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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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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 #8RSORAS
Wallace
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Water-type
specialist Gym
Rain Badge
Rain Badge
Sootopolis City Gym - Hoenn Gym #8E
Juan
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Water-type
specialist Gym
Rain Badge
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Sootopolis City Gym - Hoenn Gym #8RSORAS
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Cave of Origin
 
Sootopolis City
 
Route 126
 
Location
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 plays a major part in the games, as it is the location where the player has their encounter with the Legendary Pokémon GroudonROR or KyogreSAS, and obtain their final Badge.

Sootopolis City has a fantastic nighttime view; the stars peer in through the top of the crater.

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

History

Sootopolis City is located inside of a giant crater.

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, the crater is that of an underwater volcano which erupted and forced itself out of the sea many years ago, eventually filling with rainwater.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the crater was formed by a giant meteorite impact into the ocean of the Hoenn region thousands of years ago, eventually filling with rainwater. People soon began to dwell in the crater for its warm, fresh water and a city soon came forth. The great tree in front of the Cave of Origin was received from AZ when he visited from the Kalos region.

To navigate the city, people have to climb many flights of stairs and Dive under the sea. This causes many of the locals to get into good shape.

Role

Delta Episode

During the Delta Episode, after Steven has informed Wallace of the plan to enter the Sky Pillar, Wallace is outside the Cave of Origin talking to the guard about the great tree. He invites the player to follow him to the Sky Pillar's entrance on Route 131, then leaves.

Places of interest

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.

Competitive brothers

In the house northeast of the Pokémon Center, there are two brothers who are arguing over two different species of Pokémon. The younger brother is a Fisherman, while the older brother is a Hiker.

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, they are arguing over the sizes of their favorite Pokémon. If a brother is shown a Pokémon of the species he prefers, he will calculate its size give the player a prize if it is bigger than the largest one he had seen before; the younger brother gives an Ethers, while the older brother gives an Elixir.

In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, they are arguing over the cuteness of their favorite Pokémon. If a brother is shown a Pokémon of the species he prefers with an affection level of at least 4, he will give the player a Max Elixir.

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, the younger brother prefers Barboach and the older brother prefers Shroomish. In Pokémon Emerald, the younger brother prefers Seedot and the older brother prefers Lotad.

Sootopolis Gym

Main article: Sootopolis Gym

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, Wallace is the Gym Leader in this city. He uses Water-type Pokémon, and is the one who hands out the Rain Badge.

In Pokémon Emerald, Wallace is the former Gym Leader, with his former mentor Juan resuming the role due to Wallace moving on to become Champion.

Move Tutor

In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, in the north-eastern part of Sootopolis City there is a house with an elderly gentleman within it. If the player talks to him with a Dragon-type Pokémon with high friendship, he will offer to teach it Draco Meteor.

Demographics

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the population of Sootopolis City is 39. This is a middling population in Hoenn, despite its near isolation from the rest of the region.

Pokémon Emerald

In Pokémon Emerald, the population of Sootopolis City is 43.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

In Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Sootopolis City has a total population of 42.

Poké Mart

Generation III
Ultra Ball Ultra Ball
Pokémon Dollar1200
Hyper Potion Hyper Potion
Pokémon Dollar1200
Max Potion Max Potion
Pokémon Dollar2500
Full Heal Full Heal
Pokémon Dollar600
Revive Revive
Pokémon Dollar1500
Max Repel Max Repel
Pokémon Dollar700
X Attack X Attack
Pokémon Dollar500
X Defend X Defend
Pokémon Dollar550
Shadow Mail Shadow Mail
Pokémon Dollar50
Generation VI
Poké Ball Poké Ball
Pokémon Dollar200
Great Ball Great Ball
Pokémon Dollar600
Ultra Ball Ultra Ball
Pokémon Dollar1,200
Potion Potion
Pokémon Dollar300
Super Potion Super Potion
Pokémon Dollar700
Hyper Potion Hyper Potion
Pokémon Dollar1,200
Max Potion Max Potion
Pokémon Dollar2,500
Full Restore Full Restore
Pokémon Dollar3,000
Revive Revive
Pokémon Dollar1,500
Antidote Antidote
Pokémon Dollar100
Paralyze Heal Paralyze Heal
Pokémon Dollar200
Awakening Awakening
Pokémon Dollar250
Burn Heal Burn Heal
Pokémon Dollar250
Ice Heal Ice Heal
Pokémon Dollar250
Full Heal Full Heal
Pokémon Dollar600
Escape Rope Escape Rope
Pokémon Dollar550
Repel Repel
Pokémon Dollar350
Super Repel Super Repel
Pokémon Dollar500
Max Repel Max Repel
Pokémon Dollar700

Items

Item Location Games
Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM31 (Brick Break) Given by the Black Belt with the Kecleon in the northwestern house (requires Surf)  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Doll Wailmer III.png Wailmer Doll Given by girl in the house just east of the Pokémon Center  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Bag Super Potion Sprite.png Super Potion North of Kiri (requires Surf) (hidden)  OR  AS 
Bag Protein Sprite.png Protein Behind the house southeast of the Pokémon Center (hidden)  OR  AS 
Bag HM Water Sprite.png HM07 (Waterfall) Gift from Wallace in front of the Gym after calming Groudon and Kyogre (requires Surf)  E 
Bag Ether Sprite.png Ether From Fisherman if shown a big enough BarboachRS/SeedotE  R  S  E 
Bag Elixir Sprite.png Elixir From Hiker if shown a big enough ShroomishRS/LotadE  R  S  E 
Bag Max Elixir Sprite.png Max Elixir ×2  OR  AS 
Bag TM Bug VI Sprite.png TM83 (Infestation) From a Collector in the Poké Mart for answering Lisia to his question (requires Surf)  OR  AS 
Bag Sablenite Sprite.png Sablenite In the southeast of the area with the entrance to the Cave of Origin (requires Surf)  OR  AS 
Bag Magma Suit Sprite.png Magma Suit From Maxie before entering the Cave of Origin, after Groudon has been awoken (requires Surf)  OR 
Bag Aqua Suit Sprite.png Aqua Suit From Archie before entering the Cave of Origin, after Kyogre has been awoken (requires Surf)  AS 
Bag Red Orb VI Sprite.png Red Orb From Maxie after defeating or capturing Groudon (requires Surf)  OR 
Bag Blue Orb VI Sprite.png Blue Orb From Archie after defeating or capturing Kyogre (requires Surf)  AS 
Bag Eon Flute Sprite.png Eon Flute From Steven after defeating or capturing GroudonOR/KyogreAS (requires Surf)  OR  AS 

Berries from Kiri

Kiri will give the player two Berries each day. Kiri is not present while GroudonROR/KyogreSAS is causing abnormal weather in Sootopolis City.

Item Location Games
Bag Pomeg Berry Sprite.png Pomeg Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Bag Kelpsy Berry Sprite.png Kelpsy Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Bag Qualot Berry Sprite.png Qualot Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Bag Hondew Berry Sprite.png Hondew Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Bag Grepa Berry Sprite.png Grepa Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Bag Tamato Berry Sprite.png Tamato Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Bag Cornn Berry Sprite.png Cornn Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Bag Magost Berry Sprite.png Magost Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Bag Rabuta Berry Sprite.png Rabuta Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Bag Nomel Berry Sprite.png Nomel Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Bag Figy Berry Sprite.png Figy Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Bag Iapapa Berry Sprite.png Iapapa Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  R  S  E  OR  AS 
Bag Aguav Berry Sprite.png Aguav Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  OR  AS 
Bag Mago Berry Sprite.png Mago Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  OR  AS 
Bag Razz Berry Sprite.png Razz Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  OR  AS 
Bag Wiki Berry Sprite.png Wiki Berry Obtained from Kiri in the southwest part of city (requires Surf)  OR  AS 

Pokémon

Generation III

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Surfing
129 Magikarp
R S E
Surfing Surfing
5-35 100%
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%
129 Magikarp
R S E
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10-30 100%
129 Magikarp
R S E
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
30-35 80%
130 Gyarados
R S E
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.

Generation VI

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Surfing
129 Magikarp
OR AS
Surfing Surfing
25, 30, 35 100%
Fishing
129 Magikarp
OR AS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
5, 10, 15 100%
129 Magikarp
OR AS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
25 100%
129 Magikarp
OR AS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
30, 35 95%
130 Gyarados
OR AS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 5%
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

Game Surface Underwater
Ruby Sootopolis City RS.png Sootopolis City underwater RSE.png
Sapphire
Emerald Sootopolis City E.png
Omega Ruby Sootopolis City ORAS.png
Alpha Sapphire
 

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

Sootopolis City in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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.

Origin

Sootopolis City appears to be based on the Greek island of Santorini, also known as Thera.

Trivia

  • Sootopolis's Japanese motto is れきしが ねむる しんぴの まち "The mystical city where history slumbers".
  • 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.
  • Kiri was named after Junichi Masuda's daughter, born right before the Japanese release of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire.[1]
  • Sootopolis City is the only city or town located in the middle of a single route.
  • In the flower patch next to the big tree AZ gave, there is a flower in the patch that is the same in design to the flower the Eternal Flower Floette, the Floette that befriended AZ in the Pokémon X and Y storyline. Whether there is a in-game event relating to this is currently unknown.

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"

References

  1. Director's Column (Japanese)



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