Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX (Japanese: ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 救助隊DX Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX) is a Nintendo Switch title that is a part of the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series. It is the first remake in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series, being a remake of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team. Like the other Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, it is an adaptation of the Mystery Dungeon games with Pokémon characters. It was released in Japan, North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on March 6, 2020.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 救助隊DX
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Boxart for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
Basic info
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: Dungeon crawler
Players: 1
Connectivity: Nintendo Switch Online
Developer: The Pokémon Company/Spike Chunsoft
Publisher: Nintendo/The Pokémon Company
Part of: Generation VIII spin-off
Release dates
Japan: March 6, 2020
North America: March 6, 2020
Australia: March 6, 2020
Europe: March 6, 2020
South Korea: N/A
Hong Kong: March 6, 2020
Taiwan: March 6, 2020
Japanese: Official site
English: Official site
Japanese boxart
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Japanese boxart for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

The game was announced on January 9, 2020 during a Pokémon Direct. A demo was released on January 9, 2020 for free on the Nintendo eShop. Progress in the demo can be transferred to the final game.


Main article: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team → Plot


You can meet and recruit Pokémon in a dungeon-crawling adventure within their world! Build a rescue team to take on mysterious, changing dungeons and strategically plan your moves as you venture forth to make the Pokémon world a safer place…and uncover your true purpose along the way.

As you recruit Pokémon, these trusty teammates will need somewhere to stay, so build camps to house, manage, and strengthen your Pokémon friends. Think hard about who is right for the job and how to approach each mysterious dungeon as you prepare a rescue team. You’ll move a single square at a time or use Auto mode to speed up movement until you engage other Pokémon in turn-based battles—but don’t forget about Pokémon strengths and weaknesses! This version adds gorgeous watercolor-inspired graphics, and more! Get comfortable in being a Pokémon, there’s a lot of work to do.

  • Wake up in the world of Pokémon and uncover your true purpose
  • Dungeon layouts will change each time you enter them, so you’ll likely not have the same adventure twice
  • Build a rescue team to explore dungeons and engage in strategic turn-based combat
  • Pokémon are available to meet and recruit
  • This version adds gorgeous watercolor-inspired graphics, and more!


Features inherited from later generations

The following features have been inherited from later Mystery Dungeon games.

  • TMs are once again a one time use item, and can no longer be Recycled.
  • The maximum amount for a team entering a Dungeon is 3.
    • However, the player can recruit defeated Pokémon until they have a party of 8.
    • Most legendary Pokémon will now be automatically recruited after their first or second defeat.
  • The player can rescue themselves if they are defeated in a dungeon, in addition to rescuing other players.
  • Offensive move experience returns, with higher-level moves receiving increased power, accuracy and PP. Occasionally, any move may be done twice in a row.
  • Treasure Boxes return, but are opened automatically upon leaving the dungeon.
  • Starving Pokémon can be found within Dungeons. These Pokémon will always have a random Rare quality given to them.
  • Certain Pokémon may be Gigantic, utilizing a 3×3 tile area around them.
  • The Fairy type and foreign Pokémon evolutions related to the Pokémon of the first three Generations (such as Sylveon and Mantyke) are present in the game. Riolu and Lucario are also present in the game.
  • Grass type Pokémon are no longer affected by powder moves and Spore.
  • Pokémon may undergo Mega Evolution by using an Empowerment Seed, as opposed to Awakening Emeras.
  • The Toolbox's size will increase with the player's rank.
  • The player can now pre-set teams like in Super Mystery Dungeon, and the amount of these pre-sets is increased with rank.
  • Teammates in camps will get experience points, even if they don't go on a mission.
  • Prior to Boss encounters, the Rescue Team will be fully healed.

New features

  • Auto mode: Pressing the L Button will automatically move the player and their team until an enemy is approached or the button is pressed again. If the player is near an enemy, they cannot enable automode.
  • Using the A Button now selects the best move against an opponent.
  • The typeless standard attack available in prior titles can no longer be used by the player.
  • The game now autosaves per turn, can be loaded from inside dungeons.
  • Evolutionary items have been replaced with Evolution Crystals which are consumed whenever a Pokémon with evolution requirements outside of level wishes to evolve.
  • There will be a daily exploration bonus with one of the dungeons' names sparkling. The bonus will provide the player with extra Poké earned along with a higher probability of Treasure Boxes being dropped.
  • It is now possible to recruit defeated enemies that are up to two tiles away from the leader.
  • New Wonder Orbs and Traps.
  • Fainting in a dungeon now results in a total loss of all items and money that they had in the Toolbox.
  • Enemy Pokémon that defeat an ally or other enemy Pokémon (in the case of Shedinja and certain targeting moves such as Earthquake) will no longer evolve, but instead become empowered (awakened) after the main story is completed. This can trigger Mega Evolution, if applicable.
  • Occasionally, a team member can repeat the move they previously used in the same turn. This is similar to the effect of the Barrage emera from Super Mystery Dungeon.
  • When defeating an enemy Pokémon with Linked Moves, they will only faint after the last move of the set it used.

Rare qualities

Main article: Rare quality
  • Pokémon may now have rare qualities, a passive bonus that affects the entire team within dungeons. This system replaces the IQ and Team Skills from previous games.
  • Gummis have been shrunk to 2 varieties.
    • Rainbow Gummis will raise a stat at random, and will sometimes give the Pokémon a new rare quality.
    • DX Gummis will raise a stat at random, and will always give the Pokémon a new rare quality.
  • Locked doors have been replaced by Mystery Houses, unlocked through Invitations rather than Keys. Unlocking these rooms gives the player multiple helpful items along with up to three random Pokémon with a rare quality. This is the only way to recruit Riolu.

Strong foes and Shiny Pokémon

  • 27 dungeons, after being completed for the first time, have "strong foes" that may spawn. These enemies are at significantly higher levels than the other enemies and are guaranteed to drop a Deluxe Box upon defeat. These Pokémon also have a chance of being Shiny.

Differences from Red and Blue Rescue Team

  • A shortcut from the Team Base to the Pelipper Post Office is created by Diglett the day after the completion of Thunderwave Cave for the first time
  • Persian gives a reward once every day after a transaction at Felicity Bank.
  • Gulpin's Link Shop now links moves for free.
    • Linked moves that run out of PP do not automatically unlink the entire set anymore and will simply use the moves with remaining PP.
    • After Sky Tower has been completed for the first time, Move Tutor moves may be learned through Gulpin, for some Poké.
  • Smeargle now allows the player to select from one of its 15 unique flag designs—or the player's original flag design—as opposed to cycling through its options. Smeargle can be also called as many times per day as the player likes.
  • Rescue Ranks have been revamped.
    • The accommodation size for the various Friend Camps and the maximum jobs that can be accepted at a time increase depending on the player's rank.
    • The highest rank is no longer called Lucario Rank, but instead Grand Master.
  • The Makuhita Dojo has been revamped. Only one Pokémon may enter at a time. They will be given a small, one floor dungeon with no staircase to explore.
    • Pokémon can now only enter a maze that is the same name as their type. Dual-type Pokémon can choose between either of their types.
    • The player is given a time limit and experience multiplier, depending on the ticket given.
      • Bronze Dojo Tickets give the player a 3× EXP and Move XP multiplier, and a 50-second time-limit.
      • Silver Dojo Tickets give the player a 5× EXP and Move XP multiplier, and a 55-second time-limit.
      • Gold Dojo Tickets give the player a 7× EXP and Move XP multiplier, and a 60-second time-limit.
      • Using a super-effective move against a Pokémon once will yield even more experience.
    • Mazes have also been changed. Mazes contain Pokémon who are weak to the namesake maze type, except for the Normal Maze.
    • If the Pokémon faints in the Dojo, it will be revived without the need of a Reviver Seed.
    • No PP is consumed for using moves in the Dojo.
  • Friend Areas and the Wigglytuff Club are replaced by rescue team camps and Wigglytuff's Camp Corner, respectively.
  • In dungeons with multiple parts—such as Mt. Thunder—reaching a checkpoint will no longer count as "making it out" for recruited Pokémon. Additionally, the floor count does not reset.
  • The speed at which HP regenerates over time is now inversely proportional to a Pokémon's max HP, rather than proportional to it, dropping to a minimum rate of 1 HP every 2 steps at 100 max HP. HP will also no longer regenerate on turns where moves or items were used.
  • Munchlax's cameo event can happen at any point in the story. Upon giving Munchlax an Apple, Munchlax will reward the player with unique held items or Gummis.
  • The pool of TMs has been changed to match that of Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon.
  • After Tiny Woods has been completed for the first time, players can switch leaders at any time in a dungeon by pushing +.
  • In the original, all but nine fully evolved Pokémon could not be recruited and had to be obtained by evolution. Now, all wild fully evolved Pokémon can be directly recruited.
  • The names of the player's main character, partner, and rescue team can be changed in the main menu, instead of them being stuck permanently.
  • The four dungeons linked to Nintendo events or Wonder Mail codes—Oddity Cave, Remains Island, Fantasy Strait, and Marvelous Sea—can now be accessed through normal gameplay.
  • Illusory Grotto can be accessed briefly after the player has fainted and gives up rescue in a dungeon without having revival items anywhere. The number of floors and Pokémon encountered there vary.
  • Some dungeons' lengths have been changed; most notably, Western Cave is now only 20 floors, as opposed to 99, while Mt. Faraway is now 60 floors instead of 40.
  • The later dungeons, such as Far-Off Sea and Waterfall Pond, no longer require a team member to know specific HMs or have a specific type to be accessed.
  • Wild Pokémon in dungeons can now have more HP than normal, with their HP returning to normal when they are recruited. Additionally, their movesets may also change when recruited.
    • This is especially noticeable in Unown Relic, where all of the wild Unown are level 37, which would normally result in an HP of 65, but in later floors they can have over 200 HP.
  • Deoxys can now remember level-up moves from Gulpin.


Playable characters

  This article is incomplete.
Please feel free to edit this article to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Information on which personality quiz results assign which Pokemon in Rescue Team DX

The player is able to choose one of the 16 returning Pokémon from the original game as their hero and partner Pokémon. However, the partner cannot be the same type as the player. The player may, as in the prior Nintendo DS titles, choose the player Pokémon using a quiz, or as in the WiiWare and Nintendo 3DS titles, choose a Pokémon themselves. Unlike the original games, the player character choices are not restricted by the player's selected gender and the partner is not restricted to first partner Pokémon anymore.

Charmander Docile (Male)
Pikachu Impish (Male)
Grass Poison Fire Water Electric
Psyduck Relaxed (Male)
Machop Brave (Male)
Cubone Lonely (Male)
Normal Water Fighting Ground
Chikorita Quirky (Male)
Cyndaquil Timid (Male)
Normal Grass Fire Water
Treecko Sassy (Male)
Mudkip Calm (Male)
Skitty Naive (Male)
Grass Fire Water Normal

Non-player characters

Main article: List of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team characters

Automatic recruits

Pokémon Square

Makuhita Dojo

Whiscash Pond

Pelipper Post Office

Rescue teams

Team Members
Team A.C.T.   Alakazam   Charizard   Tyranitar
Team Meanies   Gengar   Medicham   Ekans
Team Shifty   Shiftry   Nuzleaf   Nuzleaf
Team Constrictor   Octillery   Tentacruel   Cradily
Team Hydro   Blastoise   Feraligatr   Swampert
Team Rumblerock   Golem   Graveler   Graveler
Team ??? An unnamed rescue team, called in by the Helper Orb,
consisting of 3 random final-form versions of the game's hero Pokémon.


Boss Level Dungeon
Main Story
  Skarmory 11 Mt. Steel
Gengar, Medicham and Ekans
(Team Meanies)
Sinister Woods
  Zapdos 17 Mt. Thunder Peak
  Moltres 20 Mt. Blaze Peak
  Articuno 22 Heart of the Frosty Forest
Mankey ×3 23 Uproar Forest
  Groudon 28 Magma Cavern Pit
  Rayquaza 33 Sky Tower Summit
  Kyogre 40 Stormy Sea
  Regirock 35 Buried Relic
  Regice 35 Buried Relic
  Registeel 35 Buried Relic
  Latios 35 Northern Range
  Entei 50 Fiery Field
  Raikou 50 Lightning Field
  Suicune 50 Northwind Field
  Ho-Oh 60 Mt. Faraway
  Jirachi 35 Wish Cave
  Lugia 65 Silver Trench
  Mewtwo 70 Western Cave
  Deoxys 55 Meteor Cave


English Japanese
Tiny Woods 小さな森
Thunderwave Cave 電磁波の洞窟
Mt. Steel ハガネ山
Sinister Woods 怪しい森
Silent Chasm 沈黙の谷
Mt. Thunder 雷鳴の山
Great Canyon 大いなる峡谷
Lapis Cave 群青の洞窟
Rock Path 岩の横穴
Mt. Blaze 炎の山
Snow Path 雪の横穴
Frosty Forest 樹氷の森
Mt. Freeze 氷雪の霊峰
Magma Cavern マグマの地底
Sky Tower 天空の塔
Uproar Forest 騒ぎの森
Howling Forest 遠吠えの森
Stormy Sea 嵐の海域
Silver Trench 銀の海溝
Meteor Cave 隕石の洞窟
Buried Relic 地底遺跡
Solar Cave 太陽の洞窟
Fiery Field 炎の大地
Lightning Field 稲妻の大地
Northwind Field 北風の大地
Mt. Faraway 遥かなる霊峰
Western Cave 西の洞窟
Northern Range 北の山脈
Pitfall Valley 奈落の谷
Wish Cave 願いの洞窟
Joyous Tower 幸せの塔
Purity Forest 清らかな森
Murky Cave 闇の洞窟
Desert Region 砂漠地帯
Southern Cavern 南の洞穴
Waterfall Pond 滝壺の池
Wyvern Hill 飛竜の丘
Darknight Relic 暗夜遺跡
Unown Relic アンノーンの遺跡
Grand Sea 大きな海
Far-Off Sea 最果ての海
Oddity Cave 異変の洞窟
Remains Island 残された島
Marvelous Sea 不思議の海
Fantasy Strait 幻想海峡
Illusory Grotto 幻影の洞窟

Wonder Mail passwords

Wonder Mail passwords can be entered to redeem various items, as well as special missions.


  This section is incomplete.
Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Needs rewards for Wonder Mail missions.

Completing a mission will offer the client as a recruitable team member. However, note that missions can only be attempted if the player has already completed the relevant dungeon in the main story.

Client Mission Location Rewards Password
  Clefairy's Special Request Mt. Blaze 14F 8TT4 98W8
  Slowbro's Special Request Mt. Freeze 11F 6Y6S NWHF
  Rhyhorn's Special Request Silent Chasm B7F R8Y4 8QXR
  Dragonair's Special Request Mt. Freeze 17F HK5R 3N47
  Togetic's Special Request Frosty Forest 12F MHJR 625M
  Mareep's Special Request Mt. Steel 5F 991Y 5K47
  Misdreavus's Special Request Lapis Cave B14F 5K0K 0K2K
  Smoochum's Special Request Mt. Steel 3F 92JM R48W
  Larvitar's Special Request Sinister Woods 5F 5JSM NWF0
  Beautifly's Special Request Sinister Woods 10F CNTS N2F1
  Sableye's Special Request Mt. Steel 8F 91SR 2H5J
  Roselia's Special Request Frosty Forest 8F K762 CJWF
  Wailmer's Special Request Great Canyon 12F 0R5H 76XQ
  Chingling's Special Request Silent Chasm B3F R6T1 XSH5
  Mantyke's Special Request Lapis Cave B10F MF0K 5CCN


Item Set Contents Password
Apple Bundle 5JSK 2CMC
Attack Move Pack WCJT 275J
Blue Pouch 90P7 8R96
Full Belly Set 1Y5K 0K1S
Green Pouch 776S JWJS
Handy Berry Set 5JMP H7K5
Happy Letter SR0K 5QR9
HP Recovery Set FSHH 6SR0
Hungry Set N3QW 5JSK
Lovely Gummi Assortment XMK9 5K49
Lovely Seed Set H8PJ TWF2
Magic Boost Set K0FX WK7J
Max Ether Bundle 6XT1 XP98
Move Stamina Pack Y490 CJMR
Move Strengthening Set XT49 8SP7
Move Technique Pack 6XWH H7JM
Oran Berry Bundle R994 5PCN
Physical Boost Set 0R79 10P7
Power Boost Set JY3X QW5C
PP Filling Set SJP7 642C
Rainbow Gummi Assortment SN3X QSFW
Red Pouch MCCH 6XY6
Reviver Seed Set 5PJQ MCCJ
Special Gummi Sample H6W7 K262
Strong-Foe Resistance Gift 47K2 K5R3
Useful Berry Set 3R62 CR63


Item Set Contents Password
Barrier Gift Y649 3N3S
Boss Battle Set SK5P 778R
Brawl Gift CFSH 962H
Expedition Gift 0MN2 F0CN
Friendly Set QXW5 MMN1
Hard Times Set SFSJ WK0H
Monster House Provisions NY7J P8QM
Predicament Gift 7FW6 27CK
Relief Gift TY26 446X
Safety Set 3XNS QMQX
Support Gift WJNT Y478
Tough Battling Set H5FY 948M
Voluminous Set 961W F0MN


Item Set Contents Password
Magical Ribbon Set 95R1 W6SJ
Powerful Ribbon Set 25QQ TSCR
Technical Ribbon Set CMQM FXW6

Throwing Items

Item Set Contents Password
Cacnea Collection 45QS PHF4
Gift from Cacnea SH8X MF1T
Corsola Collection JT3M QY79
Gift from Corsola 3TWJ MK2C
Gift from Graveler 8QXR 93P5


Item Set Contents Password
Bug TM 3TY1 XW99
Dark TM XNY8 PK40
Electric TM R13R 6XY0
Fighting TM 78SH 6463
Fire TM P5R9 411S
Ghost TM 90P7 CQP9
Grass TM N0R7 K93R
Steel TM W95R 91XT
Water TM JR41 13QS

Misc Items

Item Set Contents Password
Training Set Y991 1412


Gaming magazine Famitsu gave Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX a score of 35 out of 40.[1] IGN rated the game an "Okay" 6.0/10.[2] It holds a rating of 68% on Metacritic, based on 74 critic reviews.[3]


In the fiscal year of its release, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX sold 1.26 million copies worldwide.[4] As of December 31, 2022, the game sold 1.99 million copies worldwide.[5]

Japanese sales

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX sold 130,510 units on its first week on the Japanese market, with a sell-through of 66.36%.[6] By January 3, 2021, the end of its 44th week, it had sold 281,908 copies.[6]


Main article: Staff of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX

Version history

Version[7][8] Release date Official note
1.0.0 March 6, 2020 N/A
1.0.2[9] March 17, 2020
  • Fixed several issues to improve gameplay experience.



  • The art in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX's main menu is recreated from the original game

Logos and boxarts


  • This is the first remake of a Pokémon game outside of the core series.
  • The box-art for this game is a combination of the box art of the two games it is based on, featuring the same Pokémon and setting, albeit with a new art style.
  • The "Mystery Dungeon" text font for the logo is based on the European design used for previous games, even for the North American release.
  • Although this was released during Generation VIII, nothing introduced during said generation exists in this game, including new moves and Abilities.

In other languages

Language Title
  Japanese ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 救助隊DX
  French Pokémon Donjon Mystère : Équipe de Secours DX
  German Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Retterteam DX
  Italian Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Squadra di Soccorso DX
  Spanish Pokémon Mundo misterioso: equipo de rescate DX


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