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Hoenn is a region in the Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire games.

Hoenn is based on the island of Kyūshū region in Japan and lies to the southwest of Kanto and Johto in the Pokémon world. It is the first of the two Sea Regions, the other being Alola. According to Pokémon legend, the Hoenn region was formed by the Legendary Continent Pokémon, Groudon raising the land and the Legendary Sea Basin Pokémon, Kyogre, expanding the sea. The Hoenn region contains its own Pokémon League called the Hoenn League, and its own Elite Four, unlike Johto and Kanto which share their Elite Four in the video games. Routes in Hoenn are numbered from 101 to 134 and do not follow sequentially from routes in Kanto-Johto, which were numbered 1 to 48.

Cities in Hoenn appear to be named after colors, similarly to Kanto's cities.

The Advanced Generation series in the anime occur here, as protagonist Ash Ketchum and company explore this new region featuring more than 100 new Pokémon. There is also an island called "Mirage Island" and it is located between Routes 111 and 112. LaRousse City, which was the setting for the animated film Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys, is in the eastern part of Hoenn. It is the first Pokémon region to feature a desert-like environment. After Ash's journey in the Kalos region, Serena decided to travel through Hoenn, currently competing in Pokémon Contests.

Cities and towns

Littleroot Town

Littleroot Town (ミシロタウン, Mishiro Taun) is a small town with only three buildings and is the hometown of the protagonist's rival, who is Professor Birch's child and is where Professor Birch's Lab is located. At the beginning of the story of the games, the protagonist moves into this town. It is based on Sasebo, Nagasaki, in Japan. Among the three buildings is Professor Birch's laboratory. Unlike in the previous Pokémon games, the player character does not receive his or her first Pokémon in the lab, but in the tall grass to the north, where the player character has to save Professor Birch by battling the wild Poochyena or Zigzagoon that was attacking him. One of the other two houses is the home of the protagonist, depending on your character gender.

Oldale Town

Oldale Town (コトキタウン, Kotoki Taun) is the second town that the player character visits. It is the first town that the player character visits that has a Pokémart and Pokémon Center.

Oldale Town is a very small community in southern Hoenn. It is located between Route 101 in the south, Route 102 in the westand and Route 103 in the north. When you enter the town, the clerk from the Poké Mart will give you a quick tour.

The main character's rival in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (Brendan or May depending upon the player's selected gender), trains to the north of Oldale Town when the games begin.

In the anime, Ash and May arrive in this city, they meet Professor Birch and also have a small confrontation with Team Magma

Petalburg City

Petalburg City (トウカシティ, Tōka Shiti) is located in the southwest region of Hoenn. The gym leader is Norman, the player character's father, who uses Normal-type Pokémon. The player character also first meets Wally here.

In the anime, Ash arrives this city's gym in his first place.

Rustboro City

Rustboro City (カナズミシティ, Kanazumi Shiti) is north of Petalburg City and houses the first gym leader that the player character can battle, Roxanne. She specializes in Rock-type Pokémon. It also includes the Devon Corporation, a large company that creates many items for trainers. A Pokémon Trainers' School is situated here.

Dewford Town

Dewford Town (ムロ島 or ムロタウン, Muro-jima or Muro Taun) is the second town that features a gym. The Gym Leader is Brawly, who uses Fighting-type Pokémon.

Slateport City

Slateport City (カイナシティ, Kaina Shiti) is a large city with a marketplace for Secret Base items and a ferry link to Lilycove City. Slateport City also features the Oceanic Museum, a museum that is full of items and objects recovered from the sea. In the South Central part of Slateport, there is a market, featuring the Energy Guru, who sells the stat-enhancing Vitamins (Calcium, Iron, etc.).

Mauville City

Mauville City (キンセツシティ, Kinsetsu Shiti) is a junction city. Roads from Mauville lead west to Verdanturf Town and Rustboro City, south to Slateport City, east to Fortree City and Lilycove City, and north to Fallarbor Town and Lavaridge Town. The Mauville City Gym Leader is Wattson, an Electric-type trainer.

Verdanturf Town

Verdanturf Town (シダケタウン, Shidake Taun) is a small town with only one major landmark. In Ruby and Sapphire, the Normal Rank Contest Hall is here. In Emerald, it is replaced by a Battle Tent, a test to see how loyal your Pokémon are. The prize is a Nest Ball, obtainable only in Verdanturf Town.

Fallarbor Town

Fallarbor Town (ハジツゲタウン, Hajitsuge Taun) lies north of Mt. Chimney. Most of its inhabitants work in agriculture; the soil is very fertile because of its high content of volcanic ash. In Ruby and Sapphire, the town is home to the Super Rank Pokémon Contest Hall. In Emerald, it is replaced by the Battle Tent

Lavaridge Town

Lavaridge Town (フエンタウン, Fuen Taun) is located at the foothills of Mt. Chimney. The Lavaridge Pokémon Center is connected to a hot spring, which is what Lavaridge Town is famous for all over the Hoenn region. An old lady in front of the hot springs will give the player character a Pokémon egg, which hatches into Wynaut. The Gym Leader of Lavaridge is Flannery, who uses Fire-types.

Fortree City

Fortree City (ヒワマキシティ, Hiwamaki Shiti) is a city built atop the trees (everything except the Pokémon Center, the Poké Mart and the Gym), giving it its name. The Gym Leader is Winona, who uses Flying-type Pokémon. An invisible Kecleon is found near here.

Lilycove City

Lilycove City (ミナモシティ, Minamo Shiti) is a port city in northeast Hoenn. It houses a huge department store, an art museum, and a contest hall. In Ruby and Sapphire, it is the Master Rank Hall, and in Emerald, all Pokémon Contests are located here.

Mossdeep City

Mossdeep City (トクサネシティ, Tokusane Shiti) is an island city in the north-east of Hoenn. It is based on Tanegashima, Japan. The Gym Leaders are the twins Tate and Liza, who specialize in Psychic-types.

Sootopolis City

Sootopolis City (ルネシティ, Rune Shiti) is a city built in the cone of an extinct volcano. It is based on Santorini, Greece. The player character enters the city for the first time from underwater. The last Gym is located here, as well as the Cave of Origin. If the player character follows the plot, his or her first visit to Sootopolis City is during the time the weather in Hoenn has been disrupted by Groudon (Ruby), Kyogre (Sapphire), or both (Emerald). Player characters can head to Sootopolis City at an earlier time as long as they have received the Dive HM and Mossdeep Gym badge. Sootopolis City is the home of the last gym that can be challenged by the player character, whose leader is Wallace in Ruby, Sapphire, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, and Juan in Emerald, both of whom specialize in Water types.

Pacifidlog Town

Pacifidlog Town (キナギタウン, Kinagi Taun) is an isolated settlement in the south of Hoenn. The entire town is said to have been built on top of a colony of Corsola. The town uses wooden planks to connect the buildings together, and as such, the player character can neither run nor use his or her bicycle here. Although the town itself contains little of interest, it is in close proximity to the Sealed Chamber, Mirage Island, and Sky Pillar.

Ever Grande City

Ever Grande City (サイユウシティ, Saiyū Shiti) consists of two parts: the area before Victory Road, which has a Pokémon Center, and the area after it, which contains the Hoenn Pokémon League building.


Petalburg Woods

Petalburg Woods is a Hoenn forest. This is the only place to catch Slakoth. A Team Aqua or Team Magma grunt with a Level 9 Poochyena attacks a person working for Devon Corporation here. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire in a cut scene you can see Zinnia.

Devon Corporation

The Devon Corporation is very similar to Silph Co. from Kanto and is the Hoenn equivalent. It is also rumored to run the Pokémarts in Hoenn. Devon Corp. is owned by Mr. Stone, and it plays an important role in the games, allowing the player character to receive certain important items and revive fossils into Pokémon. The Devon Corp. headquarters are the target for robbery by Team Aqua and Team Magma. After the player character stops their crimes, Mr. Stone will ask the player character to deliver a letter to his son Steven Stone, and a Package to Captain Stern, in Slateport City. He will reward the player character with his or her PokéNav.The player character can also revive fossils here.

Rusturf Tunnel

The Rusturf Tunnel is a tunnel between Rustboro City and Verdanturf Town. Its name is a portmanteau of the first and last parts of the two cities that the tunnel joins. In the video games, construction has stopped because of concerns over disturbing the Whismur in the cave. Once the player character has the HM Rock Smash, he or she can break a rock to open the tunnel up and get the HM Strength.

Granite Cave

The Granite Cave is an area to the Northwest of Dewford Town. In the video games, a hiker at the entrance will give the HM Flash to the player character, which can be used to increase vision in the pitch-dark basement (similar to the Rock Tunnel in the Kanto region). The player character must go through the cave to deliver a letter to a man named Steven Stone. It is the only place in the games where player characters may obtain Nosepass.

Meteor Falls

The Meteor Falls is a waterfall-filled cave located near Fallarbor Town. Lunatone can be found here in Sapphire Version and Solrock can be found here in Ruby and Emerald.

Though player characters will initially have to pass through the area early on in the games to save Prof. Cosmo from Team Aqua or Team Magma, the majority of the area is not accessible to player characters until late in the game, when the HM Waterfall is available. Of interest to trainers is the rare Dragon Pokémon Bagon, which is only found deep inside the caves. Additionally, in Emerald, the player character may challenge Steven Stone after defeating the Elite Four.

Mt. Pyre

Mt. Pyre is a Pokémon graveyard, similar to Kanto's Pokémon Tower. It consists of two areas: the inside, a "cave" filled with Pokémon trainers that functions as a graveyard, and the outer mountain, which can be reached by exiting from inside. Mt. Pyre is considered the counterpart of the Cave of Origin (the cave where life begins), as Mt. Pyre is "the place where life ends". Atop the mountain is an old couple who guard two orbs, the Red Orb, and Blue Orb. They are the grandparents of Phoebe of the Elite Four.

Mt. Pyre plays a major role in the video games. In Ruby player characters have to battle with Team Magma members as they steal the Blue Orb to control Groudon, while in Sapphire and Emerald, the player character is forced to battle Team Aqua members who are trying to steal the Red Orb to control Kyogre. In Emerald, after Groudon and Kyogre disappear at Sootopolis City, Team Magma leader Maxie and Team Aqua leader Archie return both orbs to their respective perches at the summit of Mt. Pyre, providing closure to the game's main plot.

Cave of Origin

The Cave of Origin is located at the north end of Sootopolis City. It is guarded by Wallace /Juan of Sootopolis Gym and is said to be a cave where life begins. Its opposite landmark is Mt. Pyre, said to be the place where life ends. Residents of Sootopolis are not permitted to enter the Cave of Origin. The contents of the cave are different in each game: In Ruby and Sapphire, the player character finds Groudon or Kyogre, respectively, and must defeat or capture it to proceed. In Emerald, Wallace is inside the Cave of Origin and knows how to stop the scuffle between Kyogre and Groudon.

After performing the necessary steps to quell the ancient Pokémon, player characters can enter the Gym and battle Wallace (Ruby and Sapphire) or his mentor Juan (Emerald). Both use Water-type Pokémon.

Hoenn Victory Road|Victory Road

Victory Road (チャンピオンロード, Chanpion RōdoChampion Road in Japanese) is a large cave that leads to the Pokémon League. It holds many trainers aspiring to reach the Pokémon League. During some point in Victory Road, a boy named Wally will catch up to the player character and battle. The player character originally mentored Wally at the beginning of the game, and Wally has matured into a strong opponent. It is accessed from the southern portion of Ever Grande and requires Rock Smash, Strength, and Waterfall to traverse. Since most of the cave is dark, it is harder to explore without the use of Flash.

Sky Pillar

The Sky Pillar is an abandoned tower to the north-east of Pacifidlog Town that is home to very strong Pokémon. Though an optional dungeon in Ruby and Sapphire, it plays a major role in Emerald; the player character needs to go to Sky Pillar to summon Rayquaza to solve the fight between Kyogre and Groudon in Sootopolis City. When the player character reaches the top of Sky Pillar (in Emerald, the second visit), Rayquaza can be fought and captured.

Battle Tower/Battle Frontier

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the Battle Tower (バトルタワー, Batoru Tawā) is located on a small island. Its motto is "Win it all and be the best, Trainers!" To access the facility, the player character must first defeat the Elite Four, then receive the S.S. Tidal Ticket from the protagonist's father, Norman. After journeying on the newly completed ship, the player character will gain the option to visit the Battle Tower.

Southern Island

The Southern Island can only be unlocked using the Eon Ticket, which can only be obtained in the game from a special event, or by mixing records with someone who has the Ticket. Southern Island is located, as the name suggests, in the south of the region, just west of the Battle Frontier. One cannot Surf to get to the island; instead, they must board the ferry at Lilycove City with an Eon Ticket to get there. The island only exists to enable the player character to get both Latias and Latios.

In Pokémon Ruby, Latias will be found on the Southern Island, while in Pokémon Sapphire, Latios will be found instead.

Once you have successfully defeated the Pokémon league, a newsflash will appear on TV saying that a certain color Pokémon was seen in Hoenn (for Pokémon Emerald only). The character's mother will ask if it was red or blue. If you answer red, you find Latias in the wild, and Latios at Southern Island. If you answer blue, Latios appears in the wild and Latias at Southern Island.

Pokémon League

Gym Leaders

Name Settlement Type Signature Pokémon Badge
Roxanne Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.png
Rustboro City Rock 299.png Stonebadge.png
Stone Badge
Brawly Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.png
Dewford Town Fighting 296.png (297.png) Knucklebadge.png
Knuckle Badge
Wattson Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.png
Mauville City Electric 082.png / 310.png Dynamobadge.png
Dynamo Badge
Flannery Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.png
Lavaridge Town Fire 324.png Heatbadge.png
Heat Badge
Norman Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.png
Petalburg City Normal 289.png Balancebadge.png
Balance Badge
Winona Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.png
Fortree City Flying 334.png Featherbadge.png
Feather Badge
Tate and Liza Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.png
Tate and Liza
Mossdeep City Psychic 337.png 338.png Mindbadge.png
Mind Badge
Wallace Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.png
Wallace RS ORAS
Sootopolis City Water 350.png Rainbadge.png
Rain Badge
Juan E

Elite Four

Name Type Signature Pokémon
Sidney Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.png
Dark 359.png
Phoebe Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.png
Ghost 356.png
Glacia Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.png
Ice 365.png
Drake Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.png
Dragon 373.png


Name Type Signature Pokémon
Steven Stone Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.png
Steven Stone RS ORAS
Steel 376.png
Wallace Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.png
Wallace E
Water 350.png