inhabited by a diversity of Pokémon.
|| Route 225
|| The path makes its way up and down among rocky outcroppings. It is physically challenging.
|| Route 226
|| A path that winds precariously along sheer cliffs that go right to the edge of the sea's pounding waves.|
There is a small island in the bay. An odd man who speaks foreign languages lives there.
|| Route 227
|| A rugged and steep mountain path where vision is limited by steadily falling volcanic ash.
|| Route 228
|| This rough path is harshly raked by a horizontally blowing sandstorm driven by strong winds off the sea.
|| Route 229
|| A seaside path that makes its way through wildly growing trees and plants.
|| Route 230
|| A sea route that stretches from west to east. There is an island that is rich with plant life along the way.
- Main article: Stark Mountain
The northmost point of the Battle Zone houses Stark Mountain, a mountain range which consists of an active volcano. Many Trainers that travel from Sinnoh's mainland consider the journey up to Stark Mountain to be the most daunting and gruelling test of their skill. The volcano rains ash down upon some parts of the Battle Zone. Outside the cavern, is a rugged, seemingly indestructible rock mountain that is thickly blanketed by the volcanic ash it spews. While, inside the mountain, fissures in spilled and hardened lava form enormous caverns. Due to the dry environments of the Stark Mountain and surrounding mountainous areas, the Battle Zone is subject to warmer climates. Only the deepest part of the volcano houses the legendary Pokémon Heatran. This is similar once again to the Sevii Islands as one may find Moltres at Mt. Ember there.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
In the eighth chapter of the Pokémon Adventures manga, Platinum challenges the Battle Frontier for information about the Distortion World from the Frontier Brains. Buck also goes to Stark Mountain to try to prevent Team Galactic from getting to Heatran, the "Head of Stark Mountain" first. However, after removing the Magma Stone that sealed Heatran, Charon takes control of the beast and uses it to attack Buck.
In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga
The Battle Zone first appears in the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga in Look for Giratina!. Following the attack on the Pokémon League Tournament, Hareta and Mitsumi head to the Fight Area on a boat. Upon arrival in the Fight Area, Hareta is attacked by a man with a Dragonite, who reveals himself to be Palmer, Jun's father. Hareta and Mitsumi head to Stark Mountain to search of Team Galactic. They find Charon who has raided Stark Mountain, disturbing the Magma Stone which awakens Heatran, leaving Hareta to battle it.
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