In the games
It is first accessed when reaching the Spear Pillar, the summit of Mt. Coronet, to stop Team Galactic's plot to control Dialga and Palkia. When the lake guardians are unable to handle both of them, Giratina comes and swoops on Cyrus to stop him from destroying both worlds. After Cyrus is taken away by Giratina, the player must follow it and navigate the area with the help of Mesprit, Azelf, Uxie, and Cynthia. The Pokémon will guide the player in the Strength puzzle.
When in the Distortion World, Giratina will be in its true form, the Origin Forme. The Griseous Orb found here can be used to make Giratina assume this form outside of the Distortion World, where it would normally be in its Altered Forme.
Exploring the Distortion World
The Distortion World is said to be another universe or world parallel to the Pokémon world. Two known gateways to it exist: one at the top of Mt. Coronet on the Spear Pillar, and another in Turnback Cave.
More of the 3D capabilities of the DS are utilized in the Distortion World than elsewhere in Sinnoh. It is a dark place with platforms floating at many different angles. The world disobeys the normal laws of physics, creating an effect similar to the art of M. C. Escher: time does not flow and spatial relations are irregular, allowing the player to walk and surf on walls in any direction. Trees and rocks can simply grow out of the ground and then disappear. The player is able to go up a waterfall without having the move Waterfall or the Beacon Badge. This is possibly due to the fact that gravity is not normal in this world; therefore, no extra effort is needed by the Pokémon to climb the waterfall. Also, given how the player appears to be "surfing" on the waterfall's surface, it may be that the waterfall isn't being "climbed" at all. The only Pokémon known to inhabit the Distortion World is Giratina.
The world's rust-colored landmass is separated into tiny islands. Trees are spiky and incredibly tall, much like giant kelp. Beneath the floating land, there is a spinning whirlpool of spatial clouds.
Cynthia and Cyrus theorize that this world was created by Giratina as a balance for the real world.
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Effects in gameplay
The Journal entry after defeating Cyrus in the Distortion World
The Distortion World is the only place in which a Pokémon that has used Transform can assume Giratina's Origin Forme in Generation IV. Since in Generation IV only Giratina can hold the Griseous Orb, all Pokémon that transform into an Origin Forme Giratina will immediately become the Altered Forme outside of this area.
Battling Giratina here is the only instance in the Generation IV games where the battle scene does not include a platform graphic underneath the Pokémon.
Although time is said to not flow here, the game clock counting total gameplay time will still add time spent here and events affected by time, such as Eevee's evolution to Espeon or Umbreon, still occur.
After defeating Cyrus, the Journal entry for that day reads "Met Distortion World's Cyrus!".
In the anime
- Main article: Reverse World
The Reverse World is the anime counterpart to the Distortion World.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
The Distortion World in Pokémon Adventures
The Distortion World makes its first appearance at the Spear Pillar when Cyrus, leader of Team Galactic forces Dialga and Palkia to battle each other, causing a black hole to appear in the sky. Cyrus incorrectly assumes it is the new world that he had intended to create by having the two dragons fight each other but he was later corrected by Charon.
After Cyrus is defeated by Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, Charon spies on the heroes as they leave to go take their fallen enemies and Cyrus to the hospital. The machine he is holding is taken by Gym Leader Byron, who accidentally puts it under the hole in sky. This causes a reaction and several black tentacles shoot out from the hole and pull Dialga, Palkia, and the unconscious Cyrus into it. A large serpentine Pokémon then glances at the Pokédex holders before leaving and the hole closing behind it.
Later, it is revealed the bodyguards of Platinum, Paka and Uji, were transported to another dimension by Saturn; Platinum assumes that the location they were transported to was the Distortion World and sets out to find information about it so she can rescue them. The Platinum chapter involves Platinum and her ally, International Police member Looker, going to the Battle Frontier to gather information about it.
The Distortion World entrance over Mt. Coronet
In interviews Junichi Masuda and Takeshi Kawachimaru did for G4, it was revealed that Giratina and the Distortion World are personifications of antimatter. The Distortion World's antimatter affects the real world's matter and vice versa, though they mentioned that antimatter is more fragile than matter.
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