An old city that shows fading and almost-forgotten vestiges of ancient history. A Gym is indispensable in any town that has many people coming and going. This city is no exception. The Cycle Shop is located here. There is also a big building with a slightly sinister atmosphere. A statue of an ancient Pokémon is prominently and reverently displayed.
Eterna City (Japanese: ハクタイシティHakutai City) is a city in the region of Sinnoh; it is an older city, showing the signs of history.
There is a rather large statue of an ancient Pokémon (in Diamond, it is named as Dialga, in Pearl, Palkia, and in Platinum, it is a combination of both) on the east side of town. The statue was once the main center of festivals in the town, although signs of the town's culture and rituals have started to slip away. Of late, both Team Galactic and Cynthia become interested in the statue. After the National Pokédex has been obtained and the player has visited Pal Park, Professor Oak appears in the southernmost house in the city.
This Bicycle shop is located just southeast of the Pokémon Center. The player cannot purchase a Bicycle here, but one is instead obtained for free once the store's owner is rescued from the Team Galactic Eterna Building.
This Pokémon statue is up a little hill to the east of Eterna City. In Diamond and Pearl, the statue has a plate (dependent on the game), while in Pokémon Platinum the plate has been torn off the statue. It was once the centerpiece of many festivals.
A man in the house just south of the statue will tell the player the two inscriptions. In the Team Galactic HQ building in Veilstone City, a report can be found with missing text generated with a machine (indicated by "...") when described by the man in the house. The text extracted by the machine is written in bolded text.
The first one says this: The creation of DIALGA, The giver of time...
In laughter, there is tears...
And, likewise it is with time.
The same time flows on. For it is the blessing of DIALGA.
The second one says this: The birth of PALKIA. The creator of parallel dimensions...
Alive, yet not alive... Everything drifts in space...
To arrive in the same universe. It is the blessing of PALKIA.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Eterna City has 51 residents, not counting Team Galactic, with the majority of the population in buildings on the main street.
In Pokémon Platinum, Eterna City has 50 residents, not counting Team Galactic, with the majority of the population in buildings on the main street.
With the museum locked, they began to search for the suspects. The first one to be found was Nando, who was at the museum studying the rich history of the Sinnohregion. Ash, Dawn, Brock, and Gardenia all told Jenny that Nando could not be the thief. However, she had a picture of a Sunflora stealing the Adamant Orb, and since Nando owns a Sunflora, she was certain he was responsible for the theft. The problem was only solved after it was revealed that the Sunflora in the picture was actually Team Rocket's Meowthdressed up as a Sunflora.
Eterna City first appears in Ring Around the Roserade I where Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum arrive while on their journey through the Sinnoh Region. In Cautious Clefairy, Pearl returns to the city by himself to deliver a package to Rad Rickshaw. In return, Rickshaw helps with Pearl's errand by revealing the reason why Team Galactic held him hostage: his ancestors built the statue in the city. In this canon the statue is neither Dialga or Palkia but a combination of the two statues (similar to how it appears in the games). Rickshaw also builds a two-seater bike, using the parts he ordered, in order to help Pearl and himself get to Lake Valor before Team Galactic, as they plan to blow it up.