Lake Valor

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Lake Valor リッシ湖
Risshi Lake
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
Lake Valor Pt.png
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Location: South end of Route 214DPPtBDSP
Northeastern Crimson MirelandsLA
Region: Sinnoh
Generations: IV, VIII
Sinnoh Lake Valor Map.png
Location of Lake Valor in Sinnoh.
Pokémon world locations

Lake Valor (Japanese: リッシ Risshi Lake) is a location in the Sinnoh region, and part of the Crimson Mirelands in the Hisui region. Here, Team Galactic's Commander Saturn is battled for the first time. Within the cave in the center of the lake resides the Legendary Pokémon Azelf.

The entrance to Lake Valor is blocked by two ScientistsDPBDSP or CameramenPt until the player talks to Professor Rowan at the Canalave Library after earning the Mine Badge.

History

A dry Lake Valor after the Galactic Bomb

According to Volo in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, there are two legends as to Lake Valor's origins. The first says it was formed from a volcano crater, as Lake Verity was, while the second says it was carved out in an ancient Pokémon battle.

In Pokémon: Legends: Arceus, the player travels to Lake Valor for Mission 16: The Trial of Lake Valor. In it, the players fights an Alpha Overqwil and catches or defeats it. Azelf appears after and tests the player's will by having them throw balms at Azelf as it dodges every attempt. After showing their will to keep going, Azelf gives the player "Azelf's Fang", one of the materials required to craft the Red Chain.

The player returns to the lake for Mission 22: The Plate of the Lakes, where they can catch Azelf.

As part of Request 89: The Diamond Clan's Treasure, the player battles Adaman at Lake Valor, earning the Adamant Crystal from him after winning.

During the events of Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Team Galactic uses a Galactic Bomb to dry up the lake. The resulting earthquake is felt in Canalave City, located at the opposite side of Sinnoh. While dried-up, what appears to be the remains of a river that flows into the lake is located to the northwest of the lake. When the lake is restored, the remnants of the river disappear and are replaced by trees. While the lake is dried up, the cavern entrance is at the level of the lakebed, but while it is filled, the entrance is at the water level.

After DialgaDBD/PalkiaPSP/GiratinaPt has been caught or defeated at Mount CoronetDPBDSP/the Distortion WorldPt, the lake will have been rejuvenated and can be Surfed on.

Items

Item Location Games
HP Up HP Up In the northwest while the lake is dry, next to the pile of Magikarp (hidden) (missable)  D  P  Pt  BD  SP 
TM Electric VI TM25 (Thunder) At the right edge of tall grass in the southeast part of the lake (requires Surf)  D  P  Pt  BD  SP 
Azelf's Fang LA Azelf's Fang From Azelf after clearing its trial during Mission 15: "The Trial of Lake Valor"  LA 
Adamant Crystal LA Adamant Crystal From Adaman after defeating him during Request 89: "The Diamond Clan's Treasure"  LA 

Pokémon

Generation IV

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Psyduck Psyduck
D P Pt
Grass Grass
35-36 20%
Psyduck Psyduck
D P Pt
Grass Grass
38-39 15%
Golduck Golduck
D P Pt
Grass Grass
40-41 15%
Noctowl Noctowl
D P Pt
Grass Grass
34, 36 0% 0% 20%
Staravia Staravia
D P Pt
Grass Grass
34-36 25% 25% 5%
Staravia Staravia
D P Pt
Grass Grass
38, 40 35%
Bibarel Bibarel
D P Pt
Grass Grass
34-36 45%
Bibarel Bibarel
D P Pt
Grass Grass
39, 41 35%
Chingling Chingling
D P Pt
Grass Grass
35-36 10%
Surfing
Psyduck Psyduck
D P Pt
Surfing Surfing
20-40 90%
Psyduck Psyduck
D P Pt
Surfing Surfing
20-30 90%
Golduck Golduck
D P Pt
Surfing Surfing
20-40 10%
Fishing
Magikarp Magikarp
D P Pt
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
3-10 100%
Magikarp Magikarp
D P Pt
Old Rod Fishing
Old Rod
3-15 100%
Goldeen Goldeen
D P Pt
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10-25 45%
Goldeen Goldeen
D P Pt
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
15-20 40%
Seaking Seaking
D P Pt
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
25-35 5%
Magikarp Magikarp
D P Pt
Good Rod Fishing
Good Rod
10-25 55%
Seaking Seaking
D P Pt
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
20-50 45%
Seaking Seaking
D P Pt
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
30-55 45%
Gyarados Gyarados
D P Pt
Super Rod Fishing
Super Rod
30-55 55%
Swarm
Lickitung Lickitung
D P Pt
Swarm Swarm
34, 36 40%
Special Pokémon
Wobbuffet Wobbuffet
D P Pt
Poké Radar Poké Radar
35, 36 22%
Wobbuffet Wobbuffet
D P Pt
Poké Radar Poké Radar
38, 40, 41 22%
Lunatone Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
35 8%
Lunatone Lunatone
D P Pt
Sapphire Dual-slot
Sapphire
40-41 8%
Solrock Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
35 8%
Solrock Solrock
D P Pt
Ruby Dual-slot
Ruby
40-41 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.


Valor Cavern

Azelf in Valor Cavern
Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Azelf Azelf
D P Pt
Premier Ball Only one
50 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 VIII

Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
Morning Day Night
BD SP
Grass
35-36 20%
BD SP
Grass
34, 36 0% 0% 20%
BD SP
Grass
34, 36 20% 20% 0%
BD SP
Grass
35 5%
BD SP
Grass
34-36 45%
BD SP
Grass
35-36 10%
Surfing
BD SP
Surfing
20-40 90%
BD SP
Surfing
20-40 10%
Fishing
BD SP
Old Rod
Fishing
Old Rod
3-10 100%
BD SP
Good Rod
Fishing
Good Rod
10-25 45%
BD SP
Good Rod
Fishing
Good Rod
10-25 55%
BD SP
Super Rod
Fishing
Super Rod
20-50 45%
BD SP
Super Rod
Fishing
Super Rod
30-55 55%
Swarm
BD SP
Swarm
34, 36 40%
Special Pokémon
BD SP
Poké Radar
35-36 22%
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.


Valor Cavern
Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
BD SP
Premier Ball
Only one
50 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.


Legends: Arceus

# Pokémon Levels Time of day Weather Presence of
Fixed Alpha
095 095 Onix 21-35 All All
339 339 Barboach 19-29 All All
340 340 Whiscash 26-49 All All Alpha icon.png
415 415 Combee 17-20 All All
416 416 Vespiquen 17-46 All All
482 482 Azelf* 70 All All
904 904 Overqwil* 58 All All Alpha icon.png

Trainers

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Lake Valor proper

Trainer Pokémon
Galactic Grunt
Galactic Grunt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1320
Glameow Glameow Lv.33
No item
Croagunk Croagunk Lv.33
No item
Galactic Grunt
Galactic Grunt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1440
Golbat Golbat Lv.32
No item
Croagunk Croagunk Lv.36
No item
Galactic Grunt
Galactic Grunt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1240
Croagunk Croagunk Lv.34
No item
Dustox Dustox Lv.31
No item
Beautifly Beautifly Lv.31
No item
Trainers with a Vs. Seeker by their names, when alerted for a rematch using the item, may use higher-level Pokémon.


Valor Cavern



Pokémon Platinum

Lake Valor proper

Trainer Pokémon
Galactic Grunt
Galactic Grunt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1400
Glameow Glameow Lv.35
No item
Murkrow Murkrow Lv.35
No item
Galactic Grunt
Galactic Grunt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1480
Golbat Golbat Lv.37
No item
Galactic Grunt
Galactic Grunt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1320
Croagunk Croagunk Lv.33
No item
Houndour Houndour Lv.33
No item
Stunky Stunky Lv.33
No item
Glameow Glameow Lv.33
No item
Trainers with a Vs. Seeker by their names, when alerted for a rematch using the item, may use higher-level Pokémon.


Valor Cavern



Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Lake Valor proper

Trainer Pokémon
Team Galactic Grunt
Team Galactic Grunt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1,584
Glameow Glameow Lv.33
No item
Croagunk Croagunk Lv.33
No item
Team Galactic Grunt
Team Galactic Grunt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1,728
Golbat Golbat Lv.32
No item
Croagunk Croagunk Lv.36
No item
Team Galactic Grunt
Team Galactic Grunt
Reward: PokémonDollar.png1,488
Croagunk Croagunk Lv.34
No item
Dustox Dustox Lv.31
No item
Beautifly Beautifly Lv.31
No item
Trainers with a Vs. Seeker by their names, when alerted for a rematch using the item, may use higher-level Pokémon.


Valor Cavern



Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Umbreon and Vaporeon have effort level 3 in their Defense and Sp. Defense stats.



Layout

Version Lake Dry Lake Cavern
Diamond Lake Valor DP.png Lake Valor Dry DP.png Lake Valor Cavern DP.png
Pearl
Platinum Lake Valor Pt.png Lake Valor Dry Pt.png Lake Valor Cavern Pt.png
 

In the anime

Lake Valor in the anime

In the anime, Lake Valor has a Contest Hall where two important tournaments organized by the Pokémon Activities Committee were held: the Wallace Cup and the Sinnoh Grand Festival. Like in the games, the Hotel Grand Lake and the Seven Stars Restaurant are located nearby. Due to its landmarks and the Pokémon competitions taking place there, Lake Valor is a popular tourist destination. The Pokémon Contest events are also responsible for bringing vendors to the area, with food and merchandise stalls lining up in the large street leading to the stadium. The lake is said to be the home of Azelf, the Legendary Pokémon known as "The Being of Willpower".

Ash and his friends arrived at Lake Valor for the Wallace Cup in A Full Course Tag Battle!. They were soon joined by May, who traveled all the way from Johto to compete for the Aqua Ribbon. Since the competition would not start until the next day, the group decided to visit the Seven Stars Restaurant, where they formed pairs to face off against the owners of the restaurant, Roman and Kylie, in Tag Battles, as it is required for customers to defeat them before sitting down to have a meal.

The Wallace Cup took place between Staging a Heroes' Welcome! and Strategy with a Smile! with Wallace as one of the Contest Judges. Dawn, Ash, May, Zoey, Jessilina, and Kyle were among the several Pokémon Coordinators taking part in the event. The final round pit Dawn against May and the two had a hard-fought match, with Dawn using her Piplup against May's Glaceon. When time ran out, Marian announced that Dawn had won. As a result, she was awarded the prestigious Aqua Ribbon, her second Contest Ribbon overall.

Tourists passing by the food and merch stalls

In Pruning a Passel of Pals!, Ash decided to go for a walk with Pikachu after falling out of bed. At the lake, he briefly saw the silhouette of Azelf hovering over the lake's surface. Ash's encounter with the Willpower Pokémon shares similarities to Dawn's encounter with Mesprit in Following A Maiden's Voyage! and Brock's encounter with Uxie in Uncrushing Defeat!.

In The Needs of the Three!, it was explained that Lake Valor, Lake Verity, and Lake Acuity are the entrances to another world where the lake guardians reside, and the Pokémon do not actually live in the lakes themselves. In order to draw Azelf out from its homeworld, Pokémon Hunter J, having been hired by Team Galactic, dropped the Galactic Bomb at the lake, which created a spatial anomaly that repelled the water and forced Azelf to appear.

After that, J proceeded to capture Azelf, prompting Mesprit and Uxie to appear at the lake. J tried to capture them as well but was challenged by Gary, who was monitoring the lake just as Professor Rowan and Professor Carolina were doing at Lake Verity and Lake Acuity, respectively. However, Gary's Umbreon and Electivire were no match to Saturn's Toxicroak and were quickly defeated. After J successfully captured all three lake guardians and delivered them to Saturn, her airship was struck by Mesprit and Uxie's Future Sight, which the two had used before being captured. This caused J's ship to crash and sink into Lake Valor. Soon after sinking, the ship exploded, leaving the fates of J and her henchmen unknown.

Although Marian announced in Fighting Ire with Fire! that the Sinnoh Grand Festival was going to be held at Lake Valor, Ash and his friends would only get there in Dealing With a Fierce Double Ditto Drama!. The competition began in Last Call — First Round! and was entered by 108 Coordinators who managed to collect five Ribbons from the Sinnoh region. Among them were Dawn and her rivals Zoey, Kenny, Nando, Ursula, and Jessilina. In the final round, which took place in A Grand Fight for Winning!, Dawn found herself against her longtime friend Zoey. After a fierce battle, Zoey emerged victorious, earning the Ribbon Cup and the title of Top Coordinator.

Gallery

Seven Stars Restaurant Hotel Grand Lake Contest Hall
Seven Stars Restaurant anime.png Hotel Grand Lake anime.png Lake Valor Contest Hall.png

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Lake Valor in Pokémon Adventures
Lake Valor dried up in Pokémon Adventures

Diamond & Pearl chapter

At the end of Bombastic Bibarel & Heroic Hippopotas, Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, and Dr. Footstep were thrown to the Lake Valor lakeside by a sandstorm created by a wild Hippowdon. Diamond and Platinum ended up on the shore and while seeking for their comrades, Diamond told Platinum about a mysterious incident that happened to him when he was little at Lake Verity. After this, they encountered two Scientists, who intended to take them away, leading to a battle. Meanwhile, Pearl and Dr. Footstep had ended up on the opposite shore of the lake, but were thrown on an island in the middle of the lake by a wild Staraptor. In the midst of the battle between Diamond and Platinum and the Scientists, a strange light coming from the center of the lake gave Diamond and Platinum a chance to resolve the battle. Pearl and Dr. Footstep swam to the shore and saw the two Scientists tied up. After Diamond explained what had happened, Platinum fainted due to the burden of the battle. In the morning, she woke up, shocked upon noticing they had camped out the previous night, as opposed to her plan of staying at Hotel Grand Lake. After the first shock, she recovered and enjoyed the sunrise.

Later, after Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum decided to split up to stop Team Galactic, Pearl headed to Lake Valor. In Tackling Tangrowth, Team Galactic blew up the lake with the Galactic Bomb in order to awaken and capture the lake guardians. While being dragged into Valor Cavern by Saturn, Pearl revealed that he had seen a reflection of a blue-headed Pokémon on the surface of the puddle in the cavern while being there earlier. After Team Galactic had successfully captured Azelf, the dried-up lake was taken care of by Crasher Wake, who had his Quagsire and Floatzel use Rain Dance in order to refill it.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Lake Valor debuted in The Legendary Pokémon, Captured, where Hareta arrived there to find it dried up by a Galactic Bomb detonated by Saturn, who had succeeded in capturing Azelf. While a group of Gym Leaders called into action by Byron took care of the Team Galactic Grunts present, Hareta battled and defeated Saturn. In The Battle Rages On, Cyrus arrived and berated Saturn of his failure. Since Hareta had lost his previous battle against Cyrus, he demanded to battle the Galactic Boss one-on-one. However, the battle was left unfinished when Saturn used his Rhyperior's Lightning Rod to redirect Hareta's finishing move away from Cyrus's Gyarados. After Rhyperior had been defeated by Hareta's Piplup, Cyrus took Saturn with him and left, and Byron, impressed by Hareta's strength, gave him a Mine Badge.

Trivia

  • At each of Sinnoh's lakes, a TM can be found containing a powerful move of a different type. Lake Valor's TM is the Electric-type TM25 (Thunder).
  • When the bomb is set off here, the blast is powerful enough to be felt in Canalave City on the other side of Sinnoh, but there is no damage to the Magikarp living in the lake or the surrounding area, besides the obvious crater and disappearance of water.
  • Lake Valor is the only Sinnoh lake that is not entered from the south.

Name origin

Valor means "courage". This is fitting, as Azelf is the Willpower Pokémon.

Risshi is from 立志 risshi (resolve, aspiration), as indicated by a signpost in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl that provided an annotation of its name fully written in kanji as 立志湖.

In other languages

Lake Valor

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 立志湖 Laahpji Wùh
Mandarin 立志湖 Lìzhì Hú
Finland Flag.png Finnish Valor-järvi
France Flag.png French Lac Courage
Germany Flag.png German See der Kühnheit
Italy Flag.png Italian Lago Valore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 입지호수 Ipji Hosu
Poland Flag.png Polish Jezioro Waleczności
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Lago Valor
Russia Flag.png Russian Лейк Валор Leik Valor
Spain Flag.png Spanish Lago Valor
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Hồ Quyết Chí

Valor Cavern

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 立志湖洞窟 Laahpji Wùh Duhngfāt
Mandarin 立志湖洞窟 Lìzhì Hú Dòngkū
France Flag.png French Caverne Courage
Germany Flag.png German Kühnheitsgrotte
Italy Flag.png Italian Grotta Valore
Spain Flag.png Spanish Caverna Valor


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
201202203204205206207208209210211212213214215
216217218219220221222223224225226227228229230
Landmarks
Lake Verity (Lakefront) • Oreburgh GateOreburgh MineOreburgh Mining MuseumGlobal Terminal/Global Wonder Station
Ravaged PathFloaroma MeadowValley WindworksEterna ForestOld ChateauThe Underground/Grand Underground
Wayward CaveMount CoronetAmity SquareLost TowerHallowed TowerSolaceon RuinsManiac TunnelLake Valor (Lakefront)
Great MarshPokémon MansionTrophy GardenFuego IronworksIron IslandLake Acuity (Lakefront) • Spear PillarVictory Road
Pal Park/Ramanas ParkContest HallBattle ZoneBattle ParkBattle Tower/Battle FrontierStark MountainSnowpoint Temple
Spring PathSendoff SpringTurnback CaveFullmoon IslandNewmoon IslandSeabreak PathFlower ParadiseHall of Origin
Access to
Distortion World
See also
Hisui


Hisui
Kleavor stamp.png Lilligant stamp.png Arcanine stamp.png Electrode stamp.png Avalugg stamp.png
Settlements
Jubilife VillageDiamond SettlementPearl SettlementAncient Retreat
Obsidian Fieldlands
Aspiration HillFloaro GardensHorseshoe PlainsGrueling GroveWorn BridgeDeertrack PathDeertrack Heights
Windswept RunNature's PantryTidewater DamThe HeartwoodGrandtree ArenaOreburrow TunnelObsidian Falls
Ramanas IslandSandgem FlatsLake Verity
Crimson Mirelands
Golden LowlandsGapejaw BogHolm of TrialsUrsa's RingSludge MoundScarlet BogSolaceon RuinsCloudpool Ridge
Shrouded RuinsDiamond HeathBolderoll SlopeCottonsedge PrairieDroning MeadowLake ValorBrava Arena
Cobalt Coastlands
Crossing SlopeGinkgo LandingAipom HillBathers' LagoonHideaway BayDeadwood HauntTombolo Walk
Sand's ReachTranquility CoveCastaway ShoreWindbreak StandSpring PathTurnback CaveIslespy Shore
Veilstone CapeLunker's LairSeagrass HavenSeaside HollowFirespit IslandMolten ArenaLava Dome Sanctum
Coronet Highlands
Heavenward LookoutWayward CaveWayward WoodAncient QuarrySonorous PathLonely SpringClamberclaw Cliffs
Celestica RuinsCelestica TrailPrimeval GrottoSacred PlazaStonetooth RowsBolderoll RavineFabled Spring
Moonview ArenaCloudcap PassStone PortalTemple of SinnohHall of Origin
Alabaster Icelands
Whiteout ValleyBonechill WastesIcebound FallsAvalanche SlopesArena's ApproachAvalugg's Legacy
Icepeak CavernSnowfall Hot SpringGlacier TerraceHeart's CragLake AcuitySnowpoint TempleIcepeak Arena
See also
SinnohMount CoronetSpace-time distortion


Game locations of Legendary and Mythical 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 IslandSea MauvilleScorched Slab
Pathless PlainNameless CavernFabled CaveGnarled Den
Trackless ForestCrescent IsleSkyRoaming Pokémon
Sinnoh Acuity CavernValor CavernSpear PillarTurnback Cave
Rock Peak RuinsIceberg RuinsIron RuinsSnowpoint Temple
Stark MountainNewmoon IslandFlower ParadiseHall of Origin
Ramanas ParkFloaroma TownRoaming 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 Cave
Unknown DungeonRoaming Pokémon
Alola Route 16Altar of the SunneAltar of the MooneMount LanakilaMahalo Trail
Ruins of ConflictRuins of LifeRuins of AbundanceRuins of Hope
Aether ParadiseAncient Poni PathLake of the SunneLake of the Moone
Ten Carat HillResolution Cave
Galar Tower SummitBattle TowerMaster DojoCrown ShrineMax Lair
Rock Peak RuinsIceberg RuinsIron RuinsSplit-Decision RuinsGiant's Bed
Frigid SeaLakeside CaveBallimere LakeFreezingtonRoaming Pokémon
Hisui Seaside HollowTemple of SinnohAcuity CavernValor CavernVerity Cavern
Lava Dome SanctumMoonview ArenaSnowpoint TempleTurnback CaveBonechill Wastes
Cobalt CoastlandsRamanas IslandScarlet BogCoronet HighlandsFloaro Gardens
Other Faraway IslandDistortion WorldSinjoh RuinsUltra Space Wilds


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