The Nightmare

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The Nightmare
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The Nightmare あくむのなか
Inside the Nightmare
Basic info
Floors: 17
Rest stops: No
Traps: Yes
Monster Houses: Yes
Main type: Normal
Boss: None
Recruiting: No
Items: 48
Money: Allowed
Starting level: Current
Team members: 2

The Nightmare (Japanese: あくむのなか Inside the Nightmare) is a dungeon that can only be visited once in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky. It has 17 floors and is unlocked after clearing Mt. Travail and bringing Drowzee back to the Wigglytuff Guild to examine Azurill. The player meets Cresselia, which is actually Darkrai disguised as such, who attempts to eliminate the player and his/her partner, blaming them for the distortion in space. The player's belly decreases at an accelerated rate. Also, all Pokémon in this dungeon are unrecruitable, due to the fact that they are all manifestations of Azurill's nightmare, and not actual Pokémon.

Pokémon encountered

Pokémon Floors Levels Recruit Rate
052 Meowth B1-B11 5-7 Unrecruitable
325 Spoink B1-B11 13-15 Unrecruitable
035 Clefairy B1-B12 42-44 Unrecruitable
039 Jigglypuff B1-B12 5-7 Unrecruitable
173 Cleffa B1-B12 13-15 Unrecruitable
360 Wynaut B1-B12 14-16 Unrecruitable
327 Spinda B1-B13 48-50 Unrecruitable
108 Lickitung B1-B17 48-51 Unrecruitable
196 Espeon B1-B17 47-50 Unrecruitable
202 Wobbuffet B1-B17 48-51 Unrecruitable
241 Miltank B1-B17 47-50 Unrecruitable
242 Blissey B1-B17 47-50 Unrecruitable
293 Whismur B1-B17 16-19 Unrecruitable
300 Skitty B1-B17 5-8 Unrecruitable
317 Swalot B1-B17 47-50 Unrecruitable
453 Croagunk B1-B17 47-50 Unrecruitable
053 Persian B5-B17 47-50 Unrecruitable
174 Igglybuff B6-B17 14-16 Unrecruitable
463 Lickilicky B10-B17 49-50 Unrecruitable
326 Grumpig B12-B17 50-51 Unrecruitable
440 Happiny B12-B17 13-14 Unrecruitable
036 Clefable B13-B17 44-45 Unrecruitable
040 Wigglytuff B13-B17 44-45 Unrecruitable
113 Chansey B16-B17 45 Unrecruitable


  • Several Pokémon encountered in this dungeon are of the same species as the ones in the guild and/or Treasure Town (e.g. Wigglytuff, Chansey, Spoink, Spinda, Wynaut, Wobbuffet). Many fans of this game believe the reason is because Azurill is dreaming about Pokémon he knows trying to hurt him, since he may have had trust issues after being tricked by Drowzee.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Le Cauchemar
Germany Flag.png German Albtraum
Italy Flag.png Italian L'Incubo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 악몽의 꿈속 Akmong-ui kkumsok
Spain Flag.png Spanish La Pesadilla

Locations in Pokémon world in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky
Major locations
Sharpedo BluffTreasure TownKangaskhan StorageKecleon Shop
Marowak DojoChimecho AssemblyWigglytuff's GuildCroagunk's Swap Shop
BeachFogbound LakeHot SpringLuminous SpringPelipper Island
Spinda's CaféSShaymin VillageSSky PeakS
Beach CaveDrenched BluffMt. BristleWaterfall CaveApple Woods
Side PathCraggy CoastRock PathMt. HornForest Path
Foggy ForestSteam CaveAmp PlainsNorthern DesertQuicksand Cave
Crystal CaveCrystal CrossingChasm CaveDark HillSealed Ruin
Dusk ForestDeep Dusk ForestTreeshroud ForestBrine CaveHidden Land
Temporal TowerMystifying ForestBlizzard IslandCrevice CaveSurrounded Sea
Miracle SeaAegis CaveMt. TravailThe NightmareSpacial Rift
Dark CraterConcealed RuinsMarine ResortBottomless SeaShimmer Desert
Mt. AvalancheGiant VolcanoWorld AbyssSky StairwayMystery Jungle
Serenity RiverLandslide CaveLush PrairieTiny MeadowLabyrinth Cave
Oran ForestLake AfarHappy OutlookMt. MistralShimmer Hill
Lost WildernessMidnight ForestZero Isle NorthZero Isle EastZero Isle South
Zero Isle WestFinal Maze
Dungeons exclusive to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
Sky Peak Mountain PathStar CaveMurky ForestEastern Cave
Fortune RavineSpring CaveSouthern JungleBoulder Quarry
Left Cave PathRight Cave PathLimestone CavernBarren ValleyDark Wasteland
Spacial CliffsDark Ice MountainIcicle ForestVast Ice MountainZero Isle Center
Destiny TowerOblivion ForestTreacherous WatersSoutheastern IslandsInferno Cave
Demo only:
Little PlainsMt. ClearChallenge RiverTrial ForestGuiding SeaHidden Shopkeeper Village
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