Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time[a] and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness[b] are a matched pair of Pokémon games for the Nintendo DS. The two games were released in Japan on September 13, 2007, and were released in North America on April 20, 2008. They were released in Europe on July 4, 2008. A third version, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky,[c] was released in 2009.
As a sequel to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, new features include the addition of Generation IV Pokémon, improved Wi-Fi functionality, and more touch-screen options. 491 of the 493 Pokémon are featured, as Shaymin and Arceus were not officially released at the time of the game's launch. A 21-minute TV special based on the game starring Kurumi Mamiya aired in Japan on September 9, 2007 as a content of the program relating Pokémon, "Pokémon Sunday" produced by TV Tokyo Corporation. It was later dubbed in English in 2008.
In terms of gameplay and premise, the Explorers installments are largely similar to their Rescue Team predecessors; where a human-turned-Pokémon joins an Exploration Society and explores shifting dungeons, fighting hostile Pokémon through turn-based combat. In terms of critical review, the games received praise for their storyline and Wi-Fi functionality, but were criticized for repetitive gameplay. As of 2010, the three games had accumulated worldwide sales in excess of 5.9 million copies.
- 1 Gameplay
- 2 Plot
- 3 Reception
- 4 Anime tie in
- 5 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
- 6 Special Episodes
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
As with the previous games, the player takes on the role of a human who has been turned into a Pokémon, whose type is determined by a personality test. A partner Pokémon is also selected who will henceforth be referred to as "the partner". Unlike Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team, the gender does not restrict the available selection of Pokémon for either the player or the partner, though both player and partner may not be of the same type. The test sets the player as one of the many natures in the mainstream games, and two Pokémon will be set to that nature, one for male, one for female.
The player may be Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Meowth, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Skitty, Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup and Munchlax; a total of 20 Pokémon to choose from. Once chosen, the partner may be any of the above Pokémon, with the exception of Pokémon of the same type of the player, Meowth, Skitty and Munchlax. Eevee, Machop, Cubone and Psyduck were removed as starter Pokémon, though Eevee was again made available in the game's remake. Riolu was debated for a player Pokémon in Explorers of Time and Darkness, but the idea was eventually dropped, and Riolu was selected for the Explorers of Sky list.
The basic gameplay is unchanged from Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team - players may use shops in Treasure Town to save money, buy items, store items, and train in special "maze" levels (although the Pokémon running almost all of these shops have changed). Players enter dungeons to complete missions and encounter hostile Pokémon during the exploration. During the story portion, if either the player or their partner is defeated by running out of health, the team will be removed from the dungeon and lose all their money and half (or more) of their items. However, after beating the main story, the team will only be removed if the team leader faints.
New to this series is the option to temporarily send a team member to aid a friend who is in need, which allows a team to have more than four members. Defeated teams awaiting rescue may also engage in a "standby adventure" mode in which players may revisit previous dungeons to raise funds and collect items, but without the ability to level up.
Among new items introduced are treasure boxes, which require money to be opened and may contain rare items that may only affect certain Pokémon and can be used to trade for rarer and more valuable items using a new shop. New items are also introduced to account for new evolution methods which do not translate well from the main series to Mystery Dungeon, like Probopass, Magnezone, Leafeon, or Glaceon.
As with all Pokémon games, some Pokémon are exclusive to one version, although they may be unlocked on the other through the exchange of Wonder Mail codes. The Pokémon exclusive to Explorers of Time are Celebi, Combee, Lucario, Pachirisu, and Riolu, while the Pokémon exclusive to Explorers of Darkness are Burmy, Buneary, Lopunny, Mewtwo, and Rotom.
First Days in the Team
The story begins with the player having been washed ashore by a storm. Meanwhile, the partner stands at the gates of the Wigglytuff Guild, a prominent organization that provides training to prospective explorers. Nervous and unable to go through with entering the Guild's door, the partner leaves for the beach, where they find the hero. After teaming up to recover the partner's Relic Fragment from some thieves, the player, who has lost all memories except their name and the fact that they used to be human, agrees to form an exploration team to piece together their identity. The first proper mission the team goes on is to Drenched Bluff to recover a Spoink's missing pearl. Upon finishing, the hero and partner receive a large reward, a large percentage of which is promptly taken by the guild's second-in-command, Chatot, as collateral for guild training.
The player discovers not too long after that they can see things in the past and future through contact with people or things, which leads to them rescuing an Azurill from Drowzee, a wanted criminal. Some time after, the partner tells the player the story of the Time Gears, artifacts that all Pokémon are to avoid because when a Time Gear is stolen, time in that area is frozen. Despite this, it is soon revealed that a mysterious thief is stealing the Time Gears, causing time to stop in various areas.
After completing a few minor jobs, the player and partner get excited when Chatot gives them a mission to explore the unexplored Waterfall Cave. After Waterfall Cave, the player pieces together several visions and finds out that the guildmaster, Wigglytuff, had previously explored this cave but forgot about it prior to telling them to explore it.
Time Gear Search
A short time later, the guild mounts an expedition to Fogbound Lake. During this time, the player's team draws the ire of Team Skull, a band of thugs who make their lives miserable. Upon arrival, the player recalls the place as being familiar, but cannot explain why. The guild encounters Uxie and discovers a Time Gear, but are allowed to return home on the condition that they not reveal it to anybody else. The guild meets a famous explorer named Dusknoir, who explains that the player's ability to see through time is called the Dimensional Scream. Not long after, Azurill and his brother Marill come to the guild, showing them a ransom note for a Water Float that they had been looking for. They then go to the Amp Plains and fight Luxray and the Luxio tribe, but get saved by Dusknoir and chase off Team Skull, who took the Water Float in order to get revenge on the team. Dusknoir offers his help in uncovering the secret behind the player's transformation and also offers his assistance in the hunt for Grovyle, who is stealing the Time Gears. Soon, the Time Gear at Fogbound Lake is stolen, and the whole guild splits up to look for Time Gears. The player's team eventually discover an underground lake, which is home to Mesprit and another Time Gear. However Grovyle appears and steals the Time Gear after Mesprit mistakes the team as the thieves.
Dusknoir determines that the third spirit legendary Azelf, the being of willpower, is likely guarding another Time Gear and is also likely to be found in a hidden lake. The team arrives at the lake in the middle of Crystal Cave, where they find Azelf about to be defeated by Grovyle. However, just as Grovyle is about to steal the Time Gear, Azelf activates a fail-safe trap, which prevents it from doing so. Grovyle then escapes, but with Dusknoir in pursuit.
Back in town, Dusknoir reveals that he and Grovyle are from the future, and Grovyle fled to the past to prevent being captured and intends to steal the Time Gears to turn the Pokémon world into a dark, dismal region filled with scared and corrupted Pokémon. Everyone creates a plan to capture Grovyle by luring him in with the remaining Time Gear, but Dusknoir adds that he and the Lake Trio alone must battle Grovyle for the capture to work. A few days later a report indicates that Grovyle has been captured, and that Dusknoir plans to take Grovyle back to the future to face justice. The Time Gears have been returned to their rightful places, and Dusknoir has opened a Dimensional Hole to take Grovyle back to the future. Dusknoir bids farewell to the villagers and goes to say his goodbyes to the player and the partner. But suddenly, Dusknoir grabs them and drags them into the portal with him.
Escape the Future
The player and partner awaken, finding themselves in a prison. After escaping a near execution with Grovyle, they discover their world has become paralyzed, despite the Time Gears being placed back in their respective spots. The two traverse through several dungeons until they catch up to Grovyle, having to rescue him from a rogue Spiritomb. After coming to compromise, Grovyle offers to share what he knows with the two heroes.
They learn that the paralysis was caused by time breaking down before the theft of the Gears because of Temporal Tower, which gives structure to time itself. When the tower collapsed, its head occupant, Dialga, survived but was corrupted by the flow of darkness. Now a tyrannical being known as Primal Dialga, it swore to preserve the dark future to maintain its fearsome form. It is also established that Grovyle has pure motives for collecting Time Gears, so as to prevent the planet's paralysis in Temporal Tower. This story contradicts Dusknoir's fallacies, and Grovyle exposes Dusknoir as a villainous agent sent to the partner's world to capture him. Unsure but determined, the player's team searches for a way back to the past. However, they are being pursued by Dusknoir and his Sableye minions. The group eventually manage to find a shiny Celebi, a friend of Grovyle, and finally, arrive at the Passage of Time. Dusknoir ambushes the group, but Grovyle expresses hope: when he traveled back to the past, he was joined by a human companion who was lost during their time travel, though Grovyle believes that even if he dies, the partner will be able to fulfill his mission for him. Dusknoir asks Grovyle to divulge the name of his friend, revealing that his partner is actually the player. Dusknoir reveals he has known about this for a long while: he was scouting all over the past world, collecting all of its history and information in order to find the two. He came across the player's exploration duo at one point, and eventually discovered one of them had the Dimensional Scream. After revealing their ability and name, Dusknoir carried out a plan which had the player itself betray Grovyle unknowingly and blackened Grovyle's reputation further. This plan worked out smoothly because the player could not recognize their foe when they saw him. Not defeated by the grim circumstances, the partner urges Celebi to transport them ahead of Dusknoir and into the Passage. With little interference from Primal Dialga, they succeed, and Celebi escapes.
The Hunt for the Hidden Land
Arriving back to the present, the group decides to stay at the partner's old home due to Grovyle's presence potentially landing them in trouble. They plan to take the Time Gears. Grovyle tells the team that the player was his partner before the player turned into a Pokémon, explaining the strange voice heard near the Time Gear locations, the Dimensional Scream, and the lack of Screams in the future due to there being no Gears there. They soon discover through reconnaissance that time has still stopped in places where Time Gears are present, despite them being returned. It appears that the only way to restore time is to take the Time Gears to Temporal Tower, but the Tower is located in the Hidden Land, and no one knows where the Hidden Land is. They eventually decide to reveal their return to the guild, so they can convince the guild to help them, and receive the lake guardians' Time Gears. They talk with Torkoal, the town elder, who tells them that to get to the Hidden Land, they need an item with an inscription on it, which is on the partner's Relic Fragment. Wigglytuff and Chatot recall seeing a similar pattern in a mystery dungeon called Brine Cave, and Wigglytuff tasks Chatot with leading the guild there while he attends to another matter.
Inside Brine Cave's Depths, the team is forced to get the Relic Fragment back from Team Skull (whom overheard Torkoal mention it and intended to head to the Hidden Land simply to claim credit for finding it), but Chatot is injured protecting the team from a Kabutops and two Omastar. The team manages to defeat the bandits and drive them off. Wigglytuff comes with the rest of the guild with Grovyle in tow, having collected the five Time Gears needed to stop Temporal Tower’s collapse. Leaving Chatot in the Guild's care, the team and Grovyle forge ahead.
The Saviors of Time
In Brine Cave, the team discovers a rock wall with a pattern similar to the one on the Relic Fragment. When the Relic Fragment is presented, a light shines out towards the sea. Just then, a Lapras arrives and ferries the team and Grovyle to the Hidden Land. Arriving at the Hidden Land, Lapras tells them that in order to reach the Temporal Tower, they must take the Rainbow Stoneship, located inside an old ruin. Finding the ruin, they find a temple where, at the top, they find the Relic Fragment pattern. The team discovers that the temple itself is the Rainbow Stoneship, and in order for the ship to operate, the Relic Fragment must be slotted in one of the indentations. But before the partner can do so, they are captured by Dusknoir and the Sableye entourage. The team is able to defeat Dusknoir and the Sableye in battle, but while the partner goes to activate the Rainbow Stoneship, Dusknoir warns that should they succeed in their quest, the Pokémon of the future, including the player and Grovyle, will be erased from existence due to being from a future that will no longer exist. Grovyle admits that this is the case, but that their sacrifice is worth the trouble if it means that the future can be saved. The player accepts this fate, even though the player knows that the partner will not take it as easily as the player or Grovyle.
Meanwhile, the partner succeeds in activating the Rainbow Stoneship by putting their Relic Fragment in it, but Dusknoir manages to recover and attack the player before either the player or Grovyle is on board. Just as Dusknoir tries to finish off the player, Grovyle intervenes, taking the blow. Dusknoir angrily decides to slay Grovyle first, but Grovyle pushes Dusknoir towards the Dimensional Hole, hoping to ensure the success of the mission. Dropping the Time Gears, Grovyle pushes Dusknoir and himself through the Dimensional Hole, transporting them into the future. The partner recovers the Time Gears, and the team proceed on the Rainbow Stoneship, with the player keeping silent to the partner about their fate. With a heavy heart, the team head towards Temporal Tower to take on their final mission.
The team is able to defeat Primal Dialga, stop the planet's paralysis, and head home, but on the way back, the player begins to feel the effects of being slowly erased from existence. The player says goodbye to the partner and, in the only open dialogue spoken by the player character, conveys his/her last wish, to "tell everyone about what happened, so nothing like this will ever happen again", as the player fades out of existence. After the credits, Dialga feels the partner's sorrow all the way from Temporal Tower. Deeply moved by the partner's devotion and grief, Dialga intervenes and restores the player to the timeline as thanks for bringing time back in control. The player reappears at the beach, where the partner is crying in front of Bidoof. The partner runs over to embrace their best friend, overjoyed that they are alive.
After the main credits, the player and partner are told by Chatot at the next briefing that they may take an exam to graduate from the guild. Wigglytuff comments that they must search for a treasure in Mystifying Forest, but may have to defeat a "grandmaster of all things bad". The player goes to Mystifying Forest, where they fall into a trap. The cover to the trap closes and the "grandmaster of all things bad" sneaks in and circles around them. Bidoof lifts the lid of the cave, revealing that it is just the guild, with Wigglytuff as the "grandmaster of all things bad" and the others as back-up, though they all attempt (poorly) to convince the player otherwise. The player and partner defeat them, allowing them to continue forward to find a treasure chest containing a Perfect Apple. They continue further with Teddiursa and Ursaring to Luminous Spring, where Teddiursa evolves into Ursaring. The partner goes forward to evolve, but is told that neither the partner nor the player can evolve due to a distortion in space that they create.
After returning to the guild, the player and the partner graduate- the player's team moves their own base of operations to Sharpedo Bluff. Afterwards, the player must rescue Scizor from a Froslass to get the Secret Rank. They are slowly given more dungeons to explore, including a new training dungeon known as the Final Maze. Eventually, the player is told by Sunflora about a dungeon known as the Surrounded Sea. The player's team goes to the dungeon and finds an egg that hatches into a baby Manaphy. They must feed it with Blue Gummis, but it eventually falls sick after being away from the ocean for so long.
The player's team goes to Miracle Sea to acquire the cure-all Phione Dew. After fending off a Gyarados, the Phione give a Phione Dew to the player and Manaphy is cured. However, at Chatot's insistence, Manaphy is put in the care of a Walrein and returns to the ocean. After a few more days, Team Charm comes to the guild. It is revealed here that Wigglytuff was once a member of Team Charm. Lopunny, the leader of Team Charm, asks Wigglytuff for a key shaped like an Unown they found in previous travels, saying that they think they found where it should go. Wigglytuff goes into his quarters, rummages around for the key, and returns with the key. Team Charm thanks Wigglytuff and begins to head out. The partner asks Lopunny if the player's team can come along. This provokes the entire guild to ask if they could come. Team Charm agrees and heads out to open the door to Aegis Cave.
Inside, they come across a room with a stone tablet in the middle bearing the inscription "ROCK (in Unown letters) Close your eyes and submit your proof." The guild and Team Charm proceed into the dungeon with the player's team following. Upon completing Aegis Rock Cave, the player's team will come back to the stone tablet room. The player's team finds Team Charm inspecting the stone tablet. After a brief conversation, Team Charm proceeds. If the player has picked up Unown Stones R, O, C, and K dropped by the corresponding Unoun in the dungeon, the player should interact with the stone tablet in the middle of the room and close their eyes. Following this, the stone tablet disappears and reveals a staircase, which a Regirock is waiting to battle in. This process is repeated with ICE and STEEL with Regice and Registeel as bosses respectively.
The player's team catches up with Team Charm, who took advantage of the player sorting out what to expect but were unable to beat Registeel. In the final section of the dungeon, the statues in the room come alive, revealing 4 Bronzong, 4 Hitmonlee and a Regigigas which are defeated with the help of Team Charm. After the battle is completed, Regigigas faints and a massive stone tablet appears, instructing the player to let its aura flow into the ground. The player does so and Regigigas gets up and tremors begin. The player's team and Team Charm flee the dungeon. Though the group is initially disheartened that the search was a failure, Medicham notices a cave that appeared. Team Charm theorizes that Aegis Cave was just a distraction for where the actual treasure was, but concedes the glory to the player's team as a thank you and heads off to find another treasure. Over the course of a few days, the player has dreams in which Cresselia tells the player that, as the player was not originally from this world, their existence is creating a distortion of space.
Finally, one day the Azurill they assisted a while back has a nightmare that he cannot awake from, so the team locates the old criminal Drowzee, who is able to send the player and partner into Azurill's nightmare. At the end of this dream (a dungeon in itself known as The Nightmare) the player sees Cresselia, who attempts to destroy them and the partner (whom was told by Cresselia that they're also causing the distortion due to having gone through time). Cresselia is interrupted by Drowzee and disappears. Back in the guild, the player and partner report their findings to the guild. However, when asked about a way to undo the distortion of space, the partner says that there is no way. The next morning, the partner suggests that they go talk to Lapras for more information. Lapras is able to tell them that Palkia is the ruler of space and that he resides in Spacial Rift. However, Lapras doesn't know where it is.
The player and partner wake up during the night and see Palkia whisking in and taking them away to Spacial Rift to destroy them. They fall into a chasm and proceed to complete Spacial Rift and defeat Palkia, who suddenly falls into a nightmare. They are asked by an unknown voice if they want to enter Palkia's nightmare and end up consenting. In Palkia's nightmare, Cresselia appears and proceeds to destroy them. However, when Palkia grows suspicious of Cresselia's assertations of the team's intentions, another Cresselia appears and they then find out the Cresselia in their dreams was actually Darkrai. Darkrai flees from the room and tells the partner and player they must come to defeat him. Teaming up with Cresselia, they venture to Dark Crater to defeat Darkrai. Upon confrontation, Darkrai reveals he was responsible for the sabotage of Temporal Tower, Dialga's corruption into Primal Dialga, the player's transformation into a Pokémon and memory loss, and the break in space. After defeating Darkrai, he attempts to escape through a dimensional hole. However, Palkia appears and destroys the hole with Darkrai inside. Cresselia says Darkrai is still alive but he would have lost his memory, similar to how the player initially lost theirs. Upon returning home, Cresselia offers to join the team permanently.
After completing the After Story, Palkia becomes available to battle and recruit, which allows the player and partner to evolve. Also, after some events in the post-story-mode, Manaphy returns and asks to join your exploration team. If this option is accepted, Manaphy leads to player to a new dungeon called the Marine Resort after a few days.
As of September 30, 2008, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness combined to sell 4.12 million copies worldwide, according to Nintendo. The reviews for the game were average to positive. The games were scored as 59 out of 100 by Metacritic's review. GameSpy gave the games a 4/5 star rating. Both Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness have received a rating of 7.5 from Nintendo Power. The game is usually criticized on its repetitive game play, but heavily praised for its mature, heartwarming story. The story has been acclaimed as one of the best in the series, further inclining on how Mystery Dungeon continues to be a more favored spin-off of the original Pokémon games.
Combined worldwide sales for Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness passed 4.5 million copies on March 31, 2009.
GameSpot gave a game a 6.5 out of 10 praising the games' touching stories, Wi-Fi features and difficulty. GamesRadar+ on the other hand gave it 2.5 out of 5 (below average), saying that "Explorers of Darkness/Time is rental at best" and that "Pokémon fans are better served by playing more Diamond/Pearl while waiting for the next Pokémon Ranger game".
Anime tie in
A special episode of the Pokémon anime, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness (Japanese: ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 時の探検隊・闇の探検隊 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Time Expedition & Darkness Expedition), was developed based on the game plot. Unlike previous special episodes, this does not take place in any continuity of the main storyline. It was first broadcast in Japan on September 9, 2007, as part of Pokémon Sunday.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky|
The Pokémon Company
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky is an enhanced version of Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness for the Nintendo DS. It was released in Japan on April 18, 2009; North America on October 12, 2009; Australia on November 12, 2009; and Europe on November 20, 2009. It has since been re-released on the Wii U Virtual Console in North America on June 23, 2016, in Japan on July 20, 2016, and in the PAL region on August 18, 2016.
As with its predecessors, the game follows the story of a human who is mysteriously transformed into a Pokémon (determined by a personality test at the game's start-up). Along with the starters from the previous game, five more are included as playable choices; Phanpy, Riolu, Shinx, Eevee, and Vulpix. Some, however, are only available to certain genders; Eevee, Skitty, and Vulpix are always female. Riolu, Phanpy, and Shinx are always male. However, 2 starters, Munchlax and Meowth were removed and can only be played as the partner. Many new gameplay features were incorporated into the game. There were extra dungeons added, the titular event Pokémon Shaymin featured on the box was added, and alternate forms introduced in Pokémon Platinum (except for Rotom) were included.
Explorers of Sky expands on the plot of Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, as well as exploring the background of several characters. New cutscenes were added and some were changed. Explorers of Sky also includes the Sky Jukebox which plays the game's entire soundtrack.
1.40 million copies of Explorers of Sky had been sold by March 31, 2010, adding up the total sales of the three games to over 5.90 million copies.
Through completing the main storyline of Explorers of Sky, five new Special Episodes will be gradually unlocked at certain points in the game which add unique stories expanding on side characters of the game. They involve playing as the specified character and respective partners of the episode as opposed to your main player and partner.
- Bidoof's Wish: This episode focuses on the induction of Bidoof into the guild. It is unlocked after completing Chapter 3 of the main storyline.
- Igglybuff the Prodigy: This episode focuses on Wigglytuff's inspiration to become an explorer back when he was an Igglybuff. This episode is unlocked after completing Chapter 9 of the main storyline.
- Today's 'Oh My Gosh' : This episode focuses on the guild member Sunflora. Unlock this episode by completing Chapter 13 of the main storyline.
- Here Comes Team Charm: This episode focuses on Team Charm, consisting of Lopunny, Gardevoir and Medicham. This episode is unlocked after completing Chapter 16 of the main storyline.
- In The Future of Darkness: The final episode focuses on Grovyle after he goes back to the future with Dusknoir after the battle at the Hidden Land. This shows how Primal Dialga was defeated simultaneously in the present and the future and how the future continued to thrive. This episode is unlocked after the main storyline is completed.
- Known in Japan as Pokémon Fushigi no Danjon Toki no Tankentai (ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 時の探検隊, lit. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Time Exploration Team)
- Known in Japan as Pokémon Fushigi no Danjon Yami no Tankentai (ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 闇の探検隊, lit. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Darkness Exploration Team)
- Known in Japan as Pokémon Fushigi no Danjon Sora no Tankentai (ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 空の探検隊, lit. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Sky Exploration Team)
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