There is a new place called Spinda's Café where the following can be found:
Spinda's Juice Bar grants access to several exclusivedungeons, and it also allows players to make drinks out of food items.
Recycle Shop allows players to exchange excess items for other items. The more items exchanged, the better the items available will be. Players may also trade items for Prize Tickets (more kinds of tickets can be unlocked by a team's rank; for example, Silver Tickets are only available to teams in the Silver rank). Prize tickets can be used in a lottery, where the player gets to choose from three colors for the drawing (red, blue, and yellow). The player can sometimes get rare items this way.
The player's team recruits who are currently in the party can now be found in Spinda's Café instead of the crossroads (once it opens).
Job requests can also be found here, and can be accepted or rejected by talking to the client to the left of the exit.
Dungeons that were previously only attainable through job requests can also be found in Spinda's Juice Bar and the Recycle Shop.
There is a new location called the Secret Bazaar which is found randomly in dungeons. It is run by Kirlia. The bazaar has several stalls found inside.
Mime Jr.'s stall restores the team's Health Points (HP), Power Points (PP), and fill the belly for 100 Poké.
Swalot's Grab Bag Shop gives players Grab Bags for 100 Poké. They may hold useful items inside them.
Lickilicky will clean the player's items in their inventory for 100 Poké.
Shedinja's gives players a chance to escape the dungeon sooner for 100 Poké.
A new location, Shaymin Village, is unlocked after completion of the main game, featuring a tribe of Shaymin, where the player also allies with Team Frontier to reclaim the trail leading to the top of the nearby Sky Peak mountain. An accompanying Shaymin demonstrates its ability to instantly purify polluted environments, its use of the Gracidea to transform into its Sky Forme, and can be later recruited into the player's party.
Occasionally bottles containing job requests will wash up along the beach. Upon finding a bottle the player has the option to take or reject the request. Rejected jobs remain on the beach until taken. However, if the player wants, they can accept the job and then delete it to remove the bottle.
Some of the items found in a dungeon might not be what they seem to be. These items are called Lookalike Items. For example, a blue Berry found in a dungeon might not be of the healing Oran variety, but the damaging Oren.
Outlaws may react to the player's appearance. While some just attack as normal, others are located in a Monster House, while others may run away, similarly to if a Foe-Fear Orb was used on them. Their reaction is hinted at by the title and description of the job.
Other minor differences with Time and Darkness
When the player robs a Kecleon in Time/Darkness he says "Robbed! I've been robbed! Catch the thief!". In Sky, he says, "My precious merchandise! Catch the thief!" instead.
When the player recruits a Pokémon, and the team is full, it allows the player to choose who he or she would like to send back to the guild, instead of immediately sending the new recruit back. Likewise, the same goes if the player tries to do an escort mission and the team is full.
The amount of time it takes to save the player's game is shorter.
When saving his or her game, the player can choose whether he or she wants to continue playing or return to the main menu.
The ending theme "Memories Returned" has been extended slightly.
When the team leader tries to switch places with a teammate while he or she on a terrain the teammate cannot normally walk on, the teammate will warp right back to the player, whereas in previous games it would warp him or her to a random spot.
Wonder Mail is replaced with a new format called Wonder Mail S, which is not compatible with Time/Darkness, and making Time/Darkness Wonder Mail codes incompatible with Sky.
Money rewards from jobs are now stated as the complete reward before it says that the team received its share of the reward.
When money appears in amounts of 1,000 Poké or more, it now includes a comma in the normal place.
When the introduction screen for each chapter is shown, there is now an image in the background based on what will happen in that chapter.
In the beginning when the game asks if the player has played Time/Darkness, and if the player answers yes, some dungeon Pokémon will have their recruitment rate doubled.
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In the beginning of the game, the player takes a quiz. The answers to these questions determine a nature that decides which Pokémon the player starts with. Certain characters are only available to players of a certain gender.
After the player's character is determined, they then choose their partner Pokémon. The partner can be any of the playable characters shown above, excluding the player's character. Additionally, the partner cannot be the same type as the player.
Gaming magazine Famitsu gave Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky a score of 35 out of 40.IGN rated the game a "Bad" 4.9/10. It holds a rating of 55.84% on GameRankings, based on 19 reviews.
As of March 31, 2010, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky has sold 1.40 million copies worldwide.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky sold 141,771 units on its first week on the Japanese market, with a sell-through of 39.28%. By January 2, 2011, the end of its 90th week, it had sold 411,649 copies.