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ジョウト Jōto
Johto as seen in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Introduced in: Gold/Silver/Crystal
New Pokémon: 100
Professor: Professor Elm
Regional villains: Team Rocket
Starter Pokémon: Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile

The Johto region (ジョウト地方 Jōto-chihō), meaning "castle palace" (城都 jōto) and "lattice-shaped palace" (条都 jōto), is a region connected to the western part of Kanto. It was introduced in Generation II, Gold and Silver, and Crystal later seen in their remakes, HeartGold and SoulSilver. The third, fourth, and fifth seasons of the anime are also set there. In the games, all its cities have plant-themed or colour-themed names. Johto is geographically similar to the Kansai, eastern Shikoku and western Tōkai regions of Japan. There are old-fashioned cities reminiscent of Nara and Kyoto and a modern commercial city reminiscent of Osaka. Some inhabitants speak the Kansai dialect in the Japanese releases of the games.

The mythology of the Johto region features Ho-Oh, the Rainbow Pokémon guardian of the skies, and Lugia, the Diving Pokémon guardian of the seas, who previously perched on the Bell and Brass Towers respectively in Ecruteak City. When the Brass Tower burned down in a thunderstorm, Lugia flew away, and three Pokémon died in the process. Ho-Oh revived these Pokémon, creating Raikou, Entei, and Suicune. Lugia's home, the Whirl Islands, were also created when the Pokémon dispelled a war over a singular island, splitting it into four islands and making them its home, producing powerful whirlpools to protect itself. Celebi, the Time Travel Pokémon, also calls Johto its home, residing in the Ilex Forest where it brings Pokémon and Trainers forward and back in time.

100 previously unknown Pokémon reside in Johto. In the Generation II games, the player's home town is New Bark Town, where they can choose either Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or Totodile as their first Pokémon.


The terrain of Johto is similar to that of Kanto, with a jagged mountain range in the north-east, descending to a boundless ocean in the south-west.



Areas of Interest


Johto's routes start where Kanto left off: routes in Johto are numbered 29-48, where Kanto's are 1-28.

29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 (HeartGold and SoulSilver only) 48 (HeartGold and SoulSilver only)

The Pokémon League

The Johto League is the greatest aspiration of all Trainers. Because they are neighboring regions, Johto and Kanto share the same Elite Four, located at Indigo Plateau. One Badge from each Johto Gym is required to enter.

Gym Leaders

Name Settlement Type Signature
Violet City Flying 017.png/(018.png) Zephyrbadge.png
Zephyr Badge
Azalea Town Bug 123.png/(212.png) Hivebadge.png
Hive Badge
Goldenrod City Normal 241.png Plainbadge.png
Plain Badge
Ecruteak City Ghost 094.png Fogbadge.png
Fog Badge
Cianwood City Fighting 062.png Stormbadge.png
Storm Badge
Olivine City Steel 208.png Mineralbadge.png
Mineral Badge
Mahogany Town Ice 221.png/(473.png) Glacierbadge.png
Glacier Badge
Blackthorn City Dragon 230.png Risingbadge.png
Rising Badge

Elite Four and the Champion

Name Type Signature
Psychic 178.png
Poison 169.png
Fighting 068.png/448.png
Dark 229.png/430.png/197.png
Champion Lance
Dragon 149.png

Real-life Connection

Following the tradition, the Johto region is based on a real-world region of Japan, the Kansai region, just as Kanto is based on the real Kanto region in Japan.


  • Apart from Unova, Johto is the last region to be featured on a newer handheld (GBA & DS).
  • Johto was the first region to introduce areas to plant berries.
  • Johto is the only region to display a new female main character when the game returned for a newer system release.
  • Of all of the regions, Johto introduced the lowest amount of new Pokémon, with only 100.
  • Johto lacks many elements that other regions have. Most of these are caused because due to Johto sharing them with Kanto. Therefore, it is the only region without:
  1. an Electric-type Gym.
  2. its own set of Fossil Pokémon,
  3. a Pokemon burial ground,
  4. a museum,
  5. prior to Generation IV, a true Regional Pokedex,
  6. an N in its English name.
  • Johto shares its Pokemon League, Storage System developer, and villainous team with Kanto.
  • All of the cities in Johto are named after plants.
  • It's the only region when Ash Ketchum did not meet a new traveling companion.