Pokemon Dream Radar (Nintendo 3DS)

 

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Pokemon Dream Radar - ポケモンARサーチャー
Pokemon Dream Radar Box
General information
 Platform  Nintendo 3DS
 Developed by  Creatures, Inc.
 Published by  Nintendo
 Players
 Single Player
 Generation  Generation V
 Release dates
  Australia  October 11th, 2012
  Europe  October 12th, 2012
  Japan  June 23rd, 2012
  United States  October 7th, 2012
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Dream Radar TitlePokémon Dream Radar classes as a first-person shooter that makes use of augmented reality and is a single player application for the Nintendo 3DS. The app is known as Pokémon AR Searcher in Japan. The game works by moving your 3DS around (making use of it's motion sensors) in order to take aim at Dream Clouds using a lightbeam and hit the target to get a reward. The title enjoys compatability with Gen V games: Pokemon Black & White Version 2 meaning items and Pokemon can be transferred to/from Dream Radar from these titles.

Official Description

In the game you'll be taking on the role of an assistant who works for Professor Burnet - a scientist studying the Interdream Zone. Move your Nintendo 3DS system around in this motion-controlled action game and take aim to shoot pokemon dream radar 3your light beam at the Dream Clouds and collect your rewards!

This game is fun for anybody, and a fact-filled accompaniment to Pokémon Black Version 2 or Pokémon White Version 2. Any caught Pokémon or items you pick up in the Pokémon Dream Radar can be transferred to Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, which is very useful, since the Pokémon you catch might have hidden abilities not available for those games, and some items that can't normally be found either. Try to fill up your Pokédex as much as you can!

Gameplay

Professor Burnet is a key character within the game, she's studying the Interdream Zone but in order to continue her research she needs the player to collect Dream Orbs so that she can study them further. Under the guidance of Professor Burnet the player enters the Interdream Zone and begins the process of harvesting Dream Orbs which is done by moving the 3DS around in order to aim the light beam at the Dream Clouds and destroy them.

Dream Clouds come in two varieties, heres a bit more info so you can differentiate them:-
  • Pink Dream Clouds - These clouds get larger and smaller intermittently. Hit one of these and it'll break up into between 3 and 5 Dream Orbs. If the cloud was at its largest when destroyed you'll more likely get more Dream Orbs.
  • Stormy Clouds - These clouds will sometimes glow Yellow. Sometimes these clouds will contain Pokemon instead of Dream Orbs.

When a player hits a Pink Dream Cloud at it's largest and it breaks into 4 or 5 Dream Orbs, the last one you hit will cause it to break into a further 3, and the last one will again break into a further three. Harvesting Dream OrbsHarvesting Dream OrbsEach time this is repeated the Dream Orbs have a lower duration however so you have to be quick to maximise this.

When all the Dream Orbs have been harvested
Once the player has succesfully harvested all of the Dream Orbs they can they leave the Interdream Zone and the clouds begin to regenerate ready for the players next visit. The first cloud regenerates instantly where the other clouds regenerate at a rate of one every five minutes. The player can return to the Interdream Zone; harvesting more Dream Orbs and increasing their chances of finding Pokémon a maximum of three times per day. Players who don't wish to wait for all the clouds to regenerate can use 5 Play Coins to instantly restore all of the Dream Clouds. Said Play Coins are accrued when the player walks with their Nintendo 3DS console, the systems pedometer counts the number of steps you take and gives you coins every time you do X many steps. No putting the 3DS on the top of the washing machine please guys.

The Forces of Nature
If you are lucky enough to capture Tornadus, Thundurus or Landorus this will have an affect on a number of things:-
  • After capturing Tornadus the Dream Orbs alternate between Pink and Green
  • When Thundurus is caught Orange will be added to the colour rotation
  • Capturing Landorus will add Blue to the rotation

In addition to this the game will begin to record statistics in the background of how many of each colour Dream Orbs you are obtaining, and this will have an effect on the type of Pokémon you encounter.

Dream Radar Forces of Nature
The Forces of Nature

Encountering Pokemon in the Clouds
Sometimes when you hit a Dream Cloud you'll find that instead of breaking into Dream Orbs, you'll instead reveal a Pokemon that has become trapped in the Interdream Zone. At this point the Dream Orbs will disappear and the Pokémon will be in a glowing sphere, except for Tornadus, Landorus and Thundurus who will appear in their Therian Forme, a form they have taken on in order to adapt to life in the Interdream Zone.

A timed battle with the Pokémon will then take place, the Pokémon will shoot projectiles at you and every succesful hit on you will reduce the time remaining to capture it. In the mean time the player needs to keep hitting the centre of the sphere with the lightbeam until the capture gauge is full at which point you'll be able to catch that Pokemon, or it'll at the least give you an item, the Pokemon or Items data will then contribute to Professor Burnets research which can then be transferred to Pokemon Black & White Version 2 if it's game card is present in the system.

Auto Saving
As the player plays the game the app utilises an auto-save feature at each milestone, a good little insurance policy if you've had a day of Orb grinding.

Pokemon

These are the 26 different Pokemon you can obtain via Pokemon Dream Radar, all of which have their own Hidden Ability with the exception of Rotom.  All of the Pokémon are encountered in their spheres with the exception of the Forces of Nature trio who will be free flying.

Pokemon Ability Type Where to get it Pokemon Ability Type Where to get it
120
Staryu
 Analytic  Water  Catch Tornadus and you can get Staryu on Pink and Orange Orb Levels 517
Munna
 Telepathy  Psychic  Munna is available from the beginning in Pink Orb Levels
137
Porygon
 Analytic  Normal  Catch Thundurus and you can get Porygon on Pink and Orange Orb Levels 561
Sigilyph
 Tinted Lens Psychic Flying  Sigilyph is available from the beginnign in Pink & Green Orb Levels
174
Igglybuff
 Friend Guard  Normal  Catch Thundurus and you can get Igglybuff on Green & Blue Orb Levels 641
Tornadus
 Regenerator  Flying  Complete the Eureka Extension A Objective and acquire a total of 400 Dream Orbs.
175

Togepi
 Super Luck  Normal  Catch Landorus and you can get Togepi on Pink & Blue Orb Levels 642
Thundurus
 Volt Absorb Electric
Flying
 Complete the Eureka Extension B Objective and acquire a total of 1500 Dream Orbs.
213

Shuckle
 Contrary Bug
Rock
 Catch Tornadus and you can get Shuckle on Pink & Green Orb Levels 645
Landorus
 Intimidate Ground
Flying
 Complete the Eureka Extension Y Objective and acquire a total of 3000 Dream Orbs
238

Smoochum
 Hydration Ice
Psychic
 Catch Landorus and you can get Smoochum on Blue Orb Levels 249
Lugia
 Multiscale Psychic
Flying
 Play PDR while Pokemon SoulSilver gamecard is in the system.
333
Swablu
 Telepathy Normal
Flying
 Available from the beginning on Pink & Green Orb levels 250
Ho Oh
 Regenerator Fire
Flying
 Play PDR while Pokemon HeartGold gamecard is in the system.
425
Drifloon
 Flare Boost Ghost
Flying
 Available from the beginning on Pink & Green Orb levels 483
Dialga
 Telepathy  Steel
Dragon
 Play PDR while Pokemon Diamond gamecard is in the system.
436
Bronzor
 Heavy Metal Steel
Psychic
 Catch Thundurus then Bronzor will be available in Pink & Green Orb Levels 484
Palkia
 Telepathy Water
Dragon
 Play PDR while Pokemon Pearl gamecard is in the system.
442
Spiritomb
 Infiltrator Ghost
Dark
 Catch Landorus then Spiritomb will be available in Pink & Blue Orb Levels 487
Giratina
 Telepathy Ghost
Dragon
 Play PDR while Pokemon Platinum gamecard is in the system.
447
Riolu
 Prankster  Fighting  Available from the beginning on Pink & Green Orb Levels 374
Beldum
 Light Metal Steel
Psychic
Use the following moves on special extension A
Japanese version: Up, Right, Down, Left, L, R, X
Intl version: Up, Right, Down, Left, X, R, L
479
Rotom
 Levitate Electric
Ghost
 Catch Landorus then Rotom will be available in Pink & Orange Orb Levels 79
Slowpoke
 Regenerator Water
Psychic
Use the following moves on Special Extension B
Japanese version: Up, Down, Right, Left, L, R, Y
Intl version: Up, Down, Right, Left, Y, R, L
163
Hoothoot
 Tinted Lens Normal Flying Use the following moves on Special Extension C
Japanese version: X Y L R Left Right Y X
Intl version: R, L, Y, X, Left, Right, Y, X
       

What Level will Pokémon be when I transfer them?

How strong the Pokémon you capture are once transferred to BW2 will depend on how many badges the trainer had at the time of transfer:-
  • Trainer has no badges: You'll get a level 5 version of the Pokémon
  • Trainer has 1-2 badges: You'll get a level 10 version of the Pokémon
  • Trainer has 3-4 badges: You'll get a level 20 version of the Pokémon
  • Trainer has 5-6 badges: You'll get a level 30 version of the Pokémon
  • Trainer has 7-8 badges: You'll get a level 40 version of the Pokémon

The Pokémon all dwell within Dream Balls, even when transferred and if you view their info it'll show the location you met them in as 'Pokemon Dream Radar'.

Legendary Pokémon
In terms of Legendary Pokémon, you are limited to one Legendary Pokémon per PDR save game, likewise you are limited to one inbound transfer of a Legendary (from PDR) in a Pokemon Black & White Version 2 save game.

Items

These are the items that can be obtained from Pokemon in PDR.
Available from the start of the game
Bag Red Shard Sprite
Red Shard
Bag Blue Shard Sprite
Blue Shard
Bag Yellow Shard Sprite
Yellow Shard
Bag Green Shard Sprite
Green Shard
Bag PP Up Sprite
PP Up
Bag Leppa Berry Sprite
Leppa Berry
Available once Tornadus is caught
Bag Max Revive Sprite
Max Revive
Bag Sun Stone Sprite
Sunstone
Bag Moon Stone Sprite
Moon Stone
     
Available once Thundurus is caught
Bag Fire Stone Sprite
Fire Stone
Bag Water Stone Sprite
Water Stone
Bag Thunder Stone Sprite
Thunderstone
Bag Leaf Stone Sprite
Leaf Stone
   
Available once Landorus is caught
Bag Sacred Ash Sprite
Sacred Ash
Bag Rare Candy Sprite
Rare Candy
       
Available using Simulator α
Bag Star Piece Sprite
Star Piece
Bag Heart Scale Sprite
Heart Scale
Bag PP Up Sprite
PP Up
Bag Max Revive Sprite
Max Revive
Bag Rare Candy Sprite
Rare Candy
Bag Life Orb Sprite
Life Orb
Available using Simulator β
Bag Star Piece Sprite
Star Piece
Bag Heart Scale Sprite
Heart Scale
Bag Rare Candy Sprite
Rare Candy
Bag Dawn Stone Sprite
Dawn Stone
Bag Kings Rock Sprite
King's Rock
Bag Focus Sash Sprite
Focus Sash
Available using Simulator γ
Bag Star Piece Sprite
Star Piece
Bag Heart Scale Sprite
Heart Scale
Bag Rare Candy Sprite
Rare Candy
Bag Life Orb Sprite
Life Orb
Bag Focus Sash Sprite
Focus Sash
Bag Eviolite Sprite
Eviolite

Extensions & The Development Lab

There are lots of different types of extensions for your search, capture and research equipment, each has it's own place and will be more useful in certain situations:-

Extensions: Their effects and purposes and how to get them
 Name Cost How to Unlock What it does
Basic extension  0  It's there by default  A balanced searching device
Retrieval extension  100  Harvest 200 Dream Orbs  This extension is better at finding Pokémon
Eureka Extension α  0  Harvest 400 Dream Orbs  The alpha version of an extension geared at finding mystery Pokémon
Dowsing extension  100  Harvest a further 200 Dream Orbs after Catching Tornadus  This extension reacts to Pokémon that are holding items
Eureka Extension β  0  Harvest a further 1000 Dream Orbs after Catching Tornadus  The beta version of an extension geared at finding mystery Pokémon
Eureka Extension γ  0  Harvest a further 1600 Dream Orbs after Catching Tornadus  The gamma version of an extension geared at finding mystery Pokémon
Simulator α  400  Capture Landorus  An extension created to research Tornadus's traits
Simulator β  600  Capture Landorus  An extension created to research Thundurus's traits
Simulator γ  800  Capture Landorus  An extension created to research Landorus's traits
Temporal Extension  0  Press 'Start' on the title screen while Pokémon Diamond is inserted after catching Landorus  An extension created during an experiment about time
Spatial Extension  0  Press 'Start' on the title screen while Pokémon Pearl is inserted after catching Landorus  An extension created during an experiment about space
Renegade Extension  0  Press 'Start' on the title screen while Pokémon Platinum is inserted after catching Landorus  An extension developed especially for research on alternate worlds
Rainbow Extension  0  Press 'Start' on the title screen while Pokémon HeartGold is inserted after catching Landorus  An extension developed to research light and happiness
Diving Extension  0  Press 'Start' on the title screen while Pokémon SoulSilver is inserted after catching Landorus  An extension developed to research the sea's quiet rage
Special Extension A  0  Enter secret code on the 'Start' menu: ↑ → ↓ ← X R L*  An extension developed to research magnetism
Special Extension B  0  Enter secret code on the 'Start' menu: ↑ ↓ → ← Y R L*  An extension developed while thinking about a calm shore
Special Extension C  0  Enter secret code on the 'Start' menu: R L Y X ← → Y X*  An extension developed to research the planet's rotation

The Development Lab
The development lab is an area in which your equipment can be upgraded in order to become more powerful, you can also purchase standalone inventions by Professor Burnet in exchange for Dream Orbs - some of these will be permanent where some things are single use only.

Upgrades
All of these upgrades can be performed to a max of level 5.
 Feature name Upgrade name Description
Beam Beam Upgrade Makes your beam more powerful, enabling you to catch Pokémon quicker
Energy Pack Energy Upgrade Increases the amount of time you get to capture a Pokémon
Visoscope Scope Upgrade Increases the number of Dream Clouds that can be found

Levels
Check out the differences to the Beam, Energy Pack, Visoscope at each level of upgrade
 Level Cost Beam Color (Beam) Capture Time (Energy Pack) Dream Clouds (Visoscope)
Level 1 Default Yellow 120 10
Level 2 100 Green 150 15
Level 3 500 Red 180 20
Level 4 1000 Purple 210 25
Level 5 1500 Blue 240 30

Support Items (one time use)
Multiple units of these items can be carried at any one time
 Name Cost Description
Vortex Charge 100 Holds Pokémon in place, making them easier to catch
Dragnet Charge 50 Slows down a Pokémon's movements temporarily
Energy Recharge 50 Restores the energy that was used to capture a Pokémon

Research Data

Every Pokémon you catch and item you obtain gets stored as research data. In the research data storage facility a player is allowed to stack 6 different items and 6 different Pokémon for storage at any one time.
pokemon dream radar 2If in the instance a player already has 6 item stacks or 6 Pokemon and they then get another they'll be prompted to replace something thats already stored. If the player is at capacity when they click the Start search button a warning will be shown.

Transfers to Pokemon Black & White Version 2
A maximum of six Pokemon can be transferred to Pokémon BW2 at any one time, where there are more than six stored, Legendary Pokemon will take priority and will always be transferred. Once the mons are transported from Dream Radar to BW2, the player must access the Unova Link in order to recieve them ingame. A player must load up BW2 and recieve the Pokémon before any additional ones can be sent.

In Black and White 2 all recieved Pokemon will be put into storage on the Current PC Box, or wherever the first box with free space is after that. Items will automatically land in the players bag.

Videos

Check out the below videos including the USA, UK and Japanese Trailers for PDR.

USA Trailer

UK eShop Trailer

Japanese Trailer

Trivia & Facts

  • Pokemon Dream Radar had the exact same release global release date as Pokemon Black & White Version 2.

PDR Jap vs Intl Logo
International logo (left), Japanese logo (right)

Reviews

Pokemon Dream Radar recieved a lukewarm reception with mediocre scores and a few mentions of tedium, heres how it did at some of the major review outlets.

  • Over at Metacritic PDR comes out with a score of 54/100 across 13 critic scores and has a user rating of 5.8/10 over 24 votes.
  • Joe Walker from Nintendolife scored the game 6 out of 10, equating to 'Not Bad' on the NintendoLife scale and quoting "Pokémon Dream Radar is a fun diversion for Pokémon fans that ties in well with the newly released Black and White 2."
  • GameSpot didn't see fit to formally review Dream Radar but 20 of their users have rated it and there it holds an average score of 6.5/10
  • IGN likewise didn't bother reviewing Dream Radar because it was seen more as an addon than a title in it's own right.

I think a major part of the problem was that unless you were avidly into Pokemon Black or White Version 2 at the time you played Dream Radar then there is/was limited point pokemon dream radar 7Thundurus, one of the Forces of Natureto the app as a standalone and I completely understand how it would become tedious, however if you were active playing B&W Version 2 its a really cool little addon.

Media & Artwork

Official Artwork from Pokemon Dream Radar including Japanese Logo, Thundurus, Landorus
Screenshots from Pokemon Dream Radar - a collection of in-game screenshots and pre-release screenshots

 

 

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