The Johto Region
The Johto region drew inspiration from Japan’s Kansai region. As the setting for Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Silver, Pokémon HeartGold, and Pokémon SoulSilver, Johto’s intricate temples, unique architecture, compelling geography, and temperate climate make it the perfect setting for an adventure into the world of Pokémon.
Professor Elm gives new Johto Trainers their choice of three starter Pokémon: the Grass-type Chikorita, which emits a sweet aroma from the leaf on its head; the Fire-type Cyndaquil, which protects itself by flaring the flames on its back; and the Water-type Totodile, which has powerful jaws capable of crushing anything.
Before Dark-type and Steel-type Pokémon made their debut in Johto, Psychic-type Pokémon tended to dominate Pokémon battles. The region also boasts a Trainer who specializes in Steel-type Pokémon—Jasmine of Olivine City—as well as a member of the Elite Four, Karen, who favors Dark-type Pokémon.
Sharing Is Caring!
Johto doesn’t have its own Pokémon League, instead sharing a Pokémon League with the Kanto region.
The world has the Johto region to thank for introducing adorable Pokémon like Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Tyrogue, Smoochum, and Elekid.
"Hoo’s" That Pokémon?
Ash’s Noctowl was the first alternately colored Pokémon to appear in Pokémon the Series. Noctowl is a dual Normal- and Flying-type Pokémon first discovered in Johto.
The region’s most highly populated metropolis is Goldenrod City. Known as “A Happening Big City,” Goldenrod City features boasts a number of memorable features, including the Goldenrod Radio Tower, the Goldenrod Department Store, the Magnet Train, the Global Terminal, and an infamous Normal-type Gym.
If you need help learning your ABCs, you might be able to get some assistance from Unown! This Psychic-type Pokémon first discovered in Johto has 28 different shapes and look like hieroglyphs on ancient tablets. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll see that most resemble the letters of the alphabet!
Live and On-Air!
The Goldenrod Radio Tower is a six-story structure in Goldenrod City that broadcasts several radio programs. Among the most well-known programs are Professor Oak’s Pokémon Talk, hosted by Professor Oak and Mary, and Buena’s Password, hosted by...well, Buena!
Pokémon: The Johto Journeys
Ash and Misty reunite with Brock and set out on the next stage of their Pokémon journey—the Johto region! From the sprawling metropolis of Goldenrod City to the icy peak of Snowtop Mountain, the Johto region presents Ash, Misty, and Brock with exciting new adventures, battles, and challenges—along with a few familiar faces. Does Ash have what it takes to climb the ranks of the Johto League and achieve his dream of becoming a Pokémon Master?
Pokémon Trading Card Game
Pokémon, Trainers, locations, and items from the Johto region were first depicted in the Pokémon TCG with Neo Genesis, which first released in the year 2000. It was followed by Neo Discovery, Southern Islands, Neo Revelation, Neo Destiny, Legendary Collection, Expedition Base Set, Aquapolis, and Skyridge. The Johto cards helped introduce the world to the Pokémon TCG.