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Pokemon Rejuvenation is an episodically released Pokémon fan game and Spiritual Successor to Pokémon Reborn. Similarly to Pokemon Reborn, Pokemon Rejuvenation is not a ROM Hack, but rather an RPG Maker game.

The game takes place in the Aevium region, which was split into several islands after some catastrophic event in the past. The protagonist and his/her/their mother, Nancy, are in the process of arriving there on the S.S. Oceana when it gets attacked by the local villainous team, Team Xen. Despite the ship being destroyed and the protagonist's mother being captured, the protagonist manages to escape thanks to the fire-type Elite 8 member, Tesla. With her help, they arrive in Eastern Gearen City on the mainland of Aevium, ready to battle the Pokemon League, defeat Team Xen, and hopefully rescue their mother in the process.


Like its inspiration, Pokemon Reborn, Pokemon Rejuvenation has a story that's more mature than the main Pokemon games, albeit not as dark as Pokemon Reborn's story (for the most part, anyway). It's also very, very difficult, arguably even more so than its inspiration. The game borrows Pokemon Reborn's ideas of a field effect system, 18 Gym Leaders, and a level cap, but also adds an Elite 8 instead of the traditional Elite 4, as well as new, unique moves for every gym leader. In addition, the game brings back Shadow Pokemon from Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD (although they get a Nerf, with their attacks being not very effective against Fairy-type Pokemon).

For clarity, updates to the game are called "Versions", but the story of the game itself is broken up into "Chapters" which usually end with fighting a Gym Leader. Each Version roughly corresponds to one Chapter, but not quite. The latest update available is Version 13, which contains Chapters 1-15. When referring to specific points in the story while adding examples, please say which Chapters it happens in, rather than the Version as not everyone knows where each Version began and ended.


The game, and the supplementary spin-off game Where Love Lies, can be downloaded on its own official subforum of the Pokémon Reborn forums here or here.

Tropes used in Pokemon Rejuvenation:

  • Advanced Ancient Humans: The Garufa, an ancient tribe from hundreds if not thousands of years before the game is set. They had powerful magic but didn't use Pokemon (though they were symbolised by Solrock and Lunatone). While the tribe doesn't exist anymore, there are a few characters who are descended from the Garufa, and others who try to use their magic, with varying degrees of success. Chapter 14 reveals that the Eclysia Pyramid is actually a giant futuristic spaceship the Garufa built with the intention of using it to survive some kind of catastrophe (though why they didn't is presently unknown), which puts a new spin on the 'advanced' part.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Professor Jenner's death. Just after having a Heel Realization and apologizing to Melia for being a terrible father, Geara orders his Olympus Mons Giratina to throw him into a crater of lava. This is even considered this trope In-Universe, as Melia states that she didn't realize she never really hated him until that moment.
    • Additionally, Zetta's transformation back into a Solosis and capture by Crescent. After Melia calls him out for ruining any chance she may have had at living a normal life, it's implied by his dialogue that he had a Heel Realization, but he gets taken care of before he can do anything about it. Not only that, but his horrified realization about what's going to happen to him and his desperate pleas for mercy are genuinely heartbreaking, even if he did screw Melia over.
    • Gardevoir spends most of her on-screen time talking about her devotion to Indriad's cause, yet after she's completely trounced by the player's, Ren's, Reina's and Huey's combined attack she's betrayed and abandoned by her master, who takes away the last ounces of power she had left and tosses her into a rift portal that ends up dropping her into a spike pit. Even when Ren tries to dive in and save her she just teleports him away, choosing to die to atone for her sins.
  • Alternate Timeline: In the past, preventing Vivian from sacrificing herself creates a timeline where the planet is dying, nearly all humans and Pokemon are dead, and the survivors are stuck on a handful of islands. However, the player makes things better for them.
  • Ambiguously Human: Nancy, your mother. The prophecy of light states that "four lights not born of man" will save the world, and you are probably one of them. Also, the villains refer to her as a "lump of flesh" and say that she can't feel anything, and there is an optional moment where you eavesdrop on her talking to Crescent which reveals that she shouldn't be able to feel emotions. It's later revealed that Nancy is not your mother but an Homonculus created by Crescent to take care of you. You, yourself, is also revealed to be an Artificial Human possessing the souls of at least seven people, also created by Crescent but thanks to different circumstances.
  • Ambiguous Time Period: Numerous parts of the game are set in the past, but it's never established A, how long it's been since Storm-9 hit; and B, how long it's been since the Seven Kingdoms existed. Further confusing things is that not all scenes in the past seem to take place at the same time, with the first visit to Chrysalis Manor seemingly taking place after every other one of your visits to the past.
  • And Man Grew Proud: You can find a book in a Garufa building in Chapter 15 that says that Pokemon have vanished and the planet is dying, because humanity became arrogant and tried to do something (the text cuts off before it can divulge any details).
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: During multiple points in the main story, you play as characters other than the protagonist: first as Maria during the intro, and then as Emma as she's investigating Blacksteeple Castle.
    • This happens again in Chapter 13, not only once, but thrice. First you play as Lavender trying to escape from the Hospital of Hope, then as Melia while she researches in the Blakeory Athenaeum and finally as Ren in the past after you are black out from the stress involving your repressed memories. Unlike the previous portions involving playing as different characters, all three include battles.
    • In Chapter 14 you play first as Aelita in the flashback to her fight against Texen, both her and Ren in Zone Zero and Eclysia Pyramid, Melia in the Inner Workings and Ignis Ironworks and Adam in the fight against the red haired woman.
    • In Chapter 15, you play as Erin as she and Kanon search for the Diamond Component, Melia as she, Ren and Venam search for the Pearl Component, and Aelita in the other branch of the School of Nightmares.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: In each major city, there is a Pokemon Breeder who you can fight as many times as you want and who uses only Audino. This makes grinding much, much easier. An update even introduces Generation 8's Experience Candies to the mix and adds one to Gerean City East, making things all the more user friendly.
    • Common Candies (now called Reverse Candies) return from Pokemon Reborn, and despite the changed name they have the same function: to lower your Pokemon's level if they go above the level cap.
    • The first two Hopeless Boss Fights against the Dimensional Rift Gyarados and Shadow Mewtwo have had their levels lowered significantly as of Version 6, making beating them for those who take the effort to take them down significantly easier, especially considering they take place before you get your second Badge.
    • At numerous points in the game, when you have to travel large distances, the game gives you a one-time opportunity to automatically go to the locations in question. Additionally, after reaching Sheridan Village, Venam hires a cab driver to ferry you around the mainland.
  • And I Must Scream: The fate of any Pokemon used to make a Dimensional Rift. The process kills the Pokemon and revives it as an undead monstrosity that is unable to stop itself from rampaging. In fact, the Dimensional Rift Chandelure's dialogue before the fight with it is just it begging you to kill it and put it out of its suffering.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: There are a lot of forces in Rejuvenation who could each possibly qualify as the evil team for a normal pokemon game on their own. For starters, there's Team Xen, and Team Bladestar. Then there's the Mysterious Figures who can travel through time and are up to... something. There's Indriad, who was the Big Bad before the Calamity and may or may not still be alive. There's also Angie and her maids, who haven't shown up much since you defeated her on Terajuma Island. And then there's Team Anti Assist, but nobody cares that much about them. And if morally ambiguous characters are thrown into the mix, we are also dealing with Crescent, Spacea and Tiempa. And for a brief time, we also had to deal with Melanie, Karen could be counted depending on how you view her... and then there's Indriad/Vitus, who's been responsible for a ton of bad stuff by himself.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: One of the Trainers in Aqua Apartment has Alakazam, Machamp and Golem at high levels (somewhere around 80s depending on difficulty), even though you can access this before your first badge. You are not warned of this, and even if you come back later to beat her (you can beat her pretty underleveled with the right kind of team), she gives a pitiful payout that makes the whole thing look like a joke. Later on this was changed to a Trainer that is part of a later sidequest... before you even know about the sidequest.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: While this game is a lot darker and more mature than the official Pokemon games, it can still be pretty lighthearted at points... which makes the dark points all the more shocking. Seriously, contrast the S.S. Oceana (prior to being taken over), Gearen City, Route 3, the first half of Blacksteeple Castle, Amber's Gym, and West Gearen with Amethyst Cave, the second half of Blacksteeple Castle, Deep Carotos Mountain, and Valor Mountain, and the difference is clear as crystal.
  • The Cameo: After a certain point in the story Adrienn'']] shows up as the driving force behind the Gearen City rework. Xe also brought Aya with them.
  • Character Blog: Saki had a Twitter account, run by Jan as a brief April Fools joke. Although as the tweets progressed the "joke" part seemed to fade...
  • The Chosen One: Played with by the Prophecies of Light and Dark. It's stated by Indriad Theolia that the "four lights and darknesses" are not any specific people.
    Not chosen. Only ones that fit the description. It does not necessarily mean one individual.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Garufa Inc had a few. They leaked information about the Archetype's power to foreign nations so they could justify trying to weaponise said power, and evidently didn't care how many volunteers died trying to host said power in the process.
    • Saki's grandfather, Mr Blakeory turns out to be one.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Played for Laughs with what Karen threatens to do to Dr. Jenkel when he flirts with her. She threatens to burn him alive, strangle him with his own intestines, throw him into a river full of Sharpedo, and then murder the Sharpedo just to be safe. He's not fazed.
    • Definitely NOT played for laughs, however, with Professor Jenner's death. He gets thrown into lava by Geara's Giratina, and it's pretty clear that his death was excruciatingly painful.
  • Disk One Nuke: Although it's rare and can only be found at night, Cleffa can be found in Route 2. Since it's possible to get a Moon Stone from a wild Lunatone before the second gym, this means you can have a Clefable - a bulky tank that performs well in competitive play - before the second gym! As of current versions, however, this is no longer the case.
    • Subverted with Magikarp, Rotom, Hoppip, and Eevee, though. While they were all available relatively early on in earlier Versions of Rejuvenation, they were moved back to father in the game for balancing (in fact, Magikarp can't be caught within the current Version at all). This is lampshaded by Jan on the forums:
      Magikarp: axed in v 2, never forget. Except forget. Because I hate Magikarp. With a passion. Destroy Magikarp.
    • Even more amusingly, in the aforementioned version 2, a Level 50 Victini with 3 100 Base power moves and the 180 base power V-Create was available via Mystery Gift. IN THE FIRST CITY. Apparently, it was a default gift that Jan had forgotten to remove, and was soon gotten rid of.
  • Doomed by Canon: Most of the cast of Where Love Lies ends up either estranged from each other or dead.
  • Either/Or Prophecy: The Prophecies of Light and Dark. The Light Prophecy states that four lights not born of man will save the world and make a paradise, while the Dark Prophecy states that four shadows born of man (specifically, one who embodies pure evil, one who embodies greed, one who embodies obsession and one who embodies betrayal) will destroy the world. It's implied that the player, Melia and Aelita are three of the lights.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: During the third major story split, this is surprisingly defied! Although your gut feeling should be to go out and save Maria, if you save the corrupt cop, not only does Venam pull a Big Damn Heroes and help you and the cop escape Gardevoir, but the cop promises to return your good deed.
    • There's a couple of points in the story wherein the player teams up with Team Xen Grunts. None of them backstab you.
  • Final Boss Preview: At the end of the Blacksteeple Prison story arc, Madame X decides to take you on herself. She has only one Pokemon, but it's a Lv. 100 Yveltal, when your level cap is barely half that.
  • First-Episode Twist: Oh, so, so many. Why do you think this page is covered in so many spoilers? More specifically, Melia apparently dies in Chapter 2, only to be revealed to have survived in Chapter 5. In the same chapter, your mother dies, and Ren joins Team Xen in the same version.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: When fighting alongside Nancy in Blacksteeple, her trainer class is Lingering Regret, foreshadowing what will happen to her shortly after.
  • For Want of a Nail: Using time travel to stop Vivian from performing the sacrificial ritual results in a Bad Future where the entire world was led to ruin, with just a handful of humans living in an island in the middle of a corrosive ocean left, who are trying to escape the tyrannical rule of Princess Melanie.
  • Foreshadowing: When you fight Emma in Blacksteeple Castle, she uses only shiny Pokémon. Now, who else uses shiny Pokémon?
    • Additionally, when you and Melia confront Zetta at the bottom of Valor Mountain, he mentions "now I know where I got [that attitude] from." Turns out, he's a clone of Melia.
    • When you meet Damian initially, he's riding on a Latios. Which is an odd choice of Pokemon for a Dark-type Leader. Turns out he's actually the Dragon-type Leader.
    • In the very beginning of the game, just before Amanda takes you to select your starter, it is possible to see Dr. Jenkel and Flora leaving Gearen Lab together.It is revealed much later on that he was working with Team Bladestar.
    • Despite the cheery name, the Hospital of Hope uses Po Town's music, which is a pretty clear indication that something is very, very wrong there.
    • In Where Love Lies, Keta has a dream of Taelia that leads him to find her, but she says she did not dream of him. It's revealed later that the 'dream' was actually implanted in his head by a Beeheeyem.
    • Crescent's hideout has a bunch of photos on the wall- specifically, all of the options for the player character. In addition, at one point the player appears to be having flashbacks of two of the options talking. It's revealed in Chapter 15 that all the options were actual people who were in school together.
      • Jan once said that there was a reason why the player character's pronouns were 'they/them' beyond simply needing an option that would work for whatever the player chose. It's because the player character is actually a Mind Hive consisting of themselves, the other five options and the Interceptor, who's the dominant personality.
  • Fusion Dance: Inverted with Keta. Keta, suffering from immense guilt over his deal with Team Xen, separated himself from his emotions (which became a second entity) using the powers within Amethyst Grotto in order to be able to go about his daily routine.
    • After a sidequest, the player can do this to any Solrock and Lunatone they own using the Phase Dial, combining them into a much more powerful alternate form of Solrock. The sidequest gets bonus points for having the Solrock and Lunatone that you have to fight dance before fusing.
  • Geo Effects / Home Field Advantage: A carryover of Pokemon Reborn. The places you battle in have a big influence on the battle, making some attacks stronger, others weaker, outright canceling some, or adding effects, and most Gym's fields favor the Gym Leader's type and often weaken the more obvious counters, making a fair bit of the strategy getting around them.
  • Gray-and-Gray Morality: The Grand Dream City arc has this in spades with the conflict between the city's government and Team Bladestar. While the city government is mostly made up of genuinely decent people like Florin and Rhodea, the mayor Cassandra is revealed in cutscenes to be a member of Team Xen and a total Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, who only seems to put in any effort towards caring for the people in Grand Dream City itself. And according to a few "outcasts", the city government (or at least Cassandra) doesn't care about the areas such as the Badlands, Oblitus Town, or Darchlight Woods, with little to no help going to the people there. Team Bladestar, on the other hand, is led by the Well-Intentioned Extremist Grass Gym Leader Flora, who has apparently been trying to get help sent to those places, and has created a underground home for the rejects of Grand Dream City's society which helps take care of them. However, Bladestar is at least partially composed of people who joined because they want power, has several unnecessary acts of brutality under its belt (cutting the train lines and destroying the bridges to Grand Dream City, the former of which only didn't result in a lot of people dying thanks to the actions of Krystal, trying to take the Nano Drive of the android Ana, and Flora using a combination of Rift Matter and a PULSE machine to power up her Ferrothorn).
    • To a lesser degree, Team Xen itself is this. While the higher ups are clearly horrible people (even if they have sympathetic qualities.), a large number of the grunts (and Keta) appear to be Trapped in Villainy due to Madame X basically giving them the choice of "succeed or die". As it turns out, Madame X apparently has the ability to pull a long-range You Have Outlived Your Usefulness on people who screw up too much or try to betray Team Xen, which puts even the actions of the higher ups potentially in a new light.
  • Guide Dang It!: Getting the game's pseudo-legendary is somewhat difficult on its own (You need to find 3 pieces of a shard, which are found in Team Xen's backup base, on top of Valor Mountain where you fought Geara and Zetta, and in Darchlight Caves; after that you have to bring them all back to a machine in Sheridan Wetlands where it will cause you to battle a bot with a Lv. 1 Shadow Beldum) , but then the game reveals that it's a Shadow Pokémon that can't be purified using regular methods. The only hint game gives that it involves Purifying Chamber; if you have played Gale of Darkness, chances are you know the secret. If not, good luck figuring it out! (As a nod to Shadow Lugia, all sets have to be at maximum tempo. You can easily achieve that by filling them with Normal-type Pokémon.)
    • Saving the life of the Dimensional Rift Garbodor is something that a player may miss on their first playthrough. You have to inspect the sparkling point on the ground near where Gardevoir was talking to the corrupt cops, then use it on a house in Kugearen City. Read the book about purifying Dimensional Rift Pokémon inside and take it. When you're about to face off against the Dimensional Rift Garbodor for the second time, you can show it to Melia.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Narcissa's speech, the inhabitants of Goldenleaf Town collectively pull one. Talking to them again gets you a much more positive response, with many of them apologising for their previous actions. You also meet some of them in Grand Dream City, and they're very friendly.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": The lady who plays the piano on the S.S. Oceana is (according to Jan) named Piano Girl Piano Girl.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: Not to be outdone by Pokemon Reborn's two hopeless boss fights, Pokemon Rejuvenation has three. While all of them are technically beatable, with the game appropriately reacting to it, chances are you'll likely lose them:
    • The first Dimensional Rift, a Dimensional Rift Gyarados. Even though it's only Lv. 15, it has a unique move called Dimensional Thrash, which hits for type-neutral damage and gets a huge boost from the field, plus the three elemental Fang moves. If you don't defeat it, then when you eventually get to go back to Goldenwood Forest, you have to fight it again at level 50; however, by this point, significantly more Pokemon are available to you, making the fight easier.
    • Shadow Mewtwo was this in earlier versions. It was only Lv. 25, but still a freaking Mewtwo, which as a shadow Pokemon could hit every Pokemon (excluding Fairy-types) for super-effective damage. As of Version 12 the fight isn't as "hopeless" as it becomes you and Keta versus Madelis, in a 12 on 6 match... she still has Mewtwo, though, and the game continues even if you lose.
    • At the end of the Blacksteeple Castle arc, Madame X decides to take you on herself. She has only one Pokemon, but it's a Lv. 100 Yveltal with a One-Hit Kill move, when your level cap is barely half that.
    • Subverted with the first fight against Team Xen Executive Geara. While everybody freaks out when they find out he has a Giratina, it turns out that it's only around Lv. 35 and has very weak moves; this means that it's not that hard to take out.
  • Inevitable Tournament: The Festival of Dreams, which you end up participating in despite having never signed into. It’s also where you get your 13th badge and witness Bladestar’s plan coming into fruition.
  • Interface Spoiler: People that played Colosseum and Gale of Darkness will immediately recognize the Call command in trainer battles, outright spoiling the fact that Shadow Pokémon will be featured in the game.
  • Ironic Hell: Garufa magic has to be performed exactly right, with no mistakes or interruptions. Getting a spell wrong for any reason will result in a powerful backlash against the would-be caster, which usually resembles this trope. Vivian tried to sacrifice herself to save the world, but Gardevoir interrupted her. As a result, the spell was successful, but weakened, and while Vivian died, she was cursed to continually reincarnate. King Ieiseil sacrificed dozens if not hundreds of Pokemon to power up armies, but finally refused to continue during a ritual. The Garufa magic bound his soul into the Pokemon he was going to sacrifice, a Cofagrigus, and he would roam the Zorrialyn Labyrinth for hundreds of years. Karen tried to create a Crest to help her become stronger so she could avenge the murder of her parents by killing their murderer, but she screwed up somehow and the spell drove her insane, leading her to kill Karrina's parents.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: There are a lot of unexplained things that have happened over the course of the game, and a lot of them just happen without warning - explanations as to why they are happening come much later, if they come at all. Said "unexplained things" include Time Travel to the past and an alternate timeline, Reincarnation due to a Garufa curse, and two separate turns to evil made by two of your rivals. And while you and the others have started getting some answers as to why and how, it's only for some of them, and there are numerous instances of Foreshadowing that may give you some idea of what is going on, but also many events that have yet to be truly answered.
    Melia: One answer, and two hundred million new questions.
  • Karma Meter: The game has "Karma Points", a hidden variable that increases either by completing Help Center quests, or by doing certain good deeds during the storyline, or can decrease by doing bad deeds during the storyline, Karma changes are indicated by an Eye opening above the player character, with the colour of the eye depending on if you gained or lost karma, having enough bad karma is one of the requirements for Joining Kieran and Clear in chapter 15.
  • Kill the Cutie: Poor Nim. Ultimately subverted, but what became of her isn't much better.
  • Killed Off for Real: So far, three major characters and two Pokemon: Keta, Nancy, Professor Jenner, Kanon's Salamence and Indriad's Gardevoir. Depending on player choices, Florin, Karen and Karrina can all die.
  • Loss of Identity: After the Terajuma Arc, Valarie, Adam, Saki and Braixen go missing. Adam and Valarie turn up in Grand Dream City with different appearances and memories, and both don't remember the player or anyone else. Braixen later shows up in Chapter 13, being tortured by villainous scientists who want to destroy her memories, which suggests that the same thing happened to Adam and Valarie. Saki turns up in Chapter 15, still herself, but lacking any memory of the player or their adventures. By the end of the chapter, all of them have their memories back.
  • Luck-Based Mission: The original version of the sidequest where you have to steal from Kecleon. As the whole thing was a Shout-Out to Mystery Dungeon series, during the quest, you would be transported into a random dungeon where Lv. 100 Kecleon roam at high speed, and would initiate a battle with you as soon as you get in their line of sight. On the other side, it was entirely possible to never fight one, as you could spawn near the exit. Subverted in the updated version, which still includes the hordes of Kecleon, but is a more straightforward puzzle instead.
  • Moral Myopia: Almost all of the inhabitants of Goldenleaf Town are subject to this. If you're an outsider, everything you do- even just entering the town and politely requesting a gym battle- is an unpardonable crime; if you're a villager, then you're completely justified in anything you do- even lynching- to outsiders.
  • Multiple Endings: Where Love Lies has two: the Normal Ending and the True Ending. The events of the story itself do not change, but the True Ending sheds light on what's being going on behind the scenes.
  • My Name Is ???: Happens a few times during the game, both in dialogue and in Trainer Names. Most notably during the player character’s flashback in Hiyoshi Pass and the battles against the Mysterious Figures.
  • Mythology Gag: Escaping from Unown Dimension involves a Kabuto puzzle.
    • For one regarding the previous releases of the game, the secret room in Venam's gym contains the old exteriors of Venam's gyms- specifically, the one that looked like a Venipede and the one that looked like a Seviper.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The fate of the shiny Garbodor Melia created. After saving you from Zetta and the Dimensional Rift Gyarados, Zetta transformed it into a Dimensional Rift itself. Fortunately, unlike every other Dimensional Rift Pokemon, you can save it from its fate, although what you need to do is a little hard to figure out on your first playthrough.
  • Non Standard Game Over: Early on in the story, a man in Oceana Pier will offer you a free trip to Hoenn. If you accept, the game tells you that you spent the rest of your days relaxing while everyone in Aevium suffered. You are then given the chance to return to before you were given the offer.
  • Nothing Personal: The mysterious red-haired woman repeatedly tells Keta and Aelita that her involvement in their lives isn't personal, it's just business. Considering how much damage and destruction she's wrought, it's unsurprising that Keta and Aelita take it very personally.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Preventing Vivian from sacrificing herself in the past may have seemed like the logical thing to do, but it spawned a very bad future indeed. The right thing to do was to let her perform the ritual.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Melia bitterly compares Space and Tiempa to Team Xen, saying that they use the same methods and just want to use her.
  • Orphanage of Love: In stark contrast to its Reborn counterpart, Maman’s Lost Camp is a safe haven for all abused and abandoned children.
  • Prophetic Fallacy: The Prophecies of Light and Dark state that two groups of four people will either destroy or save the world. While the groups are not identical (the Light Prophecy speaks of 'four lights not born of man', while the Dark Prophecy talks about four people born of man), Indriad says the people involved could be anyone- rather than the prophecies having always pointed to specific people, at the end of the day, it'll simply be anyone who fits the requirements. Ergo, even if someone appears to fit the requirements, that doesn't mean they're actually part of the prophecy.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: The Crests you can find in the Zorrialyn Labyrinth are powered by Pokemon who were sacrificed to make them.
  • Railroading: An In-Universe example - while who did it has yet to be revealed, as it turns out, you, Melia, Huey, Erin, and Aelita are all entered into the tournament of Grand Dream City, the prize for winning being all 18 gym badges, stated to be essentially a free pass to the Pokemon League. Despite the fact that you turned up right after Risa Raider, who took the last spot available and confirmed there were no more, and had no idea the tournament existed before she told you- and one of you (Kanon) doesn't even have any Pokemon. And as it turns out later, signing up for the tournament requires an extensive interview process by the person who wishes to apply - and you all made it in even though you just got to Grand Dream City that day. And since trying to leave the tournament after entering results in either a large fine or potentially jail, whoever set it up clearly does not want you missing out.
  • Recurring Extra: Team Anti-Assist, who appear during Help Center quests.
  • Retraux: The Aevium Region in the past uses the tilesets of the Third-Gen Pokémon games. The Unown Dimension is similar, but with the second generation.
  • Sadistic Choice: Melanie offers one in Chapter 12: Either Melia gives her the Time Diamond and she'll spare the S.S. Paradise, which is the only hope that humanity has for survival in the alternate timeline, or she uses it to get herself and the player back to their original timeline, causing for her to blow it up, effectively dooming mankind in this future. While she only offers this choice to Melia, it's ultimately the player that makes the call for her. Handing over the crystal results in a Non Standard Game Over, while trying to escape results in the Diamond turning out to be a fake and all of humanity being killed by both the explosion and her Yveltal (But you eventually find the real Diamond anyway), and doing nothing results in a much better outcome for everyone.
    • In her backstory, Maman was offered one after being diagnosed with a mysterious fatal illness by a sadistic doctor: the doctor in question was Isha, who has a 100% success rate and refused to let Maman's death ruin it. Maman's daughter had been diagnosed with the same illness but would live longer, so Isha offered Maman a deal: cut her ties with society and leave and he'd treat and cure her daughter for free, or say no and she'd have to pay for the treatment, which he knew she couldn't afford. Maman takes his deal.
      • When Mosely tries to steal the cure for Maman, Isha introduces her to Maman's daughter and gives her yet another sadistic choice: steal the only vial of the cure and let a little girl die, or give him the cure back and watch her adoptive mother die. Mosely gives him the cure back.
  • Shout-Out: Oh, so many:
    • On the S.S. Oceana, you can find a trainer who, while looking through a bookshelf, finds a book called How to Train Your Dragalge.
    • Also on the S.S. Oceana, one of the kids on the ship states that his mom was from an island called Apophyll.
      • Later on, in Texen's Gym, you can find a magazine that references Fiore Mansion from Pokémon Reborn.
      • Even later, in Nymiera’s house, you can find the four keys symbol of Reborn City.
    • The two ladies behind the reception at the Oceana Pier Gate are called Sable and Mable, referencing the Able sisters from Animal Crossing.
    • Choosing Snivy as your starter will cause Amanda to call it a Smugleaf.
    • One girl in Gearen City will mention how she and her mom moved from the Hoenn Region, before blurting out "HOENN CONFIRMED".
    • During the sidequest where you raid the Alien Lab, one of the Inkay calls you an "Enragement Child".
    • At Blacksteeple Castle, a woman will wonder how a planet of dinosaurs would work, saying that it would be rather "tricky".
    • Apparently Venam used to wake up to butterscotch pie. There's also an NPC that will mention Mettaton under certain situation.
    • Using Sonic Boom in the Rainbow Field prompts the message: It’s a Sonic Rainboom!
    • The mascot of Hiyoshi City was a Hippopotas named Gloria.
    • The School of Nightmares segment in Chapter 15 is one long shout out to Danganronpa, though you don't have to kill anyone.
    • The description for the Snowy Mountain effect is The snow glows white on the mountain...
    • In the first Help Center, an NPC says they hope they'll be able to earn an "extra hour in the ballpit" as a reward for their help, a reference to the early 2010s disaster that was Tumblr convention Dash Con.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Karrina has this on Gearen City, and the cameras at Keta's house focus on you when you enter.
  • Sore Losers: In Goldenleaf Town, Sariah and her gang are definitely this as they do not know how to accept defeat with honor. Twice after being beaten the first time, they vow to keep pursuing the player due to extreme xenophobia. Sariah and her gang's xenophobia is so bad, that they feel the need to gang up on one outsider just to look tough... that is, until a Pangoro comes in and sends Sariah and the second member flying as the third member of Sariah's gang runs away.
    • Cera, Angie's right hand/henchwoman, also falls into this trope. Even after the player defeats the Groudon that she was controlling, she decides to pull out the oldest villain cliche in the book: holding the old lady hostage in exchange for the Magma Stone. At this point, the player has two options: either surrender the Magma Stone or the Eldest dies. If choosing the latter, Cera suddenly abandons her threat and manages to break the Magma Stone in half.
    • Texen doesn't take it well when he loses. To you or to Aelita.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Kricketune's cry interrupts a text dialogue where a character says her name. Twice.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Valarie, Franchesca, even nicknames, like Venam...
  • Stalker Shrine: Crescent’s Domain is filled with pictures of the player character, including ones of the non selected options. Interestingly enough, Secret Character Ana is among them. Chapter 15 reveals why.
  • Turncoat: After getting through the Darchlight Cavern with Flora, the protagonist has the chance to either be this or keep their mouth shut about Flora's affiliation with Team Bladestar.
    • Should you decide to reveal her secret to everyone, not only will she be taken by the police for her affiliation with Team Bladestar, this also means that she will have her status as the Gym Leader of Grand Dream City revoked. And guess who is the one to call the police on her, of all people? Florin, HER OWN BROTHER. From here on, Flora will swear revenge on the player not only for stabbing her in the back, but getting her arrested and fired as well. In her place, you battle Florin instead.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: Aberrations are Garufan Servants who deviated from what their creators wanted them to be. Erin and Kanon meet several in Chapter 15, and one of them is planning to kill her creator, Angie, via poisoned soup, though Kanon sabotages the attempt.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: Trainer battles in the Unown Dimension are very different from normal ones. That is, they're between Trainers themselves.
    • The fights between Sakitron and the Amanda robot, and Allen and the Bladestar Battle Robot are the same, using a battle system based on reading the opponent's dialogue and using it to counter their attack.
  • Unexpectedly Realistic Gameplay: In Chapter 14, the player and an assorted group are trying to save the lives of several people who are mortally injured, but are being kept alive in specialised medical life pods. The pods have limited battery life, so it becomes a race against time to get the pods to the Spring of Rejuvenation before the batteries run out. By the time the timer gets down to less than ten minutes, the player is taking part in multiple battles that can take quite a long time. Despite that, you're not told that you've run out of time, which might make one think that the game is pretending that the battles didn't take that long, but it turns out later that the batteries ran out some time before everyone thought- Alexandra and Damien were having their Latios and Latias use Heal Pulse on the pods to keep the victims alive until the player got the Spring working.
  • Uplifted Animal: Braixen, a good friend of Saki, Valarie, and Adam, who you first meet during the Blacksteeple Castle arc. She was given the ability to talk by one of Saki's creations.
    • Unusually used as a plot point with the reveal that Zetta was actually a Solosis that was injected with Melia's DNA the whole time. Crescent undoes this and captures him so Team Xen can't use him anymore.
    • Chapter 15 reveals that Cosmia and Comet were Ditto who became human by unknown means.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: After dispelling the fog over West Gearen, you can put the people in the museum and flower shop to sleep, then steal a fossil or a jar of honey, respectively.
  • Villain Decay: Played for Laughs with Team Xen Admin Madelis. When you first meet her, she quickly establishes herself as a cold, cruel, and malicious person, and by your second encounter with her she wipes the floor with you and tap-dances across the Moral Event Horizon; by the time you reach Terajuma Island, though, she passes up a chance to capture Melia just so she can get to battle her idol, and gets curb-stomped by said idol shortly afterwards. This is acknowledged in-universe by Madame X, who is so fed up with Madelis failing her that she strips Madelis of her Admin status and slashes Madelis with her sword! This only continues during the events in Grand Dream City when Madelis is assigned a new superior: Cassandra. Cassandra treats Madelis like nothing more than a slave, and doesn't actually let her do anything of substance. Instead just assigning her meaningless busywork, like selling ribbons. That's a pretty dramatic decay considering Madelis used to be a Knight of Cerebus.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Angie gets a spectacular one after Melia resists her ritual. She turns from a relatively calm and collected Knight Templar to a raving lunatic who threatens to murder you, and actually attempts to murder you after her defeat.
    • Cera, Angie's second-in-command gets one that's arguably even more impressive during the search for the Magma Stone. After accidentally unleashing Groudon and getting two of her comrades killed, she goes from a calm, Affably Evil obedient servant to a stark-raving mad misanthrope who attempts to murder you with her newly-caught Groudon and threatens to kill the Eldest if you refuse to give her the Magma Stone, although she can't actually go through with her threat if you refuse.
    • Angie's breakdown is brought up again in Chapter 15- having heard about what happened the first time, Erin and Kanon predict that if beaten, Angie will lose her shit, and use that to free Alexandra and Damien.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?:
    • Adam, Saki, and Valarie are horrified when Crescent pushes a suicide-contemplating Sharon off of a cliff.
    • Chapter 13 ends with Flora blowing up the Grand Dream Ball with dozens of rich guests inside... and also some Bladestar grunts. In Chapter 14, when the other Bladestar grunts find out that the ones who died had no idea that their boss was going to kill them, several- mostly the loved ones of the dead grunts- leave in disgust and heartbreak.
  • Wham Episode: If you caught up with the story, then the Litwick Sidequest will probably come as a shock once you find out what happens when a Team Xen grunt defects from or just plain quits Team Xen.
    • Then there's Chapter 5, in which Nancy, your mother, flat-out dies protecting you from Madame X and it's revealed that Melia didn't actually die at all.
    • Finally, there's the first half of Chapter 9, where you get to see both the Aevium Region before the cataclysmic disaster that split it up, and Indriad's Start of Darkness.
    • Chapter 11 is just one shock after another. You discover there are two people pretending to be you and your mother, Venam ends up falling victim to the curse that is turning people into stone, the group runs into Valarie only to discover that she's forgotten all her old friends and her old identity, you discover that while Aelita has awakened from her coma the ritual that did this also ended up releasing some kind of evil force that was sealed in her heart, Allen and Alice are also somehow dragged out of the Unown Dimension and into the real world.
    • Chapter 12 doesn't hold back either. Angie used to be Anju, a normal, kind human being. Nearly everyone in the Aevium region is actually from another region, the Miera region, but for some reason nearly nobody knows that. Melia awakens with some kind of magic power. Aelita isn't Keta's daughter, she's the reincarnation of Vivian. And Nim/Lorna is the one who was turning people to stone.
    • And naturally, Chapter 13 just turns it up to eleven. Ren joined Team Xen as Crescent's mole, but Crescent played him, so he cut ties with her. The player is the Interceptor, a powerful being who is immune to predestined fate. In the past, Indriad's Gardevoir is finally killed. In the present, Kanon is revealed to not be human at all, but a "maid" created to serve Nymiera's family. The player goes into a coma after suddenly experiencing memories they'd repressed. Worst of all, Bladestar blows up the Grand Dream Ball while Cassandra, Grand Dream City's rich and powerful, Erin, Allen and Alice are inside.
    • And then there's Chapter 14: Erin, Alice, Allen and Melia are siblings. Hiyoshi City was absolutely devastated in the catastrophe, and most of the citizens are trapped in stone. The player is having flashbacks to the actual player characters, who seem to all be different people who existed in the past. The player also has a flashback to (and is possessed by) Adrest. The Garufa are much more advanced than previously thought, and built the entire Eclysia Pyramid as an ark so they could use it to survive some kind of catastrophe. Cassandra survived the explosion untouched, and Flora loses everything. Adam remembers who he is and Braixen evolves into Delphox. The mysterious figures return and are revealed to be in league with Madame X. Amanda is actually a robot, the real Amanda having been replaced at some point. Venam is restored by the Spring of Rejuvenation's water, and the other stone victims are also being restored. Isha is revealed to be both himself and his father, Isiah Halvard, who forcibly transferred his mind into his son's body after being diagnosed with a terminal disease. But the disease came back, so he was intending to transfer both of his selves into Lavender until the player and friends stop him. However, upon being arrested, he reveals that he left the entire city a 'gift' that will come back to haunt them in the future, possibly the vaccines.
    • Chapter 15 has so many revelations it'd probably need an entire page to itself.
  • Wham Line: During the Unown Dimension battle, Allen may use words Theolia Strike. Theolia is Maria, Indriad and Angie's surname. Several updates later, it was revealed that he's one of Anathea's children.
    • "Madame X is coming... today."
    • "That's because you aren't the child of Keta and Taelia."
    • "You know something, Melia? You should have stayed dead."
    • "Adrest... is that you?"
    • The final line in Anathea’s patient file: ”Mother of 4 children.”
    • ”I wouldn’t be worrying about Crescent. She won’t be bothering us anymore.(...) Because I killed her.”
    • Melia talking about Erin: ”That girl... She’s my sister.”
  • Wham Shot: After the fight against Madame X at Blacksteeple Prison, we get to see what Emma looks like beneath her hood. She's Melia!
    • The flashback in Chapter 14 shows Aria and Axel, two possible player characters, talking to each other.
    • When Angie tries performing her ritual on Melia, while Melia is resisting it, she temporarily transforms into herself from the beginning of the game and Freeze-Frame Bonus (If you look closely) Maria.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The ending of the second Hidden Library quest, in a nutshell. What is it you discover in the final room of said library? A Mega Ring. Which quickly gets snatched away by Karen. It doesn't help that she proceeds to rub salt in your wounds by telling you to "Go cry about that to your mother", who by the way, is missing and might even be dead, depending on how far you are into the game.
    • This happens quite a bit in the main game, too. Destroy Madelis' Shadow Pokemon lab? All you've really done is slow them down. Rescue your mother and the others from the S.S. Oceana at Blacksteeple Isle? Your mother dies sacrificing herself to save you from Big Bad Madame X, and Madame X still gets what she needs. Capture Professor Jenner, Zetta and Geara with Crescent's help and send them to an alternate dimension? They hijack Nim's powers and get back into the real world, then take Nim, now frozen in stone, with them. Find the shop that will sell you the TM needed to get into Valor Mountain, Team Xen's latest hideout? Angie freezes it seconds before you enter it. Defeat Angie and seal her in ice? Cera frees her later. Find the Magma Stone needed to unfreeze the aforementioned shop? Cera steals at least half of it, potentially the whole thing if you choose wrong, and Aelita gets put into a magically-induced coma in the process. Storm Valor Mountain in an effort to rescue Nim? Geara drops her into the lava anyway after you beat him and Zetta, then kills you and tries to kidnap Melia, forcing Crescent to save your sorry butt. Save Kugearen City and dispel the noxious gas over West Gearen? Well, Kugearen City's in the past, so the cataclysmic event that destroyed Aevium will still happen and your efforts will be for naught eventually, and you've had to kill the Shiny Garbodor that Melia created. Fortunately, two of the scenarios (The Magma Stone and the Dimensional Rift Garbodor) can end more happily, but you have to take additional steps first.