- If you were looking for the character in Pokémon Battrio: Aim to be Battrio Master!, see Kanto Nankai.
The Kanto region (Japanese: カントー地方 Kanto-chihō) is a region of the Pokémon world. It forms a joint landmass with the contiguous region of Johto, and (as revealed by the radio show Sinnoh Sound) are located south of the Sinnoh region. It was the first region to be introduced. It is the setting of the Generation I games, FireRed and LeafGreen, and Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!; it is also accessible in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver after the quest in Johto is completed.
All cities in Kanto are named after colors (Viridian City, Lavender Town, Indigo Plateau, etc.), with the exception of Pallet Town, which is also a reference to color. Professor Oak is the resident Pokémon Professor and gives Pokémon Trainers a choice between Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle as their starter Pokémon. In Yellow, the only choice is a Pikachu that he recently caught, although he did have an Eevee. In Let's Go, Pikachu!, the player chooses Pikachu. In Let's Go, Eevee!, the player chooses Eevee. In the games, the player begins their journey in Pallet Town and ends it at Indigo Plateau.
It is based on and named after the real Kantō region (関東, meaning "east of the barrier") in Japan. Unlike almost every other region, which are specific to their own generations, Kanto has been explorable in the first four generations of Pokémon games, as well as the seventh generation. However, it is not the primary region in the Generation II and IV games it appears in, in which players explore the neighboring Johto region before exploring Kanto.
The artwork of Kanto in Generation I and Generation II depict Kanto as grassland, with very few trees. In Generation III, Generation IV, and Generation VII, Kanto is seen with more trees, making it less like grassland.
Etymology and design concept
Connection to Japan
- Main article: Pokémon world in relation to the real world
Regardless of their proximity, the people of Johto and those of Kanto are set apart by many cultural differences. Kanto is based on the real Kantō region in Japan. Compared to the traditional Kansai region (where Johto is based), Kanto is modern and technological, which is reflected in the look of the cities and the buildings like the Pokémon Lab of Cinnabar Island and the Power Plant. This fact is also reflected in Kanto being the only Pokémon region without any legends, myths, or traditions related to Pokémon, and being the centerpoint for innovation, with the Poké Ball's ultimate upgrade, the Master Ball, being recently invented by Silph Co. The soil of the Kantō region is volcanic, referencing the in-game Kanto region's inability to maintain a Berry crop in Generation II, Generation III, and Generation IV. People from Kanto are considered to be sophisticated, reserved and formal. Kansai and Kantō, however different, are the two most populous areas of Honshū, the largest island in Japan, and, much like Johto and Kanto, represent a harmony of contrasting cultures living together. The cultural divide is most noticeable in the games, as the player talks to and learns about the denizens of both regions.
Tokyo, which the commercial Celadon City and the financial Saffron City are based on, is the most important commercial and economic center of Japan. Yokohama, which Vermilion City is based on, is the main and largest seaport of Japan.
The Kanto region is home to a lot of Pokémon and has a rich history of creating Pokémon with technology.
Researchers of Kanto have been great at their job. A researcher working for the evil organization Team Rocket cloned Mew through its genes and created the Genetic Pokémon Mewtwo. Porygon, the Virtual Pokémon, was also created by humans in Kanto.
In contemporary history, Red/Leaf is given a Pokémon by Professor Oak for personal safety. Professor Oak also gives his grandson, Blue, a Pokémon and asks Blue and Red/Leaf to help him fill the Pokédex, a complete encyclopedia on Pokémon. Thus, the journey of Red/Leaf begins. Red/Leaf travels across the Kanto region and collects all eight Gym Badges. During their journey, Red/Leaf comes across Team Rocket, an evil organization behind wrongdoings about Pokémon. Red/Leaf stops Team Rocket and defeats Giovanni, their boss as well as the Gym Leader of Viridian Gym, who then disbands Team Rocket. In the meantime, Blue, who has also collected all of the Kanto Gym Badges, defeats the Elite Four at the Indigo League and becomes the champion of the Kanto region. Finally, Red/Leaf makes it up to him and defeats him to gain the title of the Indigo League Champion.
Three years later, Ethan/Kris/Lyra, a Trainer from Johto, comes to Kanto and collects all eight Kanto Gym Badges. Ethan/Kris/Lyra is the current Indigo League Champion and has also met and defeated Red.
Cities, routes, and other locations
The Kanto region features ten towns and cities. There is a wide variety of towns and cities throughout the region; from the large, urban Saffron City to the quiet, quaint town of Pallet. Kanto features a Pokémon League, like most other regions in the Pokémon world. However, since Kanto shares its borders with Johto, it also shares the same Pokémon League. Kanto and Johto are the only known regions that can be crossed with relative ease. Even though Kanto and Johto are culturally and socially different, the two regions are actually very similar in terms of geography.
The Kanto region includes 28 different routes, which act as roads to cities and towns or points of interest. The Johto region follows Kanto's route number which ends at Route 28 in the Kanto region and begins with Johto's Route 29. Unlike other regions, Kanto does not have routes featuring any sort of weather conditions, such as Hoenn's Route 119 which rains and thunders constantly and Sinnoh's Route 217 in which hail regularly falls. The Kanto region seems to have the most temperate climate of the eight main regions.
The connecting landmass between Kanto and Johto does not appear to be a fine line, but more or less a blurry one. Route 28 is technically owned by Kanto; however, it bridges the border between the two regions, making it the only route in history that enters two regions at one time. This is similar to Routes 26 and 27, that are strictly Kanto locations; however, they are able to be transported to via HM02 (Fly) from Johto in Generation IV.
According to Professor Oak, a stone tablet was discovered in Kanto, like the one that is able to summon Shaymin on Route 224 in Sinnoh. This is mentioned during the event in which players catch Shaymin in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, but the Kanto stone tablet is not seen in any game.
Including all the cities and towns in the Kanto region, the total population in Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed and LeafGreen is 391, while in Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver, the population is 364.
Cities and towns
|Pallet Town||10||A fairly new and quiet town. It's a small and pretty place.|
|Viridian City||34||A beautiful city that is enveloped in green year-round.|
|Pewter City||30||A quiet city nestled between rugged mountains and rocks.|
|Cerulean City||33||A beautiful city with flowing water and blooming flowers.|
|Vermilion City||34||A southern city that is bathed in orange by the setting sun.|
|Lavender Town||30||A small town covered in a beautiful hue of purple.|
|Celadon City||68||A rich, rainbow colored city where people and Pokémon gather.|
|Fuchsia City||36||A historic village that has become new.|
|Saffron City||47||The biggest city in Kanto, shining with a golden light.|
|Cinnabar Island||36 / 9||A town used to be here until it was swept away by an eruption.|
|A.J.'s Gym||An unofficial Gym run by A.J..|
|Acapulco||Acapulco is a city on the Island of the Giant Pokémon that is part of Porta Vista. It is a popular resort with beaches and the location of the Beach Beauty and Pokémon Costume Contest.|
|Bill's Lighthouse||Bill's Lighthouse is located somewhere near Cerulean City.|
|Cameran Palace||Cameran Palace is located in the center of Rota.|
|Camomile Island||It is an island located in the Kanto region.|
|Camp Pokéhearst||It is a camp located east of Hollywood.|
|Cerise Laboratory||A research center in Vermilion City directed by Professor Cerise.|
|Chrysanthemum Island||A popular tourist destination in Kanto featuring a beach and a Contest Hall.|
|Commerce City||It is a large city with a park and is located somewhere in Kanto.|
|Cremini Town||A town close to Tohjo Falls. The Battle Tower, lead by Anabel is also nearby.|
|Dark City||A town located between the Safari Zone and Cinnabar Island.|
|Dragonite Island||An island located somewhere off the coast of Kanto. It is inhabited solely by Dratini line members, and is surrounded by constant storms created by the local Dragonair, hiding it from the outside world.|
|Eevee Evolution Laboratory||A facility in Vermilion City that focuses on researching Eevee and its evolutions.|
|Evolution Mountain||A mountain located between the Safari Zone and Cinnabar Island. Stone Town lies at its base.|
|Fennel Valley||It is a valley where a very luxurious Pokémon Center is located. The Pokémon Center has a fitness studio, hot springs, battlefields, and even a Contest Hall. It is one of the locations where the Battle Pyramid lands to accept challengers.|
|Fighting Spirit Gym||A Gym used for training and exercising, run by Anthony.|
|Gaiva Dam||The dam was once being constructed near Fuchsia City. The workers abandoned the dam to protect the surrounding habitat. The dam was eventually destroyed by Team Rocket.|
|Gardenia Town||The town has a Contest Hall and is located in Kanto.|
|Grampa Canyon||A canyon located outside of Neon Town.|
|Gringey City||A once-thriving city that over-expanded with its factories. As a result, the city has become polluted and practically abandoned. It is located between Celadon City and Fuchsia City.|
|Hidden Village||Hidden Village is located between Cerulean City and Vermilion City. Run by Melanie, the village is a place for Pokémon who have been abandoned by their Trainers. She takes care of them until they're ready to return to the wild.|
|Hollywood||Hollywood is located in western Kanto. It is based on the real-world city Hollywood.|
|HopHopHop Town||HopHopHop Town is an urban settlement located on the outskirts of Celadon City.|
|House of Imite||The House of Imite is located between the Safari Zone and Cinnabar Island. Home to Duplica and her Ditto, the House of Imite is also where Duplica and her Ditto perform shows for audiences.|
|Hutber Port||Hutber Port is a city on the Island of the Giant Pokémon that is part of Porta Vista. It was attacked by a giant Tentacruel.|
|Island of the Giant Pokémon||An island off the coast of Kanto. It contains the cities Acapulco and Hutber Port, which comprise Porta Vista, as well as the theme park Pokémon Land.|
|Kaz Gym||An unofficial Gym in Dark City, run by Kaz.|
|Leaf Forest||This forest has an unusual power that can suddenly cause Grass-type Pokémon to evolve.|
|Maiden's Peak||Maiden's Peak is a town located near Saffron City. The town is known for its haunting legend and its festival which is held at the end of every summer.|
|Matcha City||Matcha City is the location of Dr. Akihabara's laboratory.|
|Metallica Island||It is an island located near the Seafoam Islands and the Battle Palace is located there.|
|Mirage Mansion||A lakeside castle owned by Dr. Yung. It was mostly destroyed by a fire.|
|Mossgreen Village||It is a small town located between the Safari Zone and Cinnabar Island.|
|Mt. Hideaway||It is a large mountain located near Pallet Town.|
|Mulberry City||Mulberry City is located in the Kanto region and has a Contest Hall.|
|Neon Town||It is a vibrant town located between the Safari Zone and Cinnabar Island.|
|New Island||New Island is the setting of the first movie. It was once the location of Team Rocket secret laboratory. Later in the movie, Mewtwo takes over the island and creates a fortress after the destruction of the laboratory. After leaving the island, Mewtwo returns the island to its natural state.|
|O-Hina Town||A town where the Queen of the Princess Festival contest is held.|
|Old Shore Wharf||Old Shore Wharf is a docking place. It is where Mewtwo invited Trainers to go to, in order to reach New Island. Miranda works here.|
|Pokélantis||Pokélantis is a lost empire in the proximity of Pewter City. In present day, all that remained of the once thriving city was the tomb of the king who once ruled it. Brandon decided to investigate which ultimately led to the discovery of the tomb, which is baited with many traps.|
|Pokémon Land||Pokémon Land is an amusement park located on the Island of the Giant Pokémon.|
|Pokémon Ninja School||A school located close to Fuchsia City were jujutsu is taught.|
|Pokémon Tech||It serves as a school for those who do not wish to travel to collect the eight Gym Badges. It is also known as Pokémon Technical and is located in between Cerulean City and Vermilion City.|
|Pokémon Theme Park||A large playground where Trainers can leave their Pokémon.|
|Pokémopolis||Pokémopolis is an ancient civilization in close proximity to Pallet Town. It made its only anime appearance in The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis.|
|Potpourri Island||It is an island famous for its fruits. It is where the Pokémon Orienteering is held.|
|Rifure Village||It is a tiny establishment located near Cerulean City.|
|Rota||A medieval themed city where Cameran Palace is located.|
|Sable City||Sable City is located near Pewter City.|
|Safari Land||A Pokémon reserve located between Fuchsia City and the Safari Zone where lots of Pokémon live in peace. Located in Safari Land is the Laramie Big P Ranch, owned by the Laramie family, and Laramie Village.|
|Sayda Island||It is a heavily forested island home to the Sayda Lab.|
|Sayda Lab||It is a Fossil Pokémon research facility on Sayda Island headed by Dora.|
|Scissor Street||It is home to many salons for improving a Pokémon's appearance and strength.|
|Seafoam Island||A tropical holiday close to Pallet Town resort located near the ocean. While it shares its name with the Seafoam Islands in the English dub, it is in fact an anime-exclusive location known as Binnes (Japanese: ビンヌ) in the original Japanese script.|
|Silver Town||A town located between Saffron City and Lavender Town featuring a Contest Hall.|
|Stone Town||Stone Town is a tiny establishment located between the Safari Zone and Cinnabar Island.|
|Sunnytown||Sunnytown is located at one end of the Cycling Road.|
|Team Rocket Academy||The academy where people train to become members of Team Rocket. Jessie, James, Meowth, Cassidy, Butch, and Christopher trained here.|
|Terracotta Town||A seaside town established on steep cliffs. It has a harbor, with ships regularly docking to and from distant regions as far as Hoenn. The town is famous for hosting Pokémon Contests not sanctioned by the Pokémon Activities Committee.|
|Tree of Beginning||It is a gigantic living organism made up of crystals. It is north of Pewter City and Mt. Moon.4|
|Unnamed island||It is an unmapped island home to a wild group of Squirtle and its evolutions, located close to Cinnabar Island.|
|Vermilion City school||A school in Vermilion City. Goh and Chloe attend this school.|
|Vermilion Forest||A forest located outside Vermilion City. It is the home to a large number of Bug Pokémon.|
|Wisteria Town||Wisteria Town is located on Potpourri Island. It has a Contest Hall.|
|Xanadu Nursery||It is a large greenhouse located near Pallet Town.|
|Yas Gym||An unofficial Gym in Dark City, run by Yas.|
|Celadon University||Celadon University is located in Celadon City and has been mentioned multiple times in various canons, but is only seen in Pokémon Adventures and Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All.|
|Crimson City||Mentioned in The Fourth Round Rumble. It is the hometown of Jeanette Fisher.|
|Frodomar City||Mentioned in Celebi and Joy!. It is allegedly the hometown of Ritchie.|
|N/A||Amusement Park||Pokémon Pocket Monsters||A theme park built by Giovanni. When Red, Clefairy, and Pikachu visited, Giovanni tried to use his Machamp and newly-evolved Poliwrath to deal with them, but the park was eventually destroyed through Clefairy's antics.|
|Apple City||The Electric Tale of Pikachu||A city featured in the news due to the UFO sightings made there, leading to theories that Clefairy come from outer space.|
|Celadon University||Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All
|Celadon University is located in Celadon City and has been mentioned numerous times in various canons, but is only seen in the manga Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All and Pokémon Adventures.|
|Cerise Island||Pokémon Adventures||An unmapped and mostly unknown island located to the west of Cinnabar Island. The headquarters of the Kanto Elite Four, the antagonists of the Yellow chapter.|
|N/A||Hidden Village||The Electric Tale of Pikachu||The anime's Hidden Village as it appears in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga. In this manga, this is where Ash catches both Bulbasaur and Charmander.|
|Mt. Spirit||The Electric Tale of Pikachu||A tall mountain on the outskirts of Fuchsia City. The flag on its peak is the finishing point for the Fuchsia Free-For-All Race.|
|N/A||Stone Town||The Electric Tale of Pikachu||The anime's Stone Town as it appears in The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga. In this manga, it is located on Dream Island. It is home to Mikey and his brothers, who in this canon, are members of "The Knights of the E Stone".|
|Walnut Tree||Magical Pokémon Journey||A bakery owned by Walnut's parents. Best known for its bread, Walnut Tree also sells confectionery and other treats as well.|
Areas of interest
|Pokémon Tower (Generations I, III, and VII)|
Lavender Radio Tower (Generations II and IV)
|Celadon Game Corner|
|Safari Zone (Gens I and III)|
Pal Park (Generation IV)
GO Park (Generation VII)
(according to its in-game location information in Super Smash Bros. Melee)
The Kanto region has a very temperate climate and not many notable landscape features, though this may be due to the region's origins in the Generation I games.
The majority of the Kanto region are forests and plains. Many of the major Kanto cities are in the center of the region, with close access to virtually every environment such as the sea, mountains, forests, etc. Kanto is mostly dominated by land, but has a large bay in the middle which opens to a sea in the southwest. Kanto has a contrast between urban cities and rural towns. Kanto has several mountain ranges, which are mostly in northern and western Kanto. Indigo Plateau and Victory Road mountain range divides Kanto from the neighboring Johto region.
Differences between generations
Between Generation I and Generation III, Kanto is very much the same with some alterations in respect to the improved graphics and gameplay in the remakes. Additionally in FireRed and LeafGreen, a chain of islands known as the Sevii Islands, located far south of mainland Kanto, are unlocked throughout the player's quest, with the first three accessible once Blaine is defeated on Cinnabar Island. Becoming the Pokémon Champion and getting the National Pokédex unlocks the other islands which make up this archipelago.
In the Generation II games as well as HeartGold and SoulSilver, Trainers may travel from Johto to Kanto and notice that changes have occurred as a result of three years having passed since the time of the Generation I games and FireRed and LeafGreen:
- The Safari Zone has closed as a result of the warden taking a trip. In Generation II, it is simply inaccessible during normal gameplay while it has been relocated to Johto in Generation IV, with the original area now housing a Pal Park.
- Cerulean Cave, also known as "Unknown Dungeon" has collapsed in Generation II, but in Generation IV, however, it has re-excavated.
- Cinnabar Island has been destroyed by an eruption of the volcano, and its Gym has been relocated to the Seafoam Islands.
- In Generation II only, Viridian Forest became drastically smaller and was a part of Route 2.
- Mt. Moon has greatly decreased in size due to rock slides.
- The Power Plant has become functional.
- The Pokémon Tower has become a radio tower. The Pokémon graves it housed have been moved to the House of Memories.
- Blue has taken over Viridian Gym since Giovanni's retreat for training and remodeled the Gym to suit his tastes.
- Janine has taken over Fuchsia Gym since her father Koga has been promoted to the Elite Four.
- In Generation II only, the Pewter Museum of Science is closed for renovations.
- The southern portion of Route 23 was removed in Generation II, and the stone maze that was in the northern portion is gone, leaving a simple, straight path. In Generation IV, though this same northern portion exists, it is labeled as a part of Indigo Plateau, meaning that Route 23 no longer exists.
- The Badge checks have been combined into the Pokémon League Reception Gate, instead of being scattered along Route 23.
|Artwork of Kanto from Pokémon Red and Green||Artwork of Kanto from Pokémon Red and Blue||Artwork of Kanto from Generation II|
|Artwork of Kanto from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen||Artwork of Kanto from Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire||Artwork of Kanto from Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver|
|Artwork of Kanto from Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!|
|Kanto as seen in the Japanese Generation I games||Kanto as seen in the international Generation I games||Kanto as seen in the Generation II games||Kanto as seen in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen|
|Kanto as seen in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver||Kanto as seen in Pokémon Stadium
and Pokémon Stadium 2,
with a connected Generation I game
|Kanto as seen in Pokémon Stadium 2,|
with a connected Generation II game
- Main article: Indigo League
|I, II, III, IV, and VII||Region: Kanto|
キョウ Kyō I III VII
アンズ Anzu II IV
Guren Island I III VII
Twin Islands II IV
サカキ Sakaki I III VII
グリーン Green II IV VII
Elite Four and Champion
Generation I, III, and VII
|Generation I, III, and VII|
グリーン Green I III
シン Shin VII
|Generation II and IV|
- Until the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver, Kanto's name was seen only once in the Japanese Generation I games: upon viewing the Town Map at Blue's house. It was never mentioned in the Generation I games outside of Japan, and thus, many fans assumed the region was called "Indigo", based on the Indigo Plateau's name. By the time the Generation III remakes, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, were released, Kanto's name was firmly established and appeared regularly in-game.
- Kanto is the only core series region which has been featured in two separate anime series, once at the start of Ash's journey in the original series, and once after Ash returned from Hoenn in Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire.
- Until the release of Pokémon Platinum, after Ash defeated Maylene and Crasher Wake (not to mention just before Ash challenges Fantina), it was also the only region in the anime where Ash defeated the Gym Leaders in a different order from the games.
- It is also the only region thus far to feature an element that was actually in a different region in the games. This may have been done to simultaneously promote Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Pokémon Emerald.
- Kanto has certain traits that generally separates it from other regions:
- It is the only region in the Pokémon world that shares its name with the real-world region it was based on.
- It is also the only region where the Pokémon League is located to the west of every Gym.
- Kanto and Johto are the only regions that are connected to each other by land.
- Kanto is the only region without a city with a population of at least 100.
- In Generation I, Kanto was slightly redesigned twice after its initial appearance: signposts, doors, and other minor details, along with certain locations, such as Cerulean Cave, were changed between Pocket Monsters Red and Green and Pocket Monsters Blue, and then again between Pocket Monsters Blue and Pocket Monsters Pikachu. The international Pokémon Red and Blue reused the tilesets and other graphics from Pocket Monsters Blue, while international Pokémon Yellow featured the same design as its original Japanese release.
- Kanto has appeared in the most games and generations to date, having appeared in fourteen games (fifteen in Japan) over the course of five generations.
- Pocket Monsters Red and Green, Pocket Monsters Blue, Pokémon Red and Blue, and Pokémon Yellow in Generation I;
- Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal in Generation II;
- Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen in Generation III;
- Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver in Generation IV;
- Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! in Generation VII.
- Kanto is briefly mentioned in Detective Pikachu during the narration that Dr. Ann Laurent did during the creation of Mewtwo.
- The adjectival form of Kanto is "Kantonian", as seen in multiple sources, such as the Kantonian Gym, and dialogue in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
In other languages
|Kanto||From its Japanese and English name|
|Korean||관동 Gwandong||From 관동 (關東) Gwandong, Sino-Korean reading of 関東 Kantō|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||關都 / 关都 Guāndū*||From 關東 / 关东 Guāndōng (Kantō; east of pass) and possibly 城都 Chéngdū (Johto)|
|關東 / 关东 Guāndōng*
|From 關東 / 关东 Guāndōng (Kantō; east of pass)|
Transcription of its Japanese name
|Chinese (Cantonese)||關都 Gwāandōu*||From 關東 Gwāandūng (Kantō; east of pass) and possibly 城都 Sèhngdōu (Johto)|
|關東 Gwāandūng*||From 關東 Gwāandūng (Kantō; east of pass)|
|Greek||Καντό Kantó||Transcription of its English name|
|Hebrew||קאנטו Kanto||Transcription of its English name|
|Hindi||कांटो Kanto||Transcription of its English name|
|Russian, Ukrainian||Канто Kanto||Transcription of its English name|
|Tamil||கான்டொ Kanto||Transcription of its English name|
|Telugu||కాంటో Kanto||Transcription of its English name|
|Thai||คันโต Kanto||Transcription of its Japanese name|
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|Regions in the Pokémon world|
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