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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team (Japanese: ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 赤の救助隊, HepburnPokemon Fushigi no Danjon Aka no Kyūjotai) and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team (Japanese: ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 青の救助隊, HepburnPokemon Fushigi no Danjon Ao no Kyūjotai) are Roguelike games developed by Chunsoft and published by Nintendo. They are the first installments in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon sub-series of the Pokémon franchise. It was released in 2005 in Japan and 2006 in North America, Australia, and Europe for the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Game Boy Advance.

Pokémon from the first three Generations appear in this game and can be fought and recruited to the team.


The player starts out as a human who is turned into a Pokémon, which can be one of sixteen Playable Pokémon and is determined by a personality quiz taken at the beginning of the game. The player chooses a partner Pokémon which is one of ten Pokémon. The game is mission-based with many jobs, which can be found on the bulletin board, requested by mail, or initiated through story events, and include rescuing Pokémon, delivering items, or escorting clients. If the player successfully completes a job, they receive a reward and Rescue Points, which increase a team's rank.

These jobs take part in dungeons, of which the layout is randomized. The objective is to either finish a job, or go through all the floors to find the exit. In the dungeon, there are wild Pokémon that battle with the player's team. These battles are turn-based, and take place in the dungeon map. Pokémon fight using the four moves they know, by using a standard 'A' button attack, or throwing rocks and other items. While going through the dungeon, the player gets hungry, and has to eat food either found in the dungeon, or bought in advance.

Pokémon Quiz[]

Pokémon Quiz

The Pokémon Quiz

In the beginning of the game, there is a quiz that determines what Pokémon the player will be. There are various questions, some of them are below:

  • "Do you sometimes run out of things to do all of a sudden?"
    • Yes.
    • No.
  • "Do you tend to laugh a lot?"
    • Yes.
    • No.
  • "Do you think you are cool? Be honest."
    • Yes
    • No.
  • "Grab any finger on your left hand. Which digit did you grab?"
    • Thumb.
    • Index Finger.
    • Middle Finger.
    • Ring Finger.
    • Little Finger.

Once all of the questions have been asked and answered, the quiz will ask whether the player is a boy or a girl.


The player, who was once a human, wakes up one day as a Pokémon. Natural disasters have started to occur in the world of Pokémon. A Butterfree appears and requests that the player and their partner rescue her baby Caterpie, which is in Tiny Woods. Once the Caterpie is rescued the not yet formed rescue team accepts an Oran Berry, a Pecha Berry, and a Rawst Berry from Butterfree. Once Butterfree and Caterpie are gone, your partner takes you back to his home, which later becomes the rescue team base. Soon, there is a request for another rescue. That request takes place in Thunderwave Cave. The request is to save two Magnemites who are stuck together. One will proceed to join the team after you get your first Friend Areas.

Caterpie comes to the rescue base and asks of your assistance in saving his friend Metapod. Team Meanies comes to the base and steals the requests from the mailbox, stating that they'll save the poor Metapod and have Caterpie join their team. Jumpluff is desperately pleading for help from Shiftry to save his friend who is stuck in the Silent Chasm. After Shiftry fails to return, Jumpluff comes to the Rescue Team Base and requests of your help in saving his friend and Shiftry. Shiftry gets kidnapped by Zapdos, who later took him to the top of Mt. Thunder.

The Rescue Team then goes to the Hill of the Ancients to speak with Xatu, they go there for an explanation as to why the player was turned into a Pokémon. You then learn of the Ninetales legend. The legend goes as followed: One day, a human angered a Ninetales by pulling on one of its tails and ended up cursed. That human's Gardevoir protected its master from the curse, and the human left the Gardevoir. Ninetales makes it so that the human will be reborn as a Pokémon, and when that happens, the balance of nature will be destroyed.

Gengar, of Team Meanies, overheard this conversation, and convinces all the Pokémon in the Pokémon Square that the player is the Pokémon in the legend. The Pokémon in the town then run the player and their partner out of town. To escape the gang of Pokémon that are after them, they venture into Lapis Cave and Mt. Blaze where they battle Moltres. Once Moltres is defeated, the team enters the Frosty Forest and encounters Articuno. Once they defeat Articuno, he tries to attack them once more, and an Absol comes in and inters, informing Articuno of the natural disasters that are occurring in other places. Absol then joins the team. The player and their team, now consisting of their partner and Absol, make their way to Mt. Freeze, where they reach the summit by the time Team A.C.T. arrives. During the fight between the teams, the Ninetales in the legend appears, telling Alakazam to cease the fight. Ninetales lets the player know that they are not the human from the legend.

Another quake occurs soon, and Team A.C.T goes to the Magma Cavern to defeat Groudon. The Rescue Team returns to the town and Gengar is livid. While Team A.C.T is in the Magma Cavern, Wynaut and Wobbuffet ask the Rescue Team to defeat the Mankey Gang in Uproar Forest. In return, the team receives a peeled chestnut, which is used to convince the Mankey Gang to renovate the Rescue Team Base. Once word of Team A.C.T being defeated gets around, a new team consisting of Blastoise, Octillery and Golem go into the Magma Cavern to defeat Groudon. Once the new team is also defeated, the player's rescue team goes down into the Magma Cavern to defeat Groudon themselves.

After the defeat of Groudon, the player's rescur team and Team A.C.T. returns to the town. Xatu announces that a falling star is heading toward the planet. The only Pokémon that can destroy it is Rayquaza. In the following dream, Gardevoir comes to tell the player that the reason they came to the Pokémon world is to be a savior. The player decided to erase the memories of being human to cleanse the heart and mind. Once the player defeats Rayquaza, it uses its Hyper Beam to destroy the falling star. The player is washed up in the aftermath of the explosion, and Gengar tries to take the player to the dark world. Gengar ends up taking a wrong path. The player wakes up in the midst of multiple Pokémon, who are celebrating the end of the natural disasters, but is soon interrupted by the player, who fades into a ball of light and leaves the Pokémon world, saddening the Pokémon.

After the credit sequence, the player wishes hard to stay in the Pokémon world with the irreplaceable partner. The player character reappears at the team base, before the Pokémon that were last seen at the Hill of the Ancients when the player leaves.

Even though the world is saved, the natural calamities do not stop, and the player's rescue team continued as if nothing were changed. At the start of the epologue, the player and their partner find out that Snubbull has evolved into Granbull, and that entrance to the Luminous Cave is now allowed as long as the player is partner-less. After talking to Medicham, Lombre and Whiscash, you learn that there is a beast in the Stormy Sea named Kyogre. The Stormy Sea is now open for exploration. Once you get mail about a new dungeon talk to Lombre, Shiftry will then allow the player to go to the Buried Relic.

Southern Cavern, Wyvern Hill, and Howling Forest will open up after receiving certain Friend Areas as rewards from missions. Once HM Surf is found in the Solar Cave, a Pokémon Spinda walks into the Pokémon Square and faints. The player and their partner take him back to the team base and Spinda informs you that it was looking for the Mirage Pokémon. He gives you the Clear Wing and goes back to Pokémon Square. Your partner suggests you go speak to Xatu.

Once you speak to Xatu, he reveals that you must go to the Three Fields and defeat the Lords of the fields. Entei, the lord of the Fiery Field turns the Clear Wing into the Red Wing. Raikou, the lord of the Lightning Field turns the Red Wing into the Sunset Wing. Suicune, the lord of the Northwind Field turns the Sunset Wing into the Rainbow Wing. Once the Rainbow Wing is obtained, Mt. Faraway is unlocked. After clearing Mt. Faraway by defeating the Mirage Pokémon, Ho-Oh, the player can recruit the Three Field lords and the Mirage Pokémon. If the player goes back to the Square and talks to Spinda, he will be encouraged to go adventuring again.

After getting Southern Island as a friend area, Latios steals the TMs from Kecleon Wares and goes to the Northern Range. It is revealed that Latios stole the TMs because of losing Latias in Pitfall Valley. The player saves her by using the Teleport Gem. Both Latios and Latias may join your team afterwards.

Ekans and Medicham go into the Wish Cave to try to get wishes granted. Once you go and defeat Ekans, he will place a rescue request for Medicham, who's still stuck in the cave. Once you rescue Medicham, you are rewarded with the Wish Stone, which makes Jirachi grant you a wish. Medicham and Ekans reveal that Gengar is trying to climb Mt. Freeze. Gengar then asks for you to escort him up to the peak of Mt. Freeze. Gengar reveals himself as the selfish human, and the master of Gardevoir. Ninetales gives Gengar the Nine Tail Crest and sends him to Murky Cave, where the player and Gengar rescue Gardevoir. Who then joins the player's rescue team with all memories of Gengar forgotten.

Once you recruit Ho-Oh a scene where Blastoise and Charizard are knocked out by a strong Pokémon in a tough dungeon, who is then revealed to be Mewtwo. After defeating Mewtwo twice, it is possible to recruit it. Once you recruit Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos, and talk to Alakazam, access will be granted to Silver Trench by the three birds.

Xatu will appear outside the team base after recruiting Lugia. Blastoise will come and state that he saw weird things in a cave. Xatu will name the place Meteor Cave. The player gains access to Meteor Cave and it is possible to recruit Deoxys.


Starter Pokémon[]

Image Name Male Nature Female Nature Available as Partner
Bulbasaur Docile Calm Yes
Charmander Hardy Brave Yes
Squirtle Jolly Relaxed Yes
Pikachu Impish Hardy Yes
Meowth Quirky - No
Psyduck Relaxed Lonely No
Machop Brave - No
Cubone Lonely Impish No
Eevee - Naïve No
Chikorita - Docile Yes
Cyndaquil Timid - Yes
Totodile Naïve Jolly Yes
Treecko Sassy Quirky Yes
Torchic Hasty Sassy Yes
Mudkip Calm Timid Yes
Skitty - Hasty No

Plot Set Friends[]

Image Name

Non-Playable Characters[]

Image Name Location
Gardevoir Player's Dreams
Xatu Hill of the Ancients
Ninetales Peak of Mt. Freeze
Wynaut Team Base
Wobbuffet Team Base
Mankey Uproar Forest
Butterfree Tiny Woods

Pokémon Square[]

Image Name Location
Kecleon Pokémon Square
Persian Pokémon Square
Wigglytuff Pokémon Square
Kangaskhan Pokémon Square

Pokémon Square
Lombre Pokémon Square
Magnemite Pokémon Square
Jumpluff Pokémon Square

Makuhita Dojo[]

Image Name Location
Makuhita Makuhita Dojo

Whiscash Pond[]

Image Name Location
Whiscash Whiscash Pond
Caterpie Whiscash Pond
Metapod Whiscash Pond

Pelipper Post Office[]

Image Name Location
Pelipper Pelipper Post Office
Bellsprout Pelipper Post Office
Diglett Pelipper Post Office
Dugtrio Pelipper Post Office

Version Exclusives[]

Blue Red
Minun Plusle
Aipom Roselia
Porygon2 Porygon
Magikarp Feebas
Gyarados Milotic
Lapras Mantine


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Pokémon SquareTiny WoodsThunderwave CaveMt. SteelSinister WoodsSilent ChasmMt. ThunderGreat CanyonLapis CaveMt. BlazeFrosty ForestMt. FreezeMagma CavernSky TowerUproar ForestHowling ForestStormy SeaSilver TrenchMeteor CaveFiery FieldLightning FieldNorthwind FieldMt. FarawayWestern CaveNorthern RangePitfall ValleyBuried RelicWish CaveMurky CaveDesert RegionSouthern CavernWyvern HillSolar CaveDarknight RelicGrand SeaWaterfall PondUnown RelicJoyous TowerFar-Off SeaPurity ForestOddity CaveRemains IslandMarvelous SeaFantasy StraitMap-PMDRedBlue
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Friend Areas[]

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Friend Area#SkyFriend Area#BeachFriend Area#Northern SeaFriend Area#Northern IslesFriend Area#Western IslesFriend Area#RuinsFriend Area#Northern LakesFriend Area#GlacierFriend Area#MarshFriend Area#CaveFriend Area#PondFriend Area#PlainsFriend Area#Mountain RangeFriend Area#Eastern ForestFriend Area#RiverFriend Area#Western ForestFriend Area#Southwest IslesFriend Area#VolcanoFriend Area#Eastern PondsFriend Area#Eastern LakesFriend Area#BadlandsFriend Area#JungleFriend Area#RelicsFriend Area#Southern SeaFriend Area#Southern IslesFriend Area#South PlainsFriend Area#DesertMap-PMD-friendareas
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Only Blue Rescue Team was released in Korea.