To find Glalie’s Mega Stone (Glalitite) you’ll need to venture deep into the icy basement beneath Shoal Cave. You can only access this area during low tide, so you’ll need to time your visit accordingly.
You will also need a Mach Bike and a Pokémon that knows Surf to obtain the Mega Stone.
Shoal Cave is located north of Mossdeep City on Route 125, and it has a special feature that changes its appearance based on the time of day. But we’ll cover all of this in our guide below.
Prerequisites + Shoal Cave Mechanics
Shoal Cave can be reached by surfing north from Mossdeep City. The cave features a high tide and low tide mechanic, which means that specific areas can only be reached during a particular time of day.
During low tide, additional sections of the cave become accessible, allowing you to explore further and reach the Glalitite.
So just make sure to visit the cave during low tide if you’re aiming to obtain this Mega Stone.
Here are the times when Shoal Cave is at low or high tide:
|Low Tide||High Tide|
|3:00 – 8:59 (3:00 AM – 8:59 AM)||9:00 – 14:59 (9:00 AM – 2:59 PM)|
|15:00 – 20:59 (3:00 PM – 8:59 PM)||21:00 – 2:59 (9:00 PM – 2:59 AM)|
To be able to fully explore Shoal Cave, you’ll also need to have a Mach Bike with you. If you currently have an Acro Bike, you can easily exchange it for the Mach Bike at Rydel’s Cycles located on the east side of Mauville City.
You can switch bikes at any time during the game, and you’ll be able to acquire both bikes in the post-game.
To summarize, before heading over to Shoal Cave make sure you:
- Have access to Mossdeep City
- Bring a Pokémon that knows HM03 Surf
- Bring your Mach Bike
- Time your visit during low tide (adjust your 3DS or emulator’s time if needed)
Tip: To leave Shoal Cave quickly after you get the Glalitite, bring a Pokémon with Dig or an Escape Rope.
Glalitite Location (Step-by-Step)
Once you’re ready, follow these steps starting from Mossdeep City’s Pokémon Center:
Step 1: To reach Shoal Cave, head south from Mossdeep City’s shore. Follow the path until you reach a set of stairs leading down to the beach.
Step 2: From there, begin traveling north along the shore, staying close to the water’s edge.
Step 3: When you reach the top end of the beach, use Surf to travel east across the water going east.
Step 4: Continue surfing east, then turn and go north along Route 125 until you see the entrance to Shoal Cave.
Step 5: When you’ve reached Shoal Cave’s entrance, disembark and enter the cave.
Step 6: If you’ve arrived during low tide, the water inside the cave will be dried up.
Go down the stairs in front of you and begin heading north through the cave.
Step 7: Eventually, you’ll come to a cave entrance in the north wall of the cave. Enter it to head deeper inside Shoal Cave.
Step 8: In the next room, you’ll see another cave entrance on your left. Go through it.
Step 9: After you enter the next room, continue heading north until you come across a muddy slope on your right-hand side. Use your Mach Bike to climb up the slope.
Step 10: Once you’ve reached the top, slide down the slope on the right side and begin moving southward.
Step 11: At the end of the path, climb down the ladder to access the icy basement of Shoal Cave.
Step 12: In the basement, make your way to the southern part of the floor to find the first of two ice floor puzzles.
Step 13: To your left you’ll find the first ice floor puzzle. To solve it, stand in the same spot shown in the image below and slide to the left.
Step 14: Once you bump into the ice-covered rock, slide upwards.
Step 15: With the first puzzle completed, go north and climb up the staircase.
Step 16: The second ice floor puzzle should be directly in front of you.
To solve it and reach the raised plateau nearby, slide northeast from the spot shown in the image below (you can slide diagonally in OR/AS).
Then climb up the stairs onto the plateau.
Step 17: Once you’ve gone up the stairs, head north of the plateau’s center and pick up the sparkling item to obtain the Glalitite.
Is Mega Glalie Worth Using?
Mega Glalie might not be worth using due to its disappointing stat distribution (with the boost divided equally between Attack and Special Attack) and having only a slight increase in Speed.
This leaves it vulnerable against most offensive teams.
However, it does have access to a Refrigerate-boosted Explosion, arguably one of the most powerful attacks in the game.
Mega Glalie’s new ability is Refrigerate, which converts Normal-type moves into Ice-type moves and gives them a 30% power boost.
If you want to use Mega Glalie in your team then consider the following pros and cons:
- Refrigerate-boosted Explosion. Thanks to STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) and Mega Glalie’s ability, its Explosion boasts the highest possible base power for any move in the game. It can even take down Pokémon that resist Ice-type attacks.
- Impressive mixed offensive stats. With both base Attack and Special Attack stats reaching 120, Mega Glalie’s physical and special moves can pack quite a punch.
- Amazing movepool. Mega Glalie has access to Ice Shard for priority, Earthquake for Steel- and Fire-types, and Freeze-Dry for Water-types.
- Middling Speed for its role. Paired with its subpar bulk and pure Ice-typing, Mega Glalie can’t afford to be outsped by commonly-used threats in its role as a sweeper.
- Very predictable playstyle. Mega Glalie is mostly known for its Refrigerate-boosted Explosion, which means a well-timed Protect from your opponent might cost you the game.
Fun Fact: Prior to the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, a special playable demo was available that included an alternate way to acquire Glalitite. Unfortunately, there’s no legitimate way to download this demo anymore.