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Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia

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Title Screen

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia

Developer: Creatures
Publisher: Nintendo
Platforms: Nintendo DS
Released in JP: March 20, 2008
Released in US: November 10, 2008
Released in EU: November 21, 2008
Released in AU: November 13, 2008

AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
Sgf2-unusedicon1.png This game has unused abilities.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.

This article is a work in progress.
...Well, all the articles here are, in a way. But this one moreso, and the article may contain incomplete information and editor's notes.

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia is the sequel to the previous game. It vastly expands on a ton of things, including the addition of Partner Pokémon, wider usage of Field Moves and a better in-depth storyline.

Unused Pokémon

To do:
Investigate: 0x39 Kangaskhan, 0xDD Toxicroak, 0x108 Bronzong, 0x10F Claydol, 0x110 Primeape, 0x196 Sharpedo; 0x12C to 0x136 are a lot of weird...Bidoof and Bibarel clones.

Unused Partners

Unused data suggests that Duskull and Riolu would have extended the available list of partner Pokémon. Their IDs are 0xEF and 0x12B, respectively.

Removed Pokémon

All Pokémon names, descriptions and cries are present in the game's files. In the final game, only 270 out of 493 Pokémon can be caught. Interestingly, Bulbasaur's cry is listed as PV_000 while PV_001 is missing. However, there are indications that some more Pokémon were originally set to appear at some point in the game.

Treecko, Grovyle

The Hoenn starters were mostly ignored because Shadows of Almia focuses on Sinnoh Pokémon.

Torchic, Combusken

Blaziken can also be found very late in the game, but its prior evolutions do not appear at all.

Mudkip, Marshtomp, Swampert

Unfortunately, no Pokémon from the Mudkip line made it into the final game, although full sets of sprites exist in the files.

Plusle, Minun

Plusle and Minun were available as starter Pokémon in the first game. It is not known whether these two were going to reappear as partners or generic Pokémon.

Burmy, Wormadam



Sprites exist for all three forms of Burmy and Wormadam. The preview icons for the Pokédex were removed or not created yet.


Unlike any other removed Pokémon, this one has proper parameters defined! Pokémon 0xEB is an Electric type without a field ability. It attempts to load several assets for Pokémon 479 (Rotom's National Dex number). The battle behavior has not been coded, though.

Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Giratina, Arceus

Their names and Pokédex descriptions have been replaced with Dummy strings which is uncommon for removed Pokémon. It is very likely that these five Pokémon were originally planned to appear at some point in the game. Giratina and Arceus debuted in Guardian Signs.

Phione, Manaphy



Manaphy was presumably scrapped because it would seem odd to feature the Manaphy Egg event and the Pokémon itself. Phione's graphics were reused in Guardian Signs.

Removed Forms

East Sea Shellos/Gastrodon



Overcast Cherrim



Slots 0x137 to 0x190 and 0x1BB to 0x1F3 are not occupied by any Pokémon.

Unused Maps



Unused Field Move


Field Move 0x14 is not assigned to any Pokémon or Target. The game calls it Aura Blast, suggesting it was originally intended for Riolu or Lucario. Another unused field move with a similar icon can be found in the data of Guardian Signs.

Unused Text