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Purification, or "opening the heart's door", is the only known method of changing a Shadow Pokémon back into a normal Pokémon. It is used in Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness to restore any Shadow Pokémon that Wes or Michael have snagged. Purification can be seen as a main goal in those games.

Purifying a Pokémon

Heart Gauge

Before completely opening the door to a Shadow Pokémon's heart, its Heart Gauge must first drop to zero, turning completely white.

The following things will slowly open the door to a Pokémon's heart:

(note, using hoppip in the purification chamber is recommended, because hoppip is good against itself. Tropius can also be used but is not catchable in game)

Purification Stages

  • 0% Purified: The Pokémon has at least one Shadow move, its nature is unknown. This is the state at which a Shadow Pokémon is snagged.
  • 20% Purified: When at this stage, the Shadow Pokémon will relearn a move.
  • 40% Purified: The Shadow Pokémon's nature is revealed (though it was determined when the Pokémon was snagged).
  • 60% Purified: Another move is relearned.
  • 80% Purified: The Shadow Pokémon will enter Hyper Mode more frequently.
  • Empty Shadow Bar: Shadow Pokémon's heart is 'ready to open', the Purification process can be finished, turning the Shadow Pokémon back into a normal Pokémon.

Purification Ritual

Once a Pokémon's Heart Gauge is completely white, it is time to "undo the final lock," the final step in opening the door to a Shadow Pokémon's heart. This is done through a Purification Ritual. In Pokémon Colosseum, Purification Rituals can only be performed at the Relic Stone in Agate Village, but in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, they can be performed in a Set of the Purify Chamber at Pokémon HQ Lab as well.

Time Flute

A special item, the Time Flute, can be used to purify any Shadow Pokémon instantly. Playing this item will make Celebi appear, and it will open the door to a Shadow Pokémon's heart. A Time Flute can only be used once, and only a few appear in Pokémon Colosseum.

Time Flutes do not appear in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.

Shadow Lugia

Shadow Lugia, (codename: XD001), is a special case and can only be purified if it is put into one of the Purify Chamber's Sets with all nine slots set to maximum tempo.

After Purification

Once a Pokémon is purified, any Shadow moves are replaced with other moves. In Pokémon XD they learn each of these moves: one move learned through level up, one move learn through a TM, one egg move and a special move. It gains any Experience that it has earned in battles prior to the purification meaning that it may gain one or more levels. The Pokémon receives a special Ribbon for "clearing all difficulties", and at this point the Pokémon Trainer may choose a nickname for it. The player may also trade the purified Pokémon with the GBA games Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen using a Gamecube/GBA cable, but only if the player has defeated the Elite Four () or located the Ruby and Sapphire and given them to Celio (Template:Gameabbrev). The player of the GBA games must also save in a Pokémon Center with the Pokémon they wish to trade to the Gamecube game.

Special moves

The following Pokémon can only gain certain moves if they are a Shadow Pokémon purified in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness:

# Name Icon Move(s)
012 Butterfree 012 Morning Sun
015 Beedrill 015 Baton Pass
017 Pidgeotto 017 Refresh
020 Raticate 020 Refresh
021 Spearow 021 Baton Pass
024 Arbok 024 Refresh
037 Vulpix 037 Charm
046 Paras 046 Refresh
049 Venomoth 049 Refresh
051 Dugtrio 051 Charm
052 Meowth 052 Sing
055 Golduck 055 Charm
057 Primeape 057 Helping Hand
058 Growlithe 058 Charm
062 Poliwrath 062 Helping Hand
070 Weepinbell 070 Morning Sun
078 Rapidash 078 Baton Pass
082 Magneton 082 Refresh
083 Farfetch'd 083 Baton Pass
085 Dodrio 085 Baton Pass
086 Seel 086 Helping Hand
088 Grimer 088 Helping Hand
090 Shellder 090 Refresh
097 Hypno 097 Baton Pass
100 Voltorb 100 Refresh
103 Exeggutor 103 Refresh
105 Marowak 105 Sing
106 Hitmonlee 106 Refresh
107 Hitmonchan 107 Helping Hand
108 Lickitung 108 Helping Hand
112 Rhydon 112 Helping Hand
113 Chansey 113 Sweet Kiss
114 Tangela 114 Morning Sun
121 Starmie 121 Refresh
122 Mr. Mime 122 Follow Me
123 Scyther 123 Morning Sun
125 Electabuzz 125 Follow Me
126 Magmar 126 Follow Me
127 Pinsir 127 Helping Hand
128 Tauros 128 Refresh
131 Lapras 131 Heal Bell
143 Snorlax 143 Refresh
144 Articuno 144 Haze
Heal Bell
145 Zapdos 145 Baton Pass
Metal Sound
146 Moltres 146 Morning Sun
149 Dragonite 149 Heal Bell
165 Ledyba 165 Refresh
167 Spinarak 167 Refresh
175 Togepi 175 Tri Attack
177 Natu 177 Baton Pass
179 Mareep 179 Heal Bell
204 Pineco 204 Refresh
216 Teddiursa 216 Refresh
219 Magcargo 219 Refresh
220 Swinub 220 Charm
228 Houndour 228 Charm
249 Lugia 249 FeatherDance
Psycho Boost
261 Poochyena 261 Heal Bell
273 Seedot 273 Refresh
277 Swellow 277 Baton Pass
280 Ralts 280 Sing
285 Shroomish 285 Refresh
296 Makuhita 296 Refresh
299 Nosepass 299 Helping Hand
301 Delcatty 301 Sweet Kiss
302 Sableye 302 Helping Hand
303 Mawile 303 Sing
310 Manectric 310 Refresh
315 Roselia 315 Sweet Kiss
316 Gulpin 316 Sing
318 Carvanha 318 Refresh
322 Numel 322 Charm
334 Altaria 334 Heal Bell
335 Zangoose 335 Refresh
337 Lunatone 337 Baton Pass
338 Solrock 338 Baton Pass
343 Baltoy 343 Refresh
354 Banette 354 Helping Hand
355 Duskull 355 Helping Hand
361 Snorunt 361 Sing
363 Spheal 363 Charm
373 Salamence 373 Refresh

Moves like Helping Hand, Heal Bell, and Follow Me are present because almost every battle in Pokémon XD is a double battle. These moves can then be used in order to assist or protect the player's other Pokémon in these situations, making progress through the game easier.