Hello trainers! Today we’re going to talk about a subject that some players enjoy and some hate to their very cores – Regional Pokémon in Pokémon GO.
What Makes a Pokémon a Regional?
As Niantic has released more Pokémon into the world for us to search for, some Pokémon have been harder to find due to being in specific areas of the globe, requiring dedicated trainers to travel to obtain these otherwise elusive Pokémon… at least that’s how it used to be, but now trainers who travel from other global locations can trade them to help others out. But regardless of this, we’re gonna learn about where to find these special Pokémon.
Thanks to the artistic capabilities of OrangeHeart, we have this great infographic on where to find each of the special regional Pokémon.
|South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong||Australia|
|Europe||The United States and Southern Canada|
|Central and Southern American Regions||Between 31N and 26S Latitudes (Coastal Regions only)|
|Worldwide (Formerly North and South Americas and Africa)||Worldwide (Formerly Europe, Asia, and Australia)|
|Europe, Asia, and Australia||North and South Americas and Africa|
|Western Asian and South-Eastern Asian Regions||Europe, Asia, and Australia|
|North and South Americas and Africa||North and South Americas and Africa|
|Europe, Asia, and Australia||African and Middle-eastern Regions|
|New Zealand and Oceania||Arctic Hemisphere Regions
(Parts of Canada, Alaska, and Russia)
|Southern Hemisphere||Southeastern United States|
There are some exceptions that make regionals a bit easier to obtain should you find yourself at the right place at the right time. Niantic hosts special events in different places around the world like GO Fest or Safari Zone. There is almost always a featured regional at these events, like Torkoal being available in Chicago during Pokémon GO Fest 2018 or even Relicanth being available in the Safari Zone Events in Porto Alegre, Brazil and Tainan, Taiwan. Plusle and Minun, two Pokémon who were previously regionals, became available worldwide on February 9th, 2018. We have highlighted all of these exceptions with another graphic by OrangeHeart.
- July 22: Heracross is featured as the regional Pokémon for Pokémon GO Fest 2017.
- August 4: Kangaskhan was featured in a special event in the form of “Unusual Sightings” across many European cities.
Country City Austria Vienna Czech Republic Prague Denmark Copenhagen Finland Helsinki France
Norway Oslo Poland Warsaw Portugal Lisbon Slovakia Bratislava Spain
- San Sebastián
Sweden Stockholm Switzerland Züric The Netherlands
- August 9: Mr. Mime is featured as the regional Pokémon for GO Park, also known as the annual Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama, Japan.
- August 18: Kangaskhan is featured as a special spawn in Anaheim, California for the Pokemon World Championships 2017.
- September 16: Kangaskhan is featured as the regional Pokémon for the Safari Zones in Oberhausen, Germany, Paris, France, and Barcelona, Spain.
- October 7: Kangaskhan is featured as the regional Pokémon for the Safari Zone events in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Prague, Czech Republic.
- October 14: Kangaskhan is featured as the regional Pokémon for the Safari Zone events in Stockholm, Sweden, and Amstelveen, The Netherlands.
- November 4: Mr. Mime is featured as the regional Pokémon for Pokémon GO Week in Korea.
- November 24: Mr. Mime is featured as the regional Pokémon for the Safari Zone event in Tottori, Japan.
- November 26: Thanks to participation from players around the world during the Global Catch Challenge, Fartfetch’d was made available worldwide and Kangaskhan in East Asia for 48 hours.
- December 8: Plusle, Minun, Zangoose, and Seviper make their first appearance in Pokémon GO, starting as regionals. Plusle and Zangoose are found in the Americas and Africa and Minun and Seviper are found in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
- January 8: Zangoose and Seviper swap regions, making Zangoose available in Europe, Asia, and Australia and Seviper in the Americas and Africa.
- January 23: Solrock and Lunatone make their first appearance in Pokémon GO as regionals. Solrock appears in the Americas and Africa and Lunatone becomes available in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
- February 9: After the last wave of Gen 3 Pokémon release in Pokémon GO, a Hoenn event begins and Plusle and Minun start permanently spawning worldwide.
- February 26: Mr. Mime is featured as the regional Pokémon for the Chiayi, Taiwan Safari Zone.
- June 21: To celebrate the Summer Solstice, Solrock and Lunatone swap regions, making Solrock available in Europe, Asia, and Australia and Lunatone in the Americas and Africa.
- June 30: Safari Zone in Dortmund, Germany begins, featuring the regional Pokémon Corsola. Due to major network errors at the event, Corsola was made available throughout all Europe.
- July 14: Torkoal is featured as the regional Pokémon for Pokémon GO Fest 2018.
- August 24: Corsola is featured as a special Field Research reward in Nashville, Tennessee around the 2018 Pokémon World Championships.
- August 29: Tropius is featured as the regional Pokémon for the Yokosuka, Japan Safari Zone.
- September 13: Players from around the world completed all of the challenges for the Pokémon Go Travel Event. As a reward, a Kanto Celebration Event begins. Farfetch’d, Kangaskgan, Mr. Mime, and Tauros become available in 7km eggs for a limited time across the world.
- November 1: Relicanth is featured as the regional Pokémon for the Tainan, Taiwan Safari Zone.
- January 15: A Hoenn event begins, and Solrock and Lunatone become available worldwide in raids. Otherwise, they still spawn in their respective regions in the wild.
- January 25: Relicanth is featured as the regional Pokémon for the Porto Alegre, Brazil Safari Zone.
With the future release of more generations in Pokémon GO, we will inevitably see more regionals in the game, to many player’s dismay. Which Pokémon do you hope to become regionals in the future? Which do you hope aren’t in the future? Let us know in the comments below!