The Kanto Region
Making its debut as the setting for the first-ever Pokémon titles, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green, Kanto is loosely based on Japan’s similarly named Kantō region. With a temperate climate, modern culture that relies heavily on technological advancements, and geography dominated by forests and plains, the Kanto region set a high bar for future Pokémon titles.
Professor Oak gives new Kanto Trainers their choice of three Pokémon to start their adventure with: the dual Grass- and Poison-type Bulbasaur, which carries a seed on its back; the Fire-type Charmander, which has a flame on its tail that shows the power of its life force; and the Water-type Squirtle, which has a soft shell when it is born.
The most famous Pokémon Trainer in the world calls the Kanto region home. Ash Ketchum is from Pallet Town, a small town in southwestern Kanto.
Kanto’s naming conventions are colorful, to say the least. With the exception of Pallet Town, many of the region’s cities, towns, and key locations are all named after a color—Viridian City, Lavender Town, the Indigo Plateau, Fuschia City, and Cinnabar Island, to name a few!
Science and Pokémon collide! People in the Kanto region have a lengthy history of using technology to further their understanding of Pokémon—and sometimes create new ones. Kanto researchers, including a Team Rocket scientist, attempted to clone the Mythical Pokémon Mew, resulting in the creation of the Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo. Porygon, the Virtual Pokémon, was also created by science (via computer programming).
A scare a day keeps the doctor away! Kanto is home to the Pokémon world’s scariest locale: Lavender Town. The haunted Pokémon Tower is home to the graves of departed Pokémon, and Trainers can use a Silph Scope there to help catch Ghost-type Pokémon.
The First Pokémon Types
Although there are currently 18 known Pokémon types, Kanto originally introduced the world to just 15 of them: Normal, Fire, Water, Grass, Electric, Ice, Fighting, Poison, Ground, Flying, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Ghost, and Dragon.
Kanto boasts many powerful Gym Leaders, including Brock from Pewter City who specializes in Rock types, Misty from Cerulean City who specializes in Water types, Lt. Surge from Vermilion City who specializes in Electric types, Erika from Celadon City who specializes in Grass types, Koga from Fuschia City who specializes in Poison types, Sabrina from Saffron City who specializes in Psychic types, Blaine from Cinnabar Island who specializes in Fire types, and Giovanni from Viridian City who specializes in Ground types. Don’t forget Blue, a powerful Trainer who hails from Pallet Town and uses a variety of Pokémon types!
Silph Co. is the leading manufacturer of Pokémon technology, including Poké Balls, Potions, Silph Scopes, and TMs. Its headquarters can be found in Kanto’s Saffron City.
Pokémon: Indigo League
On his tenth birthday, Ash begins the adventure of a lifetime with a visit to Professor Oak to choose his first partner Pokémon. Along with his new Pokémon Pikachu and former Gym Leaders Brock and Misty, Ash embarks on a journey across the Kanto region, developing his battling skills and learning more about Pokémon with each passing day.
Pokémon Trading Card Game
Pokémon, Trainers, locations, and items from the Kanto region were first depicted in the Pokémon TCG's Base Set. Originally released in Japan on October 20, 1996, and in the United States on January 9, 1999, the Base Set played a vital role in introducing the world to the Pokémon TCG.
Charizard, Base Set
Blastoise, Base Set
Venusaur, Base Set