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In the newest installment of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, players find themselves transported to a world of Pokémon—Pokémon that talk and shop and form exploration teams to journey into randomly generated dungeons to look for treasures and rescue other Pokémon in trouble.

The player joins one of these exploration teams, looking for the cause of their mysterious transformation—once they were human, but now they are a Pokémon. Which Pokémon the player becomes is determined by a personality test given at the beginning of the game. The player is also given a partner—another Pokémon that will join you on your adventure as the two of you discover the secret of the Time Gears, mysterious artifacts that are being stolen by an elusive thief and whose loss puts the world in grave danger.

Explore random dungeons, collect Treasure Boxes, and recruit over 493 Pokémon—including those from Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl. Pokémon exclusive to Explorers of Darkness include Burmy, Buneary, Lopunny, Mewtwo, and Rotom.


Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness Nintendo DS Title screen
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness Nintendo DS Sharpedo Bluff during a storm

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Alternate Titles

  • "ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 闇の探検隊" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Esploratori dell'Oscurità" -- Italian title
  • "Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Erkundungsteam Dunkelheit" -- German title
  • "Pokémon Mundo Misterioso: Exploradores de la Oscuridad" -- Spanish title
  • "Pokémon Fushigi no Dungeon: Yami no Tankentai" -- Japanese title
  • "Pokémon Donjon Mystère: Explorateurs de l'Ombre" -- French title

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Critic Reviews

Pokémon World / Pocket World 2008 8 out of 10 80
GameZone May 27, 2008 7.8 out of 10 78 Jul 02, 2008 15 out of 20 75
GameSpot Apr 29, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65 Jul 03, 2008 13 out of 20 65 Aug 24, 2008 56 out of 100 56
Pocket Gamer UK Jun 13, 2008 5 out of 10 50
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Jul 10, 2008 5 out of 10 50
NintendoWorldReport May 19, 2008 4.5 out of 10 45
1UP Jun 04, 2008 C- 42


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Lampbane (4911) added Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (Nintendo DS) on Jan 04, 2009