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Primal Dialga

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Primal Dialga
やみのディアルガ Dark Dialga
Primal Dialga art.png
Primal Dialga
Debuts in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness
Gender Male
Ability Pressure
Current location At Temporal Tower
Dialga
This Pokémon is fully evolved.

Primal Dialga (Japanese: やみのディアルガ Dark Dialga) is a Pokémon that appears in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky. It is located at the pinnacle of Temporal Tower, and is the final boss of the game's main story line.

Primal Dialga is actually Dialga after losing control of its ability to control time due to the collapse of the Temporal Tower and changed to this form. In this form, it is also incapable of logical reasoning or showing mercy, only seeking self-preservation and preventing time from flowing properly. The player must return the Time Gears to the tower to restore the flow of time, calm down Dialga, and prevent the future where darkness rules.

Although normally genderless, this Dialga is referred to as a male.

Physiology

Primal Dialga has the body shape of a normal Dialga but the color scheme is different. The blue color in its body is changed to dark navy blue, the "streamers" are recolored to orange and the diamond in the chest is altered from blue to a cherry shade red which is a sign of its berserk and savage state. This is caused by a collapsing Temporal Tower, resulting in complete loss of self-control, which earns it the name of "Primal Dialga".

Background

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The Primal Dialga state was from Darkrai's doing who stole the Time Gears, consequently outraging Dialga and disrupting the proper flow of time. In an alternate future, Temporal Tower collapses, sending Dialga into a primal rage, making him a being running on pure primal instinct and self-preservation, thus meaning he'd try to foil any attempt to alter the past to protect himself from being erased from existence. When Grovyle and the player go back in time, Dialga sends his follower Dusknoir back in time as well to stop them. He is not seen up until Dusknoir drags the player and their partner back to the future, where Primal Dialga orders Dusknoir to eliminate them. He then assists his six Sableye in trying to stop the group from going back in time once more but fails due to the partner's quick thinking. Once the player and partner reach the summit of Temporal Tower, the present day Dialga attacks them, believing they've come to destroy the Tower due to being in the process of transforming into Primal Dialga. They manage to defeat him and save the tower, restoring time and Dialga to their normal states after which he thanks the player and their partner, grateful for all they've done. The future Primal Dialga, Grovyle, Dusknoir, and the player are all erased from existence due to being from a future which no longer exists but after the Temporal Tower incident, the present day Dialga returns the player to life as a show of gratitude for repairing the flow of time and the player's sacrifice, as well as the partner's sorrow at the loss of their friend.

Primal Dialga artwork

However, as revealed in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky special episode, before they are erased from existence, Primal Dialga proceeds to punish Dusknoir for his failure, as well as Grovyle for trying to change the past. However, they escape and eventually it's revealed that it was a plot for Dusknoir to take over Grovyle's body and return to the past to alter it. What Primal Dialga didn't count on was Dusknoir befriending and saving Grovyle. Primal Dialga then battles Grovyle, Dusknoir, and Celebi but is beaten. After time is erased, Primal Dialga, Dusknoir, Grovyle, and Celebi are spared, and Primal Dialga being converted back into normal Dialga in the process. He then informs them they were saved by a being even more powerful than him: implied to be Arceus.

The Dialga battled is not actually the same as the one from the future Grovyle comes from, when battled, Dialga still has a shred of its self left, and thus was not completely "primal" yet. This is shown by the future Primal Dialga only able to communicate with a roar (which Dusknoir apparently understands). However, not-quite-Primal Dialga is able to speak to the player and their partner using broken words.

Moveset

In the storyline

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Types:
Steel Dragon
Ability:
Pressure
Held item:
None
Dialga Lv.48
Metal Claw
Steel Physical
AncientPower
Rock Special
Dragon Claw
Dragon Physical
Roar of Time
Dragon Special

In the special episode

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Types:
Steel Dragon
Ability:
Pressure
Held item:
None
Dialga Lv.48
Dragon Pulse
Dragon Special
AncientPower
Rock Special
Dragon Claw
Dragon Physical
Roar of Time
Dragon Special

Sprites

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Portrait of Primal Dialga Primal Dialga sprite Primal Dialga animated front sprite


In the anime

Primal Dialga in the anime

Primal Dialga made two very brief appearances in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness as a mere shadowy silhouette.

Trivia

  • Primal Dialga is the second altered Pokémon to be named "Dark" in its Japanese appearance. The first was XD001 Shadow Lugia, who was called Dark Lugia in the Japanese version of Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. Coincidentaly, both are legendary Pokémon.
  • Although Primal Dialga has lost control of its power, it can still warp through time and use its signature move Roar of Time.
  • Primal Dialga gave way to pokemon fans that their will be more games like Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness will be releasing soon due to the color scheme change that Dialga had.
  • Palkia was suppose to be shown in the game as a flashback of Primal Dialga but the Game Producer were rushing for The Pokemon Game Company to hurry along so they simply cut Palkia off.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png European French Dialga Primal
Germany Flag.png German Schatten-Dialga
Italy Flag.png Italian Dialga Oscuro
Spain Flag.png Spanish Dialga Primario

See also

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Dialga.

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