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Turnback Cave

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Turnback Cave もどりのどうくつ
Returning Cave
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
Turnback Cave Giratina Pt.png
Map description: {{{mapdesc}}}
Location: Sendoff Spring
Region: Sinnoh
Generations: IV
Sinnoh Turnback Cave Map.png
Location of Turnback Cave in Sinnoh.
Pokémon world locations

Turnback Cave (Japanese: もどりのどうくつ Returning Cave) is a maze-like cave filled with dense fog which is home to the legendary Pokémon, Giratina. Turnback Cave is located at the north-central region of Sendoff Spring, which itself may only be accessed through the Spring Path. In Diamond and Pearl, in the room Giratina resides in is an inscription that implies the cave is a location where the separation between the real world and the Distortion World is weaker. This is more or less confirmed in Platinum, where a portal to the Distortion World appears in front of the inscription. It reads:

This is... That where life sparkles... That where life has faded... A place where two worlds overlap...

The only way to locate Giratina is to pass the three pillars before passing through thirty rooms as the inscription in the entrance says:

...Past three pillars...to the sleeping... ...before 30 is surpassed...

There is no way to consistently traverse the cave as rooms are always randomized upon entry, but the best hint to navigate the puzzle is to look at the pattern of rocks on the floor of each room, and enter the door out of the three which has the odd pattern. When the three pillars have been encountered the first time, Giratina will be in the next room. Escape Ropes and Dig cannot be used to escape, but if one turns back and leaves through the door from which they entered, it will warp them directly to the first room. When the player reaches a pillar and examines it two numbers will appear: the top number indicates which pillar the player is looking at, and the bottom indicates how many rooms have been passed through on the way to it.

After catching Giratina, one can return through the cave to obtain a rare item, depending on how many rooms it takes to reach Giratina's room again. In just 3 rooms, the item will be a Reaper Cloth; 4 to 15 will earn a Rare Bone; 16 to 30 will earn a Stardust. Over 30 rooms, of course, will return the player to the entrance. Riding the Bicycle seems to increase the chance of next entering a pillar room. Rare items regenerate by returning to the cave each time, and they can even be received with Giratina still in the room. In Pokémon Platinum, it will have an item and the portal to the Distortion World.

Geography

Rooms and pillars

There is much mystery shrouding Turnback Cave, in relation to getting consistently to Giratina's room. Rooms occur randomly when the player goes through an entrance. The only way to locate Giratina is to pass the three pillars before passing through thirty rooms. The best hint to navigate the puzzle is to look at the pattern of rocks on the floor of each room, and enter the door out of the three which has the odd pattern. Riding the Bicycle also seems to help. Some players have tried to enter a certain door repeatedly —like the northern door— and sometimes this oddly works, however this is only a coincidence. When the three pillars have been encountered the first time, Giratina will be in the next room. Each pillar has two numbers on it: the top number indicates which pillar the player is looking at, and the bottom indicates how many rooms have been passed through on the way to it.

Items

Item Location Games
Bag Reaper Cloth Sprite.png Reaper Cloth Every time the player reaches the last room by passing through only 3 rooms.  D  P  Pt 
Bag Rare Bone Sprite.png Rare Bone Every time the player reaches the last room by passing through 4-15 rooms.  D  P  Pt 
Bag Stardust Sprite.png Stardust Every time the player reaches the last room by passing through 16-30 rooms.  D  P  Pt 

Pokémon

Altered Forme Giratina at Turnback Cave in Platinum

Before encountering a pillar

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
45-46 30%
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
17-18 25%
092 Gastly
D P Pt
Cave Cave
15, 17 30%
092 Gastly
D P Pt
Cave Cave
16 10% 10% 0%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
44-46 30%
355 Duskull
D P Pt
Cave Cave
18 5%
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
16 0% 0% 10%
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
18 4%
433 Chingling
D P Pt
Cave Cave
16, 18 10%
436 Bronzor
D P Pt
Cave Cave
44 5%
436 Bronzor
D P Pt
Cave Cave
15 20%
437 Bronzong
D P Pt
Cave Cave
45-46 35%
Special Pokémon
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
44, 46 8%
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
18 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
44, 46 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
18 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.

First pillar room

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
55-56 30%
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
17-18 25%
092 Gastly
D P Pt
Cave Cave
15, 17 30%
092 Gastly
D P Pt
Cave Cave
16 10% 10% 0%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
54-56 30%
355 Duskull
D P Pt
Cave Cave
18 5%
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
16 0% 0% 10%
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
18 4%
433 Chingling
D P Pt
Cave Cave
16, 18 10%
436 Bronzor
D P Pt
Cave Cave
54 5%
436 Bronzor
D P Pt
Cave Cave
15 20%
437 Bronzong
D P Pt
Cave Cave
55-56 35%
Special Pokémon
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
54, 56 8%
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
18 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
54, 56 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
18 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.

Between first and second pillars

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
55-56 30%
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
25, 27 25%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
54-56 30%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
25,27 30%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
26 10% 10% 0%
355 Duskull
D P Pt
Cave Cave
28 4%
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
26 0% 0% 10%
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
28 5%
433 Chingling
D P Pt
Cave Cave
26, 28 10%
436 Bronzor
D P Pt
Cave Cave
54 5%
436 Bronzor
D P Pt
Cave Cave
25 20%
437 Bronzong
D P Pt
Cave Cave
55-56 35%
Special Pokémon
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
54, 56 8%
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
28 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
54, 56 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
28 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.

Second pillar room

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
55-56 30%
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
37-38 25%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
54-56 30%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
35, 37 30%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
36 10% 10% 0%
355 Duskull
D P Pt
Cave Cave
28 4%
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
36 0% 0% 10%
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
38 5%
358 Chimecho
D P Pt
Cave Cave
36, 38 10%
436 Bronzor
D P Pt
Cave Cave
54 5%
437 Bronzong
D P Pt
Cave Cave
55-56 35%
437 Bronzong
D P Pt
Cave Cave
35 20%
Special Pokémon
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
54, 56 8%
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
38 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
54, 56 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
38 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.

Between second and third pillars

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
65-66 30%
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
37-38 25%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
64-66 30%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
35, 37 30%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
36 10% 10% 0%
355 Duskull
D P Pt
Cave Cave
28 4%
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
36 0% 0% 10%
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
38 5%
358 Chimecho
D P Pt
Cave Cave
36,38 10%
436 Bronzor
D P Pt
Cave Cave
64 5%
437 Bronzong
D P Pt
Cave Cave
65-66 35%
437 Bronzong
D P Pt
Cave Cave
35 20%
Special Pokémon
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
64, 66 8%
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
38 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
64, 66 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
38 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.

Third pillar room

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
55-56 30%
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
37-38 25%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
54-56 30%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
35, 37 30%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
36 10% 10% 0%
355 Duskull
D P Pt
Cave Cave
28 4%
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
36 0% 0% 10%
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
37 5%
358 Chimecho
D P Pt
Cave Cave
36-37 10%
436 Bronzor
D P Pt
Cave Cave
54 5%
437 Bronzong
D P Pt
Cave Cave
55-56 35%
437 Bronzong
D P Pt
Cave Cave
35 20%
Special Pokémon
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
54, 56 8%
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
37 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
54, 56 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
37 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.

After the third pillar

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
55-56 30%
042 Golbat
D P Pt
Cave Cave
45-47 25%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
54-56 30%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
45, 47 30%
093 Haunter
D P Pt
Cave Cave
46 10% 10% 0%
355 Duskull
D P Pt
Cave Cave
28 4%
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
46 0% 0% 10%
356 Dusclops
D P Pt
Cave Cave
47-48 5%
358 Chimecho
D P Pt
Cave Cave
45-47 10%
436 Bronzor
D P Pt
Cave Cave
54 5%
437 Bronzong
D P Pt
Cave Cave
55-56 35%
437 Bronzong
D P Pt
Cave Cave
45 20%
Special Pokémon
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
54, 56 8%
337 Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
45, 47 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
54, 56 8%
338 Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
45, 47 8%
487 Giratina
Altered Forme
D P Pt
Premier Ball Only one
70 One
487 Giratina
Altered Forme
D P Pt
Premier Ball Only one
47 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

Entrance, Pillar Room, and Girantina's Room

Version Entrance Pillar Room Giratina's Room
Diamond Turnback Cave Entrance DP.png Turnback Cave Pillar Room DPPt.png Turnback Cave Giratina DP.png
Pearl
Platinum Turnback Cave Entrance Pt.png Turnback Cave Giratina Pt.png
 

Random Rooms

Version Between Entrance and First Pillar Between First and Second Pillars Between Second and Third Pillars
Diamond Turnback Cave No Pillar Random Rooms DPPt.png Turnback Cave One Pillar Random Rooms DPPt.png Turnback Cave Two Pillar Random Rooms DPPt.png
Pearl
Platinum
 

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Platinum chapter, Flint and Volkner entered the Distortion World through the cave. They were later followed by Platinum, Palmer, Cheryl, Riley, Mira, Marley, and the Advanced level Grunt. After leading the group to the portal, the Grunt was about to head out, but he was stopped by Platinum, who voiced her distrust towards him. She, however, promised to protect him from Team Galactic, to which the Grunt agreed and led them through the portal.

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 歸途洞窟 Guītú Dòngkū
France Flag.png European French Grotte Retour
Germany Flag.png German Höhle der Umkehr
Italy Flag.png Italian Grotta Ritorno
South Korea Flag.png Korean 귀혼동굴 Gwihon Donggul
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Cueva Retorno

See also


Sinnoh
Coal Badge.png Forest Badge.png Cobble Badge.png Fen Badge.png Relic Badge.png Mine Badge.png Icicle Badge.png Beacon Badge.png
Settlements
Twinleaf TownSandgem TownJubilife CityOreburgh CityFloaroma TownEterna CityHearthome City
Solaceon TownVeilstone CityPastoria CityCelestic TownCanalave CitySnowpoint CitySunyshore City
Pokémon LeagueFight AreaSurvival AreaResort Area
Routes
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216217218219220221222223224225226227228229230
Landmarks
Lake Verity (Lakefront) • Oreburgh GateOreburgh MineOreburgh Mining MuseumGlobal TerminalRavaged Path
Floaroma MeadowValley WindworksEterna ForestOld ChateauThe UndergroundWayward CaveMt. Coronet
Amity SquareLost TowerHallowed TowerSolaceon RuinsLake Valor (Lakefront) • Great MarshPokémon Mansion
Fuego IronworksIron IslandLake Acuity (Lakefront) • Spear PillarVictory RoadPal ParkBattle Zone
Battle Park (Tower)/FrontierStark MountainSnowpoint TempleSpring PathSendoff SpringTurnback Cave
Fullmoon IslandNewmoon IslandSeabreak PathFlower ParadiseHall of Origin
Access to
Distortion World


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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