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"Darkest Before Duskmon"
五闘士全滅!? 恐るべき闇のパワー!
(Gotoushi Zenmetsu!? Asorubeki Yami no Pawā!)
"Total Destruction of the Five Warriors!? Terrifying Dark Power!"
(Ja:) Fuji Television
(En:) Sensation Animation
Airdate (Ja:) September 1, 2002
(En:) December 18, 2002
Written by (En:) Seth Walther
Toei Animation
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Duskmon confronts the warriors and effortlessly defeats them. They barely escape, and while they regroup to think of a way to win against him, Koji confronts Takuya about his haphazard thinking.


After defeating Arbormon, Duskmon begins to fight all the Legendary Warriors. Their attacks do little to hurt him until BurningGreymon gets angry and engulfs him in fire. Lobomon is skeptical of victory and tells everyone to run away, much to Takuya's chagrin. They begin to bicker, but Bokomon breaks it up by suggesting food. As they're setting up camp, Takuya and Tommy come up with a plan to defeat Duskmon, but Koji gets angry and takes Takuya aside to talk. Koji insists that Duskmon is too powerful, and the two fight. Koji asks Takuya if he knows why he's here. When Takuya says it's to save the world, there is hesitance in his voice, and Koji doesn't think he knows what that means. Koji says that Takuya doesn't get it; he thinks it's obvious that Takuya doesn't care if he gets hurt and asks for a promise that none of the others will—and that if he can't make that promise, then he should go home now. Suddenly, Duskmon attacks and the DigiDestined put their plan into motion. It fails when Duskmon absorbs all the attacks. He turns to attack Agunimon, but KendoGarurumon jumps in the way and reverts back to Koji, who is seriously injured. Takuya screams Koji's name, gathering him in his arms, and Duskmon begins to act as if he's in pain and engulfs the area in darkness. When the darkness clears, Takuya finds himself alone and at the Dark Terminal. Demoralized and depressed about causing Koji's pain, Takuya is offered a ride home by the Dark Trailmon, and he accepts.

Featured Characters[]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance. Bolded characters are fought by the protagonist(s), and italicized characters feature non-explicitly, e.g. voice, silhouette, image.)

Humans Rookie Champion Armor Hybrid


MetalKabuterimon 1 Beetlemon 3 J.P. Shibayama 8 MetalKabuterimon
MetalKabuterimon b Arrow R Blue Beetlemon b Arrow R Red J.P. Shibayama t Arrow R MetalKabuterimon b
H Spirit of Thunder b B Spirit of Thunder b
Korikakumon 1 Kumamon 3 Tommy Himi 8 Korikakumon
Korikakumon b Arrow R Blue Kumamon b Arrow R Red Tommy Himi t Arrow R Korikakumon b
H Spirit of Ice b B Spirit of Ice b
Zephyrmon 3 Zoe Orimoto 8 Zephyrmon
Zephyrmon b Arrow R Red Zoe Orimoto t Arrow R Zephyrmon b
B Spirit of Wind b
Lobomon 3 Koji Minamoto 9 KendoGarurumon 11 Koji Minamoto
Lobomon b Arrow R Red Koji Minamoto t Arrow R KendoGarurumon b Arrow R Red Koji Minamoto t
B Spirit of Light b
BurningGreymon 7 Takuya Kanbara 9 Agunimon 12 Takuya Kanbara
BurningGreymon b Arrow R Red Takuya Kanbara t Arrow R Agunimon b Arrow R Red Takuya Kanbara t
H Spirit of Flame b


"It's the combination of all our differences that make us such a good team. We balance each other."

J.P. to Zoe when she is preoccupied about Koji's and Takuya's argument

"Why do you think you're here, Takuya?"

Koji to Takuya after Koji confronts Takuya about his plan to defeat Duskmon

"I know he's strong, but every time we've run into someone more powerful than us, we worked together and everything has turned out fine! I really believe that if we just attack as one, we can't lose!"

Takuya is not convinced during his argument with Koji

"It's obvious you don't care about yourself, but can you promise me the others won't get hurt? 'Cause if you can't, then you better just go home now, because I won't let you risk their lives."

Koji to Takuya at the end of their argument

"End of the line, huh? That sounds right. It's where guys like me end up. Guys who hurt their friends."

Takuya finally recognizes his faults...but goes too far.

Other Notes[]

Animation errors

  • When Duskmon is retreating and covering everything in darkness, KendoGarurumon can be seen, even though Koji Minamoto had already degenerated.

Dubbing changes

  • In the Latin American dub, Takuya mistakenly calls KendoGarurumon "Lobomon" while explaining his plan to defeat Duskmon.

Real-world references

  • The title is a reference to the adage, "It's always darkest just before the dawn."