If you’re looking to go after the legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, you’ll need to first open the Shrines that contain them. To open the Shrines, you’ll need to know the locations of every Ominous Black Stake.
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What Are Ominous Black Stakes?
While you’re traveling across Paldea, you will sometimes encounter different colored Stakes sticking out of the ground. These are known as Ominous Black Stakes, and they’re used to unlock the four Shrines of which contain the legendary Pokémon. To unlock each Shrine, you must pull all Stakes of the corresponding color out of the ground.
Types of Ominous Black Stakes
There are four different types of Ominous Black Stakes—Purple, Yellow, Green, and Blue. There are eight Stakes of each color. The Purple Stakes unlock Grasswither Shrine, which houses legendary Pokémon, Wo-Chien. Yellow Stakes will unlock Iceland Shrine, in which you will find the legendary Pokémon, Chien-Pao. Green Stakes unlock Groundblight Shrine. In Groundblight Shrine, you will find the legendary Pokémon, Ting-Lu. Finally, the Blue Stakes will unlock Firescourge Shrine, which contains the legendary Pokémon, Chi-Yu.
Where to Find all Ominous Black Stakes
You’ll want to wait to collect all Ominous Black Stakes until your mount—Miraidon or Koraidon—has unlocked all of its abilities. Though you can get many of the Stakes without doing so, it’s much easier to collect them with the abilities unlocked, and some of them are unobtainable without certain abilities anyway.
The following are all locations where you can collect the 32 Ominous Black Stakes.
All Purple Stakes
Finding all the Purple Stakes across Paldea will unlock Grasswither Shrine. This Shrine houses the legendary Pokémon, Wo-Chien. You’ll find the Purple Stakes scattered across the South and East Provinces.
Purple Stake One
Head slightly South of Los Platos. On the top of some hills in South Province (Area One), you will find a small lake. The first Purple Stake will be next to it.
Purple Stake Two
This time, head Northeast of Los Platos. In the corner of a plateau in South Province (Area One), you will find this next Purple Stake.
Purple Stake Three
Continue further Northeast of Los Platos. You will see a spiral plateau in South Province (Area One), and the Purple Stake will be at the top of it.
Purple Stake Four
Just near the bridge leading into South Province (Area Three), you’ll find the next Purple Stake. The Stake is located a little bit below the bridge.
Purple Stake Five
Next you’ll go to a cliff that’s overlooking a lake. This cliff is located near Grasswither Shrine, in South Province (Area One). The Purple Stake will be near the edge.
Purple Stake Six
Head to Mesagoza and exit out the East gate. In South Province (Area Three), you will find the next Purple Stake at the top of a rocky hill.
Purple Stake Seven
The next Purple Stake is nice and easy to find. It is located just outside of Artazon, just South of the Pokémon Center.
Purple Stake Eight
Your last Purple Stake will be found in the midst of a bunch of cliffs at the North part of South Province (Area Three).
All Yellow Stakes
The Yellow Stakes that you find across Paldea will unlock Iceland Shrine. This Shrine houses the legendary Pokémon, Chien-Pao. You’ll find the Yellow Stakes scattered across the South and West Provinces.
Yellow Stake One
For the first Yellow Stake, you’ll need to head North of Cortondo in South Province (Area Two). Keep going across the river until you reach a Yellow Stake on the ground between two cliff sides.
Yellow Stake Two
Your next Yellow Stake is located in West Province (Area One). You’ll travel South of the Asado Desert until you find the Yellow Stake on a plateau near a Watchtower and some ruins.
Yellow Stake Three
Go to the Gym in Cascarrafa. The Yellow Stake will be behind it.
Yellow Stake Four
In West Province (Area One), locate the bridge that leads to the Desert and Cascarrafa. The next Yellow Stake will be to the Southwest of this bridge, up on a circular plateau.
Yellow Stake Five
Keep heading Southeast and you will find another Yellow Stake up high on a cliff side.
Yellow Stake Six
The next Yellow Stake is located within a cave. The map above is marking the entrance to the cave, rather than the exact location of the Yellow Stake. Enter the cave in South Province (Area Four), and you will see the Stake by going through the cave naturally.
Yellow Stake Seven
Just near Alfornada Cave, you will notice a small patch of land on your map that is part of the way up the mountain. This is where you’ll find your next Yellow Stake.
Yellow Stake Eight
Head East from Alfornada. Down the mountainside and next to a waterfall, you will find your last Yellow Stake.
All Green Stakes
There will also be a set of Green Stakes you’ll need to find that are scattered across Paldea. These will unlock the Groundblight Shrine. This Shrine houses the legendary Pokémon, Ting-Lu. You’ll find the Green Stakes scattered across the West and North Provinces.
Green Stake One
Start in West Province (Area Two). You’ll find your first Green Stake in an area that looks almost like a cave. The Stake will be at the top of a big rock.
Green Stake Two
Continue North in West Province (Area Two), and drop down from the cave-like area. next to a waterfall, you will find your second Green Stake.
Green Stake Three
For this next Stake, you’ll want to head to the Southwest part of Glaseado Mountain. From here, you can fall down onto a small area. The Stake will be next to a rock.
Green Stake Four
Next, you’ll be heading into the middle of Casseroya Lake. This Stake is located in the corner of a very small island.
Green Stake Five
Continue North on Casseroya Lake. Eventually, you’ll get to the largest island. Your next Green Stake can be found on the East half of the island.
Green Stake Six
Your next Green Stake will be found on the edge of Casseroya Lake. Specifically, you’ll want to head to the South, where the main land comes to a point by the lake. You’ll find this Green Stake up on a slightly elevated area here.
Green Stake Seven
This time, you’ll be heading to the Northwest corner of Casseroya Lake. In this corner, you’ll find a little plateau near the ocean with the Green Stake on it.
Green Stake Eight
Go as far West as you can on Glaseado Mountain. The only way to get to this last Green Stake is to drop down on it from the mountain. It’s in a bit of an awkward position, so don’t give up if it takes you a little bit to find it here.
All Blue Stakes
Finally, you’ll want to find all the Blue Stakes within Paldea. These will unlock the Firescourge Shrine. This Shrine houses the legendary Pokémon, Chi-Yu. You’ll find the Blue Stakes scattered across the East and North Provinces.
Blue Stake One
Your first Blue Stake can be found right next to Levincia Lighthouse, or Northwest of Levincia. The Stake will be right behind a tree.
Blue Stake Two
In North Province (Area Two), you will find a Blue Stake in a bunch of ruins. This area is far North of Levincia.
Blue Stake Three
Your next Blue Stake will be right above Firescourge Shrine in North Province (Area Two), so it shouldn’t be too hard to find. The Stake is at the top of Fury Falls.
Blue Stake Four
Next, you’ll be heading to Tagtree Thicket. In the Northeast section, you’ll find a plateau to climb, and on it will be your next Stake.
Blue Stake Five
For your next Blue Stake, you’ll want to set out West. Partially down the Southern side of Glaseado Mountain, you’ll find a small patch of land which contains your next Stake.
Blue Stake Six
To continue your collection, head Northeast of Glaseado Mountain, in North Province (Area One). Your next Stake can be found South of where the river connects with the sea.
Blue Stake Seven
Heading further into North Province (Area One), you’ll find a chunk of raised land to the West of a lake. At the top, you’ll find your next Blue Stake.
Blue Stake Eight
Finally, you’ll end in North Province (Area Two). Northeast of the bamboo forest, you’ll find a large tree at the top of a rocky hill. Your final Blue Stake will be beside the tree.