Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness is the sequel game to Pokémon Colosseum, and is one of the few Pokémon Games available for the gaming platform Nintendo Gamecube. The game continues to expand on the Shadow Pokémon storyline and the cruel, villainous team of scientists and researchers known as Cipher. Where as there were only 48 Pokémon in Pokémon Colosseum, there are 83 of them in Pokémon XD, including Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres who replace the Legendary Beast Trio from Pokémon Colosseum: Entei, Raikou, and Suicune. Pokémon XD also included the infamous Shadow Lugia, aka XD001. It takes place in the Orre Region once again.
Differences from Pokémon Colosseum
- Instead of starting with an Umbreon at Level 26 and an Espeon at a Level 25, the player starts with an Eevee at Level 10, which can evolve later on in the game into its five evolutions.
- This game includes the Legendary Birds instead of the Legendary Beasts.
- The text and action boxes appear differently compared to the prequel.
- This game has the two earliest Generation IV Pokémon, Munchlax and Bonsly. These Pokémon are uncatchable and thus a player can't have a Bonsly or Munchlax in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen, or Emerald.
- The main character is named Michael.
- This game features some/few Single Battles while Pokémon Colosseum mainly has Double Battles.
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness starts out by showing a short scene of a boat (named S.S. Libra) caught in a strange storm at sea. This cruise ship is then attacked by an evil-looking Pokémon (Lugia), which picks up the ship and carries it all the way to the Desert. The player then controls Michael in a one-on-one battle with their Salamence against an NPC's Metagross. After the battle is over, the player finds out it was just a battle simulator in the Pokémon HQ Lab, a Pokémon lab the player's mother, Lily, and guardian, Professor Krane, work at. Krane gives the player their P★DA and Lily asks him to go find their sister Jovi. The player goes to Kaminko's House, an ominous and spooky house with a statue of Groudon in a fountain. When they get to the front door, the player gets stopped by Kaminko's assistant, Chobin, who thinks the player is a burglar and challenges them to a battle with his weak Sunkern. After beating him, the player finds Jovi inside the house and returns to the HQ lab. As a reward, Krane gives them the Snag Machine, which can steal Shadow Pokémon from opposing trainers so they can be purified later on.
Soon after, Krane gets ambushed by a few members of Cipher, who are later revealed to be Cipher Admin Lovrina and a peon named Naps. The player defeats Naps while snagging the game's first Shadow Pokémon, a Teddiursa. The two Cipher members then kidnap Krane and fly away in one of Cipher's levitating cars. Lily, knowing that the purification chamber must be completed without Krane, asks the player to go to Gateon Port to get a machine part for the chamber. Jovi also volunteers to go with the player, which Lily reluctantly allows. When they arrive, Jovi runs into a thug named Zook. Just when he is about to attack the player, a weird man named Mr. Verich comes and interferes. One of his right-hand men, Ardos (without the help of the other, Eldes), defeats Zook's Shadow Zangoose with his Alakazam in one hit. Soon after, the player can choose to quickly evolve their Eevee with any of the stones, as well as two other special items, when they get inside the Parts Shop. In addition, the player the required machine part from a young man named Perr, who also introduces the player to his grandfather Makan at Kaminko's House after fighting Chobin again, who once again thinks you are a burglar.
After giving it to Lily, she asks the player to go to Agate Village. There, the player meets Eagun and finds the Relic Stone, a mystical stone that can purify Shadow Pokémon, which Eagun lets the player use after they defeat several trainers and himself. Eagun then tells the player to go to Mt. Battle and ask a man named Vander about Cipher. After the player helps Vander, they are sent to inspect an old Cipher facility to the south that has been recently used by Cipher. When the player arrives, they defeat everyone there, including the Hexagon Brothers, Naps, and Cipher Admin Lovrina, all the while snagging Shadow Pokémon. The player successfully rescues Krane and returns him to the lab.
After some congratulations, the player is sent to Pyrite Town to deliver a disk to Nett (and meet Bitt and Secc) that may contain information about Cipher. When the player arrives, they witness a cop telling two guys, Trudly and Folly, to stay out of town. Upstairs in the ONBS building, Nett says it will take time to decipher the disk, so he sends the player off to a Rock Poké Spot to meet Duking. When the player helps Duking by demonstrating how to lure Pokémon during an interview, Duking gives them the location of the Oasis Poké Spot, where he then gives the location of the Cave Poké Spot. There the player runs into Trudly and Folly, and meet and battle Miror B., the former admin of Cipher, and snag his Shadow Voltorb before they run off. They accidentally leave a device that tracks Miror B.'s location. When the player returns to Pyrite, they discover that the ONBS building is taken over by Cipher. After they defeat everyone there—including Cipher Commander Exol, who helped kidnap Professor Krane—and snag their Shadow Pokémon, the Cipher agents wipe the databanks to get rid of the data, then leave. Nonetheless, Nett discovers that Cipher will attack Phenac City, and sends the player there.
When the player first enters Phenac City, a woman will stop them, saying that they're the 1,000,000th visitor, then give them some Battle CDs and send them off to Realgam Tower. The player finds Trudly and Folly there discussing the Battle CDs, deciding to throw them all around Orre. The player can explore Realgam Tower's Battle Bingo, Battle Sims, and Colosseum (though the Colosseum is not up and running yet).
The player then heads back to Phenac City. The secretary in the Mayor's house won't let you upstairs into his room, so there must be a distraction. She says she'd like some music, so the player finds a CD and gives it to the secretary. She plays the music, leaving the stairway wide open. The Mayor isn't upstairs, but there is a note on the bed from the Mayor to Justy, telling Justy about Cipher's plan. The note appears to have been cut short. The secretary then comes up and reveals herself as a Cipher Peon, and after the player defeats the secretary and her back-up, they retreat.
Head outside, and the player will see the Hexagon Brothers walk outside the Pre Gym, all disguised as Justy. Track down all six of them and the other imposters around town. After they're dealt with and the player's snagged their Shadow Pokémon, Fostin will spill the beans. Almost all of the townsfolk that have been impersonated are in the Pre Gym's basement. The player will need the Elevator Key, which nether Fostin nor anyone else so far has. Head outside and talk to the little boy. There's commotion up in Phenac Stadium, at the farthest north in the city.
After the player fights his way through the few remaining present Cipher Peons, he challenges Cipher Admin Snattle, who reveals his plans to be the governor of Orre when the Cipher plan works. After the player defeats Snattle, he runs off, and the news reporter and cameraman who were held hostage tell you that they got the entire confrontation on tape. Pick up what Snattle dropped when he fled. It's the Elevator Key. Head to the Pre-Gym, use the Elevator Key on the elevator, and you can free the innocent citizens. Justy will ask for your P★DA number. Give it to him, and he'll give you a hint that there's a few shady characters going somewhere in the desert.
When the player tries to get to the ship that was attacked by Shadow Lugia, they are unable to, as there is too much sand and their scooter's tires get stuck. The head of ONBS calls the player into his office to help find a little girl's Bonsly. After the player promises to find the Pokémon, Nett notices that they are covered in sand, and after hearing their story, Bitt redirects the player to Perr, back at Gateon Port. Perr is unable to handle equipment such as the scooter, so he asks the player to go get his grandfather, Makan, at Kaminko's House. The player arrives and is confronted yet again by Chobin, who fights the player in a Pokémon battle suit called Robo Groudon. After he is defeated again, the player is given access to the Manor again, where they discuss the problem with Makan, and after he promises to help the player, they go back to Gateon Port so he can upgrade their scooter.
When the player reaches the ship and starts to explore it by going through a hole in the hull, they run into three Cipher agents on the deck. One of them is Cipher Admin Gorigan, who orders his men to deal with the player as he heads back to his lair. One of the peons makes an excuse to dump the responsibility of battling the player on his comrade, who is defeated. After the last Cipher Peon runs off, a strange man comes out of the wheelhouse and explains that he has made the wrecked ship his home and that you can rest at his place in the wheelhouse. He asks you to search the ship as strange sounds are coming from the storage area. As the player makes his way through the ship using boxes to make bridges and clear routes, he eventually finds out that the source of the sounds is the little girl's Bonsly that he promised to find, and when the player almost sneaks up on it your P★DA rings and startles the Bonsly out of the ship. When the player reports this to the man, he is relieved the sounds were just a Pokémon, and says it will probably head for somewhere more suitable for Pokémon. As the player leaves the ship, a group of Team Snagem grunts show up led by Wakim, their second-in-command, who uses his Gloom to knock the player out with Sleep Powder and steal the player's Snag Machine.
When the player wakes up in the ship, the man asks them why the grunts attacked them, and when they explain what has been happening, the man points them in the direction that the grunts went. The player follows them to the Cipher Key Lair, where they witness Zook defeat Biden in a Pokémon battle, after which Biden and another Snagem goon flee. They then battle Zook and beat him, though they can't snag his Shadow Zangoose right away. When they leave the lair, they get an email from Secc who asks them to come to Pyrite Town, where, after the player explains how they lost their Snag Machine, he directs the player to the Outskirt Stand where a man has information for them. When they get there, they run into Miror B. and battle and defeat his team, including a Shadow Nosepass, which the player can't snag now. When they flee and the player goes inside, a man named Hordel who used to work for Cipher escaped with a Shadow Togepi, which he gives to them after telling them that the Cipher Key Lair is a factory for creating Shadow Pokémon. Secc then emails the player the location of Snagem Hideout, where they fight through the Snagem thugs and eventually battle Gonzap, Snagem's Head Leader, for their Snag Machine, after which he lets them walk out.
When the player returns to the Cipher Key Lair, they defeat Zook again, this time snagging his Zangoose. Gonzap and Wakin show up and deal with the other two guards, allowing the player to get inside the Lair where they battle and snag their way to Cipher Admin Gorigan, who, after the battle threatens to blow up the factory. He is stopped by Mr. Verich, who appears on the TV screen and reveals himself to be Grand Master Greevil, the leader of Cipher, and that XD001, Shadow Lugia, has been perfected to withstand purification. He also tells the player that his base is on Citadark Isle. The TV then turns off, and Gorigan flees. The player then picks up a full list of the Shadow Pokémon that were made in the factory, and when they return to the lair's entrance, they hear that Miror B. and his goons stole a Shadow Dragonite from the lair.
The player then heads to Gateon Port, where Makan reveals that the Robo Kyogre machine from Kaminko's House is finished and will take the player to Citadark Isle. First, though, the player goes back to the Pokémon HQ Lab to receive the Master Ball from Professor Krane. The player then goes to Citadark Isle, and fights and snags their way through many of Cipher peons and admins, including Greevil's bodyguards and sons (Ardos and Eldes) until they reach Greevil himself, whose plan is to have an army of Shadow Pokémon. He then orders the Shadow Lugia to attack the player at which point they can snag it with the Master Ball. Greevil will then battle the player with his team of all Shadow Pokémon including Rhydon, Moltres, Exeggutor, Tauros, Articuno, and Zapdos at which the players catches all of them.
Greevil is crushed and dejected as Ardos comes into the room. He recommends destroying the whole island with the player still on it. Greevil, however, says that it would destroy the Shadow Pokémon data and all of his allies as well, so it's not a great idea. Ardos, however, argues that those things can be replaced. He has a helicopter ready for their escape, but Eldes shows up, and is ashamed of Ardos. Ardos says that clinging to honor will be the end of Cipher and that's no good. Greevil reluctantly agrees. Eldes says that Cipher is already finished, and there's no point in escaping, because they have to start from scratch anyway. Ardos is still stubborn, and orders Greevil to destroy the island. Greevil apologizes for being about to destroy the island, but Eldes urges him to stop. Eldes says that Greevil can't take over the world with just strong Pokémon, and points to the player as an example. Ardos tries to quiet Eldes down, but he won't have any of it. Eldes offers his hand to Greevil to stand again and regain some dignity, to which Greevil accepts. Eldes then takes the player aside and thanks them for ending this nightmare. He looks forward to battling them in the future, but not as enemies.
Suddenly, the storm around Citadark Isle breaks, and when the player returns to the Pokémon HQ Lab, there is a huge celebration in their honor. Even Jovi is happy to have the player home. The game saves, and the credits roll.
When the save file is reloaded, the player wakes up in their bedroom at the Pokémon HQ Lab and go outside and battle Eagun, who invites the player to the Orre Colosseum. At this point the player can purify Shadow Lugia, then go and catch the last Shadow Pokémon from Miror B. After snagging his Dragonite and defeating him, he destroys the device that tracked him.
Shadow Pokémon List
- Mr. Mime
- "XD", the title of the game, stands for "Extra Dimension".
- XD is named after XD001, or Shadow Lugia.
- This game was released one year after Pokémon Colosseum.
- Many Pokémon obtainable in this game have moves that are otherwise unobtainable. For instance, there is a Paras that knows Sleep Powder, a Blissey that knows Reflect, a Machamp that knows Swords Dance, an Anorith that knows Waterfall, a Metang that knows Iron Defense (this Metang is Level 39 even though it can't learn it until Level 44), an Articuno that knows Sheer Cold (this Articuno is Level 64 even though it can't learn it until Level 85) and a Skarmory that knows Hyper Beam.