Lake Verity

Lake Verity シンジ湖
Shinji Lake
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
Lake Verity Pt.png
Map description: One of the lakes that is symbolic of the water-rich Sinnoh region. There is an odd legend associated with it. It is possible to enter the cave underneath the lake from the island in the middle.
Location: West end of Route 201
Region: Sinnoh
Generations: IV, VIII
Sinnoh Lake Verity Map.png
Location of Lake Verity in Sinnoh.
Pokémon world locations

Lake Verity (Japanese: シンジ Shinji Lake) is a location in the Sinnoh region, and part of the Obsidian Fieldlands in the Hisui region.

The lake, along with Lake Valor and Lake Acuity, is tied to the myth of the creation of the Pokémon world, specifically the creation of spirit. According to Volo, it was formed from the crater of a volcano.

The lake is home to Mesprit, the guardian of the lake and the Being of Emotion.

Early in the story of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the player and their rival, Barry, come here after watching reports of a Red Gyarados on television in hopes of seeing something similarly amazing. This is also where the player will receive their first Pokémon in Sinnoh after being attacked by Starly. Within the cave in the center of the lake resides the Legendary Pokémon, Mesprit.

In Platinum, the player and Barry instead come here to catch the Legendary Pokémon of the lake, only to meet Cyrus for the first time. They will then leave when Barry realizes that they don't have any Poké Balls. The starter Pokémon will instead be obtained on Route 201.

About halfway through the story, Mars of Team Galactic raids the lake and captures Mesprit.

In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the player, Volo, and Adaman or Irida come here during The Trial of Lake Verity to obtain Mesprit's Plume. In the post-game, the player returns during the mission The Plate of the Lakes to catch Mesprit.

Items

Item Location Games
  TM38 (Fire Blast) In the southeast corner of the western patch of grass (requires Surf)  D  P  Pt  BD  SP 

Pokémon

Generation IV

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
     
Attacking the player
  Starly
D P Pt
  Only one
2 One
Before Team Galactic event
  Starly
D P Pt
  Grass
2-4 50% 50% 40%
  Bidoof
D P Pt
  Grass
2-4 50% 50% 60%
After Team Galactic event
  Starly
D P Pt
  Grass
2-4 50% 50% 40%
  Starly
D P Pt
  Grass
2-4 50%
  Bidoof
D P Pt
  Grass
2-4 50% 50% 60%
  Bidoof
D P Pt
  Grass
2-4 50%
Surfing
  Psyduck
D P Pt
  Surfing
20-40 90%
  Psyduck
D P Pt
  Surfing
20-30 90%
  Golduck
D P Pt
  Surfing
20-40 10%
Fishing
  Magikarp
D P Pt
  Fishing
Old Rod
3-10 100%
  Magikarp
D P Pt
  Fishing
Old Rod
3-15 100%
  Goldeen
D P Pt
  Fishing
Good Rod
10-25 45%
  Goldeen
D P Pt
  Fishing
Good Rod
15-20 40%
  Seaking
D P Pt
  Fishing
Good Rod
25-35 5%
  Magikarp
D P Pt
  Fishing
Good Rod
10-25 55%
  Seaking
D P Pt
  Fishing
Super Rod
20-50 45%
  Seaking
D P Pt
  Fishing
Super Rod
30-55 45%
  Gyarados
D P Pt
  Fishing
Super Rod
30-55 55%
Swarm
  Surskit
D P Pt
  Swarm
2 40%
Gift Pokémon
  Turtwig
D P Pt
  Starter Pokémon
5 One
  Chimchar
D P Pt
  Starter Pokémon
5 One
  Piplup
D P Pt
  Starter Pokémon
5 One
Special Pokémon
  Wobbuffet
D P Pt
  Poké Radar
3-4 22%
  Lunatone
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
Sapphire
4 8%
  Solrock
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
Ruby
4 8%
  Staravia
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
FRLGE
4 4%
  Bibarel
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
FRLGE
4 4%
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 VIII

Pokémon Games Location Levels Rate
     
BD SP 2-4 50% 50% 40%
BD SP 2-4 50% 50% 60%
Surfing
BD SP 20-40 90%
BD SP 20-40 10%
Fishing
BD SP
Fishing
Old Rod
3-10 100%
BD SP
Fishing
Good Rod
10-25 45%
BD SP
Fishing
Good Rod
10-25 55%
BD SP
Fishing
Super Rod
20-50 45%
BD SP
Fishing
Super Rod
30-55 55%
Swarm
BD SP 2 40%
Gift Pokémon
BD SP 5 One
BD SP 5 One
BD SP 5 One
Special Pokémon
BD SP 3-4 22%
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.


Trainers

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Trainer Pokémon
 
Galactic Grunt
Reward:  1320
Double Battle with the following Grunt
  Glameow Lv.33
No item
 
Galactic Grunt
Reward:  1280
Double Battle with the previous Grunt
  Silcoon Lv.32
No item
  Golbat Lv.32
No item
  Glameow Lv.32
No item
 
Galactic Grunt
Reward:  1280
Potential Double Battle with the following Grunt
  Stunky Lv.32
No item
  Glameow Lv.32
No item
 
Galactic Grunt
Reward:  1320
Potential Double Battle with the previous Grunt
  Beautifly Lv.31
No item
  Glameow Lv.33
No item
Trainers with a Vs. Seeker by their names, when alerted for a rematch using the item, may use higher-level Pokémon.




Pokémon Platinum

Trainer Pokémon
 
Galactic Grunt
Reward:  1440
Double Battle with the following Grunt
  Glameow Lv.33
No item
  Golbat Lv.33
No item
  Murkrow Lv.36
No item
 
Galactic Grunt
Reward:  1480
Double Battle with the previous Grunt
  Croagunk Lv.37
No item
 
Galactic Grunt
Reward:  1400
Potential Double Battle with the following Grunt
  Stunky Lv.35
No item
  Houndour Lv.35
No item
 
Galactic Grunt
Reward:  1440
Potential Double Battle with the previous Grunt
  Houndour Lv.34
No item
  Glameow Lv.36
No item
Trainers with a Vs. Seeker by their names, when alerted for a rematch using the item, may use higher-level Pokémon.




Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Trainer Pokémon
 
Team Galactic Grunt
Reward:  1,584
Double Battle with the following Grunt
  Glameow Lv.33
No item
  Stunky Lv.32
No item
  Glameow Lv.32
No item
 
Team Galactic Grunt
Reward:  1,536
Double Battle with the previous Grunt
  Silcoon Lv.32
No item
  Golbat Lv.32
No item
  Glameow Lv.32
No item
 
Team Galactic Grunt
Reward:  1,536
Potential Double Battle with the following Grunt
  Stunky Lv.32
No item
  Glameow Lv.32
No item
 
Team Galactic Grunt
Reward:  1,584
Potential Double Battle with the previous Grunt
  Beautifly Lv.31
No item
  Glameow Lv.33
No item
Trainers with a Vs. Seeker by their names, when alerted for a rematch using the item, may use higher-level Pokémon.




Layout

Version Lake (before explosion at Lake Valor) Lake (after explosion at Lake Valor) Cavern
Diamond      
Pearl
Platinum      
 

In the anime

Main series

 
Lake Verity in the anime
 
Dawn encountering Mesprit

In Following A Maiden's Voyage!, Dawn and Piplup stopped by Lake Verity while on their way back to Professor Rowan's Research Lab in Sandgem Town. At the lake, they briefly encountered a mysterious figure flying over the water's surface. Dawn would eventually learn that the figure she saw was in fact the Legendary Pokémon said to be the guardian of the lake, Mesprit.

In Strategy Begins at Home!, Sayer hired Team Rocket to fish in the lake for Goldeen for their Goldeen Scoop booth at the Twinleaf Festival.

In The Needs of the Three!, it was explained that Lake Verity, and indeed all three of Sinnoh's lakes, are the entrances to another world where the lake guardians reside, and they do not actually live in the lakes themselves. Later, a pink whirlpool appeared in the lake due to Pokémon Hunter J dropping the Galactic Bomb into Lake Valor. From this portal emerged Mesprit, who quickly teleported away to Lake Valor. This was witnessed by Professor Rowan and his assistants.

Pokémon Evolutions

 
Lake Verity in Pokémon Evolutions

Lake Verity appeared in a flashback in The Rival. Lucas and Barry were attacked by a pair of wild Starly there, but they were able to fend them off using Pokémon they found from a briefcase, with Lucas choosing Chimchar and Barry picking Piplup.

In the manga

 
Lake Verity in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Diamond & Pearl chapter

In Dramatic Drapion & Crafty Kricketune I, Diamond revealed that he and Pearl had visited Lake Verity when they were four years old in the hopes of seeing a Red Gyarados, but had gotten separated from each other. Before Pearl found him again, Diamond had seen a strange, bright light in the middle of the lake and passed out.

In Hurrah for Rapidash, Diamond parted ways with Pearl and Platinum in order to protect Mesprit from Team Galactic. However, Mars managed to reach the lake before him in Yikes, Yanmega! II, and proceeded to take Diamond's mother hostage. While Diamond was able to help his mother escape, he was unable to stop Team Galactic from capturing Mesprit in Mixing It Up with Machamp, following its emergence after the Galactic Bomb was detonated at Lake Valor. Determined to save Mesprit, Diamond was able to sneak aboard the shuttle carrying Mesprit, and traveled to the Team Galactic HQ aboard it.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Lake Verity debuted in In Search of the Legendary Pokémon Dialga!!, where Mitsumi arrived there on her bike and subsequently met Hareta, who saved her from a wild Onix.

In Team Galactic's Ultimate Warrior, Cyrus and Team Galactic were seen at Lake Verity, succeeding in capturing Mesprit and bringing it to the Team Galactic HQ.

Trivia

  • After the battle between the player and the wild Starly in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, a square of tall grass can be seen to have disappeared when the player and their friend walk out of the tall grass. It is where the briefcase which was taken away by Dawn/Lucas was originally. The square remains in Pokémon Platinum even though the same event did not occur in the game.
  • At each of Sinnoh's lakes, a TM can be found containing a powerful move of a different type. Lake Verity's TM is the Fire-type TM38 (Fire Blast).
  • Lake Verity's Japanese name shares the same Japanese name of Paul.
  • In the anime, Lake Verity is much smaller than its game counterpart and the other lakes in anime, resembling more of a large pond.
  • In the scripted battle against a wild Starly, if the player's Pokémon's HP becomes low enough that its HP bar turns red, the wild Starly will flee. This attempts to prevent the player from losing the battle. In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl only, both Pokémon are also prevented from scoring critical hits.
    • If the player's starter Pokémon faints in this battle (which is possible if the player's Pokémon takes enough damage to knock it out while its HP bar is still yellow), the game will freeze.[1]
  • At the beginning of the game, the water level is too low to surf. After the events of Lake Valor, the water level rises due to Mesprit coming out of hiding, allowing the player to surf.

Name origin

Verity means "truth", possibly derived from Japanese 真実 shinjitsu (truth). This is related to Mesprit's status as the Emotion Pokémon, as the truth often conveys strong emotions.

Shinji is derived from 心情 shinjō (emotions), as indicated by a signpost in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl that provided an annotation of its name fully written in kanji as 心情湖.

In other languages

Lake Verity

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 心齊湖 Sāmchàih Wùh
Mandarin 心齊湖 / 心齐湖 Xīnqí Hú
  Finnish Verity-järvi
  French Lac Vérité
  German See der Wahrheit
  Italian Lago Verità
  Korean 진실호수 Jinsil Hosu
  Polish Jezioro Prawdy
  Portuguese Lago Verdade
  Spanish Lago Veraz
  Swedish Lake Verity
  Vietnamese Hồ Sự Thật

Verity Cavern

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 心齊湖洞窟 Sāmchàih Wùh Duhngfāt
Mandarin 心齊湖洞窟 / 心齐湖洞窟 Xīnqí Hú Dòngkū
  French Caverne Vérité
  German Wahrheitsgrotte
  Italian Grotta Verità
  Spanish Caverna Veraz

References

  1. 【衝撃結末】最初のムックルに負けるとどうなるのか検証した【ポケモンダイパ】 (If the player loses to the 1st wild Starly, what will happen?) - YouTube (November 21, 2020)


Sinnoh
               
Settlements
Twinleaf TownSandgem TownJubilife CityOreburgh CityFloaroma TownEterna CityHearthome City
Solaceon TownVeilstone CityPastoria CityCelestic TownCanalave CitySnowpoint CitySunyshore City
Pokémon LeagueFight AreaSurvival AreaResort Area
Routes
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Landmarks
Lake Verity (Lakefront) • Oreburgh GateOreburgh MineOreburgh Mining MuseumGlobal Terminal/Global Wonder Station
Ravaged PathFloaroma MeadowValley WindworksEterna ForestOld ChateauThe Underground/Grand Underground
Wayward CaveMount CoronetAmity SquareLost TowerHallowed TowerSolaceon RuinsManiac TunnelLake Valor (Lakefront)
Great MarshPokémon MansionTrophy GardenFuego IronworksIron IslandLake Acuity (Lakefront) • Spear PillarVictory Road
Pal Park/Ramanas ParkContest HallBattle ZoneBattle ParkBattle Tower/Battle FrontierStark MountainSnowpoint Temple
Spring PathSendoff SpringTurnback CaveFullmoon IslandNewmoon IslandSeabreak PathFlower ParadiseHall of Origin
Access to
Distortion World
See also
Hisui


Hisui
         
Settlements
Jubilife VillageDiamond SettlementPearl SettlementAncient Retreat
Obsidian Fieldlands
Aspiration HillFloaro GardensHorseshoe PlainsGrueling GroveWorn BridgeDeertrack PathDeertrack Heights
Windswept RunNature's PantryTidewater DamThe HeartwoodGrandtree ArenaOreburrow TunnelObsidian Falls
Ramanas IslandSandgem FlatsLake Verity
Crimson Mirelands
Golden LowlandsGapejaw BogHolm of TrialsUrsa's RingSludge MoundScarlet BogSolaceon RuinsCloudpool Ridge
Shrouded RuinsDiamond HeathBolderoll SlopeCottonsedge PrairieDroning MeadowLake ValorBrava Arena
Cobalt Coastlands
Crossing SlopeGinkgo LandingAipom HillBathers' LagoonHideaway BayDeadwood HauntTombolo Walk
Sand's ReachTranquility CoveCastaway ShoreWindbreak StandSpring PathTurnback CaveIslespy Shore
Veilstone CapeLunker's LairSeagrass HavenSeaside HollowFirespit IslandMolten ArenaLava Dome Sanctum
Coronet Highlands
Heavenward LookoutWayward CaveWayward WoodAncient QuarrySonorous PathLonely SpringClamberclaw Cliffs
Celestica RuinsCelestica TrailPrimeval GrottoSacred PlazaStonetooth RowsBolderoll RavineFabled Spring
Moonview ArenaCloudcap PassStone PortalTemple of SinnohHall of Origin
Alabaster Icelands
Whiteout ValleyBonechill WastesIcebound FallsAvalanche SlopesArena's ApproachAvalugg's Legacy
Icepeak CavernSnowfall HotspringGlacier TerraceHeart's CragLake AcuitySnowpoint TempleIcepeak Arena
See also
SinnohMount CoronetSpace-time rift


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