Grovyle (Explorers of Time, Darkness, and Sky)
Grovyle in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
Grovyle is a major character in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky. Grovyle and the player both came from the future to stop time from freezing and the planet's paralysis. Early in the game, Grovyle is discovered to be stealing the Time Gears, and is labeled as a criminal. But later in the game, the player and their partner team up with Grovyle to stop Temporal Tower's collapse.
In the games
Prior to the events of the story, Grovyle and the player met in the paralyzed future and, upon discovering they both wanted to reverse the sad fate they live in, resolved to work together and undo the circumstances that caused the planet's paralysis. Once it was discovered that the player had a rare ability called the Dimensional Scream, they used this power to find the locations of Time Gears, ancient relics that regulated the flow of time before the world was paralyzed. During this time, they recruited members for a special group called the Planetary Investigation Team, including a Shiny Celebi that immediately developed a not-so-subtle crush on Grovyle, and gathered intelligence about Temporal Tower while avoiding attempts made by Primal Dialga and his top lieutenant, Dusknoir, to prevent them from succeeding.
Upon discerning the locations of the five Time Gears necessary to stop the planet's paralysis, Grovyle and the player confer with Celebi on how to get back to the past, and she reveals that she uses a tunnel called the Passage of Time whenever she needs to travel long distances in time. However, at some point, they learn that, should they manage to succeed with their plan, they'll be erased from time due to being from a future that will no longer exist. Though disheartened by the news, they ultimately decide this is for the best as any future that isn't as bleak as the world they live in is well worth the sacrifice. However, their attempt to execute their plan in the past hits an immediate snag when an unknown attacker intercepts and attacks them mid time travel, seriously injuring the player when they intercept the attack and causing them to be separated as a result.
Upon waking up in the Eastern Forest, Grovyle is greeted by the first sunrise he's ever seen in his life, which emotionally overwhelmed him and strengthened his resolve. However, he is unable to find the player anywhere, forcing him to assume they are likely searching for the Time Gears from where they are and deciding to proceed alone, though worrying about them all the same. He manages to collect the Time Gears from Treeshroud Forest and Limestone Cavern without major incidents, but runs into his first roadblock at Fogbound Lake when its guardian, Uxie, interferes with his attempt to collect it. Grovyle manages to collect the Time Gear, but Uxie escapes and warns the public of what happened, painting Grovyle as a wicked thief who is 'stealing' the Time Gears for some sinister motive.
While combing Quicksand Desert for any clues relating to that location's Time Gear, Grovyle spots an unknown group of Pokémon in an exploration team looking for it as well. Following them, he eventually discovers a hidden cave system buried under a quicksand pit that eventually leads him to the Time Gear. Using this to his advantage, Grovyle allows the team to incapacitate the Time Gear's guardian, Mesprit, allowing him to swoop in and take the Time Gear with minimal resistance from the defenders. With this leg of the plan nearly accomplished, Grovyle quickly heads to Crystal Cave to deal with the last Time Gear and its guardian, Azelf. He manages to defeat the Lake guardian, but before he can make a move on the Time Gear, Azelf reveals his trump card: Having been forewarned that Grovyle was coming and anticipating the possibility that he might not be able to slow him down, Azelf set up a defensive barricade of crystals around the lake to prevent the 'thief' from getting near the Time Gear.
Blinded by fury over being robbed of his chance to save the world, Grovyle vents his frustration by attacking the unknown exploration team, who followed him to the cave in order to stop him. Grovyle defeats the team after a battle (the player can win, but it will still be treated as a loss) and attempts to strike down one of its Pokémon, but, to his horror, he is stopped by Dusknoir, who followed him in order to protect the paralyzed future, forcing him to make a hasty retreat. As he struggles to come up with a new plan to get the Crystal Cave Time Gear, Grovyle does some reconnaissance and hears that the Lake Trio are attempting to come up with a way to seal that Time Gear away permanently. Horrified, Grovyle rushes back to the cave to secure the Time Gear while he still can, never realizing until too late that this rumor was actually a ruse by Dusknoir to lure him into a trap. Defeated, bound, and gagged, Grovyle is dragged in front of a local village, where he learns that Dusknoir mislead a renowned exploration guild, amongst that guild's members being the two Pokémon of the unknown exploration team, into helping him secure the capture. Unable to speak up and reveal the truth, Grovyle is forced into a nearby Dimensional Hole by two of Dusknoir's Sableye minions.
After arriving back in the future, Grovyle is immediately slated for execution along with the two guild members of the exploration team, whom were captured by Dusknoir after Grovyle was sent through the Dimensional Hole. Confused but undeterred by this pair's situation, Grovyle manipulates the Sableye to cut the three of them loose, then uses a combination of a Luminous Orb and Dig into order for them to escape. However, an argument breaks out when one of the Pokémon on the team, who had come to deeply look up to Dusknoir, cannot tear themselves away from Dusknoir's influence enough to consider working with Grovyle, prompting him to go ahead alone. Attempting to reach the forest where he first met Celebi, Grovyle inadvertently runs afoul a nearby Spiritomb. Fortunately, he is rescued by the exploration team, who have come to accept that, although they can't trust him, they will need to work with him in order to get back to their own time.
After giving the team the rundown of their future and his reasons for traveling to the past, as well as Dusknoir's role as the loyal agent of Primal Dialga, Grovyle takes them to meet Celebi, who unusually seems to recognize one of the Pokémon on the team. She informs them that a Passage of Time has opened on a nearby cliff and offers to take them there. However, just as they reach it, Dusknoir and the Sableye, along with Primal Dialga himself intervene, with Dusknoir claiming that the escapees were being followed so that Celebi could be caught too. Knowing they are severely outmatched with Primal Dialga present, Grovyle voluntarily gives up, but reveals that he has a friend presumably still in the past whom he is sure will succeed where he failed, a fact which he takes final comfort in. Dusknoir, however, believes otherwise and drops a major bombshell on him: One of the Pokémon in the exploration team was actually Grovyle's lost friend, the player, this whole time. Grovyle initially refutes Dusknoir's claim as his friend is a human, until Dusknoir explains that the player was previously a human, having been turned into a Pokémon and losing all memory of their past during their time travel accident. When Dusknoir discovered that this "Pokémon" possessed the Dimensional Scream and was told their name, he had acted to befriend the team and led his two time-travelling targets into unknowingly turning against each other. Utterly horrified at the sheer extent of Dusknoir's machinations and knowing that there was truly no hope left for this future, Grovyle's spirit is crushed, but then the player's partner, now finally awakened to the truth behind their hero and angered by his unashamed manipulation of their best friend, gets the idea of Celebi teleporting them close enough to the Passage of Time. This plan works despite Primal Dialga's interference and the three of them escape back to the present, after which Celebi closes the passage and narrowly avoids capture herself.
Back in the present, due to everyone in this time believing Grovyle is a notorious criminal, the group take shelter in the partner's old home, Sharpedo Bluff, where Grovyle brings the player up to speed on everything they had forgotten. While resting to prepare to reclaim the Time Gears, Grovyle has a conversation with the partner, where he asks how they were able to keep their head in the future and not surrender when they knew they were in grave danger; when the partner casually explains it was just because the player was there and recalls many other moments where the player's presence helped them be brave and overcome fear, even noting how cripplingly timid they had been before meeting the player, Grovyle remarks that the player has brought out the best in both of them and how fortunate the player is to have had their partner as a friend. The group then resumes the plan to collect the Time Gears starting with the one at Treeshroud Forest, which Grovyle knows first hand is relatively unguarded. However, when they discover that time in Treeshroud Forest has remained frozen despite the return of the Time Gear, Grovyle realizes that Temporal Tower's collapse is progressing faster than he anticipated.
Knowing they won't be able to stop the planet's paralysis at the rate they're going, Grovyle sends the player and partner to find the Hidden Land, the mysterious uncharted area that houses Temporal Tower, while he gathers the Time Gears. This time, the collection proceeds far more smoothly than last time as the Lake Trio were informed by members of Wigglytuff's Guild, whom the player had reunited with and sought help from, of the new situation with the world's fate, the true story between Grovyle and Dusknoir, and of Grovyle's heroic intentions. Understanding that these developments explain why time was still corroding away despite the Time Gears being returned, the trio willingly gave him their three Time Gears. Once the five Time Gears were in his possession, Grovyle is approached by Guildmaster Wigglytuff, who informs him that the player is close to finding the Hidden Land's location and that he needed to go with him to Brine Cave in order to hook up with them for the journey. Arriving just as they chase off some thugs who had injured Chatot when he shielded the player and partner, Wigglytuff sends the reunited trio ahead while he and the guild's crew take Chatot back for treatment.
Once the group reaches the Hidden Land, Grovyle leads them into its depths in search of a Rainbow Stoneship. Arriving at some ruins, they discover that the interior temple is in fact the Rainbow Stoneship but needs the partner's Relic Fragment to activate it. However, they are intercepted before they can activate it by Dusknoir and the Sableye, having been warped there directly to intercept them rather than waste time tracking them down all over again. After a tough battle, Dusknoir is defeated, forcing the Sableye to retreat in shock and giving the partner time to activate the Rainbow Stoneship. While the partner is away, however, Dusknoir come to and reminds the player and Grovyle of what will happen should they go through with stopping the planet's paralysis. Grovyle admits to the player that this is the case and that they had previously accepted what must happen to them as inevitable, as they do now, but laments one new flaw in their plan: while they can accept what will happen to them, he's not sure the partner will be able to take it as easily and fears what might happen to them should their closest friend disappear from their life. However, this gives Dusknoir enough time to recover and attack the player, forcing Grovyle to make the ultimate sacrifice: Dropping the Time Gears, Grovyle pounces towards Dusknoir and physically restrains him, ultimately pushing Dusknoir and himself into a nearby Dimensional Hole which sends both of them back to the paralyzed future, thus clearing the way for the player and partner to begin scaling Temporal Tower.
After Temporal Tower has been restored, the player is indeed erased from history, presumably alongside everyone else from the dark future. However, in return for their bravery and as a token of gratitude for the still-heartbroken partner, Dialga restores the player to existence a few months afterwards.
The story begins as Grovyle and Dusknoir lay on the ground unconscious back in the future. After waking up, Grovyle is worried to see that the future is still dark, but reassures himself that the player and partner simply have not set the Time Gears in place yet. He is then spotted by a Sableye, who runs away. Dusknoir wakes up as well, but his injuries prevent him from attacking Grovyle. Grovyle then decides to travel to Temporal Tower and confront Primal Dialga himself, simply to buy the player and partner some time. He heads out into the Barren Valley with Dusknoir in pursuit.
At the Barren Valley Clearing, Dusknoir and the Sableye catch up to Grovyle and are about to attack him when the Sableye start attacking Dusknoir as well. Puzzled by this new development, Dusknoir has no choice but to fight alongside Grovyle. After the Sableye are defeated, he muses over his situation while Grovyle starts to leave. Dusknoir then proposes that he and Grovyle team up temporarily, claiming the need to question his minions and Primal Dialga for this seeming betrayal. Grovyle, though wary, accepts. At the end of the Dark Wasteland, Grovyle ambushes a Sableye using Dig, taking him with Dusknoir to an isolated place for questioning. The Sableye reveals that they are now on the orders of Primal Dialga's new henchman, a "resourceful" Pokémon who will be sent to the past as Dusknoir's assigned replacement. For his repeated failures to secure the player and Grovyle, Dusknoir's elimination has also been ordered. Enraged by the betrayals of his master and underlings, Dusknoir starts attacking the Sableye, venting his frustration by delivering a powerful punch to the rock walls. Dusknoir decides to accompany Grovyle to Temporal Tower. Grovyle agrees, but is concerned about what will happen if Dusknoir decides to side with Primal Dialga and the new henchman.
Arriving at the Temporal Pinnacle, the duo discovers that nobody is there. Grovyle is confused: to send an agent back to the past, Dialga would need to be inactive for a long time to accumulate enough power to do so. However, Dusknoir recalls that he could also use the Passage of Time in Dusk Forest to do this. Grovyle suddenly realizes that this would mean that Celebi is in danger of being captured by Dialga, and rushes to Dusk Forest. In the Black Swamp, they are once again confronted by Sableye. Dusknoir grabs one after the pack are defeated, who reveals that Primal Dialga has taken Celebi to Frozen Island, a desolate island to the south. Dusknoir informs Grovyle that the only way to get there is to be transported by the Porygon in Spacial Cliffs. As they head there, Dusknoir notes that he has begun to regain his strength, which concerns Grovyle, especially after recalling Dusknoir's violent behavior while questioning the Sableye at the Dark Wasteland.
At the end of Spacial Cliffs, Grovyle and Dusknoir find the Porygon, who proceed to warp them to Frozen Island. Here, they find a trio of Snorunt who proceed to play a prank on Grovyle. While angered, he and Dusknoir proceed into Dark Ice Mountain. At the Pinnacle, Grovyle is almost struck by a falling ice shard, but Dusknoir pushes Grovyle out of the way and takes the hit instead. Before he can recover, however, they are attacked by a group of four Glalie and one Mamoswine. After they are defeated, they hide in a crack in the ice to let Dusknoir rest. As they talk, Dusknoir asks Grovyle why is he so intent in changing the future while knowing he would disappear should he succeed. Grovyle replies by saying that even if he had not sought to change history, he would eventually cease to exist either way, and so it would be preferable to make his spirit shine in his short life than live a long, unaccomplished life, so that his actions would be remembered and live on beyond his life. While Dusknoir thinks about these statements, the duo heads out to Icicle Forest.
Once there, they notice that they find another Snorunt, who confirms that Celebi and the Sableye went through there. Before it can say anything else, one of the icicles starts to sparkle violently. After this, Snorunt runs away, and Grovyle and Dusknoir proceed into the dungeon. At the end of it, they unusually stumble upon the Spiritomb who accosted Grovyle during his last return, who is holding Celebi hostage. While threatening Spiritomb, Grovyle starts feeling very uneasy, and as he steps into the middle of four large ice pillars, a powerful electrical discharge comes out of them, shocking Grovyle. Suddenly, Dusknoir starts laughing madly, revealing it was all according to his plan and that he had never been replaced after all. He and the Sableye had played out this staged story of a new henchman the entire time, with the final goal of luring Grovyle to the middle of the pillars where the clashing electricity would "melt his spirit away". After that had happened, Dusknoir, as a Ghost type, would inhabit his empty body and travel to the past. Once he returned, the player and partner would immediately trust "Grovyle", giving Dusknoir the perfect chance to bring them down and for all. With that, Dusknoir finally reveals the identity of Primal Dialga's supposed new henchman: Grovyle himself. Grovyle is shocked, as he cannot see how he would have informed the Sableye, but then realizes that Dusknoir must have woken up before him after they arrived back in the future, which gave him the chance to create the elaborate ruse.
However, despite all this, Grovyle still claims to trust Dusknoir. Although Dusknoir had indeed fooled and betrayed him, Grovyle could sense that, through the course of their adventure, Dusknoir's spirit had genuinely begun to reform. Noting to him that his allegiance with Primal Dialga simply came from a desire to not disappear, Grovyle declares that there is no happiness to be found in the dark future. Though Dusknoir attempts to deny this, he soon begins to struggle with these feelings as Grovyle repeats the same statement to the Sableye, who also look uneasy. Soon, the electrical discharge becomes too much for Grovyle but as he finally begins to black out, Dusknoir makes his decision and saves him at the last second.
Everyone is shocked by this turn of events, but soon, Primal Dialga appears and starts attacking Dusknoir for his betrayal. The Sableye choose to support Dusknoir's action and begin attacking Dialga in retaliation, but to no avail, as they are knocked back as well. Grovyle's strength has been completely drained away and he is unable to do anything to help his former enemies. As the scene goes on, the terrified Spiritomb flees from Dialga's wrath; this frees Celebi, who also goes to confront Dialga. It is at this point, however, that an aurora suddenly appears in the sky and the wind starts to blow, meaning that time has begun to move once more now that the player and partner have just succeeded in restoring the past Temporal Tower. However, this drives Dialga completely berserk, acting solely on instinct and fleeing to Vast Ice Mountain. Dusknoir theorizes that his instinct has driven him to destroy the second Passage of Time located at the summit, an act with incalculable consequences. However, Grovyle knows that he is starting to vanish, so the group quickly make their way up the mountain.
At the Pinnacle, Grovyle, Dusknoir, and Celebi finally confront Primal Dialga. Dawn is breaking, and Dialga seems to be strained by the flow of time. Suddenly, all four of them start to vanish, which prompts the final battle to begin. As Dialga is defeated, morning finally arrives, and one by one, they start to disappear, starting with Dialga. As Dusknoir is vanishing, he asks whether or not his spirit shone. Grovyle responds that it did, and finally content, Dusknoir vanishes. The sun rises, and Grovyle, with Celebi in his arms, watches the beautiful sight as they vanish together.
However, the trio soon awakens, realizing they have not disappeared, and neither have the other Pokémon. Dialga appears, restored to normal. He is eternally grateful to them, and starts to transform the world into a lush, verdant land. Dialga says their survival was the intervention of a higher being. It is then that Grovyle, thoroughly overjoyed to be alive in this revitalized world and wondering if the player was also spared, starts sending a message on the wind to the player and partner, telling them they are all safe and promising to rebuild their world together.
Grovyle reappears in the present day in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, where he requests the player's help to rescue Celebi. The duo from the future join the player's team after completing the request. Grovyle is connected to Dusknoir and Mesprit in the Connection Orb, as well.
Personality and characteristics
Grovyle is a powerful and skilled warrior. He's also willing to do anything to alter the dark future in which he lived, even if it meant dying himself or outright killing others, as he nearly killed Azelf and the partner when they stood between him and a Time Gear. He is kind and helpful, unless others doubt him or attempt to stand in his way.
As Dusknoir pointed out in the Special Episode In the Future of Darkness, Grovyle is shown to be rather innocent in nature, especially after he was attacked with Ice Shard by a group of three Snorunt over on Frozen Island as a prank, easily angering Grovyle; however, he also pointed out how Grovyle's innocence also shields him from being influenced by the future's darkness, indicating a strong will that exists within Grovyle. Grovyle's strong will seems to be his main driving force in restoring the dark future to what it once was. Grovyle seems to be very motivational to those around him, especially when he was able to get to Dusknoir, after recovering from battling four Glalie and a Mamoswine, changing his dark and evil ways, slowly allowing Dusknoir to redeem himself; the same thing could be said with the six Sableye when Grovyle motivates and persuades the Sableye to change their ways, as their changes of heart helped spare Dusknoir from Primal Dialga's wrath.
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Dig can't be forgotten or replaced with another move.
In the anime
Grovyle appeared in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness, where he stole the second Time Gear.
Grovyle reappeared in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness alongside Team Poképals, as they fought Dusknoir in the Hidden Land, like the end of the games the special is based on.
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In the manga
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blazing Exploration Team
Grovyle appears as a major character in this manga, serving the same role he does in the games.
Grovyle first appears in an unknown area taking a Time Gear, which causes the time in the area to freeze in place. Later, he appears at the Crystal Crossing, attacking Azelf to obtain another Time Gear. He is then attacked by Honō and Totodile, who came to save Azelf from Grovyle. Despite being attacked relentlessly by the two, Grovyle manages to easily dodge and shrug off their attacks, even a super effective Flamethrower. Despite the clear advantage he has, Grovyle is shocked to find that Honō and Totodile are being helped by Dusknoir.
Seeing Dusknoir distracts Grovyle long enough for Honō and Dusknoir to defeat and capture him. Afterward, they take Grovyle back to the Guild, where Dusknoir reveals that Grovyle is actually a thief from the future. Dusknoir explains that he is from the future as well, and went back in time to take Grovyle back to his time to be executed. Using a special portal to the future, Dusknoir sends Grovyle forward in time, but soon pushes Honō and Totodile through it as well.
Later, Grovyle, Honō, and Totodile find themselves in the future about to be executed by Dusknoir. Due to Totodile not understanding why Dusknoir has tied them up, Grovyle reveals that Dusknoir is truly evil, and is following the orders of his master, Primal Dialga. Using a plan with Honō, Grovyle and the others are freed from their bindings and manage to escape with a Luminous Orb. Despite saving them from execution, Totodile refuses to believe that Grovyle is a good guy and the ensuing argument causes the group to separate.
Despite their distrust of Grovyle, Honō manages to convince Totodile to search for him since he might know how to get back to the past. When they find Grovyle, he is trapped by a Spiritomb that is easily defeated by Totodile and Honō. After they rescue him, they explain to Grovyle why they rescued him, to which he understands and lets them join him. They venture through the Deep Dusk Forest and find Celebi so that she can use the Passage of Time and send them back into the past. However, they are soon ambushed by Dusknoir, several Sableye, and their master, Primal Dialga.
As they battle them, Dusknoir reveals that Honō is actually the human partner of Grovyle's that went missing some time ago. Celebi sacrifices herself to block one of Dusknoir's attacks and sends the group back in time. After returning to the past, Totodile decides to take them to his house on Sharpedo Bluff as a place to stay due to Grovyle being a wanted criminal in the present time. The next day, Grovyle decides to re-gather the remaining Time Gears while Honō and Totodile get information on the Hidden Land to prevent the dark future from happening.
Later, Grovyle arrives at the Hidden Land with the Time Gears to help Honō and Totodile face Dusknoir. With teamwork, the three manage to defeat the powerful foe once and for all. Defeated, Dusknoir reveals that if they stop the dark future from happening, all of the Pokémon in the future will disappear, Grovyle included. Grovyle reveals that he, Honō, and Celebi all knew this was going to happen but decided to change the past anyway. Soon after, Grovyle sacrifices himself by pushing Dusknoir back to the future along with himself. Admiring his bravery, Totodile and Honō set off for the Temporal Tower to fix the future.
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For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Grovyle.
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