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Sootopolis City is the only city in Hoenn in which diving is the only way to get in and out of the place (although when you have reached it for the first time, you can come back to the place by using Fly). Its houses somehow resemble Jewish architecture.

In Pokémon Emerald Version, when Kyogre and Groudon were awakened by Team Aqua and Team Magma respectively, the two Pokémon appeared in the city's lake and battled each other until Rayquaza intervened and becalmed them.

Sootopolis City is also the location of Hoenn's Water-type based gym.

Description

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History

Sootopolis City is built in the crater of an extinct volcano (Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald)/meteor impact (Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire), which soon filled with water during rainfall. Within the city is the Cave of Origin, guarded by one of the town's citizens. Sootopolis may be where the cataclysmic battle between Groudon and Kyogre was fought thousands of years ago.

Pokémon

Ruby and Sapphire

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Emerald

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Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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Items

Poké Mart

Appearances

Manga

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Anime

In "The Great Eight Fate!", Ash and his friends first arrived there so the former can have his final Gym battle against the Sootopolis City Gym Leader Juan.

Trivia

  • This is the only town in the Pokémon games that requires the move Dive to first enter it.
  • A young non-playable girl, Kiri, is named after Junichi Masuda's daughter, which was born before the development of the Generation III games.
  • Sootopolis City's name comes from "soot" (black dust resulting from fires or volcanic eruptions) and the suffix "-opolis," often used in city names. Its Japanese name, Rune (pronounced "roo-nay," not "roon") City, comes from 流 (ru, flow) and 涅 (netsu, black underwater soil).
  • As Hoenn is based on Kyūshū, Sootopolis City is based on Yakushima. Its architectural style is similar to that of Santorini, a city in Greece.

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