How to Make Lugia Dark in "Pokemon SoulSilver"

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How to Make Lugia Dark in "Pokemon SoulSilver"
Getting Shadow Lugia into "SoulSilver" will require a multi-step process across several consoles. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Shadow Lugia, code-named XD001, is a legendary Pokemon introduced in "Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness" for the GameCube console. The original form of Shadow Lugia is Lugia, a naturally silver-coloured Pokemon and the guardian of the seas. Lugia is often seen as the polar opposite of Ho-Oh, the golden guardian of the skies. Though it is not possible to transform a Lugia into a Dark or Shadow Lugia in "Pokemon SoulSilver" by standard procedures in the game, some players have discovered workarounds.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • ActionReplay
  • Nintendo transfer cable
  • Nintendo GameCube
  • "Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness"
  • Nintendo GameBoy Advance
  • "Pokemon Ruby"
  • Nintendo DS
  • "Pokemon Diamond"
  • "Pokemon SoulSilver"

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    Run "Pokemon SoulSilver" with a hacked ROM via an emulator. If you already own "Pokemon SoulSilver" you can legally play the game on your PC using an emulator such as Ideas. Fans of Shadow Lugia have hacked a ROM to allow Shadow Lugia to appear in the game. The Ideas emulator and the altered ROM are available from links in Resources.

  2. 2

    Activate the Lugia code with an Action Replay game code device. Insert the Action Replay device and enter the code below. When complete, remove the Action Replay and insert your game. Place an unwanted or extra Pokemon in the second slot of your Pokemon party. Press the L and R buttons to activate the code and the extra Pokemon will be replaced with a Lugia who boasts many of the powers of a Shadow Lugia. The code is:

    94000130 FCFF0000 B2111880 00000000 E0000194 000000EC 35F535F1 62470000 226029D5 B39016C4

    CCA49796 FECC2654 A3C4DBAF 1694225D EB860D8B DED45569 19BA964A 88944041 BACC0567 471C28A6

    D49440B9 F54A61E9 BE31E9FB 5ACA6A4B 9CA48294 0F279C61 685EF330 D36CC924 94686A53 E294AC1C

    A0B7C7B4 7C415636 0F0FCF13 A985024F 26B488A4 C70F546D E6827F28 53E933EE E5FE3A5B 932B6CE1

    5206993D BF96637E B04B8998 67755205 BF65E5DE 1FD539B5 CE5EA9EB E4828A1D 767BC22A BE43F94C

    2DC74E45 48A19455 FBFFF0A5 22620001 CA507321 023EDFCF 292E6FA3 62D8A93B 9F63DF0C F9EB6743

    D66AB254 6EC33226 37FDD9F5 03EF5F6E D0EC5F8A 00000000 D2000000 00000000

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    Transfer Lugia. Though a multi-step process, Lugia can be migrated across a chain of Pokemon games to reach "Pokemon SoulSilver." Catch Shadow Lugia in "Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness." Transfer Shadow Lugia via a Nintendo Transfer Cable from the GameCube to "Pokemon Ruby" on the GameBoy Advance. Using the dual ports in a Nintendo DS, insert both your "Pokemon Ruby" cartridge which now contains Shadow Lugia and your "Pokemon Diamond" cartridge. Access the Pal Park and transfer Shadow Lugia from "Pokemon Ruby" to "Pokemon Diamond." Shadow Lugia will be set loose in the Pal Park and you will need to re-catch the Pokemon. Use wireless communications to trade Shadow Lugia from "Pokemon Diamond" to "Pokemon Soul Silver."

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