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New Pokémon
Ruby Sapphire Emerald
Pokemon 361Snorunt.pngSnorunt
Pokemon 363Spheal.pngSpheal
Shoal Cave front cave at high tide.
Shoal Cave front cave at low tide.

Shoal Cave is an average size cave, accessible only from Route 125 (and by extension Mossdeep City). It is unique in the fact that it is the only cave in Hoenn to have a significant tidal clock - so significant, in fact, that the traversable area of the cave doubles during Low Tide. In order to check whether it's high or low tide beforehand, Trainers can speak to Sailor Ernest on Route 125.

Shoal Cave is also the only location in the region where Shoal Salt and Shoal Shells can be found, which are both required for a unique item, and thus have their own section.

In order to fully explore the cave and all it has to offer, it is recommended that Trainers bring Pokémon that know Surf and Strength.

The Tides[edit]

Shoal Cave has an incredibly unique gimmick, in the form of its tidal clock - about half of the cave is accessible only at high tide, and half only at low tide. While you can simply ask Sailor Ernest on route 125 for the tide, it is much more convenient to use the ingame clock for the tide instead:

  • The cave is at high tide between 21:00 (9PM) - 02:00, and 09:00 - 14:00 (2PM)
  • The cave is at low tide between 03:00 - 08:00, and 15:00 (3PM) - 20:00 (8PM)

When the cave is at high tide, Surf is required to explore it. When at low tide, Strength is required.

Items[edit]

(Low Tide)

(High Tide)

  • Shoal Shell - back cavern, center ledge
  • Shoal Shell - back cavern, northwest ledge
  • Shoal Shell - back cavern, northeast ledge
  • Shoal Shell - back cavern, southeast ledge
  • Rare Candy - back cavern, east side
  • Big Pearl - northeast ledge of front cavern

Pokemon Found[edit]

High Tide[edit]

All Rooms[edit]

Pokémon found (cave)
Ruby Encounter Rate Sapphire Encounter Rate Emerald Encounter Rate
Pokemon 363Spheal.pngSpheal 50% Pokemon 363Spheal.pngSpheal 50% Pokemon 363Spheal.pngSpheal 50%
Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 45% Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 45% Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 45%
Pokemon 042Golbat.pngGolbat 5% Pokemon 042Golbat.pngGolbat 5% Pokemon 042Golbat.pngGolbat 5%
Pokémon found (Surfing)
Ruby Encounter Rate Sapphire Encounter Rate Emerald Encounter Rate
Pokemon 072Tentacool.pngTentacool 60% Pokemon 072Tentacool.pngTentacool 60% Pokemon 072Tentacool.pngTentacool 60%
Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 30% Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 30% Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 30%
Pokemon 363Spheal.pngSpheal 10% Pokemon 363Spheal.pngSpheal 10% Pokemon 363Spheal.pngSpheal 10%
Pokémon found (Fishing)
Ruby Encounter Rate Sapphire Encounter Rate Emerald Encounter Rate
Old Rod
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 70% Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 70% Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 70%
Pokemon 072Tentacool.pngTentacool 30% Pokemon 072Tentacool.pngTentacool 30% Pokemon 072Tentacool.pngTentacool 30%
Good Rod
Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 60% Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 60% Pokemon 129Magikarp.pngMagikarp 60%
Pokemon 072Tentacool.pngTentacool 20% Pokemon 072Tentacool.pngTentacool 20% Pokemon 072Tentacool.pngTentacool 20%
Pokemon 320Wailmer.pngWailmer 20% Pokemon 320Wailmer.pngWailmer 20% Pokemon 320Wailmer.pngWailmer 20%
Super Rod
Pokemon 320Wailmer.pngWailmer 100% Pokemon 320Wailmer.pngWailmer 100% Pokemon 320Wailmer.pngWailmer 100%

Low Tide[edit]

1F-1,1F-2,BF-1, BF-2[edit]

Pokémon found (cave)
Ruby Encounter Rate Sapphire Encounter Rate Emerald Encounter Rate
Pokemon 363Spheal.pngSpheal 50% Pokemon 363Spheal.pngSpheal 50% Pokemon 363Spheal.pngSpheal 50%
Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 45% Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 45% Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 45%
Pokemon 042Golbat.pngGolbat 5% Pokemon 042Golbat.pngGolbat 5% Pokemon 042Golbat.pngGolbat 5%

BF-3[edit]

Pokémon found (cave)
Ruby Encounter Rate Sapphire Encounter Rate Emerald Encounter Rate
Pokemon 363Spheal.pngSpheal 45% Pokemon 363Spheal.pngSpheal 45% Pokemon 363Spheal.pngSpheal 45%
Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 40% Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 40% Pokemon 041Zubat.pngZubat 40%
Pokemon 361Snorunt.pngSnorunt 10% Pokemon 361Snorunt.pngSnorunt 10% Pokemon 361Snorunt.pngSnorunt 10%
Pokemon 042Golbat.pngGolbat 5% Pokemon 042Golbat.pngGolbat 5% Pokemon 042Golbat.pngGolbat 5%

Shell Bell[edit]

If you collect 4 Shoal Shells from high tide and 4 Shoal Salts from low tide, a man will give you a Shell Bell for those, it will restore your HP by 1/8 of the damage you dealt to the opponent.

Maps[edit]