Desert Ruins

Desert Ruins 砂漠遺跡
Desert Ruins
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
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Location: Route 111
Region: Hoenn
Generations: III, VI
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Location of Desert Ruins in Hoenn.
Pokémon world locations

The Desert Ruins (Japanese: 砂漠遺跡 Desert Ruins) is a location in Hoenn, situated in the desert of Route 111. Regirock resides in the innermost chamber.


To get to Regirock, the Sealed Chamber's puzzle must be completed. After this has happened, the ruins can be accessed.

To open the door in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, once in the lobby area, at the Braille inscription, the player must go two steps right, then two steps down, and then use Strength. The Braille reads: "Right, right, down, down. Then, use Strength."

To open the door in Emerald, the player must instead go two steps left, then two steps down, and then use Rock Smash. The Braille reads: "Left, left, down, down. Then, use Rock Smash."

To open the door in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the player must go two steps right, then two steps down, and then use Strength. The Braille reads: "Right, right, down, down, then use your Strength."

Special encounters

Generation III

A Regirock appears in the back of the cave after solving the Braille puzzle. If run from, it respawns upon leaving the area.

Rock Unknown
Clear Body
Held item:
Regirock Lv.40
Rock Throw

Generation VI

A Regirock appears in the back of the cave after solving the Braille puzzle. If defeated or run from, it respawns after entering the Hall of Fame.

Rock Unknown
Clear Body
Held item:
Regirock Lv.40
Ground Physical
Ghost Status
Ancient Power
Rock Special
Iron Defense
Steel Status


Game Exterior Interior
Omega Ruby    
Alpha Sapphire

In the manga

Desert Ruins in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Ruby & Sapphire arc

Desert Ruins first appeared in Mind-Boggling with Medicham, where the ground underneath the ruins served as a temporary meeting place for Maxie and the Magma Admins.

In The Beginning of the End with Kyogre & Groudon XIII, Sidney was stationed at the Desert Ruins as a part of Steven's plan to unseal the legendary giants. Despite Sidney's best efforts to open it, the seal wasn't undone until A Royal Rumble with Regirock, Regice and Registeel II, where Steven figured out the key to unlocking it.

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning and/or featuring Desert Ruins in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Desert Ruins T [St] EX Hidden Legends   88/101 Undone Seal   080/083

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 沙漠遺蹟 Sāmohk Wàihjīk
Mandarin 沙漠遺跡 / 沙漠遗迹 Shāmò Yíjī / Shāmò Yíjì
  French Ruines Désert
  German Wüstenruine
  Italian Rovine Sabbiose
  Korean 사막유적 Samak Yujeok
  European Spanish Ruinas Desierto (III)
Ruinas del Desierto (VI)
  Vietnamese Di tích Sa mạc

See also

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Seaside Cycling RoadTrick HouseMauville Game CornerNew MauvilleTrainer HillDesert RuinsMirage TowerFiery Path
Jagged PassMt. ChimneyDesert UnderpassMeteor FallsWeather InstituteScorched SlabAncient TombSafari ZoneMt. Pyre
Lilycove MuseumShoal CaveTeam Aqua Hideout • Team Magma Hideout (LilycoveJagged Pass) • Mossdeep Space CenterSeafloor Cavern
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Burned TowerEmbedded TowerRoaming Pokémon
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Terra CaveSky PillarSouthern IslandSea MauvilleScorched Slab
Pathless PlainNameless CavernFabled CaveGnarled Den
Trackless ForestCrescent IsleSkyRoaming Pokémon
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