Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX: How to Mega Evolve

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX: How to Mega Evolve

We explain the "Awakened" condition and how it can let you mega evolve into a more powerful Pokemon.

Evolution's all very good and well in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX, but you can get an even more powerful boost with Mega Evolution, granting your Pokemon a temporary new superpowered form. In this guide we'll go over how to Mega Evolve, what Pokemon can do it and what its limitations are.

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How to Mega Evolve Your Pokemon

To Mega Evolve in Mystery Dungeon DX you'll need a very rare item called an Empowerment Seed. These single-use consumables are occasionally given away as Mission Rewards, or might be found in chests in Dungeons. They tend to become slightly more common in the game after the story's over, but you can get them before then if you're lucky.

Mega Evolution requires your Pokemon to choke down this strange-looking seed. | Joel Franey/USgamer, Spike Chunsoft/Nintendo

Empowerment Seeds can be eaten like any other kind of seed and confer the "Awakened" condition. This gives the Pokemon in question a huge stat boost, makes it so their linked moves are always critical hits, as well as ignoring type matches they'd be at a disadvantage for. It's a massive power-up on its own, but if the Pokemon is eligible - i.e., one of the famous or cool-looking ones - it'll also Mega Evolve.

What is Mega Evolution?

If a Pokemon Mega-Evolves, there'll be a glowing purple effect in which it changes forms and grows into something new, usually something more dangerous-looking. It may also get new typing (for example, Ampharos mega evolves from an Electric type into a Dragon type), and some of its moves might change, depending on what they are. We also found that it gave the increased stats even more of a boost than just being Awakened.

Mega Evolution doesn't last long, unfortunately. It ends when you move to the next floor of the Dungeon, or can be stopped by certain debilitating status effects, such as sleep. Because of this and the low availability of Empowerment Seeds, we suggest only using this power when going up against bosses, trying to rescue friends, or completing the hardest dungeons in the game.

Would a Hemmingway reference be too highbrow here? | Joel Franey/USgamer, Spike Chunsoft/Nintendo

What Pokemon Can Mega Evolve?

Below we've composed a full list of every Pokemon in Mystery Dungeon that can Mega Evolve, as far as we know. We'll be sure to update this if more are uncovered or added later with DLC and updates.

  • Absol
  • Aerodactyl
  • Aggron
  • Alakazam
  • Altaria
  • Ambomanow
  • Ampharos
  • Banette
  • Beedrill
  • Blastoise
  • Blaziken
  • Camerupt
  • Charizard (two forms)
  • Gallade
  • Garchomp
  • Gardevoir
  • Gengar
  • Glalie
  • Gyarados
  • Heracross
  • Houndoom
  • Kangaskhan
  • Latias
  • Latios
  • Lopunny
  • Lucario
  • Manectric
  • Mawile
  • Medicham
  • Metagross
  • Mewtwo (two forms)
  • Pidgeot
  • Pinsir
  • Rayquaza
  • Sableye
  • Salamence
  • Sceptile
  • Scizor
  • Sharpedo
  • Slowbro
  • Steelix
  • Swampert
  • Tyranitar
  • Venusaur

In the meantime, there's plenty of Pokemon content on USgamer to enjoy between Mystery Dungeon sessions. You can see Joel's full review of the game here, or check out Nadia's story on the most popular Pokemon in the world; as chosen by fans.

Joel Franey

Guides Writer

Joel loves books, games, comics and drinks that make a person feel like they just got kicked in the head by a mule. He has a Masters in writing from Sussex, which he somehow got by writing about Superman. He is absolutely NOT three children in a long coat, so please stop asking.

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