Where To Get Reaper Cloths in Pokémon Platinum

Finding the Reaper Cloth at Acuity Lakefront (Pokémon Platinum)
All Reaper Cloth Locations
# Location Repeatable?
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 Reaper Cloth’s location on the Town Map / Pokémon Platinum
The first Reaper Cloth’s location on the Town Map.

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.

Moving northwest from Snowpoint City’s Pokémon Center / Pokémon Platinum
Moving northwest from Snowpoint City’s Pokémon Center.

Turn southward to pass through the break in the trees and approach the Snowpoint shipyard.

Heading south toward Snowpoint City’s dock area / Pokémon Platinum
Heading south toward Snowpoint City’s dock area.

Walk down the stairs and turn westward.

Turning west to pass the shipyard / Pokémon Platinum
Turning west to pass the shipyard.

Then ascend the staircase at Snowpoint City’s western entrance, and continue traveling westward to enter Acuity Lakefront.

Leaving Snowpoint City and entering Acuity Lakefront through the western entrance / Pokémon Platinum
Leaving Snowpoint City and entering Acuity Lakefront through the western entrance.

When the terrain opens up and starts to become overrun with tall grass, move northwest to slip through the space between the trees.

Taking the path to the northwest at Acuity Lakefront / Pokémon Platinum
Taking the path to the northwest at Acuity Lakefront.

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).

Using Rock Climb to scale the mountain / Pokémon Platinum
Using Rock Climb to scale the mountain.

Interact with the Poké Ball item on the ground here to obtain the Reaper Cloth.

Obtaining the Reaper Cloth at the Acuity Lakefront / Pokémon Platinum
Obtaining the Reaper Cloth at the Acuity Lakefront.

Location #2: Route 229 (Step-by-Step)

The second Reaper Cloth’s location on the Town Map / Pokémon Platinum
The second Reaper Cloth’s location on the Town Map.

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.

Crossing the bridge to the north of the Resort Area Pokémon Center / Pokémon Platinum
Crossing the bridge to the north of the Resort Area Pokémon Center.

Leave the Resort Area through the path to the north.

Exiting the Resort Area / Pokémon Platinum
Exiting the Resort Area.

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.

Continuing northward at the Resort Area sign / Pokémon Platinum
Continuing northward at the Resort Area sign.

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.

Using Cut on a thin tree / Pokémon Platinum
Using Cut on a thin tree.

Behind this tree is a truncated path, and if you follow the path you’ll find a Reaper Cloth on the ground.

Obtaining the Reaper Cloth on Route 229 / Pokémon Platinum
Obtaining the Reaper Cloth on Route 229.

Location #3: Turnback Cave (Step-by-Step)

Reaper Cloth’s repeatable location on the Town Map / Pokémon Platinum
Reaper Cloth’s repeatable location on the Town Map.

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.

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 / Pokémon Platinum
Exiting Veilstone City.

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 toward the Berry plot, then continue south through the maze-like picket fence area.

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

Sticking to the eastern paths, continue moving south, 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 then while still moving to the south, keep your eyes on the eastern edge of the map.

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

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.

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

This is the Spring Path, a linear route through the trees that leads to Sendoff Spring at the end.

Approaching Sendoff Spring / Pokémon Platinum
Approaching Sendoff Spring.

Enter the Spring’s clearing, then head eastward 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 you’ll find a rocky wall to climb up.

Use Rock Climb to scale the rocky wall here.

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 since it’s generally a circle – in this case we’ll move west.

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

Either way, keep following the path by eventually moving northward 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.

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.

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

Enter Turnback Cave.

Heading into the cave / Pokémon Platinum
Heading into the cave.

Once you’re inside, the first cave chamber you enter will be thick with fog. So use Defog to clear it up.

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

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.

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
3 Reaper Cloth
4-15 Rare Bone
16-30 Stardust

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.
Finding the first pillar in the very first room entered / Pokémon Platinum
Finding the first pillar in the very first room entered.

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.

Finding the second pillar in the second room entered / Pokémon Platinum
Finding the second pillar in the second room entered.

Once you find the third pillar, if everything has gone as planned, both numbers on the inscription should be 3.

Finding the third pillar in the third room entered / Pokémon Platinum
Finding the third pillar in the third room entered.

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.

Entering Giratina’s room with an item on the ground / Pokémon Platinum
Entering Giratina’s room with an item on the ground.

If all has gone smoothly, the Poké Ball item will be a Reaper Cloth.

Obtaining a Reaper Cloth in Turnback Cave / Pokémon Platinum
A Reaper Cloth on the ground in Turnback Cave.

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

In-game description of the Reaper Cloth / Pokémon Platinum
In-game description of the Reaper Cloth.

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.

Giving Dusclops a Reaper Cloth before a trade / Pokémon Platinum
Giving Dusclops a Reaper Cloth before a trade.

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.

Receiving Dusknoir after trading Dusclops holding a Reaper Cloth / Pokémon Platinum
Receiving Dusknoir after trading Dusclops holding a Reaper Cloth.

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.

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