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チーム ドクローズ Team Dokurohs
Team Skull (Japanese: チーム ドクローズ Team Dokurohs) is a villainous team from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky. It consists of Skuntank, Koffing and Zubat. The team consists entirely of Poison-type Pokémon.
Team Skull is frequently antagonistic, especially towards the hero and his/her partner. Sometimes, they like to take the trust of other people and use them to the team's benefit. This is evident in the fact that they joined the guild, gained the trust of Wigglytuff (by framing the player's team, indicative that they don't care who they step on to get what they want) to join the guild's expedition, and take the treasure for themselves. Other times, they bully other Pokémon just for fun, as evidenced when they hid Marill and Azurill's Water Float in the Amp Plains, which is full of Electric Pokémon. However, unlike the previous rival team, Team Skull has no outright evil intentions, only being incredibly greedy and selfish. However, in their final appearance, Skuntank is touched by the fact that despite everything they had done, the hero and partner still wish to help them and returns the Relic Fragment, showing there is a kinder part to their personalities, even if they would never outright admit it.
Koffing and Zubat
Koffing and Zubat are merely Skuntank's sidekicks. Not much can be said about them, other than the fact that they are exactly like their leader in personality. Koffing is one of two members that is part of the "noxious gas combo", a combination of Koffing and Skuntank's terrible stenches. They are the first boss in the game as well. Zubat is known to say his trademark "Heh-heh-heh!", while Koffing says, "Whoa-ho-ho!"
Skuntank is the big boss of Team Skull. Therefore, he typically proves more clever than his teammates, and comes up with all of the team's plans. While the group stay at the Guild, the town and guild Pokémon constantly complain of his terrible stench, which even keeps some Explorer Teams away from town. He has a very distinctive laugh which is "Chaw-haw-haw!" The hero's team cannot battle Skuntank for the entire game but is implied by his partners to be much more powerful than they are.
Team Skull is first encountered very early in the game. Koffing and Zubat are hiding behind poles, listening to the player's soon-to-be partner talk to himself about his/her personal treasure. On the beach, they steal the Relic Fragment because they want to sell it for a lot of money, demonstrating their greed. They can be battled in the Beach Cave, but only Koffing and Zubat can be battled. This is the only time that Team Skull can be battled in the entire game.
Later, the team arrives in the Wigglytuff Guild, where it is revealed to the hero and his/her partner that Skuntank is the team's boss. He greets the hero by blasting him/her with his horrible stench, knocking them out and filling the room with the awful smell. Unlike his allies, Skuntank proves to be exceptionally tough and clever. Team Skull attempts to earn their way into the Guild's exploration, in order to later turn on them and take their treasures. During the first night of their stay, Team Skull sneaks into the guild's food storage and eat all the Perfect Apples. When Chatot assigns the player and partner to pick up Perfect Apples to refill the storage, Team Skull beats them to the location, eats all the apples, and easily knocks out the player's team with Skuntank and Koffing's "noxious gas combo", a combination of their terrible stenches (which accidentally knocks out Zubat as well). Upon returning to the guild, Chatot is very unhappy with the player's failure, refusing to hear the explanation about what happened, and the player's team is sent to bed without dinner as punishment. Skuntank then presents Wigglytuff with a Perfect Apple (stopping the latter's tantrum), and is made out to be the hero.
During the Guild's exploration, Team Skull confronts the hero's team after they cleared the fog of Fogbound Lake and attempt to knock them out with the noxious gas combo, Wigglytuff arrives the scene having been chasing his Perfect Apple then assigns the player and the partner to explore the forest even though they already did. He also doesn't let Team Skull explore, not wanting to burden them (which he actually is). Skuntank and Koffing try to knock out Wigglytuff with their gas combo and mug a rumored treasure he possesses, but Wigglytuff shrugs it off. Wigglytuff ends up single-handedly defeating Team Skull (although this wasn't shown). After the expedition, Team Skull wanted to get revenge on Wigglytuff, but they realize they are no match for him. Later, Zubat proposes that they target the player's team, since they are "wimpy". Skuntank agrees and a few days later, Team Skull steals the Marill brothers' Water Float and puts it in the deepest part of Amp Plains, hoping that the player's team will be attacked by the Amp Plains tribes.
During the final part of the main story, the player's team goes to Brine Cave with the Relic Fragment to gain access to the Hidden Land. Toward the way-point of the cave, Team Skull appears and steals the Relic Fragment once again with Chatot on hot pursuit. However, they are ambushed by a group of Omastar and Kabutops. After these Fossil Pokémon are defeated, Skuntank ends up giving the Relic Fragment back to the player's team, though still acting like a tough guy. Skuntank claims that when they meet another time, they would be "back to their old tricks", though Team Skull is never seen again.
- Although Team Skull has the word "Skull" in it, it does not include any skull-related Pokémon. The "Skull" is likely due to the team being made up of Poison-type Pokémon. A skull and cross-bones is usually associated with poison (which Koffing does bear the emblem of).
- Team Skull is the first antagonist group that cannot be fought (including the leader).
- However, the two sidekicks are battled against, as seen in Chapter 1.
For more information on these Pokémon's species, see Skuntank, Koffing and Zubat.