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A map of the Johto region from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
A map of the Hoenn region from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.
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A map of the Sinnoh region from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

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

In the main series

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 teach youngsters about Pokémon and give out starter Pokémon to them. 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.

In side games

The regions in the side series differ dramatically from the regions in the main series such as Johto and Sinnoh. Regions like Fiore and Almia are much smaller and have different cultures. They prefer Pokémon as pets instead of tools for battling. Pokémon trainers are not present in the regions. Pokémon are not kept inside Pokéballs and wild Pokémon can be seen wandering cities as well as routes. Pokémon Rangers act as authority, helping Pokémon and people in need. There are no 8 individual gyms, an Elite Four and Champion. However, Rangers can take the Capture Challenge to test their skills. Despite their peaceful natures, there is however, villainous teams that operate within both regions that capture and use Pokémon to further their goals of world domination. One such villainous team has been know to brainwash Pokémon using their advanced technology causing them to lose their memories and wreak havoc.

Regions in the Pokémon world
Core series Kanto (Sevii Islands) • JohtoHoenn
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