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Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness

by Nintendo
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews) 64 / 100

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  • Thwart the evil plans of the ruthless organization, Cipher
  • The game takes place 5 years after the events that transpired in Pokémon Colosseum
  • Cartoon violence

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009Z3MGA
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 28, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,088 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Return to Orre for an all-new RPG in an expansive setting with a sinister plot and characters the likes of which you have never met before. With Eevee as your companion, you'll seek to unravel the mystery of Shadow Lugia. Darkness has fallen over this strange land, and the fate and welfare of Pokemon lies in your ability to Snag and Purify them before it's to late.

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Return to Orre for a new role-playing game in an expansive setting with a sinister plot and characters the likes of which have never been met before. With Eevee as your companion, you'll seek to unravel the mystery of Shadow Lugia. The fate and welfare of Pokemon lies in your ability to Snag and Purify them before it’s too late!


  • Experience intense 3-D Pokemon action in a full-scale RPG!
  • Snag and purify a wide variety of Shadow Pokemon!
  • Unravel the mystery of Shadow Lugia and overthrow Cipher's evil plans.
  • Master your two-on-two battle skills against Cipher's toughest goons.
  • Import Pokemon from your GBA Pokemon games and watch them battle in full 3-D.
Pokemon XD (Extra Dimension) takes place five years after the events that transpired in Pokemon Colosseum. Controlling a young Pokemon Trainer named Michael, your objective is to thwart the evil plans of Cipher--a ruthless organization bent on using Shadow Pokemon to take over the world.

Stakes are High

Cipher makes Colosseum's Team Snagem look like a bunch of two-bit amateurs. This is made immediately clear during the game's opening sequence, when you witness Cipher's Shadow Lugia effortlessly pluck a massive cargo ship straight out of the ocean.

Known as XD001, Shadow Lugia is Cipher's ultimate Shadow Pokemon. Cipher's goal is to create more Pokemon like Shadow Lugia to assist in their plot for world domination.

Shadow Pokemon

Like Pokemon Colosseum, Pokemon XD features Shadow Pokemon that have been corrupted by evil Trainers. Shadow Pokemon can execute powerful Shadow moves, but they are unpredictable and will sometimes disobey commands.

Michael uses an Aura Reader to identify Shadow Pokemon, and a newly-designed Snag Machine is used to swipe them from unsuspecting evil-doers. When you face a Shadow Pokemon, Michael's Aura Reader is activated and the Shadow Pokemon is identified. Weaken the opposing Shadow Pokemon, then use the Snag Machine to attempt to rescue it.

Purify Chamber

Shadow Pokemon must be purified before the doors to their hearts can be completely opened. Purification can be accomplished by keeping Shadow Pokemon in your party, or you can visit the all-new Purify Chamber to purify multiple Shadow Pokemon more quickly.

To use the Purify Chamber, you must first select a Pokemon to purify and place it in the center of one of nine "sets." Next, you place regular Pokemon around the Shadow Pokemon to aid in the purification process. The process will go more or less quickly depending on the number and types of the regular Pokemon you select.

Using the Purify Chamber, it's possible to quickly purify up to nine Shadow Pokemon simultaneously. This is a very handy tool, but you'll have to build up a collection of purified Pokemon before you can take full advantage of the Purify Chamber.


You'll begin Pokemon XD with Eevee as your companion. Early in your adventure, you'll meet a sailor who will offer to give you one of five items which aid in Eevee's evolution. Depending on which item you choose, Eevee can evolve into Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon, or Umbreon. Choose wisely!

VS. Mode

In addition to the incredibly deep RPG portion of the game, Pokemon XD also features an awesome VS. Mode that allows you to participate in intense 3D Pokemon battles.

Using a Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable, you can import your favorite Pokemon from Game Boy Advance Pokemon games to battle in full 3D. Two or four players can tweak a variety of options to create the ultimate Pokemon battle!

Bottom Line

With a huge number of Shadow Pokemon to purify and an option-rich VS. Mode, Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness is a satisfying RPG that is sure to please any Pokemon fan!

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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pokemon Colliseum with an upgrade! October 16, 2005
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
[Note: This is coming from a 21-year-old reviewer]

I don't see why people are having a problem with this game. Personally, I was a big fan of the 3d-cartoony style of RPGs from when they first made big splashes on the Dreamcast. Games like Grandia, Skies of Arcadia... I just love how these games are done, and Pokemon XD is no exception.

So what the XD for? An "extra dimension" of play. Apparently, all this really means is that you get a new character, a new storyline, and get to set out on the usual Pokemon adventures. Which isn't bad- I haven't played a Pokemon game yet I didn't like (excluding the smaller spinoff games, of course). This game supports the full cast of characters from Sapphire / Ruby / Emerald, and that's a whole lotta Pokemon.

You start as (since you name yourself, I'll call the character Hero), a kid who finds out, as usual, that you're responsible for saving the world by battling cute little monsters with monsters of your own. This time, you're given a sort of cybernetic arm attachment and headset that allows you to analyze and capture Shadow Pokemon- who must be converted back to the "light side" through love and affection in order to regain their former power.

What's new? If you played Colliseum, basically nothing. There's a new story, and the new Shadow Lugia Pokemon wandering the continent. Other than that, however, you'll only want this game if you just enjoy "catching them all" that much.

For fans like me who missed Colliseum, but have played the original games, you get to experience Pokemon in a well-thought-out 3d setting that's just gorgeous.
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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Similar .. but BETTER than Colosseum October 22, 2005
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
A fun trip back to the land of Orre with some familiar faces and some new friends. If you like Colosseum, you will find the upgrades in this game to be a godsend. I still don't enjoy the GameCube versions as much as the GBA ones, but everything that I WISHED I could do in Colosseum can be done in XD.

The main differences are as follows:

1. What we all wished for has happened .. you can SAVE the game anywhere, anytime, as often as you like! This was by far the most annoying thing that I discovered when I first bought Colosseum. I was so used to saving my game before any major battle, or before trying to catch a "one-shot-only" Pokemon. With XD, you no longer have to seek out a PokeCenter or a computer to save the game. This makes all the difference in the world. I am no longer "afraid" of what's lurking around the corner because I can always start over if I wasn't ready for what was lurking in the darkness! LOL

2. You can catch WILD POKEMON in XD. Another thing that I could never get used to in Colosseum. In XD, you are shown three "Poke Spots" where you leave treats (bait) for wild Pokemon. You have a Pokemon-detector that goes off if any wild Pokemon are munching your treats at a Poke Spot. Again, with the new "save feature", you can save the game and THEN go hunting. If you kill the wild Pokemon by accident, just restart.

3. There is a cool new Purification machine so you can purify up to NINE Pokemon at the same time. Very much a time saver. No more dragging around Pokemon that you never intend to use just to open up their hearts.

4. New story line. Some old towns, some new towns, but an interesting storyline throughout.

5. Graphics. Graphics are noticibly better in XD.

6. Shadow Moves.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars XD vs. Colosseum October 22, 2005
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
When I first read the online reviews about this game, I was really hesitant to buy it. Every review I read was negative, and seemed to concentrate on how you couldn't catch wild pokemon. This was very discouraging, because catching wild pokemon was the main reason I was going to buy XD. Anyway, I bought the game (after talking to the nephews), and I am here to tell you, that all the reviews are wrong (RTFM) you CAN catch wild pokemon. Granted, the way you catch them is not the same as in GBA games, but would you really expect the same thing on a 3-D GameCube game as you would on a GBA game? I hope not. You expect something different when you move from a handheld system to a home console. It's like comparing apples and oranges. They are meant to be different. The main issue is that the GBA games have been around forever, and people have gotten used to the same old way of doing things. If can learn to accept the fact that some things change as they get better, you will love this game.

That being said, here are 10 main differences between XD and Colosseum:

1. You start out with one level 10 base evolution pokemon (Eevee) instead of two higher level, already evolved pokemon. (I like this because it gives you the oppurtunity to chose the evolution of your Eevee and also allows you to power up "from the bottom").

2. You don't have to go to a friggin computer to save the game. You can save anywhere anytime. That was a BIG improvement.

3. Purifing pokemon is made a lot easier. The cool new thing with this is the purification chamber. Theoretically, you can purify 15 shadow pokemon at once (9 in the chamber 6 in your party).....not going to go into more the game...check it out.

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