The Hoenn Region
The Hoenn region reminds us of the Japanese island of Kyushu. Boasting dramatic natural environments—from rainforests to deserts—Hoenn is perhaps best known for being rich in water resources, providing plenty of sea routes and special underwater areas for Trainers to explore.
Professor Birch gives new Trainers in Hoenn their choice of three starter Pokémon: the Grass-type Treecko, which has small hooks on the bottom of its feet that allow it to scale vertical walls; the Fire-type Torchic, which feels warm when hugged; and the Water-type Mudkip, which has the strength to heft boulders.
The Hoenn region introduces the Pokémon world to several new types of Poké Ball, including Dive Balls, Luxury Balls, Nest Balls, Net Balls, Premier Balls, Repeat Balls, and Timer Balls.
Time to Hit the Road!
Hoenn features 34 routes, the most out of any region—narrowly beating Sinnoh, which has 30 routes total.
Earth vs. Water
While most regions have only one villainous organization to contend with, Hoenn has two. Team Aqua’s goal is to increase the amount of water in the world, while their rivals in Team Magma attempt to expand the world’s landmasses.
The Hoenn region is the first to introduce the Battle Frontier—a post-Pokémon League area boasting several arenas where Trainers can battle each other.
Hoenn is the only region with a regional Pokédex that doesn’t include Eevee or any of its Evolutions.
Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire are the first Pokémon games to introduce weather conditions to the world map. In fact, Hoenn boasts a Weather Institute that utilizes Castform to predict changes in weather throughout the region.
Hoenn Trainers who want to add Feebas to their Pokédex have quite a challenge, as this Fish Pokémon is not easy to find. Feebas appears on Route 119 but can only be found across a very limited number of spaces, requiring patience (and a little luck) to catch it.
Pokémon the Series: Ruby & Sapphire
Ash, Brock, May and May's little brother Max travel across the Hoenn Region in Seasons 6 through 9 of Pokémon the Series. This pack of Pokémon Trainers begin pursuing their dreams—with Ash racking Gym Badges, while May follows the Contest path of a Pokémon Coordinator. Along the way both Team Magma and Team Aqua put plans into action with our heroes caught in the middle!
Pokémon Trading Card Game
Pokémon, Trainers, locations, and items from the Hoenn region were first depicted in the Pokémon TCG with the Pokémon-e TCG: EX Ruby & Sapphire series. Introducing two-on-two battles, brand new Poké-Powers, and featuring Dot Code Technology making the cards compatible with Nintendo’s e-Reader, the Pokémon-e TCG: EX Ruby & Sapphire series offered modern cards for modern Trainers.
Team Magma's Groudon