Where to find Rayquaza in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl

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Ever since Rayquaza was introduced in Pokémon Emerald, players have either loved it or hated the "my snake." Interestingly, it's often for the same reason.

Rayquaza is incredibly strong and has created quite the controversy in the competitive and casual player base. Pokémon Emerald gave players a free level 70 Rayquaza before the Elite Four and it is considered one of the most powerful Pokémon to date for this reason.


However, since then, Rayquaza has faded. So much so that many players are wondering if they can catch it in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl. The recently added Ramanas Park has plenty of other legendary Pokemon, so why not Rayquaza? Well, players can find out if they can catch the Legendary Serpent Dragon below.


Catch Rayquaza in Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl

Rayquaza in Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl. (Photo: Game Freak)

As shown in the image above, Rayquaza can actually be caught in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl. To do this, you will need to have completed the main story and the Pokémon League. You must then complete the Sinnoh Pokédex, made by observing all 151 Pokémon in the region. Once you have it, you can claim Professor Rowan/Oak's National Dex.

If you have the National Dex, you can go to Ramanas Park. This new location is south of Sandgem on Route 219. You will need to surf the east side and pass Routes 220 and 221 to reach the park.

Once in the park, you can make your way inside and keep searching until you find the Stratospheric Hall cave. Inside, you'll need to find the Stratospheric Slate, which is needed to trigger the Rayquaza encounter.



Ramanas Park is a new Legendary Pokemon catching location in Sinnoh. (Photo: Game Freak)

However, this can only be done by purchasing several other slates before this one. To purchase the slates, you'll need Mysterious Shards, which can only be found in the Great Underground. Shards are found in walls and take a while to find in bulk.


Once you have 27 of the shards, you can return to Ramanas Park to purchase all the slates you need before you can purchase the Stratospheric Slate. Once done, return to the cave to fight Rayquaza and add him to your party in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl.

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