Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX: Best Pokemon Tier List

Find out which Pokemon are the best with the help of our tier list for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is now a part of the Nintendo Switch family, which naturally means players are whittling down its meta game as we speak. Of course, you can't talk about meta gaming in Pokemon without tier lists.

This guide will focus only on the best Pokemon in Rescue Team DX, with them being distributed between the three tiers: S, A, and B.

Most of these Pokemon have their own unique mega-evolution forms, so be sure to check them out in addition to their normal evolution chains presented below. Other than that, you will have a complete picture of which Pokemon you should be catching in the first place.

S-Tier Pokemon



Why it's the best:

  • Has an ability to link moves together, which is a boon against bosses
  • Paralyzes and puts to sleep opponents that have no immunity

Where to find Swablu:

  • Rescue Camp: Flyaway Forest
  • Pitfall Valley
  • Joyous Tower
  • Purity Forest

Best moves for Altaria:

  • Fury Attack
  • Dragon Dance
  • Dragon Breath
  • Sing



Why it's the best:

  • Possesses a number of powerful multi-hit attacks
  • Its damage increases as it loses HP

Where to find Weedle:

  • Rescue Camp: Stump Forest
  • Silent Chasm
  • Joyous Tower
  • Purity Forest

Best moves for Beedrill:

  • Pin Missile
  • Fell Stinger
  • Toxic Spikes
  • Poison Jab



Why it's the best:

  • Equally effective multi-hit attacks on both close and long ranges
  • Immune to critical hits

Where to find Shellder:

  • Rescue Camp: Bountiful Sea
  • Far-Off Sea
  • Stormy Sea
  • Silver Trench

Best moves for Cloyster:

  • Hydro Pump
  • Withdraw
  • Aurora Beam
  • Icicle Crash



Why it's the best:

  • The best Psychic-type Pokemon in the game
  • Bounces poisoned, badly poisoned, paralysis, and burn to enemies near it when afflicted with one of these status effects itself

Where to find Abra:

  • Rescue Camp: Decrepit Lab
  • Buried Relic
  • Solar Cave
  • Western Cave

Best moves for Alakazam:

  • Psychic
  • Psybeam
  • Future Sight
  • Trick



Why it's the best:

  • The fastest and most mobile Pokemon in the game
  • Combines Screech with physical attacks for ultimate damage

Where to find Zubat:

  • Rescue Camp: Echo Cave
  • Lapis Cave
  • Buried Relic
  • Oddity Cave

Best moves for Crobat:

  • Poison Fang
  • Venoshock
  • Air Cutter
  • Screech

A-Tier Pokemon



Why it's great:

  • Best counter against Water-type Pokemon
  • Always survives lethal hits from full HP

Where to find Magnemite:

  • Rescue Camp: Power Plant
  • Lightning Field
  • Wish Cave

Best moves for Magnezone:

  • Discharge
  • Screech
  • Light Screen
  • Lock-on/Thunderbolt



Why it's great:

  • Has an ability to produce two consecutive moves for 1 PP during sunny weather
  • Immune against Sleep, Napping, Yawning and Nightmare

Where to find Seedot:

  • Rescue Camp: Mushroom Forest
  • Uproar Forest
  • Southern Cavern
  • Fantasy Strait

Best moves for Shiftry:

  • Razor Wind
  • Leaf Storm
  • Feint Attack
  • Nasty Plot



Why it's great:

  • Has the most versatile condition/status move pool
  • Has excellent defenses against Fire and Ice-type moves

Where to find Bulbasaur:

  • Rescue Camp: Beau Plains
  • Joyous Tower

Best moves for Venusaur:

  • Sleep Powder
  • Poison Powder
  • Leech Seed
  • Growth



Why it's great:

  • Best starter Pokemon
  • Best Fire-type Pokemon in the game

Where to find Charmander:

  • Rescue Camp: Mt. Cleft
  • Fiery Field

Best moves for Charizard:

  • Heat Wave
  • Flare Blitz
  • Wing Attack
  • Air Slash


Why it's great:

  • Has a huge variety of multi-hit moves with Skill Link
  • It's really easy to recruit this Pokemon

Where to find Heracross:

  • Rescue Camp: Overgrown Forest
  • Great Canyon
  • Buried Relic
  • Joyous Tower

Best moves for Heracross:

  • Fury Attack
  • Bullet Seed
  • Arm Thrust
  • Pin Missile

B-Tier Pokemon



Why it's good:

  • Has one of the highest special attack stats
  • Great for paralyzing and putting opponents to sleep

Where to find Gastly:

  • Rescue Camp: Darkness Ridge
  • Darknight Relic
  • Buried Relic
  • Oddity Cave

Best moves for Gengar:

  • Lick
  • Hypnosis
  • Nightmare
  • Dark Pulse



Why it's good:

  • Heals itself and cures all condition/status effects
  • If an opponent's attack connects, the opponent is inflicted by poisoned

Where to find Budew:

  • Rescue Camp: Beau Plains
  • Purity Forest

Best moves for Roserade:

  • Mega Drain
  • Magical Leaf
  • Venom Drench
  • Poison Sting



Why it's good:

  • Renders all explosion effects on the floor completely useless
  • Absorbs all Water-type moves and restores its HP

Where to find Wooper:

  • Rescue Camp: Gourd Swamp
  • Waterfall Pond
  • Murky Cave
  • Remains Island

Best moves for Quagsire:

  • Rain Dance
  • Muddy Water
  • Mud Bomb
  • Earthquake



Why it's good:

  • When Tyranitar is on the floor, the weather condition is always sandstorm
  • Excellent disruption Pokemon

Where to find Larvitar:

  • Rescue Camp: Mt. Cleft
  • Southern Cavern
  • Fantasy Strait

Best moves for Tyranitar:

  • Rock Slide
  • Stone Edge
  • Payback
  • Crunch



Why it's good:

  • Blocks all extra effects caused by opponents' attacks
  • Offers two different evolution chains

Where to find Wurmple:

  • Rescue Camp: Stump Forest
  • Tiny Woods
  • Purity Forest
  • Fantasy Strait

Best moves for Dustox:

  • Bug Buzz
  • Quiver Dance
  • Venoshock
  • Toxic


And that's it for the best Pokemon tier list for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX. For more related guides, check out the list below:


Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published Mar. 16th 2020

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