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Ruins of Alph

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Ruins of Alph アルフのいせき
Ruins of Alph
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
HGSS Ruins of Alph-Morning.png
Map description: A place where you can find a former adventure.
Location: Southwest of Violet City
Region: Johto
Generations: II, IV
Johto Ruins of Alph Map.png
Location of Ruins of Alph in Johto.
Pokémon world locations

The Ruins of Alph (Japanese: アルフのいせき Ruins of Alph) are located in Johto, with entrances to the south and west of Violet City. The ruins are filled with Unown once any one of four slide puzzles inside the chambers have been activated. The name may come from the first four letters of "alphabet," which the Unown inside represent.

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, each slide puzzle that is completed unlocks a specific subset of the 26 alphabetic forms of Unown. To unlock all 26 alphabetic forms, all four slide puzzles must be activated. The slide puzzles can be completed in any order; the first completed slide puzzle will cause a man to give the player the Unown Report. Once the first seven pages of the report are complete and the 26 alphabetic Unown forms have been caught, the entrance room of the ruins will have a gold plate that reads "Our friends look up and heartily congratulate us". Reading the plate causes one of the researchers to speak to the player, after which the ! and ? forms can be encountered in the entrance room.

If the player listens to the Pokégear radio while near or inside the ruins, they will hear strange noises known as Mysterious Transmission on channel 13.5. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the player must be inside one of the chambers, and tuning the radio near the center will broadcast these noises. Some of those noises are actually Ho-Oh's distorted cries, and the melody of the Azure Flute. It also increases the chance of encountering an Unown shape the player has not yet encountered.

Geography

Activating the Sinjoh Ruins outside the ruins in HeartGold and SoulSilver

Pokégear's map information

A place where you can find a former adventure.

Outside the ruins

There are several scientists in the area listening and studying the ruins to discover more about them. They say it is more than it seems and that the puzzles in the caves must have something to do with the mystery of the past of the Ruins of Alph. In the area there are several small caves with puzzles; solving the puzzles cause Unown to appear in the main ruins. Pokémon Crystal later explains that these puzzles are signals that summon the Unown.

There is a secret entrance to a small part of the Ruins of Alph in Union Cave which leads to a patch of grass full of Natu and Smeargle. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, if the player has Arceus in their party, the Sinjoh Ruins will be available and the player can choose a level 1 Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina with their respective orbs.

Hidden rooms

In Pokémon Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, patterns appear on the walls of the puzzle chambers. When the patterns' directions are followed, doorways to hidden rooms appear, where the player can get many items and learn some of the history of the Unown. In the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal, a scientist theorizes that the sudden appearance of these patterns is related to the newly-built Pokémon Communication Center and the radio waves emanating from it.

Items

Item Location Games
Bag None Sprite.png Unown Dex Given to the player by a researcher as an upgrade to the Pokédex outside the ruins after catching at least three different Unown variants.  G  S  C 
Bag Unown Report Sprite.png Unown Report Given to the player by a researcher right after solving the first chamber puzzle.  HG  SS 
Bag Hyper Potion Sprite.png Hyper Potion North of the western pond (requires Rock Smash)  HG  SS 
Bag Great Ball Sprite.png Great Ball On the middle solid rock at the southern entrance (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Tiny Mushroom Sprite.png TinyMushroom On the small mound of dirt east of the western pond (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Rare Candy Sprite.png Rare Candy On a solid rock behind a smashable one at the northern entrance (requires Rock Smash) (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Nugget Sprite.png Nugget On a boulder outside the third chamber (accessed via Union Cave) (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Potion Sprite.png Potion Enter via north entrance, second building down on the right. Hidden in wall on left.  HG  SS 
Bag Big Mushroom Sprite.png Big Mushroom On a boulder outside the third chamber (accessed via Union Cave) (hidden)  HG  SS 

Rock Smash

Item Location Games
Bag Red Shard Sprite.png Red Shard Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 
Bag Green Shard Sprite.png Green Shard Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 
Bag Blue Shard Sprite.png Blue Shard Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 
Bag Yellow Shard Sprite.png Yellow Shard Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 
Bag Max Revive Sprite.png Max Revive Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 
Bag Max Ether Sprite.png Max Ether Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 
Bag Old Amber Sprite.png Old Amber Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG  SS 
Bag Helix Fossil Sprite.png Helix Fossil Randomly found by smashing rocks  HG 
Bag Dome Fossil Sprite.png Dome Fossil Randomly found by smashing rocks  SS 

First Chamber

In the northernmost chamber, the far wall reads escape upon inspection. Using an Escape Rope there opens a hidden room upon re-entering.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, it does not consume the rope and instead the player gets an ! over their head, and the room opens. It holds:

Item Location Games
Bag None Sprite.png Berry First Chamber  C 
Bag None Sprite.png PSNCureBerry First Chamber  C 
Bag Heal Powder Sprite.png Heal Powder First Chamber  C  HG  SS 
Bag Energy Powder Sprite.png EnergyPowder First Chamber  C  HG  SS 
Bag Oran Berry Sprite.png Oran Berry First Chamber  HG  SS 
Bag Pecha Berry Sprite.png Pecha Berry First Chamber  HG  SS 

Falling through to the floor below reveals the following message spelled out on the ground in Unown:

Our words shall remain here for the agesC
Our clan engraved words in this placeHGSS

In HeartGold/SoulSilver, this chamber contains a touchscreen puzzle that forms Kabuto. Once completed, the A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and J forms of Unown are unlocked in the main chamber.

Second Chamber

In the south-easternmost chamber, the far wall reads light.

Getting a Pokémon to use the field move Flash will open the hidden room which contains the following:

Item Location Games
Bag Heal Powder Sprite.png Heal Powder Second Chamber  C  HG  SS 
Bag Energy Root Sprite.png Energy Root Second Chamber  C  HG  SS 
Bag None Sprite.png Gold Berry Second Chamber  C 
Bag Moon Stone Sprite.png Moon Stone Second Chamber  C  HG  SS 
Bag Sitrus Berry Sprite.png Sitrus Berry Second Chamber  HG  SS 

The floor below reveals the message:

Thus we shall erect a Pokémon statue outsideC
Our clan created Pokémon statue outsideHGSS

In HeartGold/SoulSilver, this chamber contains a touchscreen puzzle that forms Aerodactyl. Once completed, the R, S, T, U, and V forms of Unown are unlocked in the main chamber.

Third Chamber

Artwork of Ethan at the entrance of the Ruins of Alph

The third chamber is accessed through Union Cave but requires a boulder to be moved. The far wall reads water.

The hidden room will open if the player has a Water Stone in their inventory, though, in HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions, the player is required to select "Use" from the items menu while facing the wall for the room to open. Inside, they can find:

Item Location Games
Bag Stardust Sprite.png Stardust Third Chamber  C  HG  SS 
Bag Star Piece Sprite.png Star Piece Third Chamber  C  HG  SS 
Bag None Sprite.png MysteryBerry Third Chamber  C 
Bag Mystic Water Sprite.png Mystic Water Third Chamber  C  HG  SS 
Bag Leppa Berry Sprite.png Leppa Berry Third Chamber  HG  SS 

The floor below reads:

They possess great insight and refuse the outside worldC
They possess power to sense with mind and reject outsideHGSS

In HeartGold/SoulSilver, this chamber contains a touchscreen puzzle that forms Omanyte. Once completed, the K, L, M, N, O, P, and Q forms of Unown are unlocked in the main chamber.

Fourth Chamber

The final chamber is also accessed through Union Cave. The far wall reads Ho Oh.

If Ho-Oh is the first Pokémon in the player's party in Generation II, or anywhere in the player's party in Generation IV games, the hidden room opens, where there are:

Item Location Games
Bag Revival Herb Sprite.png Revival Herb Fourth Chamber  C  HG  SS 
Bag Charcoal Sprite.png Charcoal Fourth Chamber  C  HG  SS 
Bag None Sprite.png Gold Berry Fourth Chamber  C 
Bag None Sprite.png MysteryBerry Fourth Chamber  C 
Bag Life Orb Sprite.png Life Orb Fourth Chamber  HG  SS 
Bag Leppa Berry Sprite.png Leppa Berry Fourth Chamber  HG  SS 

The floor below reads:

We humans must learn to walk in harmony with them. We depart for their sakesC
We humans need to walk with them. We leave here for the sake of themHGSS

In HeartGold/SoulSilver, this chamber contains a touchscreen puzzle that forms Ho-Oh. Once completed, the W, X, Y, and Z forms of Unown are unlocked in the main chamber.

Pokémon

Generation II

Inside

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
201 Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201B Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201C Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201D Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201E Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201F Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201G Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201H Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201I Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201J Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201K Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201L Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201M Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201N Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201O Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201P Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201Q Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201R Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201S Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201T Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201U Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201V Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201W Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201X Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201Y Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 3.9%
201Z Unown
G S C
Cave Cave
5 2.3%
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.

Outside

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
177 Natu
G S C
Grass Grass
18-24 90%
194 Wooper
G S C
Grass Grass
22 0% 0% 5%
195 Quagsire
G S C
Grass Grass
22 0% 0% 5%
235 Smeargle
G S C
Grass Grass
20-22 10%
235 Smeargle
G S C
Grass Grass
20-22 10% 10% 0%
Surfing
194 Wooper
G S C
Surfing Surfing
15-19 60%
195 Quagsire
G S C
Surfing Surfing
15-24 40%
Fishing
060 Poliwag
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
060 Poliwag
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 65%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
060 Poliwag
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 70%
061 Poliwhirl
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
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.

Generation IV

Inside

Underground hall
  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
After solving the first puzzle
201 Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 10%
201B Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 10%
201C Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 10%
201D Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 10%
201E Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 10%
201F Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 10%
201G Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 10%
201H Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 10%
201I Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 10%
201J Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 10%
After solving the second puzzle
201 Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
201B Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
201C Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
201D Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
201E Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
201F Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
201G Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
201H Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
201I Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
201J Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
201R Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
201S Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
201T Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
201U Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
201V Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 6.7%
After solving the third puzzle
201 Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201B Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201C Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201D Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201E Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201F Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201G Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201H Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201I Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201J Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201R Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201S Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201T Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201U Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201V Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201W Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201X Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201Y Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
201Z Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 5.3%
After solving the fourth puzzle
201 Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201B Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201C Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201D Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201E Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201F Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201G Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201H Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201I Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201J Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201K Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201L Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201M Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201N Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201O Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201P Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201Q Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201R Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201S Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201T Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201U Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201V Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201W Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201X Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201Y Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
201Z Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 3.8%
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.

Entrance
  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
After obtaining all 26 letter Unown
201QU Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 50%
201EX Unown
HG SS
Cave Cave
5 50%
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.

Outside

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
177 Natu
HG SS
Grass Grass
18-24 90%
235 Smeargle
HG SS
Grass Grass
20-22 10%
Surfing
194 Wooper
HG SS
Surfing Surfing
10-20 60%
195 Quagsire
HG SS
Surfing Surfing
10-25 40%
Fishing
060 Poliwag
HG SS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 5%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 95%
060 Poliwag
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 40%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 60%
060 Poliwag
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 93%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 7%
Rock Smash
074 Geodude
HG SS
Rock Smash Rock Smash
3-14 100%
Special Pokémon
264 Linoone
HG SS
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
18 20%
293 Whismur
HG SS
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
20-22 20%
399 Bidoof
HG SS
Sinnoh Sound Sinnoh Sound
18 20%
418 Buizel
HG SS
Sinnoh Sound Sinnoh Sound
20-22 20%
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.

Trainers

Generation II

Trainer Pokémon
Psychic Nathan
Psychic Nathan
ジョウ
Reward: PokémonDollar.png832
203 Girafarig Lv.26
No item
Trainers with a telephone symbol by their names will give their Pokégear number to the player, and may call or be called for a rematch with higher-level Pokémon.

Generation IV

Trainer Pokémon
Psychic Nathan
Psychic Nathan
ジョウ
Reward: PokémonDollar.png832
203 Girafarig Lv.26
No item
Trainers with a telephone symbol by their names will give their Pokégear number to the player, and may call or be called for a rematch with higher-level Pokémon.

Layout

Version Outside Main Entrance Main Chamber Puzzle Chamber Item Chamber
Gold Ruins of Alph GSC.png Ruins of Alph interior GSC.png Ruins of Alph Puzzle GS.png
Silver
Crystal Ruins of Alph Puzzle C.png Ruins of Alph Item C.png
HeartGold Ruins of Alph Outside HGSS.png Ruins of Alph Entrance HGSS.png Ruins of Alph Interior HGSS.png Ruins of Alph Puzzle HGSS.png Ruins of Alph Item HGSS.png
SoulSilver
 

Version First Chamber Second Chamber Third Chamber Fourth Chamber
Crystal Ruins of Alph first chamber C.png Ruins of Alph second chamber C.png Ruins of Alph third chamber C.png Ruins of Alph fourth chamber C.png
HeartGold Ruins of Alph first chamber HGSS.png Ruins of Alph second chamber HGSS.png Ruins of Alph third chamber HGSS.png Ruins of Alph fourth chamber HGSS.png
SoulSilver
 

Eyecatch

In the anime

Ruins of Alph in the anime

The Ruins of Alph appeared in Fossil Fools, in which Team Rocket tried to steal a group of Omanyte and Omastar living among the ruins. Unlike the games, no Unown were featured.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Gold met Bugsy for the first time at the Ruins of Alph. He helped Bugsy rescue his research team who were trapped in the ruins, and also foiled a Team Rocket plan to capture the Unown. Suicune would later challenge Bugsy at the Ruins of Alph - Bugsy lost, but discovered a new chamber during the battle.

In the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, Gold, having rescued Bugsy after Ecruteak City's Gym was destroyed by Arceus, chased Arceus towards the Ruins of Alph, where he also found an injured Lance. After leaving Lance in Bugsy's care, Gold confronted Arceus by himself.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring the Ruins of Alph in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in the current Standard format.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Ruin Wall T Neo Discovery Uncommon 74/75 Crossing the Ruins... Uncommon  
Natu Psychic Unleashed Common 55/95 SoulSilver Collection Common 042/070
Ruins of Alph T [St] Undaunted Uncommon 76/90 Reviving Legends Uncommon 077/080
 

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 阿露福遺跡 Ālùfú Yíjī
Finland Flag.png Finnish Alphin rauniot
France Flag.png European French Ruines d'Alpha
Germany Flag.png German Alph-Ruinen
Italy Flag.png Italian Rovine d'Alfa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 알프의 유적 Ruins of Alpha
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Ruinas Alfa



Johto
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Settlements
New Bark TownCherrygrove CityViolet CityAzalea TownGoldenrod CityEcruteak City
Olivine CityCianwood CityMahogany TownBlackthorn CitySafari Zone GateFrontier Access
Routes
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Landmarks
Dark CaveSprout TowerRuins of AlphUnion CaveSlowpoke WellIlex ForestRadio TowerGlobal Terminal
Goldenrod TunnelNational ParkPokéathlon DomeBell TowerBurned TowerMooMoo FarmGlitter Lighthouse
Battle Tower (CrystalHGSS)/FrontierCliff Edge GateCliff CaveEmbedded TowerSafari ZoneWhirl Islands
Mt. MortarLake of RageTeam Rocket HQIce PathDragon's DenS.S. AquaMt. Silver
Access to
Sinjoh RuinsKanto

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