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Sootopolis City

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Sootopolis City ルネシティ
Rune City
"The mystical city where history slumbers."
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Sootopolis City in {{{variable2}}}.
Map description
This city, which rises from the crater of a great meteoroid crash, can only be reached through the sea or from the sky.
Sootopolis City Gym - Hoenn Gym #8RS
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Sootopolis City Gym - Hoenn Gym #8E
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Sootopolis City Gym - Hoenn Gym #8RS
specialist Gym
Rain Badge
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Sootopolis City
Route 126
Hoenn Sootopolis City Map.png
Location of Sootopolis City in Hoenn.

Sootopolis City (Japanese: ルネシティ Rune City) is a city located off the eastern mainland of Hoenn.

Sootopolis City is located inside a crater formed by a volcano. Many years ago, an underwater volcano erupted and forced itself up from the depths creating a crater, the hollowed volcano. Its crater emerged from the sea and became filled with rainwater. People soon began to dwell in the crater for its warm, fresh water and a city soon came forth. To get around the city, people have to climb many flights of stairs and Dive under the sea. This made many of the locals get into good shape. Sootopolis City has a fantastic nighttime view. The stars peer in through the top of the crater.

Sootopolis City plays a major part in the games, as it is the location where the player has their first encounter with a legendary Pokémon, and obtains their final Badge.

In the Pokémon games, Sootopolis City can only be reached by diving through an underwater cavern or by Flying. Sootopolis is surrounded by Route 126.

Places of interest

Sootopolis City in Ruby and Sapphire

Cave of Origin

Main article: Cave of Origin

The Cave of Origin is located in Sootopolis, in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire it contains Groudon and Kyogre respectively, while in Pokémon Emerald, Wallace is there, wondering where Rayquaza could be.

Residential houses

Barboach and Shroomish can be shown to a pair of residents, who will calculate their size and reward prizes of Ethers and Elixirs accordingly. In Pokémon Emerald, they will calculate the sizes of Seedot and Lotad instead.

Sootopolis Gym

Main article: Sootopolis Gym

Wallace was the Gym Leader in this city. He uses Water-type Pokémon, and is the one who handed out the eighth Gym Badge of Hoenn. However, his former teacher Juan resumed his role as the Gym Leader in Pokémon Emerald, with the student moving on to become Champion of the Hoenn League and replacing Steven from previous versions.


Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the population of Sootopolis City is 39. This is a large population considering the city being settled inside a dormant volcano and its isolation from the other Hoenn cities.

Poké Mart

Ultra Ball Ultra Ball
Pokémon Dollar1,200
Hyper Potion Hyper Potion
Pokémon Dollar1,200
Max Potion Max Potion
Pokémon Dollar2,500
Full Heal Full Heal
Pokémon Dollar600
Revive Revive
Pokémon Dollar1,500
X Attack X Attack
Pokémon Dollar500
X Defend X Defend
Pokémon Dollar550
Max Repel Max Repel
Pokémon Dollar700
Shadow Mail Shadow Mail
Pokémon Dollar50


Item Location Games
Bag TM Fighting Sprite.png TM31 (Brick Break) Given by the Black Belt with the Kecleon in the northwestern house  R  S  E 
Doll Wailmer III.png Wailmer Doll Given by girl in the house just east of the Pokémon Center  R  S  E 
Bag HM Water Sprite.png HM07 (Waterfall) Gift from Wallace in front of the Gym after calming Groudon and Kyogre  E 
Bag None Sprite.png Magma Suit From Maxie before entering Cave of Origin  OR 
Bag None Sprite.png Red Orb From Maxie after confronting Groudon  OR 
Bag None Sprite.png Aqua Suit From Archie before entering Cave of Origin  AS 
Bag None Sprite.png Blue Orb From Archie after confronting Kyogre  AS 

Berries from Kiri

Kiri will give the player two Berries each day.

Item Location Games
Bag Pomeg Berry Sprite.png Pomeg Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city  R  S  E 
Bag Kelpsy Berry Sprite.png Kelpsy Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city  R  S  E 
Bag Qualot Berry Sprite.png Qualot Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city  R  S  E 
Bag Hondew Berry Sprite.png Hondew Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city  R  S  E 
Bag Grepa Berry Sprite.png Grepa Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city  R  S  E 
Bag Tamato Berry Sprite.png Tamato Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city  R  S  E 
Bag Cornn Berry Sprite.png Cornn Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city  R  S  E 
Bag Magost Berry Sprite.png Magost Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city  R  S  E 
Bag Rabuta Berry Sprite.png Rabuta Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city  R  S  E 
Bag Nomel Berry Sprite.png Nomel Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city  R  S  E 
Bag Figy Berry Sprite.png Figy Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city  R  S  E 
Bag Iapapa Berry Sprite.png Iapapa Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city  R  S  E 


  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
129 Magikarp
Surfing Surfing
5-35 100%
072 Tentacool
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
5-10 30%
129 Magikarp
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
5-10 70%
129 Magikarp
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10-30 100%
129 Magikarp
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
30-35 80%
130 Gyarados
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
5-45 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.

In the anime

Sootopolis City in the anime

In the anime, the volcano Sootopolis is built upon opens up at one side, giving access to ferries. It appeared in the episodes The Great Eight Fate! and Eight Ain't Enough!. Ash had his battle with Juan here, obtaining his final Hoenn League Badge.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Sootopolis City in Pokémon Adventures

Sootopolis City was first mentioned in Stick This in Your Craw, Crawdaunt I by Mr. Briney when his Whiscash, Whisko, was sensing earthquakes with its whiskers and that many earthquakes have happened there.

The fight between Groudon and Kyogre mainly took place in Sootopolis City.


  • Sootopolis's Japanese motto is れきしが ねむる しんぴの まち "The mystical city where history slumbers".
  • Sootopolis City appears to be based on the Greek island of Santorini, also known as Thera.
  • The background music used in this city is a remix of music from Pokémon Pinball, specifically that which plays during the "Name Entry" screen.
  • In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, if the player goes to the highest house on the right side of the city (the side with the Pokémon Center), stands on the stairs outside, and hits the "left" direction on the d-pad, it is possible to use a glitch to walk on part of the rock wall. This was corrected in Pokémon Emerald.
  • This is the only city in the Pokémon world which requires the use of Dive in order to be reached for the first time.
  • Junichi Masuda named an NPC in Sootopolis after his then new-born daughter, Kiri.
  • Sootopolis City is the most recent place where Groudon and Kyogre have battled each other in the wild.
    • In addition, it is the last location where the weather trio met at once.
  • Sootopolis City is the only city or town located in the middle of a single route, and also surrounded completely by one.

Name origin

Language Name Origin
Japanese ルネシティ Rune City Possibly from ルネサンス (Renaissance), 流 ru (flow), 瑠璃 ruri (lapis lazuli or its blue color), and 涅 netsu (underwater soil containing alum that is traditionally used in dying black or dark colors)
English Sootopolis City From soot, which is expelled when a volcano erupts, and polis, Greek for city
French Atalanopolis Possibly from Atlantis and polis, Greek for city. May also be derived from Vanessa atalanta, whose French name (Vulcain) is derived from volcano.
German Xeneroville Possibly from xeno- (foreign), cenere (Italian for ash), or nero (Italian for black) and ville
Italian Ceneride From cenere, ash
Spanish Arrecípolis From arrecife (coral reef) and polis, Greek for city
Korean 루네시티 Rune City Same as the Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 琉璃市 Liúlí Shì Rough transliteration of its Japanese name. Can be taken as "Colored glaze city" or "glass city".

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