Sinjoh Ruins

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Sinjoh Ruins シントいせき
Shinto Ruins
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Map description: A snow-covered area of old legends, surrounded by a wall of snow.
Location: North of Johto
Region: Johto
Generations: IV
Johto Sinjoh Ruins Map.png
Location of Sinjoh Ruins in Johto.
Pokémon world locations

The Sinjoh Ruins (Japanese: シントいせき Shinto Ruins) are a location in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. While it is not a part of any known region, it can be visited by way of a mysterious entry point in the Ruins of Alph created by the Unown and Arceus.

The only known way to the Sinjoh Ruins is by way bringing an Arceus from a Nintendo event or the Hall of Origin to the Ruins of Alph. If the Arceus is currently the player's partner Pokémon, the lead archaeologist will come across it and ask the player to enter the ruins to unlock a secret. After some waiting, the screen will turn black and both the player and Arceus will be teleported to the Sinjoh Ruins. In a nearby cabin outside the snowbound ruins, Cynthia will be found waiting for the player, and will tell them that she feels that something is going to happen at the Mystri Stage (Japanese: みつぶたい Triad Stage).

Cynthia will escort the player back into the ruins and show them the stage, which is linked to Arceus's power of creation. The player will get a choice to obtain only one of either Dialga, Palkia, or Giratina at level 1, equipped with their respective orbs. Arceus must be the only Pokémon in the player's party for this to occur, and a PC is inside the cabin near the ruins for the player to use to deposit all others. Once the player chooses one of three circles, a swarm of Unown will surround Arceus, and a sequence will follow whereby Arceus will create an egg of the desired legendary Pokémon. As the event ends, the player and Arceus will be teleported back to the Ruins of Alph, where the archaeologist will observe that the nature of the Unown and Arceus' connection is yet another unsolved mystery.

As revealed by Cynthia and a Hiker in the same cabin, the Sinjoh Ruins are the remains of a temple created hundreds of years ago by two groups of humans: one who had come from Sinnoh, and another who had hailed from Johto, or specifically the Ruins of Alph. Because of this, the ruins contain elements of both the Spear Pillar and the Ruins of Alph, as a sign of the blending of the two cultures. It is unknown what brought the two clans together to build a temple for Arceus, but this probably has to do with the underlying relationship between Arceus and the Unown.

Later, after the the player visited the Sinjoh Ruins with an event Arceus, they can take the Arceus from the Hall of Origin to one of the ruins in the Ruins of Alph and be transported back to the Sinjoh Ruins. In the revisit, Cynthia has returned to Sinnoh, and the player can go to the Mystri Stage to obtain one of the dragons they didn't obtain before.


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Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate

Special Pokémon

483 Dialga HG SS Event 1 Only one

484 Palkia HG SS Event 1 Only one

487O Giratina
Origin Forme
HG SS Event 1 Only 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.



  • The background music in this area is an arrangement of themes used in and on Mt. Coronet, indicating a possible connection.
  • The Sinjoh Ruins are outside the range of the map, and therefore technically are not part of the Ruins of Alph, or the regions of Johto and Kanto. It is unknown where exactly they are in relation to Sinnoh and Mt. Coronet; the only hint to their location is the Pokégear's map of Johto pointing north.
  • The creation event that takes place here includes real-life pictures in the game. This is the first time this has happened in any Pokémon canon.
  • Choosing the Giratina from the event is the only legitimate way to get a Griseous Orb, and therefore Giratina in its Origin Forme, in a HeartGold or SoulSilver game because the item cannot be held by a Pokémon being traded.
  • For unknown reasons, whenever the Sinjoh Ruins or the Mystri Stage is mentioned in-game, their names are highlighted in red.

Name origin

  • The Japanese name is a portmanteau of Shin'ō and Jōto, as it is a place where the architecture and legends of both regions meet. The English name reflects this, though using the beginning of "Johto" rather than the end. The combination of the names of two regions alludes to the Tohjo Falls.

In other languages

  • French: Ruines Sinjoh
  • Deutsch: Sinjoh-Ruinen
  • Spanish: Ruinas de Sinjoh

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