Dark Cave

Dark Cave くらやみのほらあな
Dark Cave
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
HGSS Dark Cave-Route 45-Morning.png
Map description: A dark, difficult-to-navigate tunnel that runs beneath the Johto region.
Location: Route 31 east of Violet City, Route 45 south of Blackthorn City, Route 46 north of Route 29
Region: Johto
Generations: II, IV
Johto Dark Cave Map.png
Location of Dark Cave in Johto.
Pokémon world locations
This article is about the cave in Johto. For the Pokéwalker Route, see Dim Cave (Pokéwalker Route).
Dark cave redirects here. For a list of caves in which Flash is usable, see Flash (move)#Areas in which Flash is usable.

Dark Cave (Japanese: くらやみのほらあな Dark Cave) is a single-level cave located in eastern Johto. Though it is not necessary to enter the cave to complete the storyline, Dark Cave is the only place in the Generation II games to capture wild Dunsparce and Wobbuffet. As its name implies, Flash is required to illuminate the cave.

The cave is unique in that the cave is separated into two parts, yet the cave does not change floors between the two areas.

Geography

Route 45 side

The northernmost point in the cave is at the entrance leading to and from Route 45 just south of Blackthorn City. The path of the cave makes a 90-degree turn to the right before proceeding south for a short distance to the first of two underground ponds in the cave. Trainers can Surf directly south to reach a Revive, to the southwest then to the north to reach a man who hands out the BlackGlasses, or to the southwest to make landfall near TM13 (Snore). West of TM13, the path from the BlackGlasses man merges with the TM13 path as it turns south and enters the southern portion of Dark Cave. Ledges on this side prevent access to Route 45 and Blackthorn City from the south via Dark Cave.

Route 31 side

Immediately after emerging from the north half, the path comes to the second of two ponds. Trainers can Surf to the west from this point to snag a Potion and reach Route 31, or, if a Pokémon knows Rock Smash, they can also Surf to the south and dispose of a series of rocks as they head north and find a hidden Elixir and then eastward toward a Hyper Potion. Near the item, the path of the cave turns south, passing a Full Heal and a Dire Hit (in Crystal only) before reaching its southernmost point at Route 46.

In Generation IV, some of the rocks that can be broken with Rock Smash have been replaced with boulders that require Strength to be moved.

Items

Route 31 side

Item Location Games
  Elixer In the northernmost area of the Route 31 side, at the end of a short dead-end path (requires Rock Smash) (hidden)  G  S  C 
  Dire Hit Northwest of the exit to Route 46 (requires Rock Smash)  C  HG  SS 
  Hyper Potion Directly north of the Route 46 entrance in the northeast corner (requires Rock Smash)  G  S  C 
  Hyper Potion South of northeast corner (requires Rock Smash)  HG  SS 
  Potion Near the exit to Route 31  G  S  C  HG  SS 
  Poké Ball In a rock northeast of the Potion (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Black Flute East of the Route 31 entrance (requires Surf)  HG  SS 
  Max Ether In a wall between two rocks southeast of the Hyper Potion (requires Rock Smash) (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Full Heal North of the Route 46 entrance (requires Rock Smash)  G  S  C  HG  SS 

Route 45 side

Item Location Games
  TM13 (Snore) Near the entrance separating the Route 45 side from the Route 31 side  G  S  C 
  Elixir Southwest of entrance from Route 45 (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Revive Southeast corner (requires Surf)  G  S  C  HG  SS 
  TM54 (False Swipe) Northeast of the exit to the Route 31 side (requires Surf)  HG  SS 
  BlackGlasses From the man in the northwest corner of the Route 45 side (requires Surf)  G  S  C  HG  SS 
  Max Revive On a rock, north of the man who gives BlackGlasses (requires Surf) (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Hyper Potion On a rock north of the exit to the Route 31 side (requires Surf) (hidden)  HG  SS 

Rock Smash

Item Location Games
  Red Shard Randomly found by smashing breakable rocks  HG  SS 
  Blue Shard Randomly found by smashing breakable rocks  HG  SS 
  Yellow Shard Randomly found by smashing breakable rocks  HG  SS 
  Green Shard Randomly found by smashing breakable rocks  HG  SS 
  Heart Scale Randomly found by smashing breakable rocks  HG  SS 
  Revive Randomly found by smashing breakable rocks  HG  SS 
  Max Ether Randomly found by smashing breakable rocks  HG  SS 
  Star Piece Randomly found by smashing breakable rocks  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation II

Route 31 side

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
  Zubat
G S C
  Cave
2-4 39%
  Zubat
G S C
  Cave
2-4 34% 39% 39%
  Geodude
G S C
  Cave
2-4 60%
  Dunsparce
G S C
  Cave
4 1%
  Teddiursa
G S C
  Cave
2 5% 0% 0%
Surfing
  Magikarp
G S C
  Surfing
5-19 100%
Fishing
  Goldeen
G S C
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
  Goldeen
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 65%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
  Goldeen
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 70%
  Seaking
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
Rock Smash
  Krabby
G S C
  Rock Smash
15 90%
  Shuckle
G S C
  Rock Smash
15 10%
During a Dunsparce swarm
  Zubat
G S C
  Swarm
2 20%
  Geodude
G S C
  Swarm
2-3 40%
  Dunsparce
G S C
  Swarm
2-4 40%
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.


Route 45 side

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
  Zubat
G S C
  Cave
23 30%
  Golbat
G S C
  Cave
23 5%
  Geodude
G S C
  Cave
23 30%
  Graveler
G S C
  Cave
25 20%
  Wobbuffet
G S C
  Cave
20-25 15%
  Wobbuffet
G S C
  Cave
20-25 0% 0% 15%
  Teddiursa
G S C
  Cave
20 5% 0% 0%
  Ursaring
G S C
  Cave
25 10% 0% 0%
  Ursaring
G S C
  Cave
25-30 0% 15% 0%
Surfing
  Magikarp
G S C
  Surfing
5-19 100%
Fishing
  Goldeen
G S C
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
  Goldeen
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 65%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
  Goldeen
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 70%
  Seaking
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 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.


Generation IV

Route 31 side

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
  Zubat
HG SS
  Cave
2-4 39%
  Geodude
HG SS
  Cave
2-4 60%
  Dunsparce
HG SS
  Cave
4 1%
Surfing
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Surfing
2-20 100%
Fishing
  Goldeen
HG SS
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
  Goldeen
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 60%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 40%
  Goldeen
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 70%
  Seaking
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
Rock Smash
  Geodude
HG SS
  Rock Smash
8-14 10%
  Dunsparce
HG SS
  Rock Smash
4-8 90%
During a Dunsparce swarm
  Zubat
HG SS
  Cave
2-4 19%
  Geodude
HG SS
  Cave
2-4 40%
  Dunsparce
HG SS
  Cave
2-4 41%
Special Pokémon
  Makuhita
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
2 20%
  Absol
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
2-3 20%
  Chingling
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
2 20%
  Bronzor
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
2-3 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.


Route 45 side

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
  Zubat
HG SS
  Cave
23 30%
  Golbat
HG SS
  Cave
23 5%
  Geodude
HG SS
  Cave
23 30%
  Graveler
HG SS
  Cave
25 20%
  Wobbuffet
HG SS
  Cave
20-25 15%
Surfing
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Surfing
2-20 100%
Fishing
  Goldeen
HG SS
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
  Goldeen
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 60%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 40%
  Goldeen
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 70%
  Seaking
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
Special Pokémon
  Makuhita
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
25 20%
  Absol
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
23 20%
  Chingling
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
25 20%
  Bronzor
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
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.


Layout

Version Route 31 side Route 45 side
Gold    
Silver
Crystal
HeartGold    
SoulSilver
 

Preview

Walking Pokémon effects

When interacting with walking Pokémon in HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Pokémon may occasionally show an altered mood specific to this location.

  • Ice-type Pokémon become happy that it's become a bit cold.
  • Non-Ice-type walking Pokémon become angry that they feel a bit cold and sometimes bump into the player.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 黑暗穴 Hākam Yuht
Mandarin 黑暗穴 Hēiàn Xué
  Dutch Duistere Grot
  French Antre NoirHGSS
Antre NoireGSC
  German Dunkelhöhle
  Italian Grotta Scura
  Korean 어둠의 동굴 Eodum-yi Donggul
  Spanish Cueva Oscura


References


Johto
               
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 TowerBellchime TrailBurned 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


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