Pokémon Platinum White Flute: Location + Uses

The woman looking for her Suite Key at Hotel Grand Lake
White Flute Locations
# Method Repeatable?
1 Valor Lakefront—Received from a woman at the Hotel Grand Lake as a reward for finding her Suite Key No

You’ll receive the White Flute from a woman at the Hotel Grand Lake after finding and returning her Suite Key to her.

No Hidden Moves are required to find the Suite Key, and this can be done at any point after defeating Leader Fantina at the Hearthome City Gym.

Acquiring the White Flute

You’ll find the only White Flute at the Hotel Grand Lake, a high-end resort south of the Valor Lakefront.

There are no detailed requirements for reaching the Hotel Grand Lake or for receiving the White Flute. It can basically be done at any point after winning the Relic Badge from Leader Fantina in Hearthome City.

If you’ve been to the Hotel Grand Lake before, you’ve probably met the blonde woman outside the northeastern bungalow.

The woman at the bungalow in the northeastern corner of the Hotel. / Pokémon Platinum
The woman at the bungalow in the northeastern corner of the Hotel.

A short conversation with her reveals that she’s locked herself out of her suite and lost her Suite Key elsewhere on the property.

Naturally, it’s your job to find the lost Suite Key and return it to her.

Reaching the Hotel Grand Lake

You can reach the Hotel Grand Lake one of three ways:

  • Starting in Veilstone City and heading south
  • Starting in Pastoria City and heading east
  • Starting in Sunyshore City and heading west (after defeating Giratina)

Unless you’re already at the end of the game, starting in Pastoria City is probably the quickest option.

So from the Pastoria Pokémon Center, head east.

Heading east from Pastoria’s Pokémon Center. / Pokémon Platinum
Heading east from Pastoria’s Pokémon Center.

Continue east and pass through the gate to Route 213.

Exiting Pastoria City via the northeastern gate. / Pokémon Platinum
Exiting Pastoria City via the northeastern gate.

Keep going east after emerging on the other side.

Continuing east on Route 213. / Pokémon Platinum
Continuing east on Route 213.

Follow this route and when the path curves to the south, follow it down to the beach.

Heading south toward the coast. / Pokémon Platinum
Heading south toward the coast.

Once you hit the ocean, turn eastward again and follow the coastline.

Heading eastward toward the Hotel Grand Lake. / Pokémon Platinum
Heading eastward toward the Hotel Grand Lake.

As you move east, the beach will become a narrow sandbar. When it widens again, head north.

Moving east along the narrow sandbar on Route 213. / Pokémon Platinum
Moving east along the narrow sandbar on Route 213.

Enter the first building you come across (the Hotel Grand Lake’s reception building) and pass through it.

Entering the Hotel Grand Lake’s front desk/reception building. / Pokémon Platinum
Entering the Hotel Grand Lake’s front desk/reception building.

Finding and Returning the Lost Suite Key

You’ll find the Suite Key right next to the Hotel Grand Lake’s reception building.

It’s hidden on a tile directly to the northwest of where you enter the premises. You can use the Dowsing Machine Pokétch app if you need help finding it.

Here’s the exact tile where you’ll find it:

The Suite Key location at the entrance to the Hotel Grand Lake. / Pokémon Platinum
The Suite Key location at the entrance to the Hotel Grand Lake.

Face the tile and press A to pick the Key up.

Obtaining the hidden Suite Key. / Pokémon Platinum
Obtaining the hidden Suite Key.

Now it’s time to be a good samaritan by delivering the Suite Key to its owner.

To do so, just head north up the stairs ahead.

Heading up the stairs to the north. / Pokémon Platinum
Heading up the stairs to the north.

Then take a right at the Seven Stars Restaurant.

Going down the staircase by the restaurant. / Pokémon Platinum
Going down the staircase by the restaurant.

Head down the stairs next to the restaurant, then go down the stairs to the north and speak to the woman outside the suite again.

Approaching the woman who lost her Suite Key. / Pokémon Platinum
Approaching the woman who lost her Suite Key.

She will thank you profusely for returning her lost Key.

Being thanked for returning the woman’s Suite Key. / Pokémon Platinum
Being thanked for returning the woman’s Suite Key.

She will then invite you inside the bungalow, where she will reward you with the only White Flute in the game.

Receiving the White Flute at the Hotel Grand Lake. / Pokémon Platinum
Receiving the White Flute at the Hotel Grand Lake.

White Flute Details and Uses

The in-game description of the White Flute. / Pokémon Platinum
The in-game description of the White Flute.

The White Flute is an item that increases wild Pokémon encounters by 50%. It has the opposite effect of the Black Flute.

Be aware that this is not a held item; the White Flute only works when used from your Bag, and must be used again after a map transition takes place (such as entering buildings, caves, or other areas).

Using the White Flute from the Bag’s Items pocket. / Pokémon Platinum
Using the White Flute from the Bag’s Items pocket.

The White Flute won’t be as useful to most people as the Black Flute, which reduces random Pokémon encounters.

Perhaps the only time the White Flute serves any purpose at all is when you want to train your Pokémon without running around as much. And even then, wild Pokémon spring up frequently enough that this isn’t a problem for most.

Still, it’s a neat holdover from the Gen III games (the Suite Key woman even mentions how the Flutes are only found in the Hoenn Region).

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