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The Ruins of Alph (アルフのいせき Historical Ruins of Alph) is a historical place located in the Johto region in the south-west of Violet City with entrances to the south of Johto Route 36 and west of Johto Route 32. It is a famed place for archaeologists who are researching the ruins to discover the mystery of the mysterious Pokémon called the Unown. The ruins are filled with Unown once any of the four slide puzzles inside have been activated.

Puzzles

In the Ruins of Alph, there are four puzzles that are considered to be the keys to enter the dimension of the Unown in the same room as where there are no puzzles. Those four puzzles contain a historical Pokémon or a Legendary Pokémon. The puzzles that appear in Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal are really different than the puzzles that are introduced in the renewal version of Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version; Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal

Kabuto Aerodactyl Ho-Oh Omanyte
Kabuto Puzzle.PNG
Aerodactyl Puzzle.PNG
Ho-oh Puzzle.PNG
Omanyte Puzzle.PNG

Puzzle #1 - Kabuto

Kabuto is actually the first puzzle that you will encounter in the Ruins of Alph, actually, each of the four puzzles can be the first puzzle that you can solve. The puzzle of Kabuto is also the easiest puzzle that you can solve. To get access to the first puzzle, you must enter the cave that is very close to the entrance of the Ruins of Alph which is just above the Research Center if you come from another entrance. Once entered, on the right side you will read the description of the puzzle containing to be: "A Pokémon that hid on the sea floor. Eyes on its back scanned the area".

Puzzle #2 - Aerodactyl

The second puzzle contains to be a Aerodactyl which can also be the first puzzle you solve. To access this puzzle you need to pass the small patch of water that is at the south of the entrance of the ruins which you are able to do when you gained HM03 Surf in Ecruteak City after defeating the Kimono Girls. Once entered, on the right side you will read the description of the puzzle containing to be: "This flying Pokémon attacked its prey with saw-like fangs".

Puzzle #3 - Ho-Oh

The third puzzle contains to be a Ho-Oh the legendary bird Pokémon which can also be the first puzzle you can solve. To gain access to this puzzle the player must get through the Union Cave which can you need HM03 Surf to get to the location where you can get to the third puzzle. You must be in the mid-way between the entrance and the exit which there is a ladder heading down to the floor and in the next room you must use Surf and exit at the northernmost opening. Once entered, on the right side you will read the description of the puzzle containing to be: "A Pokémon that flew gracefully on rainbow-colored wings".

Puzzle #4 - Omanyte

The fourth and final puzzle contains to be a Omanyte which can also be the first puzzle that you can solve. To get access to the puzzle you must get through the Union Cave while getting back from the third puzzle which you must go west after surfing and using HM04 Strength on a rock which will bring you to the final puzzle. Once entered, on the right side you will read the description of the puzzle containing to be: "This Pokémon drifted in the sea by twisting its ten tentacles".

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Kabuto Aerodactyl Ho-Oh Omanyte
Kabuto Puzzle HGSS.PNG
Aerodactyl Puzzle HGSS.PNG
Ho-oh Puzzle HGSS.PNG
Omanyte Puzzle HGSS.PNG

Puzzle #1 - Kabuto

Kabuto is the actually the first puzzle that you will encounter in the Ruins of Alph, actually each of the four puzzles can be the first puzzle that you can solve. The puzzle of Kabuto is also the most easiest puzzle that you can solve. To get access to the first puzzle you must enter the cave that is very close to the entrance of the Ruins of Alph which is just above the Research Center if you come from another entrance. After solving the puzzle it unlocks the following Unown: A B C D E F G H I J.

Puzzle #2 - Aerodactyl

The second puzzle contains to be a Aerodactyl which can also be the first puzzle you solve. To access this puzzle you need to pass the small patch of water that is at the south of the entrance of the ruins which you are able to do when you gained HM03 Surf in Ecruteak City after defeating the Kimono Girls. After solving the puzzle it unlocks the following Unown: R S T U V.

Puzzle #3 - Ho-Oh

The third puzzle contains to be a Ho-Oh the legendary bird Pokémon which can also be the first puzzle you can solve. To gain access to this puzzle the player must get through the Union Cave which can you need HM03: Surf to get to the location where you can get to the third puzzle. You must be in the mid-way between the entrance and the exit which there is a ladder heading down to the floor and in the next room you must use Surf and exit at the northernmost opening. After solving the puzzle it unlocks the following Unown: W X Y Z.

Puzzle #4 - Omanyte

The fourth and final puzzle contains to be a Omanyte which can also be the first puzzle that you can solve. To get access to the puzzle you must get through the Union Cave while getting back from the third puzzle which you must go west after surfing and using HM04 Strength on a rock which will bring you to the final puzzle. After solving the puzzle it unlocks the following Unown: K L M N O P Q.

Items

In each of the chambers in the Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold and SoulSilver series there are hidden chambers which you must use a Pokémon move or an item to gain access to the hidden chamber. To know what you must use to gain access to the hidden chamber you must read the words that has been written at the backside of the cave when you enter it. Each hidden chamber contains to be items after you succeed in entering there.

Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal

Chamber 1 - First Puzzle

At the back of the first puzzle room you will read a word that is in the form of Unown. You must decipher the Unown letters which will be read as "Escape". Use the item Escape Rope which will bring you to a hidden chamber. Inside the hidden chamber you will gain these items:

Item Sprite Item Name
Heal Powder Sprite.png Heal Powder
PSNCureBerry
EnergyPowder Sprite.png EnergyPowder
Berry

At the back of the wall of the hidden chamber, you will read a note that contains to be out of Unown letters which says: "Our words shall remain here for the ages".

Chamber 2 - Second Puzzle

At the back of the second puzzle room you will read a word that is in the form of Unown. You must decipher the Unown letters which will be read as "Light". Use one of you Pokémon that can use the move Flash which will bring you to a hidden chamber. Inside the hidden chamber you will gain these items:

Item Sprite Item Name
Gold Berry
Bag Moon Stone Sprite.png Moon Stone
Energy Root
Heal Powder Sprite.png Heal Powder

At the back of the wall of the hidden chamber, you will read a note that contains to be out of Unown letters which says: "Thus we shall erect a Pokémon statue outside".

Chamber 3 - Third Puzzle

At the back of the third puzzle room you will read a word that is in the form of Unown. You must decipher the Unown letters which will be read as "Ho-Oh". You must place Ho-Oh on the top of your party which will bring you to a hidden chamber. Inside the hidden chamber you will gain these items:

Item Sprite Item Name
Revival Herb Sprite.png Revival Herb
Charcoal.png Charcoal
MysteryBerry
Gold Berry

At the back of the wall of the hidden chamber, you will read a note that contains to be out of Unown letters which says: "We humans must learn to walk in harmony with them".

Chamber 4 - Fourth Puzzle

At the back of the third puzzle room you will read a word that is in the form of Unown. You must decipher the Unown letters which will be read as "Water". You must have a Water Stone in your backpack which will bring you to a hidden chamber. Inside the hidden chamber you will gain these items:

Item Sprite Item Name
Mystic Water.png Mystic Water
MysteryBerry
Star Piece Sprite.png Star Piece
Stardust.png Stardust

At the back of the wall of the hidden chamber, you will read a note that contains to be out of Unown letters which says: "They possess great insight and refuse the outside world".

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

Chamber 1 - First Puzzle

At the back of the first puzzle room you will read a word that is in the form of Unown. You must decipher the Unown letters which will be read as "Escape". Use the item Escape Rope which will bring you to a hidden chamber. Inside the hidden chamber you will gain these items:

Item Sprite Item Name
EnergyPowder Sprite.png EnergyPowder
Heal Powder Sprite.png Heal Powder
Star Piece Sprite.png Star Piece
Oran Berry.png Oran Berry
Pecha Berry.png Pecha Berry

At the back of the wall of the hidden chamber, you will read a note that contains to be out of Unown letters which says: "Our clan engraved words in this place".

Chamber 2 - Second Puzzle

At the back of the second puzzle room you will read a word that is in the form of Unown. You must decipher the Unown letters which will be read as "Light". Use one of you Pokémon that can use the move Flash which will bring you to a hidden chamber. Inside the hidden chamber you will gain these items:

Item Sprite Item Name
Energy Root Sprite.png Energy Root
Heal Powder Sprite.png Heal Powder
Bag Moon Stone Sprite.png Moon Stone
Sitrus Berry.png Sitrus Berry

At the back of the wall of the hidden chamber, you will read a note that contains to be out of Unown letters which says: "Our clan created Pokemon statue outside".

Chamber 3 - Third Puzzle

At the back of the third puzzle room you will read a word that is in the form of Unown. You must decipher the Unown letters which will be read as "Ho-Oh". You must place Ho-Oh on the top of your party which will bring you to a hidden chamber. Inside the hidden chamber you will gain these items:

Item Sprite Item Name
Charcoal.png Charcoal
Leppa Berry.png Leppa Berry
Lifeorb.png Life Orb
Revival Herb Sprite.png Revival Herb

At the back of the wall of the hidden chamber, you will read a note that contains to be out of Unown letters which says: "We humans need to walk with them. We leave here for the sake of them".

Chamber 4 - Fourth Puzzle

At the back of the third puzzle room you will read a word that is in the form of Unown. You must decipher the Unown letters which will be read as "Water". You must have a Water Stone in your backpack which will bring you to a hidden chamber. Inside the hidden chamber you will gain these items:

Item Sprite Item Name
Leppa Berry.png Leppa Berry
Mystic Water.png Mystic Water
Star Piece Sprite.png Star Piece
Stardust.png Stardust

At the back of the wall of the hidden chamber, you will read a note that contains to be out of Unown letters which says: "They possess power to sense with mind and reject outside".

Wild Pokémon

Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal Version
No. Sprite Pokémon type Rate
#201 201.png Unown Type Psychic.gif 100%
#129 129.png Magikarp Type Water.gif 85%
#129 129.png Magikarp Type Water.gif 35%
#129 129.png Magikarp Type Water.gif 20%
#60 060.png Poliwag Type Water.gif 15%
#60 060.png Poliwag Type Water.gif 65%
#60 060.png Poliwag Type Water.gif 70%
#61 061.png Poliwhirl Type Water.gif 10%
#194 194.png Wooper Type Water.gif Type Ground.gif 60%
#195 195.png Quagsire Type Water.gif Type Ground.gif 40%
#177 177.png Natu Type Psychic.gif Type Flying.gif 90%
#235 235.png Smeargle Type Normal.gif 90%
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
No. Sprite Pokémon type Rate
#201 201.png Unown Type Psychic.gif 100%
#177 177.png Natu Type Psychic.gif Type Flying.gif 90%
#235 235.png Smeargle Type Normal.gif 90%
#129 129.png Magikarp Type Water.gif 95%
#129 129.png Magikarp Type Water.gif 60%
#129 129.png Magikarp Type Water.gif 7%
#60 060.png Poliwag Type Water.gif 5%
#60 060.png Poliwag Type Water.gif 40%
#60 060.png Poliwag Type Water.gif 93%
#194 194.png Wooper Type Water.gif Type Ground.gif 60%
#195 195.png Quagsire Type Water.gif Type Ground.gif 40%
#74 074.png Geodude Type Rock.gif Type Ground.gif 40%
#293 293.png Whismur Type Normal.gif 20%
#264 264.png Linoone Type Normal.gif 20%
#399 399.png Bidoof Type Normal.gif 20%
#418 418.png Buizel Type Water.gif 20%

Trainers

Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal
PsychicGSCsprite.png Trainer Name Psychic Nathan
Poké Dollar Pokedollar.png832
Pokémon Level type
203.png 16 Type Normal.gif Type Psychic.gif
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Psychic(M)HGSSsprite.png Trainer Name Psychic Nathan
Poké Dollar Pokedollar.png832
Pokémon Level type
203.png 26 Type Normal.gif Type Psychic.gif

Pokémon Radio

If you tune your PokéGear radio to the right station in the Ruins of Alph, you can hear a strange radio transmitter. It will be like a song or some sort of tune.

Unown Report

Main article: Unown Report

In the Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version, the player will receive an Unown Report after solving one of the puzzles in the ruins of the Ruins of Alph. It takes only records of the Unknowns that the player captured which each of them contains each letter of Unown that has been has been set in a word. There are 28 kinds of Unown in the ruins which 26 of them looks like alphabets forms and two of them that are looking like question mark and exclamation points.

Trivia

  • "Alph" can be an abbreviation for "Alphabet" due to the reason that the Ruins of Alph contains Unown which each Unown represents a letter from the alphabet.
  • In Crystal, the Unown behind the first panel form the word "ESCAPE".
  • In HeartGold & SoulSilver, if the player walks here with Unown as their Pokémon partner, the Unown partner will act strange. Unown will sometimes go in circles, make strange noises, and sometimes just stops moving altogether.

    "ESCAPE".

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