|All Reaper Cloth Locations|
|1||Acuity Lakefront — In the southeastern corner of the mountaintop, close to Lake Acuity’s entrance||No|
|2||Route 229 — Just north of the Battle Zone’s Resort Area, by the dual Ace Trainers, behind a cuttable tree||No|
|3||Turnback Cave — A reward for finding the three pillar rooms without making any wrong turns||Yes|
The quickest and easiest methods of obtaining Reaper Cloths are by finding them on overworld Routes:
One Reaper Cloth is located right outside Lake Acuity, on the southeastern corner of the mountaintop. It requires the Hidden Move Rock Climb to reach, and therefore can only be obtained after defeating Gym Leader Candice in Snowpoint City.
Another Reaper Cloth is available on Route 229, north of the Resort Area in the Battle Zone. Obtaining it requires the Hidden Move Cut, and can only be done after defeating the Elite Four and the Champion in the Pokémon League.
The third method is repeatable, but can require a huge investment of time:
In Turnback Cave, Reaper Cloths will spawn in Giratina’s room if you manage to find all three pillars in under four room changes. The pillars and rooms are completely randomized, and more often than not, discovering all three pillars under these constraints is impossible.
But we’ll cover all of these methods in more detail below.
Getting Reaper Cloths
Location #1: Acuity Lakefront (Step-by-Step)
The first obtainable Reaper Cloth is at the Acuity Lakefront, west of Snowpoint City. Accessing its location requires a Pokémon that knows the Hidden Move Rock Climb.
To reach the Acuity Lakefront and get your Reaper Cloth, first head northwest from the Snowpoint Pokémon Center.
Turn southward to pass through the break in the trees and approach the Snowpoint shipyard.
Walk down the stairs and turn westward.
Then ascend the staircase at Snowpoint City’s western entrance, and continue traveling westward to enter Acuity Lakefront.
When the terrain opens up and starts to become overrun with tall grass, move northwest to slip through the space between the trees.
On the side of the mountain there is a noticeably rocky section.
Use Rock Climb here to scale the mountain to the top (you’ll be climbing to the west).
Interact with the Poké Ball item on the ground here to obtain the Reaper Cloth.
Location #2: Route 229 (Step-by-Step)
A second Reaper Cloth can be found on Route 229. This area is north of the Resort Area in the Battle Zone.
But to reach this item’s location you’ll need a Pokémon that can use Cut.
Here’s how to get there:
From the Resort Area Pokémon Center, head north across the bridge.
Leave the Resort Area through the path to the north.
Follow the path until it splits apart at the Resort Area sign.
From here, branch off to the north, going through the tall grass guarded by the two Ace Trainers.
A short distance into the tall grass you will be able to take a short turn to the east.
And when you turn to the east you’ll see a small rock on the ground – directly below this rock is a barely-visible tree that can be cut down.
Use Cut on this tile to proceed.
Behind this tree is a truncated path, and if you follow the path you’ll find a Reaper Cloth on the ground.
Location #3: Turnback Cave (Step-by-Step)
You can get an unlimited number of Reaper Cloths in Turnback Cave. This cave is just southeast of Veilstone City, past the Spring Path.
But this method requires that you’ve beaten the Champion of the Pokémon League and been entered into the Hall of Fame. You also need Pokémon that can use Rock Climb and Defog.
The quickest route to the Spring Path is by starting in Veilstone City.
So from Veilstone’s Pokémon Center, head south on the paved road.
Leave Veilstone City through the southeastern entrance gate.
On the other side of the gate, continue southward on Route 214.
Head east toward the Berry plot, then continue south through the maze-like picket fence area.
Sticking to the eastern paths, continue moving south, passing all the wandering trainers.
Pass the Psychic trainer, and then while still moving to the south, keep your eyes on the eastern edge of the map.
On the right-hand side of the field there will be a gap in the trees that didn’t exist before you beat the Pokémon League (pictured below).
Turn and go through the gap when you see it.
This is the Spring Path, a linear route through the trees that leads to Sendoff Spring at the end.
Enter the Spring’s clearing, then head eastward through the tall grass.
In the northeastern corner of this area you’ll find a rocky wall to climb up.
Use Rock Climb to scale the rocky wall here.
At the top of the mountain you can go either east or west since it’s generally a circle – in this case we’ll move west.
Either way, keep following the path by eventually moving northward along the circular path overlooking the spring.
Use Rock Climb again once you reach the upper section here (you’ll use Rock Climb to climb down to a lower section). This allows you to reach the cave entrance down below.
Enter Turnback Cave.
Once you’re inside, the first cave chamber you enter will be thick with fog. So use Defog to clear it up.
How Turnback Cave Pillars Work
The room you’re in has four entrances upstairs: one each to the north, south, east, and west.
In the middle of the room 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…”
Basically, you need to choose any of the cave doors to walk through (besides the one leading outside). You’re looking for three pillars throughout Turnback Cave which are randomly spread across the cave’s infinite rooms.
Finding all three pillars within 30 turns will result in the next room you enter being Giratina’s room, which contains a portal to the Distortion World, as well as an item.
The item that spawns here depends on how many rooms you passed through to reach Giratina’s room:
|Number of Rooms||Item|
Each room you enter will either be full of breakable rocks, or it will be completely empty except for the pillar in the middle.
When 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.
To obtain a Reaper’s Cloth, both numbers need to be the same on every inscription you read, meaning every room you enter must contain a pillar.
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 in the first three rooms you enter.
Often, none of the four doors in a room will lead to a pillar room, and saving and restarting the game while inside the cave does not change the cave’s layout.
Therefore, if you enter a room that doesn’t contain a pillar, the only thing to do is leave and re-enter Turnback Cave and then try again.
Once you find the third pillar, if everything has gone as planned, both numbers on the inscription should be 3.
Once you find the third pillar room, pass through any of the four doors to enter Giratina’s room. You’ll then find a portal and a Poké Ball item will be in the middle.
If all has gone smoothly, the Poké Ball item will be a Reaper Cloth.
Although this method for obtaining Reaper Cloths is infinitely repeatable, bear in mind that it is also unreliable.
The odds of finding the third pillar room in three moves are highly unlikely, and saving the game after finding each pillar room doesn’t help much.
It can take an hour or longer to find a single Reaper Cloth in this way.
Reaper Cloth Details and Uses
The Reaper Cloth is a Held Item used to evolve Dusclops into Dusknoir by trading it to another player.
To use it, first give the selected Dusclops the Reaper Cloth to hold.
Then trade the Dusclops to another player.
When the Dusclops is finished transferring to the other player’s game, it will immediately evolve into Dusknoir.
Dusknoir gets a slight boost to its already sky-high Defense and Special Defense stats after evolving, but it also gets a huge boost to its Attack, bringing it to a 100 base stat, up from Dusclops’s 70.
With this upgrade, Duskull becomes a formidable attacker on top of its previous talent as a shield.
Its single typing (Ghost) can make it a challenge for many trainers to pierce through its defenses, and it also makes for a good spinblocker—a Pokémon who can keep the opponent from using Rapid Spin and clearing entry hazard traps off its side of the battlefield.
Miscellaneous Info about the Reaper Cloth
- In Generation V, the Eviolite item was introduced. This boosts the holder’s Defense and Special Defense stats by 50% if the Pokémon is not fully evolved. This ends up making Dusclops’s defenses significantly higher than Dusknoir’s, and introduces a new debate about whether Dusclops should be evolved at all, if used competitively.
- If the Reaper Cloth is flung by a Pokémon using Fling, the move will have a base power of 10.
- The Reaper Cloth can be sold for 1,050 PokéDollars. But due to its scarcity, this isn’t recommended.