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Getting to Know a Region: Part 1 – Kanto



Hi coaches!

How well do you know the regions where Pokémon in Pokébox came from? The history of the original Pokémon regions, and the original home of the Pokémon you know and love? If you are one of the many coaches who joined the fandom late or have not been back to the main series for a while, then you are in luck.

We’ll be looking at the original Pokémon regions over the next few weeks to take a closer look at the history, geography, and some other interesting facts about each region.

This week we start with the Kanto region.

To keep things simple, we’ll just discuss the regions as they appeared in the games they were introduced to.


Welcome to Kanto

The Kanto region is home to the original 151 Pokémon introduced in the main series of Pokémon games Pocket Monsters: Red, Pocket Monsters: Green, and the special edition Pocket Monsters: Blue were only released in Japan in 1996. These games were released in Australia and North America as Pokémon: Red, and Pokémon: Blue in 1998 and in Europe under the same name in 1999. The special edition Pokémon Yellow was released in Japan in 1998 and in other regions in 1999 and 2000.

Kanto is the home region of Anime’s main character Ash Ketchum. The Kanto region is based on the Kantō region of Japan, which is home to Tokyo, the capital of Japan and home to Game Freak headquarters. The Kanto region of the Pokémon world is the only one that shares its name with a place in the real world.


Cities and towns

The Kanto region has ten towns and cities from the quiet Pallet Town to the much larger Saffron City. All the towns and cities in the Kanto region are named after colors, with the exception of Pallet Town, which is also a reference to colors.

Pallby

Hometown Ash Ketchum and Professor Oak. This is where your adventure in Kanto begins. Pallby is based on Satoshi Tajiri’s hometown Shimoda.

Viridian City

The first town visited by coaches in the game, and the home of Giovanni’s Ground-type gym that opens after the other seven gym leaders are defeated.

Viridian City is based in Hakone, Japan

Tinnby

Pewter City is located north of the Veridian Forest, and west of Mount Moon. Pewter City is also home to Brock, the first training leader you can fight against. Brock specializes in Stone-type Pokémon.

Pewter City is based in Maebashi, Japan

Cerulean City

A coastal town located north of Kanto is the third town you visit.

Cerulean City is also home to the other training leader on your journey, Misty. Misty specializes in Water-type Pokémon.

Cerulean City is the second city with a gym you can fight for.

Vermilion City

Vermilion City is the only Kanto city with a port. The luxurious cruise ship known as SS Anne is docked here during the visit.

Vermilion City is home to the third training leader, Lt. Surge. Lt. Surge specializes in Electric-type Pokémon

Vermilion City is based in Yokohama, Japan.

Lavender Town

Lavendelby is believed to have been haunted Ghost-type Pokémon.

Lavender City is home to Mr. Fuji and Name Rater. The Name Rater allows you to change the nicknames of Pokémon.

Lavender Town is based in Narita, Japan.

Celadon City

Celadon City is home to the largest Poké Mart in the region, and is the second largest city in Kanto.

Celadon City is home to fourth-placed coach Erika. Erika specializes in Grass-type Pokémon.

Celadon City is based in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.

Fuchsia City

Fuchsia City is home to the Safari Zone and a Pokémon Zoo, and is the southernmost city in the Kanto region.

Fuchsia City is the home of Gym Leader Koga, which specializes in Married-type Pokémon.

Fuchsia City is based in Tateyama, Japan.

Saffron City

Saffron City is the largest city in Kanto and the tenth most populous in the entire Pokémon world. You must drive Team Rocket out of the Silph Co. building before accessing the Saffron City Gym.

Saffron City is the home of Gym Leader Sabrina, who specializes in Mentally-type Pokémon. There’s another “gym” in Saffron City, but Sabrina used her Psychic Pokémon to take it down, and it has since been banished to a Fight-type dojo.

Saffron City is based in Tokyo, the capital of Japan.

Cinnabar Island

Cinnabar Island is home to a large volcano and an old abandoned mansion that you need to get a key from to unlock the gym door. Magazines scattered throughout the old mansion indicate that it is the birthplace of MewTwo.

Cinnabar Island is home to Gym Leader Blaine, who specializes in Fire-type Pokémon.

Cinnabar Island is based on Izu Ōshima. An uninhabited island off the coast of Honshu, Japan.


Other important places

Mt. Moon

Mt. The moon is known for its frequent meteor showers, with the tide of meteors landing on the mountain becoming lunar shards. These skerries seem to attract wild Clefairy, with Mt. The moon is one of the few places they are known to visit.

Mt. Moon is also the first place coaches are introduced to fossils and is inhabited by many members of Team Rocket who try to steal them.

While in Mt. Moon you encounter a Super Nerd that you have to fight. After defeating them, you can choose from fossils that become either Omanyte or Kabuto.

Seafoam Islands

Pokemon GO Articuno

Seaform Islands is a small group of caves located between Fuchsia City and Cinnabar Island.

It is also home to the legendary Pokémon Articuno.

The power plant

The power plant, while abandoned by humans, is inhabited by many Pokémon. Some of the Pokéballs lying on the ground are actually waiting for the electrode.

At the end of the powerhouse is the legendary Pokémon Zapdos.

Victory Road

The Kanto version of Victory road is a hollow maze that you must travel through to meet the Elite Four and then the Champion.

You must have all eight training marks before entering Victory Road.

The legendary Pokémon Moltres can be found on Victory Road.

The Indigo Plateau

The Indigo Plateau is home to the Pokémon League headquarters. This is where you will meet the Elite Four and Champion to become the new Champion. You must defeat all five in a row to become the new champion.

Cerulean Cave

Cerulean Cave is an optional dungeon that is home to some of the most powerful Pokémon in all of Kanto, including the most powerful and legendary Mewtwo.

A guard blocks the entrance to the cave and only lets you through after you have become the new master.


Elite Four

Lorelai
Ice

Lorelai is the first trainer of the Elite Four and is known for his Ice Pokémon.

Lorelai grew up on the four islands and is known for collecting dolls.

Bruno
Fight

Bruno is the second member of the Elite Four and is known for his Fighting Pokémon.

Bruno sometimes uses an Onix as well

Agatha
Ghost

Agatha is the third member of the Elite Four and is known for its Ghost Pokémon.

Agatha was once Eak’s rival when they were young.

Lance
Dragon

Lance is the fourth and final member of the Elite Four and is known for his Dragon Pokémon.

Lance has a big fan and often accompanies buying gowns at the Celadon Department Store.


Pokémon

The Starters

When you first meet Professor Oak, he prevents you from walking through the tall grass. He explains that it is dangerous, and takes you back to his laboratory. This is where you get your first choice as a Pokémon trainer, a choice that every trainer who plays Pokémon Go also gets when they first start. Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle.

The Legendaries

Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres are collectively referred to as the legendary birds. They all share the capabilities of pressure and aircraft typing. They have also been referred to as Winged Mirages.

Mewtwo
Mentally
The Genetic Pokémon

Mewtwo is a Pokémon created by many years of genetic experimentation on Mew. Scientific logs found in the Pokémon Mansion on Cinnabar Island indicate that Mewtwo was born from a pregnant Mew found in the jungles of Guyana. The embryo containing Mewtwo was manipulated to alter DNA, Mewtwo was then kept and studied deep inside the mansion. It was these experiments that made Mewtwo vicious and powerful. Eventually, Mewtwo broke away from the prisoners and fled, destroying the mansion in the process.

Interesting facts

The Kanto region of the Pokémon world is based on the Kantō region of the real world. Kanto in Japanese means “east of the barrier”

The real Kanto region of Japan was hit by a devastating earthquake in September 1923

The Kanto region is located east of the Johto region, and south of the Sinnoh region.

Kanto is more modern and technological than most regions of the Pokémon world and lacks any real myths or traditions when it comes to Pokémon.

The people of Kanto are considered to be sophisticated and reserved.

Pokémon Red and Blue received a total score of 89% on GameRankings
The games also spent at least four years on IGN’s “Top 100 Games of All Time” list. Pokémon Yellow is 35th at the time of writing.

In 2009, they appeared in Guinness World Record Book in the categories “Best-selling RPG on Game Boy” and “Best-selling RPG of all time”.

Stay tuned for the Johto region!


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