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The Pokémon Ranger series (Japanese: ポケモンレンジャー Pokémon Ranger) is a series of action adventure spin-off games developed by Creatures for the Nintendo DS. The series comprises a total of three different games, and has been expanded into several manga and several anime specials.

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History

The first game in the series, Pokémon Ranger, was released in 2006. As the last game released during Generation III, it primarily features Pokémon available in that generation, but like the other Ranger games, it can communicate with the Generation IV core series games to transfer over the Manaphy Egg. The movie Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea was released a few months later to promote the game. The manga Pokémon Ranger the Comic: Double Mission, set in the canon of Pokémon Adventures, was also based off the game. In addition, a Pokémon Ranger was featured in the sixty-second chapter of the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga.

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia is the second game in the Pokémon Ranger series, and was released in 2008. The game primarily features Pokémon from Generation IV. An two-part anime special consisting of Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1) and (Part Two) featuring the game's male protagonist aired near the game's release as part of the main anime series. Darkrai Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger Vatonage - the Comic is a manga adaptation based upon the game.

Released in 2010, Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs is the third and final game in the series. Two anime specials, Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part One) and Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part Two), were aired to promote the game. An episode featuring the game's male protagonist titled Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue! aired as part of the main anime series.

Gameplay

In all three games, the player, a Pokémon Ranger under the command of the Ranger Union, uses a Capture Styler to befriend Pokémon and use them to help capture other Pokémon or clear obstacles. The player goes on Ranger Missions, tasks assigned to them from a Ranger Base or the Ranger Union itself, encountering people who abuse Pokémon along the way. Eventually, the player confronts the villainous team and foils their plans.

List of games

Gen. Image Title Japanese title Platform Release date
Japan North America Europe Australia Taiwan
III Ranger EN boxart.jpg Pokémon Ranger ポケモンレンジャー
Pokémon Ranger
Nintendo DS,
Wii U VC
March 23, 2006 October 30, 2006 April 13, 2007 December 7, 2006 March 23, 2006
IV Ranger SoA EN boxart.png Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia ポケモンレンジャー バトナージ
Pokémon Ranger Vatonage
Nintendo DS,
Wii U VC
March 20, 2008 November 10, 2008 November 21, 2008 November 13, 2008 March 20, 2008
IV Ranger GS EN boxart.png Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs ポケモンレンジャー 光の軌跡
Pokémon Ranger: Traces of Light
Nintendo DS,
Wii U VC
March 6, 2010 October 4, 2010 November 5, 2010 November 25, 2010 March 6, 2010

List of animated adaptations

Movie

Movie English cover English title English release American distributor Japanese title Japanese release Japanese distributor
9 Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea March 23, 2007 VIZ Media / Warner Bros. ポケモンレンジャーと
蒼海の王子 マナフィ

Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy
The Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea
July 15, 2006 Toho
Summary: When the egg of a legendary Pokémon, Manaphy, with ties to an ancient water-based civilization, falls into the hands of a pirate, a Pokémon Ranger entrusts the egg to Ash and his friends—specifically May. May must keep the egg safe until it hatches, and afterward, make sure Manaphy does not fall into the hands of the Phantom, lest Samiya be lost to the seafloor and Manaphy lose its home.

Episodes

Code Screenshot English title Japanese title US broadcast Japan broadcast Time between
AG155 The Green Guardian The Green Guardian ポケモンレンジャー登場!セレビィ救出作戦!
Pokémon Ranger Appears! Celebi Rescue Mission!
October 7, 2006 December 8, 2005 303 days
AG171 Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys' Crisis! (Part One) Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys' Crisis! (Part One) ポケモンレンジャー!デオキシス・クライシス!!(前編)
Pokémon Ranger! Deoxys Crisis!! (Part 1)
October 28, 2006 April 13, 2006 198 days
AG172 Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys' Crisis! (Part Two) Pokémon Ranger - Deoxys' Crisis! (Part Two) ポケモンレンジャー!デオキシス・クライシス!!(後編)
Pokémon Ranger! Deoxys Crisis!! (Part 2)
October 28, 2006 April 13, 2006 198 days
DP071 Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1) Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1) ポケモンレンジャー!波導のリオル!! (前編)
Pokémon Ranger! The Wave-Guiding Riolu!! (Part 1)
November 1, 2008 March 20, 2008 226 days
DP072 Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 2) Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 2) ポケモンレンジャー!波導のリオル!! (後編)
Pokémon Ranger! The Wave-Guiding Riolu!! (Part 2)
November 8, 2008 March 20, 2008 233 days
SS022 Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part One) Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part One) ポケモンレンジャー 光の軌跡<前編>
Pokémon Ranger: Traces of Light (Part One)
November 10, 2010 February 28, 2010 255 days
SS023 Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part Two) Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part Two) ポケモンレンジャー 光の軌跡<後編>
Pokémon Ranger: Traces of Light (Part Two)
November 10, 2010 March 7, 2010 248 days
DP169 Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue! Pokémon Ranger: Heatran Rescue! ポケモンレンジャー!ヒードラン救出作戦!!
Pokémon Ranger! Heatran Rescue Mission!!
October 16, 2010 March 18, 2010 212 days
 

List of manga adaptations

English title Japanese title Volumes Chapters Summary
Volume 1 Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea ポケモンレンジャーと蒼海の王子 マナフィ
Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy
1 4 An adaptation of the ninth Pokémon movie, Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.
出動!!ポケモンレンジャー
Set Out!! Pokémon Ranger
0 13 An adaptation of Pokémon Ranger's storyline.
Pokemon Ranger -The 1st Mission- title page.png ポケモンレンジャー-The 1st ミッション-
Pokémon Ranger -The 1st Mission-
0 1 An adaptation of Pokémon Ranger's storyline.
W Mission Story Pokémon Ranger the Comic characters.png Pokémon Ranger the Comic: Double Mission W ミッションストーリ ポケモンレンジャー the Comic
W Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger - the Comic
0 5 An adaptation of Pokémon Ranger available online to members of the Pokémon Daisuki Club.
ポケモンレンジャー“キャプチャ”マスターへの道
Pokémon Ranger The Road to a "Capture" Master
0 An adaptation of Pokémon Ranger's storyline.
Darkrai Mission Story Pokemon Ranger Vatonage - the Comic artwork.png ダークライ ミッションストーリ ポケモンレンジャー バトナージ
Darkrai Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger Vatonage - the Comic
0 4 An adaptation of Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia available online to members of the Pokémon Daisuki Club.

Discontinuation

No further games in the series have been released after the release of Pokémon Black and White and the start of Generation V. However, location data and Wonder Card data for the Ranger games exist in the code of the Generation V games, which may mean that a Ranger game could still have been released in Generation V. This placeholder data does not exist in the Generation VI games.

Trivia

  • None of the Pokémon Ranger games have been released in South Korea.
    • However, Pokémon Ranger games from other regions can still communicate with Korean Generation IV core series games.
    • In the core series games, the met location that displays as Pokémon Ranger in other regions is displayed in Korean games as 다른 지방 dareun jibang.

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