Why I Became a Pokémon. The Answer Finally Revealed!!
The Truth of the Curse
Collected in Vol. 1
Chapter number 5
Location Magma Cavern
Manga series Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team
Previous Chapter Battle in a Bitter Cold Land!!
Next Chapter Tears and Emotions - It's the Final Chapter!

Why I Became a Pokémon. The Answer Finally Revealed!! (Japanese: たたりの真実 The Truth of the Curse) is the fifth chapter of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team manga.

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.


Ginji and Mudkip reach a dungeon that is "almost like a maze", as said Mudkip. The two rush through and end up back at the start. They soon encounter Team A.C.T. who have, like Zapdos, Moltres, etc., been fooled by Gengar's rumors. Alakazam tells the two that they are on a rescue mission for Mudkip. Tyranitar snatches Ginji and Alakazam explains to Mudkip that he's the one being fooled. Ginji had defeated Zapdos and Moltres without training of any sort, and that that would normally be impossible. Ginji escapes from Tyranitar's grasp and a fight begins.

Charizard uses Metal Claw, which both Ginji and Mudkip avoid. Tyranitar uses Rock Slide, from which Ginji tries to escape, but almost immediately, Alakazam unleashes Psychic. Mudkip and Ginji use Whirlpool and Flamethrower, respectively, on Tyranitar. Ginji uses a solo move combo of Quick Attack and Peck, and Mudkip uses Water Gun. Charizard faints. Alakazam's allies soon rise up and the brawl continues briefly. Ninetales arrives on the scene and the quarrel immediately ceases. Ninetales reveals that Ginji is not the cursed human being and that Gengar is the cursed human causing the natural disasters. Only Ginji can avert these calamities. Mudkip tries to convince Ginji not to fight the slowly awakening Groudon, but Ginji refuses to listen to Mudkip's ramblings. Team A.C.T. teams up with Ginji and Mudkip to fight Groudon.




  • Ginji (flashback)
  • Multiple people (flashback)


  • In the English translation by VIZ Media, this chapter was only given a title in the magazine version published in Nintendo Power. In the volume version, it is simply titled Chapter Five.

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