Hoenn ホウエン地方
Hoenn region
Hoenn ORAS.png
Artwork of the Hoenn region from
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire illustrated by kawayoo
Introduction Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
Professor Professor Birch
First partner Pokémon Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip
Regional Villains Team MagmaREOR
Team AquaSEAS
Pokémon League Hoenn League
League Location Ever Grande City
Pokédex List Hoenn PokédexRSE
Hoenn PokédexORAS
Series Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Season(s) Advanced (6)
Advanced Challenge (7)
Advanced Battle (8)
Journeys (23)
Master Journeys (24)
Ultimate Journeys (25)
Generation III, VI
Games Ruby and Sapphire
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Adventures Debut Creeping Past Cacnea

The Hoenn region (Japanese: ホウエン地方 Hoenn region) is a region of the Pokémon world. It is located south of Sinnoh,[1] and southwest of both Kanto and Johto.[2] It is the setting of Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire. It was the third core series region to be introduced.

Hoenn is inspired by the real-world Japanese main island of Kyushu. The names of most of the cities in Hoenn are made of two words put together ("Little Root", "Fort Tree", "Slate Port", "Ever Grande", etc.) rather than colors or plants as Kanto and Johto had done. Professor Birch of Littleroot Town offers the first partner Pokémon known as Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip to Trainers beginning their journey of this vast land.

Etymology and design concept

The map of Japan showing the Hoenn region as Kyushu.


Junichi Masuda has stated that Hoenn's name signifies "abundant relations" (豊縁 hōen), as a common theme in this region is the relationships forged between Pokémon and people.[3]

Design concept

Main article: Pokémon world in relation to the real world → Hoenn

The Hoenn region is based on the real-world Japanese main island of Kyushu, rotated 90° counterclockwise. Junichi Masuda stated that the reason Kyushu was rotated 90° to create Hoenn was to increase playability.[3] According to the Pokémon Omega Ruby & Pokémon Alpha Sapphire: Super Music Collection, Masuda further clarifies that this choice was related to the horizontal display of the new Game Boy Advance screen.[4]


Hoenn was created after Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre were formed. Primal Groudon raised the landmasses and Primal Kyogre filled the seas that would later become Hoenn. A meeting between these two caused a great battle for supremacy until it was quelled by Mega Rayquaza, sending Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre into caverns where they rested until they were awakened many years later during the course of events in Generation III or Generation VI. The moving of the continents by Regigigas created Hoenn, and when Regigigas was sent to sleep in the Snowpoint Temple in Sinnoh, Regirock, Registeel, and Regice, the keys to awakening it, were sealed away in Hoenn.

In contemporary history, Brendan/May moved to Littleroot Town in Hoenn from Johto. Brendan/May encountered May/Brendan, competing with Brendan/May to complete the Pokédex. Brendan/May saved Professor Birch from a PoochyenaRSORAS/ZigzagoonE with a Torchic, Mudkip, or Treecko from Professor Birch's bag; as a reward for saving him, he gave Brendan/May a Pokédex and allowed them to keep the Pokémon that they used to save him. Brendan/May traveled across Hoenn, occasionally encountering and defeating Team Aqua and Team Magma. Team MagmaREOR and/or Team AquaSEAS successfully awakened GroudonREOR and/or KyogreSEAS, which caused the region of Hoenn to be plagued by harsh sunlightROR, heavy rainSAS or a strange mixture of bothE. However, Brendan/May successfully calmed the weather Pokémon when they defeated itRSORAS or summoned Rayquaza to calm themE. Brendan/May then proceeded to beat the Pokémon League and become the Champion, and was invited to compete in the Battle FrontierE.

Upon becoming the Champion, a meteor changed course towards HoennORAS. May's/Brendan's, Wally's, and Archie'sAS/Maxie'sOR Key Stones were stolen by Zinnia in an attempt to summon Rayquaza to avert the crisis. Brendan/May encountered Zinnia at Sky Pillar and successfully summoned Rayquaza. Brendan/May gave Rayquaza the power to Mega Evolve and it destroyed the meteor.



Hoenn in Pokémon Adventures

The Hoenn region is a group of islands that boasts many dramatic environments from rainforests to deserts, but its most striking feature is its abundance of water, a strong contrast to other core series regions, especially Sinnoh. Much of the region is covered in water, almost equal in size to the mainland, exemplifying the theme of the games. There are several large and populated islands off the mainland only accessible via water routes, many of which are deep enough for diving.

Much of the interior area is forested or mountainous, so most notable cities are found on the coastline. People who live in towns and villages in the mountain areas must adapt to the harsh environment. An extreme example of this is the inhabitants of Fortree City, who live in tree houses. This is in stark contrast to other regions in the Pokémon world, as noted by Ruby in Pokémon Adventures, who preferred Johto's many modernized cities to the wilderness and countryside in Hoenn. Hoenn has one active volcano, Mt. Chimney, in the northwest of the region. The ash from Mt. Chimney regularly falls on the nearby towns and routes. On the opposite side of the Hoenn region lies the volcanicRSE/impactORAS crater which Sootopolis City was built in.

Some of Hoenn's newly discovered Pokémon strongly reflect the influence of the primarily tropical environment.


Hoenn seems to have a warmer climate than other regions, similar to an equatorial climate. This may mean that Hoenn is located closer to the equator than the other regions.

The mainland experiences a wide variety of weather across its breadth. Ashes constantly fall around Mt. Chimney in the northwest. Constant, extreme sandstorms afflict the arid desert near its center. Frequent rain falls on the mainland's northeastern areas, nourishing the rainforests and long grass that grow there.


The towns, cities, and areas of the Hoenn region's total population in Ruby and Sapphire is 598. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the total population of Hoenn's towns, cities, and areas is 694. Upon its introduction in Generation III, it was the largest region by population. As of Generation VIII, it is the sixth largest region by population.

Notable locations

Hoenn has sixteen cities and towns, including a Pokémon League. Since the majority of the cities and towns of Hoenn are immersed into nature, there aren't many large cities comparable to Unova's Castelia City or Kalos's Lumiose City, with the largest city being Lilycove CityRSE/Mauville CityORAS.

The Hoenn region has 34 different routes, which are passages permitting Trainers to travel from one location to the next with relative ease. Much like Sinnoh after it, Hoenn's routes are numbered so that they don't follow sequence directly from previously-known regions' routes. Routes in Hoenn are numbered from 101 to 134. Compared to other regions, Hoenn features an abundance of sea routes. This gives the impression that the Hoenn region is half-water and half-land, which references the battle of Groudon and Kyogre.

The Hoenn region is unique and famous for its tropical-like environments. The region does not feature a true mountain range like in Sinnoh and other regions. Hoenn introduced many new natural environments including a volcano, a jungle, a beach, a desert, and many more. The Hoenn region also introduced the idea of routes with differing weather, including constant rainfall, thunderstorms, falling ash, and rays of sunlight.


Map Name Population Description
  Littleroot Town 10 Basking amid vibrant nature, this simple town is not shaded with any one hue.
  Oldale Town 14 A town where the contrast between colorful flowers and deep, verdant forests is most beautiful.
  Petalburg City 26 A whiff of salt is always in the air in this city, which is skirted by the ocean shore.
  Rustboro City 63 This city is the main hub of industry in the Hoenn region, with the Devon Corporation as its beating heart.
  Dewford Town 26 New trends are always the rage among the inhabitants of this small island town.
  Slateport City 79 People from many different regions gather and mingle in this bustling port city.
  Mauville City 148 This large city is located in the heart of the Hoenn region, at the crossroads of its nostalgic past and new technology.
  Verdanturf Town 27 Thanks to the prevailing wind pattern, this town is always kept clear of falling volcanic ash.
  Fallarbor Town 26 A town formed by scholars who gather to research meteorites.
  Lavaridge Town 27 A popular spot in the Hoenn region, thanks to its hot springs, said to cure any ailment.
  Fortree City 37 The people and the Pokémon of this city follow nature's cues to rise each morning and end each day.
  Lilycove City 106 This tourist destination is undergoing a revival, thanks to the popularity of its Pokémon Contest Spectaculars.
  Mossdeep City 45 Research is underway day and night in this city, all in the hope of understanding the distant reaches of space.
  Sootopolis City 42 This city, which rises from the crater of a great meteoroid crash, can only be reached through the sea or from the sky.
  Pacifidlog Town 18 This town first came into being as a floating storehouse used by people living on the ocean's surface.
  Ever Grande City This city is blanketed in a profusion of colorful blooms. It plays host to the grand Pokémon League. (Ever Grande City)
A revered site that can only be visited by those Trainers who have dominated every last Pokémon Gym. (Pokémon League)


Mt. Chimney as seen from afar


Routes in Hoenn are numbered as 101-134, breaking the former pattern set up by Kanto and Johto. This is presumably to discourage the idea of being able to travel back to either region after completion of the game, as was done in Generation II and as a mirror of the fact that Japan's road system possesses a similar gap. Some of the routes have differing weather depending on the day they are traveled on.

Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald–exclusive

These areas can only be found in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald:


These areas can only be found in Pokémon Emerald:

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire–exclusive

These areas can only be found in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire:


These areas can only be found in the Pokéwalker:


Picture Location Description
  A-B-C Islands The A-B-C Islands are a group of three islands off the coast of Hoenn. Island A has a Pokémon Center and a school. Island B has Deep Sea Scales. Island C has Deep Sea Teeth. There are two rivaling Trainer groups on the island. One group believes Huntail are stronger. The other believes Gorebyss are stronger. The A-B-C Islands appear in The Evolutionary War!.
  Anthony's Gym An unofficial Gym near Petalburg Woods run by Anthony.
  Baltoy civilization ruins Hidden ruins located on Kirikiri Mountain that belonged to an ancient civilization that worshipped Baltoy.
  Banana Slakoth Garden Banana Slakoth Garden is a jungle-like reserve for wild Slakoth. It is a tourist attraction and it is owned by Marcel. It is located near Lilycove City. It appeared in The Garden of Eatin'.
  Bomba Island Bomba Island is where Pokémon battle judges are trained and is home to the Pokémon Battle Judge Training Institute. It was first featured in the episode Judgment Day!.
  Crossgate Town Crossgate Town is located between Petalburg City and Fortree City. The town is famous for its powerful tornadoes and its annual PokéRinger Tournament which attracts people from all around with Flying-type Pokémon to compete and try to become an honorary citizen.
  Donto Island Donto Island is located near Pacifidlog Town and it is home to many Donphan. It appeared in Date Expectations!.
  Foothill Town Foothill Town is a small village located between Mauville City and Verdanturf Town with no Pokémon Center. Instead, it has a Pokémon Clinic, which is run by Dr. Abby, a Pokémon Doctor specializing in natural medicine who is also a Top Coordinator.
  Forbidden Forest Forbidden Forest is a Grass-type Pokémon reserve. Humans are not allowed in the forest because a long time ago, too many people came to catch the Grass Pokémon that live there so they became hostile towards humans. A Venusaur is the 'boss' of the forest.
  Forina Forina is a cavernous valley located west of Mt. Chimney in central Hoenn. It is home to many rare wild Pokémon and has shrubs and pillar-like rock formations. Jirachi hibernates for a millennium beneath the valley between the periods it is awakened. Forina appeared in Jirachi: Wish Maker.
  Giban Island An island located somewhere between Sootopolis City and Mirage Island. Kimmy Shoney and his parents Korban and Harmony live here.
  Izabe Island Izabe Island is a large island between Mossdeep City and Sootopolis City. It contains a variety of environments, from deserts to snow-covered mountains. There is a rock formation at the highest peak known as Square Top.
  Izabe Lake It is a large lake located near the Valley of Destruction on Izabe Island. A giant Claydol that threatens to destroy the island is sealed inside a stone Poké Ball within Izabe Lake.
  Kirikiri Mountain Kirikiri Mountain is located between Petalburg City and Fortree City. A cave on the mountain was once home to an ancient Baltoy civilization.
  Lake May Lake May is a large lake located between Mauville City and Fallarbor Town.
  LaRousse City LaRousse City is the setting for Destiny Deoxys. It is a technologically advanced city and its main attraction is the Battle Tower.
  Maisie Island Maisie Island is located between Lilycove City and Mossdeep City.
  Mirage Kingdom Mirage Kingdom is located somewhere beyond a large desert. It is ruled by a king and queen. The Mirage Kingdom worships Togepi, and even contains a Togepi Temple. The only way one can claim the throne is with a Togepi.
  Misty Village A small, largely agricultural town located between Slateport City and Mauville City, whose people are responsible for protecting the historic Mountain Lighthouse and its precious light stone.
  Monsu Island Monsu Island is located between Lilycove City and Mossdeep City. Monsu Island is the location of both bases of Team Magma and Team Aqua.
  Mountain Lighthouse A lighthouse in the foggy mountains between Slateport City and Mauville City. It helps people guide through the mountains and its source of light is known as the light stone, which uses electricity to create a bright light.
  Muscle Island Muscle Island is located between Lilycove City and Mossdeep City. The island is most famous for its bodybuilders and people interested in getting into shape. The unique part about the island is that they use Pokémon to help them accomplish this in addition to regular exercise equipment.
  North Petalburg North Petalburg is located just north of Petalburg City. The city doesn't appear to be any different than any other at first glance. However, the entire city is obsessed with the Petalburg Gym Leader Norman.
  Oldale Ruins Oldale Ruins is a group of ruins near Oldale Town. Professor Alden studied the ruins and Team Magma forced the professor to help them explore the ruins using the four keys. The Ruins were featured in A Ruin with a View.
  Pokémon Battle Judge Training Institute The Pokémon Battle Judge Training Institute is the world-leading school for battle judges. It is located on Bomba Island.
  Purika City Purika City is located between Sootopolis City and Mossdeep City, on Izabe Island, and is famous for its Pokémon Contests. It is where May won her fourth Ribbon.
  Rinshin Town Rinshin Town is located between Petalburg Woods and Rustboro City. It appeared in Taming of the Shroomish.
  Riyado Town Riyado Town is located on Izabe Island, between Mossdeep City and Sootopolis City. The town is home to Gordon and his brother Nicky.
  Rubello Town Rubello Town is located in between Petalburg City and Fortree City. The town is most famous for its Contest Hall, which hosts R1 Pokémon Contests, which can only be entered by Coordinators who have earned at least one Ribbon.
  S.S. St. Flower A luxury cruise liner that sails in the Hoenn region, often stopping at the site of the Hoenn Grand Festival.
  Shroomish Forest Shroomish Forest is home to a large number of Shroomish and Breloom.
  South City The hometown of Sid, Rafe, Audrey and Kathryn. It has a monorail which connects it to LaRousse City.
  Square Top This uniquely shaped mountain is the highest peak on Izabe Island and also marks the center of Absol territory.
  The Green Lodge The Green Lodge is an abandoned mansion in the middle of the booming metropolis of Rinshin Town. Alex intends on tearing down the property to make way for a forest park for the resident Shroomish to enjoy.
  The Greenhouse A Pokémon aromatherapy laboratory located between Mauville City and Fallarbor Town which is led by Eliza. It is the location where May caught her Skitty.
  Togepi Paradise Togepi Paradise is the home for Togepi that the people of the Mirage Kingdom worship. It can only be ruled by a person with pure heart. This paradise is currently protected by Misty's Togetic.
  Trapinch underground labyrinth The Trapinch underground labyrinth is a giant Trapinch nest comprising of many tunnels and a large underground lake. It is largely inaccessible and is a hidden location on Izabe Island, known by few people like Hal.
  Valley of Steel The Valley of Steel is located between Lavaridge Town and Mauville City and is inhabited by many Steel-type Pokémon. It is the location where Ash caught his Torkoal.
  Volley Town Volley Town is located between the Weather Institute and Lilycove City.
  Wailmer Island Wailmer Island is located somewhere off the coast of Hoenn. It's surrounded by dangerous whirlpools. It has one known inhabitant, Robin. A group of Wailmer live around it.
  Wales Island Wales Island is located somewhere between Mossdeep City and Sootopolis City. It is actually home to Professor Proctor and his wife, Annie. Together, they resurrected several Fossil Pokémon.
  Wazoo Island Wazoo Island is located between Lilycove and Mossdeep City. Legend has it that one hundred years ago, a cargo ship called King Neptune was caught into a typhoon and sank, near Wazoo Island carrying Green Shards.


Picture Location Manga Description
  Meteor Village Pokémon Adventures A village located within Meteor Falls and home to the Draconid people.

Mentioned only

Name Notes
Cerosi Town Mentioned in A Cacturne for the Worse, Beg, Burrow and Steal, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snorunt!, and Do I Hear a Ralts?. Located on Izabe Island. It has ferry services to Sootopolis City.



Artwork of Hoenn from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Artwork of Hoenn from Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
Artwork of Hoenn from Pokémon Emerald by Midori Harada Artwork of Hoenn from Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire by kawayoo


Hoenn as seen in
Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Hoenn as seen in
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Map of Hoenn seen on the bottom screen while soaring in
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Hoenn as seen while soaring in
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
May's sync move mindscape from
Pokémon Masters EX

Hoenn League

Main article: Hoenn League

Gym Leaders

Hoenn League
Generations III and VI Region: Hoenn
Gym Leader
Type Badge
ツツジ Tsutsuji
Rustboro City
Kanazumi City
Stone Badge
トウキ Tōki
Dewford Town
Muro Town
Knuckle Badge
テッセン Tessen
Mauville City
Kinsetsu City
Dynamo Badge
アスナ Asuna
Lavaridge Town
Huen Town
Heat Badge
センリ Senri
Petalburg City
Touka City
Balance Badge
ナギ Nagi
Fortree City
Hiwamaki City
Feather Badge
Tate and Liza
フウとラン Fū and Lan
Mossdeep City
Tokusane City
Mind Badge
ミクリ MikuriRSORAS
アダン AdanE
Sootopolis City
Rune City

Rain Badge

Elite Four and Champion

Hoenn League
Generation III and VI
カゲツ Kagetsu
フヨウ Fuyō
プリム Prim
ゲンジ Genji
ダイゴ DaigoRSORAS
ミクリ MikuriE
Steel Water

Battle Frontier

Main article: Battle Frontier (Generation III)

Frontier Brains

Hoenn Battle Frontier
Generation III Region: Hoenn
Frontier Brain
Factory Head Noland
ファクトリーヘッド ダツラ
Factory Head Datsura
Battle Factory
Battle Factory
Silver Knowledge Symbol
Gold Knowledge Symbol
Arena Tycoon Greta
アリーナキャプテン コゴミ
Arena Captain Kogomi
Battle Arena
Battle Arena
Silver Guts Symbol
Gold Guts Symbol
Dome Ace Tucker
ドームスーパースター ヒース
Dome Superstar Heath
Battle Dome
Battle Dome
Silver Tactics Symbol
Gold Tactics Symbol
Pike Queen Lucy
チューブクイーン アザミ
Tube Queen Azami
Battle Pike
Battle Tube
Silver Luck Symbol
Gold Luck Symbol
Palace Maven Spenser
パレスガーディアン ウコン
Palace Guardian Ukon
Battle Palace
Battle Palace
Silver Spirits Symbol
Gold Spirits Symbol
Pyramid King Brandon
ピラミッドキング ジンダイ
Pyramid King Jindai
Battle Pyramid
Battle Pyramid
Silver Brave Symbol
Gold Brave Symbol
Salon Maiden Anabel
タワータイクーン リラ
Tower Tycoon Lila
Battle Tower
Battle Tower
Silver Ability Symbol
Gold Ability Symbol


In other languages

Language Name Origin
German, Spanish,
French, Italian,
Indonesian, Vietnamese
Hoenn From its Japanese and English name
Korean 호연 Hoyeon Transcription of its Japanese name with 연 (緣) yeon being derived from the Japanese 豊縁 hōen
Chinese (Mandarin) 豐緣 / 丰缘 Fēngyuán* From its Japanese name. Formed with 豐 / 丰 fēng (abundant) and 緣 / 缘 yuán (affinity).
芳緣 / 芳缘 Fāngyuán* From the alternative reading of its Japanese name as 芳縁 hōen (fragrant relations)
Chinese (Cantonese) 豐緣 Fūngyùhn* From its Japanese name. Formed with 豐 fūng (abundant) and 緣 yùhn (affinity).
芳緣 Fōngyùhn* From the alternative reading of its Japanese name as 芳縁 hōen (fragrant relations)
Hindi होएन Hoenn Transcription of its English name
Russian Хоэнн Khoenn
Хоенн Khoyenn *
Transcription of its English name
Tamil ஹோயென் Hoenn Transcription of its English name
Telugu హొయెన్ Hoenn Transcription of its English name
Thai โฮเอ็น Hoenn Transcription of its Japanese name

See also


  1. As stated in The Unbeatable Lightness of Seeing!.
  2. Pokémon Fan: 10th Anniversary News Booklet, p. 16 (Archive)
  3. 3.0 3.1 HIDDEN POWER of masuda, No. 15 (Japanese) / (English)
  4. [1]

Regions in the Pokémon world
Core series Kanto (Sevii Islands) • JohtoHoenn
Sinnoh (HisuiBattle Zone) • Unova (Blueberry Academy)
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 IslandsPuzzle ContinentHolonParallel Worlds
Sovereign states in
the Pokémon world
Ranger UnionGuyana
Lucario KingdomMirage KingdomRota

Littleroot TownOldale TownPetalburg CityRustboro CityDewford TownSlateport CityMauville CityVerdanturf Town
Fallarbor TownLavaridge TownFortree CityLilycove CityMossdeep CitySootopolis CityPacifidlog TownEver Grande City
Battle FrontierBattle Resort
Petalburg WoodsRusturf TunnelIsland CaveGranite CaveAbandoned ShipSea MauvilleOceanic Museum
Seaside Cycling RoadTrick HouseMauville Game CornerNew MauvilleTrainer HillDesert RuinsMirage TowerFiery Path
Jagged PassMt. ChimneyDesert UnderpassMeteor FallsWeather InstituteScorched SlabAncient TombSafari ZoneMt. Pyre
Lilycove MuseumShoal CaveTeam Aqua Hideout • Team Magma Hideout (LilycoveJagged Pass) • Mossdeep Space CenterSeafloor Cavern
Cave of OriginMirage IslandSky PillarVictory RoadPokémon LeagueSealed ChamberArtisan CaveAltering CaveSouthern Island
Marine CaveTerra CaveContest HallBattle MaisonBattle TowerBattle TentSecret IsletSecret MeadowSecret Shore
Mirage spots

Mirage CavesMirage ForestsMirage IslandsMirage Mountains
Crescent IsleFabled CaveGnarled DenNameless CavernPathless PlainTrackless Forest

Access to
Birth IslandFaraway IslandNavel RockSky

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