History VideoGame / PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness

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* DisappearedDad: The player's "late" dad, who is explicitly said to be dead ("passed away").

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* DisappearedDad: The player's "late" dad, who Your dad is explicitly said to be dead ("passed away").



* DiscOneFinalDungeon: The Cipher Key Lair to a degree, although it generally becomes apparent once you discover the boss at the end is simply another Cipher Admin.
* DiscOneNuke: Espeon once again, if you choose to evolve your Eevee into one. It's arguably worse due to the lower starting levels, but this Espeon has access to Bite for added coverage. Jolteon may count as a milder example, also being a fair notch above the early game foes statistically.

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* %%* DiscOneFinalDungeon: The Cipher Key Lair to a degree, although it generally becomes apparent once you discover the boss at the end is simply another Cipher Admin.
* %%* DiscOneNuke: Espeon once again, if you choose to evolve your Eevee into one. It's arguably worse due to the lower starting levels, but this Espeon has access to Bite for added coverage. Jolteon may count as a milder example, also being a fair notch above the early game foes statistically.



* EternalEngine: The Cipher Lab returns here but there is also the Cipher Key Lair which is the new place where shadow Pokémon are created.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:Greevil.]] He may be [[spoiler:the leader of [[MindRape Cipher]],]] but he still cares for his sons. [[spoiler:Eldes even convinces him to disband the team.]]

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* %%* EternalEngine: The Cipher Lab returns here but there is also the Cipher Key Lair which is the new place where shadow Pokémon are created.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler:Greevil.]] He [[spoiler:Greevil]] may be [[spoiler:the leader of [[MindRape Cipher]],]] Cipher,]] but he still cares for his sons. [[spoiler:Eldes [[spoiler:His son Eldes even convinces him to disband the team.Cipher.]]



* EyesAlwaysShut: Prof. Krane and Mr Verich. [[spoiler:Just before the final battle Verich AKA [[BigBad Greevil]] opens them to reveal [[RedRightHand his huge, yellow eyes]]]].

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* %%* EyesAlwaysShut: Prof. Krane and Mr Verich. [[spoiler:Just before the final battle Verich AKA [[BigBad Greevil]] opens them to reveal [[RedRightHand his huge, yellow eyes]]]].



* FunnyAfro: Miror B., again. It seems to be even larger than it was in Colosseum.
* FuturisticPyramid: Cipher Key Lair

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* FunnyAfro: Miror B., again. still has his Poké Ball-esque afro. It seems to be even larger than it was in Colosseum.
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''Colosseum''.
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FuturisticPyramid: Cipher Key Lair



* GogglesDoNothing: Gorigan has two pairs. One he wears as intended, the other he wears on his neck.

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* GogglesDoNothing: Gorigan has two pairs.pairs of goggles. One he wears as intended, the other he wears on his neck.



* GoldfishPoopGang: The Hexagon Brothers, who are a bunch of Cipher Peons with colorful outfits. They end up becoming this with repeat appearances.

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* GoldfishPoopGang: The Hexagon Brothers, who Brothers are a bunch of Cipher Peons with colorful outfits. outfits and very little competence. They end show up becoming this with repeat appearances.occasionally to slightly inconvenience you.



* GreenHillZone: Agate Village returns from the first game just as it was in the first game.

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* %%* GreenHillZone: Agate Village returns from the first game just as it was in the first game.



* IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect: One Cipher Peon always quotes probabilities, which are clearly just pulled out of thin air. Although the one about how likely the player is to wreck their plans if not stopped seemed pretty accurate.
* InconsistentDub: When ''Colosseum'' was translated, [[BonusBoss Battlus]] had his name [[DubNameChange changed]] to Somek, but when ''XD'' was translated, his name was left as Battlus. [[DubInducedPlotHole This led English-speaking players to believe they were two different people.]]

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* HailfirePeaks: The desert wreck of the ''SS Libra'' combines ShipLevel with ShiftingSandLand.
* IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect: One Cipher Peon always quotes probabilities, which are clearly just pulled out of thin air. Although the The only one that seems accurate is about how likely the player is you are to wreck their plans if not stopped seemed pretty accurate.
stopped.
* InconsistentDub: When ''Colosseum'' was translated, [[BonusBoss Battlus]] Battlus had his name [[DubNameChange changed]] to Somek, but when ''XD'' was translated, his name was left as Battlus. [[DubInducedPlotHole This led English-speaking players to believe they were two different people.]]is Battlus in ''XD''.



* JokeCharacter: One of the Battle Bingo cards only contains Pokémon with a secondary Flying type. One of them is a Gligar... whose only move is Earthquake. [[NoSell Earthquake doesn't work on Flying types.]] And if you plan out your moves wrong, you could be ''forced'' to catch it just to have enough EP to continue.

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* JokeCharacter: One of the Battle Bingo cards only contains Pokémon with a secondary Flying type. One of them is a Gligar... whose only move is Earthquake. [[NoSell [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Earthquake doesn't work on Flying types.]] And if you plan out your moves wrong, you could be ''forced'' to catch it just to have enough EP to continue.



* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler:Greevil, once he is no longer hiding his status as Cipher's mastermind.]]

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* %%* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler:Greevil, once he is no longer hiding his status as Cipher's mastermind.]]



* StartMyOwn: Miror B. is no longer a Cipher admin but has started his own evil organization, which consists of ... him and his two minions.

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* StartMyOwn: Miror B. is no longer a Cipher admin but admin, and has started his own evil organization, which organization. It consists of ... him and his two minions.



* ATasteOfPower: Right after the introductory cutscene you're treated to a battle with a Lv. 50 Salamence against an NPC's Lv. 50 Metagross. It's only a simulation, however -- your real starter Pokémon is a Lv. 10 Eevee. Incidentally, a Salamence is one of the Shadow Pokémon in the game.

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* ATasteOfPower: Right after the introductory cutscene cutscene, you're treated to a battle with where you control a Lv. 50 Salamence against an NPC's Lv. 50 Metagross. It's only a simulation, however -- your real starter Pokémon is a Lv. 10 Eevee. Incidentally, a Salamence is one of the Shadow Pokémon in the game.
18th Sep '17 7:43:56 PM Karxrida
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* ViceCity: The Pyrite Town returns like it was in the first game.

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* ViceCity: The downtrodden and nearly lawless Pyrite Town returns like it was in the first game.game, though it's been cleaned up a little.
18th Sep '17 7:42:51 PM Karxrida
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* BalanceBuff: Shadow Pokémon have been made far more useful. There are more Shadow moves for them to use with various effects, they resist opposing Shadow moves to help with Snagging, and the type is now an InfinityPlusOneElement that's super effective against almost everything.



** If you evolve the Shadow Togepi, Elekid you can trade it for won't have any special moves and just be a plain old Elekid.

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** If you evolve the Shadow Togepi, the Elekid you can trade it for won't have any special moves and just be a plain old Elekid.



* ViceCity: Pyrite Town returns like it was in the first game.

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* ViceCity: The Pyrite Town returns like it was in the first game.



** When [[spoiler:Ardos defeats Zook in Gateon Port at the beginning of the game, his uses an Alakazam at Level 44]]. When you battle him on Citadark Isle, it's the same level.

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** When [[spoiler:Ardos defeats Zook in Gateon Port at the beginning of the game, his uses an Alakazam at Level 44]]. When you battle him on Citadark Isle, it's his [[spoiler:Alakazam]] the same level.
18th Sep '17 7:36:36 PM Karxrida
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* PuzzleBoss: Battle CDs are optional fights that put you in various scenarios with preset teams of Pokémon. Many of these are puzzles that require you to select specific move combinations during certain turns to achieve victory.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Hexagon Brothers are a group of Cipher {{mooks}} found outside of the Shadow Pokémon Lab that are ''barely'' competent at their jobs. They all have [[ColorThemeNaming names related to a specific color]], each wear a different color uniform related to their names, and use Shadow Pokémon whose types are related to said colors (e.g. Resix wears red and has the Fire-type Houndour).

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* PuzzleBoss: Battle CDs [=CDs=] are optional fights that put you in various scenarios with preset teams of Pokémon. Many of these are puzzles that require you to select specific move combinations during certain turns to achieve victory.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Hexagon Brothers are a group of Cipher {{mooks}} found outside of the Shadow Pokémon Lab that are ''barely'' competent at their jobs. They all have [[ColorThemeNaming [[ThemeNaming names related to a specific color]], each wear a color (with "six" at the end)]], wears different color uniform uniforms related to their names, and use Shadow Pokémon whose types are related to said colors (e.g. Resix wears red and has the Fire-type Houndour).
18th Sep '17 7:35:34 PM Karxrida
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* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Hexagon Brothers, again, who each have their own Shadow Pokémon of a different element. Ironically, their leader Resix has the least amount of Pokémon (though they are the highest level).

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* PuzzleBoss: Battle CDs are optional fights that put you in various scenarios with preset teams of Pokémon. Many of these are puzzles that require you to select specific move combinations during certain turns to achieve victory.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Hexagon Brothers, again, who each have their own Brothers are a group of Cipher {{mooks}} found outside of the Shadow Pokémon of Lab that are ''barely'' competent at their jobs. They all have [[ColorThemeNaming names related to a specific color]], each wear a different element. Ironically, color uniform related to their leader Resix has the least amount of names, and use Shadow Pokémon (though they whose types are related to said colors (e.g. Resix wears red and has the highest level).Fire-type Houndour).
15th Sep '17 4:19:32 PM Karxrida
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* BookEnds: The game begins with you getting the Snag Machine. If you've Snagged every Shadow Pokémon, the game ends with you putting the Snag Machine back on its stand, never to be used again.

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* BookEnds: The game begins with you getting the Snag Machine. If you've Snagged you Snag every Shadow Pokémon, Pokémon and beat the FinalBoss, the game ends with you putting the Snag Machine back on its stand, never to be used again.
15th Sep '17 4:18:57 PM Karxrida
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* BookEnds: The game begins with the player getting the Snag Machine. It ends with the player putting it back where they found it, never to be used again.

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* BookEnds: The game begins with the player you getting the Snag Machine. It If you've Snagged every Shadow Pokémon, the game ends with the player you putting it the Snag Machine back where they found it, on its stand, never to be used again.



* ConvectionSchmonvection: One room in Cipher's lair on Citadark Isle is a lava puzzle that you solve by pushing steel crates to the ground. With the lava blocked, the ground is instantly cool enough to walk on, and the crates don't show any signs of getting red-hot either. You are told it's too hot to approach the chest if you try to get it before you drop the chest, and the peon who drops down as you're about to run through the door says he got hot waiting for you, but that's it.
* CoolShip: The Robo Kyogre, an {{Olympus Mon|s}}-shaped HumongousMecha reworked into sea craft. It's the only way to get to Cipher's base.

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* ConvectionSchmonvection: One room in Cipher's lair on Citadark Isle is a lava puzzle that you solve by pushing steel crates to the ground. With the lava blocked, the ground is instantly cool cools enough to walk on, and the crates don't show any signs of getting red-hot either. You are told it's too hot to approach the chest if you try to get it before you drop the chest, and the peon who drops down as you're about to run through the door says he got hot waiting for you, but that's it.
* CoolShip: The Robo Kyogre, Kyogre is an {{Olympus Mon|s}}-shaped HumongousMecha reworked into sea craft. It's the only way to get to Cipher's base.



** Poochyena gets Bite + Dig for decent coverage early on, but it will quickly get overtaken by other Shadow Pokémon you catch.

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** Poochyena gets Bite + and Dig for decent coverage early on, but it will quickly get overtaken overshadowed by other Shadow Pokémon you catch.



** When you first reach the Cipher Key Lair, Zook easily defeats Team Snagem Biden's Oddish in 1 turn with his Shadow Zangoose.

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** When you first reach the Cipher Key Lair, you watch as Zook easily defeats Team Snagem Biden's Oddish in 1 turn with his Shadow Zangoose.



** Shadow Pokémon who enter "Reverse Mode" in battle sustain damage per turn.

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** Shadow Pokémon who enter "Reverse Mode" in battle sustain take damage per at the end of each turn.



* DarkerAndEdgier: Ironically enough, from ''Colosseum''. In ''XD'', Cipher is quite obviously playing for keeps: they've got an army of more Shadow Pokemon than ever, led by a legendary Pokemon so corrupted that it's form has been dramatically altered; they're pulling off dramatic, showy heists in full-view of the public; and they're pushing Shadow Pokemon so hard that Michael has to steal them back from ''innocent people''. (But see Lighter and Softer below).

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Ironically enough, from ''Colosseum''. In ''XD'', Cipher is quite obviously playing for keeps: they've got an army of more Shadow Pokemon than ever, led by a legendary Pokemon so corrupted that it's form has been dramatically altered; they're pulling off dramatic, showy heists in full-view of the public; and they're pushing Shadow Pokemon so hard that Michael has to steal them back from ''innocent people''. (But see Lighter and Softer below).
15th Sep '17 4:12:27 PM Karxrida
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* LighterAndSofter: While Orre still has some dark patches, it's far less bleak than in ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum''. The region is less of a wasteland with grass and trees growing and water spreading, there seems to be more Pokémon League presence in the region, while one WretchedHive is shut down and the other has a now clean white building in it whose inhabitants are dedicated to being helpful. The game makes it pretty clear that Wes shook up the region's status quo pretty good.

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* LighterAndSofter: While Orre still has some dark patches, it's far less bleak than in ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum''. The region is less isn't as much of a wasteland with grass and trees growing and water spreading, there seems to be more Pokémon League presence in the region, while one WretchedHive is shut down and the other has a now clean white building in it whose inhabitants are dedicated to being helpful. The game makes it pretty clear that Wes shook up the region's status quo pretty good.
15th Sep '17 4:11:20 PM Karxrida
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* LighterAndSofter: Orre is cleaned up in this game (but it is still fairly dark, particularly at the beginning and at the end), more grass and trees are growing, water is spreading, there seems to be more Pokémon League presence in the region, while one WretchedHive is shut down and the other has a now clean white building in it whose inhabitants are dedicated to being helpful. The game makes it pretty clear that Wes shook up the region's status quo pretty good. (But see Darker and Edgier above).
* LocomotiveLevel: Outskirt Stand is still here but it does not play quite as big a role as in the first game.
* LuckBasedMission: To win Battle [=CD=] 8, you are required to get {{Critical Hit}}s to overpower the opponent Cradily and its Defense boosts.

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* LighterAndSofter: While Orre is cleaned up in this game (but it is still fairly dark, particularly at the beginning and at the end), more has some dark patches, it's far less bleak than in ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum''. The region is less of a wasteland with grass and trees are growing, growing and water is spreading, there seems to be more Pokémon League presence in the region, while one WretchedHive is shut down and the other has a now clean white building in it whose inhabitants are dedicated to being helpful. The game makes it pretty clear that Wes shook up the region's status quo pretty good. (But see Darker and Edgier above).
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good.
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LocomotiveLevel: Outskirt Stand is still here but it does not play quite as big a role as in the first game.
* LuckBasedMission: To win Battle [=CD=] 8, you are required to get {{Critical Hit}}s to overpower the opponent opponent's Cradily and its Defense boosts.



* MeaningfulName:
** In Japanese, the hero is Ryuuto, which is very close to ''ryuutou'', which are sacrificial lights placed on an alter to the gods. In English, he's Michael: "[[ArchangelMichael who is like God?]]". His other default English names are Adam and David.
** Also, Greevil.
* MisterBig: Greevil.

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* MeaningfulName:
**
MeaningfulName: In Japanese, the hero is Ryuuto, which is very close to ''ryuutou'', which are sacrificial lights placed on an alter to the gods. In English, he's Michael: "[[ArchangelMichael who is like God?]]". His other default English names are Adam and David.
** %%** Also, Greevil.
* %%* MisterBig: Greevil.



* PerkyFemaleMinion: Lovrina is so this.

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* %%* PerkyFemaleMinion: Lovrina is so this.



** Picking the wrong questions in an interview (you have to answer all completely truthfully) will make the Amulet Coin inaccessible without trading (you instead get a much less useful item that can be found elsewhere) and evolving the Shadow Togepi will make the special Elekid you can trade it for a plain old Elekid.
** The Shadow Togepi itself is the only one in the entire series who can learn one of Togekiss's best attacks: Tri Attack. Many players trade it back to the scientist without realizing how sought-after that specific Togepi is.

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** Picking the wrong questions in an interview (you have to answer all completely truthfully) will make the Amulet Coin inaccessible without trading (you trading; you instead get a much less useful item that can be found elsewhere) and evolving elsewhere.
** If you evolve
the Shadow Togepi will make the special Togepi, Elekid you can trade it for won't have any special moves and just be a plain old Elekid.
** The Shadow Togepi itself is the only one in the entire series who can learn one of Togekiss's best attacks: Tri Attack. Many players trade it back to the scientist without realizing how sought-after that specific Togepi is.
Elekid.



* PortTown: Gateon Port.

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* PortTown: As its name would suggest, Gateon Port.Port is a port town on the seaside.



* RecurringRiff: A segment of the Cipher Admin theme from Colosseum can be heard during the opening cutscene with the S.S. Libra.

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* RecurringRiff: A segment of the Cipher Admin theme from Colosseum ''Colosseum'' can be heard during the opening cutscene with the S.S. Libra.



** Eagun's exaggerated ineptitude with computers, as proven by the antics related to him either accidentally sending a blank e-mail or him accidentally sending e-mails that are cut off. (Incidentally, the gag started off in ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' when he sent an e-mail to Wes to request his presence so that he could give him the Master Ball in person).
* SaharanShipwreck: Where the ''Libra'' is discovered. Apparently [=XD001=] dropped it by accident.

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** Eagun's exaggerated ineptitude with computers, as proven by the antics related to him either accidentally sending a blank e-mail or him accidentally sending e-mails that are cut off. (Incidentally, the gag started off in ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' when he sent an e-mail to Wes to request his presence so that he could give him the Master Ball in person).
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* SaharanShipwreck: Where The ''SS Libra'' is discovered in the ''Libra'' is discovered. Apparently middle of Orre's deserts. [=XD001=] dropped it by accident.accident on the way to Cipher Key Lair.
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** Moreso than ''Colosseum'' - the game starts out much more lighthearted, and Orre's been cleaned up quite a bit. [[spoiler:Then it sinks in that Cipher murdered an entire boat crew offscreen.]]

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** Moreso than ''Colosseum'' - the game starts out much more lighthearted, and Orre's been cleaned up quite a bit. [[spoiler:Then it sinks in that Cipher murdered an entire boat the wreckage of the Libra is discovered, with its crew offscreen.members' fates left unknown.]]
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