Heart Gauge

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Spinarak's Heart Gauge is full

A Heart Gauge (Japanese: リライブゲージ Relive Gauge) is a meter for a Shadow Pokémon in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness that measures how far it is from being able to be purified.

Heart Gauge progress

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The Heart Gauge is split into five equal bars. When a Shadow Pokémon is first snagged, all five bars are full. These bars represent the proportion of the Pokémon's total Heart Gauge that has been opened, but the actual value of a Pokémon's full Heart Gauge depends on the Pokémon's species (in the same way that two Pokémon with a "full" HP bar may actually have different amounts of HP). All other things equal, this means that a Shadow Pokémon with a bigger full Heart Gauge number will take longer to fully open its heart than a Shadow Pokémon with a smaller number will.

For a full list of each Pokémon's Heart Gauge size, see List of Shadow Pokémon.

While its Heart Gauge is full, a Shadow Pokémon's Nature is hidden, it can only use Shadow moves (Shadow Rush only in Colosseum, two to four Shadow moves in XD), and cannot gain experience or friendship. Each time the player fully opens one of the Pokémon's Heart Gauge bars, some of these restrictions are removed.

Progress Message Changes
5 full bars "The door to its heart is tightly shut."
< 5 bars "The door to its heart is starting to open."
< 4 bars "The door to its heart is opening up." The Pokémon regains its first non-Shadow move.
< 3 bars "The door to its heart is opening wider." The Pokémon's Nature is revealed.
The Pokémon can gain experience and friendship, which will be applied after it is purified.
< 2 bars "The door to its heart is nearly open." The Pokémon regains its second non-Shadow move.
< 1 bar "The door to its heart is almost fully open." The Pokémon regains its third non-Shadow move.
The Pokémon will enter Hyper Mode or Reverse Mode more frequently.
Fully empty "The door to its heart is about to open. Undo the final lock!"" The Pokémon can now undergo the purification ceremony.

A Shadow Pokémon always retains its Shadow moves until it undergoes the purification ceremony. So in Pokémon XD, where all Pokémon have at least two Shadow moves, dropping below one full bar on the Heart Gauge does not change a Shadow Pokémon's moveset at all.

Opening a Shadow Pokémon's heart

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There are several ways in which to open a Pokémon's heart.

The amount that a Pokémon's Heart Gauge opens depends on both the event that occurred and the Shadow Pokémon's Nature; these amounts also differ between Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD. In Pokémon XD, events typically open a Pokémon's Heart Gauge less than they do in Pokémon Colosseum, but the average size of a full Heart Gauge is also smaller in Pokémon XD.

Each individual Shadow Pokémon maintains its own step counter for the walking events. Consequently, a Shadow Pokémon may open its heart at a different time than when party Pokémon gain friendship, and two Shadow Pokémon may open their hearts at different times.

The values listed below for how much Scents open a Pokémon's Heart Gauge are for the Joy Scent: the Excite Scent opens a Pokémon's Heart Gauge twice as much, and the Vivid Scent three times as much.

In Pokémon Colosseum

Nature Battle Call to Party Day Care Scent
Hardy -150 -300 -150 -150 -100
Lonely -50 -450 -150 -150 -200
Brave -200 -225 -150 -225 -75
Adamant -150 -225 -150 -300 -75
Naughty -150 -225 -200 -225 -75
Bold -150 -225 -200 -300 -50
Docile -75 -600 -100 -225 -100
Relaxed -75 -225 -75 -600 -150
Impish -200 -300 -150 -150 -75
Lax -100 -225 -150 -225 -150
Timid -50 -450 -50 -600 -150
Hasty -200 -300 -75 -150 -150
Serious -100 -450 -100 -300 -75
Jolly -150 -300 -100 -150 -150
Naive -100 -300 -150 -225 -100
Modest -75 -300 -75 -600 -100
Mild -75 -225 -75 -450 -200
Quiet -100 -300 -100 -300 -100
Bashful -50 -300 -75 -450 -200
Rash -75 -300 -100 -300 -150
Calm -50 -300 -100 -450 -150
Gentle -50 -300 -75 -600 -150
Sassy -200 -150 -150 -225 -100
Careful -75 -300 -75 -450 -150
Quirky -200 -225 -50 -600 -75

In Pokémon XD

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Nature Battle Call to Party  ??? Scent
Hardy -110 -300 -100 -240 -90
Lonely -70 -330 -100 -240 -130
Brave -130 -270 -90 -270 -80
Adamant -110 -270 -110 -300 -80
Naughty -120 -270 -110 -270 -70
Bold -110 -270 -90 -300 -100
Docile -100 -360 -80 -270 -120
Relaxed -90 -270 -110 -360 -100
Impish -120 -300 -100 -240 -80
Lax -100 -270 -90 -270 -110
Timid -70 -330 -110 -360 -120
Hasty -130 -300 -70 -240 -100
Serious -100 -330 -110 -300 -90
Jolly -120 -300 -90 -240 -90
Naive -100 -300 -120 -270 -80
Modest -70 -300 -120 -360 -110
Mild -80 -270 -100 -330 -120
Quiet -100 -300 -100 -300 -100
Bashful -80 -300 -90 -330 -130
Rash -90 -300 -90 -300 -120
Calm -80 -300 -110 -330 -110
Gentle -70 -300 -130 -360 -100
Sassy -130 -240 -100 -270 -70
Careful -90 -300 -100 -330 -110
Quirky -130 -270 -80 -360 -90

Lugia

In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, Shadow Lugia's Heart Gauge is fully closed until it is placed in the Purification Chamber with all nine chambers at max tempo. When this is done, the Heart Gauge will automatically open and Lugia can be purified. However, if Lugia is taken out before being purified, its Heart Gauge will again close completely.

Trivia

  • The actions with the potential for the strongest effects are calling a Pokémon out of Hyper Mode or Reverse Mode, walking while the Pokémon is in the Day Care, and using a Vivid Scent. The absolute lowest effect of these is stronger than the absolute lowest effect of other actions, and their absolute strongest effect is stronger than that of any other action.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Jauge de Conscience
Germany Flag.png German Crypto-Meter
Italy Flag.png Italian Barra Ombra
Spain Flag.png Spanish Nivel de Impureza

See also