Dark Crater

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Dark Crater
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Dark Crater やみのかこう
Dark Crater
Basic info
Floors: 30
Rest stops: 1
Traps: Yes
Monster Houses: Yes
Main type: Fire, Ground
Boss: Darkrai
Aggron, Arbok, Magmortar, Mismagius, Rhyperior, Magcargo
Recruiting: Yes
Items: 48
Money: Allowed
Starting level: Current
Team members: 4

Dark Crater (Japanese: やみのかこう Dark Crater) is a dungeon in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky in the Volcanic Area. This dungeon has 30 floors, with a rest point halfway through, and is unlocked by clearing Spacial Rift. This dungeon is where the hero and their partner, accompanied by Cresselia, will fight the final boss of the second storyline, Darkrai.

All stages of the Fire-type starters that have existed as of Generation IV are found in this dungeon.


The jobs are ranked E, ★2, ★3, or ★4 by default, depending on the floor. Deep Dark Crater is ★4, ★5, ★6 and ★7 for purpose of Treasure Boxes.

The dungeon uses three layout types:

  • Most floors are large sized, with the maximum amount of rooms cycling upwards between 9, 10, 11 and 12 (even when this is not the floor layout, going back to 9 after 12). The exception to this is very last floor of Deep Dark Crater, with only 7 rooms at max.
  • Floors 2 and 4 of Dark Crater have hallways in center with rooms on the edge.
  • Floors 7 and 10 of Dark Crater have hallways on the edges with rooms in center.

There's 2-5 items on ground on floors 1 through 9 of Dark Crater and 3-6 on later floors. There's also 4-7 items in the walls. There's 2-4 starting enemies on each floor.

The IQ Booster activates on every floor. The turn limit is 1000. Items spawn sticky 5% of the time. The player cannot be rescued if knocked out in Deep Dark Crater. Unlike most dungeons, Dark Crater allows 20 attempts per a rescue instead of 10. There is light darkness in the dungeon. There is lava on floors 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 14 of Dark Crater, and 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 13 of Deep Dark Crater. Enemies up to fourth floor of Deep Dark Crater have 150IQ and 331IQ on the later floors of Deep Dark Crater. All Pokémon in the boss fight have 600IQ, granting them various IQ skills.

Pokémon encountered

Dark Crater

Each time player enters floors 4 through 10 of Dark Crater, only 14 of the species that can be found on a given floor will be chosen. The unpicked Pokémon's spawn rate will be added to whichever picked Pokémon is next in the National Dex order, going back to the beginning if needed.

Pokémon Floors Levels Recruit Rate
  Charmander B1-B10 5-7 8.2%
  Cyndaquil B1-B10 5-7 8.2%
  Chimchar B1-B10 5-7 8.2%
  Hippowdon B1-B10 33-35 8.2%
  Numel B1-B11 14-16 6.4%
  Slugma B1-B12 15-17 8.2%
  Growlithe B1-B13 16-18 8.2%
  Ponyta B1-B13 17-19 8.2%
  Torchic B1-B14 5-7 8.2%
  Charmeleon B1-B15 43-46 -10%
  Flareon B1-B15 49-52 -12%
  Combusken B1-B15 45-48 -10%
  Monferno B1-B15 43-46 -10%
  Camerupt B3-B15 46-49 -12%
  Rapidash B4-B15 48-51 -4.5%
  Mewtwo B6 D 50 -22% *
  Arcanine B6-B15 49-51 -12%
  Quilava B11-B15 50-51 -10%
  Magcargo B13-B15 51-52 0.5%
Pokémon cannot be recruited during the first visit.
Mewtwo is only found after unlocking Marine Resort.

Deep Dark Crater

Pokémon Floors Levels Recruit Rate
  Charmeleon B1-B5 46-47 -10%
  Quilava B1-B5 51-52 -10%
  Monferno B1-B5 46-47 -10%
  Camerupt B1-B6 49-50 -12%
  Combusken B1-B8 48-49 -10%
  Arcanine B1-B9, B11-B14 51-53 -12%
  Rapidash B1-B9, B11-B14 51-53 -4.5%
  Flareon B1-B9, B11-B14 52-54 -12%
  Magcargo B1-B11 52-54 0.5%
  Rhyperior B5-B14 53-54 -12%
  Magmortar B5-B14 52-53 -10%
  Charizard B6-B9, B11-B14 53-54 -12%
  Typhlosion B6-B9, B11-B14 53-54 -12%
  Infernape B6-B14 52-53 -12%
  Torkoal B7-B14 53-54 6.4%
  Mismagius B7-B14 52-53 8.2%
  Blaziken B9-B14 53-54 -12%
  Aggron B9-B14 52-53 -10%
  Entei B10 TD 47 6.4% *
Pokémon cannot be recruited during the first visit.

Dark Crater Pit

Pokémon Floors Levels Recruit Rate
  Darkrai Bottom 53 Unrecruitable Boss
  Arbok Bottom 36 Unrecruitable Boss
  Magcargo Bottom 36 Unrecruitable Boss
  Aggron Bottom 36 Unrecruitable Boss
  Mismagius Bottom 35 Unrecruitable Boss
  Rhyperior Bottom 36 Unrecruitable Boss
  Magmortar Bottom 36 Unrecruitable Boss
This boss can only be fought once.



Item Floors
  2-240TD/250S Poké B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  S Gaggle Specs B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Insomniscope B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Lockon Specs B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS No-Aim Scope B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Scope Lens B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Curve Band B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Def. Scarf B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Detect Band B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Friend Bow B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Gold Ribbon B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Heal Ribbon B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Joy Ribbon B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Mobile Scarf B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  S No-Slip Cap B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  No-Stick Cap B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Pass Scarf B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Patsy Band B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Pecha Scarf B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Persim Band B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Power Band B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Racket Band B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Sneak Scarf B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Special Band B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Stamina Band B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Twist Band B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Warp Scarf B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  D Weather Band B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Zinc Band B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  4-5 Iron Thorn B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  4 Silver Spike B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  4-5 Stick B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  4-5 Gravelerock B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Geo Pebble B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  S Gone Pebble B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  S Gravelyrock B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Apple B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Blue Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Brown Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Grass Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Green Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Orange Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Silver Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Sky Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS White Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Black Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Clear Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Gold Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Gray Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Pink Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Purple Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Red Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Royal Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Yellow Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  S Wander Gummi B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Cheri Berry B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Chesto Berry B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Oran Berry B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  S Oren Berry B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Pecha Berry B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Rawst Berry B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Blinker Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Doom Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  S Dough Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  S Dropeye Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Eyedrop Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Quick Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  S Reviser Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Reviver Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Sleep Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  S Slip Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Totter Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  S Via Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Warp Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS X-Eye Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Max Elixir B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  S Mix Elixir B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Aerial Ace B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Attract B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  T Avalanche B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Blizzard B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Brick Break B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Brine B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Bulk Up B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Bullet Seed B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Calm Mind B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Captivate B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  T Dark Pulse B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Dig B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Dive B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Dragon Claw B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Embargo B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Energy Ball B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Explosion B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Facade B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS False Swipe B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Fire Blast B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Flamethrower B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Flash B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Focus Blast B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Focus Punch B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Giga Drain B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Giga Impact B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Grass Knot B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Gyro Ball B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Hidden Power B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Hyper Beam B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Ice Beam B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Iron Tail B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Light Screen B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Natural Gift B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Overheat B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Payback B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Poison Jab B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Protect B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Psych Up B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Psychic B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Recycle B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Reflect B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Rest B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Return B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Roar B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Rock Polish B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Rock Slide B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Roost B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Safeguard B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Secret Power B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Shadow Ball B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Shadow Claw B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Shock Wave B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  T Skill Swap B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Sleep Talk B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Sludge Bomb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS SolarBeam B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Stealth Rock B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Steel Wing B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  T Stone Edge B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Swords Dance B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Taunt B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Thief B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Thunder B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Thunder Wave B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Thunderbolt B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Torment B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Toxic B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Vacuum-Cut B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Water Pulse B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Wide Slash B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  X-Scissor B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS All-Hit Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Blowback Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Cleanse Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Escape Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Evasion Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Foe-Fear Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Foe-Seal Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  Hurl Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Petrify Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Pounce Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Radar Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Rebound Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Rollcall Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Scanner Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Switcher Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Trapbust Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Trawl Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Warp Orb B1-15F, DB1-D14F

Monster House

Item Floors
  2-240TD/250S Poké B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Blue Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Brown Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Grass Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Green Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Orange Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Silver Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Sky Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS White Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Black Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Clear Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Gold Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Gray Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Pink Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Purple Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Red Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Royal Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Yellow Gummi B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Aerial Ace B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Attract B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Brick Break B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Brine B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Bullet Seed B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Calm Mind B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Dig B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Dive B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Embargo B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Energy Ball B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Explosion B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS False Swipe B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Flash B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Focus Blast B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Focus Punch B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Giga Drain B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Giga Impact B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Hidden Power B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Hyper Beam B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Iron Tail B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Light Screen B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Natural Gift B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Payback B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Poison Jab B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Protect B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Recycle B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Reflect B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Rest B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Roar B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Rock Slide B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Roost B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Safeguard B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Shadow Claw B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Shock Wave B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS SolarBeam B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Stealth Rock B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Steel Wing B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Swords Dance B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Taunt B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Thunder Wave B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Thunderbolt B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Torment B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Vacuum-Cut B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Water Pulse B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Wide Slash B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS All-Hit Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS All-Mach Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Blowback Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Cleanse Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Decoy Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Evasion Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Foe-Fear Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Foe-Hold Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Foe-Seal Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  Hurl Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Invisify Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Itemizer Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Luminous Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Mug Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS One-Shot Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Petrify Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Pounce Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Radar Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Rebound Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Scanner Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS See-Trap Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Silence Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Slumber Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Snatch Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Spurn Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Switcher Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Totter Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Transfer Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  DS Trapbust Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Trawl Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F
  TS Warp Orb B3-15F, DB1-D14F

Buried items

Item Floors
  2-240TD/250S Poké B1-15F, DB1-D14F


The game will spawn 5 to 10 of these on each floor and extra in a Monster House

Image Trap Appearance %
  Chestnut Trap 5.78%
  Explosion Trap 2.31%
  Grimy Trap 5.78%
  Gust Trap 2.89%
  Mud Trap 2.89%
  Poison Trap 5.78%
  Pokémon Trap 5.78%
  PP-Zero Trap 5.78%
  Seal Trap 2.89%
  Selfdestruct Trap 1.74%
  Slow Trap 5.78%
  Slumber Trap 6.94%
  Spin Trap 5.20%
  Sticky Trap 2.89%
  Summon Trap 5.78%
  Trip Trap 2.89%
  Warp Trap 5.78%
  Wonder Tile 23.12%

Other encounters

Image Trap B1-B2F B3-B15F, DB1-DB14F
  Monster House 0% 5%


Game Entrance Rest stop Deep Dark Crater Dark Crater Pit

In other languages

Dark Crater

Language Title
  French Cratère Obscur
  German Dunkelkrater
  Italian Cratere Oscuro
  Korean 어둠의 화구 Eodeumui Hwagu
  Spanish Cráter Oscuro

Deep Dark Crater

Language Title
  French Cratère Obscur Profondeurs
  German Tiefer Dunkelkrater
  Italian Cratere Profondo
  Korean 어둠의 화구 최심부 Eodeumui Hwagu Choesimbu
  Spanish Fosa Cráter Oscuro

Dark Crater Pit

Language Title
  French Cratère Obscur Fond
  German Dunkelkratergrube
  Italian Fossa Oscura
  Korean 어둠의 화구 깊은 곳 Eodeumui Hwagu Gipeun Got
  Spanish Sima Cráter Oscuro

Locations in Pokémon world in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky
Major locations
Sharpedo BluffTreasure TownKangaskhan StorageKecleon Shop
Marowak DojoChimecho AssemblyWigglytuff's GuildCroagunk's Swap Shop
BeachFogbound LakeHot SpringLuminous SpringPelipper Island
Spinda's CaféSShaymin VillageSSky PeakS
Beach CaveDrenched BluffMt. BristleWaterfall CaveApple Woods
Side PathCraggy CoastRock PathMt. HornForest Path
Foggy ForestSteam CaveAmp PlainsNorthern DesertQuicksand Cave
Crystal CaveCrystal CrossingChasm CaveDark HillSealed Ruin
Dusk ForestDeep Dusk ForestTreeshroud ForestBrine CaveHidden Land
Temporal TowerMystifying ForestBlizzard IslandCrevice CaveSurrounded Sea
Miracle SeaAegis CaveMt. TravailThe NightmareSpacial Rift
Dark CraterConcealed RuinsMarine ResortBottomless SeaShimmer Desert
Mt. AvalancheGiant VolcanoWorld AbyssSky StairwayMystery Jungle
Serenity RiverLandslide CaveLush PrairieTiny MeadowLabyrinth Cave
Oran ForestLake AfarHappy OutlookMt. MistralShimmer Hill
Lost WildernessMidnight ForestZero Isle NorthZero Isle EastZero Isle West
Zero Isle SouthFinal Maze
Dungeons exclusive to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
Zero Isle CenterDestiny TowerOblivion ForestTreacherous WatersSoutheastern IslandsInferno Cave
Star CaveSky Peak Mountain PathMurky ForestEastern CaveFortune RavineSpring Cave
Southern JungleBoulder QuarryLeft Cave PathRight Cave PathLimestone CavernBarren Valley
Dark WastelandSpacial CliffsDark Ice MountainIcicle ForestVast Ice Mountain
Demo only:
Little PlainsMt. ClearChallenge RiverTrial ForestGuiding SeaHidden Shopkeeper Village

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