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Whirl Islands

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Whirl Islands うずまきじま
Whirlpool Islands
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
HGSS Whirl Islands-Morning.png
Map description: Four islands that are protected by whirlpools and are difficult to reach.
Location: Route 41
Region: Johto
Generations: II, IV
Johto Whirl Islands Map.png
Location of Whirl Islands in Johto.
Pokémon world locations

The Whirl Islands (Japanese: うずまきじま Whirlpool Islands) are a small archipelago located between the mainland of Johto and Cianwood City, on Route 41. Beneath the sea, a maze of dark caves sprawl, with explorers able to travel between the four islands with some amount of difficulty. Deep within these caves, Lugia can be found.

Named after the dangerous whirlpools that surround them, some parts of the Whirl Islands are mysterious and largely inaccessible. Children in Olivine City are told that bad kids are sent to the islands.

As explained in Pokémon SoulSilver, the Whirl Islands used to be one large island. At some point in time, there were two countries fighting over the island. Lugia, the guardian of the island, got upset and cast lightning bolts to tear the island into four pieces. It then disappeared into the deep end of the waterfall basin, longing for the invisible trust between people and Pokémon to manifest once more.

Items

Item Location Games
Bag Guard Spec. Sprite.png Guard Spec. Southwestern island section  G  S 
Bag Full Restore Sprite.png Full Restore ×2
  • B1F; southeast of northwest island ladder
  • B1F west; in the isolated boulder (hidden)
 G  S  C 
Bag Ultra Ball Sprite.png Ultra Ball B1F east; northeast of southeast island ladder (hidden)  G  S  C 
Bag Rare Candy Sprite.png Rare Candy B1F northeast; northeast of northeast island ladder (hidden)  G  S  C 
Bag Carbos Sprite.png Carbos B1F southwest; of northwest island ladder  G  S  C  HG  SS 
Bag Nugget Sprite.png Nugget B1F; near center of northern edge of room  G  S  C  HG  SS 
Bag Ultra Ball Sprite.png Ultra Ball Northeastern island; next to southern ladder  G  S  C  HG  SS 
Bag Calcium Sprite.png Calcium B1F; northeast of southeast island ladder  G  S  C  HG  SS 
Bag Escape Rope Sprite.png Escape Rope B1F; east of southwest island ladder  G  S  C  HG  SS 
Bag Max Revive Sprite.png Max Revive B2F; west of main ladder located at the top  G  S  C  HG  SS 
Bag Max Elixir Sprite.png Max Elixir B2F; southwest of ladder in enclosed section  G  S  C  HG  SS 
Bag Full Restore Sprite.png Full Restore B2F; northeast of ladder in enclosed section  C  HG  SS 
Bag Ultra Ball Sprite.png Ultra Ball Southwest island; east section  C  HG  SS 
Bag Rare Candy Sprite.png Rare Candy Southeast island; in rock in northwest corner (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Pearl Sprite.png Pearl B1F; in rock east of northwest ladder (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Full Restore Sprite.png Full Restore B1F; southeast of northwest ladder  HG  SS 
Bag Revive Sprite.png Revive B1F; in a rock south of northeast ladder (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Super Repel Sprite.png Super Repel B1F; on rock west of northeast ladder (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Ultra Ball Sprite.png Ultra Ball B1F; in wall northwest of southeast ladder (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Full Restore Sprite.png Full Restore B2F; in wall northwest of main ladder (hidden)  HG  SS 
Bag Rare Candy Sprite.png Rare Candy Ledge overlooking Lugia's chamber  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation II

1F

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
041 Zubat
G S C
Cave Cave
23 30%
042 Golbat
G S C
Cave Cave
23 5%
042 Golbat
G S C
Cave Cave
25 5% 5% 0%
042 Golbat
G S C
Cave Cave
24-25 0% 0% 10%
086 Seel
G S C
Cave Cave
22-24 15%
086 Seel
G S C
Cave Cave
22-24 25% 25% 0%
098 Krabby
G S C
Cave Cave
22-24 50%
098 Krabby
G S C
Cave Cave
22-24 40% 40% 60%
Surfing
072 Tentacool
G S C
Surfing Surfing
20-24 60%
073 Tentacruel
G S C
Surfing Surfing
20-24 10%
116 Horsea
G S C
Surfing Surfing
15-19 30%
Fishing
098 Krabby
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
098 Krabby
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 55%
116 Horsea
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 10%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
098 Krabby
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 40%
099 Kingler
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
116 Horsea
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 30%
117 Seadra
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
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.

B1F

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
041 Zubat
G S C
Cave Cave
24 30%
042 Golbat
G S C
Cave Cave
24 5%
042 Golbat
G S C
Cave Cave
26 5% 5% 0%
042 Golbat
G S C
Cave Cave
25-26 0% 0% 10%
086 Seel
G S C
Cave Cave
23-25 15%
086 Seel
G S C
Cave Cave
23-25 25% 25% 0%
098 Krabby
G S C
Cave Cave
23-25 50%
098 Krabby
G S C
Cave Cave
23-25 40% 40% 60%
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.

B2F

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
041 Zubat
G S C
Cave Cave
24 30%
041 Zubat
G S C
Cave Cave
25 30%
042 Golbat
G S C
Cave Cave
24 5%
042 Golbat
G S C
Cave Cave
27 5% 5% 0%
042 Golbat
G S C
Cave Cave
26-27 0% 0% 10%
086 Seel
G S C
Cave Cave
23-25 15%
086 Seel
G S C
Cave Cave
24-26 25% 25% 0%
098 Krabby
G S C
Cave Cave
23-25 50%
098 Krabby
G S C
Cave Cave
24-26 40% 40% 60%
Surfing
116 Horsea
G S C
Surfing Surfing
15-24 90%
072 Tentacool
G S C
Surfing Surfing
20-24 10%
Fishing
098 Krabby
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
098 Krabby
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 55%
116 Horsea
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 10%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
098 Krabby
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 40%
099 Kingler
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
116 Horsea
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 30%
117 Seadra
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
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.

B2F (Inner Cave)

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
Morning Day Night
041 Zubat
G S C
Cave Cave
25 30%
041 Zubat
G S C
Cave Cave
26 30%
042 Golbat
G S C
Cave Cave
25 5%
042 Golbat
G S C
Cave Cave
28 5% 5% 0%
042 Golbat
G S C
Cave Cave
27-28 0% 0% 10%
086 Seel
G S C
Cave Cave
24-26 15%
086 Seel
G S C
Cave Cave
25-27 25% 25% 0%
098 Krabby
G S C
Cave Cave
24-26 50%
098 Krabby
G S C
Cave Cave
25-27 40% 40% 60%
Surfing
116 Horsea
G S C
Surfing Surfing
20-24 60%
117 Seadra
G S C
Surfing Surfing
20-24 10%
073 Tentacruel
G S C
Surfing Surfing
20-24 30%
Fishing
098 Krabby
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
098 Krabby
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 55%
116 Horsea
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 10%
129 Magikarp
G S C
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
098 Krabby
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 40%
099 Kingler
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
116 Horsea
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 30%
117 Seadra
G S C
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
Special Pokémon
249 Lugia
G S C
Premier Ball Only one
70 One
249 Lugia
G S C
Premier Ball Only one
40 One
249 Lugia
G S C
Premier Ball Only one
60 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.

Generation IV

Kimono Girls summoning Lugia inside the Whirl Islands in SoulSilver
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1F, B1F, B2F

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
098 Krabby
HG SS
Cave Cave
22-24 50%
041 Zubat
HG SS
Cave Cave
23 30%
086 Seel
HG SS
Cave Cave
22-24 15%
042 Golbat
HG SS
Cave Cave
23 5%
Surfing
072 Tentacool
HG SS
Surfing Surfing
15-25 60%
073 Tentacruel
HG SS
Surfing Surfing
15-25 10%
116 Horsea
HG SS
Surfing Surfing
10-20 30%
Fishing
098 Krabby
HG SS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 5%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
10 95%
098 Krabby
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 37%
116 Horsea
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 3%
129 Magikarp
HG SS
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
20 60%
098 Krabby
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 60%
116 Horsea
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 30%
117 Seadra
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 3%
099 Kingler
HG SS
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
40 7%
Special Pokémon
296 Makuhita
HG SS
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
24 20%
359 Absol
HG SS
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
22-23 20%
433 Chingling
HG SS
Sinnoh Sound Sinnoh Sound
24 20%
436 Bronzor
HG SS
Sinnoh Sound Sinnoh Sound
22-23 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.

B3F

Lugia in the Whirl Islands in Generation IV
  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
041 Zubat
HG SS
Cave Cave
24 30%
042 Golbat
HG SS
Cave Cave
24 5%
086 Seel
HG SS
Cave Cave
23-25 15%
098 Krabby
HG SS
Cave Cave
23-25 50%
Special Pokémon
249 Lugia
HG SS
Premier Ball Only one
70 One
249 Lugia
HG SS
Premier Ball Only one
45 One
296 Makuhita
HG SS
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
25 20%
359 Absol
HG SS
Hoenn Sound Hoenn Sound
23-24 20%
433 Chingling
HG SS
Sinnoh Sound Sinnoh Sound
25 20%
436 Bronzor
HG SS
Sinnoh Sound Sinnoh Sound
23-24 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.

Layout

Generation II

Version 1F Northwest 1F Northeast 1F Southwest 1F Southeast
Gold Whirl Islands 1F NW GSC.png Whirl Islands 1F NE GSC.png Whirl Islands 1F SW GSC.png Whirl Islands 1F SE GSC.png
Silver
Crystal
 


Version B1F B1F Middle B2F B2F Inner
Gold Whirl Islands B1F GSC.png Whirl Islands B1F Middle GSC.png Whirl Islands B2F GSC.png Whirl Islands B2F Inner GSC.png
Silver
Crystal
 

Generation IV

Version 1F Northwest 1F Northeast 1F Southwest 1F Southeast
HeartGold Whirl Islands 1F NW HGSS.png Whirl Islands 1F NE HGSS.png Whirl Islands 1F SW HGSS.png Whirl Islands 1F SE HGSS.png
SoulSilver
 


Version B1F B2F B3F B3F Lugia's Cave
HeartGold Whirl Islands B1F HGSS.png Whirl Islands B2F HGSS.png Whirl Islands B3F HGSS.png Whirl Islands B3F Lugia HGSS.png
SoulSilver
 

Eyecatch

In the anime

Map of the Whirl Islands in the anime

The depiction of the islands is far different in the anime. Far from being deserted, it contains many towns and other inhabitable areas. The Whirl Islands are home to the Whirl Cup, a competition for Water Pokémon Trainers held once every three years.

Rumors circulate that families of Lugia reside there. A mother Lugia and her baby, Silver, were sought by Dr. Namba and did, in fact, reveal themselves.

There are four main islands, with many smaller ones scattered throughout. Together, the islands in the archipelago form a spiral shape.

The islands, from north to south:

According to the Nurse Joy on Blue Point Isle, the climate varies from island to island.

In the manga

Silver flying over the Whirl Islands

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Whirl Islands first appeared in the Pokémon Adventures manga in Really Remoraid, where Morty was able to track the location of Gold and Silver at Lt. Surge's request. Having been nursed back to health by the Entei that had just left, the two awaken to find that Gold lost his backpack again (along with several of his other belongings), and Silver was missing the Red Gyarados he caught at the Lake of Rage. After fighting off a herd of Sandslash, the two come across Surge, who then returns them. However, there was a catch: before he could even inquire information regarding the Masked Man, the three were attacked by the wild Lugia that inhabited the islands, quite a berserk one that rampaged firing Aeroblasts left and right. After a tough battle during which they are joined by Crystal and their starters all evolve, they try to it in a Poké Ball, only to find out someone else, later revealed to be the Masked Man himself, did so before them.

After the incident, the three fail to track it down even with the Pokédexes' Area function, and soon Silver flies off on his own to the fourth and final island, in which Lance's hidden chamber resides. By using the three Water-type HM moves available at the time (Whirlpool, Waterfall, and Surf), he is able to enter it and acquire information from Lance, during which he returns the Tyranitar he borrowed.

Much later, in the HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter, Silver returns to Lance's chamber again, only to be joined by an angry Clair who demanded to know what he did to her cousin, who had recently gone missing. They are soon attacked by Petrel's many Koffing.

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 漩渦列島 Xuánwō Lièdǎo
France Flag.png French Tourb'Îles
Germany Flag.png German Strudelinseln
Italy Flag.png Italian Isole Vorticose
South Korea Flag.png Korean 소용돌이섬 Soyongdol-iseom
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Ilhas dos Redemoinhos*
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Islas Remolino



Johto
Zephyr Badge.png Hive Badge.png Plain Badge.png Fog Badge.png Storm Badge.png Mineral Badge.png Glacier Badge.png Rising Badge.png
Settlements
New Bark TownCherrygrove CityViolet CityAzalea TownGoldenrod CityEcruteak City
Olivine CityCianwood CityMahogany TownBlackthorn CitySafari Zone GateFrontier Access
Routes
2930313233343536373839404142434445464748
Landmarks
Dark CaveSprout TowerRuins of AlphUnion CaveSlowpoke WellIlex ForestRadio TowerGlobal Terminal
Goldenrod TunnelNational ParkPokéathlon DomeBell TowerBurned TowerMooMoo FarmGlitter Lighthouse
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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