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Overview

Kanto; Home to the original 151 Pokémon found in Pokémon Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, FireRed, LeafGreen and the base location for the Anime's first season. It is an additional region for discovery in Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Background

The region of Kanto is based on the actual Kanto region of Japan. In the Pokemon world it is located east of Johto, north of Hoenn and South of Sinnoh. It was the first region to ever appear in a Pokemon game and is the main setting for the first generation of Pokemon games and Pokemon LeafGreen and FireRed.

Kanto can also be accessed in the second generation of Pokemon games and in Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, after completing the Johto storyline. It is notable for being the only region to appear in every generation of Pokemon games.

Most of the locations in Kanto are named after colors and the resident Pokemon professor is Professor Oak who gives starting trainers in the region a choice between Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle as their starter Pokemon. It is home to such notable personalities as Gary Oak, Bill the Pokemaniac, Ash Ketchum, and Giovanni of Team Rocket.

Locations

Towns and Cities

Other Areas of Interest

Routes

In all games it appears in Kanto is home to routes 1-25, however the additional routes 26, 27 and 28, which link Johto and Kanto can be accessed in the generation two games and in Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Changes

Over the course of the different games various minor changes occur in the Kanto region.

Generation One to Generation Two

    • Safari Zone is closed.
    • Cerulean Cave has collapsed.
    • Cinnabar Island volcano has erupted, turning the island into a large lump of rock and causing the gym to be temporarily relocated to the Seafoam Islands.
    • Viridian Forest has been cut down.
    • Mt. Moon has decreased in size due to rock slides.
    • Power Plant has been opened.
    • Pokemon Tower has become a working radio tower.
    • Blue/ Gary Oak has taken over and remodeled the Viridian City gym.
    • Janine has become gym leader of the Fuchsia City gym after Koga, her father and former gym leader was promoted to the Elite Four.
    • The Pewter City museum is closed for renovations.
    • Rocket Hideout is no longer accessible.

Generation One to Generation Three

Kanto is almost identical to as it was before, but players can now also access the Sevii Islands south of Kanto via the region.

Generation Two to Generation Four

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Kanto is the only region in the Pokemon world to have the same name as the real world Japanese region it is actually based upon.

Fun Facts

  • In the first generation of Pokemon games the name of the Kanto region was only ever mentioned in the Japanese version and even then only appeared once, on the town map in the rival character's house. The first time the name of the region was mentioned in a game outside of Japan was in Super Smash Bros. although Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen do mention the name of the region mutiple times, unlike their predecessors.
  • In the event where players capture Shaymin in Pokemon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, Professor Oak notes that a white rock exists in Kanto similar to the one at the very north of route 224 in Sinnoh, although no such rock has appeared in Kanto in the Pokemon games so far.
  • In its generation one and three versions Kanto is the only region where players do not need waterfall to reach the Elite Four.
  • Kanto is the only region in the main games in which all cities have gyms and none of the towns do.
  • Kanto is the only region in the games which does not have a Battle Frontier.
  • Kanto has had the most gym leaders of all regions, with a total of 10.

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