My Pokémon Ranch

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My Pokémon Ranch
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My Pokémon Ranch logo
Basic info
Platform: {{{platform}}}
Category: Virtual Life
Players: 1
Connectivity: None
Developer: Ambrella
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: {{{gen_series}}}
ESRB: E for Everyone
Release dates
Japan: March 25, 2008
North America: June 9, 2008
Australia: July 4, 2008
Europe: July 4, 2008
South Korea: TBA
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Japanese: みんなのポケモン牧場 プラチナ対応版
みんなのポケモン牧場 プラチナ対応版 (@Nintendo)
English: My Pokémon Ranch
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My Pokémon Ranch (Japanese: みんなのポケモン牧場 Everyone's Pokémon Ranch) is a WiiWare title that was announced at Nintendo's fall 2007 conference. It was developed by Ambrella and can be purchased for 1,000 Wii Points. Pokémon can be transferred from Diamond and Pearl and stored on a farm. The player can use up to 8 Diamond and Pearl games to send their Pokémon, which then can be organized in the ranch by factors like height and weight. Hayley will give the player information on the Pokémon, which will be different from the info in the games. She will also bring a Pokémon each day to the ranch for which the player can trade. She will ask what type of Pokémon she will bring to the ranch next.

The farm is owned by Hayley, a friend of Bebe's. Players can sort, take pictures, and interact with up to 1,000 of their Pokémon.

It is essentially a Generation IV version of Pokémon Box. However, it is notable that Pokémon Ranch is similar to Pokémon Battle Revolution in that it will only interact with specific save files. This means that if a Pokémon is placed on the ranch, only the game from which it was placed onto the ranch may take the Pokémon back off it. This prevents people storing Pokémon and starting a new game - something for which previous storage titles were quite useful.

On November 5, 2008, My Pokémon Ranch was issued an update with the ability to communicate to Pokémon Platinum in Japan. According to a recent Poké mailbag, there are no current plans to release this update outside of Japan. My Pokémon Ranch will not work with Platinum without this update.


Initial features

Hayley with a player's Pokémon
  • My Pokémon Ranch is able to connect, store and withdraw Pokémon from 8 different Pokémon Diamond and Pearl or Pokémon Platinum (in Japan only) game cards using the Nintendo DS's connectivity. It is able to store up to 1,000 Pokémon at a time; however, the number rises to 1,500 after the Platinum update is applied.
  • Pokémon and Miis can interact in full 3D on the Wii. A Pokémon's behavior in the ranch can be determined by the Pokémon's nature, moves, etc.
  • The player is able to take pictures at any time when on the ranch and save them to the message board or a SD card. Taking pictures of objects can be made easier by applying a Focus Lock or spinning the screen around using the Nunchuk.
  • Using WiiConnect24, the player can send pictures he or she has taken on the ranch to other friends.
  • On occasions, the player and Hayley can trade Pokémon on the ranch. Her traded Pokémon can be withdrawn onto the player's Pokémon Diamond and Pearl or Pokémon Platinum game card.
  • A Pokémon's Template:Shiny2 coloring, alternate forms, and gender differences are visible in the game.
  • If a Pokémon came from a special place or is level 100, they will sparkle in a green or blue sparkles, respectively.

Platinum update

The Platinum Update. Note the Giratina Origin Forme

On November 5, 2008, My Pokémon Ranch was issued an update with the ability to communicate to Pokémon Platinum. The title is not compatible with Pokémon Platinum outside of Japan. There are no known current plans to release this update outside of Japan. My Pokémon Ranch will not work with Platinum without this update.

In this update, the following features were added:

  • The ranch can now rise to to level 26, which, allowing storage of an extra 500 Pokémon brings the total to 1500.
  • Giratina Origin Forme will appear if it is holding a Griseous Orb when deposited.
  • Shaymin Sky Forme can be added by touching the toy Gracidea, which, like all toys, can appear every once in a while.
  • New Rotom forms can be added by depositing them when they are in that appliance.
  • New toys and Club Look See members. Eleven new toys were added and the club members changed from 37 to 40.
  • Revisit Club Look See ranches.
  • A menu is added that allows changing of the song.
  • Twelve new animations can be played. Some new animations consist of battles between rivals, such as Zangoose and Seviper, Dialga and Palkia, and Darkrai and Cresselia.
  • Photos can be added to or from the SD card in bulk, instead of one at a time. Album size is increased to 30.


Wanted Pokémon

Details on how to catch a Wanted Pokémon

Once a player has stored Pokémon for the first time, Hayley will take the player's Pokédex data and from it, request "Wanted Pokémon", Pokémon that are typically not yet in the player's Pokédex (although once the player has caught a lot of Pokémon, she may request one that the player has already caught). The game will provide the player with all the information on acquiring the listed Pokémon, including information on a Pokémon's pre-evolved form, and if an item is needed to evolve it, where that item can be found. This can be used to both assist and motivate said player into completing their Pokédex. The player is given 10 days to acquire this Pokémon until the post is removed and a new one is made. "Wanted Pokémon" requests are tied to specific game cards, if one trainer deposits a Pokémon that is on another's wanted list, nothing will happen. If all of a player's Wanted posts expire, Hayley will occasionally ask the player to connect their DS so new ones can be made.

Hayley's Trades

Main article: Hayley's trades

Whenever the player brings in one of the "Wanted Pokémon", Hayley will offer to trade one of her Pokémon for it, and the Pokémon received will be one of the following twenty and will know a TM, egg move, or have something else that makes them unique.

All of these Pokémon will have the OT Hayley (English) or ユカリ (Japanese) and the Trainer ID number 01000. Note that all of the Pokémon with specific natures cannot have a different nature, gender, and ability and they cannot be shiny.

Special Pokémon

These two Pokémon are only available once some requirements are filled. Once 250 Pokémon are present on the ranch, the ranch will expand and jump to a new level. When this level is obtained, Hayley will add a new Pokémon to the "Wanted" board, Leafeon. When Leafeon is brought to the ranch, she will offer to trade it for her Phione. When 999 Pokémon are present, the ranch will expand and jump to level 25, the maximum level. Once this level is obtained, a new wanted Pokémon will be added. Hayley is now asking for any Pokémon egg. When the egg is brought, she will offer to trade it for her Mew.


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A typical totem pole

Every 15 minutes, a random event in the ranch will occur. These events don't have any real significance, only intended for a good picture opportunity. Some events only occur after the player has a certain amount of Pokémon or certain kind of Pokémon in the ranch.

Initial events

  1. Attention - Deposit at least 1 Pokémon
  2. ZigZag Parade - Deposit at least 25 Zigzagoon
  3. Dash - Deposit Bulbasaur, Pikachu, Meowth, Teddiursa and Munchlax
  4. Sky Parade - Deposit at least 11 Pokémon that levitate about the ranch
  5. Totem Pole - Deposit at least 5 Pokémon
  6. Hop-Hop - Deposit at least 20 Cleffa
  7. Pikachu Party - Deposit at least 20 Pikachu
  8. Circle Dance - Deposit at least 20 Pokémon of the same species
  9. Ring Dance - Deposit at least 20 Pokémon of the same type
  10. ZigZag Dance - Deposit at least 20 Zigzagoon
  11. Slow Waltz - Deposit at least 10 of each: Illumise and Volbeat
  12. Do the Wave - Deposit 8 Minun and 8 Plusle
  13. Chorus - Deposit several Igglybuff, Jigglypuff and Wigglytuff
  14. Carousel - Deposit at least 40: Ponyta, Rapidash, Stantler and Girafarig
  15. Clock - Happens every hour
  16. Keyboard - Deposit all the Unown

New Platinum events

  1. Wrestling Tournament - Hariyama and Makuhita (Only after update)
  2. Surf - Water Pokémon use Surf to cover the ranch in water. They then swim and jump through the water.
  3. Dialga VS Palkia
  4. Zangoose VS Seviper
  5. Darkrai VS Cresselia
  6. Rotom forms


Toys for Pokémon and Miis with which to play are delivered to the ranch every day. The type of toys delivered randomly changes every day and the amount of toys depends on the size of the ranch. Each toy comes in a present box which must be picked up and dropped to open.

Initial toys

The following is a list of toys available in My Pokémon Ranch:

  • Attractor - A magnetic device that Miis can use to draw Pokémon to them.
  • Bonfire - A fire that Pokémon and Miis can watch. Pokémon and Miis that get to close to it can be burned. Pokémon weak to the fire type are naturally scared of the Bonfire.
  • Bounce back ball - An incredibly bouncy ball that is sent flying if a Pokémon touches it.
  • Burst ball - A large round explosive that explodes whenever Pokémon touch it, sending them flying.
  • Challenger - A dummy for Pokémon to use their attacks on.
  • Fountain - A water fountain that, when Pokémon or Miis jump on, increases in power to give them a brief lift.
  • Leader Flag - A flag that Miis can use to lead a parade of Pokémon.
  • Parade Drum - A drum that Miis can use to lead a parade of Pokémon.
  • Pitfall - A hole that Pokémon and Miis can jump into. They return falling from the sky.
  • Poké balloons - Balloons that a Pokémon can attach to their head in order to fly around.
  • Poké bell - A Mii can use this to attract Pokémon with a ringing noise.
  • Poké cushion - This can be placed on a Mii's head so that Pokémon can jump and rest on it.
  • Poké microphone - A Microphone that Pokémon can cry into. Their cries into the microphone will be heard through the Wii Remote's speaker
  • Poké pendulum - A pendulum that attracts Pokémon with a hypnotic effect.
  • Poké rocket - Pokémon can jump inside. Then, when the rocket aims, it launches the Pokémon.
  • Pokémon pallet - A pallet that when used by a Pokémon, summons all of the Pokémon in a ranch to get together to form an image of the user's in-game sprite.
  • Round rock - Pokémon can tackle the rock so that it moves. The Pokémon then try to dodge it. If they lose, they become run over and flattened.
  • Slippery peel - A banana peel that trips Pokémon and Miis that step on it.
  • Snowman - A Snowman that freezes Pokémon and Miis that get too close to it. Temporarily shrinks if a fire attack is used against it.
  • Spin ride - It is shaped like a tree trunk. Pokémon and miis can jump on it and get a quick spin around.
  • Spring stand - Pokémon can jump onto the stand and then will be sprung into the sky, landing not far away.
  • Stinky ball - Miis can pick this up. Then a stench is released that repels wild Pokémon and causes the Mii to become worried.
  • Training bag - A bag with a target on it for Pokémon to use their attacks on.

New Platinum Toys

When My Pokémon Ranch is updated, 11 new toys were added to the Ranch to use. The following toys are also available with the platinum update:

  • Gracidea Flower - This flower will open up and allows Shaymin to turn into its Sky Forme.
  • Birthday Cake - Confetti falls from the sky around the cake to celebrate a birthday.
  • Magnet - Allows the user to pick up more than one Pokémon at a time.
  • Tree

Club Look-See

Main article: Club Look-See
Penny, a member of Club Look-See, that has an egg theme

Club Look-See is a group of people that will come to the Ranch and invite the player to see their ranch. Each member is assigned a number (#1, #2, and so on) and they will appear in order of their number. Each member's ranch has a certain theme, this means that each of their ranches is filled with a certain Pokémon. Each member's Mii also typically bears some resemblance to the Pokémon they have. These are special occurrences that will happen periodically.


My Pokémon Ranch received generally negative reviews. The largest criticisms of the game was the lack of interaction with the game,[1] and the fact that the player has to own a copy of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl for the majority of the game's features to be accessible.[2] In addition, some reviewers criticized the game's Mii-like graphics, with IGN calling it "the ugliest Pokémon game to hit any video game system".[3] The game received an average score of 47% on Metacritic.


  • Hayley appears in the Generation IV games in Pokémon Super Contests with her Buneary named "Floppy". This is a reference to her Buneary in this game that players can trade another Pokémon for and transfer to the DS.

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