Region

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A map of the Hoenn, Johto, Kanto and Sinnoh regions in the anime

A region (Japanese: 地方 chihō) is an organized area of the Pokémon world.

Typically, a region will have its own Pokémon League , comprised of eight Gym Leaders. Once these eight are defeated, Trainers can challenge the regional Elite Four, which may or may not be shared with another, nearby region (so far, Johto is the only region not to have its own Elite Four; it instead shares one with the neighboring Kanto region). Each one also typically has a Pokémon professor, who can teach youngsters about Pokémon and may even give out starter Pokémon to them. However, there is usually a villainous team operating within the region, who uses Pokémon to further their goals.

Though there are many similarities between them, there are some major differences between the regions, such as what Pokémon are located there and what legends there are waiting to be uncovered. Visitors from another region quickly realize that the region they are visiting is far from their home, both in the way of the climate, and in the culture of the people there.

In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Professor Oak explains that Sinnoh, Kanto, and Hoenn (and probably Johto and others) are part of a larger country, whose name has yet to be revealed. This concept is similar to the regions of Japan, which the Pokémon world has been modeled after, and from which the Pokémon nation's Kanto region takes its name.

Regions in the Pokémon world
Core series Kanto (Sevii Islands) • JohtoHoenn
SinnohUnovaKalosAlolaGalar
Side series Orre
Anime Orange ArchipelagoDecolore Islands
Spin-off games FioreAlmiaObliviaPokémon Island
Mintale TownRyme CityPasioRanseiFerrum
Mystery Dungeon worldPokéParkTCG Islands
Carmonte IslandTumblecube Island
TCG Southern IslandsHolon
Sovereign states in
the Pokémon world
Pokémon nationRanger UnionGuyana
Lucario KingdomMirage KingdomRota