Meta:Mystery Dungeon Franchise Wiki
Mystery Dungeon Franchise Wiki (MDFW)
The Mystery Dungeon Franchise Wiki, or MDFW for short, is the definitive Mystery Dungeon franchise encyclopedia. Theis project's goal is the total documentation of everything Mystery Dungeon. The MDFW is a place of learning for fans of all stripes who wish to know more about the franchise. We have a plethora of exclusive and hard-to-find information. From games, anime shorts, manga, game music, soundtracks, guidebooks, novellas, unused content, lost media, demos, news archives, events, commercials, trivia, unofficial translations, glitches, and more.
Origins of the Wiki
The Mystery Dungeon Franchise Wiki originated as the "Shiren the Wanderer Wiki" on Gamepedia.com, a fork of the original Wikifoundry Shiren the Wanderer Wiki (née Wetpaint Wiki), founded by karmarogue on Wetpaint.com on March 11, 2008. On September 11, 2019 Korra Baskerville upgraded it into the Gamepedia.com "Mystery Dungeon Wiki", an amalgamation of many previous Mystery Dungeon projects that focused on all the Mystery Dungeon games. On November 7, 2020 Adkuate, Blue, and Korra II took the wiki independent as the MDFW, and the focus shifted to covering all Mystery Dungeon content, no longer being hindered by Gamepedia's game-only limitations.
The original wiki only covered the Nintendo DS release of Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer in the west. From there, it eventually grew to cover the bulk of the Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer titles. In 2013, WikiFoundry acquired Wetpaint. The wiki was shut down in 2016 by WikiFoundry due to anonymous users spamming the site. Shiren1111 adopted the wiki, demoted the old admins and began cleaning up and reformatting the project for the first time in years. In mid-2018, WikiFoundry was experiencing numerous issues, such as only letting moderators and admins edit and eventually, preventing anybody from logging in. After more than a decade on Wetpaint/WikiFoundry, the wiki was ported to Gamepedia.com by rhaining and Shiren1111, where cleanup and expansion continued.
The wiki was expanded as a Shiren the Wanderer wiki on Gamepedia.com, and began to cover all Shiren titles for the first time ever. A little over a year later, the wiki was upgraded to a Franchise Wiki by Korra II Baskerville. Several other Mystery Dungeon wikis and projects are merged and absorbed into the project. After a year as a franchise wiki, Fandom announced they would be retiring the Gamepedia.com domain, and importing Gamepedia wikis to the Fandom.com domain. The wiki team began to prepare for separation from Fandom/Gamepedia and the new, independent wiki was founded on November 7, 2020 by Adkuate, Blue, and Korra II.
For a more in-depth timeline of events, see the Mystery Dungeon Franchise Wiki timeline below.
The Mystery Dungeon Franchise Wiki covers everything Mystery Dungeon related, as such, it is split into different namespaces based on type of media, intended to make navigation and finding relevant information easier. While the wiki articles are written in English, various elements such as item, monster, character names and more are listed in Japanese. This is both to aid players of the videogames, as well as for documentation purposes. Contributions are always welcome! We do ask that you follow our Manual of Style. If you're unsure how to format something, consider looking for a similar page on the wiki to see how it's formatted. When in doubt, don't be afraid to ask for help if you are unfamiliar with the formatting or wiki editing as we were all new at this at some point. Or maybe you just want to read what we already have, in which case, enjoy!
What To Contribute?
That depends entirely on you. What are your skills? What are your interests?
- Are you a writer?
- Great! We need more people like you. Consider writing strategy guides or walkthroughs. You could write character bios and about sections.
- Are you a dataminer?
- Sprites, models, cutscenes, cut content, etc. There's an endless list of things you could contribute.
- Are you a collector?
- Consider scanning manuals, guidebooks,and promotional displays. You could document plushies or merchandise.
- Is music your passion?
- The soundtrack pages can always use a helping hand.
- Do you only have the games?
- Try testing out items in unique situations and document your findings on their respective pages. You could so the same with traps, terrain, monsters, etc. There's plenty to do if you're creative.
- Is translation your skill?
- If yes, we'd love to have you. You could translate the wiki into another language. You could translate foreign wiki articles into English, etc. It's up to you.
As you can see, there are a number of things you can do based on your skills and skill level. Even if you think you don't have enough time to edit the wiki; nobody is required to donate any more time to this project than they desire. You can contribute as much or as little as you like.
Due to the fact that most Mystery Dungeon media never receives official unofficial translations, this wiki supports unofficial translation projects as well as lists of important elements such as item and monster names in Japanese to aid players. The wiki also contains various Rosetta Stone pages for various topics including items, locations, monsters, soundtracks, and more. This is intended to allow players to quickly reference names across languages while playing in a language they may be unfamiliar with. Fan-translated names are included in Rosetta Stone pages for players who choose to play unofficial translations of games that may use different names for items, monsters, locations, etc.
- The symbol indicates an unofficial translation.
- The symbol indicates that while the media in question hasn't been officially translated, the translation is officially used elsewhere.
- The symbol indicates that while the name is official, it is used to refer to somthing else in this particular instance.
Due to Mystery Dungeon media being primarily or only released in Japan, the Japanese side of the community is much larger and has made multiple wikis for many of the games. These resources prove to be invaluable assets to this wiki. Information from these wikis is occasionally copied and used for this wiki. The primary source of information we obtain from Japanese communities are monster and item spawn locations as well as lists of Japanese names of various gameplay elements such as the Adventure Log. The vast majority of content on this site is original and no attempt has been made to synchronize content across languages. Thus, if you can't find what you're looking for on this site, you could try reading or translating Japanese sites for more information.
- Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer is released on the Nintendo DS in North America.
- 18:37 EDT: karmarogue creates shiren.wetpaint.com.
- 06:24 EDT: Crabus creates shiren3.wetpaint.com.
- 11:27: Swiftblizzard creates the PMD Rescue Team Wiki.
- WikiFoundry shuts down the Shiren Wiki due to anonymous spam posters.
- Shiren1111 joins the WikiFoundry Wiki, takes over the wiki as admin and begins cleanup.
- 07:18: The PMD Rescue Team Wiki is partnered with the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky Wiki.
- Shiren the Wanderer 3's Wetpaint Wiki is ported to WikiFoundry.
- Rhaining begins to grow tired of the WikiFoundry website and begins to look for alternative hosting websites.
- Rhaining gets the go-ahead from Gamepedia to have the Shiren Wiki ported to Gamepedia.com.
- The Shiren Wiki is officially on Gamepedia.com.
- Rhaining is made Wiki admin and begins porting of the old wiki with Shiren1111.
- 11:07: The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Fan Wiki discord server is made by Gyrkkus.
- The PMD Wiki is founded by Quill, a member of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Community Wiki Discord, for users to test out the idea of making a new wiki.
- Korra II A Royal joins the wiki cleanup as a wiki admin and porting project.
- The WikiFoundry Shiren the Wanderer Wiki is finally finished being ported to the new home on Gamepedia.com.
- Yggy joins as a wiki editor.
- The Shiren the Wanderer Wiki is upgraded to the Mystery Dungeon Franchise Wiki.
- The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky Wiki is merged with and absorbed.
- The PMD Rescue Team Wiki is adopted and absorbed.
- The Fandom Shiren the Wanderer Wiki is absorbed into the Mystery Dungeon Wiki.
- MalikTH, the founder of the Fandom Explorers Wiki, joins as a wiki admin.
- The Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Fan Wiki discord server is partnered with the Mystery Dungeon Wiki.
- The discord server becomes the official discord server for the wiki.
- Adkuate / Prolyfic8 joins as a wiki editor.
- Yggy joins as a wiki admin.
- The PMD Rescue Team Wiki is officially shut down and re-directed to the Gamepedia Mystery Dungeon Wiki.
- The Mystery Dungeon Wiki Twitter account is created.
- Blue joins as a wiki editor.
- Adkuate / Prolyfic8 joins as a wiki admin.
- Fandom announces that they are going to be re-directing Gamepedia.com wikis to Fandom.com URLs. The MysteryDungeonWiki.com URL is registered.
- 01:59: The Independent Mystery Dungeon Franchise Wiki is launched in response to the announcement by Fandom. Work begins to port the wiki to its new home.
- Blue joins as a wiki admin.
- The Spanish version of the Mystery Dungeon Franchise Wiki (Mazmorra Misteriosa Franquicia Wiki) is launched.
- WikiFoundry announces that the WikiFoundry platform will be closed on June 1, 2021.
- The Mystery Dungeon Gamepedia.com wiki was moved to the Fandom.com domain.
- The Mystery Dungeon Fandom wiki stopped using Gamepedia's Hydra skin, and began using the FandomDesktop skin instead.
- The Mystery Dungeon Fandom wiki was closed.
- The Project Museum is created. Hosting the original Shiren wiki pages from WikiFoundry.
- The MDFW is affiliated with the Final Fantasy Wiki.
- The Twitter account reaches 1,000 followers, just in time for the new year. (link)
- The Twitter account now posts daily scheduled Tweets.
- The MDFW Forums were created.
- The Twitter account reaches 2,000 followers.
- The PMD Rescue Team Wiki was deleted.
- The MDFW is now affiliated with the Independent Fallout Wiki.
- The MDFW is now affiliated with the Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages.
- The MDFW is now affiliated with the Bakugan Wiki.
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers Wiki is founded.
- Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer Fandom Wiki is redirected to the PMD Rescue Team Wiki. (Post-September 11, 2019 founding of the Franchise Wiki.)
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers Wiki is redirected to the PMD Rescue Team Wiki. (Post-September 11, 2019 founding of the Franchise Wiki.)
Through the Years
Dates provided for the Wetpaint/WikiFoundry Wiki are based on archived web pages and not the exact dates that the images were implemented/retired.
Partnered / Absorbed Wikis
- The PMD Rescue Team Wiki was closed on December 19, 2019. However, the wiki is still active as an archive.
- The Fandom Explorers Wiki was re-directed sometime after September 11, 2019, before the Rescue Team Wiki was closed.
- The Fandom Shiren the Wanderer Wiki didn't feature a logo.
Favicons Through the Years
- The Shiren Fandom Wiki's new Favicon post-Fandom.com was presumably whatever the Fandom default was at the time.
|Wetpaint Shiren the Wanderer Wiki|
Mar. 11, 2008 - Jul. 2013
|Wetpaint Shiren the Wanderer 3 Wiki|
Sep. 24, 2008 - Jul. 2013
|Wikifoundry Shiren the Wanderer Wiki|
Jul. 2013 - Jun. 1, 2021
|Wikifoundry Shiren the Wanderer 3 Wiki|
Jul. 2013 - Jun. 1, 2021
|Gamepedia Shiren the Wanderer Wiki|
Sep. 24, 2018 - Sep. 11, 2019
|PMD Rescue Team Wiki|
Dec. 13, 2012 - Jul. 18, 2023
|Fandom Explorers Wiki|
May 25, 2018- Sep. 11, 2019
|Fandom Shiren the Wanderer Wiki|
Jan. 7, 2010 - Sep. 11, 2019
|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Community Wiki Discord|
Oct. 21, 2018
Nov. 18, 2018 - ???
|Mystery Dungeon Wiki Twitter|
Feb. 20 2020 - Nov. 7, 2020
|Mystery Dungeon Wiki|
Sep. 11, 2019 - Aug. 16, 2021
|Mystery Dungeon Wiki Discord|
Sep. 11, 2019 - Nov. 7, 2020
Dec. 7, 2020
Nov. 7, 2020
|Mystery Dungeon Franchise Wiki|
Nov. 7, 2020
Nov. 7, 2020
Aug. 16, 2021
|Mystery Dungeon Franchise Wiki|
|Shiren the Wanderer Wikis||Wetpaint Shiren the Wanderer Wiki (Wikifoundry) • Wetpaint Shiren the Wanderer 3 Wiki (Wikifoundry) • Fandom Shiren the Wanderer Wiki • Gamepedia Shiren the Wanderer Wiki|
|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Wikis||PMD Rescue Team Wiki • Fandom Explorers Wiki • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Community Wiki Discord • PMDWiki|
|Mystery Dungeon Wiki||Gamepedia Mystery Dungeon Wiki (Discord • Reddit • Twitter)|
|Mystery Dungeon Franchise Wiki||Mystery Dungeon Franchise Wiki (Affiliates • Discord • Facebook • Forums • Instagram • Museum • Reddit • Twitter) • Analytics • Finances • Navigation • Statistics • Wiki Team|
-  Last archived usage of the original Wetpaint/WikiFoundry logo.
-  First archived usage of the new WikiFoundry logo.
-  WikiFoundry will be retired June 1, 2021.
-  Gamepedia.com/Fandom.com wiki logo history archive.
-  Wikia.com domains changed to Fandom.com in early 2019.
-  Blog post announcing that all Gamepedia.com wikis have been moved to the Fandom.com domain.
-  Blog post announcing that the FandomDesktop skin was applied to almost all of the Fandom wikis.
- http://shiren.wikifoundry.com/page/Main/history;jsessionid=F2DC0E3D596B1CE23B7957B53D72F02B?offset=180&maxResults=20 Original Shiren wiki founding.
- http://shiren3.wikifoundry.com/page/Shiren+the+Wanderer+3+Wii+Home/history Shiren 3 Wiki founding.
- https://web.archive.org/web/20150924203434/http://shiren.wikia.com/wiki/Shiren_the_Wanderer_Wiki?action=history Shiren Wiki on Wikia created.
- https://shiren.fandom.com/ Shiren Wiki on Fandom. (17 pages, deleted.)
- https://pmd-rt.fandom.com/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Mystery_Dungeon_Rescue_Team_Wiki?offset=20130326091830&action=history PMD Rescue Team Wiki founded.
- http://www.wikifoundrycentral.com/thread/5139827/Wet+Paint+Wiki Wetpaint Wikis purchased by WikiFoundry.
- http://main.wikifoundry.com/page/About July 2013, WikiFoundry purchases all Wetpaint Wikis.
- http://shiren.wikifoundry.com/thread/5292918/Wiki+Restored%2C+New+Admins WikiFoundry shuts down the Shiren Wiki. Shiren1111 takes over.
- https://pmd-rt.fandom.com/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Mystery_Dungeon_Rescue_Team_Wiki?direction=next&oldid=10164 The Fandom PMD Wikis partner up.
- https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/943250-shiren-the-wanderer/76931749 Shiren 3 Wiki ported to WikiFoundry.
- https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/boards/106641-shiren-the-wanderer-the-tower-of-fortune-and-the-dice-of/76991486 The Shiren the Wanderer Wiki leaves WikiFoundry for Gamepedia.com.
- https://www.reddit.com/r/Shiren/comments/bc968t/the_old_wetpaintwikifoundry_shiren_wiki_has_been/ Shiren Wiki finally finished being ported to Gamepedia.com.
- https://pmd-explorers.fandom.com/wiki/PMD_Explorers_Wiki Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky Wiki. (27 or 29 pages, deleted)