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How to get Empowerment Seeds & Mega Evolve in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX

by Meg Bethany Koepp
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In Mystery Dungeon DX for Nintendo Switch, players need Empowerment Seeds in order to Mega Evolve their Pokemon. Here's everything you need to know about how to get them, and also which monsters are capable of evolution.

Nintendo and The Pokemon Company released the modern-day remake of 2005's Red & Blue Rescue Team onto the Switch on March 6. The game sees players forming a relief team who goes out and saves others from danger and partaking in requests for rewards.

One of the new features in the 2020 version is Mega Evolution – a mechanic first seen in the X & Y mainline games that lets Pokemon temporarily evolve into a different form. Not all monsters are capable of this though, and it's not something that happens straight off the bat either.

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How to Mega Evolve in Mystery Dungeon DX

First thing's first: in order to Mega Evolve a Pokemon, you'll need to get your hands on an Empowerment Seed. It is an item that "causes the [monster] to Awaken" – AKA it'll change its form.

Finding one isn't as easy as it sounds though. It's just a random drop most of the time, though it can be given away as a Mission reward upon completing an objective and returning to the Pelipper Post Office. The item becomes more common once the main story campaign is completed, though it can be found before then if the RNG gods are on your side.

Once a Seed is used on a monster, it'll give it a giant stats boost which is something you'll want if you're about to face off against a boss or a strong foe. It also makes it so that disadvantageous type matches are nullified, and linked moves always land as critical hits.

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You'll need an Empowerment Seed in order to Mega Evolve.

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As well as giving a huge boost to stats, the Empowerment Seed can also cause a Pokemon to Mega Evolve once eaten – though only certain ones have the ability to transform.

The state is only temporary though and only lasts for that specific floor, and will be forcibly removed if affected by status conditions such as Sleep or Paralysis, or if you use a Reset Orb.

Because of this, it's recommended that you only force an Evolution if you're about to face a tough boss or if you're in a particularly difficult dungeon – it's not something you'll want to use lightly, especially since the item is so hard to come by.

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Only certain Pokemon can evolve into a Mega Evolution.

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Who can Mega Evolve in Mystery Dungeon DX?

As stated earlier, only a certain number of Pokemon can actually Evolve – including the starters, though you'll have to finish the story campaign and head to the Luminous Cave in order to unlock the ability to transform those.

You can find the full list of transformable monsters below:

Absol

Aerodactyl

Aggron

Alakazam

Altaria

Ampharos

Banette

Beedrill

Blastoise

Blaziken

Camerupt

Charizard X

Charizard Y

Gallade

Gardevoir

Gengar

Glalie

Gyarados

Heracross

Houndoom

Kangaskhan

Latias

Latios

Lucario

Manetric

Mawile

Medicham

Metagross

Mewtwo X

Mewtwo Y

Pidgeot

Pinsir

Primal Groudon

Primal Kyogre

Rayquaza

Sableye

Salamence

Sceptile

Scizor

Sharpedo

Slowbro

Steelix

Swampert

Tyranitar

Venusaur