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Smoochum asking to join the team

Recruitment is the main method of obtaining new Pokémon in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, their sequels, and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity while inside a mystery dungeon. After defeating an enemy in a dungeon, it will occasionally offer to join the player's team.

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, if a newly-recruited Pokémon—a recruit who has never cleared or warped out a dungeon—or the team's leader faints before making it out of the dungeon, it will leave the party permanently. Dungeons consisting of multiple parts—such as Mt. Thunder—will account reaching checkpoint as making it out.

The games contain items that increase the chance of Pokémon asking to be recruited. These are important as the base recruit rate of certain Pokémon, most notably Kecleon, is below zero.

There is a limit of 413 Pokémon at one time in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team. In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness, the limit is instead 522 Pokémon.

Requirements

In addition to the prospective recruit having an effective recruit rate higher than zero, there are several other prerequisites for recruiting a certain Pokémon to be possible:

  • In the first two games, offers will only be made if there is space in the current party. In the sequels and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, this requirement was removed. Instead, excess members simply warp out of the dungeon. In Explorers of the Sky and Gates to Infinity, players can choose which member to send home.
  • The team leader must deal the finishing blow that causes the enemy to faint.
  • The enemy must be adjacent to the team leader when the finishing blow is delivered. However, Pokémon that are not immediately recruited when the final blow is dealt, but after a short cutscene (many Legendary Pokémon for instance), are an exception to this rule.
  • Some Pokémon, such as Omastar in Brine Cave are unrecruitable. In addition, many boss legendary Pokémon cannot be recruited on the first visit. In Rescue Team, all but nine fully-evolved Pokémon cannot be recruited and have to be acquired via evolving.

Recruitment rate modifiers

Recruitment rate by level

Level Bonus
1-29 +0%
30-39 +5%
40-49 +7.5%
50-59 +10%
60-69 +12.5%
70-79 +15%
80-89 +17.5%
90-100 +25%

Fast Friend

The IQ Skill "Fast Friend" raises the recruitment rate by 1%. It's important to notice this 1% is crucial for recruiting Kecleon, which has a recruitment rate of -49.5% (-33.9% in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team), making it impossible to be recruited with only a high level Pokémon and a Golden Mask/Amber Tear.

Fast Friend is learned only by Pokémon in IQ Groups B and H.

Recruitment-affecting items

Friend Bow

In the Red and Blue versions, the only such item to increase recruitment is the Friend Bow. When held by the leading Pokémon, it raises the recruitment rate by 10%. The bow is located behind a door needing a key to open on floor 30 of Mt. Faraway. Further Friend Bows can be purchased from Kecleon shops in Joyous Tower. In the Time and Darkness versions, the Friend Bow is supplemented with a number of other items, but can still be bought from Kecleon Shops in Zero Isle North. In Explorers of Sky, the Friend Bow is able to be won as a prize item from the Recycle Shop in Spinda's Cafe.

The following Wonder Mail S mission allows the player to explore the Drenched Bluff and receive the Friend Bow as a reward.


Amber Tear

The Amber Tear can only be found in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Explorers of Darkness. The Amber Tear can be located on floor B40F of Zero Isle West, or given as a reward for a mission in search of the Amber Tear. It has the ability to maximally raise the user's recruitment rate.

Golden Mask

The Golden Mask can also only be found in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky. The Golden Mask maximally raises the user's recruitment rate. It can be found on floor B75 of Zero Isle North, or given as a reward for a mission in search of the Golden Mask.

The following Wonder Mail S mission allows the player to explore a Golden Chamber with Infernape and receive the Mask as a reward.


The Seven Treasures

Main article: Seven Treasures

Each of the Seven Treasures raises the recruitment rate by 10% for Pokémon of one particular type among Ground, Fire, Flying, Grass, Ice, Water and Rock.

Gifts

Main article: Gift

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, a Gift raises the recruitment rate for Pokémon of one particular type. They are given to the Pokémon and the Pokémon will decide whether to accept the Gift and join the team or not. The Gift isn't lost from the items list after being rejected. These Gifts do not work on evolved Pokémon.

There are also Gifts for specific Pokémon.

Gifts are given as prizes after completing missions. They can be bought at Cinccino's Gift shop. They are also available with specific passwords.


Food: FoodGummisSeedsBerriesHealth drinks
Equipment: GlassesScarvesExclusive items
Recruitment-affecting itemsSeven TreasuresFlags
Objects: Wonder OrbsLookalike ItemsThrowing items
TMsHMsUsed TMsTreasure boxes
Mystery Dungeon evolutionary itemsGiftsDevices
Gates to Infinity exclusive items
Special: Exploration Team KitLink BoxKeyGracideaPrize TicketsWonder Egg
Sky GiftWish StoneMusic BoxMystery Part and Secret Slab
Gabite ScaleTreasure BagTight BeltRelic FragmentMunch Belt


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