Whirl Islands

Whirl Islands うずまきじま
Whirlpool Islands
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
HGSS Whirl Islands-Night.png
Map description: Four islands that are protected by whirlpools and are difficult to reach.
Location: Route 41
Region: Johto
Generations: II, IV
Johto Whirl Islands Map.png
Location of Whirl Islands in Johto.
Pokémon world locations

The Whirl Islands (Japanese: うずまきじま Whirlpool Islands) are a small archipelago located between the mainland of Johto and Cianwood City, on Route 41. Beneath the sea, a maze of dark caves sprawl, with explorers able to travel between the four islands with some amount of difficulty. Deep within these caves, Lugia can be found once the player has obtained the Silver Wing and Tidal BellSS.

Named after the dangerous whirlpools that surround them, some parts of the Whirl Islands are mysterious and largely inaccessible. Children in Olivine City are told that bad kids are sent to the islands.

As explained in Pokémon SoulSilver, the Whirl Islands used to be one large island. At some point in time, there were two countries fighting over the island. Lugia, the guardian of the island, got upset and cast lightning bolts to tear the island into four pieces. It then disappeared into the deep end of the waterfall basin, longing for the invisible trust between people and Pokémon to manifest once more.

Items

Item Location Games
  Guard Spec. Southwestern island section  G  S 
  Full Restore ×2
  • B1F; southeast of northwest island ladder
  • B1F west; in the isolated boulder (hidden)
 G  S  C 
  Ultra Ball B1F east; northeast of southeast island ladder (hidden)  G  S  C 
  Rare Candy B1F northeast; northeast of northeast island ladder (hidden)  G  S  C 
  Carbos B1F southwest; of northwest island ladder  G  S  C  HG  SS 
  Nugget B1F; near center of northern edge of room  G  S  C  HG  SS 
  Ultra Ball Northeast island entrance; next to southern ladder  G  S  C  HG  SS 
  Calcium B1F; northeast of southeast island ladder  G  S  C  HG  SS 
  Escape Rope B1F; east of southwest island ladder  G  S  C  HG  SS 
  Max Revive B2F; west of main ladder located at the top  G  S  C  HG  SS 
  Max Elixir B2F; southwest of ladder in enclosed section  G  S  C  HG  SS 
  Full Restore B2F; east of ladder in enclosed section  G  S  C 
  Full Restore B2F; northeast of ladder in enclosed section  HG  SS 
  Ultra Ball Southwest island entrance; east section  C  HG  SS 
  Rare Candy Southeast island entrance; in rock in northwest corner (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Pearl B1F; in rock east of northwest ladder (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Full Restore B1F; southeast of northwest ladder  HG  SS 
  Revive B1F; in a rock south of northeast ladder (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Super Repel B1F; on rock west of northeast ladder (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Ultra Ball B1F; in wall northwest of southeast ladder (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Full Restore B2F; in wall northwest of main ladder (hidden)  HG  SS 
  Rare Candy Ledge overlooking Lugia's chamber  HG  SS 

Pokémon

Generation II

1F

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
  Zubat
G S C
  Cave
23 30%
  Golbat
G S C
  Cave
23 5%
  Golbat
G S C
  Cave
25 5% 5% 0%
  Golbat
G S C
  Cave
24-25 0% 0% 10%
  Seel
G S C
  Cave
22-24 15%
  Seel
G S C
  Cave
22-24 25% 25% 0%
  Krabby
G S C
  Cave
22-24 50%
  Krabby
G S C
  Cave
22-24 40% 40% 60%
Surfing
  Tentacool
G S C
  Surfing
20-24 60%
  Tentacruel
G S C
  Surfing
20-24 10%
  Horsea
G S C
  Surfing
15-19 30%
Fishing
  Krabby
G S C
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
  Krabby
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 55%
  Horsea
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 10%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
  Krabby
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 40%
  Kingler
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
  Horsea
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 30%
  Seadra
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
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.


B1F

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
  Zubat
G S C
  Cave
24 30%
  Golbat
G S C
  Cave
24 5%
  Golbat
G S C
  Cave
26 5% 5% 0%
  Golbat
G S C
  Cave
25-26 0% 0% 10%
  Seel
G S C
  Cave
23-25 15%
  Seel
G S C
  Cave
23-25 25% 25% 0%
  Krabby
G S C
  Cave
23-25 50%
  Krabby
G S C
  Cave
23-25 40% 40% 60%
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.


B2F

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
  Zubat
G S C
  Cave
24 30%
  Zubat
G S C
  Cave
25 30%
  Golbat
G S C
  Cave
24 5%
  Golbat
G S C
  Cave
27 5% 5% 0%
  Golbat
G S C
  Cave
26-27 0% 0% 10%
  Seel
G S C
  Cave
23-25 15%
  Seel
G S C
  Cave
24-26 25% 25% 0%
  Krabby
G S C
  Cave
23-25 50%
  Krabby
G S C
  Cave
24-26 40% 40% 60%
Surfing
  Tentacruel
G S C
  Surfing
20-24 10%
  Horsea
G S C
  Surfing
15-24 90%
Fishing
  Krabby
G S C
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
  Krabby
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 55%
  Horsea
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 10%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
  Krabby
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 40%
  Kingler
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
  Horsea
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 30%
  Seadra
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
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.


B2F (Inner Cave)

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
     
  Zubat
G S C
  Cave
25 30%
  Zubat
G S C
  Cave
26 30%
  Golbat
G S C
  Cave
25 5%
  Golbat
G S C
  Cave
28 5% 5% 0%
  Golbat
G S C
  Cave
27-28 0% 0% 10%
  Seel
G S C
  Cave
24-26 15%
  Seel
G S C
  Cave
25-27 25% 25% 0%
  Krabby
G S C
  Cave
24-26 50%
  Krabby
G S C
  Cave
25-27 40% 40% 60%
Surfing
  Tentacruel
G S C
  Surfing
20-28 30%
  Horsea
G S C
  Surfing
15-24 60%
  Seadra
G S C
  Surfing
20-24 10%
Fishing
  Krabby
G S C
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
  Krabby
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 55%
  Horsea
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 10%
  Magikarp
G S C
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 35%
  Krabby
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 40%
  Kingler
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
  Horsea
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 30%
  Seadra
G S C
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
Special Pokémon
  Lugia
G S C
  Only one
70 One
  Lugia
G S C
  Only one
40 One
  Lugia
G S C
  Only one
60 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.


Generation IV

 
Kimono Girls summoning Lugia inside the Whirl Islands in SoulSilver

1F-B1F

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
  Zubat
HG SS
  Cave
23 30%
  Golbat
HG SS
  Cave
23 5%
  Seel
HG SS
  Cave
22-24 15%
  Krabby
HG SS
  Cave
22-24 50%
Surfing
  Tentacool
HG SS
  Surfing
15-25 60%
  Tentacruel
HG SS
  Surfing
15-25 10%
  Horsea
HG SS
  Surfing
10-20 30%
Fishing
  Krabby
HG SS
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
  Krabby
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 50%
  Horsea
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 10%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 40%
  Krabby
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 40%
  Kingler
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
  Horsea
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 30%
  Seadra
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
Special Pokémon
  Makuhita
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
24 20%
  Absol
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
22-23 20%
  Chingling
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
24 20%
  Bronzor
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
22-23 20%
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.


B2F

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
  Zubat
HG SS
  Cave
23 30%
  Golbat
HG SS
  Cave
23 5%
  Seel
HG SS
  Cave
22-24 15%
  Krabby
HG SS
  Cave
22-24 50%
Surfing
  Tentacruel
HG SS
  Surfing
15-25 30%
  Horsea
HG SS
  Surfing
15-25 60%
  Seadra
HG SS
  Surfing
10-30 10%
Fishing
  Krabby
HG SS
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 15%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Old Rod
10 85%
  Krabby
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 50%
  Horsea
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 10%
  Magikarp
HG SS
  Fishing
Good Rod
20 40%
  Krabby
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 40%
  Kingler
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 20%
  Horsea
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 30%
  Seadra
HG SS
  Fishing
Super Rod
40 10%
Special Pokémon
  Makuhita
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
24 20%
  Absol
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
22-23 20%
  Chingling
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
24 20%
  Bronzor
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
22-23 20%
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.


B3F

 
Lugia in the Whirl Islands in Generation IV
  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
  Zubat
HG SS
  Cave
24 30%
  Golbat
HG SS
  Cave
24 5%
  Seel
HG SS
  Cave
23-25 15%
  Krabby
HG SS
  Cave
23-25 50%
Special Pokémon
  Lugia
HG SS
  Only one
70 One
  Lugia
HG SS
  Only one
45 One
  Makuhita
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
25 20%
  Absol
HG SS
  Hoenn Sound
23-24 20%
  Chingling
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
25 20%
  Bronzor
HG SS
  Sinnoh Sound
23-24 20%
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

Generation II

Version 1F Northwest 1F Northeast 1F Southwest 1F Southeast
Gold        
Silver
Crystal
 


Version B1F B1F Middle B2F B2F Inner
Gold        
Silver
Crystal
 

Generation IV

Version 1F Northwest 1F Northeast 1F Southwest 1F Southeast
HeartGold        
SoulSilver
 


Version B1F B2F B3F B3F Lugia's Cave
HeartGold        
SoulSilver
 

Preview

In the anime

 
Map of the Whirl Islands in the anime

The depiction of the islands is far different in the anime. Instead of being deserted, it contains many towns and other inhabitable areas. The Whirl Islands are home to the Whirl Cup, a competition held once every three years for Pokémon Trainers who specialize in Water-type Pokémon.

Rumors circulate that families of Lugia reside there. A mother Lugia and her baby, Silver, were sought by Dr. Namba and did, in fact, reveal themselves.

There are four main islands, with many smaller ones scattered throughout. Together, the islands in the archipelago form a spiral shape.

The table below shows the islands which make up the Whirl Islands:

Image Name Debut Map Areas of interest
  Blue Point Isle Around the Whirlpool   Inland City
Blue Lagoon
Bluefinland
  Pudgy Pidgey Isle Fly Me to the Moon  
  Yellow Rock Isle A Corsola Caper!   Megi City
Ogi City
  Red Rock Isle Mantine Overboard!   Scarlet City
Diglett Village
Transit Town
  Silver Rock Isle Plant It Now... Diglett Later   Kasado City
  Ogi Isle Hi Ho Silver... Away!  

According to the Nurse Joy on Blue Point Isle, the climate varies from island to island.

The Whirl Islands were mentioned in Stealing the Conversation! when an Officer Jenny said she had been relocated there.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

 
Whirl Islands in Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

The Whirl Islands first appeared in Really Remoraid, where Morty was able to locate Gold and Silver there at Lt. Surge's request. The two Pokédex holders had been brought to the islands by Entei to recover after they had been defeated by the Masked Man at the Lake of Rage. After dealing with a herd of wild Sandslash, Gold and Silver were attacked by Lugia. Crystal, having arrived at the islands as well, soon joined the other two Trainers in their battle against Lugia. Gold was eventually able to lodge Lugia's mouth open with his cue stick, thus preventing it from using Aeroblast anymore. During the battle, the Pokédex holders' three starter Pokémon evolved simultaneously. Although Crystal came close to catching Lugia, the Poké Ball that she had tried to use on it turned out to be empty. As the group's Pokédexes' tracking functions couldn't find Lugia either, they came to realize that someone else had managed to capture Lugia before Crystal's Poké Ball made contact with it.

Later, Silver traveled to a secret chamber in the Whirl Islands. In order to access it, he needed to use all the different Water-type HM moves to get past the natural obstacles protecting its entrance: his Gyarados's Whirlpool to calm down a raging whirlpool, his Kingdra's Waterfall to split up the waterfall covering the entrance, and his Feraligatr's Surf to ride across the pool of water in front of it. In the chamber, he encountered its owner, Lance, whom he returned the Tyranitar he had borrowed from him to, after which he demanded information about the Masked Man's plans from him. Using the clues at his disposal, Lance was able to figure out that the Masked Man's goal was to control time itself.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

In Dealing with a Koffing Fit, Silver returned to Lance's chamber, only to find Clair there instead of Lance. Clair, having been unable to contact her cousin for a while, had come to investigate the chamber to see if she could find Lance there. However, the two soon found themselves surrounded by a massive group of Koffing. Silver was easily able to defeat them all with his Pokémon, even stealing a suspicious item from one of them in the process. As a result of all the experience gained during the battle, Silver's Sneasel and Murkrow then proceeded to evolve into Weavile and Honchkrow, respectively. Following a clue from Clair, Silver decided to head out to the Safari Zone next.

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 漩渦島 Syùhnwō Dóu *
漩渦列島 Syùhnwō Lihtdóu *
旋渦之島 Syùhnwō-jī Dóu *
Mandarin 漩渦島 / 漩涡岛 Xuánwō Dǎo *
漩渦列島 / 漩涡列岛 Xuánwō Lièdǎo *
漩渦之島 / 漩涡之岛 Xuánwō-zhī Dǎo *
旋渦之島 Xuánwō-zhī Dǎo *
  French Tourb'Îles
  German Strudelinseln
  Italian Isole Vorticose
  Korean 소용돌이섬 Soyongdori Seom
  Polish Wyspy Wirów*
Archipelag Wysp Wirów*
Archipelag Wirów*
Wirujące Wyspy*
  Brazilian Portuguese Ilhas Redemoinho
  Spanish Islas Remolino
  Vietnamese Quần đảo Xoắn Ốc
Quần Đảo Nước Xoáy*



Johto
               
Settlements
New Bark TownCherrygrove CityViolet CityAzalea TownGoldenrod CityEcruteak City
Olivine CityCianwood CityMahogany TownBlackthorn CitySafari Zone GateFrontier Access
Routes
2930313233343536373839404142434445464748
Landmarks
Dark CaveSprout TowerRuins of AlphUnion CaveSlowpoke WellIlex ForestRadio TowerGlobal Terminal
Goldenrod TunnelNational ParkPokéathlon DomeBell TowerBellchime TrailBurned TowerMoomoo FarmGlitter Lighthouse
Battle Tower (CrystalHGSS)/FrontierCliff Edge GateCliff CaveEmbedded TowerSafari ZoneWhirl Islands
Mt. MortarLake of RageTeam Rocket HQIce PathDragon's DenS.S. AquaMt. Silver
Access to
Sinjoh RuinsKanto


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
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 TempleStark Mountain
Newmoon IslandFlower ParadiseHall of OriginRoaming 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
Other Faraway IslandDistortion WorldSinjoh RuinsUltra Space Wilds


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