Early on in your Pokémon Scarlet & Violet journey, you'll come across some strange items sticking out of the ground — Ominous Black Stakes. These can be pulled from the earth in order to unlock the four shrines across the Paldea Region, which seal away the four Ruinous legendary Pokémon.
On this page, we'll list all 32 Ominous Black Stake locations.
All Ominous Black Stake Locations
Below is a list of all Ominous Black Stakes found in Paldea, split into the four corresponding colour sets — Purple, Yellow, Green, and Blue.
The Purple Stakes are located across the South and East Provinces of Paldea, and unlock the Grasswither Shrine, the Purple shrine.
There are eight to find before taking on Wo-Chien, the Dark/Grass-type legendary.
You'll find a Purple Stake just south of Lost Platos, up the top of some hills in South Province (Area One). You'll see a small lake there, along with a river going down the hillside.
Northeast of Los Platos, and east of the Pokémon Center outside of Mesagoza, you'll find a Purple Stake on the corner of a plateau in South Province (Area One).
On your map, you'll spot a spiral plateau slightly northeast of Los Platos in South Province (Area One). You'll find a Purple Stake at the very top of this plateau.
This Purple Stake is close to Mesagoza, and right next to a bridge leading to South Province (Area Three). It's slightly below the bridge, and you'll probably spot a Gimmighoul Coin nearby.
Southwest of South Province (Area Five), on the edge of a cliff overlooking many lakes in South Province (Area One), you'll need to ride far off the beaten path to reach this.
From the east exit of Mesagoza, keep heading east through South Province (Area Three) and up a rocky hill to reach this Purple Stake. It's in the first section of the area as you leave the city.
You'll find this Purple Stake right outside of Artazon, where the Grass Gym is located. It's directly south of the Artazon (East) Pokémon Center, at the top of a dirt hill.
On the very northern tip of South Province (Area Three) overlooking East Province (Area One), a Purple Stake is lodged into the ground. You'll see lots of cliff faces ahead of you.
The Yellow Stakes are located across the West and South Provinces of Paldea, and unlock the Icerend Shrine, the Yellow shrine.
There are eight to find before taking on Chien-Pao, the Dark/Ice-type legendary.
North of Cortondo and across the river in South Province (Area Two), you'll spot a Yellow Stake tucked into a cliffside crevice. You might need high jump or dash to jump across the river.
South of the Asado Desert and southeast of a Pokémon Center in West Province (Area One), you find a Yellow Stake near a Watchtower and some ruins on a small plateau.
This Stake is nice and easy to spot. You'll find the Yellow Stake behind the Cascarrafa Gym, hiding behind a tree.
In West Province (Area One), you'll find a Yellow Stake on a circular plateau south of a lake and river. It's down a crater and near the bridge that leads you towards the Desert and Cascarrafa, and opposite a wind farm.
Southeast of Yellow Stake 4, you can find a Stake high up a cliffside — you will need to be able to jump carefully or even climb before you can get this.
This is the only Yellow Stake not out in the open. You'll find this inside a tunnel in South Province (Area Six). You can get to the tunnel by coming from the lower level of South Province (Area Four)
On a small patch of grass halfway up the mountain near Alfornada and Alfornada Cave is a Yellow Stake. You should be able to get to it once you get to Alfornada.
Directly east of Alfornada, far down the mountain and right next to a wide river and waterfalls, you'll spot a Yellow Stake next to a waterfall mouth.
The Green Stakes are located across the Casseroya Lake, Glaseado Mountain, and West Province (Area Three) of Paldea, and unlock the Groundblight Shrine, the Green shrine.
There are eight to find before taking on Ting-Lu, the Dark/Ground-type legendary.
In a cavernous area in West Province (Area Two), you'll see a Green Stake on top of a raised pillar. You can either high jump to it, or drop down to it from above.
Drop down from the cavern in West Province (Area Two) and next to a small waterfall east of the bridge that leads to Lake Casseroya. You'll see a Green Stake.
You can get this Green Stake easily by falling off of the southwest part of Glaseado Mountain. It's near a lake and right next to a grey rock.
This Green Stake is found on a small island near the middle of Casseroya Lake — meaning you'll need to be able to swim. It's on the smallest, lowest piece of grass, next to a tree.
North of Green Stake 4, on the largest island on Casseroya (near where you fight the False Dragon Titan a second time), this Stake is on the east part of the island, out in the open. It's not hard to miss!
If you're entering Casseroya Lake from the south, head clockwise to the southwest part of the land. Near the tip of the triangular point, right before the land breaks up, you'll find a Green Stake.
On the most northwest corner of Casseroya Lake, outside of Socorrat Trail, you'll see a Green Stake on a small grass plateau overlooking the ocean.
The last Green Stake is located on the most-western point of Glaseado Mountain. Tucked away on the back of the mountain, you'll have to drop down on the northwest side in order to reach this one.
The Blue Stakes are located across the North Provinces and Glaseado Mountain, the northeast side of the map, and unlock the Firescourge Shrine, the Blue shrine.
There are eight to find before taking on Chi-Yu, the Dark/Fire-type legendary.
Situated just north of Levincia, and right by the Levincia Lighthouse, you'll find a Blue Stake right behind a tree. You can jump from the lighthouse to get here.
To the far north of Levincia, in North Province (Area Two), a Blue Stake is hiding in some ruins, underneath a TM.
This Blue Stake is at the top of Fury Falls right in the centre of North Province (Area Two). It's above the Blue shrine.
In the northeast part of Tagtree Thicket, a Blue Stake is on a plateau near a Tera Raid crystal and a tree. You can get here from Glaseado Mountain too by dropping down the mountainside.
West of Tagtree Thicket, at Glaseado Mountain, there's a small patch of green land down the southern side of the mountain. You'll find your Blue Stake right here.
Northeast of Glaseado Mountain in North Province (Area One), there's a small landmass of green where a river runs down into the North Paldean Sea. It's next to a small rock.
Into the mainland of North Province (Area One), there's a raised landmass to the west of a large lake. On the top, there's a patch of grass where the Blue Stake lies.
To the northeast of the bamboo forest in North Province (Area Two), there's a large tree on top of a rocky hill. Next to that tree is a Blue Stake.
This should make your ominous orienteering that little bit easier. Let us know if you found this walkthrough helpful, and find out where you can find more Pokémon, battles, items, and more, by checking out the rest of our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet walkthrough guides