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Cave of Origin

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Cave of Origin めざめのほこら
Shrine to Awakening
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
Cave of Origin exterior E.png
Map description: A long-sleeping Pokémon will descend upon this cavern in order to awaken its true powers.
Location: Sootopolis City
Region: Hoenn
Generations: III, VI
Hoenn Sootopolis City Map.png
Location of Cave of Origin in Hoenn.
Pokémon world locations

The Cave of Origin (Japanese: めざめのほこら Shrine of Awakening) is a cave near the north end of Sootopolis City. It is guarded by Wallace of Sootopolis Gym and is said to be the cave where life begins. Its opposite landmark is Mt. Pyre, said to be the place where life ends.

In the Cave, the player will discover GroudonR or KyogreS in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire after an encounter at the Seafloor Cavern and a faceoff against Team MagmaR or Team AquaS.

Residents of Sootopolis are not permitted to enter the Cave of Origin.

In Pokémon Emerald, the Cave of Origin is where Wallace can be found debating where Rayquaza is located, until the player gives him a hint that it is at the Sky Pillar. However the player cannot enter the cave after this incident.


Item Location Games
Bag HM Water Sprite.png HM07 (Waterfall) B4F  R  S 


  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
041 Zubat
Cave Cave
28-35 90%
042 Golbat
Cave Cave
33-36 10%
041 Zubat
Cave Cave
30-34 60%
042 Golbat
Cave Cave
33-36 10%
302 Sableye
Cave Cave
30, 32, 34 30%
303 Mawile
Cave Cave
30, 32, 34 30%
Special Pokémon
382 Kyogre
Premier Ball Only one
45 One
383 Groudon
Premier Ball Only one
45 One
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.


Version Entrance B1F B2F B3F B4F B5F
Ruby Cave of Origin Entrance RS.png Cave of Origin B1F RS.png Cave of Origin B2F RS.png Cave of Origin B3F RS.png Cave of Origin B4F RS.png Cave of Origin B5F R.png
Sapphire Cave of Origin B5F S.png
Emerald Cave of Origin Entrance E.png Cave of Origin B1F E.png Cave of Origin B2F E.png Cave of Origin B3F E.png Cave of Origin B4F E.png Cave of Origin B5F E.png


  • In Ruby and Sapphire, the player can reenter the cave after capturing or defeating Groudon/Kyogre. In Pokémon Emerald, the entrance is blocked for the rest of the game after talking to Wallace. Also in Ruby and Sapphire, the cave is dimly lit (meaning Flash must be used to see clearly) and has more floors.
  • In the Prima official Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen game guide, certain Pokémon are said to be found in the Cave of Origin. These include Pineco, Miltank, and Shuckle. As the Cave of Origin is a Hoenn-exclusive area, the guide may have intended that Altering Cave, which can be found in FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald, was mentioned, rather than the Cave of Origin.
  • Although the Cave of Origin was reduced in size for Pokémon Emerald, data for the removed floors still exists in the game's code.
  • No background music plays on the bottom floor of this cave in all three games. In Ruby and Sapphire, this is the only area in the game with this distinction. (In Emerald, Birth Island also has no background music.)
    • If a Pokémon evolves or an Egg hatches here, the music will play on the floor until the player leaves.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png European French Grotte Origine
Germany Flag.png German Urzeithöhle
Italy Flag.png Italian Grotta dei Tempi
South Korea Flag.png Korean 부활의 사당 Buhwal-yi Sadang
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Cueva Ancestral

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Fallarbor TownLavaridge TownFortree CityLilycove CityMossdeep CitySootopolis CityPacifidlog TownEver Grande City
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Meteor FallsWeather InstituteScorched SlabAncient TombSafari ZoneMt. PyreLilycove MuseumShoal Cave
Aqua HideoutMagma HideoutMossdeep Space CenterSeafloor CavernCave of OriginSky PillarVictory Road
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Access to
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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 IslandRoaming Pokémon
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