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Sinjoh Ruins

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Sinjoh Ruins シントいせき
Shinto Ruins
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
Sinjoh Ruins HGSS.png
Map description: A snow-covered area of old legends, surrounded by a wall of snow.
Location: North of Johto
Region: Unknown
Generations: IV
Johto Sinjoh Ruins Map.png
Location of Sinjoh Ruins in an unknown region.
Pokémon world locations

The Sinjoh Ruins (Japanese: シントいせき Shinto Ruins) are a location in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver that are not part of any known region. Their major feature is the Mystri Stage (Japanese: みつぶたい Mystri Stage), a triangular stage inside the ruined temple.

In the games

The Sinjoh Ruins are outside the range of the map, and therefore are not part of the Ruins of Alph, or the regions of Johto and Kanto. It is unknown where exactly they are in relation to Sinnoh and Mt. Coronet; the only hint to their location is the Pokégear's map of Johto pointing north of the Ice Path and northeast of the Lake of Rage. They can be visited by way of a mysterious entry point in the Ruins of Alph created by the Unown and Arceus.

Like Mt. Coronet, Fly cannot be used to leave the Sinjoh Ruins, though an elderly man with an Abra who is staying in the cabin offers to teleport the player home, much like the old man and his Abra at the Indigo Plateau in Generation II. If the player chooses to do this before talking to Cynthia and then returns to the Ruins of Alph, all the events will be repeated as if nothing had happened (including the Hiker receiving the player at the entrance).

The creation event that takes place here includes real-life pictures. This is the first time this has happened in any of the Pokémon games.

Historical background

As revealed by Cynthia and a Hiker in the cabin, the Sinjoh Ruins are the remains of a temple created hundreds of years ago by two groups of humans: one who had come from Sinnoh, and another who had hailed from Johto, or specifically the Ruins of Alph. Because of this, the ruins contain elements of both the Spear Pillar and the Ruins of Alph, as a sign of the blending of the two cultures. It is unknown what brought the two clans together to build a temple for Arceus, but this probably has to do with the underlying relationship between it and the Unown.

Arceus event

Artwork of Arceus in the Sinjoh Ruins

The only way to access the Sinjoh Ruins is by bringing an Arceus from an event distribution or the Hall of Origin to the Ruins of Alph. The event is triggered by having Arceus as player's walking Pokémon and entering the Ruins of Alph.

Once triggered, the lead archaeologist bumps into the player while leaving the Ruins Research Center and is surprised that the player has an Arceus. He then asks the player to come with him into the ruins to investigate a mystery. The scene then cuts and the player, the lead archaeologist, and Arceus have just entered B1F of the Ruins of Alph. The lead archaeologist comments that something feels different this time to all the other times he has been in the ruins, and that he feels like the pictures on the walls are staring at him. The screen fades to black.

The player and Arceus are teleported to the inside of the Sinjoh Ruins. Upon stepping outside, a Hiker notices the player and comments that it is strange for someone so young to be interested in the ruins. He then talks about how the ruins show a blend of the cultures of Sinnoh and Johto. The Hiker then invites the player to talk inside the cabin rather than in the snow and walks off towards the cabin.

Inside this cabin, Cynthia is sitting at a table, and tells the player how the Sinjoh Ruins remind her of Sinnoh. She also mentions that the people of Sinnoh migrated here and built a temple that reminded them of Sinnoh. She mentions that she feels a "strong power" coming from the player's Poké Ball and believes it to be one of the creation trio. Cynthia then exits the cabin and walks to the ruined temple.

Cynthia stands in front of the Mystri Stage, and will only allow the player to pass if the only Pokémon in the party is a single Arceus; if the player has other Pokémon, she recommends that they use the PC in the cabin to deposit them in the Pokémon Storage System. When the player has only a single Arceus in the party, Cynthia explains which circle represents which member of the creation trio, and that the central circle represents Arceus. She then tells the player to choose one of these three legendary Pokémon. Upon choosing a Pokémon, Arceus moves to its circle in the center and is surrounded by Unown. Several images of outer space appear, followed by an image of Arceus's head. Then a montage of real-world images appears on the screen behind an image of Arceus's overworld sprite standing on the Mystri Stage (with only the design of the stage showing by illuminating the lines). This then cuts an image of Arceus's head, followed by a photo of the Earth. Then the Mystri Stage's design appears, and an Egg appears on top of it. A crack appears in the Egg. The screen fades to black.

The screen then fades back into the overworld, and a mysterious round object, colored depending on the chosen Pokémon, is levitating above Arceus's head. This round object then swirls around and goes next to the player. The round object takes the shape of the chosen Pokémon, and the player obtains it. This Pokémon will be either Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina at level 1, equipped with its respective orb. Once the process is complete, Cynthia approaches the player and discusses the significance of what just happened.

Suddenly, the player is then teleported back to the Ruins of Alph, where the lead archaeologist is shocked to see the player after disappearing right in front of him. The lead archaeologist then concludes that the combined power of Arceus and the Unown teleported the player to the Sinjoh Ruins. He then ponders how Arceus, Unown, and the Ruins of Alph are connected.

Later, after the player visited the Sinjoh Ruins with an event Arceus, he or she can take the Arceus from the Hall of Origin to one of the ruins in the Ruins of Alph and be transported back to the Sinjoh Ruins. During this second trip, Cynthia has returned to Sinnoh, and the player can go to the Mystri Stage to obtain one of the dragons he or she had not previously obtained.

Gallery

Pokémon

Choosing Giratina here is the only legitimate way to get a Griseous Orb (and therefore Giratina in its Origin Forme) in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver since the item cannot be held by Pokémon being traded in Generation IV.

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
483 Dialga
HG SS
Premier Ball Only one
1 One
484 Palkia
HG SS
Premier Ball Only one
1 One
487O Giratina
Origin Forme
HG SS
Premier Ball Only one
1 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.

Layout

Version Outside Cabin Mystri Stage Mystri Stage (active)
HeartGold Sinjoh Ruins HGSS.png Sinjoh Ruins Cabin HGSS.png Sinjoh Ruins Mystri Stage HGSS.png Sinjoh Ruins Mystri Stage Active HGSS.png
SoulSilver
 

Music

The background music in this area is a combination of various parts of Mt. Coronet, the Distortion World, Battle! (Dialga/Palkia), Battle! Giratina!, and the music played by the Azure Flute.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Arceus at the Sinjoh Ruins

The Sinjoh Ruins first made an appearance in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter where an enraged Arceus transported Gold, Silver, Crystal, Archer, Ariana, Proton, and Petrel to the entrance. This allows Archer's plan to use the powers of Arceus and the Mystri Stage to create Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina to come to fruition.

It is later revealed that the Sinjoh Ruins exist in a pocket dimension that links Johto and Sinnoh together.

Name origin

The Japanese name is a portmanteau of シンオウ Shin'ō (Sinnoh) and ジョウ to (Johto), as it is a place where the architecture and legends of both regions meet. The English name reflects this, though using the beginning of Johto rather than the end. The combination of the names of two regions alludes to the Tohjo Falls.

It may also be a pun on the Japanese native religion of Shinto, whose creation story is heavily referenced by the creation trio, Arceus, and the Spear Pillar.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 神都遺跡 Shéndū Ruins
France Flag.png European French Ruines Sinjoh
Germany Flag.png German Sinjoh-Ruinen
Italy Flag.png Italian Rovine Sinjoh
South Korea Flag.png Korean 신도유적 Sindo Ruins
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Ruinas de Sinjoh

Mystri Stage

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 三幻舞台 Three Phantom Stage
France Flag.png European French Autel Trismegis
Germany Flag.png German Trysteriumsaltar
Italy Flag.png Italian Tre Are
South Korea Flag.png Korean 석밀무대 Mystri Stage
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Estrado Mistrío


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
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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


Game locations of legendary 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 IslandRoaming 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

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