Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia is an action RPG sequel to the original Ranger game for the Nintendo DS. Like in the past game, you set out as a rookie Ranger just starting out in the region of Almia.
In addition to the Pokémon Assists and other Styler boosters in the game, you can also obtain Guards from optional missions. These Guards upgrade the styler so that it can do more damage or pevent damage from attacks and other unforseen circumstances.
Unlike in the past games, you can choose your partner out of 17 possible Pokémon with many more able to be captured to use their abilities. In addition to the normal abilities seen before in the previous games such as Fire Using, Gusts, Cuts and so forth, this game allows you to ride your Pokémon in order to move on to new areas.
This game is also known as Pokémon Ranger: Batonnage in Japan.