The Nightmare

← Mt. Travail
The Nightmare
Spacial Rift →
The Nightmare あくむのなか
Inside the Nightmare
Basic info
Floors: 17
Rest stops: No
Traps: Yes
Monster Houses: Yes
Main type: Normal
Boss: None
Recruiting: No
Items: 48
Money: Allowed
Starting level: Current
Team members: 2

The Nightmare (Japanese: あくむのなか Inside the Nightmare) is a dungeon that can only be visited once in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky. It has 17 floors and is unlocked after clearing Mt. Travail and bringing Drowzee back to the Wigglytuff Guild to examine Azurill.

The player meets Cresselia, which is actually Darkrai disguised as such, who attempts to eliminate the player and their partner, blaming them for the distortion in space.

All Pokémon in this dungeon are unrecruitable, due to the fact that they are all manifestations of Azurill's nightmare, and not actual Pokémon. Once cleared, the dungeon cannot be returned to outside of friend rescues.


The floors are ranked E, ★1 and ★2, for purpose of Treasure Boxes and friend rescues.

The floors are large-sized, with varying maximum amount of rooms: 10 on floor 1, 11 on floor 2, 8 on floor 3, 13 on floor 4, 17 on floor 5 and 14 on later floors. There's 2-5 items on each floor. There's 2-3 starting enemies on floors 1 through 4, 2-4 on floors 5 through 8, and 3-5 on later floors.

The IQ Booster activates on every even floor. Turn limit is 1000. Items have 5% chance to be sticky. Enemies in floors 1 through 9 have 150IQ, and 331 on later floors. Floors 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 15 and 16 feature air tiles. There is light darkness in the dungeon.

Pokémon encountered

Each time player enters a floor, 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
  Meowth B1-B11 5-7 Unrecruitable
  Spoink B1-B11 13-15 Unrecruitable
  Clefairy B1-B12 42-44 Unrecruitable
  Jigglypuff B1-B12 5-7 Unrecruitable
  Cleffa B1-B12 13-15 Unrecruitable
  Wynaut B1-B12 14-16 Unrecruitable
  Spinda B1-B13 48-50 Unrecruitable
  Lickitung B1-B17 48-51 Unrecruitable
  Espeon B1-B17 47-50 Unrecruitable
  Wobbuffet B1-B17 48-51 Unrecruitable
  Miltank B1-B17 47-50 Unrecruitable
  Blissey B1-B17 47-50 Unrecruitable
  Whismur B1-B17 16-19 Unrecruitable
  Skitty B1-B17 5-8 Unrecruitable
  Swalot B1-B17 47-50 Unrecruitable
  Croagunk B1-B17 47-50 Unrecruitable
  Persian B5-B17 47-50 Unrecruitable
  Igglybuff B6-B17 14-16 Unrecruitable
  Lickilicky B10-B17 49-50 Unrecruitable
  Grumpig B12-B17 50-51 Unrecruitable
  Happiny B12-B17 13-14 Unrecruitable
  Clefable B13-B17 44-45 Unrecruitable
  Wigglytuff B13-B17 44-45 Unrecruitable
  Chansey B16-B17 45 Unrecruitable



Item Floors
  2-240TD/250S Poké B1-17F
  4 Gravelerock B1-17F
  5 Geo Pebble B1-17F
  S Gone Pebble B1-17F
  Cheri Berry B1-17F
  Oran Berry B1-17F
  S Oren Berry B1-17F
  Pecha Berry B1-17F
  S Wander Gummi B1-17F
  DS Blinker Seed B1-17F
  S Dough Seed B1-17F
  S Dropeye Seed B1-17F
  S Reviser Seed B1-17F
  TS Quick Seed B1-17F
  TS Sleep Seed B1-17F
  S Slip Seed B1-17F
  S Via Seed B1-17F
  TS Warp Seed B1-17F
  DS X-Eye Seed B1-17F
  Max Elixir B1-17F
  S Mix Elixir B1-17F
  DS All-Hit Orb B1-17F
  TS Blowback Orb B1-17F
  Cleanse Orb B1-17F
  Escape Orb B1-17F
  TS Evasion Orb B1-17F
  DS Foe-Fear Orb B1-17F
  DS Foe-Seal Orb B1-17F
  Hurl Orb B1-17F
  TS Petrify Orb B1-17F
  TS Pounce Orb B1-17F
  TS Radar Orb B1-17F
  DS Rebound Orb B1-17F
  Rollcall Orb B1-17F
  TS Scanner Orb B1-17F
  TS Switcher Orb B1-17F
  DS Trapbust Orb B1-17F
  TS Trawl Orb B1-17F
  TS Warp Orb B1-17F

Monster House

Item Floors
  2-240TD/250S Poké B1-17F
  TS Blue Gummi B1-17F
  TS Brown Gummi B1-17F
  TS Grass Gummi B1-17F
  TS Green Gummi B1-17F
  TS Orange Gummi B1-17F
  TS Silver Gummi B1-17F
  TS Sky Gummi B1-17F
  TS White Gummi B1-17F
  DS Black Gummi B1-17F
  DS Clear Gummi B1-17F
  DS Gold Gummi B1-17F
  DS Gray Gummi B1-17F
  DS Pink Gummi B1-17F
  DS Purple Gummi B1-17F
  DS Red Gummi B1-17F
  DS Royal Gummi B1-17F
  DS Yellow Gummi B1-17F
  DS Aerial Ace B1-17F
  TS Attract B1-17F
  DS Brick Break B1-17F
  Brine B1-17F
  TS Bullet Seed B1-17F
  TS Calm Mind B1-17F
  Dig B1-17F
  DS Dive B1-17F
  Embargo B1-17F
  DS Energy Ball B1-17F
  DS Explosion B1-17F
  TS False Swipe B1-17F
  TS Flash B1-17F
  DS Focus Blast B1-17F
  DS Focus Punch B1-17F
  TS Giga Drain B1-17F
  Giga Impact B1-17F
  Hidden Power B1-17F
  Hyper Beam B1-17F
  TS Iron Tail B1-17F
  TS Light Screen B1-17F
  DS Natural Gift B1-17F
  Payback B1-17F
  Poison Jab B1-17F
  DS Protect B1-17F
  TS Recycle B1-17F
  TS Reflect B1-17F
  TS Rest B1-17F
  TS Roar B1-17F
  TS Rock Slide B1-17F
  Roost B1-17F
  Safeguard B1-17F
  TS Shadow Claw B1-17F
  Shock Wave B1-17F
  TS SolarBeam B1-17F
  Stealth Rock B1-17F
  TS Steel Wing B1-17F
  Swords Dance B1-17F
  DS Taunt B1-17F
  DS Thunder Wave B1-17F
  Thunderbolt B1-17F
  DS Torment B1-17F
  Vacuum-Cut B1-17F
  DS Water Pulse B1-17F
  TS Wide Slash B1-17F
  DS All-Hit Orb B1-17F
  TS All-Mach Orb B1-17F
  TS Blowback Orb B1-17F
  Cleanse Orb B1-17F
  DS Decoy Orb B1-17F
  TS Evasion Orb B1-17F
  DS Foe-Fear Orb B1-17F
  TS Foe-Hold Orb B1-17F
  DS Foe-Seal Orb B1-17F
  Hurl Orb B1-17F
  DS Invisify Orb B1-17F
  TS Itemizer Orb B1-17F
  DS Luminous Orb B1-17F
  DS Mug Orb B1-17F
  TS One-Shot Orb B1-17F
  TS Petrify Orb B1-17F
  TS Pounce Orb B1-17F
  TS Radar Orb B1-17F
  DS Rebound Orb B1-17F
  TS Scanner Orb B1-17F
  DS See-Trap Orb B1-17F
  DS Silence Orb B1-17F
  DS Slumber Orb B1-17F
  DS Snatch Orb B1-17F
  TS Spurn Orb B1-17F
  TS Switcher Orb B1-17F
  DS Totter Orb B1-17F
  DS Transfer Orb B1-17F
  DS Trapbust Orb B1-17F
  TS Trawl Orb B1-17F
  TS Warp Orb B1-17F


The game will spawn 7 to 15 of these on each floor, and extra in a Monster House.

Image Trap B1-9F B10-17F
  Explosion Trap 5.64% 5.22%
  Grimy Trap 8.06% 7.47%
  Gust Trap 4.03% 3.73%
  Mud Trap 24.19% 22.39%
  PP-Zero Trap 8.07% 7.47%
  Pokémon Trap 8.06% 7.46%
  Seal Trap 8.07% 7.46%
  Selfdestruct Trap 2.42% 2.24%
  Slow Trap 4.03% 3.73%
  Slumber Trap 4.03% 3.73%
  Spin Trap 7.26% 6.72%
  Sticky Trap 8.07% 14.92%
  Warp Trap 8.07% 7.46%

Other encounters

Image Encounter Appearance %
  Monster House 6%


Beginning End


  • Several Pokémon encountered in this dungeon are of the same species as the NPCs in Treasure Town and the Wigglytuff Guild (e.g. Wigglytuff, Croagunk, Chansey, Spoink, Spinda, Wynaut, Wobbuffet), and therefore are Pokémon Azurill would already know, hence why they appear in his dreams.

In other languages

Language Title
  French Le Cauchemar
  German Albtraum
  Italian L'Incubo
  Korean 악몽의 꿈속 Angmong-ui Kkumsok
  Spanish La Pesadilla

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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