Dinosaur King
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Dinosaur King

Regional D-Sites are a series of DS game-exclusive locations, each served by Minmi, acting as the central hubs of travel between continents and dealing with dinosaur revival and storage.

Functionality[]

D-Site main UI

D-Site main UI

Story[]

D-Sites are independently-operating dig site organizing and dinosaur researching institutions run by regional Branch Heads who work together as a network in association with, but not as a part of, the D-Lab, which is run by Reese Drake. Due to their dinosaur-related activities, the Alpha Gang often end up causing trouble for or near them.

Game[]

Entering a D-Site immediately restores all Dinosaurs' HP and recharges the Radar. Inside is a menu screen (which can use the buttons or touch screen for selection) where players can revive Fossils they've collected, swap out party members, teleport to other unlocked D-Sites, and interact with other players' devices for battling and trading. This is where players will arrive at the beginning of each new story Chapter, if they teleport back from the field with their DinoShot (which does not automatically restore anything), or if they lose in any battle (which automatically restores HP but does not recharge the Radar).

A D-Site of varying exterior is located in each of Euro Town, Gobi Village, Dustberg, and Kalimba Park; Polar Point is being explored for a possible future D-Site location by a Branch Head, but it won't be built during the timespan of the game's story. All D-Sites have the same interior and are all staffed by Minmi, who is assumed to teleport after the player to always be waiting for them.

The only unique functions particular D-Sites have is the European D-Site being the place teleporting manually from the D-Lab in the postgame will always land the player, and the North American D-Site being the one the player must enter for Minmi to identify the Fossil Photo as a Tyrannosaurus, opening the way to collect its set Fossil.

Reviving Fossils[]

Minmi screen

Minmi guiding a Fossil cleaning

When entering with Fossils, players can use the Restoration Room to select the continent-named Fossils and clean them, using a pick to remove the rock layer from over the Fossil. The pick has 20 ticks of durability, displayed to the right (20-4 with a green bar, 3-0 with a red bar), which wear down at a flat rate of rock removed and not per tap, and cleaning will end either when the pick wears out or the Fossil is "fully" uncovered (some point above 95% seems to be sufficient). Cleaning produces dust to obscure the player's work, but does not affect the result and can be blown away using the DS microphone. Fossils are standard by the Element (and sometimes body type) of the Dinosaur to be revived, but the species is not directly revealed until they are actually revived (though knowing those available from the location drilled can narrow down the options); they can appear flipped or rotated along any axis with no relation to the species.

Fossil Revival Levels[]

Minmi's dialogue after finishing a Fossil cleaning indicates the level it will revive at, relative to story progress; however, the exact checkpoints and their resulting levels seemingly varying by player character and/or are influenced by Dinosaur Encyclopedia completeness or another unknown factor. Often, it seems, Max players will be credited as having finished cleaning their Fossil with slightly more of it still covered than for Rex players, but after slightly more work Rex players will have them revived at higher levels than Max players.

Story Checkpoint "Great job! You're a real cleaning pro."
(5/4 ticks, green bar)
"The fossil has been cleaned beautifully."
(3/2/1 ticks, red bar)
"The pick broke. And you were so close, too!"
(0 ticks over half uncovered, red bar)
"The pick broke. The secret is to pick away at the rock only where the fossil is."
(0 ticks under half uncovered, red bar)
Before Drill
LV 1
LV 1
LV 1
LV 1
First Drill
LV 1 (Max)
LV 2 (Rex)
LV 1
LV 1
LV 1
Beat Laura (1)
1 Stone Fragment
LV 4
LV 2
LV 1
LV 1
Beat Ed (1)
2 Stone Fragments
LV 6
LV 3
LV 2
LV 1
Beat Rod (1)
3 Stone Fragments
LV 7 / 9(low %?) (Max)
LV 8 (Rex)
LV 4 / 5(low %?) (Max)
LV 4 (Rex)
LV 2 / 3(low %?) (Max)
LV 3 (Rex)
LV 1
Get Dragon Skull(?)
3 Stone Fragments
LV 8 (Max)
LV 9 (Rex)
LV 4 (Max)
LV 5 (Rex)
LV 3
LV 1
Beat Zander (1)
4 Stone Fragments
LV 10 (Max)
LV 11 (Rex)
LV 6
LV 4
LV 2
Clear Alpha Gang Depot(?)
4 Stone Fragments
LV 11 (Max)
LV 11 / 12 (Rex)
LV 6 (Max)
LV 6 / 7 (Rex)
LV 4
LV 2
Beat Ursula (1)
5 Stone Fragments
LV 12 / 13 (Max)
LV 14 (Rex)
LV 7 (Max)
LV 8 (Rex)
LV 4 / 5 (Max)
LV 5 (Rex)
LV 2
Lose to Seth (1B)
6 Stone Fragments
LV 13 (Max)
LV 13 / 15 (Rex)
LV 7 (Max)
LV 7 / 9 (Rex)
LV 5 (Max)
LV 5 / 6 (Rex)
LV 2 (Max)
LV 2 / 3 (Rex)
Reach Polar Point/
Headquarters(?)
{trigger unclear}
LV 11(low %?) / 14(high %?) (Max)
LV 16 (Rex)
LV 6(low %?) / 8(high %?) (Max)
LV 9 (Rex)
LV 4(low %?) / 5(high %?) (Max)
LV 6 (Rex)
LV 2 (Max)
LV 3 (Rex)
Beat Dr. Z (2)
Main story complete, static for all Postgame
LV 16
LV 9
LV 6
LV 3

Menu[]

  • Talk
    • (dialogue from Minmi)
  • Restoration Room
    • (list of current Fossils in acquisition order)
      • Yes (enter Fossil excavation minigame)
      • No (exit mini-menu)
  • Dino Room
    • View Dinosaur
      • (list of current Dinosaurs in acquisition order)
        • View Strength (show stats page)
        • Change Name (change name)
          • Yes (enter up to 28-character name)
          • No (exit mini-menu)
        • Send Back (permanently remove from Dino Room)
          • Yes (confirm decision)
          • No (exit mini-menu)
        • Go Back (exit mini-menu)
    • Take Dinosaur with You
      • (your current party)
        • Load Dino (go to list of current Dinosaurs to select a replacement)
        • Remove Dino (empty current slot without a replacement)
        • Quit (exit mini-menu)
  • Teleporter Room
    • European Area
    • Asian Area (Chapter 2+)
    • North American Area (Chapter 3+)
    • D-Lab (Postgame)
    • African Area (Postgame)
      • Yes (teleport)
      • No (exit mini-menu)
  • D-Site - network icon 1&4
    D-Site - network icon 2&3
    Communications Room
    • Connect
      • Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
      • Connect with a nearby DS
      • Receive Items
      • Nintendo WFC Setup
    • Manage Friends
    • Change Name (change player name)
    • Communications History (score card for name, rank, and battles, wins, losses, and trades with other players)
  • (reverse arrow to exit D-Site)

Trivia[]

  • Due to their healing, storage, and communication abilities, D-Sites are a clear parallel to Pokémon Centers of the Pokémon franchise's games, though those aren't used for transportation.

Navigation[]

p · e · t DS Game Locations
Europe: Euro Town · North Euro Plain · North Mine · North Dig Site · South Euro Plain · Old S. Coal Mine
Asia: Gobi Village · South Gobi Plain · Darkwood Forest · East Gobi Plain · Wanderwood Forest
North America: Dustberg · West Dust Hills · Alpha Gang Depot · South Dust Hills · Alpha Gang Base · Warehouse · East Dust Hills (postgame) · Secret Base (postgame)
Antarctica: Polar Point · Headquarters · Command Center
Africa: Kalimba Park (postgame) · Kalimba Desert (postgame) · Alpha Fortress (postgame)
Other: D-Lab · D-Sites · Ovi Shops
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