Please remember to follow the manual of style and code of conduct at all times.
Check BNN and Bulbanews for up-to-date Pokémon news and discuss it on the forums or in our IRC channel #bulbagarden on irc.systemnet.info.

Turnback Cave

From Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia.
Revision as of 20:52, 30 August 2011 by Mr. RPG (Talk | contribs) (Trivia)

Jump to: navigation, search
013Weedle.png Turnback Cave is in need of spading. See its section on the spading page for more information, and how you can help.
Is there a way to consistently get through the cave?
050Diglett.png This article is incomplete.
Please feel free to edit this article to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: encounter rates for Platinum.

Turnback Cave もどりのどうくつ
Returning Cave
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
256px
Map description: {{{mapdesc}}}
Location: Sendoff Spring
Region: Sinnoh
Generations: IV
Sinnoh Turnback Cave Map.png
Location of Turnback Cave in Sinnoh.
Pokémon world locations

Turnback Cave (Japanese: もどりのどうくつ Returning Cave) is a maze-like cave filled with dense fog which is home to the Legendary Pokémon, Giratina. Turnback Cave is located at the north-central region of Sendoff Spring, which itself may only be accessed through the Spring Path. In Diamond and Pearl, in the room Giratina resides in is an inscription that implies the cave is a location where the separation between the real world and the Distortion World is weaker. This is more or less confirmed in Platinum, where a portal to the Distortion World appears in front of the inscription. It reads:

This is... That where life sparkles... That where life has faded... A place where two worlds overlap...

The only way to locate Giratina is to pass the three pillars before passing through thirty rooms as the inscription says:

...Past three pillars...offer up... to the... ...before 30 is surpassed...

There is no way to consistently traverse the cave as rooms are always randomized upon entry, but the best hint to navigate the puzzle is to look at the pattern of rocks on the floor of each room, and enter the door out of the three which has the odd pattern. When the three pillars have been encountered the first time, Giratina will be in the next room. Escape Ropes are not usable, but if one turns back and leaves through the door from which they entered, it will warp them directly to the first room. When the player reaches a pillar and examines it two numbers will appear: the top number indicates which pillar the player is looking at, and the bottom indicates how many rooms have been passed through on the way to it.

After catching Giratina, one can return through the cave to obtain a rare item, depending on how many rooms it takes to reach Giratina's room again. In just 3 rooms, the item will be a Reaper Cloth; 4 to 15 will earn a Rare Bone; 16 to 30 will earn a Stardust. Over 30 rooms, of course, will return the player to the entrance. Riding the Bicycle seems to increase the chance of next entering a pillar room. Rare items regenerate by returning to the cave each time, and they can even be received with Giratina still in the room. In Pokémon Platinum, it will have an item and the portal to the Distortion World.

Geography

Rooms and pillars

There is much mystery shrouding Turnback Cave, in relation to getting consistently to Giratina's room. Rooms occur randomly when the player goes through an entrance. The only way to locate Giratina is to pass the three pillars before passing through thirty rooms. The best hint to navigate the puzzle is to look at the pattern of rocks on the floor of each room, and enter the door out of the three which has the odd pattern. Riding the Bicycle also seems to help. Some players have tried to enter a certain door repeatedly —like the northern door— and sometimes this oddly works, however this is only a coincidence. When the three pillars have been encountered the first time, Giratina will be in the next room. Each pillar has two numbers on it: the top number indicates which pillar the player is looking at, and the bottom indicates how many rooms have been passed through on the way to it.

Version Between Entry and 1st Pillar Between 1st and 2nd Pillar Between 2nd and 3rd Pillar Giratina's Room
Diamond 180px 180px 180px 180px
Pearl
Platinum 180px 180px 180px
 

Items

Item Location Games

Template:Itlistbod Template:Itlistbod Template:Itlistbod

Pokémon

File:Giratina altered platinum.png
Altered Forme Giratina at Turnback Cave in Platinum

Listed levels are for Pokémon encountered before the first pillar. Levels of Pokémon encountered increase by 10 for every pillar that has been passed. Otherwise, encounter rate is the same.

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
45, 46 30%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
44, 45 30%
436 Bronzor
D P Pt
Cave Cave
44, 45 5%
437 Bronzong
D P Pt
Cave Cave
45, 46 35%
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
17,18  ???
092 Gastly
D P Pt
Cave Cave
15-17  ???
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
16  ???
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
25-27 *
358 Chimecho
D P Pt
Cave Cave
36 *
433 Chingling
D P Pt
Cave Cave
26 *
436 Bronzor
D P Pt
Cave Cave
25 *
437 Bronzong
D P Pt
Cave Cave
35 *
Special Pokémon
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
44, 46, 18 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
44, 46, 18 8%
487 Giratina
Altered Forme
D P Pt
Premier Ball Only one
70 One
487 Giratina
Altered Forme
D P Pt
Premier Ball Only one
47 If KO'd in the Distortion World
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Trivia

*Coincidentally, the system of semmingly random room layout is the same as the Relic Castle in Pokémon Black & White Version.
  • Turnback Cave and the Distortion World may draw some inspiration from the Japanese underworld, Yomi. Giratina itself can be seen as a parallel to the kami Izanami.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png European French Grotte Retour
Germany Flag.png German Höhle der Umkehr
Italy Flag.png Italian Grotta Ritorno
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Cueva Retorno

See also


Sinnoh
Coal Badge.png Forest Badge.png Cobble Badge.png Fen Badge.png Relic Badge.png Mine Badge.png Icicle Badge.png Beacon Badge.png
Settlements
Twinleaf TownSandgem TownJubilife CityOreburgh CityFloaroma TownEterna CityHearthome City
Solaceon TownVeilstone CityPastoria CityCelestic TownCanalave CitySnowpoint CitySunyshore City
Pokémon LeagueFight AreaSurvival AreaResort Area
Routes
201202203204205206207208209210211212213214215
216217218219220221222223224225226227228229230
Landmarks
Lake Verity (Lakefront) • Oreburgh GateOreburgh MineOreburgh Mining MuseumGlobal TerminalRavaged Path
Floaroma MeadowValley WindworksEterna ForestOld ChateauThe UndergroundWayward CaveMt. Coronet
Amity SquareLost TowerHallowed TowerSolaceon RuinsLake Valor (Lakefront) • Great MarshPokémon Mansion
Fuego IronworksIron IslandLake Acuity (Lakefront) • Spear PillarVictory RoadPal ParkContest HallBattle Zone
Battle ParkBattle TowerBattle FrontierStark MountainSnowpoint TempleSpring PathSendoff Spring
Turnback CaveFullmoon IslandNewmoon IslandSeabreak PathFlower ParadiseHall of Origin
Access to
Distortion World


Game locations of Legendary and Mythical Pokémon
Kanto Seafoam IslandsPower PlantVictory RoadCerulean Cave
Route 10Route 25Pewter CityRoaming Pokémon
Sevii Islands Mt. EmberNavel RockBirth Island
Johto Ilex ForestBell TowerWhirl IslandsMt. Silver
Burned TowerEmbedded TowerRoaming Pokémon
Hoenn Desert RuinsIsland CaveAncient TombCave of OriginMarine Cave
Terra CaveSky PillarSouthern IslandSea MauvilleScorched Slab
Pathless PlainNameless CavernFabled CaveGnarled Den
Trackless ForestCrescent IsleSkyRoaming Pokémon
Sinnoh Acuity CavernValor CavernSpear PillarTurnback Cave
Rock Peak RuinsIceberg RuinsIron RuinsSnowpoint TempleStark Mountain
Newmoon IslandFlower ParadiseHall of OriginRoaming Pokémon
Unova Guidance ChamberTrial ChamberRumination FieldN's CastleAbundant Shrine
Giant ChasmDragonspiral TowerLiberty GardenRoute 11Route 13Route 22
Route 23Celestial TowerNacrene CityUnderground RuinsTwist Mountain
DreamyardMarvelous BridgeReversal MountainRoaming Pokémon
Kalos Sea Spirit's DenTeam Flare Secret HQTerminus CaveUnknown DungeonRoaming Pokémon
Other Faraway IslandDistortion WorldSinjoh Ruins

Project Locations logo.png This article is part of Project Locations, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on every location in the Pokémon world.