Characters / Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team

The Protagonists

The Hero

A human who wakes up in a forest to find they've been mysteriously transformed into a Pokémon, with no memory of how or why... or much of anything beyond their own name. And as time goes on, they gradually start to see a vision of Gardevoir (both in dreams and in reality), who seems to know much about the player's past...

The Partner

A Pokémon who dreams of founding a Rescue Team, but doesn't have anyone to form the team with... until the player comes into the Pokémon world. After rescuing a Caterpie from a forest, the rescue team is formed by the player and the partner. The partner also provides the player a team base/home at the very beginning.

Other Rescue Teams

Team Meanies

A trio consisting of Gengar, Medicham, and Ekans, who wants to use this rescue team business as a part of their plan to gain power and riches. Led by Gengar, and is the second boss of the game.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Gengar openly and proudly states his "hidden motives" for starting a rescue team. Really, the team name is a dead giveaway.
  • Evil Hero: They are a rescue team, but only care about the reward money and want to use it for world domination.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Gengar. He saves the protagonist and the partner from the Underworld as well as helping crafting the Teleport Crystal for the duo to go to the Sky Tower. Also, turns out he was the "cursed" human from the Ninetales legend and he goes into remorse to break that curse on Gardevoir.
  • Obviously Evil: Meanies.
  • Poison Is Evil: Ekans and Gengar although subverted with Gengar later, as seen under Heel–Face Turn.
  • Psychopomp: Gengar shows up and announces that he will personally drag the player character (and partner) to the underworld after they're caught in the blast radius of the meteor's destruction. After he takes a "wrong turn", he decides to leave them where they are - back in the world of the living. It's left ambiguous whether this was intentional or not until the postgame, where it is explained that he isn't consciously aware of his true feelings and desires anymore.
  • Was Once a Man: Gengar is revealed to be the cursed human.

Team ACT

A trio of Alakazam, Charizard, and Tyranitar who are said to be the best rescue team around, due to their Gold Rank achievement.
  • All There in the Manual: The name "Team ACT" is never said in the game proper, it comes from the anime special.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Tyranitar.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Their team name.
  • Hero Antagonist: They actually help you after Gengar turns the town against you by delaying the mob as long as they can, not to mention how they refuse to prosecute the Pokémon who also help you escape (Caterpie, Shiftry etc).
  • The Worf Effect: They're said to be the most powerful team around, yet when they chase the hero and partner down and fight them, the match is pretty equal. Then, later, they're beaten completely by Groudon, which the player's team then proceeds to take down.

Pokémon Square Villagers

The Kecleon Brothers

Two brother Kecleon who run the local Item Shop. The older green Kecleon sells food and berries, and the younger purple Kecleon sells orbs and Technical Machines. They also can be found manning the occasional Dungeon Shop (but beware: Shoplift and Die).


A matronly Kangaskhan who takes care of the locals' Storage. Always has kind words for everyone, and calls others terms of endearment like 'dear' or 'sweetie'.
  • Team Mom: Acts like one to the hero's team.


A Gulpin who runs the Gulpin Link Shop, where he teaches customers how to link moves together. He can also help Pokémon remember any moves they've forgotten.


Teller of the "Persian Bank", who jealously watches over money Pokémon store so they don't lose it if a dungeon expedition goes horribly wrong.


A Wigglytuff who runs the Friend Area Shop, where Pokémon can buy friend areas to recruit more kinds of Pokémon. Only available after clearing Skarmory in Mt. Steel.

Makuhita - The head of the Makuhita Dojo, where Pokémon can train in special type-themed dungeons, and even in some dungeons where they can battle the other rescue teams.

Caterpie and Metapod

Two friends who are on friendly terms with the protagonists. They had to be rescued in Tiny Woods and Sinister Woods, respectively.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Both of them, Caterpie a little more so.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Caterpie delivers a good one when Gengar tries to turn the villagers against the hero and partner once again.
    Caterpie: I-I believe in (player's name). You don't scare me!

Diglett and '''Dugtrio

A father-son duo who are usually found overlooking the ocean. Dugtrio loves telling tall tales about his exploits and abilities.


An elderly Pokémon who knows all the ancient legends and lore.


A mysterious Pokémon that haunts the players dreams. It's revealed she protected her trainer, now Gengar, from getting cursed by Ninetales.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: After her physical form is restored, she loses all memories of her past.
    • Gameplay and Story Integration: If the player chooses to recruit her after the storyline, she's level 5, which shows that she has forgotten fighting. Kirlia normally evolves into Gardevoir at level 30.
  • Spirit Advisor: Appears as a spirit in the player character's dreams, and once on the way to Mt. Freeze and is not seen by the partner. Although she does return to her physical form later.
  • Taking the Bullet: For her old trainer, who is revealed to be who Gengar once was.


A legendary Pokémon residing in Mt. Freeze. It's soon believed that she cursed the player character to turn into a Pokémon after they ran away when Gardevoir protected them. It's revealed to be false, as the player is not the human in the story; Gengar is.

Latios and Latias

A brother and sister pair of legendary dragons that frequently travel across the world. They star in a major sidequest in which Latias crash-landed into Pitfall Valley, prompting Latios to steal TMs to rescue her.
  • The Atoner: After Latias is rescued Latios asks the protagonists to join their rescue team to make up for his petty theft, which he wanted to do before his crime.
  • Badass in Distress: Poor Latias...
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Latios has no problems declaring a fight against the protagonists, but ends up melting like butter when he's reunited with his sister.
  • I Owe You My Life: Both of them were more than willing to join the rescue team as thanks for saving Latias.
  • Justified Criminal: Kecleon doesn't bear a grudge on Latios after hearing that he stole TMs to save Latias.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Latios was willing to resort to thievery in order to save his sister, and didn't bother asking for help before being beaten into submission.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Latios admits he was far from the best frame of mind when separated from his sister.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Alakazam chews out Latios over that he doesn't care if he gets stranded with Latias, saying that she wouldn't want him to give up his freedom and well being while changing nothing about her fate.