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Desert Catacombs are a tomb located in the middle on Route 11. Requiring HM6 Rock Smash to access, this place is home to Unown and has many passages expressed in Unown text, revealing the history of Roria and how Mythical Pokémon Hoopa destroyed the region by manipulating one of the kings.

Desert Catacombs Entrance

The exterior of Desert Catacombs as seen on Route 11.

Unown Passages

Click to view all of the paragraphs written in Unown.

"[I] To those whom enter this sacred place, be warned. This chamber is not bound by the laws of space and time. These halls are now channels to other realms. What is left here is a reminder of destruction first came from this place."

"[II] There was once a time of great peace in this land. The King once ruled righteously. In that time, these catacombs were used for summoning rituals. We communicated here with our ancestors beyond this realm. That was before The Evil Djinn, Hoopa, appeared."

"[III] The Evil Djinn appeared through these halls from another world during a ritual. Hoopa was the first Pokémon to appear from this place. It was its power to travel to new worlds. It escaped into our world and captured the king's attention. The king was fascinated by Hoopa. Hoopa would soon corrupt the mind of our great king, leading him to rule wickedly. The Evil Djinn did not stop there. It caused widespread destruction across our land. The people of our land prayed for help. That was when Arceus appeared."

"[IV] Arceus answered the prayers of people. Using its power of creation, Arceus gave us the key and the bottle. With them, we were able to imprison Hoopa on the crescent-shaped island off the east coast of our land."

"[V] The Evil Djinn now lays locked away deep within that island. The key to its chamber was taken and hidden in the heart of our land, deep in a cave. Let this be a warning, the beast shall remain locked away. Releasing Hoopa will surely result in catastrophic destruction."

"[VI] These ruins now serve to remind us of our past. Since Hoopa appeared through these halls, the barrier between our world and others has been weakened. Other strange Pokémon have been known to appear here from other worlds, but none with destructive intent like Hoopa."

"[VII] Our kingdom had already been destroyed by the wicked king before Hoopa had been found. The reign of the kings in our land ended shortly after these events transpired. We now rebuild all that was lost and give this land a new name — Roria."

Keys For Time and Space

In the middle room of the basement, there are 2 small pedestals, requiring the keys for Time and Space to be placed respectively:

"A key representing Time/Space shall be placed here."

It is currently unknown if this room relates to Legendary Pokémon encounter later on.


Wild Pokémon

Different Unown forms can be encountered while traversing the catacombs.

Note: Rarity levels are estimations according to this scale and might be subject to changes due to different encounter assessment results, unless supported by official encounter rates, which are listed in red under the rarity level if known.

Pokémon Type Image Rarity Items EV Yield
Walking Cave Lv. 25-30
Unown-A XY
None1 Atk
1 Sp. Atk
Click on the Pokémon names to check their learnsets on Bulbapedia. All Pokémon follow their movesets in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Hover on the item sprites to check the exact chance of being held by the Wild Pokémon. All information above only applies to the Normal Adventure Mode.

Roaming Pokémon are not listed in the table above. They are fixed at Lv. 40 and have a 0.1% chance of appearing anywhere in Roria with wild encounter methods specified here.


State Item Obtaining Location
Item Ball
Reaper Cloth
Reaper ClothAbove the stairs after the room for Unown Paragraphs [VI] and [VII], right before a ledge back to the entrance.
There was no change to the above items between any of the updates.


  • With Unown as the only species of Wild Pokémon in this place, Desert Catacombs has the fewest Pokémon species available as general wild encounters among all locations with Wild Pokémon in Roria.
  • Collecting the O, P, E, and N Unown and having them in party will allow players access to the Chamber of the Jewel on Route 13, where they can battle a certain Mythical Pokémon.
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