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Appendix:Emerald walkthrough/Section 14

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Sootopolis City

Teams Magma and Aqua have awoken Kyogre and Groudon, and the two super-ancient Pokémon are fighting in the middle of the city, tearing nature itself apart! There must be a way to stop their titanic battle! Steven will take you to the Cave of Origin to see Wallace, a former Gym Leader who will tell you that only one Pokémon is powerful enough to bring peace. That Pokémon is Rayquaza, and Wallace is unsure where it might be. When he asks, the correct answer is "Sky Pillar." Now, you must exit Sootopolis City and traverse Route 130. The Sky Pillar is on the northern half of Route 131, and you will need to navigate around some rocks to get to it. First, stop by Rydel's Cycles in Mauville City to get the Mach Bike if necessary!

Route 130, Route 131

Route 131

Surf west on Route 130 to Route 131. The next trick is to find the entrance to the Sky Pillar— it looks like the entrance to a cave. Once you've found it, go up the stairs and exit the tunnel. Wallace will arrive and say that he's opened the locked door to the tower. Enter it.

Sky Pillar

The Sky Pillar's exterior with the door locked
Sky Pillar 3F
Sky Pillar 4F

The first floor is very straightforward— go through the doorway and up the stairs. The second floor is also obvious.

The third floor is where things get slightly trickier. Go around the central hole in the floor to the stairs that aren't blocked by rocks, up to the fourth floor. You need to ride your Mach Bike across the southwestern-most cracked tile, but fall down the next one over, back to the third floor. (Look at the pictures carefully if this is confusing.) Now, go up the stairs directly north of you, and then go up the westernmost stairs on the fourth floor. The fifth floor is simple again— just run around to the next set of stairs, and you're on top of the Sky Pillar!

Rayquaza, the Sky High Pokémon and third super-ancient, is sleeping atop the tower. Walk up to it and it will awaken, making the tower shudder, and fly off! Follow it— you can Fly directly to Sootopolis City from here.

Sootopolis City

When you arrive, you will see an amazing sight: Rayquaza shows up in the midst of the battle and sends Groudon and Kyogre away. Surf to the bit of land outside the Gym and speak to Archie and Maxie, who realize and laugh at their mistakes. They then depart to return the Red Orb and Blue Orb to Mt. Pyre.

Now, with the world saved, it's time to take on the Sootopolis Gym!

Note: If you were to return to the Sky Pillar, Rayquaza would be there, waiting to battle. However, it is Level 70 and extremely powerful— it would most likely easily defeat your entire team. However, if you do manage to catch it, it will prove to be useful against the Elite Four.

Sootopolis Gym

Sootopolis Gym 1F

"Artist and lover of WATER"

Sootopolis Gym B1F

Once in the final Gym you will find a giant ice block puzzle. To solve this puzzle you must step on every ice tile once to open a staircase, and you can only proceed by making sure the last tile you stand on is right next to the staircase. If you step on an ice tile twice it causes it to crumble and sent you to the basement where the Gym's Trainers are located. There are three puzzles in all, with the next puzzle being more difficult and with more Trainers located below that section. It is possible to beat the Gym leader without facing the Trainers, though you could still challenge them if you wish.

The first puzzle is easy with starting from the staircase (↑1, ←1, ↑1, →2, ↑1, ←1).

The second puzzle requires a little more skill (↑1, ←3, ↑2, →2, ↓1, →2, ↓1, →2, ↑2, ←3).

The last puzzle is really hard and requires a lot of work to do (↑1, ←5, ↑3, →1, ↓1, →1, ↓1, →1, ↑2, →1, ↓1, →1, ↓1, →1, ↓1, →1, ↑1, →2, ↓1, →1, ↑3, ←2, ↓1, ←1, ↑1, ←2).

After going through the third tedious ice tile puzzle you should be right at Juan, his most powerful Pokémon is Kingdra. What makes Kingdra frustrating is that it can use Double Team along with Rest so try to knock it out quickly with a Dragon-type move.

Sootopolis Gym
The Rain Badge

Now, even with the final Gym leader defeated, your greatest challenge hasn't happened yet— it's time to head to the Pokémon League and battle the Elite Four! Traverse Route 128 to get to Ever Grande City.

Route 128

Route 128

The way to the Pokémon League begins on Route 128. Whereas the last time you were here, you dove underwater to fight Team Aqua in the Seafloor Cavern, this time you're just going to keep swimming east towards Ever Grande City.

← Part 13 Route 129, Route 130, Route 131, Pacifidlog Town, Route 132, Route 133, Route 134
Ever Grande City, Victory Road Part 15 →
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