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How to get Friend Bow & boost recruit rate in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX

Published: 13/Mar/2020 18:27 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:29

by Meg Bethany Koepp


If certain Pokemon just refuse to join your team in Mystery Dungeon DX for Nintendo Switch, you’ll probably need to find the Friend Bow in order to increase your recruitment rate – here’s how you can do so.

DX is a modern day remake of 2005’s Red & Blue Rescue Team for the Game Boy Advance, and was released on March 6 by Nintendo and The Pokemon Company. While it is a reimagining of an older title, it boasts a plethora of new features such as autosave, Mega Evolutions, and Auto-Mode for an enhanced experience.


What’s returned, though, is the ability to recruit different monsters to your team. While some will join you easily, others can give you a harder time – especially strong foes and Legendaries such as Mew. However, having the Friend Bow on hand can be a big help to your chances, and we’re here to tell you how to find it.

How to get the Friend Bow

First things first, players will need to have completed the main campaign before the opportunity to access the item will be unlocked – unfortunate for those that want to recruit certain monsters to make the story missions easier.


Once that’s done, there are multiple ways to get the Bow. One way is in Buried Relic, a 99 floor dungeon that only opens up after completing Stormy Sea and befriending Kyogre – the guide for which can be found here.

Once you’ve beaten Regirock and clawed your way to the top, you’ll find it laying on the ground amongst other rewards such as Deluxe Boxes which can only be opened upon returning back to your camp.

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The Friend Bow boosts recruitment rate by 10%.

If that many floors seem like a slog, it isn’t the only dungeon that offers it at the end. According to Pokemon YouTuber Echo the Lombax, the item can be found on floor 20 of Solar Cave, alongside some other treasures.


It has also been said that you can find the Friend Bow on floor 30 of Mt. Faraway after beating Ho-Oh and revisiting the dungeon, but that hasn’t been 100% confirmed. You could do this in the Game Boy Advance games, but it’s unclear as to whether it carries over into the Switch version.

Having the Rare Qualities ‘Squad Up’ and ‘Friendly’ will also help to increase recruitment rate too, so combining those with the item gives you the best chance of having Pokemon willingly join your team.

While you can’t get the item until after you finish the story, having those Qualities will help boost your rate regardless, so it’s worth having those for the time being in any case.


It should also be noted that the Bow helps with adding shiny Pokemon to your team too – the guide for which can be accessed here.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.