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'''''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 GameCube in 2005. Similar to its predecessor, its gameplay revolves less around battling wild Pokémon and more around stealing them from the bad guys.

Despite the DarkerAndEdgier look, ''XD'' scaled 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 Cipher crime syndicate into a Shadow Pokémon supposedly immune to purification. ''XD'' 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.
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!!Tropes present in ''Pokémon XD'':

* 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 improved greatly from ''Colosseum'' to ''[=XD=]''. This is especially noticeable with the human characters; the Pokémon in ''Colosseum'' looked fine (and look unchanged for ''XD''), but the human characters looked like they belonged on the [=N64=] and had no facial movements.
* 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.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Greevil is possibly one of these. Some lines in ''Colosseum'' hint at him being the one who provided Evice with the funds to create Cipher. This would make sense, as this would put him in a position to rebuild Cipher after Evice's defeat.]]
* 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.
* CeilingCling: Cipher Peons still do this, with one even ''sharing a rather small elevator with you.''
* CoolShip: Robo-Kyogre
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The Cipher lair at Citadark, which has a room that's 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.
* CrutchCharacter: Shadow Pokémon have moves super effective against everything but one another, but they can't level up until they're purified.
** Poochyena. Bite + Dig is decent coverage, but the fact that Dig takes 2 turns, it evolves early (meaning it gets good stats for when it first evolves, but it never progresses beyond that) and fact that it gets nothing beyond that means that its teammates will quickly catch up with it after a bit.
* CueTheSun: The final cutscene after you defeat the FinalBoss has this. 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.]]]]
* DamageOverTime: Shadow Pokémon who enter "Reverse Mode" in battle sustain damage per turn, as do non-Shadow Pokémon when subjected to "Shadow Sky" weather.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Cipher Peon Kleef is fairly pathetic (only 3 Pokémon with no Shadow Pokémon, and two of them are pure tanks with no real offense to speak of) in a straight up fight, but he is the only member of Cipher with the brains to attack you when you have just finished a (fairly hardish) boss fight with no healing machine in sight.
** When Cipher takes back their stolen data disk during their raid on ONBS, they also make sure to [[spoiler:scrub the data off ONBS's mainframe servers.]] Luckily Nett remembers one of the key parts, and Michael is able to discover the rest on their own.
** After leaving the wreck of the SS Libra, Michael is ambushed by [[spoiler:Team Snagem]], who want the Snag Machine. Unfortunately for the player, the main man of the group, Wakin, knows better than to engage an ace trainer like Michael in battle: he just gets his Gloom to use Sleep Powder on Michael and steals the machine.
* DefeatMeansFriendship:
** Lovrina, Snattle and Gorigan all come to respect you when you defeat them in the post-game colosseum. [[spoiler:Ardos]], however, gives you a death threat. What a douche.
** And then there's [[spoiler:Eldes]], who starts to respect you even before you fight him, and ultimately [[spoiler: brings down Cipher and performs a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* 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 Ludicolos 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 Ludicolos from being too annoying, as long as you watch out for the one that knows an ice-type move.)
* DisappearedDad: The player's "late" dad, who is explicitly said to be dead ("passed away").
* {{Emoticon}}: ''Pokémon'' '''''XD''''': ''Gale of Darkness''. It stands for "[[XtremeKoolLetterz Xtra]] Dimension
** Wait, I thought it stood for [[XtremeKoolLetterz eXtra]] Darkness!
* 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 in 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.
* 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.]]
* 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.]]
* 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]]]].
* [[spoiler:FinalBossPreview: 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.]]
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: Greevil.
** CoDragons: Greevil's personal guards [[spoiler:Eldes and Ardos]], though the former isn't quite as caught up in the whole ''Cipher thing'' as the latter is.[[note]]Interestingly, despite his lack of love for Cipher, it should be noted that Eldes has ''four'' Shadow Pokémon on his team, while Ardos only has three[[/note]].
** TheBrute: Gorigan, though he's smart enough to be trusted to oversee Cipher Key Lair.
** TheEvilGenius: Lovrina, who appears as though she qualifies for the Dark Chick until you realize she's inherited Ein's old job and office.
** TheDarkChick: Snattle, hilariously enough. His chief contribution to the workings of Cipher is to be a political figurehead, much like Colosseum's Venus. Note the purple lips and how he runs away upon being defeated.
* {{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.
* FunnyAfro: Miror B., again. 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.
* GogglesDoNothing: Gorigan has two pairs. 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.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Two scientists who have designed a method for serial abuse of Pokémon use "gosh" and "gadzooks."
* GroundPunch: This is how Earthquake is animated: the user punches the ground and ripples travel out to break the ground under everyone else.
* 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.
* InfinityPlusOneElement: Shadow moves are not effective against other Shadow Pokémon, but super-effective against ''everything else''.
* InformedAbility: Apparently [[PunnyName Razell and Dazell]], two performers at the Krabby Club, "sing, dance, and perform a decent magic act," but they're only ever seen juggling.
** If you look closely, you'll see that the pins are changing color. I guess that's a magic act.
** Also, when they're performing at ONBS, they spin while they're juggling. That's probably the best way they could really animate dancing.
* 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.]] Yeah. And if you plan out your moves wrong, you could be ''forced'' to catch it just to have enough EP to continue.
* 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.
* LostForever:
** 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 real Lost Forever isn't the Elekid, who isn't all that special in the first place (you can even catch a Shadow Electabuzz near the end of the game), it's actually the Togepi. That Togepi is the only one in the entire series who can learn one of Togekiss' better attacks: Tri Attack. Many players trade it back to the scientist without realizing how sought-after that specific Togepi is.
** 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.
* MeaningfulName:
** In Japanese, the hero is Ryuto: "to kill". In English, he's Michael: "who is like God?". His other default English names are Adam and David.
** Also, Greevil.
* MisterBig: Greevil.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Mr. Verich]].
* 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 [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids still an 'E' game]], the story does its best to gloss over this fact.]]
* 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.]]
* OverlordJr: [[spoiler:Ardos and Eldes]].
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Lovrina is so this.
* 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.
* PortTown: Gateon Port.
* AProtagonistIsRyu: Subverted by Michael (Ryuto) in Japanese - it's not "dragon", it's "to kill".
* ThePsychoRangers: The Hexagon Brothers, who are a bunch of Cipher Peons with colorful outfits.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Hexagon Brothers, again. They 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).
* ReccuringRiff: A segment of the Cipher Admin theme from Colosseum can be heard during the opening cutscene with the S.S. Libra.
* RedHeadedHero: Michael.
* SaharanShipwreck: When the ''Libra'' is discovered. Apparently [=XD001=] dropped it by accident.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:A little-considered one. In the Orre Colosseum, you can fight some vital characters and the Cipher Admins in challenging matches. Defeat Ardos, and he brands you Cipher's Biggest Enemy, with a note that he will be watching you. Wait... didn't you bust his BigBad daddy just to unlock this place?]]
** However, Orre Colosseum seems to be part of the EndgamePlus, thus setting itself at ''before'' the final battle. Nevertheless, even in the actual ending [[spoiler:Ardos storms out vowing to resurrect Cipher.]]
* ShipLevel: The desert wreck of the SS Libra.
* {{Shotacon}}: A surprising number of female grunts flirt with Michael (who, unlike Wes, is likely underage).
* 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 but has started his own evil organization, which 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 it sinks in that Cipher murdered an entire boat crew offscreen.]]
** Plus, you learn some vital information and go to a distant town to tell someone. You step into town and you immediately get treated to weird music and the townsfolk are acting a little off. Have fun!
*** This is because [[spoiler:You got there too late and Cypher has already replaced almost everyone in the town with their members. Those missing people? They would have starved to death if you didn't get there in time.]]
* 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.
* TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: Citadark Isle is enormous, to the point where you get to rematch Lovrina, Snattle, and Gorigan, and get to face [[spoiler:Greevil]] and his two bodyguards.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Jovi and Chobin both speak like this. Oddly, the former is introduced directly after the latter, making this ''really'' stand out.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Trudly and Folly return in this role.
* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Taken quite literally with [[spoiler:Ardos. When he [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps]] Zook in Gateon Port, his Alakazam is Level 44. When you battle him on Citadark Isle, it's still Level 44.]]
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