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A map of the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh regions, along with the Sevii Islands and the Orange Archipelago, from the anime's 10th anniversary

A region (Japanese: 地方 region) is an organized area of the Pokémon world. There are at most eighteen known regions that have appeared in the various Pokémon canons.

In the core series games

Nine regions have appeared in the core series of Pokémon games. They are, in order of appearance: Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh (formerly known as Hisui), Unova, Kalos, Alola, Galar, and Paldea. Each region has been the setting of at least two games in the generation in which it debuts.

Most regions are structured similarly. Typically, a region has its own Pokémon League, which includes eight Gym Leaders. Once these eight are defeated, Pokémon Trainers can challenge the regional Elite Four and Champion (except Johto, which shares the Indigo League with Kanto). Alola does not have Gyms but instead hosts the island challenge and only recently created a Pokémon League. Hisui does not have a League, due to it being set in a time where the concept of Pokémon Leagues didn't exist yet. Each region also has a Pokémon Professor who teaches new Trainers about Pokémon and typically gives out starter Pokémon to them. There is usually a villainous team operating within the region that uses Pokémon to further its 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, distance and location; and in the culture of the people there.

In Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Professor Oak explains that Sinnoh, Kanto, and Hoenn are part of a larger country, whose name has yet to be revealed.[1] Due to Johto being Kanto's neighboring region, it could also be assumed that Johto is also a part of this country. This concept is similar to the regions of Japan, which the Pokémon world has been modeled after, and from which the Pokémon world's Kanto region takes its name. Unova, Kalos, Alola, Galar and Paldea are known to be located far away from Kanto and Johto, and as such they may not be part of this country. Additionally, Kitakami is stated to be in the East. Malie City in the Alola region was also built by people who previously lived in Kanto and Johto and is also stated to have Eastern influence. The midway between Johto and Sinnoh/Hisui lies the Sinjoh Ruins, being described as an entire location in Old Verse 12.

Other locations

There are similar places in the Pokémon world which are technically not called "regions", but share similarities in terms of in-game mechanics with regions, some of which even having their own regional Pokédexes. Examples include the Sevii Islands, the Isle of Armor, the Crown Tundra, and Kitakami (officially referred to as "the land of Kitakami").

The Sevii Islands are located south of the Kanto region. The Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra are part of the Galar region. The land of Kitakami is mentioned to be located in the East, and is far enough from Paldea that traveling to it requires a plane and a bus.

Unnamed locations

Many locations go unnamed. These locations can be other regions that certain Pokémon may have originated from, or locations described with an unknown origin or description.

Pokédex entries and biology
Other mentions
  • In Old Verse 12, a place named Sinjoh is mentioned.
  • In the Treasures of Ruin's story told by Raifort, it's revealed the four cursed treasures originated from a distant land in the east of Paldea, before being brought to the region by merchants and bought by the Paldean king.
  • In Ogerpon's backstory, as told by Kieran and Carmine's grandfather, it's revealed both Ogerpon and her partner came to Paldea from a foreign land, one that like Paldea and Kitakami, possessed Tera crystals.
    • Ogerpon's backstory also tells that three greedy Pokémon, before becoming the Loyal Three, came to Kitakami from somewhere else.


List of regions
Other locations

In the side series games

The region of the Generation III side series games, Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Orre has similar characteristics to the core series regions but lacks some basic core series features. There are mostly Pokémon Trainers inhabiting the region. There are very few settlements and no routes. There is no official Pokémon League, but rather a variety of facilities which offer consecutive battles. There is a regional professor, Professor Krane and regional villains, Cipher and Team Snagem. Wild Pokémon only appear in rare areas called Poké Spots.


In the spin-off games

Pokémon Ranger series

In the Pokémon Ranger series, the regions of Fiore, Almia, and Oblivia are much smaller and have different cultures than the core series regions. Pokémon Trainers are not present in the regions. Pokémon are not kept inside Poké Balls 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 individual Gyms, an Elite Four or a Champion. However, Rangers can take the Capture Challenge to test their skills. Despite their peaceful natures, there are 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 known to brainwash Pokémon using their advanced technology, causing them to lose their memories and wreak havoc. There is an associated federation similar to the Ranger Union in Fiore and Almia that organizes all activities for rescue and exploration teams.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series takes place in a world that is populated solely by Pokémon; humans do not live there. The world has six continents, with many Pokémon found in dungeons, but also towns in which Pokémon live, including Pokémon Square, Treasure Town, Post Town, and Lively Town. Some of the Pokémon within them form exploration teams that explore dungeons and help Pokémon in need. The Wigglytuff Guild is where beginning exploration teams live and learn the basics, while the Expedition Society serves a similar role for expedition teams. The Makuhita and Marowak Dojos are places somewhat similar to Gyms in the main regions where exploration teams hone their skills.

Other games

Holon, Parallel Worlds, and the Trading Card Game Islands appear in the Pokémon Trading Card Game and the eponymous video games. The relationship of these regions with the others is unclear.

Pokémon Snap is set on Pokémon Island, an isolated reserve home to many species of Pokémon. It appears to have a relationship with the Kanto region of the core series, as Professor Oak appears to have some authority over the island.

Pokémon Channel is set in Mintale Town, which is inhabited by many species of Pokémon. Humans may live there too; there is at least one suburban area.

Pokémon Conquest takes place in the Ransei region, which is said to have been created by Arceus and is divided into 17 kingdoms, each ruled by a different warlord.

Pokémon Trozei! is set in an unnamed area. Its sequel Pokémon Battle Trozei takes place in an unnamed island divided into zones.

Pokkén Tournament takes place in the Ferrum region, which seems to be located somewhere in the core series Pokémon world, as Cinnabar Island is mentioned in the game.

Pokémon Duel takes place on Carmonte Island, an artificial resort island filled with luxury hotels.

Detective Pikachu and its sequel's main setting is Ryme City, a big city where people and Pokémon live together. It likely has some kind of connections to the core series regions, as regional forms are both mentioned and shown to exist in these games.

Pokémon Quest takes place on Tumblecube Island, which is inhabitited by numerous cube-shaped Pokémon. It seems to have connections to the core series Pokémon world, as the Silph Co. is mentioned at one point.

Pokémon Masters EX takes place on Pasio, an artificial island built by Lear to host the Pokémon Masters League, in which Trainers from various core series regions compete against each other.

New Pokémon Snap takes place in the Lental region, which is an archipelago housing many different kinds of habitats for wild Pokémon.

Pokémon UNITE takes place on Aeos Island, a mythical, distant island where people use Aeos energy to participate in Unite Battles.


In the anime

The protagonists of the Pokémon anime, Ash Ketchum and his traveling companions, have visited all eight of the core series regions in the same order the games have been released. To accommodate plots, story arcs, and episode numbers, regions in the anime are much larger than their game counterparts. The regions are also shown to have a number of cities and towns that are not present in the games. In some cases, some areas are moved to a different region from their game counterparts; for example, the Hoenn Battle Frontier in Pokémon Emerald was not in Hoenn in the anime, but instead in Kanto with the different facilities scattered all over the region rather being located on an island. Additionally, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen's Sevii Islands appeared in one Pokémon Chronicles episode, The Search for the Legend.

Additionally, two regions exist in the anime that do not exist in any video game:


  • Both anime-exclusive regions are archipelagoes.
  • Before Generation VIII, each core series region had the letter 'o' present in its English name (Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, and Alola). The anime-exclusive regions also have the letter present (Orange Archipelago and Decolore Islands).
    • Additionally, six of the seven regions prior to Generation VIII had a name that was five letters long, excluding Sinnoh.
      • Sinnoh's former name, Hisui, happens to be five letters long.
  • Out of all of the regions in-game, Kalos has the highest population of 1,288. Kanto has the lowest, with 391 in Generation III and 364 in Generation IV.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 地區 Deihkēui*
地方 Deihfōng*
Mandarin 地區 / 地区 Dìqū*
地方 Dìfāng*
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Region
Denmark Flag.png Danish Region
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Regio
Finland Flag.png Finnish Alue
France Flag.png French Région
Germany Flag.png German Region
Greece Flag.png Greek Περιοχή Periochí
Israel Flag.png Hebrew מחוז Makhoz
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Régió
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Daerah
Italy Flag.png Italian Regione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 지방 Jibang
Malaysia Flag.png Malaysian Daerah
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Region
Poland Flag.png Polish Region
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Região
Russia Flag.png Russian Регион Region
Провенция Proventsiya
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Regija
Spain Flag.png Spanish Región
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Region
Thailand Flag.png Thai ภูมิภาค Phumiphak
เขต Khet
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Bölge
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Vùng


  1. Professor Oak: "... This is Pal Park! Pokémon from around the country can be brought here. In other words, Pokémon from places like Kanto and Hoenn. ..." (Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum)

See also

Regions in the Pokémon world
Core series Kanto (Sevii Islands) • JohtoHoenn
Sinnoh (HisuiBattle Zone) • Unova
KalosAlolaGalar (Isle of ArmorCrown Tundra)
Side series White CityOrre
Anime Orange ArchipelagoDecolore Islands
Spin-off games FioreAlmiaObliviaPokémon IslandMintale Town
Ryme CityPasioRanseiFerrumLental
Mystery Dungeon worldPokéParkTCG Islands
Carmonte IslandTumblecube IslandAeos Island
TCG Southern IslandsHolonParallel Worlds
Sovereign states in
the Pokémon world
Ranger UnionGuyana
Lucario KingdomMirage KingdomRota

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