Pokemon Johto Region Vs. Kalos Region [Debate]

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This month’s debate we’re putting a couple of our favorite Pokemon regions head to head. It’s Johto versus Kalos, with me on the side of the second generation and Rachel trying to debate that the sixth generation is better than it.

Ironically, I began my Pokemon journey in Johto since I was super younger when Kanto came out. Still, Kalos is the best region in my opinion. So far, at least. I completed Pokemon X in two days after getting the game and I still go back to it to collect more Pokemon and shiny hunt to this day.

Kalos was a great region, but Johto incorporated many mechanics that are still seen in the core series of games. The Johto games brought the day and night cycle, making it strategic when it came to catching every Pokemon. With Crystal, Johto also began giving Pokemon animated sprites and gave trainers the choice between a male and a female avatar.

Kalos introduced some new mechanics as well. While the customization lacks a bit, you can still customize what you want your character to look like and you can change your hairstyle and color throughout the game. They added roller skates in addition to the bike and, best of all, Pokemon Amie. Now we can pet, feed, and play with our Pokemon. Not only is this adorable, but it pays off in battle. Depending on your friendship level, Pokemon will dodge attacks more often and even shake off status conditions like poison.

Pokemon Amie is a more advanced version of another mechanic that was introduced in the second generation. Friendship was first measured and used for Pokemon evolutions in the Johto region. Breeding was also introduced into the Pokemon games thanks to the Johto generation, giving competitors another way to raise the perfect Pokemon for battles as well as hatching baby Pokemon that otherwise wouldn’t be found in the wild.

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Friendship became a thing, yes, but all you could do to bring it up was to battle and not let them faint. Pokemon Amie is way better. Also, there are Fairy-type Pokemon now. A new type was introduced and used as a gym battle, which was cool.

Other ways to bring up the friendship was to spend time with the Pokemon, letting them be in your party, as well as certain items. Speaking of items, held items were first introduced into the Pokemon core games as well, bringing on another depth of strategy that became a staple in the games. Johto brought in two new types of Pokemon, Dark and Steel, both of which have been showcased with Elite Four and Gym Leaders specializing in their types. Aside from the new mechanics, I believe the Johto region games had a better plot than the Kalos games. Bringing back Team Rocket from the first generation, playing off of the time lapse between Kanto and Johto, was a great move. With that, the Johto games held onto that lore that a kid from Pallet Town originally thwarted Team Rocket, and gives players the chance to go through Kanto again until they face the most powerful trainer atop Mt. Silver.

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I think it’s safe to say there are a lot of similarities and differences between the two regions. Kalos came out years after Johto, so of course, the Johto region will introduce new things. Kalos has improved upon them. We’ll just have to see what everyone else says.

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Pokemon SoulSilver

Rachel Mii Double JumpPart two of my journey is finished!

In anticipation for Pokemon Sun and Moon, I’ve been playing through all the games in generation order. I played Pokemon Blue last month and continued my journey through the Johto region in Pokemon SoulSilver.

Pokemon SoulSilver Double Jump Review
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Title: Pokemon SoulSilver
Company: Nintendo
Console: Nintendo DS
How I got the game: I bought it

My Review:

I wanted to have a blast from the past and play Pokemon Crystal, Gold, or Silver, but those cartridges didn’t work anymore. It was a sad day when I discovered that.

So, I had to restart my SoulSilver game which is a great game as well.



Being a Nintendo DS game, the graphics are pretty well done. The colors are bright, the sprites are much easier to see as people than little colorful dots, and the designs of the buildings, towns, and routes are pretty and well thought out.

Even though the DS games are fairly recent compared to the 3DS, it was funny to see just how different the graphics were compared to now.



Just like all the other Pokemon games, the controls are very simple to use. Compared to the older games, the controls are even easier. Since it’s for the DS, SoulSilver uses the touch screen quite often. Or, I do anyway.

I wonder how different the gameplay would be if I was able to play Crystal?


Catch ’em all, become the very best there ever was, and defeat Team Rocket in between to save the world. Same story, different day. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Honestly, though. I don’t think Pokemon even needs a plot. I always try to catch them all. That’s enough gameplay for me, despite how much I love Team Rocket.



I don’t remember too much of Pokemon Crystal since I played it a very, very long time ago. I played Pokemon HeartGold just three years ago. I started it over and beat it in just a couple of days while I was on vacation. Since SoulSilver is more or less the same game, I remembered most of the game.

I love being able to have my Pokemon follow me around everywhere I go and that I can talk to them. I think that has to be my favorite aspect of the game. I also love how you don’t need to hold down the “B” button to run. You just push a button on the touch screen and you can turn the running on and off.

And while I didn’t use the Pokewalker this time around, I used it when the games first came out and absolutely loved it. I only wish I could carry a real Pokedex around with me and have six Pokemon with me all at once in real life.

I will never get tired of playing this game.

Pokemon SoulSilver gets…
5 lives double jump5 out of 5 lives.

Pokemon SoulSilver Update

Rachel Mii Double JumpI’ve started my next Pokemon journey for my Pokemon Playthrough.

I’m now traveling through the Johto region, but not without a few hiccups along the way.


I wanted to play through all the regions in order to “prepare” myself for Pokemon Sun and Moon to come out.

I played through Pokemon Blue in June and it ended up taking me a lot longer than expected.

I wanted to continue this journey through the ages of Pokemon by playing the original games. I was able to play Blue because I downloaded it through the virtual console on the Nintendo 3DS’s eshop, even though I do have a physical copy of Blue.

I wanted to play my physical copy of Crystal, but… That didn’t work out as well as I hoped it would.

The save file and memory wouldn’t work anymore. I tried my copies of Gold and Silver and they didn’t work, either. I’m sure you can imagine that I was pretty upset by this.

So, long story short, I figured I had to play through HeartGold or SoulSilver. When I turned on both games I realized that I had already played and beaten both of them.

I was much farther along on HeartGold than I was on SoulSilver, so I decided to start SoulSilver over.

Thus, I’m going through the Johto region with my SoulSilver game.

Just like when I played Pokemon Blue, I forgot about my deadline until it was staring me in the face. So I just started playing the game a few days ago. In other words, I’m not very far in it.

I do have two gym badges, though. I’m getting there. I’m a lot farther along at this point than I was in Pokemon Blue.

There’s not so much grinding this time around, so I’m able to move through the story quicker. Plus, I’ve played the game before.

Oh, and I have the running shoes. Those things are a life saver!

Are you playing through the old Pokemon games? Which region is your favorite?