Appendix:Emerald walkthrough/Section 15

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Route 126

Route 126
Route 126 (underwater)

The waters of Route 126 surround a massive crater, inside of which lies Sootopolis City. There's no way to reach the city from the surface, so the entrance must be hidden beneath the waves.

Sootopolis City

Sootopolis City
Cave of Origin, 1F
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Cave of Origin, B1F

Sootopolis City rises from the crater of an inactive volcano and can only be reached by sea or sky. The final Gym in the Hoenn League is located here, but there are more urgent matters to attend to first. With Hoenn's weather becoming increasingly oppressive, you must race to the Cave of Origin and stop the super-ancient Pokémon from destroying the entire region!

A Battle of Legends

When you surface inside the crater, you find Groudon and Kyogre locked in battle a short distance ahead. The unending shifts in weather have frightened many of the city's residents into their homes with their doors locked tight, while others brave the elements to witness the super-ancient Pokémon fighting. Maxie and Archie stand outside the Gym, which is also closed, begging the two Pokémon to stop their battle, but to no effect.

Catch Up with Steven

Surf westward from the Gym to a grassy shore to meet Steven. He assumes that your presence here means that you're prepared to become involved in this crisis, and has someone he would like you to meet. He leads you around to the north side of the crater, and the entrance to the Cave of Origin. After a word with the guard, he asks you to search the cave for someone named Wallace.

Cave of Origin

The Cave of Origin is said to hold a great source of ancient power. Whatever lies in its uncharted depths, it has drawn the attention of the super-ancient Pokémon. It must be stopped, and only you can save Hoenn from its destructive influence!


There's not a moment to lose! Sprint down the entry hall to reach the cave's interior.


Head in a clockwise direction to reach the ladder in the northeast.


The lowest floor is lined with sapphires and rubies. Visit the south side of this mist-filled room to meet Wallace. He was once the Sootopolis Gym Leader, but something came up that caused him to leave the Gym in the care of his mentor, Juan. According to Wallace, Groudon and Kyogre are not the only super-ancient Pokémon—there is a third somewhere, named Rayquaza. It's believed that it was Rayquaza that becalmed the two combatants in the distant past, but even Wallace can't be sure where it's located now. He asks if you might know where it is, and after you mention Sky Pillar, he sets off in search of the ancient creature. To follow him, you'll need to trek through the southeast ocean beginning with Route 129.

Route 129

Route 129

Route 129 lies to the south of Route 128. Though an optional route, the several Trainers found here make it a worthwhile place to explore.

Route 130

Route 130
Route 130, with Mirage Island

Route 130 is a short, straightforward route that links Routes 129 and 131. The waterway is occasionally occupied by Mirage Island.

Mirage Island

While Route 130 usually appears as a simple stretch of ocean, it is sometimes home to a strange island that seems to appear and disappear. The island is inhabited only by Wynaut, which range in level from 5 to 50. A soft soil patch on the island's east side holds a single Liechi Berry tree. This is the best Berry to use in Pokéblocks, as it will produce Gold Pokéblocks.

Route 131

Route 131

Route 131 lies between Route 130 to the east and Pacifidlog Town to the west. There are no underwater trenches in this stretch of ocean, but several Trainers on the surface are looking to battle. On the route's north side is a large island, currently off-limits, that is home to the towering Sky Pillar.

Sky Pillar, Exterior
Sky Pillar, 6F

Sky Pillar

Sky Pillar is an ancient, towering altar built for the ascension of Hoenn's ageless protector, the legendary dragon Rayquaza.


After climbing through the tunnel from the sea, you emerge on the island's upper level. Wallace approaches you from the tower, having just unlocked the door. Sudden earthquakes rock the island as the weather distortions continue to spread from Sootopolis. He's worried about the city and heads back, leaving you to scale the tower on your own.


Enter the tower and climb the stairs to 4F. Step onto the cracked tiles on the north side of the floor; this causes you to fall back down to a previously-inaccessible part of 3F. Climb to 5F and take the stairs in the northeast to reach the apex.


Upon reaching the rooftop, you find the legendary creature beyond one final flight of stairs. Approach the dragon and it awakens, before flying off with a cry loud enough to shake the tower. Follow it back to Sootopolis!

← Part 14 Route 128, Seafloor Cavern
Sootopolis Gym, Abandoned Ship, New Mauville, Pacifidlog Town Part 16 →

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