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A Partner Pokémon (Japanese: パートナーのポケモン or パートナーポケモン Partner Pokémon) is a Pokémon who accompanies the player on their adventure. Partner Pokémon play major roles in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series and the Pokémon Ranger series.
At the beginning of the game, the player is presented with a quiz that decides which Pokémon he or she will play as, and then the partner is chosen (see below). The player and partner are the only playable Pokémon until the first mission is completed and a Friend Area is purchased. After the player has completed the main story, what Pokémon may be used as the main character is now an option, and the partner is not required for subsequent missions. If the partner Pokémon was knocked out during missions prior to finishing the main storyline, it counts as a failure of the mission.
The game starts with a quiz to decide what Pokémon the player starts as, and then the player chooses a partner. The partner has to tag along and the player will automatically lose should the partner Pokémon be knocked out until the main story is completed. However, the player and partner will still walk around in Treasure Town.
|Bulbasaur||Lonely||Docile||Bulbasaur's Overgrow Ability powers up Grass-type moves when it's weakened.|
|Charmander||Docile||Brave||This starter Pokémon wears its emotions on its tail—the flame on its tail, that is!|
|Squirtle||Quirky||Bold||With its Water Terrain Ability, Squirtle can lead you across rivers and lakes!|
|Pikachu||Brave||Hasty||Pikachu is one of the starters you can choose from! We wonder if its Ability, Static, will come in to play?|
|Meowth*||Sassy||Relaxed||If Meowth sees something Shiny, its eyes sparkle like jewels!|
|Chikorita||Calm||Quiet||Grass-type Pokémon like Chikorita can be found in forests.|
|Cyndaquil||Timid||Calm||Cyndaquil delivers a warm reception when it's angered or startled—its back erupts with fire!|
|Totodile||Jolly||Sassy||Even its friends need to be careful of Totodile—it has a habit of biting anything with its developed jaws.|
|Treecko||Quiet||Hardy||After you battle in the Explorer Maze, Treecko shows up to request a job.|
|Torchic||Hardy||Rash||Those who hug Torchic get an extra warm feeling because a fire burns inside its body!|
|Mudkip||Rash||Lonely||Skilled in Water-type moves, Mudkip checks its surroundings using the fin on its head.|
|Skitty*||Hasty||Naïve||Skitty is so adorable that its Cute Charm Ability can even infatuate its foes.|
|Turtwig||Bold||Timid||Turtwig is a Grass-type Pokémon. Will it be powerful in grassy areas?|
|Chimchar||Naïve||Impish||Using Fire-type moves with Chimchar will definitely help you out in a pinch.|
|Piplup||Impish||Quirky||Piplup is friendly and enthusiastic. It will make a great Pokémon adventurer!|
|Munchlax*||Relaxed||Jolly||Let's hope Munchlax's hunger doesn't stop it from being a great adventurer.|
As in Explorers of Time and Darkness, the game starts with a quiz to decide what Pokémon the player starts as, and then the player chooses a partner. The partner has to tag along and the player will automatically lose should the partner Pokémon be knocked out until the main story is completed. However, the player and partner will still walk around in Treasure Town.
The partner is chosen by a selection screen.
In the Pokémon Ranger series
Partner Pokémon are the only Pokémon allowed to always accompany a Pokémon Ranger and do not leave after using a Poké Assist like other Pokémon. Combined, there are more than 20 Partner Pokémon in the three Pokémon Ranger games.
The number of possible Partner Pokémon was greatly increased, now up to 17, one for each type, so the player would have access to a Partner Pokémon with every type of Poké Assist. The player encounters their first at Nabiki Beach, either Pachirisu, Starly or Munchlax. The two not chosen are obtainable later on in the game. Also, throughout the game, the player can obtain different Partner Pokémon by completing certain quests involving the Pokémon. However, Kricketot, Croagunk and Mime Jr. are obtained during the main storyline. The player is only allowed to take one partner at a time. The rest remain at Partner Farm.
In the main storyline, players get to befriend a ukulele-playing Pichu on Dolce Island. The Assist of Ukulele Pichu gets several upgrades as players progress through the game. When playing in the past, due to the fact that the Ukulele Pichu stays in the present, players may choose as their partner any Pokémon whose heart slate they have obtained from a temple. When first arriving in the past, players have a Piplup as their partner.
|Main|| Ranger • Top Ranger • Ranger Rank|
Partner Pokémon • Poké Assist • Field Move • Ranger Sign
Mission • Quest • Ranger Net
|Locations|| Fiore • Almia • Oblivia|
Ranger Base • Ranger Depot • Ranger Union • Ranger School
|Capture Stylers||Capture Styler • Super Styler • Power Styler|
|Antagonists||Go-Rock Squad • Team Dim Sun • Team Debonairs • Pokémon Pinchers|
|Misc.||The Almia Times • The King of Almia and the Three Princes • Glossary|
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