How to recruit Latios & Latias in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX

Meg Bethany Koepp
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Generation III’s Legendary Pokemon Latios and Latias can be recruited to rescue teams in Mystery Dungeon DX for Nintendo Switch. Here’s how.

Developed by Nintendo and The Pokemon Company for the Switch, Mystery Dungeon DX released on March 6. It’s a remake of the 2005 Game Boy Advance Red & Blue Rescue Team games and sees players forming a squad to offer relief to the community by partaking in missions and setting off on expeditions.

One returning feature from the older titles is the ability to recruit Legendary monsters – Latios and Latias being just two of the many you can add to your team. If you’re interested in finding out how to add the Generation III creatures to your squad, you’re in the right place.

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The pair can be recruited to your rescue team.

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How to recruit Latios and Latias

The first thing players need to do in order to even begin searching for the mythical duo is to finish the main campaign – sadly, you can’t recruit any Legendary Pokemon while the story is still underway. Once this is done, you’ll have to take on and befriend Kyogre in the Stormy Sea – the guide for which can be found here – and also finish the Buried Relic dungeon.

After completing those tasks, the Great Canyon will open up, and Xatu will appear and start you off on a quest chain which rewards you with the two Legendaries. There’s no fight at the end of the dungeon, instead you’ll get a cutscene and the next area will open up – the Northern Range.

Unlike the previous dungeon, this one has a boss fight at its peak, and it’s actually Latios. You’ll want to use Dark-type moves to get the edge on him, and once defeated, he’ll tell you that he’s worried for Latias, who is sadly stuck in the Pitfall Valley. Guess where you’re off to next?

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Latios asks you to rescue his sister.

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Because Pitfall Valley is littered with Flying and Bug types and it’s a 26-floor area, you’ll want to make sure you’re heading in with some Fire and Electric moves under your belt to make the relief journey as quick and as painless as possible.

The Dragon/Psychic type Legendary can be found right on the bottom floor, and unlike the last dungeon, you won’t need to fight her. Instead, she’ll just be thankful that you came to the rescue and fly off to regroup with her brother.

You’ll then be taken to Pokemon Square where the two siblings will willingly join your rescue team, and will also give you the Southern Island camp free of charge.