[[caption-width-right:257:Yeah, [[{{Emoticon}} we laughed at the title too.]]]]

''Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness'' is a spinoff of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' series and the sequel to ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum''. It was developed by Creator/GeniusSonority and released for the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube in 2005. Similar to its predecessor, the gameplay revolves less around battling wild Pokémon and more around stealing them from the bad guys in the Double Battle format.

Despite the DarkerAndEdgier look presented by the cover, ''XD'' scales things back a few notches by replacing the AntiHero main character with a KidHero named Michael, and cleaning up Orre so that it's not quite as gritty as before. The plot this time revolves around "[=XD001=]": a [[OlympusMons Lugia]] transformed by the reborn Cipher crime syndicate into a Shadow Pokémon supposedly immune to purification.

''XD: Gale of Darkness'' added a few new features, such as "Poké Spots", small areas where you could lure and catch wild Pokémon, and a method for mass purifying Shadow Pokémon. In addition, Shadow Pokémon now have a much greater variety of moves than just Shadow Rush and there are more to catch than before.

!!Tropes present in ''Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness'':
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Cipher Peon Rixor is a fan of the newscaster, Ancha. During Cipher's invasion of ONBS, he can be found trying to get Ancha's autograph.
* AscendedExtra: Miror B. went from relatively minor but memorably quirky StarterVillain to a decent sized part of the plot and gameplay in ''XD''.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures:
** One for Pokédex completionists: The majority of endgame Shadow Pokémon are of species that, while they can be found in the wild in [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue FireRed and LeafGreen]], have notoriously low (1-5%) chances of appearing (and some have the added annoyance of being found only in the Safari Zone). Additionally, the Hoenn Dex Pokémon unavailable in Emerald (Surskit, Roselia, Meditite, Lunatone and Zangoose) are available here, eliminating the need to trade with Ruby and Sapphire.
** In ''Colosseum'', Shadow Pokémon often [=KOed=] themselves using Shadow Rush, since it has recoil. Here, while some Shadow moves do hurt the user, they cannot cause the user to faint (Shadow Half and Shadow End reduce the user's HP by half its current value). Tracking down missed Shadow Pokémon is also easier, since they'll go straight to Miror B. for an immediate second chance rather than requiring you to wait until a postgame rematch.
* ArtEvolution: The graphics have notably improved since ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum''. Human characters now have smoother, higher-quality models with more facial animations.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Robo Groudon. Sure, Chobin looks awesome and gets boss battle music in it, but it doesn't make him a better trainer (though he does evolve his Sunkern and get two more Pokémon when you first battle him with it). Every time you defeat Chobin when he's controlling Robo Groudon, it malfunctions and starts smoking from its mouth.
* BagOfSpilling: While the player character is separate between the two games, a few returning [=NPCs=] have had their levels fall ''hard''. Miror B. in ''XD'' no longer possesses his trademark Ludicolo quartet and is nowhere near the level seen in his endgame appearance in Colosseum (at least until XD's postgame, where he's stronger than he was in Colosseum). The same is true for various other Trainers fought (as ''XD'' starts with Level 10 opponents instead of 25/26). Eagun's Pikachu takes the largest hit, as in ''Colosseum'' it was Lv. 50, but in ''XD'' it's only Lv. 12 (and it's actually implied to be the same Pikachu). Though Eagun states before battling you that it's his first time in five years, so the reduced level is probably supposed to represent Pikachu being out of shape.
* 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.
* BookEnds: The game begins with you getting the Snag Machine. If you Snag every Shadow Pokémon and beat the FinalBoss, the game ends with you putting the Snag Machine back on its stand, never to be used again.
* BossBonanza: Lovrina rematches you near the beginning of the final area, while the end is a nearly uninterrupted series of boss fights. Once you reach the top, Snattle rematches you. After beating him, you can fight [[spoiler:Ardos]] right away, but you'll likely need to heal after Snattle and the DoorToBefore is rigged with a Cipher Peon encounter. After [[spoiler:Ardos]] is a rematch with Gorigan, followed by a brief interruption in the bosses with a Cipher Peon battle. The boss fights resume with [[spoiler:Eldes]], Shadow Lugia, and finally Greevil.
* BossRush: The Orre Colosseum consists of 7 challenges, the final round of each being against a boss from the game (Not just the Cipher Admins, but also ones like Robo Groudon Chobin). They can be re-challenged freely, too, but bear in mind these are those "enemy team is scaled to yours" kinds of fights, so you'll likely need to import heavy-hitters from other games.
* BrickJoke: Some with the minor background characters of Colosseum, actually.
** First, and plot relevantly, the lady who lived with Es Cade during Colosseum [[spoiler:is revealed to be a Cipher Peon in XD, which makes sense Es Cade, or rather Evice, was Cipher's boss in Colosseum. In XD, you need to distract and then fight her.]]
** Second, and really minor unless you remembered every minor trainer's dialogue involves a cooltrainer in front of the Agate Village Pokemon Center. In Colosseum, its a male named Dury (Takato in Japanese), whose a battle-able trainer. In XD, the cooltrainer is a female named Cida (Takami in Japanese, for maximum StealthPun) who explicitly mentions she's the younger sister of Dury and has come to the village to study like he did because she's jealous of how strong he became after studying here.
** Next is Makan, who did appear in a minor role in Colosseum as Perr's grandfather, is essential to defeating Cipher in this game.
** Similarly Ancha the star newscaster from ONBS, [[spoiler:is the one who had the battle against Wes's imposter filmed at the very end of the game, saving his reputation.]]
** Lastly, is the story from an old man in The Under in Colosseum where he discusses that some guy got VERY RICH from mining in The Under, and left and hoped he did it for good. This is foreshadowing Mr. Verich [[spoiler:or rather Grand Master Greevil of Cipher, who most definitely did NOT use it for good.]]
* CeilingCling: Just like in ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', Cipher Peons like to hang from the ceiling just out of sight while waiting to ambush you.
* CoolVersusAwesome: "Operation Zero", Battle CD number 46 that can be found on the final boss' desk after defeating him once. [[spoiler:It pits an Eevee and all five of its (then-known) evolutions against Mew.]]
* ChekhovsGun: After beating Robo Groudon Chobin, a frustrated Kaminko decides to scrap the Robo Kyogre in production and demands that Makan get rid of it. Makan, seeing the potential in it, fixes it up and gets it working, and it turns out that it's the only way to get to Cipher's base on Citadark Isle.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
** While Miror B. returns in this game and is no longer part of Cipher, and Evice is stated to still be behind bars, what became of the other Cipher Admins from ''Colosseum'' is never mentioned. And while Folly and Trudly still work for Miror B., Reath and Ferma are absent.
** Wes and Rui from ''Colosseum'' only get vague mentions, and there is no indication of what happened to them after the end of their adventure.
* 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 instantly 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 is an {{Olympus Mon|s}}-shaped HumongousMecha reworked into sea craft. It's the only way to get to Cipher's base.
* CrutchCharacter:
** Shadow Pokémon have moves super effective against everything but one another, but they can't level up until they're purified.
** Poochyena gets Bite and Dig for decent coverage early on, but it will quickly get overshadowed by other Shadow Pokémon you catch.
* CueTheSun: In the final cutscene after you defeat the FinalBoss, the clouds dissipate and the sun breaks through, likely symbolizing the end of Shadow Pokémon.
* CurbStompBattle:
** During your first trip into Gateon port, Michael's little sister bumps into a thug, Zook. They're saved by one of Mr. Verich's bodyguards, whose Lv.44 Alakazam wipes the floor with Zook's Shadow Zangoose. [[spoiler:[[IWasJustPassingThrough This turns out to be less about saving Michael and Jovi than it is about having Zook flaunt his Shadow Zangoose in public.]]]]
** 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.
* CuttingTheKnot: [[spoiler:Rather than challenge you to a battle for your Snag Machine, Team Snagem instead just knocks you out with Gloom's Sleep Powder and steals it from you while you're asleep.]]
* DamageOverTime:
** Shadow Pokémon who enter "Reverse Mode" in battle take damage at the end of each turn.
** Non-Shadow Pokémon take a little damage at the end of each turn while the "Shadow Sky" weather is active.
* 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''.
* DefeatMeansFriendship:
** Lovrina, Snattle and Gorigan all come to respect you once you defeat them in the EndgamePlus colosseum.
** [[spoiler:Eldes]] starts to respect you before you fight him, and ultimately [[spoiler:brings down Cipher and performs a HeelFaceTurn]] after his defeat.
* DemotedToExtra: Many characters in Colosseum get little or no plot mandated screen time and are only present to [[AvertedTrope avert]] NoEndorHolocaust. The list includes Silva, Beluh, and Dash the Athlete, who all had major, if short, appearances in the previous game, are now at best random [=NPC=]'s (Silva, Beluh) or part of an optional post-game sidequest (Dash).
* DifficultySpike: Shadow Lugia and 3 of the final boss's Shadow Pokémon have catch rates of 3 (out of 255) while, with the exception of a Shadow Snorlax and Chansey (which are still 30, or 3.9% with no damage and a default ball), everything else has catch rates that can easily be gotten to 20+% (sleep + Ultra/Net Ball). It seems as though catch rates for Legendary Pokémon may have been modified for this game, however, as they're at least easier to catch than in the main games.
** The Hexagon Brothers and Miror B, postgame. The Hexagon Brothers hang around the Cipher lab in case you feel like battling them again or have to snag any Shadow Pokémon you missed the first time around. However, after you beet Greevil, they're all at level 50, save any Shadow Pokémon. Miror B, in the final battle at Gateon Port, has five level 57 Ludicolo and one level 55 Shadow Dragonite. (Fortunately, if you have Shadow Salamence, and it has been purified or relearned Wing Attack spamming Wing Attack keeps the Ludicolo from being too annoying, as long as you watch out for the one that knows an ice-type move.)
* DisappearedDad: Your dad is explicitly said to be dead ("passed away").
* {{Emoticon}}: ''Pokémon'' '''''XD''''': ''Gale of Darkness''. It stands for "[[XtremeKoolLetterz Xtra]] Dimension".
%%* 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.
* DummiedOut: Data exists for Battle [=CDs=] 51-60, though they can only be obtained by hacking. [=CDs=] 51-55 are incomplete, kicking you out of the challenge upon startup since you don't have a team (the game effectively treats this as a loss). [=CDs=] 56-60, meanwhile, are identical to some of the Battle Sim tutorials.
* EnemyMine: [[spoiler:Gonzap keeps his word by returning Michael's Snag Machine after being defeated, and explains that Team Snagem doesn't need to make things difficult for Michael; since Michael is trying to take down Cipher himself, they're both on the same side. They even end up helping Michael out later on.]]
%%* 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]] may be [[spoiler:the leader of Cipher,]] but he still cares for his sons. [[spoiler:His son Eldes even convinces him to disband Cipher.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Subverted. Dr. Krane gives Naps, Lovrina's number two, an earful about the misdeeds he's committing with Cipher. Naps acknowledges that it's evil, but nowhere near enough to quit his day job. Apparently, [[KickTheDog Poochyena soccer]] is the bare minimum to remain employed in his line of work.
** Played Straight later with [[MookFaceTurn Hordel]] who signed up for Cipher but was horrified when he actually saw the Cipher Key Lair. [[spoiler:And later with Eldes, who put up with a lot out of loyalty toward his father but drew the line at blowing up Citadark Isle to get rid of Michael.]]
%%* 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]]]].
* FinalBossPreview: [[spoiler:The same Alakazam that saves Jovi from Zook's Zangoose (which coincidentally is also fought later on in the game) is on Ardos's team when you fight him. It's even the same level.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: One of the citizens of Gateon Port notes that Mr. Verich has a lot of money as his name suggests. Not to mention his powerful bodyguards.
** When Zook is at the factory bodyguarding, he questions how Gorigan heard of the fact that he was flaunting his Shadow Zangoose in Gateon Port, leading him to get punished. [[spoiler:It's because he showed off that Zangoose right before the Grand Master Greevil's eyes, under the guise of Mr. Verich.]]
* FunnyAfro: Miror B. still has his Poké Ball-esque afro. It seems to be even larger than it was in ''Colosseum''.
%%* FuturisticPyramid: Cipher Key Lair
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: After you snag and purify all 83 Shadow Pokémon, if you go re-battle Greevil, you get a little additional scene in the ending. It has Michael, looking at the no-longer-needed snag machine, which is lying on a table in the lab. However, after the credits roll and the game re-starts, he's still wearing the machine. Hard to explain, since a plot point of the game ensures there is data for Michael without the machine programmed in.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Silva assures Michael that [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial he was not saying that he likes to wear women's clothing]].
** There is a woman in the first area that says she sleeps with her Pokémon. She's standing next to a Kirlia.
** Several strip club parallels/euphemisms are made in reference to the Krabby Club's Magicians.
* GogglesDoNothing: Gorigan has two pairs of goggles. One he wears as intended, the other he wears on his neck.
* GoldenEnding: A minor one after you snag and purify all the Shadow Pokémon. The last cutscene has an addition where Michael's in the lab, looking at the now unneeded snag machine, lying on a table.
* GoldfishPoopGang: The Hexagon Brothers are a bunch of Cipher Peons with colorful outfits and very little competence. They show up occasionally to slightly inconvenience you.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Two scientists who have designed a method for serial abuse of Pokémon use "gosh" and "gadzooks."
%%* GreenHillZone: Agate Village returns from the first game just as it was in the first game.
* GroundPunch: This is how Earthquake is animated: the user punches the ground and ripples travel out to break the ground under everyone else.
* 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. The only one that seems accurate is about how likely you are to wreck their plans if not stopped.
* InconsistentDub: When ''Colosseum'' was translated, Battlus had his name [[DubNameChange changed]] to Somek, but his name is Battlus in ''XD''.
* InfinityPlusOneElement: Shadow moves are not effective against other Shadow Pokémon, but super-effective against ''everything else''.
* 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. [[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.
* KarmaHoudini: The main villains get off scot-free in the end, even being free for battle in the post game.
* LethalLavaLand: Citadark Isle is a large island with a volcano which is home to Cipher's headquarters.
* LevelInReverse: The Cipher Lab is essentially played backwards from how it was played in ''Colosseum'' as the Shadow Pokémon Lab.
* LighterAndSofter: While Orre still has some dark patches, it's far less bleak than in ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum''. The region 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.
%%* 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's Cradily and its Defense boosts.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Greevil is this to Evice. Chief Sherles states that Evice was only the boss of the Orre region.]]
* 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.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Eldes after realizing his own father used him as a pawn for evil.
* MythologyGag: One trainer within Mt. Battle tells the player that she heard about another trainer who used the same team as she did. Sure enough, the Pokémon on her team are Chimecho and Cacnea, the same team Team Rocket's James from the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]] had during the Hoenn saga.
* NerdGlasses: Chobin wears the spiral variety, and is also BlindWithoutEm.
* NeverSayDie: [[spoiler:It's made blatantly obvious that Cipher used Shadow Lugia to outright '''murder''' the S.S. Libra crew down to the last man, but since this is still an 'E' game, the story does its best to gloss over this fact.]]
* NoGearLevel: [[spoiler:Team Snagem steals your Snag Machine after the S.S. Libra, forcing you to fight a couple of Shadow Pokemon normally until you get it back.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Some bimbo doesn't get a job as an Admin in the lab coincidentally. Lovrina must be one crazy scientist, especially if she claims to have made [=XD001=] unpurifiable. She just pretends to be a ValleyGirl so people underestimate her [[TheEvilGenius ginormous brain.]] She still maintains a GenkiGirl demeanor in the postgame, so she might be a very high-functioning GeniusDitz.
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: Due to the fact that any Shadow Pokémon knocked out immediately go to Miror B., and he does not bother to level up his non-Shadow team members [[spoiler:until the BonusBoss battle for the Shadow Dragonite]], rather than immediately catching a Shadow Pokémon like the game suggests, it's often easier to knock one out, then hunt down Miror B. and tank/sweep through his pitiful Ludicolo collection while focusing on catching the Shadow Pokémon instead of trying to fend off more powerful regular foes while doing so.
%%* OverlordJr: [[spoiler:Ardos and Eldes]].
* PercentDamageAttack: The Shadow move "Shadow Half" reduces all combatants' HP by 50% -- friends and foes all included. It also requires an additional turn to recharge after use.
%%* PerkyFemaleMinion: Lovrina is so this.
* PermanentlyMissableContent:
** 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.
** 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.
** Averted with the Shadow Pokémon themselves -- you may only have one or two chances to Snag a given one, but you can track down Miror B. later on, who will have whatever Shadow Pokémon you missed out on. Trainers who can be rematched infinitely (such as the final boss or the Hexagon Bros.) keep their Pokémon, generally.
* PortTown: As its name would suggest, Gateon Port is a port town on the seaside.
* AProtagonistIsRyu: Michael is "Ryuto" in Japanese.
* 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 [[ThemeNaming names related to a specific color (with "six" at the end)]], wears different color 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).
* RecurringRiff: A segment of the Cipher Admin theme from ''Colosseum'' can be heard during the opening cutscene with the S.S. Libra.
* RunningGag:
** The Hexagon Brothers can't do roll call to save their lives.
** 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.
* SaharanShipwreck: The ''SS Libra'' is discovered in the middle of Orre's deserts. [=XD001=] dropped it by accident on the way to Cipher Key Lair.
* SequelHook: Once you beat the BigBad and win the game, [[spoiler:Ardos storms out of Citadark Isle vowing to resurrect Cipher]]. If defeated in the Orre Colosseum (accessible in the EndgamePlus), [[spoiler:he also brands you as Cipher's Biggest Enemy and notes that he will be watching you]].
* ShiftingSandLand: Of course Orre is a vast desert region.
* ShipLevel: The desert wreck of the SS Libra.
* ShoutOut: An item called the Reed Flute which can snap a Pokémon out of confusion is a shout out to a Muslim belief where in a person is much like a flute make from a river reed. Cut from its source and wanting to return where it came from, and can make the sweetest music when properly wielded.
%%* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler:Greevil, once he is no longer hiding his status as Cipher's mastermind.]]
* SleazyPolitician: Snattle's dreams of governorship over Orre were all-consuming for him -- so much so that he [[DealWithTheDevil joined with Cipher]] to achieve it... and stayed onboard because EvilFeelsGood.
* StartMyOwn: Miror B. is no longer a Cipher admin, and has started his own evil organization. It consists of...him and his two minions.
* StatusBuffDispel: Aside from the series's existing "Haze" move, the Shadow move "Shadow Shed" instantly dispels barriers like Reflect and Light Screen from the opposing party.
* SurpriseCreepy:
** Moreso than ''Colosseum'' - the game starts out much more lighthearted, and Orre's been cleaned up quite a bit. [[spoiler:Then the wreckage of the Libra is discovered, with its crew members' fates left unknown.]]
** In ''Colosseum'', you start in the south-eastern corner of Orre and work your way northwest, while in ''XD'' you work backwards. The game keeps you waiting before you make it back to familiar locations like Phenac City... so as to maximize the dissonance when you realize that there's something not quite right.
** When you first visit Phenac City, it looks the same as it did in ''Colosseum''. Then the NPCs start saying very strange things to you, the shop is revealed to be closed, and Justy, the person you were sent to warn about Cipher, immediately laughs off your concerns. All the while, the background music gets more and more distorted as you wander around the city.
* ATasteOfPower: Right after the introductory cutscene, you're treated to a battle 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.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Jovi and Chobin both speak in the third person.
%%* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Trudly and Folly return in this role.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Citadark Isle]], Cipher's base. It's located on an active volcano surrounded by near-untraversable ocean currents (which you learn are generated artificially) with a perpetual storm overhead. It's enormous, to the point where almost half of the game's Shadow Pokemon are found within it.
* TooAwesomeToUse: ''XD'' is the only game in its generation where Sacred Ash can be obtained without real-life event items, as a prize for clearing Battle CD 46. It instantly heals all your Pokémon to full health, including fainted ones, but the only way to get another one is to start a new game.
* ViceCity: The downtrodden and nearly lawless Pyrite Town returns like it was in the first game, though it's been cleaned up a little.
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind:
** 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, his [[spoiler:Alakazam]] the same level.
** When you first meet Miror B., his team is at a level that's a slight challenge. If you rematch him for Shadow Pokémon outside of the BonusBoss fight at the end, his core team is still at the same level as his first appearance, making him a more and more trivial battle as you progress through the game.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The head of Cipher is [[spoiler:Mr. Verich, who plies everyone who frequently patrons the Krabby Club with free drinks]]. Nobody suspects his true intentions.
* WelcomeToCorneria: Averted. As you progress through the story, [=NPCs=] will have different remarks on what's been happening. For example, if you return back to Krane after [[spoiler:Snagem steals your Snag Machine]], both him and your mother will notice it, even though you're not required to talk to them during that part of the game.
* YouDontLookLikeYou: Snagem members Wakin and Agrev have seemingly swapped bodies since ''Colosseum''.