How To Get the Works Key for Valley Windworks (Pokémon Platinum)

In front of the Valley Windworks in Pokémon Platinum

You’ll obtain the Works Key after you defeat a couple of Galactic Grunts in the Floaroma Meadow. This happens as part of the main storyline and can’t be missed.

Shortly after your first visit to Floaroma Town, your journey will take you through Eterna Forest and into Eterna City, far to the northeast.

But it turns out Team Galactic has taken over the Eterna Forest area for some dubious operation, and its Grunts refuse to let you pass over the bridge. You’ll need to make Team Galactic disperse so you can be on your way.

A couple of Galactic Grunts being generally disagreeable / Pokémon Platinum
A couple of Galactic Grunts being generally disagreeable.

Ridding the area of the Galactic menace requires you to take down its commander inside the Valley Windworks (which Team Galactic have turned into an ad hoc base of operations). And to do that you must find the Works Key.

Acquiring the Works Key

When you first enter Floaroma Town, heal up at the Pokémon Center—you’ll be fighting several battles in the near future, and you won’t want to wake up back in Oreburgh City if you lose one. You might also want to stock up on Potions at the Poké Mart while you’re here.

When you’re ready, head toward the town’s eastern entrance.

Heading northeast from Floaroma Town’ Pokémon Center / Pokémon Platinum
Heading northeast from Floaroma Town’ Pokémon Center.

Head east to exit Floaroma Town and enter Route 205.

Leaving Floaroma Town through the eastern entrance / Pokémon Platinum
Leaving Floaroma Town through the eastern entrance.

Keep moving east until you run into a young girl standing in the middle of the dirt road.

Approaching the little girl on Route 205 / Pokémon Platinum
Approaching the little girl on Route 205.

The girl will explain that Team Galactic has shut down most of Route 205 and abducted her father, who is a worker for the Valley Windworks at the end of the road to the east. She will beg you to help get her father back.

Speaking with the little girl about Team Galactic’s crimes / Pokémon Platinum
Speaking with the little girl about Team Galactic’s crimes.

You won’t be able to progress until you lend the girl a hand and force Team Galactic out of Route 205, so continue heading east toward Valley Windworks.

Entering the premises of the Valley Windworks building / Pokémon Platinum
Entering the premises of the Valley Windworks building.

Turn north at the end of the road to find the Valley Windworks. A Galactic Grunt will be blocking the front entrance.

Approaching the Grunt in front of the Valley Windworks / Pokémon Platinum
Approaching the Grunt in front of the Valley Windworks.

Speak to the Grunt and he will basically tell you to scram.

The Galactic Grunt keeping you from entering the Valley Windworks / Pokémon Platinum
The Galactic Grunt keeping you from entering the Valley Windworks.

Even though you don’t say anything in response, he’ll allege that you’re giving him a suspicious look and will challenge you to a Pokémon battle.

Battling the Galactic Grunt for entry into the Valley Windworks / Pokémon Platinum
Battling the Galactic Grunt for entry into the Valley Windworks.

Luckily, this battle is a cinch.

The Grunt will send out a single level 13 Glameow, which won’t be a problem for a Badge-carrying trainer such as yourself.

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Galactic Grunt 1
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Glameow

Glameow / Pokémon Platinum
13 196XP 520P

After the battle, the Grunt will run inside Valley Windworks and lock the door with his Works Key—but not before blabbing about a second Works Key being held by his co-workers in Floaroma Town.

The Galactic Grunt revealing the existence of another Works Key / Pokémon Platinum
The Galactic Grunt revealing the existence of another Works Key.

The Grunt’s cohorts can be found causing trouble in the Floaroma Meadow, a colorful field of flowers just north of Floaroma Town. So it’s time to head back the way you came.

Move to the southwest to get back on Route 205’s main road.

Heading southwest from the Valley Windworks / Pokémon Platinum
Heading southwest from the Valley Windworks.

Pass the bridge and the Windworks employee’s daughter as you head west back to town.

Traveling westward on Route 205 / Pokémon Platinum
Traveling westward on Route 205.

Enter Floaroma and move to the western edge of town.

Re-entering Floaroma Town / Pokémon Platinum
Re-entering Floaroma Town.

When you reach the trees to the far west, turn north and cut across the flower field.

Turning north at the western edge of town / Pokémon Platinum
Turning north at the western edge of town.

Enter the gap in the trees at Floaroma Town’s northwestern corner. This leads to the Floaroma Meadow.

Entering the Floaroma Meadow to the north / Pokémon Platinum
Entering the Floaroma Meadow to the north.

As soon as you enter the Meadow, you’ll find two more Galactic Grunts hassling one of Floaroma’s residents.

Overhearing Team Galactic threatening a man / Pokémon Platinum
Overhearing Team Galactic threatening a man.

The man they are intimidating is a seller of Floaroma Town’s famous Honey; apparently Team Galactic wants the Honey in order to entice more Pokémon for performing experiments on.

The Grunts will notice you eavesdropping, and they’ll challenge you to battle in order to keep you quiet.

The two Grunts noticing you listening in on them / Pokémon Platinum
The two Grunts noticing you listening in on them.

These battles are a bit harder than the one with the last Grunt. For one thing, you’ll be fighting two battles in a row without a chance to heal between battles.

Also, your opponents will send out three Pokémon in total, including two Zubats that just love to confuse you with Supersonic. But if you use Potions where necessary, you’ll make it through this altercation with little issue.

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Stunky

Stunky / Pokémon Platinum
13 219XP 520P
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Galactic Grunt 2
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Zubat

Zubat / Pokémon Platinum
11 126XP 440P
Zubat

Zubat / Pokémon Platinum
11 126XP

Once your opponents are out of battle-ready Pokémon, they’ll scurry back to the Valley Windworks.

However, the duo will be in such a rush to escape that they’ll drop the second Works Key on their way out, which the Honey seller will pick up.

The Honey seller examining the dropped Works Key / Pokémon Platinum
The Honey seller examining the dropped Works Key.

The Honey merchant won’t have any use for the item, so he’ll hand it directly over to you.

Receiving the second Works Key from the Honey seller / Pokémon Platinum
Receiving the second Works Key from the Honey seller.

Works Key Details and Uses

The in-game description of the Works Key / Pokémon Platinum
The in-game description of the Works Key.

With the Works Key in your possession, you’ll now be able to return to the Valley Windworks and unlock the front entrance.

Using the Works Key to open the Valley Windworks / Pokémon Platinum
Using the Works Key to open the Valley Windworks.

This will allow you to storm the facility and take control back from the rest of the Galactic personnel, including the leader of this particular operation, Commander Mars.

Contronting Commander Mars inside the Valley Windworks / Pokémon Platinum
Contronting Commander Mars inside the Valley Windworks.

When Mars is defeated, Team Galactic will vacate Route 205 and Eterna Forest.

This will allow you to reunite the Windworks employee with his daughter and, ultimately, be on your way to Eterna City.

Chris Haygood

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