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Purification (Japanese: リライブ Relive), or "opening the heart's door", is the only known method of changing a Shadow Pokémon back into a normal Pokémon. It is used in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness to restore any Shadow Pokémon that Wes or Michael have snagged. Purification can be seen as a main goal in those games.

Purifying a Pokémon

Heart Gauge

Before completely opening the door to a Shadow Pokémon's heart, its Heart Gauge must first drop to zero, turning completely white.

The following actions will slowly open the door to a Pokémon's heart:

Purification stages

  • 0% purified: This is the state at which a Shadow Pokémon is snagged. The Pokémon has at least one Shadow move, and its Nature is unknown. Before any progress has been made on the Heart Gauge, the Pokémon's description will state, "The door to its heart is tightly shut." After any progress has been made, until the next stage, the description will state, "The door to its heart is starting to open."
  • 20% purified: When at this stage, the Shadow Pokémon will relearn its first non-Shadow move. Until the next stage, the description will state, "The door to its heart is opening up."
  • 40% purified: The Shadow Pokémon's Nature is revealed (though it was determined when the Pokémon was first encountered), and the Pokémon will also start receiving experience points in battle, though this is not mentioned to the player or counted towards a level-up until the purification process is completed. Until the next stage, the description will state, "The door to its heart is opening wider."
  • 60% purified: The second non-Shadow move is relearned. Until the next stage, the description will state, "The door to its heart is nearly open."
  • 80% purified: The Shadow Pokémon will enter Hyper (or Reverse) Mode more frequently. Also, in Colosseum only, a third non-Shadow move is relearned. Until the next stage, the description will state, "The door to its heart is almost fully open."
  • 100% purified: The Shadow Pokémon's heart is 'ready to open' and the purification process can be finished, turning the Shadow Pokémon back into a normal Pokémon. At this stage, the description will state, "The door to its heart is about to open. Undo the final lock!"

Purification ceremony

Once a Pokémon's Heart Gauge is completely white, it is time to "undo the final lock," the final step in opening the door to a Shadow Pokémon's heart. This is done through a purification ceremony. In Pokémon Colosseum, these ceremonies can only be performed at the Relic Stone in Agate Village, but in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, they can also be performed in any Set of the Purify Chamber at Pokémon HQ Lab as well.

Time Flute

In Pokémon Colosseum, the player can find up to three special items called Time Flutes to instantly purify any Shadow Pokémon by summoning Celebi at the Relic Stone, which will open the door to a Shadow Pokémon's heart. Time Flutes do not appear in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.

Shadow Lugia

Shadow Lugia is a special case and can only be purified if it is put into one of the Purify Chamber's Sets when all nine slots have achieved maximum tempo. Its Heart Gauge will also reset if the process is interrupted, such as by removing Shadow Lugia from the chamber.

After purification

Once a Pokémon is purified, any Shadow moves are replaced with other moves. In Pokémon XD, besides moves learned through level up, TM or breeding a just-purified Pokémon will know at least one special move. It immediately gains any Experience and Effort Values that it has earned in battles prior to the purification, meaning that it may gain one or more levels. The Pokémon receives a special Ribbon for "clearing all difficulties", and at this point the Pokémon Trainer may choose a nickname for it. The player is now able to trade the purified Pokémon with the GBA games Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen using a GameCube/GBA cable.

Special moves

The following Pokémon can only gain certain moves if they are a Shadow Pokémon purified in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness:

# Pokémon Move(s)
012 Butterfree Butterfree Morning Sun
015 Beedrill Beedrill Baton Pass
017 Pidgeotto Pidgeotto Refresh
020 Raticate Raticate Refresh
021 Spearow Spearow Baton Pass
024 Arbok Arbok Refresh
037 Vulpix Vulpix Charm
046 Paras Paras Refresh
049 Venomoth Venomoth Refresh
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio Charm
052 Meowth Meowth Sing
055 Golduck Golduck Charm
057 Primeape Primeape Helping Hand
058 Growlithe Growlithe Charm
062 Poliwrath Poliwrath Helping Hand
070 Weepinbell Weepinbell Morning Sun
078 Rapidash Rapidash Baton Pass
082 Magneton Magneton Refresh
083 Farfetch'd Farfetch'd Baton Pass
085 Dodrio Dodrio Baton Pass
086 Seel Seel Helping Hand
088 Grimer Grimer Helping Hand
090 Shellder Shellder Refresh
Take Down*
097 Hypno Hypno Baton Pass
100 Voltorb Voltorb Refresh
103 Exeggutor Exeggutor Refresh
105 Marowak Marowak Sing
106 Hitmonlee Hitmonlee Refresh
107 Hitmonchan Hitmonchan Helping Hand
108 Lickitung Lickitung Helping Hand
112 Rhydon Rhydon Helping Hand
113 Chansey Chansey Sweet Kiss
114 Tangela Tangela Morning Sun
121 Starmie Starmie Refresh
122 Mr. Mime Mr. Mime Follow Me
123 Scyther Scyther Morning Sun
Razor Wind*
125 Electabuzz Electabuzz Follow Me
126 Magmar Magmar Follow Me
127 Pinsir Pinsir Helping Hand
128 Tauros Tauros Refresh
131 Lapras Lapras Heal Bell
143 Snorlax Snorlax Refresh
144 Articuno Articuno Haze
Heal Bell
145 Zapdos Zapdos Baton Pass
Metal Sound
146 Moltres Moltres Morning Sun
149 Dragonite Dragonite Heal Bell
165 Ledyba Ledyba Refresh
167 Spinarak Spinarak Refresh
175 Togepi Togepi Tri Attack
Helping Hand
177 Natu Natu Baton Pass
179 Mareep Mareep Heal Bell
204 Pineco Pineco Refresh
216 Teddiursa Teddiursa Refresh
219 Magcargo Magcargo Refresh
Heat Wave*
220 Swinub Swinub Charm
228 Houndour Houndour Charm
249 Lugia Lugia FeatherDance
Psycho Boost
261 Poochyena Poochyena Heal Bell
273 Seedot Seedot Refresh
277 Swellow Swellow Baton Pass
280 Ralts Ralts Sing
285 Shroomish Shroomish Refresh
296 Makuhita Makuhita Refresh
299 Nosepass Nosepass Helping Hand
301 Delcatty Delcatty Sweet Kiss
302 Sableye Sableye Helping Hand
303 Mawile Mawile Sing
310 Manectric Manectric Refresh
315 Roselia Roselia Sweet Kiss
316 Gulpin Gulpin Sing
318 Carvanha Carvanha Refresh
322 Numel Numel Charm
334 Altaria Altaria Heal Bell
335 Zangoose Zangoose Refresh
337 Lunatone Lunatone Baton Pass
338 Solrock Solrock Baton Pass
343 Baltoy Baltoy Refresh
354 Banette Banette Helping Hand
355 Duskull Duskull Helping Hand
361 Snorunt Snorunt Sing
363 Spheal Spheal Charm
373 Salamence Salamence Refresh

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Purifier
Germany Flag.png German Crypto-Erlösung
Italy Flag.png Italian Purificazione
Spain Flag.png Spanish Purificación

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