How To Get the Griseous Orb in Pokémon Platinum

Approaching the Griseous Orb in the Distortion World

The Griseous Orb is located in the Distortion World through the entrance in Turnback Cave, which you’ll find to the southeast of Veilstone City.

But you won’t be able to enter Turnback Cave until you’ve defeated the Pokémon League and entered the Hall of Fame. So this area is only accessible in the post-game of Pokémon Platinum.

Griseous Orb Location (Step-by-Step)

Part 1: Finding Turnback Cave

You’ll be able to visit Turnback Cave after you and your Pokémon have defeated the Pokémon League for the first time.

To find Turnback Cave, you’ll need to pass through the Spring Path on the eastern side of Route 214 – which will have already opened up after the final showdown with Cyrus on Mt. Coronet.

You will also need to bring Pokémon that know these HMs:

  • Rock Climb
  • Defog

When you’re ready, Fly to Veilstone City and head southward from the Pokémon Center.

Moving southward from the Veilstone City Pokémon Center. / Pokémon Platinum
Moving southward from the Veilstone City Pokémon Center.

Leave Veilstone City through the southeastern entrance gate.

Exiting Veilstone City through the southeastern gate. / Pokémon Platinum
Exiting Veilstone City through the southeastern gate.

On the other side of the gate, continue southward on Route 214.

Traveling south on Route 214. / Pokémon Platinum
Traveling south on Route 214.

Head east just after the first trainer you find.

Turning eastward instead of climbing the stairs. / Pokémon Platinum
Turning eastward instead of climbing the stairs.

Turn south when you reach the narrow aisles created by the picket fences.

Moving south through the picket fences. / Pokémon Platinum
Moving south through the picket fences.

Continue southward through the picket fence maze, passing all the wandering trainers.

Heading south past the picket fence maze’s trainers. / Pokémon Platinum
Heading south past the picket fence maze’s trainers.

Pass the Psychic trainer and keep moving southward.

Passing the Psychic trainer. / Pokémon Platinum
Passing the Psychic trainer.

Enter the Spring Path through the gap in the trees to the east.

Entering the eastern gap in the woods. / Pokémon Platinum
Entering the eastern gap in the woods.

Follow the Spring Path to Sendoff Spring at the end.

Approaching Sendoff Spring to the north. / Pokémon Platinum
Approaching Sendoff Spring to the north.

Enter the Spring’s clearing, then head east through the tall grass.

Entering the Sendoff Spring area and moving east. / Pokémon Platinum
Entering the Sendoff Spring area and moving east.

In the northeastern corner of this area, use Rock Climb on the rocky part of the wall.

Using Rock Climb on the rocky wall. / Pokémon Platinum
Using Rock Climb on the rocky wall.

At the top of the mountain you can go either east or west (both paths circle around to the same area).

Taking a left at the top of the mountain. / Pokémon Platinum
Taking a left at the top of the mountain.

Head north along the circular path overlooking the spring.

Heading toward the north edge of the circular path. / Pokémon Platinum
Heading toward the north edge of the circular path.

Then use Rock Climb again at the next rock wall to reach the cave entrance down below.

Using Rock Climb to reach Turnback Cave. / Pokémon Platinum
Using Rock Climb to reach Turnback Cave.

Enter Turnback Cave.

Heading into Turnback Cave. / Pokémon Platinum
Heading into Turnback Cave.

Part 2: Solving the Puzzle of Turnback Cave

The first cave chamber you enter is thick with fog, so use Defog to clear it up.

Using Defog to clear the cave. / Pokémon Platinum
Using Defog to clear the cave.

This room has four doorways upstairs: one each to the north, south, east, and west.

In the middle of the wall in front of you is a partially-effaced inscription that gives you a clue about navigating Turnback Cave.

The most important part is the last bit: “…before 30 is surpassed…”

Reading the inscription on the wall of Turnback Cave’s first room. / Pokémon Platinum
Reading the inscription on the wall of Turnback Cave’s first room.

Start this puzzle by taking the door to north, west, or east—it doesn’t matter which.

The room you enter will either be full of breakable rocks, or it will be completely empty except for a pillar in the middle.

If you find a pillar, reading the inscription on it will provide you with two numbers:

  • The top number shows which pillar room you are in
  • The bottom number shows how many rooms you’ve entered up to this point
Finding the first pillar in the very first room entered. / Pokémon Platinum
Finding the first pillar in the very first room entered.

The object of the puzzle is to find all three pillar rooms before you’ve passed through 30 rooms.

If you succeed, the next room you enter after finding the third pillar will be Giratina’s room, which contains a portal to the Distortion World.

Turnback Cave and all of its rooms are randomly generated upon entry. So there is no quick or easy way of finding all three pillars within the 30-room limit—just keep choosing doors at random and you’ll get there eventually.

Finding the second pillar in the fifth room entered. / Pokémon Platinum
Finding the second pillar in the fifth room entered.
Finding the third pillar in room 15. / Pokémon Platinum
Finding the third pillar in room 15.

Once you find the third pillar, you can pass through any of the four doors to enter Giratina’s room.

In that room will be a portal to the Distortion World in the middle.

Approaching the portal to the Distortion World in Giratina’s room. / Pokémon Platinum
Approaching the portal to the Distortion World in Giratina’s room.

This isn’t the same area of the Distortion World you explored during the Cyrus battle on Mt. Coronet, but it’s far smaller and easier to navigate.

Part 3: Navigating the Distortion World

From the entrance, circle around to the northeast and jump on the gravity-defying platform that’s turned on its side. Walk to the opposite end of the platform.

The large boulders will disappear as you walk into them.

Walking across the sideways platform near the Distortion World’s entrance. / Pokémon Platinum
Walking across the sideways platform near the Distortion World’s entrance.

Hop off the sideways platform and start moving westward.

Jumping off the sideways walkway and heading west. / Pokémon Platinum
Jumping off the sideways walkway and heading west.

When you reach the miniature floating platforms to the south, hop across them.

Hopping from platform to platform to the south. / Pokémon Platinum
Hopping from platform to platform to the south.

Walk down the long narrow platform, then resume hopping across the small platforms to the west.

Hopping across the chain of platforms to the west. / Pokémon Platinum
Hopping across the chain of platforms to the west.

Continue heading west until you reach the boulders. Then walk through them and turn northward.

Turning northward and heading across the narrow walkway. / Pokémon Platinum
Turning northward and heading across the narrow walkway.

Head north until you find a Poké Ball item on the ground along the path.

Approaching the Griseous Orb to the north. / Pokémon Platinum
Approaching the Griseous Orb to the north.

Jump over the gap and pick up the Poké Ball to obtain the Griseous Orb.

Obtaining the Griseous Orb. / Pokémon Platinum
Obtaining the Griseous Orb.

Griseous Orb Details and Uses

The in-game description of the Griseous Orb. / Pokémon Platinum
The in-game description of the Griseous Orb.

The Griseous Orb is a held item for Giratina only. When Giratina equips it, the power of its Dragon- and Ghost-type moves increase by 20%.

Holding the Griseous Orb also transforms Giratina from its Altered Forme to its Origin Forme.

Giratina without the Griseous Orb. / Pokémon Platinum
Giratina without the Griseous Orb.
Giratina with the Griseous Orb in Origin Forme. / Pokémon Platinum
Giratina with the Griseous Orb in Origin Forme.

Both its Altered Forme’s and Origin Forme’s stats add up to the same (very high) number.

But Giratina is a much better attacker in its Origin Forme, while Altered Forme Giratina’s defenses are its high point.

Neither incarnation of Giratina is “better” than the other; since switching forms is as simple as switching Giratina’s held item, you can try both to see which form works better for your team without having to fully commit to either.

Chris Haygood

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