One of the more unique mechanics to Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX is hunger, belly and food, which forces you to keep eating on long journeys to avoid starvation. We'll explain these new rules here and how you can stop starving easily.
How Does Hunger and Belly Work?
Your "Belly" meter is pretty much exactly what you'd assume: a numerical stat measuring how hungry your Pokemon is. Belly starts at 100 (full) and empties over time as you explore. It's indicated in the top-right hand corner by the orange circle. It can also decrease faster as you take certain actions, such as performing linked moves or moving through certain kinds of terrain. Abilities and items will always tell you if they have a positive or detrimental effect on your hunger, so don't worry if they don't say anything about it specifically. The standard rate of hunger is to lose 1 point of "Belly" per seven actions, and the game will start providing text warnings when you're close to starvation.
Once your belly is empty, you'll start to take one hit point of damage with every action you take, whether it's moving, making an attack, or using an item. You'll keep taking damage until either you faint, or until you eat something and restore your belly to more than zero.
How to Restore Hunger and Belly
Any edible item you carry can restore Belly, including seeds and berries, but their effect is negligible when they're primarily made to have other effects. An Oran Berry, for example, can increase your health, but only gives you two points of Belly, barely enough to walk across a room.
The main source of food in the game is Apples, which come in three different varieties: regular Apples; Big Apples and Perfect Apples. Regular Apples restore 50 Belly, Big Apples Restore 75, and Perfect Apples always feed you entirely, no matter how hungry you are. Each one takes up the same amount of space in your inventory, so it's pretty clear which is the best one to have with you.
How to Increase Belly Size
As far as we know there's no way to permanently increase the max size of your stomach, but it can be done temporarily until you leave your current dungeon. Eating an Apple when your belly is already completely full increases its max size and fills the additional space you've gained. The size increase varies according to what kind of Apple it is: regular Apples increase it by 15, Big Apples by 25, and Perfect Apples by a whopping 50. This size increase resets whenever you exit the dungeon and return home.
How to Stop Yourself From Starving
If you're worried about hunger, there are multiple tips and tricks you can use to prevent it from being an issue when you go into a dungeon:
- Bring Apples: This is the obvious technique that you're expected to use, but it bears repeating: if you don't want to be hungry, bring food. If you know how long the dungeon is, bring an appropriate amount of food. We found that you'll probably empty your belly every 5-8 floors, depending on circumstances and luck, so three Perfect Apples will certainly be enough for 15 floors of exploration.
- Don't throw away anything you can eat: In long dungeon crawls in particular you'll have to start making room in your bag for treasure, usually by throwing out the least-useful items in your pouch. If you're throwing away anything edible, eat it instead; no reason letting it go to waste. Even minor berries can stack up if you eat enough of them.
- Swap teammates in a pinch: For whatever reason - possibly the stresses of leadership - hunger only depletes for whatever Pokemon you're actually controlling. Your allies' hunger remains fixed at the maximum until you take control of them, and when you leave them again it'll freeze at whatever amount it's on. If you're starving and there's no food in your bag, just body-hop into your bestie and play with a full stomach once more.
- Eat the good stuff last: If you're clearing out your bag and eating everything, see if you can fill your belly before eating the Apples, to make sure you get the bonus extra Belly space going forward. It might be what makes the difference.
That should cover everything you need to know about hunger and filling your Belly in Mystery Dungeon DX. If you want to know more about how to play like a pro, check out our guide on switching party members and controlling your team here, or go to this page to find out how to use Move Growth to power-up your attacks.