Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

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Pokémon XD
Pokémon XD's Japanese boxart featuring Shadow Lugia
Basic info
Platform: {{{platform}}}
Category: RPG
Players: up to 4 players
Connectivity: None
Developer: Genius Sonority
Publisher: Nintendo
Part of: {{{gen_series}}}
ESRB: Everyone
Release dates
Japan: Aug 04, 2005
North America: Oct 03, 2005
Australia: Nov 19, 2005
Europe: Nov 18, 2005
South Korea: N/A
Hong Kong: N/A
Taiwan: N/A
Japanese: ポケモンXD 闇の旋風ダーク・ルギア
English: Games : Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness (Japanese: ポケモンXD 旋風ダーク・ルギア, Pokémon XD: Whirlwinds of Darkness, Dark Lugia) is Genius Sonority's second Pokémon game for the Nintendo GameCube. The "XD" in the title stands for "eXtra Dimension."

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, a.k.a "XD001," which they believe is immune to purification.


See XD characters category.

  • Michael (Ryuuto): The main hero of the game. Michael lives in the Pokémon HQ Lab with his sister Jovi, mother Lily and Professor Krane. Michael’s starter is an Eevee. Michael must stop the criminal activities of Cipher and purify all the Shadow Pokémon they have created, especially XD001 Lugia. Michael has several partners including Jovi and Professor Krane. Michael is a default name for the main character, not an official name.
  • Eevee: Michael’s starter Pokémon which was received from his father who died. Eevee can early evolve into any of its five initial forms: Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Umbreon and Espeon. It cannot evolve into it's new fourth-generation evolutions in this game.
  • Jovi (Mana): Michael’s young and scatterbrained sister. She is a bit hyper and enjoys being the center of attention. She occasionally goes to Professor Kaminko’s house for unwelcome visits. She teams up Michael at one point in the game.She refers to herself in the third person.
  • Lily (Lilia): Michael and Jovi’s mother who works in the HQ Lab with Krane. When Krane is captured by Cipher, she leads the scientists into finishing the Purification Chamber they’ve been working on.
  • Professor Krane: The leading scientist in Orre and leads the Purification Chamber Project in the Pokémon HQ Lab. He is kidnapped by Cipher early in the game and is held prisoner in the old Cipher Shadow Lab. Michael rescues Krane, the professor becoming the player’s partner for a short period in order to escape the lab and battle Lovrina. Krane later gives the player the Master Ball in order to snag XD001.
  • Eagun (Rogan): A legendary trainer who lives in Agate Village with his wife Beluh and Pikachu. He has trouble with sending e-mails. He provides some advice during Michael's journey.
  • ONBS: The television station in Pyrite City owned by the now deceased Kids’ Grid. Secc, Nett, Bitt, Marcia, Megg and Duking’s other children all work in the ONBS. ONBS is invaded by Cipher in the game and it is up to the player to save it.
  • Professor Kaminko: A lonely but eccentric scientist who lives in an old house to the east of the HQ Lab. He lives with his loyal assistant Chobin. He has constructed a Robotic Groudon and Kyogre.
  • Chobin: Kaminko’s assistant and bodyguard. He is a short man with blue hair and glasses with black swirls on it that make him look like a madman. He thinks Kaminko's rather useless inventions are impressive. He has a Sunflora, a Gyarados, a Hoppip and a Tropius, but when you first battle him, he only has a Sunkern. Chobin later takes control of the Robotic Groudon. He has a resemblance to E. Gadd. He, like Jovi, refers to himself in the third person.
  • Team Cipher (Team Shadow): The evil syndicate that was supposedly shut down 5 years ago is back, bigger and badder than ever. They have stolen 82 Pokémon from a stolen luxury ship, S.S. Libra and made them into Shadow Pokémon. Their most powerful Shadow Pokémon is XD001 Lugia, a prototype who has had its heart sealed and resistant to purification. The main members of Cipher are now Master Greevil, his sons Eldes and Ardos, chief executive Snattle and admins Lovrina and Gorigan.
  • Master Greevil (Master Deathgold): The leader of Cipher and father of Ardos and Eldes. Greevil disguises himself as the friendly Mr. Verich who is very kind and gives free meals to the sailors at Gateon Port. He owns a full-shadow team consisting of Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Exeggutor, Tauros and Rhydon. Greevil also controls XD001 Lugia. At the end of the game, thanks to some loving words from Eldes, Greevil surrenders to the police after being defeated by Michael. After snagging all his shadow pokemon, he will have a Swellow, Manectric, Starmie, Granbull, Aerodactyl and Altaria, all at level 50.
  • XD001 Lugia: The most powerful Shadow Pokémon yet. XD001 has had the door to its heart sealed forever and cannot be purified except when the purification chamber has all it's circles at maximum tempo.
  • Ardos and Eldes: Greevil’s twin sons and bodyguards. Ardos totally believes in the Shadow Pokémon plan and tries to goad his father into destroying Citadark Island with Michael still on it. Greevil surrenders to the police, and Ardos flees, now running from a nationwide man-hunt. Eldes is friendlier than his brother and tries to convince his father to give into the police and succeeds. If a third shadow Pokémon game were to be made, Ardos could easily be the new antagonist.
  • Lovrina: Lovrina is a young admin in Cipher, and is also the first Cipher admin you will battle. She has very long pink hair and a stroppy temper, similar to that of the previous admin Venus from Pokémon Colosseum. Lovrina tries to convince Professor Krane to help with XD001 but he will have no part in it. Lovrina has a Shadow Delcatty and later a Shadow Farfetch'd and Altaria.
  • Snattle (Wazzle): The chief executive of Cipher. He is somewhat a posh man and enjoys power. He was promised by Greevil he’d become the governor of Orre when the Shadow Project was finished. He has a Shadow Lunatone and later a Shadow Solrock and Starmie to match.
  • Gorigan: Gorigan is another admin. Hotheaded and strong, Gorigan is highly like Dakim from Colosseum. He runs the Cipher Key Lab, his office on top of the base. He is a bit comical and has a hunchback in the making. He is quite the acrobatic. He has a Shadow Primeape, Hypno and later he will have a Shadow Poliwrath and Mr. Mime.
  • Team Snagem: Team Snagem are not dead either, but the group is small at the moment. Gonzap is still the leader.
  • Gonzap: The ledgendary leader of Snagem. His moustache and eyebrows have shortened, but he hasn't changed much since Colosseum. Looking for revenge on Cipher, he becomes a temporary ally with Michael and helps him break into the Cipher Key Lab. In the end, he becomes a hero all together, as he is seen among the cast of heroes at the end of story mode.
  • Miror B. (Miraabo): The groovy, music-loving Cipher admin returns, now with a bigger afro than ever. He is now a wanderer, but still has Folly and Trudly for company. Every time you fail to snag a Shadow Pokémon, Miror B. will obtain it. Then, an item called the Miror Radar will notify about the location of Miror B. Michael can then fight Miror B. to try to Snag the Shadow Pokémon that he previously lost. When you first battle him, he has a Shadow Voltorb. In the next time you battle him, not counting times you saw him to resnag a shadow Pokémon, he has a Shadow Nosepass. In the third and final time you battle him to not resnag a shadow Pokémon, he has a Shadow Dragonite.


See XD locations category.

Starting Pokémon

Snagable Pokémon

Catchable Pokémon

In-Game Trade Pokémon

Prized Pokémon

Demo Version Prizes

Note: Metang with Refresh move, only be obtainable at 2005 Japan's Pokémon Festa and America's Pokémon Rocks America



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