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Pokemon Dark Rising 2 Guide

Pokemon Dark Rising 2 Guide

Pokemon Dark Rising 2 is a fan-made rom hack of Pokemon Fire Red that continues the story of the first Dark Rising game. You play as the hero or heroine who is on a quest to rescue your father, free Arceus from its prison, and stop the evil Darugis from destroying the world. Along the way, you will encounter many challenges, enemies, and allies, as well as Pokemon from all generations up to the sixth. If you are looking for a guide to help you through this difficult and exciting adventure, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will provide you with some tips and tricks, as well as a walkthrough of the main story and side quests.

Tips and Tricks

  • Pokemon Dark Rising 2 is a very hard game, so be prepared to grind a lot and use items wisely. The level curve is steep and the enemies are ruthless. You will need a balanced and diverse team to overcome the various obstacles and bosses.

  • The game features a physical/special split, meaning that the type of an attack determines whether it uses the physical or special stat of the attacker and defender. For example, Fire Blast is a special attack that uses the special attack stat of the user and the special defense stat of the target. This makes some moves more or less useful than in the original games.

  • The game also features new moves, abilities, and items from later generations. Some Pokemon have different learnsets and evolution methods than in the original games. For example, Eevee can evolve into Sylveon by learning a Fairy-type move and having high friendship. You can find a list of all the changes in this [document].

  • The game has a day/night system that affects some events and Pokemon encounters. Some Pokemon can only be found at certain times of the day, such as Hoothoot at night or Espeon during the day. You can change the time by talking to your mom in your house.

  • The game has 12 gyms instead of the usual 8, and each gym leader has a team of 6 Pokemon with high levels and powerful moves. You will need to train hard and use effective strategies to defeat them. You can find a list of all the gym leaders and their teams in this [document].

  • The game has many side quests that you can complete for extra rewards and story elements. Some side quests are mandatory, while others are optional. You can find a list of all the side quests and how to complete them in this [document].


The walkthrough will guide you through the main story of the game, from the beginning to the end. It will also cover some optional areas and events that you can explore along the way. The walkthrough will assume that you are playing on normal mode, which is recommended for beginners. If you are playing on hard mode, expect higher levels and stronger opponents.

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The walkthrough will use the following format:

Area Name [Items] List of items that can be found in the area [Trainers] List of trainers that can be battled in the area [Wild Pokemon] List of wild Pokemon that can be encountered in the area [Story] Summary of what happens in the area [Notes] Additional information or tips for the area

Let's begin!


[Items] Potion x3 (from Mom), Running Shoes (from Mom), Town Map (from Mom), Pokeballs x5 (from Professor Ivan)

[Trainers] None

[Wild Pokemon] None

[Story] You wake up from a strange dream where a Pokemon asked for your help against a dark force named Darugis. You find out that your best friend also had the same dream. You go downstairs and talk to your mom, who gives you some items and tells you to visit Professor Ivan in his lab. There, you meet your rival, who is also going on an adventure with his own Dragon-type Pokemon. Professor Ivan explains that he has been researching Darugis and its connection to your father, who went missing years ago. He gives you a Pokedex and some Pokeballs, and tells you to go to Arkaios City, where you can find more clues. You also get to choose your starter Pokemon from the final evolutions of the Dragon-type starters from the first Dark Rising game: Dragonite, Salamence, or Garchomp. After that, you leave the town and head to Arkaios Harbor.

[Notes] Celsius is your hometown and the starting point of your journey. You can heal your Pokemon and change the time at your house. You can also talk to the people in the town for some information and hints. Your starter Pokemon will be level 10 and have a powerful move of its type: Outrage for Dragonite, Dragon Claw for Salamence, and Dragon Rush for Garchomp. Choose wisely, as you won't be able to change it later.

Arkaios Harbor

[Items] None

[Trainers] Sailor Max (Wingull, Pelipper), Sailor Bob (Mantyke, Mantine), Sailor Jim (Wailmer, Wailord)

[Wild Pokemon] Wingull, Pelipper, Mantyke, Mantine, Wailmer, Wailord (surfing)

[Story] You arrive at Arkaios Harbor, where you can see many ships and sailors. You can battle some of them for experience and money. You can also surf on the water and catch some Water-type Pokemon. You need to go north to reach Arkaios City.

[Notes] Arkaios Harbor is a small area that connects Celsius and Arkaios City. You can heal your Pokemon at the Pokemon Center near the entrance. You can also buy some items at the Poke Mart next to it. You can surf on the water with any Water-type Pokemon, even if you don't have the HM Surf yet.

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