Evolution

One of the most common questions about the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games is how it handles evolution. Evolution is a vital part of Pokémon and shows the Pokémon getting stronger and stronger. However, in each Mystery Dungeon game evolution is locked out until after a specific part of the game and Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is no different.

While temporary evolution of the player and partner characters does occur throughout the story, being able to evolve Pokémon you recruit is not available until you have finished the main part of the story. Furthermore, you will not be able to evolve your starter or partner characters until you have completed the epilogue.

To evolve, you simply have to take a ride on Lapras over to the Life Tree and speak to Xerneas. Xerneas will offer to let your Pokémon evolve, though it will ask you twice to make sure you want the evolution. Once it's agreed, the Pokémon goes into the forest and comes back evolved.

Constraints & Restrictions

There are some constraints. The level restrictions for Pokémon to evolve remain the same as the main series games, however for the Pokémon who normally evolve via an Evolution Stone, special location and so forth will not require anything to evolve. In addition to this, if a Pokémon has multiple possible evolutions, then you simply choose which Pokémon you wish to have.

There are some Pokémon that should evolve based on the main games, but you'll actually be unable to evolve. This is because most of these Pokémon are fundamental players in the narrative and so are locked out from evolution for the entire game. So, if their evolved form is desired, they'd need to be connected separately.

Connection Orb

Another question that may come from this is where the Pokémon fit in the Connection Orb. Simply, the Pokémon's image and name changes. The connections will still exist as before, it's just the image has changed. You won't get an addition to the Connection Number, even if you haven't yet connected with that specific Pokémon. They will count towards your Pokémon list number, however.

Before After

Unevolveable Pokémon

The following list is of Pokémon that can evolve in Pokémon lore, but are unable to evolve within this game.

No. Pic Name Type Location
#010
Caterpie Connection in Serene Village - After Epilogue
#019
Rattata Connection in Serene Village - After Epilogue
#052
Meowth After epilogue, visit Meowth
#063
Abra Connection in Baram Town
#081
Magnemite Connection in Serene Village - After Epilogue
#082
Magneton Connection in Serene Village - After Epilogue
#084
Doduo Connection in Lively Town
#126
Magmar Connect with Entei
#161
Sentret Connection in Café - After Epilogue
#174
Igglybuff Connection Orb Mission
#175
Togepi Connection in Serene Village - After Epilogue
#191
Sunkern Connection in Serene Village - After Epilogue
#194
Wooper Connection in Serene Village - After Epilogue
#198
Murkrow Connection in Lively Town - After Epilogue
#209
Snubbull Connection in Lively Town - After Epilogue
#216
Teddiursa Connection in Serene Village - After Epilogue
#231
Phanpy Connection in Lively Town - After Epilogue
#240
Magby Connection in Serene Village - After Epilogue
#261
Poochyena Connection in Lively Town - After Epilogue
#263
Zigzagoon Connection in Baram Town
#265
Wurmple Connect with Talonflame
#271
Lombre Connection in Serene Village - After Epilogue
#273
Seedot Randomly in a café
#274
Nuzleaf Gift when Great Master Rank
#276
Taillow Connection in Lively Town
#293
Whismur Connection in Baram Town
#299
Nosepass Connection Orb Mission
#309
Electrike Connection Orb Mission
#315
Roselia Connection in Serene Village - After Epilogue
#316
Gulpin Connect with Electrike
#325
Spoink Connection in Lively Town - After Epilogue
#396
Starly Connection in Sahra Town
#397
Staravia Connection in Sahra Town
#399
Bidoof Connect with Loudred
#401
Kricketot Connection in Lively Town - After Epilogue
#403
Shinx Connection in Lively Town - After Epilogue
#406
Budew Connection in Serene Village - After Epilogue
#415
Combee Gift when Silver Rank
#418
Buizel Complete Epilogue & Connect with Society
#434
Stunky Connection in Noe Town
#444
Gabite Gift when Normal Rank
#449
Hippopotas Connection in Serene Village - Connect with Cryogonal
#451
Skorupi Connection in Baram Town
#459
Snover Connect with Abomasnow
#509
Purrloin Connection in Baram Town
#522
Blitzle Connection in Lively Town - After Epilogue
#529
Drilbur Gift when Normal Rank
#532
Timburr Connect with Zoroark
#536
Palpitoad Connection in Baram Town
#552
Krokorok Connection in Café
#566
Archen Complete Epilogue & Connect with Society
#572
Minccino Randomly in a café
#577
Solosis Gift when Ultra Rank
#585
Deerling Automatically during story
#605
Elgyem Travelling Pokémon
#607
Litwick Gift when Ultra Rank
#616
Shelmet Automatically during story
#619
Mienfoo Connection in Lively Town
#634
Zweilous Travelling Pokémon
#659
Bunnelby Complete Epilogue & Connect with Society
#661
Fletchling Connection in Lively Town - After Epilogue
#665
Spewpa Connection in Café
#672
Skiddo Connection in Lively Town - After Epilogue
#674
Pancham Automatically during story
#677
Espurr Connection through the story
#684
Swirlix Complete Epilogue & Connect with Society
#704
Goomy Automatically during story
 
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