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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team
ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 赤の救助隊
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Boxart of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 青の救助隊
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Boxart of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
Basic info
Platform: Game Boy AdvanceR
Nintendo DSB
Category: Dungeon crawler
Players: 1
Connectivity: Dual-slot mode, Game Link CableR, DS WirelessB
Developer: Chunsoft
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: Generation III side series
Release dates
Japan: November 17, 2005[1]
North America: September 18, 2006[2]
Australia: September 28, 2006[3][4]
Europe: November 10, 2006[5]
South Korea: August 30, 2007 (Blue Rescue Team only)[6]
Japanese: Poké
English: Poké (Red Rescue Team) (Blue Rescue Team)
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Japanese boxart of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team
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Japanese boxart of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team (Japanese: ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 赤の救助隊 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team) and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (Japanese: ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 青の救助隊 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team) are a matched pair of Pokémon games for the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS, respectively. These games are the first two entries in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, an adaptation of the Mystery Dungeon games for Pokémon. These two games were developed by Chunsoft and were published by Nintendo. They were released in Japan on November 17, 2005, and were released in the United States on September 18, 2006.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon starts with the player as a human who is turned into a Pokémon. A series of questions at the start of the game determines what Pokémon the player becomes.

When the player first discovers that they are a Pokémon, they will first meet their partner who also happens to be a Pokémon. The journey begins with the player going out to find a lost Caterpie. Once this first quest is done, the journey begins in earnest.

All Pokémon from Generations I, II, and III are available in this game; all may be battled and befriended as the player ventures across the land and into various dungeons.

The games have received adaptations in other formats through the anime episode Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate! and the manga series Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team.

The game has been successful enough to have three sequels. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness were released on the Nintendo DS in 2007/2008, a third game to the pair was released in 2009, and a trio of games for the WiiWare was released on August 4, 2009 in Japan. The fourth game in the series has been released on the Nintendo 3DS on November 23, 2012 in Japan and was released in North America on March 24, 2013.


Like the main Pokémon RPGs, it has two gameplay modes; unlike the main RPGs, battle mode and dungeon mode are not distinct. It is a semi-turn-based game, with each step, attack, or item use being counted as a single turn.

The size of a party is limited to four in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, compared to six in the main RPGs; furthermore, players are only able to directly control one Pokémon: their own character (or, later in the game, any other befriended Pokémon). The player's teammates are essentially autonomous, with player control being limited to general strategy such as avoiding Pokémon battles or not moving and staying in one place.

The games use movesets from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, although weather-inducing moves and Snatch are not contained in TMs.


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Main story

  • The player wakes up one day in the Pokémon world, as a human turned into a Pokémon.
  • This world is suffering an imbalance in nature, with natural disasters occurring everywhere.
  • The player and their partner form a rescue team after successfully rescuing Caterpie from Tiny Woods.
  • Soon after, they rescue two Magnemite from Thunderwave Cave, one of which joins the team.
  • The player and co. save a Diglett from a Skarmory on Mt. Steel.
  • Team Meanies steal the requests for help from the player's mailbox. The team rescues a Metapod who is stuck at Sinister Woods.
  • A Jumpluff is stuck at Silent Chasm. Shiftry is asked to go. When he doesn't return the team goes down to rescue Shiftry.
  • After Zapdos kidnaps Shiftry, the player must fight it at the top of Mt. Thunder.
  • The player consults Xatu for an explanation of their presence in this world as a Pokémon at Great Canyon.
  • The player learns of the legend of Ninetales: one day, a human angered a Ninetales and was cursed, however, his/her Gardevoir took the curse upon herself to save her master. However, the human selfishly deserts the cursed Gardevoir. Ninetales prophesises that the selfish human would be reborn as a Pokémon, and when that happens, the balance of nature in the world would collapse.
  • Gengar convinces the Pokémon that the player is the selfish human in the legend of Ninetales, and they decide to run them out of town.
  • To escape their pursuers the team pass through Lapis Cave and then Mt. Blaze, where they encounter Moltres.
  • The team enters Frosty Forest and is attacked by Articuno, who blames the player for bringing natural disasters to its forest. An Absol steps in and stops the fighting, then joins the rescue team.
  • The player reaches Mt. Freeze and meets the Ninetales of the legend. The player discovers that while part of the legend is true, and the selfish human from the legend is alive, it is not the player.
  • The player returns to the town, and Gengar is discredited. Meanwhile Team A.C.T. goes to the Magma Caverns to defeat Groudon.
  • Wynaut and Wobbuffet ask the player to go defeat the Mankey gang in the Uproar Forest. In return, they offer a peeled Chestnut, which is in turn used to convince the Mankey gang to help renovate the Team Base.
  • Team A.C.T. does not return, and a new team, comprised of Blastoise, Octillery and Golem, is formed to go rescue them.
  • The new team is also defeated. The player goes to Magma Cavern themselves to rescue Team A.C.T.
  • After defeating Groudon, Xatu announces that a falling star is headed towards the planet, and that it is the meteor that is causing the imbalance in nature.
  • Gardevoir reveals to the player, in a dream, the true reason for his/her transformation: the player was destined to be the savior of the Pokémon world; the player decided to erase the memories of being a human in order to cleanse the heart and mind.
  • The player goes to find Rayquaza at Sky Tower in order to convince it to destroy the falling star.
  • Rayquaza's Hyper Beam destroys the meteorite. However, the player ends up in the netherworld in the aftermath of the explosion; Gengar helps them return to the Pokémon world.
  • As the Pokémon celebrate the end of the calamities, the player says farewell and leaves to return to the human world.
  • After the credits roll, the player decides to remain in the Pokémon world, and reappears at the Team Base.


  • The player gains entrance to Luminous Cave.
  • After talking to Medicham, Lombre and Whiscash in order, the player goes to Stormy Sea and defeats Kyogre.
  • After getting mail about a new dungeon, the player talks to Lombre. Then Shiftry will let the player go to Buried Relic.
  • Southern Cavern, Wyvern Hill, and Howling Forest open up after receiving specific Friend Areas from missions.
  • After getting HM Surf in the Solar Cave, Spinda walks into Pokémon Square and collapses. The player and their partner take him back to their rescue base.
  • Spinda reveals he was looking for the mirage Pokémon, but doesn't know what it is. He gives the player the Clear Wing, then leaves and stays in Pokémon Square for a while.
  • The player's partner suggests that they go and speak to Xatu.
  • Upon reaching the top of the Great Canyon, Xatu reveals that the player must first go to the three fields and face the Lords of those areas (the Legendary beasts).
  • After clearing the Fiery Field and defeating Entei, Entei turns the Clear Wing into the Red Wing.
  • After clearing the Lightning Field and defeating Raikou, Raikou turns the Red Wing into the Sunset Wing.
  • After clearing the Northwind Field and defeating Suicune, Suicune turns the Sunset Wing into the Rainbow Wing, and Mt. Faraway is unlocked.
  • Once the player clears Mt. Faraway and defeats the Mirage Pokémon, the player can go back to the Fields and Mt. Faraway to recruit the legendary beasts and Ho-Oh (if their Friend Areas have been opened).
  • If the player goes back to Pokémon Square and talks to Spinda, it will leave, encouraged to go exploring again.
  • After getting the Southern Island Friend Area and obtaining Surf from Solar Cave, a flying Pokémon steals the TMs from Kecleon Wares and flees to the Northern Range. The player follows it and defeats the Pokémon, revealed to be Latios.
  • Latios is revealed to have stolen the TMs because of losing Latias in Pitfall Valley. The player saves her there using the Teleport Gem. Both Eon Pokémon may join the player's team afterwards.
  • Medicham and Ekans go to the Wish Cave to try to grant wishes for themselves.
  • Ekans is defeated and places a rescue request for Medicham, who is still stuck in the cave.
  • After rescuing Medicham, the player is rewarded with the Wish Stone, which can be used to make Jirachi grant a wish.
  • Medicham and Ekans reveal that Gengar is trying to climb Mt. Freeze.
  • Gengar asks the player to escort him up Mt. Freeze.
  • Gengar reveals himself to be the selfish human in the legend of Ninetales, and is the master of Gardevoir.
  • Ninetales gives Gengar the Nine Tail Crest, and sends him to Murky Cave.
  • The player and Gengar go rescue Gardevoir. Gardevoir then offers to join the player's rescue team, but it has lost all its memory relating to Gengar.
  • Once the player goes back and recruits Ho-Oh, a cutscene will be shown showing Blastoise and Charizard being KO'd by an incredibly strong Pokémon in an extremely tough dungeon.
  • When the player goes through the dungeon, the Pokémon is revealed as Mewtwo.
  • If the player has the Friend Area Cryptic Cave, Mewtwo will ask to join the player's rescue team second time through the dungeon if the player defeats Mewtwo.
  • After recruiting all of the legendary birds, the player talks to Alakazam. The player then goes to Legendary Island and Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres will grant access to Silver Trench.
  • After recruiting Lugia, Xatu will appear outside the Team base. After that, Blastoise will come and say that he saw a cave and saw "weird things". Xatu will then name the place Meteor Cave. Then, the player will gain access to it. The player may recruit Deoxys in the Meteor Cave.


What if you woke up one day, and you were a Pokémon? What if all of a sudden you find yourself in a NEW world, where you can speak and interact with other Pokémon? The adventure begins when you and your partner Pokémon set out on rescue missions in a world ravaged by natural disasters. But what is your true purpose and destiny in this Pokémon world? That's the REAL mystery....

Dungeon tips

  • If the player remains on one floor of a dungeon for too long, this will happen:
    • It will say "Something is stirring".
    • It will say "Something is approaching".
    • It will say "It's coming closer."
    • It will say "It's right nearby! It's gusting hard!" Then the player's character will faint and be kicked out of the dungeon, suffering the same conditions as if they were defeated (no money, many items gone), and cannot be prevented in any way (even if they have Reviver Seeds in their toolbox) other than proceeding to the next floor before it happens. The amount of turns the player can stay on one floor before this happens varies depending on the dungeon.
  • Pokémon with the Float terrain ability who try to cross magma will get burned (unless they are Fire-type).
  • Not all Pokémon are able to be directly recruited. Pokémon that cannot be are mostly final form Pokémon, with a few exceptions.


Playable characters

Pokémon Nature
Male Female
MDP001.png Bulbasaur Docile Calm
MDP004.png Charmander Hardy Brave
MDP007.png Squirtle Jolly Relaxed
MDP025.png Pikachu Impish Hardy
MDP052.png Meowth* Quirky N/A
MDP054.png Psyduck* Relaxed Lonely
MDP066.png Machop* Brave N/A
MDP104.png Cubone* Lonely Impish
MDP133.png Eevee* N/A Naïve
MDP152.png Chikorita N/A Docile
MDP155.png Cyndaquil Timid N/A
MDP158.png Totodile Naive Jolly
MDP252.png Treecko Sassy Quirky
MDP255.png Torchic Hasty Sassy
MDP258.png Mudkip Calm Timid
MDP300.png Skitty* N/A Hasty
  • *: These Pokémon may not be selected as the partner.
  • Some characters are only available to players of a certain gender.

Non-player characters

Main article: List of Mystery Dungeon characters#Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team

Plot-set friends

Pokémon Square

Makuhita Dojo

Whiscash Pond

Pelipper Post Office

Rescue teams


  1. Skarmory
  2. Team Meanies
  3. Zapdos
  4. Moltres
  5. Articuno
  6. Groudon
  7. Rayquaza
  8. Kyogre
  9. Regirock
  10. Regice
  11. Registeel
  12. Mew
  13. Latios
  14. Entei
  15. Raikou
  16. Suicune
  17. Ho-Oh
  18. Jirachi
  19. Lugia
  20. Mewtwo
  21. Deoxys

Version-exclusive Pokémon

Similar to the core series games, each version has its own version-exclusive Pokémon. They are:

137 137 Porygon Normal
226 226 Mantine Water Flying
311 311 Plusle Electric
315 315 Roselia Grass Poison
349 349 Feebas Water
233 233 Porygon2 Normal
129 129 Magikarp Water
131 131 Lapras Water Ice
190 190 Aipom Normal
312 312 Minun Electric

Wonder Mail codes

Codes, such as these, may unlock the Pokémon on the opposite version.


Unknown Dungeon

A player with the Blue Rescue Team version can go to an Unknown Dungeon (found as an option on the main screen) through wireless communication with another player. When both players have contacted each other, they should close their DS and wait till they automatically finish a random dungeon and return an item and sometimes recruit a Pokémon. The player can open his/her DS whenever they want even if the other player has already opened his/hers. Items received are usually rare. The player can go to the Unknown Dungeon how many times he/she likes, as long as the player has another player to communicate with.


The player can also go rescue another player who has fainted in a dungeon and prefers to await a rescue. The player can rescue from the title screen, or through Pelipper Post Office. The player should receive an SOS Mail from the other player through Wireless Mode or through a Password. When the player has received the SOS Mail, he/she can go rescue anytime he/she wants. The player can go rescue by talking with Pelipper in the Post Office. However, the player who's awaiting rescue can cancel the wait. But the player who has already gotten the SOS Mail can rescue the other player and get a reward from Pelipper instead.

Being rescued

When the player faints in a certain dungeon, he/she can choose to send an SOS Mail to another player. While awaiting rescue, the player can explore on his/her current unlocked dungeons and can store items and Poké after completing the dungeon. The player can also organize his/her team members. The player is rescued when he/she receive an A-OK Mail. The player then may continue his/her exploration from the spot where he/she fainted. All items and Poké are restored. After the player completes or escapes from the dungeon, he/she may optionally (but recommended) go to Pelipper Post Office, or from the title screen, to send a Thank-You Mail in thanks for the rescue. The player may also choose whether or not to reward the rescuer with one of his/her items.


Main article: Staff of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team


  • This is the first game that allows the player to understand what some Pokémon are saying.
  • This is the first game in the franchise to offer the same move to be learned more than once at one time without a glitch.
  • The Generation IV Pokémon Munchlax is obtainable in this game through hacking, despite the fact that the game only contains Pokémon from the first three generations.
  • This is the game that features the most Pokémon in a generation that has not been released at the time with 5. There are statues of Weavile, Bonsly, Mime Jr. and Lucario, as well as Munchlax, who is an NPC in the game.
  • If released, a legendary Pokémon may be fought and recruited again, with the exception of Latios and Latias, who instead ask the player if they can join.
  • These are the only paired games to be released on separate handheld consoles to date. Despite this, they are still virtually identical.
  • The original Japanese release of Blue Rescue Team would wipe data from all Game Boy Advance games in the Nintendo DS's second slot unless it was Red Rescue Team. This was fixed in all subsequent releases.
  • The box art of Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team is a sequel of that of the box art of Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, showing the same hole and a friend rescue. Blue Rescue Team shows the top of the hole and Red Rescue Team shows the bottom. This may reference the fact that the GBA cartridge slot was in the bottom of the system while the DS cartridge slot is in the top. Both boxes also showcase an important scene of the game as well as all the Pokémon of the two prominent rescue teams that the player and partner meets, Team ACT and Team Meanies.
  • In South Korea, only Blue Rescue Team was released, meaning that a Korean-language version of Red Rescue Team does not exist. This is due to the fact that Nintendo DS was the first console to be launched by Korean Nintendo central. There are no official Korean games for Game Boy Advance at all.
    • Unlike other releases, the Korean release can communicate with both other copies of Blue Rescue Team as well as Pokémon Trozei!.[7]
  • All the playable characters that can be selected as partners are starters of core series games.
  • All the starters of the first three generations are playable.
  • Red Rescue Team is the last Pokémon game released on the Game Boy Advance, therefore also being the last Pokémon game released on a Game Boy series console.
  • This is the second game (the first being Pokémon Snap) to be true to the Pokédex and say that three Magnemite have to be together to form a Magneton.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 赤の救助隊
ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 青の救助隊
France Flag.png French Pokémon Donjon Mystère: Équipe De Secours Rouge
Pokémon Donjon Mystère: Équipe De Secours Bleue
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Rot
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Blau
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Squadra Rossa
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Squadra Blu
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬 불가사의 던전: 파랑 구조대
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokémon Mundo Misterioso: Equipo de Rescate Rojo
Pokémon Mundo Misterioso: Equipo de Rescate Azul

See also


  1. Poké
  2. Poké (US)
  3. Nintendo of Australia - Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team (archive)
  4. Nintendo of Australia - Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (archive)
  5. Poké (UK)
  6. Nintendo of Korea
  7. Nintendo of Korea

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