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 a Espeon at a Level 25, the player starts with an Eevee at Lv. 10, which can evolve later on in the game into five different evolutions possible.
- 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.
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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. Now the player control 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 works at. Then the mom, Lily, gives the player their P*DA and asks to go find their sister Jovi. The player goes to an ominous and spooky house with a statue of Groudon in a fountain called Kaminko's House. When they get to the front door, the player gets stopped by Kaminko's assistant, Chobin, who thinks the player's a burglar and challenges them to a battle with his weak Sunkern (this is a very common theme throughout the game, to randomly accuse the player and be challenged to a battle). After beating him, the player gets Jovi and return to the HQ lab. As a reward, Professor Krane, the head scientist at the lab, gives them their very own Snag Machine (a metallic piece of equipment that summons "snag balls" (instead of Pokeballs) that fits onto the player's hero's left arm), 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 (Cipher Admin. Lovrina, Cipher Spy Naps). You have to battle one of them (Naps), whom holds the game's first Shadow Pokémon a Teddiursa. If you don't throw a "Snag Ball" at it first thing, Professor Krane will keep tellin you to throw the "Snag Ball". After you beat him by capturing the Teddiursa, the two Cipher workers kidnap Krane and flies away in one of Cipher's levitating cars. Lily, knowing that the purification chamber must be completed without Krane, asks you to go to Gateon Port to get a machine part for the chamber. When you arrive, Jovi runs into a thug named Zook. Just when things look ugly and he's about to attack you with a Shadow Zangoose, a weird man named Mr. Verich comes and interferes. One of his right-hand men, Ardos (without help of Eldes), destroys the Zangoose with his Alakazam in one hit. Soon after, you can choose to evolve your Eevee with any of the stones when you get inside the Parts Shop. In addition, you get the machine part you wanted from a young man named Perr and you meet his grandfather Makan at Kaminko's Manor after fighting Chobin...again, who thinks you are a burglar...again (with the same Sunkern). After giving it to Lily, she asks you to go to Agate Village. At Agate Village, you meet Eagun and find the Relic Stone which Eagun lets you use after you defeat several trainers and himself, a mystical stone that can purify Shadow Pokémon. After, Eagun tells you to go to Mt. Battle and ask a man named Vander about Cipher. After helping Vander he tells you to inspect an old Cipher facility in the south that might have activity. When you get to the facility, you defeat everyone there including the Hexagon Brothers, Naps, the admin, Lovrina, all the while snagging Shadow Pokémon. You rescue Krane and return him to the lab. Then, an assistant tells you to go to Pyrite Town and deliver a disk to Nett (and meet Bitt and Secc) that may contain information about Cipher. When you arrive at your location you witness a cop telling two guys by the name of Trudly and Folly to stay out of town. Nett tells you it will take time to decipher it so he sends you off to a Rock Poké Spot to meet Duking and when you help Duking by demonstrating how to lure Pokémon in an interview Duking gives you the location of the Oasis Poké Spot which when you visit He gives you the location of the last Cave Poké Spot where you run into Trudly and Folly and meet and battle Wanderer Miror B. and snag his Shadow Voltorb before they run off accidentally leaving a device that tracks Miror B. so you can find him whenever. When you come back to Pyrite, you'll see that the building will be taken over by Cipher. After you defeat everyone including Cipher Commander Exol (the big buff guy) who helped kidnap Professor Krane and you also Snag their Shadow Pokémon, after the Cipher agents wipe the Databanks and leave Nett will tell you that on the disk it said that Cipher will attack Phenac City.
When you first enter Phenac City, a woman will stop you, tell you that you're the 1,000,000th visitor, give you some battle CDs, and send you off to Realgam Tower. You find Trudly and Folly blabbing on about the Battle CDs. They feel like throwing them in places all around Orre. You can explore Realgam Tower's Battle Bingo, Battle Sims, and Colosseum (not up and running yet).
Then head back to Phenac City. You head over to the Mayor's House. The secretary won't let you upstairs into the Mayor's room, so you'll have to find a distraction. She says she'd like some music so... take the CD you found back to the Mayor's House. Give then give it to the secretary. She plays the music, leaving the entrance to upstairs wide open. The Mayor isn't upstairs, but there is a note on the bed. It's a note from the Mayor to Justy, telling Justy of 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 you defeat her and her back-up they retreat.
Head outside, and the player will see Justy walk out of the Pre Gym six times. It's the Hexagon Brothers in disguise. 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 Michael fights his way through the few remaining present Cipher Peons he challenges the Cipher Admin Snattle who reveals he will be the governor of Orre if the Cipher plan works. After Michael destroys Snattle in a Pokémon battle, he'll will run off and the news reporter and cameraman who were hostage tell you they got the whole confrontation on tape. Pick up what Snattle dropped when he fleed. 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 you try to get to the ship that was attacked by Shadow Lugia (the evil looking Pokémon) you won't be able to because there is too much sand and your scooters tires get stuck. The head of ONBS will call you into his office to help find a little girl's Bonsly. After you promise to find the Pokémon Nett notices you are covered in sand and after hearing your story his friend Bitt suggests Perr to find a solution to your problem. When you go to Gaten Port Perr can't handle equipment of the likes you need yet so he asks you to go get his grandfather, Makan. You go to Kaminko's House and after fighting Chobin in a Pokémon battle suit called Robo Groudon, you are given access to the Manor where you discuss with Makan your problem and after he promises to help you, you go back to Gateon Port so he can upgrade your scooter. Then you can be able to get to the ship.
When you reach the ship and start exploring it by going through a hole in the hull you run into three Cipher agents on the deck, one of them is Cipher Admin Gorigan who orders his men to deal with you as he heads back to his lair but one of the Peons makes an excuse to dump the responsibility of battling you 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 and asks you to search the ship as strange sounds are coming from the storage. As Michael 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 he almost sneaks up on it your P*DA rings and startles the Bonsly out of the ship and when you report this to the ships inhabitant the man is relieved the sounds were just a Pokémon and says it will probably head for somewhere more suited for Pokémon which causes Michael to immediately guess that the Bonsly will head for a Poké Spot. As you leave the ship a bunch of Team Snagem grunts show up led by Wakim their second-in-command, who uses his Pokémon Gloom to knock you out with Sleep powder and takes your snag machine.
When the player wakes up in the ship the ship man asks them why the grunts attacked them and when they explain what has been happening the ship man points them in the direction that the grunts went and they follow them to the Cipher Key Lair where they witness Zook destroy 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 now. 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. Secc will then 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 and after that Zook quits and Gonzap and Wakin show up and deal with the other two guards allowing them to get inside the Lair where theu battle and snag their way to the 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 of Cipher and that the XD001 has been perfected to withstand purification, he also tells the player 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 and when they are going back to the entrance they hear that Miror B. and his goons stole a Shadow Dragonite from Cipher. Players head to Gateon Port Where Makan reveals that the Robo Kyogre is finished and will take the player to Citadark Isle. The player should go back to the Pokémon HQ Lab to receive the Master Ball from Professor Krane. The player then goes to Citadark Isle and fight and snag their way through a lot of Cipher agents and Admins including Greevils Bodyguards and sons (Ardos & Eldes) until they reach Greevil, whose plan is to have an army of Shadow Pokémon. He then orders the Shadow Lugia to attack the player at which point they should simply catch it immediately 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 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. He's a lot more moral and honorable. 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 anyways. Ardos is still stubborn, and orders Greevil to destroy the island. Greevil apologizes for being about to destroy the island, but Eldes, Greevil's son, urges him once more, 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. 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 arrives back there is a huge celebration in their honor. Even Jovi is happy to have the playerhome. The game saves, and finishes. This isn't the end - the player wakes up in their bedroom at the Pokémon HQ Lab and go outside and battle Eugun and then they can purify the Lugia, then go and catch the last Shadow Pokémon from Miror B. After snagging his Dragonite and defeat him he destroys the device that tracks 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.