Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (ポケモンレンジャー 光の軌跡, Pokemon Renjā Hikari no Kiseki, Pokémon Ranger: Tracks of Light) is an action role-playing game video game for the Nintendo DS. It is the sequel of Pokémon Ranger and Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. It was released in Japan on March 6, 2010 and a US release on October 4, 2010. The European release date has been verified as November 5, 2010.
Gameplay revolves around capturing Pokémon with the Capture Styler, which now lets you call out your Pokémon for support and use “Ranger Signs” to call Pokémon to help in captures. Other features include four player cooperative play with unique missions. The game also includes Wi-Fi mission downloads, one of which gives you access to Deoxys, which can be moved to the DS’s other Pokémon games. According to the Pokémon website, you can also encounter Entei, Raikou, and Suicune.
The game takes place on the fictional island region of Oblivia. The story starts off with a Pichu with a ukelele, who is known through the game as the Ukelele Pichu. This Pichu is like the starter Pokémon of this game. It will join the player as their Partner Pokémon, after they fix its broken ukelele. The player is able to summon Legendary Pokémon like Raikou (after encounter in Radio Tower), Entei (after encounter) and Suicune (after encounter in Canal Ruins) by drawing their ‘Ranger Signs’ on the touch screen. The new enemy, the Pokémon Pinchers, are poaching and selling Pokémon, according to the Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs Part 1 short. The player’s job is to stop the Pokémon Pinchers and restore peace in Oblivia. A few times after the player meet the legendary Time Travel Pokémon, Celebi, at the forest shrine, and when they meet it, Celebi will come to take them back to the past. After it takes the player back at the Haunted Mansion, it will return to its Shrine, and then the mission to catch it will be unlocked. To get one of the Eon Pokémon, Latios (if Ben, the male character, is chosen) or Latias (If Summer, the female character, is chosen), the player must activate all the shrines on the islands and the last one in the East Sea to gain their trust. Then they return to the small island that they started on, and the Eon should appear. Once the player captures it, they will get its Ranger Sign. The Eon Pokémon can fly faster than a Staraptor, and in battle, if its head is tapped, it can call its Counterpart, Latias (if Ben is chosen), or Latios (if Summer is chosen) to create a Whirlwind that centers all the Pokémon in the battle. After the player catches Blue eyes in the Haunted Mansion, Red eyes will tell them that he has their counterpart, either Summer or Ben. Once they trade for their counterpart and the Pinchers leave, Entei will come. After it is captured and called it with its Ranger Sign to ride it, the counterpart will be amazed, and the player learns Entei’s ability to smash boulders. In the Aftergame, after the credits roll, the player will follow the legendary birds. They will have finished the game when the Air Fortress has been destroyed. First the player will follow Articuno, then Zapdos, and finally Moltres. After Moltres lands in Hualdera Volcano, it is catchable. Then Articuno, then Zapdos.
|Genre(s)||Action role-playing game|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, Multiplayer with Wi-Fi|
|Media||Nintendo DS Game Card|