Distortion World

Distortion World やぶれたせかい
Shattered World
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
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Location: Alternate dimension
Region: None
Generations: IV
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Location of Distortion World in Sinnoh.
Pokémon world locations

The Distortion World (Japanese: やぶれたせかい Shattered World) is the name given to an alternate dimension in Pokémon Platinum and the true home of the Legendary Pokémon Giratina.


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.

While the Distortion World does not appear in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, a similar area can be set up in Ramanas Park called the "Distortion Room" which plays a similar role of battling Giratina in its Origin Forme and obtaining the Griseous Orb. However, as Giratina is caught in Turnback Cave, the one that appears here is in a shadow-based form, signifying that it cannot be caught. It will only reveal its true form after the battle, which also flips the area upside down.


Exploring the Distortion World

The Distortion World is said to be another universe or world parallel to the Pokémon world. Two gateways to it have been known to exist: one opened at the top of Mt. Coronet on the Spear Pillar, and the one present 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 is said to not flow and spatial relations are shown to be 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. Therefore, fishing has no results here, showing up with a message that there seems to be no Pokémon in this water.

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.


Item Location Games
  Griseous Orb Accessible via the Turnback Cave entrance  Pt 

Special encounters

An Origin Forme Giratina appears here as part of the story. If defeated or run from, it respawns in Turnback Cave after entering the Hall of Fame.

Ghost Dragon
Held item:
Giratina Lv.47
Ominous Wind
Ghost Special
Rock Special
Dragon Claw
Dragon Physical
Shadow Force
Ghost Physical


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. In addition, the clock on the Pokétch functions normally.

After defeating Cyrus, the Journal entry for that day reads "Met Distortion World's Cyrus!".


Spear Pillar

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B6F B7F B7F Giratina's Area

Turnback Cave

Version Map

In the anime

The Distortion World in Pokémon Generations

Main series

Main article: Reverse World

The Reverse World is the anime counterpart to the Distortion World.

Pokémon Generations

The Distortion World appeared in The New World, where Cyrus was taken there by Giratina after his failed attempt to control Dialga and Palkia at the Spear Pillar. Cyrus realized that the Distortion World was like the emotionless world he had attempted to create, thus he decided to stay there. He sent an audio message to Saturn, telling him to not come looking for him.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

The Distortion World in Pokémon Adventures

Diamond & Pearl arc

In Stunning Staravia & Stinky Skuntank II, Saturn used an experimental energy cannon to transport Paka and Uji to another dimension, this dimension later being revealed to be the Distortion World.

In Double Trouble with Dialga and Palkia VI, Charon revealed that the portal created by Dialga and Palkia's battle at the Spear Pillar was not the seed of a new universe, like Cyrus and everyone else had assumed, but a portal to another world. As Byron snatched the machine that Charon had been holding and brought it closer to the portal while doing so, a group of draconic tentacles reached out of the portal, snatched Dialga, Palkia, and Cyrus, and pulled them inside.

Platinum arc

During this arc, Platinum challenged the Battle Frontier in order to learn more about the Distortion World from the Frontier Brains, hoping to rescue Paka and Uji from there. Accomapanying her in her research was Looker from the International Police, who discovered that Charon was planning an assault on the Distortion World using the Legendary and Mythical Pokémon of Sinnoh.

Eventually the Sinnoh Pokédex holders, Team Galactic Commanders, Stat Trainers, and Palmer entered the Distortion World in order to fight Charon and rescue the people trapped in there. Volkner and Flint entered the Distortion World as well, although they were only interested in battling Giratina. Eventually, everybody exited the Distortion World through a portal created by Giratina at Sunyshore City.

Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc

In PS614, it was revealed that Archie and Maxie's spirits had been sent to the Distortion World after their deaths in the Emerald arc. There their spirits were merged, and during the events of the HeartGold & SoulSilver arc, they had been pulled back to the real world in order to help save the Hoenn region from an upcoming disaster.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

The Distortion World was first mentioned in A Surprise Visit from Hareta's Father!, where it was revealed that Charon was seeking Kaisei due to his knowledge of it.

In Enter the Distortion World!, Charon entered the Distortion World with Kaisei after learning from him how to get there through Turnback Cave, followed by Hareta, Koya, and Jun. However, Giratina proved too strong for Charon to capture, and it started attacking everyone, with Hareta leading everyone into a battle against the Renegade Pokémon. While Giratina proved to be too strong for them as well, Hareta was happy to see Giratina having fun in an all-out battle. In Hareta's Fierce Battle!, Giratina transported everyone and itself to the real world to continue the battle.


The Distortion World entrance over Mt. Coronet
  • Oddly, the upside-down surfing speed in the Distortion World is the same surfing speed as in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. This is different in every other area of the game, where the surfing speed is faster.


In interviews Junichi Masuda and Takeshi Kawachimaru did for G4, it was revealed that Giratina and the Distortion World are personifications of antimatter.[1] The Distortion World's antimatter affects the real world's matter and vice versa, though they mentioned that antimatter is more fragile than matter.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 毀壞的世界 Wáiwaaih-dīk Saigaai *
反傳統世界 Fáan Chyùhntúng Saigaai *
Mandarin 毀壞的世界 / 毁坏的世界 Huǐhuài-de Shìjiè *
崩潰的世界 Bēngkuì-de Shìjiè *
破格的世界 Pògé-de Shìjiè *
反轉世界 Fǎnzhuǎn Shìjiè *
  French Monde Distorsion
  German Zerrwelt
  Indonesian Dunia Distorsi
  Italian Mondo Distorto
  Korean 깨어진세계 Kkaeeojin Segye
  Malaysian Dunia Herot-Benyot
  Polish Zniekształcony Świat
Portuguese   Brazil Mundo da Distorção*
Mundo Distorcido
  Portugal Mundo Distorcido
  Romanian Lumea Deformată
  Spanish Mundo Distorsión
  Thai โลกที่ถูกทำลาย Lok Thithukthamlai
  Vietnamese Thế giới hỗn mang


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See also

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 Cave
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
Paldea Grasswither ShrineIcerend ShrineGroundblight ShrineFirescourge Shrine
Poco PathArea Zero
Kitakami Paradise BarrensWistful FieldsOni MountainDreaded Den
Other Faraway IslandDistortion WorldSinjoh RuinsUltra Space Wilds

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