Turnback Cave

Turnback Cave もどりのどうくつ
Returning Cave
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
Turnback Cave Giratina Pt.png
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Location: Sendoff Spring
Region: Sinnoh
Generations: IV
Sinnoh Turnback Cave Map.png
Location of Turnback Cave in Sinnoh.
Pokémon world locations

Turnback Cave (Japanese: もどりのどうくつ Returning Cave) is a maze-like cave filled with dense fog which is home to the Legendary Pokémon Giratina. Turnback Cave is located at the north-central region of Sendoff Spring, which itself may only be accessed through the Spring Path.

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, there is an inscription in the pillar in the room Giratina resides in that implies the cave is a location where the separation between the real world and the Distortion World is weaker. In Pokémon Platinum, a portal to the Distortion World appears in front of the pillar. The inscription reads:

This is... That where life sparkles... That where life has faded... A place where two worlds overlap...

Geography

Rooms and pillars

 
A pillar

When a player exits a room, the next will be randomly chosen from a selection of possible rooms. If the player walks out the door through which they entered a room, they will return to the entrance room; from the entrance room, the player can exit to Sendoff Spring. If the player navigates 30 rooms without finding the third pillar, the next door returns them to the entrance room. Escape Ropes and Dig cannot be used to escape. The inscription in the pillar at the entrance room reads:

...Past three pillars...to the sleeping... ...before 30 is surpassed...

After the player has found three pillar rooms, the next room will be Giratina's room. In Pokémon Platinum, Giratina will only be in this room if the player did not catch it in the Distortion World. If Giratina is not present, there will be an item each time it is reached, with the item depending on the number of rooms the player navigated to reach it: a Reaper Cloth if they reach it in 3 rooms, a Rare Bone if they reach it in 4 to 15, and a Stardust if they reach it in 16 to 30. In Pokémon Platinum, after catching Giratina, there will also be a portal to the Distortion World, where the player can obtain the Griseous Orb.

When the player reaches a pillar and examines it two numbers will appear: the top number indicates which pillar the player is looking at, and the bottom indicates how many rooms the player passed through on the way to it.

Items

Before being able to obtain the item at the end of the cave, the player must first catch or defeat Giratina. In Pokémon Platinum, if the player defeated Giratina in the Distortion World, they must defeat or catch it here and traverse through the cave again in order to be able to obtain items here.

Item Location Games
  Reaper Cloth Giratina's room, if the player reached it by passing through only 3 rooms and Giratina is not present (reappears each time)  D  P  Pt 
  Rare Bone Giratina's room, if the player reached it by passing through 4-15 rooms and Giratina is not present (reappears each time)  D  P  Pt 
  Stardust Giratina's room, if the player reached it by passing through 16-30 rooms and Giratina is not present (reappears each time)  D  P  Pt 

Pokémon

 
Altered Forme Giratina at Turnback Cave in Platinum

Before encountering a pillar

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
  Golbat
D P Pt
  Cave
45-46 30%
  Golbat
D P Pt
  Cave
17-18 25%
  Gastly
D P Pt
  Cave
15, 17 30%
  Gastly
D P Pt
  Cave
16 10% 10% 0%
  Haunter
D P Pt
  Cave
44-46 30%
  Duskull
D P Pt
  Cave
18 5%
  Dusclops
D P Pt
  Cave
16 0% 0% 10%
  Chingling
D P Pt
  Cave
16, 18 10%
  Bronzor
D P Pt
  Cave
44 5%
  Bronzor
D P Pt
  Cave
15 20%
  Bronzong
D P Pt
  Cave
45-46 35%
Special Pokémon
  Lunatone
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
Sapphire
44, 46 8%
  Lunatone
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
Sapphire
18 8%
  Solrock
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
Ruby
44, 46 8%
  Solrock
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
Ruby
18 8%
  Dusclops
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
FRLGE
18 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.


Between first and second pillars

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
  Golbat
D P Pt
  Cave
55-56 30%
  Golbat
D P Pt
  Cave
25, 27 25%
  Haunter
D P Pt
  Cave
54-56 30%
  Haunter
D P Pt
  Cave
25, 27 30%
  Haunter
D P Pt
  Cave
26 10% 10% 0%
  Chimecho
D P Pt
  Cave
28 1%
  Duskull
D P Pt
  Cave
28 4%
  Dusclops
D P Pt
  Cave
26 0% 0% 10%
  Dusclops
D P Pt
  Cave
28 1%
  Chingling
D P Pt
  Cave
26, 28 9%
  Bronzor
D P Pt
  Cave
54 5%
  Bronzor
D P Pt
  Cave
25 20%
  Bronzong
D P Pt
  Cave
55-56 35%
Special Pokémon
  Lunatone
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
Sapphire
54, 56 8%
  Lunatone
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
Sapphire
28 8%
  Solrock
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
Ruby
54, 56 8%
  Solrock
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
Ruby
28 8%
  Dusclops
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
FRLGE
28 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.


Between second and third pillars

Only five of the six possible rooms have wild encounters; the second of the possible rooms between these pillars never has wild encounters.

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
  Golbat
D P Pt
  Cave
65-66 30%
  Golbat
D P Pt
  Cave
37-38 25%
  Haunter
D P Pt
  Cave
64-66 30%
  Haunter
D P Pt
  Cave
35, 37 30%
  Haunter
D P Pt
  Cave
36 10% 10% 0%
  Dusclops
D P Pt
  Cave
36 0% 0% 10%
  Dusclops
D P Pt
  Cave
38 5%
  Chimecho
D P Pt
  Cave
36, 38 10%
  Bronzor
D P Pt
  Cave
64 5%
  Bronzong
D P Pt
  Cave
65-66 35%
  Bronzong
D P Pt
  Cave
35 20%
Special Pokémon
  Lunatone
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
Sapphire
64, 66 8%
  Lunatone
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
Sapphire
38 8%
  Solrock
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
Ruby
64, 66 8%
  Solrock
D P Pt
  Dual-slot
Ruby
38 8%
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.


Giratina's room

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
Special Pokémon
  Giratina
D P Pt
  Only one
70 One
  Giratina
Altered Forme
D P Pt
  Only one
47 One
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

Entrance, pillar room, and Giratina's room

Version Entrance Pillar room Giratina's room
Diamond      
Pearl
Platinum    
 

Random rooms

Version Between entrance and first pillar Between first and second pillars Between second and third pillars
Diamond      
Pearl
Platinum
 

In the manga

 
Turnback Cave in Pokémon Adventures
 
The Distortion World portal in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Platinum chapter

In The Final Dimensional Duel V, Flint and Volkner entered the Distortion World through Turnback Cave. They were soon after followed by Platinum, Palmer, Cheryl, Riley, Mira, Marley, and the Advanced level Grunt. After leading the group to the portal, the Grunt was about to head out, but he was stopped by Platinum, who voiced her distrust towards him. She, however, promised to protect him from Team Galactic, which the Grunt agreed to, and led them through the portal.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!

Turnback Cave appeared in Enter the Distortion World!. After managing to make Kaisei spill out how to get to the Distortion World, Charon traveled to the cave and entered Giratina's realm through it with Kaisei, followed by Hareta, Koya, and Jun.

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 歸途洞窟 Gwāitòuh Duhngfāt
Mandarin 歸途洞窟 Guītú Dòngkū
  European French Grotte Retour
  German Höhle der Umkehr
  Italian Grotta Ritorno
  Korean 귀혼동굴 Gwihon Donggul
  European Spanish Cueva Retorno
  Vietnamese Hang Quay Đầu


See also


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 TerminalRavaged Path
Floaroma MeadowValley WindworksEterna ForestOld ChateauThe Underground/Grand UndergroundWayward Cave
Mt. CoronetAmity SquareLost TowerHallowed TowerSolaceon RuinsManiac TunnelLake Valor (Lakefront) • Great Marsh
Pokémon MansionTrophy GardenFuego IronworksIron IslandLake Acuity (Lakefront) • Spear PillarVictory Road
Pal 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


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Giant ChasmDragonspiral TowerLiberty GardenRoute 11Route 13Route 22
Route 23Celestial TowerNacrene CityUnderground RuinsTwist Mountain
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Kalos Sea Spirit's DenTeam Flare Secret HQTerminus Cave
Unknown DungeonRoaming Pokémon
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