10 things about Sinnoh that only die-hard Pokémon fans know

Pokémon is set to return at the end of January 2022 with Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Not only is this the first main entrance since Pokémon sword and shield, but it also returns to an ancient region for the first time since gold and silver. There have been remakes, such as the latest one Brilliant diamond and shiny pearl, but this is set to be a true prequel, and fans are excited to finally return to Sinnoh.

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Sinnoh (known as Hisui in the upcoming game) was the colder region from Generation IV and fans really all its mysterious elements. While legends had assumed divine qualities in previous generations, this generation really reinforced it. There are plenty of legends and history in the Sinnoh region that fans can find.

10 Sinnoh is based on the Japanese island of Hokkaido


Two side-by-side photos of the Sinnoh region of Pokemon and a map of Hokkaido

Like other regions, Sinnoh is based in the right place in Japan. Specifically, it is based on the country’s very northern region of Hokkaido. This region is known for its mysteries and history, as is Sinnoh. The three mysterious lakes of Sinnoh even match the location of lakes in Hokkaido.

Sinnoh is the last region based on a Japanese region, as after this they would use foreign places. However, it is a pretty good shipment. Coronet’s mountain range is similar to the real Ezo mountain range, as is the location of major cities. Routes, however, do not quite correspond to them in reality.

9 Sinnoh includes parts of Russia


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Despite the fact that the region is based on Hokkaido, the region does not only contain the actual island. In fact, it is not entirely Japanese either. For the first time in the mainline games, a foreign nation (Russia) appears as a base. This is not the first time this is happening in the franchise as a whole, as spin-off games like Pokémon Colosseum had a region based in Arizona.

The Russian island of Sakhalin also appears as part of “Sinnoh”. This island was once claimed by Japan in the past, but it is currently controlled by Russia. The island is home to the Battle Zone, understandably a place of fighting. The island of Kunashir also appears as a Sinnohan island, which both nations jointly own.


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8 Sinnoh’s lakes form a triangle


Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf from Pokemon Go

One of the things that makes Sinnoh so loved is its mythology. Iconography is all over the region and one such common glyph is the triangle. The triangle represents the three dueling legends Dialga, Palkia and Giratina, but it also represents the three sailors, Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf.

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The lakes where the guards live actually form a triangle, and in the middle of that triangle is Mount Coronet, where the legends can be found at the spear column. Uxie, Mesprit and Azelf even appear in this triangular formation when you call Dialga or Palkia. Players may not have noticed all the triangular images associated with the trinity of legends, but it is very common.


7 Sinnoh has no dragon experts


The high school leaders in Sinnoh are beloved characters, and the champion of Elite 4, Cynthia, remains one of Pokémon’s most popular. Her popularity may even compete with other Pokémon masters, such as Dragon-Type expert Lance. Speaking of Lance, a Dragon-Type trainer, there are no gym leaders or elite four members of this type in Sinnoh, which is the first for Pokémon regions.

There are also no Normal or Dark-type specialists in Sinnoh, but there are usually Dragon-Type experts. Maybe the reason has to do with a peculiarity of the original games. The original Diamond and pearl did not have coaching staff that kept very close to their supposed types. Cynthia was known for her Garchomp, but her variety team is the closest the game is to a dragon expert.


6 Sinnoh has the most magnetic fields


Probopass from the Pokémon anime series

Sinnoh introduced a unique environment called Special Magnetic Fields, and there are plenty of metallic or electric Pokémon that have a bizarre biology. These Pokémon have unique development methods: they must level up in a special magnetic field and nowhere else.

The Pokémon that evolve in this way are Magneton, Nosepass and Charjabug. As a debut for these special zones, Sinnoh suitably has most of them with three in total: Mount Coronet, Spear Pillar and Hall of Origin. Sword and Shield‘s region Galar does not have a special magnetic field, which makes fans wonder if the feature will return.


5 Pokémon centers are not safe in Sinnoh


Pokémon centers are the safe havens of the Pokémon world. They are a relaxing sight for a trainer on the road, allowing them to heal their Pokémon. In recent games, they have even got stores for extra utility. But in the game Sinnoh series, Pokemon Platinum, that was not always the case.

Pokémon Platinum was the first mainline game to have enemy trainers in the Pokémon centers, and you could actually get into fights in the center. Sometimes these battles would even be double battles, and these were certainly not the safe haven they were supposed to be.


4 Sinnoh had side-facing caves


Caves from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

With the advent of the Nintendo DS came new technology and advances Pokémon series. One of these new advances was the ability to add more depth and 3D elements to the games. So for the first time in the series, Pokémon had side-facing cave entrances.

This seems a little silly to think about now, given that the new game seems to take an open world approach, but so far the Pokémon series did not even have side-facing caves. It took four main generations, it took to get that way, and it would take another three for players to see go diagonally.




3 Sinnoh had a unique location ID system


Screenshot of three caves in Sinnoh's Victory Road

The Generation IV games had a unique system for determining location. Fans will remember that the series usually records the place where a Pokémon is captured. Generation IV introduced the location index number to distinguish locations in a similar way between games, and the programming feature was used to interact between games.

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The main utility of this number was to indicate cities outside the game of origin. As such, the relevant numbers are actually places outside the game where it takes place. Oddly enough, Sinnoh himself is the exception. All Sinnoh locations have this number in the games that have Sinnoh, which is useless because of how the number works.


2 Sinnoh’s original games were the most compatible


An image of Pokemon being played on a DS

Speaking of inter-game communication, Sinnoh was the pinnacle of Pokémon cross-pollination. While it is theoretically possible to take Pokémon from the Game Boy Advance versions all the way to later titles, Sinnoh made it easier. Pokémon Diamond & Pearl connects to most games by anyone Pokémon games, with 19 other games.

Of course, the compatible games include the other Generation IV games, but also the games III and V and Pokemon Ranger spin-off titles. Even the Wii spin-off Pokémon game, Pokémon Battle Revolution and My Pokémon Ranch, were compatible. Fans of Sinnoh were spoiled for choice with ways to move their Pokémon around back then.


1 Sinnoh has the brightest Pokémon in Anime


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Shiny Pokémon is the rarest variant of the game. These Pokémon have alternate palettes that make them look different, but not always drastic, from their regular shapes. But they are hard to find, and even after their rarity has diminished, it still takes a long time. But according to Pokémon anime, Sinnoh is bursting with rails.

Alternately colored Pokémon are not uncommon in anime, and everyone remembers the episode with the pink Butterfree. Seven Pokémon have appeared with their shining colors in Sinnoh’s anime: Dustox, Metagross, Ditto, Raikou, Entei, Suicune and Ariados. Ash and his friends were really lucky to see so many while they were there, but despite that, Ash still has only one shiny Pokémon.

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