Partner Pokémon

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This article is about the Pokémon that accompany the player in both the Pokémon Ranger and Mystery Dungeon series. For the Pokémon that Trainers start their journey with, see starter Pokémon. For the walking Pokémon in Pokémon GO, known as Partner Pokémon in Japanese, see Buddy Pokémon.
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Partner Pokémon in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia

A Partner Pokémon (Japanese: パートナーのポケモン or パートナーポケモン Partner Pokémon) is a Pokémon who accompanies the player on their adventure. Partner Pokémon play major roles in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series and the Pokémon Ranger series.

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, the player's partner is chosen after the player Pokémon is determined. The partner Pokémon cannot be of the same species or type as the player.

Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team

At the beginning of the game, the player is presented with a quiz that decides which Pokémon he or she will play as, and then the partner is chosen (see below). The player and partner are the only playable Pokémon until the first mission is completed and a Friend Area is purchased. After the player has completed the main story, what Pokémon may be used as the main character is now an option, and the partner is not required for subsequent missions. If the partner Pokémon was knocked out during missions prior to finishing the main storyline, it counts as a failure of the mission.

Pokémon Nature
Male Female
MDP001.png Bulbasaur Docile Calm
MDP004.png Charmander Hardy Brave
MDP007.png Squirtle Jolly Relaxed
MDP025.png Pikachu Impish Hardy
MDP152.png Chikorita N/A Docile
MDP155.png Cyndaquil Timid N/A
MDP158.png Totodile Naive Jolly
MDP252.png Treecko Sassy Quirky
MDP255.png Torchic Hasty Sassy
MDP258.png Mudkip Calm Timid

Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness

The game starts with a quiz to decide what Pokémon the player starts as, and then the player chooses a partner. The partner has to tag along and the player will automatically lose should the partner Pokémon be knocked out until the main story is completed. However, the player and partner will still walk around in Treasure Town.

Pokémon Nature Poké description
Male Female
MDP001.png Bulbasaur Lonely Docile Bulbasaur's Overgrow Ability powers up Grass-type moves when it's weakened.
MDP004.png Charmander Docile Brave This starter Pokémon wears its emotions on its tail—the flame on its tail, that is!
MDP007.png Squirtle Quirky Bold With its Water Terrain Ability, Squirtle can lead you across rivers and lakes!
MDP025.png Pikachu Brave Hasty Pikachu is one of the starters you can choose from! We wonder if its Ability, Static, will come in to play?
MDP152.png Chikorita Calm Quiet Grass-type Pokémon like Chikorita can be found in forests.
MDP155.png Cyndaquil Timid Calm Cyndaquil delivers a warm reception when it's angered or startled—its back erupts with fire!
MDP158.png Totodile Jolly Sassy Even its friends need to be careful of Totodile—it has a habit of biting anything with its developed jaws.
MDP252.png Treecko Quiet Hardy After you battle in the Explorer Maze, Treecko shows up to request a job.
MDP255.png Torchic Hardy Rash Those who hug Torchic get an extra warm feeling because a fire burns inside its body!
MDP258.png Mudkip Rash Lonely Skilled in Water-type moves, Mudkip checks its surroundings using the fin on its head.
MDP387.png Turtwig Bold Timid Turtwig is a Grass-type Pokémon. Will it be powerful in grassy areas?
MDP390.png Chimchar Naïve Impish Using Fire-type moves with Chimchar will definitely help you out in a pinch.
MDP393.png Piplup Impish Quirky Piplup is friendly and enthusiastic. It will make a great Pokémon adventurer!

Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky

As in Explorers of Time and Darkness, the game starts with a quiz to decide what Pokémon the player starts as, and then the player chooses a partner. The partner has to tag along and the player will automatically lose should the partner Pokémon be knocked out until the main story is completed. However, the player and partner will still walk around in Treasure Town.

Pokémon Nature Egg Move
Male Female
MDP001.png Bulbasaur Lonely Docile
MDP004.png Charmander Docile Brave
MDP007.png Squirtle Quirky Bold
MDP025.png Pikachu Brave Hasty
MDP037.png Vulpix Relaxed Faint Attack
MDP133.png Eevee Jolly Flail
MDP152.png Chikorita Calm Quiet
MDP155.png Cyndaquil Timid Calm
MDP158.png Totodile Jolly Sassy
MDP231.png Phanpy Relaxed AncientPower
MDP252.png Treecko Quiet Hardy
MDP255.png Torchic Hardy Rash
MDP258.png Mudkip Rash Lonely
MDP300.png Skitty Naïve Zen Headbutt
MDP387.png Turtwig Bold Timid
MDP390.png Chimchar Naïve Impish
MDP393.png Piplup Impish Quirky
MDP403.png Shinx Hasty Quick Attack
MDP447.png Riolu Sassy Bite

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (WiiWare)

The partner is chosen by a selection screen.

Version Pokémon
Blazing 004Charmander.png 037Vulpix.png 058Growlithe.png
Charmander Vulpix Growlithe
133Eevee.png 155Cyndaquil.png 216Teddiursa.png
Eevee Cyndaquil Teddiursa
255Torchic.png 390Chimchar.png 427Buneary.png
Torchic Chimchar Buneary
Stormy 007Squirtle.png 158Totodile.png 194Wooper.png
Squirtle Totodile Wooper
231Phanpy.png 258Mudkip.png 298Azurill.png
Phanpy Mudkip Azurill
360Wynaut.png 393Piplup.png 447Riolu.png
Wynaut Piplup Riolu
Light 025Pikachu.png 052Meowth.png 054Psyduck.png
Pikachu Meowth Psyduck
172Pichu.png 175Togepi.png 179Mareep.png
Pichu Togepi Mareep
239Elekid.png 403Shinx.png 417Pachirisu.png
Elekid Shinx Pachirisu

Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity

The player can choose between the Unova starters, Pikachu, and Axew.

025Pikachu PMDGTI.png
495Snivy PMDGTI.png
498Tepig PMDGTI.png
501Oshawott PMDGTI.png
610Axew PMDGTI.png
Electric Grass Fire Water Dragon

Super Mystery Dungeon

Every core series starter as of Generation VI, as well as Pikachu and Riolu, can be chosen as the player or partner. They can either be selected by quiz or selected by the player.

001Bulbasaur PSMD.png
004Charmander PSMD.png
007Squirtle PSMD.png
025Pikachu PSMD.png
152Chikorita PSMD.png
Grass Poison Fire Water Electric Grass
155Cyndaquil PSMD.png
158Totodile PSMD.png
252Treecko PSMD.png
255Torchic PSMD.png
258Mudkip PSMD.png
Fire Water Grass Fire Water
387Turtwig PSMD.png
390Chimchar PSMD.png
393Piplup PSMD.png
447Riolu PSMD.png
495Snivy PSMD.png
Grass Fire Water Fighting Grass
498Tepig PSMD.png
501Oshawott PSMD.png
650Chespin PSMD.png
653Fennekin PSMD.png
656Froakie PSMD.png
Fire Water Grass Fire Water

In the Pokémon Ranger series

Partner Pokémon are the only Pokémon allowed to always accompany a Pokémon Ranger and do not leave after using a Poké Assist like other Pokémon. Combined, there are more than 20 Partner Pokémon in the three Pokémon Ranger games.

Pokémon Ranger

There are only two Partner Pokémon in this game; they are Plusle and Minun. The one which the player gets depends on their chosen gender, with males receiving Minun and females receiving Plusle.

Females Males
311Plusle.png 312Minun.png
311msra.png Plusle 312msra.png Minun

Ranger: Shadows of Almia

The number of possible Partner Pokémon was greatly increased, now up to 17, one for each type, so the player would have access to a Partner Pokémon with every type of Poké Assist. The player encounters their first at Nabiki Beach, either Pachirisu, Starly or Munchlax. The two not chosen are obtainable later on in the game. Also, throughout the game, the player can obtain different Partner Pokémon by completing certain quests involving the Pokémon. However, Kricketot, Croagunk and Mime Jr. are obtained during the main storyline. The player is only allowed to take one partner at a time. The rest remain at Partner Farm.

Starter partners

417Pachirisu.png 396Starly.png 446Munchlax.png
Electric Flying Normal
417mssoa.png Pachirisu 396mssoa.png Starly 446mssoa.png Munchlax

Additional partners

387Turtwig.png 390Chimchar.png 393Piplup.png 401Kricketot.png 408Cranidos.png 410Shieldon.png 439Mime Jr.png
Grass Fire Water Bug Rock Steel Psychic
387mssoa.png Turtwig 390mssoa.png Chimchar 393mssoa.png Piplup 401mssoa.png Kricketot 408mssoa.png Cranidos 410mssoa.png Shieldon 439mssoa.png Mime Jr.
443Gible.png 449Hippopotas.png 453Croagunk.png 459Snover.png 066Machop.png 215Sneasel.png 200Misdreavus.png
Dragon Ground Poison Ice Fighting Dark Ghost
443mssoa.png Gible 449mssoa.png Hippopotas 453mssoa.png Croagunk 459mssoa.png Snover 066mssoa.png Machop 215mssoa.png Sneasel 200mssoa.png Misdreavus

Ranger: Guardian Signs

In the main storyline, players get to befriend a ukulele-playing Pichu on Dolce Island. The Assist of Ukulele Pichu gets several upgrades as players progress through the game. When playing in the past, due to the fact that the Ukulele Pichu stays in the present, players may choose as their partner any Pokémon whose heart slate they have obtained from a temple. When first arriving in the past, players have a Piplup as their partner.

172Umsgs.png Ukulele

Pokémon Ranger
Main RangerTop RangerOperatorMechanic
Partner PokémonPoké AssistField MoveRanger Sign
Ranger RankMissionQuestRanger Net
Locations FioreAlmiaOblivia
Ranger BaseRanger DepotRanger UnionRanger School
Capture Stylers Capture StylerSuper StylerPower Styler
Antagonists Go-Rock SquadTeam Dim SunTeam DebonairsPokémon Pinchers
Misc. The Almia TimesThe King of Almia and the Three PrincesGlossary
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