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Shoal Cave

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Shoal Cave あさせのほらあな
Shoal Cave
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
Shoal Cave RSE.png
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Location: Route 125
Region: Hoenn
Generations: III
Hoenn Shoal Cave Map.png
Location of Shoal Cave in Hoenn.
Pokémon world locations

Shoal Cave (Japanese: あさせのほらあな Shoal Cave) is a location in Hoenn. It is north of Mossdeep City, on Route 125, and is the only place in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald where wild Spheal and Snorunt can be encountered. Shoal Cave has several levels of terrain, only reachable during certain times of the day, due to tides. During low tide, the player can access areas that are flooded in high tide. During high tide, the player can access areas out of reach in low tide using Surf. The overall area accessible during high tide is smaller than during low tide.

Geography

Shoal Cave is a cave north of Mossdeep City. This cave was carved into the side of a rocky mountain rising from the ocean. At certain times of the day, the tides rise, flooding most of the cave. This water can be Surfed on to access levels of terrain which the player can not reach on foot, while the tide is low. Conversely, during low tide, the player can access areas that are unreachable during high tide, such as the ice floor, the lowest level in the cave. This icy room contains the NeverMeltIce, and can only be accessed if the player has Strength. Near the entrance to the icy area is a Black Belt who gives away a Focus Band.

Tides

Time                                              
12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Tide High tide Low tide High tide Low tide High tide


Obtaining the Shell Bell

Four Shoal Salts and four Shoal Shells are found in the Shoal Cave. If all four Shoal Salts and four Shoal Shells are in the Bag, the player can give the ingredients to the old man in the first room, and he makes a Shell Bell. The player can only obtain the Shoal Salt during low tide, and can only obtain the Shoal Shell at high tide, and may obtain as many Shell Bells as he or she wants. Immediately after crafting a Shell Bell for the player, the old man prompts the player to find the ingredients for another. However, the player must wait for the tide to change in order to gather the salts and shells again. Shoal Cave is the only place where Shoal Salts and Shoal Shells can be found in Generation III, and they can only be obtained in Generation IV by obtaining them in Generation III and transferring Pokémon holding them via Pal Park.

Items

Item Location Games
Bag Rare Candy Sprite.png Rare Candy Inner room, east of central ledge (high tide)  R  S  E 
Bag Big Pearl Sprite.png Big Pearl Northeast Entrance room, accessible from southeast Inner room (high tide)  R  S  E 
Bag Shoal Shell Sprite.png Shoal Shell ×4
  • Inner room; on ledge just north of the southern bridge (high tide)
  • Inner room; on northwestern ledge (high tide)
  • Inner room; on northeastern ledge (high tide)
  • Inner room; on southeastern ledge (high tide)
 R  S  E 
Bag Shoal Salt Sprite.png Shoal Salt ×4
  • Stairs room; southeast corner (low tide)
  • Lower room; top center (low tide)
  • Inner room; outside western exit from lower room (low tide)
  • Inner room; under the northern bridge (low tide)
 R  S  E 
Bag Ice Heal Sprite.png Ice Heal Stairs room; east of the ladder (low tide)  R  S  E 
Bag Focus Band Sprite.png Focus Band Lower room; given by the Black Belt (low tide)  R  S  E 
Bag Never-Melt Ice Sprite.png NeverMeltIce Ice room; on the elevated floor (low tide)  R  S  E 
Bag TM Ice Sprite.png TM07 (Hail) Ice room; near the ledge (low tide)  R  S  E 
Bag Shell Bell Sprite.png Shell Bell Entrance room; from the old man near the entrance if brought four Shoal Salt and Shoal Shell  R  S  E 

Pokémon

Main cave

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
041 Zubat
R S E
Cave Cave
26, 28, 30, 32 45%
042 Golbat
R S E
Cave Cave
32 5%
363 Spheal
R S E
Cave Cave
26, 28, 30, 32 50%
Surfing
072 Tentacool
R S E
Surfing Surfing
5-35 60%
041 Zubat
R S E
Surfing Surfing
5-35 30%
363 Spheal
R S E
Surfing Surfing
25-35 10%
Fishing
072 Tentacool
R S E
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
5-10 30%
129 Magikarp
R S E
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
5-10 70%
072 Tentacool
R S E
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10-30 20%
129 Magikarp
R S E
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10-30 60%
320 Wailmer
R S E
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10-30 20%
320 Wailmer
R S E
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
20-45 100%
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.

Ice Room

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
041 Zubat
R S E
Cave Cave
26, 28, 30 40%
042 Golbat
R S E
Cave Cave
30, 32 5%
361 Snorunt
R S E
Cave Cave
26, 28, 30 10%
363 Spheal
R S E
Cave Cave
26, 28, 30, 32 45%
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.

Layout

Tide Version Entrance room Inner room Stairs room Lower room Ice room
High tide Ruby Shoal Cave entrance high tide RS.png Shoal Cave inner room high tide RS.png
Sapphire
Emerald Shoal Cave entrance high tide E.png Shoal Cave inner room high tide E.png
  Low tide Ruby Shoal Cave entrance low tide RS.png Shoal Cave inner room low tide RS.png Shoal Cave stairs room RS.png Shoal Cave lower room RS.png Shoal Cave ice room RS.png
Sapphire
Emerald Shoal Cave entrance low tide E.png Shoal Cave inner room low tide E.png Shoal Cave stairs room E.png Shoal Cave lower room E.png Shoal Cave ice room E.png
 

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Grotte Tréfonds
Germany Flag.png German Küstenhöhle
Italy Flag.png Italian Grotta Ondosa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 여울의 동굴 Yeoul-yi Donggul
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cueva Cardumen



Hoenn
Stone Badge.png Knuckle Badge.png Dynamo Badge.png Heat Badge.png Balance Badge.png Feather Badge.png Mind Badge.png Rain Badge.png
Settlements
Littleroot TownOldale TownPetalburg CityRustboro CityDewford TownSlateport CityMauville CityVerdanturf Town
Fallarbor TownLavaridge TownFortree CityLilycove CityMossdeep CitySootopolis CityPacifidlog TownEver Grande City
Routes
101102103104105106107108109110111112113114115116117118
119120121122123124125126127128129130131132133134Underwater
Landmarks
Petalburg WoodsRusturf TunnelIsland CaveGranite CaveAbandoned ShipOceanic MuseumSeaside Cycling Road
Trick HouseNew MauvilleDesert RuinsMirage TowerTrainer HillFiery PathJagged PassMt. ChimneyDesert Underpass
Meteor FallsWeather InstituteScorched SlabAncient TombSafari ZoneMt. PyreLilycove MuseumShoal Cave
Aqua HideoutMagma HideoutMossdeep Space CenterSeafloor CavernCave of OriginSky PillarVictory Road
Sealed ChamberBattle Tower/FrontierArtisan CaveAltering CaveMirage IslandSouthern IslandMarine CaveTerra Cave
Access to
Faraway IslandNavel RockBirth Island


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