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PMD Expanded Sky - EoS New Gen Starters Mod 1.3.0

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This is a rom hack of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky that adds in all starter Pokémon from across gens 5-9!

  • On top of just adding the standard starters, Zorua, Axew and Rockruff have also been made starters, Eevee can evolve into Sylveon, and all partner pokémon across all rescue team and explorers games are available. New portraits and animations have been added to existing starters. Alolan Raichu, Alolan Marowak and Hisuian Typhlosion have also been added as branch evolutions for their respective base starters (as of v1.3.0).
  • Implements the fairy type, updating all fairy pokemon and moves to have the correct typing. Milk Drink has been replaced with Disarming Voice, and the placeholder move data for Judgement has been replaced by Moonblast.
  • Due to limitations to the amount of partners in the game, the mod has been split into two separate patches, MIDDAY version and MIDNIGHT version. Both have the same hero options, but MIDDAY includes all fire, grass and water starters for gens 1-7 as partners, whereas MIDNIGHT version includes all other new partners added by this mod, as well as all other partners from rescue team and explorers (pikachu, eevee, machop, riolu, etc). Check the document included in the zip file for specifics and use whichever patch aligns your dream team best.
  • Applies several quality of life patches that come bundled with skytemple - such as confirming your hero choice after the quiz, exp share, move shortcuts, mass-appraisal of boxes and fairy gummies. A full list with credits can be found in the document included in the zip file.
  • A copy of XDeltaUI has been included in the zip file for ease of patching. Instructions for patching the game can be found in the document included in the zip file.
  • XDeltaUI might not work if you're on a mac - if not, I've been told this tool works instead: https://www.romhacking.net/utilities/746/
  • UniPatcher works well for Android devices.
  • This is purely a starter modification hack - there are no story changes.

Learnsets, IQ Groups and evolution info can be found in this spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Spq9U_TCTqxT-NTovtm_c9Mzv1kTuTujd-BpPp0jj4U/edit?usp=sharing


NEW 17/05/23 Sobble is now available as a starter! 🎉 This means Skitty had to be removed as a hero unfortunately (but is still a partner) - if you'd like Skitty as a hero, be sure to download version 1.0.0 of this mod instead of the latest version. Sobble is also now available as a partner in MIDNIGHT version. For full list of heroes and partners, check the last two preview images for this hack. Updated the rescue team partners (Cubone, Psyduck, Machop) to use additional sprites and portraits created for the PMD Sprite Repository. Splashscreen credits for the artists have been swapped over to the title screen for readability and visibility.

NEW 08/06/23: Litten now evolves into Incineroar - and Froakie evolves into Greninja (mid-stages aren't available yet). Now includes a version compatible with Melon, RetroArch and DraStic emulators. Fairy gummis can now be bought or received as mission rewards, and existing pokémon that learn moonblast and disarming voice in sun and moon now learn it here. (Accidentally said Dazzling Gleam in the txt and changelog, but this is what I meant!). Several other bugfixes and improvements included - check the changelog for details!

NEW 15/06/23: The evolution flag for Litten and Froakie was erroneously still set to false in the previous update, but this is fixed as of 1.2.1, so be sure to update if you have either of those two. Despite doubts expressed in the changelog I can now confirm the update DOES work for existing save files!

NEW 10/03/24: Axew and Grookey added as starters, replacing Shinx and Riolu respectively. Shinx and Riolu are still available as partners in MIDNIGHT, to use them as heroes use version 1.2.1 or below. Additional portraits/sprites have been added for evolutions of all playable heros/partners where applicable, and sleep animation has been copied over to EventSleep where missing. Greninja's moveset has been updated and Sobble's full evolution line is now implemented. Alolan Raichu, Alolan Marowak and Hisuian Typhlosion are now available for evolution (see ingame evolution help via new cyndaquil NPC on the crossroads, alongside sprite/portrait/patch credits, or check learnset spreadsheet linked above.


  • All portraits and sprites are the work of artists contributing to the pmd sprite repository (Spreadsheet of individual credits with links when provided is here). Because work on the repository is ongoing, evolutions for Chespin, Fuecoco, Spritgatito and Quaxly are unimplented as of now, as are Torracat and Frogadier. Certain portraits may not show up in-game for the same reason.
  • A set of exclusive items have been added and set across all new pokémon (Enigma bow, brooch and scarf,  and ultima prism) - but I've not yet figured out how to modify the functionality of these yet so they're likely pretty useless as of now.
  • Due to the size of the expanded starter list, all starters are sadly gender-locked. Check the document to verify what gender to select in the quiz in order to get your preferred hero.
  • I've not ran into any issues so far with this, but feel free to message me here if you notice anything. I'm also contactable on tumblr (pyromaniac-cynadquil) and bluesky(@pyrocyndaquil.bsky.social).
  • I'm currently looking into a potential version 2.0.0 featuring a third version with extra new starters as well as an overhaul to stats and patches used, but this is up in the air right now.

Sprite and portrait credits (Detailed fully here): Chunsoft, gromchurch, Emmuffin, puropoly, 0palite, thechargingrhino, Emboarger, Miju, Garbage, baronessfaron, Meganai, PhillipsYoung, felis_licht, Audino, JFain, ShyStarryRain, kitkarma, dmDash, Vynnyal, starwolff, NeonCityRain, lemongrass, NOLASMOR, C_Pariah, Caitemis, Deeshura, Noo, Luna-Alex, Murpi, Ginnie, XModxGodX, lovefulpup, Smalusion, MilesFarber, NeroIntruder, Blanca, Noivern, NikolaP, 3P1C, mucrush, ◥θ┴θ◤, TopKec, XxWindpawxX, FrivolousAqua, Pink_no_tori, Jhony-Rex, Reimu\_needs\_$$$, CamusZekeSirius, avalancheman, Fable, psittacidae13, Bwappi, TawnySoup

Edited by xanam
1.3.0 Update

What's New in Version 1.3.0   See changelog


  • Dusk Lycnroc, Drizzile, Inteleon, Grookey, Axew and Fraxure have been added.
  • Axew replaces Shinx in the hero roster, and Grookey replaces Riolu.
  • Additional portraits and sprites added for starter evolutions, including vanilla starters. Sleep animations have been copied over to EventSleep/Laying/Wake animations if missing.
  • Greninja erroneously had the same moveset as Froakie. This has now been fixed.
  • Credits are no longer displayed on the title screen.
  • Sprite, portrait and patch credits can now be viewed by talking to a Cyndaquil
  • Evolution help can also be accessed by talking to this same NPC.

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Would this work with a modded 3ds on the twilight menu. i’ve tried to get it to work but it just won’t for some reason 

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Do you think about adding other starters like yamper, togedemaru and others?

Response from the author:

Hello! All the starter slots the game can take are filled for MIDDAY and MIDNIGHT, but as said at the bottom of the description I'm considering adding a potential extra version (DUSK version) into the mix sometime later this year to squeeze in a bunch more. Yamper was already on my list of potential candidates so it's great to know there's an interest, and I'll jot Togedamaru down too! I'll probably do a survey later this year to collect people's most desired bonus starter ideas across gens 5-9 so keep an eye out for that too 👀

Other starters I already have noted down as potentials are Espurr, Mimikyu, Charcadet and Pawmi.

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

That's a good thing! Play with different Pokémon! But one question: did Pikachu evolve with a thunderstone into alolan Raichu?

Response from the author:

Hi! I've made it a branch evolution - Pikachu still evolves into regular Raichu with a thunderstone. For Alolan Raichu you need to evolve Pikachu with a gold gummi!

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   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

I love this! This is an absolutely wonderful mod! I do have a question, though: Can I update my save to the other version?

Response from the author:

Hi, I'm really glad you like it, thank you! 😊 Yes, all older versions should be fully compatible with the update, as long as you keep the same file name as your old .nds file any existing saves should work perfectly fine 👍

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

How do I use this on a phone ds emulator?

Response from the author:

Hello! I'm not sure about iOS, but I've been informed that unipatcher (downloadable on google play) works well on android to apply the patch to the rom. The instructions for patching in the 'read-me-first.txt' should still loosely apply there. If you're on an ios device I'm not sure which one has best results there, but the app store should hopefully have something similar! Alternatively you could apply the patch on your pc and bring the file over to your phone if that's an easier method for you 👍

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

How do I get this to work? If you can help in any way, please do! I am not sure how to get this to work.

Response from the author:

Hello! The zip file in the download should contain a file called 'read-me-first.txt', full instructions for patching your game and setting this up are included there :) if you're still having trouble getting it to work, feel free to send me a dm and I'll see what i can do to help!

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· Edited by NeoAlpha

   3 of 4 members found this review helpful 3 / 4 members

Es una gran idea, estaré pendiente de jugar las futuras actualizaciones. ¿Tenéis pensado agregar nuevos territorios para reclutar a los Pokémon nuevos? ¿O haréis que aparezcan en otros ya existentes?


Disculpa por mi pregunta. No leí que ya habías respondido antes a esto en otro comentario. Voy a jugarlo ya mismo entonces.

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¡muchas gracias! 💜💜

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   3 of 4 members found this review helpful 3 / 4 members

Hello! This is an absolutely wonderful mod! I do have a question, though: how do I recruit the new starters as future teammates (ie gen5-9 starters)? Are they in dungeons?

Response from the author:

Hi - thank you, glad you like it 😊

Hmm, that's not something I'd thought about now you mention it! I might look into updating this to add them to some post-game dungeons, or possibly make them recruitable via mission rewards... I think it may currently be possible to hatch them from eggs you get as mission rewards since I enabled the flag for it with all of them, but I've not tested that out!

EDIT: As of 1.1.0. all base forms of new 'mon will appear in Oran Forest and should be recruitable in the post-game :)

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