One of the first boss fights in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX is the one against Skarmory, the angry metal bird who abducted baby Diglett in a frenzy. We'll show you how to beat Skarmory, their strengths and weaknesses, as well as what rewards you can get for doing so.
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How to Beat Skarmory
Skarmory is a pretty tough fight, despite being the first boss of the game, situated on the 9th floor of Mt. Steel in an open arena. Skarmory has just under 200 health and decent defensive stats, as one might expect from a Steel-type, meaning that you'll be playing the long game on this battle. Fortunately we've amassed some useful tips to beating them.
Skarmory Tips and Weaknesses
There's no way to cheese the Skarmory boss fight unless you're severely over-levelled, but like all Pokemon, Skarmory has weaknesses and strengths to take note of as you go into this fight. Here's our best advice for bringing this iron chicken down a peg or two.
- Make sure you and your ally are level nine, at least. This shouldn't be too hard by this point in the game, but if you're anything less than that do a few rescue missions first or spend some time in the Makuhita Dojo.
- Being a Steel/Flying type, Skarmory takes double damage from fire and electricity.
- However, it has a lot of resistances: Normal, Flying, Bug, Steel, Grass, Psychic, Dragon, Fairy, Poison and Ground are all pretty bad.
- Skarmory's attacks are pretty straightforward. The biggest threats are Air Cutter, which has a high critical-hit rate, and Metal Claw, which hurts an enemy and has a chance to boost Skarmory's own attack. If it's hitting you hard, try and put some distance between you while using ranged attacks
- Before you set off to Mt. Steel, go to Gulpin's shop in Pokemon Square and try linking your best moves together for a big damage boost. Make sure they don't run out of PP before going into the fight by drinking a Max Ether or two on the eighth floor.
Rewards for Beating Skarmory
You won't get any money or items for defeating Skarmory and bringing Diglett back home, but it does unlock the next big feature of the game: the ability to recruit other Pokemon to your team. Not only that, but one of the Magnemite that helped you will be so inspired by your heroism that they'll be your first recruit, giving you your own steel/electric-type to bring into battle. There'll also be a brief but confusing allusion to Diglett's feet. Yes, apparently he has those.
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