Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX: How to Upgrade Your Team Base and Beat Mankey

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX: How to Upgrade Your Team Base and Beat Mankey

We show you how to change and upgrade both your base and its flag.

Acting as your home from the beginning of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX; your Rescue Team's base may not be glamorous, but acts as a welcoming place of safety for the duration of the game. But things can always get better, and we'll show you how to upgrade and customize your team base here.

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How to Upgrade Your Base

You won't be able to change your base until your return from Mt. Freeze with Absol, and even then it won't be entirely clear that's what the next section is leading to. A few days later you'll be approached by two new characters, Wynaut and Wobuffet, who're having trouble with some rampaging Mankeys in Uproar Forest. They'll ask you to take the job officially, which is posted on the Bulletin Board as "Punish Bad Mankey!" Once you the take the job, Uproar Forest will open as a location.

Uproar Forest isn't very difficult and very short to boot, only four floors in total. As you make your way up, be sure to check for items and grab any Chestnuts you see, you'll need those later. Once you get to the bottom floor, you'll see three Mankey who proceed to go berserk in your direction.

How to Beat the Mankey Boss Fight

The three Mankey have identical stats, each one with about 300 health. They're fighting types, vulnerable to Flying, Psychic and Fairy, with mainly short-ranged moves. Your best approach is to confuse, paralyze or… uh… sleepicize at least two so you don't have to deal with them, then focus on taking out the one left over, putting all your attacks on him. Be careful, though! Mankey has the highly-powerful Fury Swipes attack, which has low accuracy but can hit multiple times. If one gets lucky and lands three or more Swipes, it can K.O. a character in a single move.

Individually the Mankey aren't too bad, but they're difficult to fight all at once. | Joel Franey/USgamer, Spike Chunsoft/Nintendo

Once you've beaten the Mankey, you can return home to speak to Wynaut and Wobuffet. They don't have any money, but they'll offer you a peeled chestnut, which you then use to placate the Mankey which soon show up looking for revenge. They love Chestnuts but can't peel them themselves, and an arrangement begins wherein they'll help build you a new Team Base in exchange for any Chestnuts you find.

How to Get Chestnuts

It won't be long before the Mankey have given up. They're strong but lazy, giving up quickly and demanding new Chestnuts each time to keep working. This means you'll have to go back to Uproar Forest and get more; there'll usually be one or two at the third or fourth floor just randomly lying around. They aren't that common though, so don't expect to fill your bag.

The Mankey Squad is powered by chestnuts. They'll only work when you hand them over. | Joel Franey/USgamer, Spike Chunsoft/Nintendo

You can give a Chestnut to the Mankey by approaching where they're lying outside your base. They'll do some work each time, but you'll have to donate three of them before the work is finally completed and you have a new base! It'll be redesigned based on your character's head, rather unnervingly, but it'll have a snazzy new interior and everybody will be very happy. These changes are only cosmetic, however - the building doesn't actually do anything new.

How to Change Your Base Flag

Some time later, after completing the main story and Sky Tower, there'll be a Bulletin Board request from a Pokemon named Smeargle, asking you to come to an area you haven't been to yet called the Howling Forest. Howling Forest is a dangerous area - the request itself is Difficulty Level A - but it's fifteen floors only, which isn't too bad.

Once you make it to the end, you'll find Smeargle and bring him home, prompting a short cutscene in which he explains he ran away from a ritual and got lost. His family shows up to get him back, and he'll join your rescue team rather than sign up with them. He's a level 25 Normal-type Pokemon, but he'll also paint new flags for your base! After recruiting him, you can go up to your flag at any time and select it to have Smeargle show up and suggest new designs. It's free to change flags and there's no limit to how often you can pick from the 16 designs available.

Some designs are... better than others. | Joel Franey/USgamer, Spike Chunsoft/Nintendo

USG's got you covered for all things Pokemon. Joel's own review of Mystery Dungeon is here, and you can always go here to see Nadia's breakdown of the scariest new legendary Pokemon in a while.

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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