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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team
ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 赤の救助隊
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Red Rescue Team cover art English.jpg
Developer(s) Chunsoft
Publisher(s) Nintendo
The Pokémon Company
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Wii U Virtual Console
Genre(s) Role-Playing, Roguelike
Mode(s) Single player
Version 1.0
Director(s) Seiichiro Nagahata
Producer(s) Koichi Nakamura
Hiroaki Tsuru
Atsushi Sugimoto
Kunimi Kawamura
Hitoshi Yamagami
Designer(s) Hiroshi Nakamura
Fujimi O-nishi
Yoshihito Takaishi
Programmer(s) Masayasu Yamamoto
Artist(s) Fuyuhiko Koizumi
Writer(s) Shin-ichiro Tomie
Emiko Tanaka
Composer(s) Arata Iiyoshi
Atsuhiro Ishizuna
Release date(s)
Game Boy Advance
Flag of Japan.png November 17, 2005
Flag of the United States.png September 18, 2006
Flag of Europe.png November 10, 2006
Flag of Australia.png September 28, 2006
TW November 17, 2005
Wii U Virtual Console
Flag of Japan.png March 23, 2016
Flag of the United States.png June 23, 2016
Flag of Europe.png February 11, 2016
Flag of Australia.png February 12, 2016
Additional info
Media / distribution 256MB Cartridge
File Size


This Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team page is about Red Rescue Team for the Game Boy Advance. For the Nintendo DS release, see Rescue Team:Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team. For the Nintendo Switch remake, see Rescue Team DX:Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX.
For all Pokémon Mystery Dungeon pages across the wiki, see Pkmn:Pokémon Mystery Dungeon.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team (Japanese: ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 赤の救助隊) is the Game Boy Advance version of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team, the first game in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, developed by Chunsoft and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company in 2005.

Rescue Team is the first game in the Mystery Dungeon series to be released outside of both Japan and North America. The community commonly calls both versions of the game Rescue Team, or RT for short.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The player starts out as a human who turned into a Pokémon, which can be one of sixteen Pokémon (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Pikachu, Meowth, Psyduck, Machop, Cubone, Eevee, Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip and Skitty) and is determined by a personality quiz taken at the beginning of the game. The player chooses a partner Pokémon which is one of ten Pokémon (which excludes the last six stated above and the Pokémon of the same type). The game is mission-based with many jobs, which can be found on the bulletin board, requested by mail, or initiated through story events, and include rescuing Pokémon, delivering items, and escorting clients. If the player successfully completes a job, they receive a reward, and Rescue Points, which increase a team's rank.

These jobs take part in dungeons, of which the layout is randomized. The objective is to either finish a job, or go through all the floors to find the exit. In the dungeon, there are wild Pokémon that battle with the player's team. These battles are turn-based, and take place in the dungeon map. Pokémon fight using the four moves they know, by using a standard 'A button' attack, or using projectiles and other items. While going through the dungeon, the player gets hungry and has to eat food, either found in the dungeon or bought in advance.

The player will fail if the main character or a client that needs to be escorted is defeated. Before the credits, the player will also fail if the partner is defeated. However, supplementary allies (including the partner, after the credits) can be lost, at which point they will return to the base.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Become the hero the Pokémon world needs you to be!
One sunny afternoon, you awaken as a Pokémon in the middle of the woods with no idea as to how you got there. After giving your name and explaining your predicament to the Pokémon who found you, you are both thrust into a rescue to save a young Caterpie from Tiny Woods. Once, you have completed this first challenge, you and your new partner decide to form a Rescue Team, a band of Pokémon dedicated to help those in need. Thus begins your journey towards fulfilling your destiny, saving the Pokémon world from total destruction.
~ The game's synopsis.

The player wakes up one day finding that they have been transformed into a Pokémon, without any memory of their past. In a world devastated by many natural disasters — that have only begun to happen quite recently — the player and a newly made friend join forces and form a rescue team. The team meets other rescue teams, including a top-ranked rescue team consisting of Alakazam, Charizard, and Tyranitar, named Team ACT. The team makes enemies unwittingly with another rescue team, Team Meanies, consisting of Gengar, Ekans, and Medicham, who seek world domination under the disguise of a rescue team. Not far into the storyline, the player is told of a legend about a Ninetales laying a curse on a human who had deliberately grabbed Ninetales' tail. Ninetales predicted that the human would eventually be reborn as a Pokémon, and that the natural balance of the world would be upset. In the quest to discover the player's lost memory and purpose as a Pokémon, the team journeys to where the fortune-teller Xatu resides. Xatu is quick to realize that the player was once a human and tells that the player's human-to-Pokémon transformation is tied together with the natural disasters. This conversation is eavesdropped upon by Team Meanies' Gengar, who reveals the player's secret to the townsfolk and says that eliminating the human-turned-Pokémon in the legend would return the world to normal.

They are confronted by Alakazam, who says the Pokémon held a town meeting on what they must do to save the world: they must find and kill the player and anyone who sides with them. As they give the team one night to get away, the two leave Pokémon Square as fugitives and make their way to the northeasternmost part of the world in an effort to elude the teams that are now hunting them down. Along the way, they encounter the legendary birds Moltres and Articuno, who feel the effects of the disasters in their respective areas. They befriend an Absol who seeks to find the true cause of the natural disasters. The trio reaches the top of Mt. Freeze only to be cornered by Team ACT. They get ready to finish the player and partner off, but are stopped by Ninetales, who reveals that the player is not the human in the legend, that both parts of the legend are coincidental occurrences, and that the world is in greater danger caused by the awakening of Groudon. Team ACT proceeds to try and stop Groudon, while the team heads home to clear all remaining suspicion at Pokémon Square. After a few days, the player and the partner worry, as Team ACT has not come back from their mission to quell Groudon. Asking to rescue the missing Team ACT, Lombre refuses to let them go, saying there are plenty of tougher Pokémon than them. Shiftry convinces three of the strongest Pokémon, Blastoise, Octillery, and Golem, to form a special rescue team and rescue Team ACT. After a few days, the special team returns defeated.

After being discouraged by Gengar, the player and partner are able to get everyone's spirits back up, and volunteer to rescue Team ACT themselves. When the team reaches Magma Cavern, they find Charizard and Tyranitar defeated, with Alakazam fighting against Groudon alone before quickly being defeated. The team takes matters into their own hands and defeat Groudon. They return to town as heroes, but their celebration is short-lived as grave news arrives from Xatu. A huge meteor, revealed to be the true cause of the natural disasters, is heading for the world, threatening to destroy it. The only way to stop it is to ask for help from the sky guardian Rayquaza. It is less than cooperative, but after a battle, Rayquaza agrees to use its Hyper Beam to destroy the meteor. The team reawakens on the ground, surrounded by their supporters, where they find that the world is safe once again. However, the player must return to being a human and leave the Pokémon world behind. After the credits roll, the player returns to the rescue team base in Pokémon form and surprises everybody.

As time passes, many more secrets are revealed. A shard of the destroyed meteor opens a secret cave under Whiscash Pond, enabling evolution. It is later revealed that another shard hit Latias' wing, and the team rescues her at Pitfall Valley. It is eventually discovered that Gengar was the human from the legend; after uncomfortably getting the player's assistance, he manages to remove the part of the curse that affected his old partner Gardevoir.

Cover art[edit | edit source]

The cover art of the game was drawn by Ken Sugimori. It directly connects with the cover art of Blue Rescue Team when placed below it, representing the Dual-Slot features of the game. A Torchic, a Meowth, a Cyndaquil and a Magnemite are in a red cave, looking scared as they're being approached by Medicham. The silhouettes of Medicham, Ekans and Charizard can be seen. Cyndaquil and Charmander wear a scarf, while Torchic wears a scarf on its head. An Oran Berry is on the ground next to Charmander.

This illustration received an animated adaptation in the tenth version of the fourth opening of the Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation anime series. See the gallery on the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team page for more information. The artwork was later reworked for the remake.

Development and technical issue[edit | edit source]

After the existance of the game was leaked online in August 2004 under the title Mystery Dungeon: Pokémon World: Pikachu's Great Adventure, it was first revealed in August 2005 and the Japanese release date was announced in September. More details were released later that month, showing information about the gameplay and plot. In November, Nintendo announced a bug in the Blue Rescue Team version involving its connectivity with its GBA counterpart, Red Rescue Team, which would completely erase the contents of any other Game Boy Advance game besides Red Rescue Team that was loaded into the system. Nintendo quickly patched the bug upon discovering it and issued a new shipment of replacement DS cards with the patch on December 8. At E3 2006, Nintendo announced the English release of the games and revealed the release date later that month.

Sales[edit | edit source]

By the end of 2006, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team had sold over 715,000 copies in Japan. As of July 25, 2007, Red Rescue Team has sold 2.20 million copies worldwide by March 31.

Articles[edit | edit source]

All content about Red Rescue Team are organized into these categories. Click on a section name to learn more, and to drill down further to more specific and detailed pages.

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team articles.
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Gameplay Elements
Adventures • Player character • Partner • Body Size • Buried Items • Kecleon Shops • Monster Houses • Evolution • Kangaskhan Rest Stops • Rescue Rank • Missions • Recruiting • Saving and Quick Saving • Moves • Abilities • Status Conditions • Tactics • Traps and Floor Tiles • Pokémon • Weather
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Items
Berries • Equipment • Evolution Items • Food • Gummis • Health Drinks • Miscellaneous Items • Projectiles • Quest Items • Seeds • TMs & HMs • Wonder Orbs • Unused Items • Rosetta Stone (Items)
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Locations
Town and Story Locations Pokémon Square • Rescue Team Base • Whiscash Pond • Luminous Cave • Makuhita Dojo • Pelipper Post Office • Hill of the Ancients
Dungeons Story Mode Tiny Woods • Thunderwave Cave • Mt. Steel • Sinister Woods • Silent Chasm • Mt. Thunder • Great Canyon • Lapis Cave • Rock PathInfo symbol.png • Mt. Blaze • Snow PathInfo symbol.png • Frosty Forest • Mt. Freeze • Magma Cavern • Sky Tower • Uproar Forest
Post-Credits Howling Forest • Stormy Sea • Silver Trench • Meteor Cave • Fiery Field • Lightning Field • Northwind Field • Mt. Faraway • Western Cave • Northern Range • Pitfall Valley • Buried Relic • Wish Cave • Murky Cave • Desert Region • Southern Cavern • Wyvern Hill • Solar Cave • Darknight Relic • Grand Sea • Waterfall Pond • Unown Relic • Joyous Tower • Far-Off Sea • Purity Forest
Event Only Oddity Cave • Remains Island • Marvelous Sea • Fantasy Strait
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Services
Luminous Cave • Makuhita Dojo • Pelipper Post Office • Kangaskhan Storage • Kecleon Shop • Felicity Bank • Gulpin Link Shop • Wigglytuff Club • Smeargle
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Friend Areas
Aged Chamber AN • Aged Chamber O? • Ancient Relic • Beau Plains • Boulder Cave • Bountiful Sea • Crater • Cryptic Cave • Darkness Ridge • Decrepit Lab • Deep-Sea Current • Deep-Sea Floor • Dragon Cave • Echo Cave • Enclosed Island • Energetic Forest • Final Island • Flyaway Forest • Frigid Cavern • Furnace Desert • Healing Forest • Ice Floe Beach • Jungle • Legendary Island • Magnetic Quarry • Mist-Rise Forest • Mt. Cleft • Mt. Deepgreen • Mt. Discipline • Mt. Moonview • Mushroom Forest • Mystic Lake • Overgrown Forest • Peanut Swamp • Poison Swamp • Power Plant • Rainbow Peak • Ravaged Field • Rub-a-Dub River • Sacred Field • Safari • Scorched Plains • Seafloor Cave • Secretive Forest • Serene Sea • Shallow Beach • Sky Blue Plains • Southern Island • Stratos Lookout • Tadpole Pond • Thunder Meadow • Transform Forest • Treasure Sea • Turtleshell Pond • Volcanic Pit • Waterfall Lake • Wild Plains
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Stats
Attack • Belly • Defense • Experience Points • HP • IQ • Level • Special Attack • Special Defense
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Pokémon Types
Rescue Team DX - Normal-type Icon small.png Normal-Type • Rescue Team DX - Fighting-type Icon small.png Fighting-Type • Rescue Team DX - Flying-type Icon small.png Flying-Type • Rescue Team DX - Poison-type Icon small.png Poison-Type • Rescue Team DX - Ground-type Icon small.png Ground-Type • Rescue Team DX - Rock-type Icon small.png Rock-Type • Rescue Team DX - Bug-type Icon small.png Bug-Type • Rescue Team DX - Ghost-type Icon small.png Ghost-Type • Rescue Team DX - Steel-type Icon small.png Steel-Type
Rescue Team DX - Fire-type Icon small.png Fire-Type • Rescue Team DX - Water-type Icon small.png Water-Type • Rescue Team DX - Grass-type Icon small.png Grass-Type • Rescue Team DX - Electric-type Icon small.png Electric-Type • Rescue Team DX - Psychic-type Icon small.png Psychic-Type • Rescue Team DX - Ice-type Icon small.png Ice-Type • Rescue Team DX - Dragon-type Icon small.png Dragon-Type • Rescue Team DX - Dark-type Icon small.png Dark-Type
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Bosses and Special Enemies
Bosses Story Articuno • Groudon • Moltres • Rayquaza • Skarmory • Team Meanies • Zapdos
Post-Credits Articuno • Deoxys • Groudon • Jirachi • Lugia • Moltres • Rayquaza • Zapdos
Special Enemies Kecleon
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Characters
Individual Characters Articuno • Bellsprout • Blastoise • Butterfree • Caterpie • Diglett • Dugtrio • Ekans (Arbok) • Gardevoir • Gengar • Golem • Gulpin • Kangaskhan • Kecleon Bros. (Kecleon (Big Brother) • Kecleon (Little Brother)) • Latias • Latios • Lombre • Magnemite • Makuhita • Mankey • Medicham • Metapod • Moltres • Munchlax • Octillery • Persian • Smeargle • Snubbull (Granbull) • Pelipper • Rayquaza • Spinda • Whiscash • Wigglytuff • Wobbufett • Wynaut • Xatu • Zapdos
Rescue Teams Team A.C.T. • Team Constrictor • Team Hydro • Team Meanies • Team Pokémon (Player • Partner) • Team Rumblerock • Team Shiftry
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Quests
Main story Rescue Jumpluff • Rescue Shiftry • The Legend of Ninetales • Confront Groudon • The Meteor
Post credits Rescue Gardevoir • Confront Latios • Rescue Latias
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Guides
Changing the Team Leader • Saying Farewell to Pokémon • Stand By command
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Miscellaneous
Blue Rescue Team Press Kit • Commercials • Ginji's Rescue Team • Gold Rescue Team • Manuals • News Archive • Rescue Team Demos • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Original Record • (Soundtrack Blue Rescue Team • Red Rescue Team) • Staff Credits • Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate • Top Menu • Transcripts • Unknown Dungeon • Version Differences • Wonder Mail
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Community
Tier List • Speedrunning • Hacking • Cheat Codes • Brazilian Portuguese Fan Patch • Korean Fan Patch
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Rosetta Stone
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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red and Blue Rescue Team - Removed and Unused content

Gallery[edit | edit source]

For this subject's gallery, see Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team Titles.

In Other Languages[edit | edit source]

Language Name
English Flag of the United Kingdom.png
Flag of the United States.png
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team
Japanese Flag of Japan.png ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 赤の救助隊
French Flag of France.png Pokémon Donjon Mystère: Équipe De Secours Rouge
Spanish Flag of Spain.png Pokémon Mundo misterioso: Equipo de rescate rojo
German Flag of Germany.png Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Rot
Italian Flag of Italy.png Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Squadra Rossa
Korean Flag of South Korea.png 포켓몬 불가사의 던전 빨강 구조대

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Red Rescue Team has one more Pokémon available than Blue Rescue Team by default. This is due to being able to recruit Porygon and evolve it in Red Rescue Team, while Blue Rescue Team players can only recruit Porygon2.

See Also[edit | edit source]

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series
Games Titles Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team Game Boy Advance & Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team Nintendo DS • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness Nintendo DS • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Adventure Squad Titles Wii • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Nintendo 3DS • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Nintendo 3DS
Ports & Remakes Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky Nintendo DS • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Nintendo Switch
Manga Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blazing Exploration Team • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon: Go For It! Novice Investigation Team!
Anime Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (Part 1 • Part 2)

References[edit | edit source]

  • [1] Gameplay, Plot and Sales sections based on the Wikipedia page.