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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time Pack Shot

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time



by shadow_penguin9

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness FAQ/Walkthrough
Written by Shadow_penguin9

Table of Contents----------

Section 1: Introduction and Controls
Section 2: Pre-game
Section 3: Walkthrough
 CH001 Chapter 1- A Storm at Sea
     D001 Dungeon 1- Beach Cave
     B001 Boss Battle- Zubat & Koffing
 CH002 Chapter 2- The New Guild Recruits
     D002 Dungeon 2- Drenched Bluff
 CH003 Chapter 3- The Scream
     D003 Dungeon 3- Mt. Bristle
     B002 Boss Battle- Drowzee
 CH004 Chapter 4- The Gatekeepers
 CH005 Chapter 5- The First Official Exploration
     D004 Dungeon 4- Waterfall Cave
 CH006 Chapter 6- Team Skull
Section 4: FAQ
Section 5: Version History
Section 6: Legal Stuff
Section 7: Contact Info & Special Thanks

Section 1- Introduction

Hello and welcome to my first FAQ/Walkthrough for the game Pokemon Mystery 
Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness. Since this is my first FAQ, bear with me, but 
I'm sure you'll be able to get all the help you should need! I've played 
through this game once already, but got bored, and then decided to write a 
Walkthrough for it. I also played the first Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game, Blue 
Rescue Team, so I'm sure I've got some good tips for you!

Section 1- Controls

The controls can be found on the top screen when you're either in a dungeon 
or in the outside world. I think they do a fine job of explaining the 
controls in game, but if you're in need of help, consult your game's included 
Strategy Booklet.

Section 2- Pre-game

After you've fired up your DS and started the game, you'll be forced to watch 
the intro movie if this is your first time. After that select New Game, and 
you'll be given an introduction and then a set of questions. You can answer 
the questions truthfully, or use one of the FAQs designed for helping you 
pick the exact Pokemon you want to be. Afterwards, you're given a selection 
for your in-game partner. It can't be the same type as you (i.e. if you are 
Charmander, then Cyndaquil, Torchic, and Chimchar are excluded) and it cannot 
be one of the three Normal types (Skitty, Meowth, and Munchlax).

----- For all in-game purposes, my team was as followed-----
Myself- Turtwig
My Partner- Piplup

After that, you'll be given an "Aura Test". This can get quite annoying if 
you don't do it right. The best way I found was to set your DS on a hard 
surface (Like a table or the floor) and press the tip of one of your thumbs 
onto the screen. Then simply wait until it says you can take it off. You'll 
be given your color (Which has no huge effect on your game) and then you'll 
be off to begin your adventure!

Section 3- Walkthrough

CH001- Chapter 1: A Storm at Sea

The game starts off with a flashing screen and a storm being heard (if you 
have your volume on). Two voices can be heard talking as if one is about to 
be thrown off a ship or something. After seeing a peak that looks like a 
Sharpedo, you'll see your Pokemon lying dazed on the beach. This opening 
won't make a whole lot of sense until later in the game, so we'll save it for 

Now you'll see your partner standing outside of a strange tent. They'll 
contemplate going in, but then get scared off after a voice sounds. Before 
that, they'll take out their "Relic Fragment" and then pack up and head 
toward the beach. Little did they know however, that they were being watched 
by two Pokemon, Zubat and Koffing. The two talk of how they're going to go 
and steal your partner's treasure, and then they two head toward the beach.

On the beach, your partner will observe the Krabbys blowing bubbles and 
making the scenery look all nice and stuff. They then see you washed up on 
the beach, and rush over to help. After waking up, you'll say you're a human, 
but clearly you're a Pokemon (Sound familiar Blue Rescue Team players?). 
You'll then be able to name your Pokemon whatever you want, and after a 
little more conversation, Zubat and Koffing will rush in. They'll steal your 
partner's Relic Stone and rush off into the nearby cave. Your partner will 
freak out, and then ask you to help them retrieve it. Say yes of course, and 
you'll be off to your first dungeon.

Dungeon 1- Beach Cave

Floors- 4 + Beach Cave Pit

Roaming Pokemon- 

Tips/Strategy- It's the first dungeon, they won't make it hard. Simply kill 
the wild Pokemon (The game explains well enough that I shouldn't have to go 
over it) and also note you have a 1-item Inventory. There aren't many good 
items, so it's not big deal really. Simply find the stairway in each level to 
progress. Once you reach Floor 4's stairway, you reach Beach Cave Pit where 
you'll confront Zubat and Koffing and demand they give the Relic Stone back. 
They of course think your pushovers and initiate the game's first Boss 

B001 Boss Battle- Zubat & Koffing
HP- ~40 each

One word can describe these two: Pushovers. Seriously, as long as you know 
how to use moves (See controls if not) you'll beat them in 3-4 attacks easy. 
Focus on one then move to the other. If you gained a level or two back in the 
dungeon, it helps, but these two are so easy you could probably beat them in 
your sleep.


After the battle, they'll return the Relic Stone and run off like the wimps 
they are. You'll exit the cave and your partner will begin to tell you about 
how he wants to find the "secret of the Relic Stone". Take a guess at what 
you'll be doing before the game ends? Anyway, he'll talk about how he tried 
to join an Exploration Team, but got scared, ran off, and found you. Then, 
since you have no place to go, he asks if you want to form an Exploration 
Team after all the good work you did helping him get his stone back. Say yes 
(Of course) and you'll be off to Wigglytuff's Guild to sign up.

Intro Sequence...GO!!!

---------Auto Save Point----------

CH002 Chapter 2- The New Guild Recruits

You start the chapter outside of Wigglytuff's Guild. Your partner steps up to 
the grate first and gets identified. Then it's your turn. For some reason, 
they have difficulty identifying you. Odd, well they let you in anyway, so it 
should be no big deal. After entering you'll head downward, and be greeted by 
a handful of Pokemon just standing around. Then a Chatot will appear and try 
to kick you out before you tell him you're here to become an exploration 
team. He then graciously takes you down to meet with the Guild master, 
Wigglytuff. Upon entering, you'll find out just how strange Wigglytuff is, as 
he just pops up out of nowhere. Well, Wigglytuff agrees for you to be able to 
join the guild as apprentices. You'll get to name your team, but just a heads 
up that Team will always appear before your name so be sure not to name your 
team "Team Dark", or you'll end up being called Team Team Dark the entire 
game. You also get your Exploration Kit, which contains the following:
1-	Explorer Badge (Used on missions to teleport rescued Pokemon away)
2-	Wonder Map (A Map with Wonder in front of it)
3-	Treasure Bag (A.K.A. Your inventory, 16 slots to start)
     Contains- Special Band and (Your Aura Color) Bow

Now that that's done with, Chatot will escort you to your new living 
quarters. Before going to sleep, you partner will talk to you about joining 
the guild and then you'll head off to sleep.

---------Auto Save Point----------

The next morning, you'll be woken up by Loudred (One of the guild members). 
Your partner and you realize you overslept and rush out for the morning 
briefing. After the meeting's done Chatot will show you to the Job Bulletin 
Board on the Second Floor. Here is where you'll get all your Missions and 
such to work on everyday. He'll also explain the basics of Mystery Dungeons, 
the most important point being if you or your partner dies, you'll get a 
"Game Over". You'll be thrown out of the dungeon, and lose all money and 
possibly half of your items. Keep that in mind when you plan missions. Chatot 
will also be kind enough to give you your first job, find Spoink's Pearl. 
This mission takes place in a new dungeon as well, you'll be forced to head 
straight there, but don't worry, and it's also very easy.

Dungeon 2- Drenched Bluff

Floors- 6 + Bottom Floor

Roaming Pokemon- 

Tips/Strategy- Another incredibly easy dungeon. You'll get tips on each floor 
on how to play better if you're a new player, otherwise just zip on through. 
After Floor 6, you'll hit the bottom and find Spoink's Pearl.

You'll auto return to Spoink at the guild and receive your reward:
     -2000 P (Money)

Unfortunately, the guild takes most of the money you earn, leaving you with 
just 10%, so you really only get 200. Oh well, you'll have to deal with it 
since this stays in play throughout the whole game. Afterwards, you'll have 
the dinner scene (One every night before bed) and then head for bed. Your 
partner will talk about how it stinks not getting as much money but still 
feels good for helping Spoink then you'll both drift off to sleep...

CH003 Chapter 3- The Scream

You'll be woken up by Loudred, but this time get a chance to free roam in 
your room before going out for the meeting. Get in the habit of saving every 
morning after you wake up, it can help if you really screw up a dungeon. Now 
head out and after the what will quickly become annoying cheer, Chatot will 
take you upstairs again, but this time to the right. He tell you this is he 
Outlaw Notice Board, just like the Job board, except that you always have to 
fight a Pokemon at the end of the mission, and beat it to complete it. He'll 
then summon Bidoof to show you around the Basement of the guild (Nothing 
important) and the nearby Treasure Town. Your partner will do most of the 
explaining here, so just pay attention so you can learn where everything is. 

After Bidoof leaves, head to the right and talk to one of the Kecleon to see 
what they have for sale. Afterwards, a cut-scene will begin involving an 
Azurill and Marill buying an apple. They drop it after they come back to 
return the spare and you'll pick it up and return it. However, you'll 
suddenly begin to get some sort of headache, and your screen will flash out 
as you hear,


Whoa, weird. Apparently no one else hears it though, so now everyone just 
thinks your crazy. Deposit anything you don't pressingly need for a dungeon 
in Kangaskhan Storage, and then head left again to see another cut-scene with 
the Marill brothers and a Drowzee. They'll tell you how they lost an item and 
Drowzee was going to help them find it. As they walk by, Drowzee will nudge 
and you'll get another headache in which you see Drowzee threatening Azurill. 
Odd, he seemed so friendly. You tell your partner, but he still thinks your 
crazy and tells you not to worry. 

After that, finish up in Treasure Town, head back to the guild, and save if 
you want. Then head to the Second Floor and talk to Bidoof. However, instead 
of getting straight to the point, you'll get some pointless information 
update that is never used again in the game. Afterwards, the board will now 
have a picture of Drowzee as a wanted outlaw, so you and your partner rush 
off. On your way, you meet Marill who says he got separated from the other 
two and shows you to where he lost them...the next dungeon.

Dungeon 3- Mt. Bristle

Floors- 9 + Mt. Bristle Peak
Recommended Level- 7-9

Roaming Pokemon- 

Tips/Strategy- This place could be your first "Challenging" dungeon. You'll 
have to be cautious since a lot of Pokemon have long range attacks. Be at 
least Lv. 7 or 8 when you go in and try to level up at least once throughout 
the trek. After Floor 9, you'll see Drowzee try to get Azurill climb into a 
small hole to get him treasure. Azurill will try to run off and you'll see 
the scene from your headache earlier. This time, however, you and your 
partner will rush in and confront him leading into your first "real" Boss 

B002 Boss Battle- Drowzee
HP- ~100

Much harder then Zubat and Koffing, Drowzee can pose a serious threat if you 
are under-leveled. Start off by throwing an X-Eye Seed at him to confuse him 
if you have one. DO NOT throw a Sleep Seed however, because he has an ability 
that prevents sleep. Watch out for his Hypnosis and Confusion attacks, and if 
you become Confused, throw some sort of projectile (Twig, Geopebble) at him 
since those always hit I found. Heal with Oran Berries when needed, and be 
sure to use moves and not just A-button attacks. You should take him down 
after a couple rounds of attacks, but better to be safe then sorry in this 


After the battle, Drowzee will be arrested by Officer Magnezone and taken 
away. The Marill brothers will reunite and thank you. You'll also get an 
enlarged Treasure Bag, so you can now hold 8 more items! 

Upon returning to the guild, you'll receive your deducted reward of 300 P. 
Not much, but it's better than nothing. Head to bed and it'll be a stormy 
night outside. Your partner will talk to you about your amnesia and then 
begin to tell you about the Time Gears which help keep the world's time in 
order. You'll then see a scene in which a Pokemon (Grovyle as you should be 
able to tell) find a Time Gear and heavily apply he's about to steal it. But 
it's not our problem...yet.

The next three days are composed of what I will now be calling "Job Days". On 
these days, no story events occur, and you have to do a job and return back 
in order to move on. So, save every morning, pick out jobs you think you can 
do, go to Treasure Town when needed, and wait until you do three jobs for the 
next (And probably easiest) chapter to start.

CH004 Chapter 4- The Gatekeepers

You'll wake up like normal, but instead of a Job Day, you'll be put on Sentry 
duty. This is a fun little mini game in which you must identify footprints of 
the Pokemon entering the guild. If you have played way to many Pokemon games 
(Like myself) this will be cake and you'll get some decent rewards. And if 
you stink, you get nothing. That stinks. Well, that's your day, and you'll be 
sent straight to the dinner/bed scenes right afterwards.

To Progress- Job Days x2

-----NOTE: By now you should hopefully be close to or have ranked up. If you 
have, you can now hold twice as many items in Storage, which can really come 
in handy-----

CH005 Chapter 5- The First Official Exploration

The day seems to start normal, but then Chatot will deliver frightening news. 
A Time Gear has been stolen from Treeshroud Forest! Well, we already knew, 
but its news to all your fellow guild members. After a bit of freaking out, 
Chatot will invite you and your partner over and tell you you're about to go 
on your first official exploration! Hooray! It's to a Secret Waterfall that 
rumor has it hides some sort of secret. 

Well, head upstairs, and Chimecho will call you over. She'll give you the 
ability to recruit new members to build up your team. To do this, all you 
have to do is defeat wild Pokemon as usual and they may ask you to join. Say 
"Yes" and they'll become a part of your team until you remover them. Talk to 
Chimecho to arrange your team after recruiting someone, but don't worry about 
it right now. Instead, stock up on items, and when your ready, save and head 
toward the Secret Waterfall.

-----NOTE: Marowak's Dojo is now open in Treasure Town. I've haven't tried 
this yet, but will probably make a section for it after completing the FAQ. -

Secret Waterfall

After arriving, your partner will charge straight for it and get knocked 
back. They then ask you to try, but with the same result. As they're 
contemplating what to do, you'll have another headache flashy thing. In it, 
you'll see a Pokemon (Real tough to guess who...) running straight through 
the waterfall and into a cave. You suggest it to your partner, who once again 
thinks your crazy, but decides to "be the bravest ever!" and jump through 
with you. You both land in the new dungeon, Waterfall Cave.

Dungeon 4- Waterfall Cave
Floors- 8 + Gem Cave
Recommended Level- ~9-10

Roaming Pokemon- 

Tips/Strategy- I really didn't have much trouble with this dungeon. Since I 
was a Grass type, nothing really stood a chance, but if you find yourself in 
trouble, just reset, and train a little bit. Overall, its difficulty depends 
on your starter and partner's types. Just be cautious, and you should make it 
through in no time.

At the end, you'll find a room covered with gems, with a huge one on the back 
wall. Your partner will try to pull it out, but with no luck. You then try, 
but with the same results. As your partner goes and tries to again, you get 
another headache and see the same Pokemon from earlier to try and get the 
gem. They push the gem in, and then water floods in and washes them away. 
Before you can warn your partner, they too push the gem, and you too are 
washed away.

Your partner and you get shot out and land in a lake type area with a bunch 
of Pokemon in it. Do not fear though, they are friendly and as it turns out 
you landed in the middle of a popular Hot Spring! The head Pokemon, Torkoal, 
comes and tells you this and allows you to rest before returning to guild. 
Torkoal will also add the Hot Spring to your Wonder Map, but you can't access 
it until the end of the game.

---------Auto Save Point----------

Upon returning to the guild, Chatot will be ecstatic about your journey. Even 
though you were not able to bring back the gem, he still says it was a great 
success. However, you then confront both him and your partner about the 
Pokemon you saw in your headaches. If you hadn't guessed already, it was 
Wigglytuff. Chatot doubts your accusation, but agrees to go check with the 
Guild master himself. He returns a few moments later with the news that it 
was true, Wigglytuff had been to Waterfall Cave before. Bummer, that just 
totally downsides your entire mission.

It's look like you're about to go to sleep when your partner once again 
begins talking to you. This time they tell you about how you only get your 
strange headaches after you touch someone or something. To make it stranger, 
you also can see into wither the past (Waterfall Cave) or future 
(Drowzee/Azurill). Very odd, but your interrupted when Chatot comes in and 
says the Guild master wants to see you. Apparently, a big expedition is 
coming up to an unknown land and Wigglytuff has decided to consider you as 
candidates for the exploration! But your just candidates at the moment, so 
you still have to work hard if you want to be considered.

CH006 Chapter 6- Team Skull

-----Coming Soon-----

Section 4- FAQ
Some questions I guesses would most likely be asked a lot!

1) When can I evolve my Pokemon?
  Not until after the main story mode is over. And even then you'll have to 
wait awhile before you can evolve yourself and your partner...

2) I'm stuck on (Insert Dungeon/Boss here). Help!
  My best advice, go back and train. Level up a few times, grab some more 
Reviver Seeds and such, and then try again. The game is sort of based on luck 
too, but my best advice would be to train.

3) Are there any differences between Explorers of Time & Darkness?
  All I know of is that you can only get Celebi in Time and Mewtwo in 
Darkness. There are some other version exclusives too, but that's pretty much 
it I'd guess.

Section 5- Version History

Version 0.2 (5/15/08)-
-	Posted up through Chapter 5
-	Completed FAQ, Legal Info, Introduction & Controls

Section 6- Legal Info

This guide cannot be published without my consent. You may not pos this guide 
on any other website without my permission. You may print any part of this 
guide for game help, but not for intent to sell, trade, or do anything else 
with. If you wish to do anything else besides this with my guide, please 
contact me before doing so.

Section 7- Contact Info & Special Thanks

To contact me with nay questions or spelling/content mistakes you may have 
found, please e-mail me at [email protected] 

Special Thanks goes to the following:

-Nintendo for making this game
-You for reading this guide
-Gamefaqs for allowing me to post this guide