Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

From Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia.
Revision as of 00:21, 18 January 2011 by Ash Pokemaster (talk | contribs) (Starter Pokémon)
Jump to: navigation, search
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
ポケモンXD 闇の旋風ダーク・ルギア
Cover of Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, featuring Shadow Lugia.
Basic info
Platform: Nintendo GameCube
Category: RPG
Players: Single-player, multiplayer
Connectivity: Cable, Wireless Adapter, e-Reader
Developer: Genius Sonority
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: Generation III main series
PEGI: 3+
Release dates
Japan: August 4, 2005
North America: October 3, 2005
Australia: November 19, 2005
Europe: November 18, 2005
South Korea: N/A
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Japanese: Official Site
English: Official Site
StrategyWiki has more about this subject:

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness (Japanese: ポケモンXD 旋風ダーク・ルギア Pokémon XD: Whirlwind of Darkness, Dark Lugia) is Genius Sonority's second Pokémon game for the Nintendo GameCube as well as the second RPG in the Pokémon series for a home console. The game features a Battle Mode akin to that of its predecessor, as well as a Story Mode featuring a brand new plot set in the Orre region.


Much like Colosseum, Pokémon XD features similar gameplay to the main series of Pokémon games. Mechanics in Pokémon battles are directly adapted, and the game, similarly to its prequel, features mostly double battles during the Story Mode.



The game once again takes place in the Orre region, about five years after the events of Pokémon Colosseum. In their second attempt at world domination, the criminal organization Cipher has created a Shadow Lugia, codenamed XD001, claimed to be immune to purification. A young trainer, Michael, aims to defeat Cipher and prevent their plans.


Template:Spoiler It starts with the S.S Libra cruising, when suddenly some helicopters appear with Shadow Lugia, which picks up the ship as the sailors that fell out watch in awe. Then, Michael finds himself using Salamence to battle Metagross. No matter what the outcome is, the player will then find himself in the Pokémon HQ lab, where the trainer will tell him to consider raising Pokémon other than Eevee. Michael then speaks with Professor Krane and Lily. Prof. Krane comments Michael's skills, with Lily worrying that Michael will become spoiled. Prof. Krane tells her not to worry, saying both Michael and his sister Jovi are both wonderful kids, reminding Lily that she hasn't seen Jovi since lunch.

Lily asks Michael to look for her. Michael looks around, finding a P★DA that Professor Krane left him in his room and gets an E-mail telling him to ask Adon, who was playing hide-and-seek with her. Adon tells him to look at Dr.Kaminko's house. Michael then sees a report about the missing cargo ship that was carrying loads of Pokémon, the S.S. Libra. Michael goes to Kaminko's house, where he is attacked by Chobin, who mistakes him for a burglar and sends out his Pokémon. After fending him off, Jovi shows up and asks what Michael is doing and asks if he is lost. Jovi then acts all high and mighty saying she knows that he is lost. Michael goes inside, and Chobin shoes a video of himself bragging about Kaminko's inventions that are harmful to mankind. Michael tells Jovi that It's time to go home, so Jovi calls back her Minun, Mimi, and follows Michael back to the lab. Jovi continues saying Michael was lost when Lily scolds her.

Jovi goes to find Adon, as Michael talks to Prof. Krane and obtains the snag machine. Aidan adds a Shadow Monitor to the P★DA, and Professor Krane goes to ready the battle sim. However, some men come in and take Professor Krane away. Michael goes outside and finds everyone knocked out. Michael then battles the leader, Naps, who is using a shadow Teddiursa, which Michael snags. Prof. Krane is then dragged away by the kid nappers, as Michael watches in despair. Jovi is crying, and everyone looks sad, Aidan says Prof. Krane is crucial to the Purification Chamber project, and that there is nothing they can do. Lily then says they can complete it themselves, though Aidan says it is hopeless. Lily says they are on the verge of finishing and walks off, and Michael follows.

File:Michael 2.png
Michael, as he appears in Pokémon XD


For complete listing see the XD characters category.

The hero of Pokémon XD is a young boy named Michael, trainer of an Eevee. Michael lives with his mother, Lily, and his younger sister Jovi. Professor Krane, a scientist researching Pokémon purification and a family friend, often assists him. A handful of other characters also appear, some returning from Colosseum and some new.

The crime organization Cipher returns in the game with renewed plans. The syndicate includes five new admins: Lovrina, Snattle, Gorigan, Ardos and Eldes hired by the team's boss. Miror B. also appears in the game with new scopes in mind.


For complete listing see the XD locations category.

The game's setting is in the Orre region, altered after the five years that have passed. More wild Pokémon have started appearing, but Orre's land is still much less inhabited than other regions'. Pokémon XD features locations not present in Colosseum, as well as landmarks such as Mt. Battle returning.


For complete listing see Obtainable Pokémon

Starter Pokémon

The player starts with an Eevee, able to evolve to any of its evolutions introduced before Generation IV.

Vaporeon Vaporeon Jolteon Jolteon Flareon Flareon Espeon Espeon Umbreon Umbreon
Water Electric Fire Psychic Dark
XD001 attacking the S.S. Libra

Shadow Pokémon

The Shadow Pokémon concept returns in Pokémon XD, with a total of 83 Pokémon able to be snagged by the player.

Shadow Lugia and the Legendary birds

Cipher attempts to create Shadow Pokémon whose heart isn't able to purified. Their test subject is XD001, the Shadow Lugia. In the process, they also capture the Legendary birds.


Players can transfer snagged Pokémon from Pokémon XD to any of the portable Generation III games: Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen and Emerald Version. This transference functions identically to the trading function in the main series games, but can only happen in Phenac City.

  • In order to do the above, one needs to have completed the sidequest to unlock trading with Hoenn-based games in FireRed and LeafGreen.
  • Through exploitation of differences in linkup requirements, players can send Pokémon from XD to one of the handheld Hoenn games without beating the Elite Four, trading first to a game that has done so, trading from that to Pokémon Colosseum, and trading from Colosseum to the Hoenn game.


  • The "XD" in the title stands for 'eXtra Dimension'.
  • Though Lugia is the main focus of the game, it has the second highest level of all snaggable Shadow Pokémon in this game (tied with Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Salamence). The Shadow Pokémon of the highest level in this game is a Dragonite.
  • Pokémon XD is only the second true sequel Pokémon game, after the Generation II games, which are a sequel to Generation I.
    • Before the release of Pokémon XD, Reggie Fils-Aime stated that Pokémon XD would not be a sequel to Pokémon Colosseum but rather a whole new game, having a similar style to Ruby and Sapphire.
  • If one trades a Pokémon from Colosseum to a GBA game and then to this game, it will say the Pokémon was met in Distant Land, even though it was caught in the same land, Orre.
  • If a player pre-ordered this game, they could receive a limited edition GameCube skin featuring Shadow Lugia or, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Eevee, and Michael.
  • In the game, the player can capture Lugia, then Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. Coincidentally in The Power of One the antagonist of the movie captures Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres to capture Lugia.
  • The game's name may be a reference to Lugia's original name before the release of Gold and Silver, Pokemon X.
  • Unlike most games, traveling by foot is not required as transportation to get to new lands. Michael uses a scooter instead.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ポケモンXD 闇の旋風ダーク・ルギア
France Flag.png French Pokémon XD: Le Souffle des Ténèbres
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon XD: Der Dunkle Sturm
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon XD: Tempesta Oscura
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pokémon XD: Tempestad Oscura

Template:Main series

Event distributions
Standard event Pokémon distributions
Generation I: JapaneseEuropean language
Generation II: JapaneseEuropean language
Generation III: JapaneseEnglishGermanSpanishFrenchItalian
Generation IV: Japanese (local | Wi-Fi) • English (local | Wi-Fi) • German (local | Wi-Fi)
Spanish (local | Wi-Fi) • French (local | Wi-Fi) • Italian (local | Wi-Fi) • Korean (local | Wi-Fi)
Trading (GTS)
Generation V: Japanese (local | Wi-Fi) • English (local | Wi-Fi) • German (local | Wi-Fi)
Spanish (local | Wi-Fi) • French (local | Wi-Fi) • Italian (local | Wi-Fi) • Korean (local | Wi-Fi)
Global Link promotions
Generation VI: Japanese region (Nintendo Network | serial code) • American region (Nintendo Network | serial code)
PAL region (Nintendo Network | serial code) • Korean region (Nintendo Network | serial code)
Taiwanese region (Nintendo Network | serial code)
Generation VII: Japanese region (Nintendo Network | serial code) • American region (Nintendo Network | serial code)
PAL region (Nintendo Network | serial code) • Korean region (Nintendo Network | serial code)
Taiwanese region (Nintendo Network | serial code)
LocalQR Codes
Specific events: Gather More Pokémon! Campaign
PCNY (Gen II | Gen III) • Trade and Battle DayJourney Across AmericaParty of the Decade
Special Pokémon from games
In-game: Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VGen VI • Gen VII (3DSSwitch) • In-game trades (Hayley's trades)
Game-based: Gen IGen IIGen IIIGen IVGen VIGen VII
Other: Undistributed
Non-Pokémon event distributions
Gen IIIGen IVGen VGen VIGen VII (Game-based)
Global Link
Other lists
Wonder Cards (Gen VGen VIGen VII) • Serial code prefixes
Project Games logo.png This game-related article is part of Project Games, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on the Pokémon games.
pt:Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness