Dusknoir (Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky)

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ヨノワール Yonoir
477Dusknoir PMD Explorers.png
Dusknoir in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
Debuts in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness
Gender Male
Ability Pressure
Current location In the future
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Dusknoir Kenta Miyake David Brimmer

Dusknoir (Japanese: ヨノワール Yonoir) is a non-player character from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness. He is a supporting character that plays a significant role in the game. He was first introduced to the player as a famous and wise Pokémon, exploring the world and solving mysteries, but later turns out to be a main antagonist. At the end of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky, he is reformed.


Primal Dialga sends Dusknoir to pursue Grovyle and the main characters. He pretends to be an explorer who is famous for his wisdom and solo explorations. At first, when Dusknoir meets the player, he does not know the player's name, and actually rescues the player and the partner from the Luxray clan (Manectric clan in Explorers of Sky). He portrays Grovyle as a criminal from the future, and says that he is also from the future to bring Grovyle to justice. The whole guild falls for Dusknoir's lie and goes after Grovyle, trying to prevent him from stealing any more Time Gears.

At one point, the player and partner approach Dusknoir with questions about the player's Dimensional Scream ability, and ask if he knows anything about where the player came from. They mention the player's name, with the player noticing that despite claiming to know nothing about the player's memory loss, Dusknoir might have had a small smile. When Grovyle is caught and is about to be taken back to the future, Dusknoir calls the duo up to him and says hastily that it is too soon for good-byes, grabbing them both and taking them to the future before the rest of the crowd even realizes what has just happened. However, they manage to escape from the future with Grovyle as their new ally.

Encountering Dusknoir

They meet Dusknoir again at the end of the Hidden Land, battling him and six Sableye. He is finally defeated when the player, partner and Grovyle force back an attack, that appeared to be Shadow Ball, into the 'mouth' on his stomach, severely injuring him and sending his Sableye running back to the future in disbelief that Dusknoir had lost. After they defeat him, he rises and unleashes an attack on the player with the intent of finishing things, but Grovyle steps in. Grovyle then takes Dusknoir back to the future with him to prevent him from stopping the player and their partner from changing the future. Dusknoir, Grovyle, Primal Dialga, the Sableye, and the player are all erased from time when the player and their partner stop Temporal Tower's collapse, but Dialga revives the player as a reward for their sacrifice.

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky, Dusknoir, Grovyle, Primal Dialga and the Sableye appear to survive, but are trapped in the dark future. Primal Dialga orders for its army to execute Dusknoir for his failure in the past game, but Dusknoir gets away with the help of Grovyle. The two of them team up together to defeat Primal Dialga.

Dusknoir and Grovyle

As they travel through the now-abandoned Temporal Tower and Dark Ice Mountain, Grovyle and Dusknoir begin to develop a sort of kinship with each other. Dusknoir eventually asks Grovyle why he is willing to sacrifice his life to change the past (hence eliminating the dark future from existence), and Grovyle responds that it is better to live a short life with glory than a long, empty life.

At the end of Icicle Forest, they see Celebi held hostage by a Spiritomb. Grovyle attempts to rescue her, whereupon he is captured in an electric field; Dusknoir reveals the supposed execution order was a ruse; he intends to possess Grovyle, travel to the past again, and ruin things there. However, Grovyle, speaking of his newly-formed trust in Dusknoir, believes that not everything was indeed faked, that Dusknoir did identify with Grovyle at some point during the journey. Grovyle is correct - Dusknoir had begun to question whether self-preservation in a bleak future was a good idea. Just before the electricity from the icicles Grovyle is captured can melt away his spirit, Dusknoir saves Grovyle by knocking him out of range and Spiritomb then flees.

At this point, Primal Dialga appears and attacks Dusknoir for his betrayal. The effects of Dialga's defeat in the past (the final boss battle in the main storyline) begin to take effect; time is slowly starting to flow. Dusknoir, now sincerely sharing Grovyle's goal, teams up with him and Celebi in an effort to find Primal Dialga. After cornering Dialga at the Passage of Time, they defeat him, and the effects of the past finally take effect in full force; the Pokémon of the future are vanishing, and time flows again. After Primal Dialga vanishes, Dusknoir asks Grovyle one final question: whether this sacrifice is worth his life. With Grovyle's assurance that it is, he finally feels content and vanishes; Grovyle and Celebi follow soon after. Soon, everything in the future is erased from time.

However, the Pokémon of the future (Dusknoir, Grovyle, Celebi, Dialga) eventually find themselves in a newly-restored future, appearing at the Passage of Time, surprised they have not vanished. Dialga, now restored to his normal state, remarks that their resurrection is due to the actions of a being "on an even higher tier than itself." With joy and hope restored to the future world, each of them is free to live their life as they truly wish.

Moves used

Storyline Special Episode
Ghost Unknown
Held item:
Dusknoir Lv.45
Shadow Sneak
Ghost Physical
Mean Look
Normal Status
Confuse Ray
Ghost Status
Shadow Punch
Ghost Physical
Ghost Unknown
Held item:
Dusknoir Lv.45+
Ice Punch
Ice Physical
Shadow Sneak
Ghost Physical
Shadow Punch
Ghost Physical
Fire Status

In the anime

File:Dusknoir anime.png
Dusknoir in the anime

Dusknoir appeared in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness trying to stop Grovyle and Team Poképals from taking the Relic Fragment and going to Temporal Tower on Primal Dialga's orders. He ambushed them at the top of the tower along with several Sableye, and attempted to escape via portal. However, his army of Sableye were no match for Team Poképals, and Dusknoir was ultimately defeated by a combination of Grovyle's Energy Ball, Chimchar's Fire Spin, and Piplup's Whirlpool.

Moves used

Dusknoir Rapid Spin.png
Using Rapid Spin
Move First Used In
Dark Pulse Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness
Rapid Spin × Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness
Shadow Ball Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness
An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese Kenta Miyake
English David Brimmer

In the manga

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blazing Exploration Team manga

Dusknoir in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blazing Exploration Team

Dusknoir appears as a major character in this manga, serving the same role he does in the games.

Dusknoir first appears after Honō and Totodile defeat some thieves that stole a treasure from them. He asks if the two are an Exploration Team, to which Honō confirms.

Later, Dusknoir appears with an injured Mesprit and Uxie. He reveals that the cause of their injuries was the Time Gear thief, Grovyle. After Honō has a vision of another Pokémon, Azelf, being attacked by Grovyle, Dusknoir confirms it as the Dimensional Scream ability. Falsely fearing Azelf's safety, Dusknoir takes Honō and Totodile to the Crystal Crossing to protect it from the thief, Grovyle.

After Grovyle nearly defeats Honō and Totodile, Dusknoir arrives to save them. Seeing Dusknoir distracts Grovyle long enough for Honō and Dusknoir long enough to defeat and capture him. Afterward, they take Grovyle back to the Guild, where Dusknoir reveals that Grovyle is actually a thief from the future. Dusknoir explains that he is from the future as well, and went back in time to take Grovyle back to his time to be executed. After sending Grovyle into the future, Dusknoir reveals his true nature by suddenly grabbing Honō and Totodile and throwing them forward in time.

Later, Dusknoir and his Sableye minions prepare to execute Grovyle, Honō, and Totodile. However, Honō and Grovyle use their quick thinking to escape unharmed. Later, Dusknoir, the Sableye, and their leader, Primal Dialga intercepts Grovyle's group at the Passage of Time to prevent them from going back into the past and change history with the help of Celebi. As they battle their opponents, Dusknoir reveals that Honō is actually the human partner of Grovyle's that went missing some time ago. This confuses Grovyle, who remembers Honō as a human instead of a Pokémon.

When Honō tries to escape using Celebi's power, Dusknoir has Primal Dialga stop them with its time controlling abilities. Dusknoir tries attacking them once more, but Celebi sacrifices herself by blocking the attack and sends the heroes back in time to change the past.

Dusknoir appears one last time at the Hidden Land, to stop Honō and Totodile from fixing the Temporal Tower and fixing the future. Despite their best efforts, Dusknoir easily shrugs off their attacks and nearly defeats them. Before he can finish Honō and Totodile off, Grovyle returns with the Time Gears and saves them. Together, the three manages to counter Dusknoir's strongest attack, defeating the villain in the process.

Defeated, Dusknoir reveals that if they stop the dark future from happening, all of the Pokémon in the future will disappear, Grovyle and Honō included. Grovyle reveals that he, Honō, and Celebi all knew this was going to happen but decided to change the past anyway. Soon after, Grovyle sacrifices himself by pushing Dusknoir back to the future along with himself.

Moves used

Dusknoir Confuse Ray BET.png
Using Confuse Ray
Move First Used In
Shadow Ball Take Back the Time Gears!
Confuse Ray Take Back the Time Gears!
ThunderPunch Aim for the Hidden Land!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the Pocket Monsters DP manga

Dusknoir in Pocket Monsters DP

Dusknoir appears in Big Strategy for the Treasure Gate!! of Pocket Monsters DP where it was hired by Professor Oak to discover the Time Gears.

Related articles

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

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