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In spin-off games: replaced: Alola Forms → {{rf|Alolan|Form}}s
[[File:RegionsMoviesMap.jpg|thumb|350px|A map of the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh regions, andalong with the Sevii Islands and the Orange Archipelago, from the {{pkmn|anime}}'s [[M10|10th anniversary]]]]
A '''region''' (Japanese: '''{{tt|地方|chihō}}''' ''region'') is an organized area of the [[Pokémon world]]. There are at most sixteen known regions that have appeared in the various Pokémon [[canon]]s.
==In the core series==
SevenEight regions have appeared in the [[core series]] of [[Pokémon games]]. They are, in order of appearance, [[Kanto]], [[Johto]], [[Hoenn]], [[Sinnoh]], [[Unova]], [[Kalos]], [[Alola]], and [[AlolaGalar]]. Each region has been the setting of at least two games in the generation in which it debuts.
TheMost regions are structured similarly. Typically, a region has its own [[Pokémon League]], comprisedwhich ofincludes eight [[Gym Leader]]s. Once these eight are defeated, Trainers[[Pokémon Trainer]]s can challenge the regional [[Elite Four]], whichand may{{pkmn|Champion}} or(except mayJohto, notwhich beshares sharedthe with[[Indigo another,League]] nearbywith regionKanto). (so far, JohtoAlola does not have itsGyms ownbut Eliteinstead Four,hosts asthe it[[island shareschallenge]] itand withonly thatrecently ofcreated Kanto).a Accordingly,{{al|Pokémon eachLeague}}. oneEach region also has a [[Pokémon Professor]], who teaches new Trainers about Pokémon and typically gives out [[starter Pokémon]] to them. There is usually a [[villainous teams|villainous team]] operating within the region that useuses Pokémon to further theirits goals.
Though there are many similarities between them, there are some major differences between the regions, such as what Pokémon are located there and what [[Myths and legends involving Legendary Pokémon|legends]] there are waiting to be uncovered. Visitors from another region quickly realize that the region they are visiting is far from their home, both in the way of the climate, distance and location; and in the culture of the people there.
In {{3v2|Diamond|Pearl|Platinum}}, [[Professor Oak]] explains that [[Sinnoh]], [[Kanto]], and [[Hoenn]] (and probably [[Johto]] and others) are part of a larger [[Pokémon nation|country]], whose name has yet to be revealed. This concept is similar to the {{wp|regions of Japan}}, which the Pokémon world has been [[Pokémon world in relation to the real world|modeled after]], and from which the Pokémon nation's Kanto region takes its name. Unova, Kalos, and KalosAlola are known to be located far away from Kanto and Johto, and as such they may not be part of this country.
File:HGSSLGPE Kanto Map.png|[[Kanto]], in {{game|HeartGold[[Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and SoulSilver|Let's}} Go, Eevee!]]
File:Sevii Islands.png|[[Sevii Islands]] in {{game|FireRed and LeafGreen|s}}
File:JohtoMap.png|[[Johto]], in {{game|HeartGold and SoulSilver|s}}
File:Hoenn ORAS.png|[[Hoenn]], in [[Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]
File:Pt Sinnoh.png|[[Sinnoh]], in {{game|Platinum}}
File:Unova B2W2 alt.png|[[Unova]], in {{game|Black and White|s|Pokémon Black 2 and White 2|2}}
File:Kalos alt.png|[[Kalos]], in [[Pokémon X and Y]]
File:Alola altUSUM artwork.png|[[Alola]], in [[Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon]]
File:Galar artwork.png|[[Galar]] in [[Pokémon Sword and Shield]]
==In spin-off games==
TheIn regionsthe in[[Pokémon spin-offRanger]] games differ dramatically fromseries, the regions in the core series. Regions likeof [[Fiore]], [[Almia]] and [[Oblivia]] are much smaller and have different cultures. They prefer Pokémon as pets instead of tools for battling. [[Pokémon Trainer]]s are not present in the regions. Pokémon are not kept inside [[Poké Ball]]s and wild Pokémon can be seen wandering cities as well as routes. Pokémon Rangers act as authority, helping Pokémon and people in need. There are no individual Gyms, an Elite Four or a Champion. However, Rangers can take the Capture Challenge to test their skills. Despite their peaceful natures, there are [[villainous teams]] that operate within both regions that capture and use Pokémon to further their goals of world domination. [[Team Dim Sun|One such villainous team]] has been known to brainwash Pokémon using their [[Gigaremo units|advanced technology]], causing them to lose their memories and wreak havoc. There is an associated federation similar to the Ranger Union in Fiore and Almia that organizes all activities for rescue and exploration teams.
The [[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series]] takes place in a world that is populated solely by Pokémon; humans do not live there. The world has six continents, with many Pokémon found in dungeons, but also towns in which Pokémon live, including [[Pokémon Square]], [[Treasure Town]], [[Post Town]], and [[PostLively Town]]. Some of the Pokémon within them form exploration teams that explore dungeons and help Pokémon in need. There is an associated federation similar to the Ranger Union in Fiore and Almia that organizes all activities for rescue and exploration teams. The [[Wigglytuff's Guild|Wigglytuff Guild]] is where beginning [[team|exploration teams]] live and learn the basics, while the [[Expedition Society]] serves a similar role for expedition teams. The [[Makuhita Dojo]] and [[Marowak Dojo]]s are places somewhat similar to Gyms in the main regions where exploration teams hone their skills.
[[Pokémon Snap]] is set on [[Pokémon Island]], an isolated reserve home to many species of Pokémon. It appears to have a relationship with the [[Kanto]] region of the core series, as [[Professor Oak]] appears to have some authority over the island. [[Pokkén Tournament]] takes place in the [[Ferrum]] region, which seems to be located somewhere in the core series Pokémon world, as [[Cinnabar Island]] is mentioned in the game. {{ga|Detective Pikachu}}'s main setting is [[Ryme City]], a big city where people and Pokémon live together. It likely has some kind of connections to the core series regions, as {{rf|Alolan|Form}}s are both mentioned and shown to exist in the game. [[Pokémon Quest]] takes place on [[Tumblecube Island]], which is inhabitited by numerous cube-shaped Pokémon. It seems to have connections to the core series Pokémon world, as the [[Silph Co.]] is mentioned at one point. [[Pokémon Duel]] takes place on [[Carmonte Island]], an artificial resort island filled with luxury hotels. [[Pokémon Channel]] is set in [[Mintale Town]], which is inhabited by many species of Pokémon. Humans may live there too; there is at least one suburban area. [[Holon]] and the [[Trading Card Game Islands]] appear in the [[Pokémon Trading Card Game]] and the [[Pokémon Trading Card Game (game)|eponymous video games]]. The relationship of these regions with the others is unclear.
[[Pokkén Tournament]] takes place in the [[Ferrum]] region.
File:FioreSnap altPokémon Island.png|[[FiorePokémon Island]], in {{ga|[[Pokémon Ranger}}Snap]]
File:AlmiaTCG Islands.png|[[AlmiaTrading Card Game Islands|TCG Island]], in [[{{ga|Pokémon Ranger:Trading ShadowsCard of Almia]]Game}}
File:ObliviaHolon artworkCity.pngjpg|[[ObliviaHolon]], in [[Pokémon Ranger:Trading GuardianCard SignsGame]]
File:Mystery Dungeon World PSMD.png|{{OBP|Pokémon world|Mystery Dungeon|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon world}} in [[Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon]]
File:Mintale Town.png|[[Mintale Town]] in [[Pokémon Channel]]
File:Fiore alt.png|[[Fiore]] in {{ga|Pokémon Ranger}}
File:Almia.png|[[Almia]] in [[Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia]]
File:Oblivia artwork.png|[[Oblivia]] in [[Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs]]
File:Ransei.png|[[Ransei]] in [[Pokémon Conquest]]
File:Carmonte Island.png|[[Carmonte Island]] in [[Pokémon Duel]]
File:Ferrum.png|[[Ferrum]] in [[Pokkén Tournament]]
File:Ryme City artwork.png|[[Ryme City]] in {{ga|Detective Pikachu}}
File:Tumblecube Island.png|[[Tumblecube Island]] in [[Pokémon Quest]]
==In the anime==
The protagonists of the [[Pokémon anime]], [[Ash Ketchum]] and his {{ashfr|traveling companions}}, have visited theall sixseven of the core series regions ([[Kanto]], [[Johto]], [[Hoenn]], [[Sinnoh]], [[Unova]], and [[Kalos]]) in the same order the games have been released. To accommodate plots, story arcs, and episode numbers, regions in the anime are much larger than their game counterparts. The regions are also shown to have a number of cities and towns that are [[List of anime-exclusive locations|not present in the games]]. In some cases, some areas are moved to a different region from their game counterparts; for example, the [[Hoenn]] {{Gdis|Battle Frontier|III}} in {{game|Emerald}} was not in [[Hoenn]] in the anime, but instead in [[Kanto]] with the different facilities scattered all over the region rather being located on an island. AlsoAdditionally, {{game|FireRed and LeafGreen|s}}'s [[Sevii Islands]] appeared in one [[Pokémon Chronicles]] episode, ''[[SS018HS18|The Search for the Legend]]''.
Additionally, two regions exist in the anime that do not exist in any video game.
The first is the [[Orange Archipelago]]Additionally, thetwo tropicalregions setting for the second season, [[S02|Adventuresexist in the Orangeanime Islands]].that Locateddo southnot ofexist Kanto and Johto, it differs from the standard region formula, within onlyany fourvideo [[Gym]]
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* [[Decolore Islands]], the setting of the final arc of the {{series|Best Wishes}}. It is located between Kanto and Unova, and it has no Pokémon Professor, no Pokémon Gyms, and no Pokémon League.
* Both anime-exclusive regions are archipelagoes.
* EachBefore [[Generation VIII]], each core series region has the letter 'o' present in its English name (Kant'''o''', J'''o'''ht'''o''', H'''o'''enn, Sinn'''o'''h, Un'''o'''va, Kal'''o'''s, and Al'''o'''la). The anime-exclusive regions also have the letter present ('''O'''range Archipelag'''o''' and Dec'''o'''l'''o'''re Islands).
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* Out of all regions in game, [[Unova]] has the highest population of 949. [[Kanto]] has the lowest with 391 in [[Generation III]] and 364 in [[Generation IV]].
==In other languages==
|zh_yue=地區 ''Deihkēui''{{tt|*|Generation VII onwards, XY series}}<br>地方 ''Deihfōng''{{tt|*|Original series to BW series}}
|zh_cmn=地區 / 地区 ''Dìqū''{{tt|*|Taiwan (Generation VII onwards) and mainland China}}<br>地方 ''Dìfāng''{{tt|*|Taiwan (prior to Generation VII)}}
|gr=Περιοχή ''Periochí''
|he=מחוז ''Makhoz''
|ko=지방 ''Jibang''
|ru=Регион ''Region''<br>Провенция ''Proventsiya''
|sv=Region<br>Trakt{{tt|*|only about Hoenn}}<br>Distrikt{{tt|*|about Hoenn in EP265}}<br>Område{{tt|*|manuals}}
|th=ภูมิภาค ''Phumiphak''<br>เขต ''Khet''