When most people think of the Pokémon games, they often dwell on the many different types of Pokémon available to catch. After all, the goal of the game is to "catch 'em all" - but you can't catch a single Pokémon without knowing a little something about the many regions in Pokémon games. All told, there are eight beautiful and interesting regions for players to explore, each with different Pokémon to catch and some of the best Pokémon towns to explore, including the new Galar region in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
The regions in games like Pokémon Go and many others have been greatly detailed over the years in the video games, Manga, and anime series to bear the name Pokémon. Doubtless, every player has their favorite of all Pokémon regions to visit, but only the bravest and most tenacious trainers are familiar with the regions in every Pokémon game! Are you a casual player familiar only with one or two of the best Pokémon regions or are you one of the greatest Pokémon trainers around who knows 'em all?
Sinnoh is a region rich with different features and environments players can get lost exploring. In addition to the mountainous terrain, there are four large lakes, each home to a legendary Pokémon. There is also an extensive underground area simply called, The Underground. 107 Pokémon call the Sinnoh region their home.
Setting for: Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum as well as the Diamond and Pearl series in the anime.
Based on: The southernmost regions of Japan to include Kyūshū and surrounding islands.
Settlements: Twinleaf Town, Sandgem Town, Jubilife City, Oreburgh City, Floaroma Town, Eterna City, Veilstone City, Celestic Town, Pastoria City, Hearthome City, Solaceon Town, Canalave City, Snowpoint City, and Sunyshore City.
To the southwest of Kanto and Johto sits the island region of Hoenn and thanks to having so many amazing beaches, it's almost required to surf while you are here. Legend has it, Hoenn was formed by the legendary Pokémon Groudon who rose the land while Kyogre expanded the sea. There are 386 different types of Pokémon residing in this region.
Setting for: Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire. Additionally, it is the setting for the Advanced Generation anime.
Based on: Hoenn both resembles and is heavily influenced by the Japanese island of Kyūshū.
Settlements: Rustboro City, Dewford Town, Mauville City, Lavaridge Town, Petalburg City, Fortree City, Mossdeep City, Oldale Town, Slateport City, Verdanturf Town, Fallarbor Town, Lilycove City, Pacifidlog Town, Ever Grande City, and Sootopolis City
Unova is the most distant region in Pokémon and is, therefore, the most foreign in appearance. Its landscape varies wildly with woodland areas, desert, marshes, and mountain ranges spread across its many islands. Professor Juniper, the game's first female professor, calls this land home as do 156 different Pokémon.
Setting for: Pokémon Black and White, and Pokémon Black and White Versions 2
Based on: Unlike most of the other regions throughout the world of Pokémon, Unova has no geographical relation to a real-world location in Japan. Unova is instead an homage to New York City in the United States.
Settlements: Nuvema Town, Aspertia City, Floccesy Town, Virbank City, Accumula Town, Striaton City, Nacrene City, Castelia City, Nimbasa City, Anville Town, Driftveil City, Mistralton City, Lentimas Town, Icirrus City, Opelucid City, Humilau City, Lucanosa Town, Undella Town, Black City, and White Forest.
Johto is located to the west of Kanto and is home to more than 251 different types of Pokémon. It is home to several legendary Pokémon including Ho-Oh, guardian of the skies and Lugia, the Diving Pokémon who keeps watch over the seas. Much of the culture of Johto centers on plants, which also supplied the names for the region's cities.
Setting for: Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, Pokémon HeartGold, and SoulSilver. The 3rd through 5th seasons of the anime were also set in Johto.
Based on: Kansai, Tokai, and eastern Shikoku areas of Japan.
Settlements: New Bark Town, Cherrygrove City, Violet City, Azalea Town, Goldenrod City, Ecruteak City, Olivine City, Frontier Access, Cianwood City, Safari Zone Gate, Mahogany Town, and Blackthorn City