'Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX' Shiny Pokémon: How to Recruit and Where to Find the Friend Bow

The latest Pokémon spin off, Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX, is actually a remake but brings Shiny Pokémon to the game for the first time.

Like the main series games, obtaining this rare variant is difficult and time-consuming, but those looking to Shiny Hunt for the close to 30 Pokémon will have their opportunity.

If you're one of these Shiny Hunters looking to catch all 27 Shiny Pokémon in Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX, here are some tips on how to find and recruit them more efficiently.

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Finding and recruiting a Shiny Pokémon is relatively simple. With a lot of luck and patience, Shiny Pokémon can be found in various dungeons during the game.

Players will encounter various Pokémon to fight - and sometimes recruit - while exploring dungeons, but some may pop up in their Shiny forms. The easiest way to determine if a Pokémon has a chance to be Shiny is looking for the yellow marker that says "Strong Foe" on the map.

Locate this Pokémon and there's a small chance that it'll be in its Shiny form. Players can continuously enter a dungeon if the "strong foe" isn't a Shiny.

If a player finds a Shiny Pokémon and defeats it, that doesn't mean it will automatically join your team. There's only a chance a Pokémon will join your team, Shiny or not, so there may be some excruciating moments where this rare Pokémon is found but doesn't want to join you.

Players can increase the odds of a Shiny Pokémon joining your party with the Friend Box. The location of this item will be covered in the section below.

There are only 27 in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon DX that can appear as a Shiny. Which Pokémon can be Shiny and their locations can be found below.

  • Aipom – Solar Cave
  • Altaria - Fantasy Strait
  • Ambipom – Great Canyon
  • Ampharos – Sinister Woods
  • Azumarill – Mt. Blaze
  • Butterfree – Howling Forest
  • Corsola – Far-Off Sea
  • Ditto – Buried Relic
  • Dragonite – Mt. Thunder
  • Electrode - Mt. Faraway
  • Espeon - Remains Island
  • Exeggcute - Wyvern Hill
  • Exeggutor – Pitfall Valley
  • Gyarados – Waterfall Pond
  • Hoothoot – Murky Cave
  • Lickilicky – Mt. Freeze
  • Magikarp - Marvelous Sea
  • Metagross – Silent Chasm
  • Ninetales – Northern Range
  • Noctowl – Lapis Cave
  • Rapidash – Mt. Steel
  • Shuckle – Southern Cavern
  • Spinda – Frosty Forest
  • Starmie - Grand Sea
  • Sudowoodo – Desert Region
  • Wobbuffet – Darknight Relic
  • Zangoose - Western Cave


The Friend Bow is an essential item for players looking to recruit Shiny Pokemon in Mystery Dungeon DX. There are two ways to obtain this item, and both require the player to finish the main story campaign.

First, a series of missions will appear after the main story is completed. The fourth quest will see players travel to Mt. Faraday. Once a player reaches the 30th floor a door that needs a key to unlock will hold the Friend Box behind it.

The second method of obtaining the Friend Bow is to go to the Joyous Tower dungeon and speak with Kecleon who is selling the item for 5000 CP.

It's also very important that your team leader has the Friend Bow equipped or it won't work.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX is available now for Nintendo Switch.

Have you found a Shiny Pokémon in Mystery Dungeon DX yet? How are you enjoying the game? Let us know in the comments section.