Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, released in Japan as Pokémon XD Yami no Kaze Dark Lugia (ポケモンXD 闇の旋風ダーク・ルギア, Pokemon Ekkusudī Yami no Kaze Dāku Rugia, lit. “Pokémon XD: Whirlwind of Darkness Dark Lugia”), is the second console role-playing game from Nintendo’s Pokémon franchise for the Nintendo GameCube. It is the successor of the GameCube game Pokémon Colosseum. The game takes place in Orre, the setting of Pokémon Colosseum‘s adventure mode. All of the Game Boy Advance Pokémon games can connect to this game through trading and Battle Mode.
The basic gameplay is the same as the first game, players travel various areas and talk to NPCs. However, unlike most Pokémon games the player’s primary method of acquiring new Pokémon is by using the “Snag Machine” to capture evil “Shadow Pokémon”. Shadow Pokémon appear in most battles. When a Shadow Pokémon appears, the player is alerted and a dark purple aura will resonate from the Pokémon. A new element in this game are the “Poké Spots”, which are special locations where players can place Pokémon food in an attempt to lure out wild Pokémon. In the previous game, Pokémon Colosseum, wild Pokémon had not been available due to the barren nature of the Orre region.
The story begins five years after the events of Pokémon Colosseum with the introduction of The Hero (Michael), the main protagonist. The Hero first meets Professor Krane, his mother’s boss. He introduces the concept of Shadow Pokémon, which are Pokémon whose hearts have been artificially closed. The criminal syndicate Cipher is creating and distributing them for their evil purposes. Krane also introduces the Snag Machine, which is used to capture Shadow Pokémon to purify. Krane entrusts The Hero with the Snag Machine to capture these Shadow Pokémon and is given the Aura Reader (the eye piece) to identify them from normal Pokémon.
Shortly after this, Krane is kidnapped by Cipher agents. The Hero (Michael) goes after the Cipher Agents to rescue Krane, and soon is lead on many adventures throughout Orre. He must defeat the Cipher Peons and Admins and rescue the shadow Pokémon to save Orre from the evil Cipher. At the end of the game, he must get to Citadark Isle. and battle the main villain: Master Greevil, who, in the beginning of the game, was thinly disguised as an old rich man named Mr. Verich. After the hero defeats Greevil and snags his shadow Pokémon, he must purify all of them, including the (seemingly) impossible to purify Shadow Lugia. After all of the Pokémon are purified, the hero returns home and puts down his snag machine, but he stores it safely in his room to be used if it is ever needed again.
|Engine||Modified Pokémon Colosseum engine|
|Genre(s)||Console role-playing game|
|Media||1 GameCube Optical Disc|