The Hoenn region (Japanese: ホウエン地方 Hoenn-chihō) is a region of the Pokémon world. It is located south of Sinnoh. It is the setting of Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire. It was the third main 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 starter Pokémon known as Treecko, Torchic, or Mudkip to Trainers beginning their journey of this vast land.
Etymology and design concept
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.
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 him/her to keep the Pokémon that he/she 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 he/she defeated itRSORAS or summoned Rayquaza to calm themE. Brendan/May then proceeded to win at the Pokémon League and become the Champion, and was invited to complete 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.
Cities, routes, and other 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.
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.
Cities and towns
|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.|
A revered site that can only be visited by those Trainers who have dominated every last Pokémon Gym.
Areas of interest
- Petalburg Woods
- Rusturf Tunnel
- Granite Cave
- New Mauville
- Mt. Chimney
- Cave of Origin
- Scorched Slab
- Safari Zone
- Seafloor Cavern
- Sealed Chamber
- Southern Island
- Meteor Falls
- Shoal Cave
- Mt. Pyre
- Jagged Pass
- Sky Pillar
- Island Cave
- Desert Ruins
- Ancient Tomb
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald–exclusive locations
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 areas
These areas can only be found in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire:
|A-B-C Islands||The A-B-C Islands are a group of three island 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!.|
|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!.|
|Camerupt Point||It is called Camerupt Point because it looks like a Camerupt's humps. It is located near a river by Volley Town. People enjoy stargazing at the summit. It appeared in Crazy as a Lunatone.|
|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.|
|Kirikiri Mountain||Kirikiri Mountain are 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Meteor Village||Pokémon Adventures||A village located within Meteor Falls and home to the Draconid people.|
Routes in Hoenn number 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.
The Hoenn region 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 impact 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.
- Main article: Hoenn League
|Generations III and VI||Region: Hoenn|
| Gym Leader
| Rustboro City
| Dewford Town
| Mauville City
| Lavaridge Town
| Petalburg City
| Fortree City
Tate and Liza
フウとラン Fū and Lan
| Mossdeep City
ミクリ Mikuri RSORAS
アダン Adan E
| Sootopolis City
Elite Four and Champion
|Generation III and VI|
ダイゴ Daigo RSORAS
ミクリ Mikuri E
- Main article: Battle Frontier (Generation III)
|Hoenn Battle Frontier|
|Generation III||Region: Hoenn|
| Frontier Brain
Factory Head Noland
Factory Head Datsura
| Battle Factory
Silver Knowledge Symbol
Gold Knowledge Symbol
Arena Tycoon Greta
Arena Captain Kogomi
| Battle Arena
Silver Guts Symbol
Gold Guts Symbol
Dome Ace Tucker
Dome Superstar Heath
| Battle Dome
Silver Tactics Symbol
Gold Tactics Symbol
Pike Queen Lucy
Tube Queen Azami
| Battle Pike
Silver Luck Symbol
Gold Luck Symbol
Palace Maven Spenser
Palace Guardian Ukon
| Battle Palace
Silver Spirits Symbol
Gold Spirits Symbol
Pyramid King Brandon
Pyramid King Jindai
| Battle Pyramid
Silver Brave Symbol
Gold Brave Symbol
Salon Maiden Anabel
Tower Tycoon Lila
| Battle Tower
Silver Ability Symbol
Gold Ability Symbol
- Hoenn has the most routes of any region, with 34.
- It is the only region that did not receive any new routes upon appearing in a sequel or remake.
- Hoenn is the only region with:
- a Game Corner and department store that are not in the same city. The Mauville Game Corner is located in Mauville City, whereas the Lilycove Department Store is located in Lilycove City.
- Gyms in which all Badges have the same English and Japanese names.
- two lighthouses—one in Slateport City and the other in Lilycove City.
- two villainous teams (Team Aqua and Team Magma).
- The player's father.
In other languages
| French, German,
|Hoenn||From its Japanese and English name|
|Korean||호연 Hoyeon||Transliteration of its Japanese name|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||豐緣 / 丰缘 Fēngyuán*||From its Japanese name|
|芳緣 / 芳缘 Fāngyuán*||Alternative reading of its Japanese name, meaning "fragrant relations"|
|Chinese (Cantonese)||豐緣 Fūngyùhn*||From its Japanese name|
|芳緣 Fōngyùhn*||Alternative reading of its Japanese name, meaning "fragrant relations"|
|Russian|| Хоэнн Khoenn
Хоенн Khoyenn *
| Transcription of English name|
From English name
|Thai||โฮเอ็น Hoenn||Transliteration of Japanese name|
|Regions in the Pokémon world|
|This article is part of Project Locations, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on every location in the Pokémon world.|