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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 闇の探検隊
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Darkness Exploration Team

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The Pokémon Company
Nintendo DS
Roguelike, Role-playing
Single player
Release date(s)
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September 13, 2007
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April 20, 2008
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July 4, 2008
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June 19, 2008
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December 11, 2008
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September 13, 2007
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Additional info
United States: NTR-YFYE-USA
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64MB Cartridge
128MB Cartridge


Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Darkness

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (Japanese: ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 闇の探検隊, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Darkness Exploration Team) is a Generation Ⅳ Pokémon spin-off game developed by Chunsoft and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company on Nintendo DS in 2007. The game also received a definitive edition entitled Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky (Japanese: ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 空の探検隊, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Sky Exploration Team) on the same platform in 2009. Alongside its paired and sister game, they are the second set of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series.

Explorers of Time, along with Explorers of Darkness, are the successors to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team. They introduced Pokémon from the Generation Ⅳ mainline games, granting the amount of Pokémon available previously from 386 to 491. Shaymin and Arceus were excluded from the list as they were yet to be officially introduced in the mainline game Pokémon Platinum. Along with it, more features that take advantage of the Nintendo DS's dual-screen capabilities were put to the game featuring gimmicks used for Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (game) and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team. The community refer to this game by the short name Explorers.

Plot[edit | edit source]

On the morning after a stormy night, you're awakened on a strange beach by a talking Pokémon! And you discover that you've been turned into a Pokémon yourself! After becoming friends with the other Pokémon, you, as the hero, partner up and join a guild made of many exploration teams. With your trusted friend, you go on a grand adventure in a world full of Pokémon chock full of mysteries and fascinating challenges. Playing as this team, you'll search for treasures, solve mysteries, recruit new members, and rank up your team! Along the way you'll investigate why you turned into a Pokémon and uncover the truth surrounding the mysteries of time and darkness in this Pokémon world. Get ready to explore the far reaches of this world with your Pokémon friends and unravel its many secrets.[1]

Reception[edit | edit source]

While the games had a successful selling score, the rating for both games were generally underwhelmed by the media.

Following its selling, multiple anime adaptations, manga, goodies and strategy guides books were produced during the post-release of the games.

Sales[edit | edit source]

The success of the Explorers games held them in the record of the most sold games in the Mystery Dungeon series with a total of over 6 million copies worldwide: over 4.50 million from Explorers of Time & Darkness and over 1.40 million from Explorers of Sky.[2] It is followed by Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team (over 5.23 million copies worldwide)[3] and Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon (over 1.17 million copies worldwide).[4]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

For this subject's image gallery, see Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers Titles.

In Other Languages[edit | edit source]

Language Name
English Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
Japanese Flag of Japan.svg ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 闇の探検隊, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Darkness Exploration Team
French Flag of France.svg Pokémon Donjon Mystère: Explorateurs de l'Ombre
Spanish Flag of Spain.svg Pokémon Mundo misterioso: Exploradores del oscuridad
German Flag of Germany.svg Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Erkundungsteam Dunkelheit
Italian Flag of Italy.svg Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Esploratori dell'Oscurità
Korean Flag of South Korea.svg 포켓몬 불가사의 던전: 어둠의 탐험대

See Also[edit | edit source]

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness articles
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness - Gameplay Elements
Buried itemsDefeatDungeon ShopsKangaskhan Rest StopsMonster HousesRecruitingStatus ConditionsTraps and Floor TilesWeatherEvolutionMissionsExplorer RankBody Size
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness - Items
BerriesEquipmentEvolution ItemsFoodGummisHealth DrinksHMsProjectilesSeedsTMsWonder OrbsMiscellaneous Items
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness - Stats
LevelExperience PointsHPAttackDefenseSpecial AttackSpecial DefenseBelly
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness - Types
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness - Special Enemies
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness - Quests
Main Story Chapter 1: A Storm at SeaChapter 2: The New Guild RecruitsChapter 3: The ScreamChapter 4: GatekeepersChapter 5: The First Official ExplorationChapter 6: Team SkullChapter 7: The Guild's Big ExpeditionChapter 8: Groudon's HeartChapter 9: The Mystery of Fogbound LakeChapter 10: DusknoirChapter 11: Grovyle the ThiefChapter 12: The Only OptionChapter 13: Dusknoir's SecretChapter 14: Into the FutureChapter 15: The Secret of the World's ParalysisChapter 16: A New DawnChapter 17: The Guild's CrewChapter 18: LaprasChapter 19: To the Hidden LandFinal Chapter: The Last Adventure
Post-Credits The Secret RankManaphyTeam CharmThe Nightmare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Darkness - Miscellaneous
In-game Main Menu
Other SoundtrackVersion Differences
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon articles
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Anime
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the GatePokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & DarknessPokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time and Darkness • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (Part 1Part 2)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Characters
Anime Charmander • Chimchar (AnimeBlazingExplorers Guide) • Pichu • Pikachu (Go-GettersGates Anime) • PiplupOshawottSquirtle
Elders Kecleon (elder)Slowking (elder)Torkoal (elder)Whiscash (elder)
Heroes Hero Characters (Rescue TeamExplorersGatesSuper MD)
Manga FireUnofficial Translation symbol.pngFroakieGinjiMudkipRioluTotodileNot Translated symbol.png
Partners Partner Characters (Rescue TeamExplorersGatesSuper MD)
Teams Gates to Infinity Team (Pikachu's Team)Team A.C.T.Team AWDTeam CharmTeam ConstrictorTeam EbonyTeam FlameTeam FrontierTeam GleeTeam Go GettersTeam HydroTeam PoochyTeam PokémonTeam PokéPalsTeam MeaniesTeam RaiderTeam Razor WindTeam RogueTeam RumblerockTeam SeedgeyTeam ShiftryTeam SlackerTeam SkullTeam TastySuper MD Team (Riolu's TeamUnofficial Translation symbol.png)
Individual AlakazamAmpharosArchenAzumarillBeedrillBidoofBudewBuizelBunnelbyCelebiCelebiChatotChimechoCinccinoCofagrigusCombeeCorphishCresseliaCroagunkDarkraiDark MatterDedenneDeerlingDialgaDiglettDucklettDugtrioDunsparceDusknoirEmolgaEnteiEspurrGardevoirGengarGoomyGrovyleGuildmaster WigglytuffGurdurrHawluchaIgglybuffJirachiKangaskhan • Kecleon Bros. (Kecleon (Big Brother)Kecleon (Little Brother))KeldeoKlefkiLaprasLatiasLatiosLitwickLopunnyLoudredMagnemiteMagnetonMagnezoneMawileMeowthMewMunnaNuzleafNinetalesPanchamQuagsireRaikouRampardosRoseliaScizorScraggyShayminShelmetSkarmorySuicuneSunfloraSwannaSwirlixTimburr brothersTsubugorouUnofficial Translation symbol.pngVespiqueenVirizionVoice of LifeWooperXatuXearneasYveltal
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Guide Books
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team Prima (English)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Locations by Area
Air Continent Locations
Baram TownFrosty ForestGreat CanyonHill of the AncientsIllusory GrottoLapis CaveLuminous CaveMagma CavernMt. BlazeMt. FreezeMt. SteelMt. ThunderOddity CavePokémon SquarePelipper Post OfficeRescue Team BaseRock PathSilent ChasmSinister CaveSinister WoodsSky TowerSnow PathThunderwave CaveTiny WoodsUproar ForestWhiscash Pond
Grass Continent Locations
Beach CaveCapim TownDestiny TowerHeart LakeHidden LandLabyrinth CaveMt. TravailMystery JungleTemporal TowerTreasure TownZero Isle
Mist Continent Locations
Breezy MeadowCanyon FootCape at the EdgeCrags of LamentDaybreak RidgeDesolate CanyonDreamy IslandEastern SavannaForest near Ragged MountainForest of ShadowsForest GrottoFreezing PillarGlacial UnderpassGlacier PalaceGreat GlacierGrove of WhispersHazy PassHill of Universal OrderHolehillsInflora ForestMiragesandsMoonlit ForestMount KilioneaMountain PassJaws of the AbyssKilionea RoadOchre QuarryPath of No ReturnPost TownPokémon ParadiseRagged MountainRedland ReachesRusty MountainScorching DesertSilent TundraSlumbering CaveSmoking MountainStompstump PeakStony CaveSwanna HouseTelluric PathTempting PathTreasure TroveTyrian MazeWindy ShorelineWithered SavannaWorldcore
Mystery Continent Locations
Sand Continent Locations
Sea of Wonders Locations
Unmapped Locations
Hidden Landmass
Abyssal BadlandsCave of the DeepCalm Craggy AreaReverse MountainBottom of the Voidlands
Water Continent Locations
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Locations by Type
Towns and Villages
Baram TownCapim TownLively TownNoe TownPokémon BeachUnofficial Translation symbol.pngPokémon GardenUnofficial Translation symbol.pngPokémon SquarePokémon VillageUnofficial Translation symbol.pngPost TownSahra TownSerene VillageShaymin VillageTreasure Town
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Manga
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue TeamExplorers GuidePokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blazing Exploration TeamUnofficial Translation symbol.pngPokémon Super Mystery Dungeon - Go! Expedition Society Juniors!Unofficial Translation symbol.png
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Official Websites
Rescue Team DX (TPCi)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Video Games
Titles Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team Game Boy Advance & Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team Nintendo DSPokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness Nintendo DSPokémon Mystery Dungeon: Adventure Squad Titles WiiPokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Nintendo 3DSPokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Nintendo 3DS
Ports & Remakes Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky Nintendo DSPokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Nintendo Switch

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